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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Not Rated.
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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 Sammy
2.05/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Sammy, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
1.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 14, 2010
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.

Jason, May 21, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev +64.1%

kojevergas, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.1/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

woodychandler, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of biegaman
2.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

biegaman, Feb 20, 2007
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.

Viggo, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.7/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2011
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.

DrJay, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of harpus
2/5  rDev +1%

harpus, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
1.63/5  rDev -17.7%
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

wordemupg, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.33/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tbeckett, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev +51.5%

mhaugo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
1/5  rDev -49.5%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
2/5  rDev +1%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DaPan
1.5/5  rDev -24.2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

bumchilly25, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of pootz
1.35/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

pootz, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev +26.3%

avisong, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of randylangford
1.75/5  rDev -11.6%

randylangford, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.05/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of TerryW
2.05/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

TerryW, Apr 20, 2004
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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.