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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002)
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Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.05/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd been craving a mediocre lager...12oz single from the Vernal State Liquor store.

A: pale yellow in color with a stark white head, pretty fair retention surprisingly. really clear, lots of bubbles flowing through it. looks like an adjunct lager.

S: not much, smells slightly sweet, with a bit of barley malt, but really smells like nothing.

T: pretty much like it smells, light malt character, pretty sweet, no detection of hops, has a fair amount of a corn flavor, pretty dull and boring, but a touch more flavorful than a bud but not quite as nice as a Coors.

M: Thin, crisp, quite carbonated, fairly dry, hits all those notes right.

D: Easy to drink, and I'd probably drink this over most other adjunct lagers. Not flavorful, but not offensive...meh kinda mostly okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 23:53:20 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of chickencoop


3.53/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's sad to say but whenever I go to the great Northwest I always stuff a 12-pack of this in the suitcase and bring it home to Oakland. I know this is Inbev and they make mass produced garbage but maybe growing up on Coors Light I have a soft spot in my heart for this stuff.
It looks like a macro, smells like a macro and drinks like a macro, but I love how smooth this stuff is and doesn't have that nasty burp-breath taste like Coors Light does. I recommend this for the next tailgate, or any other mass beer cunsuming event.

Serving type: can

08-19-2009 16:40:50 | More by chickencoop
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with a bright-yellow color, completely clear beer with lots of carbonation. Hardly any head and no lacing. Smelled of... nothing, really. Not nice on the palate... very thing and light, with way too much carbonation. As for the taste - very similar to club soda, but with even more bubbles, and some corn taste. Not enjoyable at all... all it did was give me gas. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 00:32:31 | More by berley31
Photo of IBUnit63


3.28/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Dubliner in Ottawa...

Looks a little better than the average macro bear - more of a darker - maybe honey - color with typical quick and ample carbonation. Head wasn't too bad.

No crap on the nose - it smells very clean - sort of the way I remember Alpine Lager from the Maritimes. No silage from the minimal Saaz hops and adjuncts really shows up on the beak, but...

...the silage does make a grand entrance on the palate, as does a little rice(?) adjunct. Still it's pretty crisp and inoffensive.

This style lends itself to crappy aftertastes, but I don't really get one here. Finish is light as expected.

If it's the only thing around I could session this up pretty easily. Not the end-all by any means but a pleasant surprise for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 15:44:43 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of cadenwhitaker


3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just an Adjunct Lager - nothing spectacular, nothing horrible. My mouth didn't corrode when I drank it, my eyes didn't fall out of my skull and/or my head didn't explode.

Grassy, grainy, adjunct(y), clear yellow, fizzy white head and just about every taste expected from a Labatt, Coors, Budweiser or MGD.

That said, I don't hate BMC, I find times to enjoy BMC and I could see enjoying this beer in the summer time. It wasn't expensive, but not cheap at $11 a 12-pack - that may factor in more next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 22:03:30 | More by cadenwhitaker
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - a straw yellow colour with a decent head at the beginning, leaving a little lace after it disappeared.

Smell - corn and grass. Not much going on here.

Taste - a light, sweet flavour with mild malt tones. Very little to savour as it rapidly fades out.

Mouthfeel - smooth enough with medium carbonation. Can't make up for the lack of taste.

Drinkability - bottom line: boring. Another off-the-shelf mass-produced beer, there are many better.

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 01:07:30 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the kind of beer people drink who do not like beer. It gives beer a bad name and anyone who thinks that this is a typical Canadian beer is getting the wrong idea of Canadian beers.

This is very similar to a Molson Canadian, or any of the other cheap American mass produced beers such as Pabst blue ribbon, coors, or olymia, lucky, black lable, etc.

I would almost have to be about to die of thurst, or paid money to drink this beer! :)

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 00:30:44 | More by barleysandwich
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a thin head and no lacing on the glass
Aroma is faint hops, and some obvious malt. Some herbal aromas and grassyness too
Taste has hints of lemon behind a pretty well balanced flavour. Works well with medium carbonation and pretty watery mouthfeel.
Quite a good macro IMO

Serving type: can

10-22-2008 04:23:44 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of MTNboy


3.38/5  rDev +31%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 08:16:32 | More by MTNboy
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden yellow color. Nose is malty, grainy and nothing to really distinguish this beer. Taste is good but you can immediately tell there is NO CRAFTMANSHIP in this beer much like other macros. Mouthfeel is decent at best but its an average mcro lager, if flows smooth and has little to no after taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:13:15 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

20oz draft
5% abv

I tried this beer on November 8, 2007 at "The LoneStar" restaurant in Toronto. The beer was a translucent gold in colour with a thick white head. Against the wooden table, the beer almost had a metallic look. The aroma was weakly malty with some grass. The mouthfeel was very light-bodied but not watery. Very little carbonation was evident. The taste is weakly malty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 05:45:03 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of rye726


1.53/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is malty grainy and bit bitter. Appearance is straw yellow with a foamy white head that is soon gone. Flavor is of stale hops and grains. Again somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and has a light body. Overall, just an average macro lager that I have no desire to drink again.

