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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 1398
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.48%

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 SetarconeX


2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, to it's credit, I've had worse. At heart, this is just another in a long and sad line of rather mediocre mass-produced lagers. Has some real skunk to it too, much more than I was expecting. On the other hand, it has an artificial sweetness to it which, while lacking in elegance, does add to its drinkability.

It beats drinking Miller. Sorta. I guess.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 01:06:00 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of Indybeer


2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a straw yellow, with a moderate head that didn't last long, and no visible lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy, with maybe a hint of grain, but that is about all. The taste is that of most macros watery, weak, and bland. This is an easy drinking beer because there isn't much flavor to get in the way.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 01:05:24 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Stingray5

New York

2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pale gold with a short lived foamy white head. Slight hop aroma with some corn. OK mouthful with medium carbonation. Taste was typical mass produced macro style, with no off flavors, unless you consider corn off. Not much else to say about this one. Inoffensive and refreshing enough to satisfy thirst at a summer bbq, but not something I'd pay for.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 04:11:56 | More by Stingray5
Photo of beerguy101


2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and very sweetish. A light bodied, light tasting pilsner. Not very hoppy, some citrus. Mouthfeel is slightly hoppy. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Average beer. Not skunky.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 02:42:12 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Redrover


2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this one after a day of walleye fishing at the Thunderbird Lodge located on Rainy Lake, MN . I think the setting may have earned this beer a slightly higher review than it deserved.

Beer pours a pale gold. Head disappears quickly and there was almost no lacing.

Beer seems to lack much of anything in the smell department. I had to strain to get the grain/ceral smell. No indication of malt or hops.

Beer is a bland lager. Not much sweetness and not much hop bite. I guess if I had to pick one characteristic, it would be a slight malt/grain sweetness. Beer has excellent carbonation, but there is not much flavor to carry it.

Mouthfeel is ok, beer is slightly harsh as if it wasn’t aged long enough. Drinkabillity is just ok. Not my favorite Labatt’s product. Well, at least the fishing was good!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 17:52:54 | More by Redrover
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.45/5  rDev +30.7%
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 +14.8%
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 granger10


3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I remember when I drank this and thought that I was better than the budweiser people because I was drinking such a higher quality beer. Ah, memories. This really is not that good, but not bad either. Very light. Piss colored with no head. Which makes me never want to pour it into a glass again. It's not like I am getting more flavor eitherways. Might as well just drink it from a bottle. Adjunct flavors are very noticeable with a slight amount of dextrin sweetness. Too expensive to buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 20:44:51 | More by granger10
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hesitated reviewing such a pedestrian beer, but with exactly 2 unreviewed beers in my fridge at 98 total, it has to be done.

Labatt Blue is Everyman's beer in Buffalo. Genny may have been the choice of our parents and grandparents, but Blue rules the city now, hands down. It is in every bar, every beer store, and gas station.. and always on sale somewhere, since the brewery in Toronto is but 80 minutes away. It is consumed in vast quantities; I'll guiltily admit that I've probably drunk more Blue than all other beers combined. American macros are viewed with suspicion here...on to the review.

Pours a pale straw color with a quickly vanishing head... although a few bubbles do remain around the edge of the glass, unlike totally foul offerings. Aroma? The worst part of the beer. Imagine fermenting apples and Fruit Stripe gum.. there you have it. I've become largely immune and acquired a tolerance, but to the discerning non-Buffalonian, it's most likely bad.

Flavor: say what you will, this is an improvement on AB/Miller/Coors. A faintly sweet but soft-feeling dextrinous body still bears some semblence of lager-hood. A faint sort of fruit-toned flavor is all that's really offered as far as taste, other than non-descript malt and an even more non-descript rumor of hops. None of the rancid corn that is a hallmark of Molson, nor the chemically-concocted, headache-inducing rice hell of Bud.

Buffalo is a drinking town, and this is our beer. It will never cause anyone to wax poetic over its virtues, but it could be much, much worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 18:39:15 | More by shirfan
Photo of steelreign

New York

2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I must admit, ashamedly so, that before I became a beer aficionado many years back (and I use that term relatively loosely), this was what I would drink. Sad to say, but I can't recall what drew me to this beer, other than its high availability and my strong dislike for any A-B product. Sooo, this was it. And I must also say that the Canadian version of this pale lager is substantially better than the American counterpart, for what that is worth.

Typical macro looking pour - light head, thin body, straw color. Nothing to get excited about whatsoever.

Taste is slightly off, coppery tainted, almost bitter and not very pleasant. Dry finish. Makes you want to keep drinking it, eh? :)

Body is water-like. Very little lace on the glass. Gets worse in taste as it warms, as the adjuncts come out in force. My advice is unless you want to swill down beer like no tomorrow, and could care less about taste and body, go for it. And I always advise going with ANYTHING that is not made by A-B, so again, go for it. Personally, I would look for a micro - ANY micro - before drinking any macro beer ever again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 08:07:21 | More by steelreign
Photo of usualpulp


2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Reidrover


2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok number 3 in the lager tasteing.
Plain Labatt Blue in the brown long neck .
The appearance of the lager ( pilsner they like to call it on the label)..is pretty much avewrage..this looks like a good cheap American macro..very pale gold..almost urine in colour but not quite..small and rather weird looking pure white head ( just doesnt look "real")
The aroma is pretty non descript..just boring , boring ,boring.
This beer has a very thin watered down taste..very carbonated with a semi-dry finish but apart from these feelings it has no taste to talk off..some slight malt maybe..but its darn near tasteless.
Mouthfeel is too dry and carbonated.
Not a very drinkable lager..maybe if im trapped in a snowed in cabin in the Yukon with a case of this i might try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 22:22:23 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue: the Canadian Pilsner (according to the packaging anyway). The "other" main macrobrew of Canada. I found this to be an easy to swill beer, but that's about all it really has going for it. Everything else about it is either "blah" or horribly average.

