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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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 42
Gots: 372 | 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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Photo of TeamMathis
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Reddish brown hue when held up to light. Leaves a very thin lace of head.
Smell: Roasted malt and coffee.
Taste: Malt and light coffee/cocoa. Touch of sweetness.

This isn't bad. I think it's worth drinking, or at least trying once. The dark pour is inviting, and the remaining head lace is decent. The smell is also enjoyable with a roasted coffee and malt influence. You can also somehow smell something sweet in the background. The taste is a tad bit stronger, but is basically the same as the smell. It's a sweet, roasted coffee. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'd certainly enjoy it and drink it again if offered one.

Photo of deadxmastrees
2.72/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Rhf9120
4.25/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of JerUrbans
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into regular pint glass

Nice dark amber color, somewhat hard pour had a nice cream colored head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Smokey and acidy smell with some hints of vanilla.

Yes, there is smoky taste that finishes fruity with vanilla hints. Nice bit of alcohol. The smoky flavor holds on. I like that, but I have a fondness for smoke flavors.

Feels smooth and kind of silky.

Overall not a bad beer, one of the best I have ever had from Leinenkugels'. Great price point as well. Will definitely be drinking many more of these.

Photo of lwillitz
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body (ruby highlights) under 2 fingers of medium tan

S - cocoa and coffee, hint of vanilla, caramel-like sweetness

T - roast malt notes, dark chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla, slight smoke and burnt notes, slight bitterness

M - smooth, sticky medium/full body, medium/high carbonation

O - Snowdrift is a nice porter. The vanilla is pleasant and not at all overpowering. The taste has just enough complexity to be interesting.

Photo of Bernoulli
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Amalak
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A. It is basically black but there is a hint of lint toward the bottom that gives of a slight red color. It has a two-finger tan foamy head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S. It has a metallic scent. Malty.

T/M. It is very malty with a weird, weird sweetness. I'm guessing because of the style it's some sort of vanilla, but it is off. A bit of coffee and chocolate underneath. Smooth and medium to light bodied.

O. Tastes like an off-Sam Adams Winter. Not very appealing.

Photo of Beerwolf666
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is an outstanding Beer,it is one of those Beers you can just kick back with and enjoy what the brewer achieved,very nice chocolate & Coffee notes with just a slight hint of Vanilla,which actually gets a bit more pronounced when the beer warms a little,but still,I would say that the chocolate and coffee flavors are more prevalent up front.
This is a Beer you take your time with,you savour it,not a Beer you rush to the bottom of and snag another one from the fridge as soon as it is gone,a gr8 beer to enjoy while relaxing by the wood stove or Fireplace on a cold frigid night,or perhaps share with some close friends after dinner,a top notch Porter in every way.
Cheers and Peace2all.

Photo of bgillespie
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Very Dark brown, off white head, dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate, faint vanilla.

Taste: Dark chocolate with some vanilla. Similar to coffee for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. Dark chocolate is the most noticeable taste. Faint vanilla. Would drink again.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pouring to a dark brown hue with a nice head of beige- colored foam, Leinenkugel Snowdrift has an aromatic nose of vanilla, cocoa, and light roast. The foam maintains a thin layer after it settles, but leaves no lacing.

With the taste, this porter features flavors of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some roasted notes. The body of the beer is medium to light with a creamy feel and a sweetness that attempts to balance with a hit of bitterness in the end, but remains mostly sweet. The finish is mostly clean.

This vanilla porter is a little less vanilla- enhanced than I expected, but is still features an obvious vanilla taste that is pleasant overall. It doesn’t have that fresh, 100 percent natural vanilla taste and character common to other vanilla- enhanced craft beers, but it is still fairly good. It’s a nice beer to settle down with on a relaxing winter evening.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - deep mahogany-brown colored ale with a creamy tan head that holds good retention
S - cocoa, vanilla, faint caramel
T - vanilla, chocolate, artificial tasting, too much vanilla
M - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes somewhat sour with the artificial flavors lingering
O - I didn't really enjoy this mediocre offering. I wouldn't drink it again.

Photo of Immortale25
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck says

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet, nutty aroma with notes of vanilla, a bit of milk chocolate and booze.

T- Lots of caramel and chocolate with a vanilla aftertaste. Very sweet, some might say overly so but I have quite a sweet tooth. Easy to drink and enjoyable at first but it soon loses its luster and becomes a bit watery and one-dimensional. And I'll admit, the sweetness does wear on you after a while. Speaking of which, the alcohol comes through way too much after it warms.

