Sunday, May 26, 2013

Labatt Blue

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (889) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a large mug. There was no decipherable freshness date. It cost $1.81 ($0.08 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear, dark gold hue, plenty of carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, soapy head which actually retains and laces extremely well for a beer of this style.

Smell: Pretty typical adjunct pale lager aroma, but not nearly as offensive as most.

Taste: I don’t know what’s going on with me, but lately I’ve begun to notice that I’m either building up a tolerance to, or actually starting to acquire a taste for macro adjunct lagers. Most are not nearly as bad as I remember, and some are actually more neutral-tasting than they are bad. Case in point: Labatt Blue. Sure it’s a typical fizzy yellow lager, but it’s actually one of the better ones (for what that’s worth).

Most beers of this type tend to have their adjuncts and other flaws quite prominent right away. Labatt Blue is noticeably mild, though, as it does not have any kind of astringent boiled corn or cardboard taste to it. I actually detect a faint sweetness here at the beginning. A short burst of bitterness at the top of the swig followed by some sweet or toasted corn flavor on the finish. A lot of beers of this sort tend to have metallic and other off-flavors to them, but Labatt Blue is quite clean. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it tastes good, but I wouldn’t describe it as bad, either.

Drinkability: For a fizzy yellow beer, Labatt Blue isn’t nearly as spastic as some of the others of the style. It looks much more carbonated than it feels. Sure there’s a slight vibration across the tongue, but it goes down relatively smooth with little CO2 getting stuck in the throat. The 5% ABV seems about right, if not a tad high, though I could honestly see this being sessionable under appropriate circumstances (e.g. tailgating, camping, at a sporting event). 
Grade: 5/10