Labatt Ice
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #369
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
64
Ranked #48,622
Avg:
2.63 | pDev: 28.14%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
232
From:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  50
SCORE
64
Poor
Labatt IceLabatt Ice
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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Reviews by Todd:
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3.35/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz dark brown twist-off bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with a somewhat lively carbonation level that create a thin & tight pure white cream head.

Smell: Aroma is fairly clean. Faint grain and hop smells can barely be detected.

Taste: Upfront, this beer is creamy, smooth and malty. Body is medium to full with an even light malt sweetness. Notes of grain briefly appear, but are swept away by a flash of lemon/lime-like hop bitterness and carbonation on the palate. Fusel alcohols can be detected on the breath, bigtime. Beer finishes with a grain/husk tannin dryness.

Notes: 5.6% alcohol by volume and brewed using the Labatt Ice Brewing Process(tm), where the beer is dropped to -4°C, the forming ice crystals are removed and then the beer is aged. This leaves behind some strong-ass liquor that should be respected! If you want to get beer'd up, and quickly, this could be the beer for you. An easy drinking lager and instant brain rot material.

Labatt Ice beer also happens to be the first ice brewed beer in the world (born 1993).

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Photo of 7beerphil
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
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

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Photo of SerialTicker
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.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
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.

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Photo of AppleFarmer
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.11/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The more I have other beer, the less I like Labatt Ice. It's not horrible, just less impressive the more one reflects upon it. It pours a light golden color, with a finger of white head. Good start. But the nose does not impress--worse, in fact. There is the whiff of light malt, hints of corn, but unimpressive as a whole. The taste is better, with moderate carbonation bringing forth some malt and sugary sweetness. Still, this is more a beer to have for the result--a good buzz fast--than the product itself. I hadn't had it as such, but judge it so in retrospect. There's less to it than has met the eye in the past.

Labatt Ice isn't a total dud, but rather a decent, smooth, mildly strong beer worth quaffing, not one to savor. It's not good enough for that, and in my estimation doesn't strive to be. It should.

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Photo of abriggs1
1.58/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Maybe I'm too used to drinking Molson Ice. I thought I'd switch it up this time and this stuff is horrible. I like regular Labatt alright, but this stuff just doesn't do it for me. The first wave tastes like canned corn with a little white rice mixed in. The after taste is hard to describe because it's barely there. It's sort of metallic and very hollow.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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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1.25/5  rDev -52.5%

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2/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of steeler
4.42/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I grabbed the big 710ml can, looks very old school, and I really liked the can, anyway pours out that deep golden yellow color with a bit of head, id say one inch, looks like every other ice beer. Smell, is a tad above average, smells a bit cleaner than most ice beers. This is the best tasting ice beer I've ever drank, it goes down super clean, and tastes smooth, no lingering aftertaste, slight bitterness, and not sweet. Damn good. This is a nice full bodied beer, so the mouthfeel is good. This is a perfect beer for a bbq out in the heat, and when paired with a hamburger, this beer is golden. I love this beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big white head of medium sized bubbles faded back in under a minute to a wispy ring. Retains the ring but doesn't lace. Light yellow/gold color. Aromas of bitter/sour yeast. High carbonation makes this beer lively on the tongue and a little hard to pull flavors out of. Semi-sweet with some malts and yeast. The carbonation adds some body to what is otherwise a very thin beer. Strange finish. Straightforward and quite boring. Skip it.

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2/5  rDev -24%

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1/5  rDev -62%

Photo of orcasteve
1.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

caned corn, a bit of hops and tons of suck, this is a beer that me and my friends pounded in colage and was the beer that was most ofen in the fridge in those days. i think that it has goten worse then when i drank it last. when i opened the bottle i smeled skunk and crapy malt, i just wished that was what i tasted. when i drank this my taste buds wanted to comit suiside. this is one you should run away from at all cost

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 232 ratings