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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 14
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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 Beerdrinker123456789
4.91/5  rDev +45.7%
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

Beerdrinker123456789, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of JohnnieNepal
3/5  rDev -11%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Cramerican, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Rojada1988, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of mikepcarney
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mikepcarney, Feb 22, 2013
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

Jadjunk, Feb 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

tmcarter23, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MikePrice1976, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

arizcards, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

maximum12, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of wingman14
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

wingman14, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

BigDaddyJohn, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

OldTime, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

maznblue80, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jakea, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

krl2112, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

Durge, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Chinaskifan1, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

olbubba, Feb 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Chris77McGrath, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Tjvan2, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 11, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

brewdude1982, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

crash8per, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.