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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 199 | 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 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 woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

CAN anybody explain why it has taken me 300+ CANs to review this beer in a CAN?!? Well, CAN you? I dedicate this review to one of my former students, Bluette (no last names), who went by "Blue". Blue, this is for you, how do you do? Enough!

This is a prime example of Stone's "fizzy yellow beers". I could not even finish the pour before the fizzy bone-white head wanted to give up on me. Oh well. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles. Nose was not blue, green or even yellow - it was more brown. Sulfur, if you get my drift. That CAN actually be a good thing in some lagers, but not if adjuncts are involved. As Salty Dog once said, "You homebrewers need to understand - the descriptor 'Fecal' should NOT be used as an adjunct!" Ha! Words to drink by. Mouthfeel was thin for all of that carbonation. Jeez-O, I really feel as if I am missing out here. I refreshed the glass with more beer (I had a 24-oz. CAN to work with) and still did not get any fizz on the tongue. What I did get was that sulfurous nose, but a slight sweetness on the tongue. Maybe I should just hold my breath when I drink this. Or better yet, a clothespin, like I once did as a teenager with Stroh's (I REALLY disliked the original recipe as a kid, who knows what it is now)! That was actually better! It had the adjunct qualities that I now recognize immediately, but for the style, it was about par for the course. The nose, on the other hand ... Finish was slightly dry, unobtrusive, another dime-a-dozen macro adjunct lagers. Oh well. I still remember my first - liberty in Vancouver during Expo 1986 at a strip joint. It was much better then.

Photo of jayc333
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a brown, twist-top bottle, that had no freshness date, and marketed the beer as a pilsener. A one finger head, with sub-par lacing disipated rapidly on top of a straw yellow, clear body. Looks pretty carbonated also.

Smell was perfumy, yet grassy. Nothing that would push me from drinking it.

Taste is there, but limited. The qualities from the smell are in it, but don't make as big of an appearence as they should.

Mouthfeel was very thin, smooth going down, but could do with less carbonation.

Here in Ontario, this and Molson Canadian are what you would typically expect to see at a gathering or party. I'll even admit that before I got into craft brew, Molson was my beer of choice. Nothing really terrible with this beer, it just is what it is, which is a typical macro session brew. However, I believe there are much better macro sessions out there.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 GrimmReaper
2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Buddy of mine buys this one all the time,and that's where i come in,cause i never buy Blue,but never turn down a beer when offered,hell no,this one's very pale yellow with 1 finger head that's bright white and don't last and no lacing at all,it smells kinda green and hints of corn and it tastes refreshing upon first swig but than the bitterness kinda kicks in along with the green and skunky aftertaste,,,you really notice the skunkiness when it warms up,it's got a med to heavy feel to it with the carbonation,..like i said before,i won't buy this beer but will continue to drink it if my buddy keeps offering,,,but drink it ice cold and before it get warmed so down it fast.

Photo of Ohiolager
2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue Canadian Pilsner 24 oz can $1.49(OH)

Can poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. Look up the can/bottle codes on freshbeeronly.

pours a pale gold, almost straw yellow. A one and a half finger head that gives way to some lacing on the glass.

I don't smell much. light malts, slight hops, and a corny adjunct smell.

The taste is better than the smell. A light typical pilsner taste, light hops, very light malts. And finishes smooth and dry with a somewhat adjunct flavor. Better than the triple hop pilsner of M-C.

mouth feel is light but crisp. good carbonation, not overdone like other cheap brews. Leaves a light dry taste in your mouth.

Overall this is a brew that is simply OK. better than some other adjunct brews I've had. would i buy it again. Maybe , I have had it before and I am drinking it now.

Photo of jaslesp
2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As a beer it is ok, but as a pilsener it's terrible. The appearance is ok and the smell too but the taste isn't good for a pilsener. The mouthfeel is average tough but the rest of the beer is certainly below average. In general, this beer is fine but it isn't a pilsener. I would definetly give it a 3 if it was a normal lager.

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.