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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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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 1,740
Photo of A60sburnout
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.67/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a one finger khaki head, dissipating relatively quickly; near black with ruby tones shining through.

Smell- Mostly vanilla with some roasted coffee notes.

Taste- Plenty of vanilla; some coffee in the aftertaste, maybe even some chocolate or cola flavors. I didn’t notice immediately, but after a few sips I started to realize how sweet it was.

Mouthfeel- Light body for a porter, very carbonated.

Overall- Not bad, but I can’t say I’d buy it again. Again it was very sweet- maybe too sweet for me- and lighter than I thought it would be.

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Photo of fischerking
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Chippewa Falls, WI.

This beer had a nice chocolate/vanilla scent and a fantastic coffee/chocolate/vanilla taste.

I drank it from a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/18/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.

Yes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a little amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty aroma. Roasted malts with hints of toast, chocolate, wheat grains, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Nice hints of vanilla with some sugar. Very light hop presence. A pretty sweet smell that is fairly syrupy. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, sweet with a burnt roasty taste. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toast, sweet caramel, toffee, wheat grains, and a bit of coffee. Decent taste of vanilla. Sugar adds to the syrupy sweetness. Hops are pretty faint but there is a slight earthy presence. Tastes more like a sweet/milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: An ok beer if your looking for something light, sweet, and dark.

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Photo of tut2528
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: typical porter appearance, black as night, no transparency, creates about 1/2-1 fingers worth of head formation that is off-white to slight tan in color.

S: smokey, slight coffee presence, touch of vanilla of sweetness, i pick up on some grain as well. not that appealing.

T: sweet malt and vanilla are strong in this one. i pick up on some brown sugar as well with a slight coffee presence.

M: very light, actually too light. water, doesn't leave much on the palate. other than an artificial sweet tasted

O: it sounded interesting, but really isnt. much too light, not enough porter qualities in my opinion. just a fake sweetness that is quite unappealing.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Black which turns Dark ruby red when held to light. Very faint tan head which fades fast. No lacing remains on glass

S- Roasted Malts, Dark chocolate, Vanilla. A very sweet smelling porter.

T- Follows the nose. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The vanilla flavor does not show up until the very end of the sip. A nice, sweet tasting porter.

M- Very light, slightly watery with subtle carbonation. An easy drinker.

O- A tasty offering of a vanilla porter but the body needs some adjustments.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color. This one definitely isn't perfectly opaque by any means. The head is a one finger light mocha shade that fades quickly to a thin collar around the ring of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

S: Unimpressive. Slight vanilla-esque cream soda notes and a bit of hazelnut...and that's it.

T: Again, tons of vanilla and cream soda seem to dominate (inasmuch as it's the strongest flavor note), while the only hint of this being a dark beer is slight hazelnut on the back end. I can tell after the first sip the sweetness will really wear on me hard. But the worst part? The sweetness gradually shifts into a chemical sensation that's kind of unpleasant.

M: This features honest-to-God sugar burn, caused by the huge lingering sweetness and syrupy finish. Even worse is the intense carbonation, which creates an even harsher mouthfeel.

O: Even as a dessert beer, I'd call this one a mild failure. As a porter, it's more or less a total failure. The only thing it really has going for it is drinkability - if only to get the chemical aftertaste off of the palate as soon as possible. No regrets getting a single bottle (a tick is a tick, damnit), but I don't need to ever have this again.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very vanilla aroma with a little bit of toasted caramel.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice dark tan head.

Flavor is very sweet. Lots of vanilla. A little of toastyness. A really nice beer except for two flaws: (1) way too sweet (a tinge of dryness would have helped to balance this beer out), and (2) a slight off flavor in the finish. Not terrible but it doesn't fit either.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy.

If you like sweet beers, this is a keeper. I think what frustrates me about this beer is that it is so close to being great. Definitely the best beer I've had from Leienkugel's.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a dark amber color and poured a tan colored head. The beer had not much smell except for the vanilla. The beer also pretty much tasted like vanilla and thats it. really a little too sweet, but drinkable. This one barely passes the I will drink again test.

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of light vanilla and some wood. Taste is initially some sugar and vanilla up front, followed by some lightly roasted flavor in the middle, and some chalky, earthy, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a good porter, probably the best Leinenkugel beer I've had. I got this as part as a mixed six pack, but I suspect a full six pack could be in the future for an inexpensive, sweet porter fix.

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Photo of Jade
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this porter into an imperial pint glass.

A - Good maple brown color, ruby red in the light. Half a finger of cream color head albeit an easy pour.

S - Some burnt malts and vanilla. Not much going on here.

T - Similar to the smell. Okay, but nothing special. I admit I am a Stout fan.

M - A bit watery and overly carbonated for my palate...even for a porter.

O - Like a brown ale with slight burnt malts and vanilla. Not a drain pour for sure, but nothing special here. If new to dark ales, worth a try, but if a connoisseur of great dark ales, even the style of porter, I would pass for a more expensive and tastier beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought over a sixer of this for the Packer game on Sunday. Poured one into a pint glass for a proper review. Pours a ruby-tinted cola color. Thin off-white head on top. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, dry grains. Pretty basic scent, but I didn't expect much. Nothing off-putting.

