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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 138 | 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 LordAdmNelson
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours VERY pale, like a lighter Bud Light. Almost no head, no lacing or retention. Very light straw color.

S- Kind of funky, pretty sure this isn't skunked, it's just the way it is. Slightly bready.

T- Bready malt, slight skunk, a little metallic/astringent twang. Not very good, IMO, but I guess it's better than the average adjunct.

M- Adjunct all the way.

D- Beer pong, drinking game beer. Could have them all night, but I won't enjoy them that much...

Photo of Brenden
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a pale, bland yellow like some many macros. The head is pretty thick, about one finger, and does leave a little lacing in the glass. The smell is corn and grains but nothing else, really. A light astringency follows. The taste is corn and light grains as well with very minimal malt and light herbal something. There's also a bitterness to it. Following is a very mild, somewhat odd sweetness. There's a twang of oddness in the finish. Skunk, perhaps? The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is, plain and simple, a regular old macro.

Photo of mikeal1917
1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Labatt Blue is a canadian beer found across North America, and yet, it'll never find its way into my refrigerator.

Appearance- Probably the best thing about this beer. A golden color with a thin, wispy head. Nothing spectacular.

Smell- A distinctly pungent smell comes from this brew, and it definitely ruined the beer before I even drank it.

Taste- Nothing was remotely enjoyable about this beer, and the only reason it didn't get a 1 was because I could choke it down. The bitterness was unbearable, and I could never get past it.

Mouthfeel- The beer doesn't have a bad consistency, and has at least a good balance.

Drinkability- I would obvious say this has no drinkability what so ever. Bitter taste, pungent smell...nothing good to say, except I'll probably never have it again.

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

I was reacquainted with this brew at a recent function for my girlfriend and it seems as though Labatt has slightly modified the recipe. Pours a darkish yellow, carbonated body with a bubbly white head that swiftly dissipates. Smell and taste are corn, sweet malt, and light hops, with a mildly floral and grainy aroma. This time around, I noticed a much stronger hop presence in the nose, though cereal flavours dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied with a smooth and watery finish. Overall, this is an okay option if you're at a bar or event that only serves macros beers.

Photo of PeskySaurus
4.2/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labatt Blue is definitely my favorite beer to drink. The taste is not exceptional the way expensive imports are, rather it is simply a macro brew of Canada. However, I like this beer much better than Budweiser, and the reason ultimately is taste. It has that American Domestic taste like A.B. beers do, yet it is gently covered with some kind of import taste. The beer is easy to get down, meaning not super filling like the fancy dark brews I like to import. The appearance makes no difference to me, it just seems gold like Budweiser, but the smell, like the taste, has an air of import to it if just barely.

This beer is not too heavy, yet not too light. The way I would sum up Labatt Blue for you is "the best of both worlds".

Photo of sliverX
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poored a deep straw gold about an inch of white foam started out for a head but that faded really fast to a film around the rim of the glass, lots of carb bubbles trying to free themselves
smell - not a whole lot going on here just a light "adjunct lager" smell ya know like what most people would just say smells like beer
taste its not exactly run of the mill macro taste because it has this bitter skunky thing going on and its not skunked all blue taste this way and its not hops I know that much. Usually why I'll stick with a Molson when in that environment...
mouthfeel is slightly more body than water
drinkability - well to put it simply ever corner bar in Buffalo has this in some form so I guess its pretty popular but I can't really get past the taste this beer always has going on, I'd rather drink Bud than this so I do, or there's always Molson Canadian

Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this average everyday beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very beercolored. The beer had no head at all and looked flat. The smell was a little like pee. Othere thanthat the beer was good.. It had a nice clean taste if you held your breath and was pleasant enough to drink. i will buy again.

