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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2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have a bit of a soft spot for this brew because it reminds me of my days drinking at college at Plattsburgh. It has a corn taste and some maltiness. It's nothing special, but for a regular macro brew lager it has its qualities.

It's a slight bit darker than the light version, which isn't saying too much. Mild malt scent.

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1/5  rDev -62.3%

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2/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

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1.71/5  rDev -35.5%
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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1/5  rDev -62.3%

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2.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Living up in Buffalo, NY, I was raised on this stuff. It was taboo to have Bud or Coors. It was the beer from right across the border and home to Labatt USA importer. Taste? Better than most. At least
this stuff had some taste. You can drink a lot of this stuff. It's average, with nothing really going for it except its cheaper and you can drink it like water.

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3/5  rDev +13.2%

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2/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yes, this is one of the major domestic Canadian brands, and it's average at best. Nothing special about this beer - drinkable, sure, but as with all major domestics, it's not special at all. It's plentiful, refreshing, and has good advertising.

However, for what it is, I think it's decent. It's crisp, refreshing, leaves that nice beer tingle on the tongue - just like any real major domestic lager. If all other things were even, I'd choose this over Molson Canadian, the other major Canadian domestic, any's just not as plentiful here out on the west coast.

So's only "poor" by a beer connoisseur's standards, but to the lay person, it's among the better major domestic brews.

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2.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a monstrous two and a half fingers of head that produced lace but didn't sustain itself. The body is fizzy like a soft drink and is slightly darker and more towards gold then the generic adjunct yellow.

Smell: It smells like wet fermented hay and warming doesn't help it's case. It's subdued enough to not be offensive, but that isn't exactly a good sign.

Taste: Pretty much how it smells. It starts with an excessively fizzy incredibly mild corn taste and then turns to a wet grass/hay taste backed by a chemical taste that reminds me of MSG. Once again, it's not offensive but it's not what I would call good.

Mouthfeel: No aftertaste, which is good but the carbonation isn't really doing much for me and it tastes like there is something unnatural in the beer trying to make it seem more impressive then it is.

Drinkability: Yeah, it goes down easy and it's meant to be drunk en mass to get you drunk. It's a macro, it's the only thing it has going for it. Still, it sits a bit heavier then it should and leaves me a bit gassy.

Final Thoughts: Labatt Blue markets itself as the good stuff, however unless you are comparing it to a buck a beer, good stuff it is not. Unlike in the states where Bud and Coors seem to be the Macro standard, up here in Canada it's Molson Canadian and Labatt Blue. This is representative of what Canadian bulk brewing has to offer, so yeah...

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 2,106 ratings