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

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,481
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 47.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 289 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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.


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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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Photo of EvoRich
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams makes a great variety of stuff. Some good, some bad. I'm always willing to try new stuff from them.

Look: Poured a litte into a glass just to see the color. Very pale, clear yellow. Otherwise, I just drink it from the bottle.

Smell: Lemon with some wheat and bread.

Taste: Lemon, wheat, crisp. Very light, good for a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, again, good for a summer day, I think.

Overall: I don't have much to say about this beer. It's pretty decent. A good beer for a hot day, very crisp and refreshing. It's pretty adequate, and I'd gladly drink it.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like a shandy every now and then, especially in warmer weather. However it is always hard to rate them because it is a blend. The appearance was a nice hazy yellow with a smell of a lot of citrus. The taste is a pretty standard shandy with a very light feel to it. If it's a hot day and you need something to cool yourself off, this is a very refreshing beverage. However, don't go into this thinking that you're going to get something groundbreaking.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly golden/yellow, small white head, good carbonation, no time for much lacing with such a small head, but good lacing for a few seconds.

Smell: corn, like a macro brew.

Taste: Lemon, not much malt or hops.

mouthfeel: creamy, nice carbonation

Definitely a nice session beer, refreshing, not much character, but totally refreshing and perfect for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of scanny24
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite summertime beer. Not quite a shandy, though not far off. The lemon flavor is evident and I like how, at least to this point, they haven't tried to do too much to it. No other fruit or spices to take away from the German Lemonaide makes it very enjoyable. It is just an excellent, refreshing, summertime beer that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

Appearance: A two finger head that has fair retention. The head is white and creamy with some foam. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium yellow color and the clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubbles are visible. Overall the appearance is just okay, the head could have had better retention.

Nose: The malt has a toasty note with some biscuit, grain, and grassy notes. A mild fruity aroma, similar to a white wine. Lemon is present, with some floral aroma.

Taste: Toasted malt with biscuit, grain, grass, and yeast notes. The lemon flavor brings a fruitiness to the beer. The hop profile is subtle but has a floral note that is more forward.

Mouth feel: The beer is kinda creamy, with carbonation, and coating.

Overall: This is beer is just okay. I just find this beer meh. Nothing in the beer stands out.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow, nice carbonation, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Straw wheat, artificial lemon, sugary.

T-Unbalanced a sweet but tarting lemonade flavor. Lemon is mildly artificial. Too sweet. Nothing in the finish.

M-Light, watery, not much carbonation, almost flat.

O-Just a bad beer. Maybe if Shadys are your thing try it, but everything seemed to be off on this one.

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Photo of Kooz
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice, light, bubbly, some white head, yellow colored. Looks appetizing...

Smells lemony, but not like a detergent or cleaner (which you run into sometimes). It's balanced by a light, wheaty scent lingering just behind it. It's nice.

Tastes a little too sweet, a little too lemony (like lemonade). I can see how it would be refreshing on a hot afternoon, maybe rocking on a porch swing, but it's not for me while I'm in a mood for beer.

Excellent mouthfeel, as is standard for The BBC. It's full-bodied and creamy, yet light. The aftertaste is a little too sweet though. Almost sticky.

This is a decent selection, and might be a nice choice to introduce a non-beer drinker to craft beer (or at least micro-brews, if The BBC is still that).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lemon notes with lightly sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet lemon notes with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is light with average carbonation. Bland shandy.

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Photo of ranger7
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got a 6-Pack from a guest.
From the bottle into a stange.
(Review from notes)

A - Bright and light. Gold. Small bright white head which quickly fades.

S - Lemonade. Refreshing.

T - Sweet and sour, to be expected.

M - Heavier than a light beer, lemony aftertaste, little carbonation.

Summary - This is technically a Radler. It's inoffensive, but very lemony. This is really like 50/50 lemonade/beer. This is not a bad beer, but I would only have it on a hot Summer's day.

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

A: looks like someone peed in my imperial pint glass!
S: lemonade, grass
T: best lemonade beer that I've had... and that's not saying much.
M: tart, light, citrussy, little bit of leftover tang on the back of my throat
O: kickin' it with the ladies?...take this to the party = you'll earn brownie points

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Photo of arizcards
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of the summer sampler case in late June.

Beer poured a deep gold with an average head on the initial pour.

Nose is lemony.

Taste is a hybrid glass of lemonade/beer. The sourness of the lemon is offset by the sweetness of the malt base so it works okay.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall, not a bad beer. Definitely good on a 105 degree day in Phoenix.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.