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Labatt Blue Light - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light

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414 Ratings

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 160
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.

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Photo of drpimento


1.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow. This beer is light alright. Like the brewmaster walked near a keg of water. Amazingly it does have some head and lace. Super pale yellow in color. Very heavy carbonation. Very sharp flavor and body. Sharp flavor of what? mmmaybe a bit of malt? No hop that I can find. Better than tainted water I guess.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:09:13 | More by drpimento
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 OldYoda


1.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold into my standard Troeg's pint glass - miniscule head that disappears quickly and no lacing at all.

Smell is musty and odd. Nothing that invites here.

Taste is most impressive in the fact that there really isn't much of any taste. Thin, watery and basically nothing.

I guess you could drink as many of these as you wanted - but only God would know why you would want to.

Just no point in drinking this and can't think of any good reason for the Canadians to make it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 01:49:27 | More by OldYoda
Photo of Gehrig


2.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden yellow body with a thin patch of white foam, not unlike Blue. I see the sweet corn malt characterizes the nose as well; little else emerges, sadly. Not bad for a light beer, smoother than Budweiser to me, crisp, clean, certainly uncomplicated. Embarrassingly thin mouthfeel, as if bereft of texture--a downer. In sum, a moderately lighter version of Blue. Not the worst light beer I've ever had, but not one to seek out and consume. I'd avoid.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 23:18:00 | More by Gehrig
Photo of clayrock81


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

On doing a review for ol' times sake on Labatt's I gave the Lite a try, knowing it would suck but I was curious if it was one of those light beers that is close to the original. NO.
A thinnish, yellowish discharge eminates from the bottle when tilted towards the glass but does give a nice head with some good retention.
A faint, airy aroma of some cheap beer ingredients and that's it. A sharp, carbonated feel on my tongue is the taste, like I was drinking a shaken up soda. No hops or malts or any real taste is in here although it does leave a drying sensation on the backbite, so you know you're drinking a beer. I don't see the point in this and I'm pissed I bothered in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:10:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, gold-brass with a respectable 1 finger, creamy white head which unfortunately collapsed soon after. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: The nose was light with fresh grains and a very faint lemon herbal hopping.

T: very faint as well with fresh lemon notes and light lime accents. Theres a light sourness in the finish. Overall for a macro, not bad, doesn't offend, but certainly doesn't impress.

M: very light, fizzy with a light tarntess.

D: For a macro, mediocre drinkability but with a slightly off finish that hurts the enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 22:58:43 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

2.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I've had this in all forms so I'll review the best one: on tap, even though they're all basically the same...

A - slightly lighter than the Blue, but has somewhat less head. Pale yellow with lots of bubbles

S - smells like a watered down version of Blue: corn, water, bare minimum hops.

T - very watered down taste, almost bland. If you drink Blue first, you won't even taste Blue Light.

M - way too much carbonation for a fizzy watery body

D - very drinkable if you ignore the taste. Like cold carbonated water that has been used to cook corn on the cob

Overall - I'd rather get a soda or just plain water. Yuck.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 06:05:51 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of rye726


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

The website says, "Crisp, clean and delicately balanced in its flavour delivery. A hint of aromatic hop with slight sweetness and fruity character." That really sums this beer up perfectly, not. Pours pale yellow with a white head. Almost no aroma, very light malts and yeast. Watery body with almost no flavor. It's drinkable, but so is water. I think I'll have a water.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:35:29 | More by rye726
Photo of generallee

New York

3.2/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatt Blue is a Buffalo favorite. If you were to walk into any bar in Buffalo your sure to find Labatt Blue or Blue Light on tap or in bottles. Labatt Blue Light pours a pale yellow color with a big foamy white head. It has good carbonation and clarity. The aroma and flavor is similar to regular Labatt Blue but lighter. The aroma has rice cereal malts and grassy straw like hops in the nose. The flavor has light sweet cereal malts up front that turn dry with a crisp citrusy bitter finish. "Blue Light" is light bodied, thin and a highly drinkable Canadian pilsner. It's a great beer for watching hockey [GO SABRES] and calories. It also pairs well with a traditional Buffalo style fish fry.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 14:18:44 | More by generallee
Photo of giblet


1.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

boy was i dissapointed. i like labatt blue. it was my stand by macro for a couple years until i went for something cheaper. this light version is not very good. the appearance and smell are lighter but similar. the taste is not very good at all. there are better light beers for less money.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 14:20:55 | More by giblet
Photo of abriggs1


2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never actually had this beer. No, wait, I think I may have drunken some of this swill in Montreal or something. But I really don't have to drink it to know it tastes like moose piss. You would think that "Moosehead" beer would taste more like the piss of a moose, but lo and behold here comes Labatt Blue Light! Does that sound about right? Well Labatt Blue Light, I've won this round, but the next time we meet I may just have to chug you as fast as possible because you're the cheapest draft beer in all of motherfucking Canada. Oh yeah, and Canadian people don't honor bets. I have proof.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 02:35:38 | More by abriggs1
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 ElGrecoVerde


2.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's really not much to this beer. It's a light macro lager, all of which lack flavor but promise to make it up in drinkability. It's grainy and has a faint tea-like taste, but nothing much else.

It's just light beer, same as the next one. I'd rank it above the bottom feeders, but well below decent lagers. It's a little smoother going down than other lights, as they didn't up the carbonation too much to mask the flavor.

