Labatt Blue
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #391
ABV:
5%
Score:
63
Ranked #50,572
Avg:
2.67 | pDev: 24.34%
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
2,245
From:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  36
Gots
  473
SCORE
63
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Notes: Labatt Blue is the best-selling Canadian beer in the world. Introduced in 1951 as Labatt Pilsener, it was named for the colour of its label by fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team. Blue was the first brand in Canada with a twist-off cap and won the silver medal in the International Lager category at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards. Labatt Blue, brewed using specially selected aromatic hops, is a well-balanced, fully matured, full-flavoured beer with a fruity character and a slightly sweet aftertaste.
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This time it came from a tap into a clear pint glass. Light amber colored and bright, but very translucent. A reasonable head and glass lacing accompany the visual. It's an adjunct lager and a Pilsner at that, so the lack of aroma is expected, not disappointing. What is disappointing is that it provides a hint of a good Pilsner up front, but the finish is pretty bad. There's absolutely no sharp, dry and clean finish, as a good Pilsner will have. Instead, it's blandly malty and characterless, with a little unwelcomed yeastiness. In Pennsylvania, we don't need beers like this to travel hundreds of miles to get here. We've got local mediocre beers aplenty.

Jun 04, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Solid shitbeer. Yes this qualifies as a shitbeer in my opinion. Though the flavor isn't bad it's just nothing special. A bit watery but still serves a solid beer taste. I could see this coming in handy at a party. Very easy to chug, the carbonation is not overwhelming like other shitbeers. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't complain if it was my only choice.

Jun 03, 2021
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DarrellFine from Florida

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, aggressive pour, little to no head retention. Looks like Wal-Mart apple juice. Smells like almost nothing. I work at an asphalt plant, so that may just be me. Taste? Slightly sweet (ish) carbonated water, absolutely NOTHING off- putting about this pilsner, better from the bottle straight out of the cooler, or fridge, than a glass or mug, IMHO. Good carbonation, mouthfeel is nice and crisp. ULTRA refreshing, especially when cold. This is a great fishing/ beach/ mowing/ whatever the hell you do on the weekend beer, especially at just 4.7% ABV. Not bad, but I prefer beer with more flavor...and more alcohol.... It will definitely fill you up before you get tanked, that's for sure. Overall, a solid weekender when you actually have to get shit done.

May 15, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.02/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 473ml at 5%.
poured a 2finger head into glass that left a lace as you drink it.
slow carbonation with very little bitterness.
very easy drinking average beer .
cheers

Apr 21, 2021
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BuckyNBeer from Wisconsin

3.37/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden hue with a good amount of carbonation and a decent head that sticks around for a while.

The aroma is slightly bread like but sweetness mostly dominates here.

Taste-wise at first it seems slightly more robust than your average American Lager however there is still that sweetness in the finish. Also a bit of grain is present. It finishes pretty smooth with very little bitterness.

All in all this isn't a bad beer whatsoever. It is easily drinkable but there are still better examples of this style from the American side of the border.

Apr 12, 2021
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mnrider from Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz Bottle - Twist Off - Unknown Freshness Date

A: Pours bright golden yellow. Clear. Strong visible carbonation. Two fingers of bone white head. Above average retention with some nice lacing. Looks good for the style.

S: Malty and grainy. Very light floral aroma. Sweet. bread.

T/M: Light bodied and crisp. Strong carbonation. Dry feel. Aftertaste is malty and dry. Light floral flavors are noticeable. Mostly cereal and malt grains. Crackers and yeast.

O: Not bad for the style. Good look and has a better taste than most adjunct lagers. Still weak and grainy with little hop flavors.

Cheers!

Apr 04, 2021
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great adjunct lager, pours golden yellow with a fluffy head that stuck around. Very high carbonation.
Aroma is typical for the style, cereal grains mostly with a hint of grassy hop.
The flavor is a bit bolder than most in the style. Sweet cereal grains and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is high, but not absurdly high.
Overall, I enjoyed it for what it was. Would buy it ver others in the style.

Mar 27, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle
I always preferred Molson Canadian when I lived in Canada, but have drank hundreds of Labatt Blue’s in my lifetime. I didn’t realize until now that I had never given this one a review!
L: pale golden body, lots of carbonation; thin white head dissipates quickly
S: sweet grain, cereal, herbal/grassy hops
T: sweeter flavor, light grain, cracker, cereal, modest earthy/herbal/grassy hops provide minimal bitterness
F: light body, moderate carbonation, clean & crisp finish for ultimate drinkability
O: why the 4? Because I’ll buy it again and again. It is a great grilling beer, lawnmowing beer, and most definitely the beer of choice after playing hockey.

Mar 12, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

1.27/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a red Solo cup. Purchased at Kroger as a single 12oz bottle for $1.17.

L - Light amber. Very thin (roughly 1mm) pale straw head.
S - The smell of any given 40oz malt liquor hit me like a bus. You know the smell. Alongside that, notes of musty hay and acetone.
T - Corn flakes, rice, and honey. Stale cheerios, too.
F - Crisp, drinkable, and lightly carbonated.
O - It doesn't taste good, it's cheap, but damn it hits the spot on a winter night like tonight. Wouldn't recommend this beer in the slightest for any reason, but some of us crave awful things from time to time, and this is one of them. Would definitely pair this with a frozen pizza (Red Baron Pepperoni), or a Hot Pocket. You probably get the point by now.

Feb 13, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a Canadian Pils this adjunct lager pours a golden yellow with a small 2 finger head that becomes a light white lacing. Smells of corn or rice adjunct blend and a hint of maltiness in the rears. A light mouthfeel, full-flavored, semi hoppy finish along with two-row barley and adjuncts in the taste. The IBUS are in the upper-teens and finishes highly carbonated with a bit of sweetness in the rears. Highly drinkable, good with red meats and outdoor activities - hockey and hunting. It is an overall average, though above average in the category of Adjunct lagers, beer.

