Labatt Blue Light | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Blue Light was introduced in 1983 as a lower-alcohol, lower-calorie version of Canada’s most popular brand. Blue Light uses specially selected North American aromatic hops and the same strain of lager yeast as the one used to produce Labatt Blue. The result is a crisp, clean and delicately balanced beer, with a slight sweetness and citrus-like hop character.

Added by Todd on 10-22-2001

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Photo of generallee
3.19/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatt Blue is a Buffalo favorite. If you were to walk into any bar in Buffalo your sure to find Labatt Blue or Blue Light on tap or in bottles. Labatt Blue Light pours a pale yellow color with a big foamy white head. It has good carbonation and clarity. The aroma and flavor is similar to regular Labatt Blue but lighter. The aroma has rice cereal malts and grassy straw like hops in the nose. The flavor has light sweet cereal malts up front that turn dry with a crisp citrusy bitter finish. "Blue Light" is light bodied, thin and a highly drinkable Canadian pilsner. It's a great beer for watching hockey [GO SABRES] and calories. It also pairs well with a traditional Buffalo style fish fry.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear very pale straw color. The head is a quarter inch of foam which recedes within seconds to almost no lacing. The aroma is rather lively for a light lager. It has some nice mildly sweet malty tones to it. The taste again is quite bodl for the style. The is a nice sweetness that I would expect from a adjunct lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied with solid carbonation. It is nice that the carbonation isn't extra high the way it is in most beers of this style. Overall, this is one of the better light lagers I've tasted, and I could drink it again.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.11/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a light gold appearance. It was highly carbonated with a short head the did not last long.

It had a faint smell not different from many other light beers.

The taste was crisper than most macro lights, with a less sweet taste.

It felt a watery with a lot of carbonation.

Labatt Blue Light was easy to consume. It was a nice change from drinking just the regular American macro lights. I would suggest it to someone who did not feel like buying the regular old twelve pack they do every weekend.

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Photo of jp32
3.11/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It pours the transparent golden yellow color that one would expect. There is an airy, pure white head that rises to the top at first. A minute or 2 later the beer takes on an awful look. The head dissapears, and I cant find a single bubble in it if I try. It really begins to look like a glass of piss.

The scent is fine. Quite a lot better than other beers of its style. Not bready at all, which is a nice relief.

It tastes good considering the style. It really reminds me a of a pilsener, almost like a version of a german pilsener without the overwhelming skunky flavor. Tastes crisp and is quite refreshing. A little watery, but it must be nearly impossible to avoid that when brewing a light beer.

The mouthfeel is light as expected, and is a touch on the flat side, but nothing terrible. Drinkability is average.

In the grand scheme of beer, this might not be much, but it excells when compared to beers of its class.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Light displays a crystal-clear straw gold body beneath an average sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well given the style, and leaves some nice rings of lace dripping back into the glass. The nose is surprisingly hoppy for a light beer as well, with notes of floral, spicy, and even lightly herbal hops. It's a little fuller in the mouth, with a medium-light body and delicately bristling pinpoint carbonation that softens to become creamy-smooth. Hops return in the flavor, and it's much nicer than the hop-less, thin and dry light beers so common in the United States. The malt balances it well, and it finishes with some lingering spicy and floral character. Well done!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can, 2 for $3, couldn't pass it up, that's $4.50 a six pack if you have your calculator out. Not your typical Canadian brew this is only 4% ABV and not the regular 5% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. This brew has a sweet Euro lager smell of spritzy hops. Pours to a pale yellow with a thin white head. Taste is consistent with the Euro lager smell. Very sweet and light with only a slight twinge of earthy hops evident. Mouthfeel is very thin but it isn't watery per se and that should be in line for a light lager. For the price you can get this for its a macro bargain and not at all offensive. It's not bold but it is quite drinkable. This is a lawnmower beer extraordinaire.

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Photo of chilidog
3.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At a family function, a few of these lingered amongst other cooler macs. Ya, I'll bite.
It was actually pretty good on a nice summers day.
It poured a pale yellow clear straw wth a fizz abit and away white head.
The aroma was alittle corn like, alittle metalic like.
Taste was semi-sweet corn malt, a hint of hop, alittle grass & metal. Overall though the mouthfeel was crisp, clean, slight dryness but rather refreshing. At 4.0% on the abv, that aids the drinkability of this light (better than most other lite's) beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.07/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an almost clear color with a faint tint of yellow. The head is white and frothy, but gone quickly. The aroma is a little above average. It has a very light feel with mostly pale malt and adjunct aroma. There is little hop scent. The taste is above average. It has a refreshing, light flavor with little malts or hops, but a clean, dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent light beer. It is drinkable on hot days or at a party. There's not much to brag about, but it's not bad enough to bitch about.

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't get why this beer has so many bad reviews its your average light lager nothing about it is off.

A - It pours a clear straw color with a white head that trys to leave spotty lacing

S - Has a light smell of grainy malt

T - Not much going on here a light malt taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium high carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers thats made to be easy to drink where you don't have to think about all the flavors and smells you just drink it and watch some hockey.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can (99¢ special) served in a pilsner glass.

