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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,703
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 120 | 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 Monsteruss
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The foam was light wheat in color and dissapated quickly. The color was deep golden yellow with some amber highlights. The taste had a balance of hops and wheat, a fruity and flowery undertones with a bit of tartness and end. Mouthfeel - medium to light bodied with a smidgen of dryness. Drinkability - smooth, somewhat dry and a little bitter. Ok session.

Monsteruss, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale, golden complexion here, with medium lace.

Nothing special about the nose, either. Basically like most other American-style light lagers.

Taste is corny, adjunct, and watery.

Another example of a light, beer-flavored water that's tailor-made for drinking quickly, so as to avoid tasting it. Not one I'd drink again.

secondtooth, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance with head that disappears quick. Smell is mostly grain and corn, but overall nothing powerful.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet with lots of grain and corn, but nothing more then that. Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit dry.

Overall this is a stereotypical Adjunct Lager. Nothing horrible, but it is also boring. It is watery though, which makes it easy to chug down.

CrazyMike, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass (will keep it in the can next time for sure) pours a lite yellowy and fizzy, almost like a diet gingerale. head appears then disappears pretty fast. this has all the makings for a fine canadian pilsner... doesn't smell like much is going on, very bland. tastes like most beer of its style maybe with a little more sweetness. not a very good beer imo but i would still take it over a similar lager if i were given the choice at a hockey game or something.

gabedivision, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
2.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Labatt pours a light, golden hue with no head to speak of , just some random carb presence that manages to float up to the top. Aroma is sweet and grainy, that's about it. The taste begins with some sweetness from the malts, followed by a nutty graininess with just a touch of alcohol and no noticeable hop presence. Mouthfeel is light and watery with a moderate level of carbonation. Not much going on in this beer, the adjuncts provide some additional sweetness to the malt profile while a slight nutty/grainy presence pretty much makes up this beer. It's drinkable and more complex than some adjunct lagers, but not great by any means.

jsdunlop, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BennyL1
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard Sea Dog pint glass

A - Beer is a translucent pale yellow with no head or lacing.

S - Mostly grains and corn. A faint smell of hops, nothing going on here.

T - What you would expect from an adjunct. Sweet grains and some corn. Very clean tasting.

M - Light watery body with pretty high carbonation.

D - Scores a couple points higher here because you could pound these like there is no tomorrow.

Short review, but really not much to talk about. I would probably get one of these over a Bud Light but that isn't really saying much.

BennyL1, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, pale yellow from a 22 oz can; no ABV or freshness date on the can. One finger head that fizzes away quickly.
Aroma is mostly grains/husks and corn.
Taste is again grainy/husky. Pretty flat and watery. Nothing much to write about taste; insipid would be too harsh to describe it, but that is what it is in my opinion.
Decent carbonation and lacing along the glass.
Not a lager I would go looking for.

CaptDavyJones, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of larrytm56
3.75/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one when I was in Canada, and liked it fine. I even brought home some, yes I paid the duty. It smelled fine tasted good. Its look was average pale yellow. It had a higher alchohol content wich also helpped it.I would drink it again for sure.

larrytm56, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- clear, pale yellow with thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace.

S- Very faint, hints of corn, grains, and not much else.

T- Corn, grain, bright fruit like green apples, and slight funk.

M- Watery, thin and fizzy

D- Very poor and boring.

JayS2629, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Aaron420
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

So I am not really sure what the exact color of this one is cause well I refuse to pour it into a glass. There is not much you can say about this one it is a normal macro beer,heavy on the corn flavor, very mild hops. They are built to drink and drink a lot of them. All in all I would rate this one way above most of the American macro beers, well except PBR. But this will defiantly have a place in my fridge especially during hockey season.

Aaron420, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

twist off bottle

Imported from our northern neighbors up north.

Low head retention. not very easy to get it going either. Aside from that, no complaints on the appearance. Clear lager. Smells like absolutely nothing... taste clean and very slightly of yeast. nothing too fancy. bit watery. No bitterness or hop presents. actually highly drinkable. Another good substitution for water.

mlazzaro, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

billab914, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of marty21
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear yellow. A two finger head that disappeared when I looked away for a second.

S: A typical macro aroma but with a bit more grainy smell.

T: I get a faint grainy taste. Mostly I taste corn and it becomes more evident as the beer warms.

M: A light body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D: One of my two favorite macro beers along with Molson Canadian. A good choice if you're drinking for quantity and not for quality. There's nothing offensive about this beer but there's nothing that makes it great. Better then the usual macro.

marty21, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of epicness
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: There's nothing special about the way this beer looks. It's clear yellow, and there's absolutely no head nor lacing. Very very little carbonation is present. It pretty much looks like colored water.

S: Blue has a good smell for an adjunct lager. It's got slight hop presence and a little bit of corn. There's also a hint of apple mixed in there.

T: Corn and a heavy metallic taste up front. A bit of sour apple on the finish. It's a pretty straight forward simple taste. Extremely average.

