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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 110 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001)
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Photo of Gaisgeil
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, not much to say about this one really. Pours a medium golden yellow with a thin head. Nose is very faint, nothing really distinguishable, just a vague and general "beer" scent to it. Taste is very much the same, not a lot to it, but isn't offensive in any way, so it makes a good session beer and isn't something you really think about too much, just a run of the mill macro style lager. Unlike many other macros though, at least this is palatable. This one is very common in my part of the country and tends to be the only real option in standard bars with all macro stuff on tap.

Gaisgeil, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of halo21
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan really. Was one of those times when this was only option.

Looks like all the other beers I dont enjoy too much, just this one tastes a little better.

Didnt want another one, will only drink when I can choose between this and another poor macro.

halo21, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of heidelbeerg
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

heidelbeerg, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of giblet
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a bottle purchased in Canadia. pretty light colored with decent head. good smell and taste. this is actually a little stronger in abv and taste than the same label sold in the US. i dont know why but i understand that the imported ones are watered down. of course most people seem to like watered down beer. not me. this is one of the better macros that i have had. good crisp flava with actually some hop in there.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Babbatron
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%

Babbatron, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue is a pretty decent drinking beer. It's best when it's ice cold. It's much like other Pale Lagers, Yellow in color, dissipating head, and pretty smooth tasting. I'd go for a Labatt's before ever going after Miller or Bud. This beer gives us some good flavors and it could easily be much worse.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BabyBastard
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a small, eight ounce glass. Head was virtually non-existent. No lacing to speak of. The color is very light yellow. Sad to say, but this could almost pass for a glass of urine.
Smell is uninspiring, mostly reeks of adjuncts. Nothing that I can really pull out here.
Tastes slightly better than it smells, has a very light malt taste that lingers. Overall, not that great, nothing there to make you want another swill of this beer.
Mouthfeel seems about average to me. Not overly carbonated, but still gives the tingly feeling on the tounge. Very light feeling, almost like drinking spring water.
I'm rating the drinkability on this one average. It doesn't taste so horrible that you need to choke it down, but it is surely nothing to look forward to. At best, this is a beer for drinking when there is no other beer around. Not the best adjunct lager out there, but certainly not the worst, either.

BabyBastard, May 28, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About the only lighter beer I can enjoy. It is a beer you don't have to think about too much as you drink it. A small step up for the typical A-B crowd.

Dogbrick, Jun 25, 2002
Photo of SirSaranac
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Circa 1990-something I was an underage highschool drinking phenom, obesessed with anything semi-tasty that would get me drunk. At the time, Killian's Irish Red and "Blue" were my favorite beers; so much that I would rep my Labatt Blue cutoff tshirt for any drunken party picture that I managed to stay conscious for.
~Welcome to 2008... ***Given almost 10 years, my tastebuds have matured along with my drinking habits.

*Sidenote- Labatt USA, Norwalk, CT... I don't get it... how is this imported!?

A- Crrrrystal clear light light light straw yellow. A 1 finger white head disappears quicker than you can write the observation down. Not highly carbonated in appearance.

S- Cheap malt mixed with yeast.... equal part corn. This simply screams "I'm NOT gonna taste very good!"

T- In Blue's defense, this beer's flavors do mesh together rather smoothly... unfortunately they're not flavors that I wish to taste in a lager. Everything seems watered down... Including the main flavor of CORN. It does however smoothly trasform into a shortly lived malt. I don;'t even know where to taste for hops... they're nowhere to be found.

M- Although low carbonation to the eye, this brew hits the tongue with enough carbonation to smooth the corn flav into the malt. Still, light body with no depth in mouthfeel.

D- This is far from drinkable... however, if you're already drunk, then this will go down smoother than most other macros on the market. *Warning: don't drink sober.

SirSaranac, Feb 15, 2008
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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.