This American Pale ale from Labatt Brewing Company (Anheuser-Busch InBev) pours a clear golden colour with a medium-sized, creamy white head that is retained as a thin collar without leaving any lacing. Labatt 50 smells mainly of corn and grass, with a mild apple or white grape fruitiness and a touch of floral hops.
Labatt 50 has a grainy, yeasty taste that strikes me as more lager-like than that of an ale, with a distinctive note of corn and subtle bitter and mineral qualities. This ale is medium-bodied with plenty of fine carbonation. Earthy and creamy sensations are felt on the tongue along with a very light oiliness. The finish is dry with soft metallic and earthy notes in the aftertaste.
Labatt 50 comes in a variety of packages and utilises a simple numbermark logo printed in red, including a white can that features the logo I remember on my grandfather’s beer cases in the early 1980s. There is no real information on the packaging, but I did find coded freshness dating stamped on the bottom of the cans I bought.
I can best describe Labatt 50 as a “lagered cream ale” It is somewhat dirty in the taste and mouthfeel, but still better than many comparable macrobrew products. It would be serviceable for chain bar or restaurant consumption with a sandwich and fries, but at the retail price point I won’t be in a hurry to bring more home any time soon. Labatt 50 is widely distributed throughout Canada and the USA.