Kokanee Glacier Beer
Columbia Brewery

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #292
Ranked #50,484
2.79 | pDev: 22.94%
Columbia Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a light straw color with a big head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retension slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is light overall with some hints of grain and a touch of caramel.
Taste- The taste begins with a light bready and malty taste mixed with a bit of caramel and grain. As the taste advances some light grass and corn syrup sweet tastes come to the tongue and leave one with a decently crisp, but not to intense taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is high. For the tastes and style the feel is great and makes for a refreshing brew overall.
Overall - A easy drinking, not too flavorful, but crisp and refreshing brew overall.

Dec 01, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sixer nabbed at a Sam's Club in Colorado:

Innocuous fare with obvious corn adjunct flavour. Crisp and not unrefreshing, though it is a biteen drier than I expected of an adjunct lager. 6-row, corn, and...well, that's really it. Quite a simple beer though it's not really balanced in spite of only shouldering a couple different flavours.

No overt hop flavour. No yeast flavour (to style). Doesn't drink as clean as it should, which is my main issue with it, but it's not off-flavour ridden.

Has more body than your typical mainstream adjunct lager, part of which is artificially achieved via overcarbonation.

Not a great beer, but it's drinkable. I wouldn't buy it again, but it's pretty inoffensive compared to some of the beers in this category. It's worth noting that it's neither watery nor syrupy like many budget lagers. Pretty forgettable.


Sep 29, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Short and simple, looks, tastes, smells, and feels right between Miller Lite and Coors Original. The thing is, I kind of like Coors O and see no point in buying this over it. Let's not lie folks, it looks as an AAL, so knocking points for that is a joke. Aside from the near non existent flavor and aroma, the biggest down fall for this beer is the exceptionally dry character that leaves you nearly parched. But maybe that is the intention...to demand constant consumption. Cheers!

Apr 20, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Feb 09, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The usual faint straw yellow weak pour with lots of water and carbonation, under average retention of the 1/3" head. Aroma was cooked corn in the can.

Metallic for being so watery, bitterness was up there, go big alpha acid long hop boil! Bag of cereal, corn pops mouthfeel. Corn syrup in small proportion.

Total under impressed lawnmower beer at a premium price, pass. . .

Mar 02, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Dec 28, 2015
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Spikester from Oregon

3.27/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white head that lasts about five minutes. Some waves of lace are left on the sides of the glass.
Smell is grain bin.
Taste is grainy malt with a bit of corn like sweetness. There is a balancing amount of herbal hop bitterness mostly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is close to medium due to the high carbonation.
A good beer for the style. Similar to Rolling Rock but more body and flavor.
Wish I could figure out the date code on the bottom of the can. Just put the freakin' date please!

Oct 24, 2015
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maclean25 from Canada (BC)

3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times over the years but haven't had one in a while. Now I happen to get a can while on a mountain. It is a much-hyped beer with great commercials. Consequently, I have always been under-whelmed with it when I actually taste it. While it certainly is better than the average adjunct lager it is still a middle-of-the-road beer. It has a particularly nice aroma (straw and crisp granny smith apple) but the taste and body is quite mild. Regardless a good safe choice for a party.

Sep 13, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pours a bright golden colour that presents a thin, quickly dissipating white head.

S- Standard Adjunct smell. Maybe a bit of banana making an appearance?

T- Like a good Czech Pilsner but the flavour is much more diluted. Quite a bit better than a Bud or Coors.

M- Over Carbonated but I suppose it makes it refreshing.

O- Decent Taste, refreshing body, and a great crisp beer for a hot day by the lake. No complaints here and I think i'll likely be picking up a case of Kokanee again.

Aug 30, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Brilliant straw to gold, ½” quickly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Light grains and malt, earthy hops, traces of corn and apple. Aromas are moderately low.
T: Light, some green apple, light grains, lightly sweet, dries on the finish, clean and crisp, not minerally.
F: Light body and above average carbonation.
O: Marginally drinkable but not overwhelming.

May 18, 2015
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Thepumpkinpiper from Canada (BC)

2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An utterly average beer in many respects, yet it was my favourite back when I was 19-21. Back in the day, nothing beat an ice-cold Kokanee served in a frosted glass...don't know why, but served that way, it's everything one could ever want in a refreshing lager.

Look: Standard lager appearance. Pale-yellow, minimal head.

Smell: Smells like any other lager really. Some corn.

