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: 374 | 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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Ratings: 1,554 | Reviews: 264
Photo of tgriff
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice coloring, decent head and lacing as the head disspated.
S: some roasted malt, but no hints of vanilla initially
T: definite vanilla notes. very prominent against a backdrop of dark roasted malt.
M: nice, good carbonation.
O: my wife bought this on whim, forgetting the horrible 6 pack of leinenkugel's honey wheat we bought years ago on a trip to WI. this beer is much better than that, but does not rank among my favorite porter style beers.

Photo of garymuchow
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twist off cap poured into shaker.
Hesitant aroma with a mild roast and whiffs of vanilla.
Tan fizzy head that settles out quickly. Very clear and dark with brown/red highlights.
Flavor is much bolder. Stronger porter qualities and a forward vanilla. Drying finish. The vanilla is kinda' artificial tasting and gets out of balance as it warms.
Moderate feel that seems thinner through the drink.
A little sweet and seems to have a cloying quality. It would be hard for me to drink more than one at a session. Might go well with pancakes though.

Thanks Geoff.

Photo of acevenom
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark copper with a quickly dissipating light tan head. There is visible light passing through the bottom of the glass along with many rising tiny bubbles. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is very vanilla forward with dark roasted malt and chocolate. There's some nuttiness in the taste as well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is good. This is a good beer.

Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into 20 oz. widemouth glass.

A- Nice black color, with red shining through at the bottom

S- Strong dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Not as much vanilla as expected, but still a nice aroma.

T- A pleasant sweetness mixed with a bit of roastiness. An almost abbey-like estery-ness is also detected.

M- A little too thin, nothing special.

O- An underrated beer. A good porter.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a lot of people on this website, I was understandably hesitant to try this beer as we all strive to drink high end craft beers and over the years, Leinenkugel's has started to get lumped in with the macro breweries mostly because they are owned by Miller Coors. My local paper's beer critic gave this a solid review though and the Big Eddy Series that Leine's has done has intrigued me so I figured this was worth a shot. It was better than I thought it would be.

There was definitely a sweet, vanilla flavor to this beer but it wasn't overdone. I could still taste all of the characteristics I enjoy in a porter. Similar to their Summer Shandy where even that beer tastes good in the right setting (hot weather, your local festival where you are looking at a long day of pounding beers) this tastes good along with some Christmas candy or cookies.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist-off 12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Transparent reddish-brown with a huge tan cola-like head that seems to fizzle instantly away.

S: Roasted malt and even some toasted notes. Artificial vanilla flavoring. Malt sweetness with hints of earthy nuttiness, wood and suggestions of chocolate.

T: Same as the nose; porter notes of nuttiness, woody earth and roasted malt come through. Vanilla flavoring is pretty strong and not quite authentic. There are some oaky notes here too, and faint chocolate again.

MF: Lighter body with some creamy tones and a barely bitter finish.

O: Amongst the artificial vanilla tones there seems to be a faint metallic note that screams macro. Overall this beer is ok; it definitely sounds better than it really is.

Photo of SerialHiker
1.68/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark ruby red…it’s dark, but light does get through the center…light mocha colored head did form and a thin layer remained…after a couple of minutes though, all foam is gone and it looks old…(2.25/5)

Smell: Creamy, somewhat perfumy, vanilla right off the bat…caramel and roasted malts…too much vanilla smell in this one makes it feel cheap…(2/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, creamy vanilla right off the bat…it does have a bit of a stale taste to it that I don’t find particularly delectable…bourbon barrel flavor, toasted malts and mild hint of cocoa come out after initial creamy blast…after taste has a bit of that vanilla perfume predicted in the nose…(1.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…medium carbonation…does have a wet feel…(2.5/5)

Overall: I typically like porters, but this one feels cheaply done and a bit like a gag gift at Christmas…I didn’t buy this, so I don’t feel so bad dumping it out and looking for another option…NEXT! (0/5)

Photo of Donnelj
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into standard pint glass this beer is disappointing right from the start. Dark watery color with a slight head that disappears very quickly with no lacing. The appearance completely lacks the characteristics expected in a porter. The smell is primarily of vanilla extract. The feel is thin and highly carbonated, almost feels like a cola in the mouth. Tastes like a commercial winter ale with vanilla extract added. Overall this beer is certainly drinkable but disappointing.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of bnes09
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark red but mostly transparent when held to light. Descent head on the pour but weak retention and no lacing.

Smell is mild roasted with strong vanilla extract.

Some roasted character, mostly toast, and overwhelming vanilla flavor. Sweet overall. Unbalanced with weak malt and too much vanilla.

Light to medium bodied and overly carbonated. Needs more texture.

