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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

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Photo of ommegangpbr
1.65/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Even when it's a 12 pack for $6 this stuff is hard to swallow.
I've done it before, sure, but I probably won't do it again.
Always tastes and smells a little... off; perhaps skunked but I think it tastes and smells that way when fresh. Maybe they're using moldy ingredients.
Not good.
Not even average.

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Photo of Hoss76
1.66/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I want to like this but it's just another adjunct beer heavily marketed around here. I guess moderate carbonation made the mouthfeel ok and it is not completely offensive when cold. Corn aroma and taste become more pronounced as it warms. Perhaps it gets a gold star for nostalgia sake.

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Photo of donmonkey1
1.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Weak straw yellow with no head and little carbonation.

Smell: Skunk and nothing else.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains, skunk.

They really shouldn't sell this beer. I don't know how they stay in business. It tastes like sweet skunk. It's so weak though, it could be a lot more objectionable. I've actually had a lot worse but this is definitely not worth drinking.

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Photo of BARFLYB
1.69/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On-Tap at a party, this is a short review because there is not much to write about.

A- Light gold with yellow mixed in. A minimal sparse white head that faded quick like a bunny. No lacing.

S- Sorry, this smells like old corn with old expired knock off malt. These are all extremely light. Nothing more to see here.

T- Labatt is the most "carbonated water" tasting macro that i've ever had. No hops come out at all. Corn and malt. This really does not have a distinguishable taste, it's carbonated water no more no less.

M- Very crisp and light but not refreshing. This is also highly carbonated and it almost hurt my mouth when I attempted to sip it. I expected a smoother ride with the light nature of this style.

D- Not so much, could not finish my glass, I watered the nearby flowers with the rest of my ounces of this, hopefully they dont die.

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Photo of rye726
1.7/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clearish yellow witha quickly disappearing white head. Very mild stale hop aroma. A decent malt profile here, I can almost taste them. Easy to drink as it taste much like water. A little bitter stinge keeps it from being too exciting. The Canadian version of an American version of a European version discount beer. I would pass on this in the future and go for a water.

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Photo of Groucho75
1.71/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The big blue can; felt like a lager but didn't want a sixer. Hey, sometimes you feel like mac and cheese from a box, right?

Appearance isn't bad; clear, sudsy and highly effervescent with a head that lingers for a little longer than expected. Pale, pale yellow on the color.

Smell wise, it's got that skunky adjunct aroma all over it. Thought I detected some hops but it may have been the leftover Saaz pellets in the fridge that somehow escaped the baggie... Nope, just took another whiff and there is nothing close to hops. Not even grass or corn sugars to save it.

Taste is sharp and flat at the same time. Nothing close to a real lager. Holy cow, I actually would rather have a Budweiser or a Schlitz than this.

Aside from the sharp finish, the mouthfeel isn't bad. If you want a beer you can pound all night and not get beer fatigue, this would be it. If it's under $5 for a pitcher or something at the pizza joint, you'd probably be okay after a few glasses and no longer care.

Beer soda. It's like you had half a can of flat beer and a can of soda water and decided to resuscitate the beer.

Overall I"m sorry I chose this over the Molson XXX I was about to pick up. Hey, for $2 I can't be too mad. Good thing I've got some homebrew in the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth!

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Photo of nortmand
1.71/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Canadian swill.
Pours a tinge more straw yellow than the typical American maco lager, with a bit of white foam. If it weren't for the streaming bubbles, this would easily be mistaken for urine.
Smells like my early undergrad years. Tinny, keggy, sour, vomit type smell. Not appealing.
If anything can be said for the taste of this beer, it's that there is no bad flavor, in fact there is no flavor. Just some bubbles.
Retried this after a coworker said that he loved Canadian beer- especially Labatt's.

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Photo of CMUbrew
1.71/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

P: 12 oz can poured into a mug

A: Poured with a three finger sudsy white head that soon dissipated to a thin foamy ring. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Pale yellow color.

S: Smells like an adjunct lager as expected.

T: Watery on the start with a slightly bitter finish. Not a very good taste. Aftertaste is even less enjoyable.

M: The carbonation is evident in the mouthfeel, as this beer feels quite foamy in the mouth.

O: I really didn't enjoy this beer. I'm glad the cans I got were free. Can't recommend this one at all.

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I was not a big fan of Labatt Blue the only time I ever tried it. While sitting around a camp fire for a field trip in Grand Marais, Michigan, I was given one of these beers. The smell of the beer was horrible, while the taste of it wasn;t much better. I may give it another try sometime, but i am not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
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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Photo of changeup45
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a moderate to large head for the style that fizzles away rather quickly. Corn, grainy, some sweet malty mixture but this is bad and actually not really drinkable. A bit skunky. I recall not even liking this one in College and I hardly had beer standards way back then.

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Photo of ElGuapo
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

hey this is great beer! my friend tells me. then again, his favorite is Bass ale. well, i gave it a shot. not surprisingly, it sucked. tried it later on draught, and it was still no good. light and mediocre

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Photo of PatrickJR
1.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow. A half-inch of head rises and falls very quickly leaving a thin collar. No lace.

S - Very mild biscuity malt with a hint of grassiness.

T - There is virtually no taste. A vague lemony/grassy notes hits the sides of the tongue near the finish. Otherwise, there is NOTHING going on here.

M - Light bodied and water. A very low carbonation. A beer like this should be crisp, and it isn't. Very similar to water.

