Lucky Lager | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

BA SCORE
59
awful
112 Ratings
THE BROS
50
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Lucky LagerLucky Lager
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:
Lucky Lager was introduced to beer drinkers in 1934. The name Lucky was selected from a name-search contest. Fully fermented, Lucky Lager uses select ingredients and hops to deliver a remarkably clean, crisp-tasting beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
43
Avg:
1.97
pDev:
37.06%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of benbou17
1/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of valkyre65
2/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev +52.3%

Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +52.3%

Photo of kelvarnsen
2/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rbuisson
3/5  rDev +52.3%

Photo of wordemupg
1.64/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 7/10/11

A clear straw yellow with lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and a very short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S smells like a cheap macro, sweet grains, and maybe some cream corn and nail polish remover

T mimics the smell quite well and that's not such a good thing

M thin but well carbonated but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O nothing worth trying here, tastes bad smells bad what more do I need to say?

I could spend less money on better beer if you can believe that, even for a discount brand there's just nothing here worth visiting

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Photo of Converge
1.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of fizzy white head. Gone in a few seconds. Golden-yellow color, a bit darker than I had expected.

S - Sweet grains and corn. Almost nothing else detectable.

T - Tastes cheap. A slight touch of sweetness, and maybe a bit of corn. Lots of water.

M - Medium carbonation. Watery body. Drinks like water anyways.

D - Gross. Not worth trying ever again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.65/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Another appearance from the kitsch retro department. Nasty dull yellow, no head. Equally appalling aroma, best thing about it was the metallic can quality.

Taste completely missing, again, best thing = metal can. Corn and water are the main ingredients, doesn't even get that mild corn syrup sweetener thing going for it. Clean enough I guess, thanks to the water. Alcohol way to noticeable at this abv.

No hops, yet somewhat bitter, despite all the water. Fughetaboutit.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.11/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CANadian beer in a CAN in support of The CANQuest (TM)! How lucky CAN one guy be?!? Well, judging from its scores, this may not (or may be) my Lucky day!

Not much from the CAN other than 1/8 of an "8 Pack" and "Estd 1934". Onward!

The Crack & Glug were fairly typical for the style. I got a foamy, frothy finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cornier than some of the jokes I tell my students on a daily basis. No kidding, did they use any malt or hops in the production? In all fairness, I did capture a light sweetness, but it still was heavy on the smell of silage. Mouthfeel was fizzy, kind of watery, with a mild metallic taste to accompany all of the other stuff that barely tasted like beer to begin with. It was not downright unpleasant, but neither was it a beer to which I would readily return. Finish left a husky taste that made me CANtemplate opening something more palatable.

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Photo of steven9000
1.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance- Golden straw color with no head at all. No carbonation streaming up the glass.

smell- I get this weird chemical smell and some alcohol even though its only 5%

Taste- i pretty much get all corn. It seems kinda flat also.

mouthfeel- is pretty much flat.

Overall this beer sucks. Boring and bland with a flat mouth feel.

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Photo of scott451
2.17/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour into a glass mug. One finger bubbly white head on a clear yellow. The head soon disappeared.

Tastes of corn with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

Light body with medium carbonation. Drinkability is limited due to the unpleasant flavour.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale yellow appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is a bit sweet with corn and vegetables.

Taste is difficult to pick up, picked up some sweetness and corn with cooked vegetables. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit dry, but pretty much none existent.

Overall, this is a light beer that was meant to be chugged. Close to water in drink ability, if your looking for budget beers there are better ones out there. If your looking for something to shotgun, well, here you go.

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Photo of biboergosum
1.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml can. My experience with this offering is limited to one New Year's Eve party, many years ago, when my beer ran out too early, and I took to cans of this. Also, my favorite local bottle shop carries it as well, leading to the situation where I'm standing at the checkout, with a stack of different IPAs, stouts, and Belgians, while the (admittedly stereotypically) homeless-looking patron behind me in line grips their six-pack of Lucky Lager.

On to the beer: it pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of billowy, loosely foamy, and large-bubbled off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky cobwebbed lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of stewed corn mash, soaked Wonder Bread, a middling acetone astringency, and rotten hay. The taste is more grainy, rather sweet cooked corn, gritty mineral water, metallic singed butter, and anemic weedy, herbal hops trying, but failing, to provide some semblance of balance.

The carbonation is average, just dimly frothy, the body pretty much a standard lightweight, and clammy and sugary in its plain-ass smoothness. It finishes sweet, kind of astringent, with adjunct grain and indeterminate skank alike.

Yuck. Bleah. Cheap is as cheap does. Still, not the lowest on the totem pole for the style around here, a position which I believe is permanently reserved for Minhas products. And further, I would easily prefer this over PBR at that certain type of beer-agnostic party.

