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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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, headless, odourless, characterless. Available everywhere in Ontario. Not offensive, but not much point in it either. Decent light beers are hard to come by and this ain't one of them. But it's not as bad as those things being flogged as low-carb beers either. Thank goodness for small mercies.

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Straw color, thin head that will quickly disappear. Skunky, skunky and skunky aroma and some light grain on the nose. Thin, thin and thin and a definitive light bodied beverage, some malts and light grassy, earthy flavor, but not overly offensive. Very delicate hops detected later on, adjuncts detected in the background. Very watery and slightly oily throughout. An aftertaste that will have you reaching for a better beer.

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2.01/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Billed as a "Canadian pilsener."

CAN: 12 fl oz. Standard pull-tab. A six pack ran me $6.99 plus tax and deposit in NYC. Blue label.

Per 12oz serving: 112 kcal. 7.9g carbohydrates. .9 grams protein. 0.0g fat.

Brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: Pours your standard off-white head and clear clean body. Pale copper in body colour, bending a bit darker than most beers in the pilsener style (or light lager category).

Looks inoffensive. There are no egregious flaws or obvious faults. Very innocuous in appearance.

AROMA: Cereals and pleasant graininess greet the palate. Corn adjunct is evident, but it doesn't seem like a syrupy or sweet lager. No evidence of the Cascade hops is present whatsoever. Pilsner malt is there in the background, behind creamy notes. Yeast profile is clean and ester-free.

Aromatic intensity is average. I find no off-notes; it's not metallic or skunky like many beers in the category. Pleasant enough for an adjunct pilsener.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly creamy, with a grainy taste and subsidiary notes of pilsner malts, cereals, and corn adjunct. Not sickly sweet, but it's definitely a bit out of balance. The Cascade hops they love to advertise don't come through at all flavour-wise, unfortunately. A little grassy.

I find no off-flavours, but the high sweetness for a pilsner will annoy fans of the style. Even disregarding it as a pilsner and focusing on it as a beer in the "light beer/light lager" category, it's still got balance issues - but I will note it isn't syrupy or watery like many budget beers in this category (or similar - e.g. malt liquor).

Still, it's rather thick and full-bodied for a beer billed as a light lager, and it's pretty devoid of flavour. Smooth and wet, but unrefreshing.

OVERALL: If we're being fair, it's better than many beers in the category, but U.S. drinkers will find lesser-priced better brews a preferable choice (Trader Joe's' budget beers, Ballantine XXX, and random Polish and German imports are all cheaper and superior). When in Canada, I'd definitely sooner buy Lucky Lager. Still, I think many are being harsh on this merely for its style and status as a so-called "macro." Really dive into budget light lagers/pilseners and you'll find far worse fare than Labatt Blue Light. That said, it's not a beer I'll ever seek out again, and while it's drinkable I couldn't recommend it to anyone either for quality or for price.


04/04/17 2nd impression:

Riddled with DMS off-flavour. I'm shocked I missed it in my previous review. Painfully simplistic otherwise, but I've had worse. Mouthfeel is a mess - oddly thick (not what one wants in a beer in the light lager category).


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Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.2 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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