Taste: Compared to the other cheap lagers I've had, it is more bitter and Pilsner-y than Budweiser, not as grainy as Canadian. Kind of a watered-down pilsner flavour, slight bitterness, grain.

Feel: Light, lots of carbonation. Nothing unexpected.

Overall, it's nothing special, but in my opinion it's a better choice than many other equivalent lagers out there. Beats Lucky by a long-shot.

Kokanee, thanks for the memories.

Apr 05, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Lets see what Canada has to offer.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appear (3.25) : Fizzy, fluffy white three finger head that leaves a few webs of lacing around the pilsner glass. Body is like a light Pinot Grigio, or perhaps apple juice cocktail. Very pale but pretty too. Sparkling, lots of bubbles, transparent.

Smell (3.5) : some banana, wheat, corn mash, light hop. A pretty clean and crisp smell. For what it is, it's decent.

Taste (3.75) : bready, slightly sour, some corn, ending pleasantly yeasty. I would definitely drink this again. This tastes better than most macros. It's like High Life, or perhaps more like Rolling Rock - but with the corn dialed down and fresh baked bread added. Out of the bottle it's poundable. You get more flavor out of the glass but it gets old fast as the yeast and corn collide and take over the brew. Out of the bottle the crispness hides that axe battle and tells you it's a-ok.

Mouthfeel (2.5) : heavily carbonated, slightly creamy.

Overall (3.25) : This is essentially Canada's version of Rolling Rock. impressive for its style, I like the yeast on the taste and the banana in the smell. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated by a mile, but perhaps that's to hide the corn war that's going on when the beer warms two degrees or so. A beer worth trying, maybe even stocking.

Sep 16, 2014
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Redneckwine from Washington

2.91/5  rDev +4.3%

Badass 32oz frosty mug on tap

Appearance - Light golden yellow, just about like any other AAL. Nice fluffy, persistent white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Very light, sweet cereal grains, maybe some feint grassy hops, not much else going on. Smells pretty clean.

Feel/Taste - Medium body is feeling a bit thick and slick, light tingly carb isn't overdone, quite smooth.Taste is of mainly of malty sweetness with hints of doughy malt and a touch of corn, almost to the point of being cloying. Very feint grassy/herbal hops.

Overall - Realistically, I don't think this is a "poor" beer for what it is. I remember it being much worse out of the bottle, but it was serviceable on tap in a pinch. There are no glaring flavor defects to me; nothing offensive at all. The body seems a bit heavy/sweet though, unfortunately, which detracts from the expected crispness and refreshing qualities associated with the style.

Aug 31, 2014
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ThomasT from Canada (AB)

2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Straw-coloured with lots of bubbles and a two-finger, rapidly fading head.
Smell: Corn, malt, and a little bit of rice. Slight piney hops.
Taste: Relatively dry, with a little bit of corn and malt and a decent hop bite on the finish. Vicious carbonation.
Overall: A drinkable and affordable beer that is good if you are trying to save money and doesn't have to be ridiculously cold.

Jul 23, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thick sudsy white head which slowly recedes with moderate lacing. Color is clear straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt dominates with a bit of grassy herbal hops in the background. Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: sweet barley malt, some corn sweetness, some mild hop in the finish. There is also a bit of paperiness and a bit of green apple.
Overall: a mild, pleasant, refreshing lager.

Apr 27, 2014
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archyquaffer from Montana

2.84/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a pint can into a shaker pint glass. A semi-aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, frothy head. This settles down to about 1/8 inch and sticks around for the duration. The beer is a pale straw color with pretty active carbonation.

Light corn and cooked vegetable characteristics are in evidence in the flavor and aroma, but nothing too off-putting. Actually, it's rather watery in flavor and mouthfeel. Maybe just a slight tang of metal. I don't detect any of the skunkiness that I associate with Canadian brews. The finish is quite clean with just a tad bit of lingering sweetness. Some light floral hops are perhaps in play, but barely detectable.

This is a clean tasting, light bodied beer with good head retention, and rather easy to drink. You could do a lot worse with the AALs out there. I paid $6.99 for a six pack of pint cans at a Safeway store.

Note: I modified this review after drinking about three of these in succession. The wateriness really gets to me after awhile. Though I don't expect much for the style, this beer could really use some flavor.

