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


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
John Labatt Classic was introduced in 1983 as Canada’s only national domestic “premium beer”. It is Krausen-brewed (slow, low temperature with a secondary fermentation process) and has a longer cold-aging process. Classic uses all-malt and a unique blend of western-grown North American hops, providing a smooth, full flavour product with a true malt taste that is slightly sweet. Editor's Note: Is this only available in the US?

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Oakes (18200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2000
Slight malt accent. Still light. .........................................

Tmoney99 (14761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle in sampler set from Sam’s. Poured amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium sweet grassy hoppy aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Wasn’t too pleased with this one, despite low expectations. Pours a clear golden color with small clusters of bubbles. Medium white head that did not last, and very thin lacing. Light aroma of hops and fruit. Light-bodied and bubbly with weak hops, malt and sour fruit flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with lingering fruit again. Not a big fan of this one.

Bov (13004) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 12, 2000

jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
Fizzy yellow water with an above average content of malt and hops. On of the better Molbatt products but still unremarkable.

MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
Classic what?.............................................

blipp (9502) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow amber with a fizzy white head. Light malt aroma and flavor with trace hints of hops. Light, crisp body. Really not much going on here, but not that bad nonetheless.

JoeMcPhee (9454) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
Pale golden colour, thich white head. Pale malt aroma.. Flavour of pale malt, no hops. Standard pale lager... neither good nor bad.

jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 11.5 oz bottle. Retired? Found in a variety pack... tasted like a plain lager, nothing special but no complaints.

blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle shared with GregClow and HogTownHarry at Ciro’s. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Nice bubbles and spare lacing. First thing you notice in the aroma is no skunkyness(!) -- the aroma is of light hops, grain, caramel malt...wait did I say hops? Hops in a Labatt product? WOW! The flavour also suprises, there’s nothing wrong with it! I tasted sweet malt with a light hop finish. It’s very mild but it’s still tasty. A hell of a suprise coming from Labatt but what isn’t a surprise, unfortunately, is it being retired. We can’t have a good Labatt product on the market can we?

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