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 mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Starts out with a nice foamy head, but it dissipates into some coarse bubbles. The smell is more like lemon verbena. The mouthfeel is just a quick zing of carbonation followed by flatness and an oily touch.

It has been years since I had a lemon-flavored Snapple but after one gulp of this, it was like I had one yesterday. Lemon iced tea is the main flavor, though apparently there is some beer here. The citrus flavor is not unpleasant, just too much of a good thing. Lemon peel aftertaste with some bitterness. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of justincolts
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that sticks around a little while. There is a lot of activity. Has a pretty solid smell, my olfactory is always messed up so take it at your own risks, but a subtle lemon crisp scent is there. Man, this beer is still active as I type this. The mouthfeel is a little weak, smooth, but no necessarily in a great way. The taste is maybe just a little to fruity for my taste. I would like it to be a little crisper, and a bit more subtle. The bottle says the inspiration was from German cyclists who mixed beer and tart sparkling lemonade. This Porch Rocker was inspired by that. I wish it would have been crisper, a bit more tart, that would have added a little more substance to it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had a lot of radlers I hate, a precious few I like. Reviewing this as a Radler. "Limited Release." "Beer with Natural Flavors Added." Enjoy before September. 4.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4-5 finger beige colour head of decent soft cream, decent thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid pale yellow-copper; nicely vibrant. Translucent and clear. Appealing in a general sense. It's not straw yellow or dull. Uneven lacing as the head recedes. About what I'd expect from a radler - except for the transparency. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Oh boy. Artificial lemon flavoring is pungent and rampant. Artificial sugar sweetness. Pale malts. Zest lemon citrus twang. A bit of crystal malt. Some floral hopping. Pleasant if you can get past its inherent artifice. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Lemon twang. Pilsner and pale malts. Crystal malt. Straw. Light citrus. Not as artificial as the aroma suggested; thank god. Light floral hops. Balanced and lemon forward, if simple. It's pleasant and enjoyable, but there's not much happening. I don't like the artificial lemon, but it could be far worse executed.

Mf: Surprisingly soft, actually. I like that. Light and pleasant to drink. Good carbonation. Somewhat coarse, but smooth overall. Wet. Refreshing - which is exactly what it needs to be.

Dr/O: Quite drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one due to how artificial it is. For a Radler, it's not bad. I'd prefer they just brewed a straight lemon forward witbier with less artificial character, but this is a pretty average tasting radler. I've had far worse. Refreshing. Hides its ABV well. A middling offering from Sam Adams.


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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a yellow golden color, very clear looking with a white head on top. Thin retention on top and a light lacing. The smell has plenty of lemon on the nose. Definitely smells like a shandy. The taste of the beer is sweet and has plenty of lemon flavors in there. The malts are hidden in this beer, you can't get too much from them. The mouthfeel of it was decent, lighter bodied, nice carbonation. Overall this needs to be enjoyed in the heat of the summer for sure, I think this beer will be much better on a hot day.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that I had in a Sam Adams variety pack

A- Pours into a pint glass, it was a clear golden color with about one finger of head that dissipated right away.

S- Aroma is like a sweet malty beer combined with lemonade. Smells nice and refreshing.

T- Very citrusy with a strong lemon flavor. Also has a good deal of malty sweetness. Very similar to the Lemon Shandy by Leinenkugels, but better in my opinion.

M- Light bodied, smooth and crisp. A great summer brew to be enjoyed in the sun.

O- An enjoyable beer that is perfect for drinking outside on the beach or on the boat. A solid beer for the style.

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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 drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some day I might find a shandy I like, this was not it. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is yellow and hazy, really light in color, head, big bubbles, no retention, moderate to high carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is lemons.

Beer is light and watery on the palate, aftertaste though, too sweet, too much like refined sugar and lemons. Odd beer although not as bad as some I've had in the past.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A late summer arrival beer by Samuel Adams, I have only found this locally at one store. According to the label, "Inspired by traditional Radlers that mix beer with German-style lemonade, our brew blends a Bavarian lager with lemons for a fresh-squeezed lemon taste, effervescent sweetness, and a refreshing finish. A malt note and hint of hops balance out the unique lemon character." Date ticked on bottle is November 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Aggressive pour yields a crisp fizzy cream white head with below average retention, settling rapidly. Surface cover is bubbly and thin and the lacing is nonexistent. Body color is a pale straw yellow with some mild gold hues in the depth of the beer. Carbonation appears plentiful and excited. Overall, its an unimpressive appearance with rather poor head quality and faint color, although the head quality can likely be expected with a lemon-forward beer. 3

