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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 woosterbill
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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! (1,169 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 EagleTalon
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a permanent thin white head and moderate lacing. Color is pale gold. Aroma is pale grains and white grapes. Flavor is much the same with a noble hop flavor and bitterness to balance the scant sweetness that is present in this dry beer. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, not a bad brew, and yes, it passses my Kolsch test (vinous notes detected). (349 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun1713
A20011129

A= Pours a totally translucent yellow color with a light bubbly white head on top that rises and falls fast to a thin layer on top of the glass.

S= The smell is light and "beery" It smells like a more concentrated Linnies red to me. Not too much in the way of rye or hops...

T= The taste almost confirms my suspicion on the smell. A nice light drinkable beer for sure. Super light and airy. I could drink a ton of these and the rye character is minimal. I get a little wheat maybe? I'm not sure if there is wheat actually in this beer but it tastes a little wheaty.

M= light and airy.

O= This is a super drinkable beer that's for sure. It actually may be "smoother" than the regular linies red I think. Worth checking out on a summer day and possibly to repeat if you are looking for an easy drinker. (823 characters)

Photo of cozmohollis
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Blonde with a fast-receding white head. Looks a bit like champagne.

S: Sweet apple(ish) and floral scent.

T: A sweet apple like "white wine/champagne" taste with other fruit notes and a touch of rye.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated that is crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable. Especially on a hot day when you don't want anything too heavy. (359 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.1/5  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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pured into a pint glass.

A- Poured a bright and cheery light golden color, cystal clear. An adundance of tiny bubbles steadily rise to a 1-finger white head that fades quickly to a film. Minimal lacing. A clean and fresh look, too bad it lacks head and lace.

S-Grainy, some rye, peppery, mild pale malt. A touch of hoppiness.

T-Some sweetness from the malts up front followed by the rye pepperiness. Some lemon.

M- There's some bite from the rye and hops. It's very smooth and drinkable with a dry finish and no aftertaste. The shoftfall is that it's light and fizzy, too.

O- I like it. A little more beer head, some lacing, and a bit more body and I could rate this a bit higher. For what it lacks, it has flavor and drinkability. Not bad. (757 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours a perfectly clear gold colour with bronze edges. slight head and sparse lace. clean malty aroma. a touch corny. the taste profile gives a little more...pale maltiness and some corny adjunct are ever so slightly complimented by a wispy spiciness from the rye used. a rough grassy herbal hop bite provides a balance to the medium sweetness. this is in the ballpark of the traditional kolsh style, so that's a plus. medium bodied. light crisp mouthfeel. ghost like lingering spice/bitterness. drinkability is fair enough. a lawnmower or yardwork beer as it does provide a degree of quenchability.

overall...about what one would expect from Leinies. drinks nice, quenches thoroughly, and brings just enough character to keep it (slightly) interesting. wasn't bad after a day of yardwork on a beautiful May afternoon. (819 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  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. (516 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Leinenkugel’s Canoe Paddler has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, highly bubbly, gold appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some sweet and sour grain. Taste is of the same, with a touch of pepper. Mostly, though, you get water on this. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leninekugel’s Canoe Paddler finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and pretty much devoid of flavor. There’s just not much with this one. Too bad.

RJT (485 characters)

Photo of KevBearcat529
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Always wanted to try this beer since it came out. Never had a Leinie's that I didn't like, with the exception of BerryWeiss

A: Pours a pale yellow color, decent retention with a nice head. Color reminds me of a light beer.

S: Smells like a light beer, can make a case for a bit of citrus fruit as well

T: Can definitely get a bit of hops, and some lemon. It has a certain sweetness to it. Aftertaste strangely reminds me of a white wine

M: Very light and refreshing. Can definitely pound these.

O: A nice lighter option from Leinie's. I like it. This would be a good beer for a hot day after cutting grass, especially if fruitier beers aren't for you. Like I said before, this beer can easily be pounded. (709 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 Onenote81
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer the other day, as I am sucker for all things Kolsch, regardless of who makes them. Drank the first 5 from the bottle, poured the last one into a stange for review.

Pours a clear pale gold with a massive white head on top. Great retention - leaves lots of sticky specks of lace on the glass. Nothing much to the nose. Some citrus, dry grains, whiffs of veggies.

