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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
hay, caramel hint, golden, white foam, lightly bitter, light sweetness, lightly sour, a mix, average carbonation, light body, nothing special here, but not bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a pale, clear gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma is mostly grains. Some very very light hops. I can’t really get any rye. Taste is light bitter. Grains, light rye and very light citrus hops. Light bodied with a thin texture. Lively carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, meh. It may as well be a pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle to half-pint (shared with the Mrs.). Looks fine; a transparent gold with white lacing. Smells alright; doughy and a little skunky, but not aversively so. Tastes like it smells, but not as good, with an average (at best) palate that has no real rye presence or tingle. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nearbeer (3719) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz. Clear golden with a thin covering of tiny bubbles. Faint aroma of caramel, corn and dry grass. Taste is sweet creamed corn, lightly tart apple (with the pith), dry grass and a touch of metal. Seems that possibly a hint of stale rye shows up about halfway through the glass, but then again I think I was just wishing it would. Light-medium body has a sweetness that is almost balanced by the light bitter and metallic hop combination, and has medium-high carbonation. Danger Will Robinson!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottled, clear yellow pour with some fruity aroma and flavor , clean with light finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jtclockwork (8419) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear straw gold with white head. Nose and taste of corn, rye, sweet corn and apple core. Slightly metallic. Thin bodied. Finishes dry corn.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wxman (1426) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
This will be easy. This beer tastes just like Milwaukee’s Best and will therefore receive the same rating. Several years back when Miller/Coors took over marketing and distribution of Leinenkugel’s products, they promised never to interfere with the brewing process. Canoe is proof that they lied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lemke10 (784) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2013
In early 2013; Leinenkugel’s introduced its newest beer, Canoe Paddle. This Kolsch style brew with rye is an interesting choice for Leinie’s as you just do not run across too many Kolsch style beers being made in Wisconsin. Granted Leinenkugel’s is kind of an entry level beer for craft drinkers, it will be interesting to see how the general public takes to this new addition to the ever growing Leinie’s list of choices. It pours a clear, pale amber color with a slight, lingering head. There is an average scent of rye and hops as the bottle indicated it is brewed with rye and 3 kinds of specialty hops. The good news it smells like beer, but it does not necessarily impress me that much. The taste of rye is the first evident element here. It gives off a pretty decent grain, earthy tone with a hint of citrus. The after taste almost kind of reminds me of their Honey Weiss. When you are about half-way finished with this beer, it starts to lose it’s appeal as my taste buds quickly adapted to the rye and hop flavors. It leaves behind a slight, foamy lacing as well. Overall, it does drink very smooth and delivers a clean, refreshing taste. A new beer is always awesome! This Kolsch is basically a beginner’s beer for someone looking to try the style. I’ve had at least 3 other Kolsch beers, and this is by far the weakest in area of flavor. It does deliver great drink-ability so you so can easily drink 3-4 of these no problem. This should go other pretty good as Spring and Summer approach. -Chris Lemke of WisconisinBrewReview.com

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2013
First rate! 12oz bottle, scored from beer rep party leftovers. Filtered thin honey yellow tan body, thin creamy white head. Medium bodied, very slick and sugary, easy drinking. The three specialty hops certainly are used sparingly and don’t add much dimension or balance. Boring and too sweet for it’s own good. Kolsch is such a scapegoat style in the US, this is a macro with a touch of rye..boring and uninspired.

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