D - Bleh. Other American macros serve their purpose better. This is completely devoid of flavor and character, a poor example of the style and a poor beer overall.

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Photo of shbobdb
1.76/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Holy Houseparty, this is one foul beer. I would rather drink Bud Light. Heck, almost any beer I can think of.
The taste is straight-up adjunct. No redeeming qualities, no malt flavours, just a thin-bodied waste of calories.
Even for an American Macro lager this is a foul, foul beer.

Even for the style, just not a good beer. The only reason I can think the Bros would recommend it is as a lesson in pain and appreciation of much better beers.

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Photo of kkleu357
1.76/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared a pitcher with the bowling team. They always have a different $7 pitcher and this week was Labatt. Wow was it bad. Ugly traw colored body. Taste like stale Bud with some sugar water added. I don’t mind when the $7 pitcher special is Pabst, Coors, or Miller, but this stuff was terrible. We ended up not finishing the pitcher :(

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Photo of Jackson2014
1.77/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

This isn't very nice. But there is something slightly decent about it.

Pours like keystone light. Hmm

Smells like nothing, but cold urine comes to mind a little.

Tastes decent. But the immediate aftertaste is not enjoyable.

Overall I do not like this beer. Although there is something nice about it which I cannot place. high school nastalgia? Sorta yuck

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Photo of MSchae1017
1.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was tased in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a nice golden color but there is no head or lace. The smell is dominated by corn as is the taste. This is quite overwhelming. It feels overcarbonated and watery. Overall though it is easy to drink compared to others in its style.

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Photo of merlin48
1.8/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sampling from the "create a sixpack" at a local grocery. In college,many years ago, I thought this was a fine beer. It pours a very pale yellow body with an unimpressive white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is faint, some herbal hops and a hint of skunk. Very light bodied, almost watery, but well carbonated. Taste is minimal. A hint of corn syrup and some grassy hops, nothing else to note. Nothing horrible, but nothing to recommend it.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.8/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- clear, pale yellow with thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace.

S- Very faint, hints of corn, grains, and not much else.

T- Corn, grain, bright fruit like green apples, and slight funk.

M- Watery, thin and fizzy

D- Very poor and boring.

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Photo of thatruth
1.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

picked up a 12 pack from the Safeway near Alaska Junction in West Seattle to get drunk about a month ago. found one hiding in the back of the fridge. 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

pours 1/8" head with no color that dissipates quickly. minimal, slippery lacing. piss yellow body with a few bubbles throughout.

smells like Canada. ha...East Hastings, maybe. smells of corn, weird hops. malty, boozy aroma.

tastes like this should be a craft beer only website. tastes like every other "american adjunct lager" or whatever the hell. tastes identical to a warm, dry sprite - even though it's fresh out of the freezing fridge.

mouthfeel is comparable to a pale, low alcohol, cheap champagne. fritzy and uncomfortable. club soda-esque.

Labatt!! whatever that means in French, it must be close to the f-word.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, 5-finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear, very pale amber color, similar to urine. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly skunky. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight hoppy finish. Slightly more flavor than Blue Light. $1.50 for a 340ml from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brilliant straw color. The white 2 finger head is quickly dead. Nothing special.

Flavors and aromas of corn with a fruity/sugary feel. Very faint taste but well balanced.
Slight metallic smell.

Light slick body with average carbonation. Short and faint sugary finish.

Overall : Bland beer with added sugar to compensate. Still feels relatively fresh.

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Photo of tempest
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, I didn't expect it, but it makes sense in hindsight. This tastes worse than it's light version. I guess the additional flavor is more than it can handle. If you're going to drink this beer, I guess the key is to not let it warm up at all. Chilled, its plain and sweet, but all sorts of nasties come out with warmth.

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Photo of marburg
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like piss.
Smells like piss.
Tastes like piss.

Yet somehow -- not piss!

Had to suffer through this at a wedding the other night. It's not as terrible as, say, Coors Light, but that's a lot like saying "having my arm removed isn't as terrible as having my body ground into tiny bits."

Golden, carbonated, decent head -- though very little retention. So it's hardly a bad looking beer, but I swear that you can taste the adjuncts in this thing. And don't even try sipping this. You chug it. Or you run the risk of having to pay for your lack of quaffing speed by having to suffer through drinking the chemistry set in a pint glass.

Definitely a party beer at best.

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Photo of woemad
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a 12'er purchased at a Safeway in Spokane. I decided to buy a 12er of cheap beer for summer drinking/Mariner-related sorrow-drowning. This and Kokanee were each on sale in the same quantity for $7.99. I chose this because I'd never had it before and figured "What the Hell." I chose poorly.

Poured a dark pale (if that makes any sense) gold color. Rather easy to see through a glass of this stuff. Big noisy white head that sounded like a bowl of rice crispies. Said head dropped faster than Howard Dean in the primaries. Not one bit of lace left behind.

Smell is of a bland sweetness similar to corn. It's like sniffing a cold glass of vegetable oil.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell: bland and slightly sweet. The warmer this gets, the more unpleasant it is to drink. It's okay just emerging from the fridge, but for God's sake don't let this sit around for a while.

Mouthfeel is thin, yet creamy. Weird.

This is drinkable in a cold beer on a hot day kind of way. Drink it ice cold, there's nothing to gain by letting it warm up. This is better than most US macros, but that's like saying Jeffrey Dahmer was better than Jack the Ripper. Kokanee will remain my go-to cheap pale lager. It's nothing to fear from this.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.67 out of 5 based on 2,049 ratings.
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