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John Labatt Classic - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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John Labatt ClassicJohn Labatt Classic

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-13-2002

John Labatt Classic was introduced in 1983 as Canada’s only national domestic “premium beer”. It is Krausen-brewed (slow, low temperature with a secondary fermentation process) and has a longer cold-aging process. Classic uses all-malt and a unique blend of western-grown North American hops, providing a smooth, full flavour product with a true malt taste that is slightly sweet.
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by Frozensoul327:
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A-typical yellowy golden color with a decent sized head of foam that bubbled down rather quickly. Medium levels of carbonation, no lace.

S: Strong notes of fermented grain and wood. Slightly sweet. Better than most run-of-the-mill macro made lagers.

T: Minor traces of adjuncts are washed away by a healthy dose of medium bodied malt flavors, and a slight corn presence. A mild element of bitter hops toward the finish allows this brew to finish cleanly.

M: Slightly bubbly, but somewhat abrasive. Has a "gritty" feeling about itself. Still, not bad.

D: It's ok. Nothing i'd run to on a regular basis. Worth trying to say you've tried it, if for nothing else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I bought this 12 pack with the Classic, the Red Amber, and the Porter. Good price at $9.99. This Classic is just average, though. In a pint glass the beer was a yellow color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma very limited, just a faint grainy odor. It tasted of corn and a tiny bit of hops. Not a beer I'd want to drink a lot of.

Photo of generallee
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours with a big fizzy head that fades fast leaving nothing behind. The body is clear with a light golden color. It has a rather light aroma with hints of light sweet malts. The taste has a semi-sweet barley malt and corn flavor with very light hops in the background. Its body is light with a rather thin texture and an almost flat carbonation. Overall it is a rather boring beer to look at and drink.

Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a golden amber. It leaves a decent thick head that lasts longer than the Labatt red or porter as well as a little more lacing, though still light. I got mostly grains and light citrus in the smell. I strained to find the hops, but I found them hiding. The taste is mostly the grains, maybe some cereal grains, light sweetness and citrus. Hops was hiding again but not completely missing. Mouthfeel is a little thin but at least this one doesn't seem as diluted as some of the other Labatt offerings. It seems to be an attempt at mixing micro with macrobrewing efforts. They should just go all the way.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a solid hoppiness to the John Labatt Classic that clearly differentiates it from most mass-produced lagers, and also defines it as a Canadian rather than American or European beer. The hops are slightly herbal, spicy, grassy, and woody. They're present in the nose but combines with the grainy, lightly sweet and honeyish maltiness to give more of a generic "beer" aroma. In the flavor, however, it shines. The hops enhance the grainy character of the malt, and backed by a solid bitterness, it's crisp and dry with a lingering, spicy and woody finish. An excellent example of a Canadian lager!

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Basically the very same as a Labatt Blue,light yellow with lots of bubbles,can see right through it's so lite,thin white head and very mild lacing.Smell was mild skunk and wet grass and corn.Taste was clean and refreshing with some pronuonced corn and bitterness shining,a little mouth puckering tartiness and finishing off with some sour notes,carbonation really coming but all going down watery thin,extra cold on a hot day it'll serve it's purpose.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is usually as close to the Labatt line that I tend to tread. In fact I used to get my dad a case of this every Father's Day, because it was the closest I could get him to drinking a decent beer (he hates my micros and imports). And for a N. American macro lager, this is pretty good stuff.

Comes with the gold label and gold foil around the neck of the 341 ml bottles. The appearance is a very enticing clear gold body, very little head. Except for the lack of head, this is exactly what a lager should look like, what I am looking for. The nose contains a nice presence of malt, and even a bit of hops, more than I usually expect from a macro (and far more than I usually get). The flavour is a bit plain, seems watered down, only the smallest bit of malt can be tasted on the aftertaste. Weak in the flavour department, but it sure does smell purdy. It still is the beer I would recommend from the Labatt's line up

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was working at my grand mother's grocery, the Labatt Classic was reknown to be the beer of the businesswomen in the area. What can I say about this beer, an above average beer lager in the macro business.
The smell is normal and average nothing to brag about, its smell like a good beer. The taste, here her main point,she does taste good compared to other Labatt products, I can say I kind of liked it. Nothing spectacular, but a good beer in general

Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a light sweet malt with a clear corn element (I don't think this beer is all-malt).

The taste was well balanced with a slight malt sweetness. Perhaps some corn sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a slight creaminess.

Overall a decent and relatively easy to drink lager. Not all-malt though.

Photo of shroompod
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Small head, no lacing.

No aroma , this could be my allergies.

Taste is clean , I get some grainy sweetness. Very small perception of hop bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth , carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking beer , but I expected more from a signature brew.

Photo of bob3701
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note was cleaning out my beer fridge and uncovered a bottle of this stuff which was at least 9 years old. I had a trucker friend that used to bring me back cases of this stuff from Canada, I really liked it back in the day, it was a good notch above the yellow fizzy stuff.
Anyway it poured with a nice thick head and laced a little. There was 'things' suspended in the gold yellow brew. I was very surprised at the taste, it had hints of caramel and vanilla in it which was not in the beer 9 years ago. Felt like velvet in my mouth and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice surprise.

