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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
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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 jimj21
2.92/5  rDev +11%
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 -8.7%
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 -35.7%
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 -12.2%
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 +26.6%
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.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light in color, similar to most macro lagers.

S- Smelled like most macros, no hop aroma.

T- Very crisp and light in bitterness. Better than I expected.

M- Light-bodied with medium carbonation

D- Highly drinkable. I would recommend over most American macros. Very enjoyable on a hot day.

Photo of lweaver18240
2.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After hearing good things about this beer from a few friends, I decided to try it and found it entirely...average and overpriced at that. Went out for my 21st yesterday. I ordered a pint of PBR at $1.50, then a pint of this at $2.75...disappointing that the PBR not only tasted better but was cheaper and went better with my burger.

A- Appearance, clear and light golden, completely average.

S- Smelled like a cheap macro, I like the smell, but it isnt great I admit.

T- Completely average. Slightly sweet corn taste with a slight hop-like bitterness to finish.

M- Seemed a little over carbonated to me, maybe due to the tap?

D- I could keep drinking this, but at the price why bother?

Looks, smells, tastes, feels, and goes down like a very very average macro. I'd go with any Pabst product before getting this again. Better than Bud or Miller, or no beer at all... but nothing exceptional here.

Photo of Mdog
2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, fizzy head.

Smell: Hay, not strong.

Taste: Slight corn sweetness followed by a tinge of metallic hops.

Drinkability: Can put down a few in a sitting if the metal doesn't get too strong.

Another beer snuck home from softball. A decent lager that actually used to be a "favorite" back in my early beer days. Now I don't particularly care for the flavor, but still can have a few after games.

Photo of Bighead6365
3.53/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatt Blue is right in the middle of beers with expense and flavor. If I don't want to spend a ton of money and have a beer that I can always drink whether it's out to dinner or at a bar, Blue is it. First the USA headquarters is in Buffalo so I have a little hometown pride.

Labatt does a good job at making a beer that is good to drink, has a slightly sweet hoppy feel to it, and goes down crisp and smooth. When drinking its rival Molson Canadian, I find that, that is too nutty/grainy tasting.

When watching hockey or just sitting after a day of work and classes Blue is normally a good choice. And if I don't wanna get drunk on something that is too horrible to stomach, Blue is also my choice.

Photo of Offa
3.14/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I actually find this to be decent, solid example of a basic lager, ple asant with some light character.

Straw, slightly on the paler side, it has a smallish, airy white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving no lace.

The aroma is a pleasant, simple but firm adjunct pale lager - apple, apple cider with some grain and a hint of grass.

The taste is similar, firm apple cider with some grain and hay and a little grass, with wet grass coming on more in the finish. It has a good, zesty feel, and is crisp but not bland. Slightly sweet, it has only very light bitterness, but some of both, and the character holds up well, lasting 'till the end. For what it is, this is good.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is brewed in my hometown of London Ontario where you can buy it fresh from the brewery. Drinking it fresh definately helps the flavour.

Out of the can it pours a clear pale yellow with a small head and no lacing

Aroma is light and dominated by malt with minimal hops.

Taste follows from the nose and is very typical adjunct lager. Nothing really to complain about though, malt forward with a pleasant bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high carbonation

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

This is one American adjunct lager that I am somewhat fond of. The beer is a pale golden color and the head is rather small. Laces for a little bit, then it gets lazy and gives up.

The smell and taste are the typical cheap corn and grain notes....but then....there are actually some noticable hops in here....odd for the style, but nice.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, a bit watered down, pretty easy drinking.

Not horrible, but not good....at least theres some hops in this one.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Had a clear golden color with a 1 finger head that lasted a little while before dissipating.

Smell: A light sweet smell that might have been corn. But it's not overwhelming.

Taste: Had a slightly sweet start with a decent bitter kick at the end. The more I drank this beer however, it seemed to lose flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light body with little carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not great, but in my opinion, it's better than some other American Adjuncts.

Photo of Koblentz
2.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A Canadian friend recommended this one. Found it at the local store at a very good price, so I had to pick up a pack.

Pours a light yellow with little lasting head. Smells like a light lager, no harsh or unpleasant notes, but nothing terribly inviting either.

Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with an accompanying watery flavor. A little grain flavor, little bitterness. Tastes like a typical mass light lager without the ricey adjunct taste found in some, a big plus. I was expecting a bit more flavor here, but I can't complain at this price. Goes down smooth and refreshes, a good beer to drink all day at a bbq.

Photo of BabyBastard
2.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a small, eight ounce glass. Head was virtually non-existent. No lacing to speak of. The color is very light yellow. Sad to say, but this could almost pass for a glass of urine.
Smell is uninspiring, mostly reeks of adjuncts. Nothing that I can really pull out here.
Tastes slightly better than it smells, has a very light malt taste that lingers. Overall, not that great, nothing there to make you want another swill of this beer.
Mouthfeel seems about average to me. Not overly carbonated, but still gives the tingly feeling on the tounge. Very light feeling, almost like drinking spring water.
I'm rating the drinkability on this one average. It doesn't taste so horrible that you need to choke it down, but it is surely nothing to look forward to. At best, this is a beer for drinking when there is no other beer around. Not the best adjunct lager out there, but certainly not the worst, either.

