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 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 ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big on the lemonade flavor. I could see some people liking this in the summer but it is more along the lines of a Shandy I would think....think lemon drops covered in sugar...nothing real tart or anything...but not overly sweet or cloying. I'm not much into beers like this but rating it on his merits for what it is it is solid.

Scores reflect for what it is designed to be. Personally I would not buy 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 StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Porch Rocker in their summer variety pack for $13.29 at Meijers. It's a really warm night in Mid Michigan and i'm in the mood for something refreshing, I hope this fits the bill, so lets see how it goes. Notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and typical for most Samuel Adams beers, it looks ok. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left no lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, it didn't look bad, but the head and lacing were pretty weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of lemons that have a nice natural aroma to it along with a little lemonade like aroma when combined with the sweetness. Up next I get some malts that impart a grain and pretty bread like aroma with a slight bit of yeast in the background. The aroma is nice, it's pretty shandy like and the lemon has a natural aroma, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that was a little too much and was followed by a good amount of lemons that have a nice natural taste to them, but when combined with the sweetness it's tastes like a very sweet lemonade. Up next comes some light malts flavors with some grainy and bready malts coming through with just a slight bit of yeast in the background. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a lighter amount of medium tartness with a grainy and lemonade like aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting beer, the lemon aspect was nice, but there' too much sweetness with it that made for a heavy lemonade like flavor.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly crisp, refreshing, a little sticky, on the medium side of being light bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, I could go without the stickiness.

Overall I thought this was a pretty mediocre beer and an average example of the style, this beer was going in the right direction till i got to the sweetness, if that was toned down some I think this beer would be on par with most Shandys. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and refreshing, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention, I could probably drink a few of these on a warm summer day, but the flavors don't really keep me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, it really needs to be toned down in this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, I would rather have Summer Shandy since it isn't so sweet, I would recommend this to shandy lover who don't mind some sweetness with a shandy. All in all i wasn't that into this beer, there was just to much sweetness for me and it ended up being too overpowering and it made this beer drink much more like a lemonade than an actual beer. I appreciate the attempt but it just didn't come together as well as it could have, better luck next time Samuel Adams.

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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 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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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks good: a completely clear golden brew with consistent carbonation raising up a head a little more than a finger tall that stays together and leaves legs of lacing in its wake.
Even with all the macros out there, the aroma is average for the style. It's a little dusty grains with some lemon. There is a light malts presence, though a little too light. The lemon is very fresh, though.
The flavor is pleasant, crisp and refreshing, and I suppose what I'd expect from a lighter beer mixed with lemonade. Again, the lemon is fresh, malts pick it up a little, and the faintest hint of hops sneaks through, but barely.
The feel is, as advertised, effervescent. I expect this beer to be light, which it is, and crisp, which it is, but it gets too filling and is a little difficult to swallow with all that effervescence. It tones down a little pat of the way through and gets smooth, but it also thins a little at that point.

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

Sam Adams summer mix pack. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours brilliant gold with fast fuzzy bubbles. Swirls out to just liquid. See through. Helles nose, some citrus notes. Crisp lemon tart taste that fades into a chalky lager. Really smooth. Half lemonade half beer all the way. But real good. Refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice 1 finger head with fizzy carbonation and yellow clear body

S - just malt. Nothing else

t- Taste like lemonade mixed with Budweiser or adjunct. Lots of graininess. Doesn't taste like a Sam Adams lager. Light and refreshing however.

M - light and not much to critique

Overall - A decent summer offering. Seems like Sam Adams is really pushing the lemon zest in alot of their beers lately. Time to stop.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is lemonade and grain.
The taste is lemonade sweet with lemon tart to balance.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of Gmann
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a short wispy white head that settled into a light cap. Looks like fizzy yellow beer.

The aroma is of sweet lemons. Very similar to lemonade. It is a refreshing aroma but doesn't remotely smell like beer.

A slight bready malt base, perhaps a touch doughy. The rest of the flavor is lemonade. Again, its is refreshing but really borders on being a beer.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fantastic which a radler should do.

A lemony beer soda, which it is supposed to be. Its tough to rate just due to the style. This is not a real style on this site. The lemony flavor is very enjoyable but it really doesn't have enough beer characteristics. I guess a good change of pace beer during the summer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't great, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Smells like ginger ale with lemon in it. This seems like something Budweiser would make. It doesn't smell bad (just like Bud Light Lime), but it also doesn't smell like beer (just like Bud Light Lime).

3.0 T: Again, this is ginger ale with lemon. Not bad, but not beer.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it.

3.0 D: This is an alcoholic soft drink. That said, it isn't really a beer, so I didn't know how to rate it.

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This offering is golden in color with straw highlights. I got about an inch of white head the settles to a thin layer on top.

S - I get some overtly sweet lemon meringue and what smells like wheat, even though not is present.

T - The taste is sweet, reminds me of a lemon dum dum pop. It really tastes as advertised, lemon soda and helles beer.

M - Moderate with biting carbonation.

