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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker

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221 Reviews

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,477
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 47.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage. Poured into SA perfect pint.

Appearance was nothing outstanding, pretty much average golden color, finger or two of foamy head that dissipated quick to a thin ring, minimal lacing if any.

Aroma was sweetness and lemons. Thought that was pretty good - nice, fresh-squeezed lemon aroma that I do enjoy during the summer months. Mingled in is some breadiness in the background. Very appealing, fresh aroma.

The taste was less impressive. Hit of sweetness and a substantial kick of lemon that reminded me of sweet lemon candy. The actual beer is the minor player here - very subdued except for the sweetness. Really have to search for the malt which is there, but pretty much the supporting actor. Fairly tart for being lemon "flavored", and no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - here we start to have problems. The flavor lingers and just won't quit. Eventually felt this turned to an artificial lemon candy type of flavor, bordering on fake lemon pie filling. Carbonation was just about right - lively enough, but the end result was refreshing for a bit then sort of coating and cloying.

Overall, middle of the road - not a total wash out, but no blazing success for a style I actually enjoy. The lemon is very pleasant at first but wears out its welcome with the aftertaste. Maybe needs to be dialed back just a touch on the flavor addition or spend a few more days in the fridge.

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Photo of woodchipper
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From bottle to pint glass. Like 50% lemonade and 50% stale beer. Just noticed I am approaching 500 beers. Glad this wasn't the 500th.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear medium golden body, with a massive, fine beaded, white head. Slight carbonation drifts lazily to the surface. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: There is a notable presence of lemonade in the aroma, I am not sure why this beer is listed as a 'Munich Helles Lager' rather than a 'Fruit / Vegetable Beer', as by the aroma, this seems clearly to be an example of a Radler. Also present in the aroma is lightly toasted malt, as well as distinct lemon rind. There is a faint herbal hop note.

Taste: Bright notes of semi-sweet lemonade open the taste. Lightly toasted malt is present throughout and vies with juicy notes of lemon rind. Later in the taste, there is an understated herbal hop presence, which serves to offer some balance against the lemon flavors. Finishes with a mild toasted bread note, accentuated by a wave of mildly bitter lemon.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite refreshing, for me it edges too closely to a "malternative" or "alco-pop", rather than a beer. That being said, Radlers are well-respected in Germany, so there is something here. This would be perfect for sending macro beer-drinking friends for a "walk on the wild side". Even with my skepticism and the fact that Autumn is well at hand, I enjoyed this. I think it would be delightful on a hot summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of Radome
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Straw colored with just the slightest hint of orange. Perfectly clear. Head is initially moderately thick and made of huge bubbles. There are also many bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass. The head quickly fades to just a wisp in the center of the surface. Very little lacing. The appearance is more soda-like than beer-like, except for the color.

S - Aroma is full of lemon-tinged sweetness, like a Sprite or 7-Up. No malt or hops. There is a faint earthy, herbal note that could be some spices.

T - I find nothing beer-like in the flavors. The tastes follow the nose, giving the impression of a very light, inoffensive beer that has been watered down with lemon soda. Nothing off or bad, it's just that there's almost nothing beer-like either.

M - Light body. Crisp, sharp carbonation. No alcohol presence. Very low hops bitterness. Slightly cloying sweetness in finish.

O - Now that I read the bottle label (after starting the review), I see that this beer perfectly matches its description. It is a light beer that has been lightened even more with some lemon soda or at least lemon flavors and water. Why? I don't know and I won't be looking for this one again. If I want a shandy, I'll mix my own and at least not have to pay full premium beer prices for something that was conveniently watered down before I bought it! This is a mega-brewer tactic that is not worthy of Sam Adams.

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Photo of Beer_Johnston
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Very very very sweet beer

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Photo of jewellrunner
1.75/5  rDev -47%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Tasted terrible. Wanted to spit it out.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of npala86
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Tiernan
1/5  rDev -69.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of jonny1138
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of squeakmeister
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of orm56
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Bight and clear golden hue, sufficient lacing that lasts the duration

SMELL: Lemon juice, citric zest, faintly nutty, crackers, lemon oil

TASTE: Smooth, slightly creamy, moderate body, full-on lemon, light breadiness, herbal, mildly tart, lemonade, quick to aftertaste

Not much depth and does not pop like a Radler does obviously due to this being pretty much a full on beer. Perhaps if the body with lightened up a bit and a crisper carbonation this would be great.

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Photo of Justinn13
4.47/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best beers I have ever had by Sam Adams. Can definitely drink this all day every day. Taste is outstanding and the aroma is overall exceptional. Perfect for a hot summer day sitting on your porch...just as the name suggests. Overall a perfect beer. Top notch panty dropper

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.