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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 196 | 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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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.01/5  rDev +14%
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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1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
1.45/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst AAL I've had the pleasure of tasting. Honestly cannot believe people regularly drink this crap.

Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
1/5  rDev -62.1%

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of billab914
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer someone left at my house, figured I might as well review it. Growing up in Buffalo I have some pretty good memories of this beer and have consumed quite a few of these in my day.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier 2xIPA glass. It poured a clear, light golden color with a very thin, white and spotty head to it. The head faded completely away after a few minutes.

The aroma is light with mostly a grainy malt flavor along with a little corn coming through. It does have a bit of a crisp, apple like flavor to it as well.

Like the aroma, the taste has a little of that crisp fruit like flavor going on in it as well. More of the grainy flavors are there as well. It has a pretty crisp and clean finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the higher side, but standard for the style. Drinkability isn't that great, there just isn't much going on here to make me want to drink more of it. Keeping style in mind though I think this is better then a lot of macros. Overall though it's just not that great of a beer.

Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
2.94/5  rDev +11.4%
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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1/5  rDev -62.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
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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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.