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Labatt Maximum Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
62
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 27.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002

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Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
1/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
1.25/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of matjack85
1.34/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Whenever I go beer shopping I pretty much stick to the craft beer section, but when I'm finished picking out my good beers I always go to the back cooler and pick up one cheap macro and bring it home just on the odd chance that I might find a cheap beer that I like. This week's cheap macro find was this 24oz black and silver aluminum can of MAX ICE from Labatt. Found it at Sal's in Addison, IL for $1.19

The beer poured a clear golden/yellow color and made a huge 4 finger white head even with the glass tilted at 45º. Unfortunately the head was completely gone within a minute and it left no lacing on the glass whatsoever.

All I could get from the smell was some faint grainy corn along with sweet corn syrup and bubble gum.

This stuff is awful. Maybe the worst beer I've ever tried. It's sweet but not a good malty sweet. It's like corn syrup poured into carbonated, metallic tasting seltzer water. Then add to that a 7.1% alcohol content that doesn't even try to hide any of the alcoholic flavor and what you end up with is drain pour. I actually saved half of it and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to get it ice cold. I thought maybe it's called Maximum Ice because it tastes better when it's ice cold. That didn't help either.

It's got a medium thick body to it so you can't even call it light and refreshing, although the carbonation level is medium high so it's kind of spritzy, but I really don't care for spritzy corn flavored, metallic feeling, alcohol heavy beer.

Not drinkable - absolute drain pour.

Photo of Hoagie1973
1.35/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bears little to no resemblance in any respect to the other Labatt macro lagers. Has a strange grainy off-flavor with a nasty chemical aftertase. High ABV is not blended or mellowed at all and comes through harsh and offensive. If you're looking to get hammered and don't care at all about flavor, then I guess it would do the trick. Personally, I don't think having to drink enough to catch a buzz would be worth subjecting myself to the experience.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of yesyouam
1.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Labatt MAX ICE" is a dense and quite sparkling yellow beer with a small foamy white head. The aroma is of corn and alcohol and perhaps some chemicals. It has a foamy medium light body with a slightly gritty finish. It tastes like the aroma: corny and boozy. It has a peppery chemical aftertaste. It's riot beer. Warning: may cause disorderly conduct charges at sporting events.
(rated Jul 2, 2008)

Photo of DannyDan
1.62/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is the worst beer I ever tasted by LaBatt. When pouring it into a glass and it had a nice large white head that had good lacing, but not as good retention. I was not impressed with the smell of rotting cereal or rice that got spoiled. When tasting it all I could taste was spoiled corn and thought I was drinking urine. The mouthfeel was a watered down poor excuse of a beer, felt like something spoiled and smelly was in my mouth. I know this has 7.1% ABV, but if someone wants a beer just for getting drunk with a high alcohol content I'd say go with Steel Reserve or even Nat Ice would be better than this. I paid $1.59 for this can and I don't think I'll be able to finish it.

Photo of nlmartin
1.64/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sometimes I am convinced my wife hates me!... So she comes home from work with an evil glint of glee in her eyes. "Hey honey, I got a beer for you!" I look up oh hell no! Enter Labatt Max Ice in a can.

Yes I know a beer should always be served in a glass; however, malt liquor is best served directly from the original vessel in a paper bag and dam near frozen.

Appearance: Yes I poured it in my glass. The body of the beer is a bubbling pale yellow coloration. A sudsy white head stands up proudly.

Smell: Over cooked cereal and green apple aroma. Vague whiffs of something resembling industrial detergent.

Taste: The flavor closely mirrors the aroma. It is not gag inducing but this is a beer to drink for buzz worthyness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light for chugging. The alcohol isnt exactly rocket fuel but aint pleasant. As far as drinkability you got to be kidding. Not to be repeated unless you are broke and desperate.

