Kokanee | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kokanee has been one of B.C.’s best-selling beers for more than ten years and was awarded a Silver medal at the 1996 Brewing Industry International Awards. Brewed using a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, Kokanee delivers a smooth, clean and lightly hopped taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of ahugenerd
1/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, just like Carlton Cold, only Canadian and with even less flavour, can't remember having too many blander beers than this. Some plastic flavours and some pee. I can't remember having too many blander beers than this, and i wish i didn't have a character limit in my review for this beer, because i can't anything else more about it.

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1/5  rDev -61.7%

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1/5  rDev -61.7%

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1/5  rDev -61.7%

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1/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of thatruth
1.36/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours a pale straw color into a clear light yellow body. almost half inch head that dissipates hella quickly. weak, stringy, transparent lacing. slightest appearance of haze and sediment.

smells of rice, stale glacier water, hay, old bread, and, oh yeah, pee.

no taste whatsoever. bland, dead on-bringing to wet, watery finish. flat-to-staunch aftertaste. comparable to old apple juice sitting in a cup all day, then bitterly consumed.

picked up a 6er of this in port orchard before an open mic, wanting to try something new. big, big mistake.

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1.36/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of KarlHungus
1.43/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a pale straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of corn,and not much else. The taste is even stronger than the aroma is the adjunct department. The mouthfeel is thin, and watery. Overall, this beer is a drain pour.

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Photo of CreamAle128
1.43/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

AH! whatever happened to canadian beer! I guess this beer has your regular cheap mass produced lager look to it. Aroma of grains, some low quality hops, nothing special. Taste is extremely watery, grainy, a bit malty, nothing special either. Try the Gold version, it actually deserves to be purchased, for a beer in this catagory. Although the regular kokanee is much better on-tap. skip the bottle, and definatly the cans. not worth throwing your money down the sink with beer flavoured water.

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1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of jdhilt
1.51/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear, pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts with a sweet corn/hoppy flavor that reminds you of a beer with adjuncts. Hoppy/metallic finish. $1.05 for a 12oz bottle from Northridge Discount Liquors, Laramie, WY.

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Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is malty grainy and bit bitter. Appearance is straw yellow with a foamy white head that is soon gone. Flavor is of stale hops and grains. Again somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and has a light body. Overall, just an average macro lager that I have no desire to drink again.

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1.62/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: After half a days short notice travel and then another half day spent crawling around inside a very hot and incredibly humid Steam Surface Condenser at the Calgary Energy Centre (proper spelling note!) I was knackered and needed a beer as soon as I got back to the Hotel at 8pm. Even before heading for a Shower and a change of clothes I elected for a “dust-buster” at the Hotel Bar. The waitress got me one of these before I had come to my senses.

Appearance: Oh dear, my sweat has more color and character than this. Pale yellow fizzy water with a big head that soon fades away.

Nose: It’s just like Michael Jackson’s - one minute it’s there, the next minute it falls off to reveal an awful freaky mess. Boiled cabbage mixed with some soaked oats.

Taste: I tried to find some, I failed, guess it must be buried under all the ice from the Glacier. Synthetic like grain mixed with water. Insipid at times. Quite awful. Tasted like a bargain basement, cheaply brewed 3% Supermarket lager.

Mouthfeel: So thin, it’s almost anorexic. Well this never touched the sides, and helped me replenish some bodily fluids that I lost earlier in the day, mainly my urine.

Drinkability: Well it quenched a thirst – but not my need for a beer !?! What a mistake, I should have just drunk from my Shower Head instead.

Overall: Awarded a Silver medal at the 1996 Brewing Industry International Awards, presumably no-one else bothered to turn up and the water from the Flower Vase got the Gold. Like sucking on an ice Popsicle, just hope that you get the bottle that uses the bit of the Glacier that the Polar Bears pissed on – it will hopefully add some flavor.

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1.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the epitome of an F beer. I never heard of it, the bartender said she was from Canada, grew up with it, and it was something she liked...now I know never to get it again.
Straw yellow, clear, large head that is gone fast. Little lacing.
Smells like cereal, grain, alcohol, a bit of sweetness that is hard to pinpoint what exactly it is.
Tastes very metallic. Grainy. Disgusting. If I'm having something like this, I'll take a Miller, AB, or Molson/Coors product any day of the week. Or any other Labatt for that matter. Blue is way better. M & D - cheap, when cold it goes down but I would never get this again just because of the taste.

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1.68/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of mickeymac
1.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff is everywhere in Vancouver, and I passed it numerous times before finally giving in at a Japanese restaurant. One was enough to realize that this is, at best, a north of the border Coors. It's pale yellow and extremely fizzy. If Stone ever does a TV commercial comparing its product to the fizzy yellow stuff, it should use a Kokanee. The smell is almost non-existent; what's there is an unpleasant grainy smell. As with the smell, the taste has just enough to offend. Drinkability? As previously implied, I gave up at one and had a hard time finishing that.

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1.75/5  rDev -33%

Photo of dnichols
1.78/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was served 12 ounces in a plastic cut at a BB King Concert in Kennwick, Washington.

A: Clear and very light yellow hue with a foamy bone-white head that laced the cup as best it could.

S: Flat stale grain with no noticeable sweetness and barely noticeable hops.

T: There was a undercurrent of sweetness that occasionally rolled over my tonge. Additionally, the brew left a sour after taste that diminished my desire to drink on.

M: Very light bodied, watery, and thin. I barely noticed the alcohol and other than the sour residual aftertaste there was little to separate this brew from a drink of cold water.

D: I had two choices....Kokanee and Coors Light. This was a time when even a bad beer was a better option than no beer at all.

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1.78/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of barleysandwich
1.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the kind of beer people drink who do not like beer. It gives beer a bad name and anyone who thinks that this is a typical Canadian beer is getting the wrong idea of Canadian beers.

This is very similar to a Molson Canadian, or any of the other cheap American mass produced beers such as Pabst blue ribbon, coors, or olymia, lucky, black lable, etc.

I would almost have to be about to die of thurst, or paid money to drink this beer! :)

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Photo of RoyalT
1.82/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a foamy white head that poured big and laced the glass.

Smell – Stale grain with no sweetness noticeable. The only fresh thing in this glass was a baby skunk.

Taste – I got a little bit of sucrose in the taste, but the nasty grain showed up as well along with some funky kind of hop flavor. This was almost as bad as Heiny-in-a-can.

Mouthfeel – Very light and thin, which was disappointing.

Drinkability – I barely got this one down. They should have left this one on top of the glacier

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Photo of berley31
1.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with a bright-yellow color, completely clear beer with lots of carbonation. Hardly any head and no lacing. Smelled of... nothing, really. Not nice on the palate... very thing and light, with way too much carbonation. As for the taste - very similar to club soda, but with even more bubbles, and some corn taste. Not enjoyable at all... all it did was give me gas. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.61 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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