Labatt Blue Light | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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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

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2.2
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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 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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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 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 WVbeergeek
1.18/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Okay this is simple, imagine Labatt's Blue which is relatively lighter american style lager, now imagine that same beer watered down. I don't know how they can get away making artificial beer, this just isn't beer. It smells of a mild malt sweetness very faint, no sign of hops here just chemical ridden stench. This is one poorly made beer that just over did it on the water and left out beer. Appears yellow and very fizzy (artificial carbonation), with a very thin head even when I poured it straight into the glass with no tilt. The bubbles are still rising from the bottom of the glass much like seltzer water, which also explains the mouthfeel of this beer. In the taste it is a very nasty watered down flavor that isn't sweet and isn't bitter it's just straight gross and unappetizing. There is no finish to speak of here, just blandness absolutely no flavor. You may have to take in a keg IV of this on to get a buzz, it is that watery. I don't ever picture myself drinking this beer ever again, no matter what.

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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 tdm168
2.51/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent, golden yellow with a ton of carbonation rising to the top. There is some loose, soapy head when first poured but it quickly fizzes away to nothing. The smell is incredibly faint; sweet and grainy. The flavor is a little more than I expected. It's light and hardly intense, but lightly grainy and grassy with just enough hop character to keep me interested. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp.

This isn't a great beer, but for the style it has more flavor than most others. It's drinkable and refreshing. This isn't my style of choice, but this is a light beer I wouldn't mind having again.

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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 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 stevoj
1.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another bland cereal lager, but with fewer calories. Yea! Otherwise it’s watery with just a hint of flavor. Not sure why these are so big in the States... When visiting the mother-in-law, this is what I get.

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Photo of tempest
2.41/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm wouldn't exactly say other people are underestimating this beer, but I don't think it's quite offensive enough to warrant its score. This is a basic light lager, just adjunct beer-flavored water. Tastes a bit like a corn lager, reminds me of Miller Lite. I guess having less flavor means it has less bad flavor and that makes it a decent lawnmower beer, maybe.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.5/5  rDev -31.8%

This one pours a clear yellow, basically looks like water. Looks quite fizzy.

Smells metallic, and like not much else. Maybe some creamed corn.

Tastes metallic too, and maybe a little like creamed corn. It's kind of grainy, but the carbonation takes over the flavor, it's all you get. It's honestly like really gross metallic seltzer.

This one is really light bodied, with a very high level of carbonation.

Pass.

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Photo of tone77
2.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn and malts. Taste is also mild, again malts and corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is not the worst light beer I have had, but nothing special.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, minimal sticky lacing. The nose is slightly malty, but mostly grainy. The taste is kinda malty, grainy/ricy. Light Body. Kinda Drinkable, not that bad, but still... I use to really like the regular version moons ago.

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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 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 biegaman
2.32/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a straw yellow colour, maybe 2 shades lighter than water (maybe!). A thin stream of bubbles that rise up the center and meet a generous white bubbly head over top. A beer this light in colour cannot be promising, and rarely (if ever) is good. The BA rating system has a 2/5 listed as "-not impressed". I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed - the clarity is unbelievable, it literally resembles water. Literally.

The aroma manages to stay considerably neutral. Some faint hint of malt, no hops of course, but more importantly, no adjuncts either. The adjuncts are the macro lagers worst feature and this seems to bypass that. It is sweet with a touch of corn syrup character, but largely the aroma is simply absent.

The carbonation carries a little sting as it goes down your throat. The beer seems to coat your mouth in an unwelcome aftertaste as well.

The flavour (like aroma) is nearly void of any features less the barely notable suggestion of malt and dash of corn syrup. It does come across (to me, anyhow) a little more tasty than other macro lagers. Although, even that said, there really aren't enough features to qualify this as quenching even.

In all honesty - even in social situations - I would opt for water over this more often than not. The only thing to its credit is that it's less offensive than regular Labatt Blue ( but that does not say much...)

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Photo of puboflyons
1.86/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This came out of the 710 ml. can with the scenic new design. Can no. 1-159-8-1853D. Labatt may have redesigned the can for the American market but it hasn't changed this recipe. It pours golden with short-lived whte head and a lot of cabonation. Aroma of corn, wheat, and stale malts. Watery. Tastes flat.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On doing a review for ol' times sake on Labatt's I gave the Lite a try, knowing it would suck but I was curious if it was one of those light beers that is close to the original. NO.
A thinnish, yellowish discharge eminates from the bottle when tilted towards the glass but does give a nice head with some good retention.
A faint, airy aroma of some cheap beer ingredients and that's it. A sharp, carbonated feel on my tongue is the taste, like I was drinking a shaken up soda. No hops or malts or any real taste is in here although it does leave a drying sensation on the backbite, so you know you're drinking a beer. I don't see the point in this and I'm pissed I bothered in the first place.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.69/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white, one finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is not detectable. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a boring finish. Could be used as a lawn mower beer when you need to pound down 2-3 and not have much effect. $1.50 for a 340ml from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear pale yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head didn't hang around for long.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, light hops, and lots of corn. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going in here.. just grains/corn. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – It's odd that this beers slogan used to be 'If I wanted a water, I'd ask for it'.. it's actually pretty watery and tasteless It also has too much carbonation. Not something I intend on having again, but I didn't turn it away when someone offered me it.

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

A: Poured a clear, gold-brass with a respectable 1 finger, creamy white head which unfortunately collapsed soon after. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: The nose was light with fresh grains and a very faint lemon herbal hopping.

T: very faint as well with fresh lemon notes and light lime accents. Theres a light sourness in the finish. Overall for a macro, not bad, doesn't offend, but certainly doesn't impress.

M: very light, fizzy with a light tarntess.

D: For a macro, mediocre drinkability but with a slightly off finish that hurts the enjoyment.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.4/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden yellow crystal clear body with a lot of tiny bubbles. There is a thin wisp of a head that swirls around and last for a bit.

S- This beer has a very soft aroma of dry grain with no smell of hops or sulfur.

T- This beer has a very soft raw grain note with a slight salty note to it. There is a slight tartness to the finish that comes through when it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel and a light fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a very soft flavor but it doesn’t have a big fizz that dominates the flavor. Not that exciting but not flavorful.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.6/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a straw yellow color with a half inch white head. Head retention is low, not much lacing. It smells like malt and corn, the aroma is light. Not much to the taste either, there's some malt and corn flavor, not much else from what I can tell. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and watery. Drinkability is OK, but nothing special. This beer is non-offensive, but it isn't exactly good either. If someone gave me one I'd drink it, but I wouldn't pay for one of these. But with that being said, there are certainly worse beers out there.

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Photo of Brad007
2.14/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I don't normally review macro lagers but since Labatt Blue was one of the first beers I ever drank regularly (before my introduction to crafts in 2002), I thought I'd review it anyway.

Pours a straw yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is one of malt that smells somewhat like corn. I didn't expect much in this dept, which is fine. Taste is somewhat syrupy and sweet with the consistency of I don't know, corn. Supposedly, it's not supposed to have any adjuncts. However, it's just the taste I get. It goes down smooth and that's it.

If you're looking for a break from crafts, this would probably not be the best choice. However, if you're just looking for a cheap beer to knock back on a lazy day, this is not too bad.

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Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.2 out of 5 based on 622 ratings.
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