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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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617 Reviews

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Reviews: 617
Hads: 1,912
Avg: 2.67
pDev: 41.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 296 | 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 twelvsies
2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears more like a sparkling cider or juice than a beer. Very clear, light, and bubbly. Smells like a macro; pretty bland, not a lot going on. Maybe even a little funky smell to it. It actually tastes passable for a macro. It's pretty watery overall but I can surprisingly pick up on a bit of sweet maltiness. That's it though. This is basically a boring beer, but it could be worse in the world of macro brews.

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Photo of wailingwench
1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Eye Candy: Transparent straw yellow.

The nose knows: Let Blue warm, then smell it. It smells like vomit in a bottle.

Tongueland: The taste gives me the creeps. I actually have gagged while drinking Blue.

Bender Factor: Blue light is a better alternative, Molson Canadian is the best choice. Everyone here in Buffalo thinks that Blue is the the sheezy, I say it makes me queasy. Labatt Blue is a sad excuse for a beer. It should be put out of it's misery. I feel bad for Canadian citizens who are exposed to Blue on a daily basis.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very pale unimpressive urine like color with a thin head. smell was well... like... beer. very ordinary. taste was the same. mouthfeel was thin and watery. i wouldnt go out of my way to get one but, it isnt bad when nuthin else is availible. they are easy to drink.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as a adjunct lager. Poured a nice straw color with a crisp white head that faded quickly. A bit of lace, not much though. Smells of sweet malt with corn and rice. No noticable hop presence. Taste is about the same except the hops are a bit more noticeable. Its is crisp and dry and you can drink abunch of these. Its an average adjunct lager and still better than Bud etc. I remember these tasting much better when I was younger. I grew up in Buffalo and the big three beers there are Genesee, Molson and this, I grew up on this stuff and I just remember it tasting better then than it does now. Overall its a poor beer, but as an adjuct its average.

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Photo of redmosquito
2.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a white head. Bread like yeasty smell, followed by a clean flavor with a little yeast flavor, not malty, or hoppy. Bit of a corn like after taste. Thin and dry on the mouthfeel. When I was younger Canadian beers enjoyed a good reputation for quality. Today the quality of their ads is great but the beer is just so-so. A descent beer, I’d chose this over a Bud or High Life if those were my only choices.

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Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold color with a moderate sized bright white head that is soapy in texture, the residual lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and fresh, start is somewhat sweet and it has a fair malt profile, the top light in feel. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops standard in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, what can you say its drinkable and there are certainly many worse beers on the market.

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Photo of TagoMago
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's funny how many novice beer drinkers swear by this Canadian swill, somehow thinking it's a premium beer (yes, many people do think that). This beer is just plain bad. It's the Canadian version of Budweiser, though this is indeed slightly better than the aforementioned.

The beer pours a clean, clear straw color - initially the head is big and heavy with carbonation, but manages to die down in seconds. The aroma - as well as the taste of this beer - is adjunct heavy. More corn can be tasted than malts or hops. Overall, this is a very sad, entirely uneventful beer, akin to alcoholic seltzer water. Skip this one at all costs.

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Photo of arizcards
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had Labatt's Blue on and off over the last 20+ years. Recently had it a number of times golfing while vacationing in Michigan. Early on in my beer drinking days I considered it to be one of the better brews available.

I did not pour this golden colored brew. Smell was a bit bready. The aftertaste was kind of funky, almost a hint of rubbing alcohol. Mouthfeel was very thin as is typical with macro's. Drinkability is fine for soothing my bad swings on the course. I have seen this brew at the grocery store many a time but will definitely not buy into the urge to pick some of this up.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
2.91/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, lighter than straw. Decent head lasted about 5 minutes. No side cling, tons of carbonation. Has a malty and corn sweet aroma with a hint of skunk. Starts sort of light, then sweetens with corn flavor, becoming a bit fuller and finishing with a bit of sour skunkiness toward the back of the palate. Aftertasted doesn't stick around too long fortnuately.

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Photo of woemad
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a 12'er purchased at a Safeway in Spokane. I decided to buy a 12er of cheap beer for summer drinking/Mariner-related sorrow-drowning. This and Kokanee were each on sale in the same quantity for $7.99. I chose this because I'd never had it before and figured "What the Hell." I chose poorly.

