Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt IceLabatt Ice

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Ice, introduced in 1993, was the world's first Ice-Brewed™ beer and the most successful new brand introduction in Canadian brewing history. Labatt Ice is a fully fermented beer that is allowed to mature at cold temperatures. Labatt Ice uses selected North American hops to complement its smooth, full flavour.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz can for a measly $1.09, I believe, at Kroger. Wanted to get a cheap buzz, so what better way to do it?

Not sure what to say about this beer ... there's next to nothing different about it when compared to something like Blue. There are only super slight differences. First, I find that this is very slightly smoother, with a little less carbonation -- easy to pound down. Also, this has slightly less flavor: a bit less corniness. Zero off-putting flavors on this. To be honest, I may prefer this to Labatt in its style... and I always thought Labatt was my favorite "piss water beer."

Nothing inherently bad about this. Cheap as hell, nothing metallic or corny or "off" about it... goes down easy... it is what it is. I'd surely drink it again.

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Photo of AppleFarmer
4.59/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good tasting beer made in Ontario Canada. It should be available through out Ontario, but alas it's not. There is no good reason this beer is not available in Kingston Beer Stores. So now on top of not being available locally, the price is up to $43.50! Far cry from the $18 a 24 back in 1993.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

24 oz can sampled on Monday night.
Pale straw with a smallish head. Grainy corny hints of metal. Smooth easy to drink lots of beer burps. It didn't suck, but I couldn't help but think what a few more hops would have made this into.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.42/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: crystal clear, grain gold... keeps a bit of foam smattered around the edge

S: sweetish, mildly-toasted cereal grain, dull dried apple... very low wow-factor

T: notable degree of baked grain right away... lightly metallic, rain water off stone... old, dry apple juice, with old malt following it... almost a tannic, vaguely tart bite in the finish... brief, faintly medicinal alcohol flash every few sips

F: not particularly crisp or spritzy... what i've come to expect in this 'style' - dry, thickish malt body, somewhat dull, but doesn't exactly weigh you down

O: i don't know... not 'bad'... not really 'good'... this belongs in the 'malt liquor' category for sure - more similar to an Old E than a Bud... the amount of malt flavor is somewhat surprising and welcome - expected something a tad thinner, more watery

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labatt Ice brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd with an ABV of 5.6%. This brew pours out a dark golden amber color with a nice white head. The brew has the look of most American style lagers. Not saying that is a bad thing. This brew dose have the ice brew smell, but it is rich. You also pick up on grins, malts and some hops in the smell of this brew. So far I'm liking this brew. I did not care for the taste of Labatt Blue, so lets get on to the taste. The taste Labatt Ice right in middle of a regular beer and an ICE beer. You pick up on malts and grains in the taste of this brew. Labatt Ice has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The taste is just smooth. The mouthfeel of Labatt Ice is smooth rich and bold. For being a ICE brew Labatt Ice is one of the more smoother Ice brew on the market. I would take this Labatt Ice over the BLUE any day of the week. Over all I'm giving this Labatte Ice a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. It is a good brew for a good price. Nothing harsh about the taste. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. , did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Foam
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

After a very expensive car repair that I had to pay for, recently, I wanted some brew that wouldn't further break the bank ... Stopped into my local beer distrib. and spotted this old econo-favorite for a mere $18/case (24 oz. "ghetto cans" as I call them ...)
There's not much depth to be tasted but the respectable 5.6% abv will get the job done when one is on a budget and wants something session-y .
It's no fine German pils/lager but for the money, you can't expect that from this formerly Canadian-brewed swill . Contract-brewed nowadays to I suppose, save money on the shipping over the border (I recall it tasting a bit better when it was still produced up in Canada.)
A few of these big ghetto cans will do ya unless you really wanna crunkify yourself (and I sometimes, do . : )))
No awards for Belgian-like complexity shall be won here but again, it was only $18 for case of the big cans ...

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Photo of mitch3114
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured big ass can into weizen glass

A-Light golden straw. When poured into my 10" weizen glass, 10" of off=white head...then the beer started to magically appear! A slight orange hue.

