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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugel’s 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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2014
To its credit, Snowdrift exceeded by expectations. The roasted malt character is okay, and the color is appealing. Still, it ends up falling short. Carbonation is bothersome, vanilla flavor is underplayed, and the malts offer more bitterness than chocolate sweetness. I probably wouldn’t have this again, but I didn’t have an altogether negative experience with this porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dekester1 (298) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Poured a dark red/brown with minimal beige head and lacing. Aroma was nice and was primarily of slightly roasted malts with a sweet, slightly fruity aura. The taste was not too bad: Roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate with a mild to moderate hop finish. Palate was decent. Overall, a fairly decent porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Nice coffee and toffee nose with strong vanilla character. Dark brown color with reddish tint. Thick foamy light brown head. Lacing was heavy in the glass. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, and toasted malts. Rich, and sugary, strong flavor, but at times it came on too strong, as if it was artificial, but in any case an enjoyable beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stevesie (293) - - JAN 4, 2013
Dark with red hue. Minimal, dissipating head, no lacing. Malty, slightly chocolate aroma. Clean, crisp and thin--especially for a porter. Pleasant vanilla finish with a dirty, coffee-like aftertaste. Surprisingly good and well-suited for a cold night.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Smoked malts and vanilla aroma. Copper caramel body. Poor taste of fake smoke and vanilla, tastes like liquid favoring.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DMLINAZ (266) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
One of the better offerings from this brewer, which I generally find to be below average. I’d say this is about average. From a bottle into a port-style glass, it’s the color of root beer and has a fizzy head the disappears almost immediately. Slight aroma. Flavor is good, with the vanilla complementing the porter well, though it’s a bit thin-bodied and weak for a porter. Slight bitter finish that is not unpleasant. I’d have this again.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Standard Leinie’s offering: Looks OK, smells good, misleading body weight and poor taste.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sitzds (261) - - NOV 30, 2013
12oz bottle into shaker. Pours clear deep red-brown with a finger of tan head that quickly collapses leaving minimal lacing. Aroma limps in with vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of cocoa. Flavors follow the nose with medium vanilla sweetness and a light hop bitterness cutting through the maltiness. Medium-light bodied, with a thin texture, average carbonation, and a bit of an astringent finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OPIE788 (261) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a tan head. Smelled like a vanilla cola or some sort. Thin, fizzy vanilla and cola flavor. Really filling. I like some of their stuff but this isn’t one of them.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhp40219 (254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 On tap poured into pint glass. Dark brown color with no head whatsoever, although this may be due to how the bartender poured it. Aroma and taste of vanilla, cocoa, caramel and roasted malts which all blend together well with none overwhelming the others. Body is rather thin for a porter. Decent amount of carbonation, neither too high or too low. Overall this is very tastey and easy drinking. Basically this is like they took Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and watered it down. Definitely LeinenCoors best non-Big Eddy series beer and certainly a huge step up from their normal basic, boring fare.


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