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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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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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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of pburland23
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of redfire89
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.78/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So the biggest American craft brewery enters the "shandy-stakes" with this lemon-accented lager, and it's not bad.
Upon pouring a clean golden, I get a nice and fine white head and some pleasing but thin lace.

Nose is citrusy, but not overbearingly sweet.

Flavor is well-balanced with the lemon being not so forward as in other similar brews I've had. Enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge fizzy 2 finger head that rises right to the top of the sa perfect pint glass, fades semi slowly as it's reinforced by lot of bubbles rising from the bottom, nice lacing, crystal clear watery pale lemonade color.

Nose is like lemon cereal, sugary, cereal grains, fake candy fruit, light lemonaid. Reminds me of leinenkugels.

Taste is more of the same, very light overall beer, more lemonaid. Light sugary fake fruit cereal like taste, light cereal grains, juicy lemonaid. Finish is dry and kinda icky, fake lemon and fruit, bone dry, light cereal grains lingering.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall bleh, fake tasting beer that I would expect from a macro company, not sam adams, but then again this is probably more to get the ladies from leinenkugel to switch to this, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out quickly

S: Light malts and big lemon (both peel and general lemon). Slight pepper as well

T: Follows the nose, definitely get both the beer and lemonade aspects, the malts are really the only thing holding the beer up and the lemon flavor really stands out. Still somehow balanced

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the better radler/shandy beers I've had that are put out on the market. The beer actually stands fairly well despite having the lemon flavors slightly dominating. Fits the season well.

Side note: I think this should be a different style in itself, with all the different ones coming out on the market. It's difficult to rate it as strictly a fruit beer, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale helles like golden color with a bright white head forming thick, this one seems to do the style justice, even talking visually by itself. Aroma has citrus zest pale biscuit malts, really smells like lemonade, but there's still a beer in there somewhere. Flavor speaks better of the actual beer brewed here, refreshing hints of lemon zest with quality biscuit toasted malts and mild light herbal hops in the back end. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to strong carbonation flowing forth, a bit of bitter zest left behind on the palate but nothing too sweet or cloying in this beer. Overall, a quality refreshing beer that goes down smooth, bubbly drinking summer beer blended with lemonade.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Drk93TT
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams 25th anniversary glass..

A: A clear / yellow tint, can see thru it pretty much 100%

S: Smells like a hint of lemon.. mild citrus here .. not too much going on.

T: First sip is sub par to me vs other recent Radlers Ive tried.. Second sip is a bit more complex and you can taste the lemons.. but still kinda.. Meh! was expecting so much more!! The flavor dissipated rather quickly.

M: Respectable, but nothing that holds your taste-buds for too long, quick and crisp.

O: Was expecting more flavor, got a pretty flatline taste.. drinkable beer however, just not very BAM! to the point where it stands out vs. the competiton. . . only way Id try it again would maybe be if it was on draught ever.

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Photo of brock146
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the liquor store and it caught my eye. Was reluctant to buy it but then decided to go for it anyways. I'm glad that I did.

A: Yellow beer with fizzy white head. Very carbonated.

S: Lemons. Fresh lemons.

T: Fresh lemon, sweet with a smooth lager finish.

If you are looking for a crisp, refreshing, summer beer on a warm day this one certainly hits the spot.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Adams glass. White billowy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is strong lemon with a sutle sweetness.

The first sip goes down smooth with the next one even better. Nice traditional lagar smoothness with a slightly sweet aftertaste with very subtle tartness of lemon.

Well I could see myself with a six pack of this on a Saturday afternoon after a grass cutting session. Definately recommend for a summer beer!

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the lemon with some wheat notes thrown in. The flavor is similar. This tastes more like lemonade than it does a beer, but there is a little bit of wheat and biscuit malt to make it somewhat beer like. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much to like here, but I guess it tastes about like what the brewery was going for.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear as day golden color with a thing wispy white head which fades away rather quickly.Bitter lemon peel and coriander on the nose. As the beer airs artificial tart lemon scent becomes abundant.

Not nearly as tart and lemon-like as other "shandy" beers. Thin crisp body with bright effervescence. Beer starts with sweet malts and a touch of lemon followed by a slightly tart lemon flavor with a lactic acid feel to it. Dry grainy malts coat the side of the tongue. A touch of citric and piney hop pop up at the end for balance.

The beer is pretty decent but has some off flavors on the finish of band-aids and wet cardboard but their faint and don't take away from the beer too much. In my opinion much more drinkable than other fruit beers. Sam Adams has allowed the fruit to still be the star without overpowering. Not my cup of tea but for what it is, pretty refreshing and well brewed.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice golden yellow body with a quick dissolving head that leaves nothing. The smell is of fresh lemons and some hops. The taste is tart of lemon and with a little bit of hop on the back of the tongue. This beer is well carbonated and the mouth feel is great and overall a really good summer beer.

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Photo of tvljr
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always looking for a good Radler after my time in Germany while in the service and I try them as often as I can. I thought the name rather odd as the idea behind a Radler is that it's a good summer beer while participating in an activity like bike riding vice sitting in a porch rocker. But to the beer:

Pours a hazy yellow with a quickly dissolving white head that leaves nothing on the side of the glass.

Has a distinct lemon smell, more Real Lemon than German lemonade though.

Very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a very lemony aftertaste. A hint of hops though.

A pleasant beer to drink on a hot day. Still not as good as its Geman counterparts but a good effort by the boys in Boston.

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Photo of OverToad
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Always have loved SA and always will. They aren't afraid to try bold things and you gotta like that.

Im not a big lemonade beer fan but I thought what the heck when I saw this in the store and I grabbed two 6 packs for the cookout.

A: Looks straw yellow very clear.

S: Lemons and a ton of them upfront.

T: I actually liked the taste a lot. very tart at the end. Goes excellent with BBQ.

Overall I like it. Its very different and good for what it is. Way better than Shock tops and even better than Leinenkugel's summer Shandy.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.