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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
629
Reviews:
183
Avg:
2.2
pDev:
30.91%
 
 
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2
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123
For Trade:
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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%
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4/5  rDev +81.8%
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2.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
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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2.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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1.89/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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2.52/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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1.12/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of hogrider
1.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Just another lawnmower commercial POS.

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Photo of torwart94
1.7/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of st26326
4.19/5  rDev +90.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

labatt Blue Light is very good beer. I started drinking this beer back in 1985 and i will continue to do so. Blue light has a smooth refreshing taste and enjoyable flavor!! Still brewed in Canada unlike Molson. Cheers!!

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

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2.67/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.45/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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