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Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbia Brewery visit their website
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: 138 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ziggig
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for a hockey game eh

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Brilliant straw to gold, ½” quickly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Light grains and malt, earthy hops, traces of corn and apple. Aromas are moderately low.
T: Light, some green apple, light grains, lightly sweet, dries on the finish, clean and crisp, not minerally.
F: Light body and above average carbonation.
O: Marginally drinkable but not overwhelming.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kinda weird to find this stuff at the local Mexifood mart, but that's where it turned up. Faint straw yellow pour with a ton of head/carbonation with large bubbles that quickly recede. Aroma was largely mild, some cooked corn stuff happening.

Metallic water beer, no hops, but the bitterness and skunkiness is larger than expected, minimal cereal and corn chex mouthfeel going on here. Functionally sweet. Nothing offensive. Nothing impressive. Easy enough to drink, but why is this almost $7 a 6pack exactly?

Kind of like a lighter version of Labatt's for my opinion.

Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can. I loved the commercials for this stuff back in the 90's. "We're out here, and the beer is in there!" "Hi, I'm Kelly, and this is my friend, Mike". Mmmm...Kelly...but I digress.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden straw "colour", with lots of thinly foamy, and soapy off-white head, which disappears a lot quicker than this stuff seems to out of the ski lodge fridge, and leaves some chunky tree-top lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of pithy grainy adjunct malt, strained overcooked vegetables, and an acetone skunkiness. The taste is astringent, sour rice and corn, with more cooked veggies, wet metal, and a hollow echo of any hoppiness that might have been.

The carbonation is all right, soft in its bearing, not that it much matters in this case, only that it doesn't make things worse, I guess, the body on the light and watery side, and well smooth in the same sense. There is a bitter aftertaste, unrelated to any hops that I've ever tasted, and the carbonation finally makes an unwelcome appearance after the fact, just in time to make my stomach feel as bad as my taste buds do.

Not the worst of the Great Canadian macrolager hegemony, but then it really is hard to tell without trying them all at once - what fresh hell that would be! Oh - and the Kokanee Ranger? Good freaking riddance.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a chance to try Kokanee whilst in Calgary for a conference at the local Earls Bar and Restaurant. Kokanee's appearance is quite nice, it is golden clear with no head. There really was no smell, grainy if anything. The taste carried a solid grain with well balanced hops....went great with my ribs. The mouthfeel was very smoot and easy drinking.

Photo of fabiansoliz
3.73/5  rDev +35.1%
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 ChrisCage
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Poured this fairly hard and I was impressed with the thick foamy white head, but unfortunately it doesn't stick around long, settling to a thin layer over the brew. The color is a very clear, light grassy tone and there is ample carbonation...the bubbles are very big as well. Moderate sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S- I've smelled worse and also smelled better beers. The overall aroma is mild, however, the sweet malts are at the forefront and are quite noticeable. There is also a clean, crisp grainy aroma detectable. Really nothing to report as far as a hopped finish goes.

T- Tastes about the same as it smells....very clean and crisp, but sweeter than the aroma lets on. The malts are at the forefront, followed by some dry grassy undertones. There is some very slight hopped bitterness on the finish but nothing much else to say.

M- This beer is slightly thicker than watery but I wouldn't label it as medium bodied. Very zippy carbonation scrubs the palate well and is also very dry. Not a bad mouthfeel for this style.

D- Well this isn't a hard beer to drink....it does the job well for a semi-macro beer....at least it's a well known regional beer. It's better than most macros out there and is a great summer time beer or for watching a hockey game on TV. This is a popular beer with the younger crowd and is a suitable party beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Mlkluther
1.53/5  rDev -44.6%
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 Zorro
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
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 BigBry
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to grab another 6 pack of cans with the new "Crankworx" labelling.

Pours clear gold, short head that disipates quickly, leaves some thin sticky lace. Smell of wet grass and grains. Taste sweet and mild maltiness. Good carbonation gives it a clean, crisp, and thirst quenching appeal (is that what "glacier fresh" means?). Sour, grainy finish to it. Nothing really special, but a good canadian style pilsner type macro. Label still lists the Columbia Brewery in Creston, BC.

Photo of bondjedi
3.29/5  rDev +19.2%
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 thisismyname
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CANadian beer in a CAN! CAN it get any better?

From the CAN: "Every drop of Kokanee is brewed right here in Creston, B.C. Cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste exclusively from B.C.'s mountain brewery."

Two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was very cereal-like along with the underlying lager sweetness. Deja vu all over again! Mouthfeel was medium with a slight metallic sharpness along with the standard adjunct lager sweetness. Oof. I CANnot say that this was my first time down this road, but it is tiresome, plus CAN't the CANadians do better than this? Why would they want to copy our weakest style when they did not have Prohibition? Finish was slightly sweet, nothing unusual. Overall, a big ho hum.

Photo of Redneckwine
2.91/5  rDev +5.4%

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 KeefD
1.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The palest yellow I've seen from a macro with a two finger white head and pretty decent looking lacing. Appearance score would be lower if it weren't for the good foam. Slightly floral in the nose, a bit of honey, but really nothing there. Pretty same for the taste. Water mixed with light corn and barley. Very clean crisp, goes down easy. I could drink quite of few in these in one sitting, but why would I want to?

Photo of womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -20.7%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

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 Tone
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
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 DCon
2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 notchucknorris
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a 1/2 finger white head.

S: Grain and some corn with a bit of honey towards the finish.

T: Sweet and pretty smooth. Grains with some faint maltiness in the back. The sweetness is a little cloying. I'd pick this over a Bud Light, but not over too much else.

Photo of Donkster46
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
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 archyquaffer
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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 MasterOfArgos39
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.