Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery
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Reviews by biboergosum:
2.05/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
Serving type: can
01-16-2009 22:55:06 | More by biboergosum
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3.18/5 rDev +14%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 19:00:08 | More by Foyle
2.83/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
Serving type: can
03-24-2014 03:33:18 | More by archyquaffer
3.41/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 18:24:57 | More by utopiajane
Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.