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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 9
Gots: 93 | 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 robocrouch
2.35/5  rDev -11%

This is my favorite of the macro family. Couldn't see the color because I had to drink it from the bottle. The smell was faint but malty. The beer tastes grainy and malty with very little in the way of hops. To me one of the better macros but too expensive for what is offered. This beer is worth a try though if looking for something light and not too complicated.

robocrouch, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a typical clear golden yellow, head does not last. Aroma is average, malty without any undertones - nothing special, but not repulsive, either. Taste is about what one would expect, smooth with no bitterness. I detected a slight metallic hint - probably since I sampled it from a can - and found this beer a little watery but still palatable.

Cyberkedi, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of youngleo
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%

The pourability of this beer was good. Not to much carbonation as to overfill the glass. The head was a little sweet and it disapeared very fast with no residue clinging to the glass. The beer itself was a light yellow.The carbonation lasted throughout the glass. It had a slightly sweet taste that wasnt overwhelming. The second glassfull provided very little head. The overall taste of the beer was one that provided very little flavor. I think if I caught a good sale on this beer, I would try it again, but not on a regular basis. It was good for a change of flavor.

youngleo, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is extremely clear and is a light yellow color. An effervescent head that quickly dies away to nothing is followed by a field of bubbles that rise from the depths of the glass. The smell is all malt, very sweet - almost apple-like, and slightly grainy. The taste is just as sweet as the smell with the fruitiness coming out slightly followed by a moderately dry, grainy finish. There is also a slight metallic taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, but not overwhelming. This beer is too sweet for me... the drinkability suffers as a result.

gmfessen, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%

Picked up a big ass oil can of this on the way home from renting Night in the Museum.

A - Pretty standard lager hue with a fizzy head that goes away quickly. Some fizz sticks to the glass at first, but I wouldn't call it lace.

S - Maltier than others of it's ilk. Not strongly aromatic, but it sure doesn't smell bad. So so.

T - Surprisingly malty and tasty. This is better than other macro lagers IMO and has less of a watery ricey corn taste and more real malt. It's still pretty nondescript but I would choose this over other macro lagers any day.

M - Chewier and thicker than other macro lagers, but it's still pretty light in the mouth. Feels firm with a good deal of carbonation.

D - This is a good "getting drunk tonight" beer. I know, I know...RESPECT BEER...well, most of the time anyway. If you so choose to disrespect beer, this would be a decent weapon of choice.

pmcadamis, May 25, 2007
Photo of zdk9
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%

This is generally my favorite macro. A stronger than normal malt flavor comes out and flirts with the tongue. But it is one dimensional and my offering today was overcarbonated. Would some hops flavor help? Certainly, though the bitterness is probably at just the correct level so no complaints there. A brew I can enjoy (instead of choke down) when circumstances dictate it.

zdk9, May 12, 2007
Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -24.2%

this was served at a colder temp than most at this bar, which was fortunate for this beer. Light white head that quickly disappeared; no lace. Sweet beery aroma with a hint of hop. Flavors the same. Finish is sweet. Yellow gold color. Not much going on here at all.

drpimento, May 01, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%

A - Pours an impossibly clear pale straw body with a quickly receding head. Looks a lot like Coors light, which is to say, seltzer water.

S - Smells like a macro lager. Not really sure what to say about this one.

M - Seltzer. Carbonation. Water.

T - Bitter. Corn-tinged malts.

D - Not much to describe here, it's a pretty standard macrolager. Not really sure if it's any better or worse than its American counterparts, although some swear by its supremacy / difference. Can't say that I agree.

yourunclewalt, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
2.85/5  rDev +8%

Pours a light yellow straw color, a small head that disappears quickly. Nose is very mild, some skunkiness, grain. Doesn't smell too good. Taste is also very mild. Light skunkiness, again, with some very mild malt, light apples. Overall a very mild flavor. Mouth feel is this bodied, standard carbonation. Its not a particularly great beer, but one you can drink a bunch of.

soupyman10, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%

Picked up an 8 pack from the Musquodoboit Harbour NSLC for the years first fishing trip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow straw colour with a fluffy bone white cap. Settles a bit slowly to a thin layer, leaves a little lace.

