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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 14
Gots: 77 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

runwild99, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, FEB1113 on neck.

A - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours darker looking than it actually is. Held up to the light, this rich mahogany-hued beer is actually pretty clear. It's khaki head sinks rather quickly from it's initial tall stature and doesn't leave a whole lot of lace behind.

S - Soft vanilla bean notes hide behind a veil of cold roasted malt aroma which is reminiscent of cold coffee, baker's chocolate and cocoa. Snowdrift Vanilla Porter might be fairly simple and straight forward. Boring might be the right word.

T - Vanilla becomes much more evident in the beer's flavor, warming with a well-balanced extract flavor that matches up nicely with the roasted malt additions. While barrel-aging tends to bring out vanilla tannins, this vanilla brings out a wood-like earthiness that compliments the bakers chocolate and mocha flavors.

M - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is smooth and rich with a creamy feel but not a completely full body. Evidently shooting for something most people could drink, this beer doesn't go full-bore. Rather, the malts add a complimentary roasted bitterness which sits well next to the vanilla sweetness and dry tannins on the finish.

O - The closed-off, somewhat boring nose doesn't keep the beer from becoming more than "your standard beer". Instead, Snowdrift Vanilla Porter takes it's roasted malt profile and dribbles in some vanilla extract for a mellow, smooth, and soothing winter beer with a hearty feel on a cold day and satisfying finish.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

ItsBeer4Me, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glad this one was a gift from bzach, as I surely wouldn't buy another. Pours a deep, dark ruby. Thick head of quickly-dissipating fizzy tan bubbles. No lace.

Nose says chocolate, cocoa nibs, and maybe a hint of vanilla. Actually it's more like a vanilla Coke. Weird.

Taste is equally like a vanilla Coke, with an odd artificial sweetness. The finish shows this best of all. Not good, At all.

secondtooth, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

poogas, Nov 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

WesM63, Nov 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

jratt79, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Milkysunshine, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TerryB
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

TerryB, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

TaylorK, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

bigbeers84, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Dapperticus, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

ruckus232, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

bzach, Nov 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

tourdot, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +18.7%

MarkyMOD, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

insaneshow, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Zanico, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of OSB
1/5  rDev -70.3%

OSB, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

wattoclone, Nov 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

fluidmotion, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

zeppedled, Nov 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

Broden, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Boto, Nov 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

durwood64, Nov 13, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.