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 RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright shiny gold body, topped by a billowing pure white rocky foam head. Plenty of stretchy lace.

Pleasant lemon aroma.

Taste is soft light sweet malt body, mild noble hops, and a shot of lemonade.

Light soft mouthfeel.

Not bad on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I just poured my first Sapooro down my drain, and opened this hoping it would take that horrid taste out of my mouth. It certainly did! This beer is WONDERFUL! . I can definitely taste lemons, which is something that's not found in many beers. After my taste buds got over the shock, I must say Its one of the best I've had. I poured it from a bottle into a British pint glass. It has a small white head that faded quickly but has left some lacing. The color is clear amber. This beer is perfect after a day in the sun. I highly recommend that you try Porch Rocker!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured into a pint glass to a clear pale gold topped by a finger of dense white head with some lacing and low retention.
S: smells of lemon lime soda and a little malt
T: taste is a lot of lemon with a little malt flavor and the swallow is more tart lemon with a little maltyness on the finish.
M: this beer is pretty light on the mouth with plenty of slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Not bad, the lemon almost seems forced and instead of being more nuanced and playing a supporting role it is more the star of the show. It isn't terrible but it could be better.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paying little attention to this beer when we got it new at the liquor store I work at, I thought Samuel Adam's Porch Rocker may have been a winter offering our store was simply late to get (we got it in March or so). Little did I know, the beer is a radler, but only subtly markets its simultaneously tart and citrus flavors. Turns out, this is a fantastic radler, surprisingly crisp, effective in its more sour presentation, and pleasing to drink in either sips or slugs. Not the kind of beer I want to session, but two or three of these on a summer evening isn't bad, especially considering the taste nor the level of sourness was compromised in the brewing of this offering.

Samuel Adams is three for three in my book (Boston Lager, Cherry Wheat, and now Porch Rocker, respectively).

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.36/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams "Porch Rocker" is a GR8 Choice for a super hot,Hazy,Humid, Summer Day,Ultra Refreshing,with a zesty Lemon kick,and a drinkabilty Factor that is quite Honestly Through the Roof,perhaps more of a full on Beer than most Radler's tend to be,..but I myself like that,a very,VERY well crafted Brew with plenty of carbonation and well off the beaten track,I will be drinking a LOT of this Beer this Summer~gr8 stuff! Cheers.

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Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Porch Rocker . . . Rocks!! It had a great look when I poured it into a pint glass. the aroma was inviting but not overwhelming. the big hook was the taste. This beer was truly meant for summer. it was an excellent pour that was matched by its flavor. it had a great fruity zip that was a perfect match for summer. the color was a perfect golden yellow. this is now on my list for summer enjoyment.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear lemon/straw. Small head goes quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Lemon zest, malt, a little wheat.

T - Malts playing nicely with tangy lemonade. Some wheat and light hops.

M - Light

O - Very good lemon beer. Stay away from Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy if you're a beer lover. Porch Rocker puts it to shame. Great session brew on a hot day or whenever.

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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 biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, another cog in the summer Sam Adams mixed-pack. Isn't a radler supposed to be an equal blend of fruit juice and beer? I haven't yet cracked this one, and already the sniff test comes up funky.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and almost urinal cake-like dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of melting coral reef lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of semi-sweet lemon/lime extract, as opposed to the actual juice, faint pale grainy malt, and an ever more ethereal straw-like hoppiness. The taste is more beer-forward that I might have been expecting, the gritty pale malt riding large in the saddle, equal, if not superceding the reined-in generic, and plainly angling for the tart side of things, lemon-lime 'flavour', with some hard to discern, but all the same detectable bland hop bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate, in a basic frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight and generally smooth, with a certain soda-esque astringency. It finishes off-dry, the lemon/lime (can't seem to come up with a proper portmanteau for this) essence still carrying the day, for better or for worse.

Not a bad-tasting lemon-lime (gah, I'm getting tired of writing that) flavoured German-style lager, however, its plainness puts it up against the full fruity beers out there, as opposed to the simple half-and-halfs of the proclaimed style. Nothing really worth seeking out, for that reason, and instantly forgettable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 6/24/14. Good to "October, 2014' on the side of the label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pilsner glass.

Pours a golden honey in color with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lacing when sipped. Good carbonation. The aroma is of of hops/grains with citrus. The taste is the same with some floral in the mix as well and ends of a strange tangy finish from the lemon. Overall, it was just OK.

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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 DaneBramage
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold in a tall glass.

B: lemon/citrus.

T: lemon/citrus with very little carbonation.

M: Eh.

O: Whenever I get a bottle of Miller or InBev mass-produced beer, I typically add lemon or lime juice to make it palatable. SA Porch Rocker tastes pretty similar and goes down smooth on a hot day. Not offensive-tasting but not tasty either, just an easy-drinking beer that reminds me of light beer with lemon. Although I've never understood the point of the Germans taking good beer and diluting it with lemonade to create a Radler.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very clear golden yellow. Very little head though, and what little there is does not stay around for the tasting. Gentle continuous flow of carbonation bubble flowing up the side of the glass.

