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

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BA SCORE
76
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1,087 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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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THECPJ

Delaware

1.75/5  rDev -47%

01-21-2014 01:49:33 | More by THECPJ
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dmorgan310

Panama

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-28-2014 20:28:12 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle near the end of the best by date on the label: Nov. 2012.

It pours a clear, golden-amber color, The small head has weak retention and leaves little lace. Lemons dominate the background of wheat malt in both the aroma and flavor. More lemonade than beer, it has a rather sugary taste.

O: [2.75] This is a high (for style) ABV radler with, I think, more lemon flavor than average. I feel it is a little too sweet, with lemon flavor that seems too artificial. In addition it lacks sufficient balance from hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:49:41 | More by chinchill
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

09-30-2012 04:26:08 | More by harpus
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-14-2013 14:50:40 | More by rolltide8425
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

06-24-2013 17:55:52 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-23-2013 16:24:47 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +41.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 23:46:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 22:28:58 | More by Bitterbill
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 04:59:39 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:49:37 | More by bluejacket74
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:05:33 | More by tone77
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big on the lemonade flavor. I could see some people liking this in the summer but it is more along the lines of a Shandy I would think....think lemon drops covered in sugar...nothing real tart or anything...but not overly sweet or cloying. I'm not much into beers like this but rating it on his merits for what it is it is solid.

Scores reflect for what it is designed to be. Personally I would not buy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:26:22 | More by ZAP
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.1%

03-12-2014 17:18:26 | More by RBorsato
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vfgccp

New York

3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-29-2013 22:50:26 | More by vfgccp
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illidurit

California

3/5  rDev -9.1%

07-05-2013 05:28:16 | More by illidurit
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is probably one of my least favorite beers that Samuel Adams has brewed. I have tasted this kind of beer before but I can't remeber which brewery....maybe Magic Hat....either way...very fruity, some spice. Definitely a summer beer. Just ok for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 22:43:18 | More by WoodBrew
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.75$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Corn, bread, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/wheat mixed with lemon and a touch of ginger. I'm not getting any of the hops advertised on the bottle. It ends with a grainy lemony slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Reminded me a bit of a bud light lime. It's better though.. but not by much. It's drinkable but not something I'd buy again. It's probably good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:29:16 | More by spinrsx
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-13-2012 01:03:52 | More by Duff27
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-18-2013 18:48:12 | More by mrfrancis
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

07-06-2013 02:08:44 | More by Haybeerman
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cjgator3

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

06-28-2014 03:13:53 | More by cjgator3
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle notched off at Oct 2013. Sampled on June 9, 2013.

It looks pretty good and within the style with a pale yellow color and a long-lasting foamy white head. Busy carbonation. The way it looked was my favorite characteristic.

Because the aroma was just way too fruity for my tastes even for a fruit/vegetable beer. I like it to be more subtle not explosive with citrus, lemon, and orange like this one was. I barely found any malts on the nose.

The body was typical for the style falling into the light range.

The taste was a lot like drinking recently squeezed lemon juice mashed in with pale malts and barley. I guess that's the way it was supposed to taste considering the style. This will find a definite audience because it would be refreshing on a hot and humid day. Maybe if I try it again in mid-July when it's 90 degrees I might appreciate it better.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 16:45:59 | More by puboflyons
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Brenden

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 06:56:51 | More by Brenden
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wrightst

Maryland

3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice summer beer. Its appearance is very nice, like any medium toned or summer beer with a white head of no real distinction. Of course, you don't drink the looks.
The taste and smell is distinctly lemonade, which is predictable since they add it into the beer. Not a shandy by two whoops and a whirl, which works to its credit. This is as advertised - refreshing. I can easily imagine it as more so on a hot summer day.
If you are not a fan of fruit beer, this won't change you. It's too much lemon to be on the hefewiezen level of citrus or even pale or india pales. More even than a s beer with a lemon wedge. Still, as I mentioned, the lemon is not as in your face as a shandy. If you have a friend who likes those hard cider things and hard lemonade, this may bridge the gap towards beer for them.
Drink beer, be happy!
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:54:36 | More by wrightst
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.