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

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1,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 238 | 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

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of JMad
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Ilafan
4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
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!

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of JLeF12
1.8/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of notjaredlouche
4.08/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of casadebia
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of tzieser
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of BeTheBall
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

Photo of bluejacket74
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pburland23
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy during the warmer months do thought I'd give Porch Rocker a try.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Very light, slightly hazy yellow. Looks like a run of the mill BMC product. Thin, almost non-existent head.

Smell: Mildly lemony and not much else. A touch of malt perhaps.

Taste: The lemons are there and actually I think they're done pretty well. Faint malt tastes and a mildly soapy aftertaste. Not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light bodied. Fizzy and refreshing.

Overall: Not bad, but I'd rather have a Leinie's.

Photo of redfire89
2.15/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Bright, clear yellow with a lot of buubles and a thick head.
Smell- Like lemon dishwashing soap
Taste- It starts with a barely tolerable lemon and malt flavor but finishes with a nasty soap aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very watery, would be refreshing if it tasted better.
Overall- I thought this beer would help Sam Adams replace Coastal Wheat but that beer is better. This reminds me of Bud Light Lime, same soap taste.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.78/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Third bottle poured into a De Koninck chalice. I have also tried it straight from the bottle, as well as in a pint glass.

Appearance - A very saturated urine-yellow. Bubbly with less than impressive carbonation. Transparent with the straight look that someone whizzed in a glass. I suppose there is a bit of a sunburnt straw look to it as well.

Smell - Very light citrus and of course, lemon. A very faint watered down malt note. The scent of lemon cleaning supplies overwhelms all other smells.

Taste - As I said at the top, this is my third time trying this beer - As well as my third time being slightly dissapointed with it. You are first greeted with a bit of a sour lemonade taste that appears refreshing in the beginning. Unfortunately, that cleaning supply smell transfers over a bit to the taste. Light citrus sparkles on your tongue, but fades quickly into the same-old typical malt you taste in every other Samuel Adams beer out there. Light? Yes. Refreshing? Only when you can prevent cringing when the chemical taste finds you randomly.

Mouthfeel - As explained above, the chemical taste can really get to you. The taste of the beer itself isn't bad, but it is when I leave it in my mouth that I become appalled.

Overall - Another disappointing 2012 seasonal from Samuel Adams this year. To be honest, I loved the seasonals right up until last years Oktoberfest. I'm not sure what happened, whether to blame a taste-change or the brewery, but each Samuel Adams I try is filled with an unbalanced mixture of hops and malt. The lemon in this tastes very unnatural. I was disappointed with the Whitewater IPA this year as well, and Noble Pils hasn't tasted the same to me either. I will not be purchasing this again. It sits low in the fruit/vegetable beer category, and I would much rather drink a Leinenkugels Summer Shandy when it comes to a refreshing summer drink spiced with lemon.

Photo of bamadog
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to my buddy Pete for breaking into a six pack of this that he had picked up to drink while mowing his lawn. Review is from notes taken on 6/10/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a crisp, light straw yellow in color; tremendous clarity with decent carbonation; starts with a short 1/4 inch head that is slightly off-white -- eventually fades to nothing but a thin island of skim laying on top.

Smell: Tons of citrus -- lemony and a little sugary/saccharine. About half-way through the drink, I determine that it's really a lot like Mikes Hard Lemonade with a bit more a beer base instead of the saccharine mess Mike's is; bit of a bitter happiness makes an appearance.

Taste/overall: Lemonade meets lager, with some saccharine stirred in for sweetness; now granted, I know this doesn't sound all that exciting, but for what the beer is, it works. I would be more than happy so spend four hours on a hot saturday afternoon mowing a lawn, just so long as I had a six pack of this to plow through.

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

A: Pours to a transparent light amber color with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge.

S: Some nice toasted malt with a nice lemonade flavoring and a very pleasant wheat aroma.

T: Tastes like Sprite with a hint of lemonade and just a mild malty beer flavoring. Interesting. Not unenjoyable for the type of brew it is.

M: Moderate carbonation works well with the flavoring, everything is clean and crisp.

O: Again, not a bad beer for the style. Serves as a nice alternate to Leinie Summer Shandy or even to Corona at a cookout.

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. A ton of never-ending carbonation throughout the drink ensures a fluffy white head that sits upon the drink the whole way down.
Smell is immediately of very strong lemon smells. The smell is a very natural lemon, not fake lemon smell. At second smell, a very nice wheat smell too.
Taste is very nice. A strong lemon taste, but much more beer taste in comparison to other radlers. The lemon is balanced by very nice wheat tastes.
Mouthfeel is good. Nice thickness and very smooth.
Drinkability is nice on a balanced beer. Other radlers are dominated by lemon tastes. Porch Rocker has a wheat base that balances the refreshing lemon very well. This is a limited beer and I would grab it if you ever get a chance.

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.