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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

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Reviews by devilfluff:
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3/5  rDev -11%

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Photo of Villiam
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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

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Photo of craigsp
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very smooth beer for being so dark,good vanilla flavors

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Photo of UPBrewer92
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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

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Photo of cougardraven
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

lots of mass appeal attempt porters coming out this year that look to pale to even be considered a brown ale in appearance. not sure why thats a trend, but calling this a porter is a bit misleading. thin and as amber as it is brown in color, good head tough and lots of bubbles, fizzy even. it lacks the depth of a good porter in nose and taste. none of the roasted barley or specialty dark malts are there at all, and that earthy bitter base is really missing for me. as a brown ale type, it works better. some chocolate malt in here for sure, and it plays nicely with the vanilla, which while sweet, seems to be rather genuine, true to the bean. the vanilla is perhaps a tad over dosed in my opinion, covers up an already thin and absentee grain profile, so it seems like a flaw, but thats probably what they were going for with this one. on the bright side, its still kind of strong for what it is, and probably works for their idea of a winter warmer brew. this is fringe craft at best, but i dont hate this one as much as some of the new shandy gimmicks. could have no more than two, but i would recommend this to a vanilla lover that doesnt quite get in to the real dark ones. personally i wished for more grain layers here, more from the dark side. not enough body either for something called a porter.

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Photo of EmberDawn
4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color creamy texture with just a hint of vanilla to balance out the roasted chocolate flavors. Flavor notes are complex and distinctive while not being overpowering. Also if wonderful balance of aged and fresh brewed flavors. Nice and crisp with with an enjoyable warm bitterness at the end. This is a great brew for someone starting out into darker brews.

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Photo of JSBuckeye
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 71ADub
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brent_B
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeoBear
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of loose5682
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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

Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chip26
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DuckDodgers
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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