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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 204
Photo of climax
3.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +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 andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +14.9%
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 +16.1%
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 +34.1%
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 -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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Photo of IBUnit63
3.28/5  rDev +25.7%
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 +22.6%
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 -5.7%
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 -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 EatsTacos
3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
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 +28.4%
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 -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 cyrenaica
2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
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 -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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Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance pours a light yellow gold with a thin head that dissapates quickly. Smell is slightly sweet with hop and a little grainy. Taste is corny, light malt and hop with a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, silky with a good hop bite. Nothing special, but a good quencher on those warmer days.

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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 shadow1961
2.55/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Kokanee pours a finger of loose foam over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is slow and steady in this sample. The
nose is your typical Macro Lager corn and boiled vegtable.
The flavor? Soft, slightly sweet corn up front, a bit of some
kind of hop on the back of your tongue. Mouthfeel is thin and
watery. This is a pretty standard example of a pretty wide-spread,
yet undemanding style. It just so happens that Kokanee is brewed
by LaBatt- about the best you can say is that, like the label says,
this stuff is brewed in a Union shop. Otherwise I'm puzzled as to
why you would bother. In a way this takes me back, again, to
when I was a kid. It's funny how my formative years were shaped by
alcohol, but I digress. There were no craft breweries back then, and,
objectively, it was all about the label. If you were an old fart on the
Iron Range in Minnesota- it was Blatz or Schmidt, if you weren't maybe
it was Old Milwaukee, Pabst, or Grain Belt. The cool people would be
the ones with cases of Coors or Olympia they brought in from trips "out
west". Objectively- this is all the same stuff, more or less. I would say this
would be good enough to pound while you're mowing the lawn- or get
whatever suitcase is on sale that day- it's all the same in the end...

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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 ZAP
3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet corny aroma....Husky graininess on the taste....I've found most Canadien lagers to be a little more fuller bodied and harsher feeling than their American macro counterparts but not this one...lighter bodied...an interesting lemony taste to this too....kind of refreshing I guess...certainly a little different tasting than Molson Canadien or Labatt Blue or even Moosehead...looks decent...clean crisp light golden color wit ha nice creamy white head ...

I've had worse...I've had better...I won't buy again...

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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 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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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just a macro beer to drink on a hot day.Pale yellow with white head that dissipates quick,minimal to none on lacing.
Fresh light grains,and corn come through.
Goes down like water with a tinge of tin on the aftertaste and some grains.
Thin and watery but on hot day's and the beer is cold,it'll go down,nothing special here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While in Alberta a few years ago, I had the chance to try Kokanee Gold, which I remember enjoying somewhat. Unfortunately, the Gold version doesn't seem to exist east of Manitoba, so I've never actually had it since, and instead settled on some of the regular stuff.

473 mL tall-boy can. An aggressive pour produced a two-finger head, which quickly dissipated to lacing in a few minutes. The brew is a pale amber yellow colour - actually looks pretty good for what it is. The smell is pretty unimpressive - a bit hoppy, some alcohol.

The flavour is alright, as far as macro lagers go. There is nothing really offensive; it's rather crisp with a hoppy finish. Moderately high carbonation, and feels pretty thin in the mouth. It's quite easy to drink down as well. As far as macro lagers go, this is a pretty solid entry, but don't expect anything new or even particularly notable. At the same time, don't expect much of anything particularly bad either.

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Kokanee from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
2.61 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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