Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt IceLabatt Ice

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.

Added by Todd on 08-30-2001

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Photo of Sigmund
1.53/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

According to the back label, this beer should be 'consumed ice cold from the bottle'. Sure, best way to hide the foul flavour - as far as there is any flavour at all. Well, I suppose this one has marginally more hops than the lousiest beers of this lousy style - but that should not detract from the basic fact: This is CRAP! Jesus - I must stop buying these shitty and (in Norway) over-priced beers! You know I buy them just to get another rating!

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Photo of abriggs1
1.58/5  rDev -44.9%
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 orcasteve
1.88/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Frozensoul327
1.93/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Damn. Harsh stuff. Pours out to a motor oil yellow color with a short lived head. No lace. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of alcohol and malt. Ugh. Taste is sharply laced with alcohol and adjuncts, with a metalic aftertaste that stays on the palate. Not good. Mouthfeel is far from spectacular. Not a recommended brew. Thanks to Derek for teaching me about the less enjoyable side of Labatt.

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Photo of bluHatter
1.94/5  rDev -32.4%
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

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Photo of tempest
2.07/5  rDev -27.9%
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 shirfan
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Once upon a time, this was a decent beer. Either Labatt's standards have fallen, mine have risen, or some of both. Being a few years older than the college crowd now, my tastes have changed somewhat, but I still believe this used to be a better brew.
It was crisp and drinkable, and downing several of them never caused the same gastrointestinal russian roulette as Genny did.
Recently however, I can't stomach the stuff. It has a soapy feel, a distinct flavor of rotten corn, and an alcoholic aftertaste.
That .5-.6 extra percentage point of abv is NOT worth it. If Canadian beers are the standard in your area, like they are here in Buffalo, do yourself a favor and stick with Molson Golden or Export as your "day in, day out" standby.

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Photo of Jason
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
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 cypressbob
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, fizzy yellow head, fair retention

Smell, corn adjuncts, some malt, slight off aromas

Taste, sweet and malty, some hint of grain, perhaps corn

A pretty poor offering, off flavours present, not THAT drinkable or refreshing

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Photo of Raime
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of mitch3114
2.44/5  rDev -15%
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...

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Photo of RoyalT
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Hoagie1973
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of CJfromPhilly
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz. can. Pours the usual fizzy golden macro hue with a short lived one finger head that settles into a thick collar. The usual macro fizziness, lotsa bubbles. Aroma is the usual cheap malt, corn, cooked veggie/wet cardboard macro bouquet. Taste is clean, sweet, light malt with little or no hops to get in the way. The flavor is really light & subdued for an "ice" beer. All-in-all, it's your basic, amped-up macro beer. Good for backyard cookouts, tailgate parties, getting wasted at a frat party, or like tonight, washing down some takeout Buffalo Wings. The kind of stuff you thought was the bomb as a teenager, but now realize is just swill. If you're gonna go this route, grab some Molson XXX instead.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
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 thekevlarkid
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of stakem
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a labatt product, this beer is bad, I was really disappointed. Labatt blue has always tasted awesome, so for the extra 1% i thought I'd try labatt ice. It sucked, watery and bad aftertaste. I wouldnt call it a bad beer, its more of sub-good. Not really worth trying.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Labatt Ice is supposedly the first ice beer ever brewed, and the side of the label goes into how the beer is brewed for an uncommonly smooth taste (read: what we really mean is it has more alcohol). Although I seem to favor Molson's products a little more than Labatt's, Molson's interpretation of a Canadian ice beer pales in comparison to Labatt's.

Labatt Ice pours a light gold color with a thin, whispy head that is barely there. The smell is the typical cheap Labatt smell, consisting mostly of grains/adjuncts, husks, and the one smell that an ice beer cannot do without: alcohol. The mouthfeel is watery and fizzy with a touch of smoothness. The initial taste was slightly sweet with a hint of fruitiness. Overall taste is of cooked grains with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is not overwhelming to say the least. Hops are barely there in the finish. Aftertaste is light with continuing cooked grain flavors, and some very slight sweet/sour bitterness that I would attribute to the alcohol.

This is cleaner than the other Labatt products I've had, and I find it less alcohol flavored than Molson Ice. This isn't too disgusting for an ice beer, and for a regular beer it's quite average. Nothing exceptional here except it might get you drunk quicker than a normal fizzy yellow macrobrew. Besides, Canadian ice beers make good hockey beers for some reason.

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was handed to me after a Blue and to be honest I couldn't see, smell, or taste a difference from the Blue.
Light clear gold color, poured to a sizeable light yellow head leavinga little sticky lace. It was a hot day and the grill was going so I really couldn't smell much.
Extra smooth malt character mixed with a small hop character. Very light on flavor but you can tell it's there. Adjuncts tainted what was left of the hops.
Mouthfeel had a refreshing "drink me again" attitude. Nice all around adjunct for hot summer grilling adventures.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours yellow and clear. Three inches of white head disappear quickly.

S - The aroma is grainy with whiffs of alcohol.

T - The taste has mild sweetness and a grainy quality. I also pick up on a hint of alcohol.

M - Watery

O - It tastes like most average to below average adjuncts.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a white, four finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faint sweetness. Starts sweet but the sweetness isn't from malt more like apple juice, finish has just a hint of hops. Good session beer and better than the American ices. $1.45 for a 340ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz can.

Pours an ultra-clear, very light, golden-yellow. A bunch of carb trailers. A soapy, white head soon disappears into nothingness. Smell is faintly sharp and grainy. Taste has a mild dash of bitters and sweetness to it, then finishes slightly sour. The feel is thin and fleeting. Drinkability average. Overall, this is just a bland, watery beer. It's cheap, though..

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale lager and pale yellow. The head is pure white and quickly gone giving only thin lacing. The body is rather thin and watery. Ordinary smells of pale lager with a small hop hint. The flavor is much like macro lager with a slight sense of adjunct use. The carbonation gives a forced crispness to the finish.

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Photo of Foam
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ...

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