Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt IceLabatt Ice
BA SCORE
2.63/5
215 Ratings
Labatt IceLabatt Ice
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:
#44,048
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
215
pDev:
28.52%
Bros Score:
2.87
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +37.6%
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 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 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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1.5/5  rDev -43%

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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2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US Tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale amber color, but a bit darker than most macros, with a foamy white head that fades quickly and doesn’t leave very much lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, grain & malt.

T: The taste has the typical macro malty corn & grain flavor, but a little sweeter than most and an ever-so-slight bit more hops than most. However, despite the 5.60% ABV which is high for a macro, it still seemed a bit watered down.

M: Smooth for the style, light body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: I could drink a large amount of this beer with ease, but the watered down flavor would leave me looking for something else. I’ve been keeping the style firmly in mind while writing this review, as you can tell. For a macro, this one’s not bad. However, there are others within the style that are cheaper and better.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
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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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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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

24 oz can sampled on Monday night.
Pale straw with a smallish head. Grainy corny hints of metal. Smooth easy to drink lots of beer burps. It didn't suck, but I couldn't help but think what a few more hops would have made this into.

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2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hahaha

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Photo of stakem
2.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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1/5  rDev -62%

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1/5  rDev -62%

Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet corn. Taste is crisp, malty with some notes of corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall as the scores show, this is an average beer in every way.

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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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2.28/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +22.4%
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 +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 clayrock81
2.88/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A seethru gold that leaves behind some decent head that is thin but has staying power. Again, a Labatt's beer with no real smell - faint hops and some husky veggies or something (now I'm making up shit). This Labatt's packs a little punch (I remembered it doing so) as this medium-bodied brew goes down smooth and a tad creamy. Even with some graininess and adjunct feeling on the tongue, the hops provide a little citric boot and there's some slight sugary maltiness. There's also a drying sensation from the somewhat high ABV. It should be noted that if you go over the border to get this (bottle or can) it sells at 8% ABV - I was drinking it up there and a few of these kicked my ass because they were smooth and went down easy.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.63 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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