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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 813
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 49.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lemke10 on 01-17-2013

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and notes of floral hops are present in the nose. Hints of fruity yeast become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of cracker and grain malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, rather dry and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink; the crispness and dryness also make it particularly refreshing. It is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated golden color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel with floral notes. Didn't detect anything rye-like.

T - It had a nice sweet caramel flavor. Mild spiciness from the rye.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay kolsch-style ale. It didn't really get the rye, though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Paddlin' the school canoe? Oh, you'd better believe that's a paddlin'... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, light wheat, toast, very light lemon zest, and funky water. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger lemon and wheat component. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Overall, an okay kolsch, but one that doesn't seem to utilize the rye very well, and one that misses the style's mark just a bit regardless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lawnmower beer status, light pale golden bright egg shell white head forms fine speckled lacing between sips. Fizzy flowing carbonation streams of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt sweetness, lemon tartness, and light grassy hop character going on. Not detecting rye yet let's see if it shows up in the flavor at all, crisp smooth biscuit malts with some bread dough yeast characteristics, a light lemony grassy finish pretty nice mix of flavors even if it's done in a session beer from Leinenkugel's. Some might say it's too watery or lacks the depth of some if it's German Kolsch style ales, but for me it's working just right not bad at all. Mouthfeel is crisp refreshing light bodied base beer clean finish all day, if working in the yard just keep these coming.

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Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Wasatch
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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 plaid75
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a two tiger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured featured grainy pilsner malt, green apple and a grassy hop.

The taste similarly grainy with fruity esters and a faint hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent mass produced kolsch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright lemon-gold with a pristine clarity shows a healthy dose of carbonation. A frothy ivory white head is strong on the hold while the lacing sticks well.

S: Light tart lemons, faint fruitiness of lime and fresh green pear with a hint of dry delicate apple cider. Surprisingly has quite a bit of zing for a kolsch style.

T: Crisp and delicate tart fruitiness backed by a hint of wheat and pale grain sweetness. A touch of lime and green pear. Really clean tasting, soft fruity hop dryness and some bread.

M: Crisp mouthful, carbonation comes through with a light body that turned frothy on the hold. Light tartness of fruit and acidity.

O: Overally i was fairly impressed by the offering, clean well to do by style, well attenuated and crisp. Lightly tart and fruity and very easy to drink. A delicate and hard style to appreciate outside of germany and not one done usually by american breweries. Have to add the rye contribution was very slight to the point of almost non-commiting and could easily be overlooked as well as easily left out for style sake. Refreshing and crisp for that easy drinking session. A bit fruity per style and the rye seems out of place but besides being outside the guidelines a bit still drinks fairly easily and the light craft, lager drinker will find enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked: May2012-E20011421. Sampled on June 6, 2013.

It pours pale yellow with a moderate white, fizzy head like a good Kolsch should. The head settles a tad but generally sticks around until the end.

The aroma is full of grainy malts and a touch of pineapple citrus. The hops are muted but clean and crisp ultimately.

The body is light with a creamy texture.

The taste is also a grain-filled enterprise with a subtle citrus note that is muted yet also noticeable. It ends clean and crisp. Kolsch's are simple styles and not dissimilar to a Pilsener and this really meets the grade as far as I am concerned. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant champagne with a foamy one inch ivory head that quickly dissipates, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Grain, cracker-like pilsner malt, lightly perfumey hops, and a touch of citrus form the aroma. Rye lingers in the background, but there's initially an off scent reminiscent of halitosis or body odor that disappears eventually.

Grain, toasted, bready malt, and a bit of sourness form the flavor. The rye adds a peppery bitterness at the finish. Fairly bready overall.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation lifting the flavor from the tongue quickly.

More malt character than expected. I'm guessing the tangy flavor comes from the yeast. That off aroma, though is pretty nasty.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Leinie's imperial pint.
5.0% ABV, May0613 on neck.

A - Canoe Paddler pours a pale straw yellow color with bright clarity and a frothy white head that's sustained by the glass' laser etching. Thin fingers of lace are left on the glass as this sips lower the volume.

S - With more character than an average kölsch, Canoe Paddler starts off with a crisp and refreshing nose of European hops; a spritz of lemon citrus with herbal with spice notes that compliment the pinch of rye nicely. Clean pale malt provides a good base while remaining largely out of the way.

T - A touch of lemon dances on the tongue with the carbonation while pale malt lingers in the background, softly providing a simple base for delicate herbal hop notes and rye spice.

M - This is exactly what I look for in a kölsch; crisp, though not overly carbonated, light-bodied, refreshing, and generally clean with a nice trail of dryness and faint hop bitterness. The feel ties the beer together wonderfully.

O - It seems a little early in the season for a beer such as this, but if it sticks around long enough, Canoe Paddler would make an excellent warm weather beer with it's delicate but well-balanced hop flavors and crisp, clean finish. Canoe Paddler will undoubtedly find a permanent place in my summer cooler.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can tell that this is in the Kolsch vein, can't tell the rye's there. Poured cold with a small, white, fizzy head that quickly settled to a few small islands and a ring with no lace. Aroma is fresh beer, malt. Color is a crystal clear yellow with plenty of bubble trails. Flavor's like nose. grainy malt cult with carbonic tang and a little bittersweet. Body is ok; carbonation a touch sharp. Finish is like flavor, easy drinking without much character. Average length.

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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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