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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 609
Hads: 1,876
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 21
Gots: 274 | 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 markmiller
2.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living up in Buffalo, NY, I was raised on this stuff. It was taboo to have Bud or Coors. It was the beer from right across the border and home to Labatt USA importer. Taste? Better than most. At least
this stuff had some taste. You can drink a lot of this stuff. It's average, with nothing really going for it except its cheaper and you can drink it like water. (362 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yes, this is one of the major domestic Canadian brands, and it's average at best. Nothing special about this beer - drinkable, sure, but as with all major domestics, it's not special at all. It's plentiful, refreshing, and has good advertising.

However, for what it is, I think it's decent. It's crisp, refreshing, leaves that nice beer tingle on the tongue - just like any real major domestic lager. If all other things were even, I'd choose this over Molson Canadian, the other major Canadian domestic, any day...it's just not as plentiful here out on the west coast.

So yeah...it's only "poor" by a beer connoisseur's standards, but to the lay person, it's among the better major domestic brews. (700 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.61/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a monstrous two and a half fingers of head that produced lace but didn't sustain itself. The body is fizzy like a soft drink and is slightly darker and more towards gold then the generic adjunct yellow.

Smell: It smells like wet fermented hay and warming doesn't help it's case. It's subdued enough to not be offensive, but that isn't exactly a good sign.

Taste: Pretty much how it smells. It starts with an excessively fizzy incredibly mild corn taste and then turns to a wet grass/hay taste backed by a chemical taste that reminds me of MSG. Once again, it's not offensive but it's not what I would call good.

Mouthfeel: No aftertaste, which is good but the carbonation isn't really doing much for me and it tastes like there is something unnatural in the beer trying to make it seem more impressive then it is.

Drinkability: Yeah, it goes down easy and it's meant to be drunk en mass to get you drunk. It's a macro, it's the only thing it has going for it. Still, it sits a bit heavier then it should and leaves me a bit gassy.

Final Thoughts: Labatt Blue markets itself as the good stuff, however unless you are comparing it to a buck a beer, good stuff it is not. Unlike in the states where Bud and Coors seem to be the Macro standard, up here in Canada it's Molson Canadian and Labatt Blue. This is representative of what Canadian bulk brewing has to offer, so yeah... (1,403 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
2.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Not bad for the style. Dark-ish clear gold with a fizzy white head. Retention is average.

S: Sweet grain smell. Pretty typical for the style.

T: Estery, adjunct-y goodness. As noted by others, the aftertaste is a bit interesting. A bit difficult to point out what it is. It's neither pleasant nor unpleasant. The beer overall isn't horribly offensive. There are hints of malt and grain here and there, but nothing substantial.

I would say this is not as bad as Miller Lite, but not as good as, say, Coors Banquet, which is one of the better AALs, imo..

S: Actually a bit heavier and smoother than would be expected. Average.

O: Run of the mill AAL. Would take it if offered to me for free, but wouldn't spend money on it. (767 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow color with plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. White 1/4" foam upon pouring died down to a thin ring at the edge and nothing across the top. Very mild amounts of lacing noted.

Smell: When first poured, maybe the barest hint of apples and some crisp malt, but after awhile, not even that.

Taste: Mild in taste, crisp, grain is notable, very mild bitter finish with more of a clean mild malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and very prickly on the tongue, but once that clears, watery. Sadly not good.

Overall / drinkability: Meh is about the best I can say. When its very cold there is still something there, but as it warms up, it's all gone, and at that point you really have to chug the stuff fast to get much of anything out of it. Taste and appearance average for this style of beer and nothing special but not bad. Might be good during a hot day, but otherwise I'm not impressed. Oh well, not everything can be good. (1,019 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Kendo
2.56/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somebody left a decent amount of this beer at my house, so what the heck - I'll drink one for scientific purposes.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, it looks pretty good for what it is - light yellow body with nice rising bubbles and a 2-finger bright white head. Some lace clings to the glass after each sip.

S: OK, this is where it starts to go downhill. Some grain and then corn. Perhaps a faint, faint, faint sense of florally hops - but that might be wishful thinking.

T: Follows the nose - husky grain, corn and maybe some diacetyl coating the tongue (is that possible in an AAL?). Too sweet - too much like corn syrup, I think it is. Finishes with a lingering, mouth-coating sweetness; there's no real bitterness providing any sense of balance. Thankfully it's light overall, or else that sweetness would be particularly off-putting.

M: Light in heft, carbonation appears adequate but there's still a slick feel to it. Maybe that's just the impression from the palate-coating sweetness (or the diacetyl), but there is a surprising slickness here.

O: There was a time when I looked forward to going to Syracuse to visit an old college roommate. He swore by this stuff then - mainly, I think, because it was cheap and perceived as fresh (having come not too far from Canada). But now when I go to Syracuse I visit Blue Tusk and drink good beer. For what this is, it's OK. I've had worse. (1,411 characters)

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

In the great Canadian Macro Lager Battle, this loses out to Molson. Fizzy, weak, odorless and just kind of weak tasting, with a distinctly watery and undercarbonated quality. There's really very little to say about some beers, just that I found this had even less taste than Molson, and what was there was tinny. (312 characters)

Photo of PhillyDrinker1
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- clear, pale yellow, and slightly fizzy
Smell- grainy, mild hops
Taste- Light, flat
Mouthfeel- Carbonated, light-bodied
Drinkability- Nothing great, kind of falls flat.

Overall, it goes down easy if your goal is to chug a few beers at a tailgate. (259 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.31/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on draft.

Arrived a clear straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head that was quick to fade. No lacing.

Smell way grape soda and cereal grain.