Crisp, clean body. Refreshing, light, easy. Mild lemon soaked husky grains make up the bulk of the flavor. Really not much here that would make me think this is anything but an adjunct lager. Just a short snap of bitterness on the finish. This was easy to drink and quite refreshing as I worked out in the yard today. I'd have it again, but there are far better examples of the style out there. (777 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, medium golden body, with a huge, dense and coarse white head, which retains well. The carbonation surges like the flakes in a slow globe, with thin and scattered lacing.

Aroma: Spicy rye, lightly toasted malts, cooked cereal and a modest herbal hop presence define the aroma.

Taste: Opens with a modest burst of herbal hops, soon followed by cooked cereal, some cracker malt, and a hint of rye. As the taste progresses, the hops intensify with a moderate medicinal presence. The hops although modest, dominate the latter part of the taste.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and inoffensive, certainly not a "top-tier" Kölsch, but then, you already knew that. Given a choice between this and a macro lager, Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler wins hands down. "Best by" date of May, 2013.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Wal-Mart in Texas as a selection of a Brewmaster's Choice build-your-own six-pack for $8.99. (1,118 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Leinie's specialty beers have always been hit or miss for me, and I wasn't going to try the Canoe Paddler Kölsch because there are so many better of the style out there, but the sixer I grabbed had a decent price so I gave it a go.

A -- Very good appearance, clear golden with a long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Ever so vague spicy noble hops, maybe some light DMS with enough agitation.

T -- Graininess up front, maybe a touch of that rye they're talking about, mildly bitter back with some light breadiness and graininess in the finish that fades fast.

M -- Mouthfeel is light and spritzy with a light body and clean finish.

O -- Overall, I have to wonder what this would taste like side-by-side with Leinie's Original. It has a little more character than most American Adjunct Lagers, but not as much as some of the better Kölsch style beers you can find. I'll probably grab some more of this for patio grilling in mid-summer to see if it's more appealing, but right now it's pretty regular. (1,003 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Lenienkugel's Canoe Paddler last week for $7.99 at Meijers. Now that the weather is actually starting to feel more spring like i'm getting back into some of the lighter and more refreshing beers that I like to drink during the warmer months, this beer seems like it fits in that category so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up, so it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label has the typical Lenienkugel's style that most of their bottles have with an added summer lake scene in the background, it looks nice. It poured a very clear yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin layer the eventually faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty average looking beer, it's not a real looker that's for sure.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by load of grainy, bready, and slightly biscuit like malts. After that I get a slight yeast aroma followed by some earthy and slightly spicy hop aromas that are pretty light and are mixed in with a light spicy rye aroma. The aroma is nice, the rye and hops add some nice complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of grainy, bready, and biscuit like malts flavor. After that comes a slight yeast flavor followed by light but noticeable rye flavor. On the finish there's a light amount of earthy and slightly spicy hops that impart a lower amount of bitterness that is just enough to balance out some of those malts and it had a very grainy and slight rye like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Kolsch with a little extra complicity from the rye, I liked it.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, lighter bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was good and fairly true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and while it wasn't that true to style with the addition of rye, it was still very Kolsch like and the rye did a good job at complementing the other flavors. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, refreshing, not filling, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I can see myself drinking a few of these while outside this summer, it's a nice summer session beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel and the added complexity from the rye, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, a little more head retention and lacing would have been nice. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a sessionalbe summer beer, the price is right and it's appropriate for the season, I recommend this beer to just about anyone, it a nice and easy drinking beer. All in all I was happy with this beer, Leinenkugel can make some solid beers and this one of them, good job guys, I'm sure I'll be revisiting this beer again this summer. (3,102 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Exactly what you'd expect: pale, golden, clear. Very nice amount of bubbling.

S - A hint of banana, which wasn't expected, but other than that, very little aroma. Pilsner-y.

T - Pretty decent. Not particularly crisp. A little bit of sweetness, especially as you continue (perhaps that's the added "malt" to which they allude). Not very hoppy at all, not particularly bright; I expected a hoppier drink. This might not be a bad beer overall, but it's a terrible example of a Kölsch. Score reflects my indecision on that front.

M - A slight coat, mostly thin, but actually a smoother drink than the average Kölsch.

O - This isn't bad at all, but it's entirely not a Kölsch style beer. Where do you come down on the score, then: drinkability, or accuracy? Somewhere in the middle? Regardless, this can be a tasty and refreshing Summer beer, no question. (861 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (706 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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (782 characters)

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