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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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1,530 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 351 | 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: 1,530 | Reviews: 257
Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Working on my second 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. The beer is more chocolate tasting than vanilla honestly, with hints of coffee. Has a malty sweetness that drowns out any alcohol taste. But at 6% it warms you up. I bought it because I have to scoop snow today, so I thought I'd buy this Snowdrift Vanilla Porter to help me out. :-)

I have never known Leinenkugel to make a bad beer, and this is no exception. However there are probably better options for porter/stout beer fans. So I gave it a 3.75 all around. If this was a beer someone homebrewed, it would be incredible, but I expect more from large breweries.

Photo of Chug-a-lug
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tim007007
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of donspublic
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead_
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GaBengal
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a_f7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrlafay
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ccbeasley1
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gradergator
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some roasted malt, notes of dark bread, a little smoke, some caramel, but nowhere near as much vanilla as I was expecting. A little disappointing.

Taste: A little disappointing here too. Some nice roasted malt flavors, accented with just a touch of smoke, followed by some caramel-like sweetness and just a faint touch of vanilla, but not enough in my opinion, especially, as it’s billed as a vanilla porter. No presence of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth as it’s got very little carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As I said above, this beer is a little disappointing, in that there is nowhere near the amount of vanilla present that I believe there should be. As a regular porter, it’s pretty decent, possessing some good roasted malt and slight smoke flavors balanced with some nice caramel-like sweetness, but as its advertised as a vanilla porter, and because it has very little vanilla in it, I find it to be very disappointing. If I’m in the mood for a vanilla porter, I’ll grab either the one made by Breckenridge or Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea, both of which are infinitely better beers.

Photo of Reckage
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cleaning out the fridge, had one of these leftover. Poured in a pint glass,
Look; dark ruby, after head packed its bags looks like root beer
Smell: roasted vanilla, hints of chocolate and caramel
Taste: vanilla throughout and a roastiness after awhile, medium bodied and pretty smooth
Mouthfeel: thin, not as heavy as expected
Overall: great dessert beer in the colder months, lives up to its name. Would suggest to any vanilla fan

Photo of techsoldier
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tylerstravis
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid offering. I like the vanilla influence here. Smooth and creamy.

Photo of sempifi99
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better porters I have had at this price range. Definitely something I would buy again. That said there are better ones out there. The only complaint I would have is that it has a bit of an aftertaste.

Photo of Donkster46
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrodriguez
1.78/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Like someone added chocolate to a Coors Light.

Photo of BCborn
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of st9647v3
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.