Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 781
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 5.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. I really like the head's creaminess factor, and retention isn't half-bad (for a macro). A small ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (4)

Smell: I get some noble hops, backed by touches of cereal grain and crackery malt. The feature I really like in a kolsch is that estery, white wine quality - at first, I don't pick that up at all. It appears after opening up, albeit only gently. This one smells a bit rough around the edges to me, nor do I pick up any rye. (2.75)

Taste: It starts off very corny - it's style appropriate in smaller doses, but here it's almost overwhelming. A touch of fruit esters appears in the midtaste (think apple and white grape), while the finish has the mildest hint of noble hops. And boy, are they ever mild. The rye malt is really hard to find...nope, still haven't found them yet. Not feeling this one, sadly. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This has a bit too much bulk on the palate for me. It starts off sweet, but it does dry out decently on the finish. Carbonation is powerful, helping to cleanse the palate decently. No complaints here. (3.25)

Overall: I didn't particularly have high hopes for this. In that regard, it lives up to the hype. A ho-hum kolsch with too much adjunct presence, and that's all there is to it. (2.5)

2.73/5: There's a hole in our damn canoe, Charlie (1,430 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle
Sep 2015

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy white head that disapates quickly, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, little citrus note. The taste is nice, malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly citrusy. Medium body. Overall a nice thirst quencher, but would not buy again. (369 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with a tight white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was some very faint hops. The taste was slightly sweet with barely noticeable bitterness. Good carbonation level.

I was drawn to the beer by the "Kolsch-style with Rye" on the label. I didn't find too much Kolsch-like character and I expected the rye to provide a more bread like contribution to the flavor that wasn't there.

Nevertheless, this is a decent enough beer and goes down quite well on a hot summer day after working outside for several hours. (552 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of noble hops and not much else. Slightly sweet smelling.

Starts out mildly sweet with a little scorched sugar taste. Stays sweet with no real bitterness. And that's it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, not a great beer but it is drinkable. (315 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Hazy yellow color, not much head. Not a good flavor or aroma, a bit stale tasting. Grainy, corn flavors, but a bit oxidized tasting. (176 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
A - pale yellow colored body with a creamy white head that holds decent retention
S - pale malt, faint spicy rye, yeast, grass, slightly light struck
T - grass, pale malt, wheat, lemon zest, a bit of spiciness and earthiness from the rye
M - thin body, moderate carbonation, odd finish: artificial lemon cleaner and earth. Rye provides a dry finish.
O - usually I like beer with rye in it; I also like kölsch, but this was a disappointment. Not far from a pale light lager with lemon zest in a way. I'd avoid this one. (531 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Sub-par retention that fizzes away to reveal a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Big grain and bready malts on the aroma. Light spice.

Taste - Light, bready malt flavor upfront and a decent spice bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near watery body with light, bitey carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - There's nothing offensive about this brew, but it basically lacks any kind of interesting flavor character. Bland comes to mind. I don't mind drinking it, but I would never buy it again. (640 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Next door neighbor cooked some kabobs on Saturday afternoon and gave me a glass of some heavy IPA. Then he gave me something else that had the consistency of cough syrup. So when he said he wanted to cook a pizza on the grill (wtf?) on Sunday, I told him that I'd provide the beer. I went to the store looking for something light, more fitting for a hot summer afternoon. Almost anything from Leinenkugel's is perfect for this occasion.

This is a smooth, easy beer perfect for when you're grilling on a hot Sunday afternoon in the summer. It's got a beautiful orange tinted color and a smell reminiscent of witbier. It's not heavy. In fact, it's very light. It's got a great taste not much different than Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. (763 characters)

Photo of cowboy1962
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They call this a Kolsch but it tastes like a good American Lager to me. It is similar to PBR or Schlitz, which to me isn't a bad thing except for the price. Taste's good except it's over priced. (194 characters)

Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of Mardukk
3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with a thin layer of head but plenty of effervescence. Light-bodied but the malt backbone still pokes through. Tastes like some adjuncts were part of the mix. (176 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,353 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.12/5  rDev -1%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of KLHBB
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.18/5  rDev +32.7%
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! (578 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of boogieman
3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Bevmeister
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

I had this several times but for the sake of reviewing, I borrowed a stange which is what this review is based off of.
The appearance was a fairly clear yellow color with streams of carbonation seen rising rapidly. One finger white foamy and bubbly head dissipated within about a half minute. Light lacing stuck slightly and then fell.
The smell had some sweet grainy cereal and corn with a slight grassiness as well.
The taste was mainly the same sweet corn with grassiness. There's not as much cereal in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a decent harshness but managed to control itself decently. I'd say this one was pretty light and sessionable.
Overall, good for what it is but I think I'm still trying to get my bearings on this kolsch sort of thing. (761 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very clear straw yellow, with a good amount of visible carbonation, a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a bit corny, with some grassy hops, and grainy malts.

The taste is similar. Not horrible, but not really typically Kolsch-like, more like a weak American blonde or a middle of the road adjunct lager. It says it's made with rye, I don't taste that at all. Just some sweet grainy and corny malt flavors, with only the slightest touch of hop flavors.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, drinkable, but gets a bit worse when its cold.

Would be decent if it was an American Adjunct Lager, as a Kolsch, it's pretty bad. (647 characters)

Photo of Strix
2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark gold, pretty average looking.

Bready, but also corny with a bit of skunk.

Perhaps with great imagination I can conjure up some rye, but this doesn't feel like a far cry from anything else in the main Leinie's line. Just another lager, this time with a bit more breadiness and thin malts, marred by a bit of skunky steamed vegetables.

Medium mouthfeel.

For me this was lacking the crispness I like in a Kolsch, and just a grainy mess. (451 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.