Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

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 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 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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Photo of ski271
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I’ve been drinking a lot of heavier beers lately, and with the weather turning much warmer and spring-like this weekend, I just really craved watered-down crap beer. I knew I didn’t want much of it, and luckily the six pack shop had the 25.3 oz oil cans. Perfect. Enough to satisfy my craving. And satisfy it did.

Appearance: Light yellow beer with a very large, white, frothy head that clings to the glass as it dissipates, leaving nice lacing early.

Smell: eh... not as bad as a lot of the other macro adjuncts, but still pretty bad. Kind of smells like piss, but under that it smell faintly of hay and citrus (I could actually detect hops in an adjunct? Nah I must be dreaming). Not much else there.

Taste: Pretty typical at first. Fizzy water with a slight breadiness. A tiny bit of hops over a very weak malt backdrop. The finish is dry and clean with this small piney tinge well after it goes down.
While I was finishing the beer off, I read the Alström brothers’ reviews. Todd said that “The beer goes tea-like in flavour,” and I just had to say that I never thought or comparing a beer to tea, but he’s dead-on right there.

Mouthfeel: Again, fizzy water. Very light body. Lively carbonation.

Drinkability: For what it is, I think it’s really refreshing. I’ll take this over most A-B, Coors, or Miller products any day.

I know I didn’t give this high ratings at all, but it’s one of my highest ranked adjuncts (the bastardization of beer).

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Photo of taters21
3.2/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All in all this beer is a somewhat better adjunct lager than others I've had, namely Budweiser, Miller, or Coors, however as with any adjunct lager, I advise this be very cold when you drink it, or the funky sweet grain and corn notes will come alive in the smell and taste and it'll be much harder to drink, but this beer does have a nice crisp, smooth finish to it, other than that, it's got all the qualities of a typical adjunct lager.

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Photo of boogieman
3.21/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I drank this straight from the bottle just to enjoy and relax after work today.
It was a clear golden color- what you'd expect from your typical macrobrewery.
A very light smell, hard to detect, but some wheaty notes of malt are what caught most of my attention.
The taste was pretty average. Wheat, grass, malt. It tasted a lot more refreshing and clear than a lot of similar brews.
Pretty decent mouthfeel. Not as smooth as I'd like, and a little too much carbonation.
This was a decent beer. Nothing special, not horrible. I'd drink it again, it's perfect for a weekend, relaxing, or after mowing the lawn.

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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 yuenglings
3.23/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz draft

Apperance: yellow slight head some lacing

Smell: strong grain smell to it

Taste: Not much of a taste little bit of hop and grains but not much at all

Mouthfeel: i would say smooth and refreshing

Drink: very good can easly drink to many of these to fast

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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