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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50 - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50

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70
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-24-2001

John and Hugh Labatt, grandsons of founder John K. Labatt, launched Labatt 50 in 1950 to commemorate 50 years of partnership. The first light-tasting ale introduced in Canada, Labatt 50 was Canada's best-selling beer until 1979 when, with the increasing popularity of lagers, it was surpassed by Labatt Blue. Labatt 50 is fermented using a special ale yeast, in use at Labatt since 1933. Specially-selected North American hops and a good balance of dryness, complemented by a fruity taste, provide Labatt 50 with all the distinguishing features of a true ale.
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 101
Photo of kevofficiel
3.37/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinking at the bar and I didn't got disappointed at all.
The look of it its more about a yellow brown look.
Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that quickly disappear .
The smell of it is really nice. You have that corny smell.
About the taste you got that corny taste. Really different than the budweiser or the molson. The after taste is smooth. Its an easy drinking beer. I was really surprised.
So overall would I recommend it ? Of course ! If you see that the price is the same as a Budweiser or a Molson or a Coors as a Labatt 50 , take the Labatt 50 with no doubt or no fear. This is a nice refreshing testing beer, with that personal taste. I took one and I was surprised that I took a second one.

Photo of Retroman40
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy straw color with a decent but fleeting head that gave to some lacing.

S - Grains with some cooked cereals.

T - Grain flavor dominates with some faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Watery with good carbonation.

O - Disappointing since I can recall this beer being much more heavily hopped many years ago. I wouldn't turn one down, but I don't see myself buying this again as there are better choices in this class for the same money.

Photo of LXIXME
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent sized white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Sour grain malt aroma.

Same sour grain malt taste as in the aroma but not overbearing makes this a easy drinking beer with just that touch of sourness.

A light dry aftertaste with just a little bit of the tastes remaining behind with this light bodied beer.

Seems like another standard light drink.

Photo of andrenaline
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A staple to Northen Ontario...

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin layer of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Grainy malts, honey, sour dough bread and a sweet corn finish.

T - Grainy malts, sweet corn, light caramel, a hint of grassy hops and an overbearing bready finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - More of an adjunct, lots of bready malts and quite sweet. Easy drinking but not something I would grab for unless no other options were available. A simple minded brew indeed.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head has moderate retention fading to leave only a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of malt and a light papery and citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and light caramel taste. Some notes of a fruity taste come to the tongue as the taste advances mixing with the initial grainy flavors to produce a rather smooth flavor. As the taste goes even further to the end, a light citrus hop and corn flavor come to the tongue and melds well with the smooth bready, grain, and sweet flavors of the brew.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the average to slightly above average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly lower than average. The creamy body accentuated the smoothness of the beer with the lower carbonation only helping it along further.

Overall – I was quite surprised by the brew. While not a flavor powerhouse it was much smoother then I would have expected and was quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.04/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint nose, more lager tones than ale. In the taste, a bit sweet, and still lager like, not so much ale like. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of a standard lager. More a lager that ale, however fresh nonetheless.

Photo of NV9
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw colour with half inch of foam that stays around longer than you might expect.

Not a ton of smell, mostly citrus with some malt.

Taste again is citrusy, a bit of bread and very slight metallic.

Light, drinkable beer with not too much carbonation and floral aftertaste

Great beer by macro standards, good beer by any standards.

Photo of Stocean1
3.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one finger white pillowy head with little retention or lacing, straw yellow and relatively clear.

floral hops, biscuit, some skunk, light fruit

Taste follows the nose with corn and light fruit (pear)

Light body, some carbonation, slight bitterness, refreshing and balanced.

A tasty macro worth sucking back in a pinch.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tallboy can picked up from the LCBO. A Canadian classic that I have so far never reviewed or even tried... my brother-in-law swears by this stuff, but in general Labatt fans seem to be few and far between these days.

Pours a bright golden colour, basically indistinguishable from any other macro lager - or it would be, if not for the presence of an impressive and surprisingly long-lasting white head on top. Long-lasting is a relative term, though... it's still mostly gone within a few minutes. Bland aroma, with pale grainy malts and some light astringent lemony citrus notes.

Pretty basic flavour, but nothing offensive at all - pale malts, bready in nature, leading into some honeyed sweetness and a bit of lemon zest. Decent astringency in the aftertaste, certainly more hop presence than the usual macro. Light-bodied, with good carbonation and a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

As far as macro beers go this may be the best I've ever had - and that is saying a lot, because I've had plenty. This is a C+ pale ale and not a standout at all when compared within that beer style, but taken as a macro I'm hard-pressed to come up with something more palatable... a B+ grade seems far more fair in that context but I'm not much of a curve grader. I sometimes see this on-tap at bars with minimal selection, and it will probably be my default option at these places in the future.

