Monday, October 14, 2013

Labatt Blue Review

Name: Labatt Blue
Style: American Adjunct/Pale Lager
ABV: 5%

Looks like we have ourselves a beer from our Canadian neighbors. I'm talking about Labatt Blue, courtesy of Labatt Brewing from London, Ontario. Many consider Labatt Blue to be Canada's Miller Lite but one must bear in mind that Labatt is owned by InBev-AB, so it would technically Canada's Budweiser.

I remember Labatt Blue commercials from when I was in middle school with that guy in the bear costume who sounded like John Ratzenberger. To give you an idea what I'm talking about, please refer to the video below...

As you can clearly see, the bar patron is more than happy to receive a Labatt Blue and is pretty calm for someone who just had a beer handed to them by a talking bear. Maybe the taste of Labatt Blue is so good that she forgot he was even a bear? Or maybe she was worried that the bear was gonna rip her face off?

In any case, let's take a look at Canada's Budweiser.

It pours a pale clear yellow color with a soapy head that has surprisingly good retention. The amount of carbonation visible is also pretty high in here as well, something which I'm not too surprised by.

I'm picking up some cereal grains, pale malts, cooked veggies, and some barnyard hay in the nose. As far as smell goes, it's like Budweiser but with a slightly less malt sweetness to it.

In the flavor, there are some cereal grains, pale malts, slight dry hoppiness, and barley. I find the taste to be slightly better than the aroma but the flavor as a whole is pretty mild & dry.

The body is pretty light in terms of weight and the carbonation starts out pretty strong but ends up being somewhere in the moderate range after a few minutes.

This is an example of a beer that tastes a lot better than it smells....but that isn't saying too much because the flavor is quite dry. To sum it up: skunky smell but dry flavor. Needless to say, this is one beer I will not be purchasing again anytime soon.

Labatt Blue - 3.5/10

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