Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla PorterLeinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheSixthRing on 11-03-2012

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3.38
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Photo of acevenom
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark copper with a quickly dissipating light tan head. There is visible light passing through the bottom of the glass along with many rising tiny bubbles. There are aromas of dark roasted barley malt, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is very vanilla forward with dark roasted malt and chocolate. There's some nuttiness in the taste as well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is good. This is a good beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, stamped with FEB1113 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, when held up to the light the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate and some coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the chocolate flavor is both bittersweet and milk chocolate. Also, I think the flavors are a little stronger in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit smooth and creamy. I think it's a solid brew. Got a single bottle from a friend of mine for free, so I'm not sure about the price of this beer.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger of a dark tan creamy head.
The smell is roasted malt and chocolate with a definite vanilla bean scent.
The taste is similar to the nose... Bittersweet chocolate and Roasty malt with a sweet vanilla taste with a slight bitterness on the finish.
It's a fairly creamy porter that I enjoyed.... I thought the taste intensified as it warmed. Of course, it should be drank at 50deg or higher! Some will drink this right out of the fridge which is so wrong for a porter.
To me.. This is a great release for the season from Leinenkugel that I will get again!
Enjoy!

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into 20 oz. widemouth glass.

A- Nice black color, with red shining through at the bottom

S- Strong dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. Not as much vanilla as expected, but still a nice aroma.

T- A pleasant sweetness mixed with a bit of roastiness. An almost abbey-like estery-ness is also detected.

M- A little too thin, nothing special.

O- An underrated beer. A good porter.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown color with a slight head. Some there is a slight robust aroma mixed with sweet malts. The taste is decent but the volume and the vanilla flavor could use some work. It’s a little thinner than I imagined and the vanilla does stand out too much either. A fairly decent dark beer from Leine’s.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Black which turns Dark ruby red when held to light. Very faint tan head which fades fast. No lacing remains on glass

S- Roasted Malts, Dark chocolate, Vanilla. A very sweet smelling porter.

T- Follows the nose. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The vanilla flavor does not show up until the very end of the sip. A nice, sweet tasting porter.

M- Very light, slightly watery with subtle carbonation. An easy drinker.

O- A tasty offering of a vanilla porter but the body needs some adjustments.

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

Twist-off 12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Transparent reddish-brown with a huge tan cola-like head that seems to fizzle instantly away.

S: Roasted malt and even some toasted notes. Artificial vanilla flavoring. Malt sweetness with hints of earthy nuttiness, wood and suggestions of chocolate.

T: Same as the nose; porter notes of nuttiness, woody earth and roasted malt come through. Vanilla flavoring is pretty strong and not quite authentic. There are some oaky notes here too, and faint chocolate again.

MF: Lighter body with some creamy tones and a barely bitter finish.

O: Amongst the artificial vanilla tones there seems to be a faint metallic note that screams macro. Overall this beer is ok; it definitely sounds better than it really is.

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a strong golden head.

Smell: Intense chocolate and vanilla notes.

Taste: Heavy caramel flavors dominate the palate which lasts for about 10 seconds. A hint of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee finishes the experience leaving a pleasant smokey aftertaste. Resembles the experience of a chocolate covered caramel square.

Mouthfeel: Extremely heavy mouthfeel that feels grainy on the tongue.

Overall: Initially I was anticipating a lot more vanilla notes in the taste and was surprised by an overload of caramel. Would pair excellently with meats or better yet, drank as a desert with some kind of chocolate or creamy food.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/17/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and vanilla notes; with decent strength. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid vanilla porter. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. Definitely very toned down for a porter, but the flavors were quite nice and balanced. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice chocolate with 1 finger tan head. Retention is average

S - Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Also a slight lingering smokiness to the beer

T - Doesnt dissappoint. The vanilla is present but not overpowering. It has a nice chocolate and nutty background. Like the aroma there is a very slight smokiness to the beer

M - Lighter than it looks. Would call it on the light side of medium body. Slick in the mouth.

