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

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,476
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 47.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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Photo of catmanben
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a very light color and a light taste that gives you a feel of taking another sip before you even finish the sip you just took. I really like the fragrance of this beer, it hits you as your nose enters the mug as you tip to sip. I get a nice citrus flaver in my mouth after each and every sip I take. Love it!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.5% ABV, Best before Oct notched on label.

A - Bright goldenrod yellow in color and shimmering with clarity, Porch Rocker has a long-lasting white head despite the acidity from the lemon juice; a tough thing to overcome.

S - Porch Rocker is off to a great start with a fresh, tart lemonade aroma of Old Fashioned Lemonade from those white, green, and yellow stands so popular at fairs. The juice blended with the base of light beer is done very well, allowing the lemonade to stand out but not completely wash out the pale grainy malt; the beer base.

T - Simplistic pale lager undertones bring both grainy pale malts and sweet, bready nuances that counteract the lemonade tartness perfectly, removing the need for any artificial sweetener. While the aroma is more lemonade-focused, the flavor is wonderfully balanced towards the beer with just a subtle hint of floral hops on the back end.

M - Effervescent but not intrusive, Samuel Adams' Porch Rocker is a smooth and crisp brew with an exceptional balance of the beer's malty sweetness with the lemonade tartness and refreshment on the finish.

O - The Radler style doesn't seem to be very popular among the hardcore beer crowd and there are a few solid arguments I could see supporting that but, when a brewer is after a blend of lemonade and beer, one must to go into the experience expecting what the brewer is after, not something else. With that said, Samuel Adams' Porch Rocker is a near flawless example of a Radler; a well-made beer blended with lemonade that's neither artificial or overpowering. It's crisp and refreshing aroma make for a lively smell that leads right into a light kiss of lemonade tartness balanced with a bright and malty helles lager in the flavor. Still beer-forward, it's hard to ask for a more refreshing or sublime marriage of the two.

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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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Photo of GregFromRI
4.46/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I know this isn't the most prestigious beer in the world but it definitely deserves a try and more!
Just so you know what to expect, it tastes of beer and lemons/lemonade. The lemon/lemonade factor comes in very strong, it almost tastes as if it's half lemonade half beer. It's definitely a summer beer and it's definitely what I'll be drinking again once summer comes back around. Definitely try it, there's nothing better to taste after a long hot day, TRUST ME! It's one of the best beers I've ever tasted and I've tasted many micro brews.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of the mixed 12 pack. Brewed with "Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend". Hopped with Tettnang Tettnanger. Fermented with a lager strain, then mixed with lemonade.
6 SRM, 4.5% ABV, 8 IBU's, 161 kcal/12oz

Pours out to a brilliant medium golden, forming a tall whipped white head with superior retention and beautiful lacing, no part in thanks to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose is forward with lemon, with some zest component. Cleanly fermented, no off-aromas. The taste is great...the lemonade opens, but then is followed by grainy malt, which is nicely balanced and adds a complexity that makes the beer more than just a lemon-flavored beer. The hops are very mild. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body, but it's not too watery. In addition to the mild hop bitterness, there is a pleasant lemon peel bitterness to it as well which lingers in the aftertaste.

I'm really digging this one. and am pleasantly surprised. It's tough to pull off a beer like this that isn't one dimensional and unbalanced. I would definitely buy it again. A perfect beach beer, and because of the lower alcohol, something that won't ruin your day as you enjoy it.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.36/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams "Porch Rocker" is a GR8 Choice for a super hot,Hazy,Humid, Summer Day,Ultra Refreshing,with a zesty Lemon kick,and a drinkabilty Factor that is quite Honestly Through the Roof,perhaps more of a full on Beer than most Radler's tend to be,..but I myself like that,a very,VERY well crafted Brew with plenty of carbonation and well off the beaten track,I will be drinking a LOT of this Beer this Summer~gr8 stuff! Cheers.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.33/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice summer beer. It's a simple, light, lemon flavored beer, and It's honestly wonderful

Look: Very light straw/golden color- which fits the fruity taste well. Keeps a maybe .5cm head for quite a while, and remains carbonated for a good amount of time.

Smell: A very inviting fruity smell couples well with a lot more of an ale smell than the typical fruit beer.

