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Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: riversider76 on 03-30-2008)
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5/5  rDev +79.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +61.9%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +43.9%

WallingBrew, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +43.9%

J_Dub, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't rated this old friend yet.
Appearance...no beer looks finer after a long, hot day in the field, or floating the local rivers.
Smells like a typical light lager, taste is very mild. There is nothing extreme or complex about this beer, but it satisfies my cravings for a light, clean, crisp, simple lager.
As a bonus, these can still be found for less than $10 for a 12 pack.

industrialswill, Jul 08, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +36%
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.

fabiansoliz, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

SylarHRG, Aug 24, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +33.5%
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".

Aaron_Ramson, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

grubefresh, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Firgy, Aug 31, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Duff27, Jan 06, 2012
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3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

utopiajane, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of riversider76
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden with a fluffy white head. Very little retention,and no lacing. Smell has a grassy,yet malty edge. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is sweet with a little bit of a bite to it. Refreshing,and easy to drink. Wouldn't be a bad session beer.

riversider76, Mar 31, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

bondjedi, Aug 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

LampertLand, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Aeag4, Jul 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Josh012012, Feb 03, 2014
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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.