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Kokanee - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.


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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 24.42%

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Kokanee has been one of B.C.’s best-selling beers for more than ten years and was awarded a Silver medal at the 1996 Brewing Industry International Awards. Brewed using a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, Kokanee delivers a smooth, clean and lightly hopped taste.

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing


2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale straw yellow color. Poured a stark white wispy head. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Faint sweetness and a little grass. Not much in the nose at all.

T: Muted malt character. Sweet corn adjunct. Crisp, dry and light.

M: Very light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and dry; very clean by the finish.

D: Very easy to drink. Just not much in the nose and so muted.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 10:52:12 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
Photo of edhizdeid


2.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that is always offered to me whenever I am in the Northwest. It is pretty much the local Coors. The beer itself is a run of the mill kind of beer that does not offer much taste as it feels very watery. The color is amber and pours a big head that disappears in a hurry. This is the type of beer you drink at a barbecue with friends when you do not want to give much thought about you favorite hopped beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:12:45 | More by edhizdeid
Photo of BierStein711


2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bland beer with a five finger fast reducing head

Similar to Coors Light in appearance,

Smells: malt, wet cereal, water

Taste: water, doesn't feel like a beer

Mouthfeel: thin, and watery

Overall, this was introduced to me as a local brew, so I had sought it out. It is watery, but it beats Bud Light or others in its class. Quite frankly, steer clear. Have a brown ale instead.from Big Rock if you happen to be in the City of Edmonton. I don't think anyone understands or appreciates craft brewing or micro brewing aside from the Big Rock brewing in town.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 15:06:43 | More by BierStein711
Photo of jsprain1


2.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Perfectly clear golden, yellow. Head is thick and white. Retention is mediocre.
S- The aroma is sweet grain, with a touch of just plain bread. The adjunct notes are there, but not overwhelming.
T- The same thing here. There isn't an abundance of flavor, which cuts both ways. It's not interesting but the adjunct flavors are low. Lightly sweet.
M- Very thin and watery. Really drinks easily.
O- Among the adjunct lagers, it's ok. Not bad, but it's not really noticable in any sense.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 04:51:08 | More by jsprain1
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really not a lot to say about Kokanee. It's a light golden colour with little head that isn't going to stay around long. There isn't much on the nose at all, faint hops and corn. It tastes like a light beer, not a lot of flavour. Very watery, medium carbobation, goes down great on a hot day, works well as a thirst quencher, or if you want to take a couple beers down in a hurry, you're not drinking this for the taste of it, which isn't bad, just watered down and insignificat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:33:12 | More by NV9
Photo of thatruth


1.33/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours a pale straw color into a clear light yellow body. almost half inch head that dissipates hella quickly. weak, stringy, transparent lacing. slightest appearance of haze and sediment.

smells of rice, stale glacier water, hay, old bread, and, oh yeah, pee.

no taste whatsoever. bland, dead on-bringing to wet, watery finish. flat-to-staunch aftertaste. comparable to old apple juice sitting in a cup all day, then bitterly consumed.

picked up a 6er of this in port orchard before an open mic, wanting to try something new. big, big mistake.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:55:56 | More by thatruth
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.3/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yellow pour, white head, a decent amount of lace for a fizzy yellow beer, but nonetheless, still uninspired. Corn and egg smell. And not in the good breakfast way.

Taste, again, uninspired, just blandness, far from the worst AAL, but being middle of the road for this style is usually pretty bad regardless. Mild corn flavor, sugar water, thin mouthfeel, non existant hops, tons of carbonation. A pretty watery experience, which is good, because non of the off aroma stuff came into the taste.

The most intriguing aspect of this beer was where I found it. In the mexican food store on the southside of Milwaukee. Its like, all these central american lagers, and then bam, kokanee for $7.99 a 6pack. Why the price is that high, I have no idea, no marketing, no advertisements, no ingredients = a price slightly higher than the everyday price for SNPA?

