Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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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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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Rickgames
3.29/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of gandres
2.56/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of willcull78
2.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of PMakowski
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of Stinger80OH
2.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dalkri
4.5/5  rDev +70.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.47/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mark5692
2.02/5  rDev -23.5%
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?

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Photo of Poormansreview
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BEER88
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75


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Photo of taters21
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
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., 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.

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Photo of choll
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goes down very smooth. Easy drinking ice beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.09/5  rDev -20.8%
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.


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Photo of 94rocker1
3.95/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRFounder
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nater919
1.55/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Photo of SerialTicker
2.93/5  rDev +11%
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 mikr
1/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of AmitC
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 228 ratings