Mar 24, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours bright straw gold with a inch of white soapy foam that fell fast and left no lace just a thin ring. Nose is pristine. Light sweet corn and a bit of grain. No fruit. The hops show up only to give a bit of grass. Taste is crisp, clean and mild except for a bit of bite from carbonation. Has a thin body with a touch of dry cracker and sweet corn. No fruit. I really like it. As it warms rather than discover a bunch of off flavors that compel you to drink this quickly, this one shows off a bit of water that I would say tastes like new snow. They claim to use mountain stream water in their brewing.

Mar 18, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a nice two finger pure white head with nice retention and lots of lacing. Looks good for an adjunct lager. Standard adjunct lager aroma of sweet malt, grain and faint grassy hops. Flavor follows with sweet malt and grain, finishing with hints of grassy hops and a surprisingly sweet finish, which is almost articicially saccharine, but probably related to corn adjuncts. Light bodied. A fairly standard adjunct lager, safe and tame and lightly sweet; the noted sweetness in the finish was pleasant at first,but left me wishing for a bit more hops instead. A light, mellow adjunct lager as expected. Another stray single bottle from the bargain basket at the local grocery store.

Feb 01, 2014
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Zorro from California

2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly malty with detectable levels of noble hop aroma. Slightly spicy and grassy. Slight lemon aroma.

Starts out fairly dry with a slight lemon flavor. Toasted grain flavor and no off tastes. This is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a pretty clean and not particularly notable beer. Boring but competent and cleaner tasting than Budweiser.

Jan 09, 2014
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Aaron_Ramson from California

3.71/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A friend of mine from Utah grew up drinking this beer and couldn't wait to give me a bottle to try. He called it "way better than Coors light", which let me know exactly what I was gettin myself into. Taking that in mind, I truly enjoyed this beer. Pale light lager with a nose of grain, corn and hops that balance very well. The taste is light and soft; cereal grains, husk, corn, very clean with a medium thin yet creamy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated but does not "bite". A very tasty session beer that is superior to American adjunct lagers, and does indeed taste "way better than Coors light".

Nov 08, 2013
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bondjedi from Washington

3.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and cold, redolent of hockey, lumberjacks, wolverines, and the Yukon. But for that there isn't much to recommend here - doesn't taste bad but doesn't taste good, either. Pours with a hearty glug glug, a neutral yellow and a foam that disappears quickly. You'll need at least a twelver to get your swerve on.

Aug 19, 2013
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fabiansoliz from New York

3.73/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was light and crisp, yet bold and flavorful. I was pleased with the taste and it quickly became my favorite when in Vancouver. It was the type of beer that I tend to gravitate to because it was easy to drink. I look forward to returning to Canada so that I can reunite with this tasty selection. It's a favorite with Canadians too and as I noticed it was available in cans, bottles and on-tap, as well as a light variation. it's definitely a beer I will remember.

Aug 02, 2013
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Olek4374 from Canada (AB)

2.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Kokanee is a popular macro here in Edmonton, and everyone has had it at one point or another. It pours a pale yellow with not much smell to report. It's got dat corney taste that adjunct lagers have, but it is not as pronounced as some of the cheaper beers. Aftertaste is tolerable.

I'd grab this sooner than a bud or canadian. It's best cold and is very refreshing.

May 07, 2013
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well I have not reviewed a real adjunct lager in a while. Poured from a bottle.

A thin layer of white head caps a fizzy "well-hydrated person's urine" yellow body. The head disappears in record time.

Smells a little like a skunk splashed with PBR. Actually there is a sweet corn aroma that dominates and it really isn't so bad.

Light malty flavors of corn, rice, and barley paired with a generic "hop" flavor (not like actual hop flowers, but rather a bitter shadow of them). Every bit as complex as the usual American examples of this style.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and light. Light body.

Conclusion: Reminds me of Heineken more than MGD or Bud. Not terrible but nothing different than the usual. I really enjoy beers like this from time to time actually. No major flaws, nothing to differentiate it from the next adjunct lager.

Sep 18, 2012
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brokensail from California

2.19/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour is the appropriate pale yellow color with a short lived, but voluminous white head. An extremely powerful skunk aroma to this. A fair amount of grass along with some lemon, yeast, and sulfur. The flavor is mostly just sweet cereal notes with a bit of rice. Quite a bit of grass, lemon, and tons of skunkiness to go along with it all.

Jul 16, 2012
Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 175 ratings