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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

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646
Ratings:
2,014
Avg:
2.67
pDev:
41.95%
 
 
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Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: November 23, 2013... GLASSWARE: Wychwood pint... OCCASION: PSU vs. Nebraska--a good reason for some EXTRA blue!... APPEARANCE: tawny clear straw golden body with swift bubbles that simmer to an uneven white,, filmy head--looks a bit weak... AROMA: thin, crisply corny malt pop with a slightly beefy afterscent; medicinal, almost band-aid-like vapor; then, nondescript... PALATE: THIN; Corona-esque mouthfeel; doesn't linger anywhere; gassy and bubbly...TASTE: THIN, woody, somewhat floral esters mesh with a 40-ounce malt to produce a drinkable, albeit pedestrian lager flavor...OVERALL: revisiting a beer I had over fifteen years ago, the experience is much shorter than the excitement I felt holding a 24-ounce tall back then; cookie-cutter and mouth-rinsing, with little to suggest a nuance...

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Photo of crwills
1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had a can of Blue (just one, thankfully) at a party with some in-laws this weekend. It's worth noting that out of all the big name American macro-lagers I've tried, I've always liked Blue the least - for some reason, it's got something in the flavour that makes me nearly gag.

I drank this out of the can, so I'm just going from memory on the colour, which seemed pretty much run-of-the-mill for a macro. Very little aroma at all, which is probably a positive attribute for this style. The flavour, as I mentioned, is for some reason gag-inducing - I can chug down a Molson Canadian or a Coors Light if the need arises, but Blue just turns my stomach. Hence, the low score for taste and drinkability. Flavours I actually picked up on were cooked corn or root vegetables, mild soapiness, and dull grass. Mouthfeel is week and highly carbonated, although not really offensive (and, especially at a low temperature, it dulls the icky flavours a bit).

This is also my first review of a really big macro-lager, mostly because I just haven't had much since I started reviewing. And this Blue reminded me why that is!

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Photo of sweetkness
1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - VERY light color, even for a light lager. Average head for the style.

Smell - Not much to pick out here. Almost an aroma of a very bland apple juice.

Taste - Below Average, with little distinguishable flavor. No noticable hop flavor, just bland corn like taste.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonation trying to make up for little body. Too watery.

Drinkability - Drinkable as in not filling, but there are several lagers out there that can say the same thing but taste better.

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Photo of jsolack
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Very clear gold color. Head is strong at frist and then goes away quickly. Left looking like dishwater.

Smell:
Mild skunky/grain smell... Overall very plan and bland... unimpressive.

Taste:
Weak sweet flavor with sharp carbonation. Grain aftertaste. Bitter finish. Overall this is a drinkable beer but unimpressive.

Mouthfeel:
Watery with high carbonation. This has a typical macro feel.

Drinkability:
Easy to drink beer. Better than Bud in my opinion. Flavor is lacking.

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Photo of TagoMago
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's funny how many novice beer drinkers swear by this Canadian swill, somehow thinking it's a premium beer (yes, many people do think that). This beer is just plain bad. It's the Canadian version of Budweiser, though this is indeed slightly better than the aforementioned.

The beer pours a clean, clear straw color - initially the head is big and heavy with carbonation, but manages to die down in seconds. The aroma - as well as the taste of this beer - is adjunct heavy. More corn can be tasted than malts or hops. Overall, this is a very sad, entirely uneventful beer, akin to alcoholic seltzer water. Skip this one at all costs.

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Photo of ybnorml
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance of this beer was ... let me see oh yeah yellow fizzie beer. There was a very light grassy smell that dissappeared almost as fast as the head. I got a slight flavor of grain at the begining and then water flavor. Which is to say no flavor at all ( not a bad flavor just NO flavor) after the first mouthfull. It was as if after the first mouthfull it ceased being beer and became colored water with alcohol in it. I gave it the low taste rating based on no taste as opposed to awfull. The drinkability a bit higher because I guess you could swill down a bunch of this easily.

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Photo of kingcrowing
1.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow color with a very small white head and no lacing. Nose is just adjuncts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is corn and a light bitterness, but not of the hop variety. Very bland, light and tame. Skip it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -27.3%
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 yourunclewalt
1.94/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours an impossibly clear pale straw body with a quickly receding head. Looks a lot like Coors light, which is to say, seltzer water.

S - Smells like a macro lager. Not really sure what to say about this one.

M - Seltzer. Carbonation. Water.

T - Bitter. Corn-tinged malts.

D - Not much to describe here, it's a pretty standard macrolager. Not really sure if it's any better or worse than its American counterparts, although some swear by its supremacy / difference. Can't say that I agree.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

For some reason, the Buffalo Bills haven't realized there's a craft beer revolution happening. I attend one game a year, and this is what I drink. It's crap, gassy terribly carbonated crap. But it beats the Buds of the world, or worse (I suppose) no beer at all.

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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 mikeal1917
1.98/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Labatt Blue is a canadian beer found across North America, and yet, it'll never find its way into my refrigerator.

Appearance- Probably the best thing about this beer. A golden color with a thin, wispy head. Nothing spectacular.

Smell- A distinctly pungent smell comes from this brew, and it definitely ruined the beer before I even drank it.

Taste- Nothing was remotely enjoyable about this beer, and the only reason it didn't get a 1 was because I could choke it down. The bitterness was unbearable, and I could never get past it.

Mouthfeel- The beer doesn't have a bad consistency, and has at least a good balance.

Drinkability- I would obvious say this has no drinkability what so ever. Bitter taste, pungent smell...nothing good to say, except I'll probably never have it again.

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Photo of evanackerman
1.98/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

basic crappy macro lager, horrible appearance, pretty weak taste, reminiscent of water left out overnight with a corn husk soaking in it.


not much to say because there is not much to this beer, at least it is cheap and the can is pretty. i won't be buying it ever again.

