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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 115 | 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:
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 Bockrules
3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent light straw color. Tons of bubbles rush to the fluffy, white, three finger head which I bet won't make it to halfway down the glass. And I win as the head is gone about a third down the glass. Leaves behind several small splotches of lacing.

S - Light Grain notes with a faint bitterness. About as expected.

T - Some light cereal grains upfront. The body has a more cereal grain taste with a light bitterness. Cereal malt finish.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated without coming off watery in the least.

Much like Canadians there is nothing offensive about this beer, which is perhaps its biggest strong suite. It's nice that there wasn't any noticeable corn flavors in this brew and while far from impressive, the cereal grains translate into a simple and clean brew. I would take this over most of the Mexican and American adjunct lagers that I have sampled so far and would even consider purchasing it as a plain, simple, no frills cheap beer for the summer.

Bockrules, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of mjh5397
3/5  rDev +13.6%

mjh5397, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a clear golden hue and had an inch of white head perched on top that settled to a fizzy skim.

S - I get a grainy smell. I think I can actually smell a little hops in there, too.

T - There is not a whole lot going on here. There is some flavor which is better than a lot of macros. I taste some grain and ever now and then I get a hint of bitterness.

M - Thin

O - The first time that I recall having this beer I liked it. That was in Canada and about 11 years ago. It's better than BMC.

buschbeer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bpackertx
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

bpackertx, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Amalak
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have a bit of a soft spot for this brew because it reminds me of my days drinking at college at Plattsburgh. It has a corn taste and some maltiness. It's nothing special, but for a regular macro brew lager it has its qualities.

It's a slight bit darker than the light version, which isn't saying too much. Mild malt scent.

Amalak, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of BenWool
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

BenWool, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of timbobandit
2/5  rDev -24.2%

timbobandit, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
1/5  rDev -62.1%

dmorgan310, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Pencible
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Pencible, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

slimntubbs, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Griffith
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Griffith, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Beerme09
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Beerme09, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
1.68/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

P: 12 oz can poured into a mug

A: Poured with a three finger sudsy white head that soon dissipated to a thin foamy ring. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Pale yellow color.

S: Smells like an adjunct lager as expected.

T: Watery on the start with a slightly bitter finish. Not a very good taste. Aftertaste is even less enjoyable.

M: The carbonation is evident in the mouthfeel, as this beer feels quite foamy in the mouth.

O: I really didn't enjoy this beer. I'm glad the cans I got were free. Can't recommend this one at all.

CMUbrew, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of bmcduff2
1/5  rDev -62.1%

bmcduff2, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of markmiller
2.85/5  rDev +8%
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.

markmiller, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of everlong353
3/5  rDev +13.6%

everlong353, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of wtighe03
2/5  rDev -24.2%

wtighe03, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of timtwoface
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

timtwoface, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

sgttibbs, Jan 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

JSkone09, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

IdrinkGas, Jan 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of sinibomber
3/5  rDev +13.6%

sinibomber, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.