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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%


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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012)
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illpass78

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a minimal off-white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is pretty minimal.

Aromas: Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, hops, roasted malt, and some vanilla. It's not a vanilla bomb, which is probably a good thing. Relatively subtle vanilla makes itself present, and lets you know it's going to be a unique porter.

Taste: Pretty tasty porter with a taste that follows the nose. Vanilla is, again, subdued but there. Coffee notes are pretty forward.

Mouthfeel: A smooth but sturdy porter. It looks stout-like but has more of a medium body.

Overall: This is an enjoyable porter and I'm glad I tried it. Would have another. Don't be scared off by the vanilla - but also don't expect it to be a dominant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:57:57 | More by illpass78
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muffiewolf

Vermont

1.54/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Serious contender with Trout River Rainbow Stout as one of the worst beers I have ever had. I have been to Wisconsin several times and noted the popularity of Leinenkugels. For the life of me I cannot grasp the loyalty of the name vs the quality of the beer. Granted they have great graphics but the beer just plain sucks. There are a lot of short cuts here. If you want to make good beer in high volume, contact InBev and maybe they will show you how Budweiser does it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:34:20 | More by muffiewolf
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head. Settles slowly leaving a tight lacing at the edge of the glass. Nearly opaque, dark mahogany colored body.
S) Roasted coffee. Vanilla beans.
T) Roasted grains. Coffee. Hints of chocolate. Bready.
M) Full body. Fizzy. Slightly dry a bit chalky.
O) A tasty porter. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:54:28 | More by u2carew
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Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Feb 2014 (?) on the bottom of the can.

Pours dark amber w/ a reddish hue. Mocha head, frothy and staying nicely. Goes to a thicker film, and leaves some low sheeting and ample fine scattered bits of lacing.

Mild nose of some sweet malts, sugary chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Lighter on the palate then the typical porter. Notes of more milk chocolate, coffee cake and a whiff of vanilla. Not bad. Decent, lighter bodied, easy drinking and sessionable winter brew.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 02:20:56 | More by Billolick
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beergoot

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark red body with a thin, foamy head. Aroma releases various scents, sometimes a wet dankness, other times a slight roasted grain and nut note, and still other times a heavily sweet vanilla tone. First taste impression was almost of a rootbeer, but then it quickly revealed a combination vanilla sweetness and an almost metallic hop bitterness. Medium bodied; somewhat coarse and fizzy; semi-sweet finish.

An overly sweet porter in many ways and a bit disjointed in character. More sugary and syrupy tasting with a relatively weak, watery body. Drinkable but mediocre porter lacking a solid depth and complexity that would make it more memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:44:11 | More by beergoot
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle into pint glass. Dark brown with light beige head. Not getting a whole lot from smell, maybe a tinge a vanilla bean, low backhround of carmel. Taste is light, not full bodied, light, airy, smooth, plwasant aftertaste, vanilla bean tones bittersweet chocolate.

Overall its not the worst porter ive had. I would rate this beer ok. Its a good choice if your at a store where there is not a whole lot of other craft choice. Its a 150% better choice than the BMC alternatives..

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:52:03 | More by Doerrijustmether
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "APR1414 B20010852"

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours a clear, very deep mahogany brown body beneath a two-finger thick head of pillowy dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it slowly dwindles to a wide collar. Streaks and spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.

In the nose the vanilla component is quite clear. It's sugary, but soft, and not nearly as artificial as it can sometimes be in other examples that take it perhaps a bit too far. Beyond that there's some dark chocolate and fudge-like maltiness.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a general chocolate cake type character. It's not overdone, or overtly sweet though. A subtle bitterness keeps it in check, as does some dark malt acidity, although it does finish a touch sweet with a note of chocolate and some underlying fruitiness as well as a lingering note of vanilla. No hop flavors are to be found, leaving the lightly sweet dark malts as the focus.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

In the end it's a fairly charming beer. I don't see it as having a lot of drinkability, but it's not cloying. It should make a great holiday beer, or as a special dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:50:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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Seanryan816

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all. I expected a smother taste from Jacob L company especially since im a huge fan of Summer Shady. Overall its not bad when your sipping it next to a fire after quading all day.
Bit hoppy but the aroma of this beer is what really brings you in.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 22:53:44 | More by Seanryan816
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Michael_Squires

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearence is that of a solid dark beer.

Beer has a pleasant vanilla-y smell to it, as the name would suggest. Taste has just a touch of kick to it, but is generally smooth and enjoyable to drink.

Overall, I would recommend it to those who like porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:45:09 | More by Michael_Squires
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This may give you an indication of the depth of the backlog of The CANQuest (TM): the bottom of the CAN is dtd 11 Feb 2013! It almost made it to its birthday, Wow! My thanks (and apologies for the delay) go out to Another6Pack (A6P) for providing this and several others in a package that I have yet to reciprocate upon. I am good for it and I am CANsidering what to send him in the very near future.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867."; "Porter With Vanilla"; "Carefully Brewed By the Leinenkugel Family For Five Generations"; "The Flavors of Winter, Complex Malt Character Reveals Layers of Coffee and Cocoa."

