Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 143 | 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 thatruth
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of anglagard1
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For beer like this, a 6th catagory should be added for sound, as the fizz is as audible as a can of Coke. We'll lump that into appearance. Smell is of corn. Taste was a surprising step up from the smell--nothing involving, but a pleasant pilsner sweetness. Taste does not reveal itself more with warming, rather it begins to break down. Despite the good deal I got, it was a mistake to buy this in 24 oz. cans. If you're going to drink this, keep to small serving sizes in order to keep it cold.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent session beer. It smells like sweet grains tastes about the same with the addition of a slight amount of hops. The mouthfeel is very light with a lot of carbonation.
Overall this is a slightly better then average adjunct lager that is good for an after bike ride session beer. Not going to win any awards but it does the trick.

Photo of depechemode1983
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a clear yellow/straw color. The head dissipates pretty damn quick in a soda pop like fashion. Lacing is non existent.

S - Very light grains, a little sweetness and some faint hops. There is also a bit of a metallic twang to it.

T - Not as offensive as I was expecting. Very light in flavor. Typical of the style. Light bitter hops with just a little graininess. Pretty bland.

M - Mouth feel is light bodied. Smooth enough. Carbonation seems high in the pour but now it seems its all gone. Must have disappeared in the soda pop head.

O - It's drinkable, but why would you want to? Maybe to cleanse the palate and make way for a good beer? I wouldn't buy it again, however it wasn't horrible.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed May 2007. That was a bottle; this is a tallboy can. I used to be kind of fond of this stuff but haven't had it regularly in years.

Pours a pale straw, topped with a puffy two-inch white head that is in a hurry to leave. Lots of bubbles imply a high level of carbonation. Smells like most other members of the style; stale malts and adjunct sweetness.

Taste is pretty bland as well. Grainy, pale malts and adjunct sweetness (seems more like rice than corn to me). Slightly dry finish with no real aftertaste. Watery and thin-bodied with high carbonation, this is a prototypical adjunct lager. Nothing outstanding or stomach-turning about it.

Reviewed a can of Molson Canadian last week so it only seems fair to give this one the same treatment. I used to prefer this over Canadian but in recent years my preference has drifted to the Molson end of that spectrum. Blue is a generic, barely-acceptable macro lager.

[Updated Oct 26 2013]

I don't know why I keep coming back to beers like this, I guess I'm a sucker for blandness. I'll revise a few things from my last review - this pour actually looked pretty good in the glass, and in my opinion Labatt Blue actually has the ideal mouthfeel for an adjunct lager - moderate carbonation, light body and really smooth/easy-drinking. Too bad it doesn't taste very good. This is slightly cheaper than Canadian, and also slightly crappier, so I guess you get what you pay for. Acceptable if you need something cheap for social drinking, but not one of the better macros in my opinion.

Final Grade: 2.95, a C.

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear straw yellow with fizzy carbonation and one finger of frothy white head with no lace.

S- Cereal, sweet grains, and a mild skunk

T- Cereal, sweet grains, corn, pretty nice bitterness on the finish for an AAL Quite sweet

M- Fizzy, refreshing, crisp, thinner mouthfeel

O- This was my college beer. After I graduated I still got 12 packs once in a while to drink along with my craft beers and still have a few of these left over from last year. I like it for what it is a cheap buzz that I liked better than most of the other AALs at the time, not sure if I would still feel that way, but I don't really drink them anymore. Probably my first time drinking this in a glass other than having it in pitchers at the bar. It is definitely quite sweet, but does have a little more bitterness than most AALs IMO. I don't really see my self buying this in the store again anytime soon, but will revisit it at the bars every once in a while.

Photo of gskitt
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I kind of wanted a Canadian adjunct to be better but it's was average at best. Poured a bright clear yellowish gold. Almost no head to speak of. Smelled of rice and water. Chemical even. Taste was not so bad, refreshingly crisp. Did have a dry, rice like quality but drinkable. Overall, a drinkable adjunct but unimpressive on a good day.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks pretty good for the style due to a big soapy white froth of head and bits of lace upon the glass.

S - Very slight pale grain and minerals.

T - Tastes like water. Maybe beer-flavored water, but that is probably a stretch. Nice mineral and grassy herbal finish/aftertaste, which bumps up the flavor a notch in my estimation.

M - Thin body, watery, low but prickly carbonation.

O - Fairly drinkable and quite inoffensive, but it is definitely not above mediocre.

Photo of Onenote81
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Continuing with the "Blue" theme...

