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 Slatetank
3.12/5  rDev +16.9%

I poured this from the brown bottle chilled into a mug.

The color is golden and clear with sudsy white head with average bead and spotty lace, carbonation is visible rising rapidly. The smell is dull and lightly herbal scented with almost grassy odor with low malt and no yeast in the aroma with faint pils odor. The feel is moderatley highly carbonated with low sweetness and slight dry feel with light creaminess and very mild bitterness with finish dry for the most part.

The flavor has light malt up front slightly obscured by the highly carbonated quality with gentle hop balancing the light sweetness w/out any real depth or complexity in taste. Overall a pretty bland lager, just ok without any real noticeable flaws in the flavor department, not recommended based on enjoyment -it isn't bad per se, unless you expect the taste of malt or hops.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear bright golden-rod color which started out promising enough with a fizzy white head 1 finger high, but quickly dissipated before I could put the glass down leaving not a trace of lacing behind. Visible carbonation was sparse and very light.

S: interesting with honey, limes, oranges found as well some sweet buttery toffee notes.

T: sweet grains with honeymalt, sharp citric tones being first noticed. Some light sweet corn and a light herbal hopping was present as well some hay. I thought I detected a slight metallic tang but was ever so slight and maybe just trying to find fault with a beer that quite surprised me in the taste department. A touch of sour citrus is found on the fade and finish.

M: Nice light-medium viscosity, some buttery slickness and a tiny effervesce is felt on the tongue which finished crisp.

D: A drinkable macro and one I could easily enjoy if no other options were available. Quite surprised by this and respectable all around.

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Photo of bltzburgh
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice canadian beer. Color pours dark yellow with a strong yet not overbearring smell. A beer you can have by the pool and at dinner. Tastes strong but not overbarring either. The kind of beer you keep in stock. Not a one and done. A beer you can keep and offer up to friends.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

355 ml can from the Montreal brewery.

A- Thick white head that decreases rapidly but leaves some foam around the edge. Nice effervescence. Clear golden colour. One of the better looking macros I've reviewed.

S- Hops and pale malt. Touch of lemon and a slighly strange sugary undertone.

T- A lot like the smell. A faint citrussy note over a standard macro lager. Hops weak but not bad tasting. Weak, but better than most of its direct competitors.

MF- This. Carbonation a bit high. Leabes mouth somewhat dry and pasty. Fails on this point.

D- Easy going macro lager. One of the better North American macros I've had.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue is the most decent beer I have had in Canada.

This AAL actually tastes like a pale lager, more than Miller, and Bud ever will claim.

Pale yellow in color, off white, fast reducing head

Tastes: grass, wet cereal, malt, and a hint of corn

Mouthfeel: Watery with moderate carbonation

Overall, this isn't a bad beer. But, I won't be having it again unless it is the only decent option.

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Photo of fx20736
3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 30 pack from Beers of the World on 8/1/15. Poured cold into a Hefe glass. Pale gold with a tall, craggy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint but of cooked veggies with a slight whiff of hops. Mettalic, touch of sweet and a faint bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. This is an OK macro.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is twice as popular as it should be, but i must admit it's not really that bad. It pours a pale yellow and has a quickly fading head.

Smells a bit grainy with a slight hint of corn flakes.

Average hop presence with a slight grainy taste that leaves a weak spicy after taste. It's bubbly but it's drinkable.

. Bottom line is: Not a bad beer, and it's worth a try, If your a fan of canadian lagers, than you should give this one a try.

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Photo of Offa
3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I actually find this to be decent, solid example of a basic lager, ple asant with some light character.

Straw, slightly on the paler side, it has a smallish, airy white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving no lace.

The aroma is a pleasant, simple but firm adjunct pale lager - apple, apple cider with some grain and a hint of grass.

The taste is similar, firm apple cider with some grain and hay and a little grass, with wet grass coming on more in the finish. It has a good, zesty feel, and is crisp but not bland. Slightly sweet, it has only very light bitterness, but some of both, and the character holds up well, lasting 'till the end. For what it is, this is good.

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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 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 fingerlaker
3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Of all the macrolagers that are avaliable at any local bar...

Pours yellow. Foam quickly dissapates. Oh well, we're talking macro here. It's darker than most macros though.

Smell is a wee bit metallic. But I could also notice a touch of citrus in the hops. Not terrible, not fantastic.

Taste? I could do worse. It's a touch on the dryer side as far as macros go and the hops are present, but fall far short of where they should be. Up front, I get a bit of steel flavor that goes into the dry malt and finally succumbs to the light hopping at the end.

Drinkability? Could drink them all night, but would ultimatly get bored.

I laugh at the audacity of Labatt to call this a pilsner.

I've had this beer in draft, bottle and can, and the best is draft.

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Photo of madtappers
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just an average very drinkable Canadian beer, reminds me alot of Coors Light. Not a beer for the beer snob looking for that fine hop or malt, but that everday macro lager for the workman or hockey player.

Good beer to have alot of, when watching a game or plowing the snow of your driveway!

Cheers, EH! Hoser!

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Photo of Afree
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a special at the Local Liquor store here, 12 bottles for $9.99 so I figured why not. Pleasantly surprised with the quality for the price.

