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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 woodychandler


2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 22:13:29 | More by woodychandler
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

2.25/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a tall boy (for the first time ever) into a clean glass.

A. Incredibly clean and light yellow. Could give natural light a run for its money in both of these department.

S. Not appealing at all.

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

M. Light and wispy. Probably isn't a bad thing to wash down hot dogs with.

D. A+ Im sure that anyone could swig about 10 of these tall boys down in no time.

There is a right time and place for everything and I enjoyed my share of these while visiting friends at college near canada. At almost 5.0% alcohol it might be worthwhile picking up a rack of these as opposed to bud.

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 01:13:51 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yup, I live in the subarbs of 'Cuse and Labatt is readily available the minute I pull out of the driveway

A- light straw with the disappearing head. The carbonation is bursting which is the common characteristic of AM Adjunct

S- bread, cereal, grain.. no hops. A little bit of some malt is there. About it

T- well there is some light grain and miniscule hop presence.... but you know what? For a mac, that is what it is about. RATE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. A canadian pilsner like Labatt Blue does have some taste depsite the other macros out there. There is some flavor that can be spoken of

M- crisp, refreshing, light bodied

D- look... this is Syracuse. Labatt is the brew to have when you are trying to pound them out. It's everywhere! And it is a macro that is different. I will slam these all day long a scream an ode to Labatt as the best Macro out there

Serving type: can

05-30-2010 23:49:42 | More by lovindahops
Photo of sdj5

New York

2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Medium yellow, very clear. Head vanished until there was nothing at all.

Smells like sweet corn.

Taste is very light. Corn, maybe some rice. The finish is sweet and pleasant. Still, I stress the word light. This beer is easy to drink.

Having one of these with food would be great. Drinking one while watching hockey or at a bar would be fine too. This beer on tap is also better than in the can in my opinion.

The appearance is sub-par (better on tap), the smell is sub-par, the taste is average, the mouthfeel is slightly above average and the drinkability is above average.

Serving type: can

05-03-2010 04:43:17 | More by sdj5
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Although this was my first bottle of beer way back when, I've deliberately avoided this stuff for years. I'd figure I'd give it another go in can form.

Pours a medium-light golden hue (a bit darker than some adjuncts) with about an inch of head. Dissolves into a thin, but persistant ring.

Nose is fairly standard: corn, light hops, a bit of fruit or sugar perhaps.

Actually, it doesn't taste all that bad. I can drink this. Sweet and fruity. It's still bland, but relative for the style, it isn't bad. No skunkiness or offensive hoppage.

Mouthfeel is over-carbonated, with a texture of soda. Not helping things along well.

A poundbackable brew, much better than Molson's. It's still not my style and not very tasty, but at least I know I can drink it. Cheap.

Serving type: can

04-19-2010 21:24:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of MNJR


3.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Years ago, like more than 15, Labatt Blue was a much better beer. My father and I used to drink it, and when he'd give a bottle to a neighbor, they'd always remark how good it was. That flavor profile is sadly gone today. There is no hint of what of used to be. But, for one of today's macro brews, this stuff doesn't seem as bad to me as others have noted here. It's a passably good but somewhat plain tasting beer, maybe a little sweet. I can't find anything overtly bad or offensive about the flavor. It goes down smooth and it's a refreshing, lighter bodied beer. There are better beers for less money, like PBR. But, if you catch this on sale for less than $5 a six pack it's not a bad deal and good for something different once in a while.

Serving type: can

02-25-2010 23:22:24 | More by MNJR
Photo of Beejay


3.03/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical of the style. Crystal Clear, a light straw color, and white head on top.. Though the heads dissipates fast.

S: Sweet, maybe a little bit of corn flavor.. Typical of the style.

T: Also typical of the style.. Clean, crisp, a little sweet, the aftertaste is interesting, but I don't think I can accurately describe it.

M: Highly carbonated, clean, and crisp, with a little bit of tang to it.

