Kokanee - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 25.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

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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Reviews by thatruth:
Photo of thatruth
1.36/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.82/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.47/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of wjimson
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -10.2%
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?

Photo of dabone
3.86/5  rDev +52%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle. Dark yellow and translucent. Decent head. Minor hop aroma, more cereal grain. Good lager taste, good mix of hop and grain. More on the grain side. Thin mouthfeel.

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of russpowell
2.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ozmodium
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.92/5  rDev +15%
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

Photo of Orrshow
3.15/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just a macro beer to drink on a hot day.Pale yellow with white head that dissipates quick,minimal to none on lacing.
Fresh light grains,and corn come through.
Goes down like water with a tinge of tin on the aftertaste and some grains.
Thin and watery but on hot day's and the beer is cold,it'll go down,nothing special here.

Photo of Stocean1
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of evlu1441
2.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Kulrak
2.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with white fluffy head that takes a while to fade away, leaving lace on the glass. Smells faintly of yeast, not much else. Tastes .. like very little. Sort of tastes like glacier water. I'm not sure if that's good or what, but since it says it's a 'glacier beer' I'll take it as good. I actually can't think of another beer that has so much....nothing. Mouthfeel is very watery, and a little heavy. All in all, it's very drinkable. More because it has absolutely nothing disagreeable in it than anything else. If you make no statement, nobody can disagree with you.

Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Noelito76
2.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to say I was disappointed when I first tried this beer on a whim after seeing the snow capped Vancouver mountains on the bottle. Carbonation was average but otherwise it was grainy, bitter and lacked the presence of hops. Clearly Canada has better to offer and I'll keep looking.

Photo of atigerlife
2.2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light golden color with a light white head which dissipated quickly. Very clear with small bubbles.

Aroma was very light. Some grainy notes. Not much else.

Taste was like the usual macro lager, but worse. Very thin, very watery, very sweet. Basically, it tasted "fake." Like something concocted in a lab and not a brewery.

Mouthfeel was light and listless, though there was some mild cleansing power.

Overall, just terrible. No character to this beer. Sort of like liquid plastic....never again!

Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with nice average lace and head.

Smell: Not as adjunct as I thought it would be. It has the usual grain and corn like smell of most Macro's.

Taste: Not too bad. It has a good blend of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Watery and Carbonated.

Drinkability: It is a good summer time beer.

Photo of baiser
2.32/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark straw colour. Little head, little lacing.

Smelled and tasted like corn. Was too sweet for my liking. Light bodied, lots of carbonation.

In terms of drinkability, I could barely stand to finish this one beer. Canadian and Bud are much more drinkabler, if I had to compare it with other beers of its type.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.47/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Much like its Alexander Keith brew and Molson's Rickard's imprint, Labatt's goes to a considerable length to distance itself from Kokanee, and thus perhaps increase its appeal as a craft beer (thus, also justifying the higher price). However, Kokanee also isn't a bad beer - if I'm faced with a list of macros as my choices, it will be the first I choose, without a doubt. But let's give it a proper tasting and see how it holds up.

Pours from a brown ISB bottle into my pint glass the fairly standard macro colour. Straw golden, though a bit more noticeable than most macros, and I'm almost convinced I'm seeing faint streaks of copper or ruby. The brew is initially topped by a fairly healthy two fingers of white foam that dies down in a minute or two to a tiny layer - but with a some decent lacing. Very heavily carbonated, as you can tell just from the appearance of the beer. Rather anemic looking, but at least it holds a little head, unlike the major Canadian macros.

Smell is what you'd expect - a faint maltiness, with a very light sprinkling of Pacific Northwest hops that are almost lost in the background. I'm tempted to claim this as an all-malt lager rather than a macro, but there's just the slightest hint of rice and corn (though it could very well be my imagine) to keep me from making that classification. Faintly grassy and fruity, which is more than you can say for most macros, and the suggestion of adjunct is distant enough that im temporarily willing to dismiss it or downplay it considering its subtlety in comparison to 99% of macros.

Taste is crisp and clean. If there's one thing Kokanee does right, it's the water source - it lends itself to this crisp, clean flavour quite well (as for advocates still claiming that some Kokanee is brewed in London, this is a fairly far out claim, considering each bottle exclaims "brewed right here in Creston, B.C." - not even the macros could get away with false advertising to this degree). Beyond the crisp, clean taste, there's a subtle grassiness with hints of green apples, and a bready malt profile that I rather like. Ever so faintly metallic, but also remarkably refreshing. This is a hot summer day pounder for sure, and miles ahead of most other macros.

Mouthfeel actually isn't bad, either. Obviously, it's overcarbonated, as all macro lagers are, but the body is fairly substantial, and feels quite nice sliding down your throat. I'm willing to chalk this up to the water source, or a lack of adjunct, but I can't say for sure.

And drinkability is tremendous. Like most macros, you can tip back quite a few of these and feel just great about it.

There's nothing special about Kokanee, but it's not a bad little macro. Certainly, if Blue or Canadian had tasted this good, I wouldn't have really felt the need to explore and become a Beer Advocate. It's a simple beer with a simple flavour profile. Crisp, clean and refreshing - a great brew that you can drink in a glass or even right from the bottle and not feel to badly about it.

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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.