Appearance- Poured into pint glass and had lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Thinner white head w/ very little lacing.

Smell- Hard to pin point what it smelled like, reminded me of a tiny bit of malt and some indescribable sweetness. Overall not horrible.

Taste- A lot better than I expected, but can still taste the grain...

Mouthfeel- Slightly watery but that was expected, overall not bad.

Drinkability- Average. Nothing special. Could pound if wanted too but I would choose something else for that.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got a chance to rate this one. Very clear look to this beer. Bready , beery scent. Ya know I remember this being worse than it is. Now I've got a cold can here and I call the flavor gentle, bready and slightly adjunct. It's thin and fairly well carbonated. It's easy to drink cold at least. Nothing exciting here.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.17/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and refreshing for an adjunct lager. Reminds me of the high school days with a friend that stocked this stuff in the garage fridge. Nothing too special to speak of but I will order this every time over Miller, Coors, or Bud Light. Plus, it's pretty cheap at the new place around the corner.

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Photo of Tallboy
3.17/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a piss golden color with a finger or two of fizzy head, that has almost no lacing when poured into my pint glass.

Smell: Close your eyes and think Budweiser.

Taste:crisp and smooth at the start , with noticible hops and somewhat grainy near the end.

Mouthfeel-Smooth like silk going cant go wrong there.

Drinkability: Hailed by many as the 'King of Beers' of the North. and is quite true in that regard...good or bad.

Overall: I must say it is still rather refreshing for a macro on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can at the Meyer family reunion. Secretly consumed so as to not arise the passions of others.

A: The lager is pale and yellow, clear with a white head that slows pops up through the mouth of the can.

S: The nose is innocuous, grainy and not much more. I can smell the coldness and the refreshment that it offers.

T: As you'd expect, cold the lager is flavorless. As it warms, light cereals and biscuit pop up. Hops are nonexistent. The beer gets worse as it warms.

M: The mouthfeel is dull but quite drinkable. When cold, I'm guessing that I could have gotten through the can in under five minutes.

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Photo of barrettds
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice fluffy two finger head upon the pour 1/8-1/12 inch of head remains throughout the drink. Decent lacing sticks to the glass as well.

Smells of malts, macro fillers and a slight hint of hop spiciness, which is a nice suprise.

Taste is good for a macro. Light on the swallow, above average macro taste. I taste a small hoppy character. Clean finish as well.

Mouthfeel is average. Clean feeling, not oily or sticky, but watery.

Drinkability, as with all the best macros, is very good. Labatt Blue is a versatile beer, for me at least. Good in the winter at the bar around the corner from the hockey rink, and good in the summer at the beach. Probably the most drinkable macro available if you live in the northern states.

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Photo of mugoogio
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers you have to put into context. It should be viewed as a slightly more expensive alternative to Miller or Bud.

This is not a special beer. It just has a little more flavor than the aforementioned flavored waters. It is not bitter, but the malt is more noticable. There is no real head to speak of, and not much of a smell. Highly carbonated.

If you plan on drinking a lot, and want something a step up, this is a fine option. When I feel like "slumming it," I reach for this or Honeyweiss.

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Photo of bnes09
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent white-grape juice colored brew. Surprisingly has descent head and lacing.

Smell of adjuncts, stale corn, rice and of course, skunk.

Adjuncts are less prominent in the flavor but still there. Fairly clean with a crisp, herbal hop character.

Light feel with lively carbonation and dry finish.

Not terrible but not great either. Just a small step above your average adjunct lager.

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Photo of wolfpack87
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good Canadian Beer, probably not my favorite, but not as bad as others have said. Good option for a cheaper beer and still have pretty solid taste. My favorite thing about Labatt Blue is probably the drinkability. Smooth feel and taste, and inexpensive. I would recommend it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Labatt Blue has a thin, white head and a clear, straw appearance, with some bubbles but no lacing left behind. The aroma is of a sweetness, not unlike buttered grits, and the taste is similarly sweet, yet with a bit of bitterness in the initial part of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Labatt Blue finishes fairly refreshing and dry. Overall, this is a so-so beer, and I suppose it's worth a try (but, then, aren't all beers worth a try?).


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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.5 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Not a bad beer for the American Adjunct Lager style, I would choose this over most others. Nothing bad about the flavor, but nothing stands out either. Some malt flavor, no hops. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, very easy to drink after working outside all day in the 90 degree sun.

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Photo of marc956
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being that I used to live in Canada (more precisely Quebec) this is commonly found in my fridge, it's better than nearly all mass-produced American lagers and pilsners, but don't let the pilsner name fool you. There are better ones from Europe (like Pilsner Urquell) .. but this one isn't bad. InoffenCive taste, easy to drink, not much of a buzz. Cheers!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Continuing with the "Blue" theme...

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Just had this on tap a few days ago, let's see how it compares. The pour yields the same pale gold with a thin white cap. The nose is just a mild - corn, grass, faint citrus. The mouth is crisp and refreshing still, albeit on the thin side. The flavors seem more pronounced from the bottle (though I think that has more to do with the ice-cold glass my draft was served in - how I hate that). Creamy corn, light malt, mild bitterness. Grainy finish. Not a bad brew. I'd reach for this before many other adjuncts.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.67 out of 5 based on 2,048 ratings.
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