Labatt Blue pours a medium straw color that has some slight golden color to it. The carbonation is quite active, and a little on the noisy side as well. A decent foamy white head forms and lasts for about 15 seconds. This beer happens to smell really cheap as well. Just some adjuncts and husks, along with that musty/soapy smell. The mouthfeel is quite watery and fizzy. The initial taste is of sweet grains, and there are adjuncts-a-plenty here. There is a bit of fake fruity-sugary taste in there somewhere. On the bland side elsewhere on the palette. Some grains along with some of that soapy taste. Decent amount of hop dryness, but it becomes less pronounced as you drink on. The first few sips leave a bit of a bready aftertaste, but its downhill from there. Some grains, mostly corn, come through. Labatt Blue also has almost no alcoholic warmth to speak of.

This is a clean beer, but not as clean as its main competitor Molson Canadian. The smell isn't the best, and the adjuncts are much more noticeable than Molson. I recommend this as a swillin' beer and nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 10:56:18 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of marburg


1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like piss.
Smells like piss.
Tastes like piss.

Yet somehow -- not piss!

Had to suffer through this at a wedding the other night. It's not as terrible as, say, Coors Light, but that's a lot like saying "having my arm removed isn't as terrible as having my body ground into tiny bits."

Golden, carbonated, decent head -- though very little retention. So it's hardly a bad looking beer, but I swear that you can taste the adjuncts in this thing. And don't even try sipping this. You chug it. Or you run the risk of having to pay for your lack of quaffing speed by having to suffer through drinking the chemistry set in a pint glass.

Definitely a party beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 16:36:28 | More by marburg
Photo of allboutbierge


2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
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 AtLagerHeads


2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

All around this is slightly less than average beer. Mostly like an average macro lager it has more graininess and body than some. The light gold or yellow appearance is matched to a quickly dissipated white head. Watery mouthfeel and standard carbonation add little to the overall sense of enjoyment. Lots better than Bud, but that's not saying much positive.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 03:39:40 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of StevieW


2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Pegasus


2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a large, coarse white head that, alas, fades to a paper-thin layer quickly, with slight carbonation, and decent lace.

Aroma: The aroma is kind of odd, the smell seems like cooked corn, along with some weak hops and a little alcohol.

Taste: Begins with a little soft carbonation and very weak malt, almost no flavor at all, followed by some watery hops. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouth feel: For the style, the mouth feel is surprisingly good.

Drinkability/notes: For all of its lack of character, this beer is quite refreshing and drinkable; a decent summer thirst quencher.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 07:22:25 | More by Pegasus
Photo of texascarl


2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Sixpack595


2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a good beer. I can't think of anything good to say except that its not horrible. Its what you drink if you know the bar hasn't had an order other than Bud or Bud light in a few years. I keep hearing about it being better in Canada...sorry. Its still garbage. Living in Detroit, I spend too much time visiting our neighbor to the south (Windsor), and I can say its no better on either side of the bridge. I actually think Blue light is better, at least you can pound it faster to get it over with.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 00:50:15 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of bditty187


2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sickly pale gold hue, translucent, brilliant white head that reached ¾ of a finger before it dissipated rather quickly. No lace of note. Uninviting nose, funky… sweet (adjunct contamination), putrid like old gym socks, underlying grainy-husk. An uninspiring drink, watery, vaguely sweet… no malt character, adjuncts for sure, no hops either, grainy. Thin, slightly prickly (maybe more accurately — harsh) mouthfeel. I’d be hard pressed to say this beer is any better that an American macro. While I once thought of Labatt Blue as “premium” and “exotic” I now realize that it is swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 19:28:18 | More by bditty187
Photo of brakspear


3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growing up this always seemed to be an exotic beer, only to be tasted when a family member brought back a case from Canada after a fishing trip. So for North American pilseners I was always partial to it. This review was of a bottle brought back over the border, not the "imported" version sold in the US.

The beer pours a very pale gold with an initial soft white head forming and some lacing in the glass. Carbonation is very evident.

The aroma has been purged from this beer, just a faint corn adjunct nose remains with perhaps a slight hop note or two.

The taste is clean, with very little malt taste evident, there is a finishing hop bite, but nothing special. The mouthfeel seems a bit more generous than American macros, but it is still very light bodied.

The beer is a reasonable change from heavier and maltier ales when you are looking for a thirst quenching beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 16:44:31 | More by brakspear
Photo of cretemixer


3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
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 yen157

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow beer originally topped with a puffy, white head that quickly settled to become patch lace. Slightly sweet, adjunctly smell with a hint of something sour, like vinegar or apple cider. A little bit of huskiness was also noticed. Tasted sweet and full of adjuncts just like it smelled, but it also had elements of pale malt, a slight hop bitterness, and some yummy husks. Nice mouthfeel from light carbonation, however this was countered by macro wateriness. Also, there was a little alcohol warming feeling as well as a slight astringency that was kinda made me feel like I was getting a sore throat..

Better than Budweiser, IMO. This beer would not offend a soul and because of the light carbonation would make for very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 15:06:33 | More by yen157
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Things that come to mind: the bear singing with the Japanese Men. "no you didn't, no you didn't.."". Aside from a good marketing plan, pours a light color with a thin head. No taste, just carbonation. Not even a hint of hops. I thought I tasted something, but that jingle came to mind, "no you didn't, no you didn't.."".

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 07:36:16 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.