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some pretty good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains/corn mixed with light malts and some floral hops. There is also a bit of a metallic taste, but it seemed to fade. It ends with a corn/grainy aftertaste with a bit of a lingering floral hop bitterness.

Overall – I was actually surprised at how decent this beer was. Growing up it seemed like this beer was the lunch line for a lot of beer jokes. For the style it's actually pretty drinkable and has a decent taste. You could do far worse.

Photo of MartyPuch
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably 30 years since may last "fitty". Not sure if it was the nostalgia or the ale but I enjoyed it on tap at the Sheraton Toronto. Wish it were more available as an option when compelled to drink a mass produced product or chlorinated tap water.

Photo of heebes
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from dismal selection at Phoenix Concert Theatre while attending the Stephen Malkmus concert.

Poured into a clear plastic cup a clear bubbly golden with thin bubble head. Nose was malty, grain. Taste was surprisingly crisp and decent, pale malts and more grain/grass but mixed together well. Mouthfeel was thin and watery.
Overall, a surprise macro that works well in dire situations, when theres no other choice at shows.

Photo of garymuchow
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to resist at $3.99/6 pack. And, really at that price worth it.
Little sulfur, slight DMS, very mild hops , soft pale malt backing.
Brilliantly clear straw. Smallish white head that settles out quickly.
Soft pale malts with balancing hops (and a little flavor too) that point into a mild bitterness with a slight dryness that lays long on the finish. Clean for an ale. Seems to be some hints of DMS.
Ample carbonation with some stinging tingling going on, but it also softens at times too. A little bigger than light, but not to moderate body.
This doesn't completely suck, especially for a rather warm summer day and looking for a thirst quencher.

Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thos brew pours out as a clear yellow color with a fizzy whit sheaf that last only a few seconds. The smell of the beer almost has a pilsner aroma going on in it. There is some grassy notes and some hops on the nose. The taste was kinda hoppy and earthy. The mouthfeel is light and a little bitey. Overall not really that much of an impressive brew really. Wouldn't need to have this one again.

Photo of sdj5
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Smells very sweet and creamy. No hop scent.

No head, no lacing. It's also quite cold. Definitely very sweet, a bit of hops on the end. Definitely some bitterness in there to counteract the sweetness. Seems like lager, but has that ale taste.

Nothing special on the mouthfeel, maybe a bit sticky.

I think this beer is definitely an above average macrobrew. It's cheap, has no really bad qualities and is drinkable. I might keep this around the house.

Photo of kwjd
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Future Bakery in Toronto. It had been a least a year since I had 50 and it was always my favourite of the Labatt lineup. I had no idea that it would be classified as an APA, it certainly doesn't seem to market itself as such. As an aside, I've never heard of "Labatt Canadian Ale". Is this what they call 50 in the US?

Pours a golden yellow colour with thin white head. Some mild lacing on the glass. I can smell a hint of hops with bready malts. No off flavours, just some mild bitterness pretty much. This used to be one of my favourites before I knew of craft beer. It has more flavour than a typical macro lager.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw yellow appearance with bubbly head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet and grainy, picked up grass as well.

Taste is grainy with bitter hops, picked up some sweetness and a small hint of malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter, and oddly enough, malty.

One of my favorite beers when I lived in London, ON. This is refreshing and crisp, but overall mediocre. Still, if I wouldn't turn it down on tap for sentimentality.

Photo of biboergosum
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My 341ml bottle says Labatt 50, with 'Canadian Ale' in very small print. Enjoyed before a Fringe show at the Black Dog, put on by a friend of mine - break a leg, Zyp!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some spotty streaks of lazy cloud lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy malt, dry honey, warm corn cereal, a twinge of sour yeast, and weedy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is sweet corn, subdued barley grain, a hint of stale bready caramel, mild and indistinct citrus and apple fruity notes, and more low-key floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a soft trilling edginess throughout, the body a day late and a dollar short of true medium weight, a bit oily, and somewhat clingy in its punch-clock smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the breakfast corn cereal showing off its resiliency, amongst the equally dogged floral, weedy hops.

