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Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
labatt.com

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.

Added by Todd on 08-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,684
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
216
pDev:
28.52%
Bros Score:
2.87
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
49
Trade:
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
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3/5  rDev +14.1%

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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 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 RoyalT
2.49/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Todd
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 generallee
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Jason
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz twist off brown bottle with no freshness date. Very thin lace that dissipates into only a ring, tiny bubbles rise through the pale golden brew.

Hint of solvent alcohol with an astringent grain in the back of the aroma.

Forced crispness struggles to bring a smoothness to the palate, light bodied with a semi slick mouth feel. Fast snap of alcohol, flavourless hop bitterness and astringent grains. Alcohol is noticeable in a slowly warming way with an annoying solvent character that lingers with every sip.

Not very clean with an odd feeling in the mouth, the solvent aroma and flavour from the alcohol does not help either. Pass on this one.

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Photo of briandaube
1.5/5  rDev -43%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Rohenknight
5/5  rDev +90.1%

This beer is sooo delicious it tastes like rainbows and unicorns all the way down

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Photo of jtp3692
5/5  rDev +90.1%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -24%

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably would never buy this beer back home, so, in the interests of trying different things, I thought I'd try one of these in its hometown...

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden hue, with lots of thin soapy white head, which leaves consistent sparsely webbed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet corn/rice grain, and mild rotting mulch hops. The carbonation is on the high side, the body is quite cloying, and it finishes with an off-dry white graininess. The extra booze that purportedly makes this 'Icy' is not really noticeable.

A typical Canadian macro lager, nothing more.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.04/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although it's not much stronger than other regular beers (Budweiser is 5.0%), Labatt Ice was the world'd first "ice" beer; and perhaps the freezing process does help to smooth it a bit.

It pours a crystal-clear, deep golden color beneath a good-sized head of white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice walls of craggy and streaky lace about the glass.

The nose is kind of generic, expressing "beer" in the same way you find it when you walk into a corner bar at noon... lightly sweetish and just semi-grainy, mildly alcoholic, and hoppy but non-descript.

In the mouth it's crisp and then smooth with a fine-bubbled median carbonation and medium body.

The flavor is solid and straightforward. A very basic, just lightly sweet malt flavor is threaded through with a dull, mainly non-descript hop flavor. The hops are somewhat floral, spicy and grassy, but they may as well have come out of a can for all the character they show. A very solid bitterness rounds out the palate, and it finishes dry with a touch of lingering sticky malt and some dull hop residue.

Basic but good. Well balanced and clean with a solid bitterness and hoppy edge. If Foster's is Australian for beer, than maybe Labatt Ice is Canadian for beer. Of course, the Foster's that I get here in the United States is brewed in Canada... but that's brewed by Molson ;)

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Photo of tempest
2.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a black can. Surprisingly for a macro, this one keeps a short head leaves lacing.

Yeah, this beer could be worse, but it still isn't any treat to drink. The aroma is fowl with dusty-smelling malts and acrid lager character. The flavor actually tastes decent at first, with the big, sweet bready malts of an export lager, but then a big sour milk and citrus tang comes through to ruin it all. What a waste of water.

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Photo of Razr86
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of BigAl18
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gr8zehaman
2/5  rDev -24%

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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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.63 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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