Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Porter
Ranked #487
Ranked #28,690
3.43 | pDev: 17.2%
Jan 13, 2023
Nov 03, 2012
Snowdrift Vanilla PorterSnowdrift Vanilla Porter
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours out of the can a dark brown with about 2 fingers of head with moderate lacing. Smells like chocolate nibs and toasted malts but I'm not smelling the vanilla. More carbonation than I was expecting but the flavors are all there, maybe an addition to a coffee note. Not a terribly thrilling beer, that might be a reason they went away from this one being the go-to seasonal in winter.
Jan 13, 2023
Rated: 3.57 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan

Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by RuffReader from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
A very light, inoffensive porter that is missing anything memorable. Thick and persistent head, smells like a lager, moderate carbonation, tastes bland. My cat liked it though.
Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 2/14/22, not ideal but reasonable for a porter.

L---Dark brown color with bright ruby edges. Fluffy khaki head faded quickly down to a ring and left ok lacing.

S---Cocoa, vanilla and caramel as advertised. Very light coffee, if I wasn't specifically looking for it I probably wouldn't have noticed it.

T---Follows the nose. Caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Lingering finish, nice.

F---Not really creamy as advertised. Medium plus body with light carbonation.

O---A nice one. Wifey really liked it.
Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall New Glarus pilsner glass. pours light brown but gathers in the glass a little darker with two fingers of wet sand colored foam. roasted malts, light vanilla and chocolate on the nose. taste toes the line between dessert beer and drinkable session beer. it’s lightly frosted chocolate cake with roasted coffee but it’s all very subdued. a light, almost watery mouthfeel makes it that much more drinkable but doesn’t necessarily add to the overall enjoyment of the beer. it’s a pretty good, fairly drinkable porter can knock a couple back in a single session and not get overwhelmed or too full.
Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
12oz'er dated

Black ruby, tall bubbly head that fades quick. Smells like toasted grain, choco, and everclear. The taste leans into the chocolate and toast, with an overload of sweetness

It's not bad, but I kinda hated it, if that makes sense
Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Dark brown color and light passes through the center of the glass easily. Tiny and brief head that completely subsides in seconds. No lace.

Strong caramel aroma. Sugary.

Darker malt to begin, but the molasses like sweetness finishes the beer. A bit too cloy. The beer's body is surprisingly thin with a lower than expected carbonation.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 3.22 by jfilip56

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 2.76 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by TheTRUTHSTL

4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is a seasonal beer and hard to find West of the Mississippi but it’s worth getting your hands on some. It’s my favorite Porter I’ve had thus far. I typically don’t like anything that Leinenkugel comes out with, but this is great. It smells like vanilla, chocolate. It is smooth and not thick. It has a creamy vanilla taste. On a side note, it makes my stomach cramp unlike any other beer. Not sure why.
May 15, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
creamy dark sweet smelling beer . great vanilla malt flavors - they have always been a favorite brewer
Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 3.2 by GRhoads from Ohio

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by BNoble4Life from New York

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bought a 6pack bottles $8.99 Target
80 days before best by date on bottle
Smells faintly of cocoa
Dark black color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of molasses, vanilla, cocoa
Overall an ok porter. Doesn't have much complexity, but ok for the price.
Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by pinkgengar from Michigan

Jan 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Winbed from Indiana

5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I bought the winter sample pack and to my surprise this was in it. The darkest smoothest beer I have ever had. Even the head was brown. Very smooth with no after taste.
Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 2.5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2020
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Rated by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I love the taste of vanilla but this beer has way too much of it.
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 2.87 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by trocketsauced from New York

Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by travelguy from Ohio

Dec 22, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by dtd350 from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by SimplySinister from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
A - Normal pour into chalice producing a dark colored but transparent brew sporting a 1/2" quickly dissipating head. Low carbonation. Some lacing.

S - Artificial smelling vanilla. Some malt.

T - Extremely artificial tasting. Vanilla and artificial flavors. Some malt.

M - Thin and flat.

D - Not very good. Not very good at all. This one is a big disappointment. I purchased this one because of my fond memories of Sunset Wheat. I won't be purchasing this one again.
Nov 26, 2020
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I've always liked Leinenkugel's offerings, for the most part. Seeing that snowdrifts are imminent, I decided to give a 6-pack of this a try. A nice maple syrup color in the glass, and hints of vanilla on the nose had me eager for tasting. The vanilla came and went, and sometimes leaned the brew toward root beer, but a good porter bitterness steered it back on course. There was more vanilla in the taste than in the smell, so the opposite of vanilla extract. It felt smooth going down, and was better cold than at room temperature (where the bitterness began to dominate). I don't regret buying a 6, and may again when I know I'll be able to watch snowdrifts accumulate without having to worry about getting anywhere.
Nov 24, 2020
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Reviewed by LunchMoney from Minnesota

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
It’s not only wine that is bought for the label. I bought one in a mix and match pack because I liked the name. It sounds like it must be good. Unfortunately, not so much and I was disappointed. I’m not sure how to describe it, but not really like a typical porter. The flavor lacked depth and the feel was kind of thin.
Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by NastyNorseman from New York

Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by Trboley from Ohio

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by Ggio from Wisconsin

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
As a Leine product I was expecting a strong artificial vanilla taste. Instead it was very subtle and not very distinctive. The label says a robust porter aged on real vanilla. That’s not a very accurate representation but it’s a good basic porter. Tastes of chocolate, carmel, and roasted biscuit with a slight vanilla taste. Overall, a good beer but not one worth troubling yourself to seek out. I think there are many better options at the same price point.
Nov 11, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by Taenim from New Jersey

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 3.66 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Nov 03, 2020
Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 1981 ratings