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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

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1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1401
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%

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 ZAP


2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow my third review of this in different serving styles!!

Light gold color...creamy white head....a little spicy alcohol on the nose...similar to Molson canadian in taste bit lighter tasting overall...crisp mouthfeel..some creamy/corny texture...I'd call it the high side of "light" for body..

Finishes dryer than canadian..bit more bite...not as full flavored...it is what it is...Average

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2005 05:12:08 | More by ZAP
Photo of Higravity


1.58/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer caused an instant gag reflex, but I got it down. It has a darker yellow colr than most macro lagers, but this is still a pathetic beer. While it has a small sweet smell, it comes across as corn beer with the minimum amount of grain used to still label it a beer. Plenty of carbonation in this beer from the north, but not much else.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2005 14:44:45 | More by Higravity
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a pitcher of this when we first arrived in Montreal last weekend. Nothing impressive about this beer at all. Clear, light yellow appearance. Dull aroma. Dull flavor. Doesn't excite the palate or even taste smooth for that matter. You could drink a lot of this if you wanted to...if you're in the "I'm at a crappy frat party and I want to get wasted and hit on ugly chicks" mentality.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2005 14:05:33 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

1.3/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Presentation: At the local hockey playoff night, I had it in can and on-tap. Labatt Blue had the reputation of the best-selling beer in Canada a few years ago. Also, that's what you usually got when you order draught pitchers. :(

Appearance: The clear and yellow color is ok. The head was average. A white foamy head lasts on top for a few minutes.

Smell: I didn't smell much. No smell on-tap and a very light one in can. Not exceptionnally good...

Taste: Awful. Pilsner? I would call it an bad adjunct macro.

Mouthfeel: Acid. I felt my tooth feelings melting down. I try to keep it positive, but it is hard to give quality.

Drinkability: I always try to avoid Blue. I rather go with Bud before Blue. Also, Blue is very risky for hangover.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2005 19:31:29 | More by Barraclou
Photo of Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt's Blue is not a bad beer by many standards, but it is most certainly not a great beer either. The body seems light, yet uninviting with the aroma of sweetness. This beer tends to have too much glucose for my liking. The mouthfeel is rather nice, with small bubbles of carbonation, with a pleasent feel to the palate and roof of the mouth.

There are several draw backs to this beer. First, the aroma is too sweet, almost to the point of borderline bitter, as well as the actually taste of the beer. Though this pint was poured from the tap, it is much more appealing than the Blue you can buy in a bottle or even in a can.

The overall appeareance is rather appealing, with a pleasent straw colouration, and decent head. Sometimes is seems that if poured improperly, the head can be too light and even "fluffy."

Blue is one of those beers in which you could pound back a few and not have to worry, yet it becomes too overpowering to many is drank in too large of quantities. Lets hope this review helps you in your decision. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2005 20:21:53 | More by Bestuurder
Photo of Gaisgeil


2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2005 06:18:41 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of ahking


3.25/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly standard Canadian lager. It's very common in southeastern Michigan and usually the best option to order when you're in a "small town" bar. I find it to be rather refreshing all year round and very drinkable. I've drank a lot of it in both the U.S. and Canada (it's different). Well balanced malt and hops. Has almost a creamy mouthfeel. All this being said, I can't say there is anything distinguishable or special about this beer -- just a standard lager.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2005 02:33:40 | More by ahking
Photo of crookedhalo


2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw color. Minimal head retention. It has a pale malt mash smell to it, but, a bit sewery and sulfury. Hop aroma is a mild skunkiness. I'm not really sure why I'm even reviewing this. Cooked corn is a taste in it's malt profile. Crisp in its mouthfeel because it's very carbonated; too burpy. Light astringency in the finish. Boring and mildly offensive for a pale lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2005 07:08:29 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this in high school, along with Export, Molson Canadian, and Colt 45. I have since come to my senses. Unfortunately this was ordered for me recently at a restaraunt.
it is a bland super pale straw color with lots of tiny bubbles. The head was awol, and lacing was also nonexistent. The smell was of cooked vegetables and corn and chemicals. The taste was of corn and water, hello hops? are you there? *no*. It was cold so in a sense I guess you could say it is refreshing, like water is. This beer is awful and Im convinced people only buy it because of the slick multi-million dollar ads.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2004 02:21:19 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of LarryKemp


3.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served very clear and a nice light straw color. The head was white and somewhat thin and not long lasting. There was a lot of carbonation that lasted almost until I finished the pint.

