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

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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.78/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Third bottle poured into a De Koninck chalice. I have also tried it straight from the bottle, as well as in a pint glass.

Appearance - A very saturated urine-yellow. Bubbly with less than impressive carbonation. Transparent with the straight look that someone whizzed in a glass. I suppose there is a bit of a sunburnt straw look to it as well.

Smell - Very light citrus and of course, lemon. A very faint watered down malt note. The scent of lemon cleaning supplies overwhelms all other smells.

Taste - As I said at the top, this is my third time trying this beer - As well as my third time being slightly dissapointed with it. You are first greeted with a bit of a sour lemonade taste that appears refreshing in the beginning. Unfortunately, that cleaning supply smell transfers over a bit to the taste. Light citrus sparkles on your tongue, but fades quickly into the same-old typical malt you taste in every other Samuel Adams beer out there. Light? Yes. Refreshing? Only when you can prevent cringing when the chemical taste finds you randomly.

Mouthfeel - As explained above, the chemical taste can really get to you. The taste of the beer itself isn't bad, but it is when I leave it in my mouth that I become appalled.

Overall - Another disappointing 2012 seasonal from Samuel Adams this year. To be honest, I loved the seasonals right up until last years Oktoberfest. I'm not sure what happened, whether to blame a taste-change or the brewery, but each Samuel Adams I try is filled with an unbalanced mixture of hops and malt. The lemon in this tastes very unnatural. I was disappointed with the Whitewater IPA this year as well, and Noble Pils hasn't tasted the same to me either. I will not be purchasing this again. It sits low in the fruit/vegetable beer category, and I would much rather drink a Leinenkugels Summer Shandy when it comes to a refreshing summer drink spiced with lemon.

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Photo of JLeF12
1.8/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I love Sam Adams but this beer was not to my liking. Very sweet, lemony taste too sweet for a beer, it was as if I was drinking a Bud Light Lime.

If you like the lemony taste, drink the Summer Ale. The Summer Ale this year I have found to be particularly refreshing. The Porch Rocker just didn't cut it for me.

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Photo of Peppercorn_Bingbong
1.91/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Surprisingly bad.
Reminiscent of cheap beer vomit with an aftertaste of lemon.
Hints of effort do shine through, though its veiled by the taste of average beer with a modicum of metallic vomit and a general feeling of disappointment. Crisp carbonation can hide some of the terrible flavor if its cold enough.

Far from being something I'd drink again, but not so terrible I would kill myself.

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Photo of Rukasu
2.04/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

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.


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Photo of redfire89
2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Bright, clear yellow with a lot of buubles and a thick head.
Smell- Like lemon dishwashing soap
Taste- It starts with a barely tolerable lemon and malt flavor but finishes with a nasty soap aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very watery, would be refreshing if it tasted better.
Overall- I thought this beer would help Sam Adams replace Coastal Wheat but that beer is better. This reminds me of Bud Light Lime, same soap taste.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.22/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma, lemon,tangerines. Appearance, clear orange, No head. Taste was sticky orange lemon tangerine. Some hops, but mostly a light summer beer, though the overly sweet taste made it less refreshing than advertised. Feel, flat, thick for a lighter beer. Drinkable, but low on the totem pole of summer fruit beers.

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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 mikeg67
2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours pale straw with white, long lasting tall head and soda like carbonation, some lacing. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is lemonade and pale malt. Finish is short and unremarkable. This brew does not resemble beer.

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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 IIPAHOP
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Not a favorite for me. Very high in Citrus taste. Light in color. Smell was Citrus. Just not my type of beer. I enjoy heavy beers with some kick and taste.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This is a bright gold crystal-clear beer with a small airy head. The nose--smells like lemon-fresh pinesol or some other countertop cleaner. Ugh, just sniffing it reminds me I need to clean my counter tops. Taste is sickeningly sweet with a sweet fake lemony flavor. It's not even tart and acidic. Just sweet. Pouring the rest out. Limited release? Good!

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Photo of Lucular
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Would be a much lower rating except my wife liked it, so at least the two bottles from the Sam Adams variety pack didn't go to waste. Lemonade beer is definitely not my thing.

