Samuel Adams Porch Rocker - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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1.8/5 rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
Third bottle poured into a De Koninck chalice. I have also tried it straight from the bottle, as well as in a pint glass.
Appearance - A very saturated urine-yellow. Bubbly with less than impressive carbonation. Transparent with the straight look that someone whizzed in a glass. I suppose there is a bit of a sunburnt straw look to it as well.
Smell - Very light citrus and of course, lemon. A very faint watered down malt note. The scent of lemon cleaning supplies overwhelms all other smells.
Taste - As I said at the top, this is my third time trying this beer - As well as my third time being slightly dissapointed with it. You are first greeted with a bit of a sour lemonade taste that appears refreshing in the beginning. Unfortunately, that cleaning supply smell transfers over a bit to the taste. Light citrus sparkles on your tongue, but fades quickly into the same-old typical malt you taste in every other Samuel Adams beer out there. Light? Yes. Refreshing? Only when you can prevent cringing when the chemical taste finds you randomly.
Mouthfeel - As explained above, the chemical taste can really get to you. The taste of the beer itself isn't bad, but it is when I leave it in my mouth that I become appalled.
Overall - Another disappointing 2012 seasonal from Samuel Adams this year. To be honest, I loved the seasonals right up until last years Oktoberfest. I'm not sure what happened, whether to blame a taste-change or the brewery, but each Samuel Adams I try is filled with an unbalanced mixture of hops and malt. The lemon in this tastes very unnatural. I was disappointed with the Whitewater IPA this year as well, and Noble Pils hasn't tasted the same to me either. I will not be purchasing this again. It sits low in the fruit/vegetable beer category, and I would much rather drink a Leinenkugels Summer Shandy when it comes to a refreshing summer drink spiced with lemon.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2012 17:37:51 | More by Jesse13713
District of Columbia
1.98/5 rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25
I've fallen out of love with most Sam Adams beers over the last couple years and this may be the final straw. I really can only tolerate the true original Boston Lager.
The Porch Rocker is sickeningly sweet, akin to Country Time powder being poured into a light kolsch. Artificial tasting and cloying.
Some shandies come off quite good when mixed into a weiz beer, and this one has a nice color and decent smell up front. But the taste falls far below the bar and a big disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 20:20:30 | More by Rukasu
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.