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 auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance, yellow straw like color, with a small head.
Smells of lemon, like lemonade, and lemon peel.
Taste of bread, lemons, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is a little fizzy.
Overall, refreshing beer for the summer, or early spring time, enjoy.
Can not believe the summer pack is already out.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden copper with slowly riding bubbles. The white head disappears leaving a white ring of foam around the edges with no lacing.

Aroma: Malts and grains underneath some lemony citrus.

Taste: A clean malty backbone with some refreshing lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel: Tangy, a bit creamy and medium to light in body.

Overall: A refreshing beer for warm weather. Goes down easy.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-1/2 inch white head which receded rather quickly. Nice light golden color.

S-nice obvious hints of citrusy goodness

T-very fruity flavor yet not overpowering to my taste buds. Got a slight tart in the after taste

M- carbonation just right, tickles the tongue in a good way, watery feel

O- citrusy flavors are ok, as subtle as they were I think the beer would be better if they were taken down one more notch

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Photo of Slatetank
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a glass.

The color is crystal clear golden with thick white head that falls to a ring of small beads. The aroma has a slight citrus odor with sweet malt accent and light sprite-link aroma. The feel is decent yet still sweet with a moderate carbonation level stays sweet throughout with light acidity.

The flavor is more lemon soda than lager with a light lemonade-like sweet flavor with fizzy soda-like taste with mild malt flavor in the background with a slight yeast accent that accentuates the lemon soda sweetness toward the end giving more of a cooler-type flavor. This was not enjoyable as I expected. I have had other 'radler' type beer mixed bottles before that seemed like a better hybrid than this - I prefer something with more beer and less lemon soda in the taste.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.14/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish yellow, huge head with slight lacing, lazy carbonation visible.

S: Yeast up front, slight lemon follows. Would've like more lemonade in this.

T: Exact opposite of smell: Lemonade up front which turns tart in the middle, and as it fades away the yeasty taste comes out on the back of the tongue.

M: Thin body, slight but right amount of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing, a little too sweet if you aren't drinking this with food, but definitely my first approved summer favorite of 2014.

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Photo of Jonada
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best before August 2014. Served in a shaker pint

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head that dissipates to a thin ring and coating. Body is relatively clear.

Smell: Lemon soda, crackery malt, grain, slight grassiness. Aroma strength is relatively low.

Taste: Same as the aroma, lemon soda like sweetness, cereal grain, slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium prickly carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: Not really a whole lot going on here. This is pretty straightforward stuff, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Strictly as a beer this would rate lower, since the lemon component is really the most prominent, but for the hybrid sort of beverage that it is, it works well.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams makes a great variety of stuff. Some good, some bad. I'm always willing to try new stuff from them.

Look: Poured a litte into a glass just to see the color. Very pale, clear yellow. Otherwise, I just drink it from the bottle.

Smell: Lemon with some wheat and bread.

Taste: Lemon, wheat, crisp. Very light, good for a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, again, good for a summer day, I think.

Overall: I don't have much to say about this beer. It's pretty decent. A good beer for a hot day, very crisp and refreshing. It's pretty adequate, and I'd gladly drink it.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like a shandy every now and then, especially in warmer weather. However it is always hard to rate them because it is a blend. The appearance was a nice hazy yellow with a smell of a lot of citrus. The taste is a pretty standard shandy with a very light feel to it. If it's a hot day and you need something to cool yourself off, this is a very refreshing beverage. However, don't go into this thinking that you're going to get something groundbreaking.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly golden/yellow, small white head, good carbonation, no time for much lacing with such a small head, but good lacing for a few seconds.

Smell: corn, like a macro brew.

Taste: Lemon, not much malt or hops.

mouthfeel: creamy, nice carbonation

Definitely a nice session beer, refreshing, not much character, but totally refreshing and perfect for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of scanny24
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite summertime beer. Not quite a shandy, though not far off. The lemon flavor is evident and I like how, at least to this point, they haven't tried to do too much to it. No other fruit or spices to take away from the German Lemonaide makes it very enjoyable. It is just an excellent, refreshing, summertime beer that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

Appearance: A two finger head that has fair retention. The head is white and creamy with some foam. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium yellow color and the clarity of the beer is clear. Some carbonation bubbles are visible. Overall the appearance is just okay, the head could have had better retention.

Nose: The malt has a toasty note with some biscuit, grain, and grassy notes. A mild fruity aroma, similar to a white wine. Lemon is present, with some floral aroma.

Taste: Toasted malt with biscuit, grain, grass, and yeast notes. The lemon flavor brings a fruitiness to the beer. The hop profile is subtle but has a floral note that is more forward.

Mouth feel: The beer is kinda creamy, with carbonation, and coating.

Overall: This is beer is just okay. I just find this beer meh. Nothing in the beer stands out.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow, nice carbonation, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Straw wheat, artificial lemon, sugary.

T-Unbalanced a sweet but tarting lemonade flavor. Lemon is mildly artificial. Too sweet. Nothing in the finish.

M-Light, watery, not much carbonation, almost flat.

O-Just a bad beer. Maybe if Shadys are your thing try it, but everything seemed to be off on this one.

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Photo of Kooz
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice, light, bubbly, some white head, yellow colored. Looks appetizing...