(Smell) Grassy hops and a mildly sweet pilsner malt base with a prevailing tart heavy lemonade character in the background. Quite well blended, there's aspects of both the beer and the lemonade, although the latter is most dominant overall, aside from the mild sweetness that is a bit unsuspecting of lemonades. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Tart lemons with a mild lemon cookie finish and some pepper. Mostly lemonade- it's very drinkable but not completely accessible to the beer-anticipating crowd, as the beer aspects are shallow and underdeveloped. I found the beverage enjoyable but was looking for more of a 50-50 blend of beer and lemonade. I found a lot less of the malt character and hop profile than I had hoped for. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp, could be more so. Body is light for the style, light overall. Alcohol presence is light-medium. Body could turn up a bit without sacrificing drinkability in light of complexity. Decent texture makes for a good pairing for the style. 3.5

(Overall) If you like lemons, you're probably home. This beer is certainly a nice session choice for the summer months, a little less impressive for those who are looking for something of complexity and depth, but that may be asking for a lot of the style. Either way, it could have been improved with a more substantial malt body. While I wouldn't turn this down for the average beer-drinker, I wouldn't get it again in light of the many other summer offerings that are tried and true. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Porch Rocker

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a nice clear medium golden color with lots of little bubbles rapidly rising up nice white head that is about 1 1/2 inch thick when poured that quickly settles to 1/4 inch surface coating. Pretty good lace. Stong aromas of lemon citrus zest and some malt sweetness. Flavorwise the lemon citrus and hints of sweet caramel malt dominate, giving way to just a slight touch of hop presence on the back end of the tongue. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean, dry finish. I think that maybe this beer should be classified in the database here as a Shandy and not a Fruit/Vegetable Beer, as this is spot on style wise for a Shandy. For what this beer is supposed to be it is pretty good. Not something I'd go out of my way to drink repeatedly, but certainly worth a try and a good beer to enjoy in the hot summer!


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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light yellow-hued body with a medium-small, brief, white head.

Smell: Sweaty lemons mingled with the modest, mild, effusive maltiness. It smells lemony, what else do you want me to tell you?

Taste: Particular mild maltiness with a sliver of sweetness. Hint of lemony flavoring that, with the thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation starts to feel kind of soda pop like. A touch of Sprite, a hint of Squirt and it's gone.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fizzy and a tad watery.

Overall: One of those it is what it is beers.

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Photo of RickS95
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special to look at, if you've seen an American macro, you get the picture. Only difference is this has a huge fluffy head that resembles soap lather.

Citrus, cracker nose. Slight malt note as the bottle suggests. Again, nothing special.

Tastes like it's supposed to, the lovechild of a bland German lager and lemon soda. Biscuity, peppery taste with a lump of lemonade added.

Light bodied, watery feel early on; then some acid and spice with just enough hoppy bitter to kid you into believing it's a beer.

Not bad for the type, certainly not the worst I've had and as advertised, a good summer drink. Low alchol and palate-stripping clean taste make for a decent drink.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a clear golden straw color with a short lived white head. Definite lemon on the nose with a strong sweetness. Light tartness, so sweet bready malt, and a very light floral hop aroma. Very fresh lemon note to this. The taste is actually very lemonade like. Sweet and sour flavors with some hints of grass, light bread, and a touch of hop flavor. Ever so slight biscuit malt notes, too.

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Photo of TheOtherBob
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I first encountered this beer, I thought "flavored Sam Adams? Oh no, it's going to be another Cherry Wheat." (For those who haven't had the pleasure, that stuff tastes like a beer that just kissed cough syrup.)

But I was pleasantly surprised. Not overwhelmed -- this is a beer for a very particular summer afternoon, and I doubt I'll be drinking a ton of it -- but surprised. It's actually quite good, in its way. It reminded me of college for some reason, and I don't know why -- it must taste like some sort of cheap mixed drink that I used to have when I was "21," but I can't for the life of me think what.

Now, you have to know what you're drinking -- if you take that first sip thinking "mmm, beer," you'll be disappointed. It's beer-esque, but there's no doubt that it tastes mainly of lemon. But once you recognize that, it's pretty decent.

I served it from a bottle into a glass, at a pretty cold temperature, and I think that's probably a good choice. Heck, I might even put ice in it next time, and I'm not even kidding.

Appearance is light brown. No head to really speak of after the first few seconds.

The smell is lemons, but not overwhelming. Lemonade, rather than, say, Lemon Pledge.

The taste is lemons. Lemons lemons lemons. If this beer did a movie, it would be Grumpy Old Men. If it did a TV show, it would be 30 Rock. Loooots of lemon.

The mouthfeel lets me down a little -- so much lemon seems to get in the way of it feeling like, well, beer. Which, as much as I can get on board with the lemon thing, I do miss when drinking this.

