Labatt Ice
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #375
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
64
Ranked #49,035
Avg:
2.63 | pDev: 28.14%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
232
From:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  51
SCORE
64
Poor
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Notes: 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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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

$6/12 pack at my nearest Country Fair; fuck yeah, I'm buying that shit! Looks remarkably similar to the lo-cal IPA I just finished, just with a less attractive, more airy, faster dissipating head. Smells sweet with an almost candy apple undertone. Doesn't really smell bad at all, honestly. Taste kind of follows; lightly sweet with apple undertones. There's not a whole heckuva lot there. Low bitterness and too much carbonation. I used to drink this stuff all the time when I was underage and didn't know any better. Now that I do, I kind of wish I had kept my six bucks.

Feb 29, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Been a little while on this one. I thought it was an enjoyable ice style brew. In all things it was just below average, hence the overall rating of 2.75.

Apr 30, 2019
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gandres from Philippines

2.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sunday, November 11, 2018
12 ounce can poured to glass
Sight: Light yellow liquid, white foam
Smell: aroma of malt
Taste: low bitterness, low sweetness
Feel: good carbonation, good follow through, abrupt finish bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, not to repeat, not to look for

Nov 12, 2018
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willcull78 from Ohio

2.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As ice beers go this one is reasonable. The color is a clear golden amber. The smell is weak. Not much of an aroma worth noting. The taste is good but not lasting. It isn't floral it is just a tinge of alcohol that has been 'beefed up' from the icing process. The feel is probably the best thing about this beer. It is certainly noticeable a little bit overwhelming, giving one a flush feeling. Overall, it would be a good party brew for a few friends while grilling burgers.

Nov 08, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

2.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

24 oz Can.
This doesn't look or smell any different than most macro beers. I am a fan of this style - but I only drink it if the weather is hot.
The Taste is fairly straightforward, nothing too complex. Getting lots of grain, some malt, some corn, taste the alcohol at the end. Moderate to high carbonation. Fairly enjoyable but very very simple beer. This is basically just plain 5.6% ABV beer. Would buy on occasion but there are better options in this style in my opinion.
Grade is a C

Jul 14, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 11/10/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness/carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Very slight increasing lingering warmth of 5.6%. Overall this is a very solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Definitely a bit more flavorful than the base beer as expected. Clean pale malt/grains and solid earthy hop presence for the style. Solid barley presence, not too heavy on the corn. An enjoyable and well made offering.

May 05, 2018
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mark5692 from New York

2.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Isn't terrible for when you're on strict budget. The first one always has a funky taste but after that it's not bad. It is drinkable and gets the job done. It's hard to describe the taste, sweet, stale candyish?

Nov 06, 2017
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taters21 from Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with two fingers of white foam, quickly recedes to half a finger in size.
Smells...off, stale corn, light alcohol, cardboard, cut grass, maybe some malt.
Wow...light corn sweetness, bittering hops, and then straight to bread.
Mouthfeel is thin with a crisp, dry finish.
Overall, a bit less than average in my book. I like Molson ice more.

Aug 24, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.09/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Nabbed a 24 fl oz pull-tab can at a crappy bodega in Brooklyn, NY. Hey, where's my "extra" 1 oz the 25oz macros offer!?

5.6% ABV.

APPEARANCE: I knew what was coming and it delivered...pours your usual thin quickly-receding head (~20 second retention) and has that classic fizzy yellow body. Well, I guess it's more of a pale copper, but it's superbly clear, lacking any yeast/lees or other particulate. Appears undercarbonated and of low quality, tending towards the syrupy side for an adjunct lager (I prefer watery adjunct lagers, for the record).

AROMA: Corn syrup/extract brings the adjunct sweetness to the table, joining cheap 6-row barley and some syrupy graininess. I actually like the graininess as it lends some needed perceived bitterness. No luck on the hop front here - not even a generic floral hop aromatic. A blip of metallic character, but it's barely noticeable.

Certainly seems too sweet and suggests a syrupy brew, but it's not boozy and I don't get any DMS or other off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is quite light.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Too sweet and too syrupy, but not egregiously so on either count. I'll be able to kill this 24 fl oz can, and it's not boozy. No DMS, but there's some buttery flavour that might indicate potential diacetyl. No brettanomyces off-flavour. Corn syrup adjunct eclipses any graininess or 6-row, unfortunately.

Imbalanced and off-putting. Too thick for an adjunct lager and for its lack of flavour. Unrefreshing. I'd prefer a lighter body or even a watery feel. Smooth. Wet. Unappealing.

OVERALL: It's a pretty subpar brew across the board, with shallow depth of flavour, painful simplicity, and no hop flavour or interesting yeast character whatsoever. That said, I've had worse and it's not as sweet, syrupy, or off-flavour emphatic as many beers in the style. I'd be after Miller High Life, Hamms, Schaefer, or Genesee at a ball-game or summer barbeque over this, but it's preferable to many budget expressions of the style and I'll enjoy finishing the can. My low expectations were met but not exceeded, and sometimes you're in the mood for a mundane adjunct lager.

D (2.09) / NOT RECOMMENDED

Jul 14, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Nov 25, 2016
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AppleFarmer from Canada

4.59/5  rDev +74.5%
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.

May 18, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

1.66/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Really clear yellow.
Smells like witch hazel. And alcohol
Taste is alcohol and water. Rubbing alcohol. Feel is straight water. Thinner than water. Never again.

Oct 03, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A lifht bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.07/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

May 07, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev +30%
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

Nov 26, 2014
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

Apr 08, 2014
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Foam from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ...

Jan 14, 2014
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mitch3114 from New York

2.44/5  rDev -7.2%
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...

Oct 05, 2013
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7beerphil from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +74.9%
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.

Jun 20, 2013
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ValpoExpo from Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Jun 16, 2013
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Raime from Greenland

2.42/5  rDev -8%
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.

Nov 03, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jul 30, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +46.4%
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.

RJT

Jul 01, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Apr 24, 2012
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bluHatter from Michigan

1.94/5  rDev -26.2%
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

Mar 10, 2012
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Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 232 ratings