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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: 945
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 Khad


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say I am impressed. This was poured from a bottle into an ale/stout glass. The appearance was a ruby red, pretty much what I expected. The head does dissipate quickly and its hard to pick up notes from the scent, if your nose is good you might get some subtle sublte malt.

Now to the taste, I was totally taken back. Everything works in a great balance with malts, vanilla, very light coffee notes all of it in perfect harmony which creates something not overly complex but pleasantly smooth with good mouth feel and flavor.

Really didn't expect this to be as good as it is. Great for a session and great if your looking for something a little more complex than the general "run of the mill" but still simple enough for anyone to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:15:57 | More by Khad
Photo of Boggdogg


4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, red color with a small creamy head what fades quickly and leaves good lacing. Smells like malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is outstanding with perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. I can taste the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. A good medium bodied beer that leaves the slightly bitter aftertaste of dark chocolate. This is a very good beer. Wish I had another one!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:40:59 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of NilocRellim


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This porter came in a bottle, and was poured out into a pint glass. Porter looked clear, dark brown and had a creamy beige head. Smelled like malts and vanilla, and I could also detect a slight almond aroma. Just like it smelled, the porter tasted very malty, like vanilla, and finished with a toasty bitter finish. Slightly creamy, and heavy on the palate. More of a sipping beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 03:14:58 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of mitch3114

New York

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured bottle into stout glass

A- A nice dark porter with a reddish hue as light reflects and refracts through it. A brief light tan head appears and fades to a small island about the size of a quarter that floats in the center of my glass

S- A nice warm roasty smell with some aromas of vanilla. Just as expected. A little bit of a fruit smell. Perhaps plum? Not hoppy or over the top.

T- Some chocolate roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Virtually no hops in the taste. I'm not a java head when it comes to beers so this is right up my alley as the roasted malt and coffee flavors are subdued and not very evident. This is a very good beer from the Leinenkugel's!

M- Rich, smooth, creamy medium bodied porter that is as easy to drink as an AAL, but with all the great flavors of a good dark ale.

O- I had this on tap at Bomber's Burritos in Schenectady last year and it paired well with my dinner. It was also good enough fro me to remember a year later as I saw this out and grabbed a bottle to refresh my memory. This is one of the best porters I have had. It is well balanced and easy to drink. It's low ABV makes it a great session ale and at around 15 bucks for a 12 pack, it's a steal! Try this beer if you like smooth, easy drinking stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:12:45 | More by mitch3114
Photo of Boss1417


4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Beer!

Beer has a great dark color and a sweet smoked smell with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is nice and smooth with hints of the smoke and vanilla.

This Porter is sweet and is a great change up to its robust Portar brothers during the winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:39:42 | More by Boss1417
Photo of Omnium


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a reddish brown, half a finger head, no lacing.
S - Smells kinda nice, some toasted coffee beans, nice vanilla aroma, but still that "leinenkugel aroma" that im sure will follow in the flavor.
T - Sweet malts, bitter roasts, and a touch of vanilla, as well as that base flavor you get in JLBC's beer.
M - Thin, so sooo thin.
O - Had low expectations, expectations met.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 18:43:32 | More by Omnium
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Snagged a single for just a buck at the house of 1,000 beers. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Head is pretty thick 1/2 inch that settles rather quickly to nothing but a faint mocha lace ring. Color is also a very dark brown, clear but kind of boring.
S - Well considering it's almost 5 months old it smells more of a black ale or black lager with some highlighting vanilla tones. Maybe some chocolate but it's faint.
T - Not as bad as I expected but has a weird vegtial character I can't seem to enjoy. Like a skunky lager it does have sweeter chocolate malts and a very solid vanilla finish. Not bad.
M - Sort of slick with a medium body but it drinks kind of watery for 6%

Overall one of the better Leine's offerings I have had. Lately I did go back and try the berry weiss which was disgusting so this if anything is at least more drink able.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:02:34 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of apasternak


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite beers. A dark porter cut with a nice taste of vanilla. Lots of flavor. Definitely my favorite porter, definitely my favorite seasonal, possibly my favorite beer. The vanilla cuts the dark, coffee taste of the porter, making it not as heavy as a normal stout and more refreshing

UPDATE: more than a small over-reaction. A fine seasonal and maybe the best lienenkugel, but nowhere in the ballpark of what I wrote back then

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 17:19:34 | More by apasternak
Photo of MichaelNickerson


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a strong golden head.

Smell: Intense chocolate and vanilla notes.

Taste: Heavy caramel flavors dominate the palate which lasts for about 10 seconds. A hint of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee finishes the experience leaving a pleasant smokey aftertaste. Resembles the experience of a chocolate covered caramel square.

Mouthfeel: Extremely heavy mouthfeel that feels grainy on the tongue.

