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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: 1,471
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 36
Gots: 298 | 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: 1,471 | Reviews: 236 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brian_Curran
2.01/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Vanilla and beer just don't go together.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. Kind of a watery mouth feel.

Photo of Dba1125
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Louski
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of darcange
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LouZ
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from draft pour. The feel of this beer was water-like: thin, unsatisfying, and pretty much lifeless. I was supremely disappointed. Would never consider it again.

Photo of Amy_Ward
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was really good smooth tasting.

Photo of B33rcules
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of markallmon
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 71ADub
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A - black, head was billowy, thick and tan, dissipated quickly.
S - vanilla hits you first, then as it warms, hints of roastiness and toffee emerge. The vanilla is not overpowering, very balanced.
T - You get the vanilla up front, then gives away to a roasty astringency. Everything is in balance. Nothing dominates.
F- medium carbonation. body is light, too thin in my opinion (as are most Leinie's beers).
O-a very sessionable beer, well balanced, unlike some of the other vanilla brews out there. If it had more body, and maybe a little more toffee in the flavor profile, this could be a winner.

Photo of B-Land
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of uvachief
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smelled like it had potential. Weak and watery in the mouth. Not impressed.

Photo of Jerid
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost creamy. Not too heavy for as dark as it is.

Photo of Bgilanyi
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

I'm not the biggest fan of sweeter beers but this one was too sweet and didn't have a full flavor. It was a bit bland.

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

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Newbyjam
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz screw-cap Leinenkugel bottle served in pint glass. Low expectations from me here, tbh. Aroma is of vanilla candy -- not the good kind, the cheap stuff. Color is dark brown and opaque and supports a little brown head. Yeah, really this just smells like vanilla flavored beer. Flavor comes across a bit better. The vanilla note is significantly more palatable on the tongue. It's mild and complements the malt bill pretty well, actually. The carbonation is fine but sharp. Overall I'm more impressed with this than I expected, it's drinkable though neither a great example of vanilla flavored ale nor a great beer overall. But it's no Leinenkugel nut brown.

Update: I read online that Snowdift is in fact the *replacement* for Fireside Nut Brown -- a merciful coup!

Photo of Mjyalch
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drone
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not intolerable, but not a very good vanilla porter. As a matter of fact, where is the vanilla?

Photo of Duoglass
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.