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

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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Original review posting date 5/8/2008... On tap at The Dubliner in Ottawa... Looks a little better than the average macro bear - more of a darker - maybe honey - color with typical quick and ample carbonation. Head wasnt too bad. No crap on the nose - it smells very clean - sort of the way I remember Alpine Lager from the Maritimes. No silage from the minimal Saaz hops and adjuncts really shows up on the beak, but... ...the silage does make a grand entrance on the palate, as does a little rice(?) adjunct. Still its pretty crisp and inoffensive. This style lends itself to crappy aftertastes, but I dont really get one here. Finish is light as expected. If its the only thing around I could session this up pretty easily. Not the end-all by any means but a pleasant surprise for the style.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
I was weaned on this beer in the Crowsnest pass of Alberta. Served it at my wedding, my first borns celebration party and my buddys 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). Its available across Canada from the single source in creston BC Uh ya..Anyway...the beer. Its 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 dont 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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Patrickctenchi (6314) - Coxs 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 , its a standard-issue bargain Pale Lager.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Christpuncher (2940) - 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

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strangebrewer (1220) - 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PeatyPete (975) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2016 Yellow coloured beer with white head. Aroma is grassy en a bit of hay. Taste is grainy and a bit watery.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sawyerpc15 (65) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Just your average canadian lager beer. I have trouble distinguishing between this, Canadian, Blue, etc.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at Snowbird. Light yellow body with thin head. Nose is nondescript. Taste is light, corn and malty. Crisp finish. Not much to it.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
kaser (5869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Crisp clean lager. Nothing great or bad about it. Golden and bubbly pour from bottle at the Calgary airport. White head. Grassy. Straw. Fine

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kto (1044) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 8, 2016
0.355l bottle as "kokanee glacier fresh beer". pours a clear pale golden with a frothy white head and some lacing. aroma of grains, corn. flavour of sweet corn, mostly water. very thin body. sweetish finish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
IrishBoy (4141) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
12 oz bottle brought back from my aunt and uncles summer in Washington. Nose is corn and maybe a little floral hops along with a lager sweetness. Clear gold with a big, glass-lacing yellow tinged head that lasts a long time. Flavor is lightly sweet corn with a very slight bit of bitterness and caramel. OK pale lager.


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