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

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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,475
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 47.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 MarkQ617
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This taste like someone poured lemonade into a slightly above average helles. Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The color is a bright gold that I'm not certain should exist from natural elements. The mouthfeel is mellow, as expected for they beer type, but doesn't add. It's a bit sweet and the fruit is a little overpowering for me I guess.

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Photo of JWU
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- bright clear gold with a slightly fizzy, slightly soapy white head.

S- some generic crackery malt and lemon zest.

T- Lemony tart up front, crackery malt hits a little to hard middle to end. No real complexity to speak of.

M- Heavier (medium) than I would like in a hot weather refreshment brew. Could use a bit more carbonation as well

O- Good, but slightly misses the mark of its intended purpose.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a Great Divide shaped pint
Best before October 2013

A - Clear pale golden color with a fizzy white head vanishes quickly.

S - Lemon lime soda, kiwi, lemon alka seltzer, honey, medicinal phenolics

T - Follows the nose, lemon/lime soda, artificial honey sweetness, odd floral noes, medicinal characters, herbal hops, lager yeast, chalky mineral notes. Tries to finish crisp but the malty sweetness dulls it out.

M - Low stingy carbonation, wet body with a semi effervescent finish.

Kinda reminds me of sprite without less carbonation. The odd sweetness dull out any attempt of a crisp feel. I wont be revisiting this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but the notch on the label says best by August 2013. A radler inspired type beer from Samuel Adams, one I hadn't heard of until this year. My first beer out of the Samuel Adams summer sampler, and I'm looking forward to it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear sparkling lager gold color, with a faint hint of lemony murk to it, and streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Finger of foamy bone white head dies out quick. Very thin, tiny amount of webbed lacing.

S - Smell is of dusty malt, some genuine lemon juice, and some notes of a floral presence.

T - Some sweet tart lemon presence, but not very much. After the lemon washes away, all we get hit with some generic malt and corn adjunct tasting lager. Aftertaste tastes to me like peaches or apricots. Crisp and light bodied, just not enough tart lemon to satisfy me, especially after my encounter with Stiegl Radler Grapefruit, which was a far more genuine radler than this beer.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, and goes down clean.

Overall, an inoffensive summer sipper with a low 4.50% abv, I could definitely toss a couple of these back. Not a complex beer by any means, nor does it bring anything really new to the table, but it is decent enough for what it is.

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker ---3.5/5

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to September 2013.

Smells just like lemon Pledge furniture polish! (Which is not a bad scent!)
Pours very pale yellow body with a thin and quickly dissipating white head.
Tastes too sweet and citrusy, overly tangy. Good idea but either reduce the lemon or add some hops, Jim! Cloying aftertaste!

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Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of noel2977
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is like drinking sugary cereal - a maltbomb of fruit loops. I feel my teeth aching from the sugar. There is a crispness to it - perhaps this needs to be consumed on a super hot summer day outside without any AC.
S - Lemon - but almost artificial, overwhelming any malt profile.
T - Lemony, with a thin profile of malt behind it. Finish doesnt really exist, except for a underwhelming cloying last of sugar

Ah - I dont like it. Not sure if this is supposed to compete with the lager-shandy crap produced today, but this isnt good. Avoid.

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Photo of Ruger
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Poured with minimal head that goes away completely with no lacing at all. Color is a light brown and it is completely clear.

S - Very light malts, lemon, it almost smells exactly like sprite.

T - Strong lemon it overtakes everything finishes with a bit of grain towards the end. Its a very good refreshing taste for a hot summer day.

M - Light bodied good carbonation very smooth.

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Photo of Gmann
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a short wispy white head that settled into a light cap. Looks like fizzy yellow beer.

The aroma is of sweet lemons. Very similar to lemonade. It is a refreshing aroma but doesn't remotely smell like beer.

A slight bready malt base, perhaps a touch doughy. The rest of the flavor is lemonade. Again, its is refreshing but really borders on being a beer.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fantastic which a radler should do.

A lemony beer soda, which it is supposed to be. Its tough to rate just due to the style. This is not a real style on this site. The lemony flavor is very enjoyable but it really doesn't have enough beer characteristics. I guess a good change of pace beer during the summer.