Poured a dark pale (if that makes any sense) gold color. Rather easy to see through a glass of this stuff. Big noisy white head that sounded like a bowl of rice crispies. Said head dropped faster than Howard Dean in the primaries. Not one bit of lace left behind.

Smell is of a bland sweetness similar to corn. It's like sniffing a cold glass of vegetable oil.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell: bland and slightly sweet. The warmer this gets, the more unpleasant it is to drink. It's okay just emerging from the fridge, but for God's sake don't let this sit around for a while.

Mouthfeel is thin, yet creamy. Weird.

This is drinkable in a cold beer on a hot day kind of way. Drink it ice cold, there's nothing to gain by letting it warm up. This is better than most US macros, but that's like saying Jeffrey Dahmer was better than Jack the Ripper. Kokanee will remain my go-to cheap pale lager. It's nothing to fear from this.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.6/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this in high school, along with Export, Molson Canadian, and Colt 45. I have since come to my senses. Unfortunately this was ordered for me recently at a restaraunt.
it is a bland super pale straw color with lots of tiny bubbles. The head was awol, and lacing was also nonexistent. The smell was of cooked vegetables and corn and chemicals. The taste was of corn and water, hello hops? are you there? *no*. It was cold so in a sense I guess you could say it is refreshing, like water is. This beer is awful and Im convinced people only buy it because of the slick multi-million dollar ads.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.99/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served very clear and a nice light straw color. The head was white and somewhat thin and not long lasting. There was a lot of carbonation that lasted almost until I finished the pint.

The aroma was nonexistant. I was at a Cajun restaurant so the smoke from the bar and the spices from the kitchen may have wiped out what little aroma there was in the beer.

I was surprised with the bitter bite of the first several sips. Not much complexity but it was thirst quenching.

The mouthfeel was light.

This was a good session beer with Cajun foods. It did not wrestle with the food for flavor or aroma. It is better than a glass of water or a Coors LIght.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very pale straw colour, but had a nice foamy white head on the pour, not bad for a macro. Aroma contains sharp grain and the presence of adjuncts. The flavour has a bit of an industrial chemical presence, dry metallic grains, with a sweet twang of adjuncts on the finish, giving it a bit more of an industrial flavour on the aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel, but a bit abrasive on the palate as well. This would be the lowest on the Canadian macro totem pole for me, in the great white north triumvirate of Molson/ Labatt/Kokanee (in comparison to the American BMC).

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Photo of 99bottles
2.2/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't know how I missed reviewing this. I have one good buddy who always carries a case of this with him. I've never seen him drink something else. So, needless to say, I've consumed my share of this too. Not really sure why.
Appearance: Macro, in every sense. Light yellow, thin, high carbonation, small head that quickly goes to nothing.
Smell: Hmmm. Macro. Corn or some other adjunct. Somewhat sour bitterness, but I'm probably just making that up.
Taste: Again, hmmm. It's Labatt's. Light mouthfeel, frolicy carbonation, somewhat bitter aftertaste. I think there's more hop feel in this than in others. Yucky macro pucker. Easy to drink though. I usually just laugh when I hear my run of the mill college friends argue about how Labatt's is so much better than say, Bud. I think any difference I ever thoguht was there has left, and the macros are just rolling into one collective swill. Whatever. Not horrible. I'll drink it any time. Just not if it's my choice as to what we're drinking.

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Photo of jsolack
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear gold color. Head is strong at frist and then goes away quickly. Left looking like dishwater.

Mild skunky/grain smell... Overall very plan and bland... unimpressive.

Weak sweet flavor with sharp carbonation. Grain aftertaste. Bitter finish. Overall this is a drinkable beer but unimpressive.

Watery with high carbonation. This has a typical macro feel.

Easy to drink beer. Better than Bud in my opinion. Flavor is lacking.

