Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 605
Hads: 1,864
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 259 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

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.
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Photo of cjgator3
2.18/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass nov6 2009

A clear straw yellow with a fair amount of bubbles. the fluffy two finger head has a few minuets of retention but no lace

S sweet grains, grass and some skunk

T not so good, adjuncts and skunk

M feels like a macro lager, thin with decent carbonation

D the taste hurts this beers cause a fair bit its just not that good

I've had better macros from Canada but that's not saying much. You can spend less money on better beer (470 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mild yellow color with carbonation that fades after a minute. Very strong aroma with some malt. Somewhat sweet in taste with a weird mouthfeel, somewhat grainy. Not too bad but again, nothing really impressive. I forgot the last time I had Blue anyway. (260 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold color with a moderate sized bright white head that is soapy in texture, the residual lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and fresh, start is somewhat sweet and it has a fair malt profile, the top light in feel. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops standard in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, what can you say its drinkable and there are certainly many worse beers on the market. (523 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains and malts. There is a corn syrup sweetness as well. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – My hockey team swears by pitchers this stuff after games.. I guess it serves a decent purpose in the refreshing/cheap beer department. Not something I would select. (636 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical clear golden yellow, head does not last. Aroma is average, malty without any undertones - nothing special, but not repulsive, either. Taste is about what one would expect, smooth with no bitterness. I detected a slight metallic hint - probably since I sampled it from a can - and found this beer a little watery but still palatable. (348 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
2.71/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Akin to most any of its breed. The color is standard, the clarity is too. The head actually holds up quite well. Sudsy white foam that lightly laces.

S-Light and like any other macro. The aroma is like any and all of the same style.

T-The taste is not nearly as unappealing as many other macros. It remains light in taste but does still have that generic flavor. The flavor is not too gross. Overall, not as bad as many others.

M-Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Bleh, blah, bleh, blah.

O/D-Have had much worse. Not a bad macro when compared to a few others. Probably would not by this as a cheap 'get drunk' beer because its a bit pricier than a High Life or a PBR. But, not too bad. Would drink one over most any Bud or Coors. (734 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow my third review of this in different serving styles!!

Light gold color...creamy white head....a little spicy alcohol on the nose...similar to Molson canadian in taste bit lighter tasting overall...crisp mouthfeel..some creamy/corny texture...I'd call it the high side of "light" for body..

Finishes dryer than canadian..bit more bite...not as full is what it is...Average (395 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a pale, bland yellow like some many macros. The head is pretty thick, about one finger, and does leave a little lacing in the glass. The smell is corn and grains but nothing else, really. A light astringency follows. The taste is corn and light grains as well with very minimal malt and light herbal something. There's also a bitterness to it. Following is a very mild, somewhat odd sweetness. There's a twang of oddness in the finish. Skunk, perhaps? The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is, plain and simple, a regular old macro. (549 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.47/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About the only lighter beer I can enjoy. It is a beer you don't have to think about too much as you drink it. A small step up for the typical A-B crowd. (152 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, saaz/ pils like hops and a nice maltiness to back it up. A hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Ok, better than most, but still standard. (279 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this was served at a colder temp than most at this bar, which was fortunate for this beer. Light white head that quickly disappeared; no lace. Sweet beery aroma with a hint of hop. Flavors the same. Finish is sweet. Yellow gold color. Not much going on here at all. (265 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.59/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a light golden color with a billowy white head with huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within. The head fades quickly leaving a very light amount of lacing.

Smell - Corn is the main aroma detected with a slight hint of caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste - A sweeter taste first meet the tongue. Mainly corn in nature. The flavor however slowly bitters as time goes on and leaves a rather subdued taste in the mouth; not a bad one just bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side with lots of carbonation. Nothing to shout about.

Overall - It is very easy to drink. Its subtle flavor profile and light body and aromas make it very easy to down; like water. Likely would be good on a very hot day when served very cold, otherwise nothing to pine over and just pretty ordinary. (841 characters)

Photo of mynie
1.95/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take the worst parts of a Bud and a Heineken and this is the beer you come up with.

From both you get the crappy, pale yellow pour with almost no head.

From Bud you get the bland odor of adjunct malt and stomach cramps.

From Heineken you get the nasty, over-processed, pasturized taste of fruit esters and medicine. You ever take Nitrous? It's kind of like that. Processed gas. Only it doesn't make you laugh.

