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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
53
awful

84 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 34.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
Lucky Lager was introduced to beer drinkers in 1934. The name Lucky was selected from a name-search contest. Fully fermented, Lucky Lager uses select ingredients and hops to deliver a remarkably clean, crisp-tasting beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2004)
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Reviews by Shadman:
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +28.4%

Do i feel lucky?

Macro color and look..very fizzy head. Started pouring a bit on the agressive side and thought whoa..overflow...nope...just slacked off the pour and the fizziness took care of the rest. Noted a hint of lacing though.

No real aroma noted..which is good ( no corn, skunk, cabbages, sewage) and bad ( what the hell is in here...vodka, methanol, ,) So i can neither slam or endorse.

Taste..pretty innoculous..no real bad flavors, but none of the good one's, ( bold cracker like malt, crisp hop) that make a good macro lager. This has a bit of a bite @ first, nothing nasty, and then a hint of sweetness..again nothing nasty. Finish is quite drying.

Given how fizzy it was on the poour, the carbonation level seems a bit flat.

Scoring it average on drinkability given it's A: Very affordable read: cheap) and goes down much easier than most of it's cheap brethern

02-28-2008 02:52:20 | More by Shadman
More User Reviews:
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

02-10-2012 11:55:31 | More by beerhunter13
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.03/5  rDev +1%

473 mL can purchased from the Niagara Falls LCBO.

Pale yellow golden color, clarity is fine. The head is lacking due to poor retention. Wet hay aroma, not much else ... perhaps a bit of cooked corn. Thin blanket of astringency covers the palate for the most part. Small amount of hop bitterness shows no flavor. Creamed corn flavor dominates the finish.

I quickly realized that this beer was undrinkable and of poor quality. Not recommended.

05-21-2008 03:15:35 | More by Jason
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.7/5  rDev -15.4%

Another appearance from the kitsch retro department. Nasty dull yellow, no head. Equally appalling aroma, best thing about it was the metallic can quality.

Taste completely missing, again, best thing = metal can. Corn and water are the main ingredients, doesn't even get that mild corn syrup sweetener thing going for it. Clean enough I guess, thanks to the water. Alcohol way to noticeable at this abv.

No hops, yet somewhat bitter, despite all the water. Fughetaboutit.

05-17-2011 20:30:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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valkyre65

Texas

2/5  rDev -0.5%

12-11-2011 12:56:34 | More by valkyre65
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -3%

355ml can. My experience with this offering is limited to one New Year's Eve party, many years ago, when my beer ran out too early, and I took to cans of this. Also, my favorite local bottle shop carries it as well, leading to the situation where I'm standing at the checkout, with a stack of different IPAs, stouts, and Belgians, while the (admittedly stereotypically) homeless-looking patron behind me in line grips their six-pack of Lucky Lager.

On to the beer: it pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of billowy, loosely foamy, and large-bubbled off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky cobwebbed lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of stewed corn mash, soaked Wonder Bread, a middling acetone astringency, and rotten hay. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet cooked corn, gritty mineral water, metallic singed butter, and anemic weedy, herbal hops trying, but failing, to provide some semblance of balance.

The carbonation is average, just dimly frothy, the body pretty much a standard lightweight, and clammy and sugary in its plain-ass smoothness. It finishes sweet, kind of astringent, with adjunct grain and indeterminate skank alike.

Yuck. Bleah. Cheap is as cheap does. Still, not the lowest on the totem pole for the style around here, a position which I believe is permanently reserved for Minhas products. And further, I would easily prefer this over PBR at that certain type of beer-agnostic party.

12-14-2010 01:14:05 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev +2%

Not the worst macro I have had, brewed in London. Nothing to look at, a pale yellow with non-existent head. Corn dust aroma. Thin and one sip is manageable, maybe two. The rest was a drain pour. Number one selling cheap lager in Canada. Goes to show you.

01-14-2007 01:56:29 | More by Sammy
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traumaqueen


1.25/5  rDev -37.8%

04-03-2012 04:46:42 | More by traumaqueen
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avisong

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

01-20-2013 04:06:19 | More by avisong
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pugdogbeer

British Columbia (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev +20.4%

Lucky Lager for me is a memory of outdoors and yardwork - also a cult beverage here on Vancouver Island. When I chop wood in mid fall this is the reward. A can of very cold Lucky. So that's what it means. If it is not so cold it makes your hand freeze then the taste is just not the same.

As a beer, it is well below average with the appearance of a glass of watered down piss. Hardly any lace.

As a lager it is below average but has a strange sweet bite when drank. Apparently this is due to the short fermentation time of just under a week.

The cost of a six-pack is under $10 so affordable. It is better than a softdrink. Barely.

