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

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
1,537
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
46.67%
 
 
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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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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 1,537
Photo of joe12pk
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear lemon/straw. Small head goes quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Lemon zest, malt, a little wheat.

T - Malts playing nicely with tangy lemonade. Some wheat and light hops.

M - Light

O - Very good lemon beer. Stay away from Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy if you're a beer lover. Porch Rocker puts it to shame. Great session brew on a hot day or whenever.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This is a bright gold crystal-clear beer with a small airy head. The nose--smells like lemon-fresh pinesol or some other countertop cleaner. Ugh, just sniffing it reminds me I need to clean my counter tops. Taste is sickeningly sweet with a sweet fake lemony flavor. It's not even tart and acidic. Just sweet. Pouring the rest out. Limited release? Good!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, another cog in the summer Sam Adams mixed-pack. Isn't a radler supposed to be an equal blend of fruit juice and beer? I haven't yet cracked this one, and already the sniff test comes up funky.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and almost urinal cake-like dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of melting coral reef lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of semi-sweet lemon/lime extract, as opposed to the actual juice, faint pale grainy malt, and an ever more ethereal straw-like hoppiness. The taste is more beer-forward that I might have been expecting, the gritty pale malt riding large in the saddle, equal, if not superceding the reined-in generic, and plainly angling for the tart side of things, lemon-lime 'flavour', with some hard to discern, but all the same detectable bland hop bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate, in a basic frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight and generally smooth, with a certain soda-esque astringency. It finishes off-dry, the lemon/lime (can't seem to come up with a proper portmanteau for this) essence still carrying the day, for better or for worse.

Not a bad-tasting lemon-lime (gah, I'm getting tired of writing that) flavoured German-style lager, however, its plainness puts it up against the full fruity beers out there, as opposed to the simple half-and-halfs of the proclaimed style. Nothing really worth seeking out, for that reason, and instantly forgettable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 6/24/14. Good to "October, 2014' on the side of the label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pilsner glass.

Pours a golden honey in color with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lacing when sipped. Good carbonation. The aroma is of of hops/grains with citrus. The taste is the same with some floral in the mix as well and ends of a strange tangy finish from the lemon. Overall, it was just OK.

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Photo of Lucular
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Would be a much lower rating except my wife liked it, so at least the two bottles from the Sam Adams variety pack didn't go to waste. Lemonade beer is definitely not my thing.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold in a tall glass.

B: lemon/citrus.

T: lemon/citrus with very little carbonation.

M: Eh.

O: Whenever I get a bottle of Miller or InBev mass-produced beer, I typically add lemon or lime juice to make it palatable. SA Porch Rocker tastes pretty similar and goes down smooth on a hot day. Not offensive-tasting but not tasty either, just an easy-drinking beer that reminds me of light beer with lemon. Although I've never understood the point of the Germans taking good beer and diluting it with lemonade to create a Radler.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very clear golden yellow. Very little head though, and what little there is does not stay around for the tasting. Gentle continuous flow of carbonation bubble flowing up the side of the glass.

S- Depending on what kind of a beer guy (or gal) you are this is a smell you will either love it or hate it. Lemonade citrus. Some would say there is not place for that in a beer but I tell you what, I like it. It's refreshing to the senses and just brings a smile to your face as you imagine a summer evening watching the sun go down. Just relaxing.

T- Citrus floral notes with lemon zest. There is a bit of a metallic undertone to it.

M- good all around balance. easy to drink.

O- A bit lacking in the flavor but still enough to keep the relaxation in motion on a hot summer day. Sit back and drink em down. Can hold up enough to drink a couple.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought this would be a great beer like the summer ale for the summer. Everything is there but very lack luster. this is the only Sam Adams that is a pour and drain. Very disappointed in this beer in thinking this would go along with the summer ale for my summer beers

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish gold with less then a finger of foamy head and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty muted with some hints at straw and wheat in the nose but is not giving much more.

The taste has a fruit flavor that is hard to place. There is a sweet strawberry flavor that seems to come out in just a fraction before dumping a big sugary smack toward the end. There some touches a bready flavor at the front before the flavor bomb hits the tongue and covers up any other flavor that's there.

The feel if the beer pretty light and goes down easy. It's low ABV makes for a good session beer if you enjoy the almost candy-like flavor that is the driving flavor of this beer.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance :'look like lager beer

Smell : grain , biscuity and lemons

Taste:' taste of grain and over powering lemon taste. It had a very tart sour taste to it. The session ability is low and probably could only drank one of this beers.

Mouthfeel : it had medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall : I had better fruit / vegetable beers then this one. It is just to much tart lemon lingering for my taste.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a single of this brew since summer season has been in session and still can't believe I haven't tried it yet. Lets see how this brew goes.

Appearance: Pours a straw, pale yellow that is pretty much see-through, but displays some pretty impressive bubbles. Head is not too bad, about half-inch. Lacing is quite nice, follows pretty much all the way down the glass. Not too impressed.

Smell: Noticed an over zealous aroma of lemon. Some grain-like malts, not too bad, but it is too hard to notice over the power of lemon. Some tartness is noticed. Not too much to my style.

Taste: Pretty much an over-powering taste of lemon and what is that, simple syrup? Overpowered, but upon second and third sips, I did notice some peppery flavors with earthy tones. Sweet, but some malt notes are noticeable. Not too impressed.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light, dry finish. Some sugary notes, but still drinkable. Unimpressed by the overpowering lemon and sugar.

