Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Lemke10 on 01-17-2013

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849
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3.19
pDev:
48.59%
 
 
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Photo of milljs
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
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 badkarma79
4.38/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear pale straw color. Initial head is about 2 fingers worth, but dissipates quickly to leave a thin line of foam around the rim of the glass. Smells slightly fruity / citrisy. very easy on the pallet, light, crisp with a dry finish.

A very refreshing beer and very drinkable. I think if you look at the BJCP guidelines for category 6C it stands up very well to the guidelines. Folks who are expecting super malty and more than a hint of rye are kidding themselves, because this style of beer is supposed to be as follows:

Soft, rounded palate comprising of a delicate flavor balance between soft yet attenuated malt, an almost imperceptible fruity sweetness from fermentation, and a medium-low to medium bitterness with a delicate dryness and slight pucker in the finish (but no harsh aftertaste). The noble hop flavor is variable, and can range from low to moderately high; most are medium-low to medium. One or two examples (Dom being the most prominent) are noticeably malty-sweet up front. Some versions can have a slightly minerally or sulfury water or yeast character that accentuates the dryness and flavor balance. Some versions may have a slight wheat taste, although this is quite rare. Otherwise very clean with no diacetyl or fusels.

Overall Impression: A clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer usually with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas. Subdued maltiness throughout leads to a pleasantly refreshing tang in the finish. To the untrained taster easily mistaken for a light lager, a somewhat subtle Pilsner, or perhaps a blonde ale.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.35/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very fine offering from Leinie.

Aroma is good and invites a taste. Color is beer color, which sure beats any other color. Taste is good and enjoyed immensely. Cool, crisp and not all the tons of hops like most USA "craft" crap. Imagine that, a German style beer that tastes like beer. Thanks Leinie!!!!!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

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Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.18/5  rDev +31%
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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : Signature Leinenkugel's fluffy ale head - mountainous, puffy, and white. This one is 3 fingers and leaves clouds of lacing on the glass as it recedes. The color is straw/gold with a hint of brassiness. The opacity is about 60%.

S : It smells refreshing. I'm almost feeling hydrated by nosing this beer. Peaches, green grape, with a wonderful malt aroma mixed with the faintest of hop wafting up to the nose here. Behind that a typical beery nostalgic "lager" aroma (even though this is an ale). Very nice.

T : Bready, tons of malt and yeast. Slight hint of corn. It's super refreshing, with hints of lemon peel and orange flesh. A faint hint of grassiness also accompanies the flavor profile. I'm not sure whether I taste the rye but perhaps it's buried in the breadiness. This is a super refreshing and tasty beer.

F : Light enough to be thirst quenching, but substantial enough with its mini-bombs of cream that it floats nicely on the palate. It ends like a crisp lager on a lake while fishing.

O : This beer is solid. It's even better than Summer Shandy for those hot summer scorcher days.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- has a faint smell of wheat with maybe a floral or citrus backdrop Appearance - A nice clear golden amber color. A nice thick head is generated from the pour but it does not stay long. Taste - The beer has a nice wheat flavor that really commands your attention not an overly bitter brew but a medium grade Palate - Average carbonation with a medium body that left no real aftertaste Overall - A real good beer that has a nice dry feeling. One of my favorite brews from Leinenkugel’s.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sum-Sum-Summertime

Next door neighbor cooked some kabobs on Saturday afternoon and gave me a glass of some heavy IPA. Then he gave me something else that had the consistency of cough syrup. So when he said he wanted to cook a pizza on the grill (wtf?) on Sunday, I told him that I'd provide the beer. I went to the store looking for something light, more fitting for a hot summer afternoon. Almost anything from Leinenkugel's is perfect for this occasion.

This is a smooth, easy beer perfect for when you're grilling on a hot Sunday afternoon in the summer. It's got a beautiful orange tinted color and a smell reminiscent of witbier. It's not heavy. In fact, it's very light. It's got a great taste not much different than Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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 pgfault
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
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 raznug
3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a crystal clear as a beer gets and it is straw golden in color and is topped with just a ¼” of angel white colored head.
Smell: This is a very clean smelling beer with a small amount of malt aroma but seems to be a great Kolsch style so far.
Taste: Once again this is a clean cut beer just like the style should be with just a hint of rye malt in the taste, it maybe just a tad but over carbonated on the palate but nothing too bad.
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth and easy drinking beer that flows nicely across the palate. The light body of the beer makes it a great beer for spring and summer.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun1713
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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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This came as part of a Leinenkugel's sampler that I purchased from a Pick N Save grocery store in Weston, WI. Canoe Paddler pours a golden hue with a decent head that dissipates quickly but does leave behind a moderate lacing. The aroma is crisp and clean with hints of the rye, a bread like malt and some fruitiness. The flavor starts out with a hint of the rye and some fruitiness and finishes with a bread like malt. This is a very nice and refreshing beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of cozmohollis
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of t2thebro
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottlet

A- crystal clear straw color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S- light pale grains, hints of straw and cracker. Slight grassy hop aroma.

T- clean refreshing light beer, light biscuty, cracker grain profile. Light grassy hops, a bit of lemon zest and a tad of bitterness. A bit of a funky aftertaste but nothing serious.

M- crisp, clean, refreshing.

O- I will admit I'm not super familiar with this style. Its smooth, clean, light and refreshing. Usually that means flavorless, but not this beer, good grain flavor, good hop profile for this light beer style, will drink plenty of this in the summer. Not sure if the off aftertaste is something I'm just not used to or if its a bad trait. Its definitely not a deal breaker.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an attractive brown honey color with ample suds atop it. The aroma is of light crackers, a hint of baking spice, and some vague fruitiness. The taste is pleasant, enjoyable, but not terribly complex. But I do not think this Kolsch is supposed to be lingered over. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. I could see downig these quickly o a hot day, or sipping it slowly as the sun sets. Not a stellar beer to contemplate, but given the right conditions, a very pleasant one.

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Photo of Anacross
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing, a great beer for a warm sunny day. Mild carbonation, tastes rye and a faint hint of lemongrass, smooth, easy to drink. Not sure about this being a kolsch though, tasted like Dos Equis to me. If you can put that aside, it's a good beer to enjoy.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/20/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, spicy rye, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and bitterness as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice Kolsch style. All around good robustness and balance of bready/rye malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of boogieman
3.67/5  rDev +15%
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 JustLikeMyDad
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from the bottle, so I can't comment on looks.
Smelled like beer, which isn't descriptive, nothing else stood out of it other than "beer".
moderate carbonation, it has a crisp clean Kolsch taste. No bad aftertaste, clean and refreshing, easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 8/28/16; into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.
Appearance - bright golden with a vortex of bubbles forming a thick, foamy, white head. Lacing is marginal.
Smell - pale malts, yeast, rye bread and traces of citrus.
Taste - like the nose, but the citrus is a touch more profound.
Feel - light, easy drinking crusher.
Overall - much better than expected; wouldn't turn it down if sitting by the pool, on the beach or at a BBQ/tailgate.

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