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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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Ratings: 1,084
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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3/5  rDev -11%

Soneast, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sara, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

zonker17, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mjpolzin, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Simko1209, Jan 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

greengorby, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Timman87, Jan 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

dasunder, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

MIA4IPA, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Scotchboy, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mkennedy119, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

purppy, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

cantstandya65, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

White, Jan 02, 2013
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1.65/5  rDev -51%
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)

SerialHiker, Jan 02, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Donnelj, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

RDW, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

johnnydicfore, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

Raynae, Jan 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

kerry4porters, Dec 31, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 31, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

bnes09, Dec 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

shaw87psu, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

maplacek, Dec 30, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.