Compare and contrast between Labatt or Molson Canadian (I won't include Moosehead on this one), they're nearly the same in taste and are both made by the two largest brewery names in the world. I do find more of a hoppiness in Blue whereas there is a larger grain flavor and less adjunct in Canadian, but still, both are great.

Nov 21, 2020
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Richard_Hung from Florida

1.25/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

If you’re running from the law and need a beer, reach for a Labatt Blue. Let’s face it, Blue is awful, but if you’re scared and living under an above ground pool, it will do.

Oct 29, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Labatt Blue is always there for you. Need a reliable Marco lager? Grab a Blue. You'll never be disappointed. Its one of the first beers we ever had and it has been enjoyed next to large bodies of water, hockey rink parking lots and back yard BBQ's ever since. Crisp and refreshing. Not too heavy. Its everything you want in a lager beer. Our friends up north know what they are doing, but we already knew that. Labatt is a great example of Canadian lager supremacy.

Oct 25, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer up in Canada so im not sure if it is the same as the ones sold in the US
this is a beer with a Balanced hops and malt, golden color
nice head.. best when its ice cold in a frozen glass

Jul 18, 2020
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Scrambler91 from Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue has always been my go to cheaper beer. Living in Michigan it’s widely available and hits the spot when it’s ice cold on a hot summer day. I will say that something with it changed about a year or two ago when their label changed and the beer went from 5% ABV to 4.7% ABV, or that’s at least what happened here in the US. I still enjoy it but since the change it’s not quite as good, probably a nostalgic effect more than anything.

Jul 06, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.56/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle. Straw in color with a white head. Smells of malt and skunk. Normal adjuct flavor with a little skunk. Light on flavor and body. Drinkable but not a fan.

Jun 27, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Labatt's Blue @ 5.0% , served on tap or from a 341 ml bottle for most of the 80's when the other Canadian lager wasn't available at the bar/19th hole/party

May 17, 2020
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joebrazil3 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The family and I often drink at the 50-cent-per-can level, but I occasionally step up and buy a case of Blue for twenty bucks when I can find it. And that first taste! It's always an eye opener: no fruitiness, no shades of anything but grain, malt and hops. Perhaps the people who find this a poor beer are comparing it to Goose Island, no? If your budget is one dollar per can or bottle, you can't go wrong here.

Apr 26, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.44/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Gold in color with with excellent clarity. There’s a quarter inch of eggshell white on top. The aroma is of lager yeast and well water. I’m tasting rice and faint light malt. The mouth is light and smooth.

Mar 13, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz can dated 1/7/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a pale translucent yellow with about a finger of white head which dissipates quickly leaving just a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is pretty muted-not a lot going on in this department. Picking up just a slight aroma of bread.

Taste is muted as well. There's a bit of breadiness but it's so faint I'm not even sure it's worth mentioning.

Carbonation is present front and center in the mouthfeel. But even with that, the feel is reasonably smooth.

Overall, meh. It's drinkable, but at $25 for a 30 pack, I won't be revisiting. Hamms has more character at half the price. I drank a Blue immediately following a Trillium Pilsner last night. While I could see the similarity style wise. The flavors were popping in the Trillium while the Blue was very disappointing flavor-wise.

Mar 08, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.53/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crisp, golden color typical of a lager. A moderate white head. SRM of 7 (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas. Some oyster cracker and cereal. Very mild and pale malts. (3.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with oyster crackers, pale cereal, and some slight corn flake sweetness. Finishes dry. (3.50)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Strong carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth. Surprisingly dry for the heavier body and clean on the palate. (4.25)

Overall: This is a typical American Adjunct lager. It has a stronger body, but lacks flavor. It definitely gets the body right and is filling yet dry, however the flavors are typical adjuncts and pretty disappointing. Overall, it's an okay adjunct lager. (Final Rating: 3.53)

Oct 19, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear gold with lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Half a finger of foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Mild, sweet adjunct malt with a slight skunkiness.

Taste: Very mild, corny adjunct malt. IBU might be in the negatives.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated water.

Overall: Yet another generic macrobrew identical to a dozen others.

Oct 15, 2019
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GentleKnight1 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at local beverage store for $9 per 12. Among the "economy" brands, perhaps the most drinkable. Balanced hops and malt, nice head....a tasty quaff on a budget.

Aug 18, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.96/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 11.5 oz (340 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint glass; code E08925.
A: Pours a crystal clear, sparkling straw color with light champagne-style bubbles, a less than one finger, white head, slightly more than rim cap retention, but limited lacing
S: Aromas cracker, pepper, grasses and grains. It has a really inviting aroma.
T:Dry, leaving a grainy sweetness on the tongue. Palate follows the nose closely but corn a bit more evident. Very light bitterness tucked in, just enough for a crisp, refreshing finish.
M: Light bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall. Drinks smoothly.
O: Certainly a good choice on a hot summer day (which it is here in New York).

Jul 18, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This one was ok. Not terrible, not particularly memorable. I wouldn’t order it at a bar but wouldn’t turn it down if offered one, either. Clear golden color with minimal fizzing white head and no lacing, smells mainly of sweeter malt, corn and grain with no discernible hops. Tastes similarly. All in all, reminds me of most other AALs. I just gave it slightly higher ratings due to the lack of overly sweet aftertaste or overly watery sensations. Thin mouthfeel, ok carbonation.

May 28, 2019
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Byoung_Ju_Kim from New York

3.43/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser from Ontario, Canada. Love this beer when I first moved to the western New York. I still drink it sometime but only when I go to watch sports games. Still enjoyable.

May 24, 2019
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