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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
63
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1,668 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 111 | 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 Hoagie1973
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No need to get technical with this one. It has all the typical traits of a macro pilsener style lager. If you live in Rochester you've had this one forced upon you at some point. This seems to be a "lowest common denominator" type of macro that everyone can agree on, or at least tolerate.

What I like about it is that it's one of the few in it's class that actually has a noticable hop flavor that shows up in the finish; just slightly drying and keeps a decent balance. What I don't like is that it's inconsistent in flavor from one six-pack to the next. Often there are strange off flavors present (chemical, skunk, metallic,grainy, etc.)

Passable for what it is, though it starts getting old after just a few.

Hoagie1973, May 26, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend of mine brought a six pack over and when everyone left the six pack was still in my fridge, everyone was busy drinking my homebrews. so i thought a give it a shot.

it pours with virtually no foam, it is clear yellow. smell is not pleasant, and the taste is watery with a hint of skunk. drinkable maybe if im on the lake with no other lager in sight. i would much rather have a keystone they both taste similar and one is a heck of a lot cheaper.

baseballrock, May 16, 2008
Photo of ommegoose
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is extremely airy, but it fades very fast, after getting off to a good start. Goes to a patchy cap, and nothing at all after about halfway through. The color is pretty light. Carbonation bubbles are large. No lacing this time, but this has performed better for me on other occasions. What does it matter anyway, when there's a 99% chance you're drinking it from the can or bottle? Bonus for having an attractive can that could pass for a Pepsi or RC at a distance.

Smells unfortunately metallic initially. After this there's a pretty distinct aroma of sour apple and white grape. Would be better if there was any sort of potency to it.

The fruity notes in the flavor actually are noticeable on the palate as well. This is not bad at all. Reminds me much more of a Euro style than an American style lager. Definite suggestions of rice here, but I find that a bit better than corn, which is less apparent in this beer. Pretty sweet in a vaguely fruity way. Grassy in the back of the palate, with a minimally spicy bit of hops. Not a great finish if you choose to really dwell on it. The entire package outperforms most representations of the style.

Mouthfeel is light; moderately smooth. Carbonation is not a problem, but more tingly than I'd like.

Drinkability is pretty good. When this beer is on sale I don't hesitate to pick it up over other macros, just to have something in the fridge. And it's probably a little better than the score suggests.

ommegoose, May 12, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Now, maybe I'm just from buffalo....

But this beer isn't that bad!

Compared to other beers in the same price-range, this beer is a much better choice...

Appearance- Keep this one in a bottle, the yellowish color isn't ugly, but isnt pretty either

Smell- Average, slightly sweet (corn?), virtually no hop nose,

Taste, Clean, slightly sweet, virtually no hop flavor, but balanced enough to make it an all nighter...

Very drinkable, that's why they sell it in 28 packs with Sabres hats!

By no means a masterpiece, but definitely a good long-night beer. Especially at a sabres/bills game... Here's to everyone in buffalo that loves Blue!

PBBC, May 07, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clearish yellow witha quickly disappearing white head. Very mild stale hop aroma. A decent malt profile here, I can almost taste them. Easy to drink as it taste much like water. A little bitter stinge keeps it from being too exciting. The Canadian version of an American version of a European version discount beer. I would pass on this in the future and go for a water.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears fizzy yellow with a bright white head crystal clear body, and the head dwindles instantly as you pour it. Thin scant lacing is strung unvevnly around my pint glass. Aroma strong cereal notes very industrial lager in nature light grain notes with a mineral character with no real hops to speak of. Flavor is even unoffensive crisp and refreshing, definitely a solid option especially when 12 packs are 9.99 at the grocery store. Again American light lager prety boring not much to say no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated thin water texture to me. Drinkability is alright for what it is, I do have good memories drinking this stuff my freshman year of college up around Erie seemed like this BMC and Yuengling were every where you went to drink.

WVbeergeek, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Labatt Blue is a Buffalo favorite. If you were to walk into any bar in Buffalo your sure to find Labatt Blue or Blue Light on tap or in bottles. Labatt Blue pours a light golden yellow with a big foamy head. It has good carbonation and clarity. The aroma is light with rice cereal malts and grassy straw like hops. The flavor is delicate with some sweet cereal malts up front that turn dry with a crisp citrusy bitter finish. "Blue" is light bodied thin and a highly drinkable Canadian pilsner. It's a great beer for watching hockey, [GO SABRES] or as an accompaniment to a traditional Buffalo style fish fry.

generallee, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clean light yellow color with straight white head. Fades quickly into foam layer and leaves adequate lacing on glass.

S - Almost no aroma. Light grainy smell.

T - Light sweetness to the beer. Can taste the graininess as well. Almost no bitterness at all.