Photo of DaPan
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can says it's brewed in Rochester NY maybe at Genesee. Weighs in as a big American lager or a small malt liquor. Pours a deep yellow golden almost apple juice like tone with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling even quicker. Thin speckled lacing left behind, let's see how the rest goes. Aroma has a strong cooked veggies high adjunct ridden nose going on not much sweetness or malt or hop action served cold to protect my palate. Flavor has a dominant sweetness almost table sugar extreme sweetness, pretty much sickeningly corn syrup high fructose that should have been fermented out. Not to hot with alcohol just one rough sip that seems to never get better as you try to actually consume this creation. Absolutely horrible example of beer in general but the sad part is I can't even consider it to be a good malt liquor many a better cheap drunks out there. Pass on this one it was like a dollar with some change for this big can. Mouthfeel is harsh I don't know why but it's hard to take a sip, excessive CO2 medium to light body becomes cloying quickly after taking a few sips. Overall pure shite that really should avoid the beer market, why is there a need for this stuff.

Photo of Lauthaha
1.8/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a 16 ounce McDonald's cup.

Appearance: A darker straw color, with a very fizzy head that bubbles down to nothingness. Very carbonated.

Smell: Roughly like peat moss that has been soaked overnight in turpentine. You can't expect much better from malt liquor.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well, the carbonation is certainly refreshing; I cannot say the same thing about the taste. Nonsensical burning flavor as it goes down, way too heavy on the alcohol and no reward hop-wise. Very grassy, dirty earth.

Overall: Not even a good beer to "get plastered" with; even Hurricane Malt Liquor has more redeeming qualities than this. Not the worst beer I've ever tasted, but definitely not the best.

Photo of woodychandler
1.87/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CANadian beer in a CAN on an AmeriCAN holiday weekend (Memorial Day)! CAN you believe it?

Once again, these oversized CANs have screwed the pooch in terms of the placement of the opening. It was far enough back from the lip that short of a complete inversion of the CAN, beer was guaranteed to run down the sides of the CAN. Grrr. My pour gave me a finger of foamy, bone-white head with medium retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the now-infamous smell of green apples. And plastics. What more could I ask for? Mouthfeel was medium with a sweetish apple-cereal quality on the tongue. How do they make this? The finish was really biting with an alcohol heat in the throat. This is not the way to go on a holiday weekend.

Photo of spinrsx
1.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml Can - from the lcbo for 2$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn, malts, alcohol

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste corn and malts mixed with a harsh alcohol flavour. There is also a cooked vegetable taste mixed with a graininess. It ends with a boozy corn syrup flavour.

Overall - I figured 'how bad can it be?'. The answer is pretty bad. The taste is awful and this is something that will never drink again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
1.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz. (1 pint 8 fl oz.) can, with no apparent freshness date present except a code on the bottom which I'm not about to bother with. I should probably note that in Illinois, I have only seen this beer marketed in 24 fl oz. tall cans, never in bottles, and only under the name Labatt Max Ice, rather than Labatt Maximum Ice. Purchased at the local 7-11 after midnight, for $1.07, so for the price you really can't go wrong... I think. Although not a craft beer, my eighth beer review of a beer coming from a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Keeping it as classy as possible.

A - Pours about a finger and a half of fizzling artificial looking head atop of a crystal clear amber colored body with massive amounts of bubbles floating about and fading away within seconds. Retains a slightly darker color than the typical American adjunct light lager like Miller Lite and Coors Light.

S - Pale, artificial, boring adjunctive corn malt smell. Vague artificial apple smell as the beer sits. Smells and looks like a Miller Lite when cold. Slight hint of artificial sweetness present. Smells like what you would expect from your typical American malt liquor. Not impressive.

T - Carbonated. Pale artificial malts. Corn syrup. Cherry syrup. Artificial sticky sweetness. Definitely not a pleasant tasting beer, I can say that for sure. Retains some kind of nasty cherry cough medicine type taste to it. Very unappealing, but you can't really expect much more for a dollar a can tall boy. I was hoping for more corn in the taste, than what I was left with.

M - Although it is fairly awful, boring, adjunctive swill, the feel is good enough. Smooth, watery, clean, without much lingerance of any kind. Lightly bodied, with a fair level of carbonation considering the style of beer it is.

