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.

Added by Todd on 10-22-2001

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Photo of wailingwench
1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Eye Candy: Transparent yellow-like, not even yellow..

The nose knows: let Blue Light warm, then smell it. It smells like vomit in a bottle.

Tongueland: The taste gives me the creeps. I actually have gagged while drinking Blue Light.

Bender Factor:If for some reason you decide that tonight is crappy Canadian beer night, Molson Canadian is the best choice. Everyone here in Buffalo thinks that Blue/Blue Light is the the sheezy, I say it makes me queasy. Labatt Blue is a sad excuse for a beer. It should be put out of it's misery. I feel bad for Canadian citizens who are exposed to Blue on a daily basis. That and the dude on hockey night.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.05/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Funny story, so I'm cleaning up my desk and I open the bottom drawer and theres a bottle of Labatt Blue Light. Natural reaction? Why, drink it of course (and review it)! The appearance is less than spectacular, a neutral yellowish water, with little head and no lace. The smell is very metallic, with some watery hops and malt in the back, but not much. The taste is kind of off, with metallic hints as well, and the first slight hints of skunkage. I'd normally use that as a reason not to review a beer, but I dont think this one gets much better. The mouthfeel is rather unpleasant I thought. Too much carbonation, and it left a kind of slimy feeling at the front of my tongue, and a bit of a chalky feel at the back. But its cheap, and its not entirely undrinkable. If you're gonna buy Labatt though, go with regular Blue. Its much better than the Light.

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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 garymuchow
2.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Skunky" style of aroma with a mild malt background and a hint of more traditional hops.
Light gold yellow, with one inch head that's more steady than average.
Watery quality to taste. Light overall flavor. Starts with little taste, in mid to finish a strong adjunct quality starts. Mild bitterness and a medium long finish that is neutral.
Thin feel, watery with some soft qualities to the carbonation. Somewhat smooth, making it easier to drink quickly.
Simple and easy to drink, others are more offensive (but then I was having a good day that day).

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.6/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours with a one-finger head into a pint glass and ends up completely gone with but a ring of bubbles left behind. Pale golden color, about right for a light beer, a bit darker than I was expecting even.

Aroma - grassy, grainy, no character.

Taste - okay for a light beer. I can actually taste some pilsnerishness (?). Taste has more depth than the aroma, I'm actually impressed it has as much taste as it does, all things considered. Seltzery bubbles clear the way to a clean, slightly sweet (adjunct-induced?) finish.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, very thin & watery as expected.

Drinkability - you could easily do better, but there's lots of worse beers out there too, some of 'em non-light. With that said, drink this beer while it's ice cold, keep your expectations realistic and enjoy one in the dog days of summer, not the middle of February.

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Photo of Stimack
1.78/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a truly boring beer! Another attempt at a light brew that just fails. I must say that I am truly shocked that my friends can actually drink this stuff.

The brew pored to a very mild yellow pale color and very clear. It had a very small head that dissipated quickly had had no lacing. The smell of the brew is a little off, somewhat foul. The taste is really nothing exciting, is actually is a extremely boring brew with no character. I guess I might be being a little hard on this brew but it is not worth trying to save calories to drink this light beer. One that I hope not to see in my friends fridges in the future!

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Photo of TerryW
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, headless, odourless, characterless. Available everywhere in Ontario. Not offensive, but not much point in it either. Decent light beers are hard to come by and this ain't one of them. But it's not as bad as those things being flogged as low-carb beers either. Thank goodness for small mercies.

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Photo of CortexBomb
1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Defines what I dislike about light beers. Pours out very light yellow, almost watery which carries over to the flavour. While I dislike normal Blue, the light version washes even more of the flavour away, no scent to speak of either.

Extremely thin in the mouth as well of course, and altogether unenjoyable to drink, so that category gets the basement rating as well.

I understand that these "light" beers have a bit of a following here in the States, but I wouldn't drink one of these if it was offered to me with a bribe attached. Utter crap.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Puors a straw color with a thin, quick receiding head. The smell was not existant with no hints of hops or malt. The taste wasn't so bad. Kind of a grainy taste with the slightest hoppy bitterness. It went down smooth, I'll give it that. I really did enjoy it for a while. A nice beer to bring fishing.

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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 proc
1.8/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out to a usual, extreme, pale yellow of the style. Not much in the aroma department but some cereal/malt smell does come through. Taste is very light and slightly bitter and I mean slightly. Nowhere near its big brother, regular Blue tastewise and in comparison to other light beers, its well...light.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale yellow in color with a medium sized head that fades fast. Doesn't smell like much. Cereal and little hops, if i had to guess. Tastes watery and unipressive. This isn't a very interesting beer in any aspect. I could drink about 16 of them, though.

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Photo of PiratePete
1.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer came along in 1983 as a replacement for Labatt Lite (which didn't actually go away). It is the better of the two but it is not a pleasant beer. It really does not have any redeeming qualities. It is a very pale yellow with an off-white head that looks like there might be some soap in it - no it wasn't the glass. Nose of something? - corn maybe. Thin, watery, no carbonation . Nearly tasteless and what there is is not all that wonderful. Hops I guess. I can not figure out why this is made.