D: Overall this is a Par for the course beer. It's like nearly every other American Adjunct... So.. average down the board.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 01:45:12 | More by Beejay
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass nov6 2009

A clear straw yellow with a fair amount of bubbles. the fluffy two finger head has a few minuets of retention but no lace

S sweet grains, grass and some skunk

T not so good, adjuncts and skunk

M feels like a macro lager, thin with decent carbonation

D the taste hurts this beers cause a fair bit its just not that good

I've had better macros from Canada but that's not saying much. You can spend less money on better beer

Serving type: can

11-07-2009 06:27:36 | More by wordemupg
Photo of hmk22

New York

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

I can see why this beer gets a lot of C ratings...it's not so bad you can totally hate on it, but there's not much to recommend it either. I think that's probably what they're going for: their 24oz can recently arrived in my parts, evidence that they're going after that part of the market.

Kind of insipid flavor/mouthfeel, not enough hops for my taste, a little too fizzy to be relaxing...appearance-wise, looks the same goin' in as it does comin' out if you know what I mean (and I know that you do).

Back in CA we'd say that since beer is mostly water you always wanted beer from as far north as possible, but Labatt Blue proves that geography is not destiny. Here endeth the lesson.

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 02:08:44 | More by hmk22
Photo of craftaholic

New York

2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Piss yellow, with a finger length of foam that quickly dissipates.

Smell: A light spicy-hop scent.

Taste: A crisp macro-brew somewhat sweet flavor with minimal hop flavor, no complexity whatsoever. Truly an adjunct and it shows.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, cheap party beer but severly lacking.

Serving type: can

08-28-2009 03:24:10 | More by craftaholic
Photo of bsp77


2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with very thin head.

Smell: Somewhat sweet malts, some spicy hops.

Taste: Light malt body, maybe there is a hop counterbalance but not sure I can find it.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body.

Drinkability: Typical mainstream pale lager - easy to drink but would rather have something else.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 02:45:41 | More by bsp77
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

big 24oz. pounder can at room temperature. poured into a pint glass.pours a clear light watery straw yellow color. soapy pure white headed that faded almost imediately. no real lacing and no head retention. already i can tell you that this beer is much better ice cold like most adjunct lagers.

a little bit of sweet grains/malts, adjuncty smell, and a ever so slight hop aroma. thats about it.

the taste is definately not much better. i actually kind of enjoy this beer when it is cold, but this is almost unbearable. watery to begin with, grains, some lemon citrus, sweet malts, and that terrable adjunct almost metalic taste.

light body, high carbonation, not great here either. like i said great drinkability when cold, terriable when warm. good party beer.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 22:12:40 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of GordonQuid


2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured ice cold to a 16oz mug

Clear straw yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. There is some minimal lacing.

Smells of soaked ripened pears in water.

Taste is crisp pilsner malt with a quick hop bite. Clean watery finish with a tart pear aftertaste.

Quaffable and light. A good brew for the golf cart or out fishing. Or pounding a few back with Gramp under a River's Birch tree looking out at the lake.


Serving type: can

07-24-2009 14:59:38 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of y2jrock60


3.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light in color, similar to most macro lagers.

S- Smelled like most macros, no hop aroma.

T- Very crisp and light in bitterness. Better than I expected.

M- Light-bodied with medium carbonation

D- Highly drinkable. I would recommend over most American macros. Very enjoyable on a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 19:10:11 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of Mdog


2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, fizzy head.

Smell: Hay, not strong.

Taste: Slight corn sweetness followed by a tinge of metallic hops.

Drinkability: Can put down a few in a sitting if the metal doesn't get too strong.

Another beer snuck home from softball. A decent lager that actually used to be a "favorite" back in my early beer days. Now I don't particularly care for the flavor, but still can have a few after games.

Serving type: can

06-27-2009 02:58:19 | More by Mdog
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is brewed in my hometown of London Ontario where you can buy it fresh from the brewery. Drinking it fresh definately helps the flavour.

Out of the can it pours a clear pale yellow with a small head and no lacing

Aroma is light and dominated by malt with minimal hops.

Taste follows from the nose and is very typical adjunct lager. Nothing really to complain about though, malt forward with a pleasant bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high carbonation

Serving type: can

06-05-2009 12:22:16 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a small white head that fizzes away almost instantly.

Corn and a sweet graininess on the nose. Very light.

Taste is a clean, watery malt up front, followed by a burst of adjuncts giving a bitter sourness that's a bit like green apple, but less pleasant. Finish is a bit sweeter and honeyish, mixed with a bit of skunk.

Mouthfeel is light, but almost creamy with surprisingly little carbonation. It's a littlebit sticky too. Not as clean on the finish as I'd like.

