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:
#44,078
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
639
pDev:
30.45%
Bros Score:
1.48
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
131
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
1.03/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Despite being thirsty and there being only this and hard liquor, I regret trying to swallow even one mouthfeel. It has no head, is yellow, and smells like beer and soap detergent. The taste is acidic water. Metallic ugh! aftertaste.Fizzy carbonation, watery.

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Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.38/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

as the crappy light mass market stuff goes, i dont hate this in a bottle thats ice cold. drafts and cans of this are almost intolerable, but the bottle can work on a hot day out in the boat or something. golf course maybe. pours watery pale yellow like so many beers like this do, decent head though. smells like basically nothing, just some weak generic malts. flavor is refreshing at least, but it has nothing intersting to call out. quick snappy finish probably helps it sell as well as it does. mouthfeel is very light and a little too carbonated, but i will give it high marks for drinkability. overall its a step up from a budlight, but so is everything. only when i have to...

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Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
2.32/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of adjunct malts with notes of rice and hints of corn. Faint bits of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and quite watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily, but only because it is mostly water and the adjunct flavors aren't too strong.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mmmm...expensive can in my hotel fridge, because I'm too lazy to go out for a beer, right at this moment...

This beer pours a crystal clear very pale straw colour, with one finger of thin soap-scum-like white head, which actually clings to the sides of the glass, rendering some lace as it quickly melts away. It smells of acrid corn mash, and some well-thought-out skunk. The taste is very light (I know, it should go without saying) white grain, and a subtle skunkiness. The carbonation is quite low, the body thin, yet somewhat cloying, smooth, I guess, and it finishes like an echo of a derivative of a stalk of barley or corn kernel.

As usual, the beer-as-literal-water trope works here, and at least the off-flavours are kept to a minimum. My lack of sleep is kind of giddy about the what this can of swill cost - but hey, the small bottle of water is about the same price, so, what the hell.

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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

***
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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Photo of dmorgan310
1/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Standard macro brew with a huge water aftertaste. Not my favorite to start with but it seems that this one if the regular Blue diluted with water. Try this from a can in a christmas party and let's just say that next year I'll make sure to bring my own brew.

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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 dbrauneis
2.63/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Admiral's Club at YYZ (Toronto, ON)

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin patch and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Very sweet aromas of adjunct malts - including both grains and corn - along with a very light hint of hops.

T: Again, the flavor follows the smell of this beer... Light flavors of adjunct malts featuring both sweet grains and malts. There are some slightly skunky hints to the flavor of this beer and a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Served extremely cold, the mouthfeel was very light and thin/watery with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Very light an easy to drink and refreshing when it is really cold. Sessionable but not a beer that I'm going to go back to often - maybe best served when fishing. Definitely recommend drinking this beer when it is very cold.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is an extremely pale gold color, with a very thin white head that fades instantly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The pungent aroma is of grain, corn, adjunct and a little malt.

T: There’s a little bit of corn syrup sweetness & malt that hits first, followed by a watery grain flavor that remains for the after-taste.

M: Crisp but not as smooth as it should be, very high carbonation, light body, clean and dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down very easy, possibly the least filling beer I’ve ever drank. There are definitely worse light beers out there but the selection would have to be pretty limited for me to choose this beer again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a pretty light golden color. A good dose of carbonation bubbles and a semi-decent white head. The nose is a bit grainy without much there. Nothing horrifically off-putting, though there is a bit of a metallic astringency, which starts to come out more in the flavor and especially the feel. Not a good beer and I would not recommend this.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with no real appreciable head formation -- looks dead right along with my hopes for a quality brew.

Smell: The beer smells of sweet, glistening corns and bargain bin grains. Ah well, you can't win'm all.

Taste: Sweet, downright scandalously corny taste with a lesser touch of simple grains. It's all quite watery, mind you. Light, faint touch of bitterness, though not discernible hop flavors. Empty, watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Disappointing and groan-inducing, though, being the light version of the Labatt blue, it's at least less awful.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Still playing with CANs. CAN you dig it? I CAN!