Photo of dpsychoholic69
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a glass, gold in color, nice thick white head, good lacing

S - Grains, a little hops, not much really

T - Okay here it goes, metallic, sweet, light hops, grassy, not a lot of flavor, crisp

M - Thin, goes down like water, some carbonation, a little hoppy bite in the finish

D - No doubt I could slam back a few of these fairly quickly, especially when it's hot. I had some friends from Canada who would drive into Louisiana just to pick up a couple of cases of Blue because they couldn't get it in Mississippi back a few years ago. I don't know why they went to all the trouble. This beer drinks fine, goes down easily and is crisp and refreshing but not much in the flavor department.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip beer glass.

Appearance - pours a golden colour, with a thin little head that lingers. Good clarity and carbonation, a decent looking brew.

Smell - pretty fresh aromas of barley. Not complex, but lots worse.

Taste - comes up short. A very clean beer but lacking in any positive noticeable traits. I'm trying to taste anything of character, but there isn't anything.

Mouthfeel - poppy carbonation. I really think the whole carbonation thing takes over with this one.

Drinkability - another brand that simply survives on its ability to refresh when it's very cold on a hot day. There are many better choices, in my opinion.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very bland choice of brew. Doesn't go well with many foods and is not my first choice for a beer to watch TV with. Taste is sub-par and leaves a nasty after taste. I would just stay clear of this one. No head when poured into a glass (plastic cup) and color is pale and not appealing. Sorry but it a no go on this one.

Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours basically the same color as other macros- maybe a slight hint darker. The foamy head disappears exceptionally fast. Within seconds, leaving a stale beer/ apple juice looking surface on top. I'm a little sick so I'm not picking up much aroma- maybe a little apple juice, metal, and adjunct. Nothing unpleasant, though. Mouthfeel is a little more fuller bodied than some other adjunct lagers that corresponds with some of the slightly maltier/apple juice (I'm not sure why I'm getting so much of that from this beer..) like flavors. I enjoy drinking this, but I also do not find it in any way delicious. Yet there's nothing wrong with it as far as I can tell. No paper taste like Miller Lite. No metallic smell like Bud. This is a good perfectly average beer to judge other beers by IMO. It's basically just beer- take it or leave it.

Photo of yuenglings
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz draft

Apperance: yellow slight head some lacing

Smell: strong grain smell to it

Taste: Not much of a taste little bit of hop and grains but not much at all

Mouthfeel: i would say smooth and refreshing

Drink: very good can easly drink to many of these to fast

Photo of cagocubs
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours yellow with fast leaving white foam and tons of active carbonation working its way to the top.

S: Very little smell at all, maybe some grain and hop.

T: For a macro this is better than alot of comparable lagers, but other than some veggie kickback there was nothing but water in the taste.

M: Nothing special here either, typical macro lager feel and aftertaste.

D: High, this is a beer you can pound back and get shitty with.

Photo of Dodo2step
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P- Underdog bar and grill

A- a dull pale yellow pour with minimal head and quickly runs away.

S- earth malts and corn. Light wheat and no hop smell.

T- a tin/aluminum taste with sour malts and an unbalanced tang type of flavor.

M-watery and a sour sweet feel. A metal feel coats my mouth.

D- lets just say i have had worse but i wont have anoth labatt. Its a nice beer to get a keg of if you are havinga huge party.

Photo of marc956
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being that I used to live in Canada (more precisely Quebec) this is commonly found in my fridge, it's better than nearly all mass-produced American lagers and pilsners, but don't let the pilsner name fool you. There are better ones from Europe (like Pilsner Urquell) .. but this one isn't bad. InoffenCive taste, easy to drink, not much of a buzz. Cheers!

Photo of fingerlaker
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Of all the macrolagers that are avaliable at any local bar...

Pours yellow. Foam quickly dissapates. Oh well, we're talking macro here. It's darker than most macros though.

Smell is a wee bit metallic. But I could also notice a touch of citrus in the hops. Not terrible, not fantastic.

Taste? I could do worse. It's a touch on the dryer side as far as macros go and the hops are present, but fall far short of where they should be. Up front, I get a bit of steel flavor that goes into the dry malt and finally succumbs to the light hopping at the end.

