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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 208 | 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 smithza9
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a better lager than most of the cheap beers out there. It is darker than most of the mainstream beers and has a fuller taste. It's a heavier beer so it is somewhat drinkable but not impressive smelling. A solid beer from Canada, but Molson is better. A good beer for ski vacations and the winter months.


Photo of MNJR
3.3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Years ago, like more than 15, Labatt Blue was a much better beer. My father and I used to drink it, and when he'd give a bottle to a neighbor, they'd always remark how good it was. That flavor profile is sadly gone today. There is no hint of what of used to be. But, for one of today's macro brews, this stuff doesn't seem as bad to me as others have noted here. It's a passably good but somewhat plain tasting beer, maybe a little sweet. I can't find anything overtly bad or offensive about the flavor. It goes down smooth and it's a refreshing, lighter bodied beer. There are better beers for less money, like PBR. But, if you catch this on sale for less than $5 a six pack it's not a bad deal and good for something different once in a while.

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

Had this beer in a bottle. No smell at all, small head. Color is average, taste is average at all. I would not have this beer all the time, it is not amazing! As far as a lager it is avarage, I prefer this one than a Molson. Would not recommend this beer to a friend. There are better beers than this! Cheers

Photo of RyanBelle
2.18/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a favorite of mine by any means. It's too floral for it's own good, and it's trying to be different than the pack of Canadian Macro Lagers by having this floral characteristic so dominant in the brew. It's horrible for hangovers, so I do not recommend as a session beer unless you have an iron liver. The appearance on this beer is the only thing it has going for it in my opinion, which is average.

Photo of Brettster
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. Has a malty and grainy smell with a little hint of sweet. The taste is pretty light with a slight malty sweet flavor. Has a pretty light bodied smooth mouthfeel. Goes down easy. I would drink it again.

Photo of jonziefle
2.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear, pale brownish yellow color. Half finger fizzy white head that disappears immediately. Visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Smells of bitter, sour grains. Moderate sweetness. Very slight hint of banana flavors.

Taste: Bitter malt bite, but then a more balance taste and sweetness. Definitely grainy, with little in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, with a good carbonation bite. Filling.

Drinkability: A decently drinkable pilsner, but not much in the way of defining flavors. Too heavy on the bitter malts and way too filling.

Buy Again? No

Photo of teovaldi
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is a very slight hop/malt mix. It doesn't smell offensive compared to other AAL's

The taste is a bit of malt and hops that finishes crisp and clean.

The mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Can easily, and many times have, pound back quite a few of these a night. This is my go-to AAL.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this last night, it was on special. And in a strange way, it seems kind of special.

I didn't pour it out of the bottle, but I have seen it before. Nothing stellar or anything to write home about compared to other AALs.

The smell though, was awful. Honestly like stale urine.

Taste however, I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't had a labatt in quite a while, and I think it compares most directly to Budweiser original -- and outdoes it. I just found it more palatable.

So overall, for drinkability, I'd take this over the actual AMERICAN adjunct lagers. strange.

Photo of blackc5
1.4/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Hmm, what to say that hasn't already been said. I recall a time when I actually liked this, and thought it was better then your standard BMC. Maybe it was that appeal of it being an import and all that ice they use in the marketing. Having it again after all these years, and it is just a standard, terrible American (Canadian) Adjunct lager, and although many would claim it is somehow better than your standard BMC, I just don't taste it... Seriously, why even bother drinking this...

Photo of mintjellie
2.72/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold topped by a fast-disappearing finger of fizzy white head. Faint sweet corn aroma, maybe a hint of straw. It's hard to tell, it's so tame. Mild, grainy flavour with hints of corn syrup and grass. It's very bland and inoffensive. Light, thin body; feels a little watery. There isn't really much to differentiate it from other adjunct lagers aside from the fact it costs more. It's not bad, but the quality of the product isn't good enough to make it worth trading up from High Life, Trailhead, or PBR.

Photo of wolfpack87
3.18/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good Canadian Beer, probably not my favorite, but not as bad as others have said. Good option for a cheaper beer and still have pretty solid taste. My favorite thing about Labatt Blue is probably the drinkability. Smooth feel and taste, and inexpensive. I would recommend it.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with about an inch of foamy white soda-consistency head, which dissipates at soda-head speed.

Smell: Adjuncts, with a distinct note of... adjuncts

Taste is a bit more substantial than some of its American counterparts, although it's definitely in the same Macro-lager ballpark. A little bit of malty body adds to a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall conclusion: It's cheap! It's beer! It's decent! A pretty good value proposition.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with steady effervescence feeding an already tall, white head tha-- oh, nevermind, it's dissipating at a steady if sad rate.

Smell: Mild blend of pale and pils malts with a hint of fresh-steamed veggies served up with a ramekin full of light corn syrup. Not exactly an aroma that screams "DRINK UP!"

Taste: Sweet, disparagingly corn-laden flavor starts with some simply pale and pils malts. A tad husky initially and growing huskier by the minute. Blue is nearly entirely lacking in hop flavor and bitterness, though it does eventually dry out on the lightly husky finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A dreadful product, really, that's both unpleasant and unrewarding and should be generally avoided.