S- sweet, wet hay, corn, caramel, sugar, beer

T- not really sure how to describe the taste on this beer. Nothing is singled out. It's sweet, strong for an American Adjunct...if you agitate in the mouth, you can taste alcohol...

M- Mouthfeel is thin, but not thin enough for the style...

O-overall, as others have said, this isn't bad for an ice beer. Therefore, it's pretty good for it's style. However that's not saying much. What is the draw of this style? To me, it's a cheap buzz. It was Friday night and I had an extra dollar to spend at the grocery store. A stress reliever? A college pre-game in the bar parking lot beer? IDK, it's really not bad, but seriously, what is the purpose of this beer? It's too strong and the mouthfeel is off for a refreshing summer beer while doing work, and it's not really a session beer. ICE beer? IDK what else to say...

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.6/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Color of the beer is on point for an ice beer. Not too dark of a golden yellow. Good head, fizzy, but stuck around a bit. Lacing was good for an ice beer.

Smells of corn, and 'regular beer'. No off or over boozy smells. Always a plus with an ice beer.

Taste is key with ice beers. This one isn't at all overly boozy. Slight corn taste, but nothing is off. Apparently the original did it right.

Mouthfeel is thin, yet carbonated. Always a plus when this type isn't thick or syruppy.

Overall, this should be the standard, or close to it. An excellent ice beer that is thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Ice is by far the best of the ICE beers. Obviously, the consumer needs to realize what this beer is and if you take L. ICE for what it is it's pretty damn good. A tall boy here in Ohio only costs ya $1.19... a good way to get a party started at least.

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Photo of Raime
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours average adjunct yellow with a monster bubbly white head. Leaves good lacing

S - Corn adjunct. that's it.

T - corn adjunct, metal, rice, with a bubble gum - like juicyness. Medium apple juice aftertaste

M - Heavy body with heavy carbonation

O - Overall this was a very standard run of the mill adjunct. It goes down easy however and is unoffensive.

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Photo of stakem
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz can into a pint. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a can of this to help round out my bottom of the barrel experience. The brew pours a clear pale yellow with bubbles of carbonation rising through solution constantly. An initial 3 fingers of white head fades to a thin layering that leaves some strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a mixture of candy-like bubblegum and corn. A faint touch of fruity alcohol is evident across the back as it warm. Light sulfur inclusion once it goes beyond ideal.

The taste is sweet with bubblegum and corn. A light estery alcohol inclusion with a carbonic quality lightly like sulfur. A very faint herbal hop flavor is present but it doesnt really produce much bitterness to help contrast the dominating sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It isnt horrible as far as adjunct lagers go but it isnt something I would drink on a regular basis either. The sweetness really comes out as it warms. This is probably best enjoyed "ice" cold to surpress the sweetness and alcohol.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labatt Ice has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a surprisingly good amount of lacing rings. The aroma is of sweet corn and barley, and the taste is of sweet grains, a touch of alcohol, and just a shade of hop bitterness, but this is minimal. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Labatt Ice finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and very dry. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think it’s certainly worth sampling.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass. 24 oz. can, which is following a can of Labatt Blue. Only 0.6% higher in ABV, some ice beer.

2.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. I swear this is lighter than the blue. Anyway, it certainly gives a bigger head. Four fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and some specks of lacing are left.

3.0 S: Like the Blue, this has a hint of maltiness to it without a lot of sickly sweet corn. No hops. Not saying this smells good, but it's not terrible.

3.0 T: The taste is not bad either. Light bready maltiness. Mimimal corn. No hops. Not horrible.

3.5 M: Heavier light body. Carbonation level is reasonable. Slightly chewy with a touch of creaminess.

3.5 D: Easily one of the best AALs I've had unless my palate is just off today. I'm rather not have this again, but wouldn't be too pissed if I did.

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Photo of bluHatter
1.94/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Golden color, clear, no fogginess at all. Almost no head at all.

