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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 804
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 49.21%
Wants: 11
Gots: 202 | 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 Beric
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 27 July 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, primarily to collect a new bottle cap. The bottle artwork is subpar at best. The cap itself is also quite uninspiring.

Smell: Smells 'beery' which a harsher edge than one would expect from a standard macro brew. Some spicy funk happening from the koelsch yeast, probably.

Taste: Really uninspiring offering from Leinie's- the taste is 'beery' at best and marginally offensive at worst. One of the worst koelsch-style beers I've had. The beer has a weird edginess to it and an underlying crispness, but the edginess really detracts from the style.

Mouthfeel: Feels light and fleeting, with okay carbonation. I would have liked it to be a bit crisper.

Overall: Uninspiring, but not truly subpar.

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Photo of boogieman
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight from the bottle. Had a bright gold color. Very high head, overflowed the bottle when opened, but settled down into thin lacing rather quickly. Very faint, weak smell- somewhat grassy. The flavor was a sweet, grassy malt, but seemed surfacey- it could use a little more depth. It was very light and easy to drink. A good beer for a summer barbecue. Wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Bevmeister
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Golden amber beverage. It is tough to pour this one without creating a huge, thick foamy head that collapses quickly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Light wheaty smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste - The beer is marketed as having rye, but I do not taste any. It also does not have any citrus taste to it. However, it is a nice, light beer; a little crisp and a little bitter. No mellow beer with hints of citrus and spice. Hints of wheat stick to the back of the tongue afterwards. I do not really taste any hops.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and mid-ranged lightness.

Overall - Its an okay fall beer but perhaps too dry for a summer beer. Probably good to pair with most burgers and pub food. A beer I would buy a 6-pack of, but not a beer that I would buy a full case of.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

I had this several times but for the sake of reviewing, I borrowed a stange which is what this review is based off of.
The appearance was a fairly clear yellow color with streams of carbonation seen rising rapidly. One finger white foamy and bubbly head dissipated within about a half minute. Light lacing stuck slightly and then fell.
The smell had some sweet grainy cereal and corn with a slight grassiness as well.
The taste was mainly the same sweet corn with grassiness. There's not as much cereal in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a decent harshness but managed to control itself decently. I'd say this one was pretty light and sessionable.
Overall, good for what it is but I think I'm still trying to get my bearings on this kolsch sort of thing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My very first beer from Leinenkugel's. Here it goes.

Good sized head. Dissipates at an average pace but without much lacing. Light golden colored body. Clear. Moderate carbonation.

Sweet, smoky malts. No hops in the nose.

Sweet malt. Stale cracker. Slight hop bitterness. The bitterness is very subdued. Pretty good. Decent malt body for a lighter style beer. Very drinkable.

Quite good. Medium bodied.

Drinks more like a lager than an ale. A good summertime beer or for when you want something light.

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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.

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Photo of pgfault
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a disappointment from Leinie's with their 2014 Canoe Paddler. Man, was I wrong! This is a very drinkable, seasonable Kolsch. Reviewers, remember this isn't some Imperial Stout with enormous flavors. It's a Kolsch. Intended for post labor on a hot summer day, its flavors are subtle. Certainly don't drink this after a stout or big IPA expecting in your face flavors.

A: light straw and transparent. Modest head that dissipates.

S: typical Kolsch grass and bread.

T: was expecting some dryness from the purported rye, but got none. Still quite good for a Kolsch.

M: ditto, not getting the rye. Overall, quite good.

O: got a 6 of this today at a good price. Will definitely pick up more. Hoping to see it on draught. This compares quote well to the Alaskan Summer Kolsch, one of my favorite for thus style. I wish Leinie's had imparted a bit more rye flavor. It would have been interesting. It's nice, tho', that they didn't go overboard on the hops.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a littler earlier tonight on 3/20/14 though it has been a good year plus since I tried it. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber in color with about a finger of a white head that settles back down to just a thin layer on top. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of rye and some mixed hops, just like the bottle says. The taste is more complex actually. The taste of rye hits your tongue first then followed up with some grains & hops. Actually pretty smooth and goes down easy. No bitter aftertaste or or 'hoppy' bitter finish.

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Photo of milljs
4.56/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great representation of the style. Some nice floral and perfume from the hop combination. Subtle malty sweet balance. Rye adds a nice snappy drying finish. Gold medal winner. Really nice beer. I definitely recommend this beer. Well done Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.17/5  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

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Photo of plaid75
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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