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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 04, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

zachary80, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
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.

SometimesIfart, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

thwo1, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

chrishensley, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of ToddL
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.

ToddL, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Eastside151, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

khargro2, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

brettski, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

sprucetip, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

GeoBear, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Dec 01, 2012
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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.

colts9016, Dec 01, 2012
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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.

shand, Dec 01, 2012
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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.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Woodysbeard, Dec 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

hoppyhelena, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Chaz, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

weaselchew, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bradcochran1234, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Tuey13
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!

Tuey13, Nov 29, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.