Labatt Extra Dry | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Extra Dry was the first national launch of a dry beer in Canada. Labatt Extra Dry is mashed longer than regular beers to leave less carbohydrate in the finished product, giving a lighter flavour with little aftertaste.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-22-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
18
Reviews:
4
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
19.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of biboergosum
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

740ml can. I find it not entirely unironic that I had a craft brew from the same facility (right down the street in my own burg) that 'manufactured' this thing. A real head-scratcher, and yet just about appropriate for where I'm at right now, wondering why the aging 'dry' lager wars have suddenly shit out another salvo.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and yet fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some aggressive ocean upswell lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy pale malt, prominent corn grits, nail polish remover, dirty hockey dressing room floors, stale mushy apples, and dashed dreams. The taste is grainy and gritty pale cereal malt, overly sweet corn pone, a weird medicinal-esque astringency, hints of musty shin pads (yay Oilers!), cheap mineral water, and a perception of hops that should really have been stillborn.

The carbonation is fairly overwrought in its tacky frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, I suppose, but I can feel the boardroom cabal that called for this particular attribute breathing down my neck. It finishes well off-dry, the pithy graininess and corny 'goodness' making me gag more than just a little.

Overall, I guess that Labatt has a two-pronged approach of late around here (and the whole nation, I presume), in that they can produce decent enough craft offerings under their acquired Goose Island obligations, and yet still are capable of churning out a 'new' turd like this, under the radar (at least for we without the Tee-Vee), every once in a while.

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Photo of Electros
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
2.74/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fortyfield
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of BigAl18
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mjacquard
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ramrod666
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ZachT
2.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.99/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oversized 710 mL can picked up at TBS. I seriously didn't even think that they still made this stuff, let alone sold enough of it to make keeping a few giant cans on those cold shelves worthwhile. But I felt the same way when I found out about Labatt Genuine Draft's continued existence - and if I can slug my way through Molson Dry, I suppose this one deserves at least the same consideration. Served ice cold, the way God intended.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour, topped with about one finger's worth of frothy, surprisingly creamy white head. It manages to retain itself for at least a few minutes before vanishing into the ether; it even manages to leave behind a modest draping of lace. Not the worst looking adjunct lager I've ever laid eyes on. The aroma is comprised entirely of the usual macro lager tropes - corn husk, grainy malts, adjunct sweetness, and that's about the gist of it.

The taste offers up more of the same, with nothing besides pale, grainy malts, corny adjunct and maybe a meek whisper of weedy hops to pull out from the profile.Not interesting in the least, but it finishes cleanly with no aftertaste, and never approaches outright offensiveness. Thin-bodied and watery, with very high carbonation that vigorously attacks the tongue. Easy to drink quickly, especially when it's cold, but the taste quickly goes south as it warms up.

Final Grade: 2.99, a passable C. Labatt Extra Dry is decent for what it is - plain old adjunct lager. It tastes better than a lot of stuff at its price point and abv, but it still isn't even close to anything being worth writing home about. I occasionally buy one of these oversized cans (think Foster's) from TBS when I get the itch, and this one is serviceable enough to be worth consideration next time. Better than Molson Dry, at least, and probably a better choice than Blue, too.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rbuisson
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical Macro beer from Canada. Pours out to a crystal clear golden yellow color with a small head of white foam. Medium level of carbonation. No Lace. Aromas of light grain and bland malts. Taste is medium to medium light bodied and rather bland; initial malt gives way to adjuncts and watered non-descript hops, with a mineral water - like crispness. Mouthfeel is nominal. Drinkability is fair, but at the same time unoffensive. Pass on it. Special thanks to Derek for the sample.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium golden colour with a very short head which quickly disapated leaving little evidence of its earlier existance. It does apear to be well carbonated and the nose is crisp and clean.
It is a very well balanced brew and not as dry as I had anticipated.
Worth a try but nothing special here....

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Labatt Extra Dry from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.82 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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