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 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 civilizedpsycho
2.38/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Clear and golden with a decent head that dissipates fast.

Smell: A slight malt smell with not much else there. Pretty standard.

Taste: A slightly sweet flavor, but nothing overwhelming. Smooth, but in the end, pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: While this isn't completely awful, it's probably not going to be high on my list of beers to get again.

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Photo of mnrider
1.61/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz twist off poured into pint glass

A: Golden Yellow with a two finger white head, which disapears with no lacing. Very bubbly and they cling to glass in patches.

S: Wow...Really? I got nothing here. Just Water

T/M: Very little taste, even for a light beer. Very carbonated with a hint of malts and some grain. Mix in some bitterness and dryness and tragically thats it.

D: Light beer at its worst. It has a very very faint heart beat.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

A - Clear, deluded yellow with an extremely effervescent, small head that didn't even reach a finger before disappearing instantly into nothing at all. Yeah, that also means absolutely no lacing at all. Not even a ring.

S - Skunky - almost light-struck - aroma with awful adjuncts. No hint of real beer ingredients. Straw and grains comprise the whole aroma that's already faint anyway.

T - Wow. There is so little flavor here I almost taste absolutely nothing at all. This has the smallest touch of grain and straw with a pinch of sugar. Wtf. At least without flavor it can't be offensive.

M - This beer is so carbonated it completely gets in the way of flavor. Light, crisp, and refreshing cause it's practically calorie-rich water.

D - Finally a category this beer can actually score something on. The ONLY thing going for it is mass consumption cause everything else sucks horribly.

This also begs the question, why the hell would you even want to drink it? Either have water or have a MGD64. About half the calories of this beer and twice the flavor.

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

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance - pale yellow colour with poppy white head that subsides to surface bubbles in no time flat.

Smell - faint barley scent covered in a corn adjunct aroma. Not much going on here.

Taste - faint malt and cereal adjunct flavour. Thin hops on the end and a watery finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty balanced and even feel, but just a carbonated product with little to offer.

Drinkability - if this is ice cold it will make do, but barely. Not a good choice but goes down if you have no other.

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Photo of Brenden
1.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I remember the incident well. It was quite a while back and my notes just resurfaced. The memory never fades, however.

Lighter appearance even than most BMC lights. At least there's that foam.
Of all the light beers I've had, I don't recall giving one an F because they were incredibly weak, bland and flavorless but there was no gross taste or funk. This one has that. Funk in the smell, funk in the taste. It's what makes a light a D-, then you add a gross element of nasty. The mouthfeel's about the same as any light, but it's slicker (slimier?). There's an astringent tinge and the nasty funk is actually more than the aroma or flavor of the beer itself. At least the grains do exist and there's a very light citrus bite. Otherwise, I think this is officially the worst beer I've ever had.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.39/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, a border demi-classic. Blue Light! Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into my trusty Alpine mug.

Gotta admit, as many times as I have drank this, it doesn't look good. Pale pineapple one too many times through the bleach cycle. For real doe, I've %!$$ed stuff with core color than this. Head comes and goes very quickly. So far, we have flat diluted urine? Off to a wicked good stahhht...

It's just really typical adjunct lager smell - a little corn, maybe a thought of some old hops. Still, it's at least a little on the clean side for saving grace.

Well, I was "underwhelmed" as Sloan would say. There's not a whole lot to speak of. See scent info above. Carbonation cleans it up in a salty way.

Palate feel is tingly and that's about it. Old silage - the usual macro crap.

The good news is that it drinks quickly. Analyzing this in detail doesn't do it justice - I can drink this at a bar in Buffalo all night. Doable for plastic cup fare. That's about it.

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Photo of jera1350
1.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale watery yellow with a light one finger head that melts away quickly. No lacing.

S- Grainy, rice, subtle zest smell.

T- Watered down grain. Not much more to talk about here.

M- Extremely light and thin. Similar to drinking water. Little carbonation.

D- You could drink this like water if you wanted to tie one on. No other reason to drink this.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear very pale straw color. The head is a quarter inch of foam which recedes within seconds to almost no lacing. The aroma is rather lively for a light lager. It has some nice mildly sweet malty tones to it. The taste again is quite bodl for the style. The is a nice sweetness that I would expect from a adjunct lager. The mouthfeel is light bodied with solid carbonation. It is nice that the carbonation isn't extra high the way it is in most beers of this style. Overall, this is one of the better light lagers I've tasted, and I could drink it again.

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Photo of mikeal1917
1.2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I thought maybe this could be the saving grace for the Labatt name in my book....I was wrong

Appearance- Even worse than it's "full-bodied" counterpart. A completely white initial head that flat lines in under 2 minutes. Typical golden Pilsner color.

Smell- Pungent, but nothing going on what so ever.

Taste- Awful, flavorless and watery. A complete waste of time. I would't play beer pong with this.

Mouthfeel- Watery with no substance. If it wasn't for the fact that my mouth felt liquid, I would have never known I was drinking a beer

Drinkability- Null and Void

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.07/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A friend brought over some beer and I was left with this..

Poured a light straw yellow. Thin white frothy head, no retention or lacing.

Smells of water, light malt.

