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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: 943
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 ronniebruner


3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First things first, you will receive an aroma of sweet and earthy grains. This may be due to the vanilla flavoring or something else that I could not infer. The beer is a lighter than expected coloring, has minimal lacing, a nice taste, and a smooth finish. This is a great beer you will enjoy during a barbeque of outdoors gathering. A very worthy effort from Leinenkugel's.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:13:18 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of palma

New York

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is underrated. Reviewers will bash it because it is from Leinenkugel (owned by miller) and because it has the word vanilla in the name.

This beer has a great roasted taste with just enough vanilla. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Light to medium bodied which is what I really enjoy. There is no reason for this beer to be a charcoal dry, high gravity bomb. But thats what people want to see in order to give a good review. Shouldnt review like that. You should be reviewing it for what it is - a mild american porter with vanilla added. In that case, this is an excellent example.

Nice job miller

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 21:46:56 | More by palma
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: I love how this beer looks. It's black with a fluffy tan-colored head. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: A bit of a vanilla smell, but not overwhelming. The classic roasted malt aroma tends to dominate.

Taste: Has a nice vanilla flavor to compliment to coffee flavors of the porter. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Has a really nice full body with hints of the carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: By the time I reached the second one, the vanilla was getting to me a little bit. For me, this is one of those beers where you drink one, then move onto something different. In other words, good in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 21:50:25 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of scaliasux


2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark cola brown. Appears clear. Medium tall tan head with good retention.

Smell - Dark malt. Only moderately strong chocolate, coffee, raisin. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but maybe I'm just being suggestible.

Taste - Seems pretty light for style. A burnt chocolate dominates. Some pretty prominent sweet vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium. Dry.

Overall - Sounds like a better idea than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:19:07 | More by scaliasux
Photo of cyclonece09


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black with a finger and a half of light brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing. Smell is dominated by coffee but it masks pretty much everything else. Tastes of coffee and vanilla, but very watery. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated, but quite drinkable. Overall, an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 18:56:49 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a ruby red hue seen shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head. Over a moderate amount of time the head fades to leave a great amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet caramel and vanilla. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nut.

Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Upfront there is a rather strong vanilla flavor which lasts throughout much of the taste. Flavors of cocoa soon some to the tongue creating a semi-sweet chocolate flavor when combined with the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweet caramel fades some however toward the end with a coffee flavor becoming more pronounced. In the end a lightly sweetened chocolate vanilla flavored coffee taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side with respects to creaminess with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side as well. While the lower carbonation level was very fitting for the porter style and matched the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors well, a thicker body would have given the beer a better mouth-coating feel.

Overall – A fairly easier drinking porter. While possibly a bit heavy on the vanilla, the beer has a pretty nice sweet, but not too sweet flavor.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 01:40:47 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The first impression I get from this beer is that it is a little thin and watery for a porter.
It pours a nice brown color, it has some ruby red high lights when held up to a bright light.

It smells like instant hot chocloate mix.

It is not overly sweet, Mild chocolate, vanilla and wood flavors come through.

It sure is an easy drinking beer, but it is lacking something and left me unsatisfied craving a better crafted porter or stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:58:07 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of mralphabet


2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a brown with reddish highlights with a finger worth of head that dissipates very quickly down to nothing with no lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting hints of vanilla, coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Little more watered down than the smell would suggest... Pretty light up front with vanilla and chocolate malt coming in mid-palette. Finish is a little bitter and warm with a hint of vanilla floating around.

M: Lighter than I was expecting from the style.... pretty wet with very light carbonation. Not impressed.

O: Sadly a pretty weak porter, I was expecting a little more here. Not quite up to the Leine's I'm used too.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:03:40 | More by mralphabet
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Burgundy-cola pour is a steady black in the vessel with a low profile tawny skim head that dissipates almost immediately. Aside from the color there was little to be impressed here.

S: The nose brought forth some vanilla laced chocolate of low to medium intentions, sweet with a touch of dark cherry fruitiness. not bad and definitely getting better.

T: The flavor was sweet chocolate, with a bit of cherry fruitiness. Vanilla is nicely represented but not in your face, subtle but charming providing a nice compliment to the chocolate base. Smooth dark malt bitterness is played and balanced well against the sweet chocolate nature of the drink.

