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Labatt Blue Light - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light

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415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 30.28%

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labatt Blue Light was introduced in 1983 as a lower-alcohol, lower-calorie version of Canada’s most popular brand. Blue Light uses specially selected North American aromatic hops and the same strain of lager yeast as the one used to produce Labatt Blue. The result is a crisp, clean and delicately balanced beer, with a slight sweetness and citrus-like hop character.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-22-2001)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw color from a 22 oz can with head that disappears before you can blink and no visible lacing.
Aroma is basically grains and corn. Taste is pretty much the same, typical of an adjunct lager. Watery and insipid; pretty flat.
Nothing much to write about mouthfeel.
This is a beer that is probably good for bulk consumption at parties and that's about it. Not a beer I would recommend.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 00:36:30 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks Like your average macro just Canadian...
Smell well sweet corn boiled.... blech
Taste hmmm skunked corn water yippee
Mouthfeel bright carbonation and thin just like all the rest
Drinkability well these are only tolerable post hockey game when there's no real options.... so Fridays...

Serving type: can

11-27-2010 05:57:35 | More by sliverX
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

2.6/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A true classic.

A - Pours a clear light yellow with almost no head. Looks like Shweppes to me.

S - Mmm, old sour corn. Not much else.

T - There are some hops in the taste followed by a sweet, corny malt finish. Not much to taste here.

M - Watery with little carbonation.

D - This beer is good for sessioning on a hot day in the sun and not much else.

Serving type: can

09-23-2010 01:55:06 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

2.6/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This is Canada's version of budweiser and it doesn't even come close to the king of beers. The only thing different in their process must be where they are getting water from. The water from Lake Ontario must not be as fresh as the water in St. Louis (or where ever my local Anheuser-Busch plant is) because this stuff tastes like pond water.

Serving type: can

06-29-2010 03:47:44 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of mooseisloose


3.1/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can, 2 for $3, couldn't pass it up, that's $4.50 a six pack if you have your calculator out. Not your typical Canadian brew this is only 4% ABV and not the regular 5% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. This brew has a sweet Euro lager smell of spritzy hops. Pours to a pale yellow with a thin white head. Taste is consistent with the Euro lager smell. Very sweet and light with only a slight twinge of earthy hops evident. Mouthfeel is very thin but it isn't watery per se and that should be in line for a light lager. For the price you can get this for its a macro bargain and not at all offensive. It's not bold but it is quite drinkable. This is a lawnmower beer extraordinaire.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 02:39:01 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of techfed87


2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a moderately sized head, quick to dissipate. Color is an incredibly light, clear yellow.

Smell is semi malty, but to be honest, isn't much to pick up on.

First sip is super light. It's carbonic in taste and keeps you wondering when the actual body of the beer will show itself...except it never really does. It just kind of dissipates into a shallow malty aftertaste that reminds you "yes, I'm drinking beer and not just carbonated colored water"

Perhaps I should admit at this point that previously, one of my latest reviews has been Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA, a real whopper of a beer, not just in alcohol content, but in sheer complexity of flavor and robustness. Blue Light isn't an IPA, it isn't really even a Pilsner. To paraphrase Popeye, "It is what it is, and that's all that it is." It's a light lager, sold in portion sizes that are large at prices that are low.

If you're looking for Fillet Mignon quality beef, you don't go to McDonalds for their burgers. Similarly, if you're looking for an absolutely astonishing beer, you probably won't go to Labatt for their beer. But it is palatable, and it is considered a beer. So if you ever feel short on cash and want to continue your enjoyment of brewed beverage, then I may recommend you try this tasty beverage.

God help any of you with real money who choose this over real beer.

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 02:26:07 | More by techfed87
Photo of tone77


2.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn and malts. Taste is also mild, again malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is not the worst light beer I have had, but nothing special.

Serving type: can

04-03-2010 15:13:12 | More by tone77
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mmmm...expensive can in my hotel fridge, because I'm too lazy to go out for a beer, right at this moment...

This beer pours a crystal clear very pale straw colour, with one finger of thin soap-scum-like white head, which actually clings to the sides of the glass, rendering some lace as it quickly melts away. It smells of acrid corn mash, and some well-thought-out skunk. The taste is very light (I know, it should go without saying) white grain, and a subtle skunkiness. The carbonation is quite low, the body thin, yet somewhat cloying, smooth, I guess, and it finishes like an echo of a derivative of a stalk of barley or corn kernel.

