Brewed by Columbia Brewery (Labatt-InBev)
Style: Pale Lager
Creston, Canada


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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kokanee is a 5.0 percent alcohol (by volume) lager that is smooth, clean and lightly hopped. It is brewed with mountain stream fed water and a blend of 3 malts and features a unique combination of superior Western-grown North American hops. Brewed in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia by the Columbia Brewing Company, Kokanee is British Columbia's most popular beer over the last 10 years. Since its introduction to the Northwest U.S. in the summer of 1994, many people have discovered and enjoyed Kokanee's cool, crisp, glacier fresh taste.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle. pours the clearest of yellows, white cap. nose is sweet corn broth, little bitters. mouth is clean, while brothy, ending with a dry light finish. overall clean and easy tasting, with an overly long lasting astringent finish.

69beerlover69 (3) - Chiraq, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2018 does not count
I absolutely love this beer. The experience is so much more divine when it is nice and cold. This beer should be the staple of your diet and fits with any food you choose to buy. This is a must buy when you find it on the shelf. I usually drink a 15 pack every Saturday and I still can't get enough.

Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2017
From Feb 2008 This pours from 12oz bottle a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer. The smell is typical for the style with notes of corn and malt and a slight hop pinch. The taste is of corny malt with a slight bitterness near and through the finish. Nothing offensive here but there are many that I can say that about. Pretty drinkable. There's not much more that I can say about it.

shawnmurphy (673) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Consumed while on vacation in Edmonton, Alberta. 12-ounce bottle pours clear light straw color with a spritz of white head and lacing. Aroma: corn syrup, cereal. Flavor: Corn Flakes cereal, Capt. Crunch cereal, Karo syrup, wet cardboard, salt. Mouthfeel: light-bodied.

Tranquillity (2571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2017
Bottled at ranchmans at the Calgary stampede. Clear body, small white head. The aroma is yeasty like most cheap lagers. The taste is fresh but musty. Clean finish.

beerguy104 (1) - Nowhere, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2017 does not count
I strongly recommend this beer for people who are looking for a great taste at an affordable price. There are cheap beers out there and there are expensive beers, this one is right smack in the middle, and remains an icon to Canada.

ctgfyo (6) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2017 does not count
Just a garbage beer, it’s got a bad after taste, there are cheaper beers with a better taste

pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
I was weaned on this beer in the Crowsnest pass of Alberta. Served it at my wedding, my first born’s celebration party and my buddy’s divorce parties. It goes great with any food from Elk roast to veggie burger. Kokanee is the epitome of smooth drinkable North-American pilsners. Columbia brewing sold to Labatts but the Columbia brewery in Creston still makes the Kokanee at one location, with gristed malt and pelletized Pac-NW hops and most important, soft calcite glacial run off water (perfect for lager making). It’s available across Canada from the single source in creston BC……… Uh ya..Anyway...the beer. It’s the best attempt yet at Canadianizing a mega brewed plisner into a very drinkable form without loosing too much taste. It has an 8 stage brewing process and is naturally aged in cold storage 28 days. This is the beer for you if you like to drink a refreshing light summer beer with all natural chem-free ingredients. If you come at it from any other frame of reference you will be guilty of judging it to be something it is not intended to be. Gristed malt, great water, naturally lagered, smooth crisp, drinkable. There is no such thing as a "Kokanee hangover". I have been drinking and brewing and writing about craft beer for over 20 yrs and this is one of 2 commercial brews I can tolerate……… Pours a pale straw color. Pleasing 2 finger rocky white cap with moderate retention that dissipates to a surface lace and lasts the rest of the drink. Has a pleasingly malty and slight pils/saaz spicy hop aroma. On the palate: starts malty with light crusty malts, smooth palate feel....distinctly 2 dimensional and light with just enough light hopping so the biscuit malts don’t dominate, finishes clean with a biscuit-bready sweet bite in after taste. A really great Canadian mega brew...the best actually. This is a well made beer and the mistake most people make is serving it too cold, cold kills this delicate flavor - serve at about 8deg. C, this will allow you to find the character in this delicate light pilsner.

Patrickctenchi (6812) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle: Clear gold, with a thin white head. Grainy, straw scent. Taste is a little cardboard, bland grain malt, barley. Oddly, this one seems to improve (slightly) with a bit of warming....other than that , it’s a standard-issue bargain Pale Lager.

Christpuncher (3215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Terrible beer. No flavor, like a natural light. Pours light yellow very transparent. Had out of a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Strangebrewer (1374) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2016
Can. Poured clear yellow with a dissipating white head. Stale grainy aroma. Light body, high carbonation, prickly mouthfeel. Grainy corn flavour, grassy hops, light bitterness.

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