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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
53
awful

95 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 34.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.01/5  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.

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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2/5  rDev -0.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -12.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
1.11/5  rDev -44.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +74.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Purplegrimus
5/5  rDev +148.8%
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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2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.33/5  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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.