Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler
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German Kölsch
Ranked #450
Ranked #47,989
3.22 | pDev: 18.01%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler
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Photo of GStone899
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm always a fan of a kolsch. This one isn't bad but you shouldn't have too high of expectations. It's basic, not very unique but an easy drinker. Not 10/10 but I'd still smash.

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Photo of odannyob
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty easy to enjoy but maybe a touch bit too sweet for my liking. This is one of those kind of beers you drink when you want to and drink not when you don't.

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Photo of jmc65267
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Severely disappointed. Got it in a variety pack and had higher hopes for it but it was a big let down. If given the opportunity I would not get again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw with a thin, white, head. Good carbination.
Smell of grain and sweet malt, lemon.
Decent Kolosch breadiness. Plenty of grain. Not a great Kolsch but not bad.

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Photo of Katanahamon
1.12/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Having had Kolsch in Cologne, sampled many fine home brews, my own included, it saddens me to see people giving this beer a good review. It “looks” like a Kolsch, I’ll give you that, but, there is no mouthfeel, wait, a thin, slightly metallic one despite being in glass. Then the aftertaste is reminiscent of baking soda. No..this is not a Kolsch, it doesn’t even come close. Real Kolsch is magic..a subtle balance between malt and hops, a revelation between ale and lager. This Canoe Paddler might quench your thirst on a desert isle, but I f you had an authentic one to choose from, best pour it overboard..!

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Photo of SB2017
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge kolsch fan but this is pretty tolerable. It's all those sweet, corny notes that get me down. This is smooth and refreshing, but with a somewhat distasteful aftertaste. Drinkable but I wont go back to it.

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Photo of defunksta
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours light and clear golden color with a mild head.
Aroma: Some citrus aromas but has a strong malt liquor and corn aroma that very much reminds me of an American adjunct lager. Pale malts. No signs of a Kolsch here.
Flavor: Strong malt liquor flavor that tastes just like an adjunct lager. I can't place which one though. Slightly more flavor. Finishes with a nice lemony citrus flavor on the tongue.
Feel: Medium body and smooth. Moderate carbonation for the flavor and drinks quite well.

Overall: Agree with previous reviews that this is more similar to an American adjunct than a Kolsch. Slight lemon twist. It would be good for an adjunct. Terrible representation for the Kolsch though, therefore lower reviews.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is that of toast or a lightly charred toast. Taste is malt forward with some bitterness tossed in. Some carbonation, easy drinking on a hot summer day!

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Photo of Eddie_Kobane
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

For a Leinenkugel’s this was pretty good. I wouldn’t say ‘‘tis as good as Goose Island Green Line by any means, but it had a good pale ale vibe. Could use another to give a better review. I would have got the Honey Weiss (my favorite of their beers) but they didn’t have any left at the store I was at. Good priced, local beer! Sometimes you gotta save a few bucks when buying beer for the whole party.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium clear golden yellow with moderate head.
Smell is lightly sweet with a hint of apple and floral notes.
Taste is bready malt and some corn. A bit of lemon grass to the finish.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A step above the original beer recipe, just cleaner and crisper as a traditional Kolsch goes. This one is just a plain old good brew if you want something a bit heavier than the regular light beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

leinenkugel canoe paddler

12oz poured into duvel tulip. Neck stamped AUG201[?] Presumably it's an 8 but could be a 9 because it's all stretched askew.

Appearance - Slightly hazy pale gold body with vigrous bubbling from nucleation point. Small white head with effervescent seafoam consistency. Miniscule, fragmented lacing with low stick. Later into the beer it showed fine sheets of lace with low-moderate stick. Moderate retention. Head revives readily upon swirling. For majority of time top of beer remains mostly clear with thin galactic patterns of bubbles. 4

Smell - Strong corn and traces of other cereal. Faint cardboard, but not offputnig. 3.75

Taste - Mild and citrusy. Strong corn and not much else. 4

Mouthfeel - Light and the effervescence counteracts its mild stickiness to give it a mostly clean finish. 4

Overall - Pretty decent as a session beer. I haven't had many in style, but it's left a good impression. 4

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Photo of VicVinegar
4.3/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid kolsch in my book. Nothing tops drinking kolsch in Koln, but this is one of the better versions I've had stateside. Hit the spot in the summer. Reissdorf travels pretty well to the states though, and remains my go-to.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden, with a thick white head and thin lace.

