Labatt Max Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Max IceLabatt Max Ice
BA SCORE
5.2%
Liked This Beer
2.48 w/ 96 ratings
Labatt Max IceLabatt Max Ice
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Labatt Maximum Ice

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,530
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
96
Liked:
5
Avg:
2.48/5
pDev:
28.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of griffiti
5/5  rDev +101.6%

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labatt Maximum Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. Poured from the tall can into a mug, this beer's head is two fingers thick and slightly off-white, with solid lacing, and clear medium-golden body.

I smell a copious amount of earthy grains, and corn. Not too rough for a malt liquor.

Tastes like a decent balance of corn and bright, earthy grains. Nothing overpowering. This certainly is not the worst malt liquor I've had believe that. I digress...

The mouthfeel here is clean and crisp.

I'll choose to give Labatt Maximum Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. a 4 overall. Again, if one truly rates WITHIN THE STYLE, like we keep appearing to care about, this is quite a decent offering for what it's worth. If you want a malt liquor with more of a true beer taste, give this a try.

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Photo of steeler
3.86/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a beast of a beer I used to enjoy a lot in high school. I revisited this beer recently....ah the memories. This truly is one of the nicest looking macros I've ever seen, pours out a nice golden yellow color, with active carbonate and a 1 inch head that stuck around for a while, and then receded into a ring of lacing. Truly nice for a macro. Smell on the other hand was average, smelled like every other strong macro does, corny and boozy. Ah the maximum ice that I see so commonly in parks, and smashed in school yards, it does taste alright. Honestly for the ABV of this beer, it tastes like a stock 5% macro. Goes down smooth, with little bitterness, and little anything. Mouthfeel, is a bit thin tho, and overly carbonated. I have to give this one a 5 for drinkability, honestly when you walk into a LCBO near closing time, they will be sold out of this, people make fun, but they will drink this. When cold this is a dangerously easy beer to drink. Trust me, if you wanna get drunk on the cheap, this is one of the best beers to use.

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3.75/5  rDev +51.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +51.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on a store shelf while on a road trip in Florida- immediately bought it. Poured from a 24 oz. can, Labatt Max Ice has a very thick, quickly overflowing head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is a combination of grains, clean water, and a slight hop spiciness. Taste is the same, but with added light sweetness and a subtle alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Labatt Max Ice finishes refreshing, crisp, and highly drinkable. After the second glass, I could really feel this one in my head (empty stomach). Overall, I did like its robust taste, and I would have it again.

RJT

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.62/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(24 oz can at $1.19... chilled then sat out for 20 min... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: just about crystal-clear orange-yellow... the foam does take a little extra time fading away, and it does actually lace a lil... I don't know, I'm digging the clarity tonight... now that I'm looking at it, there's a ton of dust floating around - huh?

S: pretty standard... cookie-candy like, syrupy malt... maybe the faintest whiff of sweet orange peel... no hops and only a whisper of spicy booze...

T: dare I say vaguely Belgian yeast and booze notes (industrial strong Belgian blond) up front - it does finish with a mild caramel sweetness and lingering metallic, old lemon peel, and grassy-bitter notes... the malt seems a bit too clean or perhaps muted - maybe that works in its favor?... the finish is a touch watery... dry-grassy, almost burlap flavor builds along the way

F: lighter body with a delicate viscosity... fluffy soft flow... the finish and residual feel is slightly watery, seemingly allowing the metallic taste to stand out more... quite clean and very easy drinking - the booze is there, like soft white noise near the bottom

O: flavor-wise its a notch or two too weak and mildly watery... one of the few 'ice' malt liquors that lives up to its name... all in all I feel it's well made... I could see hittin' this again in the future

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Photo of shacawgo24
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Photo of brewlover517
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.38/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aww shit. 22oz can thanks to JamnesCameron, for this Maximum Ice malt liquor. Let's do it. 24oz into pint glass.

A- Pale gold, a little light but not bad. Big fizzy head slowly settles and actually laces pretty well.

S- Smell is mild grass and toasted grain, pretty low-key.

T- Apples, grass, bit of alcohol. Nothing's out of line. Nothing's impressive, either. This beer is meant to be pounded, I'd say..

M- Flavors ultimately work, the alcohol is noticeable, but drink pretty good, don't it?

O- Thumbs up for the malt liquor. Above average, although certainly not above rest.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade. Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, corn. Taste is the same, malts and corn. Some alcohol is present, and a bit of sugar. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is not bad for this style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. can, brewed in Rochester NY. Can is dated: L07R1121:27.

Into a pint glass it pours a dark gold with a touch of orange. Visible carbonation trails and a fingers width of white foam, which leaves delicate webbed lacing inside the glass.

Smells clean, sweet apple and sweet sticky grains, corn possibly, slight alcohol as it warms up, but not when cold.

