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Kokanee Gold - Columbia Brewery

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 23.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbia Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Kokanee Gold was launched in 1990 and is brewed in the B.C. Kootenays at the Columbia Brewery. Using western-grown North American hops, Kokanee Gold is brewed to a fuller body with a hint of caramel overtones on the after-taste.

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Reviews by madtappers:
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3.85/5  rDev +33.7%

For a cheap Canadian beer this is something special, no doubt this is no craft beer but, for a long hot day of mowing the lawing or playing ball, defenitally better than your everday Bud or Miller or Coors.

Again this is an above average mass brewed lager beer...and as for amber, no way just darker golden version of Kokanee Galcier with more flavor.

So next time you your looking for a good beer just to drink pick one of these up!

12-14-2008 22:50:47 | More by madtappers
More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb


2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

06-09-2014 19:20:35 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -1.7%

20oz pint at Ceili's, the faux-Irish pub across the alley from my abode. Many moons ago at the Power Plant on the U of A campus, Kokanee Gold on draft fueled many a post-class Friday afternoon gathering. Now, years later, and supposedly wiser, let's see how it has held up.

This pint arrives on the bar, appearing a crystal clear, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of aspiring, but eventually futile, fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a few random specks of wayward islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of disagreeable stanky reduced corn syrup, a faint stab at a sweet, disemboweled grainy maltiness, and rather grassy British hops, of the dead, and rotting sort. The taste is much in the same over-tapped vein - sickly, yet not-so sweet corn-fed mash, a fading hint of real, somewhat caramelized malt graininess, and a small dose of musty, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit active, but not overly so, the pricks on the tongue hardly life-threatening, the body medium-light in weight, and rather tacky in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes off dry, and kind of cloying in its indistinct lingering sweetness.

While a better (though hardly akin to my inflated memories of) offering than the standard version that Kokanee/Labatt/Inbev peddles, I'm no longer into pounding pitchers of this, for myriad reasons, but somehow this is still something I'd begrudgingly accept in many a circumstance, which speaks more to my circumstances, than anything.

02-07-2009 22:12:17 | More by biboergosum
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3.65/5  rDev +26.7%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and light copper and topped with a fizzy, quickly dissipating head that leaves nothing but a ring, nice color on this, at least considering the type of beer it is and that you really don't get this kind of color on macros these days.

D: Slightly corny, but otherwise balanced between a decent malt sweetness and slight hop fruitiness, mild green apple in here as well, so a bit off the score here.

T/MF: Clean, slightly fruity, mostly clean and grainy, on the lighter side of medium bodied and feels a bit fizzy on the tongue. Quite hoppy for a macro and scathes the tongue much more than a traditional macro.

D: Clean and crisp with a bit more character than a Bud or Miller or Coors. Very easy to drink, not something that I'd really look for, but if this was in the area I'd pick it up before a BMC beer, even though its probably a subsidiary.

10-13-2008 03:27:20 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -1%

Got a free glass with this one so i picked up a 12 pk.
Pours a copper golden,with nice white head and some lacing and tiny bubbles floating up.
Smells grainy,grassy just like all the other Kokanee beers.
Tastes about the same too,maybe a little more thicker,but not much and a little more carbonated.
Went down quite well with a little more maltiness comming through compared to the others,but i quickly grew tired of it after the 4th one,,not bad i guess...but just a macro.

09-14-2007 18:33:09 | More by GrimmReaper
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Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -11.5%

Tries to come across a bit fancier, a bit more upper crust than most macros with the logo silkscreened on the bottle, rather than the already dog-eared labels you pull out of an average 6 or 12 pack. Plus by proclaiming to be an amber lager, it also tries to put it a step apart from the other fizzy yellow stuff. In Canada this is the choice of most macro beer drinkers who aren't quite prepared to make the next step to micros, the hoighty-toighty swill quaffers.

This sample is from the original brewery in Creston, not the Labatt's clone in the East. 5.3% abv listed on the bottle. True enough to it's name it pours out a clear light amber ale, although nothing really spectacular. An okay splash of head on the pour, it recedes quickly but remains a dime's width of existence on the surface. The aroma is somewhat decent for a macro as well, toasted malt with almost a touch of caramel, trying to mask out the subtle cooked veggies funk that lurks below. The flavour itself is, well, it's there, and it's inoffensive, but completely lacks in character, I couldn't even break it down, the same drone all the way through. Consistent at least? The mouthfeel is fuller for a lager, and carries a bit of a carbonation bite to it, but pretty mild as a whole. I don't order this very often, and rarely buy it otherwise, it tends to be a last resort in an establishment if they don't carry any micros. Or if their micro lines are dirty.

