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

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,468
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 47.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 284 | 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 BucBasil
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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

A: Looks very much like a light beer.

S: Very lemony with a bit of malt in there to balance the sweetness.

T: Mostly lemon tasting, with lemonade being the obvious big note here, as that's the flavor that was added, probably just on top of Sam Adams Light. Some malt in there, but mostly very sweet, a bit sticky on the palate, and almost cloying.

If this were the beach it might be a different story - I could see it being pretty refreshing on a hot day - but sitting in my house it's a bit too much. Not super bad, just not really my thing per se. I could see non regular beer drinkers really liking this... In a league with Shock Top/Blue Moon, etc.

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Photo of tronester
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow, with a big frothy white head. Aromas of light grain, and some lemon-lime sodapop. Taste begins with big lemon-lime flavor, followed by a dry cracker malt middle, and a lime peel, clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little bit light. Overall a decent tasting beverage at first, but it gets REALLY cloying after about halfway through, as its just too sweet and alcoholpop tasting.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into large weizen glass

A - crystal-clear golden yellow body loaded with visible carbonation; 2 fingers of white foam

S - lemon, spice, slight malty scent

T - sweet/sour lemonade, grassy and spicy hops, wheat-like malt flavors in the background; sour-lemony finish; reminiscent of a sour lemon candy

M - slick light body, high/prickly carbonation,

O - Fruit beers are not really my thing. This one turned out pretty much as I expected. Tolerable, but I figure I may as well just buy a bag of Lemonheads.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours like an American macro lager with a bit of lemon. That would be disappointing if that were as far as it goes.

The aroma has just that fruit going on. The taste similarly, has the fruit on top of a light beer taste. The aftertaste is the sour fruit.

At first I thought this was OK, but as it warmed it got bad. I don't want one of these again. Thankfully all I had was one.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange hue with 1/2 finger of fizzy off white head. The head fades quickly and there is no lacing left on the glass.

S: Smells of tart lemons and sugar, just like lemonade.

T: Tart and smooth lemonade flavor that finishes with a slight bitterness that cleanses the palate. Very fruity up front taste with hints of melon, lemon and sugary sweetness. Slight, very slight hop bitterness at the very end and the carbonation let you know you are drinking a beer.

M: Very thin mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

O: I think this is a good entry beer into the world of beer. A nice mix of lemonade and beer might help get non beer drinkers into drinking beer. Very refreshing lighter beer that is blended well with lemonade. A good beer for the style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity (chill haze aside) and vibrance. A slightly rocky one finger head of white shading fades away relatively quickly, leaving some lacing behind on the glass.

S: There's a definite lemon character here, along with a strong tea leaf note. A small touch of crackery malt hints that this is a beer, but if I didn't know any better, I'd reckon this is just lemon-flavored iced tea. To be fair, I like lemon-flavored iced tea - just not when it smothers its base beer.

T: As with the aroma, a finishing note of pale malts suggests this IS a beer - but only just. The first 2/3rds of the flavor profile are pure lemon iced tea, somewhat drowning out the base beer. This is better than, say, Mike's Hard Lemonade at least.

M: While it is quite sweet (very sweet, really), it makes an excellent thirst quencher. The wet finish suffocates the palate pretty strongly, but this remains easy to drink.

O: If nothing else, this would kick ass on a hot day. As a rule of thumb, though, I don't rate beer/something else hybrids or malternatives highly; this being no exception. I'd drink it over commercial ciders, BMC, or the like in this weather - but NOT over a well-done pure lager. Which incidentally, Sam Adams has a few of.

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Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a one finger white head. Decent lacing and head retention.

Aroma is on the sweeter side with lots of lemon and a hint of tea. A little orange is in there too. Not much to let me know this is a beer.

Lemon/Iced tea on the flavor with more orange. A very tiny bit of malt in the background but it is faint. Sweet with some tartness from the lemon. Sticky mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer although the sweetness limits drinkability somewhat. i would get it again, though.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Porch Rocker pours a clear golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a hint of lemon citrus like note, but smells more like lemon pledge cleaning wipes. The taste however has a nice crisp malty backbone, with a nice strong lemonade like aftertaste. Nice blend of beer and lemonade like flavors, very easy to drink. Overall WOW, a very good refreshing beer that is perfect for a summers day.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear golden amber with a thin fizzy quickly disappearing off white head! Expected though because of the citrus.

S- toasted grains, a bit of grassy hops, and a touch of lemon candy

T- nice lemony tartness throughout balanced by malt sweetness. Hop flavor is there but lacks bitterness. Not soapy at all.