It began with a finger of bone-white head, but it quickly lapsed into wisps. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly sweet with cereal. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was light, airy, mildly sweet. Ho freakin' hum! I feel like I am drinking the same beer in a CAN over and over with only the label as any change. Doesn't anybody have any imagination? No wonder people could not identify their "favorite" brand in "Beer Wars" - it's all the same! NOT impressed!

As always/usual, my CANQuest (tm) review trumps all, but today is NYE (Sa, 31 Dec 2016) & I have a bottle for review.

From the bottle (in the currently approved pic): "#BearTalk [:] Raisin Cookies that look like Chocolate Chips are the main reason I have trust issues."

Poor bear! I actually prefer Oatmeal Raisin cookies over Chocolate Chip, but I feel his pain. It will be much like mine after drinking this beer. Screw-top?!? Mais oui. What else should I have expected? I did not pour so much as dump this into my awaiting glass. It puffed up with two fingers of foamy, bone-white head like some scrawny M-F at the beach when a pretty girl walks by, but deflated just as quickly. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality clarity & my urine sample from the other day was darker than this. Nose smelled strongly of corn silage which is not how I want to celebrate NYE! Mouthfeel was thin, watery, ... light. The taste was the same as so many Light Lagers to which I have subjected myself. It tasted like watered-down pseudo-lager, laden with all of the wrong adjuncts & then increased by a large portion of the local water supply. Finish was semi-sweet, but unsatisfying and unsatisfactory. THIS is why I have trust issues, Mr. Bear!

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Photo of ZEB89
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Try as I might, I can't come up with an interesting theme for today's Macro Smackdown XIX. The only thing Labatt Blue Light and its competitor (Sapporo Light) have in common is that they're both non-U.S. light lagers... with blue labels. Let's see which one comes out on top.

Acid-washed straw, a lighter and brighter hue that can be seen on the other beer. The head is a lighter and brighter shade of white and is surprisingly attractive given the style. I'm even seeing the beginnings of some decent lace deposition.

The nose is pretty much a dead ringer for an American macro lager, non-light division. The beer smells like reasonably fresh grain with almost no hop notes and no off-aromas. Not bad... not bad.

Even by light lager standards, Labatt Blue Light is woefully underflavored. Each mouthful delivers a hint of beer-like flavor that is quickly washed away before it can gain a toehold on the taste buds. That keeps it from being offensive, but then why bother drinking beer at all? I wonder if the brewery simply mixed Labatt Blue with distilled water.

It's difficult to judge relative differences when the mouthfeels are as light as these two. I'll give this beer the edge because it has more carbonation. At least there's the illusion of a mouth party, even if the guests leave a lot to be desired.

Labatt Blue Light isn't horrible beer... hell, it's barely beer at all. It's the winner of this competition largely because of the intangibles; appearance and mouthfeel primarily. Congratulations to our northern neighbors for their second MacSmack crown.

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Photo of Jason
1.73/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

11.5 oz brown long neck twist, no freshness date. Head retention lacks but it is clear and very pale.

Odd musty, almost cheesy aroma. The smell is too clean and in an odd way seems incredibly stripped … oh yeah it’s a light beer.

Bland upfront and through the finish, crispness is lost and there is an underlying slickness in the mouth. Vague grain and bitterness though the bitterness could be from the hops or faintly astringent malt or both. I gather it is both. Nice to see the Canadians brew a real crappy light beer. NOT!

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

the last one of the night for me, i decided to end it with a foreign selection, lol. the pour was the same as the rest with maybe a touch more amber to the initial color but that was about it. really just an overally carbonated fizzy water.

very light aroma, nearly non existent with the light grains and hints of corn and rice. just really nothing you would want to brag about drinking. clear, well carbonated and actually a touch of a refreshing nature to it made for a decent little beer, but the flavor just was not there at all for me.

overall i have ha worse, but this was not terrible for a light beer. still though a little more of anything would have helped.

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2/5  rDev -9.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev +25%

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