The aroma was nonexistant. I was at a Cajun restaurant so the smoke from the bar and the spices from the kitchen may have wiped out what little aroma there was in the beer.

I was surprised with the bitter bite of the first several sips. Not much complexity but it was thirst quenching.

The mouthfeel was light.

This was a good session beer with Cajun foods. It did not wrestle with the food for flavor or aroma. It is better than a glass of water or a Coors LIght.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2004 01:30:09 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer taste much better on tap than in a bottle or a can. I know most beers do but you could really tell. The beer has some malty aromas. Taste wise i liked it, it had some maltness to it but not to much bitterness. Just some regular brew that you wouldnt pick if you were out in a nice restaurant but that you could buy by the case for a partty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2004 13:59:01 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of SheepNutz


2.08/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a medium gold color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell has just a little bit of maltiness and grassy hops, but is very faint. The taste is fairly light as well, but it tastes very very much like rice. I'm not ever sure if they use rice as an adjunct, but it sure tastes like rice. There is just a faint bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is at least fair. There are many pale lagers that can top this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2004 01:54:47 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of BEERBOY13323

New York

2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Plain and simple to me Labatts on a scale from one to ten is a 5. There is much better out there for the price, but there is a lot worse also. Their light beer is not bad and I rate that a 5 out of 10 as well. I found Labatts to be best when it is Draft or when it is out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2003 03:23:35 | More by BEERBOY13323
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.25/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

If I were a Canadian eager to prove my country is not "the 51st State," I'd be ashamed to see the maple leaf on this product. It's just all the worst aspects of the standard American "beer." Pale, pale colour--but that is what the style calls for, so a few points there. Plenty of adjunct to assure as little actual flavour as possible. Unless the malt and hops are so well balanced they cancel each other out, like matter and antimatter... nah. The company claims this beer has a "fruity character;" since when are corn and rice fruit?

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2003 14:18:52 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.45/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden body rests below a short, creamy, bright white head. The retention is limited, and it shortly drops to a thin surface covering; although it does leave some thin streaks and spotty lace. The nose offers a twist on the generic beer aroma with the addition of some mild, hay-like graininess; a touch of fruitiness; and some very "background" hops. The body is light/medium ; and its crisp in the mouth with a vibrant carbonation. The flavor delivers a thin, sweetish, obviously adjunct-laden (there's no real grain flavor present) malt that's balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with little residual aftertaste. It's not a bad mass-produced lager by any means. In fact, it's probably one of the better ones. But the slightly elevated hop bitterness leaves me wanting more, and it's just not there. No real hop aroma, no hop flavor, no real graininess. Crisp and well-balanced, but lacking in character.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2003 02:55:49 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Blue was/is the tap beer of rural Ontario. If you stop at one of the thousands of small taverns in the towns, villages and hamlets, this is the draught beer on tap. This beer had a bad rap as the choice of inexperienced drinkers on pub craws and collage pub hurl-a thons. It garnered the nick name of Labatt’s “Blur”. All the same, regardless of the lakes of this beer that have been consumed here I have only recently been reintroduced to it and I must admit it is a good standard thirst quenching draught beer. (I dislike the bottled product as it is far too carbonated and kills the mild character of this beer)

Pale golden color in the standard tavern 12 oz. glass. Slight heading (depending on how your barmaid taps it) that disappears fast. Faint, pleasant hint of grains, malts and hops, easy on the tongue like a light draft lager, clean finish with little after taste.

It’s not a beer to compete with the dozens of craft and micros on tap but this is the beer most Canucks quaff with fries or wings at the legion or the tavern in their small town.

