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Labatt Max Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Max IceLabatt Max Ice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Labatt Maximum Ice

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002

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Photo of Gehrig
2.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a time, many moons ago, when I dared to venture toward the high-test Maximum Ice, and didn't mind. Now, thankfully, I mind. A headache in a bottle, as my good friend The Sage refers to it. That's not far off. It's not difficult to impress with the appearance, and Maximum Ice does OK, pouring a finger and a half of white cap on a light golden body; fair enough. The smell isn't bad, it's just absent. Sweet corn malt faintly arises with a little patience. After that, nada. The taste isn't all bad, emitting more hops than the smell, and moderate carbonation helps.

I would judge the drinkability higher, because it really is easy to have at least a couple of these. The problem is the penalty--the good chance of a headache afterward. By this I don't mean a hangover, the next-day physical blues from a good (or bad) eve of self-inflicted abuse. Rather, I mean an actual headache perhaps an hour or two after have a couple Maximum Ices. I've had plenty of high-test beer, some with far higher ABV than this, and have never encountered it. But sure enough, it's there, and The Sage, a beer connoisseur, has said the same.

Not too bad, but there is much better out there. Blue is actually a preferable alternative to me.

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Photo of animal69
1.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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...

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a very thin head. Aroma is of malt and slightly of cooked corn. Taste is very strong (alcohol-ish) with the taste of adjunct and corn at the back of the throat. Smooth and somewhat drinkable. Good if you like high alcohol macro lagers.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather drinkable strong beer, Labatt Maximum Ice does have it's moments. Pours out to a medium golden color with a short lived white head of foam. No lace. Medium low carbonation. Aromas are quite sweet, and have notes of corn and grain leading the pack of otherwise normal smells of macro beer. Taste is very sweet and dense; strong notes of sweet alcohol esters, corn, thick malt. Not bad. Mouthfeel is boardering on sticky sweet and syrupy, but remained tolerable. Drinkability is average. Not bad for a higher ABV brew. Special thanks goes out to Derek for the sample.

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Photo of Viggo
2.82/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a really pissy yellow golden, fluffy white head forms and disappears, some lacing. Smell is sweet, maybe some vanilla, malty, honey, grass, little bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet, citrus, almost a little skunky with some caramel and vanilla, little bit of iron in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, really not that bad, maybe drinking high strength beers has numbed my taste buds to alcohol, but I don't taste any in this, better than other malt liquors, no aftertaste.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.99/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for a Labatt's, tastes a little like beer, and other than that vodka. Some signs of bubbles, some taste. Not too drinkable, but I could get through more than a sip, and that's a complement for me for anything coming out of this national brewer.

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Photo of pootz
3.08/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off this is no eisbock....so judging it as such is a misdirection and ignores the purpose of modern ice processes which Labatt pioneered, and by my estimate, perfected.

So many "ice" beers are tasteless and don't deliver the smooth drinking qualities that the ice process is supposed to give the brew. This one does! The idea is that the finished brew is partially frozen.... water freezes first into small crystals taking with it dead yeasts and other unmellowed proteins which can be filtered off raising the alcohol level and mellowing the beer. Obviously Labatt started with a husky version of their pilsner to put through this ice process because this taste is mild and mellow.

As a mainstream mega brew strong pilsner....this ones about the best if this is a genre that turns your crank...for me, I like it only in special circumstances.....like on a hot day right out of the ice chest when you only want 1 or 2 beers to cool and relax you. This one's the ticket for that

Pours a medium straw color....crystal clarity.....small pilsner-like head....that vanishes quickly....medium-low carbonation activity . Smells likeother Labatt mega pils...slight waft of grains and hop except almost over powered by carbonation and alcohol esters. Starts smooth (not at all sharp) builds to a very likeable lager type fullness with malty-grain tastes and finishes light with a strange lingering light banana like taste created between the malt sweetness and the alcohol.

All in all, good summer drink but watch your consumption the brew is so smooth you have a tendency to not realize how much you've had and it creeps upon you.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.7/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The taste of alcohol is quite prominent here and is lingering. The appearance is really avarage, mid golden hue, limited head.
The body is not quite full but does not fall too short. The nose is crisp and clean.
Given that alcohol is so prominent in the taste, this brew is fairly well balanced.
Sampled from a 1.18 litre bottle, put this puppy in a brown paper bag and it will be acceptable.

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Photo of Kwak
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Maximum Ice
Not very good.
Strong head butt wnt downhill from their.
The body was not impressive.
Taste was verry strong "too strong" to enjoy.
The aftertaste was like a kick in the face (that I didn't need)

Iguess I had to try this because of the high abv%
It was not worthit

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Labatt Max Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.