Overall: Initially I was anticipating a lot more vanilla notes in the taste and was surprised by an overload of caramel. Would pair excellently with meats or better yet, drank as a desert with some kind of chocolate or creamy food.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:27:04 | More by MichaelNickerson
Photo of Kegatron


2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle. Deep clear ruby with a fizzy head of light mocha froth. Retention and lacing are poor with this eventually going pretty dead looking in the glass. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, acrid roast and some green citrus. The taste is cocoa, vanilla and a little toffee sweetness. Same acrid and burnt roastiness as the nose. A tingle of green hops runs down the center. The feel is lighter to medium bodied with a too thin and astringent presence in the mouth. Just a touch of sharpness at least adds a little something to this. This was a pretty weak Porter in all categories and I just didn’t care for it a whole lot. Next…

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 15:37:37 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BWW Beckley WV, on tap

A- pour dark brown with a ruby hue, light tan head with good retention, no lace

S- candy-like vanilla sweetness, a bit artificial smelling, a touch of caramel-toffee, slightly nutty and malty

T- sweet, artificial vanilla flavors with a very sweet linger. The malts are slightly nutty with a bit of toffee, the finish is sweet-yet-fairly dry

M-medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the first few sips were good, but the artificial sweetness became too much after a while that I found it hard to finish. This would be a good intro beer to noobs because the roasted notes are subtle, but probably not something I would buy again

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 21:36:45 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Lemke10


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown color with a slight head. Some there is a slight robust aroma mixed with sweet malts. The taste is decent but the volume and the vanilla flavor could use some work. It’s a little thinner than I imagined and the vanilla does stand out too much either. A fairly decent dark beer from Leine’s.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 06:00:20 | More by Lemke10
Photo of stakem


3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. The brew appears brown in color with clarity seen around the edges. A tan cap 2 fingers strong sits atop and slowly fades.

The aromatics have quite a bit of minerals and carbonic quality. A hint of herbal hops overtop some dark fruity alcohol character. Molasses and roasty grain fill out the rest of the void.

The taste includes notes of cocoa and vanilla. Some chocolate powder and a hint of dark fruit to hebal hop inclusion. A sticky vanilla bean aftertaste coupled with minerals fades into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a smooth and easy drinking brew that for the most part delivers as advertised. I appreciate the opportunity to try it but would probably not willingly purchase this.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 16:04:23 | More by stakem
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Growler from Beer Universe, Saugerties, NY.

Cherry amber with creamy tan head.
Cream soda nose.
Sweet licorice, brown sugar and an artificial vanilla tang.
Light, some cling, watery.

They didn't scrape out vanilla pods for this one. Too pale, thin, and sweet. Meh at best.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2013 02:04:39 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From winter variety pack - best by April 01, 13:

Pours black with ruby highlights. A thick tan head leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of vanilla with black licorice. Not much roast comes through.

The taste is sweet - vanilla with black licorice candy. The is a dryness, and just a subtle hint of roast to balance some of the sweetness - enough to keep it from being too sweet or sticky.

It is on the fuller side of medium bodied. Very smooth.

The vanilla is a nice touch without dominating. It has a black licorice character to it that is more like the candy than like actual anise. An interesting brew. Alcohol is well-hidden. Sweet, dark, easy-to-drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 21:31:39 | More by jwc215
Photo of Bierwolf


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium to dark brown; 1 finger of tan foam; translucent with some nice carbonation and light lacing.

Smell: A little malty with a trace of vanilla.

Taste: chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

Feel: Medium, smooth and creamy.

Overall: Not a bad beer but a little disappointing as porters go.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:56:56 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of BeerNutz324


3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thought I would give these a try cause they were on sale for $7.99/12 pack. 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Ap- pours dark brown in color with a slightly tan head that has decent retention. The beer is slightly see through. Looks a little thin.

Ar- definently has that porter smell...lots of vanilla, sweet roasty malts and even a hint of chocolate.

T- vanilla, sweet and slightly smokey. maybe a hint of caramel with the chocolate.

M- a little thin for a porter but kinda what I was expecting from Leinenkugels. Carbonation was spot on.

O- A damn decent brew. Nothing spectacular but I found it very drinkable with good flavor. Glad I gave these a whirl.

