Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drift into winter with Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, back by popular demand as our Winter standalone. A fuller-bodied brew with hints of cocoa, coffee and caramel brought out by roasted malts and aged on real vanilla, our Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is smooth and creamy, making it perfect for warming up winter.

BEER STATS
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#41,906
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
1,891
pDev:
17.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,891 |  Reviews: 283
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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 3/25/19 poured into a vintage pokal glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright light to medium brown in color with ruby highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is minimal with a hint of vanilla and some tangy dark malt. The taste is slight cocoa powder and tang at first working into a mildly bitter coffee finish with a touch of vanilla and a tangy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, okay. Too much of the sharp tangy presence for my taste and not enough other flavors or complexity to score higher. Edit: this beer smoothes out a little as it approaches room temperature and becomes a little more enjoyable.

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Photo of NodakEric
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrNonic
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophead37
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GIftofgod4u1
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Winter48
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueShepard19
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of z_21
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tzbel013
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

By far my favorite from them and as others have said smooth and creamy. Love the malt flavors but could use a bit more vanilla

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Photo of LucMcD17
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tgdavis
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MercInc
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I always have this one in the house for the holidays. Only the die-hard Rocky Mountain discolored water drinkers don't like it. Nice flavored brew.

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3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. FEB2519 printed in yellow on neck. Presumably the best by date, so it has about a month or two of freshness left in it. Got it from the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer. This is supposed to be a twist off but I had to use a bottle opener because the cap was stuck. There was some sticky residue of beer around the cap area, so it was probably glued shut by some beer.

Appearance - Clear dark brown body, with surprisingly little redness to it. A very flat brown tone. Small medium brown head with low retention and decent stick. 4

Smell - Nutty. Coffee and soy sauce. 3

Taste - Bitter black coffee and some soy sauce. Noticeable alcohol, despite only being 6%. 3.75

Mouthfeel - A bit harsh on the mouth. 3.5

Overall - A little too strong/sharp. Mostly alcoholic or chemical, and very little balancing factor to round it out. 3.5

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Photo of PMakowski
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Dark brown almost like cola, very little head and some minor lacing. Not very great looking for the style.
Smell - pick up the vanilla right away. It's not super aromatic but there's some roasted malts and sweet cream
Taste - Rich, roasted malts dominate. Vanilla is calmly in the background which is actually good, I don't want a vanilla beer. Somewhat bitter finish with a bit of hops. Some hints of dark chocolate. Body is medium and carbonation is medium. As it warms a bit of winter spices kick in.

Overall, it has lots of flavor and it's fairly drinkable. Not the best and not the worst Porter. It's certainly different than most and i will give a grade of B+

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Photo of howardnss
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Michelleroo
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdoggg
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rockhead
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of izraelc
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark Leinenkugel beer seems like an oxymoron but this one is better than expected. Dark as night pour. Weak aroma. But a nice clean porter with a good sweet vanilla finish. Not too malty so goes down smooth.

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3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of corywalston
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OhioBeerFan
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good tasting porter, one of Leinenkugel's better brews. It does have a thin, almost watery mouthfeel, but beyond that the vanilla aromas are just heart warming for the winter woes.

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Photo of Mickt465
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1,891 ratings