Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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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3.18
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Photo of milljs
4.56/5  rDev +43.4%
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 rustybelly
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
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

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wow- I love Kölsch, so I was surprised when I saw All About Beer rated Canoe Paddler the best American one out there. I was stoked that I hadn't tried it yet. The twee name was enough to keep me away forever.

Well, it's rather pale for a Kölsch and doesn't have the sort of sweet maltiness in the nose. I'm really disappointed actually because it mostly just tastes like a slightly less skunky Session Lager than anything. Or, a full-flavor macro lager. Not a "golden ale."

It's not terrible, but it's a big misfire. Would rather buy Hale's serviceable Kölsch any day of the week over this one. In my experience, Alaskan Summer still is the daddy here.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Refreshing Kölsch-style beer with a touch of rye and three specialty hops." Brewed in the style of a Kölsch with Rye added. This is a new addition to the seasonal lineup for 2013, as both a new spring and summer seasonal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Leinenkugel pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a boastful head of a gold-tinged white head with a thick sudsy consistency over a very clear golden straw yellow body. Carbonation is relaxed and plentiful, clarity is very high with few imperfections. The head recedes at a decent rate and retention is good, lacing is medium-thick and stringy. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of cracker malt, a touch of biscuity character hints possibly to rye but doesn't complicate the aroma. A moderate sweetness is prevalent in the aroma of this beer but an expected vinous character is equally bold, hints of white grape and other light tart fruit comes into play. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Very light thin cracker malt, modestly sweet and moderately dry makes up the bulk of the flavor. A mellow bready character is notable, but doesn't impact the malt character nor the easy-drinking nature of this beer- it really could have gotten away with so much more at no cost. Some light malt syrup is lesser necessary, but the sweetness isn't quite as distracting as the aroma predicted, the vinous characters are also far better in-check. The hop profile is altogether nonexistent, with a shallow bitterness and no contributing hop flavor to speak of. Altogether it's a passable representative of a Kölsch, nothing more and nothing less. 3

(Mouthfeel) Clean, light with a subtle dryness and a faint drizzle of pale malt syrup for a slick texture. Carbonation doesn't impact the texture much at all, just adds a touch of creaminess and smooths out the sweet side of the beer. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light, drawn out a touch by the mild vinous notes. I was hoping for more character out of the carbonation, as it didn't contribute much to the final product. 3.25

(Overall) Leinenkugel plays it fairly safe with this light-drinking, mildly sweet Kölsch. Although a touch sweeter than desirable at times, I found it to be generally enjoyable, although not all that memorable. My general fusses include a poorly featured hop profile in both taste and bitterness, especially upsetting since I was expecting no less than 3 varieties to be featured. I also found the use of rye to be pretty much indistinguishable from a Kölsch without it. As it was one of the more unique variations on a Kölsch, I was really counting on a noticeable impact. If you're a Kölsch connoisseur, this may be a favorable option to you, otherwise expect nothing fancy out of this beer. 3.25

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler
3.15/5.00

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Photo of plaid75
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a two tiger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured featured grainy pilsner malt, green apple and a grassy hop.

The taste similarly grainy with fruity esters and a faint hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent mass produced kolsch.

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Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, dated 3 June 2013, into a Belgian snifter.

A: The beer is yellow-gold color in color with excellent clarity, topped by a thin white head most of which fades quickly. Some lacing gets left on the glass.

This is a lightly flavored and delicate style of beer, so the addition of rye could easily change the character. And so it does, I think. The aroma is spicy for style. seemingly due to both hops and the rye. The flavor too is spicy for style, but not so much as to completely transform the kolsch or overpower the malts. Has a clear hint of lemon. Slightly sweet.

M: Crisp; light body; near medium carbonation.

O: A relatively spicy version of the style, yet without being more flavorful than average.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The canoe paddler is a decent kolsch style beer...i like the addition of rye. The beer poured a clear golden with thin white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was minimal at best....faint citrus and malt. The tatse was well balanced....the rye helped the beer finish clean off the pallet and sslightly dry. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and perfect for the summer months.

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Photo of dcall384
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this because I am usually a big fan of Kolsch style beers. This one didn't really taste like a Kolsch to me at all. It kind of reminded me of just a normal AAL. It was refreshing on a hot day, could only drink about one of them though. This beer just weighed to heavy on my stomach. Maybe it was the rye in it. Overall, if you want to pay a lot for an AAL, because that is what this beer tastes like, then buy this beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.21/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass, color is straw, but very clear, transparent, head is bright white with lacing on the glass.

Smell is grainy, no pilsen, no wheat, no biscuit, no grassy hoppiness as expected from a kolsch.

Taste is a macro lager profile, no strong malt presence, subdued flavors and overcarbonated.

Mouthfeel is way to crisp and sharp for kolsch, too much carbonation,hint of lingering flavor from biscuit or wheat.

Overall, a poor take on the kolsch style, screams macro lager with maybe a touch of biscuit or wheat.

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Photo of mrpoizun
1.66/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is basically a light beer. It has nothing much to review. It doesn't really taste horrible, it just has no taste at all. There isn't a hint of maltiness, or hoppiness or even the grainy taste a good American lager has. It has no smell, mouthfeel is very thin, carbonation is barely detectable... I don't know what this beer is supposed to be, or why it was brewed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly bready flavors of grain and a thin malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are several beers in the style that are better than this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked this up in a mix-a-six from Giant Beer Garden & Eatery. Enjoyed chilled from a snifter with carlos.

The color is golden with light chill haze and small white cap with average bead and no lace to speak of is left. The smell has an adjunct-like with a sweet corn type aroma and subtle yeast ester. The feel is okay with creamy light sweetness and mild bitterness with semi-dry finish and slightly high carbonation with a bit of diacetyl smoothness up front.

The taste is decent as it is generall lightly malty with some malt flavor the only thing I can say is the rye in the grist seems to get overwhelmed in the taste bu the adjunct flavor which is kind of dissapointing. Overall I would probably pass unless this was offered to me, since it is not bad, but not really worth buying a second time.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

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Photo of dacrza1
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
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...

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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).

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Photo of jjanega08
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of cozmohollis
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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 puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
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 ZAP
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.37/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 864 ratings.
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