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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 196 | 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 wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +33.3%
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 +13.6%
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 +7.6%
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 -0.4%
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 +11.7%
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 -2.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -3.4%
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.

Photo of washburnkid
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Labatt blue is a straw yellow to golden with a little over a finger of frothy head that reduces its presence to a ring and leaves tiny trails of lacing. Aromas are weak, with really only grassy hops and corn discernible. Not impressive yet. The flavors are also weak and watery. Mildly toasted barley and biscuity malt with grass and steamed corn. This beer needs to kick up the hops a bit to fill in the missing components. Mouthfeel is the only thing this beer is good at. Medium body while still crisp. I wouldn't reach for this again, but I also wouldn't turn it down at a dinner (which Is where I had it tonight).

Photo of bsp77
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with very thin head.

Smell: Somewhat sweet malts, some spicy hops.

Taste: Light malt body, maybe there is a hop counterbalance but not sure I can find it.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body.

Drinkability: Typical mainstream pale lager - easy to drink but would rather have something else.

Photo of jabel9
3.32/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

OK, I was raised on Blue. Having said that, it is not the kind of beer that competes with the great breweries of the world. For a Macro, however, I find this beer exceptionally drinkable. The color is a nice gold with a frothy head (which disappears quickly). Lacing is not apparent. The smell is somewhat tinny. The taste is above average for most macro brews. A good session beer. There's nothing like rolling to a Buffalo Bills game with some Labatts Blue, a grill and a bunch af good friends! Cheers!

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. First night in the Big Smoke for an extended work stay, and it's hot and humid, as expected. The only nearby place open after my late evening arrival doesn't exactly scream brewpub. Ah well, expense account fried food will just have to do.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves some randomly weak instances of ocean upswell lace around the quickly-defrosting glass as it readily dissolves in front of my eyes.

It smells of a pithy, grainy, corny, neighbourhood bar floor sweetness, a bit of less-than-boozy alcohol notes, acetone, and grassy, dead vegetal hops. The taste is a halting attack of gritty corn mash sweetness, a not so hard to explain mustiness, and some unpleasant, and yet offsetting, I suppose, astringently vegetal, um, hops.

The carbonation is average for the style, i.e. plain, and yet still tugging at my palate, the body egregiously light, and mildly cloying, in its well paid-for smoothness. It finishes quite off-dry, the sugary, pithy cheap-ass malt hardly as crisp as 'they' might have you believe, yet with very little skunky aftertaste, which may very well be a testament to the prescribed serving coldness.

Not all that bad, for the style, for the first time in a very, very long time, and the 'when in Rome' environment surely doesn't hurt. Oh, who am I kidding - this is still a shitty, LCD Canuck lager, only bearable due to my current situation, and general don't give a fuck attitude right now. Put that in your marketing pipe, Inbev.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear straw yellow. A few bubbles rise from the bottom. A finger of thin head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Typical macro, but a little sweeter and more inviting than the average mass market swill. The aroma is heavy with malts. Zero complexity.

Taste: Much like the smell. Clean and crisp malts with just a tiny bite of hops at the end.

Drinkability: Inoffensive and smooth, but lacking. It's easy drinking, the Canadian way. I'll take Molson or Moosehead any day, but Labatt Blue is still a decent brew to pound while watching the Argonauts and Eskimos.

Photo of matt20102
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think that this beer is one that has a reputation that suffers somewhat from being a mass-marketed beer. It certainly is nothing special but, as mass-produced, ubiquitous beers go, it is certainly not a bad attempt. Most decent restaurants today carry a selection on import lagers which are better than Labatt Blue (Stella Artois is my personal favorite). Labatt, however, does offer something which its American counterparts Budweiser and MGD don't- flavor. Not a lot of flavor, mind you, but discernable (albeit vague and indistinct) hops and malt. As a beer for the unwashed masses, Labatt Blue is a good attempt. As a beer for those of us who appreciate beer for more than its intoxicating qualities, it'll always rate fairly subpar.

Appearance: Pleasantly golden-coloured, although very close in colour to its end result.

Taste: a nondistinct taste and light mouthfeel adapt well to many types of food, especially burgers and pizza (i.e., barfood).

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery. High carbonation masks the lack of mouthfeel and allows significant amounts of this beer to be imbibed quickly.

Drinkability: At least in the upper midwest (Detroit), this is a quintessential better-than-Bud session beer. High carbonation from bottles, though, lend to strong after-effects.

Overall: As a mass-produced and marketed beer, Labatt Blue's biggest strength is that there are competiting beers which are markedly worse than this one. While never offensive, it is never a rewarding beer to drink and only offers intoxication and thirst quenching as end benefits.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

big 24oz. pounder can at room temperature. poured into a pint glass.pours a clear light watery straw yellow color. soapy pure white headed that faded almost imediately. no real lacing and no head retention. already i can tell you that this beer is much better ice cold like most adjunct lagers.

a little bit of sweet grains/malts, adjuncty smell, and a ever so slight hop aroma. thats about it.

the taste is definately not much better. i actually kind of enjoy this beer when it is cold, but this is almost unbearable. watery to begin with, grains, some lemon citrus, sweet malts, and that terrable adjunct almost metalic taste.

light body, high carbonation, not great here either. like i said great drinkability when cold, terriable when warm. good party beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head to it with a slight lace left behind. The smell is of corn grains and some faint floral hops. The taste is a sweet malt and some floral hops that give a hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little watery and moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability is above average for this one. If you judge it against other adjuncts it is an above average beer, it has some complexity and some hops attached to the grains.

