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.

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Photo of sliverX
2.16/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks Like your average macro just Canadian...
Smell well sweet corn boiled.... blech
Taste hmmm skunked corn water yippee
Mouthfeel bright carbonation and thin just like all the rest
Drinkability well these are only tolerable post hockey game when there's no real options.... so Fridays...

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Photo of IIKaRuII
2.15/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your typical Canadian Pilsener... Highly carbonated, not very enjoyable. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass,
Little to no head, Smells like a kind of flower. has kind of a piney taste. No lacing what so ever. Feel like i have to drink it quick in order to get down.
Not a fan...

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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 HockeytownBrew
2.4/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Clear, straw yellow. Barely a finger width head that fades fast. Next to no lacing left behind.

S - Faint hints of straw and grain - the usual light adjunct bit.

T - Not much going on at all. Yes, it's crisp, with minor wheat and corn notes, but that's about it. Didn't expect much out of this one.

M - Very light. Medium to high carbonation.

D - Really only good for mass consumption. Not difficult at all to throw back a few of these.

Didn't expect much, and didn't get much from this. Meh.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
2.58/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A true classic.

A - Pours a clear light yellow with almost no head. Looks like Shweppes to me.

S - Mmm, old sour corn. Not much else.

T - There are some hops in the taste followed by a sweet, corny malt finish. Not much to taste here.

M - Watery with little carbonation.

D - This beer is good for sessioning on a hot day in the sun and not much else.

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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 Wilyum
2.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has few of the attributes that define a beverage as "Beer". It IS a good thirst quencher on a hot, humid afternoon in Summer. Beyond that, there is little to discuss. It has a clean, crisp mouthfeel and goes down easily. No aroma to speak of, no taste, no buzz! The slightly tart tang is carbonic acid (Co2 in solution) and the beer closely resembles carbonated water in character. As I said, it's refreshing, but so is soda water. I suspect it would also do a bang up job of cleaning my windshield. As`soon as I can finish this case I will buy something else and never do this again. In fairness, it isn't BAD, there just isn't anything there! Prosit, Wilyum

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Photo of nukem5
2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a nice golden straw color with nice foamy head.

S: Not very much to smell light malt and maybe rice.

T: Very light on taste with a hard to detect flavor, almost non-descript and tasteless sadley I do enjoy a Blue the light is very light on taste.

M: Slightly metallic and akaline very carbed.

D:very drinkable for someone just not me.

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Photo of bigrzman
2.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it out of one of my glasses in the house.

A. Bubbly and light straw in color.

S. Smells like Bud Light

T. This tastes like malty fizzy water. Good for a burger at a ball game.

M. Light and crisp. It can definitely go with any bar food well.

D. Very drinkable on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn. Any other time I long for something more.

A great cheap "Domestic" (for those of you who live in Northern New York)

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.6/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This is Canada's version of budweiser and it doesn't even come close to the king of beers. The only thing different in their process must be where they are getting water from. The water from Lake Ontario must not be as fresh as the water in St. Louis (or where ever my local Anheuser-Busch plant is) because this stuff tastes like pond water.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.66/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lots of visible carbonation in this pale yellow beer. The steady stream of bubbles isn't enough to sustain the poorly retained head. Very mild grainy aroma. It barely even has an aroma. Tastes like lightly sweetened seltzer. Feels thin and watery with an odd slickness. Prickly carbonation. Guests went to town on the PBR at yesterdays barbecue, this got left behind. It's cold and wet, and it's drinkable, but I'd rather have beer that tastes like beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can, 2 for $3, couldn't pass it up, that's $4.50 a six pack if you have your calculator out. Not your typical Canadian brew this is only 4% ABV and not the regular 5% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. This brew has a sweet Euro lager smell of spritzy hops. Pours to a pale yellow with a thin white head. Taste is consistent with the Euro lager smell. Very sweet and light with only a slight twinge of earthy hops evident. Mouthfeel is very thin but it isn't watery per se and that should be in line for a light lager. For the price you can get this for its a macro bargain and not at all offensive. It's not bold but it is quite drinkable. This is a lawnmower beer extraordinaire.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
1.58/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz can sampled at my father's house. This is the ONLY thing he ever drinks.

