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Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Blue is the best-selling Canadian beer in the world. Introduced in 1951 as Labatt Pilsener, it was named for the colour of its label by fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team. Blue was the first brand in Canada with a twist-off cap and won the silver medal in the International Lager category at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards. Labatt Blue, brewed using specially selected aromatic hops, is a well-balanced, fully matured, full-flavoured beer with a fruity character and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow - clear as a bell. A thin white head hangs on a little bit before becoming a vanishing patch.

The smell is of a hint of sweet grain. Inoffensive - clean as a whistle.

The taste is of some sweetness that is somewhat balanced in the finish. Clean, clean and crisp.

Light-bodied - not watery, though - but, fizzy.

The fizziness is pretty big and would get to me after awhile, even for the style, though it manages to keep something of a body. Very clean. Inoffensive. A bit of sweetness hangs on. Not a bad "lawn-mower" beer, though there are others that are cheaper that work just as well for that. Judged in style - could be better, could be much worse. I gave it the same score as Molson Canadian, but would probably take it over that.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

CAN anybody explain why it has taken me 300+ CANs to review this beer in a CAN?!? Well, CAN you? I dedicate this review to one of my former students, Bluette (no last names), who went by "Blue". Blue, this is for you, how do you do? Enough!

This is a prime example of Stone's "fizzy yellow beers". I could not even finish the pour before the fizzy bone-white head wanted to give up on me. Oh well. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles. Nose was not blue, green or even yellow - it was more brown. Sulfur, if you get my drift. That CAN actually be a good thing in some lagers, but not if adjuncts are involved. As Salty Dog once said, "You homebrewers need to understand - the descriptor 'Fecal' should NOT be used as an adjunct!" Ha! Words to drink by. Mouthfeel was thin for all of that carbonation. Jeez-O, I really feel as if I am missing out here. I refreshed the glass with more beer (I had a 24-oz. CAN to work with) and still did not get any fizz on the tongue. What I did get was that sulfurous nose, but a slight sweetness on the tongue. Maybe I should just hold my breath when I drink this. Or better yet, a clothespin, like I once did as a teenager with Stroh's (I REALLY disliked the original recipe as a kid, who knows what it is now)! That was actually better! It had the adjunct qualities that I now recognize immediately, but for the style, it was about par for the course. The nose, on the other hand ... Finish was slightly dry, unobtrusive, another dime-a-dozen macro adjunct lagers. Oh well. I still remember my first - liberty in Vancouver during Expo 1986 at a strip joint. It was much better then.

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Photo of tdm168
3.01/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a quarter inch of head and little retention. Smells grainy but little else of note. Taste is grainy with a little hoppy bitterness and some sweetness finding their place in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and crisp.

For the style it's not bad. None of those metallic or overly adjuncty flavors one would associate with this style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So, this was my go to beer for so many years growing up. You either drank Molson, Labatt, or Carling O'Keefe. So somehow this is a Canadian Pilsner it says on the bottle huh? Hmm. Well who knows. That being said I am curious to see again how this is since I haven't had one in ages. Imported from Canada does it taste the same? Well let's find out.

Why not for fun... pour this into a Pilsner style glass.. sure what could be better right?

Poured out of the bottle good ole Blue gives a simple three finger soapy head. The head falls at a clip on to a straw gold completely clear body. Very solid carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a very solid collar also throughout the drink This actually looks like a Pilsner in this glass, and looks really good I am kind of surprised. No lacing is apparent either.

Smell is crisp but also a strange sweetness, and some industrial chemical component (not sure what but like cleaner/solvent or something). Luckily the chemically-ness is kind of hidden so the smell overall isn't too offensive. Never really examined the smell of this beer.

As for taste and feel. Sweet at first with a muted crispness (this is not like a crisp Pilsner at all), some weak bread like component on the swallow. Strangely feels a little boozy for such a low abv which seems really odd, but a decent passable mouthfeel. Not carbonated at all either.

I'll admit the beer has taste to it but its very sweet (maybe its from corn?) and I am sort of having a hard time remembering if this is what I grew up with, it sort of feels close, but then again I always drank it out of the bottle. This is still pretty easy drinking all things considered but it gets into bubblegum beer territory.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought this back from a recent trip to western NY, seems very popular in downtown Alfred. Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a thinnish white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like carbonated apple juice. Smells of grainy malt, hints of honey, slightly earthy hop aroma. Taste is grainy, grassy, slightly sweet with hints of honey. Medium to low body, medium level of carbonation, sweet watery mouthfeel. This is a bit better than a typical macro lager, clean, a bit sweet, nothing objectionable just nothing remarkable either.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very light golden golden with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is terrible. It is weak and watery. It has breadlike qualities and seems a bit musty. The taste is watery and simplistic. It has little malt complexity and flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect. It has a bunch of carbonation. This is a very low bodied beer. It is very drinkable despite all it's shortcomings. This was my first favorite beer. I drank more than my fair share of this beer in my late teens and early twenties.

