Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #893
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #47,847
Avg:
3.34 | pDev: 17.96%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
1,736
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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christinamaria from New York

1.3/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not my taste. The color is light; the smell is neutral with no warning of the taste. It doesn't taste like beer; it has a watery harsh flavor. Overall tart and thin. Stuck with more of it as I bought it in an assortment case.

Jul 25, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Must be materially improved since its debut. It's great.
A) Mostly clear straw body, as with fruit added loses its head and lace.
S) Lemon and orange peel, on a bright hop, helles lager base.
T) It's cleaned up nicely with peppery hop.
F) A bit thin, but clean, totally beer-like.
O) I like this and the women and summer afternoon guests would too.

Jul 16, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a translucent, golden yellow body with no real head to speak of.
S: sweet, lemony citrus smell, like a spiked lemonade.
T: light, peachy and lemony taste with a tangy aftertaste.
M: refreshing, crisp, and very light.
O: cool and refreshing beer, but not much too it.

Jul 11, 2020
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Evan_Legere from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not my type. Reminds me of a sour beer but more fruity, and not in a pleasant way. Reminds me of grapefruit juice. Is refreshing on a sip or two, but it makes me feel like im gonna get acid reflux after a bottle.

Jun 24, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass.

Pours light gold and crystal clear. A nice head clears quickly.

Lemon, orange, ginger, and white pepper aromas.

The brew is sweet and lemony. It doesn't seem artificial at all which is good. Otherwise, it's basically a non-offensive beer-ish fruity lemony drink.

The mouthfeel is predictably good. Medium light, drying and decently fizzy.

I know I should try to "rate to style" but this isn't really a true beer. I've often thought--if someone would put one of these together but actually add some mild hopping, they would have quite the "thing." This isn't it. If you want a lemony shandy, Leine's is better.

Jun 13, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many moons ago Boston Beer Company really went after the trend of shandy beers everyone was doing in the US. Now they even went as far as to develop/ acquire Traveler Beer Company whois hipster marketing and the quirky commented website was targeted at the trendy beer geek who wanted independent brewing and an array of shandy flavors, but the trend didn't last. Today we're left with Porch Rocker, which is summer seasonal on a limited release aimed at giving a mix of German hops and Samuel Adam's signature malt character with a orange soda mix. No data is present on the blended soda so let's assume it is 50/50 ratio.

Unlike Stiegl this is a filtered clear and orange appearance with high carbonation leaving a semi-massive head requiring a gentle pour technique. Light lacing and smell of orange-like citrus and a bit of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste is similar, tart orange/ citrus notes upfront, solid german malt finish that is still detectable making this perhaps more authentic in the concept of what a Radler truly is but the German originals tend to blend this with a less noticeable golden ale. The mouthfeel is light and the finish is crisp.

Very sessionable and would make good for a cookout, poolside, boating brew, or for what cycling b/c that is what Radler is in German.

Jun 04, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When it's just the guys hanging on the porch, what better beer than the properly named Porch Rocker. This Sam Adams radler is a refreshing option on a hot day. The combination of beer and citrus flavoring really satisfies your Summer thirst for a beer while also drinking like a sweet glass of grandma's lemonade. It has an inviting yellowish color with a frothy head that vanishes quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. With each sip you can't help but notice the delicious citrus smell. Overall a solid fruity beer!

May 25, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Pours a pale orange-straw with a big frothy white head, which dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Lot of citrusy notes, particularly orange, lime, and lemon/lemon candy. Lemon and orange peel, Very basking in sweetness, and besides maybe somethig grassy, I smell no hops or anything dank that would be opposite of this fruity smell. Perhaps almost like a lemonade.

Sweet and tart lemon is basically mostly the flavor, along with some wheat too. Can taste the lime in it as well, which kind of reminds me of a Sprite or some other ginger ale somewhat. Slightly syrupy/sweet, not at all hoppy but pleasant. Body is light.

Apr 27, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - 12 oz can, poured into a tulip glass. Pale yellow in color with a big frothy head, most of which dissipates and leaves behind some lacing.
Smell - Citrus, mainly lemon, and a fair bit of sweetness. Almost smells like a lemon candy, and a bit artificial. hops are not detectable.
Taste - indeed a Radler: sweet, slightly tart, and almost no taste of beer. light malts detected towards the finish.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, and low ABV at 4.5%.
Overall - it's a light beer, but appropriate of the style. a crushable and refreshing beverage at a summer BBQ.

Apr 24, 2020
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SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A very unimpressive American take on the traditional German style Radler. Instead of a proper lemonade and beer, this is just a watered-down Sam Adams with very artificial lemon additive. Not sure how to describe it besides somehow tasting the scent of a Lemon febreze. Not very impressive, gut goes down much easier than most others. If you're looking for a refreshing can the way its supposed to be, look to the German imports

Mar 28, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle was needed to reach a finger of fizzy and soapy off-white foam with short retention and sliding spots of lace. Dark orange-straw color, clear with fine rising bubbles.

Artificial smell of orange and lemon with fresh citrus in the background, malt is very faint.

The taste is semi-sweet with low bitterness, the citrus is more towards the fresh side. Pale malt is noticeable, tart and sour tastes of citrus with lime and under-ripe melon arrive with some bread and dough. The finish is quick and refreshing, a mild sour candy aftertaste lingers a while.

Light body with reserved carbonation throughout, nice balance of tart/sour and sweet. A summertime brew, for the sour fans.

