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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: 943
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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Idrinksomuch

Delaware

5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is not to like. The vanilla is not over-powering, the color is spectacular and the taste can't be beat. Tonight I am going to be drinking a lot of this one! Anything Leinenkugel's makes is going to be awesome and this is no exception. I wish I was drinking this right now!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 17:20:33 | More by Idrinksomuch
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Beerdrinker123456789


4.91/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best beer I have had in a long time as good as yingling black and tan but with a vanilla hint and great price 7.99 to 8.99 I first tried it on tap and was very pleased from BWW bufflo wild wings after that I looked all over town to find it in the stores but only one place had it left end of season and man was it good on ice for one hour outside in the snow and went down nice and quick

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:02:22 | More by Beerdrinker123456789
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cet128

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter is one of my recent taste tests that really scored big. I usually don't like dark beers but have recently started to broaden my beer knowledge and tasting experience.

The beer has a dark cola like appearance when poured into a glass with a decent tan colored head. The smell has a coffee and chocolate blend. I don't smell the vanilla but it does come out in the taste.

I admit to not liking a beer with a hoppy taste. This is probably why I do like this beer, more flavor from malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. It is very smooth and easy to relax and drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 15:15:42 | More by cet128
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Artz


4.66/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No head, deep, clear amber in color, very inviting. A flavored coffee with cream (which I love) aroma.
It has a rich, savory taste and strong coffee sort of hickory-vanilla smokey after taste. Has a slightly carbonated feeling in the mouth, smokey, smooth, with lots of body. Well bodied, taste keeps improving as the beer warms in the glass.

Tastes best from a rounded beer 'glass'.

I hope this beer is not going to be seasonal. It will be very missed if that is the case!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:53:13 | More by Artz
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 18:20:25 | More by wattoclone
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mitch3114

New York

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured bottle into stout glass

A- A nice dark porter with a reddish hue as light reflects and refracts through it. A brief light tan head appears and fades to a small island about the size of a quarter that floats in the center of my glass

S- A nice warm roasty smell with some aromas of vanilla. Just as expected. A little bit of a fruit smell. Perhaps plum? Not hoppy or over the top.

T- Some chocolate roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Virtually no hops in the taste. I'm not a java head when it comes to beers so this is right up my alley as the roasted malt and coffee flavors are subdued and not very evident. This is a very good beer from the Leinenkugel's!

M- Rich, smooth, creamy medium bodied porter that is as easy to drink as an AAL, but with all the great flavors of a good dark ale.

O- I had this on tap at Bomber's Burritos in Schenectady last year and it paired well with my dinner. It was also good enough fro me to remember a year later as I saw this out and grabbed a bottle to refresh my memory. This is one of the best porters I have had. It is well balanced and easy to drink. It's low ABV makes it a great session ale and at around 15 bucks for a 12 pack, it's a steal! Try this beer if you like smooth, easy drinking stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:12:45 | More by mitch3114
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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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RickS95

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's nice looking. A bit light for my liking, think dark cola. But the head is an attractive shade of dark beige and lasts a good while. A finger and a half thick at the beginning eventually winds down to a thin cover, leaving a decent lace.

Mostly malt in the nose. As the bottle suggests, there's a splash of vanilla and coffee, but both are fairly repressed and play backup roles. As it warms, the chocolate finally comes through.

The taste is pretty special. The vanilla and coffee both are more aggressive. A combination of chocolate and caramel malt round out the taste.

Sweet and creamy, a modicum of bitter for balance. Smooth. Only more alcohol and thickness would increase the score.

This is a really good beer, especially in the cooler months. Overall, a porter than can stand up with almost any other I've had, and generally cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:44:07 | More by RickS95
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palma

New York

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is underrated. Reviewers will bash it because it is from Leinenkugel (owned by miller) and because it has the word vanilla in the name.