Overall, you probably know what you are getting into with this one if you so choose to go down that trodden path. Overly bloating and overly carbonated. Vague apple smell, yet no real corn or grain flavor that I am able to distinguish from this one, although you might be more lucky. A pretty simple, standard beer for it's style. The plain old simple boring alcohol delivery vehicle that many of us are used to. My friend's dad drinks this sh*t, not because it tastes good, but because it is the cheapest buzz around, basically. The only plus side is it's solid 7.10% abv. You've been warned.

Labatt Max Ice ---2/5

Photo of samyoung
1.93/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not sure how long this one has been around but it looks like a direct competitor with XXX. It's nowhere near as good.

A - Straw, pale and bubbly; classic adjunct.
S - Stale, bit of wheat and some corn.
T - Bitter, liquor-ey hops...not good.
M - Lingers nicely if that's possible.

Disappointing...Labatt needs to go back to the budget beer drawing board.

Photo of Univega79
1.95/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 24oz can into a wine glass

A- light yellow basically just looks like any malt liquor you would find in any store. head is about on finger width which dissipates very quickly

S- extremely corky, with a hint of sweetness

T- corky/sweet not horrible offensive i would compare it to steel reserve or other malt liquors

Mouth feel- foamy and smooth leave a little bit of a layer on your tongue after the swallow

overall- the only reason i bought this is because i was broke and wanted something cheap to have while i played video games during spring break. i would say for the price of 1.50 its not too bad ( trust me i have had worse) the taste is not too offensive and its very drinkable. i would say if you are on a budget and wanna save some dough then pick this up.

as a side note the 7.0% ABV does give you a headache in the morning but i blame that on how fast i drank it ( the flavor and smell worsen as it warms up so its basically a double edged sword

Photo of animal69
1.98/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

5 kids, x-mas.,3 b-days, & new years...yup, i'm down to this ; poured a decent looking gold w/ a thin white head which dissapeared as quickly as i poured and left almost no lacing in my giant mug ; an almost noxious alcoholic and corn adjunct smell, almost a note of hop in there, though ; tastes like i should drink it from a paper bag, a big sweet corn taste up front w/ a vinous harsh alcohol taste to follow ; a watery,yet syrupy thick mouthfeel w/ little co2 ; i wouldn't drink this unless i was an alcoholic...

Photo of CrazyMike
1.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Out of most Malt Liqours, this is probably one of the most tolerable.

The taste of course is very strong and sour. One of the good points about this beer is the aftertaste is a little better and not as lingering as say Old English. However the aftertaste is still sour. Probably the most foulist aspect of this beer is the smell, it's just, I can't describe it.

But overal, for a beer that's about as strong as Colt 45, I would choose this as the better beer. Good if you want to get drunk fast.

Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sketchyhoodie
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ZachT
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bigox420
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of hambergurman93
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.02/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of thehyperduck
2.11/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

473 mL can from the LCBO; served slightly chilled.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of soapy, frothy white head that gradually recedes over the next few minutes. Nice lacing. Looks fine, but my first sniff is enough to warn me what I'm in for - it's super corny, with grainy malt sweetness, cardboard, melted plastic and some ethanol being the only elements of note. Why do I get myself into these situations?

Pretty gross, even for the style. Very sweet, with lots of corn grist, syrup and apple juice. While this brew generally lacks the papery cardboard notes of many cheap, high-diesel lagers, the alcohol is rather poorly hidden - I am only 3-4 sips in and I am already sick of the stuff. The mouthfeel isn't too bad - medium in body, with a smooth, almost creamy nature due to the restrained carbonation levels. There are only two rules with beers like this - drink them fast, and drink them cold. I sort of broke the last rule, but I think I'm man enough to finish the rest of this can, despite the beer's overall unpleasantness.

Final Grade: 2.11, a disappointing D-. I only know one person who drinks this stuff, and it's definitely not because of the nuanced flavour. Labatt Maximum Ice is good for precisely one thing - getting shitfaced on beer while spending as little money as possible. If you're not an alcoholic homeless person, I can't think of any compelling reasons to bother with this one. For the record, I did manage to finish the can, but I won't be picking up another in the future.

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Labatt Maximum Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.