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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 796
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 196 | 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 SometimesIfart
1.15/5  rDev -63.7%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of mrpoizun
1.66/5  rDev -47.6%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of jusware
2/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
2.54/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
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... (848 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
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 (1,165 characters)

Photo of shand
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (766 characters)

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. (315 characters)

Photo of Serick507
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of dcall384
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of Strix
2.69/5  rDev -15.1%
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)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (596 characters)

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 (1,430 characters)

Photo of rustybelly
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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 (527 characters)

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. (531 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
2.79/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.82/5  rDev -11%
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. (734 characters)

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. (176 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.82/5  rDev -11%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (734 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.