Subpar for a porter. Weak malt character and body with excess vanilla.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown/ruby red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam sticks throughout. Light lace is left down the glass.
S: Roasted malt, a bit acrid and metallic. The sweetness from the vanilla beans is nice.
T: Roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate. A very nice roasted character that fades. After the malt fades out, the vanilla appears out of nowhere. A lingering vanilla bean sweetness. It does not seem artificial, which is a nice surprise.
M/D: A light to medium body. High carbonation. A thin body though. Easy to drink. I put my bottle away in no time.

Certainly not bad. I am very pleased that the vanilla does not seem artificial or overly sweet. Both major concerns of mine going in. It is a little odd that the roasted coffee fades out to nothing before any hint of vanilla hits, but still something I enjoyed for what it is.

Photo of Knapp85
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter has an initially thick, tan, creamy head, which sadly, deteriorates very quickly. It has a clear, minimally bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and there is little-to-no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate powder and musty aromas, but, oddly, no vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, brown bread, sugar, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. There is no bitterness here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. This a very non-porter type beer, but it’s still okay. I think this would do better as a stand alone beer, rather than something to eat a meal with. Overall, I think it’s good, and that’s about it.


Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent tan lacing with a decent layer of foam. Guinness-like in color.

Smell: Basically burnt vanilla and caramel...very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy vanilla flavor...basically tastes like frosting. Some bourbon-like alcohol as well. Very clean mouthfeel, but I would like more body.

Overall: One of the better brews from Leinie.

Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Decent head retention too.

S: Sweet vanilla and just a touch of roasted malt in the form of chocolate.

T: Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate up front. Great combination, even if it's a quite sweet. More chocolate and vanilla in the middle, the chocolate getting a little more bitter here - cocoa like. Very simple and sweet.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Nice sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty standard and simple but drinkable and not bad for the cost (which is extremely minimal).

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Winston_Smith
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by March 14, 2013.

Appearance: pours an almost black amber with a bit of beige head. The froth doesn't hold on long, and the lacing is about average... a few suds hang on, but it isn't like there are globules stuck all down the glass.

Smell: Vanilla and very faint coffee.

Taste: Vanilla is the most pronounced flavor here, with malts and an extremely faint tinge of coffee.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I like my porters, but okay. There's a slightly creamy feel there, and it lends itself well to the vanilla theme. There's a slightly oily finish I could do without.

Overall: I wouldn't buy this. If it's free or cheap on tap somewhere and you want a porter, go for it. An average at best beer.

Photo of garuda
2.27/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Deep ruby, nearly black, tan head has zero retention and zero lace.

S/T - A touch of vanilla, then some creamed coffee roast, chocolate, grain husk. Simple, straightforward. No real off-flavors except for a touch of metallic.

M - Medium/light body, way too high spritzy carbonation. Thin, watery, with not a clean finish.

O - Ehh.. beef up the consistency and tone down the carb, then it might be average.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: two finger foamy khaki color head, pours a deep reddish brown, carbonation present
S: aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, malts, light hints of vanill
M: medium body
T: the dark roasted malt comes first, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, carbonation, slight bite at the end.
O: good selection from Leinenkugels, however the vanilla is almost non existent, not my favorite but would buy againsnowdrift vanilla porter

Photo of MDDMD
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark brown color with a tan head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate

T-roasted malt, coffee, little chocolate, vanilla, slight bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little thin

O-very little depth of flavor beyond the vanilla, also a thin body--an average porter at best

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - When held to the light it is copper colored with burnt orange highlights. Two inches of tan head disappear after a couple minutes.

S - It smells like vanilla and milk chocolate.

T - Some dark roasted flavors come through. The vanilla is there, but it tastes artificial. I get a little bitterness on the finish.

M - It is a bit thin for a porter.

O - I think it is pretty good for $15 for a twelve pack of cans. I like the cans for tailgating, and it has some comfort flavors that help fight off the winter chill.

Photo of A60sburnout
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally found a 12 pack after numerous trips to liquor stores; it had better be worth the trouble!

Not being a big fan of the porter style, I didn't have much in the way of expectations, however I was pleasantly surprised. It seemed that the vanilla flavoring was able to diminish the malt 'bite' of a typical porter; I found this beer to be far more drinkable ( to my taste) that a more traditional porter.

The head poured to an off-white/ beige color, complementing the deep brown of the liquid. Nice malty aroma matches well with the taste, an average porter mellowed by the infusion of vanilla found more in the aftertaste.

Nice, drinkable alternative to more traditional winter /seasonal offerings. Certainly not outstanding, but interesting enough to add some variety to your holiday celebrations. the 6% alcohol will help in tolerating the in-laws.

Photo of Murrhey
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter-inch mocha-colored head. Deep, dark colored body. Some thin, soapy lacing.

S- Chocolate, roast malts, vanilla. Cold and crisp smelling.

T- Bland porter tastes. Vanilla, chocolate. Not bad, but meh.

M- Lighter feel, wet finish.

O- Forgettable beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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