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:50:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1/2 finger head , straw yellow and semi-clear
with no lacing with a hint of grassy hops

sweet malt and corn aroma

taste follows the nose with some white wine grapes

light body, lots of carbonation, hint of bitterness, not much else

about what i expected

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:29:59 | More by Stocean1
Photo of WoodBrew


2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought a can of Kokanee back from Canada. It is typical of most North American beers. Golden clear in color with white head that eventually dissappears...no lacing. The smell and taste are mostly grain with enough hop balance to make it smooth. Mouthfeel tends to be light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 15:19:43 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of DoubleJ


2.8/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Right now, a "glacier fresh beer" sounds like it would hit the spot. Whether this actually is good or not is another story. 11.5 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A pale shade of brilliant yellow, if that makes any sense. The creamy white head on top holds up pretty well and surprisingly throws up lots of good lace. The aroma has some cooked cereals and some sulfur. It could be worse.

Off-flavors are minimal, but so in the flavor in general. Light doeses of simple esters and dried grass lead the charge of this Western Canadian beer. Also there's a trace of cereals which linger in the aftertaste. The carbonation level is medium-high, and has a refreshing character. Quite clean overall.

On the bland side of flavor, and also lacking nasty off-flavors so commonly found in macro lager. This would be good to quench any thoughless thirst; that isn't much of a compliment, but better that than nothing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 08:31:04 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

just a beer. on tap at the hockey rink, when lined up next to budlight and coors, id take this beer any day. light lager color with an average head. a little malty sweetness in the taste of an otherwise generic mass produced beer. high drinkability though i guess, and the price was right, but nothing special at all here ladies and gentlemen

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 06:21:35 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts and very very light hops mixed with corn. There is also a corn syrup sweetness. The beer ends with a grainy yet slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I used to think this was the 'good stuff' back in my younger days. I think I was being persuaded by their marketing campaign. It's really just another average Canadian macro beer that leaves me no reason to buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 16:18:06 | More by spinrsx
Photo of crossovert


2.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz twist off. Generic macro Canadian brand.

It pours an extremely light gold with a bright white head.

The smell is almost non-existent but there is a bti of malt and corn.

The flavor is sweet for an adjunct lager. It has a bit of nuttiness. It is better than an average AAL but it is still swill.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:30:20 | More by crossovert
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was once a go to beer before I began my journey in beer advocacy, lets see how its stands up today...
A - light straw golden, short white head dissipated to quickly to a thin covering
S - grassy, grainy, and metallic mustiness
T - corn and grainy malt flavours with faint hint of leafy hops, but its generally watery and mild
M - light and and watery, a slight dryness on the finish, easily chuggable but not much character
O - it is what it is, a mass produced american lager competing for a market that does not reward risks but rather light flavour and drinkability, it achieves those goals but not much else, although when push comes to shove I will always order a Kokanee over Bud, Canadian, Coors, and the rest

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 03:58:26 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of beerandcycling88


2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Of all of the adjunct lagers this one actually isn't terrible. It smells and tastes like grain and corn, it looks like slighty yellow water but if you are going to drink cheap macro lagers you could do far worse then this one. However if you are looking for a complex flavorfull beer look else where.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:07:00 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most popular beers in western canada. 355ml Can poured into a mug.

It pours a VERY pale straw colour. There is hardly any head to speak of. Not the best looking beer.

The aroma okay. Slightly sweet and grainy.

The taste is a lot like the smell, but with a hint of hop flavour. Nothing exceptional to say about this beer.

Overall, I wouldn't refuse one, but I'm not too impressed.

Serving type: can

06-01-2011 02:59:32 | More by evlu1441
Photo of RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Canada's best beers in the Lager 5.0 style. It's got a clear golden body, a dissipating head that leaves a slight amount of lace, a smell that works well with it - reminiscent of corn, wheat, grains...nice. The taste is pretty well balanced and what you would expect out of a 5.0 lager as a Canadian. It's a cut above your Blue, MolCan, and MGD. This is true BC beer, and it can taste like it came from the mountains in BC if you use your imagination a bit! Mouthfeel is substantial. Super clean yet flavorful. Recommended with food, session beer, or anytime.

