Columbia Brewery (Labatt-InBev) Reviews




Bill Becker
1.9
Kokanee
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.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Coolcatlou
4
Kokanee

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

beer_o_clock420
1
Kokanee Gold

Sunday, August 13, 2017

seveneleven86
2
Kokanee

Friday, August 4, 2017

darrenelli
5
Kokanee
Awesome good taste and fresh from the west
Thursday, July 27, 2017

shawnmurphy
1.8
Kokanee
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.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tranquillity
1.3
Kokanee
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.
Friday, July 7, 2017

beerguy104
4
Kokanee
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.
Sunday, June 4, 2017

ctgfyo
0.8
Kokanee
Just a garbage beer, it’s got a bad after taste, there are cheaper beers with a better taste
Thursday, January 19, 2017

pootzboy
2.8
Kokanee
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.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

slowrunner77
1.1
Kokanee Light
from summer visits to upstate NY where Canadian swill sells like Bud. This yellow pee pee beer is not their strong suit. Generic sweetness, light berry skunk and little else.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Patrickctenchi
2.1
Kokanee
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.
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Christpuncher
2.2
Kokanee
Terrible beer. No flavor, like a natural light. Pours light yellow very transparent. Had out of a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Strangebrewer
2.2
Kokanee
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.
Friday, August 26, 2016

PeatyPete
2.3
Kokanee
Yellow coloured beer with white head. Aroma is grassy en a bit of hay. Taste is grainy and a bit watery.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Kleg
5
Kokanee

Saturday, June 11, 2016

sawyerpc15
2.5
Kokanee
Just your average canadian lager beer. I have trouble distinguishing between this, Canadian, Blue, etc.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

altonbrownd
2.1
Kokanee
Bottle at Snowbird. Light yellow body with thin head. Nose is nondescript. Taste is light, corn and malty. Crisp finish. Not much to it.
Friday, June 3, 2016

kaser
2
Kokanee
Crisp clean lager. Nothing great or bad about it. Golden and bubbly pour from bottle at the Calgary airport. White head. Grassy. Straw. Fine
Monday, May 30, 2016

LethalPossum
2
Kokanee

Sunday, April 10, 2016

kto
2.1
Kokanee
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.
Monday, February 8, 2016

Bonaldi_Taylor
2
Kootenay True Ale

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bonaldi_Taylor
2
Kokanee Gold

Friday, February 5, 2016

mkory
2
Kokanee Gold

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

IrishBoy
1.9
Kokanee
12 oz bottle brought back from my aunt and uncle’s 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.
Thursday, November 26, 2015

biir
2.2
Kokanee
A slightly below average lager and exactly the reason why craft beer got so big in northern america, I guess.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

mkory
2
Kokanee

Saturday, October 31, 2015

solidfunk
0.8
Kokanee Gold
I remember drinking this stuff when it first came out when I was 16 and even then I stopped liking it. The coppery "amber" taste in this is fairly revolting. Regular Kokanee is far superior to this, and that’s not saying a lot. Finishes extremely sour from adjuncts. Bottle at a Boston Pizza in Winnipeg.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Reeko
0.5
Kokanee
I really have nothing to say about this beer. I would rather drink water. After switching to craft brew I will never go back to kokanee.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bonaldi_Taylor
1
Kokanee

Friday, August 14, 2015

adamnowek
1.9
Kokanee
Crisp but with a slightly more of a bit than your average Canadian lager. Kind of a chemical aroma.
Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ferris
2.7
Kokanee Gold
Bottle - Apple and sweet grains. Light Amber with an off white head. Light sweet brown sugary malts and a light clean finish. Light malt water and apple.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ferris
2.9
Kootenay True Ale
Bottle - Sweet malts and some butterscotch. Clear gold with a decent white head. Light green apple and sweet light malts.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

gnoff
2.8
Kokanee Gold
Sampled at The Loose Moose in Vancouver, June 21, 2015.
Sold as "Dam Amber" for some reason. Draught.
Clear golden to amber color, white head. Malty, cream taste. Grainy aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, medium low bitterness. Malty scent.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ogre71
4
Kokanee
Kokanee has always been one of my favorites from Canada. Has a good clean crisp taste smooth finish very drinkable.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Gerbeer
1
Kootenay True Ale
341 ml bottle. A lightly malt flavoured, heavily carbonated drink. Fluffy. No need to try again.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

