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    Need Opinions on Kokanee Beer

    Hey guys, I've had a few people tell me they like Kokanee Beer out of British Columbia.
    Is it worth ordering from NY? I see it's only 5% alcohol but how's the taste?
    I realize this is a bike forum but I didn't know where else to ask.

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    I would go with Shaftebury or Granville Island. Kokanee is like recycled astronaut p*ss...ok on a spaceship so you don't die from dehydration , but best avoided otherwise!

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    A truely horrible beer. I don't actually know anybody who can drink the stuff.

    If you want a good beer try Mt. Begbie Brewing out of Revelstoke. The owner/brewmaster is an avid MTBer.

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    A real sasquatch won't even touch it, that's just marketing hype. You guys already have Coors, why would you need to import another mediocre beer.
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    Way below average IMHO. It is quite popular with teenagers who haven't worked out what beer is supposed to taste like yet. Goes to show what aggresive marketing can achieve. Kootenay Ale (another Columbia Brewing Company beer) isn't bad though if you must drink one of their beers.

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    Kokanee gold isn`t too shabby
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    Kokanee gold isn`t too shabby

    I have been drinking Kokanee since we had to drive to invermere to get it, when they got bought out, the QC fell a bit...


    Best beer for me to drink, doesn't seem to have whatever it is my body doesn't like about beer.

    Yeah go with the sexy micro brew stuff it is always cooler.

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    Judging by the number of empty Kokanee cans lying in the ditches by the side of the road, I'd say it's really popular. Right up there with Budweiser.

    My current brew of choice is After Dark from Nelson Brewing Co.

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    I guess it depends on the other types of beer you like. Kokanee isn't that much different than Molson Canadian. If you like one, you will like the other.
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    During past visits to BC, I loved Kokanee. But this last time I went up, it cost me $25 for a 15 pack. Crazy. Then I came to realize that it tastes like Bud (which I personally hate).

    Granville is a good option. I really like the Honey Lager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gord962
    I guess it depends on the other types of beer you like. Kokanee isn't that much different than Molson Canadian. If you like one, you will like the other.
    I like Molson Canadian alot and Labatts just because it reminds me when I was younger playing ice hockey. i like the Molson Canadian taste though. I don't like the dark or wheat beers. Any recommendations for clear Lager?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    I like Molson Canadian alot and Labatts just because it reminds me when I was younger playing ice hockey. i like the Molson Canadian taste though. I don't like the dark or wheat beers. Any recommendations for clear Lager?
    Labatt Blue is also similar to Kokanee and Canadian as well.
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    Just the name Kokanee (Glacier Beer) makes my mouth water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    Just the name Kokanee (Glacier Beer) makes my mouth water.
    All hype.

    There are alot better beers out there.
    Like the After Dark or Face Plant from Nelson brewing.
    Mt Begbie Brewing is good also.

    Dead Frog (Both the Pale and amber ale) are is quite good.
    Been in short supply lately due to some issues I was told.

    And then there is always Guiness!!! But that is not local.

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    Whistler Brewing Company has been making a sick Lager for a few years now that is amazing, also their Pale Ale and Honey Lager are excellent too, not sure about the distribution yet though, so far only available in BC....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgprimo
    All hype.

    There are alot better beers out there.
    Like the After Dark or Face Plant from Nelson brewing.
    Mt Begbie Brewing is good also.

    Dead Frog (Both the Pale and amber ale) are is quite good.
    Been in short supply lately due to some issues I was told.

    And then there is always Guiness!!! But that is not local.

    Sounds like you're a hard core beer drinker. I don't like anything dark, wheat, or guiness like. If it resembles Molson Canadian, I'll like it.
    The beers you're talking about above, Dark and Amber, I'll pass on.

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    Kokanee is venom. totally gross. Lighthouse Beer out of Victoria is the shiznit. The owner and brew master is a dedicated rider, sponsors all the good events...and when he brings his bike for tune-ups, always has a few flats for the shop guys. Try the IPA really nice.

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    I haved peed on the Kokanee Glacier - which made me happy till I realized that Kokanee beer is actually made from water drawn from the rivers @ Creston
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Preroll
    Kokanee is venom. totally gross. Lighthouse Beer out of Victoria is the shiznit. The owner and brew master is a dedicated rider, sponsors all the good events...and when he brings his bike for tune-ups, always has a few flats for the shop guys. Try the IPA really nice.
    Looks nice but I don't like Amber or Pale Ale. Do they make a lager?

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    The only time I drink Kokanee is when it is given to me for free, and even then I usually chase it with tequila to get rid of the nasty aftertaste. If you like lighter beer, Wild Rose IPA is quite good, and you might like Alexander Keith's IPA. You also might like Black Label, Club and Mountain Crest, especially if you like Molson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    Sounds like you're a hard core beer drinker. I don't like anything dark, wheat, or guiness like. If it resembles Molson Canadian, I'll like it.
    The beers you're talking about above, Dark and Amber, I'll pass on.
    Sounds like you'll be satisfied with kokanee then. Or better yet, bud light lime.
    Personally, with so many good selections out there, why any one would bother with Molson or Kokanee is beyond me. Especially since they are not all that cheap. President's Choice beer is cheap, and arguably better (available in AB superstore liquorstores).

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    Kokanee = cooking beer.

    Try Alexander Keiths, Okanagan 1516, Granville Island Honey Lager if you like the lighter beers. Oh, and Sleeman's Genuine Draft.

    If you like a bit more oomph, check out the Crannog brewery in Sicamous. Incredibly nice brews.