05-02-2010 17:59:50 | More by pugdogbeer
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev +19.4%

Used to drink this quite often way back then,easy drinking,goes down well,nothing much for flavor or smell,just beer to drink.It's a piss yellow color with white fluffy head that gone fairly quick and nearly no lacing at all.Smells of stale corn,musty grass and taste is the same too,goes down well though when well chilled,medium carbs with a bubbly feel going down,usually this is well priced so if you want to just sit around and drink beer for the sake of it and not much into great flavoring,chill it and drink,not that bad.

10-05-2007 16:20:55 | More by GrimmReaper
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-06-2012 18:03:23 | More by ThinkAgain
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

01-16-2012 14:46:29 | More by irishkyle21
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev +7%

(insert sarcastic comment about luck here)

4.80% abv, 341mL twistoff bottle. Found after a party at my house. Poured into a lager glass.

Appearance is clear yellow, effervescent body under a modest white cream head. Leaves a cloud and a thick collar.

Aromas of metal, spice, creamed corn. No malt aromas at all.

Sweet palate, aggressive carbonation stings the mouth. Oily texture. Loads of residual sugar in the finish, which is short. Could use way more maltiness... weak.

03-05-2008 18:23:10 | More by Antilochus
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MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

05-29-2012 05:41:33 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

12-14-2013 15:37:50 | More by DamageCase76
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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

06-26-2013 19:56:31 | More by FrostyWPG
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Alberta_Beer_Guy

Alberta (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

07-16-2012 00:45:35 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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caverog

California

1/5  rDev -50.2%

11-30-2013 04:11:39 | More by caverog
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -11.4%

The best thing about this brew is ita appearance, well it had a nice two finger crown for a short duration and that is about it.
A budget brew for college students?...Nah, they may be broke, but they would not waste what little money they have on this stuff.
A thin golden hue with limited carbonation. The body is lighter than any average "lite" beer. The nose is from the wort.
The taste is very thin and sweet to the end.
I see no reason to brew this product, I wonder what market there is for this crap...Not recomended!

01-04-2005 05:31:22 | More by Shiloh
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

1/5  rDev -50.2%

12-14-2011 05:46:09 | More by benbou17
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev +16.9%

473 mL single can from TBS; listed at 4.8% abv. Easily one of the most popular 'value' brands out west, although its following here in Ontario seems to be a little more limited in scope (I haven't seen anyone drink it since college, and that was mostly because of the one guy in residence interning at Labatt). Clearly I must have been feeling lucky to bother picking this up at all, because I've tried this enough times to know what to expect.

Pours a familiar straw-yellow colour, bright and translucent, topped with nearly two fingers of fizzy, frothy, bleach-white head. Retention is ok for an adjunct lager - it sticks around for a few minutes, there is some lacing left behind, and the smooth, even cap on the surface is even somewhat attractive. Perhaps I was wrong about this stuff? Nope; the aroma pops my thought bubble and brings me back into reality - it is highly vegetal, with grainy pale malts, corny sweetness, and musty straw that has been sitting in the barn for too long. At least the odour is fairly muted.

The taste is bland, with way too much cereal adjunct sweetness to be balanced, refreshing, or anything more than tolerable. Cooked veggies, green apple skin and pale malts form the bulk of the flavour, with some weedy hop dryness scrubbing it away toward the finish. Kind of metallic in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, watery, and heavily carbonated - this one tallboy will be fine but if I drank this all night I'd be quite bloated. Easy to toss back I guess, if you make it a point to swallow quickly and not taste it. Mildly offensive, but served ice cold and consumed quickly, I can see the appeal (or, at the very least, how it can be tolerated in large quantities).

I worked at a couple of liquor stores in Edmonton a few years ago - both in crummier areas of town, and one thing they had in common was that 15 packs of this were always the store's best seller. Kind of sad, but speaking frankly, this is still a few pegs above the bottom of the barrel - as bad as this sounds, you could do worse, but you'd probably have to venture into malt liquor/ice beer territory.

Final Grade: 2.35, a forgettable D+. As far as value brands go, I'd probably recommend just sticking with Lakeport/Laker (out east) or Brewhouse (out west), all of which are marginally-to-considerably better than Lucky Lager. Something to avoid unless you can't afford anything better (or you're just a ticker), and not the optimal choice in its price bracket.

08-15-2012 17:22:24 | More by thehyperduck
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured a 473-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - I've never had this low-cost, butt-of-all-jokes brew and thought I'd try it. Poured a faint straw colour with very little head.

Smell - corn, barley and a little bread. Not utterly lacking, compared to some, but still not much.

Taste - not great. Reasonably clean, with a little hop bitterness and trailing corn taste.

Mouthfeel - below average, not much flavour, so it's basically pour it in and swallow.

Drinkability - it depends. With a bowl of potato chips and nothing to do, it would fit. Not appropriate if you're looking for a good beer experience.

03-17-2009 01:58:50 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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SylarHRG

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -0.5%

08-24-2014 10:36:50 | More by SylarHRG
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Braz

Washington

2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-12-2013 01:30:37 | More by Braz
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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.