MF- seems a bit light for the "helles" base beer but that's ok I guess. Highly carbonated and lemony burp inducing. Slightly filmy on the palate.

D- shandies, radlers, etc easily my least favorite style. At least this one has a decent base beer beneath it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Finally finishing up that 'ol summer mix pack...about halfway through summer.

Beer is completely translucent, dark yellow. A white head eventually turns to a thick ring, patchy cap, bits of lace.

Smell is lemony and bready, grainy. Maybe some bubblegum there. Reminds me of their Summer Ale minus spices. Quite simple as expected but not unpleasant, decent strength.

Taste really brings the lemon - almost laughably lemonade-ish. Slightly puckering even. A kind of overall citrusy feel with some herbal notes. Lager graininess and some baked bread in the finish.

Decent bodied with medium-low carbonation. The initial lemonade blast followed by bready finish is well done.

Pretty much a lemonade beer, not much else going on, but that's the point I suppose. "It is what it is."

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Photo of soju6
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a small head and no lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma of lemonade and not much else.

T: Taste of citrus, fruit and just a bit of malt sweetness. Not a real bitterness and a tart lemonade finish.

F: Light body and a feel of lemonade.

O: As I have been to Germany, I would not consider this a "Radler". This comes across as a Shandy with too much ginger ale, not bad but not what I crave on a hot Summer day

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Photo of MattyG85
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A fairly tart and sweet citrus lemon driven aroma. Big scent of lemon juice upfront along with some hints of orange. Smells a lot like a glass of lemon lime soda. Pale malt background with some hints of bready biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Very zesty with a slight hint of spice. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart taste driven by zesty lemon juice and backed by a light bready malt presence. Big taste of lemon lime juice throughout along with some orange. Soft bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Pilsner malt undertones. Kind of tastes more like a lemon soda than a lager beer but the malt is noticeable. Decent for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Fairly tart.

Overall: An ok fruit juice beer. Does what it sets out to be, a hot weather thirst quencher. More lemon soda like than beer but its a decent soda/beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.29/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissolved quickly into a thin lacing of beer that settled over the center of the beer. Honestly, it looks like a Budweiser. Ugly “yellow beer.”

Aroma: Very citrusy, and not much else. Maybe some grassy notes too, but really, all I’m really getting is lemon ad grapefruit.

Taste: Wow, very citrusy, like this is Samuel Adams’ version of Corona with lime, Landshark, or god-forbid, Bud-Light Lime (gag me with a fucking chainsaw). I get a lot of lemon/lime, some grapefruit, and even grapes, and some peaches, but no beer flavor, at all. Honestly, it reminds me of a wine cooler. Ah, ok, now I see. The label talks about German cyclists mixing beer and lemonade, so this is essentially a shandy. Now I get it. Still don’t like it, but I get it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some good carbonation to cleanse the palate and tickle the tastebuds.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, mainly because I don’t like shandys. That being said, the flavors are interesting and I’m assuming that it’s a pretty good example of what a shandy is supposed to taste like, and I think that it would be a great beer to use to try to convert those BMC drinkers, or Landshark drinkers or Corona drinkers to American craft beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first "Shandy" beer.

Pours a light yellow color, not much of a head at all, bubbles seem pretty fizzy, no lacing, very clear looking.

Smell is mostly sweet, malt dominated with a subtle lemon zest aroma.

Taste starts off with a lemon zing, sweet malt balances it out from being too tart, no hop presence whatsoever though, fairly one note with the lemonade aspect, carbonation is high but appropriate, fairly crisp finish considering the tart/sweet aspects.

I can see this being a good lawnmower beer, it's certainly refreshing enough.

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Photo of billybob
4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours a light golden in color less than a finger head and no lace to speak of. nice strong lemon citrus aroma with a bready wheat like lemon taste. light to medium mouthfeel that ends very clean. its 90 degrees today and this beer is doing the job very well.

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Photo of hreb
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best before November, served in pint glass. Crystal clear and pale yellow, with small bubbles rising to the surface, and a vanishingly small white head. Marginal aroma. Flavor is lemonade all the way. Refreshing and natural, but sweeter that it should, and with absolutely no hint that this is a Radler as opposed to a straight up hard lemonade (gotta disagree with Jason on that one...). The body is pretty thin and as a result it's hard to taste anything but lemonade here. But it's refreshing and would probably be quite enjoyable if that's all you were looking for. Not as fun as Kronenbourg Blanc, and only marginally less gimmicky.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale lemon orane with natural light backing shows a mixture of quick release macro-bubbles and misty beads of micro-bubbles. Chalky white head is fluffy and frothy, slight, and shows a decent amount of hold time. Lacing is speckled dashes.

