John Labatt Classic | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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John Labatt ClassicJohn Labatt Classic

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Labatt Classic was introduced in 1983 as Canada’s only national domestic “premium beer”. It is Krausen-brewed (slow, low temperature with a secondary fermentation process) and has a longer cold-aging process. Classic uses all-malt and a unique blend of western-grown North American hops, providing a smooth, full flavour product with a true malt taste that is slightly sweet.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-13-2002

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by GrimmReaper:
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Basically the very same as a Labatt Blue,light yellow with lots of bubbles,can see right through it's so lite,thin white head and very mild lacing.Smell was mild skunk and wet grass and corn.Taste was clean and refreshing with some pronuonced corn and bitterness shining,a little mouth puckering tartiness and finishing off with some sour notes,carbonation really coming but all going down watery thin,extra cold on a hot day it'll serve it's purpose.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I bought this 12 pack with the Classic, the Red Amber, and the Porter. Good price at $9.99. This Classic is just average, though. In a pint glass the beer was a yellow color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma very limited, just a faint grainy odor. It tasted of corn and a tiny bit of hops. Not a beer I'd want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of generallee
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours with a big fizzy head that fades fast leaving nothing behind. The body is clear with a light golden color. It has a rather light aroma with hints of light sweet malts. The taste has a semi-sweet barley malt and corn flavor with very light hops in the background. Its body is light with a rather thin texture and an almost flat carbonation. Overall it is a rather boring beer to look at and drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a golden amber. It leaves a decent thick head that lasts longer than the Labatt red or porter as well as a little more lacing, though still light. I got mostly grains and light citrus in the smell. I strained to find the hops, but I found them hiding. The taste is mostly the grains, maybe some cereal grains, light sweetness and citrus. Hops was hiding again but not completely missing. Mouthfeel is a little thin but at least this one doesn't seem as diluted as some of the other Labatt offerings. It seems to be an attempt at mixing micro with macrobrewing efforts. They should just go all the way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a solid hoppiness to the John Labatt Classic that clearly differentiates it from most mass-produced lagers, and also defines it as a Canadian rather than American or European beer. The hops are slightly herbal, spicy, grassy, and woody. They're present in the nose but combines with the grainy, lightly sweet and honeyish maltiness to give more of a generic "beer" aroma. In the flavor, however, it shines. The hops enhance the grainy character of the malt, and backed by a solid bitterness, it's crisp and dry with a lingering, spicy and woody finish. An excellent example of a Canadian lager!

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Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good North American style lager.

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Photo of Merlin68
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is usually as close to the Labatt line that I tend to tread. In fact I used to get my dad a case of this every Father's Day, because it was the closest I could get him to drinking a decent beer (he hates my micros and imports). And for a N. American macro lager, this is pretty good stuff.

Comes with the gold label and gold foil around the neck of the 341 ml bottles. The appearance is a very enticing clear gold body, very little head. Except for the lack of head, this is exactly what a lager should look like, what I am looking for. The nose contains a nice presence of malt, and even a bit of hops, more than I usually expect from a macro (and far more than I usually get). The flavour is a bit plain, seems watered down, only the smallest bit of malt can be tasted on the aftertaste. Weak in the flavour department, but it sure does smell purdy. It still is the beer I would recommend from the Labatt's line up

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Photo of Hoagie
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was working at my grand mother's grocery, the Labatt Classic was reknown to be the beer of the businesswomen in the area. What can I say about this beer, an above average beer lager in the macro business.
The smell is normal and average nothing to brag about, its smell like a good beer. The taste, here her main point,she does taste good compared to other Labatt products, I can say I kind of liked it. Nothing spectacular, but a good beer in general

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Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a light sweet malt with a clear corn element (I don't think this beer is all-malt).

The taste was well balanced with a slight malt sweetness. Perhaps some corn sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a slight creaminess.

Overall a decent and relatively easy to drink lager. Not all-malt though.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Small head, no lacing.

No aroma , this could be my allergies.

Taste is clean , I get some grainy sweetness. Very small perception of hop bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth , carbonation is good.

Overall an easy drinking beer , but I expected more from a signature brew.

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Photo of bob3701
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note was cleaning out my beer fridge and uncovered a bottle of this stuff which was at least 9 years old. I had a trucker friend that used to bring me back cases of this stuff from Canada, I really liked it back in the day, it was a good notch above the yellow fizzy stuff.
Anyway it poured with a nice thick head and laced a little. There was 'things' suspended in the gold yellow brew. I was very surprised at the taste, it had hints of caramel and vanilla in it which was not in the beer 9 years ago. Felt like velvet in my mouth and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice surprise.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice brew, an exellent medium golden product with limited head and very nice glass cling with thick island lace. A heavy carbonation completes the picture. The aroma is crisp.
The taste is very smooth with a definite lean towards the malt.
I enjoyed this Classic and will buy it again.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of iceball585
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color, clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Pale malts, corn, grains, fairly sweet

T- Honey, light malts, corn, grains, hint of hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, sweet

D- Not too bad

I wish they would push and market this over Labatt Blue because in my opinion this is much better. Still isn't highly rated on my scale but a lot better than Blue.

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Photo of Buggies
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not a top pick in the category, but it isn't all that bad. The appearance and aroma is that of a typical pale lager. There isn't really anything special taste wise. With that said, I don't mind sipping these down. The taste is lite enough to sip on while doing yard work or stuff around the house. Not a bread winner... but it isn't terrible either.

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Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Seumas
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really should be a better beer. The ingredients are great. The presentation is really good. But it's a beer with no imagination. There's nothing bad about it. There's nothing exceptional about it either. The most damning thing you can say about it is that it'd be really nice if Labatts used another hop cone in the beer.

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Photo of DarrenBrule
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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