Aroma: Very sweet, honey, grass, corn, possibly some light floral hops.

Taste: Mostly Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Sweet and grainy, some hops, not much. Low bitterness, not much at all in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I guess this is where it becomes a 'pilsner'. Somewhat soft, not as much carbonation comparable macros.

Final Statement: This last one poured into a pils glass at home was no where near as enjoyable as the 7 I drank from the can on the lake. I guess there's just something about throwing cans of beer in a rucksack and drinking them in the wilderness. Regardless, this is one of the better macros, and its filled with memories of watching Labatt Blue Jays Baseball as a kid, so I go to it every so often for certain occassions. I'm reviewing it as a macro lager, but a macro lager is still a macro lager so I can't exactly give it 5's even though its one of the better ones.

MMansfield, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of ekempey
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

One of the least impressive beers I have ever had. The beer lacks an aroma on the first smell, even when a 1 finger head is present. Very light bodied. The initial taste was crisp, but very watery, it does go down quite easily, and somewhat drinkable. An ok beer for a small price.

ekempey, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%

this is not a bad macro. It is a favorite among beer drinkers around here who do not mind forking over an extra penny. It is just your regular macro but adds an interesting hop bite to the initial taste and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated and watery but its drinkable overall.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of stevehagy
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%

Nothing special here. For the cost it has some decent taste but not exactly the best taste in the world. It's very smooth and goes down very easy. The head is simply white with no volume or thickness to it. A good comparison would be Budweiser. The smell is that of grain, and nothing impressive as well.

stevehagy, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%

Poured a very light yellow with a big, white head. There was the usual smell of grain and corn without much bitterness. Taste was about the same - very weak, nothing distinctive. Mouthfeel was weak, making it go down as easily as water.

This was very similar to PBR and Bud. The oilcan was a good value, though this is definitely a lawnmower beer.

Mickelswit, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%

355 ml can from the Montreal brewery.

A- Thick white head that decreases rapidly but leaves some foam around the edge. Nice effervescence. Clear golden colour. One of the better looking macros I've reviewed.

S- Hops and pale malt. Touch of lemon and a slighly strange sugary undertone.

T- A lot like the smell. A faint citrussy note over a standard macro lager. Hops weak but not bad tasting. Weak, but better than most of its direct competitors.

MF- This. Carbonation a bit high. Leabes mouth somewhat dry and pasty. Fails on this point.

D- Easy going macro lager. One of the better North American macros I've had.

JOaikido, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of prototypic
2.42/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance: Very transparent gold to yellow color. Foamy one finger head dissipated very rapidly and left very, very light lacing behind.

Smell: Not much a smell at all. I'm picking up traces of corn (and perhaps some wheat). There's a very, very minute trace of malt in there, but not much. Hops are not anywhere on the radar.

Taste: I actually think this is a decent macro. There's a little bit of hoppiness and malt to it. Faint grain and corn flavors are noticeable. It's light bodied and somewhat watery. But, it's drinkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It goes down easy enough. But, it's not quite tasty enough for me to session this beer. Overall, it's drinkable. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. But, it doesn't offend me.

prototypic, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.3/5  rDev -50.8%

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of skunky corn and other adjuncts, some malt almost no hops.

T: Flavors of grain and corn are the most prevalent with a little bit of macro sweetness. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence either. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not crisp and not smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: Not tasty at all, the fact that it's not filling is about the only good thing I can say about it. I definitely would not drink it again.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Soapy white head forms a thin layer on top of this pale yellow brew. Crystal clear and full of carbonation.

S: All I can smell are the adjuncts and some ethanol. Not too much aroma, but what is here is not impressive.

T: Tastes like adjunts. I can't tell if it's rice or corn, but it's not malt. No real hop presence. Refreshing, but slightly metallic.