S: Tart semi-dry lemons, small funk of oranges the strength leans toward the lighter side of medium. Tart lemonade.

T: The flavor is tart, lemon-tangerines, small funk and decent graininess you dont find with most shandys/radlers. Orange and lemon peel fade off the tongue with some fresh white grapefruit, citrusy tart lemonade.

M: Tingly carbonation, light on the tip of the tongue, tart.

O: Ive had quite a few shandys/radlers, though regarded as a fruit / vegetable. This is the respectable, crisp, refreshing hardly tastes like a beer, a good thing or bad thing? its all up to the consumer. A refreshing pool side, tart lemonade quencher that will make satisify the thirst on a hot summer day without being weighed down.

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Photo of hdf561
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a make your own 6 pack on 7/2/13 I picked it up because I have been really hitting the summer beers hard and the description on the bottle with the lemon ingredients mixed with a lager seemed right up my alley. I thought it might taste a little like Leinie Summer Shandy

Initial smell is very good can smell the lemon but not over powering, but enough to make that the dominant smell.

The first taste I didn't get any lemon it just tasted like your standard beer. The second sip I found it kinda lingering in the after taste, and it grew a little stronger with every sip. It has a different taste than Summer Shandy from Leinie but it is not bad. Leinie has a dominant lemon taste throughout the beer and is lighter this definetly favors the lager more than the lemon taste but it is enough to notice.

The beer was smooth with some after taste of mostly lemon but overall this was a solid beer that I would have again. I prefer the Summer shandy from Leinie but this is a good one as well.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Interesting beer. Drank first half ice cold and was not very impressed. The beer starts to taste a little better as it warms up though. Not too carbonated which I was ok with. It has obvious lemon flavors that are somewhat refreshing in the summer. It reminds me of a hard lemonade and beer hybrid, but leans more towards beer. It is worth trying, but I think cider fans will appreciate it more.

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Photo of mooseo
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear sunset gold with a 2 finger white head.

S - Lemon zest, herbal spices, light citrus, grainy malt.

T - Lemon juice and bready malt pretty much throughout. Sweet with a touch of tartness. Hints of peppery spice, grass, and grains on the back end.

M - Smooth, crisp, refreshing. Light bodied, high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer, although the lemon is a bit artificial tasting. The sweetness, while not cloying, is also a bit too much for my liking. But I do like the simplicity of the beer, and would be a great choice on a really hot summer day.

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Photo of scotorum
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I admit I had read the description of this ahead of time and was pretty sure I would not like it based on its apparent similarity to Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, which was like drinking unsweetened lemonade. But two PR's came with the Sam summer sampler twelvepack I bought on sale, so WTH, I am a fan of Boston Beer Co. products, and for $1 a bottle I'd give it a chance.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A nice clear gold, half finger head disappeared quickly and left little indication it had ever been there.

s: Lemony citrus.

t: A strong lemon-like flavor. Sorry Boston Beer guys. Just as I feared.

m: Light, but that strong lemon backbone just grates on my tongue.

o: By now you get the point. I really hate to badmouth any brew, especially by Sam, but this does not even begin to rock my porch.

In its defense, my thirty-year-old daughter and her boyfriend bought a twelvepack and claim to love it. They like Leinenkugel Summer Shandy too.

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Photo of KajII
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear golden straw yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished very quickly, down to a light scattered film with a small collar and had poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of citrus (lemon) right up front with a mild grain malt and a sweet yeast and had a hint of candi sugar.

The taste was very sweet and somewhat citrusy with a slight lemonade and sugar flavor running throughout. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow with a light lemony sugar taste fading away quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a strong medium carbonation.

Overall I was not impressed at all with this brew, it was more like lemon flavored seltzer water than a beer...


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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of lemonade. Taste is the same, lots of lemons, a touch of tartness, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying once, but I wouldn't want a steady diet of it.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow color and heavy moderation. Heavy citrus aroma. Initially tastes like carbonated juice or soda. As it moves over the palate you're hit with sweet citrus beer. Really refreshing yet at the same time the carbonation can be overpowering. A great summer beer for those who like or don't mind a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a light gold, big head of foam, good lacing.

S- very much a lemonade aroma, kind of on the sweet side.

T- has a decent taste of semi sweet lemonade, a bit more sourness would be nice. I get a bit of a grainy flavour a well.A pretty simple brew that's not bad and somewhat refreshing.

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, it fits.

O- an interesting try at a Radler but not worthy, imho, of any revisits.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.