I am still reeling from having de boom lowered on me, but The CANQuest (TM) must Glug on! The Crack! was loud enough to sound Reveille throughout the house and once everyone had heaved out and triced up, it was time for an inverted Glug. The dark beers really cry out for this as the pseudo-cascade is much more evident in them. It settled into a dense, two-finger cap of light-brown head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with garnet/ruby highlights (SRM = > 37, < 44) and it was as beautiful a beer as I have seen in a while. Nose smelled of vanilla, coffee and chocolate and I may have had this in a different, hotter form at Starbucks at some point. Just sayin' ... Mouthfeel was pretty full for a porter and the vanilla and chocolate were prevalent initially, giving 'way to the coffee roastiness. I was happy to note that they reigned in the roasted malts as this could have been way too bitter. Instead, the flavors meshed nicely to provide a pleasant, but not overpowering, sweetness to the melange. I even enjoyed the relatively sweet finish although, as a self-avowed hophead, this is not my usual cuppa tea. Truth in advertising at its finest.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 16:13:19 | More by woodychandler
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark brown/light black. opaque with a half finger tan head that has an average lacing on my pint. Nothing to exciting here so far.

S- cocoa and dark roasted malts. I have to strain to smell the vanilla but it is there barely.

F- Sour mash cocoa malts. It didn't come across as good as I was hoping. the vanilla does come out more in the mouth rather than the nose. The flavors mesh better as you continue to drink but still a poor combo.

M- has the feel of a black lager rather than a porter. The smokiness comes out halfway through the beer though.

O- an average porter....I have had better and worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:19:53 | More by Dodo2step
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark, dark...beautifully dark. Nice white, frosty head, slight lacing.

Coco beans, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Actually, the smell is my least appeal of this beer, not that it is bad but it just isn't strong enough to match it's dark appearance. I will say the vanilla stands out much more on tap than from the bottles that I've had before.

Flavor is nice, smooth and balanced. Bitter dark chocolate mixed with a woody, smoky vanilla bean. The carbonation is high on this porter, a nice surprise considering how dark this beer is. The carbonation comes on the finish combined with a slightly bitter coco...but clean. Again as with the smell, the vanilla stands out more on tap than from a bottle. Some have suggested this beer is vanilla sweet, I disagree, I think it's balanced very nicely.

Over all this is one of my favorite offerings from Leinenkugel, it's a very easy drinking porter, perfect for any cold winter day...the relatively low alcohol content (6) makes it also easy to have several. I prefer it on tap over the bottle but bottles are cheaper than kegs ;) This is a seasonal beer, so it's will have a short window on the store shelves...I have a 12pk in my beer fridge, I don't want to run out to soon.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 00:12:02 | More by Boca-X
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark but translucent. I can see birds on the feeders outside my window through this porter. Large two finger creamy tan head that hung out for a while. Minimal lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts prevail. Some light fruitiness and a slight hint of vanilla.

T- Dark roasted chocolate malts, but not real dark. Slight coffee. An almost perfume-ish vanilla flavor in the middle, followed by a weird tart fruit aftertaste. Could be cherries.

M- Light and lacking the creaminess I look for in a porter. Leaves a waxy feeling in my mouth.

O- Well I've had better porters for sure. This is not well balanced at all. I think they fell asleep when the hops were supposed to be added. Not a big fan of this version. Drinkable but I won't purchase this brew if other options are available.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 21:25:45 | More by Emnmarko
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A-Ham

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks and smells great. The beer has some bold flavors including chocolate and coffee. It has a little bit more sweetness than I would generally prefer in my beer; but the winter season only rolls around once a year, so it's easy to enjoy. If you haven't tried Leinenkugel's Vanilla Porter, I recommend that you do.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:41:45 | More by A-Ham
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Reddish brown hue when held up to light. Leaves a very thin lace of head.
Smell: Roasted malt and coffee.
Taste: Malt and light coffee/cocoa. Touch of sweetness.

This isn't bad. I think it's worth drinking, or at least trying once. The dark pour is inviting, and the remaining head lace is decent. The smell is also enjoyable with a roasted coffee and malt influence. You can also somehow smell something sweet in the background. The taste is a tad bit stronger, but is basically the same as the smell. It's a sweet, roasted coffee. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'd certainly enjoy it and drink it again if offered one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:58:17 | More by TeamMathis
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deadxmastrees

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Straight up, I do not like this beer. It's really hard to tell someone who really loves porters to drink a porter without holding it up to the standards of another porter but maybe, if I could, enjoy this beer with a different mindset. However, a friend of mine was raving about the vanilla flavor so I was surprised at the strong fruit flavor. Its very fruit forward with the strongest being cherry. It feels as though the ingredients were just mixed together and immediately bottles. The color also wasnt as dark and somewhat red tinged (or maybe that was my imagination). Lastly, it was definitely thin. I do want to try it again 'with a different mindset' but I dont have high hopes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 06:48:48 | More by deadxmastrees
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank this straight out of the bottle. The smell of the beer is very soft and faint almost non existent. However that being said the taste more than makes up for it. This beer has such a great balance of malts and the sweetness of the vanilla. There is little no no bitterness and is unlike any other porter i have ever had. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 16:08:09 | More by Rhf9120
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Poured into a tulip with aggressive pour yet very little to no head. Not completely dark either but somewhat see-thru and watery.