Bleh. This is boring and borderline offensive, even giving it leeway for its style. Stay away.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 14:48:00 | More by nighthawk
Photo of tj4288

New York

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

poured from can into pint glass

a- bright clear yellow, small foamy head that disapates quickly

s- a very faint sweet

t- very plain and watered down

m- med- light carbonation, very watery, light, nice finsh

d- goes down easy, great price, overall a beer to by in large quantities for bbq's and partys

Serving type: can

05-26-2009 03:11:21 | More by tj4288
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light golden yellow with a perfect white foamy head, slight carbonation on the glass

smell- corn grain and hops, not overwhelming but pleasant refreshing odor leaves you wanting first taste

Taste- slight malts and grains, decent bitter hop finish crisp light and refreshing flavor, very well balanced lager, enjoyable overall, refreshing as a macro lager can be

Mouthfeel- light thin bodied and easily palatable to drink, good slamming brew

Drinkability- Very highly drinkable, so refreshing crips and enjoyable a good example of the lager style, worth a try, OH CANADA!

Serving type: can

04-06-2009 23:38:55 | More by Stunner97
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

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

Pours basically the same color as other macros- maybe a slight hint darker. The foamy head disappears exceptionally fast. Within seconds, leaving a stale beer/ apple juice looking surface on top. I'm a little sick so I'm not picking up much aroma- maybe a little apple juice, metal, and adjunct. Nothing unpleasant, though. Mouthfeel is a little more fuller bodied than some other adjunct lagers that corresponds with some of the slightly maltier/apple juice (I'm not sure why I'm getting so much of that from this beer..) like flavors. I enjoy drinking this, but I also do not find it in any way delicious. Yet there's nothing wrong with it as far as I can tell. No paper taste like Miller Lite. No metallic smell like Bud. This is a good perfectly average beer to judge other beers by IMO. It's basically just beer- take it or leave it.

Serving type: can

01-22-2009 07:31:06 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

This came from the 1 pint 8 fl. oz can marked 1-150-8-2334B.It pours a more golden yellow than pale yellow with a lot of puffy, white head and dissolves after about 2 minutes.

The aroma is slightly hopped but does not have that distinctive Canadian skunky scent that accompanies so many Canaian brews that I have tried over the years.

The mouth feel is medium and the taste has a distant feel of hops and malts but it is not an overpowering experience.

I tend to drink a lot of Labatt since it is generally cheaper around here than many US beers. They claim it is transported into the state from Canada every day. Maybe it is, which is why is comes across as fresher than Molson brews.

Serving type: can

01-06-2009 00:45:26 | More by puboflyons
Photo of billybob


2.8/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a very clear pale straw color about a one finger frothy white head and some light lace. odd cooked veggi smell. taste of corn with a very light mouthfeel and carbonation was good. it was left over beer that my daughter bought when she was here for christmas. so i thought i would try it but its not something i would buy.

Serving type: can

01-05-2009 20:02:54 | More by billybob
Photo of Devilsfan87


3.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at a distributor in town for 18 pack for $15.99, bit pricey for what it is... the appearance is paleish yellow. The smell isn't very strong, or appealing for that matter, mostly corn. taste is refreshing, carbonation is marginal at best. Easy to power a few of these down while watching your favorite hockey team play after happy hour. Nothing special, but not bad either.

Serving type: can

12-30-2008 23:39:10 | More by Devilsfan87
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'm just getting around to review this beer. I'm not usually in a very review-friendly setting whenever I imbibe it.

The beer pours like yellow-tinged water with a thin head. The smell is sweet corn malt with a little grass. The taste is sweet and a bit corny with a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is watery with weak carbonation. Look, this is a weak beer in taste and smell that is either meant to be consumed in large quantities or by people who don't know better. I guess there are worse things you can put in your mouth while watching a hockey game, but there's a lot more out there if you're willing to spend a little more money.

Serving type: can

12-24-2008 00:41:57 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of magictrokini


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

Pours clear yellow with a white head. Grainy, kind of wheaty aroma, with sugar and metal. Crisp, slightly sweet taste of corn and corn syrup. Bitter hop finish. Similar to Mexican beers, some beers taste better with your surroundings. This beer is highly average, can be the wrong kind of bitter, and will easily skunk. But, if drank during a hockey game, it becomes quite enjoyable. Go Wings!

Serving type: can

12-10-2008 17:28:47 | More by magictrokini
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.