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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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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 kristenspaintings
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Porch rocker is a refreshing, light tasting beer that is great for warm weather and lighter-flavored foods. It delivers what it says on the bottle: "fresh squeezed lemon taste" and "sweet and tangy" helles lager.

The flavor profile isn't as deep as some others but there's enough flavor to make it something you'd seek out if you're looking for a zesty, moderately carbonated citrus beer to complement something on your summer menu. The malt flavor is present, but not overbearing.

The appearance is good, but not much head or aroma to speak of. I bought this in a sampler pack but it's definitely worth buying on its own.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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.


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.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer has a nice golden color with a snow white head that diminished quickly. The beer had a fruity aroma that reminded me of peaches. The beer is somewhat sweet and lemony with a fruit loop kind of finish on the back of the tongue, quite refreshing. This beer is light on the palate with almost no aftertaste and would be nice to drink on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of bmwats
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Golden hue. Lots of effervescence rises throughout the entire experience. Pours about a 2 finger, cascading, foamy, white head. Crumbles, slowly and unevenly leaving some sticky residue behind as it does. Plenty of lacing remains as you consume. Foamy head remains throughout.

S: Light bready malt and lemon... what else would you expect.

T: White bread, and light sweet lemon citrus... not a mouth puckering bitter lemon.

M: Light and crisp. Very slight lemon aftertaste.

D: Pound session style.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Giant, foamy head and solid head. Nose is very light malt and lemon. Flavor follows suit with a very light flavor with a bit of lemon...not so much as to overwhelm though. Overall, this is decent quaff.

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Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Although I've never been a real Radler fan, kudos to Boston Beer for making a valiant attempt at a drinkable version. It's a clear, utterly clear, light golden color. The head quickly disappears, and long chains of bubbles rush up through the brew. The smell is notable even from a distance. Huge Lemon scents....It smells more like a lemon soda than a beer. If you hunt, there is a bit of malt underneath, but but not a lot. The taste is similar...very reminiscent of lemon soda, with a little hop finish. Interesting...not bad...but not quite beer either. It's got huge flavor...lots of lemon, some grass and grain, hops in the mid-taste through the finish, and a little malt underneath. Interesting, but not my style. Light in body. I bet this would be a thirst quencher if it were 90 degrees and sunny.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours pale straw with white, long lasting tall head and soda like carbonation, some lacing. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is lemonade and pale malt. Finish is short and unremarkable. This brew does not resemble beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of catmanben
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a very light color and a light taste that gives you a feel of taking another sip before you even finish the sip you just took. I really like the fragrance of this beer, it hits you as your nose enters the mug as you tip to sip. I get a nice citrus flaver in my mouth after each and every sip I take. Love it!

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Photo of gpogo
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden body with nice carbonation, but no head.

A- Beer + Lemonade smell. Pretty typical smell for a radler.

T- Sweet tart lemon flavors with a light beer backing. The lemonade dominates and the lager is so light and in the background. If the base beer was a bit heavier it might be more noticeable.

M- Light body, but the sugar makes it hang around in your mouth. Carbonation is medium to low, similar to if you mixed your own.

D- It's enjoyable, but I'd prefer to mix my own radler and make it as beer heavy as I prefer. I also typically mix radlers using american wheat beers.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Clear gold with an insta-vanish thin white head. My beer is naked. Naked on the porch.

Smells like smooth lager pale malt and initially apple juice caramel. Lemon becomes more discernible after some warming.

Tastes like a solid Helles with some herbally lemonade as an afterthought.

Needs more lemon. Or less. As I see it SA could have gone two ways with this - a great Helles with a mild hint of lemon or a lighter beer bursting with lemon. They took the middle and the beer and the lemon compete rather than merge.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold in color. Fizzy carbonation has all but completely exhausted itself. Looks... like a shandy?

Tart lemon, tangy aromas, and beery malts. Nothing to talk about here. Is what it is. Smells pleasant enough.

Pale malts and tart lemonade. Some low-lying citrusy hops, but overall, some decent summer suds. Not as tangy as others I've tried. Lemon flavor is legit, if not a bit oily. Perfumey.

Slick and a bit oily Pastiness from the stick on the lips. Genuinely smooth and easy. Medium-high carbonation.

A good experience from a style I typically have bad experiences with. Recommended for all you Radler-lovers out there.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.