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Just had this on tap a few days ago, let's see how it compares. The pour yields the same pale gold with a thin white cap. The nose is just a mild - corn, grass, faint citrus. The mouth is crisp and refreshing still, albeit on the thin side. The flavors seem more pronounced from the bottle (though I think that has more to do with the ice-cold glass my draft was served in - how I hate that). Creamy corn, light malt, mild bitterness. Grainy finish. Not a bad brew. I'd reach for this before many other adjuncts.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried for the first time while at Comerica Park in Detroit for a Tigers game. The beer appeared a light golden amber color with a nice white head that held up nicely that dissipated into a thin spotty cap. The aroma was kind of typical, light and grainy. The taste of the beer was better than expected (maybe it was just because I was at the ballpark), but I felt that it was strong than most in its class, but still grainy with no real hint of hops. It has a light feel, was clean, crisp, easy to drink and very refreshing and enjoyable. Overall, not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my personal favorites when I want to drink a quality beer at an affordable price. Whether it is in a bottle or can, Labatt Blue always seems to hit the spot. It has a sweet taste to it with quite a bit of flavor. It's a lot different than other Canadian Imports as a result of that sweet taste. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially someone that wants a quality beer without spending a lot of money.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of dhannes
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams' perfect pint glass.

A=Golden yellow, but lighter than other lagers...almost appeared like a Pilsner.

S=Faint hops...nothing impressive.

T=Started out very bland, but improved as the beer warmed up...still, less flavor than many other regular lagers.

M=Okay...nice, light, crisp.

O=Not impressed...will buy others from now on.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint a light yellow with a lot of head that died down fast to leave almost nothing. Nose is nothing short of any other mass produced lager. A bitterness and pale malt if anything. The flavor is watery but with a brighter grain character than expected. A light bitterness that finishes. The finish has a light sour taste. I'll drink it if I'm handed one at a hockey game.

Photo of kingcrowing
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow color with a very small white head and no lacing. Nose is just adjuncts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is corn and a light bitterness, but not of the hop variety. Very bland, light and tame. Skip it.

Photo of SeussMD
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh, Labatt Blue. Once upon a time, in the dark ages of beer when Sam Adams was not yet available and imports where for rich people and/or those who put on airs, I thought Canadian beer had it all over its southern macrobrewed cousins. And with family in Buffalo, it was always around. I'd review Old Vienna, because my grandfather drank it and my grandfather was The Man. But it's not available. And I forgot to pick up a can of Genny Cream Ale. So in honor of The Man, who passed away five years ago yesterday, and Buffalo, The Greatest City In The World...

Serving size: 340 ml bottle, eh.

Pours pale gold, one-inch frothy head that disappears faster than you can say "imported daily from Canada."

Aroma: Very little. Straw, slight sweetness (the corn talking, perhaps).

Taste: Some hint of malt, corn. Slight hint of hops. Strong overwhelming suggestion of water. Mrs. Seuss says: "Doesn't smell like much. Doesn't taste like much." She's right.

Mouthfeel: For a beer with such a wimpy head it's got a fairly decent fizz to it. Crisp, I guess you could call it.

Overall: Labatt Blue is about drinking, not thinking. It is meant to be consumed quickly, without tasting it. Hockey arena beer. Stadium beer. Hot summer day beer. Cheap beer. Drink it fast so I can get buzzed beer. It's scary to me that I still occasionally purchase and consume something so frighteningly meh ... but imprinting is powerful and the Buffalo beer gods must be appeased during Stanley Cup playoff runs. Twist cap at your own risk....

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 or is that an 11.2oz. bottle into a highball glass. (I don't want to rinse out a perfectly good pint glass to review this particular beer.) Pale straw color, with an actually pretty decent head of white, soapy foam.
Aroma-Faint sweet malt and grain.
Taste-(When actually tasting this beer and not just pounding down an ice cold bottle, I can't help but grimace and wrinkle my nose a bit)
Watery grain, faint sweet malt, canned corn note, faint metallic finish.
This is my Grandad's favorite beer. He likes it in paper cups and that's how we drink it together. Somehow, drinking ice cold Labatt's out of 7oz. paper "shooter" cups while gazing out at a lake makes it taste pretty damn good. But for the more formal purposes of this review however, sorry Blue. (And I mean that).

Photo of techfed87
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a moderate head. Color is light to moderate yellow, quite clear. Smell is a bit neutral.

First sip is fairly straightforward. Flavor is lacking in hops, but does have a satisfying, if fairly meager, malt presence.

All in all, a decent, if only a little underwhelming, beer.

Photo of WankelEngine
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale golden color with a pure white head with moderate retention. Light carbonation is visible.

S: Smells mostly of grain and wheat with a hint of citrus.

T: Similar to the smell. Mostly just notes of corn and wheat which add a little sweetness to the drink. There is nothing particularly noteworthy here. Finishes a little dry and pretty clean.

M: Needs more carbonation, almost tastes like it’s been sitting open in the fridge for a day.

O: This beer is easy to drink, fairly crisp and refreshing, but nothing about it is noteworthy. Better than the alternatives. If you were to say, buy cases for a party, I’d recommend spending the extra dollar or two to upgrade from Bud or Miller to this.

Photo of Knapp85
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue is a pretty decent drinking beer. It's best when it's ice cold. It's much like other Pale Lagers, Yellow in color, dissipating head, and pretty smooth tasting. I'd go for a Labatt's before ever going after Miller or Bud. This beer gives us some good flavors and it could easily be much worse.

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,739 ratings.