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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,563
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 43
Gots: 385 | FT: 0
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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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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. (446 characters)

Photo of Jplueger1
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. (377 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (1,589 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Weston19
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (761 characters)

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. (312 characters)

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. (445 characters)

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 (544 characters)

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. (536 characters)

Photo of motownfreak15
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of cavedave
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. (847 characters)

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. (599 characters)

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! (277 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Khad
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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! (405 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Boss1417
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of apasternak
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (440 characters)

Photo of MichaelNickerson
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (688 characters)

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.