If this beer has anything going for it, it's a decent body which lends itself to an okay drinkability rating. Otherwise avoid. (549 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is noteably different in Canadian cans, as compared to US bottles. The appearance takes a hit, for I am drinking this straight from the can. The aromas are subdued, and a bit more "grainy" than in tap Labatt. The taste is similar to the tap and bottled versions of this brew, and it is surely a very easy drinking lager. I wish that they would throw some more hops in here or something to give it a bit more "oomph". The mouthfeel is thinner and more watery in the can than in the bottle, and the drinkability suffers a bit as well. (537 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I've ever had. I've had it poured from a can and a bottle, straight from the can or the bottle, and on tap. I'll review the version from the tap, poured into a tall pilsner.

A - Clear golden straw yellow, 1.5 - 2 inch foamy head that disappeared into laciness soon after

S - Not as bad as most other macro brews but definitely not captivating. A whiff reveals a cornish maltiness.

T - This is a beer you drink when you just don't give a damn and just need a little alcohol in you. Tastes like how it smells, except perhaps a little more bland. Still has a better taste than most other macros though

M - fizzy carbonation, watery, almost as carbonated as coca cola, which makes for a slight bite when you first take a gulp, but you get used to it.

D - yep, I give this a 4 because it's definitely "drinkable", it's light enough so I can down 4 bottles of these (or 4 pints) and not really realize it.

Overall - a beer you get when you're having a ton of people over and you can't afford the good stuff, yet, people love it so you'll please them and please your wallet. A decent social drink when you're in the mood for something light and cheap. (1,175 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tops the domestic macros, and that is about the only positive thing I can say about this. It is not awful, but not intersting in any way.

Looks like your typical much smell at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel "compliments" the watered down, slightly sweet flavor with adjunct flavorings abound. Yawn...

I drank a fair amount of this back in the day...not looking back now. I don't have much nostalgia for this.
But if swill is your thing, here you go..better than alot of it's peers. (510 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer at a recent summer party. Not much aroma. The taste was mildly sweet and grassy. Very little hops; watery mouthfeel. Unfortunately, there’s not much to add. Ordinary. (188 characters)

Photo of alexgash
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow as a Manitoba hay field, with a thin, wispy white head.
Smells of cereal malt; kind of like Rice Chex with sugar on top. Lean hop aromas detectable.
Palate is typical standard pale adjunct lager. Sweetish, corny, clean, with very modest hop bitterness. There’s more malt taste and more hop presence than in most BMC adjunct lagers, but not much more. Mouthfeel is fizzy, and light bodied. Not good, but not bad. I must admit I have a nostalgic affection for this blue Canadian brew. Takes me back to my pre-21 days when my friends and I would go up to Ontario and drink cases of this at Chad’s cabin. Walleyes, bonfires, logging road four-wheeling, splitting wood, busting beaver dams, wrestling bears, and Labatt Blue: good times. Gets a 5 for nostalgia. (766 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.24/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of body. Malt is slightly sweet and hops are mild and good enough to get the job done. Not an outstanding beer, but easy to drink and pleasant. (150 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass. 24 oz. can. I haven't had this since early on in college when it was my go to "good beer." I'm curious to see what I think of it now.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of dense frothy white head. Retention is good, but it does have some help coming from below. No lacing is left.

3.0 S: This is the only AAL that I've had in a long time that smells like there is some malt in it. Light sweet maltiness. Of course, there is a faint corniness to it, but it doesn't smell that bad. No hops.

3.0 T: Much like the nose. Light, almost bready maltiness with hints of corn. No hops. Not as sweet as many other AAL, which is a huge plus.

3.0 M: Light body, but heavier than most. Carbonation level is reasonable. Not creamy, but smooth at least.

3.0 D: It might just be nostalgia, but I swear this isn't as bad as some of the other AALs I've had lately. There's no sickly corny sweetness that is prevalent in others. (950 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok number 3 in the lager tasteing.
Plain Labatt Blue in the brown long neck .
The appearance of the lager ( pilsner they like to call it on the label) pretty much avewrage..this looks like a good cheap American macro..very pale gold..almost urine in colour but not quite..small and rather weird looking pure white head ( just doesnt look "real")
The aroma is pretty non descript..just boring , boring ,boring.
This beer has a very thin watered down taste..very carbonated with a semi-dry finish but apart from these feelings it has no taste to talk off..some slight malt maybe..but its darn near tasteless.
Mouthfeel is too dry and carbonated.
Not a very drinkable lager..maybe if im trapped in a snowed in cabin in the Yukon with a case of this i might try it again. (777 characters)

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.