John Labatt Classic

John Labatt Classic

Rated 2.792 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Limited

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Lager

5% Alcohol by Volume

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John Labatt Classic is known as Canada's only national domestic premium beer. It's Krausen-brewed, which according to their web site is a slow, low temp process with a secondary fermentation stage and a longer, slower cold-aging process. It's a very smooth malty beer.

ID: 27274 Last updated 4 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank44130
Overall Percentile6.7
Style Rank780 of 983
Style Percentile20.7
Lowest Score1.9
Highest Score3.3
Average Score2.722
Weighted Score2.792
Standard Deviation0.517

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 2.4 11 months ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Bottle. Colour – clear gold, darker than Labatt Blue, topped by a frothy white cap. Aroma – biscuit malts, yeast, weak noble hops. Mouthfeel – medium bodied, medium carbonation. Flavour -corny malt notes, yeast, burnt bitter finish.

  • FISHINGFAST 607 reviews
    rated 1.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Just had to try this one because of my friends from Canada swore by how good it was. Just didn't find it all that good. It wasn't bitter but had a odd taste I couldn't figure out. Not a beer I would fill my ice chest with. But will be happy to drink with my Canadian friends when they give them to me.

  • PAULCARDOM 548 reviews
    rated 2.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Here's a beer from my younger days. Always thought of as a 'premium product' when looking back it was nothing more than overpriced swill. I still have a case of empties in the garage from 1989. This was a bit more flavourful than a 'Blue' or a '50' but the base recipe is the same.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured gold with a white fast fading head. The aroma was of malt with just a hint of hops I found this drinkable but nothing special. It was very similar to blue.

  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer pours a dark golden color topped off by a tall fizzy white head that quickly drops leaving little lace. The aroma is a balance of bitter grassy hops and some sweet malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth and refreshing. The flavor is mild and refreshing with a nice touch of hoppy bitterness. Better than the Blue.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Hooked one from a friend’s case at Xmas just got round to reviewing it. This shows as a golden lager with a 2 finger rocky cap. We have a labat beer that actually laces the glass!! Really all malt beer ! Aroma is mainline: grainy, some caramel some light willamette hops. Meduim bodied, smooth mouth feel. Fair malt spine. Flavor is malty with light balance from the hops some unripened fruit tomes ( apple/pear) clean wet finish with a bready aftertaste.....right down the middle an inoffensive medium bodied all malt golden lager...see Labatt we knew you could do it!

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 2.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    It pours with a big fizzy head that fades fast leaving nothing behind. The body is clear with a light golden color. It has a rather light aroma with hints of light sweet malts. The taste has a semi-sweet barley malt and corn flavor with very light hops in the background. Its body is light with a rather thin texture and an almost flat carbonation. Overall it is a rather boring beer to look at and drink.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    A beer I have enjoyed many times. This is a beer that smells beery with a maltish hint. It is a golden colour with a clean crisp mouthfeel. Enough carbonation to remind you it's a beer. Sadly, this beer was retired recently and I finished off the last bottle in my cellar today.

  • CYRENAICA 2122 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    341ml bottle
    5.0% ABV
    This is an average beer, certainly not a classic. No longer as heavily marketed as it was in the early 90s, but then again, in Canada, it seems only Molson Canadian is marketed to any real extent any more....no more 'Me and the Boys and our 50, me and the boys and our beer'.

    Anyway, I had this beer in a near frozen state. The beer is a translucent pale gold colour which looks great in a glass. There was very little aroma, but what aroma there was was slightly malty and pleasant. The mouthfeel was crisp with mild carbonation and the taste was mellow, but not watery in the least. Never really figured out why it was called 'classic' - but it certainly isn't as bad as Blue.

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