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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

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1,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 1403
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.57%

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 CMUbrew


1.68/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

P: 12 oz can poured into a mug

A: Poured with a three finger sudsy white head that soon dissipated to a thin foamy ring. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Pale yellow color.

S: Smells like an adjunct lager as expected.

T: Watery on the start with a slightly bitter finish. Not a very good taste. Aftertaste is even less enjoyable.

M: The carbonation is evident in the mouthfeel, as this beer feels quite foamy in the mouth.

O: I really didn't enjoy this beer. I'm glad the cans I got were free. Can't recommend this one at all.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 04:20:58 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of donmonkey1


1.68/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Weak straw yellow with no head and little carbonation.

Smell: Skunk and nothing else.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains, skunk.

They really shouldn't sell this beer. I don't know how they stay in business. It tastes like sweet skunk. It's so weak though, it could be a lot more objectionable. I've actually had a lot worse but this is definitely not worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:58:11 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of Groucho75


1.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The big blue can; felt like a lager but didn't want a sixer. Hey, sometimes you feel like mac and cheese from a box, right?

Appearance isn't bad; clear, sudsy and highly effervescent with a head that lingers for a little longer than expected. Pale, pale yellow on the color.

Smell wise, it's got that skunky adjunct aroma all over it. Thought I detected some hops but it may have been the leftover Saaz pellets in the fridge that somehow escaped the baggie... Nope, just took another whiff and there is nothing close to hops. Not even grass or corn sugars to save it.

Taste is sharp and flat at the same time. Nothing close to a real lager. Holy cow, I actually would rather have a Budweiser or a Schlitz than this.

Aside from the sharp finish, the mouthfeel isn't bad. If you want a beer you can pound all night and not get beer fatigue, this would be it. If it's under $5 for a pitcher or something at the pizza joint, you'd probably be okay after a few glasses and no longer care.

Beer soda. It's like you had half a can of flat beer and a can of soda water and decided to resuscitate the beer.

Overall I"m sorry I chose this over the Molson XXX I was about to pick up. Hey, for $2 I can't be too mad. Good thing I've got some homebrew in the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth!

Serving type: can

12-19-2011 23:42:48 | More by Groucho75
Photo of packetknife


1.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just a poor poor beer. The smell is awful and strong. Ultra-thin. Aftertase like you were sucking on a battery.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2002 15:24:03 | More by packetknife
Photo of rye726


1.73/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:51:38 | More by rye726
Photo of RyanLaCount03


1.74/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I was not a big fan of Labatt Blue the only time I ever tried it. While sitting around a camp fire for a field trip in Grand Marais, Michigan, I was given one of these beers. The smell of the beer was horrible, while the taste of it wasn;t much better. I may give it another try sometime, but i am not a fan of this beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2013 19:37:57 | More by RyanLaCount03
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

hey this is great beer! my friend tells me. then again, his favorite is Bass ale. well, i gave it a shot. not surprisingly, it sucked. tried it later on draught, and it was still no good. light and mediocre

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 19:28:14 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of nortmand


1.75/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Canadian swill.
Pours a tinge more straw yellow than the typical American maco lager, with a bit of white foam. If it weren't for the streaming bubbles, this would easily be mistaken for urine.
Smells like my early undergrad years. Tinny, keggy, sour, vomit type smell. Not appealing.
If anything can be said for the taste of this beer, it's that there is no bad flavor, in fact there is no flavor. Just some bubbles.
Retried this after a coworker said that he loved Canadian beer- especially Labatt's.

Serving type: can

08-04-2005 23:56:33 | More by nortmand
Photo of changeup45


1.75/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 17:21:40 | More by changeup45
Photo of MSchae1017


1.78/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tased in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a nice golden color but there is no head or lace. The smell is dominated by corn as is the taste. This is quite overwhelming. It feels overcarbonated and watery. Overall though it is easy to drink compared to others in its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 16:08:28 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of merlin48


1.78/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 18:02:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of marburg


1.83/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like piss.
Smells like piss.
Tastes like piss.

Yet somehow -- not piss!

Had to suffer through this at a wedding the other night. It's not as terrible as, say, Coors Light, but that's a lot like saying "having my arm removed isn't as terrible as having my body ground into tiny bits."

Golden, carbonated, decent head -- though very little retention. So it's hardly a bad looking beer, but I swear that you can taste the adjuncts in this thing. And don't even try sipping this. You chug it. Or you run the risk of having to pay for your lack of quaffing speed by having to suffer through drinking the chemistry set in a pint glass.

Definitely a party beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 16:36:28 | More by marburg
Photo of tempest


1.83/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, I didn't expect it, but it makes sense in hindsight. This tastes worse than it's light version. I guess the additional flavor is more than it can handle. If you're going to drink this beer, I guess the key is to not let it warm up at all. Chilled, its plain and sweet, but all sorts of nasties come out with warmth.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 02:56:43 | More by tempest
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

1.83/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had a can of Blue (just one, thankfully) at a party with some in-laws this weekend. It's worth noting that out of all the big name American macro-lagers I've tried, I've always liked Blue the least - for some reason, it's got something in the flavour that makes me nearly gag.

I drank this out of the can, so I'm just going from memory on the colour, which seemed pretty much run-of-the-mill for a macro. Very little aroma at all, which is probably a positive attribute for this style. The flavour, as I mentioned, is for some reason gag-inducing - I can chug down a Molson Canadian or a Coors Light if the need arises, but Blue just turns my stomach. Hence, the low score for taste and drinkability. Flavours I actually picked up on were cooked corn or root vegetables, mild soapiness, and dull grass. Mouthfeel is week and highly carbonated, although not really offensive (and, especially at a low temperature, it dulls the icky flavours a bit).

