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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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 101
Reviews by Will12:
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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Photo of RoyalT
1.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a foamy white head that poured big and laced the glass.

Smell – Stale grain with no sweetness noticeable. The only fresh thing in this glass was a baby skunk.

Taste – I got a little bit of sucrose in the taste, but the nasty grain showed up as well along with some funky kind of hop flavor. This was almost as bad as Heiny-in-a-can.

Mouthfeel – Very light and thin, which was disappointing.

Drinkability – I barely got this one down. They should have left this one on top of the glacier

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Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -21.6%

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.47/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was much better than expected, and much better than I remember it being. I didn't realise it was bottle conditioned, and maybe the time it took to get to me in Australia improved it. I didn't think it was as bad as most people say it is - the hop flavour was still intact and not skunky, and with the sediment in the glass it was quite enjoyable. Artificial-looking gold colour, reasonably good head retention, nice taste for a macro brew, definitely better than our working-class beers here in Australia. Some chemical undertones as are to be expected. I may even buy another one at import price just to confirm my satisfaction.

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Photo of talbotjf99
2.31/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Swedes21
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of wjimson
3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this headless lager its not immediately appealing, just like another beer served with some fizz and a flat head. It strength is definitely in the clean crisp taste and drinkability. When served cold this beer has little detectable flaws and has a minimal adjunct tastes. This refreshing beer is lightly malted and finishes with a mild degree of bitterness.

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1/5  rDev -60.8%

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 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 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 rastaman
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, just like Carlton Cold, only Canadian and with even less flavour, can't remember having too many blander beers than this. Some plastic flavours and some pee. I can't remember having too many blander beers than this, and i wish i didn't have a character limit in my review for this beer, because i can't anything else more about it.

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2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serviceable lager, with a light body with a bit of fluffly white head. Light colour, only some metallic taste and refreshing malt flavoured water.Inoffensive mild taste, and scent, even when not ice cold after skiing. Fizzy carbonation. Not bad for Labatt.

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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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 russpowell
2.97/5  rDev +16.5%
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 ozmodium
2.06/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe its the glacier water they use. But there is some funk here that is simply not good.

Pours a standard lager yellow, if a little ememic, pale. Creamy head, no lacing.

Smells really sour, and not much else. Seems like its "missing something"

Taste sort of reminds me of drinking diet pop for some reason. Tastes like beer, looks like beer, just something kind of chemically, funky. The sweetness seems manufactured. This is all brought together by a decent hopiness and a good helping of the funky glacier water. Tastes rather watery.

Feels like you're drinking Perier water. Water + funk = Kokanee.

The only thing this stuff has going for it is the hops and when served cold its pretty refreshing. I'd drink this stuff if i was thirsty and there was no other beer around.

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Photo of bisonfort
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Kokanee from Columbia Brewery
Beer rating: 2.55 out of 5 with 213 ratings