The flavor was very grapy which I though was odd. As the beer warmed the grape faded and cereal grain became more evident along with some corn. There was the tiniest amount of bitterness in the finish.

Overall this beer is not very good. The whole grape thing was just odd and there are better alternatives out there for AAL's. (483 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The had disappears rapidly and leaves only traces of lace.

S - grainy malt and a hint of corn.

T - grainy sweetness up front, a hint of spicy hops in the middle and a dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - light and neutral, it us hard to say anything about this beer, good or bad. A generic adjunct lager. (445 characters)

Photo of Groucho75
1.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The big blue can; felt like a lager but didn't want a sixer. Hey, sometimes you feel like mac and cheese from a box, right?

Appearance isn't bad; clear, sudsy and highly effervescent with a head that lingers for a little longer than expected. Pale, pale yellow on the color.

Smell wise, it's got that skunky adjunct aroma all over it. Thought I detected some hops but it may have been the leftover Saaz pellets in the fridge that somehow escaped the baggie... Nope, just took another whiff and there is nothing close to hops. Not even grass or corn sugars to save it.

Taste is sharp and flat at the same time. Nothing close to a real lager. Holy cow, I actually would rather have a Budweiser or a Schlitz than this.

Aside from the sharp finish, the mouthfeel isn't bad. If you want a beer you can pound all night and not get beer fatigue, this would be it. If it's under $5 for a pitcher or something at the pizza joint, you'd probably be okay after a few glasses and no longer care.

Beer soda. It's like you had half a can of flat beer and a can of soda water and decided to resuscitate the beer.

Overall I"m sorry I chose this over the Molson XXX I was about to pick up. Hey, for $2 I can't be too mad. Good thing I've got some homebrew in the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth! (1,296 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


A - golden straw in color, 1/8 finger very white head that dissipates in moments and no lacing

S - lots of grain, funk, very sweet malt, slight hop note and very breast

T - not bad, better than bud, very sweet, light malts, grains, some hopish notes and a bit of spice

M - light bodied, medium plus acidity, low complexity, no balance and low finish

D - very easy to drink, perfect for tailgates, lakes, beach parties and such. Not much going on but not terrible

Final thought - this is a great alternative to bud and the like. Only $1 a pop, not bad (562 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. A light pale yellow with a thin off white head that had a little lacing and retention and well carbonated.
S. Has the typical grains and malt smell that most mass produced Canadian and American commercial beers have.
T. The taste is a grainy and biscuit taste with some hops in the back to give your tastebuds some kick.
M. A very clean, crisp and easy drinking beer.
O. One of the very few commercial beers out there that I would buy again when I am low in money. The best AAL out there. (491 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pillowy two finger head with some retention upon a straw yellow body, clear and clean appearance

Smell is grainy malt, bread, light hops, floral

Taste follows the nose, some corn in there but not overdone

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, very drinkable

A brew that will always have a place in my fridge. (384 characters)

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

In a pint glass:

A: light yellow-gold with a one finger off-white head, the head is creamy looking and reduces to a thin ring fairly quickly

S: subdued bland hops through rice and corn, no skunkiness

T: exactly the same as the smell

M: light and crisp, sessionable, subtle bitter finish, no aftertaste

O: right on for the style, but just an average beer for me, probably better with food (392 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 TheMultiYeast
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light yellow with a little white head that disappears.

Smells like corn flakes and grain, very mild yeast notes and a bit of floral hops, light fruitness.

Grains and cereal again in the taste. Slight floral hop presence. Clean, watery finish

Mouthfeel is watery and very carbonated.

At $1.25 for a 24 oz can, the price is right. Not a bad choice out of it's category. (386 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.39/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow golden, clear, pours with very little head that disappears instantly. No lacing.

S: Classic clean beer smell. Light and easy. Wheat, grain.

T: The taste of this beer always reminds me of beer and peanuts at a baseball game. Brings back great memories - but it's nothing too special. Just a really really easy to drink refreshing delicious beer.

M: Light carbonation. Easy on the palate, slight tingle.

O: Just a descent all around beer. Of the basic cheap beers, Labatt Blue is a favorite. Easy to drink and as refreshing as water. (545 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't beat a grocery store $.88 24oz. special.

Pours like any other AAL, real light gold with a big fizzy head. Nothing special on the smell, corn, rice, no hops or malt in the smell.

Taste reminds me of Miller or Coors. Has that 'cooked vegetable' taste that I don't know how to describe. The pilsner style has to be what reminds me of Miller.

Real light on the palate. You could pound these all day, eh.

Overall, I recommend this for anyone looking to get drunk fast. Easy to drink, not bad tasting compared to other similar options, and if it's $.88 per 24oz tall boy, go for. (583 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (604 characters)

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

Beer pours a yellow. The color is noticibly darker than your usual American lager.

The smell is nothing much, maybe a little hoppy.

The beer's taste is initially sweet, almost apple juice like. The finish is refreshingly bitter.

Overall, not a bad beer. Goes well while watching hockey. (289 characters)

Photo of thatruth
1.83/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

picked up a 12 pack from the Safeway near Alaska Junction in West Seattle to get drunk about a month ago. found one hiding in the back of the fridge. 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

pours 1/8" head with no color that dissipates quickly. minimal, slippery lacing. piss yellow body with a few bubbles throughout.

smells like Canada. ha...East Hastings, maybe. smells of corn, weird hops. malty, boozy aroma.

tastes like this should be a craft beer only website. tastes like every other "american adjunct lager" or whatever the hell. tastes identical to a warm, dry sprite - even though it's fresh out of the freezing fridge.

mouthfeel is comparable to a pale, low alcohol, cheap champagne. fritzy and uncomfortable. club soda-esque.

Labatt!! whatever that means in French, it must be close to the f-word. (816 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (769 characters)

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.