Smell - Almost absent of smell. Some sweetness perhaps but mostly void of scent.

Taste - Well after my very harsh appearnance and smell ratings. I have to say, this is quite tasty. It doesn't taste much like any other porter I've had, but its light bodies, slightly malty with a very nice sweet vanilla finish. No hop bitterness at all of note. No ashy or roatyness either, just a light yet sweet well balanced dark beer.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery.

Overall - This is a very sessionable, light porter. I could have a few of these in one sitting with no problem at all. If you go in with an open mind, and not looking for the standard porter qualities in a beer, you'll probably be surprised at how tasty this beer is. I probably won't seek this out again, but if offered one or have limited options in a bar, this is an easy go to dark beer option.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:09:12 | More by bubseymour
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into regular pint glass

Nice dark amber color, somewhat hard pour had a nice cream colored head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smokey and acidy smell with some hints of vanilla.

Yes, there is smoky taste that finishes fruity with vanilla hints. Nice bit of alcohol. The smoky flavor holds on. I like that, but I have a fondness for smoke flavors.

Feels smooth and kind of silky.

Overall not a bad beer, one of the best I have ever had from Leinenkugels'. Great price point as well. Will definitely be drinking many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:51:15 | More by JerUrbans
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lwillitz

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body (ruby highlights) under 2 fingers of medium tan

S - cocoa and coffee, hint of vanilla, caramel-like sweetness

T - roast malt notes, dark chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla, slight smoke and burnt notes, slight bitterness

M - smooth, sticky medium/full body, medium/high carbonation

O - Snowdrift is a nice porter. The vanilla is pleasant and not at all overpowering. The taste has just enough complexity to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:09:28 | More by lwillitz
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Bernoulli

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque deep brown. Almost no head or lacing.

Porter smell with a faint hint of vanilla.

Nice mouth feel, rolls down nicely.

A good porter with a hint of vanilla that is tantalizing and not overwhelming.

Would be a good introductory porter for a lager drinker, that the more widely tasted could easily enjoy too.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 22:09:39 | More by Bernoulli
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Amalak

New York

2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A. It is basically black but there is a hint of lint toward the bottom that gives of a slight red color. It has a two-finger tan foamy head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S. It has a metallic scent. Malty.

T/M. It is very malty with a weird, weird sweetness. I'm guessing because of the style it's some sort of vanilla, but it is off. A bit of coffee and chocolate underneath. Smooth and medium to light bodied.

O. Tastes like an off-Sam Adams Winter. Not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:14:46 | More by Amalak
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Beerwolf666

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is an outstanding Beer,it is one of those Beers you can just kick back with and enjoy what the brewer achieved,very nice chocolate & Coffee notes with just a slight hint of Vanilla,which actually gets a bit more pronounced when the beer warms a little,but still,I would say that the chocolate and coffee flavors are more prevalent up front.
This is a Beer you take your time with,you savour it,not a Beer you rush to the bottom of and snag another one from the fridge as soon as it is gone,a gr8 beer to enjoy while relaxing by the wood stove or Fireplace on a cold frigid night,or perhaps share with some close friends after dinner,a top notch Porter in every way.
Cheers and Peace2all.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:27:59 | More by Beerwolf666
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bgillespie

New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Very Dark brown, off white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate, faint vanilla.

Taste: Dark chocolate with some vanilla. Similar to coffee for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. Dark chocolate is the most noticeable taste. Faint vanilla. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:57:18 | More by bgillespie
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pouring to a dark brown hue with a nice head of beige- colored foam, Leinenkugel Snowdrift has an aromatic nose of vanilla, cocoa, and light roast. The foam maintains a thin layer after it settles, but leaves no lacing.

With the taste, this porter features flavors of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some roasted notes. The body of the beer is medium to light with a creamy feel and a sweetness that attempts to balance with a hit of bitterness in the end, but remains mostly sweet. The finish is mostly clean.

This vanilla porter is a little less vanilla- enhanced than I expected, but is still features an obvious vanilla taste that is pleasant overall. It doesn’t have that fresh, 100 percent natural vanilla taste and character common to other vanilla- enhanced craft beers, but it is still fairly good. It’s a nice beer to settle down with on a relaxing winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 17:13:41 | More by BryanCarey
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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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