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Photo of clvand0
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark yellow color with a small head and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. Had it on tap at the local pub. The aroma is plain - a little sweet. Very much a mass produced beer. The taste was much the same, somewhat bland without a ton of flavor, but a little sweet. Typical Canadian mass-produced beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue pours a corn colored yellow. (Darker than most macros) The head was very foamy at first and shrunk to about 1/4 inch. Lacing on the glass was minimul. Smell is very sweet and grainy, almost popcorn smelling. Taste is very light but good, sweetness with a good blend of hops. Feels crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Drinkable in the summer months, still a couple of better macros out there for a cheaper price.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2.6/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer. I'm usually not crazy about Canadian beer due primarily to the fact that its from Canada. And I really do not like Canada all that much. Either way, it tastes pretty good. But nothing I would buy again, between it and Molson I would definitely take Molson. I think the best part about Labatt Blue is its commercials with the bear. He's so cute.

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Photo of RickS95
3.74/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This relatively inexpensive Canadian brew really hits the spot for me.

Appearance is very American, nothing exotic. Same goes for smell, but you can almost taste the sweetness with each whiff.

It's got a smoothe taste and is easily drinkable. Just a touch of aftertaste, but nothing bad about it. This is a good beer to eat a meal with, it's not to heavy and cleanses the palate within seconds of the aftertaste.

I like it.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a little darker shade of Macrobrew clear yellow.

Smell is sweet and grainy with a buttery corn scent to it.

Taste is sweet like a Michelob with that buttery corn flavor. Lots of grain flavor to this, and a little bitter hit in the finish. Better than an American Macro.

Mouthfeel is good.

Passable brew beats the American macrobrews.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer, although straight macro, is actually not an entirely bad choice if youre strapped for cash and are in desperate for something alcoholic to pour down your throat. It pours a heavily carbonated light yellow, with the typical big bubble head. Smell is mostly just the malts, no hops really. Taste is wheaty, but it tastes more like a wheat cracker than a malt wheatiness, with the slightest taste of hops. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, and watery. Pretty typical macro-brew, and I might go so far as to reccomend for those on a really tight budget. There are better choices though, and for not that much more out of pocket.

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Photo of Maestro
2.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Big Blue" 25.3 oz. Can

Appearance: Yellow with a thin, foamy, white head.
Smell: The nose is very similar to most American Macro Lagers. Nothing stands out here.
Taste: The taste is smooth with some definite sweet corn taste. There are some notes of hops but they don't overpower the corn taste.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and refreshing, but a little on the fizzy side.
Drinkablility: Fairly drinkable. Better than BUDMILLERCOORS but barely.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer taste much better on tap than in a bottle or a can. I know most beers do but you could really tell. The beer has some malty aromas. Taste wise i liked it, it had some maltness to it but not to much bitterness. Just some regular brew that you wouldnt pick if you were out in a nice restaurant but that you could buy by the case for a partty.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, this Canadian version of an American macro lager had a clear golden color and a fizzy, bubbly white head that fizzled out to nothing in seconds. No lace, either.
This brew has no nose! I couldn't get any aromas off this beer. No, I don't have a cold, the flu, or Ebola; there's just noting there. At least there was some flavor, albeit nothing to get all excited about. There was a light grainy malt flavor and a bit of fruitiness up front and only the faintest hint of hops-infused bitterness in the finish. Really pretty bland. The feel was a plus, light, dry and crisp.
Well, I can't totally write Labatt Blue off but I'm pretty sure I can find other pale lagers sporting more aroma and taste. Pretty bland, pretty boring, and pretty sure I won't get this beer again real soon.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light golden color into the pint glass. About the same as the Labatt Blue Light, maybe even a shade lighter if you can believe that. Very large white pillowy and blooming head required that I halt the pour and wait. It eventually settles down and holds a thin covering for most part, leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Aroma - definite pilsner aroma. That's about it.

Taste - more depth than the LB Light, more pilsner feel (as it ought to be). Nothing, however, to set it apart or above.

Mouthfeel - more body the LB Light, better residue and prolonged taste in the mouth. Bubbly, some sweetness, decent.

Drinkability - I like it. Not one I'd buy off the shelf to stock at home, but I have it on tap in the summer/fall now and then. A fine session beer if you like a pilsner style for the evening and you're at a macros-only joint.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.