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

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

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.

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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 111
Reviews by montageman:
Photo of montageman
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schlitz chalice.

Nothing impressive here - a totally average ale. That said - this is far better than Labatt's Blue. Not assertive in any regard, there is a faint hop bitterness with a slightly watery malt backbone. A beer that would pair well with pizza or a burger and is easy to drink. Nothing really wrong here, but nothing outstanding either.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +33.8%
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 cam477
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright, clear, light gold beer with a pure white creamy foam head.

Smell: Not too much in the aroma. Faint grain, faint herbal hops.

Taste: Smooth, crisp, refreshing. Malt sweetness is thin. Loads of dry grain/husk tannin falvours and feel. There's a light hop bitterness -- slight lemon-like twang, salt -- that flashes the palate. Light fruity esters. Finish is grainy, dry.

Notes: The Ballantine XXX Ale of Canada? Not too bad if you're looking for a quick beer to suck down and quench your thirst.

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Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, the pale dusty golden colour shows its clarity off and a thin crown of white lace. Clean aroma with a thin sweet malt and faint alcohol. Pretty damn smooth when poured into a glass yet still retains its crispness. A touch of malt comes to the palate with a faded but drawn out hop bitterness and spicy flavour that mingles with a semi harsh graininess.

At $8.99 a 12-pack I'll pass as there is far better to come from a can a cheaper at that.

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Photo of recons54
3.95/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nothing special here, average head on my pint glass.

Smell - Nothing over the top, simple with a slight malty aroma.

Taste - Has a fairly strong malty flavor to it, with a slight bitter finish.

Mouth feel - Refreshing!

Drinkability - I grew up on Labatt's 50 and find that it is one of my "go to" beers. Although it is imported, I consider it a glorified domestic, ranking higher than the macro's of the U.S. The taste is consistently very good, and has yet to let me down!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.18/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First off appearance is much like most of the other macro lagers out there pale straw colored golden hue with a bright white head retention is actually decent and carbonation doesn't seem over done with fizziness. Oh yeah and lacing is actually there evenly with each sip fine even and intricate on my chalice. Aroma contains an actual mild citrus and herbal toned hop profile with a minimal amount of cereal sweetness and mild perfume like accents. Flavor wise some residual honey like sweetness after the crisp light malt grain and adjuncts clear. Mineral water with a trace of citric and herbal hop kick just peaking through in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation does tickle the back of the throat but overall quite unremarkable. Drinkability is mediocre this is definitely a macro brew, that I can do without.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent sized white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Sour grain malt aroma.

Same sour grain malt taste as in the aroma but not overbearing makes this a easy drinking beer with just that touch of sourness.

A light dry aftertaste with just a little bit of the tastes remaining behind with this light bodied beer.

Seems like another standard light drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My 341ml bottle says Labatt 50, with 'Canadian Ale' in very small print. Enjoyed before a Fringe show at the Black Dog, put on by a friend of mine - break a leg, Zyp!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some spotty streaks of lazy cloud lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy malt, dry honey, warm corn cereal, a twinge of sour yeast, and weedy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is sweet corn, subdued barley grain, a hint of stale bready caramel, mild and indistinct citrus and apple fruity notes, and more low-key floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a soft trilling edginess throughout, the body a day late and a dollar short of true medium weight, a bit oily, and somewhat clingy in its punch-clock smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the breakfast corn cereal showing off its resiliency, amongst the equally dogged floral, weedy hops.

Another ale from the big boys that blurs the line between lager and ale (Kim Mitchell should look into this!). I drank most of this before being distracted by watching an (entertaining) amateur play, so it turned out to be sufficient for the lull, but now onto something more modern and appropriate for the venue - oh, right, Big Rock.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.35/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

AP: A clear yellow/gold color, good carbonation creates a thin 1/8" all-white head that dissipates very quickly with barely a cap.