Nov 20, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes 11/7/13: Pours a clear deep straw producing 2+ fingers of slightly off-white, frothy head that leaves motes and wisps of lacing. Aroma is citrus: heavy to lemon/lime in a background of pale malt and a hint of lager yeast. Taste is lemon-lime and as with many of these summer Shandy type beers is similar to original Gatorade with a splash of mineral water. Finishes thin and lemon-lime citrusy with pepper spice. Aftertaste is citrus and mineral in a thin bitterness. If I did not know better I might think I was drinking a low level ABV version of Sprite.

Nov 09, 2019
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Melovebeerbecaisritisgood from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Consumed from a bottle tight after it was bought.

Look: Has more of a dark look to it.

Smell: Smells like lemons and limes. Great smell. Smells like it has a ton of flavor.

Taste: strong lemon and lime tasting. Well balanced. Sweet but not overly sweet. Does not have an overly powerful tatse.

Feel: Feels smooth. Went down perfectly.

Over all: was a great beer that was full of flavor. It was sweet but not overall sweet. Tastes strong lemon and lime flavor. It Went down smooth.

Oct 03, 2019
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moneymike928 from New York

1.86/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My first experience with a Radler. I’m a bias reviewer, as I tend to only rate beer styles I like, and usually refrain from negative comments on styles I don’t drink.
Beer pours beautiful, leaving a crisp fresh head, and an explosion of lemon zest on the nose.
The taste, well, I can’t get past this one. It’s as though someone poured a splash of lemon pledge into a Stella. Syrupy fake flavor lingers on the tongue, forcing me to take another sip in the hopes to wash it away.
Not ever again.

Aug 29, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear copper with a large, off-white head with great retention and no lacing, this looks solid. The nose is lemony and bright with a definite lemonade character along with toast and a little honey. The palate opens tangy and lemony with lemonade to go with a deeper, maltier , breadier base beer than I was expecting. A light caramel note is also present. Light, crisp and drying on the finish, a little watery with some lingering lemon peel and candy present. Drinkable, exceedingly so, though not particularly deep.

Aug 25, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange reddish with not much head. Has a lemon aroma and taste.mouthfeel is light and kind of fizzy. Aftertaste is of lemons. Outstanding brew, I am sure the beer aholes on ba will pan it. If you put it in a Founders, Burial or any other "in" brewer package it would get 5's. Remember, most of the brewers, beers and probably this site don't exist without Boston Beer Co. And if you ain't down with that, I got two words for ya

Jun 28, 2019
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kookiedoktor from Connecticut

2.54/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reddish color; fast dissipating head; fizzy; the lemon beer flavor is okay but it cloys half way through. My best take on this is novelty; second bottle not required. Sweet lemon seltzer with dash of bitter.

Jun 25, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Crystal clear Amber with a white head that dissipates quickly and completely. it looks like apple juice, not beer; Nice mild beer smell; mildly carbonated. The flavor is sweetish, fruity, very mild. Not awful, but not great, either.

Jun 18, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: light golden clear with a nice medium lasting head and lace

S: light malt with fruity front end with a hint of sweetness and very clean

T: follows smell, very well balanced with a very clean refreshing finish

M: well rounded light to medium finish on tongue, lingers mildly for great enjoyment

O: A great beer, smooth, refreshing and tastefully done

Jun 09, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw color with a finger of white head.

From this point on, this offering is not really a beer in the traditional sense. It's citrusy sweet with a touch of "beerness."

Refreshing? Possibly. But, I suppose other malt-ernatives can be considered refreshing. Leinenkugel's seems to have cornered this area of the beer market. Serious brewers should leave that to a subsidiary and focus on making real beer.

Jun 09, 2019
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dimwit_flathead from California

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the last beer in a 24 bottle case I was given of 4 different Sam Adams beers. So far the original has turned out the best (and that's not saying much; I hated it).

Poured into a 12 ounce bar glass. Little to no carbonation. Quickly vanishing head. Smells sweet and malty. Like malt liquor with lemon. Tastes like a malty, lemony soft drink. Even though the lemon tastes more like imitation than real lemon, this is like a 7-up with alcohol.

Jim Koch, I'm giving Porch Rocker a thumbs up because all your other beers suck so badly. For you, this is a miracle. It's actually drinkable.

Jun 06, 2019
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Herd79 from West Virginia

5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer period... It's more than a summer beer to me, in my area it sells out weekly. If want an old budweiser you will probably hate it, lemon flavor that is really smooth and tart.

May 28, 2019
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Calion from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is not technically just beer. It is a radler, which are popular in Germany. Many Germans mix their beer with lemonade, Sprite, Ginger Ale, among many others. My German grandmother always mixed her beers with Sprite. I believe the tradition started as a way to make the beer lighter and more "refreshing." At any rate, it tastes good, even if it isn't strictly a "beer."

Apr 15, 2019
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Abraxos77 from California

2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First sip? Just plain weirdly sweet...second sip?mild tartness,sorta interesting ..third sip...okay but not a fan.You are either gonna luv it or hate it. I won't be buying it again..but a cupla bottles in a sampler were ok.

Apr 01, 2019
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DaveyCream from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another pretty good seasonal beer by Samuel Adams. For me, I can drink a few Porch Rockers and still feel pretty good. It has that lemonade smell to it which makes it perfect for the summertime. The taste is like lemonade with beer mixed in there. Also has a pretty tart after taste. At first I was not a fan, but grew to like it as I drank it more and more. Goes down how a "spiked" lemonade would normally. Pretty smooth besides the tart. Definitely not something everyone will love, but I like it and will definitely get a few six packs through the summer. Not many restaurants have it, so gotta get it in the stores.

Mar 24, 2019
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