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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%


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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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of vanilla beans, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of a strong vanilla presence with some sweet milk chocolate and some roasty malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice vanilla porter. One of the better brews from the Leinenkugel lineup.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:06:20 | More by zeff80
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter has an initially thick, tan, creamy head, which sadly, deteriorates very quickly. It has a clear, minimally bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and there is little-to-no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate powder and musty aromas, but, oddly, no vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, brown bread, sugar, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. There is no bitterness here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. This a very non-porter type beer, but it’s still okay. I think this would do better as a stand alone beer, rather than something to eat a meal with. Overall, I think it’s good, and that’s about it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 19:37:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a lighter viscosity than most porters out there, light khaki tinted head sits upon a dark black body with cola caramel brown highlights shining through. Aroma has an interesting mix of dark cocoa, hints of vanilla, and mild coffee accents from the dark roasted barley malts added to this beer. Flavor is dry and bitter with baker's chocolate, toasted malts, hints of soft sweet caramelized malt sugars, and a hint of vanilla character. The dark roasted malts has a bit of sour acidity from the dark malts or mix of creaminess from the vanilla and dark roasted malts nice mix of cocoa/coffee roasts in the malt character makes it, no alcohol presence weighs in at 6% abv. Pretty tasty crossover beer, makes a solid offering for winter and thank God it's not fizzy and yellow, or fruit/wheat infusion. They have done a nice jobs with their seasonal offering lately, keep it up Leinenkugel's!!! Mouthfeel has some nice creamy textures medium to light bodied for a porter but rock solid carbonation levels. Overall a welcomed addition to the Leinenkugel/MillerSAB family.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 20:36:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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punky796

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 10:31:49 | More by punky796
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/16/2012 at The Luxury Box in Seekonk, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee and vanilla. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent porter to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 02:29:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent tan lacing with a decent layer of foam. Guinness-like in color.

Smell: Basically burnt vanilla and caramel...very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy vanilla flavor...basically tastes like frosting. Some bourbon-like alcohol as well. Very clean mouthfeel, but I would like more body.

Overall: One of the better brews from Leinie.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 22:35:23 | More by tjsdomer2
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dsellers22

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on one of the first cold days of the year in Minnesota--perfect beer for the weather. Pours a dark brown/near black. The smell is really sweet, and the taste is, too. It's definitely got the coffee and chocolate that's advertised, and the vanilla is subtle so not overpowering. I'd be okay with even more vanilla.

Ends up being a very sweet beer, but just rich enough to hit the spot on a cold day. If you want a decent porter for the winter months, can't really go wrong here. Overall, I rate it just shy of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:38:50 | More by dsellers22
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A-Ham

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks and smells great. The beer has some bold flavors including chocolate and coffee. It has a little bit more sweetness than I would generally prefer in my beer; but the winter season only rolls around once a year, so it's easy to enjoy. If you haven't tried Leinenkugel's Vanilla Porter, I recommend that you do.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:41:45 | More by A-Ham
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter in a 12 oz bottle with a 2013 date on the neck. Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a small but durable tan head. Good level of vanilla, although rather pronounced mid-taste and seeming a bit unrestrained in the nose. Excellent, malty/nutty aftertaste. Very good sweet/bitter balance. Medium+ body with lively, moderate carbonation and a creamy smooth feel.
O: This fine seasonal was a pleasant surprise. Perhaps my favorite Leinie.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:57:22 | More by chinchill
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fischerking


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Chippewa Falls, WI.

This beer had a nice chocolate/vanilla scent and a fantastic coffee/chocolate/vanilla taste.

I drank it from a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/18/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.

Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:39:57 | More by fischerking
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, FEB1113 on neck.

A - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours darker looking than it actually is. Held up to the light, this rich mahogany-hued beer is actually pretty clear. It's khaki head sinks rather quickly from it's initial tall stature and doesn't leave a whole lot of lace behind.

S - Soft vanilla bean notes hide behind a veil of cold roasted malt aroma which is reminiscent of cold coffee, baker's chocolate and cocoa. Snowdrift Vanilla Porter might be fairly simple and straight forward. Boring might be the right word.

T - Vanilla becomes much more evident in the beer's flavor, warming with a well-balanced extract flavor that matches up nicely with the roasted malt additions. While barrel-aging tends to bring out vanilla tannins, this vanilla brings out a wood-like earthiness that compliments the bakers chocolate and mocha flavors.

M - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is smooth and rich with a creamy feel but not a completely full body. Evidently shooting for something most people could drink, this beer doesn't go full-bore. Rather, the malts add a complimentary roasted bitterness which sits well next to the vanilla sweetness and dry tannins on the finish.

