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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1399
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.57%

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:
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 drpimento


2/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 23:45:56 | More by drpimento
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow-gold with an ample off-white head. The head is nicely creamy but reduces to a thin ring and very thin 'islands' within minutes. Medium+ carbonation is visible.

S - The nose is about as expected: weak, tainted by adjuncts, and little influenced by hops. It isn't bad, however, with no real off-odors.

T - Labatt Blue's flavor is definitely on the lighter end of the scale for lagers. It does have enough flavor to spark a clear sensation of sweet grains followed by a very mildly bitter finish. The clean finish leaves a reasonably durable impression of malt with a more ephemeral impression of hops.

M - crisp in the mouth with a rather thin body.

O - No real negatives other than the lack of substance.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:51:18 | More by chinchill
Photo of francisweizen


2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2003 17:22:01 | More by francisweizen
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 18:02:23 | More by spinrsx
Photo of alexgash


2.7/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:56:53 | More by alexgash
Photo of Brent


3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2001 18:22:42 | More by Brent
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 22:31:32 | More by tdm168
Photo of Brenden


2.35/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 04:13:48 | More by Brenden
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring in a few minutes.

S - grainy with a slightly bitter aroma in the background.

T - sweet grainy taste upfront with a touch of bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with ok carbonation that makes it go down easy enough.

O - not a beer I'd drink on the regular but it is what it is and if I'm offered one I'll take it, thanks.

Serving type: can

04-13-2011 21:03:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-06-2009 00:45:26 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mynie


1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 07:13:06 | More by mynie
Photo of clayrock81


2.7/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:05:03 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Suds


2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2002 17:48:51 | More by Suds
Photo of Vancer


2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On special, $2.50 for a 23oz , so I choose this instead of the other BMC offerings. Canadian Budweiser. Straw yellow, decent white head. No aroma. Typical adjunct *malts* dominate the quaff. Lightly carbonated. Taste has an earthy, bitter finish, but in total it was not something to turn the nose up when offered- for the *style* not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2005 15:50:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of merlin48


1.78/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sampling from the "create a sixpack" at a local grocery. In college,many years ago, I thought this was a fine beer. It pours a very pale yellow body with an unimpressive white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is faint, some herbal hops and a hint of skunk. Very light bodied, almost watery, but well carbonated. Taste is minimal. A hint of corn syrup and some grassy hops, nothing else to note. Nothing horrible, but nothing to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 18:02:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of tgbljb


2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a paule yellow color with abundant white puffy head that quickly fell. Little lacing to be found. Smell is minimal, with only a slight sweetness to be found. Taste is crisp, but very little maltiness or hops to be found. Cold and refreshing and very easy to drink. Refreshing but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 23:58:30 | More by tgbljb
Photo of DavoleBomb


3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 23:56:27 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Reidrover


2.15/5  rDev -18.3%
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)..is 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 22:22:23 | More by Reidrover
Photo of BARFLYB


1.65/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 06:01:21 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light golden color into the pint glass. About the same as the Labatt Blue Light, maybe even a shade lighter if you can believe that. Very large white pillowy and blooming head required that I halt the pour and wait. It eventually settles down and holds a thin covering for most part, leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Aroma - definite pilsner aroma. That's about it.

Taste - more depth than the LB Light, more pilsner feel (as it ought to be). Nothing, however, to set it apart or above.

Mouthfeel - more body the LB Light, better residue and prolonged taste in the mouth. Bubbly, some sweetness, decent.

Drinkability - I like it. Not one I'd buy off the shelf to stock at home, but I have it on tap in the summer/fall now and then. A fine session beer if you like a pilsner style for the evening and you're at a macros-only joint.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 17:07:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half-inch head that thins quickly, the bubbles breaking up before my eyes to form a crown in about 20 seconds. The liquid is as clear as tap water and about as neutral in color, being a washed-out yellow/gold.

Something about the smell is attractive. It's not repulsing me, at least. There's a sweetness that appears natural enough, a zip of cane sugar, a zap of mashed corn, a pinch of honey. Not terrible, but as other beers have proven, a benevolent smell like this can turn evil real quick. Let's see...

While the sweet/corn elements of the nose come through in the flavor, they die after about 2 seconds. Powdered sugar, clover honey and sweet corn are detected with the first drops on the tongue, and then they disappear as if they were never there. The carbonation performs a magic trick, snatching any decent flavor up in a soda-like swirl of bubbles and leaving you with hardly any kind of finish. Sure, it's "clean," but ultimately that translates to "weak and unsatisfying."

There is nothing here that's 100% detestable. It has potential to be a decent beer, but it feels entirely compromised, rushed and made without a whole lot of love. It's just a commodity that somehow keeps this company in business decade after decade. So many better pilsners out there, you'd be foolish to go with this one for any reason other than total desperation and total lack of any other choices. That doesn't explain why I'm here looking at half a glass I'm not enthusiastic about finishing. Drain pour? Jury's out about that at this moment...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:06:04 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of billab914


2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:43:03 | More by billab914
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 01:27:02 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue- keeps tums and rolaids in business.

Drank many a Labatt in college and my brother-in-law is a big fan but I don't understand the loyalty.

Labatt Blue appeared like any other mass produced, drink until your pissed beer. The smell was a very weak hop smell with a little sweetness. The taste was very ho-hum- not horrible but not good. Labatt was so carbonated that I burped between every sip. When I was done with the first bottle I had to wait several minutes for the heartburn to subside to start on the second!?! Who needs that!

Labatt Blue was a beer I can see many college kids buying by the 30 pack and playing drinking games to. But not a beer to enjoy on a lazy afternoon.

Labatt should be called LaBlah!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 21:39:02 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of cjgator3


2.17/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 04:56:37 | More by cjgator3
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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