O - A good solid offering by Leinenkugel. Its nothing fancy, but is tasty nonetheless. Will definately do in a pinch

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Photo of BVukelich
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. My wife actually picked this one up looking to try something new and mild for herself. She's not a hophead and was willing to share it with me. Not much of a head nor any decent lace left behind. The vanilla is apparent, decent aroma. Taste was fine, sort of reminding me of root beer with less carbonation. Mouthfeel was good and aftertaste didn't linger much. Overall, I fine beer and I could drink a handful, no problem.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a ruby red hue seen shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head. Over a moderate amount of time the head fades to leave a great amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet caramel and vanilla. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nut.

Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Upfront there is a rather strong vanilla flavor which lasts throughout much of the taste. Flavors of cocoa soon some to the tongue creating a semi-sweet chocolate flavor when combined with the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweet caramel fades some however toward the end with a coffee flavor becoming more pronounced. In the end a lightly sweetened chocolate vanilla flavored coffee taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side with respects to creaminess with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side as well. While the lower carbonation level was very fitting for the porter style and matched the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors well, a thicker body would have given the beer a better mouth-coating feel.

Overall – A fairly easier drinking porter. While possibly a bit heavy on the vanilla, the beer has a pretty nice sweet, but not too sweet flavor.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This porter came in a bottle, and was poured out into a pint glass. Porter looked clear, dark brown and had a creamy beige head. Smelled like malts and vanilla, and I could also detect a slight almond aroma. Just like it smelled, the porter tasted very malty, like vanilla, and finished with a toasty bitter finish. Slightly creamy, and heavy on the palate. More of a sipping beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Thunder Bay Grill. Served in an imperial style pint glass, and was pretty well chilled.

A) Very dark brown with not quite a finger of light tan head. The head quickly fades to nothing. There was no lacing noted.

S) Caramel malt, some roast, and definitely some vanilla bean.

T) Light chocolate, hint of caramel, vanilla sweetener. This is a little bitter-sweet. I would have actually liked a little more of the vanilla to come out in the flavor. The flavor gets quite earthy/roasty as this finishes up. That was the aftertaste for me as well.

M) A lighter medium body, with the same from a carbonation standpoint. This was pretty smooth, and relatively creamy.

O) I have to say, this exceeded my expectations. While I won't be running out today to grab a six pack, this was a decent seasonal. Give it a try....

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Photo of Seanryan816
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all. I expected a smother taste from Jacob L company especially since im a huge fan of Summer Shady. Overall its not bad when your sipping it next to a fire after quading all day.
Bit hoppy but the aroma of this beer is what really brings you in.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A tad early for snow, per se, but I'll take a good vanilla porter any day. Is this one good? Let's find out: This stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted barley, and some mild chocolate in the deep recesses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a touch of light bubblegum at the very end. Things are kinda chalky all-around, though, detracting somewhat from what could have been a pretty tasty vanilla porter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice porter, one that deals with the vanilla pretty well (meaning they don't either overdo it or make it ridiculously sweet). Not bad.

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Photo of Weston19
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark ruby red almost brown. Has a mocha colored head although lighter than other stouts and porters out there. Has about a half a pinky head that lingers throughout the entire time.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, light toffee, faint vanilla (this increases as it warms up), alcohol is present which through me off as I've had stronger stouts that don't have the alcohol smell.

T: Vanilla, roasted nuts, some bitterness mid palate, alcohol. Aftertaste is like black coffee only fainter. As the beer warms up the vanilla becomes much more pronounced.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth very well.

O: Not a bad porter to be honest, has a decent flavor and mouth feel. The only thing that I didn't really like is the alcohol flavor that is very present throughout the entire time. The bitterness was just right and contributed to the maltiness to add a nice balance.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark, amber color. Not much head retention. Aroma is malty and sweet. I actually really like the aroma of this.

Taste is of toasted malts, maybe a bit overly toasted? Sweet, but balanced. I notice a slight vanilla flavor, but not nearly as much as you would expect after reading "Vanilla Porter" right in the name of it. (No qualms there, I'd rather leave vanilla out anyway).

The mouthfeel is relatively thin for a porter, but decent enough to keep me interested in drinking a few more. Carbonation is good.

Underrated.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Black with Dark Red on the bottom due to the light shining through. Head is around 2 fingers in width and is tan in color.