Smells lemony, but not like a detergent or cleaner (which you run into sometimes). It's balanced by a light, wheaty scent lingering just behind it. It's nice.

Tastes a little too sweet, a little too lemony (like lemonade). I can see how it would be refreshing on a hot afternoon, maybe rocking on a porch swing, but it's not for me while I'm in a mood for beer.

Excellent mouthfeel, as is standard for The BBC. It's full-bodied and creamy, yet light. The aftertaste is a little too sweet though. Almost sticky.

This is a decent selection, and might be a nice choice to introduce a non-beer drinker to craft beer (or at least micro-brews, if The BBC is still that).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lemon notes with lightly sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet lemon notes with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is light with average carbonation. Bland shandy.

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Photo of ranger7
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got a 6-Pack from a guest.
From the bottle into a stange.
(Review from notes)

A - Bright and light. Gold. Small bright white head which quickly fades.

S - Lemonade. Refreshing.

T - Sweet and sour, to be expected.

M - Heavier than a light beer, lemony aftertaste, little carbonation.

Summary - This is technically a Radler. It's inoffensive, but very lemony. This is really like 50/50 lemonade/beer. This is not a bad beer, but I would only have it on a hot Summer's day.

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Photo of Taz_Michael
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: looks like someone peed in my imperial pint glass!
S: lemonade, grass
T: best lemonade beer that I've had... and that's not saying much.
M: tart, light, citrussy, little bit of leftover tang on the back of my throat
O: kickin' it with the ladies?...take this to the party = you'll earn brownie points

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Photo of arizcards
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of the summer sampler case in late June.

Beer poured a deep gold with an average head on the initial pour.

Nose is lemony.

Taste is a hybrid glass of lemonade/beer. The sourness of the lemon is offset by the sweetness of the malt base so it works okay.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall, not a bad beer. Definitely good on a 105 degree day in Phoenix.

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Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours out a genuine gold colour with a pure white head. simple lace. lemony nose on top of a crackery malt base. "lemon blend" up front flavour, tart and a bit sour. malt base has some bready notes, even yeasty. it's a not unpleasant blend taste wise, although i'm not big on radlers or shandy's, etc. refreshing enough, and would be appropriate on a hot day. light body and mouthfeel, although the feel gives off some zesty notes. drinkability, again would be chuggable or slammable on a blazing hot day.

overall a decent enough beer concoction. not my favourite style wise. it has it's place among summer quenchers.

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Photo of BucBasil
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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

A: Looks very much like a light beer.

S: Very lemony with a bit of malt in there to balance the sweetness.

T: Mostly lemon tasting, with lemonade being the obvious big note here, as that's the flavor that was added, probably just on top of Sam Adams Light. Some malt in there, but mostly very sweet, a bit sticky on the palate, and almost cloying.

If this were the beach it might be a different story - I could see it being pretty refreshing on a hot day - but sitting in my house it's a bit too much. Not super bad, just not really my thing per se. I could see non regular beer drinkers really liking this... In a league with Shock Top/Blue Moon, etc.

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Photo of tronester
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow, with a big frothy white head. Aromas of light grain, and some lemon-lime sodapop. Taste begins with big lemon-lime flavor, followed by a dry cracker malt middle, and a lime peel, clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little bit light. Overall a decent tasting beverage at first, but it gets REALLY cloying after about halfway through, as its just too sweet and alcoholpop tasting.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into large weizen glass

A - crystal-clear golden yellow body loaded with visible carbonation; 2 fingers of white foam

S - lemon, spice, slight malty scent

T - sweet/sour lemonade, grassy and spicy hops, wheat-like malt flavors in the background; sour-lemony finish; reminiscent of a sour lemon candy

M - slick light body, high/prickly carbonation,

O - Fruit beers are not really my thing. This one turned out pretty much as I expected. Tolerable, but I figure I may as well just buy a bag of Lemonheads.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours like an American macro lager with a bit of lemon. That would be disappointing if that were as far as it goes.

The aroma has just that fruit going on. The taste similarly, has the fruit on top of a light beer taste. The aftertaste is the sour fruit.

At first I thought this was OK, but as it warmed it got bad. I don't want one of these again. Thankfully all I had was one.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange hue with 1/2 finger of fizzy off white head. The head fades quickly and there is no lacing left on the glass.

S: Smells of tart lemons and sugar, just like lemonade.

T: Tart and smooth lemonade flavor that finishes with a slight bitterness that cleanses the palate. Very fruity up front taste with hints of melon, lemon and sugary sweetness. Slight, very slight hop bitterness at the very end and the carbonation let you know you are drinking a beer.

M: Very thin mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

O: I think this is a good entry beer into the world of beer. A nice mix of lemonade and beer might help get non beer drinkers into drinking beer. Very refreshing lighter beer that is blended well with lemonade. A good beer for the style.

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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 rangerred
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a one finger white head. Decent lacing and head retention.

Aroma is on the sweeter side with lots of lemon and a hint of tea. A little orange is in there too. Not much to let me know this is a beer.

Lemon/Iced tea on the flavor with more orange. A very tiny bit of malt in the background but it is faint. Sweet with some tartness from the lemon. Sticky mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer although the sweetness limits drinkability somewhat. i would get it again, though.

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