Drinkability? Could drink them all night, but would ultimatly get bored.

I laugh at the audacity of Labatt to call this a pilsner.

I've had this beer in draft, bottle and can, and the best is draft.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.8/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Average for a macro and the style. Fluffy head that dissapates pretty quick, no real lacing. Light straw color.

S - Not a lot of smell, but whats there is what you would expect. Some grains, hint of hops.

T - Taste is pretty good too me, for what it is anyway. Even balanced for an adjunct. Not a whole lot of flavor, but its balanced pretty well and theres not an overpowering adjunct taste.

M - Slightly above average for a macro, but only slightly. Pretty watery.

D - you could knock these down all night.

An above average macro. Not too bad, but nothing great here by any means. Definitely a Lawnmower beer.

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came from the 1 pint 8 fl. oz can marked 1-150-8-2334B.It pours a more golden yellow than pale yellow with a lot of puffy, white head and dissolves after about 2 minutes.

The aroma is slightly hopped but does not have that distinctive Canadian skunky scent that accompanies so many Canaian brews that I have tried over the years.

The mouth feel is medium and the taste has a distant feel of hops and malts but it is not an overpowering experience.

I tend to drink a lot of Labatt since it is generally cheaper around here than many US beers. They claim it is transported into the state from Canada every day. Maybe it is, which is why is comes across as fresher than Molson brews.

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

pours a very clear pale straw color about a one finger frothy white head and some light lace. odd cooked veggi smell. taste of corn with a very light mouthfeel and carbonation was good. it was left over beer that my daughter bought when she was here for christmas. so i thought i would try it but its not something i would buy.

Photo of cpn920
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to be "my beer." Thank God it used to be, before I had my awakening. Had one from my buddy on New Year's. Very pale with a thin head. Smell was nonexistent beside some light grain odor. Taste was pretty blah or nonexistent. Definitely a beer made to be consumed to just pound back and get stupid. Not impressed with anything about this beer. I didn't drink the whole beer so I do not find it to be drinkable.

Photo of Devilsfan87
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at a distributor in town for 18 pack for $15.99, bit pricey for what it is... the appearance is paleish yellow. The smell isn't very strong, or appealing for that matter, mostly corn. taste is refreshing, carbonation is marginal at best. Easy to power a few of these down while watching your favorite hockey team play after happy hour. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Photo of merlin48
1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sampling from the "create a sixpack" at a local grocery. In college,many years ago, I thought this was a fine beer. It pours a very pale yellow body with an unimpressive white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is faint, some herbal hops and a hint of skunk. Very light bodied, almost watery, but well carbonated. Taste is minimal. A hint of corn syrup and some grassy hops, nothing else to note. Nothing horrible, but nothing to recommend it.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'm just getting around to review this beer. I'm not usually in a very review-friendly setting whenever I imbibe it.

The beer pours like yellow-tinged water with a thin head. The smell is sweet corn malt with a little grass. The taste is sweet and a bit corny with a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is watery with weak carbonation. Look, this is a weak beer in taste and smell that is either meant to be consumed in large quantities or by people who don't know better. I guess there are worse things you can put in your mouth while watching a hockey game, but there's a lot more out there if you're willing to spend a little more money.

Photo of Mistofminn
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my favorite Canadian beer, eh?

Pretty typical macro lager. Very watery. Smells and tastes like corn, some grain scent. Clear color, medium carbonation and light body.

If you want a watered down beer, that has little taste or aroma, and goes down like water, this is definitely for you. Compared to other macros I would rate this above average, but not by much.

Photo of madtappers
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just an average very drinkable Canadian beer, reminds me alot of Coors Light. Not a beer for the beer snob looking for that fine hop or malt, but that everday macro lager for the workman or hockey player.

Good beer to have alot of, when watching a game or plowing the snow of your driveway!

Cheers, EH! Hoser!

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.