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John Labatt Classic - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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John Labatt ClassicJohn Labatt Classic

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73
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-13-2002)
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

08-12-2008 21:01:14 | More by GrimmReaper
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

05-03-2014 15:30:59 | More by beerhunter13
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.93/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

11-06-2008 00:05:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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generallee

New York

2.33/5  rDev -24.8%

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.

05-15-2008 21:53:09 | More by generallee
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Brenden

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-25-2009 04:08:32 | More by Brenden
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +26.8%

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!

10-06-2007 05:44:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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matjack85

Illinois

3/5  rDev -3.2%

02-02-2013 13:58:49 | More by matjack85
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

01-16-2012 14:40:35 | More by irishkyle21
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +5.8%

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

11-06-2003 23:20:06 | More by IronDjinn
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Hoagie

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

12-30-2013 14:04:24 | More by Hoagie
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +9%

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

07-25-2004 20:22:11 | More by 3Vandoo
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plaid75

New York

3.38/5  rDev +9%

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.

11-16-2007 02:47:06 | More by plaid75
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shroompod

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

08-04-2008 01:46:53 | More by shroompod
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

11-24-2009 01:51:55 | More by bob3701
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

02-25-2003 18:38:18 | More by Shiloh
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

02-18-2013 01:36:15 | More by LampertLand
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iceball585

New York

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

07-01-2008 21:47:56 | More by iceball585
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

01-30-2009 03:24:56 | More by Buggies
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Tr0janSlay3r

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -3.2%

07-28-2013 23:18:34 | More by Tr0janSlay3r
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-11-2012 00:35:50 | More by bumchilly25
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Seumas

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

09-13-2003 04:46:07 | More by Seumas
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-16-2014 01:17:02 | More by DarrenBrule
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-30-2011 17:19:17 | More by cdwil
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LagerHOGGER

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +21%

07-26-2013 22:40:31 | More by LagerHOGGER
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napetry

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

07-14-2013 23:00:11 | More by napetry
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John Labatt Classic from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.