Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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64
poor
2,060 Ratings
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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:
2,060
Reviews:
655
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
398
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jcarter1221
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of jbdpsu82
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of dheldman
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of randylangford
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of mrjbrown27
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.28/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

If I were a Canadian eager to prove my country is not "the 51st State," I'd be ashamed to see the maple leaf on this product. It's just all the worst aspects of the standard American "beer." Pale, pale colour--but that is what the style calls for, so a few points there. Plenty of adjunct to assure as little actual flavour as possible. Unless the malt and hops are so well balanced they cancel each other out, like matter and antimatter... nah. The company claims this beer has a "fruity character;" since when are corn and rice fruit?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.28/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of skunky corn and other adjuncts, some malt almost no hops.

T: Flavors of grain and corn are the most prevalent with a little bit of macro sweetness. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence either. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not crisp and not smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: Not tasty at all, the fact that it's not filling is about the only good thing I can say about it. I definitely would not drink it again.

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Photo of ZachT
1.29/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Plain, uninteresting, boring, dull, lifeless

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Photo of slackt
1.3/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of Billydoughnuts
1.35/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Fine for a ball game, that's about it

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Photo of Barraclou
1.36/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Presentation: At the local hockey playoff night, I had it in can and on-tap. Labatt Blue had the reputation of the best-selling beer in Canada a few years ago. Also, that's what you usually got when you order draught pitchers. :(

Appearance: The clear and yellow color is ok. The head was average. A white foamy head lasts on top for a few minutes.

Smell: I didn't smell much. No smell on-tap and a very light one in can. Not exceptionnally good...

Taste: Awful. Pilsner? I would call it an bad adjunct macro.

Mouthfeel: Acid. I felt my tooth feelings melting down. I try to keep it positive, but it is hard to give quality.

Drinkability: I always try to avoid Blue. I rather go with Bud before Blue. Also, Blue is very risky for hangover.

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Photo of misternebbie
1.39/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Best thing about this beer is the free hat they offer as a promotion with the NHL or MLB

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Photo of Sgt_Drunkered
1.4/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A very basic brew. Has a very strong after taste which over whelms the pallet.

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Photo of blackc5
1.4/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Hmm, what to say that hasn't already been said. I recall a time when I actually liked this, and thought it was better then your standard BMC. Maybe it was that appeal of it being an import and all that ice they use in the marketing. Having it again after all these years, and it is just a standard, terrible American (Canadian) Adjunct lager, and although many would claim it is somehow better than your standard BMC, I just don't taste it... Seriously, why even bother drinking this...

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Photo of SMH_NWI
1.43/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of bignick
1.45/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at a Celtics game 4/20/06. Served in a 16oz plastic cup.

This beer is absolutely atrocious. There is no flavor to it whatsoever. It is like drinking flat, flavorless soda. I would take Bud over this any day of the week. It is truly repulsive due to its absolute lack of flavor.

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Photo of ShanePB
1.45/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst AAL I've had the pleasure of tasting. Honestly cannot believe people regularly drink this crap.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.45/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Egg white head that quickly disappears. Straw yellow body.

S--Strong sulfur smell. Watery smell.

T--Faint malt. No perceptible hops. Mineral sulfur taste.

M--thin

D--Just not very good even for this style. Bud of the North.

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very light in texture and flavour, slightly sweet, short finish, very watery, and slightly chemically finish, its obvious that they use the cheapest ingredients possible, not good at all.

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.68 out of 5 based on 2,060 ratings.
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