RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugels 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1749) - 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 its still possible to screw up what should be an idiot-proof recipe. Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a good example of this. What should be a standard porter with vanilla added, it drinks like an amateurish homebrew. Its not horrible, but its 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: Theres a certain quality of faux craft (or crafty) beers like Leinenkugels thats noticeable right away. Im not sure how to describe it other than its simply not an authentic taste. Right away, I notice theres a porter-like composition to this palate, but its not as genuine-tasting at it should be. Theres an essence of dark malt, but its not especially roasty or toasty. It actually kind of reminds me of a cola gone flat. Theres a consistent sweetness here, but its almost as though its from aspartame. There is a vanilla taste on the back end, though its 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 its tolerable.

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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (622) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
justsayswell (269) - Mission, 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jw0406 (1188) - 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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9709) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arn8897 (357) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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, wasnt really able to pick up any vanilla, but its not bad as a porter by itself.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (653) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Very little head and lacing, but delicious rich Brown color. Great aroma, almost more coffee than vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate notes as well. Yummy.


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