Labatt Blue Light | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light
BA SCORE
2.2/5
639 Ratings
Labatt Blue LightLabatt Blue Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
labatt.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,184
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
639
pDev:
30.45%
Bros Score:
1.48
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
131
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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1.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Easier drinking than Labatt Blue. Good thirst quencher on a hot day.

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2.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of CNoj012
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This beer pours a super light golden color that looks like a beer cut with water. The head is 3 fingers, fluffy and foamy. Retention is actually fairly good and there is a little bit of spotted lacing.

The smell is almost non existent. There is a hint of grain and literally nothing else.

Taste is the same. Grainy throughout with some corn and then some weird off flavor on this finish that reminds me of cardboard.

Feel is super light and watery. Easy drinking, but then again so is water.

Overall gross. I can do some AALs and light beers from time to time, but not this one. And to top it off the screw you out of .5 oz as their bottles are only 11.5 oz.

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2.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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1.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bito24
3/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As light beers go, this one is pretty decent. Pours slightly darker than most lights. You get a bit of a hoppy taste in the Initial mouthful. Goes down real easy, but what would you expect from a beer w/blue in the name.

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2.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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2.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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3.5/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
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.

D (2.11) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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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).

D- / NOT RECOMMENDED

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1.84/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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2.56/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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4/5  rDev +81.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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1.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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1.84/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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