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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 WoodBrew


2.88/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue is typical beer from North America. Pours golden clear with thin white head that eventually dissapates. The smell and taste include mostly grains and subtle hop to clear the pallet. Mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 15:16:59 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of PhillyDrinker1


2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- clear, pale yellow, and slightly fizzy
Smell- grainy, mild hops
Taste- Light, flat
Mouthfeel- Carbonated, light-bodied
Drinkability- Nothing great, kind of falls flat.

Overall, it goes down easy if your goal is to chug a few beers at a tailgate.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 01:15:55 | More by PhillyDrinker1
Photo of Groucho75


1.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The big blue can; felt like a lager but didn't want a sixer. Hey, sometimes you feel like mac and cheese from a box, right?

Appearance isn't bad; clear, sudsy and highly effervescent with a head that lingers for a little longer than expected. Pale, pale yellow on the color.

Smell wise, it's got that skunky adjunct aroma all over it. Thought I detected some hops but it may have been the leftover Saaz pellets in the fridge that somehow escaped the baggie... Nope, just took another whiff and there is nothing close to hops. Not even grass or corn sugars to save it.

Taste is sharp and flat at the same time. Nothing close to a real lager. Holy cow, I actually would rather have a Budweiser or a Schlitz than this.

Aside from the sharp finish, the mouthfeel isn't bad. If you want a beer you can pound all night and not get beer fatigue, this would be it. If it's under $5 for a pitcher or something at the pizza joint, you'd probably be okay after a few glasses and no longer care.

Beer soda. It's like you had half a can of flat beer and a can of soda water and decided to resuscitate the beer.

Overall I"m sorry I chose this over the Molson XXX I was about to pick up. Hey, for $2 I can't be too mad. Good thing I've got some homebrew in the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth!

Serving type: can

12-19-2011 23:42:48 | More by Groucho75
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light yellow with a little white head that disappears.

Smells like corn flakes and grain, very mild yeast notes and a bit of floral hops, light fruitness.

Grains and cereal again in the taste. Slight floral hop presence. Clean, watery finish

Mouthfeel is watery and very carbonated.

At $1.25 for a 24 oz can, the price is right. Not a bad choice out of it's category.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 02:51:02 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of boilermakerbrew


2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't beat a grocery store $.88 24oz. special.

Pours like any other AAL, real light gold with a big fizzy head. Nothing special on the smell, corn, rice, no hops or malt in the smell.

Taste reminds me of Miller or Coors. Has that 'cooked vegetable' taste that I don't know how to describe. The pilsner style has to be what reminds me of Miller.

Real light on the palate. You could pound these all day, eh.

Overall, I recommend this for anyone looking to get drunk fast. Easy to drink, not bad tasting compared to other similar options, and if it's $.88 per 24oz tall boy, go for.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 21:14:22 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of akorsak


3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can at the Meyer family reunion. Secretly consumed so as to not arise the passions of others.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, clear with a white head that slows pops up through the mouth of the can.

S: The nose is innocuous, grainy and not much more. I can smell the coldness and the refreshment that it offers.

T: As you'd expect, cold the lager is flavorless. As it warms, light cereals and biscuit pop up. Hops are nonexistent. The beer gets worse as it warms.

M: The mouthfeel is dull but quite drinkable. When cold, I'm guessing that I could have gotten through the can in under five minutes.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 23:53:06 | More by akorsak
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought this back from a recent trip to western NY, seems very popular in downtown Alfred. Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a thinnish white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like carbonated apple juice. Smells of grainy malt, hints of honey, slightly earthy hop aroma. Taste is grainy, grassy, slightly sweet with hints of honey. Medium to low body, medium level of carbonation, sweet watery mouthfeel. This is a bit better than a typical macro lager, clean, a bit sweet, nothing objectionable just nothing remarkable either.

Serving type: can

08-25-2011 05:11:23 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of anglagard1


2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For beer like this, a 6th catagory should be added for sound, as the fizz is as audible as a can of Coke. We'll lump that into appearance. Smell is of corn. Taste was a surprising step up from the smell--nothing involving, but a pleasant pilsner sweetness. Taste does not reveal itself more with warming, rather it begins to break down. Despite the good deal I got, it was a mistake to buy this in 24 oz. cans. If you're going to drink this, keep to small serving sizes in order to keep it cold.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 01:22:04 | More by anglagard1
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, saaz/ pils like hops and a nice maltiness to back it up. A hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Ok, better than most, but still standard.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 16:19:04 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed May 2007. That was a bottle; this is a tallboy can. I used to be kind of fond of this stuff but haven't had it regularly in years.

