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

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BA SCORE
75
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1,096 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012)
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-12-2013 03:12:28 | More by SocalKicks
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Sept. notched on label. Part of summer seasonal variety pack.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that lasts for some time before fading. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemonade with grain and crackers.

The taste is of lemon with nutty grain and dry bread. Slightly tart with sweetness that leads to a semi-dry finish.

Creamy and smooth. Could be crisper, but has a "refreshing" element to it.

It mentions a radler. I don't think it is, but it is a lemony lager. Not bad if you want a basic beer with lemon flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 20:00:04 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

Washington

2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Starts out with a nice foamy head, but it dissipates into some coarse bubbles. The smell is more like lemon verbena. The mouthfeel is just a quick zing of carbonation followed by flatness and an oily touch.

It has been years since I had a lemon-flavored Snapple but after one gulp of this, it was like I had one yesterday. Lemon iced tea is the main flavor, though apparently there is some beer here. The citrus flavor is not unpleasant, just too much of a good thing. Lemon peel aftertaste with some bitterness. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 05:34:42 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what it is. It is very sweet with a near soda pop quality. This extends to the then ear non-existent head and similar lace.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated, I think this would be an easy beer to drink for a first time initiate to beer. But to serious drinker, this is a clearly, overly sweet offering. It's still tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 20:07:59 | More by smcolw
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had a lot of radlers I hate, a precious few I like. Reviewing this as a Radler. "Limited Release." "Beer with Natural Flavors Added." Enjoy before September. 4.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4-5 finger beige colour head of decent soft cream, decent thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid pale yellow-copper; nicely vibrant. Translucent and clear. Appealing in a general sense. It's not straw yellow or dull. Uneven lacing as the head recedes. About what I'd expect from a radler - except for the transparency. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Oh boy. Artificial lemon flavoring is pungent and rampant. Artificial sugar sweetness. Pale malts. Zest lemon citrus twang. A bit of crystal malt. Some floral hopping. Pleasant if you can get past its inherent artifice. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Lemon twang. Pilsner and pale malts. Crystal malt. Straw. Light citrus. Not as artificial as the aroma suggested; thank god. Light floral hops. Balanced and lemon forward, if simple. It's pleasant and enjoyable, but there's not much happening. I don't like the artificial lemon, but it could be far worse executed.

Mf: Surprisingly soft, actually. I like that. Light and pleasant to drink. Good carbonation. Somewhat coarse, but smooth overall. Wet. Refreshing - which is exactly what it needs to be.

Dr/O: Quite drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one due to how artificial it is. For a Radler, it's not bad. I'd prefer they just brewed a straight lemon forward witbier with less artificial character, but this is a pretty average tasting radler. I've had far worse. Refreshing. Hides its ABV well. A middling offering from Sam Adams.

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Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:27:48 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-17-2013 18:07:04 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +21.6%

05-14-2013 02:06:19 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +14%

05-02-2013 02:16:43 | More by oriolesfan4
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Zorro

California

2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow beer with a medium sized white head that doesn't last long. Looks like PBR.

Smells of lemon and grain with a little sweetness to it. Smells like a Radler.

Starts out sweet and tart with a strong lemonade flavor. Lager with lemonade, all you have to know about this beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall more soft drink than beer, not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:31:28 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:54:55 | More by woodychandler
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-13-2013 17:43:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

10-22-2013 01:54:25 | More by mothman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 4.50 %

LOOK: Golden colored brew, bubbly carbonation rising up and a decent wispy head forms.

SMELL: Lemon, malt, faint hops. Smells like lemonade blended with some type of pale ale or lager.

TASTE: The flavors you would expect from ale blended with a sugary lemonade. The tart lemon flavor is there with some malt backing and a faint suggestion of citrusy, herbal hop bitterness. Still, finishes slightly tart and lemony, with some grain elements as well. It tastes only slightly artificial and comes off a good deal more refreshing than offensive.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp and easy drinking. Drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade almost, with a stronger malt bill.

OVERALL: More or less a Radler, with a more American ale feel. Good lemonade flavor with a beer, pretty tasty. Samuel Adams delivers another decent summer option.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:35:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Part of another Sam Adams marketing gimmick. 12 pack shared 6 ways.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma brings wheat, fruity sugars, grain, lemons. The flavor brings lemon candies, fruity pebbles cereal. Really sweet with artificial fruit flavoring. Like a wine cooler. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 20:44:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-05-2013 01:20:43 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale lemon orane with natural light backing shows a mixture of quick release macro-bubbles and misty beads of micro-bubbles. Chalky white head is fluffy and frothy, slight, and shows a decent amount of hold time. Lacing is speckled dashes.

