Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

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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Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar, golden color with a small fast fading white head leaving some nice lace as I sipped it down. Aroma was a simple Adjunct Lager with a touch of sweetness, flavor followed with a sweetness that put a step above just OK. Ice cold while doing whatever would work with this beer, it has history and that's alright. Not a bad brew overall.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a big foamy white head.

The smell is a very slight hop/malt mix. It doesn't smell offensive compared to other AAL's

The taste is a bit of malt and hops that finishes crisp and clean.

The mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Can easily, and many times have, pound back quite a few of these a night. This is my go-to AAL.

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Photo of BierFan
3.47/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Decent white head. Clear yellow colored body.

Smell: Smell of pale malts. No skunk, no hops. It actually smells really good, I'm surprised.

Taste: Taste is of pale malts. No hops are present. Kind of a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, but that's par for the course.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. This might be my new go to beer for places that have bad beer selections.

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Photo of punky796
3.46/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden amber, about a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly, not much lacing.

S - Malts, alcohol, hops. Beer.

T - Malts, alcohol, toastiness, a certain chewy muskiness (a good word someone else here used) that I would use to describe beers such as this or Molson, Black Label, etc.

M - Not too bad, actually. Dry without too much of a macro kick. Medium-high carbonation and satisfactory aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. One of the best adjuncts/macros.

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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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Photo of MMansfield
3.45/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 8 pack from the Musquodoboit Harbour NSLC for the years first fishing trip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow straw colour with a fluffy bone white cap. Settles a bit slowly to a thin layer, leaves a little lace.

Aroma: Very sweet, honey, grass, corn, possibly some light floral hops.

Taste: Mostly Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Sweet and grainy, some hops, not much. Low bitterness, not much at all in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I guess this is where it becomes a 'pilsner'. Somewhat soft, not as much carbonation comparable macros.

Final Statement: This last one poured into a pils glass at home was no where near as enjoyable as the 7 I drank from the can on the lake. I guess there's just something about throwing cans of beer in a rucksack and drinking them in the wilderness. Regardless, this is one of the better macros, and its filled with memories of watching Labatt Blue Jays Baseball as a kid, so I go to it every so often for certain occassions. I'm reviewing it as a macro lager, but a macro lager is still a macro lager so I can't exactly give it 5's even though its one of the better ones.

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Photo of S2K-Jeffrey
3.44/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labatt's Blue is the first beer I ever had so I am slightly sentimental about it. But trying to be as objective as possible, Blue is a pretty decent and drinkable brew. It's fairly clean tasting with mild hop finish. Initially quite fizzy, It tends to go flat after sitting so it's best to swill it down fast when you're thirsty - like after a hard hockey game.
Blue is a slightly above average Canadian beer, so it's head and shoulders superior to A-B Budweiser, Coors or Miller.

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

A crystal clear golden body rests below a short, creamy, bright white head. The retention is limited, and it shortly drops to a thin surface covering; although it does leave some thin streaks and spotty lace. The nose offers a twist on the generic beer aroma with the addition of some mild, hay-like graininess; a touch of fruitiness; and some very "background" hops. The body is light/medium ; and its crisp in the mouth with a vibrant carbonation. The flavor delivers a thin, sweetish, obviously adjunct-laden (there's no real grain flavor present) malt that's balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with little residual aftertaste. It's not a bad mass-produced lager by any means. In fact, it's probably one of the better ones. But the slightly elevated hop bitterness leaves me wanting more, and it's just not there. No real hop aroma, no hop flavor, no real graininess. Crisp and well-balanced, but lacking in character.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow, more so than Molson in my opinion. Also lots of carbonation at first, then it goes away.

Smell: Sweet, in a weird way. Kind of piney. Not gross, but not like beer. Very odd.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Also kind of sweet and piney. Neither hoppy nor very malty. Kind of watery and sticky as well, but it's above-averagely smooth.

Drinkability: The watery texture makes it drinkable, but the taste makes it average.

Overall: My overall grade for this will probably leave the impression that I don't like this beer. That's not true thought. However given the grading criteria, Labatt Blue is an average beer, much in line with BMC products. It probably tastes better, but I'm not sure it's worth the extra cost. There are good domestic alternatives.

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

1/2 inch fizzy white head that slowly dissipates to a collar around the top. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Clear, sparkling pale gold body with good lacing. Hint of corn? in the aroma. Initial medium bitter flavor, with a light short finish. Watery, light to medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent example of the style that is more drinkable than others.

Pours a typical straw yellow with a white head that receeds somewhat quickly. Smells of blunt corn and mild hops. The taste has almost no bitterness and is mostly muted malts and corn. Still the flavors are blended well enough to make a smooth and crisp beverage. Slight corny sweetness in the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. This beer taste a lot less watered down and processed than the BMC beers. Overall it's a lousy style of beer and Labatt made the best of it. A refreshing brew when one drinks cold.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head to it with a slight lace left behind. The smell is of corn grains and some faint floral hops. The taste is a sweet malt and some floral hops that give a hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little watery and moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability is above average for this one. If you judge it against other adjuncts it is an above average beer, it has some complexity and some hops attached to the grains.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. A light pale yellow with a thin off white head that had a little lacing and retention and well carbonated.
S. Has the typical grains and malt smell that most mass produced Canadian and American commercial beers have.
T. The taste is a grainy and biscuit taste with some hops in the back to give your tastebuds some kick.
M. A very clean, crisp and easy drinking beer.
O. One of the very few commercial beers out there that I would buy again when I am low in money. The best AAL out there.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I agree with the previous comment that there is indeed a hype about Canadian beers. I do, also, agree that I appreciate there not being adjuncts in this beer. Anyway...

