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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 364 | 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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Ratings: 1,547 | Reviews: 263
Reviews by punky796:
Photo of punky796
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours dark reddish-brown, with a finger and a half of cream-white head. Not a lot of lacing.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, vanilla.

T - Same as smell. Lots of vanilla and chocolate malt.

M - Maybe the best part of the beer. If you don't slug it down too fast it gathers some fuzzy, cozy froth and goes down pretty fully.

O - Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams' Hazel Brown or Founder's Porter. While not quite up to par with those, still enjoyable. Also nice to see a new seasonal from Leinie's.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Villiam
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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

Photo of craigsp
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very smooth beer for being so dark,good vanilla flavors

Photo of UPBrewer92
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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

Photo of cougardraven
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

Photo of JSBuckeye
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Photo of 71ADub
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the BBC Cedarville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, opaque, minimal head, medium carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and vanilla--very light smell

Taste: big vanilla taste followed by roasted malt with more vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, medium carbonation, sweet with roastiness

Drinkability: This one is typical Leinie's. If you typically like their beers, you will like this one. If not, I suspect you will not like this one as well. Nice vanilla taste over a decent porter. A bit sweet, but still one I will get again.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.81/5  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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This porter came in a bottle, and was poured out into a pint glass. Porter looked clear, dark brown and had a creamy beige head. Smelled like malts and vanilla, and I could also detect a slight almond aroma. Just like it smelled, the porter tasted very malty, like vanilla, and finished with a toasty bitter finish. Slightly creamy, and heavy on the palate. More of a sipping beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Photo of wattoclone
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium-dark brown with large tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is initially vanilla that fades into a pleasant roasted malt with strong cocoa notes. Taste is vanilla, and sweet Mexican chocolate, very mild and smooth drinking. Aftertaste is like a store-bought chocolate cookie. Not an intense beer; very mellow and pleasant on the palate.

I had a case of this in my cooler at a neighborhood BBQ and it disappeared quickly.

Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a little amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty aroma. Roasted malts with hints of toast, chocolate, wheat grains, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Nice hints of vanilla with some sugar. Very light hop presence. A pretty sweet smell that is fairly syrupy. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, sweet with a burnt roasty taste. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toast, sweet caramel, toffee, wheat grains, and a bit of coffee. Decent taste of vanilla. Sugar adds to the syrupy sweetness. Hops are pretty faint but there is a slight earthy presence. Tastes more like a sweet/milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: An ok beer if your looking for something light, sweet, and dark.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much what you would expect. It's got it's highs and lows but at the end of the day it's a one and done for me.

Photo of FrankULovejoy
4/5  rDev +17.6%

It's a decent porter. More impressive than most of the Leinenkugel's beers I've tried.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a lighter viscosity than most porters out there, light khaki tinted head sits upon a dark black body with cola caramel brown highlights shining through. Aroma has an interesting mix of dark cocoa, hints of vanilla, and mild coffee accents from the dark roasted barley malts added to this beer. Flavor is dry and bitter with baker's chocolate, toasted malts, hints of soft sweet caramelized malt sugars, and a hint of vanilla character. The dark roasted malts has a bit of sour acidity from the dark malts or mix of creaminess from the vanilla and dark roasted malts nice mix of cocoa/coffee roasts in the malt character makes it, no alcohol presence weighs in at 6% abv. Pretty tasty crossover beer, makes a solid offering for winter and thank God it's not fizzy and yellow, or fruit/wheat infusion. They have done a nice jobs with their seasonal offering lately, keep it up Leinenkugel's!!! Mouthfeel has some nice creamy textures medium to light bodied for a porter but rock solid carbonation levels. Overall a welcomed addition to the Leinenkugel/MillerSAB family.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter in a 12 oz bottle with a 2013 date on the neck. Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a small but durable tan head. Good level of vanilla, although rather pronounced mid-taste and seeming a bit unrestrained in the nose. Excellent, malty/nutty aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance. Medium+ body with lively, moderate carbonation and a creamy smooth feel.
O: This fine seasonal was a pleasant surprise. Perhaps my favorite Leinie.

Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snowdrift is a very dark brown that's thick by its color and thins out a little as less remains. A tan head that tries and doesn't have a lot of success growing maintains a bit of foam before that is lost as well. Light spotting is left on the glass.
Vanilla? Initially it's not there, sitting behind a weird, tangy graininess that pushes it down. As it opens up, it doesn't get good, but it does get better. There's a touch of coffee in the malts with a bit of wood. It's light, but once it evens out, it's at least not a bad aroma.
Vanilla comes out in the flavor much better, albeit a somewhat sugary, syrup-like vanilla. Otherwise malts are solid and impart all the coffee and wood notes I get from the aroma along with a bit of cocoa and something bubble gum-like akin to what I'd get from the use of a Belgian yeast strain sans spiciness of earthy character.
The feel has a crispness that's not too hard and some smoothness, but the body is a little light for a porter. No problems otherwise.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some roasted malt, notes of dark bread, a little smoke, some caramel, but nowhere near as much vanilla as I was expecting. A little disappointing.

Taste: A little disappointing here too. Some nice roasted malt flavors, accented with just a touch of smoke, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and just a faint touch of vanilla, but not enough in my opinion, especially, as it’s billed as a vanilla porter. No presence of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth as it’s got very little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As I said above, this beer is a little disappointing, in that there is nowhere near the amount of vanilla present that I believe there should be. As a regular porter, it’s pretty decent, possessing some good roasted malt and slight smoke flavors balanced with some nice caramel-like sweetness, but as its advertised as a vanilla porter, and because it has very little vanilla in it, I find it to be very disappointing. If I’m in the mood for a vanilla porter, I’ll grab either the one made by Breckenridge or Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea, both of which are infinitely better beers.

Photo of weonfire
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark amber. Almost a dark purple held up to the light. A bit of light does shine thru. head is gone immediately. lacing is none. very small amount of carbonation rising. very thin.

S - A low roast. Chocolate and vanilla are present. mild amount of carmel. not a lot happening.

T - Better than it smells. But again just mild amounts of chocolate, vanilla and carmel. I personally don't like the deep roast- which this certainly does not have.

M - Thin and mildly frothy. Alcohol give a nice heat on the tongue.

O - Thin. Not as sweet as it should be. Doesn't resemble a porter at all actually. Hoped for bold - received pretty mild. Vanilla presence was descent. Avg beer drinker will probably find this very good. but it doesn't meet the style very well and all flavors are average at best.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near black with a ruby brown color where light can penetrate. Light tan, finger width head with sub-par retention. Virtually no lace.

Smell - Strong notes of caramel, backed by faint whiffs chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla.

Taste - Starts with faint, shallow caramel and mocha notes, then big vanilla character kicks in. Finishes sweet, with a hint of nuttiness. Simple. Fairly one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and drinkable, in the very least.

Overall - Not an especially impressive porter, even less so when taking into account the vanilla element. No real roasted malt depth at all, and hops are all but absent. It's drinkable, in the least.

Photo of blaje
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Gift of a friend, 12oz Bottle.

Poured dark brown forming a light brownish fizzy head fading quickly (<1min) without any retention and no lacing.
N - Upfront, nose is mettalic and malty. Roasted grains and faint caramel. Vanilla is present but far less than expected but reveals itself when warming up a bit. Unfortunatly it feels artificial. Nuts tone a the very end.
M - Immediate fealing is about the fizzy carbonation wich is very present and intense on tongue. It surprised me for a porter. Mouth is thin, lacking of substance wich is in contrast of the nose, even watery, diluted. Bitternes is low. Taste of cereals, bitter chocolate, faint nuts and diluted bitter black coffee.

Overall, this beer gives me a fealing of artificially flavored brew, remenicent for me of the ROGUE'S Hazalnut Brown Nectar. Even if porters are far from my favorite beer, I think that this one is an ordinary exemple of its kind. I Won't buy if I came across. Too bad!

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Purple-black with garnet highlights. Huge rocky head stands at four fingers but doesn't last as long as some. Decent lace with this beige head.

S - Milk chocolate, coffee with vanilla creamer. Hint of charcoal.

T - Super sweet milk chocolate without much hop presence. Moderate roasty-ness and coffee flavors, but this is far too sweet and sugary.

M - Light in body, but some creaminess is there. A hint of roasted grain is left after swallowing.

This is a good beer for the price, and it's nice that it comes in cans, but it's relatively boring and way too sweet.

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.