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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 207 | 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 marc956
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being that I used to live in Canada (more precisely Quebec) this is commonly found in my fridge, it's better than nearly all mass-produced American lagers and pilsners, but don't let the pilsner name fool you. There are better ones from Europe (like Pilsner Urquell) .. but this one isn't bad. InoffenCive taste, easy to drink, not much of a buzz. Cheers!

Photo of fingerlaker
3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Of all the macrolagers that are avaliable at any local bar...

Pours yellow. Foam quickly dissapates. Oh well, we're talking macro here. It's darker than most macros though.

Smell is a wee bit metallic. But I could also notice a touch of citrus in the hops. Not terrible, not fantastic.

Taste? I could do worse. It's a touch on the dryer side as far as macros go and the hops are present, but fall far short of where they should be. Up front, I get a bit of steel flavor that goes into the dry malt and finally succumbs to the light hopping at the end.

Drinkability? Could drink them all night, but would ultimatly get bored.

I laugh at the audacity of Labatt to call this a pilsner.

I've had this beer in draft, bottle and can, and the best is draft.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Average for a macro and the style. Fluffy head that dissapates pretty quick, no real lacing. Light straw color.

S - Not a lot of smell, but whats there is what you would expect. Some grains, hint of hops.

T - Taste is pretty good too me, for what it is anyway. Even balanced for an adjunct. Not a whole lot of flavor, but its balanced pretty well and theres not an overpowering adjunct taste.

M - Slightly above average for a macro, but only slightly. Pretty watery.

D - you could knock these down all night.

An above average macro. Not too bad, but nothing great here by any means. Definitely a Lawnmower beer.

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came from the 1 pint 8 fl. oz can marked 1-150-8-2334B.It pours a more golden yellow than pale yellow with a lot of puffy, white head and dissolves after about 2 minutes.

The aroma is slightly hopped but does not have that distinctive Canadian skunky scent that accompanies so many Canaian brews that I have tried over the years.

The mouth feel is medium and the taste has a distant feel of hops and malts but it is not an overpowering experience.

I tend to drink a lot of Labatt since it is generally cheaper around here than many US beers. They claim it is transported into the state from Canada every day. Maybe it is, which is why is comes across as fresher than Molson brews.

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

pours a very clear pale straw color about a one finger frothy white head and some light lace. odd cooked veggi smell. taste of corn with a very light mouthfeel and carbonation was good. it was left over beer that my daughter bought when she was here for christmas. so i thought i would try it but its not something i would buy.

Photo of cpn920
2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to be "my beer." Thank God it used to be, before I had my awakening. Had one from my buddy on New Year's. Very pale with a thin head. Smell was nonexistent beside some light grain odor. Taste was pretty blah or nonexistent. Definitely a beer made to be consumed to just pound back and get stupid. Not impressed with anything about this beer. I didn't drink the whole beer so I do not find it to be drinkable.

Photo of Devilsfan87
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at a distributor in town for 18 pack for $15.99, bit pricey for what it is... the appearance is paleish yellow. The smell isn't very strong, or appealing for that matter, mostly corn. taste is refreshing, carbonation is marginal at best. Easy to power a few of these down while watching your favorite hockey team play after happy hour. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Photo of merlin48
1.8/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sampling from the "create a sixpack" at a local grocery. In college,many years ago, I thought this was a fine beer. It pours a very pale yellow body with an unimpressive white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is faint, some herbal hops and a hint of skunk. Very light bodied, almost watery, but well carbonated. Taste is minimal. A hint of corn syrup and some grassy hops, nothing else to note. Nothing horrible, but nothing to recommend it.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'm just getting around to review this beer. I'm not usually in a very review-friendly setting whenever I imbibe it.

The beer pours like yellow-tinged water with a thin head. The smell is sweet corn malt with a little grass. The taste is sweet and a bit corny with a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is watery with weak carbonation. Look, this is a weak beer in taste and smell that is either meant to be consumed in large quantities or by people who don't know better. I guess there are worse things you can put in your mouth while watching a hockey game, but there's a lot more out there if you're willing to spend a little more money.

Photo of Mistofminn
2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my favorite Canadian beer, eh?

Pretty typical macro lager. Very watery. Smells and tastes like corn, some grain scent. Clear color, medium carbonation and light body.

If you want a watered down beer, that has little taste or aroma, and goes down like water, this is definitely for you. Compared to other macros I would rate this above average, but not by much.

Photo of madtappers
3.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just an average very drinkable Canadian beer, reminds me alot of Coors Light. Not a beer for the beer snob looking for that fine hop or malt, but that everday macro lager for the workman or hockey player.

Good beer to have alot of, when watching a game or plowing the snow of your driveway!

Cheers, EH! Hoser!

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are the normal macro cereal taste.When served cold this is a fresh pleasant tasting beer.Good for watching hockey games or any sport at that matter.I would recommend and purchase again!!

Photo of yesyouam
1.06/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Labatt Blue is a very clear, very pale straw colored lager with a thin white head. The aroma is of cardboard and fusel oil. There may be a dusting of grassy hops in the nose. Very light bodied and watery in the mouth. It's like water except that water isn't a touch gritty. It tastes like chemicals. I would not identify this as beer in a blind taste test. Holy crap! This is worse than I expected it to be! There is a touch of sweetness at the end... then that poison flavor lingers. Did I get a bad bottle? This is intolerable!

Photo of magictrokini
2.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a white head. Grainy, kind of wheaty aroma, with sugar and metal. Crisp, slightly sweet taste of corn and corn syrup. Bitter hop finish. Similar to Mexican beers, some beers taste better with your surroundings. This beer is highly average, can be the wrong kind of bitter, and will easily skunk. But, if drank during a hockey game, it becomes quite enjoyable. Go Wings!

Photo of WakeandBake
2.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A clear yellow pour,white head that quickly fades to nothing.Slight grain aroma.A little bit sweet standard pale lager flavor but not gross like so many others,some detectable hop hints at leasst.Drinkable. I would opt for this over many american pale lagers.

Photo of colts9016
2.2/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: straw color with little effervescent.A Foaming head that only lasted a few minutes.
Nose: Corn and cereal, kind sweet smell and yeasty.
Taste is Corn, cereal, kinda sweet and yeasty.
The flavor is really doesn't exist, no finish, no balance kinda skunky

Photo of Soneast
2.84/5  rDev +8%
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 +15.2%
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 +8.4%
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 -1.1%
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 -39.9%
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 +54.4%
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 +25.5%
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%
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 +31.9%
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.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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