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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 01-17-2013)
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:15:17 | More by metter98
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 06:02:47 | More by TMoney2591
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:17:08 | More by zeff80
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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:59:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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plaid75

New York

3.34/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:13:40 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 23:33:05 | More by beerthulhu
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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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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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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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 00:33:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a Leinie;s offering. This is a dryish offering with a light bready maltiness and a slightly spicy hop dimension...also a hint of lemon on the finish.

Clean drinking....light bodied but not real thin...works as a summer time thirst quencher type beer that craft beer lovers could drink. Just not sure this will have the crossover appeal to the macro drinkers that Leinie seems to target their beers toward. They're already closing out this beer with cheap specials at all the liqour stores in my town. My guess is we'll see something in its place next year but I kind of like it actually.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:45:41 | More by ZAP
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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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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 01:39:38 | More by drpimento
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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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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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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:12:20 | More by puboflyons
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a bright clear copper with a velvety dense white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Nose has light grainy malts with waves of orange and wheat and a touch of corn. Taste is somewhat malty with notes of orange and corn. Almost like a cross between a wheat and a kolsch. The finish becomes overly grainy and corny, reminiscent of an adjunct lager. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderate bodied. Overall, another typical offering from Leinies, nothing special or particularly tasty, but also palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 20:03:50 | More by homebrew311
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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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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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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.