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John Labatt Summer Blonde

Formerly brewed at Labatt Breweries (AB InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
London, Canada


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.36/5   SEASONAL: Summer   ABV: -
Label reads John Labatt Summer Blonde.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bulk_Carrier (3879) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a light yellow color with a bubbly white head. There wasnít any lacing. The smell left a lot to be desired. Lemon, maybe with some sweet corn but wasnít combined right. The taste was tart and sweet through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat exceptionally light. Sesionable? Uh...maybe... Overall, not exactly a beer that I liked and it was probably at the higher end of the lower part of the bad pale lagers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
It has a light golden cooler with a thin, white colored head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing is left on the glass. It also, has very good clarity with visible carbonation. The aroma has a light leafy/floral hop presence with a light skunky odor as well. Its flavor has a funky herbal or leafy hop taste with a slightly grainy and biscuity malt taste. The finish has an over cooked hop bitterness that slowly fades off the tongue. Its body and texture are light and thin with an active level of carbonation. Overall I was not impressed by this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RSRIZZO (1960) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of Headbanger poured into a shaker at 41į. Color is a bright golden with good carbonation and a loose white head. Aroma is a sweet bread yeast scent. Light body goes down crisp and easy. Flavor is mildly sweet with corn and a touch of hops. After taste is clean. Overall its a very drinkable summer brew with light flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Iíve never been a fan of the two big Canadian brewers Labatt and Molson. Neither has left much of an impression on me and I donít see the point in paying extra for the north-of-the-border versions of Bud and Miller. So when I came across a ďSummer BlondeĒ by Labatt I was optimistic for an original tasting beer from a mass-market brewery.

Unfortunately, this beer is anything but unique. Donít fall for this marketing gimmick.


Well, at least the moniker is accurate as Labatt Summer Blonde does pour to a very clean, clear and bright blonde color. Itís a lager, so of course there is quite a bit of carbonation action present, and a very tiny white head which quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing on the glass.

I didnít have high expectations for the taste judging from the scent, which is extremely malty in that traditional ďbeerĒ sense. Arenít summer beers supposed to be citrusy, or at least have some unique characteristic? Why does this smell like a run-of-the-mill lager?


I canít say I was surprised when I winced a little after taking my first swig of Labatt Summer Blonde. Iíve had Labatt Blue before and this beer tastes nearly identical to that big-name brand. Perhaps my beer was some sort of fluke on the assembly line and actually is Labatt Blue but in a Summer Blonde bottle?

Regardless, Iím not very impressed with the taste here. Itís very flat, watered-down and leaves no impression whatsoever. This beer has a bitter aftertaste and thanks to its high carbonation, youíre going to be tasting it well after your glass or bottle is empty.

But at least thereís good news: the beer is drinkable. I guess thatís why itís considered a ďsummerĒ beer, because itís very smooth and would work well as a summer cook-out beer for people who want to drink many in a row.


The best way to describe the body of Labatt Summer Blonde would be ďa light beer with a body.Ē Most major-label light beers are essentially alcoholic water, but at least this particular brew has some definite weight to it. This gives it the bare minimum of flavor, certainly better than your dime-a-dozen lights from St. Louis or Milwaukee. Combined with its smooth finish itís definitely a party beer, but in no way do I mean that to be complimentary.


If this is the Canadiansí idea of a ďsummerĒ beer, Iíd like to know what they consider the real difference to be between seasonal and year-round beers. Just because itís light and smooth doesnít make it a summer beer. Itís just a mass-market light beer with a fancy name.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Drinkable, enjoyable, quenches the thirst, but I would rather have a Molson or Labatt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
hells ya, another fine choice from the summer love sampler case. idk, this tasted like labatt with a hint of fruit in it. not much else going on with it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle. Pours a medium gold with a fizzy white head and aromas of grass, lemon and grain. Flavor is sweet and uninteresting... with a grassy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle from Labattís variety pack from patís. Pours gold with white head. Nose and flavor are pale malt and hopcitrus, with some lemony and grainy nuances.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Clear yellow color with a few bubbles and a decent white head. Aroma of yest and hops, little skunky up top. Flavor of slight hops. Yeasty. Some honey covered grains buried in there somewhere. Good lacing. Smooth but carbonated at the same time. Crisp almost biting and somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mechem (13) - Lima, PERU - JUN 18, 2009
I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable for a good social beer. Not extremely noteworthy, but still good. The beer looks and smells crisp and clean, and it finishes thusly. Nice little bite at the end. Its not the most interesting beer in terms of palate. Its quite simple as far as I can tell. No real afternotes or mid-tones. Simply a matly crispness that quickly fades out. Not something Iíd be against drinking though, one of my favorites of the Labattís collection.

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