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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Lemke10 on 01-17-2013

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/20/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and bitterness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Surprisingly good, and faithful to the style. Pale gold with very active carbonation keeps airy head aloft. Cereal aroma and taste, but that is expected for the style. Light and refreshing, short and clean finish. Prost!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an attractive brown honey color with ample suds atop it. The aroma is of light crackers, a hint of baking spice, and some vague fruitiness. The taste is pleasant, enjoyable, but not terribly complex. But I do not think this Kolsch is supposed to be lingered over. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could see downig these quickly o a hot day, or sipping it slowly as the sun sets. Not a stellar beer to contemplate, but given the right conditions, a very pleasant one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : Signature Leinenkugel's fluffy ale head - mountainous, puffy, and white. This one is 3 fingers and leaves clouds of lacing on the glass as it recedes. The color is straw/gold with a hint of brassiness. The opacity is about 60%.

S : It smells refreshing. I'm almost feeling hydrated by nosing this beer. Peaches, green grape, with a wonderful malt aroma mixed with the faintest of hop wafting up to the nose here. Behind that a typical beery nostalgic "lager" aroma (even though this is an ale). Very nice.

T : Bready, tons of malt and yeast. Slight hint of corn. It's super refreshing, with hints of lemon peel and orange flesh. A faint hint of grassiness also accompanies the flavor profile. I'm not sure whether I taste the rye but perhaps it's buried in the breadiness. This is a super refreshing and tasty beer.

F : Light enough to be thirst quenching, but substantial enough with its mini-bombs of cream that it floats nicely on the palate. It ends like a crisp lager on a lake while fishing.

O : This beer is solid. It's even better than Summer Shandy for those hot summer scorcher days.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ehhhh. Well kinda what you would expect. A little better than the macros, but it's a slight margin. If it's pricey in your area it's probably not worth it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a two finger head of bubbly white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy and slightly bready smell mixed with a little bit of a lemon and grassy smell. A tiny bit of yeast and rye are there as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and bready flavor mixed with some caramel and a little bit corn syrup and grass. As the taste moves forward a little bit of a rye flavor works its way onto the tongue and brings with it some citrus and spice flavors of a light pepper and some clove. With some lemongrass coming at the very end, one is left with a bready spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is a little bit on the higher side. Fairly nice for the style and for making for a rather easy drinking brew even in light of the somewhat odd mix of tastes of the brew.

Overall – A decent brew, with a good feel and a decent aroma and feel which made for a crisp and refreshing brew. It does however have a somewhat odd flavor combination, which I did not find all that approachable, but with that said others may like it, so I would say it is least one to give a try to.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of jancona
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light and crisp with a hint of bready malt. A nice summer session beer. Be sure to enjoy this after typing one hundred and fifty characters on a hot day.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.82/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light straw, look, little aroma. Tastes sweet with a little spice. Light body and good carb. More flavorful than an American lager for after mowing.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Anacross
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing, a great beer for a warm sunny day. Mild carbonation, tastes rye and a faint hint of lemongrass, smooth, easy to drink. Not sure about this being a kolsch though, tasted like Dos Equis to me. If you can put that aside, it's a good beer to enjoy.

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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.

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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 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.

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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. Light or 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.

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

Drank from the bottle, so I can't comment on looks.
Smelled like beer, which isn't descriptive, nothing else stood out of it other than "beer".
moderate carbonation, it has a crisp clean Kolsch taste. No bad aftertaste, clean and refreshing, easy to drink.

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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.

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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.

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