Labatt Blue Dry 8.1%
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Blue Dry 8.1%Labatt Blue Dry 8.1%
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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American Malt Liquor
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
2.19 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
3
From:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Year-round
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of BPVandenbroek
2.13/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

At first blush, this looks like many mainstream lagers. Slightly golden in color, CO2 expressing itself in over-large bubbles, and a rocky off white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is your first hint at a less than stellar mainstream lager. The aroma is heavy with unpleasant adjuncts. Somewhat corny in nature, but with an off quality to it.

On the tongue, it's no better. The mouthfeel is a little heavy for a lager and the unpleasant corn flavor is somewhat offputting. If anything, I could qualify this lager as drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

740ml can, part of a minor swath of Labatt products to suddenly appear in Alberta in this format - um, yay? I remember seeing these things in Quebec a number of years ago and wondering aloud at the varying ABVs. Still wondering.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of sneaking alligator profile lace around the glass as it uncharacteristically slowly and methodically recedes.

It smells of musty cardboard, gritty corn husks, faint acetone notes, stale burnt butter, and clean locker-room floors. The taste is semi-sweet, clammy corn cereal, er, 'malt', a wispy wet plastic and cardboard packaging aura, subtle (can't think of a better word, sorry) diacetyl, tame, kind of 'wishing they were more here' dead grassy and leafy bitters, and some sugary, surprisingly well-mannered, and top shelf-adjacent, vodka-like alcohol.

The bubbles are actually quite light and fluffy, and made of marshmallows and fuzzy kitten tummies, doncha know, the body equally enormous and at the near high-end for the style, i.e. solid, but with very little of that saccharine sugary boosterism, as it were. It finishes sweet, but moderated just a tad by that opening wet cardboard unpleasantness - ahh, closure via coming full-circle - the other, more inactive part of my brain would really appreciate that right now.

Yeah, this ain't great, or even good, but for the purported style (the imaginary American Dry Malt Liquor - another contradiction in terms, that is...oh whatever), it does the trick, and does it well, so much so that I considered for at least one hot second or two not dumping the rest of this hobo-friendly can down the sink, ya know - save some money on Drano.

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Labatt Blue Dry 8.1% from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.19 out of 5 with 3 ratings