Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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762 Ratings
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 762 | Reviews: 117
Photo of Kale99
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

nice in early spring. solid everyday beer

Photo of KLHBB
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Sparkly golden color with a big head. Wheaty, a little citrus, minimal hops, a perfect coming in from yard work, thirst quenching beer.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.18/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You would think the people rating beers on a site like beer advocate would know how to rate beer. It seems like a lot of people think they are drinking something other than a Kolsch style beer or they just plain don't know anything about the style. A beer that Won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships should be ranked a lot higher. Goes to show you can't trust the People rating on this site or any site. Your better off forming your own opinion. My opinion: This is a great Kolsch Style Beer! If you like the style you will like this beer. Perfect for summer!

Photo of trytoketchup
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I do not write reviews.

Photo of Lettsgo3
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite from this series but good beer when paddling your canoe

Photo of JOldewurtel
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Nothing really great.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This has a nice Kolsch taste. The added rye makes the taste slightly heavy for repeatable enjoyment. This is an overall nice beer though.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really, really, simple beer from Leinenkugel's here with this one.

Photo of WestHam973
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

decent summer beer, best offering at local minor league team on dollar beer nights

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell was subtle but had notes of hop and malt with a little bit of citrus in it. The taste wasn't bad with a nice mellow flavor although the aftertaste was a tad skunky. The mouthfeel was nice for the beer as well. Nothing to write home about but not bad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Smell
Sweet, smoky malts. No hops in the nose.

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

Mouthfeel
Quite good. Medium bodied.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.