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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Lemke10 on 01-17-2013

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Ratings: 728 | Reviews: 102
Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.04/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my favorite beer from the Leinenkugel Brewing Co. This kölsch-style beer is perfect on a warm summer day grilling out with friends and family. Extremely drinkable and one could definitely make this a session beer.

Photo of Peter_Anderson
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

all apples... all the time...cheap watery apples.

Photo of Anacross
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing, a great beer for a warm sunny day. Not sure about this being a kolsch though, it tasted like Dos Equis to me.

Photo of Mardukk
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with some lingering head and a bit of lacing.

Smells of apples and corn.

The taste is quite well balanced hop to malt. Tastes like a very good adjunct lager more than a kolsch. Aftertaste is pretty limited (aiding in the very good drinkability) but a film is left in the mouth. Definitely not the most dry kolsch out there.

Overall, a fantastic adjunct lager, due to the obvious presence of corn. Not very good for the style though. Superior drinkability, I would buy this again as a easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of 57md
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color. Effervescent. Light-bodied but the malt backbone still pokes through. Tastes like some adjuncts were part of the mix.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminds me of apple juice (not the sweetness, though, thankfully). Golden in color, with thin, fine, dissipating white head. Apples on the nose are stronger than the malt/adjunct, but not so strong as you'd find in a cider. Apples on the palate are even stronger, but more balanced with graininess than in the aromas. Very subdued hoppiness. Very light pencil shaving and herbal notes in the linger/finish (possibly from the rye and/or the hops), along with more apple. More highly carbonated than it looks, but not too bubbly going down. Medium bodied and crisp.

I have to say that I agree with the other reviewer who said that people are underrating this brew and not appreciating it for the style, but not with the absurdly high rating that they ended up giving it. When I rate a beer, I do take style into consideration, yes, but I also look at it as a stand-alone beverage, comparing it to ALL other beers, within the style or not. To rate a beer ONLY within its style, is, for example, to imply that the best Malt Liquor deserves just as high of a rating as the best Imperial Black Ale. It just doesn't work. The fact is, not only within styles, are some beers better than other beers (admittedly it is still subjective to the individual's tastes), but also within the overall category of beer, are some styles better than other styles.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this one, clean and crisp without a nasty aftertaste.

Photo of Jeff_Winger
4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice and refreshing, a clean taste with no bad after taste.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canoe paddler pours a straw color with a big creamy head. There is a skunky aroma. The taste is a bit skunky, strange sweetness, but a nice crisp and creamy malty aftertaste. A bit fizzy. Overall bad upfront flavors, taste cheap, but finishes nice.

Photo of bluto1998
4.51/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer for the style. good flavor and a decent color. Great everyday beer for working in the yard or dropping a line in the water.

Photo of Kale99
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

nice in early spring. solid everyday beer

Photo of KLHBB
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Sparkly golden color with a big head. Wheaty, a little citrus, minimal hops, a perfect coming in from yard work, thirst quenching beer.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.18/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You would think the people rating beers on a site like beer advocate would know how to rate beer. It seems like a lot of people think they are drinking something other than a Kolsch style beer or they just plain don't know anything about the style. A beer that Won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships should be ranked a lot higher. Goes to show you can't trust the People rating on this site or any site. Your better off forming your own opinion. My opinion: This is a great Kolsch Style Beer! If you like the style you will like this beer. Perfect for summer!

Photo of trytoketchup
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I do not write reviews.

Photo of Lettsgo3
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite from this series but good beer when paddling your canoe

Photo of JOldewurtel
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Nothing really great.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This has a nice Kolsch taste. The added rye makes the taste slightly heavy for repeatable enjoyment. This is an overall nice beer though.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really, really, simple beer from Leinenkugel's here with this one.

Photo of WestHam973
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

decent summer beer, best offering at local minor league team on dollar beer nights

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell was subtle but had notes of hop and malt with a little bit of citrus in it. The taste wasn't bad with a nice mellow flavor although the aftertaste was a tad skunky. The mouthfeel was nice for the beer as well. Nothing to write home about but not bad.

Photo of Beric
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 27 July 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, primarily to collect a new bottle cap. The bottle artwork is subpar at best. The cap itself is also quite uninspiring.

Smell: Smells 'beery' which a harsher edge than one would expect from a standard macro brew. Some spicy funk happening from the koelsch yeast, probably.

Taste: Really uninspiring offering from Leinie's- the taste is 'beery' at best and marginally offensive at worst. One of the worst koelsch-style beers I've had. The beer has a weird edginess to it and an underlying crispness, but the edginess really detracts from the style.

Mouthfeel: Feels light and fleeting, with okay carbonation. I would have liked it to be a bit crisper.

Overall: Uninspiring, but not truly subpar.

Photo of boogieman
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight from the bottle. Had a bright gold color. Very high head, overflowed the bottle when opened, but settled down into thin lacing rather quickly. Very faint, weak smell- somewhat grassy. The flavor was a sweet, grassy malt, but seemed surfacey- it could use a little more depth. It was very light and easy to drink. A good beer for a summer barbecue. Wasn't bad at all.

Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a 14oz pint glass. Bright gold color, with an airy head. The nose gives off scents of faint grainy malt, nothing more. The taste pretty much continues that theme: sweet, grainy malt, no hint of hops except in the faintest of senses. Yeast is lightly fruity. Bland and inoffensive is the best you can say.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Hops, Rye, some wheat and malt as well. Bit of a skunked smell for a "fresh" beer.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and rye. Mild wheat.

Overall: Ok brew. Not my first choice.

Photo of Bevmeister
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Golden amber beverage. It is tough to pour this one without creating a huge, thick foamy head that collapses quickly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Light wheaty smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste - The beer is marketed as having rye, but I do not taste any. It also does not have any citrus taste to it. However, it is a nice, light beer; a little crisp and a little bitter. No mellow beer with hints of citrus and spice. Hints of wheat stick to the back of the tongue afterwards. I do not really taste any hops.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and mid-ranged lightness.

Overall - Its an okay fall beer but perhaps too dry for a summer beer. Probably good to pair with most burgers and pub food. A beer I would buy a 6-pack of, but not a beer that I would buy a full case of.

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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.