Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
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:
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Added by TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,762
Reviews:
246
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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51
Gots:
525
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,762 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of Branlott42
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsloth
4.41/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.64/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zaraspook
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 2/2016, so we'll see what happens. Poured into Carton Dubvariant glass.

Aaand honestly, it's not all that bad. It doesn't touch the top craft brews, but it's basically what's advertised. Nose of roasted malts and vanilla a bit too faint (age?), but taste basically comes through. Mouthfeel way too watery, but you still get some roasty goodness and vanilla on the finish.

For a mass-produced porter, it's OK. Go ahead and give it a shot.

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Photo of D1noB
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good winter beer, the heaviness you'd expect from a Porter, slight chalk taste, vanilla all the way through and a hint of coffee. A middle of the road beer.

Taste Rating in Words: Somewhere between making a snowman and shoveling the snow on your driveway.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbarletto
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of porters4life
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bendover80
4.62/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dag1991
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alaffoon0221
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hazen
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nightmare1972
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel may not be known for great beer but this is a really good porter, poured a great head,aroma and taste. Will be a go to for me in the winter months at the local bars.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 05/23/16:

This is a couple months past “expiration” but with the roastiness and fairly high ABV, I am not worried. As likely as not it has improved with age. On the other hand, much longer and it would start to go bad, since it is still less than the 7-8% threshold. Very dark brown but quite clear with reddish hues. Head is foamy, fine, a toasty, golden tannish-brown, and retains well after settling. Scattered legs. Dark fruit, mild roastiness, woodiness, alcohol on the nose, not so much vanilla. Roastiness is a little more overt on palate, with more dark fruit (plums, cherries), a little distinct alcohol, and then vanilla, but more in the background than other flavors. Just barely full-bodied, quite smooth with medium, fine, sudsy carbonation, slightly warming sides of tongues and mid-cheeks, chewy, mouth-coating, somewhat astringent. Underrated beer. To be sure, I am biased in the extreme toward dark beers, but I think faux-micro brewers like Leinie, and beers that defy style guidelines are biased against. Plus, mine was slightly aged.

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Photo of Iz-GOod
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iwantall250
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer from Linenkugel. I look forward to it every winter and usually buy a case.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color of dark brown with orange highlights, minimal cap and no noticeable lacing.

Aroma of roast malt and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. It's a dryer sort of vanilla yet rich.

Taste is more vanilla forward than in the aroma. Roast malt butressed by something like molassas though it doesn't taste sweet. The flavor is good but just very simple, it's as if they designed something darkish, vanillaish, not dry but not sweet, a middle of the road brew for those who wish to dip their toes into murky beer waters.

Full texture that is rich and creamy.

At 6% it's not a gulpable Guinness yet it's in that league flavorwise, or so the resident Guinness fan tells me. It does have an undemanding, approachable flavor that should please my guests except for those with a finely honed ability to spot roasted grain bitterness and are turned off by it. I don't find much of that myself except for a tinge in the aftertaste. It does remind me of Wintertime and a cozy fireplace.

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 1,762 ratings.
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