Overall: I came into this brew with at least some decent expectations, considering Sam Adams brewed this. Was deeply unimpressed, tired of that word already. However, on the finish, I did notice SOME hoppiness flavors. I would not recommend to a friend, unless they enjoy those shandy beers, then you're on your own. Cheers!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Porch Rocker, from Samuel Adams. Radler. 4.5% ABV.

A: Nice, solid goldenrod color. No head or lacing.

S: Hint of lime. Not much going on here.

T/MF: Decent lemon/lime zest flavor. Fairly crisp. Slightly acidic (though not quite tart or sour).

Okay, but no Stiegl or Schoferhoffer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is one word, "Wow!" But I know to post something needs more than that...

Anyway, a dang good beer from Sam Adams. When they say it hits the spot on one of those hot summer nights, plenty here in F-L-A, I can tell you - it does. About the only thing I didn't like was its smell - the lemon scent didn't quite mix well with the hops. But other than that, it was fantastic. I was particularly impressed on the taste - crisp, refreshing, just the right hint of lemon mixing well with slight ale flavor. Definitely one of my new favs for Sam Adams.

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Photo of T6PP
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a golden color with a half inch of foam. It has a slight lemonade smell to it. It has very slight lemon taste to it and is not over powering. It has a very fizzy mouth feel that doesn't really linger. Overall it is a good beer and is worth drinking on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bnes09
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light straw lemon color. Thin head with weak retention and a few, small lace spots.
Aroma ifs one dimensional with lots of lemon and weak grains. Flavor follows the nose. Lots of lemon, hint of citric, leafy hop. Light and smooth. Crisp flavor and finish in the end. Pretty refreshing. A solid session beer or for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a blonde-straw color with a small fizzy white head that retains decently, before settling completely

S- lemonade, wheat, toasted malt with some grassy hop aroma

T- slightly tart lemonade flavor up front mixes with a sweet malty base with a hint of grassy hops on a dry finish

M- medium/light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a dry and crisp finish, high drinkability

O- it's an easy drinking beer that will only appeal to most on hot summer days, which is what it was intended for. For that, I'll probably drink a few this summer

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by October: P0934052633E)

A: Blonde yellow that is transparent. A bit of a frothy head on a good pour that rapidly vanishes.

S: Smells slightly citrusy, but more like the pith part, with some Helles in there. However, when I added the rest of the bottle on a hearty pour it smelled like lemon zest (or that little mist you get when you scratch the surface). That fades to a nice mellow citrus flavor.

T: Great mix of beer and lemons (lemonade). It is a Helles lager base, with a nice lemon twist in there. Drinks well and is a nice blend, without it seeming like a fruit drink that happens to be beer. It is like a beer version of half-and-half.

M: Not a lot of carbonation, it drinks a bit like lemonade.

O:

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clean straw golden with sudsy carbonation. Foam is ok.

Smell: Very mild lemon soap. Refreshing overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet lemon flavor with a heavy corn malt backbone. Mouthfeel starts thin but there is definitely some moderate carbonation. Definitely too cloying in the finish.

Overally: A so-so shandy.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance, yellow straw like color, with a small head.
Smells of lemon, like lemonade, and lemon peel.
Taste of bread, lemons, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is a little fizzy.
Overall, refreshing beer for the summer, or early spring time, enjoy.
Can not believe the summer pack is already out.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden copper with slowly riding bubbles. The white head disappears leaving a white ring of foam around the edges with no lacing.

Aroma: Malts and grains underneath some lemony citrus.

Taste: A clean malty backbone with some refreshing lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel: Tangy, a bit creamy and medium to light in body.

Overall: A refreshing beer for warm weather. Goes down easy.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-1/2 inch white head which receded rather quickly. Nice light golden color.

S-nice obvious hints of citrusy goodness

T-very fruity flavor yet not overpowering to my taste buds. Got a slight tart in the after taste

M- carbonation just right, tickles the tongue in a good way, watery feel

O- citrusy flavors are ok, as subtle as they were I think the beer would be better if they were taken down one more notch

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Photo of Slatetank
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a glass.

The color is crystal clear golden with thick white head that falls to a ring of small beads. The aroma has a slight citrus odor with sweet malt accent and light sprite-link aroma. The feel is decent yet still sweet with a moderate carbonation level stays sweet throughout with light acidity.

The flavor is more lemon soda than lager with a light lemonade-like sweet flavor with fizzy soda-like taste with mild malt flavor in the background with a slight yeast accent that accentuates the lemon soda sweetness toward the end giving more of a cooler-type flavor. This was not enjoyable as I expected. I have had other 'radler' type beer mixed bottles before that seemed like a better hybrid than this - I prefer something with more beer and less lemon soda in the taste.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.14/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish yellow, huge head with slight lacing, lazy carbonation visible.

S: Yeast up front, slight lemon follows. Would've like more lemonade in this.

T: Exact opposite of smell: Lemonade up front which turns tart in the middle, and as it fades away the yeasty taste comes out on the back of the tongue.

M: Thin body, slight but right amount of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing, a little too sweet if you aren't drinking this with food, but definitely my first approved summer favorite of 2014.

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Photo of Jonada
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best before August 2014. Served in a shaker pint

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head that dissipates to a thin ring and coating. Body is relatively clear.

Smell: Lemon soda, crackery malt, grain, slight grassiness. Aroma strength is relatively low.

Taste: Same as the aroma, lemon soda like sweetness, cereal grain, slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium prickly carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: Not really a whole lot going on here. This is pretty straightforward stuff, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Strictly as a beer this would rate lower, since the lemon component is really the most prominent, but for the hybrid sort of beverage that it is, it works well.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.