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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Photo of Suds
2.03/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Jason
2.23/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline bad, not something I'd want to have to drink that often either even if it was handed to me at a party. A run of the mill cheap American Lager with a funny smell and a bland taste. There are so many other beers, even macro beers, that are better than this.

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Photo of marc77
2.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden hue, topped by a head with better than average retention for a high adjunct brew. Sparse lace is left. Clean, mild corn sweetness, light DMS and hay - like grain. Typical macro aroma. This brew is soft all around with a bland, but innocuous grainy malt profile coupled with a very light hop bitterness. Corn flavors are surpsingly subdued. Nothing stands out whatsoever, and hop flavor is absent. Finishes clean and watery. There's nothing memorable about Labatt Blue whatsoever, but it seems less offputting when compared to many American macros.

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Photo of ElGuapo
1.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

hey this is great beer! my friend tells me. then again, his favorite is Bass ale. well, i gave it a shot. not surprisingly, it sucked. tried it later on draught, and it was still no good. light and mediocre

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Photo of ADR
2.89/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big fat can...very pale yellow, clear...large fluffy head that's just a touch longer lasting than a Miller High Life. Restrained hoppish aroma, tad of macro sharpness. Quite a bit of neutral malty sweetness, hops contribute to finish. Not quite the weird aftertaste of many macros. Ordinary in many respects, but I appreciated a restrained carbonation. Where's the lawn mower?

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.47/5  rDev -7.1%
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 BeerBob
3.62/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time and temperature, that has got to be what it is. I have read all the reviews for this beer and only a few fit what I was drinking. Time from the brewing company, days, weeks, years, and the temperature the beer is consumed at. The six pack I picked up tonight was rather good.

First impression was wow, this tastes a bit like Bass Ale, the taste of gypsum and diacetyl (butterscotch) just a bit, with a faint hint of Killeans, the taste of peat moss. This first impression stayed with me for two beers, as the beer moved closer to room temp, all of the neat flavor left, darn. The rest of the beer had that water like quality I had read in some of the reviews for this beer. I for one, like to drink beer at room temp and enjoy the harsher flavor, but this beer is paradoxical, the warmer it gets, the softer it tastes.

Right now I am chilling down the last beer to see if I can get that wow taste back...

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Photo of Wildman
2.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has the typical color of most of the macrobrews. Nothing special about it, but it does drink fairly decently which gives it points over alot of its American counterparts.

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Photo of jackndan
3.01/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LaBatt Blue: In the 24 Ounce Big Blue can. Pale golden beer, with a big here today/ gone today head. Unpleasant chemical aroma. Hey, the taste ain’t bad at all, not at all. It has a typical Canadian taste, but a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops, without a lot of carbonation to get in the way. For a macro-lager, I think it’s giving my PBR a run for its money

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Photo of psugrad98
3.83/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical of a Canadian export. Clean, crispt and simple. Light amber in color with a nice head. Nice blend of hops and malt, but slightly fizzy and bitter (but in a good way). Very drinkable.

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Photo of packetknife
1.74/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just a poor poor beer. The smell is awful and strong. Ultra-thin. Aftertase like you were sucking on a battery.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Labatt Blue was quite a forgettable one. I suppose we got a skunky batch, because the smell was absolutely horrific; it was similar to that of rotten pork. It was indescribable. Since then, I have had a few more of these (in bottled form), and they are at the very least drinkable. The smell also was not there later on, but still nothing great. A little too pricey considering it really isn't much better than the cheaper beers out there.

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Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 budgood1
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well the previous reviews were all over the board for this one.....pours straw yellow with a nice little head that sticks around. smells of adjuncts...but the medium body and smooth and creamy mouthfeel make up for that. all around a nice tasting lager/pilsener, sort of reminds me of High Life a little bit. definitely better than most macros within it's style.

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

Canada's version of Bud.

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Photo of Todd
2.96/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.5oz brown twist-off cap bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A very clear, extremly pale yellow beer that pours a thick, patchy, pure white head that trails down the glass and eventually settles to a creamy lace.

Smell: Some corn, light esters and faint grain in the aroma. Fairly clean and uneventful.

Taste: Watery, near flat -- low carbonation initially. Tastes like a beer that has been left out overnight. Mouthfeel is rather creamy and smooth, body is thin, light. There's little malt flavour, except for faint dextrins. You can taste adjuncts (rice, corn, maybe both?) and what little sweetness they lend, followed by a quick bitter twang. The beer goes tea-like in flavour with a slight "skunk" character in the back, sulfur, metallic and light herbal flavours. Finish is slightly dry.

Notes: Water anyone? For those of you that appreciate hardly any flavour, body, aroma or beers that you can suck down just like water ... here you go! Seriously, this beer is a great alternative to BudMillerCoors anyday. Not as clean as these other big boys, but it's different. So, if those are the sort of beers that you are into, why not make a switch to Labatt Blue for a change.

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Photo of Brent
3.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of body. Malt is slightly sweet and hops are mild and good enough to get the job done. Not an outstanding beer, but easy to drink and pleasant.

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