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Photo of HugoGrim
1.98/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like your standard American macro lager. No head.

Aroma is sharp yet bland.

Flavor is worse than I expected. I think this is worse than even the big light American macros out there. Standard mechanical grainy flavor, no hops. Just as watery as a light beer, which is depressing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -25.1%
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 IronDjinn
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very pale straw colour, but had a nice foamy white head on the pour, not bad for a macro. Aroma contains sharp grain and the presence of adjuncts. The flavour has a bit of an industrial chemical presence, dry metallic grains, with a sweet twang of adjuncts on the finish, giving it a bit more of an industrial flavour on the aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel, but a bit abrasive on the palate as well. This would be the lowest on the Canadian macro totem pole for me, in the great white north triumvirate of Molson/ Labatt/Kokanee (in comparison to the American BMC).

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

A friend of mine brought a six pack over and when everyone left the six pack was still in my fridge, everyone was busy drinking my homebrews. so i thought a give it a shot.

it pours with virtually no foam, it is clear yellow. smell is not pleasant, and the taste is watery with a hint of skunk. drinkable maybe if im on the lake with no other lager in sight. i would much rather have a keystone they both taste similar and one is a heck of a lot cheaper.

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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 JWFokker
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had three of these tonight (only thing available) and I came away being distinctly unimpressed. As far as macro lagers go, I suppose it's better than Budweiser, but still very generic and almost watery. It's not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't waste my money on a such a forgettable brew. Too much rice and corn in this one I think, because you can't hardly taste any hops. Give this one a pass. It's made for the market that doesn't want any flavor in their beer.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

341ml bottle in a plastic glass.

Clear, straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma of grains and adjuncts with some petrol notes.

Smooth and grainy at the start. Then after the carbonation rush it's quite harsh with a real adjunct/petrol/astringent quality to it. Typical grainy macro aftertaste.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. Harsh mouthfeel.

Blue is what it is. It's a fairly average to sub-par macro lager. Nothing worth going out of your way for.

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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 maek228
2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Labatt was fourteen bucks for a twelve pack, which is a huge ripoff. Alot of people I know swear by this beer. I cringe anytime someone extolls it as a "great pilsner". I couldn't disagree more. This beer is as bland as it comes, and it's overpriced to boot. Plus it's Canadien, and who likes Canadiens?

Appearance: A nasty straw yellow with a weak head that disappeared quickly. No cling. Does not look appealing, maybe I shoulda drank this one from the bottle.

Smell: Skunky bland macro-lager smell.

Taste: Carbonated water with some minimal beer flavor. It's kind of crisp, but not nearly as crisp as similar beers like PBR, Miller, and Beast...which are all much cheaper. I'd take just about any beer over this one.

Mouthfeel: Nothing worth mentioning.

Drinkability: Goes down easy....but so many other beers go down easier. Usually when I'm drinking a cheap macro-lager, I start to gain more appreciation for them after I've drank a couple. Not the case with Labatt, it just gets nastier and nastier. The skunkiness of it becomes more pronounced

Conclusion: This beer is a ripoff and couldn't be more overrated. Screw Labatt and it all stands for.

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Photo of cooter
2.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is my sacred cow of macros...if I have to drink shit beer, this one's my pick, hands down, every time. I am now on a quest to find out why, phenomenologically (I'm a philosophy major. Insert I-have-no-job joke.) I feel weird pouring it into a proper glass, and my fears are confirmed. The adjunct odor (fumes? stench) is like steam out of a gutter grate, about as strong as the strongest-smelling floral Belgians I've had. Hit me from a goddamn foot away, I swear. I gave it a wicked pour, massive 1.5 inch head...and it died instantly into a mere dusting. It's clear as hell, with mediocre carbonation and the color of...um...well, urine, but that's vague. Orange-peach-yellow? Whatever.

Lacing sucks.

Smells like adjunct and another kind of adjunct and the faintest hint of real malt smoothness in there; that tart, peppery smell. Tastes like adjunct and sickening syrup. Carbonated fake maple syrup? Not much taste to speak of. There's malt, and fake malt, and I swear a hint of a taste I seriously want to call "blue." God, the aftertaste is the bitter-beer face of advertising infamy, and it's not hops, but rather a coating of the mouth in a grainy...blech.

But it doesn't make me choke, or vomit from taste (as opposed to sustained imbibing). It retains...1/20 of a head, which is better than some. And it's smooth, somewhat, in a depressing way similar to its doormat of a texture (which is just think enough to remind you this is beer, but not enough to make you taste too much). Sorry to be so negative, because I really do enjoy this beer for drinking games. But I think it's a total failure for really tasting, as opposed to swigging from a bottle or chugging whole.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright straw colored beer with a head that quickly came and went not unlike a soda head.

Smell is of some rice, skunkiness.

Taste is of extremely watered down rice, light malts, and maybe some hop spiciness but no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is more like a coca-cola than an actual beer. Very watery amd highly-carbonated with those big, burning bubbles.

Drinkable if you are partying and want to get smashed I suppose, like the purpose of any Macro Lager. Other than that, nope.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a small white head that fizzes away almost instantly.

Corn and a sweet graininess on the nose. Very light.

Taste is a clean, watery malt up front, followed by a burst of adjuncts giving a bitter sourness that's a bit like green apple, but less pleasant. Finish is a bit sweeter and honeyish, mixed with a bit of skunk.

Mouthfeel is light, but almost creamy with surprisingly little carbonation. It's a littlebit sticky too. Not as clean on the finish as I'd like.

Bleh. This is boring and borderline offensive, even giving it leeway for its style. Stay away.

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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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