Overall, it's hard to grade this -- it's just kind of a unique beer. If you're the sort of person who can't get enough lemon, you'll be in heaven. If you like your beer to just be, you know, beer, it might not be for you.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (best before Nov 2012) poured into a Shaker Pint glass.

Appearance: Pale clear bright golden yellow. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the beer. White head died back fairly quickly to just leave a ring at the edge. Occasional island of lacing here and there, but most of them slid back down and disappeared.

Smell: Lemony - very lemony but not overpowering. Maybe a hint of malt in the back.

Taste: Exactly like someone blended lemons into a lager. The flavors muddle together and it's hard to pull much out besides lemonade with some beer flavors. Tart up front, with some sweetness in the middle and some bitterness at the end. Interesting, but odd.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, almost fizzy. Good thickness under the carbonation though - maybe a bit sticky and creamy at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: I've not had a true Radler before so it's hard for me to rate it according to that style so let me comment on it as a beer with a lot of lemon in it. It works for about half a glass, and then it kind of loses its charm. I think it would be better if it was hotter or I was outside enjoying this. Inside and after a meal it's just okay and not that drinkable - one is enough.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/2012.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and lots of lemon, lemon juice, and lemonade aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, yeast, and lemonade flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer mainly for the fact that it's crisp and refreshing even if the aromas and flavors are not all that exciting.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pale gold, bubbly, thin head that bows out quickly

S - lemony, like the old tequilza beers. Or, should I say, malt beverage?

T - lemon up front, chewy malt on the finish and some strange sweetness.

M - slightly thin and on the slick side, light on the carbonation.

O - tolerable, especially if its super cold and it's very hot out. Otherwise, I would steer clear.

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Photo of jsanford
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a sudsy white head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate aromas of fresh lemon, crisp grain, and slightly doughy malt. Very crisp and fresh. Taste is similarly lemon-forward, nice and fresh, with more light, grainy malt and clean yeast. Lemon flavor is nice and authentic, not sweet and fake like other Shandys on the market. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very refreshing and welcomed addition to the Sam Adams line-up. Hopefully this will be out again next Summer!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

A: Medium-dark clear cold with an effervescent white head.

S: Smell is of bread, slight hint of hops and lemon.

T: Tastes like a lager with lemons (duh :D) There's fresh cut grass, yeast, cracker malt, kiss of hops and a kiss of lemon rind and lemon. The lemon wasn't too crazy, but it was present.

M: Honestly, I think the mouth is a bit off. It's a bit too thick and creamy for the style. A little crisper and lighter, and this beer would be perfect.

O: This isn't a true Radler...there isn't any lemonade in it. It's a lager with a bit of lemon zest and lemon flavoring. However, I would say that I enjoy this more than, say, Leine's Summer Shandy. There's a bit more depth and complexity here.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stein

Appearance: Light amber with one finger of white head. Light spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell:Strong smell of lemons with hops in the backround.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light Bodied and smooth. Lemon is the most dominate taste with this radler. Trace amout of hops could be tasted.

Overall: Very Enjoyable beer. Found myself a new favorite.

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Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, bright yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: big time lemon juice and slightly sweeter lemonade

Taste: toasted malt, light hops, and big time lemons and lemonade

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: Almost like they took a watered down Boston Lager and spiced it with a bunch of lemonade. Some of the taste is full out lemon sugar drink, but there is easily enough beer in there. I could have several in a row, but could not see myself stocking this as an everyday beer.

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Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell... lots of beading, no lacing and a big fizzy head.

Definite lemonade character on the nose. Faint, leafy hops... pretty basic.

Really pleasant actually - nice citrus presence without getting too acidic, sweet or sour. Nice pilsner type qualities beneath that. Nothing too exciting but I would love one of these after a long run or something (who am I kidding, I don't run).

Super drinkable. Not thirsty for another one but it was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of JMad
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a smooth whit head that quickly minimized to a thin layer. Smell is lemony and sweet, and that mainly dominates the nose. The beer tastes slightly tangy and sweet, it's lemony and the malty profile kicks in second with some bread and a hint of caramel. It has a medium body, not as light as I thought it would be. There is a perfect amount of carbonation and a clean finish.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lemon-tinged beers can be a hit or miss for me. I've had some that were really good & some that tasted like vomit. This one by Sam Adams, thankfully, falls on the "good" side.

The look after poring was quite light, and I guess given this kind of beer this is appropriate.

The Smell was wonderful. Very lemony and inviting.

The taste was crisp, fruity, and well-balanced. By well-balanced I mean the lemon did not completely drown out the subtle hoppiness and alcohol.

A very good summer beer!

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