Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

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Photo of jmbranum
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very vanilla aroma with a little bit of toasted caramel.

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice dark tan head.

Flavor is very sweet. Lots of vanilla. A little of toastyness. A really nice beer except for two flaws: (1) way too sweet (a tinge of dryness would have helped to balance this beer out), and (2) a slight off flavor in the finish. Not terrible but it doesn't fit either.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy.

If you like sweet beers, this is a keeper. I think what frustrates me about this beer is that it is so close to being great. Definitely the best beer I've had from Leienkugel's.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of A-Ham
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Poured into a tulip with aggressive pour yet very little to no head. Not completely dark either but somewhat see-thru and watery.

Smell - Almost absent of smell. Some sweetness perhaps but mostly void of scent.

Taste - Well after my very harsh appearnance and smell ratings. I have to say, this is quite tasty. It doesn't taste much like any other porter I've had, but its light bodies, slightly malty with a very nice sweet vanilla finish. No hop bitterness at all of note. No ashy or roatyness either, just a light yet sweet well balanced dark beer.

Mouthfeel - A tad watery.

Overall - This is a very sessionable, light porter. I could have a few of these in one sitting with no problem at all. If you go in with an open mind, and not looking for the standard porter qualities in a beer, you'll probably be surprised at how tasty this beer is. I probably won't seek this out again, but if offered one or have limited options in a bar, this is an easy go to dark beer option.

Photo of Bernoulli
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque deep brown. Almost no head or lacing.

Porter smell with a faint hint of vanilla.

Nice mouth feel, rolls down nicely.

A good porter with a hint of vanilla that is tantalizing and not overwhelming.

Would be a good introductory porter for a lager drinker, that the more widely tasted could easily enjoy too.

Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Snowdrift Vanilla Porter in a grocery store. $6.49. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, translucent, with a modest tan head.

Smell is faint, coffee and chocolate aromas for the most part.

Taste is decidedly vanilla and coffee or mocha up front, and a bitter licorice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, with a clean not cloying finish.

Overall a good porter, especially at this price point. I recently brewed a vanilla spiced porter and at last tasting it was still a bit cider-like. I'd have been happy if it turned out like Snowdrift.

Photo of ordybill
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a really interesting vanilla bean aroma with malt mixed into the smell.
Appearance- Has a great reddish tint with a very small white head.
Taste- You can taste the vanilla and malt, I really enjoyed it.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with light carbonation. It had an oily texture and didn't have an aftertaste.
Overall- An interesting beer, I liked it. I don't think I could sit and pound them one after another but it has a really good unique flavor.

Photo of Boca-X
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark, dark...beautifully dark. Nice white, frosty head, slight lacing.

Coco beans, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Actually, the smell is my least appeal of this beer, not that it is bad but it just isn't strong enough to match it's dark appearance. I will say the vanilla stands out much more on tap than from the bottles that I've had before.

Flavor is nice, smooth and balanced. Bitter dark chocolate mixed with a woody, smoky vanilla bean. The carbonation is high on this porter, a nice surprise considering how dark this beer is. The carbonation comes on the finish combined with a slightly bitter coco...but clean. Again as with the smell, the vanilla stands out more on tap than from a bottle. Some have suggested this beer is vanilla sweet, I disagree, I think it's balanced very nicely.

Over all this is one of my favorite offerings from Leinenkugel, it's a very easy drinking porter, perfect for any cold winter day...the relatively low alcohol content (6) makes it also easy to have several. I prefer it on tap over the bottle but bottles are cheaper than kegs ;) This is a seasonal beer, so it's will have a short window on the store shelves...I have a 12pk in my beer fridge, I don't want to run out to soon.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of dsellers22
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of punky796
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.81/5  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.

Photo of apasternak
3.81/5  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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of fischerking
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Beerwolf666
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great vanilla flavor, mouthfeel smooth
overall great beer

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Working on my second 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. The beer is more chocolate tasting than vanilla honestly, with hints of coffee. Has a malty sweetness that drowns out any alcohol taste. But at 6% it warms you up. I bought it because I have to scoop snow today, so I thought I'd buy this Snowdrift Vanilla Porter to help me out. :-)

I have never known Leinenkugel to make a bad beer, and this is no exception. However there are probably better options for porter/stout beer fans. So I gave it a 3.75 all around. If this was a beer someone homebrewed, it would be incredible, but I expect more from large breweries.

Photo of Jplueger1
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev +10%
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.

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.