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Lucky Lager - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
53
awful

98 Ratings
THE BROS
50
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 34.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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2/5  rDev -1%

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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 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.

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1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.5/5  rDev +23.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -38.1%

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1/5  rDev -50.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -25.7%

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1/5  rDev -50.5%

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2/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev +48.5%

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3/5  rDev +48.5%

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2/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev +48.5%

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 Converge
1.7/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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 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 steven9000
1.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of scott451
2.17/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

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.

Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
53 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.