S: Tart semi-dry lemons, small funk of oranges the strength leans toward the lighter side of medium. Tart lemonade.

T: The flavor is tart, lemon-tangerines, small funk and decent graininess you dont find with most shandys/radlers. Orange and lemon peel fade off the tongue with some fresh white grapefruit, citrusy tart lemonade.

M: Tingly carbonation, light on the tip of the tongue, tart.

O: Ive had quite a few shandys/radlers, though regarded as a fruit / vegetable. This is the respectable, crisp, refreshing hardly tastes like a beer, a good thing or bad thing? its all up to the consumer. A refreshing pool side, tart lemonade quencher that will make satisify the thirst on a hot summer day without being weighed down.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 17:32:28 | More by beerthulhu
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Scored in the summer variety pack.

Pours a cloudy yellow, a duller hefeweizen kind of appearance going for itself. Aroma of lemons. Its minorly sweet, for a shandy beer, its probably below average, which gives a bit of the beer aspects of the aroma to eek out.

Plenty of lemon in the taste, wheaty and other citric notes after that. A real soft wheat/grain/hop edge. Its surprisingly enjoyable, I'd rather drink this than Boston Lager on a hot day, a little tart, a little sweet. Call it a guilty pleasure maybe.

Still nothing I would drink more than 12oz of in any given 24 hour period. Its a nice beer to start out or have early in the drinking experience. Couldn't see it working in anything below 60 degrees outside. Carbonation good, beer neither too light or too heavy. I'd say my score goes up 1/2 grade on this beer when its 90 degrees or above outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 03:27:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

05-24-2014 15:47:05 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow with a fizzy white cap. Some lingering foam, scant lacing. Big lemony aroma, zesty with notes of less harsh citrus (a bit of tangerine sweetness perhaps). Slightly peppery with slight wheat sourness. Lemonade character really overpowers the flavour, but it's tasty and refreshing if you like that sort of thing. Bitterness was lowish up front but lingered, and there was a hint of white pepper in the finish. Mild maltiness throughout and wheat character. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly sticky and sweet texture. Overall, it was interesting, but not something I'm likely to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 22:07:32 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-23-2013 06:15:04 | More by Kelp
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - translucent, pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly fades away

S - very faint malt and artificial lemon

T - faint underlying lager notes that are quickly over taken by heavy, artificial lemon

M - very heavily carbonated, crisp, light bodied

I'm not much for shandy-style beers. It's usually the artificial, syrupy qualities that throw me off. This one is better in that department, but it's still noticeable. It does exactly what it advertises. It's a light bodied lager with a distinct, lemonade flavor throughout. I'll pass in the future, but anyone enjoying this style should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 23:02:48 | More by tdm168
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-11-2014 19:56:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a polished dark straw golden.. almost no head and no lacing.

The nose is lemon zest and a hint of pale maltiness.

Flavor is pretty much the same.. the lemon is sorta powerful up front and dies quickly leaving just the essence lingering on the palate.

Body is light with a bigger carbonation.

Interesting enough take on a "Shandy" without actually adding lemon juice and sugar.

3.25/3/3/3/3.25/3.25

***
Bashing notes despite my above decent review:
-tastes like essence of Lemon Windex.
-Is SA doing this one as a test to take on Leiny's Shandy success?
-If you are not fishing with the girls, this is a man-card surrender immediately.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:10:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -69.6%

12-14-2012 05:47:39 | More by sendbeer
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Brad007

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. Carbonation level looks good.

Sweet malt with a touch of lemon essence in the nose. The difference here is that the lemon isn't supposed to overpower the base beer.

Clean, crisp and "lemony". Actually, more lemon meringue than Mikes. It compliments the grainy texture of the malt. Otherwise, nothing much else of note.

Lingering lemon and grain. Very faint.

I like it. Can't say that I'd rate it very high but if you must sample this style, go with this over the Saranac example. Of course, I'm expecting the Shock Top example to fall flat. Radler, Shandy, call it what you want.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:32:50 | More by Brad007
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.