Kokanee Gold | Columbia Brewery

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Columbia Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kokanee Gold was launched in 1990 and is brewed in the B.C. Kootenays at the Columbia Brewery. Using western-grown North American hops, Kokanee Gold is brewed to a fuller body with a hint of caramel overtones on the after-taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2003

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Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatts attempted to market this beer in the east of Canada by doing a brand "X" and brand "Y" mass comparison not unlike the old coke-Pepsi wars in the 70s. It lost in the east but was thumbs up in Western Canada where they like lighter beers. That's what this is...a light roasted malt beer with good thirst quenching and drinkability qualities...beer snobs need not apply for tastings. The majority of folks out west here that drink the occasional domestic draft and wear sneakers when our cowboy boots are in for repair, like this stuff..it's the number 2 draft beer out west(Canada)...and for good cause. Kokanee gold is a fuller bodied draft beer than the watery offerings from Molson or the other mega brewers and it isn't a heavy yeasty drink like the local crafters churn out. This beer is made for socializing after the slopes at Fernie or Norquay and it fills that niche well...Obviously sales afferm that point.

Average folks know what they like and they like K-Gold....where does that leave it's critics?... Fortunately there are more than enough regular folks to keep the Creston Brewey busy filling K-Gold draft orders.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper-gold with a smallish off-white head that laces out quickly. Has subtle sweet malt aromas, some toaty tones, some light spice mingled hints of hop. Starts crisp like a pilsner but mellows on the tongue where all the great carmel tastes, nuts, spice and medium body is departed, then finishes clean with no after taste.
Try some, you'll like it... the locals do.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of HoppySeb
2.25/5  rDev -24%

Photo of biboergosum
2.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Ceili's, the faux-Irish pub across the alley from my abode. Many moons ago at the Power Plant on the U of A campus, Kokanee Gold on draft fueled many a post-class Friday afternoon gathering. Now, years later, and supposedly wiser, let's see how it has held up.

This pint arrives on the bar, appearing a crystal clear, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of aspiring, but eventually futile, fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a few random specks of wayward islet lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of disagreeable stanky reduced corn syrup, a faint stab at a sweet, disemboweled grainy maltiness, and rather grassy British hops, of the dead, and rotting sort. The taste is much in the same over-tapped vein - sickly, yet not-so sweet corn-fed mash, a fading hint of real, somewhat caramelized malt graininess, and a small dose of musty, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit active, but not overly so, the pricks on the tongue hardly life-threatening, the body medium-light in weight, and rather tacky in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes off dry, and kind of cloying in its indistinct lingering sweetness.

While a better (though hardly akin to my inflated memories of) offering than the standard version that Kokanee/Labatt/Inbev peddles, I'm no longer into pounding pitchers of this, for myriad reasons, but somehow this is still something I'd begrudgingly accept in many a circumstance, which speaks more to my circumstances, than anything.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and light copper and topped with a fizzy, quickly dissipating head that leaves nothing but a ring, nice color on this, at least considering the type of beer it is and that you really don't get this kind of color on macros these days.

D: Slightly corny, but otherwise balanced between a decent malt sweetness and slight hop fruitiness, mild green apple in here as well, so a bit off the score here.

T/MF: Clean, slightly fruity, mostly clean and grainy, on the lighter side of medium bodied and feels a bit fizzy on the tongue. Quite hoppy for a macro and scathes the tongue much more than a traditional macro.

D: Clean and crisp with a bit more character than a Bud or Miller or Coors. Very easy to drink, not something that I'd really look for, but if this was in the area I'd pick it up before a BMC beer, even though its probably a subsidiary.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a free glass with this one so i picked up a 12 pk.
Pours a copper golden,with nice white head and some lacing and tiny bubbles floating up.
Smells grainy,grassy just like all the other Kokanee beers.
Tastes about the same too,maybe a little more thicker,but not much and a little more carbonated.
Went down quite well with a little more maltiness comming through compared to the others,but i quickly grew tired of it after the 4th one,,not bad i guess...but just a macro.