Feels fairly smooth and slightly creamy (corn) even. Medium carbonation, though it doesn't interfere too much. Low levels of astringency unless swigged.

Tastes like apple and sweet grains, wheat and corn. Bland indistinct grainy finish. Thankfully no off flavors or harshness.

Judged soley against other Malt Liquors, this really isn't bad. Alcohol seems a bit prevalent as it warms, but otherwise it's clean and bland like Steel Reserve.

Recommend serving ice cold, and with water on the side, as with all malt liquors.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.16/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labatt Maximum Ice brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd., with an ABV of 7.1% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Labatt Maximum Ice is strong with grains and malts. You pick up a hit of hops at the end. You can really pick up the alcohol smell of this brew. This brew is what some would call CORN beer, I'm not saying that is a bad thing. So far this brew looks and smells like most ICE brews on the market today. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors . You can pick up on the 7.1% ABV in this brew. There are a lot of grins in this brew. AKA corn. For what it is worth this is an OK drinking brew for the money. This is not your high dollar craft brew. The mouthfeel of Labatt Maximum Ice is rich bold and hard. This is brew you buy when you only want one. There is nothing bad about this brew however it is broader line death in a can, if you drink to many you will black out. Overall I'm giving Labatt Maximum Ice a 3 out 5. Not the best I had but not the worst. I would buy this again. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd., did an OK job with this one.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather drinkable strong beer, Labatt Maximum Ice does have it's moments. Pours out to a medium golden color with a short lived white head of foam. No lace. Medium low carbonation. Aromas are quite sweet, and have notes of corn and grain leading the pack of otherwise normal smells of macro beer. Taste is very sweet and dense; strong notes of sweet alcohol esters, corn, thick malt. Not bad. Mouthfeel is boardering on sticky sweet and syrupy, but remained tolerable. Drinkability is average. Not bad for a higher ABV brew. Special thanks goes out to Derek for the sample.

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Photo of pootz
3.08/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off this is no eisbock....so judging it as such is a misdirection and ignores the purpose of modern ice processes which Labatt pioneered, and by my estimate, perfected.

So many "ice" beers are tasteless and don't deliver the smooth drinking qualities that the ice process is supposed to give the brew. This one does! The idea is that the finished brew is partially frozen.... water freezes first into small crystals taking with it dead yeasts and other unmellowed proteins which can be filtered off raising the alcohol level and mellowing the beer. Obviously Labatt started with a husky version of their pilsner to put through this ice process because this taste is mild and mellow.

As a mainstream mega brew strong pilsner....this ones about the best if this is a genre that turns your crank...for me, I like it only in special circumstances.....like on a hot day right out of the ice chest when you only want 1 or 2 beers to cool and relax you. This one's the ticket for that

Pours a medium straw color....crystal clarity.....small pilsner-like head....that vanishes quickly....medium-low carbonation activity . Smells likeother Labatt mega pils...slight waft of grains and hop except almost over powered by carbonation and alcohol esters. Starts smooth (not at all sharp) builds to a very likeable lager type fullness with malty-grain tastes and finishes light with a strange lingering light banana like taste created between the malt sweetness and the alcohol.

All in all, good summer drink but watch your consumption the brew is so smooth you have a tendency to not realize how much you've had and it creeps upon you.

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Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from big 24oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a clear golden color. The head is big, foamy and bright white in color, which quickly fades to thin ring around the top.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy malty character that is bready and biscuity. There is a strong milled corn scent as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: A thick sweet liquor taste and a grainy malt character drive its flavor. Hop flavors are light and add only a light grassy taste and some bitterness to the finish. The carbonation is fairly high but fades and becomes rather slick in texture and its light to medium bodied.

Notes: Its malty to the max and it will get you loaded quickly and cheaply. Overall it is a passable brew for some serious drinking.

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3/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Mortman
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheap but OK. Better than most malt liquors

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a very thin head. Aroma is of malt and slightly of cooked corn. Taste is very strong (alcohol-ish) with the taste of adjunct and corn at the back of the throat. Smooth and somewhat drinkable. Good if you like high alcohol macro lagers.

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3/5  rDev +21%

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3/5  rDev +21%

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 24 ounce can marked E02R3105:57. Sampled on June 24, 2013.

It pours an above average yellow with a frothy white lingering head. For the malt liquor style it is fine.

The aroma is strange. There are grainy barley malts, yeast and an odd sort of grape or wine note. That didn't impress me much.

The body was light and creamy.

The taste also has this wine-like thing going on but it does not bite or taste metallic like so many other malt liquors can. I give the taste a fair shake given the style.

It does what malt liquors do best and that is to get one drunk. Not a craft but it is brewed with natural ingredients and that to me means something. Don't flunk it simply because it is a macro malt liquor.

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Labatt Max Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 5.2% out of 100 with 96 ratings
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