M/D - Overly carbonated but not bad. Very drinkable given the type.

ckeegan04, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of bltzburgh
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice canadian beer. Color pours dark yellow with a strong yet not overbearring smell. A beer you can have by the pool and at dinner. Tastes strong but not overbarring either. The kind of beer you keep in stock. Not a one and done. A beer you can keep and offer up to friends.

bltzburgh, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow body and pours generous head that very quickly faded from no bubbles to feed it. It does leave/show all around lacing.
Very thin mouthfeel, not too much to descerne in aroma outside of light corn husk.
Thin bodied, little substance.
Back in my younger days & while in the military this was the "good stuff". Looking back what did I know - having had primarily MACROS and the regionals of Northeast, like Schaeffer, Ballentine and Knickerbocker- no wonder.
This beer is on a level with the Miller's, Bud's Corr's. Nothing at all special.

jadpsu, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somebody left a few of these at my house, I figured I'd review it.

A: Poured a very pale gold, with a white head about about an inch thick that reduced to a film of nothing. Very clear, very bubbly. Nothing impressive.

S: I can't detect anything that stands out, smells much the same as every other beer in the style typical grainyness, um, not impressive.

T: Not as offensive as I figured, but not great by any means. Sweet flavor, more or less from the corn adjuncts. A slight taste of hops at the end, but nothing remarkable.

M: Thin, bubbly, watery, very typical for the style. It is crisp and somewhat refreshing, but nothing spectacular.

D: I could drink this stuff all night, especially if looking to tie one on. It is boring and uninteresting, and would make a great party beer, something to drink, but nothing spectacular at all. I'd rather have a PBR.

pokesbeerdude, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another macro, and very similar to all the rest. Pours more gold than yellow. That, coupled with funny commercials, warrants some credit.

Otherwise it's your typical corn and grain tasting macro lager. It seems to go a little heavier on the grainy flavors, which would work if there was some carbonation to clean it away after drinking.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I've ever had. I've had it poured from a can and a bottle, straight from the can or the bottle, and on tap. I'll review the version from the tap, poured into a tall pilsner.

A - Clear golden straw yellow, 1.5 - 2 inch foamy head that disappeared into laciness soon after

S - Not as bad as most other macro brews but definitely not captivating. A whiff reveals a cornish maltiness.

T - This is a beer you drink when you just don't give a damn and just need a little alcohol in you. Tastes like how it smells, except perhaps a little more bland. Still has a better taste than most other macros though

M - fizzy carbonation, watery, almost as carbonated as coca cola, which makes for a slight bite when you first take a gulp, but you get used to it.

D - yep, I give this a 4 because it's definitely "drinkable", it's light enough so I can down 4 bottles of these (or 4 pints) and not really realize it.

Overall - a beer you get when you're having a ton of people over and you can't afford the good stuff, yet, people love it so you'll please them and please your wallet. A decent social drink when you're in the mood for something light and cheap.

DmanGTR, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Circa 1990-something I was an underage highschool drinking phenom, obesessed with anything semi-tasty that would get me drunk. At the time, Killian's Irish Red and "Blue" were my favorite beers; so much that I would rep my Labatt Blue cutoff tshirt for any drunken party picture that I managed to stay conscious for.
~Welcome to 2008... ***Given almost 10 years, my tastebuds have matured along with my drinking habits.

*Sidenote- Labatt USA, Norwalk, CT... I don't get it... how is this imported!?

A- Crrrrystal clear light light light straw yellow. A 1 finger white head disappears quicker than you can write the observation down. Not highly carbonated in appearance.

S- Cheap malt mixed with yeast.... equal part corn. This simply screams "I'm NOT gonna taste very good!"

T- In Blue's defense, this beer's flavors do mesh together rather smoothly... unfortunately they're not flavors that I wish to taste in a lager. Everything seems watered down... Including the main flavor of CORN. It does however smoothly trasform into a shortly lived malt. I don;'t even know where to taste for hops... they're nowhere to be found.

M- Although low carbonation to the eye, this brew hits the tongue with enough carbonation to smooth the corn flav into the malt. Still, light body with no depth in mouthfeel.

D- This is far from drinkable... however, if you're already drunk, then this will go down smoother than most other macros on the market. *Warning: don't drink sober.

SirSaranac, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
1.4/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Egg white head that quickly disappears. Straw yellow body.

S--Strong sulfur smell. Watery smell.

T--Faint malt. No perceptible hops. Mineral sulfur taste.

M--thin

D--Just not very good even for this style. Bud of the North.

jneiswender, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of malcontent
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, yes, it's that time again. About once a month I have the, um, privilege to visit my folks and "enjoy" the contents of my dad's fridge. This is one such opportunity.

No head at all and a paler than pale straw appearance make for one suspicious looking brew.

The bottle claims this is a pils and surprisingly the nose would back this up. Spicy noble hop aroma actually does an admirable job of standing up to the macro-lager cereal grain scent.

Noble hops surface and then nose dive into watery oblivion. Somewhat stale grain and drain water comprise the bulk of the flavor until an off-sweet finish. Blech.

Kinda thin and fizzy although the drinkability is a bit above BMC if this is your bag. This beer is very Canadian; sounds better than the American version but really is just a different take.

malcontent, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow coming into the glass, and with a little head. Slow-rising but plentiful bubbles keep feeding that head for 1/2 the glass.