Serving type: can

02-23-2013 03:40:13 | More by BeerNutz324
Photo of Beerdrinker123456789

4.91/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best beer I have had in a long time as good as yingling black and tan but with a vanilla hint and great price 7.99 to 8.99 I first tried it on tap and was very pleased from BWW bufflo wild wings after that I looked all over town to find it in the stores but only one place had it left end of season and man was it good on ice for one hour outside in the snow and went down nice and quick

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:02:22 | More by Beerdrinker123456789
Photo of Jadjunk


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"A perfect beer to celebrate the winter season. Complex malt character reveals layers of coffee and cocoa. Brewed with pride by the Leinenkugel Family since 1867." Brewed in the style of an American Porter brewed with Vanilla.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Leinenkugel pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a tannish brown crisp frothy head with average at best staying power. Body color is a deep brown with cherry red accents, mild spritely carbonation and high clarity despite the depth of the beer. Appearance isn't a real winner in this beer, it's a bit light and poor on head quality. 3

(Smell) Clean, crisp roasted grains, toasted caramel candy, mild hints of vanilla extract. Overall the sweetness and potency is relatively minute, although balance is slightly sweet, the overall flavor profile is mild. Not all that interesting, honestly, but it has a high accessibility going for it. 3.25

(Taste) Vanilla bean, roasted biscuity caramel malt, hints of toffee, some mild grain alcohol. Hop presence is mild, earthy and the yeast character is clean. At warmer temperatures this has actually quite the enjoyable flavor, a bit simple but drinkable and pronounced flavors, nothing concealed, everything to offer is out in the open. Mildly moist finish with a mild creamy caramel candy sweetness and a warm puff of smoke. A bit sweet in flavor but enjoyable overall. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy with a bit of mild airy carbonation in the back. Body is a little shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, very well hidden despite some mild grain alcohol peeking through. Carbonation is nearly perfect, just a touch too busy in the wrong direction, substituting that airiness for a touch more cream would have perfected the texture and complimented the flavors better. 3.5

(Overall) Compared to last year's Leinenkugel abysmally bad winter seasonal (which shall forever remain nameless), Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a step in the right direction. The vanilla is very forward in warmer temperatures and the flavors are sweet but not cloying for the style. Enjoyable but nothing groundbreaking. 3.25

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:06:59 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of arizcards


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer from Fry's in late January for $8.99.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose is pretty non descript even after an hour of sitting at room temperature. Hints of roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is on the sweet side, some roasted malts with hints of chocolate and a whole lot of vanila. More hopping could have helped counter the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer, just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:12:13 | More by arizcards
Photo of maximum12


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big pint glass full of this new Leine's brew with my dinner at the Apple Valley Tap House, because the world can always use another good vanilla porter, amiright?

The beer shows up & maybe it's the lighting, but this baby leans very close to being a deep, dark red rather than a livid brown. But whatever. Nose is gently sweet, vanilla, malts.

Snowdrift is one of those beers that just shows up. Solid vanilla that avoids the cloying or medicinal, backed up by a porter with some malt sweetness & bare roast. It's weakest point is that it's thin, closing in on watery. Low ABV doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the full monty in my mouth.

Pretty good beer, but one that is utterly forgettable. One & done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 04:02:58 | More by maximum12
Photo of wingman14


2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours black with a mocha head that faded fast. Lots of bubbles around the glass, looks almost like a coke after the head fades. Smell is very faint, sweet, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste seems like it is trying to be a russian imperial stout, the alcohol comes through, but it isn't a very high ABV. Starts with almost an aluminum flavor (even though this was from a bottle), and kicks into an artificial vanilla, with some roasted malt, but middle and end are dominated by the alcohol flavor. The aftertaste has some roasted notes but the alcohol is still king of the palette. Mouthfeel is too harsh, with a medium light body. Overall the beer could have had a few minor changes to come out a decent porter. I would pass on this one, many other great porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:21:35 | More by wingman14
Photo of Durge


3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found on tap at the Embassy Suites hotel bar at Logan Airport in Boston this porter is dark black with mahogany edges and a very solid, uniform tan head with good lacing. The nose hit offers a distinctive charcoal malt with a delicate vanilla carmel sweetness. Not very strong but pleasant for sure. The flavor brings out a fizzy vanilla malt with a grassy edge that hints of charcoal and root beer. This seasonal offering is medium-light bodied with somewhat overactive carbonation while finishing with a somewhat chalky feel. A little weak in feel for the style but enjoyable as a sweet taste treat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 05:59:07 | More by Durge
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a thin light brown head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass and light lacing. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, toasted malt and vanilla. Flavor follows, with sweet toasted malt, vanilla, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Similar to a nut brown ale. Light to medium bodied. Expecting a bit more body from a porter, but the flavors are nice, well integrated and pleasant tasting. A decent light bodied porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:59:22 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wasa 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This pours a dark brown/black with a slight head with tiny bubbles and low retention and almost no lacing. It smells a metallic with a little hint of vanilla and booze. It has a very pleasant taste that is well balanced. The body is a little thin but then again it is a porter and not a stout so with that said it is pretty good with good carbonation. I prefer breckinridge vanilla porter over this but it is still a good beer. I found it at $12.99 a 12 pack and I feel that it is a great deal for the quality of beer that it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:30:14 | More by brewdude1982
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.