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

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3.3
pDev:
46.97%
 
 
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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 1,515
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Porch Rocker"
12 oz. brown glass bottle
$8.99/six-pack @ Atlantic Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

The name kind of says it all. Porch Rocker is an easy drinking, low alcohol beer that's great for relaxing in the shade on a hot summer day. It's surprisingly quite lemony despite the fact that that's not stated on the main label, but it's not really sharply tart... it's got a bit of an edge to it, but it's also sweetish, and that makes it seem a little artificial (kind of like lemon flavor that might be used for making a cake or something). Apparently it's their take on a Bavarian railer, so the sweetness makes sense. At 4.5% abv it's a little lighter than some beers, but not by much (Budweiser is 5.0%), so it's not like you can just drink them all day, although you might want to. Personally I lost interest about halfway through, but given that I was at the beach and just hanging out it didn't really matter. My wife, however, and everyone at the house loved it, and so we ended up making a runt to get more - that for me is a selling point. Worth trying.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a bright clear golden color, produced a nice white head and lacing that stuck to the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh squeezed lemons and fresh baked bread. Light in body, the ale had a foundation of light fluffy bread, lemon and i mean- a heavy dose of lemon. Very tart, crisp , smooth , refreshing- One of the best summer or lawn mower beers i have ever sampled. I will have to pick up a full 6 pack of this.

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Photo of brock146
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the liquor store and it caught my eye. Was reluctant to buy it but then decided to go for it anyways. I'm glad that I did.

A: Yellow beer with fizzy white head. Very carbonated.

S: Lemons. Fresh lemons.

T: Fresh lemon, sweet with a smooth lager finish.

If you are looking for a crisp, refreshing, summer beer on a warm day this one certainly hits the spot.

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Photo of Shluffy
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really tasty beer

-Crisp, clear golden lager appearance
-Not a lot in the way of aroma, a bit of lemon and bready malt
-Tastes great. Excellent integration of the lemon flavor with the base beer. I don't know if the base beer here is their standard helles, but if it is, I want some
-As full bodied as you could hope for a beer of this style. It is a bit sticky, but that is to be expected to a degree

Overall: Maybe a bit too sweet, but overall I can't complain too much. Tasty, tasty stuff

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, bright yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: big time lemon juice and slightly sweeter lemonade

Taste: toasted malt, light hops, and big time lemons and lemonade

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: Almost like they took a watered down Boston Lager and spiced it with a bunch of lemonade. Some of the taste is full out lemon sugar drink, but there is easily enough beer in there. I could have several in a row, but could not see myself stocking this as an everyday beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams summer mix pack. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours brilliant gold with fast fuzzy bubbles. Swirls out to just liquid. See through. Helles nose, some citrus notes. Crisp lemon tart taste that fades into a chalky lager. Really smooth. Half lemonade half beer all the way. But real good. Refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of ElevatorNYC
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refreshing summer beer. Carbonated well as part of the attempt to make it so. Heavy lemon flavor. More so than most "summer" beers. Better enjoy that aspect or do not bother. Good choice for the backyard cooler. Should have wide appeal for those who are not regular beer drinkers.

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Photo of acevenom
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The beer pours clear golden with a finger length white head and an enormous amount of tiny bubbles. The aroma is of fresh lemon and some malt. It's pretty straightforward. The taste follows the nose, which is lemonade meets beer. There's the crisp lemon flavor that mingles well with the light malt profile. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is clean and crisp. The beer is very refreshing. For what this is, it's a good refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden with slight orange tint.
Smell: Not much as far as beer goes, but very citrus/lemon smell.
Taste: Like lemonade and beer mixed together, which is probably what the brewer was aiming for.
Overall: This beer is so different than the beer I usually drink but I actually like it. I wouldn't want to drink this all the time but if I was sitting on my front porch in the shade after mowing my yard I think I would love this.

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Photo of bnes09
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light straw lemon color. Thin head with weak retention and a few, small lace spots.
Aroma ifs one dimensional with lots of lemon and weak grains. Flavor follows the nose. Lots of lemon, hint of citric, leafy hop. Light and smooth. Crisp flavor and finish in the end. Pretty refreshing. A solid session beer or for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before date" December 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, a higher amount of carbonation with moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread and citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet bubbly lemon, no hop profile that I can detect, more like a soft drink than a beer.