M: Decent chocolate malting in the mouthful, the carbonation is slight, smooth bitterness on the tongue.

O: Overall im not usually a fan of this brewery, this is certainly one of the better experiences ive had from them. Very smooth and easy drinking vanilla porter that feels highly sessionable despite its reported 6.9% alcohol. An easy one to throw back.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:51:09 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of wac9


2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

nothing good to say here as i was told its a water down version of ___ just because it it has vanilla doesnt make it drinkable everybody yearns for winter bourbon cask ale and no beer can ever compare to that so grab this beer if you like vanilla it packs no punch and lacks the color of porter

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:03:51 | More by wac9
Photo of Redrover


3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have had this on tap and in bottles. Poured into a pint, the beer is a very dark brown with a decent beige head.

Nose of roasted grains and vanilla. Note that at least for me, the vanillas is not over powering and actually smells inviting.

Vanilla is evident but restrained. The base beer adds some nice roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. I would like everything turned up one more notch, but this is an approachable beer. It is a good beer to use for introducing folks to more complex beer.

I wish the mouth was a bit thicker. This is a big improvement over their old winter seasonal and I will have no problem reaching for one on the occasional basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 21:31:55 | More by Redrover
Photo of Naters333


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours almost a dark brown color with a nice 1 1/2 inch off white/khaki head that recedes quickly. I usually picture my porters much darker that this is. Looks to have not bad carbonation.

S- sweet, vanilla.

T- Vanilla, sweet, coke a cola

M-Thin, underwhelming for a porter.

O- I'm not a huge fan of vanilla beers, but this vanilla is not too terrible. For a porter this misses the mark. If you were to say thick vanilla lager, that's almost what I think of with this beer. Not the greatest in the world, but not the worst. Probably will not try again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 07:30:43 | More by Naters333
Photo of Artz

4.66/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No head, deep, clear amber in color, very inviting. A flavored coffee with cream (which I love) aroma.
It has a rich, savory taste and strong coffee sort of hickory-vanilla smokey after taste. Has a slightly carbonated feeling in the mouth, smokey, smooth, with lots of body. Well bodied, taste keeps improving as the beer warms in the glass.

Tastes best from a rounded beer 'glass'.

I hope this beer is not going to be seasonal. It will be very missed if that is the case!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:53:13 | More by Artz
Photo of DragonzBreath


3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel Snowdrift vanilla porter,A beer from Leinenkugel Brewery. Seasonal.. This pours great, nice thick tan head. Carmela fills your mouth, then the vanilla sets in with a rich sweet finish of creamy goodness 6.0 abv (LIKE) This is our winter go to brew..buy the case.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:34:54 | More by DragonzBreath
Photo of tgriff

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice coloring, decent head and lacing as the head disspated.
S: some roasted malt, but no hints of vanilla initially
T: definite vanilla notes. very prominent against a backdrop of dark roasted malt.
M: nice, good carbonation.
O: my wife bought this on whim, forgetting the horrible 6 pack of leinenkugel's honey wheat we bought years ago on a trip to WI. this beer is much better than that, but does not rank among my favorite porter style beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:23:32 | More by tgriff
Photo of garymuchow


3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twist off cap poured into shaker.
Hesitant aroma with a mild roast and whiffs of vanilla.
Tan fizzy head that settles out quickly. Very clear and dark with brown/red highlights.
Flavor is much bolder. Stronger porter qualities and a forward vanilla. Drying finish. The vanilla is kinda' artificial tasting and gets out of balance as it warms.
Moderate feel that seems thinner through the drink.
A little sweet and seems to have a cloying quality. It would be hard for me to drink more than one at a session. Might go well with pancakes though.

Thanks Geoff.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:39:23 | More by garymuchow
Photo of acevenom


3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark copper with a quickly dissipating light tan head. There is visible light passing through the bottom of the glass along with many rising tiny bubbles. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is very vanilla forward with dark roasted malt and chocolate. There's some nuttiness in the taste as well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is good. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:26:21 | More by acevenom
Photo of DubbelTrubbel


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into 20 oz. widemouth glass.

