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Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery

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BA SCORE
67
poor

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbia Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: riversider76 on 03-30-2008)
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Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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 beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -27.8%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rhinonau
4.5/5  rDev +62.5%

Photo of LDuke
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%
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 MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of biboergosum
2.05/5  rDev -26%
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
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
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 cliff1066
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
1/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of fabiansoliz
3.78/5  rDev +36.5%
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 +11.2%
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 rogerthegill
2/5  rDev -27.8%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Sneevel
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Hoagie
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DiggerDahl
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of DaveR514
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Zorro
2.76/5  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 DreamDeath
3/5  rDev +8.3%

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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.