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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243
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1,744
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
47.04%
 
 
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Photo of Michael_Squires
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearence is that of a solid dark beer.

Beer has a pleasant vanilla-y smell to it, as the name would suggest. Taste has just a touch of kick to it, but is generally smooth and enjoyable to drink.

Overall, I would recommend it to those who like porters.

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Photo of apasternak
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite beers. A dark porter cut with a nice taste of vanilla. Lots of flavor. Definitely my favorite porter, definitely my favorite seasonal, possibly my favorite beer. The vanilla cuts the dark, coffee taste of the porter, making it not as heavy as a normal stout and more refreshing

UPDATE: more than a small over-reaction. A fine seasonal and maybe the best lienenkugel, but nowhere in the ballpark of what I wrote back then

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "APR1414 B20010852"

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours a clear, very deep mahogany brown body beneath a two-finger thick head of pillowy dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it slowly dwindles to a wide collar. Streaks and spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.

In the nose the vanilla component is quite clear. It's sugary, but soft, and not nearly as artificial as it can sometimes be in other examples that take it perhaps a bit too far. Beyond that there's some dark chocolate and fudge-like maltiness.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a general chocolate cake type character. It's not overdone, or overtly sweet though. A subtle bitterness keeps it in check, as does some dark malt acidity, although it does finish a touch sweet with a note of chocolate and some underlying fruitiness as well as a lingering note of vanilla. No hop flavors are to be found, leaving the lightly sweet dark malts as the focus.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

In the end it's a fairly charming beer. I don't see it as having a lot of drinkability, but it's not cloying. It should make a great holiday beer, or as a special dessert beer.

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Photo of fischerking
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Chippewa Falls, WI.

This beer had a nice chocolate/vanilla scent and a fantastic coffee/chocolate/vanilla taste.

I drank it from a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/18/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.

Yes.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is an outstanding Beer,it is one of those Beers you can just kick back with and enjoy what the brewer achieved,very nice chocolate & Coffee notes with just a slight hint of Vanilla,which actually gets a bit more pronounced when the beer warms a little,but still,I would say that the chocolate and coffee flavors are more prevalent up front.
This is a Beer you take your time with,you savour it,not a Beer you rush to the bottom of and snag another one from the fridge as soon as it is gone,a gr8 beer to enjoy while relaxing by the wood stove or Fireplace on a cold frigid night,or perhaps share with some close friends after dinner,a top notch Porter in every way.
Cheers and Peace2all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, FEB1113 on neck.

A - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours darker looking than it actually is. Held up to the light, this rich mahogany-hued beer is actually pretty clear. It's khaki head sinks rather quickly from it's initial tall stature and doesn't leave a whole lot of lace behind.

S - Soft vanilla bean notes hide behind a veil of cold roasted malt aroma which is reminiscent of cold coffee, baker's chocolate and cocoa. Snowdrift Vanilla Porter might be fairly simple and straight forward. Boring might be the right word.

T - Vanilla becomes much more evident in the beer's flavor, warming with a well-balanced extract flavor that matches up nicely with the roasted malt additions. While barrel-aging tends to bring out vanilla tannins, this vanilla brings out a wood-like earthiness that compliments the bakers chocolate and mocha flavors.

M - Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is smooth and rich with a creamy feel but not a completely full body. Evidently shooting for something most people could drink, this beer doesn't go full-bore. Rather, the malts add a complimentary roasted bitterness which sits well next to the vanilla sweetness and dry tannins on the finish.

O - The closed-off, somewhat boring nose doesn't keep the beer from becoming more than "your standard beer". Instead, Snowdrift Vanilla Porter takes it's roasted malt profile and dribbles in some vanilla extract for a mellow, smooth, and soothing winter beer with a hearty feel on a cold day and satisfying finish.

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Photo of Brandon402
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Working on my second 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. The beer is more chocolate tasting than vanilla honestly, with hints of coffee. Has a malty sweetness that drowns out any alcohol taste. But at 6% it warms you up. I bought it because I have to scoop snow today, so I thought I'd buy this Snowdrift Vanilla Porter to help me out. :-)

I have never known Leinenkugel to make a bad beer, and this is no exception. However there are probably better options for porter/stout beer fans. So I gave it a 3.75 all around. If this was a beer someone homebrewed, it would be incredible, but I expect more from large breweries.

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Photo of Jplueger1
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ToddL
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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

A fairly typical looking porter, with a distinct vanilla note over roasted malt foundation. A touch artificial, but not offensively so. The feel is thin, but there is nothing wrong otherwise. A drinkable pleasant brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the perfect beer to introduce your friends to darker craft beer. It's easy to drink, it has a good mouth feel and an excellent taste, and it's usually dirt cheap. At $12.99/box where I come from it's a godsend.

It looks fine, it's a nice dark color with a small head. Smells really range per batch, some batches have really nice and sweet aromas while others I've had are mildly skunked, which can impact the taste. HOWEVER, this beer tastes delicious, it's got great notes of vanilla and maybe even some chocolate, mild maltiness, and it's not overly complex--it doesn't try to outdo itself. The mouth feel is filling but not too lasting, and it's easy to drink warm or cold. It's a perfectly 'good' entry beer. The reason I wouldn't rate it any higher than 3.75 is because I've had much more complex and interesting beers since I've had this one and the taste hasn't held up over time. This might be my own personal view but I think the overall rating reflects that. Though I've introduced this beer to many people who have never had craft beer and they've had reactions like "wow this is good!" and "this is my new favorite beer, I didn't know beer could taste this good." I don't often get that reaction with beer, so take that for what you will. I like this beer even today, it's too bad it's a winter batch.

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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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