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Kokanee - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 25.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +16.7%

This is pretty much an all round average lager for a macro, and probably my first pick of that bunch, especially over Molson and Labatt's, and definitely over American macros. It's a light clear straw colour, a finger and a half of white fizzy head on the pour, but that disappears soon enough. Nose contains sweet corn and grain, and nothing else. Flavour is of very mild corn and malt. The mouthfeel is light and finishes dry. For what it is this is decent, it is nothing spectacular, but is pretty unoffensive as well. If you're drinking macro, then this is a good lawnmower/barbecue beer. But for the price I'd be picking up something from Big Rock or Alley Kat myself.

04-16-2004 22:49:55 | More by IronDjinn
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RoyalT

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -30.7%

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a foamy white head that poured big and laced the glass.

Smell – Stale grain with no sweetness noticeable. The only fresh thing in this glass was a baby skunk.

Taste – I got a little bit of sucrose in the taste, but the nasty grain showed up as well along with some funky kind of hop flavor. This was almost as bad as Heiny-in-a-can.

Mouthfeel – Very light and thin, which was disappointing.

Drinkability – I barely got this one down. They should have left this one on top of the glacier

09-09-2003 00:33:02 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -22.2%

09-26-2013 01:10:09 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +16.7%

02-20-2012 15:03:28 | More by beerhunter13
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -22.2%

06-30-2014 00:22:06 | More by FadetoBock
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DuckDodgers

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

06-11-2012 13:13:25 | More by DuckDodgers
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Weizenmensch

Japan

3.48/5  rDev +35.4%

This was much better than expected, and much better than I remember it being. I didn't realise it was bottle conditioned, and maybe the time it took to get to me in Australia improved it. I didn't think it was as bad as most people say it is - the hop flavour was still intact and not skunky, and with the sediment in the glass it was quite enjoyable. Artificial-looking gold colour, reasonably good head retention, nice taste for a macro brew, definitely better than our working-class beers here in Australia. Some chemical undertones as are to be expected. I may even buy another one at import price just to confirm my satisfaction.

03-22-2005 10:15:28 | More by Weizenmensch
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +16.7%

12-13-2011 21:16:22 | More by Swedes21
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wjimson

Antarctica

3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

The appearance of this headless lager its not immediately appealing, just like another beer served with some fizz and a flat head. It strength is definitely in the clean crisp taste and drinkability. When served cold this beer has little detectable flaws and has a minimal adjunct tastes. This refreshing beer is lightly malted and finishes with a mild degree of bitterness.

03-31-2007 01:02:57 | More by wjimson
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ahugenerd

Newfoundland (Canada)

1/5  rDev -61.1%

12-16-2011 20:02:10 | More by ahugenerd
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.3/5  rDev -10.5%

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?

01-17-2012 23:50:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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thatruth

Washington

1.33/5  rDev -48.2%

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.

01-30-2012 03:55:56 | More by thatruth
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -61.1%

Wow, just like Carlton Cold, only Canadian and with even less flavour, can't remember having too many blander beers than this. Some plastic flavours and some pee. I can't remember having too many blander beers than this, and i wish i didn't have a character limit in my review for this beer, because i can't anything else more about it.

06-18-2004 13:13:38 | More by rastaman
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev +7%

05-02-2014 19:44:49 | More by LXIXME
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mdaschaf

Washington

2/5  rDev -22.2%

05-22-2014 20:43:59 | More by mdaschaf
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Griffith

Connecticut

3/5  rDev +16.7%

01-23-2014 03:39:31 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Serviceable lager, with a light body with a bit of fluffly white head. Light colour, only some metallic taste and refreshing malt flavoured water.Inoffensive mild taste, and scent, even when not ice cold after skiing. Fizzy carbonation. Not bad for Labatt.

08-08-2006 02:18:41 | More by Sammy
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2/5  rDev -22.2%

07-17-2013 02:37:44 | More by jcubz
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

01-08-2012 15:19:43 | More by WoodBrew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.98/5  rDev +16%

Pours an effervescent gold/hay color with 3+ fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Corny & a bit lemon hops as this warms

T: Lemony hops, a bit of cereal (corn flakes), honey malt & some grassyness up front. Dryness, honey & cornyness are there as this warms. Finishes crisp, but way too thin

MF: Light & soft bodied with moderate carbonation, balances too sweet

I could do about 2 of these & I'd have to move, way too sweet. Could be worse, just not that tasty

11-20-2007 03:23:54 | More by russpowell
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -20.2%

Maybe its the glacier water they use. But there is some funk here that is simply not good.

Pours a standard lager yellow, if a little ememic, pale. Creamy head, no lacing.

Smells really sour, and not much else. Seems like its "missing something"

Taste sort of reminds me of drinking diet pop for some reason. Tastes like beer, looks like beer, just something kind of chemically, funky. The sweetness seems manufactured. This is all brought together by a decent hopiness and a good helping of the funky glacier water. Tastes rather watery.

Feels like you're drinking Perier water. Water + funk = Kokanee.

The only thing this stuff has going for it is the hops and when served cold its pretty refreshing. I'd drink this stuff if i was thirsty and there was no other beer around.

10-18-2005 19:40:39 | More by ozmodium
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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

07-31-2011 03:58:26 | More by joemcgrath27
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +22.6%

Appearance – This one pours a very filtered looking yellow while retaining a small amount of white head. It looks somewhat the same coming out thirty minutes later.

Smell – A touch of skunk, wet grass, hops, and a touch of malt.

Taste – Tastes grassier than anything. I taste a touch of sweet honey in there with a nice crisp hop finish. It’s very straightforward and simple.

Mouthfeel – Highly carbonated and thin. Not how I like my beer to feel.

Drinkability – This one can be downed like there is no tomorrow. It’s not a beer meant to be savored so it has achieved its goal here.

Kokanee is what I’ll serve my not so adventurous friends. It’s a reliable easy drinking macro which does fine as a refresher on a hot day.

09-13-2006 20:38:12 | More by Orrshow
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

07-18-2013 06:52:10 | More by 1stOffender
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +38.1%

Ah Kokanee, a staple of my younger days, when I drank beer most often for the alcohol, not the taste. I swore by it then, swore that it tasted better than any of the other major beers.

The beer looks pretty good as far a lagers go, clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that sat at about a finger thick. It has faded to a thin cap, but there is some lacing left behind.

The smell is grainy, with a faint sweet malt base. Has a certain freshness to it that makes it a bit better than the average macro.

While it enters the mouth a bit watery, the beers flavour follows up relatively well. The back half of the mouth gets a grainy and slightly bitter flavour. There is a sweet taste that seems to only enter the mouth after a mouthfull is swallowed. All in all the flavour is light, but certainly inoffensive.

I find that Kokanee has more body than most macro lagers, almost being a tad sticky. The carbonation is what one would expect for a lager, and it does get a bit coarse in the finish.

I wouldn't try to sell any advocates on this beer, though I wouldn't suggest that they avoid it either. This is still what I'll pick if Molson and Labbatt are my choices. Goes down great and makes me think of hot days on the golf course.

04-26-2006 13:09:59 | More by elricorico
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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.