This here’s yer draught beer in Canada eh?

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2003 00:32:16 | More by pootz
Photo of usualpulp


2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale color with light carbonation. Very sweet corn syrup smell with a slight hint of grain and hop. A very light tasting beer, with somewhat decent flavor, fairly sweet and lightly bitter. Overall its an easy to drink beer thats refreshing, but nothing id go out of my way to buy, definately not something i would drink if i wanted flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 21:26:45 | More by usualpulp
Photo of allboutbierge


2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend has a 1/2 of this on his tap machine the past weekend so I figured what the hay, write a review.

Blue is siginificantly better on tap. It goes from one of the most overrated beers to one that is not all that bad. Not to say its transformed to a 'good' beer; it is meerly better. Appearance and smell is much the same except it has a slightly more 'yeasty' smell to it. The taste is also more yeasty, therefore somewhat more interesting. This really improves its drinkability. I threw back quite a few without problems or shame.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2003 18:35:20 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of StevieW


2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Dunedin Blue Jays vs Cincinnati Reds Spring training game 3-05-03. The Reds got bombed, but I didn't. The highlight was the bratwurst and the beer stores afterward.
Medium faded yellow color. Thin white bubbly head. Smells were mostly of slightly roasted corn, aluminium shavings and sour beer. Watery sweetness dominates the taste. Corn water finishes the feel. A faint hop presence as it finishes. Watery and harsh to get down. Flavors got rougher after it warmed a bit. A decent ballpark beer, but I switched to water after 2. Stay hydrated, that's the key.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2003 18:17:14 | More by StevieW
Photo of texascarl


2.13/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ordered this last night because it was the 'pint of the day' and on sale, I used it to mix up black and tans. It worked fine for that, diluted with better beer. I didn't enjoy the taste as a stand alone beer. I see it on sale a lot around here, and if you drink Bud/Miller/Coors, consider this a cheaper alternative.

Appearance: light gold, medium head, light lacing, medium carbonation

Nose: not much there

Taste: light, watery. What taste there is was sweet, no hops bite to speak of. Unless you're buying 'em I'll pass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2003 11:00:37 | More by texascarl
Photo of cretemixer


3.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden in color with no head or lace when it was brought to my table. Typical "beer" smell with a little hop nose. Not a bad tasting beer, just not much to it. Tastes like a slighlty above average macro. Thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation, watery taste. It cooled down my mouth after an order of Buffalo shrimp but left me wishing I had ordered carry-out and eaten this at home with a real beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2003 06:39:25 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Suds


2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer at a recent summer party. Not much aroma. The taste was mildly sweet and grassy. Very little hops; watery mouthfeel. Unfortunately, there’s not much to add. Ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2002 17:48:51 | More by Suds
Photo of Ohiolager


2.44/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 08:07:05 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of nicholas2121


2.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue brewed Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. This brew has an Avb of 5% pours out a nice amber color with a thick white head. This brew looks like American style lager. Nothing good but nothing bad. The smell is good&has a rich smell of beer. At this point I'm liking this brew. Now for the taste. At first you get some richness but goes away fast. After that, it is just flat and than nothing. To me it tastes like flat bud light. It is smooth but ,the taste, there is nothing there. Mouth feel is ok it reminds me of a light beer. I can not tell the 5.0 abv. I feel if there was more of a taste this brew I would like it better. Overall, I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5. Not the worst brew I had, but not the best.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 23:49:23 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 24 ounce can for $1.09
Can't complain about the price.

I like the looks of the can. Bright blue with a red Canadian maple leaf.

The beer itself is pretty ordinary looking. Maybe a little more color than your typical
American Lager.

The white head disappeared quickly.

Highly carbonated when first poured, but seems to go flat after a few minutes.

It has a slightly sweet smell.

Ice cold it is not half bad. As the beer warms, it develops a funny beery after taste.
(Probably from the adjuncts)

Mouth feel has some slickness.

Even with the after taste, this is easy to drink.

Overall, a below average American lager.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 00:39:18 | More by JohnFatAss
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.