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 06:18:03 | More by RyanBelle
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A lite lager. Though I do appreciate the distraction of looking for the yeti on the mountainside.

A: Fizzy pale body. White head with small bubbles and mild lacing.

S: Husk. Its hard to discern the smell of the bar vs the beer, because all they sell is this style of lager.

T: The flavor is of adjunct and light malt. Not much to be desired.

M: Fizz contributes to the coating, but generally goes back easy.

D: Pound for a pound, a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 15:52:17 | More by BasementBer
Photo of tbern007


1.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the epitome of an F beer. I never heard of it, the bartender said she was from Canada, grew up with it, and it was something she liked...now I know never to get it again.
Straw yellow, clear, large head that is gone fast. Little lacing.
Smells like cereal, grain, alcohol, a bit of sweetness that is hard to pinpoint what exactly it is.
Tastes very metallic. Grainy. Disgusting. If I'm having something like this, I'll take a Miller, AB, or Molson/Coors product any day of the week. Or any other Labatt for that matter. Blue is way better. M & D - cheap, when cold it goes down but I would never get this again just because of the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 20:50:13 | More by tbern007
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that has no retention. Didn't leave any lacing.

S: It has a sweet grainy aroma.

T: It's very sweet with a grainy taste. A bit watery.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: It's just an average macro. If it was a hot summer day it would be refreshing but there's nothing to this beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 07:40:46 | More by marty21
Photo of flagmantho


2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale, clear, somewhat golden hue. Not bad for the style, though the head is practically nonexistent. Sorry, big K, I'll have to mark you down for that.

Smell: wet grain and water. Not very good, but not actively disgusting like some other beers of the style.

Taste: grainy and even a bit plasticy. That said, there is not much in the way of nasty aftertaste, so I guess that's something. As adjunct lagers go, this is among the least bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty watery with not even much fizz. Not too exciting.

Drinkability: most of my Kokanee consumption revolves around my band's practice nights, during which it provides a valuable source of hydration. It's not terribly good in most respects, but it is pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 18:12:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of climax


3.08/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank the imported version, doesn't seem as good as it did back in Canada some years ago. The label reminds me more of Busch or Keystone as opposed to something I might wish to drink.

It poured an anticipated very pale straw yellow, lots of bubbles. Head was acceptable, more bubbles than anything, but retention was decent.

Sweet cereal grains, honey, and maple flavors came from the nose. Tin and phenols were much more hidden than several others of this style.

Flavor wasn't too bad either, perhaps because there actually was flavor. Sweet honey and even some soft wheat grain flavor gave it some character. Finish was fairly clean and had a bit of hop dryness, albeit grassy tones.

Fizzy but not too fizzy. Light but not too light. Smooth but not too smooth. Drinkable but not t... it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:17:36 | More by climax
Photo of Haybeerman


3.43/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow color. Poured a stark white wispy head. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Faint sweetness and a little grass. Not much in the nose at all.

T: Muted malt character. Sweet corn adjunct. Crisp, dry and light.

M: Very light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and dry; very clean by the finish.

D: Very easy to drink. Just not much in the nose and so muted.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:33:29 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light golden colour. Carbonation is barely visible with next to no head. Some very faint lacing remains.

S - Bready malts and corn. Much like a pilsner, and a very light scent of alcohol on the finish.

T - Sweet corn and bready malts, just like the scent. Finishes very dry, and leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

M - Very light and goes down smooth. If they've got one thing right it's how this one goes down.

D - Not my favourite domestic mass produced beer, but I would never turn down a cold one on a hot day. Perfect beer for camping or for those sessions where you're looking to have something refreshing with no real strong flavours.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 00:51:29 | More by andrenaline
Photo of superdavex


3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much a middle of the road macro lager. I prefer this stuff over Bud, Coors or Miller, but not over PBR, Molson Canadian or Olympia. Taste is slightly more adjuncty that PBR and it's not as refreshing on a hot day. It's also more expensive because it's an import, therefore I only drink this when it's on special at a local establishment.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 04:34:44 | More by superdavex
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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.