This is also my first review of a really big macro-lager, mostly because I just haven't had much since I started reviewing. And this Blue reminded me why that is!

Serving type: can

07-24-2007 14:45:50 | More by crwills
Photo of JayS2629


1.83/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- clear, pale yellow with thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace.

S- Very faint, hints of corn, grains, and not much else.

T- Corn, grain, bright fruit like green apples, and slight funk.

M- Watery, thin and fizzy

D- Very poor and boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 04:50:43 | More by JayS2629
Photo of woemad


1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 05:56:50 | More by woemad
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, 5-finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear, very pale amber color, similar to urine. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly skunky. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight hoppy finish. Slightly more flavor than Blue Light. $1.50 for a 340ml from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 22:50:30 | More by jdhilt
Photo of kosmoraios


1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really don't like to just trash a beer for any reason, but this one deserves it. I picked up two of these on the "clearance table" at Tom Thumb solely because they were 50 cents each. (must have been from a broken 6-pack.)

Pours a clear ginger-ale yellow into my imperial pint glass, makes a pitifully half-hearted attempt to form a head, but fails miserably. Aroma is of ...nothing whatsoever. Really, I can't smell anything from this beer. Maybe a light aroma of hay.. Or is that the palmolive that I used to wash the pint glass?

Taste is that of perrier and egg yolk. A previous reviewer nailed it when he said it tastes "like water left out overnight with a corn husk soaking in it." Mouthfeel is that of overcarbonated water. Drinkability ... I guess you could drink these like ...well, water.. if you didn't mind the taste. To me this is the Canadian equivalant to Coors.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 22:36:09 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of thatruth


1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

picked up a 12 pack from the Safeway near Alaska Junction in West Seattle to get drunk about a month ago. found one hiding in the back of the fridge. 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

pours 1/8" head with no color that dissipates quickly. minimal, slippery lacing. piss yellow body with a few bubbles throughout.

smells like Canada. ha...East Hastings, maybe. smells of corn, weird hops. malty, boozy aroma.

tastes like this should be a craft beer only website. tastes like every other "american adjunct lager" or whatever the hell. tastes identical to a warm, dry sprite - even though it's fresh out of the freezing fridge.

mouthfeel is comparable to a pale, low alcohol, cheap champagne. fritzy and uncomfortable. club soda-esque.

Labatt!! whatever that means in French, it must be close to the f-word.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:47:58 | More by thatruth
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

1.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance of this beer was ... let me see oh yeah yellow fizzie beer. There was a very light grassy smell that dissappeared almost as fast as the head. I got a slight flavor of grain at the begining and then water flavor. Which is to say no flavor at all ( not a bad flavor just NO flavor) after the first mouthfull. It was as if after the first mouthfull it ceased being beer and became colored water with alcohol in it. I gave it the low taste rating based on no taste as opposed to awfull. The drinkability a bit higher because I guess you could swill down a bunch of this easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 17:45:18 | More by ybnorml
Photo of sweetkness


1.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - VERY light color, even for a light lager. Average head for the style.

Smell - Not much to pick out here. Almost an aroma of a very bland apple juice.

Taste - Below Average, with little distinguishable flavor. No noticable hop flavor, just bland corn like taste.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonation trying to make up for little body. Too watery.

Drinkability - Drinkable as in not filling, but there are several lagers out there that can say the same thing but taste better.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 05:09:34 | More by sweetkness
Photo of TagoMago

New York

1.9/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 05:07:21 | More by TagoMago
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New Jersey

1.9/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: November 23, 2013... GLASSWARE: Wychwood pint... OCCASION: PSU vs. Nebraska--a good reason for some EXTRA blue!... APPEARANCE: tawny clear straw golden body with swift bubbles that simmer to an uneven white,, filmy head--looks a bit weak... AROMA: thin, crisply corny malt pop with a slightly beefy afterscent; medicinal, almost band-aid-like vapor; then, nondescript... PALATE: THIN; Corona-esque mouthfeel; doesn't linger anywhere; gassy and bubbly...TASTE: THIN, woody, somewhat floral esters mesh with a 40-ounce malt to produce a drinkable, albeit pedestrian lager flavor...OVERALL: revisiting a beer I had over fifteen years ago, the experience is much shorter than the excitement I felt holding a 24-ounce tall back then; cookie-cutter and mouth-rinsing, with little to suggest a nuance...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:49:48 | More by dacrza1
Photo of jsolack


1.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2004 03:14:16 | More by jsolack
Photo of mikeal1917


1.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Labatt Blue is a canadian beer found across North America, and yet, it'll never find its way into my refrigerator.

Appearance- Probably the best thing about this beer. A golden color with a thin, wispy head. Nothing spectacular.

Smell- A distinctly pungent smell comes from this brew, and it definitely ruined the beer before I even drank it.

Taste- Nothing was remotely enjoyable about this beer, and the only reason it didn't get a 1 was because I could choke it down. The bitterness was unbearable, and I could never get past it.

Mouthfeel- The beer doesn't have a bad consistency, and has at least a good balance.

Drinkability- I would obvious say this has no drinkability what so ever. Bitter taste, pungent smell...nothing good to say, except I'll probably never have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:01:18 | More by mikeal1917
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,403 ratings.