Smell - Chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Caramel, & Coffee. The scent is slightly milder than Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, which I had a few months earlier. It does however smell very sweet for a Porter

Taste - Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Caramel and Vanilla Bean. The Vanilla Flavor doesn't really show up until the very end on the back of the palate. When it does show up, it tastes pretty good. Not as "Vanilla" as Breckenridge's interpretation but for a porter it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Very light, a bit watery and mildly carbonated. It's got an odd texture, almost like the light body gives the impression there is something missing from the beer..

Overall - If you want a good vanilla porter and you have to choose, Breckenridge would be my first choice, because the flavor lacks the Vanilla kick which Breckenridge possessed. With that said, the flavor is still unique and at the most, worth looking into. My only major complaint is that the body needs some work.

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Photo of arizcards
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer from Fry's in late January for $8.99.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose is pretty non descript even after an hour of sitting at room temperature. Hints of roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is on the sweet side, some roasted malts with hints of chocolate and a whole lot of vanila. More hopping could have helped counter the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer, just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a single for just a buck at the house of 1,000 beers. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Head is pretty thick 1/2 inch that settles rather quickly to nothing but a faint mocha lace ring. Color is also a very dark brown, clear but kind of boring.
S - Well considering it's almost 5 months old it smells more of a black ale or black lager with some highlighting vanilla tones. Maybe some chocolate but it's faint.
T - Not as bad as I expected but has a weird vegtial character I can't seem to enjoy. Like a skunky lager it does have sweeter chocolate malts and a very solid vanilla finish. Not bad.
M - Sort of slick with a medium body but it drinks kind of watery for 6%

Overall one of the better Leine's offerings I have had. Lately I did go back and try the berry weiss which was disgusting so this if anything is at least more drink able.

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Photo of Khad
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say I am impressed. This was poured from a bottle into an ale/stout glass. The appearance was a ruby red, pretty much what I expected. The head does dissipate quickly and its hard to pick up notes from the scent, if your nose is good you might get some subtle sublte malt.

Now to the taste, I was totally taken back. Everything works in a great balance with malts, vanilla, very light coffee notes all of it in perfect harmony which creates something not overly complex but pleasantly smooth with good mouth feel and flavor.

Really didn't expect this to be as good as it is. Great for a session and great if your looking for something a little more complex than the general "run of the mill" but still simple enough for anyone to enjoy.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black in color. You can see through it in thinner parts of a glass, and lots of red colors come through with the light. Small, one finger, creamy looking tan head forms and hangs around for a little bit. Lacing is ok.

S- Subtle and not strong. Some dark malts are present, along with some metallic notes. Some vanilla sweetness mixes in there.

T- Starts with some quality dark malt flavors, then moves towards a fairly sweet, and artificial feeling, vanilla flavor. Dark malts make a return with a hint of burnt flavors and mix with the vanilla. Finishes with a bit of dark malt bite.

M- Light on the tongue, highly carbonated. This beer is dark in color, and little bit in flavor and weight, but could easily be very sessionable.

Overall, better than I thought, with prominent vanilla in the flavor. Vanilla is a little on the sweeter side, but not too bad and mixes well with the malts. A fairly enjoyable porter right here.

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: very dark brown, head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Not opaque like most porters.

Smell: smells strongly of vanilla, much more so than most vanilla porters. Also some malt. I kind of enjoy the aroma.

Taste: also tastes strongly of vanilla, maybe a hint of coffee and/or chocolate.

Feel: smooth, not very carbonated, which is to be expected. Not bad but not great.

Overall: not as bad as people on here say, but not the best beer ever. I enjoyed it but wouldn't go out of my way for more.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BWW Beckley WV, on tap

A- pour dark brown with a ruby hue, light tan head with good retention, no lace

S- candy-like vanilla sweetness, a bit artificial smelling, a touch of caramel-toffee, slightly nutty and malty

T- sweet, artificial vanilla flavors with a very sweet linger. The malts are slightly nutty with a bit of toffee, the finish is sweet-yet-fairly dry

M-medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the first few sips were good, but the artificial sweetness became too much after a while that I found it hard to finish. This would be a good intro beer to noobs because the roasted notes are subtle, but probably not something I would buy again

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Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.
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