Aroma: Grains and malts. Slightly adjunct somehow.

Taste: Sweet and malty, but not over-the-top and not bad. A tinge adjunct in the flavor, but this one remains refreshing and light and better than the more mainstream lagers.

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Photo of TPZEM
2.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky brown color with a creamy head not uncommon for the style. Smells of rice and other AAL-style grains. Tastes very grainy with slight malt. No hop aroma or presence in the beer - at least none identifiable to the palate. Oily mouthfeel that prevents the beer from finishing clean and crisp. Overall, not a bad beer, just not the best Kolsch I have ever had.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with fizzy white head. Light cereal grains, some sweetness, and some grassy notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a cereal grain sweetness.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canoe Paddler is one of the best from this brewery......at least in my opinion. It is light and refreshing. A good one to session on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat like a pilsner with a touch of floral malt and hops. Thin and light in color and flavor. A sharp carbonation and a slight astringent aftertaste that mellowed as it warmed. It actually reminds me an American pilsner, but more flavorful. Not super as a kolsch, but good as a light beer.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium yellow/golden color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. The taste is crisp and fruity. This is my "go to" beer after working on the yard or cutting grass.

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Photo of jkblr
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle BB 6/12/17 poured into a.3L stange at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer is bright straw yellow with lasting white head. The aroma is slight of rye and fruit. The taste is light with mostly corn and just a bit of fruity flavor and rye spice. No real bitterness (11 IBU). The mouthfeel is thin, highly carbonated and finishes dry. Overall, ok. It's a pretty good hot weather beer, but not a good version of a kolsch.

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Photo of brewerang
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was much better than I expected, delivering more flavor than many spring/summer beers out there. The beer pours a medium yellow/golden color with decent lacing. Per the style, the ale yeast gives it a fruitiness not found in most lagers. The rye adds some complexity to the flavor, and fairly high carbonation makes it pop on the tongue. This is a really nice and crisp warm weather beer. I could knock 'em down all day.

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Photo of Sean-b
4.31/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Over all this is a great beer.... very clean and full kolsch style ale. At first you get I get a hint of rosemary, lemon varbania leaf, and green peppercorns. It's amazing how I'm sipping on a six pack from Wisconsin and feel like I'm sitting in the Carolinas and eating some nice trout and smoked chicken. The hops are lightly smokey. I believe this is why I want smoked them grilled chicken wings.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.42/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canoe Paddler. I've had It a couple different late springs-early summers, now getting around to rating it.
Look: pours a nice clear golden color, somewhat like a Weisse. There is a fair amount of lacing from a small-medium head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: smells sweet, a little floral/citrusy, and bitter. Sounds about right.
Taste: Damn! This is a good, crisp, refreshing beer. I can't put it down, because when I do put it down, I immediately go for another swig. Damn good. Starts a little sweet and tarty, a hint of rye maybe (?) finishes tart and bitter; although it could have more hop bitterness than it does given the style. Either way, it's not a bad brew, stays mostly true to the style and it tastes damn good.
Feel: medium-light body, small foamy head dissipates quickly to a thin film, leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass.
Overall: my favorite Leinenkugel. A Kolsch that stays fairly true to style, it is more than refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Leinenkugel didn't mess it up like they did their Dunkel, thank you Leine. Now sell it in a 12 or 24 pack.

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Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of citrus hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight citrus hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, lacking complexity, average aroma, but decent body.

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Photo of D1noB
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

grains, rye, citrus, and wheat, it isn't bad but it could be better.

Taste Rating in Words: It's mowing the lawn, relaxing but you could be having more fun.

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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 970 ratings