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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: 1,106
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 15
Gots: 93 | 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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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
Photo of tmm313
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

tmm313, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Huffaroma, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mikerems
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

mikerems, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Come_In_Ski
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Come_In_Ski, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of light vanilla and some wood. Taste is initially some sugar and vanilla up front, followed by some lightly roasted flavor in the middle, and some chalky, earthy, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a good porter, probably the best Leinenkugel beer I've had. I got this as part as a mixed six pack, but I suspect a full six pack could be in the future for an inexpensive, sweet porter fix.

tronester, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Jade
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this porter into an imperial pint glass.

A - Good maple brown color, ruby red in the light. Half a finger of cream color head albeit an easy pour.

S - Some burnt malts and vanilla. Not much going on here.

T - Similar to the smell. Okay, but nothing special. I admit I am a Stout fan.

M - A bit watery and overly carbonated for my palate...even for a porter.

O - Like a brown ale with slight burnt malts and vanilla. Not a drain pour for sure, but nothing special here. If new to dark ales, worth a try, but if a connoisseur of great dark ales, even the style of porter, I would pass for a more expensive and tastier beer.

Jade, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of d5001986
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

d5001986, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of canders0927
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

canders0927, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of TheFearedBeard
1/5  rDev -70.3%

TheFearedBeard, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought over a sixer of this for the Packer game on Sunday. Poured one into a pint glass for a proper review. Pours a ruby-tinted cola color. Thin off-white head on top. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, dry grains. Pretty basic scent, but I didn't expect much. Nothing off-putting.

Moderate mouthfeel, with some carbonation bite. A little on the thin side, but in no way is this watery or slick. Again, pretty average feel. Good balance of vanilla sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, and yeasty bread. Mild bitterness. This is an easy one to quaff. I was afraid this would be overpowering in its sweetness, but this was well balanced. A simple beer that was well-made. I'd have it again.

Onenote81, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
3/5  rDev -11%

WritersBlock, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Beer4Mike
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Beer4Mike, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of bshiban
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bshiban, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint cofee and chocolate notes
Taste-light roasted coffee, white chocolate, vanilla note.
Creamy and pretty tasty, a good value that could be a good "gateway" brew for macro beer drinkers.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of cet128
4.9/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter is one of my recent taste tests that really scored big. I usually don't like dark beers but have recently started to broaden my beer knowledge and tasting experience.

The beer has a dark cola like appearance when poured into a glass with a decent tan colored head. The smell has a coffee and chocolate blend. I don't smell the vanilla but it does come out in the taste.

I admit to not liking a beer with a hoppy taste. This is probably why I do like this beer, more flavor from malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. It is very smooth and easy to relax and drink.

cet128, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

ralphw56, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of panders07
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

panders07, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Black with Dark Red on the bottom due to the light shining through. Head is around 2 fingers in width and is tan in color.

Smell - Chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Caramel, & Coffee. The scent is slightly milder than Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, which I had a few months earlier. It does however smell very sweet for a Porter

Taste - Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Caramel and Vanilla Bean. The Vanilla Flavor doesn't really show up until the very end on the back of the palate. When it does show up, it tastes pretty good. Not as "Vanilla" as Breckenridge's interpretation but for a porter it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a bit watery and mildly carbonated. It's got an odd texture, almost like the light body gives the impression there is something missing from the beer..

Overall - If you want a good vanilla porter and you have to choose, Breckenridge would be my first choice, because the flavor lacks the Vanilla kick which Breckenridge possessed. With that said, the flavor is still unique and at the most, worth looking into. My only major complaint is that the body needs some work.

NuclearDolphin, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby red color. Thick tan head reduces to about a quarter-inch pretty quickly. Some slight vanilla on the nose, full of sweetness and handfuls of roasted, dark malts. Upon the first taste, the body is kind of a let down - very thin and highly carbonated, not something you'd expect from a porter. Oak and wood chips hit first; all-around, huge bouts of roasted malts cloud the palate. Vanilla bean plays an overcast role, not as prominent at first, but growing toward the end of the sip. I'm picking up some slight honey flavors in there as well. The sweetness grows and grows from the start to the finish. At first, it seems like a nice touch, but there isn't enough of a hop profile to offset it, and near the end of the beer, the sweetness is nearly cloying and a little over-the-top. It has a dense vanilla-coffee bean aftertaste, not bad.

For a porter, it's nothing to write home about, and the sweetness needs to be balanced better. However, it's not awful, and it's certainly one of the better offerings I've had from Lienenkugels. Just too sweet.

tectactoe, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of pooogy
3/5  rDev -11%

pooogy, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black with a finger of brown head. Not a lot of lacing going on.

Roasted barley and coffee with some dark chocolate and pine.

Roasted character dominates taste but fails to develop. Some smoke and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for a porter. Almost soda-like feel.

Not a great porter but nothing offensive.

TheMultiYeast, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of EFR94
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

EFR94, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of UncleNeighborChris
4/5  rDev +18.7%

UncleNeighborChris, Dec 09, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.