Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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53
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 33.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 40
Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of biboergosum
1.94/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.11/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2/5  rDev -1%
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.

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.

Photo of Viggo
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
1.64/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.31/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of pootz
1.36/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My buddy’s "cottage lager" when he’s supplying the beer...its cheap....that’s all I can say for it. This was foul tasting urine when I tried it in the US and Labatt can’t do it any justice either. God help you if you ever take a swig when it gets warm...all the raw edge of the under cooked/under aged adjuncts comes through. Pours pale yellow, no head, over carbonated in the bottle, aroma of boiled corn sweetness. starts gravelly on the palate then departs a cloying adjunct taste balanced with a rough edge from poor aging. Tastes like unfinished adjunct swill. I rate this a notch above "wildcat" as Canada’s worst beer.

Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of Frozensoul327
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.37/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
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'.

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of shivtim
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.

Photo of Shiloh
1.8/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

Photo of Shadman
2.57/5  rDev +27.2%
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

Photo of slitherySOB
1.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cheap, hot day lager. It was twelve bucks for a twelve pack, what the hell? Serve cold, because as the beer warms it worsens. Pours a very pale gold. I imagine it would look like water if some grains soaked in it for a few days. Not much of a head. Maybe a 1/4 centimetre of foam? Strongest smell is malt, which is still pretty weak. Taste is bland, bit sweet, not much else. Watery mouthfeel, and drinkable like water. But at the right moment, better than water. It's the kind of beer I'd probably be drinking this summer as I'm playing baseball or soccer.

Photo of funkengruven
2.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of oakbluff
1.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out like a 50/50 combo of apple juice and water. Weird white head- seems as fake as and maufactured as the icing on a mccains deep and delicious cake. Smells like swamp water. Taste - luckily this lucky lager comes across almost tasteless to escape the initial swamp water smell. Its so watery you could use it to rinse out your toothbrush. Cooked vegetables, hint of rotten sugars and that's about it. Carbonation is high. I am enjoying this beverage with a bag of Chili and Lime kettle chips from local grocer. I needed the chips to give me something to talk about it - now here's some flavour- crisp peanut oil fried potato with a sweet chili flavouring that is brings the head, but then the calming lime kicks in to bring you back to earth. Good times... Then I take a swill of the lucky and am reminded why this is the choice of cheap assed, alcohol loving canadians. Oh Canada...

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.

Photo of cyrenaica
1/5  rDev -50.5%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
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.

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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.