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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,564
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 43
Gots: 385 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/9/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and slight cocoa and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla bean, and vanilla candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly subtle vanilla presence in the smell, but it's definitely apparent in the taste and works well with the other flavors present.

Serving type: bottle. (722 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a deep brown body with shattered lacing. Aroma is mild and simple with vanilla, roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate malt base balanced well by vanilla which isn't too sweet. Relatively thin body and moderate carbonation. A vanilla porter as advertised with a standard porter body and base beer. Very drinkable but nothing to make this one a very complex brew. (444 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has slightly sweet flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of vanilla towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a great tasting and easy to drink porter. The only drawback is that it is a little sweet and tastes a bit like malt extracts. (715 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very deep brown color with a nice cream colored head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good on this beer. It's rather nice looking. The smell of the beer is earthy with some subtle vanilla notes but mostly smells like dirt. The taste of the beer is decent, it's got some nice vanilla bean flavors along with some roasted malts in the finish. The vanilla comes out more and more with each sip. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it's medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it... maybe a little too much. Overall I enjoy the beer. I would probably drink it again. (603 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by FEB032013

Watery light brown pour, thin layer of fizzy foam, dark in the glass with a ruby highlight where the light passes through.

Smells like vanilla extract and cocoa, somewhat artificial but not bad.

Tastes similar, artificial vanilla, astringent coffee grounds, mellow porter roastiness. Feels a bit thin and watery. Overall the flavor is not bad, though a little hollow. (389 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of vanilla beans, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of a strong vanilla presence with some sweet milk chocolate and some roasty malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice vanilla porter. One of the better brews from the Leinenkugel lineup. (484 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a small-sized, very short-lived, beige head.

Smell: Slight chocolate, modest roasted malt, and the namesake vanilla.

Taste: As with the smell, it's more of the same -- some chocolate, caramel, mild roast, and the vanilla. Sufficiently sweet. Slight earthy, not quire bitterish tone midway. More of the same through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Reasonably smooth, slick mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Snowdrift comes across as the Creamy Dark but with some vanilla additive added. (636 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A tad early for snow, per se, but I'll take a good vanilla porter any day. Is this one good? Let's find out: This stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted barley, and some mild chocolate in the deep recesses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a touch of light bubblegum at the very end. Things are kinda chalky all-around, though, detracting somewhat from what could have been a pretty tasty vanilla porter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice porter, one that deals with the vanilla pretty well (meaning they don't either overdo it or make it ridiculously sweet). Not bad. (778 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. Deep clear ruby with a fizzy head of light mocha froth. Retention and lacing are poor with this eventually going pretty dead looking in the glass. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, acrid roast and some green citrus. The taste is cocoa, vanilla and a little toffee sweetness. Same acrid and burnt roastiness as the nose. A tingle of green hops runs down the center. The feel is lighter to medium bodied with a too thin and astringent presence in the mouth. Just a touch of sharpness at least adds a little something to this. This was a pretty weak Porter in all categories and I just didn’t care for it a whole lot. Next… (629 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The vanilla could be more authentic, and the malt base isn't quite dark enough, but it's not bad for a Leinenkugel's brew at this price point. Somewhat inexpressive, plain, and shallow, but above average and drinkable.

Declines severely with age.

C+ (251 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/17/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and vanilla notes; with decent strength. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid vanilla porter. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. Definitely very toned down for a porter, but the flavors were quite nice and balanced. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. (1,467 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From winter variety pack - best by April 01, 13:

Pours black with ruby highlights. A thick tan head leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of vanilla with black licorice. Not much roast comes through.

The taste is sweet - vanilla with black licorice candy. The is a dryness, and just a subtle hint of roast to balance some of the sweetness - enough to keep it from being too sweet or sticky.

It is on the fuller side of medium bodied. Very smooth.

The vanilla is a nice touch without dominating. It has a black licorice character to it that is more like the candy than like actual anise. An interesting brew. Alcohol is well-hidden. Sweet, dark, easy-to-drink. (660 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brown in color with some amber highlights and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to an even layer of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla (though a slightly artificial vanilla aroma).Some very light notes of cocoa.

T: Light flavors of roasted malts with some hints of bittersweet chocolate but the dominant flavor is that of vanilla - and lots of it. Light amounts of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy yet still a little thin/watery.

O: Enjoyable but not really anything special - I would not go out of my way to try this one again... Pretty easy to drink. (831 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. The brew appears brown in color with clarity seen around the edges. A tan cap 2 fingers strong sits atop and slowly fades.

The aromatics have quite a bit of minerals and carbonic quality. A hint of herbal hops overtop some dark fruity alcohol character. Molasses and roasty grain fill out the rest of the void.

The taste includes notes of cocoa and vanilla. Some chocolate powder and a hint of dark fruit to hebal hop inclusion. A sticky vanilla bean aftertaste coupled with minerals fades into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a smooth and easy drinking brew that for the most part delivers as advertised. I appreciate the opportunity to try it but would probably not willingly purchase this. (845 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (1,816 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a bit of chocolate and vanilla. There's a light bit of roast in the aroma with little to no hop presence. The flavor is sweet with a vanilla and caramel playing the lead roles. A little brown sugar and roast come in to support but the vanilla really overpowers everything else in the flavor. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness is detected. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. I bought some Big Eddy Imperial stout a few years back and I was blown away. Since that time I keep trying their regular beers hoping to revisit the magic, but it just doesn't seem to happen. There's nothing really wrong with this beer, but for my tastes its too much vanilla and not enough porter. (863 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a thin light brown head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass and light lacing. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, toasted malt and vanilla. Flavor follows, with sweet toasted malt, vanilla, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Similar to a nut brown ale. Light to medium bodied. Expecting a bit more body from a porter, but the flavors are nice, well integrated and pleasant tasting. A decent light bodied porter. (483 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Burgundy-cola pour is a steady black in the vessel with a low profile tawny skim head that dissipates almost immediately. Aside from the color there was little to be impressed here.

S: The nose brought forth some vanilla laced chocolate of low to medium intentions, sweet with a touch of dark cherry fruitiness. not bad and definitely getting better.

T: The flavor was sweet chocolate, with a bit of cherry fruitiness. Vanilla is nicely represented but not in your face, subtle but charming providing a nice compliment to the chocolate base. Smooth dark malt bitterness is played and balanced well against the sweet chocolate nature of the drink.

M: Decent chocolate malting in the mouthful, the carbonation is slight, smooth bitterness on the tongue.

O: Overall im not usually a fan of this brewery, this is certainly one of the better experiences ive had from them. Very smooth and easy drinking vanilla porter that feels highly sessionable despite its reported 6.9% alcohol. An easy one to throw back. (1,014 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, some coffee. Taste is good, lots of vanilla, some cocoa and coffee, lots of flavor. feels medoium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (258 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.