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Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 2,174 |  Reviews: 680
Reviews by prototypic:
Photo of prototypic
2.35/5  rDev -12%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very transparent gold to yellow color. Foamy one finger head dissipated very rapidly and left very, very light lacing behind.

Smell: Not much a smell at all. I'm picking up traces of corn (and perhaps some wheat). There's a very, very minute trace of malt in there, but not much. Hops are not anywhere on the radar.

Taste: I actually think this is a decent macro. There's a little bit of hoppiness and malt to it. Faint grain and corn flavors are noticeable. It's light bodied and somewhat watery. But, it's drinkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It goes down easy enough. But, it's not quite tasty enough for me to session this beer. Overall, it's drinkable. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. But, it doesn't offend me.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.7/5  rDev +76%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers i've ever had, I can't believe some of these reviews. This is my favorite beer, this and moslon canadian. Defiently my beer of choice. Pours a nice golden colour, with a nice tall frothy head. This is a great beer hands down. I love it in a cold glass, in a can, I just love it. My absolute favorite beer, if you are looking for a great beer this is it. Two thumbs way up. This beer is definetly recommend, these reviews are messed up, this is a great beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
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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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 1/8/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch fruity, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not too watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the ABV. Clean malt/corn flavors and mild earthy hop balance. Solid barley presence, not too heavy on the corn. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tank880
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

I just like this. It is mostly a historical liking on my part. But it's a nice standard pilsner.

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Photo of cb500rider
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a native of Baja Canada (Michigan) I was exposed to Labatt Blue, Molson and Moosehead at a young age. I joined the military after high school and forgot all about Blue. After Twenty years abroad (California/Florida) I visited a buddy and we attended a Detroit Tigers game. I had several Labatt's Blues and liked it. Several years later one of my favorite pubs, owned by a Buffalo, NY native, became the only bar in NE Florida to have Blue on-tap. I tried a draft and it quickly became one of my guilty pleasure beers. Its so smooth and far better than Bud-Miller-Coors on those hot Florida summer days. At 5% ABV it packs a little more kick too. Also, did I mention, its an import that costs less than all the domestics.

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Photo of KLHBB
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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Photo of willcull78
3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is Blue the best beer? No. Is it a good pilsener? Yes, yes it is. Having gone through roughly 48 bottles of this brew in the past month ($9.99 for a 12-pack here in the states) I can say for a fact that it is a very good beer for the price. It certainly has a nice sweet taste. I do like it. It is not a heavy beer as many ales can be but a light, refreshing beer. Had some with some BBQ just yesterday. It was great; and I do recommend you try some.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: brilliant straw with rapidly rising bubbles under a 3" pure white foam cap with good retention

S: light grains, very faint apple and fruit, fresh flour and some floral notes and a very faint hint of sulfur

T: bread crumb, low levels of fruit, a hint of apple peel, low levels of floral and spice, a light sweetness and a moderately bitter hop finish

F: medium light body with medium low levels of carbonation

O: drinkable, reasonably refreshing

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.85/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

By far my favorite Canadian AAL that I have tried so far, and the only one that merits the extra cash. I often find this in convenience stores in the pint cans.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.45/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A reasonably priced good mass market beer. Seems to be rather fresh here where I live and moderately priced. Drinks easy smells of cereal and grain, and it also rather creamy. Taste is just very refreshing. Despite not being all that complex it is one of the finest pilsners for the mass market! For the price it is a good beer.

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Photo of RonM5xho
2.79/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Very clear light yellow, Good head when poured but does not last long, very little lacing. S: very little maltyness but not funky either. T: bland and generic, really can't taste any malt or hop. M: good carbonation that doesn't over fill the mouth, dare I say crisp. O: Better than Bud and less expensive in my area than Bud.

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Photo of pro45
3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, no date. Aggressive pour into pint glass produces a foamy white head. Very light straw color. Looks like a light beer. Smell is corn, rice, sweetness. Taste is rice, some creamed corn, adjuncts, some hops on the finish. Well carbonated and refreshing when ice cold, as my can was. Very crisp and clean. Much better choice than Bud, High Life, Red Stripe, Landshark, etc. Can't beat $16.99 for a 30 pack.

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Photo of PMakowski
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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Photo of jkblr
3.47/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle (B13725) poured into a pils glass at fridge temp (no ABV on bottle or website). The beer is a bright light straw yellow color with white head that actually hangs around and a bit of lacing. The smell is faint of malt and hops. The taste is a bit sweet with no off flavors and finishes with a subtle hop flavor and touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes almost clean. There is a bit of soapy feel on the finish but it is light. Overall, very good. This is what I expect in a well done AAL. Clean with no off flavors and it actually maintains a head as you drink it.

