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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.78%


Brewed by:
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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SometimesIfart

Michigan

1.14/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Pours a very light golden with a one finger white head. Left no lacing.

S - Upon roughly twenty whiffs, I was not able to pick up a single thing.

T - Well let's see, there's...well, it pretty much follows the nose. This beer is blander than Rolling Rock.

M - Heavily bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, Extremely bland and lacking in all departments. I'e rather have a Bud Light. At least that has some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:53:05 | More by SometimesIfart
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mrpoizun

South Dakota

1.6/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is basically a light beer. It has nothing much to review. It doesn't really taste horrible, it just has no taste at all. There isn't a hint of maltiness, or hoppiness or even the grainy taste a good American lager has. It has no smell, mouthfeel is very thin, carbonation is barely detectable... I don't know what this beer is supposed to be, or why it was brewed.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:19:32 | More by mrpoizun
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jusware


1.93/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The first bottle I opened had what I call a "snot pellicle". The first swallow was slimy and reminiscent of snot. Second bottle was the same way, but not as bad. This comes from improperly brewing with Rye (beta glucan rest??). This is odd since I couldn't taste any rye. Quite frankly this beer tastes like liquid cardboard with hops and a dash of kolsch and a hint of slime. I'm extremely dissappointed in this beer. I'm a big fan of Leine and a huge fan of the kolsch style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:08:49 | More by jusware
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass, color is straw, but very clear, transparent, head is bright white with lacing on the glass.

Smell is grainy, no pilsen, no wheat, no biscuit, no grassy hoppiness as expected from a kolsch.

Taste is a macro lager profile, no strong malt presence, subdued flavors and overcarbonated.

Mouthfeel is way to crisp and sharp for kolsch, too much carbonation,hint of lingering flavor from biscuit or wheat.

Overall, a poor take on the kolsch style, screams macro lager with maybe a touch of biscuit or wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:25:28 | More by mvanaskie13
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull and lifeless dirty golden color. Mostly clear, and with a thin foam halo around the glass. Aroma is sweet, grainy and tea like. The taste is quite sweet, just about cloying, with corn syrup and biscuity malt the major culprits. Little to no bitterness, and finishes pretty weak and watery. Where is the body? Flimsy medium bodied, ok carbonated, but bland and lifeless beer. Overall, another sub par offering from the mega conglomerate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 04:20:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Date tasted: May 26, 2013... Glassware: Ayinger willibecker... Occasion: two rooms painted in one day--that's progress... Appearance: straw yellow, bubbly effervescent body with an uneven creamy head... Aroma: punchy metallic hops--creamy rye? not really digging it--it's got a Lord Chesterfield funk to it... Palate: smooth,, light and refreshing--appropriate to its genre and probably weds well with an afternoon on a lawn tractor... Taste: oof--a rather nondescript flavor of fizziness slaps the tongue and throat; this almost tastes like every Leinenkugel's I've had minus whatever additive was on the label (apparently canoe paddles have no flavor themselves)... Overall: a refreshing rinser--not a lot of words to work on this one, and not much wonder to ponder as I watch the glass drain. It's partly a style thing, partly the brew's lack...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:59:17 | More by dacrza1
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shand

Florida

2.51/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Now, I love a good Kolsch, I love a good Rye beer, and I tend to enjoy Leinie's beers, so I was excited for this one. I must say, though, it kind of let me down. It pours out a clear golden with a finger of white head that quickly drops. The aroma is pretty decent, it's grainy and there's just a hint of rye spice. On the tongue, any hint of Kolsch or rye is quickly swallowed by a generic fruity character that strangles the whole beer.

Seriously, what's up with the fruity character here? I kinda get that fruit is Leinie's thing now, but it's just regrettably out of place here. I like the Shandys, I like the other seasonals, hell, I even like the Sunset Wheat. But this is just pretty thoroughly mediocre. I'd like to see the 1888 Bock again instead of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:26:09 | More by shand
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Crystal clear, light gold. Very bubbly. Thin soapy white head. Head quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell - Light slightly funky, bready malt aroma.

Taste - Very light sweet, bready malt. A little lemony sour in the finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Light and refreshing. Nothing off, but nothing distinctive.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:40:52 | More by scaliasux
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Leinenkugel's Summer Sampler pack.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a typical clear gold lager color with about a finger of sizzling white head that dissipates within seconds. Lots of bubbles floating around. No lacing.

S - Smell reminds me of Miller Lite a bit. Chemically treated corn husk and malt. Grainy rye smell. Slight hint of fruity hops, but buried in the background. Doesn't smell very good, if you ask me.

T - Pretty bland and watery. Some light rye and corn again. Slightly fruity, but not even enough to verify what kind of flavor. Artificially sweet tasting. Light, muted hop profile, dominated by the rye and corn.

M - Feel is light, crisp, and fruity. Lightly carbonated. An easy sipping beer for hot days, I'm sure.

Overall, I don't know much about the kölsch style, but I would imagine that this Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler isn't a prime example. A pleasant enough beer, just very lacking in where it wants to go. Boring and generic, yet definitely a beer you could throw back during the summer heat.

Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler ---2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:28:07 | More by mfnmbvp
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dcall384

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this because I am usually a big fan of Kolsch style beers. This one didn't really taste like a Kolsch to me at all. It kind of reminded me of just a normal AAL. It was refreshing on a hot day, could only drink about one of them though. This beer just weighed to heavy on my stomach. Maybe it was the rye in it. Overall, if you want to pay a lot for an AAL, because that is what this beer tastes like, then buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 13:08:57 | More by dcall384
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Serick507

Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden straw color with less than a finger white head, small amount of streaming bubbles.

S: Light grainy malts.

T: Really similar to the nose, some rye, other grains up front, with a soft ever so slight hop bitterness towards the middle/end. Not a whole lot really.

M: Light body, smooth, crisp, dry and clean.

O: Well it's another easy drinker from Leinenkugels but it really leaves a lot to be desired. Not nearly enough hop bitterness for me. Just really plain, like I've tasted it before in many American adjunct lagers. Not a bad beer just doesn't really fill out the label. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:40:23 | More by Serick507
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.66/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Pours a light, straw yellow color. Small head that is gone flash. Very clear and carbonated. There is no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here. Hints of the rye are noticeable. Slight sweetness intermingled with very light grains.

T- Just like the scent except a more prominent rye flavor. Starts off like a classic Kolsch, with light malts and grains with a fair amount of sweetness. Right at the end of this drink the rye makes a big appearance. The rye grain flavor dominates the end of the drink.

M- Light and highly carbonated on the palate. Easy to drink, and I can see how this would be refreshing beer in the summer. Kind of slick on the palate too.

Overall, just an average beer. Nothing I would seek out or buy regularly, but if I wanted a cheap Kolsch, this might be it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:54:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

MAY0613 marked on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light yellow body with a medium-small, tight, white head.

Smell: Minor malts with a bit of grain, a dash of corn sugar, and modest hop hints.

Taste: Ultra faint, ineffusive maltiness with a slight touch of rye and light cereal sweetness. Lacking hops, low bitterness. Light finish with a light, lingering hint of malt liquor gankiness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A weak offering, a rather poor Kölsch. Didn't finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:41:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rustybelly

Florida

2.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My palate is probably not yet refined enough to critique this beer, but here goes___

appearance: clear golden in color, very little head

smell: lacking any I can detect

taste: bland, better yet dare I say it very bud light(ish)

mouthfeel: the high point of this beer from my perspective, crisp, light , should be okay on a hot summer day, but not my fave.

overall: as stated above very bud light(ish), and I really enjoy some of leinies offerings

FWIW: 12 0z. bottle poured into a sam adams glass , best by date: 05/12/14

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 19:50:41 | More by rustybelly
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a fluffy one finger white head. Pretty good head retention leaving some moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is very much like a standard pale lager with cooked vegetables, a little bit of corn, along with a hint of rye spice. Not bad but not really that memorable either.

The flavor is much the same way. Cooked veggies with some stale corn along with a bit of metal. Some lightly toasted breat makes an appearance with some floral notes. Kind of an odd aftertaste that is reminiscent of stale cabbage with a sticky finish. Not clean at all.

Overall, I am not really impressed with this beer in the least. It might be decent as a thirst quencher on a hot day but I could think of many other beers I would rather have. Not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:35:36 | More by rangerred
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly bready flavors of grain and a thin malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are several beers in the style that are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:11:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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DerAtomsmasher

Washington

2.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wow- I love Kölsch, so I was surprised when I saw All About Beer rated Canoe Paddler the best American one out there. I was stoked that I hadn't tried it yet. The twee name was enough to keep me away forever.

Well, it's rather pale for a Kölsch and doesn't have the sort of sweet maltiness in the nose. I'm really disappointed actually because it mostly just tastes like a slightly less skunky Session Lager than anything. Or, a full-flavor macro lager. Not a "golden ale."

It's not terrible, but it's a big misfire. Would rather buy Hale's serviceable Kölsch any day of the week over this one. In my experience, Alaskan Summer still is the daddy here.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:37:36 | More by DerAtomsmasher
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Ohiolager

Ohio

2.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz twist off brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked in yellow on bottle neck.

crisp,clear,pale golden color.pours with a three finger bright white head the makes its self scarce real quick. a one finger skim layer remains on top. however next to no lacing is left.

i smell very light notes of hops. slightly floral. grassy. no hint of rye at all. smells kind of like a miller lite, but slightly more complex.

it tastes decent. it may smell like a miller lite but it tastes better. grainy, grassy, weak malts. sweet and crisp at first. once you swallow a dryness lingers over your entire palate. a non bitter finish that's decent.

mouth feel is very light, again almost like a miller lite. not bitter, but a dryness lingers.

overall i was disappointed with this kugels brew. its good, but Sam Adams escape route makes this taste like water. This is only my second kolsch brew. so i don't have much to compare it to.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:50:53 | More by Ohiolager
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hosehead83

Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear pale yellow in color, with a big airy head of white foam.
Aroma-Pale malt
Taste-Weak pale malt, faint rye note comes and goes in a flash, leaving a clean, rather drying finish, but little else. A Macro-lager flavor takes over after a few minutes and stops everything dead in its tracks. Salvation comes only well-chilled on a hot summer day. (or so I would imagine) Not for the flavor-seeker.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 19:35:58 | More by hosehead83
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, dated 3 June 2013, into a Belgian snifter.