Labatt makes good commercials, however. That's gotta count for something.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 20:55:31 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer poured a yellowish clear color with an almost nonexistent head. The scent is subtle to nonexistent, but when I strained I was able to pick up some slight malt scent. The taste is about what you can expect from a light pilsner, which is nothing to write home about. A little malt and not much else. The mouthfeel is watery with a fair amount of carbonation at first that goes away after a short period of time. The only thing this beer really has going for it is that it's pretty drinkable, perhaps a decent lawnmower beer if nothing else was at hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:11:00 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of pmcadamis


3.03/5  rDev +39%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at a friend's house and was actually quite impressed.

A - Clear golden macro lager yellow. Minimal head and lace. Boring.

S - Slightly hoppy, but mostly watery. Better than most macros.

T - Wow. this actually has some nice character. the hops are definitely more powerful than American macro lagers, and it's really sweet too. This is noting to get excited about, but for alight lager it actually has some flavor.

M - Light bodied and crisp with a nice off-dry finish. Hops are noticeable in the aftertaste.

D- For a light lager, this has quite a bit of flavor. It's nothing to write home about, but I'd take this over BMC any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 07:47:48 | More by pmcadamis
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 BuckeyeNation


2.23/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Try as I might, I can't come up with an interesting theme for today's Macro Smackdown XIX. The only thing Labatt Blue Light and its competitor (Sapporo Light) have in common is that they're both non-U.S. light lagers... with blue labels. Let's see which one comes out on top.

Acid-washed straw, a lighter and brighter hue that can be seen on the other beer. The head is a lighter and brighter shade of white and is surprisingly attractive given the style. I'm even seeing the beginnings of some decent lace deposition.

The nose is pretty much a dead ringer for an American macro lager, non-light division. The beer smells like reasonably fresh grain with almost no hop notes and no off-aromas. Not bad... not bad.

Even by light lager standards, Labatt Blue Light is woefully underflavored. Each mouthful delivers a hint of beer-like flavor that is quickly washed away before it can gain a toehold on the taste buds. That keeps it from being offensive, but then why bother drinking beer at all? I wonder if the brewery simply mixed Labatt Blue with distilled water.

It's difficult to judge relative differences when the mouthfeels are as light as these two. I'll give this beer the edge because it has more carbonation. At least there's the illusion of a mouth party, even if the guests leave a lot to be desired.

Labatt Blue Light isn't horrible beer... hell, it's barely beer at all. It's the winner of this competition largely because of the intangibles; appearance and mouthfeel primarily. Congratulations to our northern neighbors for their second MacSmack crown.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 13:13:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of bluejacket74


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

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a straw yellow color with a half inch white head. Head retention is low, not much lacing. It smells like malt and corn, the aroma is light. Not much to the taste either, there's some malt and corn flavor, not much else from what I can tell. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and watery. Drinkability is OK, but nothing special. This beer is non-offensive, but it isn't exactly good either. If someone gave me one I'd drink it, but I wouldn't pay for one of these. But with that being said, there are certainly worse beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 00:53:47 | More by bluejacket74
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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a straw yellow colour, maybe 2 shades lighter than water (maybe!). A thin stream of bubbles that rise up the center and meet a generous white bubbly head over top. A beer this light in colour cannot be promising, and rarely (if ever) is good. The BA rating system has a 2/5 listed as "-not impressed". I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed - the clarity is unbelievable, it literally resembles water. Literally.

The aroma manages to stay considerably neutral. Some faint hint of malt, no hops of course, but more importantly, no adjuncts either. The adjuncts are the macro lagers worst feature and this seems to bypass that. It is sweet with a touch of corn syrup character, but largely the aroma is simply absent.

The carbonation carries a little sting as it goes down your throat. The beer seems to coat your mouth in an unwelcome aftertaste as well.

The flavour (like aroma) is nearly void of any features less the barely notable suggestion of malt and dash of corn syrup. It does come across (to me, anyhow) a little more tasty than other macro lagers. Although, even that said, there really aren't enough features to qualify this as quenching even.

In all honesty - even in social situations - I would opt for water over this more often than not. The only thing to its credit is that it's less offensive than regular Labatt Blue ( but that does not say much...)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:47:20 | More by biegaman
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Blue Light displays a crystal-clear straw gold body beneath an average sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well given the style, and leaves some nice rings of lace dripping back into the glass. The nose is surprisingly hoppy for a light beer as well, with notes of floral, spicy, and even lightly herbal hops. It's a little fuller in the mouth, with a medium-light body and delicately bristling pinpoint carbonation that softens to become creamy-smooth. Hops return in the flavor, and it's much nicer than the hop-less, thin and dry light beers so common in the United States. The malt balances it well, and it finishes with some lingering spicy and floral character. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 22:01:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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 PittBeerGirl


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

A- light watery golden color with white head. not bad head retention.

S- much what you'd expect. boring. maybe some malt and hops.

T- has some complexity to it. minimal malt sweetness with a good hop afterbite.

D- easy to drink but after having one I've had enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 14:50:55 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of tempest


2.4/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm wouldn't exactly say other people are underestimating this beer, but I don't think it's quite offensive enough to warrant its score. This is a basic light lager, just adjunct beer-flavored water. Tastes a bit like a corn lager, reminds me of Miller Lite. I guess having less flavor means it has less bad flavor and that makes it a decent lawnmower beer, maybe.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 21:56:56 | More by tempest
Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
54 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.