L - light yellow color with a decent sized white head that remained for a while being fueled by tiny bubbles.

S - grainy with a hint of earthy sourness.

T - light and grainy tasting with a sour/bitterness on the finish.

F - lighter bodied with plenty of snap in the carbonation department.

O - an average light beer.

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Photo of rypkr
2.99/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks clear and clean like any adjunct. Smells like nothing. Tastes like most other in its class but a little more funk. Standard carbonation.

If I'm session drinking with friends I'm not opposed to drinking macro adjunct beers occasion. But even then, this would be low on my list of said beers.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev +35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at a friend's house and was actually quite impressed.

A - Clear golden macro lager yellow. Minimal head and lace. Boring.

S - Slightly hoppy, but mostly watery. Better than most macros.

T - Wow. this actually has some nice character. the hops are definitely more powerful than American macro lagers, and it's really sweet too. This is noting to get excited about, but for alight lager it actually has some flavor.

M - Light bodied and crisp with a nice off-dry finish. Hops are noticeable in the aftertaste.

D- For a light lager, this has quite a bit of flavor. It's nothing to write home about, but I'd take this over BMC any day.

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Photo of pasdachuri
2.88/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Smells like any light lager.

Very sharp flavor and body. Not bad actually, decent flavor for a light beer.

On nights I feel like a 12 pack session this one is not a bad pick

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Photo of scaliasux
2.84/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear light gold. Small white head that lingers. Bubbly. It might be the light, but looks a little green.

Smell - Little bit of sweet malt aroma. Not really distinguishable from other macro lights.

Taste - Not as sweet as most macro lights. Dry and crisp. Light malty taste with just the tiniest hoppy aftertaste. Nothing complicated about this beer, but I like it better than the supersweet macrobrews of BMC

Mouthfeel - Dry and tangy. Clean. Watery. Average.

Drinkability - I like the taste a little better than most macrolights. But not enough to pay a few extra dollars a six pack. And it's Imported daily from Canada. wow.

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Photo of Tone
2.83/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of a yeast cleanliness, tart malt, and some metallic - adjunct aromas. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, metallic - adjunct, and slight pale malt. Smooth overall, slightly better than average light lager.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ultra light pale gold,lots of carbonation,and a thin white head.Aroma of sour skunky metallic corn,but not as horrible as the other macros.Flavor is slightly corny,and thin,a little sweet and skunky but again not horrible. Drinkable and not too bad for a light

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Photo of tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Poor retntion. No lacing.

Smell as a light beery character.

Taste has some malt sweetness, and is refreshing.

Thin at the end.

Not a bad beer as a spacer. No bad taste characteristics, mostly because there is littel taste.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I rarely drink light beers. The only reason I bought this is because it came in a Labatt Holiday Pack. Carlsberg, 50 ale, Blue and Blue Light. This was the worse beer out of the four. Colour was pale. Reminded me of an old, used cigarette butt. Smell was their. That was it. Nothing special. Just smelled like beer. Taste, bland. Like Blue, but with too much added water. The good thing is, it's so weak you could drink it all day. Not impressed, though my bias for light beer. perhaps persuaded my judgement.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.79/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

During a hurried stop at a supermarket on my way home, felt like picking up an inexpensive 24 oz. beer. I had bought Blue Light years ago before I discovered craft beer. Paid .99 for it, and am not going to rate it against a $14.99 4 pack beer.

We all know what light beers look like, so I won't bother with that. I did get a weird soapy taste with the beer. Flavor was below average, and disappointed me even at the .99 price point. While not a horrible beer, will not buy again anytime soon, maybe in desperation someday.

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Photo of plaid75
2.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light malts and a touch of corn.

The taste was clean and neutral with a light grain and drying hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical light beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.74/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

24oz can from Market Basket, I guess because it was a buck.
Pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Faint bready crackery malt and spicy floral hops. Hint of metallic. Not exactly horrible, in fact passable on a hot day, but horribly bland.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue Light is number two....gonna drink it with my left over pizza. The beer pours a clear yellow color with an intial foamy white head that dissapates to nothing. The smell and taste is typical...grain with mild hop just enought to attempt to balance the beer. The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is big. Overall is typical....drinkable....but not notable.

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Photo of Tank880
2.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Decent plain beer. I have some nostalgia for it from going to hockey games to living up north. Worthwhile beer. Love the 28 packs at a good price often $20.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Puors a straw color with a thin, quick receiding head. The smell was not existant with no hints of hops or malt. The taste wasn't so bad. Kind of a grainy taste with the slightest hoppy bitterness. It went down smooth, I'll give it that. I really did enjoy it for a while. A nice beer to bring fishing.

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Photo of berserker256
2.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of light beers so I have to take that into consideration while reviewing. The color is typical pale gold/dark yellow. Perhaps slightly darker than your average light beer... Still pissy, though. Foamy hog piss head that disappears quickly and almost no lacing. Smells like metallic cheap malt with a touch of hops. Earthy as well. Tastes like a typical macro light but maybe a little more malt/hop flavor. Thin and watery and therefore easy to chug. Decent for a light beer but not very good for a real beer.

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Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.2 out of 5 based on 626 ratings.
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