Labatt Genuine Lager
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #351
Ranked #47,502
2.27 | pDev: 22.03%
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada
Labatt Genuine LagerLabatt Genuine Lager
Notes: Originally introduced in 1992, Genuine Lager has evolved into a truly definitive Canadian Lager. Balancing a blend of quality aromatic and bittering hops with its medium body, Genuine Lager is a smooth, refreshing and easy-drinking beer with a subtle hop aroma and a hint of malty sweetness.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 30
Photo of headlessparrot
2.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The problem with beers like OV and Labatt 50 is that they give you this false sense of possibility--this sense that, "hey, maybe the *other* rotgut beers put out by the big boys have some potential to be not-terrible.

Hence me taking a flyer on this stuff for Super Bowl Sunday (one of those cultural traditions that pairs brilliantly with terrible beer), since OV is scarce in these parts.

Big mistake. This stuff is god awful. Metallic, corny, and with the taste of unfinished fermentation--some weird apple cider-y notes. I didn't even dare pour it in a glass, but I don't think you're really supposed to (I guess it's like Heady Topper, that way). Flat. Maybe a hint of herbal-ness? I dunno. The whole thing is a mess.

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Photo of CryptoCap
2.99/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

What more can you expect from a beer at this price point in the adjunct market. The positive is that it does not have that repulsive adjunct funk...A malty finish that makes these remarkably drinkable. Perfect for a day on the lake or after some work around the house.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.18/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle, going by the 'Labatt Genuine Lager' moniker out here, which makes a shitload more sense than calling a bottled beer 'Draft'. Procured at the semi-dive bar where we first met, while waiting for my girl to show for our anniversary.

At any rate, this beer pours a very pale, clear piss analogue for 'colour', with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy white head, which leaves a wall of frozen rime lace around the glass (damn freezer mugs!), as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sweet corn kernels, a weird sourdough breadiness, weak apple and pear fruity notes, a bit of saccharine alcohol, and soft weedy skank. The taste is more of the same - pale grain, sticky corn, stinky weeds, a touch of fruity acetone, and a mild impression of not-so-fresh hay.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, a wan frothiness limping about, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and kind of cloying in its boardroom smoothness. It finishes off-dry, bready, grainy, and generic, with a certain clammy character.

IIRC, this was the Canadian marketplace's response to MGD back in the 'genuine draft' beer wars of the 90s. Not really all that dry, but plain, and very forgettable. Last time I was at this place, I drank decent whisky - maybe I should go back to that - though the barflies drinking this next to me have been more than adequately entertaining.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.87/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pale straw yellow with thin white head, no lacing and no retention.

S- Corn, faint bready notes and hints of metallic tones.

T- Follows the nose, watery, faint bread notes, corn, and little hops

M- Watery, fizzy and slight cream.

D- Watery, plain, and boring.

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Photo of kwjd
2.28/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn't buy this, but not going to reject the offer. I haven't had this beer in years, so why not. Pours a straw yellow with some white head, but no lacing at all. Smells of some pale malt without any hops. Flavour is very muted, just a bit of sweetness and almost no bitterness at all. Nothing off, nor do I notice adjuncts, but just watery. Carbonation is fine. I don't want any more, but had no issue finishing the bottle.

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Photo of ritzkiss
1.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another can left in the fridge by mom for beer can chicken. Moving and I don't feel like wasting...

Pours a weak weak yellow with some foamy head that sustains itself for a little while.

Smell is sharp, some weak estery aromas, light grains.

Hard to say what's all in there because it's so light. Some grains, an odd fermenting taste... but at least there is SOME taste. Solid carbonation. Not the worst I've had but certainly not something I would choose.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours with a good finger of bubbly head, but it doesn't sustain itself and does not lace. The beer itself is a straw yellow with decent carbonation. Nothing impressive here.

Smell: I'm not getting very much out of this one, even after it's had time to warm up. I am catching some hay smell with a little bit a bread with the slightest whiff of plastic.

