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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: 1,070
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 73 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012)
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3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

This poured out as a very deep brown color with a nice cream colored head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good on this beer. It's rather nice looking. The smell of the beer is earthy with some subtle vanilla notes but mostly smells like dirt. The taste of the beer is decent, it's got some nice vanilla bean flavors along with some roasted malts in the finish. The vanilla comes out more and more with each sip. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it's medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it... maybe a little too much. Overall I enjoy the beer. I would probably drink it again.

12-28-2012 04:11:43 | More by Knapp85
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2012 03:50:27 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2012 22:20:50 | More by rwilling
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-27-2012 20:16:17 | More by paulhargus
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3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter has an initially thick, tan, creamy head, which sadly, deteriorates very quickly. It has a clear, minimally bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and there is little-to-no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate powder and musty aromas, but, oddly, no vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, brown bread, sugar, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. There is no bitterness here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. This a very non-porter type beer, but it’s still okay. I think this would do better as a stand alone beer, rather than something to eat a meal with. Overall, I think it’s good, and that’s about it.


12-27-2012 19:37:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2012 18:48:04 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-27-2012 17:47:31 | More by Mikecap
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1.75/5  rDev -48.1%

12-27-2012 03:47:49 | More by kp29
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3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Excellent tan lacing with a decent layer of foam. Guinness-like in color.

Smell: Basically burnt vanilla and caramel...very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy vanilla flavor...basically tastes like frosting. Some bourbon-like alcohol as well. Very clean mouthfeel, but I would like more body.

Overall: One of the better brews from Leinie.

12-26-2012 22:35:23 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of JALIEN


3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-26-2012 08:29:33 | More by JALIEN
Photo of Dope


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Very dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Decent head retention too.

S: Sweet vanilla and just a touch of roasted malt in the form of chocolate.

T: Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate up front. Great combination, even if it's a quite sweet. More chocolate and vanilla in the middle, the chocolate getting a little more bitter here - cocoa like. Very simple and sweet.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Nice sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty standard and simple but drinkable and not bad for the cost (which is extremely minimal).

12-26-2012 03:23:34 | More by Dope
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

A: The beer is clear and very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has slightly sweet flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of vanilla towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a great tasting and easy to drink porter. The only drawback is that it is a little sweet and tastes a bit like malt extracts.

12-26-2012 01:00:54 | More by metter98
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3.2/5  rDev -5%

Best by March 14, 2013.

Appearance: pours an almost black amber with a bit of beige head. The froth doesn't hold on long, and the lacing is about average... a few suds hang on, but it isn't like there are globules stuck all down the glass.

Smell: Vanilla and very faint coffee.

Taste: Vanilla is the most pronounced flavor here, with malts and an extremely faint tinge of coffee.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I like my porters, but okay. There's a slightly creamy feel there, and it lends itself well to the vanilla theme. There's a slightly oily finish I could do without.

Overall: I wouldn't buy this. If it's free or cheap on tap somewhere and you want a porter, go for it. An average at best beer.

12-26-2012 00:29:28 | More by Winston_Smith
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

12-25-2012 22:30:44 | More by lightfool
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2.28/5  rDev -32.3%

A - Deep ruby, nearly black, tan head has zero retention and zero lace.

S/T - A touch of vanilla, then some creamed coffee roast, chocolate, grain husk. Simple, straightforward. No real off-flavors except for a touch of metallic.

M - Medium/light body, way too high spritzy carbonation. Thin, watery, with not a clean finish.

O - Ehh.. beef up the consistency and tone down the carb, then it might be average.

12-25-2012 19:03:15 | More by garuda
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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: two finger foamy khaki color head, pours a deep reddish brown, carbonation present
S: aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, malts, light hints of vanill
M: medium body
T: the dark roasted malt comes first, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, carbonation, slight bite at the end.
O: good selection from Leinenkugels, however the vanilla is almost non existent, not my favorite but would buy againsnowdrift vanilla porter

12-25-2012 18:58:45 | More by outdoor7or24
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-25-2012 07:12:27 | More by creepinjeeper
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3/5  rDev -11%

12-25-2012 02:17:16 | More by Lee_Hancock
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-24-2012 23:14:15 | More by brewsadedotcom
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-24-2012 18:24:57 | More by jkoch7
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3/5  rDev -11%

12-24-2012 04:32:30 | More by TheMcTwaten
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

12-24-2012 03:56:48 | More by AndrewBV
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2012 02:09:52 | More by Cluker
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-22-2012 23:57:48 | More by ghl003
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2.85/5  rDev -15.4%

A-dark brown color with a tan head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate

T-roasted malt, coffee, little chocolate, vanilla, slight bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little thin

O-very little depth of flavor beyond the vanilla, also a thin body--an average porter at best

12-22-2012 22:39:11 | More by MDDMD
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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