Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Canoe PaddlerLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of nbaker290
4.42/5  rDev +38.6%
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 +8.2%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. "Canoe Paddler"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "JUN1217" and sampled on MAR2217
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Crystal clear golden body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white. It seems to have a fairly decent retention, and the lace has risen slightly against the walls of the glass as the head's subsided. Fairly large bubbles can be seen streaming upwards. Aroma of grainy malt and light background hops, grassy and perhaps a touch spicy. It smells like a Kölsch should. The flavor follows with a bit of apple-like fruitiness. It's moderately bitter, but still dry in the finish... all good so far. Light-medium in body and crisp. The fruity note is quite nice, perhaps a touch fuller than expected, but pleasant. The hops are OK, although I'd like a bit more, but it's certainly not out of bounds. Overall quite good. Very clean, rounded, and balanced. Nicely done.

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Photo of goodsuds
4.04/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (date code May1517) into a pilsner glass. Honestly, I'm not sure why this didn't score higher. This is a great summertime beer and a great thirst quencher. It pours a nice gold-yellow hue with a thin white head, mild lacing. Extremely drinkable, very crisp. I have to be careful just how fast I put these away. The smell is clean, some pilsner malt, a little noble hop, sweet corn (not sure if it's all malt or not but I swear I smell corn). Taste is very balanced, starting slightly sweet malt and ending with a decent hop bitterness. This would make a good entry beer for BMC drinkers into the world of craft beer. A solid B+ effort from Leine. It would have been an A if it had just a bit more hop bitterness. Not to say it's imbalanced by any means, just not as bitter as it could be. This probably makes it more approachable for BMC drinkers.

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Photo of dobroblues
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a straw to pale gold color. A very crisp, clear brew and easy to see the carbonation bubbles that were present coming out of solution for the entire beer. There was a half inch head of foam that dwindled down to a film rather quickly. There wasn't any lacing from this beer. At first, I couldn't really detect any aroma from the beer but as it warmed I began to pick up on the malt, a little bit of citrus, and definitely cereal grains. Toward the end of the beer, it smelled strongly like champagne. The taste was very clean and it had a bread-like quality with the malt. A little bit of a dry finish, but very smooth and balanced. Overall, this was a very approachable and easy to drink beer. As another reviewer said, this isn't really a beer to overthink, but there's definitely some subtle nuances with it.

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Photo of therica
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloyingly sweet and disappointing, despite claims of rye and 3 specialty hops. Has almost no discernible nose until about 10 minutes after pouring, and even then the nose is weak, yielding some mild malts. Watery and modest flavor of some nice malt and hops hints, buried behind syrupy sweetness. Their allusion to being a Kolsch style is almost insulting to true Kolsches. Very belchy carbonation.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a sampler 12 pack along with Beer Garten Tart, Summer Shandy and IPL (India Pale Lager). This one scores a little higher than the Tart and the Shandy. I don't detect the "crackers and rye bread" when I drink a beer. My taste buds aren't that well trained. But I do know a good beer when I drink it and i will categorize this one as "okay".

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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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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!!!!!

10/2016 - real bad news - they use GMO corn in their brew. Sorry, I cant go for that, regardless of the reason(s) they give. Corporations say GMO is "not bad". Sure, I believe them, remember how cigarette companies said cigarettes werent bad for us???

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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 stevoj
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Surprisingly good, and faithful to the style. Pale gold with very active carbonation keeps airy head aloft. Cereal aroma and taste, but that is expected for the style. Light and refreshing, short and clean finish. Prost!

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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 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 Nickholland
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ehhhh. Well kinda what you would expect. A little better than the macros, but it's a slight margin. If it's pricey in your area it's probably not worth it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a two finger head of bubbly white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy and slightly bready smell mixed with a little bit of a lemon and grassy smell. A tiny bit of yeast and rye are there as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and bready flavor mixed with some caramel and a little bit corn syrup and grass. As the taste moves forward a little bit of a rye flavor works its way onto the tongue and brings with it some citrus and spice flavors of a light pepper and some clove. With some lemongrass coming at the very end, one is left with a bready spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is a little bit on the higher side. Fairly nice for the style and for making for a rather easy drinking brew even in light of the somewhat odd mix of tastes of the brew.

Overall – A decent brew, with a good feel and a decent aroma and feel which made for a crisp and refreshing brew. It does however have a somewhat odd flavor combination, which I did not find all that approachable, but with that said others may like it, so I would say it is least one to give a try to.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. I really like the head's creaminess factor, and retention isn't half-bad (for a macro). A small ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (4)

Smell: I get some noble hops, backed by touches of cereal grain and crackery malt. The feature I really like in a kolsch is that estery, white wine quality - at first, I don't pick that up at all. It appears after opening up, albeit only gently. This one smells a bit rough around the edges to me, nor do I pick up any rye. (2.75)

Taste: It starts off very corny - it's style appropriate in smaller doses, but here it's almost overwhelming. A touch of fruit esters appears in the midtaste (think apple and white grape), while the finish has the mildest hint of noble hops. And boy, are they ever mild. The rye malt is really hard to find...nope, still haven't found them yet. Not feeling this one, sadly. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: This has a bit too much bulk on the palate for me. It starts off sweet, but it does dry out decently on the finish. Carbonation is powerful, helping to cleanse the palate decently. No complaints here. (3.25)

Overall: I didn't particularly have high hopes for this. In that regard, it lives up to the hype. A ho-hum kolsch with too much adjunct presence, and that's all there is to it. (2.5)

2.73/5: There's a hole in our damn canoe, Charlie

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Photo of Wasatch
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle
Sep 2015

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy white head that disapates quickly, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, little citrus note. The taste is nice, malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly citrusy. Medium body. Overall a nice thirst quencher, but would not buy again.

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Photo of jancona
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light and crisp with a hint of bready malt. A nice summer session beer. Be sure to enjoy this after typing one hundred and fifty characters on a hot day.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with a tight white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was some very faint hops. The taste was slightly sweet with barely noticeable bitterness. Good carbonation level.

I was drawn to the beer by the "Kolsch-style with Rye" on the label. I didn't find too much Kolsch-like character and I expected the rye to provide a more bread like contribution to the flavor that wasn't there.

Nevertheless, this is a decent enough beer and goes down quite well on a hot summer day after working outside for several hours.

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Photo of Zorro
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of noble hops and not much else. Slightly sweet smelling.

Starts out mildly sweet with a little scorched sugar taste. Stays sweet with no real bitterness. And that's it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, not a great beer but it is drinkable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass. Hazy yellow color, not much head. Not a good flavor or aroma, a bit stale tasting. Grainy, corn flavors, but a bit oxidized tasting.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light straw, look, little aroma. Tastes sweet with a little spice. Light body and good carb. More flavorful than an American lager for after mowing.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
A - pale yellow colored body with a creamy white head that holds decent retention
S - pale malt, faint spicy rye, yeast, grass, slightly light struck
T - grass, pale malt, wheat, lemon zest, a bit of spiciness and earthiness from the rye
M - thin body, moderate carbonation, odd finish: artificial lemon cleaner and earth. Rye provides a dry finish.
O - usually I like beer with rye in it; I also like kölsch, but this was a disappointment. Not far from a pale light lager with lemon zest in a way. I'd avoid this one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Sub-par retention that fizzes away to reveal a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Big grain and bready malts on the aroma. Light spice.

Taste - Light, bready malt flavor upfront and a decent spice bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near watery body with light, bitey carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - There's nothing offensive about this brew, but it basically lacks any kind of interesting flavor character. Bland comes to mind. I don't mind drinking it, but I would never buy it again.

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