Labatt Blue
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #382
ABV:
5%
Score:
63
Ranked #48,877
Avg:
2.67 | pDev: 24.34%
Reviews:
695
Ratings:
2,214
From:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  35
Gots
  465
SCORE
63
Poor
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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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Photo of LampertLand
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

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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada), May 17, 2020
Photo of joebrazil3
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.

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joebrazil3 from Illinois, Apr 26, 2020
Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Mar 13, 2020
Photo of DavetotheB
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.

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Mar 08, 2020
Photo of defunksta
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)

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defunksta from Illinois, Oct 19, 2019
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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.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Oct 15, 2019
Photo of GentleKnight1
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
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).

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VoxRationis from New York, Jul 18, 2019
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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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, May 28, 2019
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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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.21/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a pale, I said pale straw color. Smells like grains, chemical like aroma,some fresh bread. Tastes terrible, I remember when this was OK, pretty disgusting, leaves weird aftertaste in mouth. Feels OK, well carbonated,dry finish. Overall I would drink a Bud over this, which does not say much.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, May 07, 2019
Photo of Tantonys
3.74/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says Labatt Blue Canadian Pilsner, but its just a Canadian Lager in my book. Decent hop bittering, slight floral but not enough for a Pils. Seemed to be more floral years ago. Okay Canadian Macrobrew for everyday drinking.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Another brew I have not had in ages. Once again I will have to rely on where it ranked on my list of beers tried list. I use 3 as average, so this is just below average in my opinion. If it was offered, I would drink it, don't think i'd purchase it though.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Mar 14, 2019
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3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - I'm not sure why Blue is the dominant word on the label, but it is. Kinda ugly, but definitely Canadian.

Smell - Light corniness and wet grains. Pretty normal.

Taste - Weirdly minty is all I can think of. Other than that, a pretty standard good AAL.

Feel - Thin body and perky carbonation. Par for the course.

Overall - A pretty bog standard AAL. Slightly more interesting in the taste, but nothing really crazy about it.

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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Jan 19, 2019
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3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light gold color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, sugar and corn.

TASTE: initially sweet and then cornbread.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a lawnmower beer from Canada, Hamm's is just as good and much cheaper so I would not seek this out again.

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HoppyBastard from Nebraska, Nov 29, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(24 oz can, code E10827... poured into a simple 14 oz glass mug)

L: brilliantly crystal-clear, pale brassy yellow liquid; loose foam cap on pour, holds as bubbly blanket for awhile... little lace

S: honey-kissed grains, lightly toasty, doughy apple must esters... nothing out of the ordinary for the style; mild-to-moderate intensity

T: dull bubble gum pop up front, soon followed by dry, doughy malt; lingering ripe apple skin note, very mild bitterness... flavors in aftertaste seem diluted; very mellow spicy phenol humming... residual, mildly-husky pale malt lingering by half way through; dominant undercurrent flavor is water

F: good bit of foamy resistance flowing through; lightly dry, dull finish... soft and crushable, just perhaps need to watch out for stealth gas

O: first in a short 3-beer series of 24 oz can adjunct lager reviews (to be followed by Tecate, then Sol) ... this one was clean and mellow overall - immediate impression would be this is best drunk cold out of the can - no point in letting air and ambient warming ruin what little this has going on

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Nov 20, 2018
Photo of gandres
2.56/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sunday, November 11, 2018
12 ounce can poured to glass
Sight: Light yellow liquid, white foam
Smell: aroma of malt
Taste: low bitterness, low sweetness
Feel: good carbonation, good follow through, abrupt finish bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, not to repeat, not to look for

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gandres from Philippines, Nov 12, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drove all the way here and all you have for me is this beer! I like it and it once again a welcome break from all the overwhelming variety of craft brews! Still not as good as Hamm's though!

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 08, 2018
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3.12/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

24 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - very clear almost like water. light straw color. Medium foam head and some lacing on glass
Smell - smells like yeast, water, hops, and barley and some adjunct perhaps
Taste - It has a metallic sweet taste. Very crisp and refreshing. Quite carbonated. Not bitter really at all but just a small touch of hops. It's pretty simple but its not a bad beer if you just want an ice cold average beer.

Grade is B-

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Sep 25, 2018
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2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste: slight floral hop, thin mouthfeel grain, clean finish, fermented almost fruit nose. Pale gold, crystal clear, smaller delicate head. light body.

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Photo of Cholla
5/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labatt Blue is a solid Canadian pilsner. Easy drinking and refreshing. Crushable on a hot summer day after yard work. Always have enjoyed these. Makes it’s way into my regular rotation. Cheers.

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Cholla from New Jersey, Jul 14, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.25

This has a very classic old-man beer taste. This tastes like your great uncle Ted smells. It’s like an Old Milwaukee, but a little lighter, resulting in a fizzier feel. Honestly, it’s pretty good and quite refreshing.

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Photo of teromous
2.86/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the neck of the bottle: B19825 08:08"

Appearance: The body is a light straw color with a short white head. The head has a creamy texture on the surface and it has very good retention.

Aroma: There is a light herbal hop aroma and a bit of a sweet smelling honey and cereal grain aroma.

Taste: There isn't a lot of flavor here. It has a very light hint of herbal hop character but it is more present in the aftertaste after the cold of the beer has left the mouth. There is a very light presence of malt sweetness that is only enough to let you know that it is there.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with a wet finish. Average carbonation and no bitterness. It is easy to drink.

Overall: It is a clean beer that is made well and is easy to drink. It lacks flavor but it is still a good beer overall. It's not a beer I would recommend looking for but if you want to pick up a few Pilseners then this would be a good choice.

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teromous from Virginia, Jun 03, 2018
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2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale burnished gold, not a lot of smell or taste — Of anything, but sometimes that exactly what you want. Light. Crisp. Easy drinking on a hot day.

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KLHBB from Colorado, May 28, 2018
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3.19/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden with lots of carbonation, clear filtered and topped with 1.5 fingers of white head.

Smells of skunk, cardboard, wet newspaper, haggis, and in particular, sheep stomach.

Tastes of soda water, skunk, light malts, and a hint of offal.

Light body, highly carbonated, and honestly, really covers the ABV.

Got this at the Beer Store in Gravenhurst today, drinking on Lake Muskoka at sunset, May 3rd, 2018. Everything you'd look for in this style of beer.

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patre_tim from Thailand, May 04, 2018
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 2214 ratings