John Labatt Red Amber | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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John Labatt Red AmberJohn Labatt Red Amber
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John Labatt Red AmberJohn Labatt Red Amber

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by berserker256 on 10-08-2008

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by GordonQuid:
Photo of GordonQuid
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Red Amber Poured into a freshly washed pint glass:
A Good steady pour gives way to an effervescence head that quickly dissipates to a minute less than quarter inch head.
Bright Amber in color with some minimal thin white lacing.

The smell is a bit more than your typical mass produced amber or red. After swirling the glass and allowing the beer to warm a bit I can detect some faint aromas of caramel, roasted biscuit and chocolate (Chocolate mostly for color but nevertheless a faint smell detedted). Perhaps they used some Nottingham style Ale yeast strains because there is also a wisp of fruity esters as well.

This beer is slightly over carbonated for the style but this adds to a crisp finish along with some Galena and possible Kent Golding hops. Slight Carapil, biscuit and chocolate malts present in the middle. No lingering aftertaste; clean thin mouthfeel.

This is a good budget beer. It is true to it's beer class; a good Amber/Red.

I would pair this beer with pizza and or snack foods. Good to session with friends.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The second of the 12 pack that I bought recently. This was better, by a little bit, than the Classic. In a pint glass, the beer was a dark amber color with a tan head. It had a fruity caramel aroma. It tasted like a candy apple, and there were some late hops. A little too much on the sweet side, but overall not too bad.

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Photo of generallee
2.87/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep reddish amber color body with good clarity. The head is thin and white in color. Its head fades out quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma has sweet caramel and malty notes with some grainy cereal notes as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is rather simple, thin and light. It is similar to the aroma with a sweet cereal grain and light caramel malt. Hop flavor is light and grassy. It adds a good bit of bitterness as well as some metallic notes to the finish. The body is light and its texture is thin with a sort of light fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is rather bland in my opinion.

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Photo of Brenden
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a reddish amber. The head is thicker and larger than I expected though it does dissipate. Light lacing is left. Actually not really a bad appearance at all.
The smell, like most of this Labatt micro effort, is a little weak. I can detect malts, an earthy sort of note, and light grains. Stronger than the porter at least. The taste is similar. Hops presence is very minimal. The mouthfeel is actually decent. Thicker than the porter though still a little watery. As with the Labatt porter, it's as though someone made something that could have been pretty good and diluted it with a lot of water.

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Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some grains. Taste is crisp, mild, some malts, just a touch of hops at the finish, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a drinkable and decent beer.

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Photo of bismarksays
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of firkingroovin
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fx20736
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (11? 12? Oz) into a pint glass, fridge temp.

Slightly hazy peachy amber with a thin white head. Active and visible carbonation, nominal lacing.

Aroma: muted pale malt and some hops, not much there.

Mouthfeel: average.

Taste: tastes like a mass produced lager but made with a more caramel malt and slightly more hops.

Notes: From the Brewmasters collection, actually labelled 'Red Lager'. Not horrible, certainly drinkable, but utterly forgettable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a typical amber lager. Clear amber hue with less than a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Smells of mild lager yeasts, little hops, and a touch of caramel malts.

T - Not bad, it's better than I expected for Labatt. Light hops, grains, and some toasted malts with mild caramel.

M - Light to medium. It goes down smooth.

Overall not something I would get again but worth a try for a dollar.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Labatt Red Lager [rebranded from Red Amber] the last of 4 included in the Brewers Collection poured a clear amber color. A hard pour produced a 2-finger off-white head. As I consumed the lager nice lacing was clinging to the walls of my glass mug. The taste and nose is of light caramel malt with light hops in the background adding to the light slightly bitter finish. The body is light with a good amount of fizzy carbonation.

If you are looking for an average [tasting] American Red Lager sold at a reasonable price Labatt Red Lager could be the one for you – worth a try.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Buggies
2.31/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma and taste go hand and hand. This one is mildly sweet and a little bready. A good crisp carbonation keeps me interested. But really, I can't find any reason to actually buy this. It is very uninteresting. This one is by no means horrible. There are just more flavorable examples of the style out there.

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Photo of hardcor33
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bullwinkle88
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got this in the Labatt Brewmaster's Collection (Autumn). Did some research and this seems to have been re-branded as Red Lager.

A: Deep ruby with moderate (but quickly dissolving) head and pretty lacing.

