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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,758
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 19
Gots: 177 | 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 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
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of guntherhophead
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue is a pretty standard macro. It's better than Bud and there is really no real purpose in rating this beer except that it keeps you honest. It's good to go back to what many people like and see if you're missing anything.

A. Light yellow. No real retention. Little head.
S. Faint malt. Very faint toasty rice/corn with some malt undertones.
T. Watery. Light malt. Some grain (corn) Very carbonated
M. CARBONATED! Kind of rough going down at first.
D. Not great. Good on a hot day or when you want something very light. I know that this may go against beer lovers rules but drink VERY cold!

Photo of mrsoul12
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle - Pours a light golden color with a small white. Light lacing. Aroma is light grain and herbal hops. Flavor is much of the same. There is nothing really special about this beer, but it was easy to drink. Seems like a more expensive version of Bud, Miller, or Coors. Save your money and by PBR if you are going for a cheap lager.

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

Labatt Blue is to Canada as Budweiser is to America. Nothing much else to say about this beer. A standard decent brew, I will order this on tap at a bar once in a while just for a change of pace. Medium yellow body, thin head. Faint aroma and a neutral, watery flavor.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear bright golden-rod color which started out promising enough with a fizzy white head 1 finger high, but quickly dissipated before I could put the glass down leaving not a trace of lacing behind. Visible carbonation was sparse and very light.

S: interesting with honey, limes, oranges found as well some sweet buttery toffee notes.

T: sweet grains with honeymalt, sharp citric tones being first noticed. Some light sweet corn and a light herbal hopping was present as well some hay. I thought I detected a slight metallic tang but was ever so slight and maybe just trying to find fault with a beer that quite surprised me in the taste department. A touch of sour citrus is found on the fade and finish.

M: Nice light-medium viscosity, some buttery slickness and a tiny effervesce is felt on the tongue which finished crisp.

D: A drinkable macro and one I could easily enjoy if no other options were available. Quite surprised by this and respectable all around.

Photo of clayrock81
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh...the shitty Canadian macro that was graet for dollar pint night in college. This seemed like such a step up from Bud/Miller at the time, yet I find it not as bad as I thought it'd be.
Poured a light yellow with a good head that took awhile to die down and left some nice lace patches. A weak smell, picked up some grains and adjuncts/metal; just not a pleasant smell really. A light-bodied brew that is watery and grainy, like they forgot an ingredient or something. Still, it gives off a decent malt aftertaste so you know you're drinking a beer.
Rather bland, it is decent at a bar on special and I don't mind one here or there while watching a hockey game.

Photo of IBUnit63
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A staple of any Buffalo college student's diet - could be found for $1 in a different bar just about every night of the week. How does it stack up?

Pour into an Alpine Lager mug looks clean as hell - nice sparse carbonation. White tight sudsy head that slims down very quickly. Hey, I've seen a lot worse...

Smells nice for a macro pilsener with more hop and malt character for the average bear. Clean but with a faint tocuh of that macro "swillish" backbite...gets warm and skunky pretty quickly.

Again, shows up with decent Pilsener character - definitely a Germanic hop profile. There is an aftertaste of what can be termed mass-production - I guess it's that corn feeling again.

For what it is, mouthfeel isn't bad, but it does have a strong aftertaste. This was in the back of my fridge for several days but it still stings as too warm. How cold does this stuff have to be? Maybe that's why it's a favorite at and above the border - if it rolls too cold just stick it in a snowbank for a few minutes and you're good to go.

It drinks OK. One of my sentimental favorites for macros. Of course, this may sound like damnation with faint praise, as in saying "one of the most benevolent dictators in Africa," but I've had much worse. Goes best with chicken wings from Duff's or your own deep fryer, or whenever a Bills' or Sabres game is on. Drink extra-wicked-super cold.

Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a bright, golden-hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before quickly receding...
Faint, unassertive, macro aroma with hints of grains, corns, slight wheat, and rice...
Crisp, clean, refreshing taste... Definitely not bad for the style... Average, light-bodied mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability...
Not at all a poor selection for the style, yet nothing above and beyond...

Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a sweet corn aroma flowed by a grainy malt. There was a slight grassy hop aroma as well.

The taste was grainy, with some corn sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a decent Canadian macro. Easy enough to drink.

Photo of demitriustown
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

First, this is maybe my second favorite macro-brew. Appearance is clear-yellow. taste is decent for what your getting, II would say this is way better than the American macros like Bud and Miller. Not great but on a hot summer day, Ice cold very refreshing.

Photo of biggred1
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow,crystal clear with a slight fine head.Smells pretty darn clean a little cooked corn and a faint wisp of lemony hops.Not bad, but not really good either,tastes like other popular beers of it's ilk (Molson canadian,Fosters...)pretty run of the mill just bland and squeaky clean enough to be inoffensive.A clean little barely detectable hop bite in the finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel with a very mild carbonation.Overall this beer is okay but only if it's really cheap or free.You can find much more interesting brew in the same or lower price range.

Photo of saintwarrick
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leftover from my Game 7 shindig. This brew pours a very pale yellow with a fizzy white head with lost of bubble throughout. Aroma is not much, some corn, grassy herbs and lemon. Taste is sharp and carbonated, but a lot less than most macros, some grassy grains, but not a lot else, mostly watery. Finishes very smooth, not a brutal as some others from this style. Actually very refreshing. It's not a lot different than water, but that's what you're looking for here. Definitely at the drinkable end of this style.

Photo of adamette
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

On tap at Courtyard in Brecksville, Ohio last night.

A Thin head, very light yellow body.

S Very thin, minimal hops

T A little hops, forgettable. Very close to the water which makes up most of this beer

M Thin, nearly water

D Excellent, much like the water that makes up most of this beer. It is very "refreshing" due to its similarity to water. If you just want a light refreshing beer then this is your beer!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,758 ratings.