Pours a pale straw, topped with a puffy two-inch white head that is in a hurry to leave. Lots of bubbles imply a high level of carbonation. Smells like most other members of the style; stale malts and adjunct sweetness.

Taste is pretty bland as well. Grainy, pale malts and adjunct sweetness (seems more like rice than corn to me). Slightly dry finish with no real aftertaste. Watery and thin-bodied with high carbonation, this is a prototypical adjunct lager. Nothing outstanding or stomach-turning about it.

Reviewed a can of Molson Canadian last week so it only seems fair to give this one the same treatment. I used to prefer this over Canadian but in recent years my preference has drifted to the Molson end of that spectrum. Blue is a generic, barely-acceptable macro lager.

[Updated Oct 26 2013]

I don't know why I keep coming back to beers like this, I guess I'm a sucker for blandness. I'll revise a few things from my last review - this pour actually looked pretty good in the glass, and in my opinion Labatt Blue actually has the ideal mouthfeel for an adjunct lager - moderate carbonation, light body and really smooth/easy-drinking. Too bad it doesn't taste very good. This is slightly cheaper than Canadian, and also slightly crappier, so I guess you get what you pay for. Acceptable if you need something cheap for social drinking, but not one of the better macros in my opinion.

Final Grade: 2.95, a C.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 21:07:41 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of neliam24

New York

4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my personal favorites when I want to drink a quality beer at an affordable price. Whether it is in a bottle or can, Labatt Blue always seems to hit the spot. It has a sweet taste to it with quite a bit of flavor. It's a lot different than other Canadian Imports as a result of that sweet taste. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially someone that wants a quality beer without spending a lot of money.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 19:25:55 | More by neliam24
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.88/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Akin to most any of its breed. The color is standard, the clarity is too. The head actually holds up quite well. Sudsy white foam that lightly laces.

S-Light and like any other macro. The aroma is like any and all of the same style.

T-The taste is not nearly as unappealing as many other macros. It remains light in taste but does still have that generic flavor. The flavor is not too gross. Overall, not as bad as many others.

M-Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Bleh, blah, bleh, blah.

O/D-Have had much worse. Not a bad macro when compared to a few others. Probably would not by this as a cheap 'get drunk' beer because its a bit pricier than a High Life or a PBR. But, not too bad. Would drink one over most any Bud or Coors.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 03:23:38 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of dhannes


2.7/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams' perfect pint glass.

A=Golden yellow, but lighter than other lagers...almost appeared like a Pilsner.

S=Faint hops...nothing impressive.

T=Started out very bland, but improved as the beer warmed up...still, less flavor than many other regular lagers.

M=Okay...nice, light, crisp.

O=Not impressed...will buy others from now on.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 13:06:53 | More by dhannes
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring in a few minutes.

S - grainy with a slightly bitter aroma in the background.

T - sweet grainy taste upfront with a touch of bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with ok carbonation that makes it go down easy enough.

O - not a beer I'd drink on the regular but it is what it is and if I'm offered one I'll take it, thanks.

Serving type: can

04-13-2011 21:03:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of WankelEngine


2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale golden color with a pure white head with moderate retention. Light carbonation is visible.

S: Smells mostly of grain and wheat with a hint of citrus.

T: Similar to the smell. Mostly just notes of corn and wheat which add a little sweetness to the drink. There is nothing particularly noteworthy here. Finishes a little dry and pretty clean.

M: Needs more carbonation, almost tastes like it’s been sitting open in the fridge for a day.

O: This beer is easy to drink, fairly crisp and refreshing, but nothing about it is noteworthy. Better than the alternatives. If you were to say, buy cases for a party, I’d recommend spending the extra dollar or two to upgrade from Bud or Miller to this.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 22:02:53 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of mcerka

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having one right now out of a 24 oz. can. I get them the .99 cents at the liquor store down the street from my house. All of my relatives live in Canada so everytime I'm up there i try to have atleast one.

I find it to be a pretty decent beer that's easy to drink and pretty cheap too which never hurt.

