Samuel Adams Porch Rocker - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.2/5 rDev -2.4%
Best before 11/2012.
Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and lots of lemon, lemon juice, and lemonade aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, yeast, and lemonade flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer mainly for the fact that it's crisp and refreshing even if the aromas and flavors are not all that exciting.
08-04-2012 05:20:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.89/5 rDev -11.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice lid of foam that leaves some streakage
Smell: Grainy and sulfuric with lemon tones
Taste: Grainy, up front, with a sugary lemon flavor developing, in the middle; a bit grassy, after the swallow, but the sweetness lingers and builds
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: I haven't had many radlers and perhaps I was spoiled by the SIxpoint Rad I had a few weeks ago, but I really didn't like this due to the sugary sweetness; I find it amusing looking through the reviews that some said it leaned toward having too much beer in the mix and others said there was too much lemonade; personally, I would side with those that said there was too much beer but whatever was blended really throws it off for me
08-03-2014 21:30:59 | More by brentk56
2.76/5 rDev -15.9%
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lemon notes with lightly sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet lemon notes with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is light with average carbonation. Bland shandy.
08-23-2013 18:46:54 | More by Phyl21ca
2.95/5 rDev -10.1%
If you designed an adult beverage around the warmer days of summer, nearly all of them will become a fruit derivative of wheated ale. Since lemonade is already synonymous with the season, there's a predictable marriage to be found.
Pouring the expected hazy straw color, the beer's partly fizzy, partly froathy head speaks to the schizophrenic nature of the beverage. Light on head formation, retention, or lace it's probably not fair to compare to strict ale.
Lemons and simple syrup aromas abound with a slight rebuttal from white pepper, orange peel, and an obvious citrus character. A background of wheat malt seems somewhat bready but not as pronounced as even American wheat ales- the lemonade aromas just take over.
Flavors are even more balanced toward the lemon flavor and sugary taste. Medium sweetness allows the true character of lemon to shine. Delicious yet one-dimensional, the beer offers too slight of a peppery balance or earthy hop notion to make any meaningful impact. Only a rise of bready wheat malt in aftertaste remind me that this beer is at least partially a beer.
Sugary sweet to texture as well. The syrupy feel coats the palate lightly but much less clean than most beers. The carbonation helps with the creamy impersonation but the lack of alcohol dryness, hop dryness, or developing malt character keeps the beer as much wine cooler-like as it is beer-like.
I really enjoy these beverages but on a completely different level than beer. This Sam Adams version is perhaps less sweet and slightly more beer-like than most but it's still a beer coctail and likely deserves separate criteria.
06-22-2012 05:00:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -4%
The pour is a clear golden straw color with a short lived white head. Definite lemon on the nose with a strong sweetness. Light tartness, so sweet bready malt, and a very light floral hop aroma. Very fresh lemon note to this. The taste is actually very lemonade like. Sweet and sour flavors with some hints of grass, light bread, and a touch of hop flavor. Ever so slight biscuit malt notes, too.
08-16-2012 07:01:56 | More by womencantsail
2.8/5 rDev -14.6%
A: no head on a clear bright golden body.
S: honey, ginger, wheat and pale malts. a lot of lemon.
T: another alcoholic lemonade beer. I dont really like these. tart, some wheat comes through
M: light body and ridiculous carbonation
Overall: not a fan of this one at all. simple and not really a beer. more of a mike hard watever variety.
06-25-2012 02:19:12 | More by kylehay2004
3/5 rDev -8.5%
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light yellow-hued body with a medium-small, brief, white head.
Smell: Sweaty lemons mingled with the modest, mild, effusive maltiness. It smells lemony, what else do you want me to tell you?
Taste: Particular mild maltiness with a sliver of sweetness. Hint of lemony flavoring that, with the thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation starts to feel kind of soda pop like. A touch of Sprite, a hint of Squirt and it's gone.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fizzy and a tad watery.
Overall: One of those it is what it is beers.
08-25-2012 22:46:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.55/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured out as a yellow golden color, very clear looking with a white head on top. Thin retention on top and a light lacing. The smell has plenty of lemon on the nose. Definitely smells like a shandy. The taste of the beer is sweet and has plenty of lemon flavors in there. The malts are hidden in this beer, you can't get too much from them. The mouthfeel of it was decent, lighter bodied, nice carbonation. Overall this needs to be enjoyed in the heat of the summer for sure, I think this beer will be much better on a hot day.
03-30-2013 12:34:37 | More by Knapp85
3/5 rDev -8.5%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Surprised to get this when I did today, and I'm a bit skeptical about it, despite my love of radlers (damn you, time in Germany!). Givin' it the ol' college try: It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of short-lived fizzy white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light cardamom, and what may or may not be cracked wheat. The taste leads off with a stark and somewhat artificial lemon flavor, followed quickly by a somewhat wheaty apparition that intertwines with the lemon for the duration, the two toning each other down a bit whilst working their conjoined way down the gullet. It's not necessarily bad, but not something that stands out as being particularly tasty, either. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation (bordering on fizzier) and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay neo-radler at best, something I wouldn't purposefully reach for again, but also something I wouldn't really spurn if offered to me in passing.
05-19-2012 03:43:52 | More by TMoney2591
3.28/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle, another cog in the summer Sam Adams mixed-pack. Isn't a radler supposed to be an equal blend of fruit juice and beer? I haven't yet cracked this one, and already the sniff test comes up funky.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and almost urinal cake-like dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of melting coral reef lace around the glass as things duly subside.
It smells of semi-sweet lemon/lime extract, as opposed to the actual juice, faint pale grainy malt, and an ever more ethereal straw-like hoppiness. The taste is more beer-forward that I might have been expecting, the gritty pale malt riding large in the saddle, equal, if not superceding the reined-in generic, and plainly angling for the tart side of things, lemon-lime 'flavour', with some hard to discern, but all the same detectable bland hop bitterness.
The carbonation is moderate, in a basic frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight and generally smooth, with a certain soda-esque astringency. It finishes off-dry, the lemon/lime (can't seem to come up with a proper portmanteau for this) essence still carrying the day, for better or for worse.
Not a bad-tasting lemon-lime (gah, I'm getting tired of writing that) flavoured German-style lager, however, its plainness puts it up against the full fruity beers out there, as opposed to the simple half-and-halfs of the proclaimed style. Nothing really worth seeking out, for that reason, and instantly forgettable.
06-26-2014 03:39:22 | More by biboergosum
3.24/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains citrus, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a strong lemony citrus sweetness up front. Then some breadiness comes in from a very thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but there’s enough of it to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily since it’s so light, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer considering what it’s intended to be, but there are other lawnmower beers I would pick first.
05-26-2013 02:41:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-03-2012 22:18:04 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-26-2012 01:23:23 | More by Jason
3.44/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl colored head
S: Lemonade & that's it
T: Shandy/radler up front, hints of breadyness & grassy hops as well. Some stronger, less sweet lemon flavors along with a little grassyness present as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & lemony
MF: Light bodied, crisp carbonation
Easy to drink, refreshing. good for what it is. I would never buy a sixer of this though, I prefer my beer to taste like beer
04-21-2013 03:37:17 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev +9.1%
Some day I might find a shandy I like, this was not it. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Beer is yellow and hazy, really light in color, head, big bubbles, no retention, moderate to high carbonation, no lacing.
Aroma is lemons.
Beer is light and watery on the palate, aftertaste though, too sweet, too much like refined sugar and lemons. Odd beer although not as bad as some I've had in the past.
11-02-2012 19:39:14 | More by drabmuh
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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