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 ski271
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium gold with a medium, slightly off-white, foamy, tight head. Some spotty lacing. The smell has a bit of an adjunct stink to it to go with the moderate-light grain and very light citrus. The taste is lightly sweet with light caramel, bread, corn and a short lemongrass finish. It has a medium-thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Nothing special here, just an easy drinking glorified domestic. Not too bad for what it is, but nevertheless nothing I’ll be having again soon.

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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 kbnooshay
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very clear golden color with a good amount of carbonation and virtually no head. The smell is grainy. This beer is pretty simple. It is pretty much malt and alcohol with a little hoppiness but sorta sweet. This is not an offensive beer but by my review you see there is nothing really to talk about. It does get you drunk though. And it is insanely drinkable. Not pretty but it works.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 francisweizen
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first ice beer, was this beer brewed in Canada by Labatts. Many people think that Molson started the whole 'ice beer' thing but that is not true...Labatt's did. So this beer pours out a nice yellow colour but the smell is pretty astringent. Like mnay ice beers this is meant to be drunk super cold and super fast. I guess it does its job of giving out a good, cheap, fast buzz, but that is all that this beer does. It has a very thin mouthfeel and the drinkability is only O.K. if it is I.C.E. cold!

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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