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Photo of urbs76
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mlkluther
2.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The only occasion this beer is decent is after a long, long meeting and then at a town bar a couple,shared pitchers of it ice cold. It's not a good beer - but it's slightly above the generic macros.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tries to come across a bit fancier, a bit more upper crust than most macros with the logo silkscreened on the bottle, rather than the already dog-eared labels you pull out of an average 6 or 12 pack. Plus by proclaiming to be an amber lager, it also tries to put it a step apart from the other fizzy yellow stuff. In Canada this is the choice of most macro beer drinkers who aren't quite prepared to make the next step to micros, the hoighty-toighty swill quaffers.

This sample is from the original brewery in Creston, not the Labatt's clone in the East. 5.3% abv listed on the bottle. True enough to it's name it pours out a clear light amber ale, although nothing really spectacular. An okay splash of head on the pour, it recedes quickly but remains a dime's width of existence on the surface. The aroma is somewhat decent for a macro as well, toasted malt with almost a touch of caramel, trying to mask out the subtle cooked veggies funk that lurks below. The flavour itself is, well, it's there, and it's inoffensive, but completely lacks in character, I couldn't even break it down, the same drone all the way through. Consistent at least? The mouthfeel is fuller for a lager, and carries a bit of a carbonation bite to it, but pretty mild as a whole. I don't order this very often, and rarely buy it otherwise, it tends to be a last resort in an establishment if they don't carry any micros. Or if their micro lines are dirty.

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Photo of hopwave
2.26/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hiding in the back of the fridge over at mom's... might as well do a quick review. light brown amber colour with very small white head, not much of a smell... light grain. taste is same a touch better then expected... amber lager, sweet honey. boring beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My father-in-law gave me some of this beer while we were out in Washington. It was good for a mass produced lager. It seems to be everywhere in Eastern Washington. I have had regular Kokanee but never the Gold. It was a decent change.

Appearance- A little better than average color. It is a copper amber a little too much on the head and fizz but it does have some nice lacing.

Smell-Average; malt hops maybe some corn. You know what you expect from a macro.

Taste- Pretty good and better than most macro lagers. You can differentiate between the different components of the beer’s flavor.

Mouthfeel- Fizzy, thin and light.

Drinkability- Not a bad lager for catching up with friends and family. Easy to drink fast or slow typical of a beer of this style.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sansho
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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1/5  rDev -66.2%

Photo of Bryn
4/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is what you get when you ask for a "dark beer" at most cheap local drinking establishments. Color is darker than regular Kokanee; since they say Amber on the label, I will call it amber colored too. Small head that dissapears to nothing. A little bit fuller body than Kokanee, but still bland and watery. Not much smell at all. Subtle tastes of malt and hops, but not a full flavor by any means. Crisp, clean finish, no after taste. Nothing really special, but a step up if you like commercial lagers.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Columbia Brewing 'Kokanee Gold' Lager @ 5.3% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $13

A-pour is a golden amber with a good size off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-crisp smelling lager

T-crisp tasting lager at the start , mellow finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body

Ov-not a great beer anymore , my oh my , have my taste buds changed , sorry Kokanee

prost LampertLand

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of SylarHRG
4.75/5  rDev +60.5%

Photo of zestd
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CrazyMike
3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice light brown with a smell that is sweet and grainy.

The taste is very malty with a dark sweet maple taste. Hint of brown sugar. Has a medium body, nicely carbonated and a dry aftertaste.

Was definatly impressed and would definatly drink it again. To bad this beer is next to impossible to find in Ontario.

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Photo of bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of berley31
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a spare, off-white head, and a clear, sparkling amber body. Little lacing, no particles. Looked better than it smelled, with light malt. Light and thin on the palate, with soft carbonation. As for the flavor, there are caramel notes and it is moderately sweet, with a short duration. More pleasant than I would have guessed from the smell. Overall a very nice lawnmower beer that goes down very easy.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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Kokanee Gold from Columbia Brewery
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 61 ratings