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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

menacho1, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Tracker83, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Chucker17, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the BBC Cedarville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, opaque, minimal head, medium carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and vanilla--very light smell

Taste: big vanilla taste followed by roasted malt with more vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: medium/light body, medium carbonation, sweet with roastiness

Drinkability: This one is typical Leinie's. If you typically like their beers, you will like this one. If not, I suspect you will not like this one as well. Nice vanilla taste over a decent porter. A bit sweet, but still one I will get again.

tigg924, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

oriolesfan4, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

ericdailey, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

doucmehu, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of DannyDan
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

DannyDan, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jdaugh23
1.7/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Tastes a little bit like cough syrup.
You might wonder about the math that resulted in an overall score of 1.0, even though 3 of 4 scores were 3.0 and one was 1.0... This is because taste is more important than the other characteristics. And also because I don't know enough to accurately rate this beer's mouthfeel, and I didn't study it's appearance. How can you study a beer's appearance when it's in a brown bottle? Why pour the beer into a glass to review it, when the beer will be drank from a bottle almost all of time? I mean, who would make the extra effort to pour this disgusting beverage into a glass anyway? And even though other beers from this brewer are tolerable, I still don't think that the majority of them warrant the dirtying of a clean glass.
Well, there's my two cents. I just got home from Kroger and this was the first one that I tried from the seasonal variety pack. Moments later I was googling furiously to find out how I could share my disgust with the world, and just moments ago I created my first Beer Advocate account.
I kinda doubt that my impression is different from what your own would be, because I enjoy a wide range of beers from Coors Light to Sam Adams Boston Lager, and every draft stout or IPA that I've tried.

Bottom line: Avoid this beer (unless you have a cough, because something tells me it would work well for that).

jdaugh23, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3/5  rDev -11%

Bighorn, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Zymocenosilicaphobic
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Zymocenosilicaphobic, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Rgalvin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Rgalvin, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of punky796
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours dark reddish-brown, with a finger and a half of cream-white head. Not a lot of lacing.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, vanilla.

T - Same as smell. Lots of vanilla and chocolate malt.

M - Maybe the best part of the beer. If you don't slug it down too fast it gathers some fuzzy, cozy froth and goes down pretty fully.

O - Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams' Hazel Brown or Founder's Porter. While not quite up to par with those, still enjoyable. Also nice to see a new seasonal from Leinie's.

punky796, Nov 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

sparx1100, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Probocop911
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Probocop911, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark brown colour with strong ruby hues. little tannish head and just alittle lace. cocoa, vanilla and nougat aromas abound. the vanilla comes through in the taste profile, melding well with the chocolate and nougat undertones. tastes fine enough. surprising enough is the slight bitterness from some noticeable hopping seemingly of the noble variety...it does come across as a bit spicy and compliments the slightly higher than average ABV. i'm drinking this a bit colder than i should and am curious as to where this might head at a more appropriate temperature. for now it seems to be heading in the right direction...it doesn't come across as too artificial or too forced. medium bodied at best with a semi crisp mouthfeel and lagerish feel. this has a decent drinkability for a leinies concoction...i could see having a few of these during the winter months.

overall...an above average offering from the gateway beer kings of the northland. if, as it warms and i drink a few more, doesn't become cloying, artificial or too boring...i might revisit this.

budgood1, Nov 26, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark amber. Almost a dark purple held up to the light. A bit of light does shine thru. head is gone immediately. lacing is none. very small amount of carbonation rising. very thin.

S - A low roast. Chocolate and vanilla are present. mild amount of carmel. not a lot happening.

T - Better than it smells. But again just mild amounts of chocolate, vanilla and carmel. I personally don't like the deep roast- which this certainly does not have.

M - Thin and mildly frothy. Alcohol give a nice heat on the tongue.

O - Thin. Not as sweet as it should be. Doesn't resemble a porter at all actually. Hoped for bold - received pretty mild. Vanilla presence was descent. Avg beer drinker will probably find this very good. but it doesn't meet the style very well and all flavors are average at best.

weonfire, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

jcparish88, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tmars13, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BanditoJunkie, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

brez8791, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Moose90
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Moose90, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

pogoowner, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

abex44, Nov 25, 2012
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.