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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 197 | 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 Soneast
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale yellow color with a thin, white, bubbly head, that recedes rapidly

Has a very light malt grain or alfalfa aroma.

A mild, malt sweetness with a grainy background. Finishes with a very mild bitterness.

A light bodied, well carbonated beer. Smooth texture and pretty refreshing on a hot day.

Quite a sessionable brew. But it's very refreshing and it doesn't seem to carry that metallic aftertaste that you find in a lot of American Macros.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass

A - Very pale yellow with a pure white head that falls to a skim layer. Some lacing.

S - Not a lot there. Some malt a little grassy herb. It smells a touch funky like it might be off.

T - Typical macro grain sweetness a touch of hop bitterness.

M/F - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Very light in body.

D - Obviously easily drinkable in texture but will bore most who really enjoy the best in beer.

Photo of nasty15108
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can into a pilsener glass.

A - Crystal clear faint yellow color. Head of white foam that subsided into almost nothing. Decent carbonation.

S - Typical macro corn/grain aroma.

T - Slight maltiness, but not much else.

MF&D - Thin and watery, but it did have a very slightly creaminess. Pretty much what you would expect all around.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal-clear pale yellow color with an effervescent, smallish white head with below average retention. No lacing to speak of.

S: Corn, grain, some faint grass and perhaps a bit of alcohol. Run of the mill macro aroma, really. Clean and basic.

T: Some light grain husk, then adjunct city. Definite, although not unpleasant, corn notes. Perhaps some rice as well. No real hop presence, just a tea-like finish with maybe some bland herbal flavor.

M: Clean, smooth, and moderate in body, with a slight dry finish. Very watery, however.

D: I have never understood the hype about Labatt. It's not even the best Canadian macro (Molson is actually rather good, in my opinion). It's better than your ultra-cheap Busch/Keystone/etc, but I'd take a Bud or High Life over this.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.58/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/2/2005 (12oz bottle):

Has a slight malty aroma, but not much more than that. And the expectant malty taste follows, with a fizzy palate. Body pours the color of a domestic-yellow, with some fizzy bubbles, very reminiscent of Big Brother beer.

Photo of steeler
4.06/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labatt Blue, this is the clutch beer for when I am out at bars, or anywhere that serves beer. Since I am a college student, and when I do go out for a beer, I cannot afford much more than domestics at bars. So I drink this. For a macro this is really well done. But it is by no means a pilsner though. The price tag that accompanies this beer is quite ridiculous, at the beer store in Ontario, this retails for 36.50$ a case. By no means is this beer worth that price tag, buy at bars it is the cheapest beer you can buy. I've had this beer, in cans, in bottle, on tap. The different delivery modes, really don't affect this beer at all, it all tastes the exact same. When poured into a glass, it has a nice deep golden yellow color, and nice one inch head that sticks the whole way down. Smells of adjuncts, adjuncts, adjuncts! Specifically corn, and of that stock beer smell. For a macro its average, as they all smell of adjuncts. Blue has a very smooth crisp taste, nice hop bitterness, its surprising to taste hops in a macro, but this has it. Just a real enjoyable taste. Nice full, smooth mouthfeel, very satisfying. This beer is an easy session beer, when cold it goes down like water, and pairs nicely with pizza and chicken wings. I recommend this beer when you are going to a bar, but when staying in to get that buzz, you can do just as well for much much cheaper. I highly recommend this beer! As it is my favorite domestic beer!

Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 ounce can. Pours pale amber with a modest head which quickly dissapates.
Aroma corny, some mild hops.
Taste is smooth, corny with a better than average amount of bitter hops. Beats PBR by a small amount.
Mouthfeel is O.K.
Drinkability is pretty good but only if very cold. Good choice when selection is limited.

Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very fizzy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and adjuncts.

T - Tasted like most lagers of this style. Corn, grain and not much else.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very well-carbonated. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay macro lager. Nothing to write home about, but it works in deep in the North woods.