M: Carbonation is very active on the tongue. Light bodied.

D: Good beer for a long night of drinking. Other than that, this brew isn't worth buying.

Avagadro, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured clear light gold with a fluffy head that dropped at once to a half inch. Smell is subtle, sweet corn, some hops. Taste is sweet up front, with a little sour/bitter bite at the end. Slight aftertaste.

As macros go, this is a non-offensive one. A good choice if there's nothing but macro.

alexskovan, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%

As soon as I poured this one, I knew I wasnt going to be too impressed.
Very light anmost see though beer with good carbonation and snow white head.
The smell was of almost corn and nothing else.
Taste was very bland, I amost thought I was drinking sparkling water...just as I expected from a beer like this.
Mouth feel was very, very thin.
I see no reason to ever drink this one again.

dmamiano, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured a 12 ounce twisty into a pint glass. This one pours a pale gold color with a pure white head. The head did last a bit and left some lacing on the glass.

Smells of corn, light malt and faint hops. There is a bitterness in the aroma that could be hops but could also be some adjunct that I am not used to smelling.

Taste is basically hopwater. I get some light maltiness followed by bitter hops.

Very light and carbonated. I could drink several of these on a hot day after some hard work. I grew up on this stuff and it was more impressive then since the alternative was some western NY macro.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of DrJay
2.42/5  rDev -8.3%

Crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy, coarse, white head off the pour that fell quickly. Not much lacing and the retention wasn't hot either. There's a bit of herbal hop and light sweetness to the aroma. Some bitterness, a bit sweet but not malty. Finishes dry. Not much flavour overall. Rough carbonation with a light, watery body. Not as bad as I remember, but there are definitely better macro lagers on the market.

DrJay, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.6/5  rDev +36.4%

As "American Macro Lagers" go, this one is a pleasant anomaly. I have tried to find something besides AB/M/C products that I could have around the house for my less adventurous beer drinking friends. This one seems to fit the bill because it's a name they recognize and it's one I'll actually drink from time-to-time.

Pours nice, slightly hazy gold with a fluffy head that stays briefly through the first sip or two. The smell is almost non-existent (which is a good thing for some macros) but there is a hint of clean malt in the nose. It seems to be slightly more of a mouthfeel than most macros... but it may just be that I hoped it would feel that way. Regardless, the taste is clean malt, with just enough hops to provide a delicate bitterness that makes Labatt Blue very drinkable and refreshing.

Not bad. Not my "regular" beer, but not bad at all. I can't wait for summer to mow the lawn and enjoy one of these.

tugdriver7, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of barrettds
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice fluffy two finger head upon the pour 1/8-1/12 inch of head remains throughout the drink. Decent lacing sticks to the glass as well.

Smells of malts, macro fillers and a slight hint of hop spiciness, which is a nice suprise.

Taste is good for a macro. Light on the swallow, above average macro taste. I taste a small hoppy character. Clean finish as well.

Mouthfeel is average. Clean feeling, not oily or sticky, but watery.

Drinkability, as with all the best macros, is very good. Labatt Blue is a versatile beer, for me at least. Good in the winter at the bar around the corner from the hockey rink, and good in the summer at the beach. Probably the most drinkable macro available if you live in the northern states.

barrettds, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Risser09
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%

12 oz can poured into an american pint glass

Appearance: Large two finger head. Takes awhile to dissipate. Yellow/Orange color. Slightly translucent. 1 Inch of lace clings to the glass. Head stays at 1/8".

Smell: Hoppy for a lager. Sweet. Apples. Bazooka Joe.

Taste: Bitter. Hops oils cover the tongue. Malt is there in the background. Thought this would be a maltier beverage. Finish is annoying and woody.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe like a lager. Some fizz.

Drinkability: Not bad for a macro beer. The bitterness is unpleasant and unecessary. Would prefer more malt for a lager beer. Not much distinguishable flavors. Cheap beer is you want to get drunk. Stick to better beer.

Risser09, Dec 17, 2006
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.