This beer pours a pale yellow with a medium white head. It has a very thin aroma to it with a bit of malt and a mere hint of hops. The taste was light and crisp with not much depth or body. Hop flavor was only slightly present. The body was, however, free of adjunct corn and rice flavors which was a plus. Consistency was thin and carbonation was medium/high.

Not much here as far as depth of taste, but this is definately an upscale beer of the style. It is very drinkable as a session beer, and it is popularly used as such. It should definately be chosen over many American rivals, but does not have any miraculous quality for being Canadian.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.39/5  rDev +27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow golden, clear, pours with very little head that disappears instantly. No lacing.

S: Classic clean beer smell. Light and easy. Wheat, grain.

T: The taste of this beer always reminds me of beer and peanuts at a baseball game. Brings back great memories - but it's nothing too special. Just a really really easy to drink refreshing delicious beer.

M: Light carbonation. Easy on the palate, slight tingle.

O: Just a descent all around beer. Of the basic cheap beers, Labatt Blue is a favorite. Easy to drink and as refreshing as water.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with good clairty. Two fingers of head retain surprisingly well for a macro, doesn't leave any lacing though. Grain and pale malt are about the only aromas present. The taste is the same, with the addition of a semi-skunky hops that smooth mouthfeel and give it a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, if not a little watery with even carbonation, and an almost nil aftertaste. The nice light flavor and drinkability make this one of your better macros.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Extremely clear faint yellow, with a slightly frothy head that dissipates after about 30 seconds with some small lacing clinging for dear life on the edges of the glass.

S: nothing much to speak of, a hint of floral adjuncts, maybe some corn. All in all it's very faint.

T: Smooth, watery, a few notes of lager citrus sweetness, and a slight hint of metallic. Very inoffensive flavors, but on the flip side nothing to really hold you attention.

M: Extremely smooth, probably one of the best parts of this beer.

D: Upfront, it really isn't much to speak of, nothing jumps out or draws you to it, that being said it's not terrible and is a good doppelganger to the american macro's. All in All you can knock back a plenty of these, I'd drink again.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are the normal macro cereal taste.When served cold this is a fresh pleasant tasting beer.Good for watching hockey games or any sport at that matter.I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale straw color with 1/2 inch head. Hardly any aroma to speak of. Taste is crisp and not bad, although a tad bland. Refreshing in the mouth and good drinkability. Overall this is a very average beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super aggressive pour gives a 4 finger pour which dissipates slower than expected. Large carbonation bubbles along the outside of the glass and some nice frothy head which dissipates slowly. Straw yellow beer which is mostly translucent.

S: Picking up some wheat and alcohol, not much here.

T: Little bit of malt profile to start, followed by corn and some very faint citrus. Nothing stands out here.

M: High carbonation, light bodied.

D: Rather drinkable, goes down light.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It's super simple, with really no depth or complexity at all, but it's a really great representation of the style and it's eminently refreshing. Sometimes you want a clean, simple, cheap, thirst-quenching beer that you don't have to scrutinize, and at those times, you could do a lot worse than a nice cold Labatt's.

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Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically what I think of when i think of pilsner. Growing up in Detroit it is basically a domestic and my go to beer of choice. That being said it is not distinctly flavorful or original but it is fun and easy to drink.

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Photo of jabel9
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

OK, I was raised on Blue. Having said that, it is not the kind of beer that competes with the great breweries of the world. For a Macro, however, I find this beer exceptionally drinkable. The color is a nice gold with a frothy head (which disappears quickly). Lacing is not apparent. The smell is somewhat tinny. The taste is above average for most macro brews. A good session beer. There's nothing like rolling to a Buffalo Bills game with some Labatts Blue, a grill and a bunch af good friends! Cheers!

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labattt Blue....

Appearance-pours a nice golden color with a huge three fingers of fizzy head, the head layers and then settles on top in a dense cloud.

Smell-fairly Budweiser like, hints of rice and grain, no real hop or malt aroma to speak of.

Taste-crisp taste, grainy on the tale end, a decent hoppy juiceness does come through and show itself here. Goes down smoothly and finishes wiht a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-grainy with slight malt, hop, and probably some DNS as well, but it does the job, minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability-stands up to any American style lager in this department, whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you, but for the style it's fine.

Overall-this beer is underrated, yes believe it folks. While it isn't by any means close to craft beer lager Labatt Blue is among the best Macro lager buys around. Crisp, refreshing, adequetely flavored, and smooth. Does the job in a pinch at places where craft beer isn't available.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labatt's has been in and out of my rotation since I could belly my way up to a bar. It's an unofficial beer of Michigan summers. You're not going to be blown away drinking one but you won't be disappointed. It's a day on the lake, at the ballgame kinda brew. Dont let the score here fool you, if you gotta have a beer and it's a choice between Labatt's or some BMC, take the Labatt's without a second thought.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.67 out of 5 based on 2,048 ratings.
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