O - The closed-off, somewhat boring nose doesn't keep the beer from becoming more than "your standard beer". Instead, Snowdrift Vanilla Porter takes it's roasted malt profile and dribbles in some vanilla extract for a mellow, smooth, and soothing winter beer with a hearty feel on a cold day and satisfying finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 16:50:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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apasternak

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite beers. A dark porter cut with a nice taste of vanilla. Lots of flavor. Definitely my favorite porter, definitely my favorite seasonal, possibly my favorite beer. The vanilla cuts the dark, coffee taste of the porter, making it not as heavy as a normal stout and more refreshing

UPDATE: more than a small over-reaction. A fine seasonal and maybe the best lienenkugel, but nowhere in the ballpark of what I wrote back then

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 17:19:34 | More by apasternak
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Beerwolf666

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is an outstanding Beer,it is one of those Beers you can just kick back with and enjoy what the brewer achieved,very nice chocolate & Coffee notes with just a slight hint of Vanilla,which actually gets a bit more pronounced when the beer warms a little,but still,I would say that the chocolate and coffee flavors are more prevalent up front.
This is a Beer you take your time with,you savour it,not a Beer you rush to the bottom of and snag another one from the fridge as soon as it is gone,a gr8 beer to enjoy while relaxing by the wood stove or Fireplace on a cold frigid night,or perhaps share with some close friends after dinner,a top notch Porter in every way.
Cheers and Peace2all.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:27:59 | More by Beerwolf666
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Michael_Squires

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearence is that of a solid dark beer.

Beer has a pleasant vanilla-y smell to it, as the name would suggest. Taste has just a touch of kick to it, but is generally smooth and enjoyable to drink.

Overall, I would recommend it to those who like porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:45:09 | More by Michael_Squires
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "APR1414 B20010852"

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours a clear, very deep mahogany brown body beneath a two-finger thick head of pillowy dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it slowly dwindles to a wide collar. Streaks and spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.

In the nose the vanilla component is quite clear. It's sugary, but soft, and not nearly as artificial as it can sometimes be in other examples that take it perhaps a bit too far. Beyond that there's some dark chocolate and fudge-like maltiness.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a general chocolate cake type character. It's not overdone, or overtly sweet though. A subtle bitterness keeps it in check, as does some dark malt acidity, although it does finish a touch sweet with a note of chocolate and some underlying fruitiness as well as a lingering note of vanilla. No hop flavors are to be found, leaving the lightly sweet dark malts as the focus.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

In the end it's a fairly charming beer. I don't see it as having a lot of drinkability, but it's not cloying. It should make a great holiday beer, or as a special dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:50:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, some coffee. Taste is good, lots of vanilla, some cocoa and coffee, lots of flavor. feels medoium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:45:45 | More by tone77
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Durge

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found on tap at the Embassy Suites hotel bar at Logan Airport in Boston this porter is dark black with mahogany edges and a very solid, uniform tan head with good lacing. The nose hit offers a distinctive charcoal malt with a delicate vanilla carmel sweetness. Not very strong but pleasant for sure. The flavor brings out a fizzy vanilla malt with a grassy edge that hints of charcoal and root beer. This seasonal offering is medium-light bodied with somewhat overactive carbonation while finishing with a somewhat chalky feel. A little weak in feel for the style but enjoyable as a sweet taste treat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 05:59:07 | More by Durge
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Jplueger1

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For the price this is a decent option for a darker beer. Normally, I'll drink from the bottle on my "goto" Sweet Josey Brown Ale. However, since this was a new taste for me, I poured into a pint glass. Being honest I was surprised and maybe even a little impressed. Darker than I thought and surprisingly good, but not the vanilla I anticipated. Overall, nice work Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:20:34 | More by Jplueger1
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ToddL

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:45:00 | More by ToddL
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 18:21:22 | More by hosehead83
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 16:49:34 | More by Onenote81
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lwillitz

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - pitch black body (ruby highlights) under 2 fingers of medium tan

S - cocoa and coffee, hint of vanilla, caramel-like sweetness

T - roast malt notes, dark chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla, slight smoke and burnt notes, slight bitterness

M - smooth, sticky medium/full body, medium/high carbonation

O - Snowdrift is a nice porter. The vanilla is pleasant and not at all overpowering. The taste has just enough complexity to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:09:28 | More by lwillitz
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:16:05 | More by tronester
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Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Feb 2014 (?) on the bottom of the can.

Pours dark amber w/ a reddish hue. Mocha head, frothy and staying nicely. Goes to a thicker film, and leaves some low sheeting and ample fine scattered bits of lacing.

Mild nose of some sweet malts, sugary chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Lighter on the palate then the typical porter. Notes of more milk chocolate, coffee cake and a whiff of vanilla. Not bad. Decent, lighter bodied, easy drinking and sessionable winter brew.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 02:20:56 | More by Billolick
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: I love how this beer looks. It's black with a fluffy tan-colored head. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: A bit of a vanilla smell, but not overwhelming. The classic roasted malt aroma tends to dominate.

Taste: Has a nice vanilla flavor to compliment to coffee flavors of the porter. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Has a really nice full body with hints of the carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: By the time I reached the second one, the vanilla was getting to me a little bit. For me, this is one of those beers where you drink one, then move onto something different. In other words, good in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 21:50:25 | More by civilizedpsycho
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.