RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.9
Clarkdvm (511) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. A generic porter with overly sweet vanilla flavor & aroma. Not bad but no outstanding qualities. Flavor lingers in your mouth.

3
ChadPolenz (1817) - 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 it’s still possible to screw up what should be an idiot-proof recipe. Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a good example of this. What should be a standard porter with vanilla added, it drinks like an amateurish homebrew. It’s not horrible, but it’s 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: There’s a certain quality of faux craft (or “crafty”) beers like Leinenkugel’s that’s noticeable right away. I’m not sure how to describe it other than it’s simply not an authentic taste. Right away, I notice there’s a porter-like composition to this palate, but it’s not as genuine-tasting at it should be. There’s an essence of dark malt, but it’s not especially roasty or toasty. It actually kind of reminds me of a cola gone flat. There’s a consistent sweetness here, but it’s almost as though it’s from aspartame. There is a vanilla taste on the back end, though it’s 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 it’s tolerable.

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

3.2
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate and sweetness with a slight bit of sour. Hint of light char and chocolate, dark fruit, malt and slightly dry and little bitterness. I do really taste any vanilla. Good beer

3.2
Carlisle (745) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Smoked malt and vanilla aroma. Dark color with thin head. Vanilla flavor upfront; smoke and chocolate follow. Medium sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
justsayswell (281) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Dark brown pour, pretty clear-- no murkiness. Off white, fizzy head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, faint soy. Mouthfeel is pretty light, lots of bubbles. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, gas station cappuccino. Moderately sweet. Faint hazelnut, macadamia. Hint of smoke. Not bad for a macro.

3.1
jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
11 oz.bottle pours a black color with a black head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Full bodied, better than I expected ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Pretty sweet, definitely a lot of vanilla and chocolate, with lighter nuts, earth, tobacco, and brown sugar. Light body, moderate to medium carbonation, and a sweet, fizzy mouthfeel. So so.

4.7
BeerMe03 (2) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
My new favorite beer. Thin for a porter but smoky, mildly sweet, great finish. Drink on tap for best taste.

4.3
arn8897 (392) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2015 Pours medium to dark brown with light kahki head. Aromas of chocolate coffee and a little vanilla. Taste is similar with a little smoke thrown in at the end. Mouth feel is a little thin for porters. But a very easy drinking beer especially on tap.

3
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Nice dark brown pour with a small head. Caramel and roasted malt on the nose. Flavor matches, wasn’t really able to pick up any vanilla, but it’s not bad as a porter by itself.


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