    I have a keg running on my deck at all times, charged up with Tree ( the Kelowna brewery). I alternate between Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale and Kelowna Pilsener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnySmoke
    Kokanee = cooking beer.

    Try Alexander Keiths, Okanagan 1516, Granville Island Honey Lager if you like the lighter beers. Oh, and Sleeman's Genuine Draft.

    If you like a bit more oomph, check out the Crannog brewery in Sicamous. Incredibly nice brews.

    I have a keg running on my deck at all times, charged up with Tree ( the Kelowna brewery). I alternate between Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale and Kelowna Pilsener.
    You, sir, have the greatest deck in BC!

    Crannog = Sorrento. Walking distance from my house It's an excellent brewery for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    Sounds like you're a hard core beer drinker. I don't like anything dark, wheat, or guiness like. If it resembles Molson Canadian, I'll like it.
    The beers you're talking about above, Dark and Amber, I'll pass on.
    Something else that you may like is BigRock. http://www.bigrockbeer.com/
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    It has to be better than Budweiser. Right?
    I think Budweiser is the worst.

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    I guess it is better than bud, but not by much - it is a BC hillbilly beer, even more so than Dude Beer, mandatory to have a few empties floating around in the back of your pickup when you go 'muddin'.
    Fernie Brewing does a few nice beers in small batches, they even do a lager, if that is your thing.

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    Kokanee - another sad, sad case of a Canadian trying to be 'merican. : rolleyes:

    Dead Frog. Now there's a brew!

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    Kokanee beer, I grew up on the stuff.
    My mom would take my 5 dollar allowance and pick me up a dozen
    when i was like 15 or so. (ah the good old days)
    Still drink it in the pub from time to time but always with Clamato.
    Given the choice of a Columbia Brewing bevy I'd take Kootenay.
    It has a nicer flavor, a little darker, and doesn't need the clam to make it palatable.
    just my $.02
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    alley kat out of Edmonton

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    Kokanee = Swill trying to be hip.
    Ranks down there with mass market brands like Molson Canadian and Labatt's Blue :P pfft
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    Kokanee = bear piss.

    I am Canadian and drink Corona thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    Hey guys, I've had a few people tell me they like Kokanee Beer out of British Columbia.
    Is it worth ordering from NY? I see it's only 5% alcohol but how's the taste?
    I realize this is a bike forum but I didn't know where else to ask.

    Thanks

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    i like kokanne, it is similar to canadian, but comparison to bud lime? ick. it is nice on a hot day, and it isnt too expensive. i also like big rock, it is unpastureized so my step mom tells me...though, that doesnt really matter to me. are there better beers? yes, but id put as more of a local favorite to the western areas and it is made with glacier spring water. which i find very clean tasting compared to canadian and dude among others which uses your standard purified bottled water (ie tap water but through a strict filtration process)

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    my favourite brew:


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    I am living in Creston BC at the moment and don't mind a cold Kokanee gold or even the regular stuff. It is your basic domestic beer. Nothing special. Alexander Keith's is tad better imo and now brewed at the Kokanee Brewery. With that said, the locals here are highly cultured and seem to prefer Budweiser over Kokanee or anything else. Go figure. I prefer Honey Ale from the Nelson Brewing Company myself.

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    bud was the beer of castlegar too. i've always liked bud be it brewed in the states or canada; kokanee is fine too. now pilsner is one that i've never understood what the big deal is about. calgary mountain bikers seem to have an infatuation with that piss

    to the OP, find and sample some bc and ontario microbrews, there is a ton of great stuff out there.

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    You can thank Saskatchewan for spreading the Pilsner love to Alberta. Pilsner is the beer of choice there and I don't care for it much either. I will drink it if it is cold though.

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    yeah, I come from Ontario, so I guess that's why I don't get it. it's not like it's that bad, but it really seems people go nuts for it

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    Oh crap - now you've done it!

    I fear that you guys may just have pissed off the Pilsner Gods. Best say you are sorry or you are doomed to a fate of nausia and wicked headaches every night of drinking more than 8 good beer. Oh damn! Now I've done it.....sorry Pilsner Gods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronny
    You can thank Saskatchewan for spreading the Pilsner love to Alberta. Pilsner is the beer of choice there and I don't care for it much either. I will drink it if it is cold though.
    Not quite.... It's actually the opposite. 'Pil' (I recall it being called Lethridge Pilsner when I was young) was originally brewed by the now defunct Sick's Brewery in Lethbridge Alberta. It's now brewed in Edmonton and Vancouver by Molson. The original Lethbridge brewery is pictured in the upper left hand corner of the label. It became a popular Saskatchewan beer upon becoming a sponsor of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6f6rider


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    Nice piece of history. Pilsner may have come from Alberta but it was never popular there like it is in Saskatchewan. I actually went to school in Lethbridge with several guys from Saskatchewan who were pretty serious about their Pilsner. Saskatchewan Pil drinkers are a loyal bunch.

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    molson old-style pilsner is pretty good. but for a true taste of saskatchewan get great western pilsner. gw pil + clam, one of my favs to order in a bar.

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    kokanee, on the other hand, didn't used to be so watery. did it?

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    how has no one mentioned Lucky?? I guess it's more of an Island hillbilly beer than an Interior hillbilly beer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lager

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    It's official... in honor of the final play in this year's Grey Cup, the term "Baker's Dozen" has been changed to "Saskatchewan Dozen". Maybe Molson will start throwing a thirteenth bottle into every case of Old Style Pilsner
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    Yeah that is seriously Deliverance style beer.

    Quote Originally Posted by FullMonty
    how has no one mentioned Lucky?? I guess it's more of an Island hillbilly beer than an Interior hillbilly beer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lager

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