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Photo of DrJay
2/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear and pale gold. A half inch of rocky white foam appeared during the pour, but disappeared very quickly. No lacing. Not much aroma at all, just a bit of hay, cereal, and corn sweetness. Low bitterness with thin, dry cereal sweetness, slight citrus. A bit astringent. Light bodied with carbonation that was a bit harsh. Some dryness. Not the worst generic lager I've had, but certainly not the best from the large brewers in Canada.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

473ml can
4.8% ABV
I tried this beer on July 26, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. This is probably one of the palest beers I have ever seen. It is a very translucent yellow with almost no head. The aroma is vomit. The mouthfeel is watery, thin bodied, and highly carbonated (40 minutes after pouring, there is still effervescence in the glass). The taste is very grainy and not much else. Only Milwaukee's Best has been worse.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
2.4/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lucky Lager for me is a memory of outdoors and yardwork - also a cult beverage here on Vancouver Island. When I chop wood in mid fall this is the reward. A can of very cold Lucky. So that's what it means. If it is not so cold it makes your hand freeze then the taste is just not the same.

As a beer, it is well below average with the appearance of a glass of watered down piss. Hardly any lace.

As a lager it is below average but has a strange sweet bite when drank. Apparently this is due to the short fermentation time of just under a week.

The cost of a six-pack is under $10 so affordable. It is better than a softdrink. Barely.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - I've never had this low-cost, butt-of-all-jokes brew and thought I'd try it. Poured a faint straw colour with very little head.

Smell - corn, barley and a little bread. Not utterly lacking, compared to some, but still not much.

Taste - not great. Reasonably clean, with a little hop bitterness and trailing corn taste.

Mouthfeel - below average, not much flavour, so it's basically pour it in and swallow.

Drinkability - it depends. With a bowl of potato chips and nothing to do, it would fit. Not appropriate if you're looking for a good beer experience.

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Photo of steeler
1.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah lucky lager, this is a brutal beer. Even for a buck a beer, still freakin horrible, i can't beilieve people drink this?

A - Average macro

S - Smells of old dirty beer, like a wet grass smell. Just awful.

T - Awful. Tastes like mineral water, best way to describe it.

M - Watery, carbonated. Not too bad.

D - Terrible. Even on a hot day on the deck, this beer still just doesn't go down.

I used to drink this when I was younger, thank god I dont drink this anymore. Now if only I could get my friend to stop offering me one. AVOID!

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Photo of harley101
1.03/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

what can i say about lucky lager, hmmm you get what you pay for. it looks like piss and tastes like sour metallic water. I only bought it cause i was broke and wanted some beer, but next time i think ill stick with water. It smells like it tastes absolutely terrible. Labatt should cease to make this so called beverage as it demeans beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.03/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

473 mL can purchased from the Niagara Falls LCBO.

Pale yellow golden color, clarity is fine. The head is lacking due to poor retention. Wet hay aroma, not much else ... perhaps a bit of cooked corn. Thin blanket of astringency covers the palate for the most part. Small amount of hop bitterness shows no flavor. Creamed corn flavor dominates the finish.

I quickly realized that this beer was undrinkable and of poor quality. Not recommended.

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Photo of Antilochus
2.14/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(insert sarcastic comment about luck here)

4.80% abv, 341mL twistoff bottle. Found after a party at my house. Poured into a lager glass.

Appearance is clear yellow, effervescent body under a modest white cream head. Leaves a cloud and a thick collar.

Aromas of metal, spice, creamed corn. No malt aromas at all.

Sweet palate, aggressive carbonation stings the mouth. Oily texture. Loads of residual sugar in the finish, which is short. Could use way more maltiness... weak.

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Photo of Shadman
2.57/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Do i feel lucky?

Macro color and look..very fizzy head. Started pouring a bit on the agressive side and thought whoa..overflow...nope...just slacked off the pour and the fizziness took care of the rest. Noted a hint of lacing though.

No real aroma noted..which is good ( no corn, skunk, cabbages, sewage) and bad ( what the hell is in here...vodka, methanol, ,) So i can neither slam or endorse.

Taste..pretty innoculous..no real bad flavors, but none of the good one's, ( bold cracker like malt, crisp hop) that make a good macro lager. This has a bit of a bite @ first, nothing nasty, and then a hint of sweetness..again nothing nasty. Finish is quite drying.

Given how fizzy it was on the poour, the carbonation level seems a bit flat.

Scoring it average on drinkability given it's A: Very affordable read: cheap) and goes down much easier than most of it's cheap brethern

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.38/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to drink this quite often way back then,easy drinking,goes down well,nothing much for flavor or smell,just beer to drink.It's a piss yellow color with white fluffy head that gone fairly quick and nearly no lacing at all.Smells of stale corn,musty grass and taste is the same too,goes down well though when well chilled,medium carbs with a bubbly feel going down,usually this is well priced so if you want to just sit around and drink beer for the sake of it and not much into great flavoring,chill it and drink,not that bad.

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Photo of shivtim
2.1/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

About time I got around to reviewing this from notes. Jan-Jan brought us some of this down from Can-a-duh. It's clear yellow, with bubbles and a big old white head that becomes a medium 'ol white head then a small 'ol white head. Looks like a Canadian lager! Nose is wheat, metal, and corn. Taste is light sweet grains, maybe some slight hops on the end. Not too much. However, it does a good job of representing "the vast cornfields of Canada." Mouthfeel is watery. Drinkability is tail-gate level.

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Lucky Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
1.97 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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