RATINGS: 497   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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1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Luvystypotables (1860) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2016
A faint malt aroma, pours a dark brown with a short lasting tan head. A watery feel with a slightly sweet vanilla malt taste. A sweet vanilla finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (1857) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark opaque black, thin tan head; aroma a hint of chocolate; Flava the same plus dry roastiness notes of root beer sweetness; feels a tax light like soda; finishes dry and toasty

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and slight vanilla. Taste is blah. A little metallic at the aftertaste. Vanilla was weak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1846) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2013
I like ths a bunch. Poured a thin dark brown, almost black with a small light tan head. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate sundae. Taste is milkshake like powdery and porter. Finishes with a marshmallow kick. Good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MetalNHopHead (1838) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 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 wouldnt have this again, but I didnt have an altogether negative experience with this porter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1807) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Dark red with a thick khaki foam. Aroma is a combination of vanilla, chocolate, and light coffee. Flavor has a considerable coffee presence and bitterness with just a hint of the vanilla in the finish. Kind of distracting for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1806) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1793) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Pours a clear dark cola color with a respectable khaki head that diminishes rather quickly to a thin coating at the surface. Aroma is roasted malt, chestnuts and bakers vanilla. Vanilla comes through in the taste as well, along with buttery biscuits, sweet roasted malt and some coffee and cocoa. Texture is thinner than a porter should be and of course the head disappeared, but these are only asthetics. The taste is pretty decent and enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
degbert (1771) - 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. Its all right, but it doesnt stand out from the crowd of mediocrity.


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