S- Depending on what kind of a beer guy (or gal) you are this is a smell you will either love it or hate it. Lemonade citrus. Some would say there is not place for that in a beer but I tell you what, I like it. It's refreshing to the senses and just brings a smile to your face as you imagine a summer evening watching the sun go down. Just relaxing.

T- Citrus floral notes with lemon zest. There is a bit of a metallic undertone to it.

M- good all around balance. easy to drink.

O- A bit lacking in the flavor but still enough to keep the relaxation in motion on a hot summer day. Sit back and drink em down. Can hold up enough to drink a couple.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear yellowish gold with less then a finger of foamy head and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty muted with some hints at straw and wheat in the nose but is not giving much more.

The taste has a fruit flavor that is hard to place. There is a sweet strawberry flavor that seems to come out in just a fraction before dumping a big sugary smack toward the end. There some touches a bready flavor at the front before the flavor bomb hits the tongue and covers up any other flavor that's there.

The feel if the beer pretty light and goes down easy. It's low ABV makes for a good session beer if you enjoy the almost candy-like flavor that is the driving flavor of this beer.

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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 DMXLOX22
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a single of this brew since summer season has been in session and still can't believe I haven't tried it yet. Lets see how this brew goes.

Appearance: Pours a straw, pale yellow that is pretty much see-through, but displays some pretty impressive bubbles. Head is not too bad, about half-inch. Lacing is quite nice, follows pretty much all the way down the glass. Not too impressed.

Smell: Noticed an over zealous aroma of lemon. Some grain-like malts, not too bad, but it is too hard to notice over the power of lemon. Some tartness is noticed. Not too much to my style.

Taste: Pretty much an over-powering taste of lemon and what is that, simple syrup? Overpowered, but upon second and third sips, I did notice some peppery flavors with earthy tones. Sweet, but some malt notes are noticeable. Not too impressed.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light, dry finish. Some sugary notes, but still drinkable. Unimpressed by the overpowering lemon and sugar.

Overall: I came into this brew with at least some decent expectations, considering Sam Adams brewed this. Was deeply unimpressed, tired of that word already. However, on the finish, I did notice SOME hoppiness flavors. I would not recommend to a friend, unless they enjoy those shandy beers, then you're on your own. Cheers!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Porch Rocker, from Samuel Adams. Radler. 4.5% ABV.

A: Nice, solid goldenrod color. No head or lacing.

S: Hint of lime. Not much going on here.

T/MF: Decent lemon/lime zest flavor. Fairly crisp. Slightly acidic (though not quite tart or sour).

Okay, but no Stiegl or Schoferhoffer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is one word, "Wow!" But I know to post something needs more than that...

Anyway, a dang good beer from Sam Adams. When they say it hits the spot on one of those hot summer nights, plenty here in F-L-A, I can tell you - it does. About the only thing I didn't like was its smell - the lemon scent didn't quite mix well with the hops. But other than that, it was fantastic. I was particularly impressed on the taste - crisp, refreshing, just the right hint of lemon mixing well with slight ale flavor. Definitely one of my new favs for Sam Adams.

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Photo of T6PP
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a golden color with a half inch of foam. It has a slight lemonade smell to it. It has very slight lemon taste to it and is not over powering. It has a very fizzy mouth feel that doesn't really linger. Overall it is a good beer and is worth drinking on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bnes09
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light straw lemon color. Thin head with weak retention and a few, small lace spots.
Aroma ifs one dimensional with lots of lemon and weak grains. Flavor follows the nose. Lots of lemon, hint of citric, leafy hop. Light and smooth. Crisp flavor and finish in the end. Pretty refreshing. A solid session beer or for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a blonde-straw color with a small fizzy white head that retains decently, before settling completely

S- lemonade, wheat, toasted malt with some grassy hop aroma

T- slightly tart lemonade flavor up front mixes with a sweet malty base with a hint of grassy hops on a dry finish

M- medium/light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a dry and crisp finish, high drinkability

O- it's an easy drinking beer that will only appeal to most on hot summer days, which is what it was intended for. For that, I'll probably drink a few this summer

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by October: P0934052633E)

A: Blonde yellow that is transparent. A bit of a frothy head on a good pour that rapidly vanishes.

S: Smells slightly citrusy, but more like the pith part, with some Helles in there. However, when I added the rest of the bottle on a hearty pour it smelled like lemon zest (or that little mist you get when you scratch the surface). That fades to a nice mellow citrus flavor.

T: Great mix of beer and lemons (lemonade). It is a Helles lager base, with a nice lemon twist in there. Drinks well and is a nice blend, without it seeming like a fruit drink that happens to be beer. It is like a beer version of half-and-half.

M: Not a lot of carbonation, it drinks a bit like lemonade.


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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clean straw golden with sudsy carbonation. Foam is ok.

Smell: Very mild lemon soap. Refreshing overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet lemon flavor with a heavy corn malt backbone. Mouthfeel starts thin but there is definitely some moderate carbonation. Definitely too cloying in the finish.

Overally: A so-so shandy.

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