A: Pale straw yellow brew, foamy white head settles as quickly as it formed.

S: Skunk and aluminum.

T: Skunk, soap, aluminum, mild notes of grass and lemon.

M/D: Thin, fizzy, watery. Skunky seltzer. Heavy carbonation leads to chronic belching.

Chuggability: 5.0.

Beer pong: 5.0.

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Photo of techfed87
2.3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a moderately sized head, quick to dissipate. Color is an incredibly light, clear yellow.

Smell is semi malty, but to be honest, isn't much to pick up on.

First sip is super light. It's carbonic in taste and keeps you wondering when the actual body of the beer will show itself...except it never really does. It just kind of dissipates into a shallow malty aftertaste that reminds you "yes, I'm drinking beer and not just carbonated colored water"

Perhaps I should admit at this point that previously, one of my latest reviews has been Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA, a real whopper of a beer, not just in alcohol content, but in sheer complexity of flavor and robustness. Blue Light isn't an IPA, it isn't really even a Pilsner. To paraphrase Popeye, "It is what it is, and that's all that it is." It's a light lager, sold in portion sizes that are large at prices that are low.

If you're looking for Fillet Mignon quality beef, you don't go to McDonalds for their burgers. Similarly, if you're looking for an absolutely astonishing beer, you probably won't go to Labatt for their beer. But it is palatable, and it is considered a beer. So if you ever feel short on cash and want to continue your enjoyment of brewed beverage, then I may recommend you try this tasty beverage.

God help any of you with real money who choose this over real beer.

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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 smithza9
1.87/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only time I had Labatt Blue Light was at a huge party and the bartender didn't know how to pour. From that I got a beer that was very watery and had almost no taste. I like the more full bodied beers and this was not one of them. I had many glasses and it didn't get me that drunk. The non-light beer is much better.


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Photo of josefnewsong
2.24/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a clear pale straw color with a tiny bit of bubbly head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Looks ok at first but after about 30 seconds it just looks like urine in a glass
S - soapy sort of smell along with a bit of corn and my nose says I'm picking up yeast somewhere
T - tastes mostly of corn and some rice blandness. very slight skunk in the finish
M - effervescent, over-carbonated, extremely light (watery) body
D - drinkable, and close to water. not much in the taste dept though so why bother?

There was one bottle sitting in my fridge for months and I'm not sure where it came from. I wanted something to drink/review and didn't feel like going out so there it is.

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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 pasdachuri
2.88/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Smells like any light lager.

Very sharp flavor and body. Not bad actually, decent flavor for a light beer.

On nights I feel like a 12 pack session this one is not a bad pick

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Photo of alkemy
1.38/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A fairly pale urine yellow color and crystal clear with zero head. Scent is very faint. Just some adjunct sweetness is really all I can pick up. Taste is awful and there is no freshness date on the can. Unfortunately, this is a 24oz. can so I've got about ten ounces to go after polishing off the first glass. Taste has the sweetness of corn and a touch of honey. I'm glad this is watered down, because I'd have a hard time stomaching a stronger version of this particular taste. I'll not be revisiting this.

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

Consumed the only way it should be, cold out of somebodies hockey bag, in the dressing room between games.

Pours a clear corny yellow, straw, thin white head forms, quickly settles to nothing, looks pretty vile.

Smell is weak, corn, some honey notes, light floral, sugary, water, not very good.

Taste is similar, almost no flavour, corn, water, a bit sweet but otherwise virtually tasteless.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down easy. I feel like this was hydrating me. As macro light swill goes, this wasn't the worst I've ever had.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
1.13/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'm not even gonna break down each catagory. Everything that could go wrong with a beer is present in LBL. It tastes bad, smells a little like something spoiled? I dont even know what, but the taste is yucky. How could a respectable brewer put this product on the shelves? Light beer fiends that don't belong to BA probably love this stuff. They think it saves calories so they immediately buy it and pretend to like it becuase they think its healthy. Overall, I'd buy keystone light over this any day of the week, which says a lot about how i feel about LBL.

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