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

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012)
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5/5  rDev +52.4%

Bqb5037, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Bill235, Jun 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Ljoreilly, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

MikeyJ777, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Hardcore, May 31, 2013
Photo of Steezballs
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Steezballs, May 31, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Porch Rocker in their summer variety pack for $13.29 at Meijers. It's a really warm night in Mid Michigan and i'm in the mood for something refreshing, I hope this fits the bill, so lets see how it goes. Notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and typical for most Samuel Adams beers, it looks ok. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left no lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, it didn't look bad, but the head and lacing were pretty weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of lemons that have a nice natural aroma to it along with a little lemonade like aroma when combined with the sweetness. Up next I get some malts that impart a grain and pretty bread like aroma with a slight bit of yeast in the background. The aroma is nice, it's pretty shandy like and the lemon has a natural aroma, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that was a little too much and was followed by a good amount of lemons that have a nice natural taste to them, but when combined with the sweetness it's tastes like a very sweet lemonade. Up next comes some light malts flavors with some grainy and bready malts coming through with just a slight bit of yeast in the background. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a lighter amount of medium tartness with a grainy and lemonade like aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting beer, the lemon aspect was nice, but there' too much sweetness with it that made for a heavy lemonade like flavor.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly crisp, refreshing, a little sticky, on the medium side of being light bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, I could go without the stickiness.

Overall I thought this was a pretty mediocre beer and an average example of the style, this beer was going in the right direction till i got to the sweetness, if that was toned down some I think this beer would be on par with most Shandys. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and refreshing, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention, I could probably drink a few of these on a warm summer day, but the flavors don't really keep me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, it really needs to be toned down in this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, I would rather have Summer Shandy since it isn't so sweet, I would recommend this to shandy lover who don't mind some sweetness with a shandy. All in all i wasn't that into this beer, there was just to much sweetness for me and it ended up being too overpowering and it made this beer drink much more like a lemonade than an actual beer. I appreciate the attempt but it just didn't come together as well as it could have, better luck next time Samuel Adams.

StoutHunter, May 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, May 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

MaltyMates, May 29, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't great, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Smells like ginger ale with lemon in it. This seems like something Budweiser would make. It doesn't smell bad (just like Bud Light Lime), but it also doesn't smell like beer (just like Bud Light Lime).

3.0 T: Again, this is ginger ale with lemon. Not bad, but not beer.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it.

3.0 D: This is an alcoholic soft drink. That said, it isn't really a beer, so I didn't know how to rate it.

DavoleBomb, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

csadkins54, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Robdrinx, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Part of another Sam Adams marketing gimmick. 12 pack shared 6 ways.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma brings wheat, fruity sugars, grain, lemons. The flavor brings lemon candies, fruity pebbles cereal. Really sweet with artificial fruit flavoring. Like a wine cooler. Not my thing.

Huhzubendah, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

brotherloco, May 29, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

Hdredfern, May 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

DMc8ride, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

gtk1989, May 28, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +3%

Got the summer variety pack, figure I'd try this one since it's a limited release. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a short, white, fizzy head that retains for a few minutes before dissipating to a thing white ring with small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grapes, lemon, reminds me of champagne a little.

T: Fairly sweet, crisp lemon flavor, wheat, grains, grapes, lemon, zesty, though one little catch is the ricola-lemon herb type after taste at the finish, making it a bit weird.

M: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, bit on the sweet side with a cough drop after taste.

O: All in all, this was alright, tasted good at first but afterwards the ricola feel kicked in and my feelings were mixed. I'd say its worth a try, not horrible and I could defiantly drink more, I'd save for when I have a cold, lol. .

Mavigo, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

WreckingBrew, May 27, 2013
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1.98/5  rDev -39.6%

I've fallen out of love with most Sam Adams beers over the last couple years and this may be the final straw. I really can only tolerate the true original Boston Lager.

The Porch Rocker is sickeningly sweet, akin to Country Time powder being poured into a light kolsch. Artificial tasting and cloying.

Some shandies come off quite good when mixed into a weiz beer, and this one has a nice color and decent smell up front. But the taste falls far below the bar and a big disappointment.

Avoid

Rukasu, May 27, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -0.6%

Got this yesterday on a whim. Honestly I was a little leary of getting it, because the idea of lemonade and beer mixed just didn't quite appeal to me. I'll say though that I was pleasantly surprised.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pale honey yellow color with a half inch head. Fair retention and little lacing.

Smelled like sugar and lemons with a little malty beer scent in the back. Think lemon squares with a beer poured on top.

Taste was better than I expected. Very refreshing. The lemonade isn't overpowering, balancing nicely with the lager.

Mouthfeel was balanced, not so thin that you can't tell you're drinking beer, but not so full to feel like "liquid bread".

Overall this is a good brew, appropriate for a hot summer day while you do some yard work.

Mumps, May 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39%

lic217, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Dope, May 26, 2013
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.