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

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652
Ratings:
2,051
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 652 | Ratings: 2,051
Photo of steveh
3.86/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 ribby
2.26/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It might be swill, but in the US it's not Canadian, except for the name. Now brewed in the US by North American Breweries, i.e., Genesee, which also owns Pyramid and Magic Hat. North American in turn is owned by the Costa Rican company FIFCO.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
1/5  rDev -62.7%
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 Vetbidder
3.16/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got a chance to rate this one. Very clear look to this beer. Bready , beery scent. Ya know I remember this being worse than it is. Now I've got a cold can here and I call the flavor gentle, bready and slightly adjunct. It's thin and fairly well carbonated. It's easy to drink cold at least. Nothing exciting here.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.11/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look - Clear yellow, no head or lacing from the pour.

Smell - Metallic, grainy, no hop aroma

Taste - Paper thin grainy body, tastes like rice but I'm not 100% sure, mild sweetness, tinny-metallic aftertaste

Feel - Thin bodied, loads of carbonation, refreshing

Overall - I imagine a bottle wouldn't be as metallic as from the can. Even then it's an ok lighter beer. Good for warm weather.

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Photo of beerguy04
2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a see through golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Smell is skunky and grainy. Taste is the same as smell. Bitter aftertaste. Heavy carbonation. Mouthfeel was light. Overall, just another macro lager.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.32/5  rDev +23.9%
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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Photo of joeseppy
3.56/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking this on and off for at least twenty years. I never paid mind to it lately but when I saw it for 7.99 @ 12pack (and company coming over for a bbq who could don't know any difference) I bought it. So it appears and tastes adjunct and over commercialized. I have to say it's a decent drinking Pilsner for sitting around a fire and just plain drinking. Better than Miller/Bud lite.

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Photo of stratslinger
2.56/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Uses to deliver this beer regularly but never tried it. Found it in a 24 ounce can so I went for it. First drink outta the can was like a cheaper version of Miller Lite. Typically Pilsner, notes of bitterness. Poured into glass. Color was nice golden straw. Lots of bubbles with a thin fizzy head. Mouth feel was heavy carbonation, on the edge to too much. Smelled like an adjunct. Not anything special here, but would be a decent beer for tailgating.

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Photo of S2K-Jeffrey
3.44/5  rDev +28.4%
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 cb500rider
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 thebeers
3.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a finger of airy white head. Smells lightly of corn and very light floral hops -- traditional "beer" flavor. A touch more malts, hops and body than many AAL beers. Good carbonation. Pretty refreshing. Rating within style, which, I know, few people do on this site. Dare to be different!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving : 355 mL Can

Not really much to say about this beer. It's a Canadian AAL.. Golden, Fizzy, not a whole lot of flavour but definitely refreshing. Nothing offensive about this beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.29/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass from right from the bottle.

Appearance: Medium to full bubbles on the body with a white head rising about a notch below a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops and that's it, so light it hurts.

Taste: Light sweet corn with touch of Malts, light tasting and not complex.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, no after taste.

Overall: Eh, definitely a giveaway beer, more for the person who would rather have quantity versus quality. At a bbq and didn't have much of a choice. Salud!

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Photo of matcris
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A clear, golden. Lots of bubbles swirling in the glass. A finger + of off white, creamy head that lasts a while and settles down to a thick layer. Leaves a pretty nice, thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: grassy, bready.
TASTE: Same as aroma, really. Nothing off about the flavor.
FEEL: Medium thin body, good level of carbonation, soft...not as crisp as I would have thought.
OVERALL: Be great for watching the game or a barbeque. Pretty standard Am. adjunct lager but a little softer feel.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [2.75] Very transparent straw to yellow colored beer. There is a small amount of head, less than 1/2 a finger. The head dissipates quickly. The bottle does not list the ABV. There is a date code that I cannot decode.

S: [2.50] Creamed corn, sweet corn, apple juice then maybe a slight wet cardboard.

T: [3.50] Better than the nose. Surprisingly sweet. Tastes a bit like frosted flakes (sweet corn) but not quite that extreme. There is a little bit herbaciousness underneath - but it is subtle.

M: [3.00] Low to medium body. Really crisp and refreshing. Nothing lingers on the tongue.

O: [3.25] I had low expectations but this definitely beat them in the taste category. Maybe I can't separate nostalgia from the beer as a stand alone and that is boosting the score a bit. This is something that you can drink on a dock, grab at a party, use for beer pong. It is not sophisticated but it is a trusty go to when your choices are limited. That was the good news. The bad news is the nose on this is not great. There are off scents and just generally it is not that appealing. Overall this beer has its uses.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.57/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Canadian AAL. Golden, clarity, bubbles, heavy carb, meh appearance under the totality of the circumstances. Smells like corn and grain. Hallmark stuff.

Lots of carbonation, thin in terms of malt and hops. Yeast might be giving it sweetness, could also be the corn syrup. Good in very limited, hot, need of hydration, palate cleansing situations.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

For some reason, the Buffalo Bills haven't realized there's a craft beer revolution happening. I attend one game a year, and this is what I drink. It's crap, gassy terribly carbonated crap. But it beats the Buds of the world, or worse (I suppose) no beer at all.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
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 larryarms847
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow with a fluffy two finger head of foam.

Toasted grains, slight "fruitiness."

Biscuity toasted malts.

Light-bodied high carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, not a great beer but fantastic for a hockey game.

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Photo of Benny_Efkola
3.73/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Honestly, most beer snobs think this is swill, but this is a true northern classic. Any canuck who's worth anything will have a begrudging admiration for this Sunday bbq classic.

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Photo of fireman7575
3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a light watery yellow
S: like an adjunct, corn and grain
T: somewhat flavorless, but refreshing. The only flavor I'd does have is of corn and adjuncts, also, somewhat of a heavy flavor of alcohol for an aal.
F: watery and light
O: pretty good for an aal. Also a good palate cleanser beer.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.59/5  rDev +34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

In the world of Adjunct Lagers, it doesn't really get much better than this.

The beer is creamy and full bodied.
Pleasant flavors of savory granny smith and macintosh apples upfront.
A very smooth, rich, creamy and decadent pilsner malt sweetness complements the fruitiness of the apples mid-taste.
Finishes with a subtle and crispy nip from the hops.
No aroma but it's a macro lager so who cares.

Not bad for a 2$ beer.

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Photo of joecaputi
3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice glass of beer poured from a 24 oz. can. It isn't distinctive in any way, unremarkable but filling and refreshing. It's kind of nicely gassed for a hot day glass of cold beer. It induces a comforting eructation not a bold Homer Simpson "BLARR!" The beer tastes like what beer, without expectations, is supposed to be like. There is no depth nor any complexity to this brew. I found no wheat nor any separate grain for that matter, just generic yeast food. Hops are an afterthought here. Yet when all is said and done I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of NateDyk47
1.73/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Oh man is this beer terrible. Only reason I bought it was because it's $1 beer night at a local baseball game. I'd forgotten how much I hate Labatt. It sufficed while I was in college, but now that I'm an adult I have to remember not to buy this shit anymore.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.68 out of 5 based on 2,051 ratings.
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