Photo of BierFan
3.47/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Decent white head. Clear yellow colored body.

Smell: Smell of pale malts. No skunk, no hops. It actually smells really good, I'm surprised.

Taste: Taste is of pale malts. No hops are present. Kind of a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, but that's par for the course.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. This might be my new go to beer for places that have bad beer selections.

Photo of PatrickJR
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow. A half-inch of head rises and falls very quickly leaving a thin collar. No lace.

S - Very mild biscuity malt with a hint of grassiness.

T - There is virtually no taste. A vague lemony/grassy notes hits the sides of the tongue near the finish. Otherwise, there is NOTHING going on here.

M - Light bodied and water. A very low carbonation. A beer like this should be crisp, and it isn't. Very similar to water.

D - Bleh. Other American macros serve their purpose better. This is completely devoid of flavor and character, a poor example of the style and a poor beer overall.

Photo of penguinjive7
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with about an inch of white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing.

The smell is rather weak and kind of skunky.

The taste is mostly of light, watery malt with the skunkiness that was present in the smell.

This beer is very light on the tongue with light carbonation and goes down pretty smoothly.

This is a very thin and watery brew that is as basic as it gets. Thant being said, it's not horrible as far as macros go.

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

Pours the standard fizzy yellow color with a bit of nice head at first, but no real lacing. It has a good, sharp, scent, a little malty and a little skunky, nothing too strong, though. Good taste, a bit fizzy, slight spiciness, but mostly the malty lager flavor. Goes down fine. Overall, quite average for a macro; not bad, not good.

Photo of mobyfann
2.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $0.99 for a 24 oz. can at Jungle Jim's...

The beer pours a head white head, golden base, limited retention and lacing on the glass. Aroma, what aroma? A touch of grain and that is it,... totally weak.

Taste adds a little more dimension from the aroma... slight corn-grain-malt action with a little sugar, decent in the mouth without any discomfort and at 5.0% abv a decent session beer.

Final Thought: Why drink this when PBR exists?

Photo of Berticus
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Your average everyday imported lager. Theres nothing really special to report about this one.
All the characteristics of Budweiser with a hint of Stella Artois flavor infused.
The hops used must be the reason for the awkward aftertaste.
Not worth the price.

Photo of LouieF
3.52/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I don't actually know...I've only had these from cans.
Smell: Slightly metallic with some malty sweetness.
Taste: Wow, totally not what I was expecting. Starts off bitter, much stronger than a regular american macro and finishes with some light sweetness. Hops are very present.
Mouthfeel: Not bad at all, pleasant carbonation. I wouldn't say that this is a "full bodied" beer but there is definitely something there.
Drinkability: Very easy...I could drink one after another. For what it is worth, this is a decent beer. I would hardly say that it is the best out there however if you are looking for a cheap beer with a decent taste this is the way to go. I'd also recommend eating it with some sort of beef.

Photo of vicg12
4.23/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best macro you can buy. If I don't feel like spending the money on a micro I pick up some of these. It is on the lighter side but to to light that you can't taste the pilsner flavor, I love pilsners. I can and have drank many in one night with no problem. I attend college near Canada and they are cheaper up here which is what mainly got me started on them, a giant leap in taste from the normal college beer of keystone light, blah. The beer is admititly better in Canada, they are keeping the good stuff for them selves. Ontop of all that they give away cool stuff in thier 24's certain times of the year. Recomend bottles in America and Drafts in Canada.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow - clear as a bell. A thin white head hangs on a little bit before becoming a vanishing patch.

The smell is of a hint of sweet grain. Inoffensive - clean as a whistle.

The taste is of some sweetness that is somewhat balanced in the finish. Clean, clean and crisp.

Light-bodied - not watery, though - but, fizzy.

The fizziness is pretty big and would get to me after awhile, even for the style, though it manages to keep something of a body. Very clean. Inoffensive. A bit of sweetness hangs on. Not a bad "lawn-mower" beer, though there are others that are cheaper that work just as well for that. Judged in style - could be better, could be much worse. I gave it the same score as Molson Canadian, but would probably take it over that.

Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appears blanched, its complexion is tarnished and faded. A putrid stain of yellow is smeared across its otherwise colourless body. Its antiseptically white head has thinned to a point of having as much of it stuck to the sides of my glass as I do floating over top the drink.

Whatever adjuncts used are moderately restrained in the smell, enough so as not to completely befoul the aroma anyhow. There is a sharp cutting metallic tinge to the corn and chemicals, but much to my chagrin, I may actually be smelling pale malts above anything else.

The beer is nearly void of taste and its mouthfeel is neutral. I opt not to use the word 'smooth' although no aspect of the beer ever becomes offensive. The beer would be completely indistinguishable except for this notable lack of off-putting adjuncts. A lack of bitterness and only faint impression of malt make this easily tolerable even to non beer drinkers.

A thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters couldn't come up with much interesting to say about this. "The Good Stuff", as its advertising will refer to it as, is no more a "refreshing pilsner made with choice hops and the finest Canadian barley" than it is another mass produced, advertising driven commodity designed for the lowest common denominator.

Surprisingly, however, this beer didn't offend me as much as I expected it to. As far as macro lagers go this one is above par and as far as my personal tastes go I've enjoyed this about as much as I'm capable of enjoying the style. That said, I wouldn't mind it if I never see a Labatt's product again, actually I might quite like it.

Photo of BeerTaster
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance straw in color with smale quickly disapating head. Smell some adjunents and malty sweetness. Taste sweet malt some corn and no hops. Mouthfeel light body mediem carbonation. Drinkability if its Ice cold and free I might have one or two its starts to loose its appeale after that.

Photo of changeup45
1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a moderate to large head for the style that fizzles away rather quickly. Corn, grainy, some sweet malty mixture but this is bad and actually not really drinkable. A bit skunky. I recall not even liking this one in College and I hardly had beer standards way back then.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy, frothy head display nice lacing and some retention before descending to a thing white ring. Aromas of assorted grains, sweet corn, rice some wheat. Flavors were bleached an unassertive but also inoffensive. Very macro-brewery. Quickly citric at first, yeast in the middle, wheat and corn at the end. Dry finish and rather clean. Light bodied with high carbonation but still quite drinkable. Pretty damn good for what it is and if you have to drink this type (think Coors, Bud, Miller, Michelob) it's really the best one out there. Beer pong!

Photo of klewis
3.06/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours straw with a much larger than normal (for the style), foamy head. Decent sustain and light lacing.

S: A very light smell with a subtle corn aroma.

T: Light taste with balanced flavors of grain and adjuncts.

M: Crisp and light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: For the style, this one is quite nice. A light and non-offensive taste makes this one an easy drinker.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a white bubbly head.

Smells of sweet straw, grain, and little else.

Tastes of grain, grassy dryness, then a touch of corn syrup, then barley, with a bitter finish.

This is the typical Canadian macro. Not awful for the style. Dogs and burger type of beer. This is not the first thing to grab at the liquor store. But when the party/cookout offers this or Bud, I chose this and it was probably the better choice.

Photo of ablaze
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Creamy white head, settles after a couple minutes to a light foam.
Nicely golden with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Scent is simple corn adjunct, typical macro.

Flavour-wise...for a N.American mac lager I think it's pretty good. Sweet upfront, grainy, hay, lots of corn with thin hops in the back. Bit watery, alcohol is soft, no aftertaste. Nothing offensive. Initially creamy, but light-bodied, bit watery. Very clean finish.

There's nothing offensive about this beer at all, and I think it's one of the better mac lagers out there, and I don't mind even picking up a sixer once in a while.

Photo of bort11
1.53/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Solid two finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Very pale yellow color with minimum carbonation.

Smell has thin wet grass aroma. Taste is a thin cereal body. You can tell then main ingredient is rice.

Thin watery mouthfeel. Canadian macro at it's worst.

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