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Photo of tempest
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, I didn't expect it, but it makes sense in hindsight. This tastes worse than it's light version. I guess the additional flavor is more than it can handle. If you're going to drink this beer, I guess the key is to not let it warm up at all. Chilled, its plain and sweet, but all sorts of nasties come out with warmth.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue is typical beer from North America. Pours golden clear with thin white head that eventually dissapates. The smell and taste include mostly grains and subtle hop to clear the pallet. Mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-draft in Montréal, and poured into a 16 ounce mug. On to the beer:

The appearance of this beer is a pale gold topped by a white soapy head. The nose brings to the mind the smell of grains. It's sweet as well. Up to this part, it sound like another copycat adjunct lager, but the taste, while only decent, is delightfully different; a kiss of hops sticks out of this beer. Sweet corn and diacteyl play the other end of the specturm. The feel is smooth and slick. A small leftover of diacteyl spills over in the aftertaste.

The experience got better as I creeped along this beer, perhaps I got used to the adjuncts. There are imports in the US which are worse and more expensive than this. But remember (Americans) I sampled mine in Canada where it's considered domestic beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.69/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On-Tap at a party, this is a short review because there is not much to write about.

A- Light gold with yellow mixed in. A minimal sparse white head that faded quick like a bunny. No lacing.

S- Sorry, this smells like old corn with old expired knock off malt. These are all extremely light. Nothing more to see here.

T- Labatt is the most "carbonated water" tasting macro that i've ever had. No hops come out at all. Corn and malt. This really does not have a distinguishable taste, it's carbonated water no more no less.

M- Very crisp and light but not refreshing. This is also highly carbonated and it almost hurt my mouth when I attempted to sip it. I expected a smoother ride with the light nature of this style.

D- Not so much, could not finish my glass, I watered the nearby flowers with the rest of my ounces of this, hopefully they dont die.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow pale color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. The smell is malty, but skunky. The taste is malty, watery with a dry finish. Light body. Drinkable if given for free. I remember drinking this alot in CA, way better than Bud or Coors though.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't so bad for the style. The taste is crisp, grainy, and clear. This a little fuller in flavor than expected too. Aroma and appearance are about average for an adjunct lager. I'd recommend this over the Big 3 any day. This isn't a great beer, but if you're gonna have a simple, mainstream lager you can do far worse than Labatt Blue.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a little darker shade of Macrobrew clear yellow.

Smell is sweet and grainy with a buttery corn scent to it.

Taste is sweet like a Michelob with that buttery corn flavor. Lots of grain flavor to this, and a little bitter hit in the finish. Better than an American Macro.

Mouthfeel is good.

Passable brew beats the American macrobrews.

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Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appears blanched, its complexion is tarnished and faded. A putrid stain of yellow is smeared across its otherwise colourless body. Its antiseptically white head has thinned to a point of having as much of it stuck to the sides of my glass as I do floating over top the drink.

Whatever adjuncts used are moderately restrained in the smell, enough so as not to completely befoul the aroma anyhow. There is a sharp cutting metallic tinge to the corn and chemicals, but much to my chagrin, I may actually be smelling pale malts above anything else.

The beer is nearly void of taste and its mouthfeel is neutral. I opt not to use the word 'smooth' although no aspect of the beer ever becomes offensive. The beer would be completely indistinguishable except for this notable lack of off-putting adjuncts. A lack of bitterness and only faint impression of malt make this easily tolerable even to non beer drinkers.

A thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters couldn't come up with much interesting to say about this. "The Good Stuff", as its advertising will refer to it as, is no more a "refreshing pilsner made with choice hops and the finest Canadian barley" than it is another mass produced, advertising driven commodity designed for the lowest common denominator.

Surprisingly, however, this beer didn't offend me as much as I expected it to. As far as macro lagers go this one is above par and as far as my personal tastes go I've enjoyed this about as much as I'm capable of enjoying the style. That said, I wouldn't mind it if I never see a Labatt's product again, actually I might quite like it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a sweet corn aroma flowed by a grainy malt. There was a slight grassy hop aroma as well.

The taste was grainy, with some corn sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a decent Canadian macro. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.79/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 350mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light gold with no haze, a strong effervescence and a frothy white head which seems to be dissipating pretty quickly. Par for the course.

