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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 Stofko1992
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 ounce twisty into a pint glass. This one pours a pale gold color with a pure white head. The head did last a bit and left some lacing on the glass.

Smells of corn, light malt and faint hops. There is a bitterness in the aroma that could be hops but could also be some adjunct that I am not used to smelling.

Taste is basically hopwater. I get some light maltiness followed by bitter hops.

Very light and carbonated. I could drink several of these on a hot day after some hard work. I grew up on this stuff and it was more impressive then since the alternative was some western NY macro.

Photo of beerguy101
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and very sweetish. A light bodied, light tasting pilsner. Not very hoppy, some citrus. Mouthfeel is slightly hoppy. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Average beer. Not skunky.

Photo of CBFanWish
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kabatt blue is an old friend of mine and everyone else from the area. It pours a clear yellow with a small, quickly diminishing head. The aroma has no hints of anything except slight skunk. Not even much of theis. The taste is grainy and kind of sweet with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. It did go down pretty good, but I'm going to have to say goodbey to this old friend. Like an old pair of shoes, I have outgrown you.

Photo of secondtooth
2.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale, golden complexion here, with medium lace.

Nothing special about the nose, either. Basically like most other American-style light lagers.

Taste is corny, adjunct, and watery.

Another example of a light, beer-flavored water that's tailor-made for drinking quickly, so as to avoid tasting it. Not one I'd drink again.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Globetrotter
2.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found at the UN Commissary in Vienna, I bought this as a salute to a Canadian colleague here. The 33cl brown bottle with a semi-long neck sports a blue and white label with a red maple leaf above the name and "Imported" below. No ingredient info, both the bottle and the label had some codes printed on them, but I couldn't decipher a best by date.

Clear slightly greenish gold under a one finger white head that fades very quickly to whisps of film and a thin collar, leaving no lace whatsoever. The nose is very mild and plain, with a bit of adjunct malt and a touch of metallic bitter. The mouth is very light and very well carbonated. Standard fare here, with little to compliment. The malt is weak and slightly cornish. The hops are mild and metallic, with a slightly harsh bitterness that barely emerges at all. It's not horrible (which is what I expected - sorry, Curtis), but it certainly isn't great.

Photo of Brenden
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a pale, bland yellow like some many macros. The head is pretty thick, about one finger, and does leave a little lacing in the glass. The smell is corn and grains but nothing else, really. A light astringency follows. The taste is corn and light grains as well with very minimal malt and light herbal something. There's also a bitterness to it. Following is a very mild, somewhat odd sweetness. There's a twang of oddness in the finish. Skunk, perhaps? The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is, plain and simple, a regular old macro.

Photo of Amalak
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have a bit of a soft spot for this brew because it reminds me of my days drinking at college at Plattsburgh. It has a corn taste and some maltiness. It's nothing special, but for a regular macro brew lager it has its qualities.

It's a slight bit darker than the light version, which isn't saying too much. Mild malt scent.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent Canadian import. Poured out to a darker yellow color with a head that wasted no time in fizzing away. Medium carbonation. Odors of adjunts were most noted - corn, grain and hops. Taste had almost a metallic quality, like iron had been dissolved in it. Other flavors of corn and grain were present, as were hops toward the finish. Not a terrible beer, but Canada has so many other better beers. Worth a try.

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is the epitome of average in terms of beers, remarkably lacking a body or a real strong flavor and feeling like a domestic beer playing dressup in imported beer's clothes. The beer, as a whole, is surprisingly very flat and doesn't bear much taste, although I wouldn't say it isn't drinkable and likely easy to session. I will try to see if I can pick up other Labatt flavors throughout the rest of the year (Light, Royale Light, Lime, Max Ice, etc) , but these beers, after the disappointing flagship brand, will be one of the last I seek out, especially since finding single bottles of some of them proves to be a grating challenge and I doubt I'll be able to drink a six or twelve pack of these before they expire, if they're anything like regular Blue.

Photo of A380
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a completely clear gold with very weak head that disappears in probably twenty seconds. no lacing whatsoever. tastes like water with a bit of beer to it. it could go as a light beer but it definitely shouldnt be called a pilsener (its says canadas pilsener on the label..) would be amazing on a super hot day with no other beer around. carbonation is weak and theres definitely better beer out there.
not something i recommend.

Photo of IPAescotch
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale and clear, no head, no lace.

Chloride bleach, and a noticable absence of yeast and hop flavor.

