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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.

BEER STATS
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#45,962
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
212
pDev:
20.4%
 
 
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 111
Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug a pale yellow with a three and a half finger fluffy white head that begins receeding into a thick lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell is of nothing in particular, perhaps a little bit of maltiness coming through in the nose.

Taste is mild, a little malty with a little bit of hops. Nothing special here, but thirst quenching and refreshing from my chilled mug.

Mouthfeel is watery, a little bit of carbonation coming through here.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. By no means is it something that I would crave, but it is a very pleasant beer, perhaps a good lawnmower beer.

Overall my impressions are that this is an average offering from Labatt, not bad, but nothing worth raving over.

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More User Reviews:
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 ManekiNeko
2.13/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served chilled in a Molson's mug.

Appearance: Ye standard macro urine color topped by a white head that's not so much rocky as it is pebbly. Head evaporates to a film and ring and leaves small smidgens of lacing.

Smell: Spritely peppery and grassy hops mostly. A weak pale malt presence.

Taste: Grainy cereal taste with light peppery hop aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, relatively refreshing.

Drinkability: Doesn't do much for me. In fact, I just assumed it was a pale lager and not a pale ale. It was an average lager, but makes for a wretched Pale Ale.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labatt is as popular around here as snow. It's everywhere. But I don't come across the Canadian Ale too often. It's very pale amber colour with little head, if any at all is it's weakest point. Other than that. it's not a bad beer. A bit of a plain taste, but there are hints of earthy hops. As smooth as an ale can get.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.71/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-faded gold beneath a bone white crown that is two fingers in size after the pour. Labatt Canadian has a rather generic look, but I promise I won't hold that against it. The head melts in an appealing fashion and ends up leaving a decent amount of sudsy lace in its wake.

I didn't think the nose would be hoppy enough for the stated style to be an appropriate choice... and it isn't. The beer smells about like I expected. That is, it smells like the ale equivalent of a macro lager. Lightly sweet grain is pretty much it. The hop load has to be lighter than light because I sure can't appreciate them in the nose.

My description of the aroma applies on the palate as well. The flavor profile is a dead ringer for a macro lager that uses ale yeast; which would make it a macro ale I guess. It's a little fruitier, a little more complex (relatively speaking) and a little more full-bodied. Forget thinking of it as an APA, as most of us understand that style. This is... simple... grain-like... beer. No more. No less.

The mouthfeel is firm rather than lush, a sensation that is largely due to bubbles that are both generous in number and soda-like harsh. Since the carbonation settles down over time, I'll go easy.

I still haven't had what I would consider a good beer from Labatt. Canadian Ale might the best so far because it's actually drinkable in a 'gotta be cold' kind of way. Too bad it isn't as widely available south of the 49th parallel as is Labatt Blue. Not that it matters to me. I don't care if I ever drink either one of them again.

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Photo of steinlifter
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a straw yellow, not much head or retention, smell was almost non- existant, very little taste as well, lightly hopped, corn husk flavor, mouthfeel is thin and watery very carbonated, drinkability, is average at best, would make a nice lawnmower beer.

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

It is a paele gold. With a head that is about 2 inches and disapears quickly. It smell is pretty malty and not very present. Tatse of somr amlt and with very distnict bitternes. It was very pleasent compared to other LaBatt brews Ive tried. Carbonation is pretty present when in teh mouth and kinda of hides some of the taste. Overall a very drinkable beer that can be enjoyed but obviosully needs improvement.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ramrod666
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 pours a light golden color with a white sticky head. Smell is slightly grainy and malty. Taste is sweet malt with a hint of hops. At $8 a 12 pack, you really can't beat it for the price. Labatt Canadian is definitely one of the best macros around, my favorite for sure.

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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colour with a bright white head, which stuck around for a couple minutes and left light lacing on the glass. Very light aroma with some malt and a light hop character. Bitterness served as a base for the (light) flavour, and it carried through to the dry finish. Some malt sweetness at the beginning that didn't last long. Light bodied and fairly smooth. Not a bad thirst quencher.

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

Just wanted to switch up and have a generic low-end, macro beverage and well, I got it all with this. Yellow, foamy, bubbly, average but smells like it has a little more life but not enough to push it past average. Mouth was ale average with a good bitter but not much other than water.

This is about as Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale and Ballantine as it gets. Hops twinge, malt, little bit of alcohol, yep. Standard macro ale.

Being that Labatt is, more available than the others, when I get a craving and I'm not in Ballantines area...that is a long stretch for an average beer. Better than Labatts Blue I guess.

