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Kokanee Glacier Beer - Columbia Brewery

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 24.55%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: riversider76 on 03-30-2008)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.28/5  rDev -17.7%

Pale maize beneath an ivory colored cap that reached four fingers following a vigorous pour. The crown actually looks pretty good and is lasting much longer than expected. Since beer of this style is almost always light amber, head and lace usually end up determining the appearance score. It's hard to find much fault with the look.

The aroma isn't too bad, considering. Sure, it's grain-like, but there's nothing offensive about it. It smells fresh and lightly sweet, almost like a cream ale. For what it's worth, Columbia calls KGB a 'Pilsner Style Lager'. No one really expects a brewery to call their beer an American adjunct lager, do they? Especially if they're Canadian, eh.

Things begin to fall apart when beer hits buds. Kokanee becomes much more grainy and has a harsh, ragged sort of hoppiness. Don't these guys know that most people don't like bitterness and 'aftertaste'? They must be doing something right, though, because this little lager is hailed as 'British Columbia's most popular beer'. And we all know that popularity is the same thing as quality, right?

This is the sort of offering that should be kept as cold as possible (while maintaining the liquid state). I start most low-ABV beer out at 45-50 degrees when I review and a nasty quality is already starting to creep in. The final two-thirds of the can will be a chore to drink. I'd like to suggest more malt sweetness and less hop bitterness. Or better quality hops.

The body/mouthfeel is close to watery leading up to the finish, then frankly watery on the finish. While it seemed acceptably bubbled initially, the carbonation has now lost interest. Truthfully, so have I.

The fact that Kokanee Glacier Beer is the best selling beer in British Columbia makes about as much sense as Budweiser being the best selling beer in America. Bottom line: this is drinkable in a pinch, but I hope I'm never in that much of a pinch.

07-16-2008 12:07:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of womencantsail


2.18/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

07-16-2012 21:16:29 | More by womencantsail
Photo of jaydoc


2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

11-12-2013 04:32:27 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Knapp85


2.4/5  rDev -13.4%

Given to me as a gift, a good gesture for sure but the beer itself was a bit on the blah side. Poured out as a pale yellow color with bubbles rising to the top and some foam on top. The head fades and doesn't leave any lacing at all. The smell of the beer was a little skunked... Not the best aroma here at all. The taste of this was a little bitter but had flavors of corn, and some other grains. The mouthfeel is like a club soda. Overall I'm happy that it was a gift and I didn't pay for it.

10-05-2011 22:38:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -26%

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.

01-16-2009 22:55:06 | More by biboergosum
Photo of woodychandler


2.98/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

03-21-2010 19:32:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Georgiabeer


1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

05-12-2014 01:01:46 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Zorro


2.76/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

01-09-2014 01:16:54 | More by Zorro
Photo of BillRoth


3/5  rDev +8.3%

10-20-2013 19:58:21 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

08-02-2014 04:12:49 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.6/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

06-22-2011 00:11:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of dmorgan310


3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

10-26-2013 19:56:56 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of Tone


2.7/5  rDev -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.

12-20-2011 18:11:20 | More by Tone
Photo of beertunes


3.03/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured into 10oz glass. Pours the expected clean, clear light golden yellow of the style with over an inch of fluffy white head that had surprisingly good retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a slight nice grain scent, but was mostly the expected sweet smell of the style. On the tongue, again, a bit of grain, mostly sweet, a very slight touch of skunk and a for bit of bland. In other words, typical for the style.

The body was, as expected thin, but typical. Drinkabilty was what you expect from the style, smooth and easy, but why bother?

Overall, this isn't the worst example of the style I've tried. I you're in the mood for a Fizzy Yellow Beer, or if you're someplace without craft beer options, you could do worse than this.

01-07-2011 21:51:38 | More by beertunes
Photo of harpus


2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

03-01-2013 19:47:40 | More by harpus
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +4.7%

500ml can poured into 500ml schneider weisse glass on aug17 2009

A clear straw yellow, with a big bubbly head that had some retention and even some lace. heavy bubbles float up from every point within the glass, not what i expected

S not as nice quite plain, mild hops and some sweet grains

T as it smells really, another big name beer nothing great going on here. from a king it has time to warm up, this is not a good thing, drink ice cold

MD a little to much carbonation for me and nothing nice to say about the last few sips

another plain lager try it if you must

08-18-2009 04:02:17 | More by wordemupg
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.03/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

02-01-2014 23:21:53 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of WoodBrew


2.9/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

06-21-2011 23:06:12 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of ZAP


1.27/5  rDev -54.2%

One of the worst Canadien beers I have had. It has a watery, seltzer like mouthfeel that is really hard to get beyond....Aromoa is husky and grainy but the flavor is really lacking...very light tasting and what taste there is features a cheapish Red, White and Blue or generic beer of the 70's element.

I like a Moosehead from time to time and can enjoy a Molson Candadien or Labatt Blue in the right circumstances but this is one beer I cannot enjoy. Not recommended...brewerd by Labatt I think....reminds me of 1/3 labatt Blue and 2/3 water...I'd much rather drink many of the American Macro lights than this one and this isn't even supposed to be a light beer.

08-03-2008 22:46:52 | More by ZAP
Photo of Duff27


3.48/5  rDev +25.6%

(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.

01-06-2012 04:12:11 | More by Duff27
Photo of barnzy78


3/5  rDev +8.3%

11-27-2011 05:32:11 | More by barnzy78
Photo of seeswo


2/5  rDev -27.8%

04-17-2012 13:24:46 | More by seeswo
Photo of cliff1066


3/5  rDev +8.3%

01-04-2013 17:50:51 | More by cliff1066
Photo of notchucknorris


2.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

07-11-2011 23:05:45 | More by notchucknorris
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

09-20-2013 17:43:45 | More by Kopfschuss
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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.