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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 vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Porch Rocker pours a clear golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a hint of lemon citrus like note, but smells more like lemon pledge cleaning wipes. The taste however has a nice crisp malty backbone, with a nice strong lemonade like aftertaste. Nice blend of beer and lemonade like flavors, very easy to drink. Overall WOW, a very good refreshing beer that is perfect for a summers day.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear golden amber with a thin fizzy quickly disappearing off white head! Expected though because of the citrus.

S- toasted grains, a bit of grassy hops, and a touch of lemon candy

T- nice lemony tartness throughout balanced by malt sweetness. Hop flavor is there but lacks bitterness. Not soapy at all.

MF- seems a bit light for the "helles" base beer but that's ok I guess. Highly carbonated and lemony burp inducing. Slightly filmy on the palate.

D- shandies, radlers, etc easily my least favorite style. At least this one has a decent base beer beneath it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Finally finishing up that 'ol summer mix pack...about halfway through summer.

Beer is completely translucent, dark yellow. A white head eventually turns to a thick ring, patchy cap, bits of lace.

Smell is lemony and bready, grainy. Maybe some bubblegum there. Reminds me of their Summer Ale minus spices. Quite simple as expected but not unpleasant, decent strength.

Taste really brings the lemon - almost laughably lemonade-ish. Slightly puckering even. A kind of overall citrusy feel with some herbal notes. Lager graininess and some baked bread in the finish.

Decent bodied with medium-low carbonation. The initial lemonade blast followed by bready finish is well done.

Pretty much a lemonade beer, not much else going on, but that's the point I suppose. "It is what it is."

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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 MattyG85
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A fairly tart and sweet citrus lemon driven aroma. Big scent of lemon juice upfront along with some hints of orange. Smells a lot like a glass of lemon lime soda. Pale malt background with some hints of bready biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. Very zesty with a slight hint of spice. Decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart taste driven by zesty lemon juice and backed by a light bready malt presence. Big taste of lemon lime juice throughout along with some orange. Soft bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Pilsner malt undertones. Kind of tastes more like a lemon soda than a lager beer but the malt is noticeable. Decent for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Fairly tart.

Overall: An ok fruit juice beer. Does what it sets out to be, a hot weather thirst quencher. More lemon soda like than beer but its a decent soda/beer.

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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 deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first "Shandy" beer.

Pours a light yellow color, not much of a head at all, bubbles seem pretty fizzy, no lacing, very clear looking.

Smell is mostly sweet, malt dominated with a subtle lemon zest aroma.

Taste starts off with a lemon zing, sweet malt balances it out from being too tart, no hop presence whatsoever though, fairly one note with the lemonade aspect, carbonation is high but appropriate, fairly crisp finish considering the tart/sweet aspects.

I can see this being a good lawnmower beer, it's certainly refreshing enough.

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Photo of billybob
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a light golden in color less than a finger head and no lace to speak of. nice strong lemon citrus aroma with a bready wheat like lemon taste. light to medium mouthfeel that ends very clean. its 90 degrees today and this beer is doing the job very well.

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Photo of hreb
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best before November, served in pint glass. Crystal clear and pale yellow, with small bubbles rising to the surface, and a vanishingly small white head. Marginal aroma. Flavor is lemonade all the way. Refreshing and natural, but sweeter that it should, and with absolutely no hint that this is a Radler as opposed to a straight up hard lemonade (gotta disagree with Jason on that one...). The body is pretty thin and as a result it's hard to taste anything but lemonade here. But it's refreshing and would probably be quite enjoyable if that's all you were looking for. Not as fun as Kronenbourg Blanc, and only marginally less gimmicky.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of hdf561
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a make your own 6 pack on 7/2/13 I picked it up because I have been really hitting the summer beers hard and the description on the bottle with the lemon ingredients mixed with a lager seemed right up my alley. I thought it might taste a little like Leinie Summer Shandy

Initial smell is very good can smell the lemon but not over powering, but enough to make that the dominant smell.

The first taste I didn't get any lemon it just tasted like your standard beer. The second sip I found it kinda lingering in the after taste, and it grew a little stronger with every sip. It has a different taste than Summer Shandy from Leinie but it is not bad. Leinie has a dominant lemon taste throughout the beer and is lighter this definetly favors the lager more than the lemon taste but it is enough to notice.

The beer was smooth with some after taste of mostly lemon but overall this was a solid beer that I would have again. I prefer the Summer shandy from Leinie but this is a good one as well.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Interesting beer. Drank first half ice cold and was not very impressed. The beer starts to taste a little better as it warms up though. Not too carbonated which I was ok with. It has obvious lemon flavors that are somewhat refreshing in the summer. It reminds me of a hard lemonade and beer hybrid, but leans more towards beer. It is worth trying, but I think cider fans will appreciate it more.

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Photo of mooseo
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear sunset gold with a 2 finger white head.

S - Lemon zest, herbal spices, light citrus, grainy malt.

T - Lemon juice and bready malt pretty much throughout. Sweet with a touch of tartness. Hints of peppery spice, grass, and grains on the back end.

