Columbia Brewery

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Columbia Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #245
Ranked #29,735
2.57 | pDev: 24.9%
Aug 17, 2023
Apr 25, 2002
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.
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

2.68/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
One of my favorites if I have to run with an AAL, though I'm not sure its any different from the BMC's, and Pabst is probably a bit better. Refreshing, smooth, clear, drinkable, pretty clean, easy finish. I tend to overrate this one because I'm usually sampling while on a raft or boat and the atmosphere adds to the enjoyment...
Aug 17, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.63/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at The Wood in Canmore, Alberta, into a Sasquatch Kokanee glass.

This one pours a clean golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This doesn’t smell like a whole lot, really – some grassiness and grain but that it’s.

This is definitely better than any Labatt that we get in the states, and I had it on a beautiful patio facing the Rocky Mountains. So, it tasted great, but that’s mostly a situational thing. It’s quite light, with no real flaws to it, but also no real distinct flavor notes to pull out, other than the cold crispness. The lack of flaws in a light mass-produced lager is something to note, though.

This is crisp, clean, and very drinkable.

I really liked this one, but that is more because I was on a trip for Banff National Park and almost anything would have tasted pretty good.
Jul 08, 2023
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Reviewed by sfairman from Oregon

2.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
The A-B USA version purchased in Oregon. Rated to style (which I like), and consumed straight from the bottle. 10-15 years ago, the BC version had an incredible lightness of being that made up for its lack of flavor because it seemed to be brewed with helium. Kokanee had a truly unique feel back then. This 12-pack is likely brewed in Fairfield, CA, and is a kinda interesting take on Budweiser. Completely neutral on smell. Mild beer aftertaste after the carbonation fades. It's a lighter Bud that omits some of the beery notes of Budweiser, but at the expense of the traces of complexity that still exist in the King of Beers. Going down, it has the same swallow taste/mouthfeel of Bud that reminds of jangling coins in your pocket. If you like Bud, this is decent, but its taste is an abbreviated, one-note Bud. This could be Bud: The Next Generation. At least it's still in bottles and better than the current Rolling Rock.
Jun 06, 2023
Rated: 2.83 by dm771 from Canada (ON)

Dec 19, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
One of the better pale lagers I’ve tried, cereal in nature, but smooth and mild, and tastes really good. Surprised, but pleasantly so. Cereal grains mainly in aroma and taste, Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Refreshing, and easy to drink.
Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
340mL bottle
wow! I haven’t had this one in about 20 years!
L: crystal clear pale golden body, fizzy white head fades to a thin layer of foam
S: light biscuity grain, grassy hops
T: taste of nostalgia! lightly toasted grain, cereal grain, honey, mild grassy hops
F: light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and not overly sweet finish
O: to me a 4 and higher means I’d buy it again…based on nostalgic value this is easily a 4 for me
Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 2.83 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Apr 07, 2021
Rated: 2.63 by aklavall from Canada (AB)

Aug 07, 2020
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Rated by IceChuggington from Canada (AB)

2.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
The cans are excellent for shotguns. Unfortunately, shotguns is what this beer is best for. Best served out the side of the can. Half a litre ice/1
Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 2.88 by AlexHess from Minnesota

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 3.04 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

2.82/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Six pack of pint cans picked up at Total Wine in Bellevue, Washington.
No dating, just a code. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Clear watery gold hay color. A decent off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap of foam, almost no lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Corn and light cereal grain, light grass, no real hop aroma.

Taste- Same as the smell, really watered down and mundane.

Feel- Light bodied with a decent, somewhat crisp, lightly corn sweet finish. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- I used to drink this years ago and it's really gone down hill. Don't bother with this one, waste of money.
Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 2.65 by SouthCrescent from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2019
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Reviewed by bradyn_ca from Canada (SK)

2.53/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
We drink alot of this in canada and its a constant head of debate weither kokannee or bud light is better. The honest truth is theyre both trash, but theyre easy drinkin. Theres only one way to drink kokanee and thats ice fucking cold straight out of some ice and fast enough she dont warm up. If you drive a lifted truck and you dont drink kokanee or bud light, what are you even doing. Kokanee is the pepsi of the beer world and everyone knows it.
Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by CanadianGinge from Texas

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 2.39 by rsteeves97 from Washington

Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Clear gold with three fingers of white head.
Smell is fruity and grainy.
Taste is grainy with some light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light with strong carbonation.
Overall a tasty and light easy drinking lager.
Oct 16, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Clear, golden body; lively carbonation; fair one-finger thick head; sheets of foam left along the glass. Cracker-like aroma. The taste mimics the aroma with some additional light hop presence; a bit of metallic flavor at the end. Light body; crisp with a hint of sweetness.

A passable if definitely blasé beer.
Jul 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Elysha from Japan

1.29/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
An absolute mess and travesty.
Regardless of being Canadian beer it goes down like water, (probably tastes better on tap [if you can find it on tap]).
There is absolutely no feel to this beer, I'm extremely interested into how the hell this sells; perhaps an acquired taste of garbage is required.
A disheveled beer that isn't worth anyone's pallet.
Jun 29, 2018
Kokanee from Columbia Brewery
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 227 ratings