Nose: Macro lager all the way...a rusty-metal, sour yeast, weak malt with veggie green hop; but just barely.

flavor: yikes! The metallic bitterness hits hard right off, it's as if someone crushed up tylenol in this poor beer. There is a very thin malt flavor with a bit of sour yeastie tang and wheat. Any decent flavors are destroyed by the metallic, bitterness that just made me cringe.

Feel: light and thin but crisp.

DA: could not finish.

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

Photo of MartyPuch
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably 30 years since may last "fitty". Not sure if it was the nostalgia or the ale but I enjoyed it on tap at the Sheraton Toronto. Wish it were more available as an option when compelled to drink a mass produced product or chlorinated tap water.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy straw color with a decent but fleeting head that gave to some lacing.

S - Grains with some cooked cereals.

T - Grain flavor dominates with some faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Watery with good carbonation.

O - Disappointing since I can recall this beer being much more heavily hopped many years ago. I wouldn't turn one down, but I don't see myself buying this again as there are better choices in this class for the same money.

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Photo of cokes
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this quite a bit once I reached legal drinking age and I began experimenting with different biers. I could pick this up for the same price as domestic macros, so I used it as a fall back.
Golden appearance, some hops on the nose, not much else.

Not all bad in the taste department. A little hop bitterness right away. Not alot of backbone as far a malt goes, but enough to keep things going. Mass-produced tasting...but not horrible. Kicks the snot out of most domestic macros.

I realized that I can't find this in the area anymore. Doesn't really concern me, since I wouldn't drink much of it now anyway.

I guess it is sort of a bier without a niche. Too much juice for the swiller, and not enough for those who know better.

But if you don't want to invest the cash in a superior brew, and are just looking to tie one on without much's one for you.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatt Canadian Ale is, indeed, an ale. It was launched as "Labatt 50" in 1950, and was Canada’s best-selling beer until 1979! It pours a deep golden color, and raises a finger-thick head of creamy white froth. The head retention is slightly better than average, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose is mainly malty, basic and sweetish, and there's a light touch of fruity yeastiness. It's medium bodied and gently crisp across the palate. The flavor offers a very well balanced combination of gently sweet malt, a mild yeasty fruitiness, and some leafy and mildly grassy hops. It's still a basic golden ale, but there's more to it than most golden lagers offer. It finishes dry with a drop of sweet maltiness that fades quickly, leaving behind a refreshing bitterness and some dull, lingering hops. An interesting and refreshing golden ale!

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Photo of jcubz
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with dinner at The Ark in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Now this isn't a bad beer, but there's little resemblance to a typical APA. It's more of what I'd call a macro ale, as it reminds me a great deal of a macro lager. The taste is slight and sweet and the carbonation is a bit sharp. The flavor isn't bad when you pick it apart - husky grain and white bread with a sweet green apple note. There's even a hint of hops for balance, but this is closer to a blonde ale, than anything else I can think of in the ale category. On par with Genesee Cream Ale.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, all in all. I did not consider this an ale, but a beer of some sort. It has some grain to its taste, and just a hint of hops. This is proably as good as it gets from Labatt's.

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of heebes
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from dismal selection at Phoenix Concert Theatre while attending the Stephen Malkmus concert.

Poured into a clear plastic cup a clear bubbly golden with thin bubble head. Nose was malty, grain. Taste was surprisingly crisp and decent, pale malts and more grain/grass but mixed together well. Mouthfeel was thin and watery.
Overall, a surprise macro that works well in dire situations, when theres no other choice at shows.

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Photo of davidward
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Your typical mainstream North American lager.

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Photo of sdj5
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Smells very sweet and creamy. No hop scent.

No head, no lacing. It's also quite cold. Definitely very sweet, a bit of hops on the end. Definitely some bitterness in there to counteract the sweetness. Seems like lager, but has that ale taste.

Nothing special on the mouthfeel, maybe a bit sticky.

I think this beer is definitely an above average macrobrew. It's cheap, has no really bad qualities and is drinkable. I might keep this around the house.

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