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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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Photo of Yooperdrinker31
3.27/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I personally love labatt blue. First beer I ever drank. Definitely my go to for aal. It's as cheaper than bud where I am, and tastes better. It has a taste that never gets old.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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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Photo of ajm5108
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

What you see is what you get - run of the mill, easy to drink, easy to turn your nose up at but it is perfectly fine as an adjunct sipper in normal circumstances

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Photo of swim
2.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Transparent light gold yellow, foamy white head

S: A bit funky, some floral hops and sweet graininess.

T: A bit more funky, a slight lagery bite, similar to the smell with muted floral grassy hops and sweet toasty grains. Acceptable weak aftertaste.

F: Rather little carbonation, a slight creamy thickness, a bit warming, quite smooth.

O: Not very crisp or complex in flavour (of course) or exceptionally refreshing but I am pleasantly surprised with this beer. I must admit it's not as bad as I thought it might be but it also does not have that crisp refreshing lagery boldness I Was hoping it might have.

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Photo of IronLover
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an obnoxious 24oz can with a Philadelphia Flyers logo on it. I hate the Flyers. This was sort of a gag Christmas gift from my God son. Pale yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick, soapy, fizzy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Aromas of grainy malt, fiber cereal and light sweet malt. No hop aromas, fruit or esters. Light bodied with robust, lightly acidic carbonation through the middle followed by a thin creaminess near the finish. Flavors are similar to aromas. Grainy malt and cereal flavor with light, sweet maltiness beneath. Medium light acidic bitterness in the middle cuts the sweetness followed by light herbal hops, cereal malt, and a clean finish. Slammable, light and refreshing. This is one of the better adjunct lagers I’ve had. No offensive aromas or flavors with a good appearance, nice feel, and decent flavor profile for the style.

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Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Back in the late '70s and early to mid-'80s I used to vacation at our family home in Northern Michigan almost every summer. In those days good beer was hard to find in the wilderness and, more often than not, we'd pick up Canadian imports. Labatt Blue became a favorite and I'd even pick it up as a "change-of-pace" back home.

I honestly haven't tried it in about 30 years, so I had a rush of nostalgia. Going to rate it to the AAL spec's (1B. American Lager in the current BJCP Guidelines).

Couldn't find any discernible dating anywhere, so I took a chance on the $5 six-pack. Label calls this beer a "Canadian Pilsener," pretty sure it wasn't labeled as such in the '80s. Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Clear, very pale straw color with a sudsy, somewhat meager, white head.

S -- Surprisingly bready aroma up front with some lightly harsh grain back. Some light phenols with warmth.

T -- Grainy to lightly corny flavor up front with some mildly citrus and spicy bitterness and little to no aftertaste, but for some lingering corn* character.

F -- Body is light and crisp with a spritzy, thin mouthfeel.

O -- I honestly don't know if this is the beer I remember from the old days, but I wouldn't call it a Pilsner today. On the other hand, as an Adjunct Lager, this beer fits that bill quite well. You get what you expect and it's actually easy drinking and refreshing -- the epitome of a great lawnmower beer. I could see having this on hand for summer quaffing after particularly rigorous chores or just enjoying the patio.

*FWIW -- The Labatt web site claims barley only in this beer. This may be true, but there's a distinct corn sweetness in the finish of this beer -- maybe from the yeast strain?

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Photo of Cramshawbar
1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Continuing my series on drinking disastrous brews, Labatt is something I have attempted a few times when I was younger, but was never able to finish, due to the awful carbonation.
So let's see. The nose is pure stink. The pour is sparkling wine like, with an ugly, bland colour.
The taste is pure crap. Just an embarrassment. Nondescript, lightly malted water, with no aftertaste. Very gasy.
If this is beer, what do you call actual beer? Canadians ought never to make fun of Americans for their beer while Labatt is one of their best selling weasel pisses.

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Photo of TCP2017
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look and Smell- First impressions may suggest Labatt is nothing too special. In this respect, it's a typical lager. Bold aroma, light yellow color, and thick suds.

Taste and Feel- This is where it takes the cake. The aftertaste is minimal, it goes down smoothly, and it's not as bitter as the smell would suggest. This is also one of the cheaper beers on the market; price-wise, of course.

Overall- Labatt may not be as refined or revered as a craft brew, but it is the epitome of a tried-and-true favorite.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.46/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as adjunct lagers go, this is a better one. Great appearance with color and head. Nose is a weak spot though with some cereal grain and hint of canned veggies, but the flavor on the palate is a decent malty-grainy taste with balance of hops to make it have some overall flavor worth enjoying. Too many adjunct lagers seem designed to have as little flavor as possible, but this one is more flavor forward and a decent flavor. If I was a regular adjunct drinker, then this would be in my fridge fairly often.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.67 out of 5 with 2,174 ratings