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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,564
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 43
Gots: 385 | FT: 0
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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 Jplueger1
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Durge
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. (601 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
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. (486 characters)

Photo of ToddL
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice porter pours a medium dark brown with red tinges, a nice frothy light tan head, and decent lacing. Nose is pretty light, but there are chocolate and vanilla notes in there blending with dark malts. Flavors follow the nose with chocolate to the front, vanilla and chocolate to the sides, and a light grain flavor rounding it out. Very reminiscent of Creamy Dark with a bit more emphasis on the chocolate and vanilla. Moderate carbonation and a sweet aftertaste makes this a good beginners brew to get them into the darker stuff. Solid.

Cheers (605 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a little amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty aroma. Roasted malts with hints of toast, chocolate, wheat grains, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little coffee. Nice hints of vanilla with some sugar. Very light hop presence. A pretty sweet smell that is fairly syrupy. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, sweet with a burnt roasty taste. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, toast, sweet caramel, toffee, wheat grains, and a bit of coffee. Decent taste of vanilla. Sugar adds to the syrupy sweetness. Hops are pretty faint but there is a slight earthy presence. Tastes more like a sweet/milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: An ok beer if your looking for something light, sweet, and dark. (1,050 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a thin light brown head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass and light lacing. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, toasted malt and vanilla. Flavor follows, with sweet toasted malt, vanilla, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Similar to a nut brown ale. Light to medium bodied. Expecting a bit more body from a porter, but the flavors are nice, well integrated and pleasant tasting. A decent light bodied porter. (483 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black. Reddish brown hue when held up to light. Leaves a very thin lace of head.
Smell: Roasted malt and coffee.
Taste: Malt and light coffee/cocoa. Touch of sweetness.

This isn't bad. I think it's worth drinking, or at least trying once. The dark pour is inviting, and the remaining head lace is decent. The smell is also enjoyable with a roasted coffee and malt influence. You can also somehow smell something sweet in the background. The taste is a tad bit stronger, but is basically the same as the smell. It's a sweet, roasted coffee. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'd certainly enjoy it and drink it again if offered one. (654 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From winter variety pack - best by April 01, 13:

Pours black with ruby highlights. A thick tan head leaves ample lacing.

The smell is of vanilla with black licorice. Not much roast comes through.

The taste is sweet - vanilla with black licorice candy. The is a dryness, and just a subtle hint of roast to balance some of the sweetness - enough to keep it from being too sweet or sticky.

It is on the fuller side of medium bodied. Very smooth.

The vanilla is a nice touch without dominating. It has a black licorice character to it that is more like the candy than like actual anise. An interesting brew. Alcohol is well-hidden. Sweet, dark, easy-to-drink. (660 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First things first, you will receive an aroma of sweet and earthy grains. This may be due to the vanilla flavoring or something else that I could not infer. The beer is a lighter than expected coloring, has minimal lacing, a nice taste, and a smooth finish. This is a great beer you will enjoy during a barbeque of outdoors gathering. A very worthy effort from Leinenkugel's. (375 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - When held to the light it is copper colored with burnt orange highlights. Two inches of tan head disappear after a couple minutes.

S - It smells like vanilla and milk chocolate.

T - Some dark roasted flavors come through. The vanilla is there, but it tastes artificial. I get a little bitterness on the finish.

M - It is a bit thin for a porter.

O - I think it is pretty good for $15 for a twelve pack of cans. I like the cans for tailgating, and it has some comfort flavors that help fight off the winter chill. (567 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a blackish ruby color, with a thick tan colored head.

Smell - The main smell is the sweet chocolate malts with some vanilla.

Taste - Like the smell, a sweet malty flavor with chocolate with vanilla layered over it. And a subtle bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - silky and good bodied beer, good carbonation as well.

Overall - It is a very good seasonal beer. (382 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a lot of people on this website, I was understandably hesitant to try this beer as we all strive to drink high end craft beers and over the years, Leinenkugel's has started to get lumped in with the macro breweries mostly because they are owned by Miller Coors. My local paper's beer critic gave this a solid review though and the Big Eddy Series that Leine's has done has intrigued me so I figured this was worth a shot. It was better than I thought it would be.

There was definitely a sweet, vanilla flavor to this beer but it wasn't overdone. I could still taste all of the characteristics I enjoy in a porter. Similar to their Summer Shandy where even that beer tastes good in the right setting (hot weather, your local festival where you are looking at a long day of pounding beers) this tastes good along with some Christmas candy or cookies. (854 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Chocolate brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that dissipated fast, leaving a few big bubbles in its wake.

S: Charred malts, dark chocolate, light vanilla.

T: A nice blend of smokey chocolate and vanilla. Malty and nutty. Smooth, sweet, well balanced for a porter. A bit oily on the finish.

M: Light to medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Better than I was expecting. Session-able. Would go well with a chocolate chip cookie. (461 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a dark amber color and poured a tan colored head. The beer had not much smell except for the vanilla. The beer also pretty much tasted like vanilla and thats it. really a little too sweet, but drinkable. This one barely passes the I will drink again test. (318 characters)

Photo of Jgoth34
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark, deep amber almost black. Decent head retention
Smell: Almost spicy, yet sweet and malty.
Taste: Vanilla cocoa taste with a hint of spice on the back end. Nice for a winter day
Feel: Warm and creamy but overall OK. (226 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a dark brown color, not quite black, with a fairly thick tan head. Decent lace. The aroma is dominated by vanilla. It doesn't have the notably artificial smell that a lot of vanilla flavored brews have, but it is nearly overdone. There is some roasted and malt flavors underneath. Not real hop smell. The taste is sweet, with more vanilla and malt. Smooth and creamy. Full and satisfying. It's a good, although not outstanding, beer. (446 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving decent lacing behind. Decent head retention too.

S: Sweet vanilla and just a touch of roasted malt in the form of chocolate.

T: Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate up front. Great combination, even if it's a quite sweet. More chocolate and vanilla in the middle, the chocolate getting a little more bitter here - cocoa like. Very simple and sweet.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Nice sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty standard and simple but drinkable and not bad for the cost (which is extremely minimal). (601 characters)

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel should re-evaluate and rename this brew 'Snowdrift Cocoa Porter'. Albeit present, the vanilla is over-dominated with the cocoa and coffee flavors. There is very little vanilla fragrance to boot.

Still an enjoyable, affordable beer, that is an honest Porter. (272 characters)

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.