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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 01-17-2013)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The canoe paddler is a decent kolsch style beer...i like the addition of rye. The beer poured a clear golden with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was minimal at best....faint citrus and malt. The tatse was well balanced....the rye helped the beer finish clean off the pallet and sslightly dry. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and perfect for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 13:37:17 | More by WoodBrew
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In early 2013; Leinenkugel’s introduced its newest beer, Canoe Paddle. This Kolsch style brew with rye is an interesting choice for Leinie’s as you just do not run across too many Kolsch style beers being made in Wisconsin. Granted Leinenkugel’s is kind of an entry level beer for craft drinkers, it will be interesting to see how the general public takes to this new addition to the ever growing Leinie’s list of choices.

It pours a clear, pale amber color with a slight, lingering head. There is an average scent of rye and hops as the bottle indicated it is brewed with rye and 3 kinds of specialty hops. The good news it smells like beer, but it does not necessarily impress me that much.

The taste of rye is the first evident element here. It gives off a pretty decent grain, earthy tone with a hint of citrus. The after taste almost kind of reminds me of their Honey Weiss. When you are about half-way finished with this beer, it starts to lose it’s appeal as my taste buds quickly adapted to the rye and hop flavors. It leaves behind a slight, foamy lacing as well. Overall, it does drink very smooth and delivers a clean, refreshing taste.

A new beer is always awesome! This Kolsch is basically a beginner’s beer for someone looking to try the style. I’ve had at least 3 other Kolsch beers, and this is by far the weakest in area of flavor. It does deliver great drink-ability so you so can easily drink 3-4 of these no problem. This should go other pretty good as Spring and Summer approach.
-Chris Lemke of WisconisinBrewReview.com

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 18:39:03 | More by Lemke10
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer the other day, as I am sucker for all things Kolsch, regardless of who makes them. Drank the first 5 from the bottle, poured the last one into a stange for review.

Pours a clear pale gold with a massive white head on top. Great retention - leaves lots of sticky specks of lace on the glass. Nothing much to the nose. Some citrus, dry grains, whiffs of veggies.

Crisp, clean body. Refreshing, light, easy. Mild lemon soaked husky grains make up the bulk of the flavor. Really not much here that would make me think this is anything but an adjunct lager. Just a short snap of bitterness on the finish. This was easy to drink and quite refreshing as I worked out in the yard today. I'd have it again, but there are far better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:14:11 | More by Onenote81
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allengarvin

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 22:05:29 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, medium golden body, with a huge, dense and coarse white head, which retains well. The carbonation surges like the flakes in a slow globe, with thin and scattered lacing.

Aroma: Spicy rye, lightly toasted malts, cooked cereal and a modest herbal hop presence define the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a modest burst of herbal hops, soon followed by cooked cereal, some cracker malt, and a hint of rye. As the taste progresses, the hops intensify with a moderate medicinal presence. The hops although modest, dominate the latter part of the taste.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and inoffensive, certainly not a "top-tier" Kölsch, but then, you already knew that. Given a choice between this and a macro lager, Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler wins hands down. "Best by" date of May, 2013.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:12:48 | More by Pegasus
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Refreshing Kölsch-style beer with a touch of rye and three specialty hops." Brewed in the style of a Kölsch with Rye added. This is a new addition to the seasonal lineup for 2013, as both a new spring and summer seasonal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Leinenkugel pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a boastful head of a gold-tinged white head with a thick sudsy consistency over a very clear golden straw yellow body. Carbonation is relaxed and plentiful, clarity is very high with few imperfections. The head recedes at a decent rate and retention is good, lacing is medium-thick and stringy. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of cracker malt, a touch of biscuity character hints possibly to rye but doesn't complicate the aroma. A moderate sweetness is prevalent in the aroma of this beer but an expected vinous character is equally bold, hints of white grape and other light tart fruit comes into play. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Very light thin cracker malt, modestly sweet and moderately dry makes up the bulk of the flavor. A mellow bready character is notable, but doesn't impact the malt character nor the easy-drinking nature of this beer- it really could have gotten away with so much more at no cost. Some light malt syrup is lesser necessary, but the sweetness isn't quite as distracting as the aroma predicted, the vinous characters are also far better in-check. The hop profile is altogether nonexistent, with a shallow bitterness and no contributing hop flavor to speak of. Altogether it's a passable representative of a Kölsch, nothing more and nothing less. 3

(Mouthfeel) Clean, light with a subtle dryness and a faint drizzle of pale malt syrup for a slick texture. Carbonation doesn't impact the texture much at all, just adds a touch of creaminess and smooths out the sweet side of the beer. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light, drawn out a touch by the mild vinous notes. I was hoping for more character out of the carbonation, as it didn't contribute much to the final product. 3.25

(Overall) Leinenkugel plays it fairly safe with this light-drinking, mildly sweet Kölsch. Although a touch sweeter than desirable at times, I found it to be generally enjoyable, although not all that memorable. My general fusses include a poorly featured hop profile in both taste and bitterness, especially upsetting since I was expecting no less than 3 varieties to be featured. I also found the use of rye to be pretty much indistinguishable from a Kölsch without it. As it was one of the more unique variations on a Kölsch, I was really counting on a noticeable impact. If you're a Kölsch connoisseur, this may be a favorable option to you, otherwise expect nothing fancy out of this beer. 3.25

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler
3.15/5.00

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:48:36 | More by Jadjunk
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A:Clear straw gold. As expected of the style. Bubbly and little head.

S: saltine Crackers, malts, and grass. Again, typical.

