Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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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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Ratings: 2,096 |  Reviews: 662
Photo of Greasy
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kraut6363
2.03/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of edthehead
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Six-pack purchased at a duty free shop in Roosville, British Colombia.

This macro lager is better than average.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: brilliant straw with rapidly rising bubbles under a 3" pure white foam cap with good retention

S: light grains, very faint apple and fruit, fresh flour and some floral notes and a very faint hint of sulfur

T: bread crumb, low levels of fruit, a hint of apple peel, low levels of floral and spice, a light sweetness and a moderately bitter hop finish

F: medium light body with medium low levels of carbonation

O: drinkable, reasonably refreshing

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Photo of jbehlar
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corywalston
3.06/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StormAles
2.92/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nace4
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an above average mainstream lager.

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Photo of pro45
3.14/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, no date. Aggressive pour into pint glass produces a foamy white head. Very light straw color. Looks like a light beer. Smell is corn, rice, sweetness. Taste is rice, some creamed corn, adjuncts, some hops on the finish. Well carbonated and refreshing when ice cold, as my can was. Very crisp and clean. Much better choice than Bud, High Life, Red Stripe, Landshark, etc. Can't beat $16.99 for a 30 pack.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
2.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dd53grif
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TCP2017
3.65/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look and Smell- First impressions may suggest Labatt is nothing too special. In this respect, it's a typical lager. Bold aroma, light yellow color, and thick suds.

Taste and Feel- This is where it takes the cake. The aftertaste is minimal, it goes down smoothly, and it's not as bitter as the smell would suggest. This is also one of the cheaper beers on the market; price-wise, of course.

Overall- Labatt may not be as refined or revered as a craft brew, but it is the epitome of a tried-and-true favorite.

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Photo of jkblr
3.47/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle (B13725) poured into a pils glass at fridge temp (no ABV on bottle or website). The beer is a bright light straw yellow color with white head that actually hangs around and a bit of lacing. The smell is faint of malt and hops. The taste is a bit sweet with no off flavors and finishes with a subtle hop flavor and touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes almost clean. There is a bit of soapy feel on the finish but it is light. Overall, very good. This is what I expect in a well done AAL. Clean with no off flavors and it actually maintains a head as you drink it.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.07/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CharlesK
3.04/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of swim
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Transparent light gold yellow, foamy white head

S: A bit funky, some floral hops and sweet graininess.

T: A bit more funky, a slight lagery bite, similar to the smell with muted floral grassy hops and sweet toasty grains. Acceptable weak aftertaste.

F: Rather little carbonation, a slight creamy thickness, a bit warming, quite smooth.

O: Not very crisp or complex in flavour (of course) or exceptionally refreshing but I am pleasantly surprised with this beer. I must admit it's not as bad as I thought it might be but it also does not have that crisp refreshing lagery boldness I Was hoping it might have.

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Photo of Johncnh
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Trboley
4.05/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesGrove
3.8/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steveh
3.66/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 JohnTurano
2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of ribby
2.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -62.3%
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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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 2,096 ratings
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