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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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains and malts. There is a corn syrup sweetness as well. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – My hockey team swears by pitchers this stuff after games.. I guess it serves a decent purpose in the refreshing/cheap beer department. Not something I would select.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass nov6 2009

A clear straw yellow with a fair amount of bubbles. the fluffy two finger head has a few minuets of retention but no lace

S sweet grains, grass and some skunk

T not so good, adjuncts and skunk

M feels like a macro lager, thin with decent carbonation

D the taste hurts this beers cause a fair bit its just not that good

I've had better macros from Canada but that's not saying much. You can spend less money on better beer

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Akin to most any of its breed. The color is standard, the clarity is too. The head actually holds up quite well. Sudsy white foam that lightly laces.

S-Light and like any other macro. The aroma is like any and all of the same style.

T-The taste is not nearly as unappealing as many other macros. It remains light in taste but does still have that generic flavor. The flavor is not too gross. Overall, not as bad as many others.

M-Light, crisp, highly carbonated. Bleh, blah, bleh, blah.

O/D-Have had much worse. Not a bad macro when compared to a few others. Probably would not by this as a cheap 'get drunk' beer because its a bit pricier than a High Life or a PBR. But, not too bad. Would drink one over most any Bud or Coors.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased as part of an 18-pack at a convenience store in Chateguay, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" white head over the oh-so-clear pale straw brew. Pillowy head lasts well, and lacing is surprising nice, with heavy foam coverage. Aroma is minimal, light sweetness and hops, kind of generic "beer" nose. Taste is sweet pale malts upfront, balanced and then overpowered by a bitterness that seems to come from some sort of homogenized hops, no real character, and a dry close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, with some overcarbonation appearing on the tongue, and the bitterness leaving a bit of an aftertaste, and the better sort. Have to admit, though, if this is what you're looking for, it is somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.57/5  rDev -3.7%
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 DrJay
2.41/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear pale yellow with a fluffy, coarse, white head off the pour that fell quickly. Not much lacing and the retention wasn't hot either. There's a bit of herbal hop and light sweetness to the aroma. Some bitterness, a bit sweet but not malty. Finishes dry. Not much flavour overall. Rough carbonation with a light, watery body. Not as bad as I remember, but there are definitely better macro lagers on the market.

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Photo of Brad007
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mild yellow color with carbonation that fades after a minute. Very strong aroma with some malt. Somewhat sweet in taste with a weird mouthfeel, somewhat grainy. Not too bad but again, nothing really impressive. I forgot the last time I had Blue anyway.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear piss yellow tone. Thin off white head. Minimal lace. Aroma is of soft, sweet malts. Nice graininess in the flavor. Also some malt sweetness and noticeable hop presence (for a macro). Mouthfeel isn't nearly as fizzy as most Macros and that's a plus. Body is about medium. This is an agreeable macro brew to ingest.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The Canadian Budweiser. Gold, clear, lots of bubbles, good carbonation. Corn and grain BMC aroma.

Taste, prickly carbonation hides a lack of substance for a little while. No discernable hopping. Malt was warmed, but definitely not roasted or anything similar. Good as a palate cleanser, but not much else.

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Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this was served at a colder temp than most at this bar, which was fortunate for this beer. Light white head that quickly disappeared; no lace. Sweet beery aroma with a hint of hop. Flavors the same. Finish is sweet. Yellow gold color. Not much going on here at all.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a light golden color with a billowy white head with huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within. The head fades quickly leaving a very light amount of lacing.

Smell - Corn is the main aroma detected with a slight hint of caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste - A sweeter taste first meet the tongue. Mainly corn in nature. The flavor however slowly bitters as time goes on and leaves a rather subdued taste in the mouth; not a bad one just bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side with lots of carbonation. Nothing to shout about.

Overall - It is very easy to drink. Its subtle flavor profile and light body and aromas make it very easy to down; like water. Likely would be good on a very hot day when served very cold, otherwise nothing to pine over and just pretty ordinary.

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Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous gold color with a moderate sized bright white head that is soapy in texture, the residual lace a thin but concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and fresh, start is somewhat sweet and it has a fair malt profile, the top light in feel. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops standard in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, what can you say its drinkable and there are certainly many worse beers on the market.

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Photo of Suds
2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer at a recent summer party. Not much aroma. The taste was mildly sweet and grassy. Very little hops; watery mouthfeel. Unfortunately, there’s not much to add. Ordinary.

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Photo of ZAP
2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow my third review of this in different serving styles!!

Light gold color...creamy white head....a little spicy alcohol on the nose...similar to Molson canadian in taste bit lighter tasting overall...crisp mouthfeel..some creamy/corny texture...I'd call it the high side of "light" for body..

Finishes dryer than canadian..bit more bite...not as full flavored...it is what it is...Average

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Photo of mynie
1.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take the worst parts of a Bud and a Heineken and this is the beer you come up with.