M - Smooth, crisp, refreshing. Light bodied, high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer, although the lemon is a bit artificial tasting. The sweetness, while not cloying, is also a bit too much for my liking. But I do like the simplicity of the beer, and would be a great choice on a really hot summer day.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chill hazed light straw yellow.

Toasted malts, light earthy/pine note.

Pine, biscuits, lemongrass, toast.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, floral bitterness.

Overall a bit bland and floral for my tastes.

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Photo of scotorum
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I admit I had read the description of this ahead of time and was pretty sure I would not like it based on its apparent similarity to Lienenkugel's Summer Shandy, which was like drinking unsweetened lemonade. But two PR's came with the Sam summer sampler twelvepack I bought on sale, so WTH, I am a fan of Boston Beer Co. products, and for $1 a bottle I'd give it a chance.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A nice clear gold, half finger head disappeared quickly and left little indication it had ever been there.

s: Lemony citrus.

t: A strong lemon-like flavor. Sorry Boston Beer guys. Just as I feared.

m: Light, but that strong lemon backbone just grates on my tongue.

o: By now you get the point. I really hate to badmouth any brew, especially by Sam, but this does not even begin to rock my porch.

In its defense, my thirty-year-old daughter and her boyfriend bought a twelvepack and claim to love it. They like Lienenkugel Summer Shandy too.

UPDATE 8/1/16: Got four cans of this in the new all can 12 pack of summer Sam brews, anticipating arrival of relatives who are alleged fans of Sam. Turns out this is no longer on their beer loving list, so I'm forced to imbibe or toss it, and at $1.25 a can that is not in this Scotsman's options. Not as averse as before to the obvious predominant lemon flavor, and it does mellow out somewhat. Good as a summer refresher with alcohol content. Will improve my formerly dismal ratings in a gesture of tolerance, if not remorse. Still prefer beer that tastes more like beer than lemonade.

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Photo of KajII
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear golden straw yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished very quickly, down to a light scattered film with a small collar and had poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of citrus (lemon) right up front with a mild grain malt and a sweet yeast and had a hint of candi sugar.

The taste was very sweet and somewhat citrusy with a slight lemonade and sugar flavor running throughout. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow with a light lemony sugar taste fading away quickly.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a strong medium carbonation.

Overall I was not impressed at all with this brew, it was more like lemon flavored seltzer water than a beer...


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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  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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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow color and heavy moderation. Heavy citrus aroma. Initially tastes like carbonated juice or soda. As it moves over the palate you're hit with sweet citrus beer. Really refreshing yet at the same time the carbonation can be overpowering. A great summer beer for those who like or don't mind a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Porch Rocker is slightly darker than straw- colored brew with a nose of lemons and a slight head of foam that is quite impressive at first, but doesn’t last for long. There is some bread in the background, but the scent is mostly that of lemons.

With the taste, it’s more of the same- the flavor of lemons dominates. But there is also some pale malt and almost a ginger- ale component to the taste. And again, there is some bread character, but it is difficult to think of anything other than lemons as you consume.

Porch Rocker is a lemon- accented beer and it ranks as one of the least- bitter brews I have ever tasted. It certainly has some redeeming qualities as a summer beer, but it isn’t the type of taste I go for on a regular basis. I might try it again when the heat and humidity of summer are at a peak, but other than that, I will likely pass on this one more often than not. The sweetness and taste of lemons are not beer qualities I want in an everyday beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: lemon and lime juice aroma, some spices, and pale and bready malts.

Taste: Lemonade and beer, sure. Tastes like a shandy, but there is a lot of sugar to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, low carbonation, a little chewy, lemony sweet, crisp, and refreshing on this sweltering Boston afternoon.

Overall: A refreshing beer I could really only have a couple due to all the sweetness that this beer is characteristic of beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz fruit beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a bright clear golden color, produced a nice white head and lacing that stuck to the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh squeezed lemons and fresh baked bread. Light in body, the ale had a foundation of light fluffy bread, lemon and i mean- a heavy dose of lemon. Very tart, crisp , smooth , refreshing- One of the best summer or lawn mower beers i have ever sampled. I will have to pick up a full 6 pack of this.

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Photo of Justinn13
4.47/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best beers I have ever had by Sam Adams. Can definitely drink this all day every day. Taste is outstanding and the aroma is overall exceptional. Perfect for a hot summer day sitting on your porch...just as the name suggests. Overall a perfect beer. Top notch panty dropper

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and no lacing. The aroma is of sweet, citrusy flavoring. Taste is of sweet, citrusy "freezy-pop" flavoring and Quaker brand instant grits (butter flavor). Mouthfeel is fairly light and watery, and Samuel Adams Porch Rocker finishes crisp, refreshing, kid-pop, and drinkable. For those who favor these insipid, Flavor-Aid, gimmick "beers", this should do the trick. I rate it good, for what it is. And, what it is, is pretty-much what’s wrong with beer, which has "jumped the shark", so to speak. It's worth trying, if you're open-minded and can tolerate "all that".


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