Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt BlueLabatt Blue
BA SCORE
2.65/5
2,077 Ratings
Labatt BlueLabatt Blue
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
Ranking:
#43,999
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
2,077
pDev:
24.15%
Bros Score:
2.6
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
412
Trade:
0
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3.99/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorites living up here in northern New York right next to the Canadian border!

A- Out of the tap this beer just looks delicious yellow straw color looks like what a beer is supposed to look like.

S- Blue can smell a bit skunky sometimes especially if you let it get the least bit warm.

T- Delicious one of the best thirst quenching beers out there especially after outside all day in the hot sun but once again if it gets the least bit warm it gets skunky.

M- Mouthful is good not thick slightly watery but pretty good.

D- Goes down extremely smooth could drink it all day!

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3.96/5  rDev +49.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having one right now out of a 24 oz. can. I get them the .99 cents at the liquor store down the street from my house. All of my relatives live in Canada so everytime I'm up there i try to have atleast one.

I find it to be a pretty decent beer that's easy to drink and pretty cheap too which never hurt.

Solid beer for a solid price.

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3.86/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. For about two bucks in a giant can it's hard to beat.

Look: Dark yellow, good carbonation, no head.

Smell: Unassuming. Mostly malt, slight fruit.

Taste: Fuller bodied than I was expecting. Decent malt, stronger fruit than the smell, and a slight hoppiness on the finish.

Feel: Decent, but not as substantial as a decent craft brew. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Given the choice between this and most other AALs I'd probably choose this. Decent beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is better than average, the King of Canadian macro breweries.
Please do not confuse the Canadian Blue with its exported counterpart. Yes, taste is similar, but the original is full bodied with a slight after taste and not as sweet...and a tad lighter in colour.

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3.83/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK beer, better that some domestics.

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3.83/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical of a Canadian export. Clean, crispt and simple. Light amber in color with a nice head. Nice blend of hops and malt, but slightly fizzy and bitter (but in a good way). Very drinkable.

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3.82/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My grade may be a little higher than I want it to be, but I can't find any big negatives to bring up. There's nothing special at all about this, and I used to like it a lot back in the day. Maybe I just have a high regard for higher alcoholic beers.

The color is pretty good, not nearly has transparent and water downed like some American lagers. Not much head or fizz going on, and I didn't catch much of a scent. But at ice cold, it's a great lager taste and it will have you reaching for more.

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3.82/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Dorm Room Review

From a steel-blue can, adorned with an auburn maple leaf and ivory and gold character, pours an imported pilsner from the great, mysterious North. I am, of course, referring to the majestic nation of Canada (and in my case, one can drive South to enter Windsor). We all know the Blue, so let's give it a review, eh?
This review was written to the tune of: Godspeed You! Black Emperor's song "Static".

Consumed from the can. I need to save my solo cups.

Appearance: No doubt, Labatt Blue is not an appearance-driven beer. If you've seen one adjunct, you've seen 'em all. Someone should tell Labatt to dye a batch blue in honor of some anti-St.Patrick's Day (John Labatt's birthday, perhaps? Get at me, Labatt Co.!)

Smell: The dense Canadian wilderness. Hints of Yukon moose and oligotropic freshwater perch, particularly from Southern Ontario's Lake Simcoe. Just kidding, Labatt smells like BEER. You know the smell, and depending on your olfactory memory, it can be good or bad.

Taste: A lumberjack from Toronto decided to trek to the Canadian Shield, draped in his sweat-soaked red plaid sweater and tight beaver-skin boots. From a leather pouch, the Canadian unsheathes his beer mug, and plunges it deep into the ancient glaciated Earth. He takes a valiant Canuck swig from his glass, and with the spirit of a thousand Mounties, he shouts in French to the heavens (Quebec), and thus, Labatt was founded. In reality, the lumberjack was pleased by the great, crisp taste of Labatt Blue. Malt, typical adjunct are clear, but some sort of extra character purvey from the usual macro bunch. I can think of no other alcoholic beverage to enjoy after a long day of physical labor. Keep six of these cool in your fridge (or glacier), and enjoy with reckless abandon after quittin' time.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, Canadian. Perfectly sessionable.

Overall: I really like Labatt Blue. In fact, I really like Canada. One of my Polish ancestors, who illegally hopped a boat from the motherland, landed in Canada and lived there before moving to Michigan. Labatt Blue is certainly worth the extra sheckles when faced with the boring Miller and Coors. For full effect: tune into a hockey playoff game, buy three pizzas, invite four or more friends over, and crack open several Labatt Blues as you watch barbarians on ice beat each other up.
Fun fact: if you purchase Labatt from one of Canada's liquor stores (which close by 5pm), the "imported" text will vanish.

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3.82/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a cold bottle into my pint glass 22 June 09. wasn't sure who actually brewed this, so i looked it up.. bought by Interbrew in 1995 (now ABInBev).

A: pours a little greyish-yellow-gold with decent amount of white head, rocky, fades quite fast, but does leave a slight layer on top. crystal clear, carbonation evident in bubbles flowing continually. not bad, but could use better / more head

s: pale malt, maybe a tiny bit of metal? maybe a touch of earthy and floral hops, hm. not much in general though.

T: decent macro lager, crisp and clean, touch of sweet malt corniness, touch of bitter and a bit of floral hop. i'm not generally into adjunct lagers, but i prefer this over many of the same style

m: crisp and spritzy. little watery

d: little taste allows for smooth drinking. not quite like bud light though ;)

overall a decent macro lager, definitely more flavor than some others out there, and i like the floral hop notes, even if they aren't exactly overwhelming. minimal corn notes, more on the rice side of things.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 2,077 ratings
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