This beer has a great roasted taste with just enough vanilla. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Light to medium bodied which is what I really enjoy. There is no reason for this beer to be a charcoal dry, high gravity bomb. But thats what people want to see in order to give a good review. Shouldnt review like that. You should be reviewing it for what it is - a mild american porter with vanilla added. In that case, this is an excellent example.

Nice job miller

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 21:46:56 | More by palma
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motownfreak15

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm sitting down to watch the Mummy with some ramen noodles and one of these bad boys.
Apperently heaven smiled down upon Jacob Leinenkugel during the crafting of this porter. It is very thick and dark, and the vanilla is present but not overpowering. It doesn't complement ramen well, but that is to be expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:06:51 | More by motownfreak15
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Boss1417

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Beer!

Beer has a great dark color and a sweet smoked smell with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is nice and smooth with hints of the smoke and vanilla.

This Porter is sweet and is a great change up to its robust Portar brothers during the winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:39:42 | More by Boss1417
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

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

This wasa 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This pours a dark brown/black with a slight head with tiny bubbles and low retention and almost no lacing. It smells a metallic with a little hint of vanilla and booze. It has a very pleasant taste that is well balanced. The body is a little thin but then again it is a porter and not a stout so with that said it is pretty good with good carbonation. I prefer breckinridge vanilla porter over this but it is still a good beer. I found it at $12.99 a 12 pack and I feel that it is a great deal for the quality of beer that it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:30:14 | More by brewdude1982
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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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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Leinie's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter at a local BW3. The beer poured a clear dark amber with thin almost non-existent head that did not lace. The smell is a good vanilla with sweet malt. The taste follows the smell....very nice vanilla. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was a very easy drinking porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 03:33:04 | More by WoodBrew
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Boggdogg

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, red color with a small creamy head what fades quickly and leaves good lacing. Smells like malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is outstanding with perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. I can taste the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. A good medium bodied beer that leaves the slightly bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate. This is a very good beer. Wish I had another one!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:40:59 | More by Boggdogg
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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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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 12/23/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown in color that you can barely even see through. About a 1-finger beige head that left some lacing when sipped. The aroma is of cocoa, and vanilla with a hint of caramel. Very smooth taste of vanilla & chocolate stands out and goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:35:27 | More by BeerWithMike
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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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DragonzBreath

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel Snowdrift vanilla porter,A beer from Leinenkugel Brewery. Seasonal.. This pours great, nice thick tan head. Carmela fills your mouth, then the vanilla sets in with a rich sweet finish of creamy goodness 6.0 abv (LIKE) This is our winter go to brew..buy the case.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:34:54 | More by DragonzBreath
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scanny24

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Great smell and color. The taste of vanilla is not overpowering and adds to the strong chocolate flavor. I was pleased this porter was not bitter, nor did it have a strong coffee flavor to it, as some porters of this kind(chocolate) tend to do. It has instantly become one of my winter favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 13:51:33 | More by scanny24
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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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RJLarse

Washington

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

I bought a six-pack of Snowdrift Vanilla Porter in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, translucent, with a modest tan head.

Smell is faint, coffee and chocolate aromas for the most part.

Taste is decidedly vanilla and coffee or mocha up front, and a bitter licorice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, with a clean not cloying finish.

Overall a good porter, especially at this price point. I recently brewed a vanilla spiced porter and at last tasting it was still a bit cider-like. I'd have been happy if it turned out like Snowdrift.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:24:59 | More by RJLarse
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very vanilla aroma with a little bit of toasted caramel.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice dark tan head.

Flavor is very sweet. Lots of vanilla. A little of toastyness. A really nice beer except for two flaws: (1) way too sweet (a tinge of dryness would have helped to balance this beer out), and (2) a slight off flavor in the finish. Not terrible but it doesn't fit either.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy.

If you like sweet beers, this is a keeper. I think what frustrates me about this beer is that it is so close to being great. Definitely the best beer I've had from Leienkugel's.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 18:30:22 | More by jmbranum
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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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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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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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