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

This beer when poured out of its can was a very pale watered down yellow color, but was super clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was pure white in color and was fairly full and cloud like. But this fell to a lifeless liquid in the glass with only a shadow y image of its former cloud self. To my surprise there was some lace left on the sides of the glass from the brief foam. The aromas were faint, I nosed some light overly sweet malt, grains (corn), 1 flower, and a metallic overtone. The tastes were as faint as the aromas, I got a watery sweet malt taste, more corn grains then I care to have, and a brief stab of citrus before it went dry. The aftertaste was – well – nothing. Light bodied. Overall impression was not that impressive. The can said light and they were right, light aroma, light flavor and a light impression of a beer. To be honest it filled the beer gap for me at 11:00 at night at my buddy’s house while talking. It was hot, I was thirsty, I got a beer, and it kind of quenched my thirst. I guess it did its job. Not one that I would recommend or if I can care to drink again.

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Photo of granger10
2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

People I know look to this as a "good beer". Well, they're wrong, but this is better than some American macro lights. Not much flavor. Slight malts mixed with slight bitter hops. Adjuncts are a little too noticeable. Skunky aroma just like the regular Labatt Blue. Good only for drinking games.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.01/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw color, thin head that will quickly disappear. Skunky, skunky and skunky aroma and some light grain on the nose. Thin, thin and thin and a definitive light bodied beverage, some malts and light grassy, earthy flavor, but not overly offensive. Very delicate hops detected later on, adjuncts detected in the background. Very watery and slightly oily throughout. An aftertaste that will have you reaching for a better beer.

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Photo of Ellbert
1.6/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I was very dissapointed in this beer. It was very watery. The mouthfeel was like seltzer water. I must say I enjoy his big brother, the original much better. There was a strange taste to this beer. I cannot name what it was but it was not pleasant. Not a good beer.

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Photo of budgood1
2.48/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 oz bottle. pours out a pale straw colour. a bit of a foamy head with some retention. some lace. light grainy aroma followed by a hint of hoppiness. light flavours of grain. oh so ghostly hints of some hop bite. pretty smooth mouthfeel followed by that irritating crispness that i despise light beers for. very lean body, bordering on watery. pounding a whole lot of these would be easy...too easy. it's my opinion that among light beers, this isn't too bad, but it's still pretty lame. while not as bad as advertised, still not worth anyone's attention. high drinkability. pure swill.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
2.25/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is often a session beer around these parts, and while it is less than steller all around it is completely drinkable in that it tastes like nothing. Unfortunately it doesnt give much of a buzz either.

Very clear lager. It claims to be a pils which is infuriating. Very smooth and crisp but scores low on taste simply because there is nothing for the palate here...a little malted barley is all I could pick up.

Not a great beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The light version of Labatt's flagship Blue is yet another light beer for the masses with little taste. Although quite watery and lacking in character, I did manage to find some redeemable attributes in this beer that puts it a half a notch above some other light beerwater.

Labatt Blue Light pours a pale straw color with a thin white foam head that disappears in about 15 seconds. The smell is of a very cheap light beer: some slight fruitiness, but the dominating feature is the musty/soapy smell which strikes me as somewhat dirty. The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly watery and fizzy. On the palette, this beer does have a somewhat fruity quality to it, with some underlying light malt and grains. Wateriness takes over most of this beer's character. There is an actual hop bitterness in the finish as well. The aftertaste is quite light, with barely some continuing fruitiness and grains. After a few moments, corn becomes very pronounced. This beer finishes with no alcoholic warmth either.

The fact that I detected hops in this beer surprised me, along with the somewhat fruity notes. I still don't find this as clean as any of Molson's products, but I would still rank it above many American light beers (*AHEM* Coors and Bud Light).

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Photo of Pegasus
2.11/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: A small white head, which retains poorly, crowns this crystal-clear pale golden beer. The carbonation is profuse, fast rising, and rather fizzy; the lacing is fairly good.

Aroma: Faint malt and weak hops play off against a faint, odd mustiness.

Taste: Begins with thin maltiness, which turns sour midway through the taste, then fades to nothing. There is some slight hop bitterness near the end of the taste as well. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Considering how active the carbonation is, its surprisingly mild upon the tongue. Overall, the mouth feel is pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Utterly lacking in character, it might as well be a carbonated mineral water.

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

A pale comparison to the real Blue, this beer is much more watery and light. No real body feel. Nose and taste of mild adjuncts. The appearance is pretty standard and macro like, which to say, not that great. There are lots of ways to enjoy drinking beer; this is not one of them.

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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 Dogbrick
1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had a can of this and a can of Michelob Light at a Bluejackets game. Back and forth I went between the two, back and forth, Labatt and Michelob, Michelob and Labatt. There literally was no difference. Both had next to no aroma or flavor. Both sucked sour frog ass. Taste tests between two crappy beers are not fun. At least they were free.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
1.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Okay, where do I begin. This beer is not very good at all. The smell is, well, nothing at all. The taste is something like corn or something that I don't really know. My girlfriend likes ligher beers, but I don't think this one even impressed her. Can anyone really find a ligher beer that anyone like? Good luck in your quest.

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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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