03-24-2005 18:06:52 | More by IronDjinn
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2.28/5  rDev -20.8%

Hiding in the back of the fridge over at mom's... might as well do a quick review. light brown amber colour with very small white head, not much of a smell... light grain. taste is same a touch better then expected... amber lager, sweet honey. boring beer.

01-29-2012 01:23:49 | More by hopwave
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

11-03-2013 14:24:12 | More by DamageCase76
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3.2/5  rDev +11.1%

My father-in-law gave me some of this beer while we were out in Washington. It was good for a mass produced lager. It seems to be everywhere in Eastern Washington. I have had regular Kokanee but never the Gold. It was a decent change.

Appearance- A little better than average color. It is a copper amber a little too much on the head and fizz but it does have some nice lacing.

Smell-Average; malt hops maybe some corn. You know what you expect from a macro.

Taste- Pretty good and better than most macro lagers. You can differentiate between the different components of the beer’s flavor.

Mouthfeel- Fizzy, thin and light.

Drinkability- Not a bad lager for catching up with friends and family. Easy to drink fast or slow typical of a beer of this style.

12-22-2007 13:17:25 | More by MTNboy
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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-11-2012 20:43:20 | More by sansho
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -65.3%

03-12-2013 01:45:47 | More by RefillMyglass
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +38.9%

09-08-2012 01:13:23 | More by Bryn
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Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%

This is what you get when you ask for a "dark beer" at most cheap local drinking establishments. Color is darker than regular Kokanee; since they say Amber on the label, I will call it amber colored too. Small head that dissapears to nothing. A little bit fuller body than Kokanee, but still bland and watery. Not much smell at all. Subtle tastes of malt and hops, but not a full flavor by any means. Crisp, clean finish, no after taste. Nothing really special, but a step up if you like commercial lagers.

12-11-2004 19:01:14 | More by BigBry
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +29.9%

Columbia Brewing 'Kokanee Gold' Lager @ 5.3% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $13

A-pour is a golden amber with a good size off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-crisp smelling lager

T-crisp tasting lager at the start , mellow finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body

Ov-not a great beer anymore , my oh my , have my taste buds changed , sorry Kokanee

prost LampertLand

06-14-2013 19:28:48 | More by LampertLand
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

11-21-2011 08:55:27 | More by thehyperduck
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3/5  rDev +4.2%

02-04-2014 11:11:18 | More by zestd
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +35.4%

The appearance is a nice light brown with a smell that is sweet and grainy.

The taste is very malty with a dark sweet maple taste. Hint of brown sugar. Has a medium body, nicely carbonated and a dry aftertaste.

Was definatly impressed and would definatly drink it again. To bad this beer is next to impossible to find in Ontario.

08-15-2006 22:53:44 | More by CrazyMike
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

05-11-2012 00:38:08 | More by bumchilly25
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours with a spare, off-white head, and a clear, sparkling amber body. Little lacing, no particles. Looked better than it smelled, with light malt. Light and thin on the palate, with soft carbonation. As for the flavor, there are caramel notes and it is moderately sweet, with a short duration. More pleasant than I would have guessed from the smell. Overall a very nice lawnmower beer that goes down very easy.

06-18-2009 19:27:35 | More by berley31
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -30.6%

01-15-2012 18:09:15 | More by hockeybarbie
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Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

10-26-2012 14:49:48 | More by LagerHOGGER
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +16.3%

I've had this beer on several occassions in the past few months and this is a compilation review of sorts.

Clear, golden in colour. White head is frothy with decent head retention when poured properly. Unfortunately, most places that carry this attempt to leave no head.

Aroma is grainy and lightly sweet with hints of toasted malt and honey.

Taste is lightly sweet and grainy off the start then smoothly blends into a tangy finish. Short lived aftertaste is grainy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation for a macro (that is to say lots). Clean and smooth.

I used to drink this stuff by the gallons in the late 90's at a place called The Blarney Stone here in Regina. Discussion with friends (macro drinkers) of mine that enjoyed this beer at that time confirm my belief that it isn't what it used to be. Seems more adjuncty and less smooth than it used to be. This beer brings back some great memories, but it just doesn't hold my interest the way it used to. I used to think of this as a good to very good macro, but now it's just above average.

06-21-2006 03:42:16 | More by Noxious26
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Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-29-2014 02:03:38 | More by Slongie
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Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.2%

05-25-2012 05:02:24 | More by joefinnigan15
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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-20-2013 17:43:59 | More by Kopfschuss
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Kokanee Gold from Columbia Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.