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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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40 Reviews

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 105
Avg: 1.98
pDev: 56.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2004

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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 105
Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I will grapple with thee. My old arch nemesis: Lucky Lager. I first discovered this beer from a friend's father who was/is (?) a pipe fitter who works up in the Territories for half the year. My first actual taste of it came during a camping trip in which three of us, including myself, found ourselves single after some long, long relationships which ultimately ended in heartbreak, menthol cigarettes and plenty of crappy beer. We ended up with hypothermia and stomach ulcers after that weekend. Did again next year with Mountain Crest. No, these stories are not embellished or falsified. Anyway, back to the beer. Lucky is a favorite of the BC hippy, nature-nut, free spirit tree huggers who migrate a province over and weep thankful liberal tears as they discover their "Vancouver Island Beer" is still available here in Alberta.

All in all, it's crap. I do not disagree with the score here on BA. Watery, tasteless, yellow liquid from BC. That said, nothing good really comes out of BC anyway, so it's probably not the beer's fault. No smell really. Hint of malt, but besides that it's basically a beer you keep for the in-laws you hate.

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Photo of James_McBeerDrinker
3.25/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honestly, I think beer drinkers have gotten a little too snooty these days. The staple beers of out father's now languish in mediocrity while 21 year old hipsters go around thinking they own the world of beer reviewing. This is where lucky lager comes in, legendary in my home town this is honestly a reasonable beer and I think it's safe to say it is often better than some of its contemporaries. Now it's certainly not a 5 star but it has its perks a) it's cheap and b) it goes down smooth. So why not take a chance on an old classic huh, who knows you might get lucky.

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Photo of Bunman3
2/5  rDev +1%

Good news? It goes on sale all the time and tastes like Blue, Bud, Canadian, Pil, Kokanee or any other mass produced Canadian Lager. Bad news? It tastes like any other mass produced Canadian lager. This is a beer that tastes good when you are thirsty. Really thirsty. Otherwise, mix it with Clamato. Or Canada Dry. Or lemonade. If you're buying a Canadian macro, buy this and save yourself some money.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3.18/5  rDev +60.6%
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!"

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
1.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst offender on the beer scene today. The type of beer a guy with missing teeth and a grungy old ballcap pickes up because he's "a goin' fishin' with ma buddies", and he ends up back at your liquor store for another case later that night, all wobbly and smelling of piss. Some people from Victoria still drink it because they claim it's "a Vancouver Island staple", but what they fail to realize is that it's brewed by Labatt's in Edmonton and right across Canada with a slurry of adjuncts that barely resemble beer. Never, ever drink one.

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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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.31/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, well, nothing, wait a faint smell of lager, but really nothing. In the taste, faint lagery tastes, and a dry banana peel. A small bite and alighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness to nothing in the aftertaste. The banana throws me for a loop, but really not that good at all.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
1.64/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 7/10/11

A clear straw yellow with lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and a very short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S smells like a cheap macro, sweet grains, and maybe some cream corn and nail polish remover

T mimics the smell quite well and that's not such a good thing

M thin but well carbonated but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O nothing worth trying here, tastes bad smells bad what more do I need to say?

I could spend less money on better beer if you can believe that, even for a discount brand there's just nothing here worth visiting

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Photo of Converge
1.7/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of fizzy white head. Gone in a few seconds. Golden-yellow color, a bit darker than I had expected.

S - Sweet grains and corn. Almost nothing else detectable.

T - Tastes cheap. A slight touch of sweetness, and maybe a bit of corn. Lots of water.

M - Medium carbonation. Watery body. Drinks like water anyways.

D - Gross. Not worth trying ever again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.11/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of steven9000
1.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of scott451
2.17/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

473ml can
4.8% ABV
I tried this beer on July 26, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. This is probably one of the palest beers I have ever seen. It is a very translucent yellow with almost no head. The aroma is vomit. The mouthfeel is watery, thin bodied, and highly carbonated (40 minutes after pouring, there is still effervescence in the glass). The taste is very grainy and not much else. Only Milwaukee's Best has been worse.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
2.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of steeler
1.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah lucky lager, this is a brutal beer. Even for a buck a beer, still freakin horrible, i can't beilieve people drink this?

A - Average macro

S - Smells of old dirty beer, like a wet grass smell. Just awful.

T - Awful. Tastes like mineral water, best way to describe it.

M - Watery, carbonated. Not too bad.

D - Terrible. Even on a hot day on the deck, this beer still just doesn't go down.

I used to drink this when I was younger, thank god I dont drink this anymore. Now if only I could get my friend to stop offering me one. AVOID!

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Photo of harley101
1.03/5  rDev -48%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

what can i say about lucky lager, hmmm you get what you pay for. it looks like piss and tastes like sour metallic water. I only bought it cause i was broke and wanted some beer, but next time i think ill stick with water. It smells like it tastes absolutely terrible. Labatt should cease to make this so called beverage as it demeans beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
56 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.