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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: 1,105
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 15
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of Hawkharvs
3/5  rDev -11%

Hawkharvs, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of WebGuyMike
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

WebGuyMike, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sgoro, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a little amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty aroma. Roasted malts with hints of toast, chocolate, wheat grains, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Nice hints of vanilla with some sugar. Very light hop presence. A pretty sweet smell that is fairly syrupy. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, sweet with a burnt roasty taste. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toast, sweet caramel, toffee, wheat grains, and a bit of coffee. Decent taste of vanilla. Sugar adds to the syrupy sweetness. Hops are pretty faint but there is a slight earthy presence. Tastes more like a sweet/milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: An ok beer if your looking for something light, sweet, and dark.

MattyG85, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Hopstout, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of KevBearcat529
4/5  rDev +18.7%

KevBearcat529, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ironwill54
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

ironwill54, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of MonicaC
4/5  rDev +18.7%

MonicaC, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Burns9812
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

Burns9812, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of tut2528
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: typical porter appearance, black as night, no transparency, creates about 1/2-1 fingers worth of head formation that is off-white to slight tan in color.

S: smokey, slight coffee presence, touch of vanilla of sweetness, i pick up on some grain as well. not that appealing.

T: sweet malt and vanilla are strong in this one. i pick up on some brown sugar as well with a slight coffee presence.

M: very light, actually too light. water, doesn't leave much on the palate. other than an artificial sweet tasted

O: it sounded interesting, but really isnt. much too light, not enough porter qualities in my opinion. just a fake sweetness that is quite unappealing.

tut2528, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

leinie13, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hoppyman49
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Hoppyman49, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of StretchZep
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

StretchZep, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of wiscokid920
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Black which turns Dark ruby red when held to light. Very faint tan head which fades fast. No lacing remains on glass

S- Roasted Malts, Dark chocolate, Vanilla. A very sweet smelling porter.

T- Follows the nose. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The vanilla flavor does not show up until the very end of the sip. A nice, sweet tasting porter.

M- Very light, slightly watery with subtle carbonation. An easy drinker.

O- A tasty offering of a vanilla porter but the body needs some adjustments.

wiscokid920, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

danoble1, Dec 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

smartassboiler, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color. This one definitely isn't perfectly opaque by any means. The head is a one finger light mocha shade that fades quickly to a thin collar around the ring of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

S: Unimpressive. Slight vanilla-esque cream soda notes and a bit of hazelnut...and that's it.

T: Again, tons of vanilla and cream soda seem to dominate (inasmuch as it's the strongest flavor note), while the only hint of this being a dark beer is slight hazelnut on the back end. I can tell after the first sip the sweetness will really wear on me hard. But the worst part? The sweetness gradually shifts into a chemical sensation that's kind of unpleasant.

M: This features honest-to-God sugar burn, caused by the huge lingering sweetness and syrupy finish. Even worse is the intense carbonation, which creates an even harsher mouthfeel.

O: Even as a dessert beer, I'd call this one a mild failure. As a porter, it's more or less a total failure. The only thing it really has going for it is drinkability - if only to get the chemical aftertaste off of the palate as soon as possible. No regrets getting a single bottle (a tick is a tick, damnit), but I don't need to ever have this again.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Peyton5410, Dec 15, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

mothman, Dec 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very vanilla aroma with a little bit of toasted caramel.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice dark tan head.

Flavor is very sweet. Lots of vanilla. A little of toastyness. A really nice beer except for two flaws: (1) way too sweet (a tinge of dryness would have helped to balance this beer out), and (2) a slight off flavor in the finish. Not terrible but it doesn't fit either.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy.

If you like sweet beers, this is a keeper. I think what frustrates me about this beer is that it is so close to being great. Definitely the best beer I've had from Leienkugel's.

jmbranum, Dec 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

Nerck93, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a dark amber color and poured a tan colored head. The beer had not much smell except for the vanilla. The beer also pretty much tasted like vanilla and thats it. really a little too sweet, but drinkable. This one barely passes the I will drink again test.

Minkybut, Dec 14, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.