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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: 1,104
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 15
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012)
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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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....

RoamingGnome, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Moby
3/5  rDev -11%

Moby, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of aleckpa
4/5  rDev +18.7%

aleckpa, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter last week for $8.99 at Krogers. I find most Leinenkugel beers to be pretty average, but i'm always down to try their new beers so I thought I would give their new winter seasonal a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for the brewery with a winter themed background. It poured a very dark brown color that took on a deep ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left hardly any lacing behind. This beer is pretty average looking, it's not that impressive to look at.

S- The aroma starts off with a big presence of vanilla that's pretty dominating and is almost artificial smelling after that comes some nicely roasted malts that impart some roasty, chocolate, coffee, and slight caramel aromas. I also pick up a good amount of sweetness in the aroma that gives it almost a candy like aroma. The aroma isn't that bad, I would say it's above average with some nice roasted aromas to help balance out all that vanilla.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's much thinner. It starts off with some vanilla that's much lighter then it was in the aroma and it's quickly followed by some roasted malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some light roasty, coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavor with a slight nutty flavor, the roasted flavors quickly fade to a sweet grainy flavor that goes into the aftertaste with a slightly nutty and roasted flavor. The taste is pretty average, it's not bad, but it's not good either, the flavors that are suppose to be highlighted come off thin and watery.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little prickly, and medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty average, it would be nice if this beer was a little thicker and the carbonation was toned down.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't impressive and I thought it was a pretty average example of a vanilla Porter, the flavor and body seemed a little watered down and I didn't deliver what I wanted from this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability it was smooth, but the flavors didn't hold my attention so one would be enough for me, there's no need to drink two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't the greatest but it turned out to be the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the watered down flavor and mouthfeel, it needed to be bolder, richer, and less carbonated. I won't be buying this beer again, I would much rather have a Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater the flavors come through much better in that beer, I wouldn't recommend this beer. All in all I was let down with this beer, it seemed to lack those robust flavors that a good Porter should have and the mouthfeel also held this beer back, I'm chalking this one up as another average at best Leinenkugel's beer, I thought Fireside Nut Brown was a much better winter seasonal.

StoutHunter, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Gww1864, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev +18.7%

jereb33, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Braz, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of bhawk1
4/5  rDev +18.7%

bhawk1, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Hellpop65, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light brown with red highlights, plenty of light brown foam. Nose is roasty with a minimal hint of vanilla at the back. The taste is very sweet with chocolate caramel and lots of vanilla. The roast doesn't white balance out the sweetness, things taste nearly artificial. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, pretty lackluster. Meh.

homebrew311, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of livingtodie
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

livingtodie, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour of cola, small head of foam, goodly amount of lacing.

I smell some vanilla, fruity notes, sweet malt.

I taste vanilla, sweet malt, light notes of cocoa, coffee in and around the other flavours. It finishes lightly bitter.

An easy drinking brew that I find tasty enough to keep me interested..I'm glad they didn't go overboard with the vanilla as it could have dominated the flavours and made this more one dimensional. I like.

Bitterbill, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of JeltMaaj
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JeltMaaj, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks good. Dark, nice creamy head that doesn't dissipate.

S: malty, light, hint of smokiness. An odd bitter note. No vanilla despite the name.

T: Pretty weak. A bit of smokiness a bit of vanilla a bit of malt and a lot of water. The lightness of the beer really means the flavors need to be on the money but here they were rather dull.

M: Very light but carbonation was not overly agressive.

Overall this was a pretty average beer. The taste had no real standout notes and the lightness of it really took a lot away.

Jamesthebrit, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of jp312
3/5  rDev -11%

jp312, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SFC21, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Lionhawk
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Lionhawk, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, stamped with FEB1113 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, when held up to the light the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate and some coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the chocolate flavor is both bittersweet and milk chocolate. Also, I think the flavors are a little stronger in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit smooth and creamy. I think it's a solid brew. Got a single bottle from a friend of mine for free, so I'm not sure about the price of this beer.

bluejacket74, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of thejoshgray
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

thejoshgray, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a small tan head, which retains fairly well, thin glass-coating lacing, slight small and slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Abundant vanilla and lesser wood notes, toasted malt, dark cocoa, and caramel.

Taste: Opens with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, earthy and wood notes appear. Finishes with a lingering wood note. and slight bitter cocoa and earth.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, quite pleasant.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at HEB in Harker Heights, TX, a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles for $7.99.

Pegasus, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Brenden, Nov 20, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.