M- A bit thin but viscous enough to keep things interesting. Medium-low carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- Starts out decent enough but it turns on ya pretty quick. Still, not as bad as I thought it'd be.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a blackish ruby color, with a thick tan colored head.

Smell - The main smell is the sweet chocolate malts with some vanilla.

Taste - Like the smell, a sweet malty flavor with chocolate with vanilla layered over it. And a subtle bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - silky and good bodied beer, good carbonation as well.

Overall - It is a very good seasonal beer.

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 Pintofbrown
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

Dark brown, cola colored body with a brown sugar colored cap of foam. Not great staying power when you start quaffing.

Main scent is a slightly sweet and roasted and nutty quality. Also Hershey's syrup, cocoa powder, and a little artificial vanilla.

First drink results iin a big roasted flavor. That same nuttiness blends again, makes it feel artificial. The powdered cocoa shows in the finish with a blast of artificial vanilla.

The feel is more watery, but not astringent. Sort of dry.

Snowdrift would be better if the roasted porter notes did not seem so weird or artificial. It is too sweet and the vanilla just does not fit well. The beer needs a toastier and smokier base if it is going to use such sweet vanilla flavoring.

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a - 12oz bottle to shaker pint. couple cm offwhite head settled slowly. very dark brown colored beer

s - somewhat of a metallic smell but not really much

t - some vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate

m - a bit thin, lower on the carb, goes down smooth

o - an okay porter, easy to drink at least and not off putting, just nothing memorable

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 Suds
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a dark brown color, not quite black, with a fairly thick tan head. Decent lace. The aroma is dominated by vanilla. It doesn't have the notably artificial smell that a lot of vanilla flavored brews have, but it is nearly overdone. There is some roasted and malt flavors underneath. Not real hop smell. The taste is sweet, with more vanilla and malt. Smooth and creamy. Full and satisfying. It's a good, although not outstanding, beer.

Photo of Jplueger1
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For the price this is a decent option for a darker beer. Normally, I'll drink from the bottle on my "goto" Sweet Josey Brown Ale. However, since this was a new taste for me, I poured into a pint glass. Being honest I was surprised and maybe even a little impressed. Darker than I thought and surprisingly good, but not the vanilla I anticipated. Overall, nice work Leinenkugel.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date February 17, 2014 printed and smeared on the side of the bottle. A new winter seasonal to me from Leinenkugel's, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store, after missing out on this one last year. Expectations are about average given the brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark opaque cola brown color at a distance; a clear ruby when held to the light. Two fingers of fluffy tan head. A bit light in color for a porter, but aside from that it looks alright.

S - Smell is of toasted grains, chocolate malt, some cola carbonation / faint metallics, hint of medicinal cherry flavoring, and a hint of cream. Fairly bland smelling. I'm really only getting a vague hint of the vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: chocolate malts, cream, metallics, toasted grainy malt, and some vanilla extract. Vanilla taste is prominent, although clearly not very authentic, but it works.

M - Feel is thin & watery, with some mild chalky chocolate malt bitterness lingering on the palate. Aside from that, it is a mostly clean finish. Light-bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall, it was about what I expected it to be, and I had low expectations in the first place, so therefore I was not disappointed. The vanilla is clearly not very authentic, and is definitely not enough, but it fits in well with the chocolate presence and the rest of the flavors. Glad to have tried it, and I might even have it again if it was available, but there are far better choices out there.

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter ----3.5/5

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Chocolate brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that dissipated fast, leaving a few big bubbles in its wake.

S: Charred malts, dark chocolate, light vanilla.

T: A nice blend of smokey chocolate and vanilla. Malty and nutty. Smooth, sweet, well balanced for a porter. A bit oily on the finish.

M: Light to medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Better than I was expecting. Session-able. Would go well with a chocolate chip cookie.

Photo of Weston19
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark ruby red almost brown. Has a mocha colored head although lighter than other stouts and porters out there. Has about a half a pinky head that lingers throughout the entire time.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, light toffee, faint vanilla (this increases as it warms up), alcohol is present which through me off as I've had stronger stouts that don't have the alcohol smell.

T: Vanilla, roasted nuts, some bitterness mid palate, alcohol. Aftertaste is like black coffee only fainter. As the beer warms up the vanilla becomes much more pronounced.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth very well.

O: Not a bad porter to be honest, has a decent flavor and mouth feel. The only thing that I didn't really like is the alcohol flavor that is very present throughout the entire time. The bitterness was just right and contributed to the maltiness to add a nice balance.

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.