Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 255 | 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 anteater
1.84/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Worse than Coors Light, nothing good about it.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.84/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brilliant straw color. The white 2 finger head is quickly dead. Nothing special.

Flavors and aromas of corn with a fruity/sugary feel. Very faint taste but well balanced.
Slight metallic smell.

Light slick body with average carbonation. Short and faint sugary finish.

Overall : Bland beer with added sugar to compensate. Still feels relatively fresh.

Photo of 2ellas
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I prefer them straight from Canada. The extra e in bleue makes them taste slightly better

Photo of tempest
1.86/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of marburg
1.86/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of woemad
1.86/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of kosmoraios
1.87/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
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...

Photo of crwills
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
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!

Photo of sweetkness
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of jsolack
1.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of TagoMago
1.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
1.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of dikebrewery
1.92/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recon I'll stick ta drinkin' dem buds

Photo of kingcrowing
1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow color with a very small white head and no lacing. Nose is just adjuncts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is corn and a light bitterness, but not of the hop variety. Very bland, light and tame. Skip it.

Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled qutie a few Lagers and Pilsners during this session. This beer turned out to be the most sulfuric and ill-balanced of the bunch. Starts off with a typical crystal-clear, fizzy carbonated, active beer, with a head formation that failed to retain. Aromas of cereal grains / adjuncts and light pilsner malt are dominated by sulfury aromas of cooked vegetables (corn) and a harsh match-stick burning sensation in the nose. Flavors also pick up on the corn flavors (from sulfur and pilsner malts). A residual corn-like sweetness proves quite distracting. A follow-up of astingent husk flavors and green apples round out the beer. A bit heavy / oily in the mouthfeel with a finish that emphasizes the unbalanced sweetness. Those crazy Northerners will apparently drink anything.

Photo of yourunclewalt
1.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours an impossibly clear pale straw body with a quickly receding head. Looks a lot like Coors light, which is to say, seltzer water.

S - Smells like a macro lager. Not really sure what to say about this one.

M - Seltzer. Carbonation. Water.

T - Bitter. Corn-tinged malts.

D - Not much to describe here, it's a pretty standard macrolager. Not really sure if it's any better or worse than its American counterparts, although some swear by its supremacy / difference. Can't say that I agree.

Photo of mynie
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take the worst parts of a Bud and a Heineken and this is the beer you come up with.

From both you get the crappy, pale yellow pour with almost no head.

From Bud you get the bland odor of adjunct malt and stomach cramps.

From Heineken you get the nasty, over-processed, pasturized taste of fruit esters and medicine. You ever take Nitrous? It's kind of like that. Processed gas. Only it doesn't make you laugh.

If this beer has anything going for it, it's a decent body which lends itself to an okay drinkability rating. Otherwise avoid.

Photo of mikeal1917
1.98/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of evanackerman
1.98/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

basic crappy macro lager, horrible appearance, pretty weak taste, reminiscent of water left out overnight with a corn husk soaking in it.

not much to say because there is not much to this beer, at least it is cheap and the can is pretty. i won't be buying it ever again.

Photo of HugoGrim
1.98/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like your standard American macro lager. No head.

Aroma is sharp yet bland.

Flavor is worse than I expected. I think this is worse than even the big light American macros out there. Standard mechanical grainy flavor, no hops. Just as watery as a light beer, which is depressing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle - Standard macro brew with no real head retention or any aftertaste. Aroma is almost non-existent. Body is really light to ensure you can drink a lot of this crap brew, not that you would want to. Not much else to say except I won't be seeking this anytime soon.

Photo of IronDjinn
2/5  rDev -24.2%
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).

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 MattMorin
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh Canada. It is what it is

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.