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Photo of Celt44
1.56/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a light straw
Smell is almost intolerable for a beverage. Overwhelming aroma of overcooked green peas comes to mind. Awful.
Taste is almost non-existant. Those green peas come to mind again.
Mouthfeel is average.
I will never order this one again. Not drinkable at all considering aroma is a large part of my taste in beer. The only reason I ordered this in the first place was out of curiosity and I'm trying to finish up my world tour at a local pub.

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Photo of ski271
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium-light gold with a small, white, quickly and fully-diminishing, fizzy head.

Smell: Light grainy bread, some herbal hops, and a little apple.

Taste: Typical light grain with a little corn in there. Moderate yeast, lightly fruity, and a little tea-like. The finish is short, crisp, and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, moderate-lively carbonation

Drinkability: Well, not bad for the style. Rather refreshing. But taking cost into account, there are many beers of comparable quality that are easier on the wallet. Nothing special.

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Photo of ypsifly
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle that a buddy left in my fridge last night.

Pale gold with a small white head that quickly leaves a thin ring and some bubble slicks.

Smells of sweet corn adjunct. Its almost as faint as the wiff of hops in the background.

Like most macros, this one doesn't have much flavor upfront, but it does have a nice dry finish. However, its too bland for a session beer.

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Photo of hopdog
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

340ml bottle. Twist off cap.

Poured a medium and very lightly hazy golden-yellow color wtih a smaller sized white head. Aromas of some citric lemons, grainy, and some grassiness. Tastes of grains and some malty sweetness. Thinner body. Another one that isn't anything too special but 'drinkable'.

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Photo of jp32
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly found its way into my mainstream refreshment rotation. Now, this isnt the best beer out there, but its good enough to drink on a regular basis, and at 5.79 a 6-pack its affordable as well. Hell, this is priced similar to budmillercoors, but tastes much better.

Pours an average golden yellow color with a small white head. The nose is piney and citrusy, but only slightly so.

Tastes a little hoppy... a semi-hoppy pale ale. I'm just glad it doesnt taste similar to the watered down adjuncty shit it was parked next to in the beer store cooler.

The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is also. I really dont get overly tired of this beer, and we've been doing the tango for a few months now.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of ahking
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer again after a couple of years and more experience. Honestly, I did not think it was so bad. A mildly hoppy and malty beer with high carbonation. A more rounded out maltiness and drier than Labatt Blue. A simple golden ale that is thirst quenching and non-offensive to the average beer drinker (which is mostly not a good thing). Recommended if your other option is a BMC or other Labatt product.

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Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labatt 50.

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a soft grainy malt with a smattering of grassy hops.

The taste was well balanced and consisted of a light grainy malt with some grassiness. A light doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side.

Overall a decent and easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Rumpole
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is based on numerous bottled samples: This stuff is quite enjoyable. It's not as clean or smooth as Labatt Blue or the better Molsons, but it's more flavorful. Reminds me of the way my father's beer tasted in the 60's and 70's before just about all those old brands got watered down. The taste really settles in and makes sense if you happen to be smoking a cigarette at the time as well; not surprising given this was released to market in 1950, the latter part of the dear old Swing era. By no means the best available in today's beer market if you have the oof and can afford to sling it around a bit, but hard to beat at $18.50 a case (retail) in Worcester if you have to watch the decimals. That makes it a bit pricier than the standard US macros, but it's pronouncedly better than those, as well as a surprising number of more expensive brands (such as Corona, usually about $21 a case). A pleasant throwback, perfectly preserved after 55 years, and shrewdly priced to boot.

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

Straw yellow appearance with bubbly head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet and grainy, picked up grass as well.

Taste is grainy with bitter hops, picked up some sweetness and a small hint of malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter, and oddly enough, malty.

One of my favorite beers when I lived in London, ON. This is refreshing and crisp, but overall mediocre. Still, if I wouldn't turn it down on tap for sentimentality.

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Photo of matjack85
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't looking for this beer, but when I saw it on the discount shelf at Gino's Liquors in Elgin, IL for just 84¢, I decided to give it a try. It comes in a 340ml brown bottle with a big number 50 on the front label, which is different from the label shown on the BA page above.

The beer poured a clear light yellow color with a 1 finger white head that lasted less than a minute, but it did leave a single ring of white lace on the glass as the head faded.

The smell had a slight malt aroma to it and not much else. It was a nice clean smell though with no offensive odors.

The taste was that of lightly sweet malt, a little bit of graininess, and just a touch of bitter hops. It was nothing great, but it wasn't bad either. I rather liked it.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp and a bit dry with a higher than average amount of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.37/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of chicagoish
3/5  rDev +0.3%

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Labatt Canadian Ale / Labatt 50 from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.99 out of 5 with 212 ratings