M: Light bodied with slight carbonation to give it some substance so it doesn't feel like water. Smooth finish.

D: Blue is a good beer to sit around and drink and drink and drink and drink if that's your thing. It's easily drinkable and the taste isn't awful.

epicness, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Golden color with a white head that stays around for a bit at a single finger. The nose is a bit of light grain and some husk. The flavor brings a few too many grain husks. Light body with a lot of carbonation. Drinks well enough, but not all that good.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent example of the style that is more drinkable than others.

Pours a typical straw yellow with a white head that receeds somewhat quickly. Smells of blunt corn and mild hops. The taste has almost no bitterness and is mostly muted malts and corn. Still the flavors are blended well enough to make a smooth and crisp beverage. Slight corny sweetness in the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. This beer taste a lot less watered down and processed than the BMC beers. Overall it's a lousy style of beer and Labatt made the best of it. A refreshing brew when one drinks cold.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Jaxxon61
1.1/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From my brother-in-law's fridge. Offensive and detestable on every level. Carbonated brake fluid with infused mushroom juice -- that just about sums up this putrid macro swill. I can't remember any beer that has ever brought to the point of anger after consuming it. This one nearly has. Labatt Blue...a Canadian icon...a national shame.

Jaxxon61, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer felt, tasted, looked, and smelled just like Pabst Blue Ribbon. I don't know why but it did. If you've ever had a PBR, then you've had this beer.
Pours a thin yellow color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of grain, tastes of grain and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin but decent. Drinkability is okay.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of gatorguy
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Keeping in mind that this is an adjunct, my expectations were low, but it was a cheap buy so I figured why not. The beer is the typical straw yellow color. Not to much in the way of smell, some light earth tones was all. Taste wise, it wasn't half bad. It was like most other adjuncts, but it didn't leave a bad after taste and was quite drinkable. Overall I would take it over the big 3 as far as a cheap beer goes, but it's nothing special.

gatorguy, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
1.45/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a straw yellow with a 1" head composed of very cheap bubbles which quickly dissipated and left no trace of head at all. Mildy sweet with almost no taste at all. Really about as boring a beer as you can get.

Years ago before I was into drinking and beer I asked a bartender for a good beer I should try. He said Labatt Blue, and I didn't notice anything wrong with it at the time. I know now one of several things were going on a) I was being hazed as a new drinker or a newbie to that bar, or b) He had some Labatt Blue he was having trouble getting rid of, or c) He was an idiot. Guess I'll never really know which one it was.

MoreThanWine, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I grew up thinking Labatt Blue was premium beer. My how times (tastes) have changed. These days I can think of no more average a beer than good old Labatt Blue. That doesn't mean that it's bad, but it doesn't mean that it's particularly great either. In fact, it's pretty much the balance point on the scale for me, though I'd still take it over nearly any of its American counterparts.

This example was served ice cold straight from a 24 ounce can. It's light in color and bubbly from the healthy amount of carbonation that these types of lagers tend to have. The scent is unremarkable, if noticeable at all. It smells pretty watery really. The taste is what you'd expect from a sturdy adjunct lager. Blue rises above most of its American counterparts by being slightly more flavorful and thus, less bitter. Most domestic lagers seem so light to me that the carbonation creates a dominant bitterness in the flavor and mouth feel. Not so here. That's why Labatt Blue so middle of the road. It's flavorful enough that it's not offensive to the mouth, but light enough that it doesn't leave a lasting impression. That makes it an appropriate session beer for those on a budget, but I can't imagine trying to impress your friends with this, unless they're only familiar with Bud and Miller.

weizenbob, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
3.75/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a little funny, almost a urine color, but who really cares? I really like this beer. I would agree with some who say that there is a "funky" after taste, but it's not horrible. I love the initial taste of this beer, and would recommend it to anyone.

MakeIncuSciBus, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of A380
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a completely clear gold with very weak head that disappears in probably twenty seconds. no lacing whatsoever. tastes like water with a bit of beer to it. it could go as a light beer but it definitely shouldnt be called a pilsener (its says canadas pilsener on the label..) would be amazing on a super hot day with no other beer around. carbonation is weak and theres definitely better beer out there.
not something i recommend.

A380, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma here is of some corn perhaps...grain. Pretty clean overall. Not too much going on.

Taste is pretty simple. A little crispness upfront, with the body consisting of a mild corn/cooked veggie taste. Finish only has a very slight bitterness to it, which makes me see why this is called an "adjunct lager" here rather than a pilsener. Sweet, wet grain sticks around after the swallow.

It's nothing special but it's highly drinkable. I'd object to it calling itself a pils though, since it doesn't really seem like one.

NODAK, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured in a glass for whiskey. Look: Very bright blond color, thin creamy foamy head, fed with many threads of bubbles. Smell: Very clean, some cooked vegetables. Taste: Pale malt and mineral water. Mouthfeel: Refreshing and extra fizzy, slightly bitter and very smooth body. Drinkability: I've drink better canadian beers but don't left me bad taste.

roddwolff, Sep 21, 2010
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.