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

BEER STATS
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#44,171
Reviews:
674
Ratings:
2,142
pDev:
24.06%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: thin white head on a clear straw colored body.

S: sweet corn and grains. Typical.

T: very very watery up front. Sweet corn comes in at the finish with mild hints of lemon. Mild grain notes throughout. Nothing offensive though.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: not offensive but also lacking on flavor may it be offensive or not. Overall drinkable and about what I expected.

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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

you know, as the cheap after hockey beers go, i dont mind this. in the craft context, its obviously crap, but in the cheap beer world, its decently solid. the pour is of course an adjuncty piss color, with a marshmallowy white head. nose is watery malts, generic yeast, and a touch of aluminum. flavor is the same as the nose, slightly less off, bready malts, a lot more flavor than the blue light. aftertaste is a little metallic, but comparably less so. drinkability is high with a pretty light body and very active carbonation. it turns the stomach a bit, which has to knock it down a peg, but after a hockey game or on the golf course, there is a lot worse you can do for yourself than one of these. even some bready grain complexion for a second in the middle, but cleaned up by the end. needs to be ice cold though too, even a few degrees warmed up this becomes almost undrinkable. better than the larger macro stuff i think in a lot of instances, but still mediocre yellow beer as they go. some very loyal drinkers back east though...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly below average beer that is drinkable but the vegetal quality I am getting in the flavor isn't too enjoyable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
2.24/5  rDev -15.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Knapp85
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue is a pretty decent drinking beer. It's best when it's ice cold. It's much like other Pale Lagers, Yellow in color, dissipating head, and pretty smooth tasting. I'd go for a Labatt's before ever going after Miller or Bud. This beer gives us some good flavors and it could easily be much worse.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
1/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of metter98
2.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin layer bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of corn along with notes of rice. No bitterness is really noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't seem as watery compared to some of the other beers in the style. There's no "off" flavors.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. First night in the Big Smoke for an extended work stay, and it's hot and humid, as expected. The only nearby place open after my late evening arrival doesn't exactly scream brewpub. Ah well, expense account fried food will just have to do.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves some randomly weak instances of ocean upswell lace around the quickly-defrosting glass as it readily dissolves in front of my eyes.

It smells of a pithy, grainy, corny, neighbourhood bar floor sweetness, a bit of less-than-boozy alcohol notes, acetone, and grassy, dead vegetal hops. The taste is a halting attack of gritty corn mash sweetness, a not so hard to explain mustiness, and some unpleasant, and yet offsetting, I suppose, astringently vegetal, um, hops.

The carbonation is average for the style, i.e. plain, and yet still tugging at my palate, the body egregiously light, and mildly cloying, in its well paid-for smoothness. It finishes quite off-dry, the sugary, pithy cheap-ass malt hardly as crisp as 'they' might have you believe, yet with very little skunky aftertaste, which may very well be a testament to the prescribed serving coldness.

Not all that bad, for the style, for the first time in a very, very long time, and the 'when in Rome' environment surely doesn't hurt. Oh, who am I kidding - this is still a shitty, LCD Canuck lager, only bearable due to my current situation, and general don't give a fuck attitude right now. Put that in your marketing pipe, Inbev.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired a part of a 6 pack at my local corner mart and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a pilsener.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Mediocre complexion and consistency. Subpar creaminess and frothiness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's quite clean. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty average appearance for the style.

Sm: Sweet malts and corn adjunct. Clean barley. Generic characterless hops.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A bland boring aroma of average strength. Not real inviting. Meh.

T: Generic sweet malts, corn adjunct, and clean barley. That's about it.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Painfully simple. Boring. Unbalanced. Not a gestalt build - or even a real cohesive one. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. Not an inspired or bold brew. I'm not really enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Light to medium bodied. Okay thickness. Mediocre presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Average acidity. Overcarbonated.

Texture doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, or rough.

Okay presence on the palate.

Dr: A downable beer in this style. I'm not horribly impressed, but I do like it for what it is. I doubt I'd get it again, but you could do worse in this style. This bottle will be easy to kill. This is about as average as they come, but I do want to point out that the price point and availability are both excellent. Pedestrian.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled qutie a few Lagers and Pilsners during this session. This beer turned out to be the most sulfuric and ill-balanced of the bunch. Starts off with a typical crystal-clear, fizzy carbonated, active beer, with a head formation that failed to retain. Aromas of cereal grains / adjuncts and light pilsner malt are dominated by sulfury aromas of cooked vegetables (corn) and a harsh match-stick burning sensation in the nose. Flavors also pick up on the corn flavors (from sulfur and pilsner malts). A residual corn-like sweetness proves quite distracting. A follow-up of astingent husk flavors and green apples round out the beer. A bit heavy / oily in the mouthfeel with a finish that emphasizes the unbalanced sweetness. Those crazy Northerners will apparently drink anything.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 1/8/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch fruity, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not too watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale adjunct lager. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the ABV. Clean malt/corn flavors and mild earthy hop balance. Solid barley presence, not too heavy on the corn. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very fizzy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and adjuncts.

T - Tasted like most lagers of this style. Corn, grain and not much else.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very well-carbonated. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay macro lager. Nothing to write home about, but it works in deep in the North woods.

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle - Standard macro brew with no real head retention or any aftertaste. Aroma is almost non-existent. Body is really light to ensure you can drink a lot of this crap brew, not that you would want to. Not much else to say except I won't be seeking this anytime soon.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.45/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Big white head settles slowly above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of some pale grains.

A very light washed out grain malts taste.

Dryish aftertaste that stays around a while with this light bodied beer.

This beer seems like a lighter very of PBR.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light hints of bright yellow. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of corn and rice present. Light amounts of grassy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts and mostly adjunct malt flavors - primarily corn with some lighter amounts of rice and grain. Extremely light hints of grassy hops which give it a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me - lots of Labatt Blue was consumed when I was a college student in upstate NY during the early to mid 1990s. Not really any better than I remembered it being but not horrible.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't so bad for the style. The taste is crisp, grainy, and clear. This a little fuller in flavor than expected too. Aroma and appearance are about average for an adjunct lager. I'd recommend this over the Big 3 any day. This isn't a great beer, but if you're gonna have a simple, mainstream lager you can do far worse than Labatt Blue.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.66 out of 5 with 2,142 ratings