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

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75
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1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 134 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012)
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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1/5  rDev -69.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a polished dark straw golden.. almost no head and no lacing.

The nose is lemon zest and a hint of pale maltiness.

Flavor is pretty much the same.. the lemon is sorta powerful up front and dies quickly leaving just the essence lingering on the palate.

Body is light with a bigger carbonation.

Interesting enough take on a "Shandy" without actually adding lemon juice and sugar.

3.25/3/3/3/3.25/3.25

***
Bashing notes despite my above decent review:
-tastes like essence of Lemon Windex.
-Is SA doing this one as a test to take on Leiny's Shandy success?
-If you are not fishing with the girls, this is a man-card surrender immediately.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow with a fizzy white cap. Some lingering foam, scant lacing. Big lemony aroma, zesty with notes of less harsh citrus (a bit of tangerine sweetness perhaps). Slightly peppery with slight wheat sourness. Lemonade character really overpowers the flavour, but it's tasty and refreshing if you like that sort of thing. Bitterness was lowish up front but lingered, and there was a hint of white pepper in the finish. Mild maltiness throughout and wheat character. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly sticky and sweet texture. Overall, it was interesting, but not something I'm likely to go back to.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Scored in the summer variety pack.

Pours a cloudy yellow, a duller hefeweizen kind of appearance going for itself. Aroma of lemons. Its minorly sweet, for a shandy beer, its probably below average, which gives a bit of the beer aspects of the aroma to eek out.

Plenty of lemon in the taste, wheaty and other citric notes after that. A real soft wheat/grain/hop edge. Its surprisingly enjoyable, I'd rather drink this than Boston Lager on a hot day, a little tart, a little sweet. Call it a guilty pleasure maybe.

Still nothing I would drink more than 12oz of in any given 24 hour period. Its a nice beer to start out or have early in the drinking experience. Couldn't see it working in anything below 60 degrees outside. Carbonation good, beer neither too light or too heavy. I'd say my score goes up 1/2 grade on this beer when its 90 degrees or above outside.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with a one-finger head into my glass. Carbonation level looks good.

Sweet malt with a touch of lemon essence in the nose. The difference here is that the lemon isn't supposed to overpower the base beer.

Clean, crisp and "lemony". Actually, more lemon meringue than Mikes. It compliments the grainy texture of the malt. Otherwise, nothing much else of note.

Lingering lemon and grain. Very faint.

I like it. Can't say that I'd rate it very high but if you must sample this style, go with this over the Saranac example. Of course, I'm expecting the Shock Top example to fall flat. Radler, Shandy, call it what you want.

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1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  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.

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  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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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +42.1%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of spinrsx
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.