jgb9348
1.1
Kokanee
Crisp clear coloured body with a thinnish white head. Aroma of pale malt, alcohol, cardboard and a touch of caster sugar. Light-bodied; Pale funky flavour of cardboard, stale malt and absolutely nothing else - not even bad flavours - just water. Aftertaste shows the cardboard, alcohol and water - pale and nothing giving. Overall, a very poor beer - and one I guess I should have known was garbage, but I didn’t recognise the name on a Chinese restaurant in the West End of downtown Vancouver, so I tried it, and I wish I would have thought othertwise. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Dinesty Chinese Restaurant in the West End of Vancouver, British Columbia on 07-June-2015 for CA$4,50.
Monday, June 8, 2015

Atom
2.2
Kokanee
12oz bottle pours a very bubbly pale golden with a large white head. Aroma of stale corn and garden picked green beans, and glue paste. Taste similar to aroma some upchuck belchy aftertaste. Hockey beer!
Friday, June 5, 2015

commonmac
1.8
Kokanee
Bottle with Saturday Shirt. Pint glass which seems like too classy for this beer. Smell is pretty brutal...basically grains and malt liquor. Taste is pretty much the same with grain and mild unimpressive hops taking center stage. Feels like a frat beer. Not a compliment. Light and simple with little complexity. Kind ofsweet. Nothing noteworthy to be found. You can find better.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

BreWedge
3
Kokanee Gold
On tap @ 1979 Tap & Grill, Wainwright, AB. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aromas are primarily sweet malts. Strong caramel malt and a bit of a tinny flavour that could potentially pass as hops. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and a medium caramel finish. This beer has some character and I enjoyed it (for a macro) although it could be a result of having spent the last ten days on exercise with 7000 troops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy
Monday, May 4, 2015

sergelutaba
1
Kokanee

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jur
1.9
Kokanee
Bottle @ Raven's Nest, Whistler B.C. Pale yellow, little head. Watery, light malts, bit artificial. Immediately forgotten...
Friday, March 20, 2015

Reimer96
0.5
Kootenay True Ale
What a farce... This isn’t an ale... Same cheap shit as any macro... Garbage and watery.
Sunday, February 15, 2015

greenhorn1
2
Kokanee
Ok it is what it is, but when we visit BC, we always have to get a "jug" of Kokanee, it’s just what you do. That being said, it’s still better than your average American lager (miller).
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

smokinsteve
4
Kokanee

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Richwest68
3.6
Kokanee
Nice easy drinking lager/pilsner. Pale gold in colour, white head, lightly hopped. My preferred non craft Canadian lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, January 31, 2015

slowrunner77
2
Kokanee Gold
liked better than the canned Kokanee, but still not a favorite. It does have a little more malt and hop character but is still pretty boring.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

slowrunner77
1.5
Kokanee
"light color, light flavor profile, aroma, etc, etc, etc... nothing good, not horrible, but on low side of things for sure. canned lager, what can you expect?"
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GoufCustom
3.2
Kokanee


341 ml bottle bought at foodGARDEN in D2 Place, Lai Chi Kok.

Pale dull golden colour; One-quarter finger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation; Light aroma of malt, with very light grains, bread, moderate lemon and light grass; Light sweet taste of moderate malt, with very light grains, strong molasses, bread, light lemon and light bitter grass hops; Close to light body. Thin but slightly slick and crisp palate; Mouth feel is moderate, close to solid malt base for a Pale. Slightly watery but otherwise a good mouthful. Grain taste close to minimal, sweetness as in molasses not sickly sugar. Good breadyness. Solid!... Hoppiness is light lemon and grass in nose and taste. Low blow bitterness for an abrupt, faint astringent-light malt finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very easy, and quite malty to mouth.

Comments: Compare to rice-infested water like Buds, I prefer light but honest Pale like this one: solid maltyness for the style, very low grains, natural light sweetness, fair low hoppiness. No foul smeel and taste. More than drinkable, this is easily a go-to just like Carlsberg, only the prohibitive Canadian import price tag is deterring. Pretty nice!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Ericular
2.1
Kokanee
I’d have to do a side-by-side to speak intelligently as to how this compares to MGD and other pale lagers. It’s a bit above average, but otherwise too faint to notice any outstanding qualities.
Monday, September 1, 2014