Taste: Again, I was very surprised by this one. I'm generally into lager beers, but summer calls for something lighter, and this is a really crisp, refreshing beer. The citrus flavor is there ,but not dominating. It complements a fairly standard ale, with only maybe a hint of hops at the end.

Feel: Defintely a little more carbonated than a standard beer. Leaves a nice , gentle lemon after taste.

Overall: A wonderful summer beer! A little pricey in my opinion, but if it's on sale or on tap, definitely check it out!

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Photo of Ilafan
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lemon-tinged beers can be a hit or miss for me. I've had some that were really good & some that tasted like vomit. This one by Sam Adams, thankfully, falls on the "good" side.

The look after poring was quite light, and I guess given this kind of beer this is appropriate.

The Smell was wonderful. Very lemony and inviting.

The taste was crisp, fruity, and well-balanced. By well-balanced I mean the lemon did not completely drown out the subtle hoppiness and alcohol.

A very good summer beer!

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Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Porch Rocker . . . Rocks!! It had a great look when I poured it into a pint glass. the aroma was inviting but not overwhelming. the big hook was the taste. This beer was truly meant for summer. it was an excellent pour that was matched by its flavor. it had a great fruity zip that was a perfect match for summer. the color was a perfect golden yellow. this is now on my list for summer enjoyment.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is one word, "Wow!" But I know to post something needs more than that...

Anyway, a dang good beer from Sam Adams. When they say it hits the spot on one of those hot summer nights, plenty here in F-L-A, I can tell you - it does. About the only thing I didn't like was its smell - the lemon scent didn't quite mix well with the hops. But other than that, it was fantastic. I was particularly impressed on the taste - crisp, refreshing, just the right hint of lemon mixing well with slight ale flavor. Definitely one of my new favs for Sam Adams.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Adams glass. White billowy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is strong lemon with a sutle sweetness.

The first sip goes down smooth with the next one even better. Nice traditional lagar smoothness with a slightly sweet aftertaste with very subtle tartness of lemon.

Well I could see myself with a six pack of this on a Saturday afternoon after a grass cutting session. Definately recommend for a summer beer!

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Photo of billybob
4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours a light golden in color less than a finger head and no lace to speak of. nice strong lemon citrus aroma with a bready wheat like lemon taste. light to medium mouthfeel that ends very clean. its 90 degrees today and this beer is doing the job very well.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stein

Appearance: Light amber with one finger of white head. Light spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell:Strong smell of lemons with hops in the backround.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light Bodied and smooth. Lemon is the most dominate taste with this radler. Trace amout of hops could be tasted.

Overall: Very Enjoyable beer. Found myself a new favorite.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.14/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish yellow, huge head with slight lacing, lazy carbonation visible.

S: Yeast up front, slight lemon follows. Would've like more lemonade in this.

T: Exact opposite of smell: Lemonade up front which turns tart in the middle, and as it fades away the yeasty taste comes out on the back of the tongue.

M: Thin body, slight but right amount of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing, a little too sweet if you aren't drinking this with food, but definitely my first approved summer favorite of 2014.

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Photo of notjaredlouche
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the signature SA pint glass.

A: 3/4 finger head, medium-heavy carbonation, some light lacing that falls quickly.

S: Lemonade-y, nothing much else comes through here.

T: The up-front taste is a bit odd, can't quite put my finger on it. The back end is definitely lemonade.

M: Very light, carbonation is mild (to me, I drink a lot of sodas). A bit of citrusy bite, but not much.

O: Very solid summer beer, pretty smart on Mr. Koch's part to introduce this for the season, especially after the disappointment that is the Summer Ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this during a recent visit to Al's of Hampden in Enola and if you have not been, I highly encourage you to pay a visit.

From the bottle: "By mixing beer & tart sparkling lemonade, German cyclists (called Radlers) helped inspire a crisp, refreshing drink perfect for long, hot days. With that inspiration, we developed our own lemon blend for a fresh squeezed lemon taste & combined it with a golden Helles lager creating a sweet, tangy & thoroughly refreshing brew. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

My pour created several fingers of french vanilla-colored head, but its inherent fizziness led to relatively low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity, like liquid sunshine in the glass. Nose was very lemony and it brought a slight pucker to my mouth in anticipation. The mouthfeel was light, not thin, but more towards unobtrusive and the taste was fully lemonade. Finish was semi-dry and completely refreshing. I know that SA is making the move to CANs and if they were to CAN this beer, it would be great at the beach.

