Kokanee | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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2.54 w/ 207 ratings

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 crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz twist off. Generic macro Canadian brand.

It pours an extremely light gold with a bright white head.

The smell is almost non-existent but there is a bti of malt and corn.

The flavor is sweet for an adjunct lager. It has a bit of nuttiness. It is better than an average AAL but it is still swill.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was once a go to beer before I began my journey in beer advocacy, lets see how its stands up today...
A - light straw golden, short white head dissipated to quickly to a thin covering
S - grassy, grainy, and metallic mustiness
T - corn and grainy malt flavours with faint hint of leafy hops, but its generally watery and mild
M - light and and watery, a slight dryness on the finish, easily chuggable but not much character
O - it is what it is, a mass produced american lager competing for a market that does not reward risks but rather light flavour and drinkability, it achieves those goals but not much else, although when push comes to shove I will always order a Kokanee over Bud, Canadian, Coors, and the rest

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Of all of the adjunct lagers this one actually isn't terrible. It smells and tastes like grain and corn, it looks like slighty yellow water but if you are going to drink cheap macro lagers you could do far worse then this one. However if you are looking for a complex flavorfull beer look else where.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most popular beers in western canada. 355ml Can poured into a mug.

It pours a VERY pale straw colour. There is hardly any head to speak of. Not the best looking beer.

The aroma okay. Slightly sweet and grainy.

The taste is a lot like the smell, but with a hint of hop flavour. Nothing exceptional to say about this beer.

Overall, I wouldn't refuse one, but I'm not too impressed.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Canada's best beers in the Lager 5.0 style. It's got a clear golden body, a dissipating head that leaves a slight amount of lace, a smell that works well with it - reminiscent of corn, wheat, grains...nice. The taste is pretty well balanced and what you would expect out of a 5.0 lager as a Canadian. It's a cut above your Blue, MolCan, and MGD. This is true BC beer, and it can taste like it came from the mountains in BC if you use your imagination a bit! Mouthfeel is substantial. Super clean yet flavorful. Recommended with food, session beer, or anytime.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A lite lager. Though I do appreciate the distraction of looking for the yeti on the mountainside.

A: Fizzy pale body. White head with small bubbles and mild lacing.

S: Husk. Its hard to discern the smell of the bar vs the beer, because all they sell is this style of lager.

T: The flavor is of adjunct and light malt. Not much to be desired.

M: Fizz contributes to the coating, but generally goes back easy.

D: Pound for a pound, a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of tbern007
1.65/5  rDev -35%
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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Photo of marty21
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that has no retention. Didn't leave any lacing.

S: It has a sweet grainy aroma.

T: It's very sweet with a grainy taste. A bit watery.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: It's just an average macro. If it was a hot summer day it would be refreshing but there's nothing to this beer at all.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of climax
3.07/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank the imported version, doesn't seem as good as it did back in Canada some years ago. The label reminds me more of Busch or Keystone as opposed to something I might wish to drink.

It poured an anticipated very pale straw yellow, lots of bubbles. Head was acceptable, more bubbles than anything, but retention was decent.

Sweet cereal grains, honey, and maple flavors came from the nose. Tin and phenols were much more hidden than several others of this style.

Flavor wasn't too bad either, perhaps because there actually was flavor. Sweet honey and even some soft wheat grain flavor gave it some character. Finish was fairly clean and had a bit of hop dryness, albeit grassy tones.

Fizzy but not too fizzy. Light but not too light. Smooth but not too smooth. Drinkable but not t... it's gone.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +33.1%
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 andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light golden colour. Carbonation is barely visible with next to no head. Some very faint lacing remains.

S - Bready malts and corn. Much like a pilsner, and a very light scent of alcohol on the finish.

T - Sweet corn and bready malts, just like the scent. Finishes very dry, and leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

M - Very light and goes down smooth. If they've got one thing right it's how this one goes down.

D - Not my favourite domestic mass produced beer, but I would never turn down a cold one on a hot day. Perfect beer for camping or for those sessions where you're looking to have something refreshing with no real strong flavours.

