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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
54
awful

82 Ratings
THE BROS
50
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 34.16%


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.

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Purplegrimus


5/5  rDev +147.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 21:19:23 | More by Purplegrimus
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Bis4beer70

Indiana

3.11/5  rDev +54%
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!"

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:07:20 | More by Bis4beer70
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sid

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2005 22:30:11 | More by sid
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +27.7%
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

Serving type: can

02-28-2008 02:52:20 | More by Shadman
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pugdogbeer

British Columbia (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

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

British Columbia (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 16:20:55 | More by GrimmReaper
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aforbes10

Iowa

2.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 20:57:47 | More by aforbes10
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Alberta (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-02-2011 03:44:36 | More by CrazyMike
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 18:23:10 | More by Antilochus
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour into a glass mug. One finger bubbly white head on a clear yellow. The head soon disappeared.

Tastes of corn with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

Light body with medium carbonation. Drinkability is limited due to the unpleasant flavour.

Serving type: can

02-28-2011 08:03:22 | More by scott451
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shivtim

Georgia

2.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

About time I got around to reviewing this from notes. Jan-Jan brought us some of this down from Can-a-duh. It's clear yellow, with bubbles and a big old white head that becomes a medium 'ol white head then a small 'ol white head. Looks like a Canadian lager! Nose is wheat, metal, and corn. Taste is light sweet grains, maybe some slight hops on the end. Not too much. However, it does a good job of representing "the vast cornfields of Canada." Mouthfeel is watery. Drinkability is tail-gate level.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 16:57:37 | More by shivtim
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CANadian beer in a CAN in support of The CANQuest (TM)! How lucky CAN one guy be?!? Well, judging from its scores, this may not (or may be) my Lucky day!

Not much from the CAN other than 1/8 of an "8 Pack" and "Estd 1934". Onward!

The Crack & Glug were fairly typical for the style. I got a foamy, frothy finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cornier than some of the jokes I tell my students on a daily basis. No kidding, did they use any malt or hops in the production? In all fairness, I did capture a light sweetness, but it still was heavy on the smell of silage. Mouthfeel was fizzy, kind of watery, with a mild metallic taste to accompany all of the other stuff that barely tasted like beer to begin with. It was not downright unpleasant, but neither was it a beer to which I would readily return. Finish left a husky taste that made me CANtemplate opening something more palatable.

Serving type: can

04-06-2011 20:50:31 | More by woodychandler
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold, lots of carbonation, coarse soapy looking head. Head settles to a thin film, no meaningful lace.

This is just another characterless macro. Slight odour of hops and malt, nothing distinguishable. Thin bodied, slightly bitter-metallic, not strong in the flavour department.

Tough to write about dull beers like this, never mind drink them. What can you say? Lucky? Not!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 20:19:57 | More by TerryW
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another one of the bunch I picked up this afternoon.

This poured a very typical macro yellow with a 2mm head that leaves a bit of lacing. This however does not smell like a typical macro, Rotten Eggs are the predominant smell here. Pure adjunct flavor. Corn is the big one here. However it's not too too bad going down and if you can get past the smell, you can stomach it.

I wouldn't bother with this one again.

Serving type: can

06-30-2006 21:57:38 | More by funkengruven
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

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

Lucky? I sure don't feel that way after drinking this... Now, I will admit I have a place in my heart for the cheap lagers and ales that turned me on to beer in general, but this one is rough. Being totally objective, I can't say much about this beer for posterity. Pours out to a undesireable yellow orange color with a head that disappeared like a fart in the wind. Low carbonation. Aroma of absolutely nothing. Nada. Couldn't get any indications of any ingredients. Taste was nearly non-exsistant. Is that malt? Rice? Corn? I can't tell. Mouthfeel was boring and watery, with only a touch of carbonation. Drinkability is not good. This is beer for those who don't like beer. Not recommended.

Serving type: can

07-01-2006 02:22:28 | More by Frozensoul327
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from can with a thin head that bottomed out in very fast time. It didn't even look like beer from the pour, almost a beige colour. Incredibly pale colour, completely transparent. A faint aroma of corn adjunct. Only prominent if you sniff for it, really not all that obtrusive, but again - still there, and still macro gross. High carbonation but light mouthfeel. A little crispness. Again, no malt or hops - just adjuncts. Nearly - but not quite - refreshing. Flavours (like aroma) very hard to find; and you almost wish you didn't find them. Flavours seem tasteful enough at first but end on a really cloying adjunct finish. On par with all other Ontario macro.

Serving type: can

02-20-2007 03:24:25 | More by biegaman
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Picked a 473 ml can up from the beer store since it happened to be $2.00 CDN and I was return 20 cans @10 cents apiece. Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded over 2 fingers of foam which did dissolve quickly but was nonetheless decent. A weak off yellow color is featured. The beer itself just from its appearance looks thin but we will see. Some lacing in the glass.

Smell - Grains, grassy notes. Both are faint and there's not much there. This would be expected from a light beer but at almost 5%, I was expecting something on those nose for better or worse.

Taste - Like the nose, thin tasting a vague sweetness that assuredly comes from the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel - Wet, thin with minimal aftertaste. Almost feels like it should be a light beer because there is very little of substance. Some carbonation and its probably the right amount, but still just "meh".

Overall - Wet and would do the job on a hot summer's day but unless you're looking for a a cheap fix of mediocre beer, I can't see anyone sitting down and enjoying this. On the positive side, if you don't mind the beer, at almost 5% it could be a cheap drunk beer.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 21:35:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a cleary pissy yellow/straw, fluffy white head forms, disappears pretty quick, some lacing. Smell is sweet, lots of corn, alcohol, adjuncty, pretty bland and standard. Taste is on that level, very weak, wheat, corn and citrus, again pretty standard, but slightly less appealing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Same as most.

Serving type: can

03-14-2007 01:47:26 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Crystal clear and pale gold. A half inch of rocky white foam appeared during the pour, but disappeared very quickly. No lacing. Not much aroma at all, just a bit of hay, cereal, and corn sweetness. Low bitterness with thin, dry cereal sweetness, slight citrus. A bit astringent. Light bodied with carbonation that was a bit harsh. Some dryness. Not the worst generic lager I've had, but certainly not the best from the large brewers in Canada.

Serving type: can

08-17-2010 02:43:31 | More by DrJay
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2010 01:14:05 | More by biboergosum
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steven9000

Alberta (Canada)

1.88/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance- Golden straw color with no head at all. No carbonation streaming up the glass.

smell- I get this weird chemical smell and some alcohol even though its only 5%

Taste- i pretty much get all corn. It seems kinda flat also.

mouthfeel- is pretty much flat.

Overall this beer sucks. Boring and bland with a flat mouth feel.

Serving type: can

03-18-2011 00:49:02 | More by steven9000
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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
54 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.