Fishtown Briefcase A Review of Economy-Friendly Beers
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    February 28th, 2011trishystuff

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    February 28th, 2011trishybracket madness

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    February 28th, 2011trishyReviews

    Labatt blue light

    Running is an activity which works a body hard and makes it quite strong. If one runs quite a far distance, say, 3, 4, 6, 13.1, 26.2 or more miles – a beer can be quite a refreshing beverage to quench thirst. Whether you choose to drink the beer before, during, or after, it is quite a satisfying activity. I would go out on a limb and say that even bad beer can taste good when you’re really sweaty and thirsty. Really good beer might not taste as good as its potential until after a glass or two of water/sport drink – this is debatable and perhaps depends on how much salt or electrolytes you’ve sweated out and how delerious you are at this point.

    It was on a recent day, during a late winter (spring fever) run that I had the opportunity to taste a Labatt’s Blue Light. There were a few things working in this beer’s favor:

    1)  I was hot and sweaty and had built up quite a thirst
    2)  The beer was handed to me for free from a friend – what an attractive price tag
    3)  The can is somewhat cute – blue and silver, depicting an icy mountain in Canada
    4)  It is a light beer, and doesn’t fill you up.
    5) Potentially great shotgunning beer – thin and not very bubbly, easy to swallow.
    6) We drank it outside on a lovely late winter (springlike) sunny day.

    Unfortunately, these are the bright spots working in favor of Labatt’s Blue Light…

    The downside – this beer really doesn’t have much of a flavor, and if it does, it tastes a little bit like Skunk Light. Now it is possible the reason we got these beers handed to us for free was because they were old and sitting in the fridge forever… but I couldn’t even finish my can. As I poured it down an alley grate it was almost clear.

    Unlike its bolder brother regular Labatts, Labatts Light is a bit weak, with a 4% alcohol content and 111 calories (8g of carbs). For comparisons you can check out other beer calorie/carb charts here and here. (e.g. you could have a Corona Light for 109 calories and 5 carbs with 4.5% alcohol)

    From my research, it looks like a 12-pack of 12 ouncers runs about $11-14, an 18-pack about $17-20 and a 24-pack can go for about $19-26 depending on your location and local variables. So a dollar per beer give or take a few cents or so as you buy in larger quantity. They also come in 24 ounce cans for those with extra large thirsts.

    I’ll give it a 2 out of 5. Not the best beer we’ve tasted at Fishtown Briefcase, and after Pennsylvania Style, definitely not the worst. Perhaps we should have gotten the Labatt Blue Light Lime.

    More info: Labatt Brewing Co. Wikipedia Page (their actual website is sucky and I can’t get much useful info from it waiting for a 3 minute flash app to load after entering my birthdate 3 times to access three different links.)

    Added: It is almost hard to believe that the same company that makes this beer also makes Magic Hat and Pyramid ales.

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