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

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BA SCORE
77
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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,461
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 5.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 271 | 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 woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of wrightst
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice summer beer. Its appearance is very nice, like any medium toned or summer beer with a white head of no real distinction. Of course, you don't drink the looks.
The taste and smell is distinctly lemonade, which is predictable since they add it into the beer. Not a shandy by two whoops and a whirl, which works to its credit. This is as advertised - refreshing. I can easily imagine it as more so on a hot summer day.
If you are not a fan of fruit beer, this won't change you. It's too much lemon to be on the hefewiezen level of citrus or even pale or india pales. More even than a s beer with a lemon wedge. Still, as I mentioned, the lemon is not as in your face as a shandy. If you have a friend who likes those hard cider things and hard lemonade, this may bridge the gap towards beer for them.
Drink beer, be happy!
Cheers! (842 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -21%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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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. (646 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is probably one of my least favorite beers that Samuel Adams has brewed. I have tasted this kind of beer before but I can't remeber which brewery....maybe Magic Hat....either way...very fruity, some spice. Definitely a summer beer. Just ok for me. (252 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of lemonade. Taste is the same, lots of lemons, a touch of tartness, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying once, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it. (290 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a light gold, big head of foam, good lacing.

S- very much a lemonade aroma, kind of on the sweet side.

T- has a decent taste of semi sweet lemonade, a bit more sourness would be nice. I get a bit of a grainy flavour a well.A pretty simple brew that's not bad and somewhat refreshing.

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, it fits.

O- an interesting try at a Radler but not worthy, imho, of any revisits. (415 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle notched off at Oct 2013. Sampled on June 9, 2013.

It looks pretty good and within the style with a pale yellow color and a long-lasting foamy white head. Busy carbonation. The way it looked was my favorite characteristic.

Because the aroma was just way too fruity for my tastes even for a fruit/vegetable beer. I like it to be more subtle not explosive with citrus, lemon, and orange like this one was. I barely found any malts on the nose.

The body was typical for the style falling into the light range.

The taste was a lot like drinking recently squeezed lemon juice mashed in with pale malts and barley. I guess that's the way it was supposed to taste considering the style. This will find a definite audience because it would be refreshing on a hot and humid day. Maybe if I try it again in mid-July when it's 90 degrees I might appreciate it better. (887 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before November 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly lemon peel and lemon candy (like lemonheads?), along with a bit of sweet malt. But it's mainly an artificial lemon aroma, not that it smells bad at all. The brew tastes like slightly sour lemon candy, and there's also some sugar substitute noticeable. Tastes a little worse the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy enough to drink, I guess. Mostly average overall, I only tried this because one of my friends gave me a couple bottles. I wouldn't pay for this brew, but I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave it to me, either. (745 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.75$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Corn, bread, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/wheat mixed with lemon and a touch of ginger. I'm not getting any of the hops advertised on the bottle. It ends with a grainy lemony slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Reminded me a bit of a bud light lime. It's better though.. but not by much. It's drinkable but not something I'd buy again. It's probably good for the style. (677 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Man it has a nice bright orange yellow color and a 1/2 inch of white head. Not very sticky overall.

S - Well it does have some distinct lemonade like smells but it is brewed with lemon added so it is pretty much the same. A Bavarian lager (light and crisp like water) with lemon added. Yep.

T - One of the more cleaner tasting radler I have had (I had Leinenkugels and paper city's and this one was better) With a distinct lemon like twang that does actually give you a puckering tartness next to mild cereal sweetness, grains, and a touch of yeast. Hops are mild.

M - Light yet refreshing an easy summer sipper.

Overall it drinks much better than their "summer ale" might consider getting a six next time I am at the shop. (731 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +39.6%
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. (1,868 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, 4.5% abv, enjoy before September
A - pale golden color, nice clarity, creamy white head holds good retention
S - lemon zest, yeast, pale malt
T - lemon zest, biscuity malt, yeast with a slight nuttiness
M - light bodied and refreshing
O - pretty good version of a lemon radler. I'd drink this on a hot day. (319 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fridge find - 12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a dull straw-colored hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nose is suggestive of an earthy/herbal lemonade. Taste consistent with nose; however, the balance between lemonade and lager is fairly well attuned. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild acidity and a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, not bad for what it is. I can't say that I'd ever buy it, but I wouldn't turn one down on a hot day either. (513 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

12 oz can pours a clear gold color with a large cap of fluffy white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose smells like a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea. Sweet and lemony.

Taste has a bit too much lemonade-esque flavor and the lager a bit to biscuity, bordering on light toast. Id like a less sweet version with a more neutral malt profile. This is far from my favorite radler and Id probably rank this below Lienenkugel's Summer Shandy on my request list. (445 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant light golden with copper accents and a foamy half inch white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Wheat, lemon zest, lemon juice, a bit of skunky hop, and grain form the aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of furniture polish.

Flavor is sweet and slightly malty throughout. Toasted malt provides respite from the initial lemon zest and sour lemon juice bite. There's a bit of grainy astringency at the finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

More malt flavor and sweetness than expected, but it delivers on the citrusy lemon promise. Grainy character is slightly offputting, and I would actually like the lemon character to linger more. (675 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks good: a completely clear golden brew with consistent carbonation raising up a head a little more than a finger tall that stays together and leaves legs of lacing in its wake.
Even with all the macros out there, the aroma is average for the style. It's a little dusty grains with some lemon. There is a light malts presence, though a little too light. The lemon is very fresh, though.
The flavor is pleasant, crisp and refreshing, and I suppose what I'd expect from a lighter beer mixed with lemonade. Again, the lemon is fresh, malts pick it up a little, and the faintest hint of hops sneaks through, but barely.
The feel is, as advertised, effervescent. I expect this beer to be light, which it is, and crisp, which it is, but it gets too filling and is a little difficult to swallow with all that effervescence. It tones down a little pat of the way through and gets smooth, but it also thins a little at that point. (927 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from glass into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear straw color with a huge billowy white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within which pop to give a medium to light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy in lemon with lighter hints of wheat. The lemon aroma is of a sweeter nature resembling that of lemonade. When mixed with the wheat and a light hop aroma it makes for a very nice aroma.

Taste – A sweet malt flavor of some wheat and lemon meet the tongue. The citrus lemon makes for a very lemonade like quality. While sweet upfront it sweetness even more toward the middle with heavier flavors of lemon. The sweetness is of largely white sugar giving the brew and even more lemonade flavor. As the taste advances beyond the middle however, it loses a bit of the sweetness (although it is still sweet) and becomes a bit more bready in nature. This sweet lemon and wheat flavor mixed with a very light grassy hop finish off the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light and the carbonation is a bit below normal. Both give the beer a more lemonade like flavor.

Overall – It is refreshing, but not something I am typically looking for in a beer. It is much better then something like a Mike’s hard lemonade, so if you are in the mood for something of that like take this instead. (1,346 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (614 characters)

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.