Photo of nighthawk
2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a small white head that fizzes away almost instantly.

Corn and a sweet graininess on the nose. Very light.

Taste is a clean, watery malt up front, followed by a burst of adjuncts giving a bitter sourness that's a bit like green apple, but less pleasant. Finish is a bit sweeter and honeyish, mixed with a bit of skunk.

Mouthfeel is light, but almost creamy with surprisingly little carbonation. It's a littlebit sticky too. Not as clean on the finish as I'd like.

Bleh. This is boring and borderline offensive, even giving it leeway for its style. Stay away.

Photo of tj4288
2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

poured from can into pint glass

a- bright clear yellow, small foamy head that disapates quickly

s- a very faint sweet

t- very plain and watered down

m- med- light carbonation, very watery, light, nice finsh

d- goes down easy, great price, overall a beer to by in large quantities for bbq's and partys

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

12 oz bottle, pint glass

Well, had to do it at some point. If you review one, review them all, I guess.

Pours a pale golden, straw color. White head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma is grainy and reminds me of a typical American adjunct.

Flavor is okay. Not a whole lot to even say about this (so why am I even bothering?). Grainy, strange at times. In reality, this would be my go to beer in the local bars, where Yuengling Lager was not offered. Of course these bars would only have a few beers on tap (Coors Light, Miller light, Bud, etc.)

What's nice is the ABV. It will get you there if you are looking to go there without effort. It is light and somewhat drinkable.

Oh yeah, what's with the 11.5 oz. bottles? That's 1 less beer when you buy a case.

Photo of Duhast500
2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light yellow with a small thin head and no lacing.

The smell is of strong grain and yeast, some corn flavor.

The taste is of mild pale malts with a grainy feel. Not very strong.

The feel of this beer is light. Is pretty smooth and refreshing.

Photo of projectflam86
2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours clear yellow with a thin white foam that quickly fades. No lacing.

S- Mild malt and adjunct scents. Cereal and corn with a bit of yeast.

T- Cooked corn flavor with hints of grain. Some dextrin and malt detectable as well.

M- Light (water like) and dry. Low carbonation.

D- It is what it is...really easy to drink, but no real taste. Better than most BMCs. Would make a good party/game beer.

Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a mug. A typical macro straw color with a thick head that goes to nothing in about a minute. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Typical but not terrible, for an adjunct.
S- Smell is clean. A bit grainy, a bit farm-y. Not much going on. At least not offensive.
T- Starts out a little sour. Moves to a kind of grain-ish taste that is pretty good. A good taste that starts and finishes very poorly. They definitely don't hide the corn flavor either, though I suppose it is less offensive than most adjuncts.
M- Thin, as to be expected from the style, but not any more so than would be expected. Carbonation keeps it lively I suppose.
D- A drinkable adjunct, and one of the better ones. About a step up from BMC and a step below pabst. Also some of their hilarious commercials add some value to their product.

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

Well, I'm watching hockey and my old man left a few of these in the fridge (that is all he drinks and I've tried to change him) so I figured what the hell.

Pours light gold yellow with about an inch of quickly disapating bubbly head.

Smell is very faint malt sweetness, that is it.

Taste is very bubbly, slightly sweet, corn and well that this about it.

Mouthfeel is super light and watery. Blah.

Drinkability...well, if I was out on a boat and this was all there was I could probably finish a few without a problem. That being said, the other one of these in my fridge will be there for quite some time...

Photo of recons54
4.35/5  rDev +65.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Decent head that melts away pretty quick. Light yellow/straw in color.

S - Nothing setting your nose on fire here, simple.

T - Taste is very good too ME, for what it is anyway. A very nice balance, nothing over the top, yet it still has decent body that tastes like beer... not to watery.

M - Above average for a macro.

D - I can drink these all day (and never seem to get a hangover if I do). Great beer for the weekend BBQ or watching the ball game.

Labatts Blue is one of my all time favorites. To me it has a much better taste and body then your average domestic beer (i.e. Coors, Bud, etc.), which drives it's drinkability in my book.

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

On tap at a bar without any beer selection whatsoever.

Completely transparent yellow, with a fluffy white head. Smell is corn and chemical, not much really there. Taste is light and watery. There is a minimal hop flavor if you are looking for it. Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated. Drinkability is average.

This is run of the mill macro lager. Pretty average.

Photo of Stunner97
3.53/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light golden yellow with a perfect white foamy head, slight carbonation on the glass

smell- corn grain and hops, not overwhelming but pleasant refreshing odor leaves you wanting first taste

Taste- slight malts and grains, decent bitter hop finish crisp light and refreshing flavor, very well balanced lager, enjoyable overall, refreshing as a macro lager can be

Mouthfeel- light thin bodied and easily palatable to drink, good slamming brew

Drinkability- Very highly drinkable, so refreshing crips and enjoyable a good example of the lager style, worth a try, OH CANADA!

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,760 ratings.