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Photo of superdavex
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much a middle of the road macro lager. I prefer this stuff over Bud, Coors or Miller, but not over PBR, Molson Canadian or Olympia. Taste is slightly more adjuncty that PBR and it's not as refreshing on a hot day. It's also more expensive because it's an import, therefore I only drink this when it's on special at a local establishment.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd been craving a mediocre lager...12oz single from the Vernal State Liquor store.

A: pale yellow in color with a stark white head, pretty fair retention surprisingly. really clear, lots of bubbles flowing through it. looks like an adjunct lager.

S: not much, smells slightly sweet, with a bit of barley malt, but really smells like nothing.

T: pretty much like it smells, light malt character, pretty sweet, no detection of hops, has a fair amount of a corn flavor, pretty dull and boring, but a touch more flavorful than a bud but not quite as nice as a Coors.

M: Thin, crisp, quite carbonated, fairly dry, hits all those notes right.

D: Easy to drink, and I'd probably drink this over most other adjunct lagers. Not flavorful, but not offensive...meh kinda mostly okay beer.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's sad to say but whenever I go to the great Northwest I always stuff a 12-pack of this in the suitcase and bring it home to Oakland. I know this is Inbev and they make mass produced garbage but maybe growing up on Coors Light I have a soft spot in my heart for this stuff.
It looks like a macro, smells like a macro and drinks like a macro, but I love how smooth this stuff is and doesn't have that nasty burp-breath taste like Coors Light does. I recommend this for the next tailgate, or any other mass beer cunsuming event.

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Photo of berley31
1.88/5  rDev -26%
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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Photo of IBUnit63
3.28/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Dubliner in Ottawa...

Looks a little better than the average macro bear - more of a darker - maybe honey - color with typical quick and ample carbonation. Head wasn't too bad.

No crap on the nose - it smells very clean - sort of the way I remember Alpine Lager from the Maritimes. No silage from the minimal Saaz hops and adjuncts really shows up on the beak, but...

...the silage does make a grand entrance on the palate, as does a little rice(?) adjunct. Still it's pretty crisp and inoffensive.

This style lends itself to crappy aftertastes, but I don't really get one here. Finish is light as expected.

If it's the only thing around I could session this up pretty easily. Not the end-all by any means but a pleasant surprise for the style.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just an Adjunct Lager - nothing spectacular, nothing horrible. My mouth didn't corrode when I drank it, my eyes didn't fall out of my skull and/or my head didn't explode.

Grassy, grainy, adjunct(y), clear yellow, fizzy white head and just about every taste expected from a Labatt, Coors, Budweiser or MGD.

That said, I don't hate BMC, I find times to enjoy BMC and I could see enjoying this beer in the summer time. It wasn't expensive, but not cheap at $11 a 12-pack - that may factor in more next time.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - a straw yellow colour with a decent head at the beginning, leaving a little lace after it disappeared.

Smell - corn and grass. Not much going on here.

Taste - a light, sweet flavour with mild malt tones. Very little to savour as it rapidly fades out.

Mouthfeel - smooth enough with medium carbonation. Can't make up for the lack of taste.

Drinkability - bottom line: boring. Another off-the-shelf mass-produced beer, there are many better.

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Photo of barleysandwich
1.8/5  rDev -29.1%
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 EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a thin head and no lacing on the glass
Aroma is faint hops, and some obvious malt. Some herbal aromas and grassyness too
Taste has hints of lemon behind a pretty well balanced flavour. Works well with medium carbonation and pretty watery mouthfeel.
Quite a good macro IMO

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Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with nice average lace and head.

Smell: Not as adjunct as I thought it would be. It has the usual grain and corn like smell of most Macro's.

Taste: Not too bad. It has a good blend of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Watery and Carbonated.

Drinkability: It is a good summer time beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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 cyrenaica
2.15/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

20oz draft
5% abv

I tried this beer on November 8, 2007 at "The LoneStar" restaurant in Toronto. The beer was a translucent gold in colour with a thick white head. Against the wooden table, the beer almost had a metallic look. The aroma was weakly malty with some grass. The mouthfeel was very light-bodied but not watery. Very little carbonation was evident. The taste is weakly malty.

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Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -39.8%
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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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 1.9% out of 100 with 207 ratings
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