Another ale from the big boys that blurs the line between lager and ale (Kim Mitchell should look into this!). I drank most of this before being distracted by watching an (entertaining) amateur play, so it turned out to be sufficient for the lull, but now onto something more modern and appropriate for the venue - oh, right, Big Rock.

Photo of cratez
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml can from The Beer Store, purchased with my 'empty return' money. Pours a very clear yellow with one finger of white foam and sheets of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are light adjunct grains, yeast, corn, mild metallic twang, fruity and floral hop extract, grassy sweetness, water, pale and possibly pilsner malts, crisp and subtle spiciness to end. Some funky off aromas develop while drinking but remain at tolerable levels. Mouth feel is crisp, clean, thinner than medium, nice snappy bite, grainy drying finish. Much more flavour and character than your typical macro beer, but still pretty plain and tasteless compared to most craft offerings. When fresh and at its best, 50 is a bright, serviceable fall-back that outshines its mainstream counterparts. However, unless you're in a dingy bar, there's no reason to buy this over superior micro options.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 22, 2009 at 'Hoops Bar and Grill (Bremner Blvd)' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with a minimal white head, and a high amount of effervescence. The aroma was grainy malt and a surprising amount of hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was similar to the aroma with grainy malt and a surprising hoppish flavour. Definitely better than I expected for something that probably can be classed as 'swill'

Photo of papaglide
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Half inch foamy head disappears after one minute to a grayish layer of tiny bubbles on the surface. No lace. The color is a pale gold with loads of tiny carbonation bubbles rising through out.

S- After first pouring the beer there was slight evidence of a fruity hop aroma surrounded by gobs of grain, and a tinge of alcohol.

T - The taste was grainy and slightly alcoholic with no malt evident. Very neutral in the flavor department. You can catch an ever so slight glimpse of those hops in the finish.

M - carbonated yet slightly thin at first with a slightly dry, maybe astringent, grainy finish.

D - I gave this a 5.0 as being very drinkable. This beer is always stocked in my fridge. Its a good beer. Matter of fact I like this beer for what it it, or isn't: BMC. If you just want something cold and wet while watching hockey, hanging out or cutting grass, then this could be your beer of choice.

$4.99 a six pack of 11.5 ounce brown bottles.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.49/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Nothing awesome, but a little cloud goes a long way...lets you know your not drinking some crappy, watery offering

S: Weak at best. Nothing really great to smell here, but I don't think that it hurts the beer

T: All things considered, I really liked the taste. Reminds me of a summer style ale, such as a Sam Adams offering, with less attention paid to spices...its still pretty good though

M: Not too much texture, but not too watery either

D: To put it bluntly, you could get bombed on this stuff. A little more alcohol combined with a taste that encourages mass consumption of a not too filling beer at a reasonable price (i paid $22.00 for a case), this beer is a great party beer to drink all night long

Photo of matjack85
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't looking for this beer, but when I saw it on the discount shelf at Gino's Liquors in Elgin, IL for just 84¢, I decided to give it a try. It comes in a 340ml brown bottle with a big number 50 on the front label, which is different from the label shown on the BA page above.

The beer poured a clear light yellow color with a 1 finger white head that lasted less than a minute, but it did leave a single ring of white lace on the glass as the head faded.

The smell had a slight malt aroma to it and not much else. It was a nice clean smell though with no offensive odors.

The taste was that of lightly sweet malt, a little bit of graininess, and just a touch of bitter hops. It was nothing great, but it wasn't bad either. I rather liked it.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp and a bit dry with a higher than average amount of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of xenolithic
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug a pale yellow with a three and a half finger fluffy white head that begins receeding into a thick lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell is of nothing in particular, perhaps a little bit of maltiness coming through in the nose.

Taste is mild, a little malty with a little bit of hops. Nothing special here, but thirst quenching and refreshing from my chilled mug.

Mouthfeel is watery, a little bit of carbonation coming through here.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. By no means is it something that I would crave, but it is a very pleasant beer, perhaps a good lawnmower beer.

Overall my impressions are that this is an average offering from Labatt, not bad, but nothing worth raving over.

Photo of recons54
3.95/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nothing special here, average head on my pint glass.

Smell - Nothing over the top, simple with a slight malty aroma.

Taste - Has a fairly strong malty flavor to it, with a slight bitter finish.

Mouth feel - Refreshing!

Drinkability - I grew up on Labatt's 50 and find that it is one of my "go to" beers. Although it is imported, I consider it a glorified domestic, ranking higher than the macro's of the U.S. The taste is consistently very good, and has yet to let me down!

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50 from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.