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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.58/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
In 1906, the Kolsch-style beer originated from the Cologne region of Germany as a crisp and light beer to combat the summer heat. Leinenkugel’s® Canoe Paddler™ is our take on the Kolsch-style beer that we tweaked with a touch of rye. Our spring and summer seasonal has subtle malt flavors, a clean finish and adventurous quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dacrza (852) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2013
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... .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2013
There is a slight sweetness mixed with subtle hints of rye in the taste. Not bad, but not my favorite of the summer sampler.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2013
I imagine there’s a beer naming machine at Leinenkugels that looks like Wheel of Fortune in triplicate. Wheel one, the naming wheel, includes various objects, vistas or classic images of the northwoods. Wheel two is the beer style wheel, which must have landed on kolsch for this particular label. Wheel three is the wildcard wheel, which throws some snazzy element of surprise to your typical beer within that style, i.e. rye, imperial, black, smoked, double...etc. The problem is, I get the impression they brew the beer before they spin the three-wheeled beer naming machine, because just about everything I taste from Leinenkugels tastes the same, or it has that familiar Duffs beer taste. Like many others from Leinies (except their Shandy and Berry beers) the canoe paddler is drinkable, light, heavily carbonated, a touch too watery, and has a malty extract presence that is the leading player. Light in body. I wouldn’t have called this a kolsch, by how it tastes and looks. I didn’t pick up on the rye aspects, nor any of the traditional kolsch clean and crisp fruit elements. instead, I would have called this a light brown ale or an amber. Overall forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fluffy (2357) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
honestly not sure why this rating is so low. its a decent, albeit thin, kolsch. ive had better, but ive had worse.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint. Aroma is grainy, medicinal, and flat. Hops are hovering in the air, yet corn starch and addivtives prevail. Taste is corny, hoppy, metalic, flat, spicey ginger, and pleasant. color is sunshine dimmed down a bit. Head is fast and disapearing. An alright summer beer, no hints of rye on my end though. I did try this one for the rye too. Oh well. Still not pushed to paddle my canoe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
I could see myself paddling a canoe with a few of these in tow... Rye is the big player here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sweet king of like a miller lite or pabst for more $$ nothing special here nice head that stays inoffensive not much going on nothing fancy dry finish a bit watery at the end not bad not terrible midle of the road.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3713) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
12 oz. can poured very cold to plastic, showing a hazed, light golden hue, a modest, white head, and spotty lacing. The nose was light grain, pils malt, and a touch of spice. The flavor followed with low hop bitterness and a fairly dry and crisp finish. Light bodied, lively carbonated, and a decent quencher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (8398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. A sweet nose of honey. The flavor is light, some biscuit, a bit of lemon and honey, herbal tea. Smooth and decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle which is stamped: May2012-E20011421. The pour is pale yellow with a goodly amount of fizzy white carbonated head that lingers. The aroma is typical of a Kolsch with a good dose of barley and rye grains and a hop crispness. The body is light to medium. The taste is low bitterness that ends very clean. It deserves a decent rating because it represents the style well.

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