Clean, with only enough bitterness to keep it from being poisonous

This beer has about as much body as sparkling water.

Sure you can drink it, especially if you don't have taste buds.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical clear golden yellow, head does not last. Aroma is average, malty without any undertones - nothing special, but not repulsive, either. Taste is about what one would expect, smooth with no bitterness. I detected a slight metallic hint - probably since I sampled it from a can - and found this beer a little watery but still palatable.

Photo of Dogstickfetch
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of CHL
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Curiously in a 11.5 oz bottle, just to insure it's more expensive than comparably bad American macros.

Pale and fizzy beer with very little flavor, except some corn sweetness. Has a sort of metallic/odd aftertaste that unpleasantly persists in the mouth; the only think that makes it less drinkable than fizzy water. I don't see why bottles would taste like this. Definitely prefer PBR for my cheap adjunct.

Photo of UDbeernut
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Canada's best selling beer is a bit of a disapointment. Out of the bottle the color is weak. It has a very small head that disappears almost as quickly as it forms. The taste seems very wattery but sweet. I had to check the lable twice to make sure I did not purchase a light beer.

The only good thing about this beer is its smoothness. This is a beer that one could "throw back" and enjoy.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours VERY pale, like a lighter Bud Light. Almost no head, no lacing or retention. Very light straw color.

S- Kind of funky, pretty sure this isn't skunked, it's just the way it is. Slightly bready.

T- Bready malt, slight skunk, a little metallic/astringent twang. Not very good, IMO, but I guess it's better than the average adjunct.

M- Adjunct all the way.

D- Beer pong, drinking game beer. Could have them all night, but I won't enjoy them that much...

Photo of CharlesRiver
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellowish color with a smaller head that doesn't last. Tons of tiny bubbles make their way to the surface. The smell reminds me a lot of Heineken. Something a bit skunky. The taste is very similar. Skunky and harsh in the beginning and sweet and smoother in the end.

Poured from a 11.5 Fl Oz bottle. Hum, couldn't even make it a full 12 oz.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of soper2000
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't had this beer since I was 20, but a Trailer Park Boys marathon spurred me to try it again (check out that show if you haven't seen it, brilliant but crude satire).

Pours a light straw yellow with a head that actually looks decent, it stands about 2 fingers tall and contains no large soapy looking bubbles. Aroma is faint but has that typical macro lager sweet smell. Taste has a faint hop bite (a bit spicy like saaz) but that makes it distinguishable from Bud. Taste fades away very quickly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok but not sure how much of this I would want to drink. All and all it's an average macro.

I'm pretty sure this would be a Jim Lahey type beer. If Julian and Ricky went for beer instead of rum or vodka, I'm pretty sure that they would drink O. V. (anyone remember that one? it's not in the dB) or Carling Black.

Photo of damndirtyape
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow color with plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. White 1/4" foam upon pouring died down to a thin ring at the edge and nothing across the top. Very mild amounts of lacing noted.

Smell: When first poured, maybe the barest hint of apples and some crisp malt, but after awhile, not even that.

Taste: Mild in taste, crisp, grain is notable, very mild bitter finish with more of a clean mild malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and very prickly on the tongue, but once that clears, watery. Sadly not good.

Overall / drinkability: Meh is about the best I can say. When its very cold there is still something there, but as it warms up, it's all gone, and at that point you really have to chug the stuff fast to get much of anything out of it. Taste and appearance average for this style of beer and nothing special but not bad. Might be good during a hot day, but otherwise I'm not impressed. Oh well, not everything can be good.

Photo of shadow1961
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

LaBatt Blue Pils pours a big stiff head over a pale yellow brew.
The nose is a hint of barley malt, pils yeast, and can. The flavor
is faint sweetish corn and barley up front with a fleeting ghost of
a shadow of some kind of hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, but
watery-thin. The can is kind of pretty, and it's made in a union shop.
Beyond that, there's not much here to recommend beyond the usual
lawnmower applications.

Photo of DrJay
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy, coarse, white head off the pour that fell quickly. Not much lacing and the retention wasn't hot either. There's a bit of herbal hop and light sweetness to the aroma. Some bitterness, a bit sweet but not malty. Finishes dry. Not much flavour overall. Rough carbonation with a light, watery body. Not as bad as I remember, but there are definitely better macro lagers on the market.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

3/2 Bottle - Clear pour, not very thick or heavy. Minimal smell, not many flavours while tasting. Minimal carbonation.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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