Solid beer for a solid price.

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 03:01:16 | More by mcerka
Photo of gabedivision

New York

2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass (will keep it in the can next time for sure) pours a lite yellowy and fizzy, almost like a diet gingerale. head appears then disappears pretty fast. this has all the makings for a fine canadian pilsner... doesn't smell like much is going on, very bland. tastes like most beer of its style maybe with a little more sweetness. not a very good beer imo but i would still take it over a similar lager if i were given the choice at a hockey game or something.

Serving type: can

01-08-2011 20:27:15 | More by gabedivision
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, pale yellow from a 22 oz can; no ABV or freshness date on the can. One finger head that fizzes away quickly.
Aroma is mostly grains/husks and corn.
Taste is again grainy/husky. Pretty flat and watery. Nothing much to write about taste; insipid would be too harsh to describe it, but that is what it is in my opinion.
Decent carbonation and lacing along the glass.
Not a lager I would go looking for.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 04:51:51 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear yellow. A two finger head that disappeared when I looked away for a second.

S: A typical macro aroma but with a bit more grainy smell.

T: I get a faint grainy taste. Mostly I taste corn and it becomes more evident as the beer warms.

M: A light body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D: One of my two favorite macro beers along with Molson Canadian. A good choice if you're drinking for quantity and not for quality. There's nothing offensive about this beer but there's nothing that makes it great. Better then the usual macro.

Serving type: can

12-07-2010 17:24:54 | More by marty21
Photo of Jaxxon61

British Columbia (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From my brother-in-law's fridge. Offensive and detestable on every level. Carbonated brake fluid with infused mushroom juice -- that just about sums up this putrid macro swill. I can't remember any beer that has ever brought to the point of anger after consuming it. This one nearly has. Labatt Blue...a Canadian icon...a national shame.

Serving type: can

11-04-2010 21:59:00 | More by Jaxxon61
Photo of weizenbob


2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I grew up thinking Labatt Blue was premium beer. My how times (tastes) have changed. These days I can think of no more average a beer than good old Labatt Blue. That doesn't mean that it's bad, but it doesn't mean that it's particularly great either. In fact, it's pretty much the balance point on the scale for me, though I'd still take it over nearly any of its American counterparts.

This example was served ice cold straight from a 24 ounce can. It's light in color and bubbly from the healthy amount of carbonation that these types of lagers tend to have. The scent is unremarkable, if noticeable at all. It smells pretty watery really. The taste is what you'd expect from a sturdy adjunct lager. Blue rises above most of its American counterparts by being slightly more flavorful and thus, less bitter. Most domestic lagers seem so light to me that the carbonation creates a dominant bitterness in the flavor and mouth feel. Not so here. That's why Labatt Blue so middle of the road. It's flavorful enough that it's not offensive to the mouth, but light enough that it doesn't leave a lasting impression. That makes it an appropriate session beer for those on a budget, but I can't imagine trying to impress your friends with this, unless they're only familiar with Bud and Miller.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 15:31:02 | More by weizenbob
Photo of A380

Manitoba (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 01:21:06 | More by A380
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 2cm head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S - Light aroma of bread and grass.

T - Mild sweetness, light corn tang and a light metallic bite in the finish. Tastes as bad as I remember it.

M - Average carbonation and feels a bit thin.

D - My first Blue in over a decade. I finished it but I don't plan on seeking this out again. Marketing this as a Pilsner is kind of misleading since it's really just a typical macro Lager.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 01:34:56 | More by decimator
Photo of bundy462


2.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw with a fizzy white head that you would miss if you blink.

S: Corn, grain, husk, pretty clean and unmoving.

T: Very sweet throughout, strangely sweet. Slight hop tingle up front, but it is very muted.

M: Smooth throughout, almost creamy.

O: I can do without drinking this ever again.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 01:52:48 | More by bundy462
Photo of bigrzman


2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank it out of one of my glasses in the house.

A. Bubbly and light straw in color.

S. Smells like Budweiser

T. This tastes of corn and rice but leaves no real aftertaste which is good.

M. Light and crisp. It can definitely go with any bar food well.

D. Very drinkable on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. Any other time I long for something more.

A great cheap "Domestic" (for those of you who live in Northern New York) I like the light almost as much.

Serving type: can

07-18-2010 15:23:50 | More by bigrzman
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.