Kokanee | Columbia Brewery

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Brewed by:
Columbia Brewery
British Columbia, 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.

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 215
Photo of bradyn_ca
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +48.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
2.89/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Elysha
1.29/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

The quintessential clear straw-gold with foamy bright white head, lower retention. Weakest beer aroma I have yet to encounter, to my recollection. A little bread, grass, lemon, honey, almost too weak to say. That’s okay, weak certainly beats unpleasant. Palate, though considerably more tart, isn’t much different, fairly weak though I’ve had weaker, but not altogether unpleasant in spite of its lack of character. Bready aftertaste might be the best thing about this beer. Light-bodied but approaching medium, extra sudsy, each sip seems about 75% CO2.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of Bunman3
2.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There was a time when Kokanee was a great prize for those who
Lived in Alberta. Before Labatt purchased the brewery, this was a much better product. Today, there is not much to separate It from the rest of the mass-produced Canadian lagers.

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Photo of dabone
3.86/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle. Dark yellow and translucent. Decent head. Minor hop aroma, more cereal grain. Good lager taste, good mix of hop and grain. More on the grain side. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 edhizdeid
2.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that is always offered to me whenever I am in the Northwest. It is pretty much the local Coors. The beer itself is a run of the mill kind of beer that does not offer much taste as it feels very watery. The color is amber and pours a big head that disappears in a hurry. This is the type of beer you drink at a barbecue with friends when you do not want to give much thought about you favorite hopped beverage.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bland beer with a five finger fast reducing head

Similar to Coors Light in appearance,

Smells: malt, wet cereal, water

Taste: water, doesn't feel like a beer

Mouthfeel: thin, and watery

Overall, this was introduced to me as a local brew, so I had sought it out. It is watery, but it beats Bud Light or others in its class. Quite frankly, steer clear. Have a brown ale instead.from Big Rock if you happen to be in the City of Edmonton. I don't think anyone understands or appreciates craft brewing or micro brewing aside from the Big Rock brewing in town.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Perfectly clear golden, yellow. Head is thick and white. Retention is mediocre.
S- The aroma is sweet grain, with a touch of just plain bread. The adjunct notes are there, but not overwhelming.
T- The same thing here. There isn't an abundance of flavor, which cuts both ways. It's not interesting but the adjunct flavors are low. Lightly sweet.
M- Very thin and watery. Really drinks easily.
O- Among the adjunct lagers, it's ok. Not bad, but it's not really noticable in any sense.

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Photo of NV9
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really not a lot to say about Kokanee. It's a light golden colour with little head that isn't going to stay around long. There isn't much on the nose at all, faint hops and corn. It tastes like a light beer, not a lot of flavour. Very watery, medium carbobation, goes down great on a hot day, works well as a thirst quencher, or if you want to take a couple beers down in a hurry, you're not drinking this for the taste of it, which isn't bad, just watered down and insignificat.

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Photo of thatruth
1.36/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours a pale straw color into a clear light yellow body. almost half inch head that dissipates hella quickly. weak, stringy, transparent lacing. slightest appearance of haze and sediment.

smells of rice, stale glacier water, hay, old bread, and, oh yeah, pee.

no taste whatsoever. bland, dead on-bringing to wet, watery finish. flat-to-staunch aftertaste. comparable to old apple juice sitting in a cup all day, then bitterly consumed.

picked up a 6er of this in port orchard before an open mic, wanting to try something new. big, big mistake.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yellow pour, white head, a decent amount of lace for a fizzy yellow beer, but nonetheless, still uninspired. Corn and egg smell. And not in the good breakfast way.

Taste, again, uninspired, just blandness, far from the worst AAL, but being middle of the road for this style is usually pretty bad regardless. Mild corn flavor, sugar water, thin mouthfeel, non existant hops, tons of carbonation. A pretty watery experience, which is good, because non of the off aroma stuff came into the taste.

The most intriguing aspect of this beer was where I found it. In the mexican food store on the southside of Milwaukee. Its like, all these central american lagers, and then bam, kokanee for $7.99 a 6pack. Why the price is that high, I have no idea, no marketing, no advertisements, no ingredients = a price slightly higher than the everyday price for SNPA?

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Photo of Stocean1
2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1/2 finger head , straw yellow and semi-clear
with no lacing with a hint of grassy hops

sweet malt and corn aroma

taste follows the nose with some white wine grapes

light body, lots of carbonation, hint of bitterness, not much else

about what i expected

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +11.4%
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 DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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 StonedTrippin
2.84/5  rDev +11.4%
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 spinrsx
2.62/5  rDev +2.7%
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 crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -20.4%
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 +14.5%
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 -4.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +37.3%
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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