As usual, the beer-as-literal-water trope works here, and at least the off-flavours are kept to a minimum. My lack of sleep is kind of giddy about the what this can of swill cost - but hey, the small bottle of water is about the same price, so, what the hell.

Serving type: can

02-05-2010 21:50:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of alkemy


1.35/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A fairly pale urine yellow color and crystal clear with zero head. Scent is very faint. Just some adjunct sweetness is really all I can pick up. Taste is awful and there is no freshness date on the can. Unfortunately, this is a 24oz. can so I've got about ten ounces to go after polishing off the first glass. Taste has the sweetness of corn and a touch of honey. I'm glad this is watered down, because I'd have a hard time stomaching a stronger version of this particular taste. I'll not be revisiting this.

Serving type: can

01-19-2010 22:41:32 | More by alkemy
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.75/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light malts and a touch of corn.

The taste was clean and neutral with a light grain and drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical light beer. Easy to drink.

Serving type: can

11-15-2009 18:32:05 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed the only way it should be, cold out of somebodies hockey bag, in the dressing room between games.

Pours a clear corny yellow, straw, thin white head forms, quickly settles to nothing, looks pretty vile.

Smell is weak, corn, some honey notes, light floral, sugary, water, not very good.

Taste is similar, almost no flavour, corn, water, a bit sweet but otherwise virtually tasteless.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down easy. I feel like this was hydrating me. As macro light swill goes, this wasn't the worst I've ever had.

Serving type: can

11-13-2009 15:18:25 | More by Viggo
Photo of GoalieRon33


1.13/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'm not even gonna break down each catagory. Everything that could go wrong with a beer is present in LBL. It tastes bad, smells a little like something spoiled? I dont even know what, but the taste is yucky. How could a respectable brewer put this product on the shelves? Light beer fiends that don't belong to BA probably love this stuff. They think it saves calories so they immediately buy it and pretend to like it becuase they think its healthy. Overall, I'd buy keystone light over this any day of the week, which says a lot about how i feel about LBL.

Serving type: can

10-23-2009 00:35:42 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of woodychandler


2.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Still playing with CANs. CAN you dig it? I CAN!

It began with a finger of bone-white head, but it quickly lapsed into wisps. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly sweet with cereal. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was light, airy, mildly sweet. Ho freakin' hum! I feel like I am drinking the same beer in a CAN over and over with only the label as any change. Doesn't anybody have any imagination? No wonder people could not identify their "favorite" brand in "Beer Wars" - it's all the same! NOT impressed!

Serving type: can

08-17-2009 18:51:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jera1350


1.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale watery yellow with a light one finger head that melts away quickly. No lacing.

S- Grainy, rice, subtle zest smell.

T- Watered down grain. Not much more to talk about here.

M- Extremely light and thin. Similar to drinking water. Little carbonation.

D- You could drink this like water if you wanted to tie one on. No other reason to drink this.

Serving type: can

05-05-2009 02:29:02 | More by jera1350
Photo of mikeal1917


1.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I thought maybe this could be the saving grace for the Labatt name in my book....I was wrong

Appearance- Even worse than it's "full-bodied" counterpart. A completely white initial head that flat lines in under 2 minutes. Typical golden Pilsner color.

Smell- Pungent, but nothing going on what so ever.

Taste- Awful, flavorless and watery. A complete waste of time. I would't play beer pong with this.

Mouthfeel- Watery with no substance. If it wasn't for the fact that my mouth felt liquid, I would have never known I was drinking a beer

Drinkability- Null and Void

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 02:16:27 | More by mikeal1917
Photo of yesyouam

New York

1.68/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[24 oz. can at 44F]
Labatt Blue Light is a very clear, very pale yellow lager with a fluffy white head. It has a faint aroma of corn and possibly lemon. It is light bodied, bubbly and watery with a reasonably crisp finish. There is not much flavor; notes of light grain and corn with a slightly lemony aftertaste. I just wanted to see why people always throw these cans in my yard. Now I understand.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 16:21:24 | More by yesyouam
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

1.83/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This came out of the 710 ml. can with the scenic new design. Can no. 1-159-8-1853D. Labatt may have redesigned the can for the American market but it hasn't changed this recipe. It pours golden with short-lived whte head and a lot of cabonation. Aroma of corn, wheat, and stale malts. Watery. Tastes flat.

