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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 66 | 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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BanditoJunkie

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2012 22:39:53 | More by BanditoJunkie
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-25-2012 22:34:27 | More by brez8791
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Moose90

Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, allowed to warm for a few minutes.

Decent looking beer, nice dark brown with a present but thin and fading creamy head, some lacing.
Aroma hints at the coming vanilla bomb, but does have nice chocolate malt underlinings.
Taste was a bit to sweet for my liking, but I can see many liking this brew.
Light mouthfeel lead to an overall easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Not bad, not great, pretty much standard Leinenkugel fare.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:27:57 | More by Moose90
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-25-2012 20:26:19 | More by pogoowner
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finger of tan head, low retention. Dark brown body.
Smells of vanilla and roasted malt.
Initial light taste of sweetness, then chocolate and finally vanilla to end.
Thin body, low carbonation.
A fair porter. A fuller body would help and it's a bit sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:05:55 | More by Fatehunter
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abex44

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-25-2012 18:41:42 | More by abex44
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Unchi

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-25-2012 17:23:10 | More by Unchi
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Thunder Bay Grill. Served in an imperial style pint glass, and was pretty well chilled.

A) Very dark brown with not quite a finger of light tan head. The head quickly fades to nothing. There was no lacing noted.

S) Caramel malt, some roast, and definitely some vanilla bean.

T) Light chocolate, hint of caramel, vanilla sweetener. This is a little bitter-sweet. I would have actually liked a little more of the vanilla to come out in the flavor. The flavor gets quite earthy/roasty as this finishes up. That was the aftertaste for me as well.

M) A lighter medium body, with the same from a carbonation standpoint. This was pretty smooth, and relatively creamy.

O) I have to say, this exceeded my expectations. While I won't be running out today to grab a six pack, this was a decent seasonal. Give it a try....

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 14:29:06 | More by RoamingGnome
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2012 06:31:43 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Moby

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-25-2012 01:51:09 | More by Moby
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aleckpa

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-25-2012 01:44:12 | More by aleckpa
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter last week for $8.99 at Krogers. I find most Leinenkugel beers to be pretty average, but i'm always down to try their new beers so I thought I would give their new winter seasonal a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for the brewery with a winter themed background. It poured a very dark brown color that took on a deep ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left hardly any lacing behind. This beer is pretty average looking, it's not that impressive to look at.

S- The aroma starts off with a big presence of vanilla that's pretty dominating and is almost artificial smelling after that comes some nicely roasted malts that impart some roasty, chocolate, coffee, and slight caramel aromas. I also pick up a good amount of sweetness in the aroma that gives it almost a candy like aroma. The aroma isn't that bad, I would say it's above average with some nice roasted aromas to help balance out all that vanilla.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's much thinner. It starts off with some vanilla that's much lighter then it was in the aroma and it's quickly followed by some roasted malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some light roasty, coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavor with a slight nutty flavor, the roasted flavors quickly fade to a sweet grainy flavor that goes into the aftertaste with a slightly nutty and roasted flavor. The taste is pretty average, it's not bad, but it's not good either, the flavors that are suppose to be highlighted come off thin and watery.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little prickly, and medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty average, it would be nice if this beer was a little thicker and the carbonation was toned down.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't impressive and I thought it was a pretty average example of a vanilla Porter, the flavor and body seemed a little watered down and I didn't deliver what I wanted from this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability it was smooth, but the flavors didn't hold my attention so one would be enough for me, there's no need to drink two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't the greatest but it turned out to be the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the watered down flavor and mouthfeel, it needed to be bolder, richer, and less carbonated. I won't be buying this beer again, I would much rather have a Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater the flavors come through much better in that beer, I wouldn't recommend this beer. All in all I was let down with this beer, it seemed to lack those robust flavors that a good Porter should have and the mouthfeel also held this beer back, I'm chalking this one up as another average at best Leinenkugel's beer, I thought Fireside Nut Brown was a much better winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 04:51:02 | More by StoutHunter
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-23-2012 22:45:25 | More by Gww1864
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jereb33

Michigan

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-23-2012 18:16:16 | More by jereb33
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

11-23-2012 15:53:44 | More by Braz
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bhawk1

Georgia

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-23-2012 13:17:22 | More by bhawk1
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

11-22-2012 23:13:33 | More by Hellpop65
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light brown with red highlights, plenty of light brown foam. Nose is roasty with a minimal hint of vanilla at the back. The taste is very sweet with chocolate caramel and lots of vanilla. The roast doesn't white balance out the sweetness, things taste nearly artificial. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, pretty lackluster. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:13:50 | More by homebrew311
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a small-sized, very short-lived, beige head.

Smell: Slight chocolate, modest roasted malt, and the namesake vanilla.

Taste: As with the smell, it's more of the same -- some chocolate, caramel, mild roast, and the vanilla. Sufficiently sweet. Slight earthy, not quire bitterish tone midway. More of the same through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Reasonably smooth, slick mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Snowdrift comes across as the Creamy Dark but with some vanilla additive added.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:25:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -26%

11-22-2012 16:58:06 | More by livingtodie
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour of cola, small head of foam, goodly amount of lacing.

I smell some vanilla, fruity notes, sweet malt.

I taste vanilla, sweet malt, light notes of cocoa, coffee in and around the other flavours. It finishes lightly bitter.

An easy drinking brew that I find tasty enough to keep me interested..I'm glad they didn't go overboard with the vanilla as it could have dominated the flavours and made this more one dimensional. I like.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 16:27:05 | More by Bitterbill
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JeltMaaj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-22-2012 16:18:57 | More by JeltMaaj
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks good. Dark, nice creamy head that doesn't dissipate.

S: malty, light, hint of smokiness. An odd bitter note. No vanilla despite the name.

T: Pretty weak. A bit of smokiness a bit of vanilla a bit of malt and a lot of water. The lightness of the beer really means the flavors need to be on the money but here they were rather dull.

M: Very light but carbonation was not overly agressive.

Overall this was a pretty average beer. The taste had no real standout notes and the lightness of it really took a lot away.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 14:07:09 | More by Jamesthebrit
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-22-2012 04:13:43 | More by jp312
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SFC21

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2012 03:01:26 | More by SFC21
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.