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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 60 | 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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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - See through black with a quickly receding one finger off white head. No lacing.

S. Weird malt, slight vanilla. Pretty lacking.

T - Now this is more like it. Massive vanilla up front, slight light coffee in the finish.

M - Medium body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, this wasn't too bad for a Leine. Not great by any means however. Completely average. I can think of better beers to drink on a cold snowy night however.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 04:40:53 | More by SometimesIfart
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thwo1

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2012 03:47:51 | More by thwo1
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RickS95

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's nice looking. A bit light for my liking, think dark cola. But the head is an attractive shade of dark beige and lasts a good while. A finger and a half thick at the beginning eventually winds down to a thin cover, leaving a decent lace.

Mostly malt in the nose. As the bottle suggests, there's a splash of vanilla and coffee, but both are fairly repressed and play backup roles. As it warms, the chocolate finally comes through.

The taste is pretty special. The vanilla and coffee both are more aggressive. A combination of chocolate and caramel malt round out the taste.

Sweet and creamy, a modicum of bitter for balance. Smooth. Only more alcohol and thickness would increase the score.

This is a really good beer, especially in the cooler months. Overall, a porter than can stand up with almost any other I've had, and generally cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:44:07 | More by RickS95
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-03-2012 02:31:04 | More by chrishensley
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ToddL

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice smooth beer, It had a slight vanilla and a little coffee flavor both were very mild. It had a nice dark color a little cream colored, short lived head . Felt medium bodied in the mouth. very little aftertaste, no bitterness . A nice beer for cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:45:00 | More by ToddL
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2012 15:05:54 | More by Eastside151
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2012 05:47:38 | More by khargro2
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brettski

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-01-2012 23:27:59 | More by brettski
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2012 22:14:50 | More by sprucetip
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GeoBear

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-01-2012 19:39:41 | More by GeoBear
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2012 18:11:37 | More by Zaphog
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11%

12-01-2012 12:33:58 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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colts9016

Idaho

2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has poor retention. The head is ivory in color, foamy, and creamy. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil; however, dark reddish hues glisten from the light. The clarity of the beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble visible from the side of the glass.

Nose: Deep roasted malt with acrid aromas followed by toffee, kettle caramel, and grain. The vanilla is faint with a leather tone, faint sugar and grass.

Taste: The malt is roasted with a burnt acrid overtone with some toffee, and kettle caramel. The vanilla once again is faint with a a leather tone, faint sugar, grass, and herbal note.

The mouth feel of the beer is slightly astringent. thin, and carbonated.

The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. I really hate to say this but this porter is below average. The flavors are not uniformed, the vanilla is playing peek a boo with the taste bud. I have had some better porter. I wish Leinenkugel would try to put more effort in making higher quality beer instead of a Henry Ford assembly line.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 06:23:27 | More by colts9016
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shand

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours out brown with a small head. Coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts come through on the nose. The taste hits with the sweet vanilla right out the gate, which then backs up a bit to let more of the roast characteristics out the gate. Pretty simple, but tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit too light and prickly, but the drinkability is good. Overall, not too much to write about this one. It's a tasty porter with a very light body.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:32:59 | More by shand
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a dark, dark brown with a lot of ruby coming through the light. An oatmeal colored head slowly recedes, and light sticky lacing makes random spots on the glass initially.

The aroma is a very generic vanilla note, like a watered down vanilla. Also a chalky cocoa note in there.

The taste is very porterish, if that's a word. Faint bitter coffee notes, some vanilla (again, read my aroma description), a cinnamon and cocoa finish.

The mouthfeel is watery, carbonated, and medium-to-light in body.

Overall, I just bought a single bottle of this, and it served it's purpose. I think it could be a lot better if the vanilla didn't taste watered down.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:04:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-01-2012 02:17:31 | More by Woodysbeard
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hoppyhelena

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

11-30-2012 23:45:59 | More by hoppyhelena
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2012 21:59:05 | More by Chaz
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-30-2012 08:17:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

11-30-2012 01:40:06 | More by weaselchew
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 22:26:27 | More by bradcochran1234
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 13:34:11 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Tuey13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger of a dark tan creamy head.
The smell is roasted malt and chocolate with a definite vanilla bean scent.
The taste is similar to the nose... Bittersweet chocolate and Roasty malt with a sweet vanilla taste with a slight bitterness on the finish.
It's a fairly creamy porter that I enjoyed.... I thought the taste intensified as it warmed. Of course, it should be drank at 50deg or higher! Some will drink this right out of the fridge which is so wrong for a porter.
To me.. This is a great release for the season from Leinenkugel that I will get again!
Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 06:58:09 | More by Tuey13
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +48.4%

11-29-2012 06:05:57 | More by KC9LDB
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menacho1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 05:22:30 | More by menacho1
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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