A- Nice black color, with red shining through at the bottom

S- Strong dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Not as much vanilla as expected, but still a nice aroma.

T- A pleasant sweetness mixed with a bit of roastiness. An almost abbey-like estery-ness is also detected.

M- A little too thin, nothing special.

O- An underrated beer. A good porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:56:31 | More by DubbelTrubbel
Photo of mjpolzin


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

Like a lot of people on this website, I was understandably hesitant to try this beer as we all strive to drink high end craft beers and over the years, Leinenkugel's has started to get lumped in with the macro breweries mostly because they are owned by Miller Coors. My local paper's beer critic gave this a solid review though and the Big Eddy Series that Leine's has done has intrigued me so I figured this was worth a shot. It was better than I thought it would be.

There was definitely a sweet, vanilla flavor to this beer but it wasn't overdone. I could still taste all of the characteristics I enjoy in a porter. Similar to their Summer Shandy where even that beer tastes good in the right setting (hot weather, your local festival where you are looking at a long day of pounding beers) this tastes good along with some Christmas candy or cookies.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:16:47 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of Scotchboy


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

Twist-off 12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Transparent reddish-brown with a huge tan cola-like head that seems to fizzle instantly away.

S: Roasted malt and even some toasted notes. Artificial vanilla flavoring. Malt sweetness with hints of earthy nuttiness, wood and suggestions of chocolate.

T: Same as the nose; porter notes of nuttiness, woody earth and roasted malt come through. Vanilla flavoring is pretty strong and not quite authentic. There are some oaky notes here too, and faint chocolate again.

MF: Lighter body with some creamy tones and a barely bitter finish.

O: Amongst the artificial vanilla tones there seems to be a faint metallic note that screams macro. Overall this beer is ok; it definitely sounds better than it really is.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 16:12:27 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of SerialHiker


1.65/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark ruby red…it’s dark, but light does get through the center…light mocha colored head did form and a thin layer remained…after a couple of minutes though, all foam is gone and it looks old…(2.25/5)

Smell: Creamy, somewhat perfumy, vanilla right off the bat…caramel and roasted malts…too much vanilla smell in this one makes it feel cheap…(2/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, creamy vanilla right off the bat…it does have a bit of a stale taste to it that I don’t find particularly delectable…bourbon barrel flavor, toasted malts and mild hint of cocoa come out after initial creamy blast…after taste has a bit of that vanilla perfume predicted in the nose…(1.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…medium carbonation…does have a wet feel…(2.5/5)

Overall: I typically like porters, but this one feels cheaply done and a bit like a gag gift at Christmas…I didn’t buy this, so I don’t feel so bad dumping it out and looking for another option…NEXT! (0/5)

Serving type: can

01-02-2013 02:36:26 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of Donnelj


2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into standard pint glass this beer is disappointing right from the start. Dark watery color with a slight head that disappears very quickly with no lacing. The appearance completely lacks the characteristics expected in a porter. The smell is primarily of vanilla extract. The feel is thin and highly carbonated, almost feels like a cola in the mouth. Tastes like a commercial winter ale with vanilla extract added. Overall this beer is certainly drinkable but disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 22:55:56 | More by Donnelj
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a deep brown body with shattered lacing. Aroma is mild and simple with vanilla, roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma well with the roasted and chocolate malt base balanced well by vanilla which isn't too sweet. Relatively thin body and moderate carbonation. A vanilla porter as advertised with a standard porter body and base beer. Very drinkable but nothing to make this one a very complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 12:44:02 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of bnes09


2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark red but mostly transparent when held to light. Descent head on the pour but weak retention and no lacing.

Smell is mild roasted with strong vanilla extract.

Some roasted character, mostly toast, and overwhelming vanilla flavor. Sweet overall. Unbalanced with weak malt and too much vanilla.

Light to medium bodied and overly carbonated. Needs more texture.

Subpar for a porter. Weak malt character and body with excess vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:26:09 | More by bnes09
Photo of WoodBrew


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Leinie's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter at a local BW3. The beer poured a clear dark amber with thin almost non-existent head that did not lace. The smell is a good vanilla with sweet malt. The taste follows the smell....very nice vanilla. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was a very easy drinking porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 03:33:04 | More by WoodBrew
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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