Moderate mouthfeel, with some carbonation bite. A little on the thin side, but in no way is this watery or slick. Again, pretty average feel. Good balance of vanilla sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, and yeasty bread. Mild bitterness. This is an easy one to quaff. I was afraid this would be overpowering in its sweetness, but this was well balanced. A simple beer that was well-made. I'd have it again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint cofee and chocolate notes
Taste-light roasted coffee, white chocolate, vanilla note.
Creamy and pretty tasty, a good value that could be a good "gateway" brew for macro beer drinkers.

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Photo of cet128
4.89/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter is one of my recent taste tests that really scored big. I usually don't like dark beers but have recently started to broaden my beer knowledge and tasting experience.

The beer has a dark cola like appearance when poured into a glass with a decent tan colored head. The smell has a coffee and chocolate blend. I don't smell the vanilla but it does come out in the taste.

I admit to not liking a beer with a hoppy taste. This is probably why I do like this beer, more flavor from malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. It is very smooth and easy to relax and drink.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Black with Dark Red on the bottom due to the light shining through. Head is around 2 fingers in width and is tan in color.

Smell - Chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Caramel, & Coffee. The scent is slightly milder than Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, which I had a few months earlier. It does however smell very sweet for a Porter

Taste - Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Caramel and Vanilla Bean. The Vanilla Flavor doesn't really show up until the very end on the back of the palate. When it does show up, it tastes pretty good. Not as "Vanilla" as Breckenridge's interpretation but for a porter it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a bit watery and mildly carbonated. It's got an odd texture, almost like the light body gives the impression there is something missing from the beer..

Overall - If you want a good vanilla porter and you have to choose, Breckenridge would be my first choice, because the flavor lacks the Vanilla kick which Breckenridge possessed. With that said, the flavor is still unique and at the most, worth looking into. My only major complaint is that the body needs some work.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby red color. Thick tan head reduces to about a quarter-inch pretty quickly. Some slight vanilla on the nose, full of sweetness and handfuls of roasted, dark malts. Upon the first taste, the body is kind of a let down - very thin and highly carbonated, not something you'd expect from a porter. Oak and wood chips hit first; all-around, huge bouts of roasted malts cloud the palate. Vanilla bean plays an overcast role, not as prominent at first, but growing toward the end of the sip. I'm picking up some slight honey flavors in there as well. The sweetness grows and grows from the start to the finish. At first, it seems like a nice touch, but there isn't enough of a hop profile to offset it, and near the end of the beer, the sweetness is nearly cloying and a little over-the-top. It has a dense vanilla-coffee bean aftertaste, not bad.

For a porter, it's nothing to write home about, and the sweetness needs to be balanced better. However, it's not awful, and it's certainly one of the better offerings I've had from Lienenkugels. Just too sweet.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black with a finger of brown head. Not a lot of lacing going on.

Roasted barley and coffee with some dark chocolate and pine.

Roasted character dominates taste but fails to develop. Some smoke and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for a porter. Almost soda-like feel.

Not a great porter but nothing offensive.

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Photo of atone315
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super dark amber/ brown. Looks like a super clear stout, near perfect porter. This beer's best quality. The nose is practically meaningless, adds almost nothing to this experience. Taste is artificial vanilla. I love vanilla so actually pretty tasty at first...subsequent sips make me like this beer less. Feel is on the thin side but not horrible. Definitely lacking though. Don't get me wrong, I like this beer. Just not my first choice. Guarantee I buy a 6 pk every year but that's about it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #241
Served On: 12/07/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -6.0%
Date/ Code: Feb 11 - 2013

This was from a 12-pack of cans from Brewskies of New Oxford for around $13.00.

Look: The beer poured a semi-clear dark copper with a thin off-white film on top. Minimal carbonation bubbles were detected.

Smell: Sweet vanilla was at the forefront. A biscuity malt also made up a big part of the aroma. Also some faint brown sugar notes were present.

Taste: Carbonation ripped up the middle followed by sweet vanilla and some coffee bean. The vanilla did seem a little artificial. The middle was more of a biscuit quality with notes of cracker and yeast. The finish was rather dry. A candy sweetness did seem to linger into the aftertaste.

The use of vanilla in the profile and a nicely masked 6% ABV are just couple of reasons I would grab this one again.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of qthompso
2.46/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown. A half finger of beige head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Weird smells coming from this one. I pick up the vanilla that gives it the name but I'm also getting sarsaparilla, chocolate, and an artificial sweetness nose.

The taste follows with vanilla, root beer, chocolate and and ginger snap. Generally I like all of these things but not mixed together and in beer form. It's a refreshing attempt at something new from Leinie's but there's a bit too much going on here.

Good, creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. If the taste hadn't ruined the beer, the mouthfeel would be the perfect way to finish off a solid porter.

Overall, nowhere near one of my favorite porters. I commend them for branching out of their normal offerings but there are too many flavors fighting each other in this beer and a lot of them have an artificial taste to them.

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.