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

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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 1,498
Photo of damndirtyape
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (best before Nov 2012) poured into a Shaker Pint glass.

Appearance: Pale clear bright golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. White head died back fairly quickly to just leave a ring at the edge. Occasional island of lacing here and there, but most of them slid back down and disappeared.

Smell: Lemony - very lemony but not overpowering. Maybe a hint of malt in the back.

Taste: Exactly like someone blended lemons into a lager. The flavors muddle together and it's hard to pull much out besides lemonade with some beer flavors. Tart up front, with some sweetness in the middle and some bitterness at the end. Interesting, but odd.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, almost fizzy. Good thickness under the carbonation though - maybe a bit sticky and creamy at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: I've not had a true Radler before so it's hard for me to rate it according to that style so let me comment on it as a beer with a lot of lemon in it. It works for about half a glass, and then it kind of loses its charm. I think it would be better if it was hotter or I was outside enjoying this. Inside and after a meal it's just okay and not that drinkable - one is enough.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pale gold, bubbly, thin head that bows out quickly

S - lemony, like the old tequilza beers. Or, should I say, malt beverage?

T - lemon up front, chewy malt on the finish and some strange sweetness.

M - slightly thin and on the slick side, light on the carbonation.

O - tolerable, especially if its super cold and it's very hot out. Otherwise, I would steer clear.

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Photo of jsanford
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a sudsy white head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate aromas of fresh lemon, crisp grain, and slightly doughy malt. Very crisp and fresh. Taste is similarly lemon-forward, nice and fresh, with more light, grainy malt and clean yeast. Lemon flavor is nice and authentic, not sweet and fake like other Shandys on the market. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very refreshing and welcomed addition to the Sam Adams line-up. Hopefully this will be out again next Summer!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

A: Medium-dark clear cold with an effervescent white head.

S: Smell is of bread, slight hint of hops and lemon.

T: Tastes like a lager with lemons (duh :D) There's fresh cut grass, yeast, cracker malt, kiss of hops and a kiss of lemon rind and lemon. The lemon wasn't too crazy, but it was present.

M: Honestly, I think the mouth is a bit off. It's a bit too thick and creamy for the style. A little crisper and lighter, and this beer would be perfect.

O: This isn't a true Radler...there isn't any lemonade in it. It's a lager with a bit of lemon zest and lemon flavoring. However, I would say that I enjoy this more than, say, Leine's Summer Shandy. There's a bit more depth and complexity here.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stein

Appearance: Light amber with one finger of white head. Light spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell:Strong smell of lemons with hops in the backround.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light Bodied and smooth. Lemon is the most dominate taste with this radler. Trace amout of hops could be tasted.

Overall: Very Enjoyable beer. Found myself a new favorite.

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Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell... lots of beading, no lacing and a big fizzy head.

Definite lemonade character on the nose. Faint, leafy hops... pretty basic.

Really pleasant actually - nice citrus presence without getting too acidic, sweet or sour. Nice pilsner type qualities beneath that. Nothing too exciting but I would love one of these after a long run or something (who am I kidding, I don't run).

Super drinkable. Not thirsty for another one but it was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of JMad
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a smooth whit head that quickly minimized to a thin layer. Smell is lemony and sweet, and that mainly dominates the nose. The beer tastes slightly tangy and sweet, it's lemony and the malty profile kicks in second with some bread and a hint of caramel. It has a medium body, not as light as I thought it would be. There is a perfect amount of carbonation and a clean finish.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lemon-tinged beers can be a hit or miss for me. I've had some that were really good & some that tasted like vomit. This one by Sam Adams, thankfully, falls on the "good" side.

The look after poring was quite light, and I guess given this kind of beer this is appropriate.

The Smell was wonderful. Very lemony and inviting.

The taste was crisp, fruity, and well-balanced. By well-balanced I mean the lemon did not completely drown out the subtle hoppiness and alcohol.

A very good summer beer!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow. Two inch white head disappears quickly. Thin rings of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Freshly squeezed lemonade. Pilsner and light malts. Slight Noble hop aroma. Very clean.

T: Lemon zest and lemonade at the outset. Tastes of wet grain and stale bread follow. Touch of grassy hops with a spike of citrus bring bitterness that almost gets lost in the lemon. Lemon zest, lemon peel, and that wet grain taste in the finish.

M: Light in body. Strong, aggressive carbonation has a real bite to it. Mildly creamy, but thin overall and really lacking character.

O: Guess the Boston Beer Company wants a piece of the Radler/Shandy pie. They're going to have to do better than this if they want to compete with Miller and AB. Really a lackluster attempt.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of JLeF12
1.8/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I love Sam Adams but this beer was not to my liking. Very sweet, lemony taste too sweet for a beer, it was as if I was drinking a Bud Light Lime.

If you like the lemony taste, drink the Summer Ale. The Summer Ale this year I have found to be particularly refreshing. The Porch Rocker just didn't cut it for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of notjaredlouche
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the signature SA pint glass.

A: 3/4 finger head, medium-heavy carbonation, some light lacing that falls quickly.

S: Lemonade-y, nothing much else comes through here.

T: The up-front taste is a bit odd, can't quite put my finger on it. The back end is definitely lemonade.

M: Very light, carbonation is mild (to me, I drink a lot of sodas). A bit of citrusy bite, but not much.

O: Very solid summer beer, pretty smart on Mr. Koch's part to introduce this for the season, especially after the disappointment that is the Summer Ale.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice 1 finger head with fizzy carbonation and yellow clear body

S - just malt. Nothing else

t- Taste like lemonade mixed with Budweiser or adjunct. Lots of graininess. Doesn't taste like a Sam Adams lager. Light and refreshing however.

M - light and not much to critique

Overall - A decent summer offering. Seems like Sam Adams is really pushing the lemon zest in alot of their beers lately. Time to stop.

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Photo of casadebia
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a white, 2 finger head. Almost no head retention or lacing.

Lemonade smell dominates the nose. Malt and hop profile pushed to the back.

Taste leans towards lemon sweetness with a tiny bit of crisp, hop bitterness underneath. Malt profile masked by lemons.

Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing as you would expect, even with the level of sweetness.

Refreshing beer that is just a little too sweet to be a session. Good for summer time, and one of the better shandy styles I have encountered.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: clear gold color with a tiny little lacing. not much to speak of.

s: sour lemonade aroma with a subtle hint of grains. nothing special to speak of.

t tart lemonade flavor with a noticeable cereal-like graininess. the lemon flavor is tart and not too sweet thanks to the malt flavor. finishes a tad dry. reminds me of a San Pelligrino Lemonata soda with some beer. not bad for what it is.

m: very carbonated.

i'm reviewing this based on what its aiming to be: a summer thirst quencher. this would be a giant F if i were to rate this as a beer, but as a refreshing beverage it seemed to have accomplished its objective.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Nice pale color with lots of carbonation. The smell was for me of grass and lemons. Taste was good, for a lemonade, but this is beer? If I want lemon I'd buy a Mike's. For a beer, this didn't do it for me, and I don't even understand the point of brewing this. The mouthfeel though was pleasant, and as a drink in the summer, I did like it. I however am reviewing this as a beer, I think?

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.