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Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: riversider76 on 03-30-2008

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
2.41/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An utterly average beer in many respects, yet it was my favourite back when I was 19-21. Back in the day, nothing beat an ice-cold Kokanee served in a frosted glass...don't know why, but served that way, it's everything one could ever want in a refreshing lager.

Look: Standard lager appearance. Pale-yellow, minimal head.

Smell: Smells like any other lager really. Some corn.

Taste: Compared to the other cheap lagers I've had, it is more bitter and Pilsner-y than Budweiser, not as grainy as Canadian. Kind of a watered-down pilsner flavour, slight bitterness, grain.

Feel: Light, lots of carbonation. Nothing unexpected.

Overall, it's nothing special, but in my opinion it's a better choice than many other equivalent lagers out there. Beats Lucky by a long-shot.

Kokanee, thanks for the memories.

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Outlier? Beer's okay. Best straight out of bottle

Photo of Donkster46
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted like sweet corn and fizzy water. Pairs well only with hockey!

Photo of ziggig
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for a hockey game eh

Photo of Mlkluther
1.53/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much to say.

A strong watery presence with the hint of subtle flavour.

Photo of DHarv
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Tasted like it was made from soft water, strikes me as a west coast version of Molson or labatt's in New England

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Lets see what Canada has to offer.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appear (3.25) : Fizzy, fluffy white three finger head that leaves a few webs of lacing around the pilsner glass. Body is like a light Pinot Grigio, or perhaps apple juice cocktail. Very pale but pretty too. Sparkling, lots of bubbles, transparent.

Smell (3.5) : some banana, wheat, corn mash, light hop. A pretty clean and crisp smell. For what it is, it's decent.

Taste (3.75) : bready, slightly sour, some corn, ending pleasantly yeasty. I would definitely drink this again. This tastes better than most macros. It's like High Life, or perhaps more like Rolling Rock - but with the corn dialed down and fresh baked bread added. Out of the bottle it's poundable. You get more flavor out of the glass but it gets old fast as the yeast and corn collide and take over the brew. Out of the bottle the crispness hides that axe battle and tells you it's a-ok.

Mouthfeel (2.5) : heavily carbonated, slightly creamy.

Overall (3.25) : This is essentially Canada's version of Rolling Rock. impressive for its style, I like the yeast on the taste and the banana in the smell. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated by a mile, but perhaps that's to hide the corn war that's going on when the beer warms two degrees or so. A beer worth trying, maybe even stocking.

Photo of Redneckwine
2.91/5  rDev +5.8%

Badass 32oz frosty mug on tap

Appearance - Light golden yellow, just about like any other AAL. Nice fluffy, persistent white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Very light, sweet cereal grains, maybe some feint grassy hops, not much else going on. Smells pretty clean.

Feel/Taste - Medium body is feeling a bit thick and slick, light tingly carb isn't overdone, quite smooth.Taste is of mainly of malty sweetness with hints of doughy malt and a touch of corn, almost to the point of being cloying. Very feint grassy/herbal hops.

Overall - Realistically, I don't think this is a "poor" beer for what it is. I remember it being much worse out of the bottle, but it was serviceable on tap in a pinch. There are no glaring flavor defects to me; nothing offensive at all. The body seems a bit heavy/sweet though, unfortunately, which detracts from the expected crispness and refreshing qualities associated with the style.

Photo of ThomasT
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Straw-coloured with lots of bubbles and a two-finger, rapidly fading head.
Smell: Corn, malt, and a little bit of rice. Slight piney hops.
Taste: Relatively dry, with a little bit of corn and malt and a decent hop bite on the finish. Vicious carbonation.
Overall: A drinkable and affordable beer that is good if you are trying to save money and doesn't have to be ridiculously cold.

Photo of Foyle
3.17/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thick sudsy white head which slowly recedes with moderate lacing. Color is clear straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt dominates with a bit of grassy herbal hops in the background. Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, some corn sweetness, some mild hop in the finish. There is also a bit of paperiness and a bit of green apple.
Overall: a mild, pleasant, refreshing lager.

Photo of archyquaffer
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a pint can into a shaker pint glass. A semi-aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, frothy head. This settles down to about 1/8 inch and sticks around for the duration. The beer is a pale straw color with pretty active carbonation.

Light corn and cooked vegetable characteristics are in evidence in the flavor and aroma, but nothing too off-putting. Actually, it's rather watery in flavor and mouthfeel. Maybe just a slight tang of metal. I don't detect any of the skunkiness that I associate with Canadian brews. The finish is quite clean with just a tad bit of lingering sweetness. Some light floral hops are perhaps in play, but barely detectable.

This is a clean tasting, light bodied beer with good head retention, and rather easy to drink. You could do a lot worse with the AALs out there. I paid $6.99 for a six pack of pint cans at a Safeway store.

Note: I modified this review after drinking about three of these in succession. The wateriness really gets to me after awhile. Though I don't expect much for the style, this beer could really use some flavor.

Photo of utopiajane
3.41/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours bright straw gold with a inch of white soapy foam that fell fast and left no lace just a thin ring. Nose is pristine. Light sweet corn and a bit of grain. No fruit. The hops show up only to give a bit of grass. Taste is crisp, clean and mild except for a bit of bite from carbonation. Has a thin body with a touch of dry cracker and sweet corn. No fruit. I really like it. As it warms rather than discover a bunch of off flavors that compel you to drink this quickly, this one shows off a bit of water that I would say tastes like new snow. They claim to use mountain stream water in their brewing.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a nice two finger pure white head with nice retention and lots of lacing. Looks good for an adjunct lager. Standard adjunct lager aroma of sweet malt, grain and faint grassy hops. Flavor follows with sweet malt and grain, finishing with hints of grassy hops and a surprisingly sweet finish, which is almost articicially saccharine, but probably related to corn adjuncts. Light bodied. A fairly standard adjunct lager, safe and tame and lightly sweet; the noted sweetness in the finish was pleasant at first,but left me wishing for a bit more hops instead. A light, mellow adjunct lager as expected. Another stray single bottle from the bargain basket at the local grocery store.

Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly malty with detectable levels of noble hop aroma. Slightly spicy and grassy. Slight lemon aroma.

Starts out fairly dry with a slight lemon flavor. Toasted grain flavor and no off tastes. This is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a pretty clean and not particularly notable beer. Boring but competent and cleaner tasting than Budweiser.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.71/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A friend of mine from Utah grew up drinking this beer and couldn't wait to give me a bottle to try. He called it "way better than Coors light", which let me know exactly what I was gettin myself into. Taking that in mind, I truly enjoyed this beer. Pale light lager with a nose of grain, corn and hops that balance very well. The taste is light and soft; cereal grains, husk, corn, very clean with a medium thin yet creamy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated but does not "bite". A very tasty session beer that is superior to American adjunct lagers, and does indeed taste "way better than Coors light".

Photo of ZachT
2.16/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Another macrolager, same as the others

Photo of bondjedi
3.29/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and cold, redolent of hockey, lumberjacks, wolverines, and the Yukon. But for that there isn't much to recommend here - doesn't taste bad but doesn't taste good, either. Pours with a hearty glug glug, a neutral yellow and a foam that disappears quickly. You'll need at least a twelver to get your swerve on.

Photo of fabiansoliz
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was light and crisp, yet bold and flavorful. I was pleased with the taste and it quickly became my favorite when in Vancouver. It was the type of beer that I tend to gravitate to because it was easy to drink. I look forward to returning to Canada so that I can reunite with this tasty selection. It's a favorite with Canadians too and as I noticed it was available in cans, bottles and on-tap, as well as a light variation. it's definitely a beer I will remember.

Photo of Olek4374
2.87/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Kokanee is a popular macro here in Edmonton, and everyone has had it at one point or another. It pours a pale yellow with not much smell to report. It's got dat corney taste that adjunct lagers have, but it is not as pronounced as some of the cheaper beers. Aftertaste is tolerable.

I'd grab this sooner than a bud or canadian. It's best cold and is very refreshing.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well I have not reviewed a real adjunct lager in a while. Poured from a bottle.

A thin layer of white head caps a fizzy "well-hydrated person's urine" yellow body. The head disappears in record time.

Smells a little like a skunk splashed with PBR. Actually there is a sweet corn aroma that dominates and it really isn't so bad.

Light malty flavors of corn, rice, and barley paired with a generic "hop" flavor (not like actual hop flowers, but rather a bitter shadow of them). Every bit as complex as the usual American examples of this style.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and light. Light body.

Conclusion: Reminds me of Heineken more than MGD or Bud. Not terrible but nothing different than the usual. I really enjoy beers like this from time to time actually. No major flaws, nothing to differentiate it from the next adjunct lager.

Photo of womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour is the appropriate pale yellow color with a short lived, but voluminous white head. An extremely powerful skunk aroma to this. A fair amount of grass along with some lemon, yeast, and sulfur. The flavor is mostly just sweet cereal notes with a bit of rice. Quite a bit of grass, lemon, and tons of skunkiness to go along with it all.

Photo of DCon
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a 11.5 FL. OZ. - 340 ML bottle of this @ a friend’s house in Yakima, WA. Poured from the Blue/White Glazier labeled bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has F05G21 on the front of the label (hardly visible) but doesn’t seem like a sign of a best by date...

Aroma- Almost no aroma present... Only thing I found was a sweet, watered down malt character. Below average for the style but should be some other things here!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a pale straw colored body with great clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Flavor- Very dry and has a sweet malty taste all the way through. No bitterness or hop, very average.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Corn, and this is all...

Overall Impression- A decent adjunct, but nothing special. Its always fun comparing different lagers from other countries and this one fell a bit below average. Give it a try yourself!

Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(reviewed to style)

A- Very pale. Short white fizzy head. A few streams of effervescence. Decent head retention per the style, minimal lacing.

S- Smells grainy/grassy/biscuity.

T- More biscuits and grassiness. Hops and malt sweetness balance nicely I beleive. Not too off-putting actually.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D/O- A lot of what sets these AALs apart from each other I feel is the amount of sweetness the malts give off. Kokanee is not over the top with sweetness but settles in at a pretty happy medium. Very drinkable but would pass for more flavorful beer in almost every instance.

Photo of Tone
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, rice, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rice, grain, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, well blended, but not complex and the appearance and aroma are lacking.

Photo of thisismyname
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is one of my go-to beers if I'm going to a party... Not really expecting much, but here goes nothing.

Poured from 2 cans into a giant frosted mug.

Pours a crystal clear bright golden piss colour. A huge white head is present at first and promptly vanishes, leaving the odd speckle of lace here and there. Looks like most other macro lagers you can get.

Doesn't smell like much. Mostly of corn and musty alcohol.
Tastes very VERY light, almost like beer-flavoured water. Not many flavours are distinguishable when the beer is ice cold (which is probably the idea) but once it warms up a bit, corn, a touch of sweet malt, and lots of metal make their way onto the palate. Still tastes better than most macro lagers though.

The first couple sips almost burn your tongue, there is so much carbonation. It has the consistency of club soda.

Overall it's not worth thinking twice about buying. That being said, I personally prefer this to Bud, Molson Canadian, Coors, and what not.

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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.