Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
labatt.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,056
Reviews:
653
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
394
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Peter
4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

Photo of sunavamitch
4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

Photo of mgwagman
4.45/5  rDev +66%
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 LisaAnnLynch
4.38/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of recons54
4.35/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Decent head that melts away pretty quick. Light yellow/straw in color.

S - Nothing setting your nose on fire here, simple.

T - Taste is very good too ME, for what it is anyway. A very nice balance, nothing over the top, yet it still has decent body that tastes like beer... not to watery.

M - Above average for a macro.

D - I can drink these all day (and never seem to get a hangover if I do). Great beer for the weekend BBQ or watching the ball game.

Labatts Blue is one of my all time favorites. To me it has a much better taste and body then your average domestic beer (i.e. Coors, Bud, etc.), which drives it's drinkability in my book.

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Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.32/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Smells like it has a slight caramel malt taste, but not an over powering one.

T: Smooth, non-heavy beer! This beer definitely stands out among most beers! Great taste!

O: Definitely a beer to try. My good friend tried it, and labatte became his all time favorite beer. This has always been my favorite! A distinct taste with this beer! Great and amazing taste of Canada!

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.26/5  rDev +59%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

24oz can into a pint glass

Light golden color. Head fizzes quickly, then dissipates with good lacing.

Not much of a smell going on here. Really can't pick up anything.

Taste is refreshingly mild. Not overly sweet, not bitter. And surprisingly not extra corn-filled. It is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, with the proper amount of carbonation. Not overly bubbly, which is a good thing.

Overall, this is a quality Canadian Lager. Anyone who appreciates a simple, yet refreshing brew can appreciate this. No need at all to bash it, as it does indeed have its place in the beer world.

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Photo of ysuwvu
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

Photo of RockinRob925
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

Pours clear, light golden color with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Only a slight lacing. Heavy carbonation, mild flavor but not watery. Hints of citrus and nutty, bitter finish. Easy drinking. A very good everyday beer, even if unremarkable.

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Photo of vicg12
4.23/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best macro you can buy. If I don't feel like spending the money on a micro I pick up some of these. It is on the lighter side but to to light that you can't taste the pilsner flavor, I love pilsners. I can and have drank many in one night with no problem. I attend college near Canada and they are cheaper up here which is what mainly got me started on them, a giant leap in taste from the normal college beer of keystone light, blah. The beer is admititly better in Canada, they are keeping the good stuff for them selves. Ontop of all that they give away cool stuff in thier 24's certain times of the year. Recomend bottles in America and Drafts in Canada.

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Photo of PeskySaurus
4.18/5  rDev +56%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labatt Blue is definitely my favorite beer to drink. The taste is not exceptional the way expensive imports are, rather it is simply a macro brew of Canada. However, I like this beer much better than Budweiser, and the reason ultimately is taste. It has that American Domestic taste like A.B. beers do, yet it is gently covered with some kind of import taste. The beer is easy to get down, meaning not super filling like the fancy dark brews I like to import. The appearance makes no difference to me, it just seems gold like Budweiser, but the smell, like the taste, has an air of import to it if just barely.

This beer is not too heavy, yet not too light. The way I would sum up Labatt Blue for you is "the best of both worlds".

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.15/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer a year ago, and still remember it. Yellow color, fizzy and seemed like it would pair well with seafood, crabs maybe. I will definitely revisit

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Photo of James_Starchuk
4.14/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant tasting Beer all around, not your traditional "Pilsner Hopsy" over the top taste, but still has some of that taste with a slight sweetness with a nice scent. Rate 4/5

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Photo of Kennymbell
4.12/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love labatt for a reasonably cheap beer!

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Photo of steeler
4.06/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labatt Blue, this is the clutch beer for when I am out at bars, or anywhere that serves beer. Since I am a college student, and when I do go out for a beer, I cannot afford much more than domestics at bars. So I drink this. For a macro this is really well done. But it is by no means a pilsner though. The price tag that accompanies this beer is quite ridiculous, at the beer store in Ontario, this retails for 36.50$ a case. By no means is this beer worth that price tag, buy at bars it is the cheapest beer you can buy. I've had this beer, in cans, in bottle, on tap. The different delivery modes, really don't affect this beer at all, it all tastes the exact same. When poured into a glass, it has a nice deep golden yellow color, and nice one inch head that sticks the whole way down. Smells of adjuncts, adjuncts, adjuncts! Specifically corn, and of that stock beer smell. For a macro its average, as they all smell of adjuncts. Blue has a very smooth crisp taste, nice hop bitterness, its surprising to taste hops in a macro, but this has it. Just a real enjoyable taste. Nice full, smooth mouthfeel, very satisfying. This beer is an easy session beer, when cold it goes down like water, and pairs nicely with pizza and chicken wings. I recommend this beer when you are going to a bar, but when staying in to get that buzz, you can do just as well for much much cheaper. I highly recommend this beer! As it is my favorite domestic beer!

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Photo of michiganman48846
4.05/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all the mass-produced North America beers out there, this one tastes the best. Keep in mind, make sure you drink it cold, or it won't taste good (perhaps it's b/c there are no preservatives in this beer)? Anyway, this beer actually has a pleasant taste, no aftertaste, and is best among beers priced in the same catagory such as Bud, Miller Lite and Coors.

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Photo of Trboley
4.05/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mark5692
4.02/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My only problem is that the bottles are only 11.5 oz and cans are 12oz. Hey do the math. Regardless, I'm a big fan of Blue, not so much Blue Light I love the taste and color. Its a beer that serves many purposes, great for getting a buzz, great for relaxing and great for watching sports. Can't really go wrong with Labatt Blue

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4/5  rDev +49.3%

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4/5  rDev +49.3%

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4/5  rDev +49.3%

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4/5  rDev +49.3%

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.68 out of 5 based on 2,056 ratings.
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