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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: 1,353
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 28
Gots: 207 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark cola brown. Appears clear. Medium tall tan head with good retention.

Smell - Dark malt. Only moderately strong chocolate, coffee, raisin. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but maybe I'm just being suggestible.

Taste - Seems pretty light for style. A burnt chocolate dominates. Some pretty prominent sweet vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium. Dry.

Overall - Sounds like a better idea than it tastes.

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3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black with a finger and a half of light brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing. Smell is dominated by coffee but it masks pretty much everything else. Tastes of coffee and vanilla, but very watery. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated, but quite drinkable. Overall, an average beer.

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3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a ruby red hue seen shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head. Over a moderate amount of time the head fades to leave a great amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet caramel and vanilla. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nut.

Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Upfront there is a rather strong vanilla flavor which lasts throughout much of the taste. Flavors of cocoa soon some to the tongue creating a semi-sweet chocolate flavor when combined with the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweet caramel fades some however toward the end with a coffee flavor becoming more pronounced. In the end a lightly sweetened chocolate vanilla flavored coffee taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side with respects to creaminess with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side as well. While the lower carbonation level was very fitting for the porter style and matched the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors well, a thicker body would have given the beer a better mouth-coating feel.

Overall – A fairly easier drinking porter. While possibly a bit heavy on the vanilla, the beer has a pretty nice sweet, but not too sweet flavor.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The first impression I get from this beer is that it is a little thin and watery for a porter.
It pours a nice brown color, it has some ruby red high lights when held up to a bright light.

It smells like instant hot chocloate mix.

It is not overly sweet, Mild chocolate, vanilla and wood flavors come through.

It sure is an easy drinking beer, but it is lacking something and left me unsatisfied craving a better crafted porter or stout.

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a brown with reddish highlights with a finger worth of head that dissipates very quickly down to nothing with no lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting hints of vanilla, coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Little more watered down than the smell would suggest... Pretty light up front with vanilla and chocolate malt coming in mid-palette. Finish is a little bitter and warm with a hint of vanilla floating around.

M: Lighter than I was expecting from the style.... pretty wet with very light carbonation. Not impressed.

O: Sadly a pretty weak porter, I was expecting a little more here. Not quite up to the Leine's I'm used too.

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.