Photo of rednrag
2.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying out 2 Canadian beers today--Molson Canadian and this Labatts Blue. Just finished my Molson review (gave it a B) and so now here I go with this one.

I gotta tell ya the truth. This aint nearly as good. It"s kinda watery, it doesn't have any kind of flavor, and frankly, it don't taste no different to me than something like Busch or Milwaukees Best. Kinda disappointed. Now, I will finish the six-pack, but I will be enjoying the Molson a whole lot more.

Photo of FickleBeast
2.76/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Bethesda pint glass

A - pours clear piss yellow with one finger of wispy head that dissipates quickly

S - cooked corn, dms, not much else

T - just a bland beer taste, nothing particularly noteworthy or offensive

M - it washes your palate clean - nothing bad here, just meh

D - not something I buy, but I've had worse

Photo of Beejay
3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical of the style. Crystal Clear, a light straw color, and white head on top.. Though the heads dissipates fast.

S: Sweet, maybe a little bit of corn flavor.. Typical of the style.

T: Also typical of the style.. Clean, crisp, a little sweet, the aftertaste is interesting, but I don't think I can accurately describe it.

M: Highly carbonated, clean, and crisp, with a little bit of tang to it.

D: Overall this is a Par for the course beer. It's like nearly every other American Adjunct... So.. average down the board.

Photo of wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass nov6 2009

A clear straw yellow with a fair amount of bubbles. the fluffy two finger head has a few minuets of retention but no lace

S sweet grains, grass and some skunk

T not so good, adjuncts and skunk

M feels like a macro lager, thin with decent carbonation

D the taste hurts this beers cause a fair bit its just not that good

I've had better macros from Canada but that's not saying much. You can spend less money on better beer

Photo of BBri
3.52/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Smell is grainy, a bit sweet. Appearence is pretty typical of N. American lagers. Medium to light yellow, minimal head. Taste is good. Goes down smooth with a little bit more bite than US Lagers which I find enjoyable. You can drink this beer all nite long and not go wrong. Best for watchin hockey, the Canucks know what they're doing when it comes to beer (and hockey)!

Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can see why this beer gets a lot of C ratings...it's not so bad you can totally hate on it, but there's not much to recommend it either. I think that's probably what they're going for: their 24oz can recently arrived in my parts, evidence that they're going after that part of the market.

Kind of insipid flavor/mouthfeel, not enough hops for my taste, a little too fizzy to be relaxing...appearance-wise, looks the same goin' in as it does comin' out if you know what I mean (and I know that you do).

Back in CA we'd say that since beer is mostly water you always wanted beer from as far north as possible, but Labatt Blue proves that geography is not destiny. Here endeth the lesson.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.84/5  rDev +8%
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...

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown screw-top bottle...there's some kind of date-looking thing stamped on here, but it's impossible to tell what it is.

Appearance: Medium-gold beer with bright clarity and a big fluffy white cap which soon fades to a medium-film and thick ring and high carbonation

Smell: Clean, medium-sweet adjuncty graininess, and just the GHOST of a vanilla and light malt presence...pretty typical, nothing special

Taste: Very very light graininess...and seriously, very little else. Impeccably clean, amost devoid of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, kind of watery

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing about this stands out...period...though, I would probably drink this over a Budweiser (as it's less sweet).

Photo of WJVII
2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a light pale yellow color, a thin white head that left no lacing. The aroma was of corn, some slight malt and a little sweetness. The taste is crisp with decent carbonation. Very clean but not much more to the taste. A lot of corn and some good bitter hop balance in the finish. Not a great beer, but refreshing on a hot day after doing some yard work. Was left over from a party so willing to drink a few, but probably won't pay import price for a sixer.

Photo of jdoncbus
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, straw yellow with sparse carbonation. Smallish, thin white head.

Aroma is corn and sugar. Faint malt whiff with little else.

Crisp on the palate and quite thirst quenching. The flavor is much like the aroma: corn, raw sugar, and with a tinge of lemongrass. The palate is left moderately dry but nothing too over the top. Aftertaste is a dull candycorn.

Labatt Blue is very easy to drink and pretty flavorless. I guess it beats drinking a Budweiser since this brew has a little flavor going on. A decent lawnmower beer in the end but nothing too special.

Photo of craftaholic
2.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Piss yellow, with a finger length of foam that quickly dissipates.

Smell: A light spicy-hop scent.

Taste: A crisp macro-brew somewhat sweet flavor with minimal hop flavor, no complexity whatsoever. Truly an adjunct and it shows.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, cheap party beer but severly lacking.

Photo of mdmako
2.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A light clear amber color with a small head that has little retention. Filtered very well but not too much to it.

S - A weak hoppy smell with slight spice in the backgroound.

T - A mildly spicy and slightly hoppy taste with a somewhat wheaty taste. Some malt is present.

M - Medium thickness that is bubbly and goes down smooth.

D - Worth drinking but not worth buying often.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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