Labatt Max Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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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
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
52
Avg:
2.46
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Sammy
2.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for a Labatt's, tastes a little like beer, and other than that vodka. Some signs of bubbles, some taste. Not too drinkable, but I could get through more than a sip, and that's a complement for me for anything coming out of this national brewer.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
2.21/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slick looking silver and black 473 ml can. I thought my American Malt Liquor experience should be Canadian (or at least Belgian-Canadian, but I digress)...

This beer pours a clear medium yellow hue, with lots of foamy white head, which leaves fairly solid, erratic lace as it melts away. It smells of sweet corn/rice mash, and some acetic, cidery fruit notes. The taste is sweet white grain and alcohol, skunky at best, some medicinal phenols poke out their unwelcome heads as it warms. The carbonation is moderate, the body slick, cloying, and oily, and it finishes warm, metallic, and, well, evil.

Not as bad as I would have thought, but definitely more about the booze than the other underwhelming ingredients.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev +29.3%
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 billab914
2.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Maximum Ice is the 'away' beer in today's Malt Likkapalooza, the thirteeth (and hopefully not last) knock-down-drag-out competition between... you guessed it... malt liquors. The black and sliver can graphics of this lager are preferable to the green and gold football motif of the Tundra Ice 'Monster Can'. But, as all homeboys know, what's inside the can matters almost as much.

The haystack gold hue is slightly less appealing, but the head on this bad boy is amazing. It's ivory in color, looks like it belongs on a Belgian ale (seriously!) and is plastering the glass with loads of gorgeous lace. How did they do that?

The nose is par for the style course, which translates to 'eh, nothing special'. It's grainy and boozy, but stops short of unpleasant. Let's hope the flavor has good brakes too or Tundra will take today's competition.

Max Ice is no prize heifer, but it brings the beef to this rodeo. The slightly higher alcohol content gives it a stronger punch and there's actually a quasi-crispness to the finish that is interesting. There's slightly more sweetness and slightly less muskiness, both of which help.

Better carbonation puts LMI ahead of TI in the mouthfeel battle. It's still nothing to write home about. Then again, after a few 40s, who really cares? I don't even care right now.

Congratulations to the Canadians for taking the Malt Likkapalooza XIII title. Labatt Max Ice did just enough to pull ahead of Tundra Ice and stay there. Is it worth your hard-earned money? No, but then your already knew that.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.87/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

CANadian beer in a CAN on an AmeriCAN holiday weekend (Memorial Day)! CAN you believe it?

Once again, these oversized CANs have screwed the pooch in terms of the placement of the opening. It was far enough back from the lip that short of a complete inversion of the CAN, beer was guaranteed to run down the sides of the CAN. Grrr. My pour gave me a finger of foamy, bone-white head with medium retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the now-infamous smell of green apples. And plastics. What more could I ask for? Mouthfeel was medium with a sweetish apple-cereal quality on the tongue. How do they make this? The finish was really biting with an alcohol heat in the throat. This is not the way to go on a holiday weekend.

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Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The dozenth entry into Swill Fest 2010's guestbook. It pours a familiarly clear jaundice topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose comprises dirty rice (real dirt, not the style of rice mix known as dirty), bad wheat, and light syrup. The taste is kinda heavy on the corn syrup, while the burnt wheat brings up the rear. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a steel-y finish. Not the worst thing consumed tonight, but definitely not the best, either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can says it's brewed in Rochester NY maybe at Genesee. Weighs in as a big American lager or a small malt liquor. Pours a deep yellow golden almost apple juice like tone with a bright white head forming thick and dwindling even quicker. Thin speckled lacing left behind, let's see how the rest goes. Aroma has a strong cooked veggies high adjunct ridden nose going on not much sweetness or malt or hop action served cold to protect my palate. Flavor has a dominant sweetness almost table sugar extreme sweetness, pretty much sickeningly corn syrup high fructose that should have been fermented out. Not to hot with alcohol just one rough sip that seems to never get better as you try to actually consume this creation. Absolutely horrible example of beer in general but the sad part is I can't even consider it to be a good malt liquor many a better cheap drunks out there. Pass on this one it was like a dollar with some change for this big can. Mouthfeel is harsh I don't know why but it's hard to take a sip, excessive CO2 medium to light body becomes cloying quickly after taking a few sips. Overall pure shite that really should avoid the beer market, why is there a need for this stuff.

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Photo of jgunther71
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Duff27
2.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +32.5%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of spinrsx
1.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

473ml Can - from the lcbo for 2$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn, malts, alcohol

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste corn and malts mixed with a harsh alcohol flavour. There is also a cooked vegetable taste mixed with a graininess. It ends with a boozy corn syrup flavour.

