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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%

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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012)
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Photo of BeerWithMike


4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:35:27 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of barnzy78


3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:28:56 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:36:04 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 20:54:02 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 20:43:02 | More by blaje
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.34/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 09:49:09 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of emerge077


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:27:45 | More by emerge077
Photo of maxcoinage


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:34:36 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:36:51 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Suds


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:45:49 | More by Suds
Photo of Jplueger1

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:20:34 | More by Jplueger1
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:47:19 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of brewskifan55


3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:33:25 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Weston19


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:16:38 | More by Weston19
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black in color. You can see through it in thinner parts of a glass, and lots of red colors come through with the light. Small, one finger, creamy looking tan head forms and hangs around for a little bit. Lacing is ok.

S- Subtle and not strong. Some dark malts are present, along with some metallic notes. Some vanilla sweetness mixes in there.

T- Starts with some quality dark malt flavors, then moves towards a fairly sweet, and artificial feeling, vanilla flavor. Dark malts make a return with a hint of burnt flavors and mix with the vanilla. Finishes with a bit of dark malt bite.

M- Light on the tongue, highly carbonated. This beer is dark in color, and little bit in flavor and weight, but could easily be very sessionable.

Overall, better than I thought, with prominent vanilla in the flavor. Vanilla is a little on the sweeter side, but not too bad and mixes well with the malts. A fairly enjoyable porter right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:06:27 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of bmwats


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Black or very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Dissipates rather quickly leaving a smattering of foam on the surface. No real lacing.

S: Charred grains, dark chocolate, and just the slightest hint of vanilla.

T: Bitter pecan shell, burnt malt, slight hint of indistinct sweetness.

M: Comes off as a little overcarbonated, bitter and pungent finish that lingers on the palate throughout.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is good enough. Really nice head (and who doesn't like that), but no lacing. Nose is roasty, with bits of chocolate and a slight hint vanilla accentuate. Bitterness really overshadows anything else, but there is an almost synthetically sweet note. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:33:26 | More by bmwats
Photo of scanny24


3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Great smell and color. The taste of vanilla is not overpowering and adds to the strong chocolate flavor. I was pleased this porter was not bitter, nor did it have a strong coffee flavor to it, as some porters of this kind(chocolate) tend to do. It has instantly become one of my winter favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 13:51:33 | More by scanny24
Photo of BVukelich


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. My wife actually picked this one up looking to try something new and mild for herself. She's not a hophead and was willing to share it with me. Not much of a head nor any decent lace left behind. The vanilla is apparent, decent aroma. Taste was fine, sort of reminding me of root beer with less carbonation. Mouthfeel was good and aftertaste didn't linger much. Overall, I fine beer and I could drink a handful, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:39:56 | More by BVukelich
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice chocolate with 1 finger tan head. Retention is average

S - Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Also a slight lingering smokiness to the beer

T - Doesnt dissappoint. The vanilla is present but not overpowering. It has a nice chocolate and nutty background. Like the aroma there is a very slight smokiness to the beer

M - Lighter than it looks. Would call it on the light side of medium body. Slick in the mouth.

O - A good solid offering by Leinenkugel. Its nothing fancy, but is tasty nonetheless. Will definately do in a pinch

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 20:40:33 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of dsellers22


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on one of the first cold days of the year in Minnesota--perfect beer for the weather. Pours a dark brown/near black. The smell is really sweet, and the taste is, too. It's definitely got the coffee and chocolate that's advertised, and the vanilla is subtle so not overpowering. I'd be okay with even more vanilla.

Ends up being a very sweet beer, but just rich enough to hit the spot on a cold day. If you want a decent porter for the winter months, can't really go wrong here. Overall, I rate it just shy of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:38:50 | More by dsellers22
Photo of motownfreak15


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm sitting down to watch the Mummy with some ramen noodles and one of these bad boys.
Apperently heaven smiled down upon Jacob Leinenkugel during the crafting of this porter. It is very thick and dark, and the vanilla is present but not overpowering. It doesn't complement ramen well, but that is to be expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:06:51 | More by motownfreak15
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown and thick looking brew, covered by a half inch of tan lather that kicks quick.

Caramel sweet, vanilla, light floral, and chocolate, combine in a light/med. strength aroma.
Vanilla dominates

Tastes sweet, the vanilla not that real full pure vanilla of Victory at Sea, more some extracty thing, Not a lot of dark roast flavor to balance the sweet, so it is almost a dessert beer, but without the thickness to the flavors necessary to pull it off. Some chocolate in there, caramel too. Tasty, but not what I look for in a porter to be sure.

Easy drinking and low carb., light on palate, but as the glass de-fills I start to get a bit of an artificial tang to the vanilla that makes for a less than optimally clean finish.

Didn't have high hopes, and they were realized. Decent, tasty beer, nothing to write home about or rush to buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:23:32 | More by cavedave
Photo of ISmith87


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter -
A – 3.5 – Good looking beer, dark brown almost black but not quite opaque. No real head on it. No lacing.
S – 3.5 – Nice vanilla, dark malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, nothing too complex though.
T – 3.5 – Same roasty, dark malt, chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors. Little bit of creaminess to it that gives it a thicker mouthfeel. Not too intense.
M – 3.75 – Nice thick mouthfeel for a lighter porter. Alc covered, aftertaste is light creamy/dark malts.
O – 3.5 – It's not amazing, but it's not that bad at all. Nice winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:20:05 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Idrinksomuch


5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is not to like. The vanilla is not over-powering, the color is spectacular and the taste can't be beat. Tonight I am going to be drinking a lot of this one! Anything Leinenkugel's makes is going to be awesome and this is no exception. I wish I was drinking this right now!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 17:20:33 | More by Idrinksomuch
Photo of EagleTalon


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a beautiful tan head and will produce lace that hangs around with a little agitation. Clear deep ruby color. Aroma is vanilla extract and a non beerlike sweetness. Flavor is sweet and toasty combination that just lays there. Mouthfeel is medium and co 2 is good. Overall, not what I consider a good brew except for using in recipes or washing down a breakfast of French toast and sausage.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 19:10:12 | More by EagleTalon
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.