T: Malty and bready. Slight hops on the back end.

M: medium body, fresh and clean.

This is a solid "B" light beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 01:56:56 | More by RyanPoff
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - clear, golden yellow with carbonation bubbles rising to the top; thin, white, bubbly head that fades fast

S - grainy, faint lemon

T - grainy, very faint grassy hop character, very faint rye, a bit sweet in the finish

M - light to medium bodied, a bit crisp

This is a bit of a disappointing beer. The right flavors are there, but it's incredibly light. I would definitely take this over a standard American Adjunct Lager or Light Lager any day. There isn't anything offensive about this beer, and it's very easy to pack away. On a hot day I would definitely work through a six-pack of these if there wasn't anything else on hand.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:11:52 | More by tdm168
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 18:14:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Leinenkugel’s Canoe Paddler has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, highly bubbly, gold appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some sweet and sour grain. Taste is of the same, with a touch of pepper. Mostly, though, you get water on this. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leninekugel’s Canoe Paddler finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and pretty much devoid of flavor. There’s just not much with this one. Too bad.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:39:49 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Brenden

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beercomes out looking a bit like champagne. It's a few shdes darker at a brilliantly bright and clear gold, but the spritzy, big-bubbled pure white head that forms and the continuing bubbly activity give it that champagne look. The bubbling does little for it, though, as the head dies off almost immediately. A bit of head does remain at the edges, leaving some creamy wisps that leg off here and there.
It smells dry and vinous, definitely giving off lots of white grape...definitely a good sign. If this is supposed to be a Kolsch, I think they got it right. Crackery malts, vinous, tart, dry: positive on all counts. However, while Kolsch is light, it can still have a presence. This meekly fades away after it's sat for a minute or two.
Unfortunately, that doesn't translate to the flavor. Instead I get grains and creamed corn notes over a tart sweetness. The good news is that as I continue to sip it , the other stuff backs off and lets the tartnss come out. I can't shake that initial flavor that continues to flash in and out.
The body is light, like it should be, but it shouldn't be flat. This isn't completely flat, per se, as carbonation is moderate and there's some crispness, but it doesn't have the bite or vitality of the good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:13:57 | More by Brenden
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grains, some corn. Taste is light, mild, some corn, refreshing yet not very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer, not bad, but just lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:32:15 | More by tone77
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked this up in a mix-a-six from Giant Beer Garden & Eatery. Enjoyed chilled from a snifter with carlos.

The color is golden with light chill haze and small white cap with average bead and no lace to speak of is left. The smell has an adjunct-like with a sweet corn type aroma and subtle yeast ester. The feel is okay with creamy light sweetness and mild bitterness with semi-dry finish and slightly high carbonation with a bit of diacetyl smoothness up front.

The taste is decent as it is generall lightly malty with some malt flavor the only thing I can say is the rye in the grist seems to get overwhelmed in the taste bu the adjunct flavor which is kind of dissapointing. Overall I would probably pass unless this was offered to me, since it is not bad, but not really worth buying a second time.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 13:56:13 | More by Slatetank
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Slightly sulfur and Am. lager yeast aroma. Sure doesn't smell like the Kolsch's I like.
Dense white head caps a very pale gold body with plenty o' action of bubbles. Some soft lacing.
Lightly flavored all around. Pale malt first. Some flavorful citrus, soft hops and bittering and lightly dry on the finish.
Fully, and more fully carbonated. I feel full after two pulls. Yet soft . Lighter body.
Not really all that Kolsch like for my tastes. Just a version of an Am. lager really. A decent one of those and thirst quenching, but nothing more than that.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:53:02 | More by garymuchow
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a very light straw color. Very clear with a big 2 finger white head that was able to hang around for some time

S - Definately a malty beer. Most of the smells I picked up on were malts and grains

T - Very grainy malty tasting. Easy drinking beer with a dry and slightly bitter finish

M - Would call it a light to medium bodied beer. As I said earlier, it had a dry finish but was overall very easy drinking

O - Not a bad beer. One could easily sit down and have multiples of it. Nothing outstanding about it but still a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 20:38:56 | More by Goosehunter75
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow golden with very small bubbles rising to the top, forming more of a lasting wisp than a head. Minimal vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is grainy, cereal-like. It's yeasty with a hint of floral notes.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by a hint of lemon-grass and peppery spicing in the finish. The aftertaste is of a macro-lager with some pepper.

The feel is light and smooth with a bit of fizz. The finish lasts a bit.

It doesn't really fit in with "Kolsch" style. It does have a certain dryness to it though - from the pepper. I didn't really catch the rye that was added. It's not bad - but...well - they tried something different that was light. It's okay.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 16:15:35 | More by jwc215
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harrymel

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by 13MAY13

Light grain yellow with white surface sheet. Smells like a kolsch, corn, grain, clean, touch of earthy hops. Clean, some corn, some rice, some grain, a touch of sweetness early on is countered with a decent bitterness and a cheap finish. Thin with hi carb and a dry finish. This is okay. I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:56:34 | More by harrymel
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Cavanaghty

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 01:15:25 | More by Cavanaghty
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ChaseBacon

New York

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-14-2014 22:03:41 | More by ChaseBacon
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.8%

08-01-2013 02:44:34 | More by Cynic-ale
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-31-2013 03:14:05 | More by Oelschlager
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-11-2013 18:22:07 | More by richkrull
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RDW

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-19-2013 04:01:01 | More by RDW
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-14-2014 22:03:36 | More by BamfBacon
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Mpenders

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-30-2014 23:39:37 | More by Mpenders
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.