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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,563
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 43
Gots: 385 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,563
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Decent head retention too.

S: Sweet vanilla and just a touch of roasted malt in the form of chocolate.

T: Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate up front. Great combination, even if it's a quite sweet. More chocolate and vanilla in the middle, the chocolate getting a little more bitter here - cocoa like. Very simple and sweet.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Nice sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty standard and simple but drinkable and not bad for the cost (which is extremely minimal). (601 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Villiam
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Little to no head on this brew. Smells of vanilla and coffee. The first taste had a solid vanilla flavor and a slight bitterness. I tries to cleanse the palate with Cheetoes but wiped my hands on the drapes and caught them on fire. Would not burn down my house again for. 2.75/5 (278 characters)

Photo of craigsp
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very smooth beer for being so dark,good vanilla flavors (55 characters)

Photo of UPBrewer92
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and rich in flavor. Distinct chocolate and roasted nature with a tinge of vanilla undertone. Very good balance in incorporating vanilla without overdoing it (163 characters)

Photo of cougardraven
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the chance to try this on tap a few nights ago, and it was excellent. The combination of sweetness and just the faintest bitter taste was worth every drop. (161 characters)

Photo of JSBuckeye
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good winter porter, has lots of flavor, and you smell the vanilla without it overpowering the rest of the beer. This beer is definitely not for everyone (152 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 71ADub
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A - black, head was billowy, thick and tan, dissipated quickly.
S - vanilla hits you first, then as it warms, hints of roastiness and toffee emerge. The vanilla is not overpowering, very balanced.
T - You get the vanilla up front, then gives away to a roasty astringency. Everything is in balance. Nothing dominates.
F- medium carbonation. body is light, too thin in my opinion (as are most Leinie's beers).
O-a very sessionable beer, well balanced, unlike some of the other vanilla brews out there. If it had more body, and maybe a little more toffee in the flavor profile, this could be a winner. (654 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby red color. Thick tan head reduces to about a quarter-inch pretty quickly. Some slight vanilla on the nose, full of sweetness and handfuls of roasted, dark malts. Upon the first taste, the body is kind of a let down - very thin and highly carbonated, not something you'd expect from a porter. Oak and wood chips hit first; all-around, huge bouts of roasted malts cloud the palate. Vanilla bean plays an overcast role, not as prominent at first, but growing toward the end of the sip. I'm picking up some slight honey flavors in there as well. The sweetness grows and grows from the start to the finish. At first, it seems like a nice touch, but there isn't enough of a hop profile to offset it, and near the end of the beer, the sweetness is nearly cloying and a little over-the-top. It has a dense vanilla-coffee bean aftertaste, not bad.

For a porter, it's nothing to write home about, and the sweetness needs to be balanced better. However, it's not awful, and it's certainly one of the better offerings I've had from Lienenkugels. Just too sweet. (1,080 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GeoBear
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of loose5682
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of markallmon
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Working on my second 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. The beer is more chocolate tasting than vanilla honestly, with hints of coffee. Has a malty sweetness that drowns out any alcohol taste. But at 6% it warms you up. I bought it because I have to scoop snow today, so I thought I'd buy this Snowdrift Vanilla Porter to help me out. :-)

I have never known Leinenkugel to make a bad beer, and this is no exception. However there are probably better options for porter/stout beer fans. So I gave it a 3.75 all around. If this was a beer someone homebrewed, it would be incredible, but I expect more from large breweries. (620 characters)

Photo of BigMarty1980
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of chip26
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.74/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TTripp725
1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of ValpoExpo
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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