Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50 | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
labatt.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John and Hugh Labatt, grandsons of founder John K. Labatt, launched Labatt 50 in 1950 to commemorate 50 years of partnership. The first light-tasting ale introduced in Canada, Labatt 50 was Canada's best-selling beer until 1979 when, with the increasing popularity of lagers, it was surpassed by Labatt Blue. Labatt 50 is fermented using a special ale yeast, in use at Labatt since 1933. Specially-selected North American hops and a good balance of dryness, complemented by a fruity taste, provide Labatt 50 with all the distinguishing features of a true ale.

Added by Todd on 10-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.04
pDev:
20.39%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of davidward
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Your typical mainstream North American lager.

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Photo of NordicHermit
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lived in London for a year at the turn of the millennium, and even partied in Huron County, and for some reason never tried this until today. 473ml can. Decent lingering head, smells of grains, taste was a bit more complex than your average micro adjunct. Went down easy. Will purchase again.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nater919
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of brewnme
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jotora
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, mild and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while nothing special, would make for a fine thirst quencher during the warmer months.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well well well. Cinquante, we meet again. I used to drink this regularly and I'm glad I gave it another whirl. Let's be honest - Labatt is never going to win awards for being innovative. However this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mshkut
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other macro adjunct brews, Labatt 50 is at least drinkable. Head is pretty decent and holds. Has some taste and body. I'll drink this over blue, Canadian, Miller, Coors or Bud anyday. I drink this when I'm in cottage country in Manitoba where selection is limited.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bright straw color with storming activity. Slightly creamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of sweet grains, barley, caramel, corn, faint skunk, herbal spices. Thick malt sweetness, a little syrupy, with faint bitter hops. Oily full body with moderate carbonation. Light finish, lingering malty cereal feel, sugar cane, and faint hops. Good freshness, the flavors are okay, although feels a little adjunct. Too much sugars and a bit flat. Seriously one of the best that Labatt can offer, with a tradition over here saying that it's even drinkable at room temperature. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of PorterPro125
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pale Golden topped with a foamy 1 1/2 White Head with half decent retention. Light patchy lacing.

S- Light, Airy grain and a hint of citrus (slightly lemony)

T- Pale grain followed by a spicy, floral hop presence. Similar hop profile to a good Euro Pils.

M- Light Body and Moderate to High Carbonation. Dry finish.

O- Pretty decent example of an American Blonde Ale. A little bland, but certainly better than other similar mass produced beers.

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Photo of -chii-
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Mack
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes no different than your average macro, bud, canadian etc. A little too bubbly for my liking. Ales usually have a stronger beer-y taste. This tastes mass-manufactured

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 740 ml can, because Quebec is strange.

This is something like Miller High Life or Rolling Rock, an old legacy brand that's kept in production so as to avoid angering septuagenerian blue collars, and is marketed as sub-premium because it comes with very little advertising. But it's actually better than the premium-priced brand, because as your mom explained to you in 4th grade when you asked for a pair of Jordans, those other people are just paying more for the same thing with a fancy label. Only this isn't the same thing. This is better than the more expensive thing.

Labatt Blue sucks. It's the Bud Light of Canadian beers: watery candy-flavored swill. This is an older Labatt, and it was once the best-selling beer in Canada. At the time it was released, it marked a movement toward relatively lighter flavored beers. That movement got way out of hand and then eventually we found ourselves with Blue as the only beer that gets exported into the US. And that's shame.

This is pretty good. Not stupendous, but an easy pick for the upper caste of (North) American macro adjuncts.

Pours gold. The aroma is spritely, comprised mostly of a lightly spicy, lightly floral grain bill that's pierced by some sharp, light hops. The grain bill reminds me of Heineken but with some rough esters on the back end. The hop profile is old school medium-aggressive, similar to the current formula for Ballantine XXX.

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Photo of theDuck
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burgz
3.96/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

740 ml single can poured into a schooner mug. Pours a pale golden with 2 fingers of long lasting head. Light carbonation. Smells of hops, oak and very light citrus hints. Taste of citrus and very subtle hops. Velvety and incredibly refreshing feel. This is the first labatt 50 I've tried and is the first time I've ever seen it available. If I can find it in standard size cans or bottles this may very well be my new go to beer. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of LoudRed
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I have done a disservice to this beer in the past. i have treated it harshly. But it is not a bad beer. It is, in fact, a borderline *good* beer. Certainly the best beer left that carries the Labatt name.

What was once the harbinger of North Americans' slide toward "lighter" fare (as outlined in *Brew North*), away from IPAs and richer ales, has, through a quirk of history, actually come to represent the "richest" Labatt offering left.

Yellow-ish colour (maybe leaning toward hints of orange), meagre head. But an actual, honest-to-god hop presence (I'd say Casacde-y, but that variant wasn't cultivated until the 70s--though who knows). A nice crispness, cleanness, a good bite. I genuinely enjoy this beer. And am delighted by its availability, locally, in embarrassingly large 740mL cans.

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50 from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
3.04 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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