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a nice clear medium golden color with lots of little bubbles rapidly rising up nice white head that is about 1 1/2 inch thick when poured that quickly settles to 1/4 inch surface coating. Pretty good lace. Stong aromas of lemon citrus zest and some malt sweetness. Flavorwise the lemon citrus and hints of sweet caramel malt dominate, giving way to just a slight touch of hop presence on the back end of the tongue. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean, dry finish. I think that maybe this beer should be classified in the database here as a Shandy and not a Fruit/Vegetable Beer, as this is spot on style wise for a Shandy. For what this beer is supposed to be it is pretty good. Not something I'd go out of my way to drink repeatedly, but certainly worth a try and a good beer to enjoy in the hot summer!


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Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. A ton of never-ending carbonation throughout the drink ensures a fluffy white head that sits upon the drink the whole way down.
Smell is immediately of very strong lemon smells. The smell is a very natural lemon, not fake lemon smell. At second smell, a very nice wheat smell too.
Taste is very nice. A strong lemon taste, but much more beer taste in comparison to other radlers. The lemon is balanced by very nice wheat tastes.
Mouthfeel is good. Nice thickness and very smooth.
Drinkability is nice on a balanced beer. Other radlers are dominated by lemon tastes. Porch Rocker has a wheat base that balances the refreshing lemon very well. This is a limited beer and I would grab it if you ever get a chance.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice golden yellow body with a quick dissolving head that leaves nothing. The smell is of fresh lemons and some hops. The taste is tart of lemon and with a little bit of hop on the back of the tongue. This beer is well carbonated and the mouth feel is great and overall a really good summer beer.

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Photo of HoppedUp99
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some porch rocker reminds of a shandy. I picked some up at shoprite wines & spirits in little falls for 9.99 a six pack. I also realized you can get locally delivered from there website at shopritewine.com. They have so many craft beers over 400 you guys should check it out.

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Photo of scanny24
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite summertime beer. Not quite a shandy, though not far off. The lemon flavor is evident and I like how, at least to this point, they haven't tried to do too much to it. No other fruit or spices to take away from the German Lemonaide makes it very enjoyable. It is just an excellent, refreshing, summertime beer that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : A classic lager yellow color with a foamy cap about 2 fingers tall. Lacing is few and far between but visible. 90% transparent. Fairly unremarkable, so a 3.75.

S : Strawberries, wet malt, a little bit of yeast, clove, honey, and more wetness. It's a crisp aroma with some soggy notes.

T : Fruity and delectable. Stawberry, orange, lemon, banana. Behind that is a crisp malt body, and some more fruitiness. A hint of breadiness on the finish. It's kind of reminiscent of Lucky Bucket's Belly Flop, but actually a bit better.

F : Light bodied, retaining a smidge of creaminess, with very light carbonation, and it ends a tad soppy.

O : I'd have this again. A really nice, flavorful summer ale. Better than most of the summer only offerings I've had thus far.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big on the lemonade flavor. I could see some people liking this in the summer but it is more along the lines of a Shandy I would think....think lemon drops covered in sugar...nothing real tart or anything...but not overly sweet or cloying. I'm not much into beers like this but rating it on his merits for what it is it is solid.

Scores reflect for what it is designed to be. Personally I would not buy this.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Porch Rocker pours a clear golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a hint of lemon citrus like note, but smells more like lemon pledge cleaning wipes. The taste however has a nice crisp malty backbone, with a nice strong lemonade like aftertaste. Nice blend of beer and lemonade like flavors, very easy to drink. Overall WOW, a very good refreshing beer that is perfect for a summers day.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear lemon/straw. Small head goes quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Lemon zest, malt, a little wheat.

T - Malts playing nicely with tangy lemonade. Some wheat and light hops.

M - Light

O - Very good lemon beer. Stay away from Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy if you're a beer lover. Porch Rocker puts it to shame. Great session brew on a hot day or whenever.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.