Taste: This beer is pretty much your generic adjunct lager. Hay like taste, the barest touch of hops very little flavor. The carbonation adds to the start of the beer's taste but at then end you get a slight touch of plastic which less carbonation would not have accented as much.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation on this beer is excessive, simply put. It leaves far too much of a fizzy feeling in your mouth. That and it also has a lingering plastic aftertaste which is in no way appealing.

Drinkability: Once again, the carbonation is far too high for this beer. It leaves you bloated and belching and stops it from going down smoothly. The beer itself is moderately refreshing and it gets a bit of a free pass because of the price but still, I'm not a fan.

Final Thoughts: I would never buy this beer, and it was offered to be for free from a buddy and I'm not one to turn down a free beer I've never had before. This beer isn't even you average macro offering, it's your average macro offering that has been made even cheaper. There are definitely better beers out there.

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Photo of biegaman
2.35/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341 ml brown bottle. Now also assumes the alias of "Labatt Genuine Lager" and marketed under the "buck a beer" value brand category in Ontario.

Any white capping exist only along the outsides and in a sparsely spaced patch in the center. There really is no head to note. There are a couple streams that berth tiny bubbles. No lacing. Absolute clarity. The colour is a very pale yellow that seems actually to teeter closer to white when held to the light.

The aroma is less offensive than I had anticipated. The adjuncts which I'm so sure are used go mostly unnoticed for the only fact that hardly anything is smelt. It emits little odour other than a faint, cloyingly sweet note of corn syrup.

The carbonation is high but not not soda like. The adjuncts dry the palate. It almost becomes sweet but seems to dry out before then. Not overly cloying. Some bloating feeling. The flavour profile is flat. Again, the adjuncts are well hidden - as is anything used seemingly - little can be tasted. Aftertaste of corn.

There is lots of room in this world for light-bodied, easy drinking, (even boring or dull) beers. I have no problems with them, in fact rather enjoy them in hot weather or while watching sports. I think this beer tries, intends to be one such beer...but it is lifeless, without character and simply such bad quality.

I don't know why I even bother reviewing these Ontario macro lagers. This is indeed a sad, sad case of a beer market. Labatts and Molson offer some of the world's worst lagers. They offer nothing to the experienced drinker, hardly (if even) refreshment.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Mild yellow macro color. Small, short lived head of foam. Calms to a thin layer of bubbles over the top of the beer. No lace.

S: Different. Notes of crisp maltiness. Some dry residual sugar-like character as well.

T: Mild. Unoffensive. Boring. Sweet malt and some white bread flavors. No hops.

M: Thirst quenching, but that's about it. Slight carbonation on the palate.

D: Not bad. More drinkable than Blue.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Not a beer I would buy, and indeed I did not buy this...offered to me while on an evening boating soujorn to pick corn on the islands at the mouth of the might Fraser.

3 for appearance as the 1 1/2 cans were consumed from the can. But, judging from what other around me had in a glass, typical macro lager apperance: yellow, carbonated and fizzy white head,

Smells skunky and of corn mash. Mostly malt, very slight presence of hop. I've smelt far worse, but also far better.

Mass produced Canadian lagers tend to be closer to water than beer on the flavour side and this is no exception. Corn mash notes, malt that pops up here and there, and a bit of bitterness on loan from some worn out hops. The fact that I could down a half can in less than two minutes alludes to the watery character. In body and taste, this is so akin to water that I find it very drinkable.

Despite the weak, industrial taste, this is a great session beer. Good for lawnmowers, home-based driving ranges, camping and boating in the delta.

I wouldn't buy it...but who can turn down free beer?

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Photo of Noxious26
2.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured in a dimpled mug. Surprisingly, they've done away with the multi-sided can. Yes it was useless, but atleast it was unique. Once upon a time in the early 90's after Miller brought out their Genuine Draft, "draft" beers in a can/bottle were all the rage. This was Labatt's effort to jump on the bandwagon. I actually used to drink alot of this back in the day (probably 12 years ago now), but until recently, it wasn't even available in my area. I was surprised just to see that it was still being produced. Here's a 6'er of LGD for good ole times.