A: The beer is yellow-gold color in color with excellent clarity, topped by a thin white head most of which fades quickly. Some lacing gets left on the glass.

This is a lightly flavored and delicate style of beer, so the addition of rye could easily change the character. And so it does, I think. The aroma is spicy for style. seemingly due to both hops and the rye. The flavor too is spicy for style, but not so much as to completely transform the kolsch or overpower the malts. Has a clear hint of lemon. Slightly sweet.

M: Crisp; light body; near medium carbonation.

O: A relatively spicy version of the style, yet without being more flavorful than average.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 23:34:39 | More by chinchill
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, purchased on a whim to fill out a mix-6. Being a native of northern Wisconsin, I can't resist trying a new Leinie's offering.

A: Pours a clear, greenish straw body under two fingers of fine white froth. Pretty good retention, light lace. Not bad.

S: The good: some toasty malt, herbal hops, and sweet fruitiness. The bad: lots of corn, a bit of butteriness. Not Kölsch-like in the least, but not terribly offensive either.

T: Follows the nose, with a little bit of spicy rye malt actually sneaking in midway through. The faint herbal hops are a welcome addition to the finish, but the too-sweet corniness and the buttered-toast nature of the malt make it less than fully appetizing. The aftertaste has a nice berry character, but it's too little too late.

M: Light-bodied (nigh watery) and highly carbonated, but the bubbles are fine enough to make it feel more creamy than fizzy. Pretty much exactly what this beer is going for.

O: Eh, I don't really enjoy it, but I think it's pretty much exactly what the brewers were aiming for: just enough flavor to be interesting to a curious newbie, with nothing offensive. Just what I was expecting.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:39:08 | More by woosterbill
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Chiefy770

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: Light gold, straw colored topped off with a reasonably thick foam cap. Bubbles circulated the glass.

Smell: Grainy smell, running on the verge of a metallic scent.

Taste: Grainy taste with slight notes of citrus every now and then. Very mild taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer does not leave a memorable impression. The flavors are not as intense as many other beers in the Kolsch family are. It goes down easily which works well for certain situations. I would love to see this beer available in the summer. It is an easy-drinking Kolsch, not the best but it is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:06:06 | More by Chiefy770
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edwinholt

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure why Leinenkugel would release this "summer" beer so early, but overall I would rate it as a entry level Kolsch style beer. It looks fine with a double finger head in a transparent gold with white lacing. It smells to the style - a little malty and a little skunky, but not aversively so. It leads me to believe that they are using WLP029 German Ale/ Kölsch Yeast. There is an average scent of rye and hops as the bottle indicated it is brewed with rye and 3 kinds of "specialty hops". Not sure which hops they are using, but I would guess the IBU is in the 14-20 range. The after taste almost kind of reminds me of their Honey Weiss; it starts to lose it’s appeal as my taste buds quickly adapted to the rye and hop flavors.

It will be interesting to see how the general public takes to this new addition. Well at least they didn't add lemon to this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 16:29:54 | More by edwinholt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am totally stoked to drink this beer! I have been a fan of Leinie's beers since my first visit to Madison, WI in 1992 and when I found this as a single in my neighbor's cooler, I pounced on it like a panther. I had to await my picture's (yep, that's mine) approval before I would open it and now the stars have aligned as I prepare for an afternoon and evening of college hockey.

From the bottle: "Refreshing Kolsch-style beer with a touch of rye and three specialty hops"; "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations".

My unrestrained pour created a finger-and-a-half of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that seemed determined to fizzle its way out of existence. Color was a straw yellow with NE-plus quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose smelled of lemongrass and silage (corn), the latter of which was not totally unpleasant, but not totally welcomed, either. Mouthfeel was effervescent with a very light taste of lemon and canned corn. It was more innocuous than unpleasant, IMHO. Finish was dry, slightly bland and generally unobtrusive. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with this beer, but it was just kind of bland, even for the style. It lacked Ooomph!, which I have gotten from other beers of the style.

Speaking of which, I was amazed at how many Kolsches I have reviewed on this site. Believe me, it was not by design as I am a self-proclaimed hophead and Kolsch can leave me unfulfilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:59:11 | More by woodychandler
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a brilliantly clear yellow color with a decent-sized cap of white head. Retention is ok with a smidge or two of lace.

Nose is not quite as yeasty as most kolsches but if you dig deep enough you can get a whiff or two. Smells more like a sulfurous lager with some crisp grains and light bread crumbs. Not much in the way of hops, and there is no way I would be able to tell this had rye in it.

Taste is ok, really though...I would probably guess AAL if I had it blind. The rye is not prevalent enough nor is the kolsch yeast. That said, I would reach for this over a budweiser any day. The body actually holds pretty well and it is not as thin as first perceived. Meh...I won’t have any trouble finishing the sixer that I bought, but SA Lawnmower beats this hands down as a readily available kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:57:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.