Taste is whack. Very light hop, and I mean very light, is on the finish. The rest of the beer tastes like water. No malt, no spice. Nothing but the flat taste of seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and light bodied. Carbonation is a bit strong.

Drinkability is bad. I wouldn't be drinking this if I hadn't been given it. I wouldn't pair it with anything, and I can't understand why it even exists..

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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 WakeandBake
2.83/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ultra light pale gold,lots of carbonation,and a thin white head.Aroma of sour skunky metallic corn,but not as horrible as the other macros.Flavor is slightly corny,and thin,a little sweet and skunky but again not horrible. Drinkable and not too bad for a light

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

I don't get why this beer has so many bad reviews its your average light lager nothing about it is off.

A - It pours a clear straw color with a white head that trys to leave spotty lacing

S - Has a light smell of grainy malt

T - Not much going on here a light malt taste

M - This beer has a light body with medium high carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers thats made to be easy to drink where you don't have to think about all the flavors and smells you just drink it and watch some hockey.

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

[24 oz. can at 44F]
Labatt Blue Light is a very clear, very pale yellow lager with a fluffy white head. It has a faint aroma of corn and possibly lemon. It is light bodied, bubbly and watery with a reasonably crisp finish. There is not much flavor; notes of light grain and corn with a slightly lemony aftertaste. I just wanted to see why people always throw these cans in my yard. Now I understand.
(rated Jun 26, 2008)

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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 zach8270
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

can - 12 oz

Appearance - Very thin head with many bubbles. Light golden color.

Aroma - Slight corn aroma.

Taste - Semi-sweet taste.

- Mouthfeel - Feels good going down, easy to drink with very little aftertaste.

- Drinkability - The stereotypical light beer. Very good for drinking lots of, say at college.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.1/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is way too watery to even be considered for anything good. The carbonation is too hard. Taste is wet, stale cardboard, chalkiness, skunky. No hops, bad aftertaste, adjuncts

Honestly, most of the homebrews I taste are better than this. I don't understand why people drink light beers. Read the nutritional info on a beer, there aren't many calories. Beer is healthy and delicious and there is no excuse for buying any light beer.

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

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale, clear yellow. A half inch of head forms and falls almost immediately. Nothing unexpected here for the style.

S - I think just a smidge of hops are pulling through with a mild peppery/lemony aroma. Mild cereal grain as well.

T - Complete nothingness almost. The vaguest suggestion of lemon peel and salt play on the sides of the tongue, but nothing else at all.

M - Somehow this has managed to be thicker and less carbonated than it needs to be. Two things that cannot work with a flavorless beer.

D - Eh. I want to say I've had worse but all of these guys are about the same. Unoffensive at least.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
1.55/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drank cold from 12 oz. bottle and also 12 oz. can.

A: nothing to see here; a thin looking straw yellow; watered down color (see below for more).

S: A bit too much like most cheap beers, though less offensive to the nose than full bodied macro brews.

T: Unpleasant, with some yeastiness, but almost all hints of taste other than "bitter" washed out with a watery taste. The finish is worse than the start.

M: Tastes sour and loses carbonation readily; not fun to have in the mouth for long.

D: It's plenty drinkable if you're drinking quickly and not into tasting.

Beers like this serve a function, but let's not pretend "to taste good" is one of them. These erviews are supposed to be constructive and not just bash beer, so here goes: something could change in this watery light beer, such as more malt, or better ingredients; that might help.

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Photo of orcasteve
1.46/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

this was the best beer at my grandmas birthday party so i gave it a shot, i have hated this beer for years, this was tasting like it had been on the shelves for far to long, this had minamal hop presence and a caned corn flavor but just barly then it was washed down by a watter fall, i think that thay tryed to strip this one of all flavor, this is a beer that should never be consumed even if it were the last beer on earth

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Photo of tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color with moderate white head. Poor retntion. No lacing.

Smell as a light beery character.

Taste has some malt sweetness, and is refreshing.

Thin at the end.

Not a bad beer as a spacer. No bad taste characteristics, mostly because there is littel taste.

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Photo of drpimento
1.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow. This beer is light alright. Like the brewmaster walked near a keg of water. Amazingly it does have some head and lace. Super pale yellow in color. Very heavy carbonation. Very sharp flavor and body. Sharp flavor of what? mmmaybe a bit of malt? No hop that I can find. Better than tainted water I guess.

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Photo of bushbeer75
2.03/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can

Labatt Blue Light poured a very pale yellow color with "tons" of carbonation, little head and no lacing. Watery body with very [very] low malt flavor and dry body. Very low flavor over all. After all this is a light lager! Another brew that should be consumed cold.

[Macro] Light Lager style is my least favorite style of beer. Labatt Blue Light is not the best light beer or the worst one either.

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Photo of OldYoda
1.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold into my standard Troeg's pint glass - miniscule head that disappears quickly and no lacing at all.

Smell is musty and odd. Nothing that invites here.

Taste is most impressive in the fact that there really isn't much of any taste. Thin, watery and basically nothing.

I guess you could drink as many of these as you wanted - but only God would know why you would want to.

Just no point in drinking this and can't think of any good reason for the Canadians to make it.

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Labatt Blue Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.2 out of 5 based on 626 ratings.
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