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Brewed by Labatt Breweries (InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
London, Canada

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Features a full body and taste with the Saaz hops countering much of the bitterness associated with traditional lagers.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
341ml brown bottle. Light straw colour with a small foamy head. Dusty, grainy aroma. Some malt flavour, faint hops in the finish with some notes of grain and minerals. Highly carbonated, thin body.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Spab (2241) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
341 ml bottle from Beer Store. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a white head that quickly disappears to virtually nothing. Aroma is stale grains and a little grass. Taste also has a certain staleness to it with grains and grass. As light a body as would be expected. Weak but there are a lot of worse macro lagers out there.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Metalchopz (2197) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Originally rated June 2005. Been wanting to try this brew for quite a while now. Always reminded me of a trashy beer. Pours a golden colour with average carbonation. Decent head, but does not last long. Sweet malt nose and same goes for the mouth. Slight bitterness in there. Not bad swill, but probably is some other brew the Labatt’s makes and puts it in these bottles.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
matt7215 (2151) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
pours yellow with a small white head. saaz hoppyness in a canadian macro lager? yeah i know its weird but it makes this one actually tolerable. i dont buy this but most of my home town drinks it so ive had my fair share handed to me. an ok pale lager for sure

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
Thanks Jimmy for this one! Bottle- Sparkly gold pour emits a loud and fizzy bleached white head, with little retention. Mostly grainy aroma with a slight skunk. Stale hops flavours offer more flavour than blue, but after reading the description about Saaz hops, I tried to detect these very distinguishable hops, and couldn’t. There’s more flavours here, but I can’t put my finger on it. Better than blue in any event. Doesn’t seem to be too popular in my area.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pootzboy (1577) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
This is an Ontario beer that has been around forever. I remember my Dad and Uncles drinking it on the porch in the humid Great Lakes summers back in the 60s. According to a local brewery historian this was one of John S Labatt’s experimental brews back in the late 1800s. It was introduced to Ontario only and was a first attempt by a Canadian Brewer to offer a light Czech lager. I have no way of telling how many changes it has undergone in Labatt’s long corporate history but this is a pretty standard Canadian adjunct lager, in the vein of "Blue” but it has slightly more character. Standard Canuck longneck twist top.... labels declares a product that is "naturally aged, no preservatives, cool , clear, lager"...nothing about adjuncts..they are there but toned down and in the background. Pours a crystal very clear dark straw color with a lively white 2 finger head that reduces quickly to a lacet ring that hugs the side of the glass all the way though the drink. Highly effervescent. Slight aromas of boiled grains and hop, Starts crisp with peppery - effervescence and a slight citrus hit then mellows to a sweeter malty mouth feel then finishes fairly clean with a lingering malt taste. It comes off as a lightly pilsen-hopped sweet-malt/adjunct pilsner with a lot of effervescence to give tang to the tongue (slight citrus). A better than average standard Canadian pilsner from the evil empire without any really pronounced personality but pleasant enough as a thirst quencher. Has a large loyal following and will probably be dropped by Labatt when these old geezers die off.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2003
This strange Labatt brew is a bit uneven in just about every aspect. The color seemed to split from top to bottom like a black & tan, the top being solid gold, straw-like in color where as the bottom was a lighter diluted yellow, a small whiteish head about a finger high came out on top but said goodbye within a second. Smell is uneven as well, with a musty hop, lightly citrusy, and a real weird raw oatmeal quality that seemed to dart in one nostril and out the other. Taste is lightly floral hops, quite subdued in approach, it stands up with good sweetish caramel malts and some grains of bread floating lightly in the mix. Again, there seemed to be empty spots, and some odd mixing of flavors and textures that were just to light to get a good hold on.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2003
Yah, had this at a country bar, straight from the bottle. About as great as I expected it to be. No better than Blue or anything generic like that.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 This has to be one of the worst beers around. Brantford, Ontario yokels seem to like it though God knows why?? It has a poor flavour and a bad aftertaste.. Like metal. Mark from Brantford drinks it. I had this again on Christmas Eve because the bar we were at was out of all their 50 my friends managed to drink. I thought I would try it to bring back some old memories. And like the beer tastes it brings back nothing special. What a poor quality beer. I do belive that it is only Brantford keeping this brew alive and on the market!

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
This is the Northern Ontario "let’s get pissed" beer for blue collar dirtbags who want to get sophisticated, but can’t afford Keith’s. Typical Labatt product - lifeless, uninteresting, a rip off if it was free, and you’d still want your money back.


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