Smell: light malt with a bit of sweetness, the promise of some noble hops, and a little bit of plastic. Not the best adjunct lager out there, but not the worst.

Taste: bland malt flavor, pretty much nothing in the way of hops, and a light bitterness. Not terrible, but pretty uninspiring.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big fizziness that doesn't translate into creaminess. It's OK.

Overall: eh. Not a huge fan of this, although I've quaffed quarts of it during band practice. Good rehydration beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale straw color with 1/2 inch head. Hardly any aroma to speak of. Taste is crisp and not bad, although a tad bland. Refreshing in the mouth and good drinkability. Overall this is a very average beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The old Blue...I got a free can at the in-laws and decided to try it out, since I haven't had it in about 7 years.
Appears a light straw gold with a small white head that dies off quickly. Lots of carbonation streams rise to the top.
Smell is of carapils, and munich malts, along with Napa cabbage and aluminum.
Taste is of the same but with a bad metallic taste that isn't appealing at all.
Mouthfeel...all metal baby.
Forget it. I had to try it out for old times sake.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, 5-finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear, very pale amber color, similar to urine. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly skunky. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight hoppy finish. Slightly more flavor than Blue Light. $1.50 for a 340ml from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can at the Meyer family reunion. Secretly consumed so as to not arise the passions of others.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, clear with a white head that slows pops up through the mouth of the can.

S: The nose is innocuous, grainy and not much more. I can smell the coldness and the refreshment that it offers.

T: As you'd expect, cold the lager is flavorless. As it warms, light cereals and biscuit pop up. Hops are nonexistent. The beer gets worse as it warms.

M: The mouthfeel is dull but quite drinkable. When cold, I'm guessing that I could have gotten through the can in under five minutes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear bright golden-rod color which started out promising enough with a fizzy white head 1 finger high, but quickly dissipated before I could put the glass down leaving not a trace of lacing behind. Visible carbonation was sparse and very light.

S: interesting with honey, limes, oranges found as well some sweet buttery toffee notes.

T: sweet grains with honeymalt, sharp citric tones being first noticed. Some light sweet corn and a light herbal hopping was present as well some hay. I thought I detected a slight metallic tang but was ever so slight and maybe just trying to find fault with a beer that quite surprised me in the taste department. A touch of sour citrus is found on the fade and finish.

M: Nice light-medium viscosity, some buttery slickness and a tiny effervesce is felt on the tongue which finished crisp.

D: A drinkable macro and one I could easily enjoy if no other options were available. Quite surprised by this and respectable all around.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came from the 1 pint 8 fl. oz can marked 1-150-8-2334B.It pours a more golden yellow than pale yellow with a lot of puffy, white head and dissolves after about 2 minutes.

The aroma is slightly hopped but does not have that distinctive Canadian skunky scent that accompanies so many Canaian brews that I have tried over the years.

The mouth feel is medium and the taste has a distant feel of hops and malts but it is not an overpowering experience.

I tend to drink a lot of Labatt since it is generally cheaper around here than many US beers. They claim it is transported into the state from Canada every day. Maybe it is, which is why is comes across as fresher than Molson brews.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.18/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head. The aroma and taste are both representative of your typical macro lager flavors with some faint grainy malt and a touch of hops. Overall, there is not much else to say about this brew. Nothing special here, just your typical macro lager that simply blends in with BMC.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased as part of an 18-pack at a convenience store in Chateguay, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" white head over the oh-so-clear pale straw brew. Pillowy head lasts well, and lacing is surprising nice, with heavy foam coverage. Aroma is minimal, light sweetness and hops, kind of generic "beer" nose. Taste is sweet pale malts upfront, balanced and then overpowered by a bitterness that seems to come from some sort of homogenized hops, no real character, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, with some overcarbonation appearing on the tongue, and the bitterness leaving a bit of an aftertaste, and the better sort. Have to admit, though, if this is what you're looking for, it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh...the shitty Canadian macro that was graet for dollar pint night in college. This seemed like such a step up from Bud/Miller at the time, yet I find it not as bad as I thought it'd be.
Poured a light yellow with a good head that took awhile to die down and left some nice lace patches. A weak smell, picked up some grains and adjuncts/metal; just not a pleasant smell really. A light-bodied brew that is watery and grainy, like they forgot an ingredient or something. Still, it gives off a decent malt aftertaste so you know you're drinking a beer.
Rather bland, it is decent at a bar on special and I don't mind one here or there while watching a hockey game.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.