S: Apple juice

T: Sweet grains, rice, some stale alcohol

M: Descent carbonation despite the lack of any head. A little dryness and bitterness to it.

O: Pretty average. A little more sour and bitter than most adjuncts

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking gold color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet and grainy, some aromas of corn in there too. The taste of the beer was sweet and grainy also. The aftertaste was a little bitter but not much at all. The mouthfeel was light and watery, some carbonation. Overall I didn't hate the beer but I can't see myself buying a lot of this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a nice, perfectly golden color with a quick white head.

Smell – The grain is stale and raunchy here and reminds me of old gum stuck under a chair.

Taste – The grain is a tad better at the taste and thankfully lacks that horrid sweetness you find with a lot of ALs. The beer is not flavorful by any stretch but at least it doesn’t offend the buds like it did the bulb.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with vigorous carbonation.

Drinkability – This barely stayed out of my sink.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce can to a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a clear light yellow with highlights of gold and heavy visible carbonation, and a 2 inch head that wraps and slimes to the side of the glass. Smells of boiled corn, wheat, grass? smells sour and a bit offensive. The taste is a bitter sweet sour, grainy and a slight touch of booze on the end. The feel is very light, watery, crisp, and sour. Overall this beer is exactly what you think you might get out of it, its got a slick black design, bold logo, but lacks in everything inside the can. Not horrible, nice for a cheap buzz.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can (99¢ special) served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head, lots of bubbles and halfway decent lacing.

S - grainy adjunct aroma.

T - grainy with a little sourness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - just another ice beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a slight bitterness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light but not watery, and it's also a bit slick, surprisingly. Carbonation is good. Rating it for the style of beer this is, I'd say it's close to average overall. It's not an awful brew, but it's not exactly good either. For $1.19 a can, I can't complain too much. I'd drink it again for that price, especially if there weren't any better choices available.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours yellow and clear. Three inches of white head disappear quickly.

S - The aroma is grainy with whiffs of alcohol.

T - The taste has mild sweetness and a grainy quality. I also pick up on a hint of alcohol.

M - Watery

O - It tastes like most average to below average adjuncts.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Same graininess and basic aroma and flavor as a Labatt Blue (that is to say, a fairly typical adjunct macro) but with more of an alcohol harshness. Rough over-artificially carbonated mouthfeel. They say that the ice brewing process makes for a smoother beer, but I don't get that from this one. Not undrinkable, but nothing to go out of the way for.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color from a 22 oz can, with ABV on the can.
Decent head which fizzes away quickly.
Aroma is malty and grainy, feels like rice and wheat husk with malts.
Taste is again malty with a trace of bitterness. Watery mouthfeel, typical of an adjunct lager.
Trace of lacing along the insides of the glass.
Fairly crisp beer, perfect for a party/gathering. Not a beer I would go out of my way to get, but wouldn't mind having it at a get-together.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz can.

Pours an ultra-clear, very light, golden-yellow. A bunch of carb trailers. A soapy, white head soon disappears into nothingness. Smell is faintly sharp and grainy. Taste has a mild dash of bitters and sweetness to it, then finishes slightly sour. The feel is thin and fleeting. Drinkability average. Overall, this is just a bland, watery beer. It's cheap, though..

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than most American beers. Nice 24 oz. can. Smells fresh if cold. Taste of hops is a bit weak and it gets weaker as the drink goes along. Drinkablity is average because after 1 or 2 it loses all of its drinkability. Cheap beer with decent taste decent drinkability about really sums up this beer. I would recommend those who have a unique taste this beer. Mouthful is average just as the smell, taste and drinkabilty are.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 24 fl. oz. can M91-0-825. Sampled on Jan. 2, 2010. It pours a golden to pale yellow with a hefty dose of fizzy white head that diminishes in no time. Constant carbonation. There is a very grassy and cereal aroma to it and a dash of hops. The mouthfeel is medium but slightly oily. The taste is also rather grassy and vaguely alcoholic with a sour aftertaste. It was only 99 cents for this can at my corner store and that about sums it up.

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