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

Poured ice cold to a 16oz mug

Clear straw yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. There is some minimal lacing.

Smells of soaked ripened pears in water.

Taste is crisp pilsner malt with a quick hop bite. Clean watery finish with a tart pear aftertaste.

Quaffable and light. A good brew for the golf cart or out fishing. Or pounding a few back with Gramp under a River's Birch tree looking out at the lake.


Photo of batty
3.82/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a cold bottle into my pint glass 22 June 09. wasn't sure who actually brewed this, so i looked it up.. bought by Interbrew in 1995 (now ABInBev).

A: pours a little greyish-yellow-gold with decent amount of white head, rocky, fades quite fast, but does leave a slight layer on top. crystal clear, carbonation evident in bubbles flowing continually. not bad, but could use better / more head

s: pale malt, maybe a tiny bit of metal? maybe a touch of earthy and floral hops, hm. not much in general though.

T: decent macro lager, crisp and clean, touch of sweet malt corniness, touch of bitter and a bit of floral hop. i'm not generally into adjunct lagers, but i prefer this over many of the same style

m: crisp and spritzy. little watery

d: little taste allows for smooth drinking. not quite like bud light though ;)

overall a decent macro lager, definitely more flavor than some others out there, and i like the floral hop notes, even if they aren't exactly overwhelming. minimal corn notes, more on the rice side of things.

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

Just what you'd expect from the Canadian version of Budweiser... A thoroughly average beer. Can't understand why people drink this as oppossed to cheaper American Lagers.. Just goes to show image goes a long way in beer. The same people (mostly preppie college students) who insist that Budweiser and Genny are "crap" will call this their favorite beer. Very perplexing. Try a Molson instead!!

Photo of jimj21
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how I ended up with this, but it appeared in my possession somehow. 11.5 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date to be found. Pours a faint yellow. Very, very clear. Many streams of bubbles rising in the glass. Topped by about a finger of white head. This recedes within a minute and leaves a small cap. A tiny bit of lacing.

Smells a little sweet and that is followed by a harsh twang. I can't really pick out anything in particular. The sweetness isn't like the typical malty sweetness I find in most beers and the twang isn't something I associate with most hoppy aromas. A little odd. Maybe it's some of the adjuncts.

This is an adjunct lager with a little flavor. High on sweetness and low on bitterness. I can definitely taste some corn. I assume that is what is adding some most of the sweetness. There's also a little toasted grain. A bitter twang pops up on the finish. Not really sure what's causing it or how to further describe it.

Mouthfeel seems watery yet over-carbonated, if that's possible. Carbonation is a bit harsh. Other than that, it's a little creamy. Definitely light bodied.

There are a lot of beers worse than this (Coors Light and Busch come to mind). I think this has more flaver than a good number of other adjunct lagers. That doesn't necessarily make it a good beer, but it's better than some others. No complexity, but something that is easily drinkable.

Photo of CHL
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Curiously in a 11.5 oz bottle, just to insure it's more expensive than comparably bad American macros.

Pale and fizzy beer with very little flavor, except some corn sweetness. Has a sort of metallic/odd aftertaste that unpleasantly persists in the mouth; the only think that makes it less drinkable than fizzy water. I don't see why bottles would taste like this. Definitely prefer PBR for my cheap adjunct.

Photo of BARFLYB
1.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On-Tap at a party, this is a short review because there is not much to write about.

A- Light gold with yellow mixed in. A minimal sparse white head that faded quick like a bunny. No lacing.

S- Sorry, this smells like old corn with old expired knock off malt. These are all extremely light. Nothing more to see here.

T- Labatt is the most "carbonated water" tasting macro that i've ever had. No hops come out at all. Corn and malt. This really does not have a distinguishable taste, it's carbonated water no more no less.

M- Very crisp and light but not refreshing. This is also highly carbonated and it almost hurt my mouth when I attempted to sip it. I expected a smoother ride with the light nature of this style.

D- Not so much, could not finish my glass, I watered the nearby flowers with the rest of my ounces of this, hopefully they dont die.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.31/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well what can I say? It's canadas version of an american macro lager. It's yellow outta the bottle. A nice head after an aggressive pour. It smells slightly sweet. The taste is very light and basic. It's hard to review a beer that tastes like every other macro out there. Not offensive on the tongue. I moderate bite which I expected. I guess I could drink this but I would never buy it myself.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale straw color with 1/2 inch head. Hardly any aroma to speak of. Taste is crisp and not bad, although a tad bland. Refreshing in the mouth and good drinkability. Overall this is a very average beer.

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.