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 03:35:47 | More by puboflyons
Photo of zach8270

New York

2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

can - 12 oz

Appearance - Very thin head with many bubbles. Light golden color.

Aroma - Slight corn aroma.

Taste - Semi-sweet taste.

- Mouthfeel - Feels good going down, easy to drink with very little aftertaste.

- Drinkability - The stereotypical light beer. Very good for drinking lots of, say at college.

Serving type: can

11-20-2008 14:59:40 | More by zach8270
Photo of bushbeer75


2.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can

Labatt Blue Light poured a very pale yellow color with "tons" of carbonation, little head and no lacing. Watery body with very [very] low malt flavor and dry body. Very low flavor over all. After all this is a light lager! Another brew that should be consumed cold.

[Macro] Light Lager style is my least favorite style of beer. Labatt Blue Light is not the best light beer or the worst one either.

Serving type: can

09-14-2008 19:34:48 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

1.85/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm.... Blue... And Blue light... people argue over which is better... The lesser of two evils in my opinion...

A- Faint yellow liquid with a small white head... no retention... Very clear... highly carbonated

S- Faint Labatt Sour corn smell... Yeasty... slightly metallic...

T- Same Blue taste... just more watered down... The metallic corn dominates... Sparse malt peeks in for a quick hello and then disappears immediately. Ugh... i wish i could type more about the taste, but it's so one dimensional.

M-LIGHT... over carbonated... metallic bite.

D-Ugh... um, this is DECENT if you're playing beer pong or something... Don't get it confused for something you actually want to taste though.

Serving type: can

03-13-2008 07:42:45 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of berserker256


2.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of light beers so I have to take that into consideration while reviewing. The color is typical pale gold/dark yellow. Perhaps slightly darker than your average light beer... Still pissy, though. Foamy hog piss head that disappears quickly and almost no lacing. Smells like metallic cheap malt with a touch of hops. Earthy as well. Tastes like a typical macro light but maybe a little more malt/hop flavor. Thin and watery and therefore easy to chug. Decent for a light beer but not very good for a real beer.

Serving type: can

11-01-2007 17:03:07 | More by berserker256
Photo of BMoney575


2.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on 9-19-07

Silver can with fancy blue design, Detroit Tigers chill gauge on the back (with prominent, coldness assuring "D").

Smell is thin, non-existent. Most potent aroma is of the metal can.

Taste is bland, unoffensive, with little flavor. Just slightly "beer".

Mouthfeel is good for the style, refreshing.

Drinkability is very good, you could pound these all day and night.

Overall, a light lager. Enough said.

Serving type: can

09-20-2007 03:49:57 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Brad007


2.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I don't normally review macro lagers but since Labatt Blue was one of the first beers I ever drank regularly (before my introduction to crafts in 2002), I thought I'd review it anyway.

Pours a straw yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is one of malt that smells somewhat like corn. I didn't expect much in this dept, which is fine. Taste is somewhat syrupy and sweet with the consistency of I don't know, corn. Supposedly, it's not supposed to have any adjuncts. However, it's just the taste I get. It goes down smooth and that's it.

If you're looking for a break from crafts, this would probably not be the best choice. However, if you're just looking for a cheap beer to knock back on a lazy day, this is not too bad.

Serving type: can

06-25-2007 00:30:21 | More by Brad007
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Imported Daily from Canada" picked up just across the border in Detroit.
Pours a clear, very light yellow color. There is a minimal and quickly disappearing white head. No lacing. Smells of a bit of grass and corn. A bit of a sharp carbonation bite on the tongue. Some flavor, but not much. Very typical macro lager taste, only less (I mean light...). Basically, what is to be expected. Light lager, mass produced, light and easy to drink, less filling. On a hot day, sure. Not bad, just there. And, it was free.

Serving type: can

05-05-2007 04:36:17 | More by BigBry
Photo of zdk9


1.85/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- An olive tinted yellow. Head is short and light, quickly dissapearing.

S- Very neutral dank smell. Reminds me of socks you find on the floor- they probably weren't worn but they aint clean anymore.

T- Taste is all grain and slightly sugary.

M- Carbination is sharp and doesn't blend well with the taste. The beer doesn't coat the mouth well only the tongue.

D- This certainly isn't the worst you could do for a light beer, the taste is more distinct than many, but the sharp carbination and bad smell are big negatives.

Serving type: can

02-05-2007 06:19:56 | More by zdk9
Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
54 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.