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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
53
awful

88 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 1.98
pDev: 34.85%
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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Purplegrimus
5/5  rDev +152.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really can only be seriously judged after a 15 pack

lucky doesn't usually like the traditional sipper style judge.

this beer needs to be guzzled by a thirsty soul after a hard days work.

so for the average office worker you might want to shy away, this beer is too much for you.

did you just split 2 chord of wood?
here is your opportunity to end the day perfectly.

as you turn another one upside down for a job well done.

heres to you and your lucky.

Purplegrimus, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mdavidson
4/5  rDev +102%

mdavidson, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Singlespeedmtb
3.5/5  rDev +76.8%

Singlespeedmtb, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev +64.1%

kojevergas, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Bis4beer70
3.11/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If i'm thinkin' right,Lucky Lager was once famous for its 11 oz stubby bottles featuring a rebus under the cap.

From what i've heard,since the closure of the Tumwater brewery, this famous bottle has been discontinued...

I first tried this in Alaska back in 94' and it was a great lager then-drinking it while watching northern lights in Valdez & while playing guitar at the Bluegrass festival in Anderson that summer...i'm not sure if anything is the same about that beer now....

...not sure if anything in the world is the same as it was in 94' actually...some things are better,alot of things are worse...fortunately for us,beer (it's availability & diversity) with the "Craft Beer-Boom" is way better now than in 94'

...of course,the "bubble" is coming, they say...we'll see if alot of great beers soon go the way of the dinosaurs like "lucky lager" or not..until then,"Cheers".

Fun fact:

Brad Pitt in the movie "Kalifornia": "Adel, we are going to hike up that mountain that says Hollywood on it.We're gonna drink some Lucky Lager and howl at the moon...ow ow owww!"

Bis4beer70, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +51.5%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of RHVC59
3/5  rDev +51.5%

RHVC59, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of SuperMario
3/5  rDev +51.5%

SuperMario, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev +51.5%

mhaugo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of rbuisson
3/5  rDev +51.5%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of sid
2.75/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What can I say about this beer that hasn't been said. $7.45 for a 6 pack is one of the cheaper beers in Ontario and its a big step up above Yankee Jim but not as flavourful or tasty as Lakeport Honey or Laker Red. The pour creates a regular two finger head, the usual pale macro yellow familiar with molson canadian and labatt blue. Taste is smooth, not very flavourful, goes down easy. Tastes of corn adjuncts dominate the flavour.

When you buy this beer you know what to expect however when your on a tight budget and you see $10.95 for molson canadian or labatt blue and then you see $7.45 for Lucky, I can tell you from a lot of experience..you will not tell any taste difference between them. A "OK" beer for the cheap hearted but nothing to write home about.

sid, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Fader
2.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Fader, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Shadman
2.58/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Shadman, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%

avisong, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%

MrTinnedPEach, May 29, 2012
Photo of Braz
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%

Braz, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Cidius
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%

Cidius, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of pugdogbeer
2.42/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

pugdogbeer, May 02, 2010
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

GrimmReaper, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of thehyperduck
2.35/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

thehyperduck, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of aforbes10
2.35/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks (?) to Janice for bringing this back from Canada. Pours clear, with a touch of yellow. thin head of tiny bubbles. Smells like corn and water. Corny and sweet flavor...some light banana-y flavors, but really like a Canadian miller lite. thin and bubbly. fairly easy drinkin'.

aforbes10, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.28/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of jaredkc889
2.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jaredkc889, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of CrazyMike
2.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale yellow appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is a bit sweet with corn and vegetables.

Taste is difficult to pick up, picked up some sweetness and corn with cooked vegetables. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit dry, but pretty much none existent.

Overall, this is a light beer that was meant to be chugged. Close to water in drink ability, if your looking for budget beers there are better ones out there. If your looking for something to shotgun, well, here you go.

CrazyMike, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Antilochus
2.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(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.

Antilochus, Mar 05, 2008
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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.