Overall - I figured 'how bad can it be?'. The answer is pretty bad. The taste is awful and this is something that will never drink again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +22%
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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Photo of DrJay
2.21/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a short white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention for the style, looks decent. The smell is a bit harsh, syrupy sweet, grainy, alcohol. Cloyingly sweet flavour, nearly no bitterness, boozy finish. A bit metallic in the finish, significant warmth but not hot. Medium bodied and dry, fizzy, not an appealing texture. I'm not a fan, even for the style.

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Photo of Viggo
2.82/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a really pissy yellow golden, fluffy white head forms and disappears, some lacing. Smell is sweet, maybe some vanilla, malty, honey, grass, little bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet, citrus, almost a little skunky with some caramel and vanilla, little bit of iron in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, really not that bad, maybe drinking high strength beers has numbed my taste buds to alcohol, but I don't taste any in this, better than other malt liquors, no aftertaste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head is rather thick and has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a corn and caramel sweet aroma. There is a light aroma of a biscuit smell as well as a very light citrus aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins of a big bready flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. A sweeter corn taste then starts to come to the tongue as the taste advances. More toward the end the sweeter flavors grow even stronger and mix with a light citrus hop flavor as well as a bit of a paper taste. Overall a sweet flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation level of the brew is on the slightly lower side with a body that is on the slightly creamier side. Surprisingly, even at 7.1 % the alcohol flavor very familiar to many malts, is absent in this one.

Overall – In many ways a very standard malt. A little less boozy tasting with a bit more caramel instead of corn then the most. It’s not too bad for the price or the bang it gives.

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Photo of bumchilly25
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of buschbeer
2.74/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

24 ounce can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is straw colored with a constant supply of bubbles rising from the etching in the bottom of the glass. An inch and a half of head settles to a thin layer on top.

S - There is not much of an aroma. I get a little grass, grain, and alcohol.

T - I taste some alcohol right off the bat. The alcohol masks the sweetness of the beer. It has a dry, clean finish.

M - Thin with biting carbonation

O - It is a little less flavorful, not that this is a flavorful style of beer, than other malt liquors. The dry finish is also unlike any malt liquors that I have had the privilege of sampling. I would have to say this is not a favorite in the style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +50.4%
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 mfnmbvp
1.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz. (1 pint 8 fl oz.) can, with no apparent freshness date present except a code on the bottom which I'm not about to bother with. I should probably note that in Illinois, I have only seen this beer marketed in 24 fl oz. tall cans, never in bottles, and only under the name Labatt Max Ice, rather than Labatt Maximum Ice. Purchased at the local 7-11 after midnight, for $1.07, so for the price you really can't go wrong... I think. Although not a craft beer, my eighth beer review of a beer coming from a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Keeping it as classy as possible.

A - Pours about a finger and a half of fizzling artificial looking head atop of a crystal clear amber colored body with massive amounts of bubbles floating about and fading away within seconds. Retains a slightly darker color than the typical American adjunct light lager like Miller Lite and Coors Light.

S - Pale, artificial, boring adjunctive corn malt smell. Vague artificial apple smell as the beer sits. Smells and looks like a Miller Lite when cold. Slight hint of artificial sweetness present. Smells like what you would expect from your typical American malt liquor. Not impressive.

T - Carbonated. Pale artificial malts. Corn syrup. Cherry syrup. Artificial sticky sweetness. Definitely not a pleasant tasting beer, I can say that for sure. Retains some kind of nasty cherry cough medicine type taste to it. Very unappealing, but you can't really expect much more for a dollar a can tall boy. I was hoping for more corn in the taste, than what I was left with.

M - Although it is fairly awful, boring, adjunctive swill, the feel is good enough. Smooth, watery, clean, without much lingerance of any kind. Lightly bodied, with a fair level of carbonation considering the style of beer it is.

Overall, you probably know what you are getting into with this one if you so choose to go down that trodden path. Overly bloating and overly carbonated. Vague apple smell, yet no real corn or grain flavor that I am able to distinguish from this one, although you might be more lucky. A pretty simple, standard beer for it's style. The plain old simple boring alcohol delivery vehicle that many of us are used to. My friend's dad drinks this sh*t, not because it tastes good, but because it is the cheapest buzz around, basically. The only plus side is it's solid 7.10% abv. You've been warned.

Labatt Max Ice ---2/5

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Labatt Max Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.46 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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