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Photo of noel2977
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is like drinking sugary cereal - a maltbomb of fruit loops. I feel my teeth aching from the sugar. There is a crispness to it - perhaps this needs to be consumed on a super hot summer day outside without any AC.
S - Lemon - but almost artificial, overwhelming any malt profile.
T - Lemony, with a thin profile of malt behind it. Finish doesnt really exist, except for a underwhelming cloying last of sugar

Ah - I dont like it. Not sure if this is supposed to compete with the lager-shandy crap produced today, but this isnt good. Avoid.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought this would be a great beer like the summer ale for the summer. Everything is there but very lack luster. this is the only Sam Adams that is a pour and drain. Very disappointed in this beer in thinking this would go along with the summer ale for my summer beers

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance :'look like lager beer

Smell : grain , biscuity and lemons

Taste:' taste of grain and over powering lemon taste. It had a very tart sour taste to it. The session ability is low and probably could only drank one of this beers.

Mouthfeel : it had medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall : I had better fruit / vegetable beers then this one. It is just to much tart lemon lingering for my taste.

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Photo of futiledevices
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Kinda knew what I was getting into with this one, but sometimes ya just want to try something cheap and refreshing on a hot day. This beer is very sweet and lightly tart with a slightly zesty aroma with some light malt. Somewhat of a metallic tartness on the end with a sickly sweet aftertaste that (fortunately) dissipates within a few seconds.

Not great, not completely offensive. Might pick this over other nationally distributed shandies.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Clear gold with an insta-vanish thin white head. My beer is naked. Naked on the porch.

Smells like smooth lager pale malt and initially apple juice caramel. Lemon becomes more discernible after some warming.

Tastes like a solid Helles with some herbally lemonade as an afterthought.

Needs more lemon. Or less. As I see it SA could have gone two ways with this - a great Helles with a mild hint of lemon or a lighter beer bursting with lemon. They took the middle and the beer and the lemon compete rather than merge.

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Photo of Radome
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Straw colored with just the slightest hint of orange. Perfectly clear. Head is initially moderately thick and made of huge bubbles. There are also many bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass. The head quickly fades to just a wisp in the center of the surface. Very little lacing. The appearance is more soda-like than beer-like, except for the color.

S - Aroma is full of lemon-tinged sweetness, like a Sprite or 7-Up. No malt or hops. There is a faint earthy, herbal note that could be some spices.

T - I find nothing beer-like in the flavors. The tastes follow the nose, giving the impression of a very light, inoffensive beer that has been watered down with lemon soda. Nothing off or bad, it's just that there's almost nothing beer-like either.

M - Light body. Crisp, sharp carbonation. No alcohol presence. Very low hops bitterness. Slightly cloying sweetness in finish.

O - Now that I read the bottle label (after starting the review), I see that this beer perfectly matches its description. It is a light beer that has been lightened even more with some lemon soda or at least lemon flavors and water. Why? I don't know and I won't be looking for this one again. If I want a shandy, I'll mix my own and at least not have to pay full premium beer prices for something that was conveniently watered down before I bought it! This is a mega-brewer tactic that is not worthy of Sam Adams.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served in a Great Divide shaped pint
Best before October 2013

A - Clear pale golden color with a fizzy white head vanishes quickly.

S - Lemon lime soda, kiwi, lemon alka seltzer, honey, medicinal phenolics

T - Follows the nose, lemon/lime soda, artificial honey sweetness, odd floral noes, medicinal characters, herbal hops, lager yeast, chalky mineral notes. Tries to finish crisp but the malty sweetness dulls it out.

M - Low stingy carbonation, wet body with a semi effervescent finish.

Kinda reminds me of sprite without less carbonation. The odd sweetness dull out any attempt of a crisp feel. I wont be revisiting this.

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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 Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow beer with a medium sized white head that doesn't last long. Looks like PBR.

Smells of lemon and grain with a little sweetness to it. Smells like a Radler.

Starts out sweet and tart with a strong lemonade flavor. Lager with lemonade, all you have to know about this beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall more soft drink than beer, not a favorite.

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Photo of KLHBB
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I didn't like this. It smelled like dill and tasted like soap. Everything else in the Samuel Adams variety pack is much better! I appreciate different styles and experimentation but this isn't for me.

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Photo of chinchill
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a golden body with decent head and lace. There is lemon and wheat and sweet malt in the nose.

Taste is too sweet for me, with sugar and lots of carbonation, almost like a cola. This definitely isn't my bag. I could recommend in hot weather with spicy food.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

12 oz can pours a clear gold color with a large cap of fluffy white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose smells like a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea. Sweet and lemony.

Taste has a bit too much lemonade-esque flavor and the lager a bit to biscuity, bordering on light toast. Id like a less sweet version with a more neutral malt profile. This is far from my favorite radler and Id probably rank this below Lienenkugel's Summer Shandy on my request list.

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