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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: 942
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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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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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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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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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a beautiful tan head and will produce lace that hangs around with a little agitation. Clear deep ruby color. Aroma is vanilla extract and a non beerlike sweetness. Flavor is sweet and toasty combination that just lays there. Mouthfeel is medium and co 2 is good. Overall, not what I consider a good brew except for using in recipes or washing down a breakfast of French toast and sausage.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 19:10:12 | More by EagleTalon
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BWW Beckley WV, on tap

A- pour dark brown with a ruby hue, light tan head with good retention, no lace

S- candy-like vanilla sweetness, a bit artificial smelling, a touch of caramel-toffee, slightly nutty and malty

T- sweet, artificial vanilla flavors with a very sweet linger. The malts are slightly nutty with a bit of toffee, the finish is sweet-yet-fairly dry

M-medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the first few sips were good, but the artificial sweetness became too much after a while that I found it hard to finish. This would be a good intro beer to noobs because the roasted notes are subtle, but probably not something I would buy again

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 21:36:45 | More by Treyliff
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big pint glass full of this new Leine's brew with my dinner at the Apple Valley Tap House, because the world can always use another good vanilla porter, amiright?

The beer shows up & maybe it's the lighting, but this baby leans very close to being a deep, dark red rather than a livid brown. But whatever. Nose is gently sweet, vanilla, malts.

Snowdrift is one of those beers that just shows up. Solid vanilla that avoids the cloying or medicinal, backed up by a porter with some malt sweetness & bare roast. It's weakest point is that it's thin, closing in on watery. Low ABV doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the full monty in my mouth.

Pretty good beer, but one that is utterly forgettable. One & done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 04:02:58 | More by maximum12
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Durge

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found on tap at the Embassy Suites hotel bar at Logan Airport in Boston this porter is dark black with mahogany edges and a very solid, uniform tan head with good lacing. The nose hit offers a distinctive charcoal malt with a delicate vanilla carmel sweetness. Not very strong but pleasant for sure. The flavor brings out a fizzy vanilla malt with a grassy edge that hints of charcoal and root beer. This seasonal offering is medium-light bodied with somewhat overactive carbonation while finishing with a somewhat chalky feel. A little weak in feel for the style but enjoyable as a sweet taste treat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 05:59:07 | More by Durge
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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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/16/2012 at The Luxury Box in Seekonk, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee and vanilla. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent porter to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 02:29:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Transparent dark, dark brown with red highlights and a half finger of head.

Nose
Cream soda, black licorice and artificial raspberry.

Taste
Cream soda, artificial raspberry, black licorice and Splenda. Just the lightest dusting of cocoa. WTF is this? BLECH!

Mouthfeel
Light bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall
This is bad. I don't think Leinenkugel's has any idea what a Porter is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 01:42:04 | More by justintcoons
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 17:02:14 | More by tigg924
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Thunder Bay Grill. Served in an imperial style pint glass, and was pretty well chilled.

A) Very dark brown with not quite a finger of light tan head. The head quickly fades to nothing. There was no lacing noted.

S) Caramel malt, some roast, and definitely some vanilla bean.

T) Light chocolate, hint of caramel, vanilla sweetener. This is a little bitter-sweet. I would have actually liked a little more of the vanilla to come out in the flavor. The flavor gets quite earthy/roasty as this finishes up. That was the aftertaste for me as well.

M) A lighter medium body, with the same from a carbonation standpoint. This was pretty smooth, and relatively creamy.

O) I have to say, this exceeded my expectations. While I won't be running out today to grab a six pack, this was a decent seasonal. Give it a try....

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 14:29:06 | More by RoamingGnome
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Boto

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Curley's Pub: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark brown color. There was a small tan head that left a little lacing. The aroma isn’t bad. Definitely has vanilla on top, but it is not too strong. Also has notes of chocolate and coffee. The taste isn’t bad. Vanilla, espresso, chocolate are dominant. Not much else. Medium bodied. Just a touch sweet. Not a bad brew at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 01:52:36 | More by Boto
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

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

Served from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance:. The appearance was very dark bown with a halve a fingers worth of a light brown head.

Smell: Upon arrival I smelled vanilla, a suprising amount of vanilla. I had trouble picking up any other aromas because of the vanilla.

Taste: It tasted better than the vanilla smell, it was sweet and easy drinking with vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavors coming out.

mouthfeel: The beer appears like it should be heavier than it is. It is a light to medium bodied.

Overall: If you are a fan of vanilla then this may be the beer for you. It was a tad sweet but very drinkable and while I would try this again I would not go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 19:27:33 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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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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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.