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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugelís seasonal selection. This porter-style beer is aged on real vanilla to reveal rich layers of caramel, coffee and chocolate that is ideal for the season.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
A pretty straightforward porter with vanilla character. A bit thin, but definitely has drinkibility.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a layer of tan head. Aroma and taste of malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1670) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Beers just fall into place sometimes. This one did for sure. You see dear readers, the other day my Wife decided to continue doing work outside even though she had tweaked her knee earlier in the day. The end result of this was that she blew out her tweaked knee and injured the other. Great, I thought, now I will have to finish the work outside, and abandon all the great basement projects. I was only partially correct. Not only do I have to cater to the crippled Wife, I was sent to the store yesterday with a list. Yes, intrepid readers, me with a list, at the store. As I assembled the listed victuals, I like any self respecting male tripled the order with items seldom seen in my household. As I was searching for the last item on the list..."diet tooth paste" I found myself standing in front of the refrigerated six pack section. This was the only beer that didst look to be total crap so I bought it. Consumed during the microwave shelf installation project last evening. I believe that this may be my longest preamble to a beer rating to date. Bottle: Consumed directly from bottle. A strong sweet nose of sweet dark malt and a hint of vanilla. Body is slick and long lasting. Chocolate malt and milk swirl. Body seems to have two levels of increasing sweetness. Vanilla and a touch of caramel appear about half way thru the "sweet experience". Finish is abrupt. A decent sweet porter that barely stands apart from the rest.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1650) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
There are certain brewing techniques I always thought could be used to make any beer taste good (for example: adding a ton of hops, or adding a lot of sweet flavors). Though once in a great while I encounter one that shows that itís still possible to screw up what should be an idiot-proof recipe. Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a good example of this. What should be a standard porter with vanilla added, it drinks like an amateurish homebrew. Itís not horrible, but itís nowhere near as good as it should be.

I poured a 64oz growler into a nonic pint glass. My girlfriend picked this up for $12.99 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black hue. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which dissipates quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

Smell: Quite faint aroma of mineral water and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Thereís a certain quality of faux craft (or ďcraftyĒ) beers like Leinenkugelís thatís noticeable right away. Iím not sure how to describe it other than itís simply not an authentic taste. Right away, I notice thereís a porter-like composition to this palate, but itís not as genuine-tasting at it should be. Thereís an essence of dark malt, but itís not especially roasty or toasty. It actually kind of reminds me of a cola gone flat. Thereís a consistent sweetness here, but itís almost as though itís from aspartame. There is a vanilla taste on the back end, though itís mild and short-lived. All these complaints aside I have to admit there is nothing particularly off about this brew as far as brewing flaws. There is a noticeable mineral taste, but itís tolerable.

Drinkability: Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is most definitely not a fizzy yellow beer, yet the mouthfeel feels like that of one, only less carbonated. Itís definitely thin, but not slick; and at least thereís no cloying aftertaste (or any aftertaste for that matter). For a 6% ABV brew, itís amazing easy to gulp down, but it should have more body and be the kind of beer thatís savored, not chugged.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
degbert (1642) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a transparent red-brown with a light, fine-grained cream head -- looks for all the world like root beer. Mild nose is vanilla, coffee, cocoa, smoke; what there is of it, that is. Light and sweet; mostly vanilla and mild coffee, with a touch of baking chocolate. Mouthfeel is very smooth despite the weakness of the body. Itís all right, but it doesnít stand out from the crowd of mediocrity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1608) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Dark mahogany pour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, vanilla,and dough. Taste is coffee, caramel, vanilla, and bready. Pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma is rather barnyardish. Pours a brownish black with a none lasting tan head and minimal lacing. The taste is malt followed by a vanilla blast. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours dark brown. Flavor really throws you with this one -- it smells like a pretty standard porter, with some chocolate and darker malts (although there really isnít much there) -- but the flavor brings in root beer and vanilla cream soda. It has a really weird artificial sweetness that doesnít do it any good. This tastes more like a novelty beverage youíd get for a college party than it does like something they put a good amount of effort into. The vanilla is too sweet and artificial, and doesnít add much complexity. Really more like a soda than a beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1589) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Dark brown with some crimson highlights and a tan head. The aroma has slightly roasted vanilla with some mild coffee. It has a medium body with sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is roasted with coffee flavor and a dry finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (1565) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium off white head. Mild sour malt aroma. Light body with vanilla malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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