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Labatt Blue Light - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light

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173 Reviews

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 576
Avg: 2.2
pDev: 55.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-22-2001

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.
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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 576
Photo of bigrzman
2.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it out of one of my glasses in the house.

A. Bubbly and light straw in color.

S. Smells like Bud Light

T. This tastes like malty fizzy water. Good for a burger at a ball game.

M. Light and crisp. It can definitely go with any bar food well.

D. Very drinkable on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. Any other time I long for something more.

A great cheap "Domestic" (for those of you who live in Northern New York)

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.6/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.66/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lots of visible carbonation in this pale yellow beer. The steady stream of bubbles isn't enough to sustain the poorly retained head. Very mild grainy aroma. It barely even has an aroma. Tastes like lightly sweetened seltzer. Feels thin and watery with an odd slickness. Prickly carbonation. Guests went to town on the PBR at yesterdays barbecue, this got left behind. It's cold and wet, and it's drinkable, but I'd rather have beer that tastes like beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
1.58/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz can sampled at my father's house. This is the ONLY thing he ever drinks.

A: Pale straw yellow brew, foamy white head settles as quickly as it formed.

S: Skunk and aluminum.

T: Skunk, soap, aluminum, mild notes of grass and lemon.

M/D: Thin, fizzy, watery. Skunky seltzer. Heavy carbonation leads to chronic belching.

Chuggability: 5.0.

Beer pong: 5.0.

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Photo of techfed87
2.3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of smithza9
1.87/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only time I had Labatt Blue Light was at a huge party and the bartender didn't know how to pour. From that I got a beer that was very watery and had almost no taste. I like the more full bodied beers and this was not one of them. I had many glasses and it didn't get me that drunk. The non-light beer is much better.


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Photo of josefnewsong
2.24/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a clear pale straw color with a tiny bit of bubbly head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Looks ok at first but after about 30 seconds it just looks like urine in a glass
S - soapy sort of smell along with a bit of corn and my nose says I'm picking up yeast somewhere
T - tastes mostly of corn and some rice blandness. very slight skunk in the finish
M - effervescent, over-carbonated, extremely light (watery) body
D - drinkable, and close to water. not much in the taste dept though so why bother?

There was one bottle sitting in my fridge for months and I'm not sure where it came from. I wanted something to drink/review and didn't feel like going out so there it is.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of pasdachuri
2.88/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Smells like any light lager.

Very sharp flavor and body. Not bad actually, decent flavor for a light beer.

On nights I feel like a 12 pack session this one is not a bad pick

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Photo of alkemy
1.38/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with no real appreciable head formation -- looks dead right along with my hopes for a quality brew.

Smell: The beer smells of sweet, glistening corns and bargain bin grains. Ah well, you can't win'm all.

Taste: Sweet, downright scandalously corny taste with a lesser touch of simple grains. It's all quite watery, mind you. Light, faint touch of bitterness, though not discernible hop flavors. Empty, watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Disappointing and groan-inducing, though, being the light version of the Labatt blue, it's at least less awful.

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Photo of plaid75
2.75/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
1.98/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
1.13/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.38/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a decent head that dissipates fast.

Smell: A slight malt smell with not much else there. Pretty standard.

Taste: A slightly sweet flavor, but nothing overwhelming. Smooth, but in the end, pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: While this isn't completely awful, it's probably not going to be high on my list of beers to get again.

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Photo of mnrider
1.61/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz twist off poured into pint glass

A: Golden Yellow with a two finger white head, which disapears with no lacing. Very bubbly and they cling to glass in patches.

S: Wow...Really? I got nothing here. Just Water

T/M: Very little taste, even for a light beer. Very carbonated with a hint of malts and some grain. Mix in some bitterness and dryness and tragically thats it.

D: Light beer at its worst. It has a very very faint heart beat.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

A - Clear, deluded yellow with an extremely effervescent, small head that didn't even reach a finger before disappearing instantly into nothing at all. Yeah, that also means absolutely no lacing at all. Not even a ring.

S - Skunky - almost light-struck - aroma with awful adjuncts. No hint of real beer ingredients. Straw and grains comprise the whole aroma that's already faint anyway.

T - Wow. There is so little flavor here I almost taste absolutely nothing at all. This has the smallest touch of grain and straw with a pinch of sugar. Wtf. At least without flavor it can't be offensive.

M - This beer is so carbonated it completely gets in the way of flavor. Light, crisp, and refreshing cause it's practically calorie-rich water.

D - Finally a category this beer can actually score something on. The ONLY thing going for it is mass consumption cause everything else sucks horribly.

This also begs the question, why the hell would you even want to drink it? Either have water or have a MGD64. About half the calories of this beer and twice the flavor.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance - pale yellow colour with poppy white head that subsides to surface bubbles in no time flat.

Smell - faint barley scent covered in a corn adjunct aroma. Not much going on here.

Taste - faint malt and cereal adjunct flavour. Thin hops on the end and a watery finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty balanced and even feel, but just a carbonated product with little to offer.

Drinkability - if this is ice cold it will make do, but barely. Not a good choice but goes down if you have no other.

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Photo of Brenden
1.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I remember the incident well. It was quite a while back and my notes just resurfaced. The memory never fades, however.

Lighter appearance even than most BMC lights. At least there's that foam.
Of all the light beers I've had, I don't recall giving one an F because they were incredibly weak, bland and flavorless but there was no gross taste or funk. This one has that. Funk in the smell, funk in the taste. It's what makes a light a D-, then you add a gross element of nasty. The mouthfeel's about the same as any light, but it's slicker (slimier?). There's an astringent tinge and the nasty funk is actually more than the aroma or flavor of the beer itself. At least the grains do exist and there's a very light citrus bite. Otherwise, I think this is officially the worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.39/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, a border demi-classic. Blue Light! Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into my trusty Alpine mug.

Gotta admit, as many times as I have drank this, it doesn't look good. Pale pineapple one too many times through the bleach cycle. For real doe, I've %!$$ed stuff with core color than this. Head comes and goes very quickly. So far, we have flat diluted urine? Off to a wicked good stahhht...

It's just really typical adjunct lager smell - a little corn, maybe a thought of some old hops. Still, it's at least a little on the clean side for saving grace.

Well, I was "underwhelmed" as Sloan would say. There's not a whole lot to speak of. See scent info above. Carbonation cleans it up in a salty way.

Palate feel is tingly and that's about it. Old silage - the usual macro crap.

The good news is that it drinks quickly. Analyzing this in detail doesn't do it justice - I can drink this at a bar in Buffalo all night. Doable for plastic cup fare. That's about it.

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Photo of jera1350
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear very pale straw color. The head is a quarter inch of foam which recedes within seconds to almost no lacing. The aroma is rather lively for a light lager. It has some nice mildly sweet malty tones to it. The taste again is quite bodl for the style. The is a nice sweetness that I would expect from a adjunct lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied with solid carbonation. It is nice that the carbonation isn't extra high the way it is in most beers of this style. Overall, this is one of the better light lagers I've tasted, and I could drink it again.

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Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
55 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.