O - I thought this would be refreshing after mowing the lawn. It is decent. It is not hitting the spot as I'd hoped it would.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but the notch on the label says best by August 2013. A radler inspired type beer from Samuel Adams, one I hadn't heard of until this year. My first beer out of the Samuel Adams summer sampler, and I'm looking forward to it.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear sparkling lager gold color, with a faint hint of lemony murk to it, and streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Finger of foamy bone white head dies out quick. Very thin, tiny amount of webbed lacing.

S - Smell is of dusty malt, some genuine lemon juice, and some notes of a floral presence.

T - Some sweet tart lemon presence, but not very much. After the lemon washes away, all we get hit with some generic malt and corn adjunct tasting lager. Aftertaste tastes to me like peaches or apricots. Crisp and light bodied, just not enough tart lemon to satisfy me, especially after my encounter with Stiegl Radler Grapefruit, which was a far more genuine radler than this beer.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, and goes down clean.

Overall, an inoffensive summer sipper with a low 4.50% abv, I could definitely toss a couple of these back. Not a complex beer by any means, nor does it bring anything really new to the table, but it is decent enough for what it is.

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker ---3.5/5

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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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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 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 beergoot
3.3/5  rDev 0%

Best by was notched at October on the label.

Poured out a nice gold color with fine carbonation and a thick, white head (4.0). Lemon and grass aroma, rather mild (3.25). Lemon drop flavor atop a mild cereal grain base; mildy tart and acidic (3.3). Medium body with a noticeable residual sugar feel; dry finish (3.25).

As a beer and lemonade combo, this is probably okay. As a go-to beer, many people will probably by-pass this as it just doesn't satisfy the taste buds like either a light summer beer or regular lemonade would by themselves. You get more of a slightly sour, past-its-prime skunky beer flavor more than anything else. I don't know. Why ruin a good malt beverage by adding lemonade to it? I don't get the appeal...

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out quickly

S: Light malts and big lemon (both peel and general lemon). Slight pepper as well

T: Follows the nose, definitely get both the beer and lemonade aspects, the malts are really the only thing holding the beer up and the lemon flavor really stands out. Still somehow balanced

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of the better radler/shandy beers I've had that are put out on the market. The beer actually stands fairly well despite having the lemon flavors slightly dominating. Fits the season well.

Side note: I think this should be a different style in itself, with all the different ones coming out on the market. It's difficult to rate it as strictly a fruit beer, but that's just my opinion.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for the summer variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 25, 2013
Consumed: April 5, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 2013

Poured a honey golden hazy color with two fingers of cream white head that dissipated almost right away. Lots of bubbles in the beginning, but that gave way to the surprisingly murky and not clear look. No lacing on the sides on the way down, very bad retention.

Smelled citrus notes, got lemon, lime and peach. Lemon zest and lemon/lime juice. Also some honey and clean, crisp grass hops. Reminded me of the days of cleaning a Mexican restaurant. Just those lemon and limes on the Corona’s and margaritas.

Tasted similar to the nose. Sweet lemon and sweet lime. Almost like a sugary, sweet cider or a Zima, but better. I’ll admit this is my first Radler type, but it’s nice and refreshing. Almost like a liquor mix.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Clean, crisp and refreshing finish.

Not a bad beer for the type. Definitely different and definitely good for summer.

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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 Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of the mixed 12 pack. Brewed with "Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend". Hopped with Tettnang Tettnanger. Fermented with a lager strain, then mixed with lemonade.
6 SRM, 4.5% ABV, 8 IBU's, 161 kcal/12oz

Pours out to a brilliant medium golden, forming a tall whipped white head with superior retention and beautiful lacing, no part in thanks to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose is forward with lemon, with some zest component. Cleanly fermented, no off-aromas. The taste is great...the lemonade opens, but then is followed by grainy malt, which is nicely balanced and adds a complexity that makes the beer more than just a lemon-flavored beer. The hops are very mild. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body, but it's not too watery. In addition to the mild hop bitterness, there is a pleasant lemon peel bitterness to it as well which lingers in the aftertaste.

I'm really digging this one. and am pleasantly surprised. It's tough to pull off a beer like this that isn't one dimensional and unbalanced. I would definitely buy it again. A perfect beach beer, and because of the lower alcohol, something that won't ruin your day as you enjoy it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold in color. Fizzy carbonation has all but completely exhausted itself. Looks... like a shandy?

Tart lemon, tangy aromas, and beery malts. Nothing to talk about here. Is what it is. Smells pleasant enough.

Pale malts and tart lemonade. Some low-lying citrusy hops, but overall, some decent summer suds. Not as tangy as others I've tried. Lemon flavor is legit, if not a bit oily. Perfumey.

Slick and a bit oily Pastiness from the stick on the lips. Genuinely smooth and easy. Medium-high carbonation.

A good experience from a style I typically have bad experiences with. Recommended for all you Radler-lovers out there.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.3 out of 5 based on 1,572 ratings.
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