Clear, pale straw yellow. Big 1/2 inch white head on the pour, but recedes to a thin cap.

Adjuncts, adjuncts and more adjuncts. I used to like this stuff? Well, there is a little graininess to the aroma...

Fairly standard macro taste. Grains and a corn sweetness throughout with a mild sweet finish and weak aftertaste.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Reasonably smooth for a macro. Lacking that typical petrol harshness.

Not all that bad for a macro, but there are still better offerings out there. I'd drink it when the pickings are slim.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.26/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance, bright yellow. Almost a bad stereotype of the watery mass advertised American beers. Smell is a bit redeeming, a hint of corn and a bit grainy.

Taste wise, very light and watery. Slightly sweet, almost goes somewhere as a beer to drink on a hot day (like MGD) but has the same chemical after taste as Blue. A bit bitter and stale.

It's almost like when Labatt wanted to get a peice of the Genuine Draft market, they simply took away the only good qualities of Blue and stuck it with a lower price tag (which is the best quality of this beer.)

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.78/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Over the years I've come to the conclusion that when any company puts out a "genuine draft" version of their main line, that it is going to be even more sub par than what may possibly be a sub par product to begin with. Case in point is this sample of Labatt Genuine Draft. The last time I ever drank this I was 20, at the Another Roadside Attraction festival that summer, it was pretty much the lesser of most evils available in the beer tent that day, or perhaps it was the cheaper of most evils offered. Regardless, I drank a lot of these that day, even though I declared to despise it after the first can. Why did I go back for more? Hell, I was 20, I was going to drink beer that day regardless, and picked this as my poison of choice.

So nearly 10 years later I find myself slumming with the macros for a bit once again, and am almost surprised to see that Labatt is still putting this stuff out. Same multi-sided beveled can, for what reason I don't know, perhaps it enhances one's grip on the can. Pours out a tepid pale straw colour, a splash of white fizzy head that disappears as fast as it came. Dry grain and sweet corn on the nose. Tastes the same as I remember it unfortunately, lighter than a Labatt Blue, husky grain flavour, a bit of a bite on the way down, watery aftertaste. Could this simply be the watered down dregs of a vat of Blue? The mouthfeel has some body at moments, but ends up watery in the end. I'm pretty sure it'll be at least another 10 years before I partake in another Labatt Genuine Draft, and there is no doubt it will have to be the cheaper and lesser of all evils offered to me at the time as well. After all, bottled water is getting pricey these days.

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Photo of budgood1
1.85/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

pours out of the can a very pale straw yellow colour, with very large bubbles of carbonation supporting a thin white head. grainy aroma, hints of adjuncts and real whiffs of pale malts. ghostly grassy hops, too. well the taste really isn't any better than any other american macro lager. adjuncts dominate the taste and it has a roughish mouthfeel with a tinny aftertaste. it's ok if your thirsty, but has lots of off flavours. this is one of the worst examples of the canadian lager style. luckily the two cans i spirited away were free from the fine gentlemen from the hockey club in Il des Chenes, Manitoba. had a fun time playing against you guys!

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served ice cold, in a chilled mug. Trust me, the colder this beer, the better. The chilled mug is necessary. Came with a bland head. A pissy, yellow colour that I'm coming to see in alot of Labatt beers. Smelled of bad barley and yes, corn. Tasted bad. Sort of a bitter, not beer bitter just bad bitter taste. Pretty much undrinkable swill. I'll go with something else instead. The reason for this is, when I had it in a bottle, it was too warm. Cold temperatures improve it, but still makes it bad.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is very nice, a medium clear golden. The body is medium as well with moderate carbonation" The head originally shows one finger but quickly leaves you with a thin island lace.
The aroma is very slight of skunk.
The taste is evenly balanced with no clear winner.
Nothing exceptional here, but nothing to complain about either.
A good brew to bring to a poker game where you need to consentrate on something other than what you are quaffing.

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Labatt Genuine Lager from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 30 ratings