Kokanee Glacier Beer | Columbia Brewery

Kokanee Glacier BeerKokanee Glacier Beer
BA SCORE
2.79/5
168 Ratings
Kokanee Glacier BeerKokanee Glacier Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Columbia Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
kokaneeglacierbeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by riversider76 on 03-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,831
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
168
pDev:
22.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of kylehay2004
2.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me as a gift, a good gesture for sure but the beer itself was a bit on the blah side. Poured out as a pale yellow color with bubbles rising to the top and some foam on top. The head fades and doesn't leave any lacing at all. The smell of the beer was a little skunked... Not the best aroma here at all. The taste of this was a little bitter but had flavors of corn, and some other grains. The mouthfeel is like a club soda. Overall I'm happy that it was a gift and I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can. I loved the commercials for this stuff back in the 90's. "We're out here, and the beer is in there!" "Hi, I'm Kelly, and this is my friend, Mike". Mmmm...Kelly...but I digress.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden straw "colour", with lots of thinly foamy, and soapy off-white head, which disappears a lot quicker than this stuff seems to out of the ski lodge fridge, and leaves some chunky tree-top lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of pithy grainy adjunct malt, strained overcooked vegetables, and an acetone skunkiness. The taste is astringent, sour rice and corn, with more cooked veggies, wet metal, and a hollow echo of any hoppiness that might have been.

The carbonation is all right, soft in its bearing, not that it much matters in this case, only that it doesn't make things worse, I guess, the body on the light and watery side, and well smooth in the same sense. There is a bitter aftertaste, unrelated to any hops that I've ever tasted, and the carbonation finally makes an unwelcome appearance after the fact, just in time to make my stomach feel as bad as my taste buds do.

Not the worst of the Great Canadian macrolager hegemony, but then it really is hard to tell without trying them all at once - what fresh hell that would be! Oh - and the Kokanee Ranger? Good freaking riddance.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of woodychandler
2.97/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CANadian beer in a CAN! CAN it get any better?

From the CAN: "Every drop of Kokanee is brewed right here in Creston, B.C. Cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste exclusively from B.C.'s mountain brewery."

Two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was very cereal-like along with the underlying lager sweetness. Deja vu all over again! Mouthfeel was medium with a slight metallic sharpness along with the standard adjunct lager sweetness. Oof. I CANnot say that this was my first time down this road, but it is tiresome, plus CAN't the CANadians do better than this? Why would they want to copy our weakest style when they did not have Prohibition? Finish was slightly sweet, nothing unusual. Overall, a big ho hum.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale maize beneath an ivory colored cap that reached four fingers following a vigorous pour. The crown actually looks pretty good and is lasting much longer than expected. Since beer of this style is almost always light amber, head and lace usually end up determining the appearance score. It's hard to find much fault with the look.

The aroma isn't too bad, considering. Sure, it's grain-like, but there's nothing offensive about it. It smells fresh and lightly sweet, almost like a cream ale. For what it's worth, Columbia calls KGB a 'Pilsner Style Lager'. No one really expects a brewery to call their beer an American adjunct lager, do they? Especially if they're Canadian, eh.

Things begin to fall apart when beer hits buds. Kokanee becomes much more grainy and has a harsh, ragged sort of hoppiness. Don't these guys know that most people don't like bitterness and 'aftertaste'? They must be doing something right, though, because this little lager is hailed as 'British Columbia's most popular beer'. And we all know that popularity is the same thing as quality, right?

This is the sort of offering that should be kept as cold as possible (while maintaining the liquid state). I start most low-ABV beer out at 45-50 degrees when I review and a nasty quality is already starting to creep in. The final two-thirds of the can will be a chore to drink. I'd like to suggest more malt sweetness and less hop bitterness. Or better quality hops.

The body/mouthfeel is close to watery leading up to the finish, then frankly watery on the finish. While it seemed acceptably bubbled initially, the carbonation has now lost interest. Truthfully, so have I.

The fact that Kokanee Glacier Beer is the best selling beer in British Columbia makes about as much sense as Budweiser being the best selling beer in America. Bottom line: this is drinkable in a pinch, but I hope I'm never in that much of a pinch.

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Photo of womencantsail
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a chance to try Kokanee whilst in Calgary for a conference at the local Earls Bar and Restaurant. Kokanee's appearance is quite nice, it is golden clear with no head. There really was no smell, grainy if anything. The taste carried a solid grain with well balanced hops....went great with my ribs. The mouthfeel was very smoot and easy drinking.

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Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(reviewed to style)

A- Very pale. Short white fizzy head. A few streams of effervescence. Decent head retention per the style, minimal lacing.

S- Smells grainy/grassy/biscuity.

T- More biscuits and grassiness. Hops and malt sweetness balance nicely I beleive. Not too off-putting actually.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D/O- A lot of what sets these AALs apart from each other I feel is the amount of sweetness the malts give off. Kokanee is not over the top with sweetness but settles in at a pretty happy medium. Very drinkable but would pass for more flavorful beer in almost every instance.

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Photo of Tone
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, rice, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rice, grain, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, well blended, but not complex and the appearance and aroma are lacking.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Zorro
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.

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Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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. . .

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Photo of wordemupg
2.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into 500ml schneider weisse glass on aug17 2009

A clear straw yellow, with a big bubbly head that had some retention and even some lace. heavy bubbles float up from every point within the glass, not what i expected

S not as nice quite plain, mild hops and some sweet grains

T as it smells really, another big name beer nothing great going on here. from a king it has time to warm up, this is not a good thing, drink ice cold

MD a little to much carbonation for me and nothing nice to say about the last few sips

another plain lager try it if you must

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Photo of Donkster46
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted like sweet corn and fizzy water. Pairs well only with hockey!

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Pours the expected clean, clear light golden yellow of the style with over an inch of fluffy white head that had surprisingly good retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a slight nice grain scent, but was mostly the expected sweet smell of the style. On the tongue, again, a bit of grain, mostly sweet, a very slight touch of skunk and a for bit of bland. In other words, typical for the style.

The body was, as expected thin, but typical. Drinkabilty was what you expect from the style, smooth and easy, but why bother?

Overall, this isn't the worst example of the style I've tried. I you're in the mood for a Fizzy Yellow Beer, or if you're someplace without craft beer options, you could do worse than this.

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Kokanee Glacier Beer from Columbia Brewery
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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