From both you get the crappy, pale yellow pour with almost no head.

From Bud you get the bland odor of adjunct malt and stomach cramps.

From Heineken you get the nasty, over-processed, pasturized taste of fruit esters and medicine. You ever take Nitrous? It's kind of like that. Processed gas. Only it doesn't make you laugh.

If this beer has anything going for it, it's a decent body which lends itself to an okay drinkability rating. Otherwise avoid.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical clear golden yellow, head does not last. Aroma is average, malty without any undertones - nothing special, but not repulsive, either. Taste is about what one would expect, smooth with no bitterness. I detected a slight metallic hint - probably since I sampled it from a can - and found this beer a little watery but still palatable.

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Photo of Brenden
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a pale, bland yellow like some many macros. The head is pretty thick, about one finger, and does leave a little lacing in the glass. The smell is corn and grains but nothing else, really. A light astringency follows. The taste is corn and light grains as well with very minimal malt and light herbal something. There's also a bitterness to it. Following is a very mild, somewhat odd sweetness. There's a twang of oddness in the finish. Skunk, perhaps? The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is, plain and simple, a regular old macro.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About the only lighter beer I can enjoy. It is a beer you don't have to think about too much as you drink it. A small step up for the typical A-B crowd.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.06/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, saaz/ pils like hops and a nice maltiness to back it up. A hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Ok, better than most, but still standard.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass. 24 oz. can. I haven't had this since early on in college when it was my go to "good beer." I'm curious to see what I think of it now.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of dense frothy white head. Retention is good, but it does have some help coming from below. No lacing is left.

3.0 S: This is the only AAL that I've had in a long time that smells like there is some malt in it. Light sweet maltiness. Of course, there is a faint corniness to it, but it doesn't smell that bad. No hops.

3.0 T: Much like the nose. Light, almost bready maltiness with hints of corn. No hops. Not as sweet as many other AAL, which is a huge plus.

3.0 M: Light body, but heavier than most. Carbonation level is reasonable. Not creamy, but smooth at least.

3.0 D: It might just be nostalgia, but I swear this isn't as bad as some of the other AALs I've had lately. There's no sickly corny sweetness that is prevalent in others.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - very pale yellow and crystal clear with lots of fizz and carbonation. 1 finger head that disappears quickly

s - malty and grainy

t - very watery with slight grainy notes. Nothing else going on here. Dry finish. No off or bad flavoring at all, just lacking much flavor.

m- watery but ok

overall - a tolerable and ok session drinker. I've had more refreshing adjuncts but this one still serves the purpose ok.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is noteably different in Canadian cans, as compared to US bottles. The appearance takes a hit, for I am drinking this straight from the can. The aromas are subdued, and a bit more "grainy" than in tap Labatt. The taste is similar to the tap and bottled versions of this brew, and it is surely a very easy drinking lager. I wish that they would throw some more hops in here or something to give it a bit more "oomph". The mouthfeel is thinner and more watery in the can than in the bottle, and the drinkability suffers a bit as well.

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Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tops the domestic macros, and that is about the only positive thing I can say about this. It is not awful, but not intersting in any way.

Looks like your typical macro..gold...not much smell at all. Fairly smooth mouthfeel "compliments" the watered down, slightly sweet flavor with adjunct flavorings abound. Yawn...

I drank a fair amount of this back in the day...not looking back now. I don't have much nostalgia for this.
But if swill is your thing, here you go..better than alot of it's peers.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.21/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I've ever had. I've had it poured from a can and a bottle, straight from the can or the bottle, and on tap. I'll review the version from the tap, poured into a tall pilsner.

A - Clear golden straw yellow, 1.5 - 2 inch foamy head that disappeared into laciness soon after

S - Not as bad as most other macro brews but definitely not captivating. A whiff reveals a cornish maltiness.

T - This is a beer you drink when you just don't give a damn and just need a little alcohol in you. Tastes like how it smells, except perhaps a little more bland. Still has a better taste than most other macros though

M - fizzy carbonation, watery, almost as carbonated as coca cola, which makes for a slight bite when you first take a gulp, but you get used to it.

D - yep, I give this a 4 because it's definitely "drinkable", it's light enough so I can down 4 bottles of these (or 4 pints) and not really realize it.

Overall - a beer you get when you're having a ton of people over and you can't afford the good stuff, yet, people love it so you'll please them and please your wallet. A decent social drink when you're in the mood for something light and cheap.

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Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a clear golden hue and had an inch of white head perched on top that settled to a fizzy skim.

S - I get a grainy smell. I think I can actually smell a little hops in there, too.

T - There is not a whole lot going on here. There is some flavor which is better than a lot of macros. I taste some grain and ever now and then I get a hint of bitterness.

M - Thin

O - The first time that I recall having this beer I liked it. That was in Canada and about 11 years ago. It's better than BMC.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.67 out of 5 based on 2,014 ratings.
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