Well, I was expecting the Canadian skunk taste, so I'm slightly impressed from the getgo. The fact that there really isn't much smell almost escaped me. The bit I get is not unpleasant however.

Actually more sweetness than I thought there would be but I expected nothing. The hops are elusive, so maybe it's better to keep that delicate balance the brewers mastered here.

Actually as viscous as the bubbles suggested from the first look. Thicker than a light American lager, but clearly a nice beer to wash down some nachos with jalepenos.

Don't be afraid to drink it without though. Actually a higher quality beer than expected.

chiefydawg, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I agree with the previous comment that there is indeed a hype about Canadian beers. I do, also, agree that I appreciate there not being adjuncts in this beer. Anyway...

This beer pours a pale yellow with a medium white head. It has a very thin aroma to it with a bit of malt and a mere hint of hops. The taste was light and crisp with not much depth or body. Hop flavor was only slightly present. The body was, however, free of adjunct corn and rice flavors which was a plus. Consistency was thin and carbonation was medium/high.

Not much here as far as depth of taste, but this is definately an upscale beer of the style. It is very drinkable as a session beer, and it is popularly used as such. It should definately be chosen over many American rivals, but does not have any miraculous quality for being Canadian.

jdmorgan, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I agree with the "Drinkable lager" comment. It is definitely sweeter than most standard American macro lagers. I will give you one big reason why Labatts is mountains above Bud/Miller... it's all grain. No Corn or Rice juice in this beer. Makes it a bit more respectable.

nonetheless, it's still a basic man's basic brainwashed beer.

BeaBeerWife, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of association330
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I say, it's basically a standard American Macro, though perhaps just a notch above the usual BMC lineup.

The smell and appearance are nothing exciting - the beer is straw-colored, doesn't offer much of a head, and looks rather watery. You'll get a whiff of corny/adjunct odors, and perhaps a bit of alcohol as it warms to room temperature.

The taste is slightly above average for an American macro. It's rather sweet/corny, with a hint of malt, and not much in the way of hops (maybe just the slightest kiss). It's not as bland as BMC, and I certainly wouldn't call it bad. On the other hand, it's nothing special either.

The mouthfeel is watery, but somewhat above average for the style. Pretty fizzy stuff too, so the carbonation is probably forced.

As for drinkability, that's what it's made for. Blue goes down very easy and at 5.0% ABV, I can easily polish off 3-4 bottles watching a game or just hanging out with friends and family. The flavor is generic and inoffensive, to the point that after 2-3 bottles, you likely won't even notice it.

The bottom line is that while this is far from the premium beer that many Americans seem to think it is, it's inexpensive, easy-drinking, and a bit better than BMC swill. If my budget is tight when I'm shopping for some weekend brews, Labatt Blue will usually suffice.

association330, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-draft in Montréal, and poured into a 16 ounce mug. On to the beer:

The appearance of this beer is a pale gold topped by a white soapy head. The nose brings to the mind the smell of grains. It's sweet as well. Up to this part, it sound like another copycat adjunct lager, but the taste, while only decent, is delightfully different; a kiss of hops sticks out of this beer. Sweet corn and diacteyl play the other end of the specturm. The feel is smooth and slick. A small leftover of diacteyl spills over in the aftertaste.

The experience got better as I creeped along this beer, perhaps I got used to the adjuncts. There are imports in the US which are worse and more expensive than this. But remember (Americans) I sampled mine in Canada where it's considered domestic beer.

DoubleJ, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of kevman527
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drink this beer at trivia night on thursdays cause the bar has it as their $1.50 special.

A - Pale gold, not much head.

S - Nothing special, not horrible, just nothing there.

T - A little bit of malt taste, cannot taste any hops or anything else.

M - Fairly smooth, except has to be ice cold. When it sweats in the summertime and gets warm, it is just plain nasty.

D - This is the one good thing about Labatt Blue. Very easy to drink a whole bunch of these before you even realize you are drinking it.

I would take a Labatt blue over any American Macro-Brew anyday, not horrible for the price. I only drink it after I have had something else that is good on draft, or if it is a cheap draft at a bar, like for a dollar. I have found this beer is a little more tolerable with a slice of lemon in it.

kevman527, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Color is yellow with white head characteristics of the style. Compares favorably to BMC’s has a more interesting aroma and taste. Taste goes well with food. High drinkability. If you are willing to order the second one you can drink them all night. This is a great style of beer but within the style, Labatt is not bad.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice, steady, reliable Canadian beverage. It's better than similar American staples such as Budweiser, but not spectacular. It's a nice golden ale, presenting nothing special upon pouring. But the taste is nice, clean and mild with no biting aftertaste. It's an easy beer to consume on a hot day, or hanging out on the porch with friends. Nothing about it will wow you, but it's a good steady--good to go back to after sampling other styles.

Gehrig, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold color, mediocre head. Large carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Sour hops

Taste: Drinkable, light. No real standout flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy. Consistent with style.

Drinkability: Consumable beer. Seems to be trying hard not to offend. I remember that this beer used to have more character than this.

SargeC, Oct 25, 2007
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.