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 Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serviceable lager, with a light body with a bit of fluffly white head. Light colour, only some metallic taste and refreshing malt flavoured water.Inoffensive mild taste, and scent, even when not ice cold after skiing. Fizzy carbonation. Not bad for Labatt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

just a beer. on tap at the hockey rink, when lined up next to budlight and coors, id take this beer any day. light lager color with an average head. a little malty sweetness in the taste of an otherwise generic mass produced beer. high drinkability though i guess, and the price was right, but nothing special at all here ladies and gentlemen

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Photo of SocalKicks
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of russpowell
2.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent gold/hay color with 3+ fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Corny & a bit lemon hops as this warms

T: Lemony hops, a bit of cereal (corn flakes), honey malt & some grassyness up front. Dryness, honey & cornyness are there as this warms. Finishes crisp, but way too thin

MF: Light & soft bodied with moderate carbonation, balances too sweet

I could do about 2 of these & I'd have to move, way too sweet. Could be worse, just not that tasty

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Photo of mdaschaf
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The very definition of straw yellow with abundant, fine-bubbled carbonation rushing up to a blindingly white head of airy froth. Look in the dictionary under 'adjunct lager' and this is what you'll see (assuming that your dictionary has pictures of course). At least the head's lifespan can be measured in minutes rather than seconds. Amazingly enough, some lace actually sticks and is still present when the glass is empty.

The nose consists of untoasted husky grain with the suggestion of sweetness and a little shot of lemon zest. Thankfully, there are no artificial, skunky or off odors. If a macro lager's nose doesn't offend, it's ahead of the game as far as I'm concerned.

The downward slide continues. On the positive side of the ledger, the flavor is mild and the body is light and airy. On the negative side, the beer is just short of unpalatable. It's artificially sweet and tastes like stale grain with a bitterness that bears no resemblance to hops. The lemoniness is gone and in its place is... nothing.

The body/mouthfeel is thin and watery, for which I'm grateful. If the flavor was cranked up a few notches and had more palate permanence, this lager would border on undrinkable. A word to the wise: don't drink it once it warms or, I promise you, you'll be sorry.

Kokanee Glacier Beer isn't a particularly good example of a style that I have a hard time tolerating. Needless to say, the usual caveat applies: drink it ice-cold (glacier-cold, eh) if you must drink it at all.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought a can of Kokanee back from Canada. It is typical of most North American beers. Golden clear in color with white head that eventually dissappears...no lacing. The smell and taste are mostly grain with enough hop balance to make it smooth. Mouthfeel tends to be light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of GClarkage
1.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

06/18/05- Had at a party in Montana while on vacation.

Presentation- 12oz can with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip....yeah, yeah, what a travesty.

Appearance- Bright golden pour, thick creamy head, but no lacing.

Smell- Funky malt scent, not sure if this is grain or corn or whatever they use. Smells like no glacier I have ever smelled.

Taste- Grainy flavored cardboard. Some hops and malt present, but not a good taste overall.

Mouthfeel- Very very watery. Splash of carbonation to hold it from being just that...flavored glacier water.

Drinkability- On a camping trip or fishing or hunting trip....no other time. Mistake one made by me. Had to try it before saying I hated it though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Right now, a "glacier fresh beer" sounds like it would hit the spot. Whether this actually is good or not is another story. 11.5 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A pale shade of brilliant yellow, if that makes any sense. The creamy white head on top holds up pretty well and surprisingly throws up lots of good lace. The aroma has some cooked cereals and some sulfur. It could be worse.

Off-flavors are minimal, but so in the flavor in general. Light doeses of simple esters and dried grass lead the charge of this Western Canadian beer. Also there's a trace of cereals which linger in the aftertaste. The carbonation level is medium-high, and has a refreshing character. Quite clean overall.

On the bland side of flavor, and also lacking nasty off-flavors so commonly found in macro lager. This would be good to quench any thoughless thirst; that isn't much of a compliment, but better that than nothing.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale, clear, somewhat golden hue. Not bad for the style, though the head is practically nonexistent. Sorry, big K, I'll have to mark you down for that.

Smell: wet grain and water. Not very good, but not actively disgusting like some other beers of the style.

Taste: grainy and even a bit plasticy. That said, there is not much in the way of nasty aftertaste, so I guess that's something. As adjunct lagers go, this is among the least bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty watery with not even much fizz. Not too exciting.

Drinkability: most of my Kokanee consumption revolves around my band's practice nights, during which it provides a valuable source of hydration. It's not terribly good in most respects, but it is pretty darn drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of spinrsx
2.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts and very very light hops mixed with corn. There is also a corn syrup sweetness. The beer ends with a grainy yet slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I used to think this was the 'good stuff' back in my younger days. I think I was being persuaded by their marketing campaign. It's really just another average Canadian macro beer that leaves me no reason to buy it again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow color. Poured a stark white wispy head. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Faint sweetness and a little grass. Not much in the nose at all.

T: Muted malt character. Sweet corn adjunct. Crisp, dry and light.

M: Very light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and dry; very clean by the finish.

D: Very easy to drink. Just not much in the nose and so muted.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer.

The smell is typical for the style with notes of corn and malt and a slight hop pinch.

The taste is of corny malt with a slight bitterness near and through the finish. Nothing offensive here but there are many that I can say that about. Pretty drinkable. There's not much more that I can say about it.

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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 rodbeermunch
2.43/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy yellow pour, average lace, head. Retention was blah. Aroma was that canned food smell with a light sprinkling of corn syrup.

Bland taste. Lots of water and fractional sugars. Still kinda expensive when you find it anymore. Its Canadian AAL beer. And it delivers on that end, it is what it is.

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2/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden yellow color. Nose is malty, grainy and nothing to really distinguish this beer. Taste is good but you can immediately tell there is NO CRAFTMANSHIP in this beer much like other macros. Mouthfeel is decent at best but its an average mcro lager, if flows smooth and has little to no after taste.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Howlader
1/5  rDev -61.7%

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