S: I was taken aback by a very alcoholic smell; booziness definitely dominated any other intended aroma

T: Now thats what I'm talking about! Delicious rich flavor, classic lager taste with a smooth cream finish. I could get used to this!

M: I'll get derided for this, but I like a bubbly beer, and this was quite carbonated.

Overall: I really like this, and it figures to be an early candidate for the highlight of the pack. (For those interested it also contains a marzen, porter, and brown ale.) A snappy presentation and a fantastic product like this make me wonder why the horrendous Labatt Bleu is their flagship product. I guess every beer has its audience but I worry that this beer will be overlooked because of Labatt's prestige (or lack thereof.) But between this and their terrific Canadien Ale, Labatt does offer something in the way of flavor. Give it a try.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt charges far too much for these mediocre beers they are putting in sampler packs as a Brewmasters Selection.

This beer pours amber in color with a tan foamy big bubble head that does not last too long.
Aroma does not impress. A little caramel and hints of grain, but not much.
Body light, texture thin. Given its price this beer is of extremely low value. If I paid economy prices I might give it some breaks, but it is an ecomomy quality beer with way too high price.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear deep amber color pour with a thin white head that faded to almost nothing.Smell: Aroma is mostly sweet toasted caramel and nutty toffee malt notes . The flavor is rather simple, thin and light. It is similar to the aroma with a sweet cereal grain and light caramel malt,the hop flavor is light and grassy It adds a good bit of bitterness,and maybe spice too as well as some metallic notes to the finish. The body is light,mouthfeel is pretty thin with a sort of light fizzy carbonation. Not a bad amber but nothing very memorable.

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Photo of roastTHEmost
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent along with a bit of caramel aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bisquity flavor that's toasted with a touch of caramel sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with a tangy, almost metallic taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker, although it does have some flaws.

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Photo of stangski83
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Labatt Mix 12 Pack bought at the local supermarket for $9.99. Bored on a Saturday, I decided to take a chance. Nothing special here, but a rather drinkable (albeit bland) Red. On par with Leinie's Red although a bit more chuggable. A "starter" red for non beer geeks would fit this one quite well. Not horrible, but certainly not worth writing home over. I would complain, but it's nice to see the Macro's at least trying to win over a craft drinker - on the same token as the recent AB/Michelob releases. In other words, it's not great, but it beats drinking most of the other sub $10 12 packs. A good mix pack if you're trying to break your friends from the usual macro's.

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Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint fruit and biscuit.Taste is malty and bready.A decent beer that isn't great but by no means offensive.I would buy again but not anytime soon.I would rate this as a hair above average!!

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Photo of Schmidts
3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber ruby red from the bottle small ruby white color head that leaves quickly. Smells of malts and alcohol. Tastes of sweet malts and alcohol very creamy and smooth, frankly delicious. It is a beer you can just sit and drink a few! I am very surprised at the flavor this beer has, it is a winner and a very creamy beer in its finish.
Feels very refreshing in your mouth and smooth. I give it an overall of 4.0 and I must say it has proved to be a very nice drinkable beer from Labatt.
Thanks to Jason for giving me a bottle of it!

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Photo of Yeastcakes
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp
A - subtle caramel malt profile
A - two fingers of head that disappears within seconds leaving a thin film of head. Clear and dark red in color.
M - Light to medium body and carbonation.
T - Maltiness is the most prominent thing in the taste but still very subtle. Cannot taste any hops. Very clean finish.
D - This beers goes down easy but lacks anything to really make it stand out. I would drink it if it was handed to me free.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was wondering how I would make it through all the mediocrity of this 24 case, well one of the Red's was nearly empty before opening, so I just poured that one out. Give away a few and presto, they are almost gone.

This red isn't bad in any category, but it isn't exceptional in any way either (except economy). It's beer, and not badly made, but it isn't really tastey either. I don't intend to buy any of these again unless I was having a party on a budget.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured brown with an amber tint and a single-finger head that dissipated quickly. The smell is almost all malt, with a little bit of caramel and toastiness if you wait for it to warm a little bit. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that fades away to some token hops that add nothing except to linger on the palate in a rather unpleasant way. The mouthfeel is watery, and has an average amount of carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, but overall is nothing I'd go out of my way for.

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John Labatt Red Amber from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 39 ratings