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

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66
Ratings:
204
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
48.08%
 
 
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Photo of powoo19
4.8/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of ice beers in the past, I tried this on a Friday night during a pool game. I was pleasently suprised. This is one hell of a beer. It is smooth, not a dull flavor, and it has no bite what so ever. I am now a convert to this ice beer.
I recommend everyone should have one at least once a day!

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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 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 steeler
4.42/5  rDev +54%
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 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.

RJT

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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 budgood1
3.81/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it looks like a regular 12 oz. bottle, but closer inspection reveals it's only 11.5 oz.
this ice beer surprised me....it pours out a sort of dirty golden color, minimal head and minimal lace. a distinct malty aroma, with caramel hints and a bit of hopping...what a pleasant surprise! very nice caramel malt flavors for an ice lager...alcohol detectable too. pretty big and brash but in a gentle and enjoyable way. medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel....no finishing crispness...allowing it to slide right down. some balancing hops for flavor. alcohol warming effect in the belly. within it's style...this is BY FAR the best ice beer i've ever tasted. it's actually good! it's probably not wise to drink too many of these, but i'm so surprised at the taste and quality, i would recommend that this be tried. a canadian gem.

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Photo of animal69
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm from the south (A.B. country) so imagine my suprise when i moved to western Ny. & discovered LaBatt's beers.. this beer has replaced Bud as my favorite "N. American" Lager.
A nice straw color w/ a white fluffy head wich dissapates quickly, minimal lacing; a yeasty nose typical of most Am. beers w/ some hop aroma; taste is light & crisp slightly watery but at least some hop flavor comes through; light bodied but with much more mouthfeel than most macros; hey, at 1-2 dollars CHEAPER per 18 pk. than A.B. products, this is THE most drinkable beer !

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the best ice beers I've ever tasted. A light gold colour, with a slight but present carbonation resulting in a thin but strong head. Scent of citrus and malt, with a mediocre grain adjunct. Great taste, with the sweet malt coming through, small citrus acidity and grain mouthfeel. The smooth and crispness make this a highly drinkable beer. Goes great with marinating steak.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
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 yuenglings
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one right out of the 24oz can it was handed to me in.

Smell: not much of one, little bit of a sweet corn smell

Taste: not bad but not to much here eather, kind of bitter at first then there is a sweet and grain like taste

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery but smooth

Drinkabilty: After the first coupple of sips it really starts to go down smooth before i knew it i had drank 4 of these 24ozers and was feeling pretty good i may buy as case of theses just to keep to get my budies drunk

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is strong and grainy with alcohol showing through. A bit sweet as well. Taste is similar in scale except that the alcohol leaves a mouth-numbing bitterness at first which in turn fades into a grain-malt taste. Not too bad for an ice beer and serves its' purpose as such. I do think it's not as harsh as Molson XXX.

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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 Todd
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Macdoyal
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alrighty,

Appearance: A nice gold color not too light but not too dark. I personally like this full golden color. A nice white head that goes away fast but as you drink there is a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: WOW! I smell heavy alcohol and some light grains. I didn't like the strong smell of the booze it was a little off putting.

Taste: A nice tasting brew with a hint of bitterness but a good amount of malty sweetness with a slap across the palate of comforting alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's a full mouthfeel but not thick and heavy. It remains refreshing.

Drinkability: I could drink this for sure. It's smooth, refreshing and full. Due to the large amounts of booze i'm not sure I can drink more then a few.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden yellow with a nice moderate foam head, very nice small bubbles stream peacefully up the glass

SMELL- corn and grains, slight malts and a very slight hops, slight sweetness

Taste- very slight grains with a very mild hops and slight malts, slight bitter hops finish, nothin over powerin here yet a nice smooth palatable flavor here

Mouthfeel- smooth light and refreshing palate, light bodied and guzzalable

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, very crisp and refreshing, a good session beer at a good price, gets you buzzed quick and fast at a price thats hard to ignore, very well better than most American macros, worth a shot or two

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Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" fizzy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There's nothing spectacular here. Just a crisp, clean smelling beer. The taste is average. It has a smooth, pilsner flavor that's easy going down and clean in the finish. There is little malt or hop taste here, but it's crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good macro lager. I'm a little partial to the ice beers. They're easy drinking and they've got a bit more bang for the buck.

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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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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extra pale gold hue, very clear. Two finger head with retention and lacing typical of a macro. Sweet alcohol esters, similiar to malt liquor,and not much else. Grain adjunct taste, coupled with a good balance of bittering hops and semi-dry aftertaste. Evenly carbonated with a light to medium body. Smoother than your average Ice beer, with a clean finish. This beer's ability to let the higher alcohol creep up on you can be likened to Moloson XXX.

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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 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 Gehrig
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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 woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CAN you dig it? Yet another new beer in a CAN for me to review!

I got a finger's worth of fluffy, bone-white head, but with low retention. It was as if it could not wait to reduce to wisps. Nose had a distinct lager-like sweetness, hearkening back to a time in my youth when I thought that all beers smelled this way. Mouthfeel was medium but there was very little taste to it. The finish was equally unobtrusive. It was simply a mild lager at a reasonable price. It sure beat some of the crap that I've subjected myself to in cans of late.

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Photo of proc
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. Picked up the "big" can version of this beer and hunkered down prepared for the worst. However, the "worst" didn't show up. This beer, while no stout or IPA is actually O.K. Pours out to a slightly darker than usual yellow with a generous wispy white head. Aroma is that of grains. Taste is rather mundane, but there is a residual sweetness that coupled with a bit of hops, that makes you want to take another drink. An ice beer that is pretty decent.

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.87 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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