Serving type: can

05-07-2008 00:38:08 | More by rye726
Photo of Bookseeb


3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance pours a light yellow gold with a thin head that dissapates quickly. Smell is slightly sweet with hop and a little grainy. Taste is corny, light malt and hop with a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, silky with a good hop bite. Nothing special, but a good quencher on those warmer days.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:14:14 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of KarlHungus


1.38/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of corn,and not much else. The taste is even stronger than the aroma is the adjunct department. The mouthfeel is thin, and watery. Overall, this beer is a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 17:56:31 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of shadow1961


2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Kokanee pours a finger of loose foam over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is slow and steady in this sample. The
nose is your typical Macro Lager corn and boiled vegtable.
The flavor? Soft, slightly sweet corn up front, a bit of some
kind of hop on the back of your tongue. Mouthfeel is thin and
watery. This is a pretty standard example of a pretty wide-spread,
yet undemanding style. It just so happens that Kokanee is brewed
by LaBatt- about the best you can say is that, like the label says,
this stuff is brewed in a Union shop. Otherwise I'm puzzled as to
why you would bother. In a way this takes me back, again, to
when I was a kid. It's funny how my formative years were shaped by
alcohol, but I digress. There were no craft breweries back then, and,
objectively, it was all about the label. If you were an old fart on the
Iron Range in Minnesota- it was Blatz or Schmidt, if you weren't maybe
it was Old Milwaukee, Pabst, or Grain Belt. The cool people would be
the ones with cases of Coors or Olympia they brought in from trips "out
west". Objectively- this is all the same stuff, more or less. I would say this
would be good enough to pound while you're mowing the lawn- or get
whatever suitcase is on sale that day- it's all the same in the end...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 16:46:05 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Bitterbill


3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer.

The smell is typical for the style with notes of corn and malt and a slight hop pinch.

The taste is of corny malt with a slight bitterness near and through the finish. Nothing offensive here but there are many that I can say that about. Pretty drinkable. There's not much more that I can say about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:43:12 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of ZAP


3.03/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet corny aroma....Husky graininess on the taste....I've found most Canadien lagers to be a little more fuller bodied and harsher feeling than their American macro counterparts but not this one...lighter bodied...an interesting lemony taste to this too....kind of refreshing I guess...certainly a little different tasting than Molson Canadien or Labatt Blue or even Moosehead...looks decent...clean crisp light golden color wit ha nice creamy white head ...

I've had worse...I've had better...I won't buy again...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 05:15:44 | More by ZAP
Photo of russpowell


2.98/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 03:23:54 | More by russpowell
Photo of dnichols


1.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was served 12 ounces in a plastic cut at a BB King Concert in Kennwick, Washington.

A: Clear and very light yellow hue with a foamy bone-white head that laced the cup as best it could.

S: Flat stale grain with no noticeable sweetness and barely noticeable hops.

T: There was a undercurrent of sweetness that occasionally rolled over my tonge. Additionally, the brew left a sour after taste that diminished my desire to drink on.

M: Very light bodied, watery, and thin. I barely noticed the alcohol and other than the sour residual aftertaste there was little to separate this brew from a drink of cold water.

D: I had two choices....Kokanee and Coors Light. This was a time when even a bad beer was a better option than no beer at all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2007 13:01:32 | More by dnichols
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-14-2007 18:17:35 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While in Alberta a few years ago, I had the chance to try Kokanee Gold, which I remember enjoying somewhat. Unfortunately, the Gold version doesn't seem to exist east of Manitoba, so I've never actually had it since, and instead settled on some of the regular stuff.

473 mL tall-boy can. An aggressive pour produced a two-finger head, which quickly dissipated to lacing in a few minutes. The brew is a pale amber yellow colour - actually looks pretty good for what it is. The smell is pretty unimpressive - a bit hoppy, some alcohol.

The flavour is alright, as far as macro lagers go. There is nothing really offensive; it's rather crisp with a hoppy finish. Moderately high carbonation, and feels pretty thin in the mouth. It's quite easy to drink down as well. As far as macro lagers go, this is a pretty solid entry, but don't expect anything new or even particularly notable. At the same time, don't expect much of anything particularly bad either.

Serving type: can

04-01-2007 23:29:36 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of wjimson


3.25/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2007 01:02:57 | More by wjimson
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Have had this many times but never reviewed.

Pours a clear amber/yellow, fluffy white head, settles pretty quick, some lace spots but generally dies pretty quick. Smell is typical, sweet corn, some caramel, bread, citrus, bit of floral. Taste is sweet and corny, honey, citrus and some floral, bit of yeasty bread in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty average for the style, I grew up with it so it has a painful soft spot in me.

Serving type: can

03-30-2007 02:34:54 | More by Viggo
Photo of Kulrak


2.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 11:26:23 | More by Kulrak
Photo of vancurly


2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm always a bit suspicous of a beer that pours with an excessive fizzing noise. Sometimes means it's a bit old, or it's all CO2 with no body to support the head.

The Kokanee pours with this fizz, a pale yellow to straw colour. The head is there....fleetingly. What a surprise.

Smells fairly ordinary. Macro generic notes - metallic, sulfur, neutral grain.

It's one of these highly attenuated beers... in the "dry" or "ice" style... a drink for standing around the BBQ on a hot day and not paying much attention to what you're consuming.

It's generic, non-descript... maybe some interest in a subtle ginger ale flavour.

Very light body, and crisp finish. Beer-flavoured soda. I'll rate drinkability the highest of the five scores, only because it's very quaffable, and you could easily put five or six away without realising it.

Serves a purpose I suppose, but not one that I have right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 05:42:54 | More by vancurly
Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.