Photo of Shiloh
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice brew, an exellent medium golden product with limited head and very nice glass cling with thick island lace. A heavy carbonation completes the picture. The aroma is crisp.
The taste is very smooth with a definite lean towards the malt.
I enjoyed this Classic and will buy it again.

Photo of iceball585
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Pale malts, corn, grains, fairly sweet

T- Honey, light malts, corn, grains, hint of hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, sweet

D- Not too bad

I wish they would push and market this over Labatt Blue because in my opinion this is much better. Still isn't highly rated on my scale but a lot better than Blue.

Photo of Buggies
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not a top pick in the category, but it isn't all that bad. The appearance and aroma is that of a typical pale lager. There isn't really anything special taste wise. With that said, I don't mind sipping these down. The taste is lite enough to sip on while doing yard work or stuff around the house. Not a bread winner... but it isn't terrible either.

Photo of Seumas
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really should be a better beer. The ingredients are great. The presentation is really good. But it's a beer with no imagination. There's nothing bad about it. There's nothing exceptional about it either. The most damning thing you can say about it is that it'd be really nice if Labatts used another hop cone in the beer.

Photo of jadpsu
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great looking bottle, not bad in the glass and then we slip into mediocrity.
Pours a light golden or straw yellow. Head is white to one shade off white with solid head retention.
Aroma - get some graininess that is on the weak side. Average carbination some sweetness and a dry finish.
Because of the head, head retention and some sweetness it actually reminds me a little of Miller High Life but at nearly twice the price.
There is nothing offensive about this beer other than its price is way, way too high for the mundane characteristics and quality that it provides the end user.

Photo of ahking
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very crisp lager pouring a golden yellow color. Little head is formed and lacing is not as good as it could be. However, hops and maltiness are very well balanced in this very refreshing and drinkable beer. This is an excellent lager for ale lovers.

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and grainy pilsner malt scent with low hops and a clean lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp, clean taste with just a hair of malt sweetness. It's easily quaffable with a dry, prickly finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good all malt lager. I'm not sure why they ever introduced adjuncts into brewing. The originals are so much better.

Photo of stangski83
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Feels like I'm drinking an upscale Pabst...although I'm not nearly as satisfied with the value. The bottle has all the hopeful markings of a beer that I'd want to like...green label with a proud red maple leaf hanging out near the top. Hints of straw/corn and a head that faded quickly after pouring. Next to no lacing (which I don't care about...just describing). Feels like a Macro disguised as a craft brew and drinks the same. Not terrible, just not anything noteworthy. This beer lands in the purgatory between Macro and Micro, and doesn't accomplish either field really well. If this stuff was in 30 packs for 10 bucks, we'd all be rejoicing and respecting a quality value brew. As it stands, it's part of a $10 mixed 12 pack that makes one wonder if it's just a repackaged malt that would have found it's way into a 40oz bottle if the Micro market didn't explode in the past 5 years. Beats the usual Macro line-up, but save your money for something you love drinking.

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colored beer with a fluffy white head that laces the glass.Aroma and taste is light bread.Very fresh and non-offensive.Goes down very smoothly like an ice cold spring water.The perfect bbq or family summer outing beer.I would recommend and will buy again!!

Photo of vicg12
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know, I am not saposed to like anything but micro brews but I have a softspot for some Labatt beers. This beer is very simular to a Labat Blue but a little differnt to mix it up a bit, a blond lager that is easy to drink, I don't think anyone can say that it is terrible, the flavor is not very strong but if your looking for somethng that won't fill you up this is a good choice.

Photo of John
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably as good as a North American macro-brewed lager is going to get. Smooth, drinkable and thirst quenching. No real standout characteristics, pretty well balanced. Certainly more welcome than the usual macros.

Photo of dgm6689
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance is a nice golden color. The head of the beer was nice and profound when I first poured the beer but disinagrated quickly after a couple of sips.

S- The smell is nothing extraordinary. The best way to describe it, is it smells like any old beer.

T- The taste is very average. Nothing really stands out and there is no real unique characteristic to the taste. There is no apparent inital taste but there is a mildly malty after taste.

M- The feel resembles a watered down, or a light, beer. There isn't a lot of carbanation and it goes down rather easily.

D- The drink-ability is good. Since there are no harsh flavors or aromas, it goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of genog
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color with plenty of sparkling carbonation bubbles running up the middle of my Sam Adams glass. Thin white layer of head disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with some grain and a lot of lingering malty sweetness. Taste and mouthfeeling is oily and tastes of some corn with a little malt sweetness.

Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Used to buy this many years ago when it was called: "John Labatt Special". Hooked one from a friend’s case at Xmas just got round to reviewing it.

This shows as a golden lager with a 2 finger rocky cap in my lager glass. We have a Labatt beer that actually laces the glass!! Real all malt beer ! Aroma is mainline: grainy, some caramel some light willamette hops.

Meduim bodied, fluid mouth feel. Fair malt spine.

Flavor is malty with light blance from the hops some unripened fruit tones ( apple/pear) clean wet finish with a bready aftertaste...right down the middle an inoffensive medium bodied all malt golden lager...see Labatt we knew you could do it!....seems only logical once this coprporate brewer hit a quality apex like this they would discontinue production of their only all malt beer to make the 300 brands of their adjunct slop seem to be the quality plateau.

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John Labatt Classic from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.