PALATE: lighter body with higher carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the second Radler style beer I've tried, I enjoyed this beer, it would appeal to people who do not normally like beer because it tastes like a soft drink, the modest 4.5% ABV means you can enjoy more than one. I would not drink this often but it's a good beach party beer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color

TASTE: Of course this is Sam Adams version of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. It tastes like beer with a nice touch of lemon flavor. If you are a Summer Shandy fan stick with it. If Summer Shandy doesn't have enough of a beer taste, go with Porch Rocker.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this beer. Good Summer beer. It's a good beach beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bb sep 16
12oz bttl into BL glass
L- pours a super clear gold with foamy head which dissipates into ring of lacing
S- tart lemon, with some sweet malt
T- tickles the tongue with this real gorgeous sour/sweet tartness, followed by some lemon, with a no-show finish
F- light bodied crisp and refreshing however watery on the finish
O- really like this beer, however a little more malt will make a "helles" of a difference

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Extremely clear. Yellowish gold.
Smell: Lemon and citrus. Fruity.
Taste Slightly tart. Lemon juice and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this. It doesn't pack any spectacular punches, but it is rather refreshing. The smell and taste both compliment the same, citrusy lemon effect. I think this would be best enjoyed served quite cold on a very hot day. Give this to a non-beer drinker as I did. She said, "This doesn't taste like beer at all!" I would possibly get this again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So the biggest American craft brewery enters the "shandy-stakes" with this lemon-accented lager, and it's not bad.
Upon pouring a clean golden, I get a nice and fine white head and some pleasing but thin lace.

Nose is citrusy, but not overbearingly sweet.

Flavor is well-balanced with the lemon being not so forward as in other similar brews I've had. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out quickly

S: Light malts and big lemon (both peel and general lemon). Slight pepper as well

T: Follows the nose, definitely get both the beer and lemonade aspects, the malts are really the only thing holding the beer up and the lemon flavor really stands out. Still somehow balanced

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the better radler/shandy beers I've had that are put out on the market. The beer actually stands fairly well despite having the lemon flavors slightly dominating. Fits the season well.

Side note: I think this should be a different style in itself, with all the different ones coming out on the market. It's difficult to rate it as strictly a fruit beer, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for the summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 25, 2013
Consumed: April 5, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 2013

Poured a honey golden hazy color with two fingers of cream white head that dissipated almost right away. Lots of bubbles in the beginning, but that gave way to the surprisingly murky and not clear look. No lacing on the sides on the way down, very bad retention.

Smelled citrus notes, got lemon, lime and peach. Lemon zest and lemon/lime juice. Also some honey and clean, crisp grass hops. Reminded me of the days of cleaning a Mexican restaurant. Just those lemon and limes on the Corona’s and margaritas.

Tasted similar to the nose. Sweet lemon and sweet lime. Almost like a sugary, sweet cider or a Zima, but better. I’ll admit this is my first Radler type, but it’s nice and refreshing. Almost like a liquor mix.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing finish.

Not a bad beer for the type. Definitely different and definitely good for summer.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A fairly tart and sweet citrus lemon driven aroma. Big scent of lemon juice upfront along with some hints of orange. Smells a lot like a glass of lemon lime soda. Pale malt background with some hints of bready biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Very zesty with a slight hint of spice. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart taste driven by zesty lemon juice and backed by a light bready malt presence. Big taste of lemon lime juice throughout along with some orange. Soft bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Pilsner malt undertones. Kind of tastes more like a lemon soda than a lager beer but the malt is noticeable. Decent for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Fairly tart.

Overall: An ok fruit juice beer. Does what it sets out to be, a hot weather thirst quencher. More lemon soda like than beer but its a decent soda/beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale helles like golden color with a bright white head forming thick, this one seems to do the style justice, even talking visually by itself. Aroma has citrus zest pale biscuit malts, really smells like lemonade, but there's still a beer in there somewhere. Flavor speaks better of the actual beer brewed here, refreshing hints of lemon zest with quality biscuit toasted malts and mild light herbal hops in the back end. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to strong carbonation flowing forth, a bit of bitter zest left behind on the palate but nothing too sweet or cloying in this beer. Overall, a quality refreshing beer that goes down smooth, bubbly drinking summer beer blended with lemonade.

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Photo of MFS_71
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one really surprised me as I wasn't expecting much. It's very, VERY lemony. Sweet but not tart. Crisp and refreshing brew for a hot summer day. Not much pop, so it could use a little more carbonation. Serve it very cold. I'd buy again.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellow with an amber tint
Lemon, tea, earthy, grains
It tastes like you put an Arizona Iced Tea in a boston lager
A bit tart, high carbonation

It was prettt good. Very odd ive not had anything similar.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a "pint" glass. Pours orange with a small head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of sour lemons. Tastes of wheat with a nice blends enough lemon flavor to make a nice blend. Beer is nice carbonated very drinkable, light bodied. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paying little attention to this beer when we got it new at the liquor store I work at, I thought Samuel Adam's Porch Rocker may have been a winter offering our store was simply late to get (we got it in March or so). Little did I know, the beer is a radler, but only subtly markets its simultaneously tart and citrus flavors. Turns out, this is a fantastic radler, surprisingly crisp, effective in its more sour presentation, and pleasing to drink in either sips or slugs. Not the kind of beer I want to session, but two or three of these on a summer evening isn't bad, especially considering the taste nor the level of sourness was compromised in the brewing of this offering.

Samuel Adams is three for three in my book (Boston Lager, Cherry Wheat, and now Porch Rocker, respectively).

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An unsung hero of Cinco de Mayo. Straight from the bottle with this. surprisingly refreshing. it's not nearly as sweet as a " beer with natural flavors added" sounds. way better than leinenkugels summer shandy. tart. crisp. a crowd pleaser. great for what it is.

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