Samuel Adams Porch Rocker: Beers of Summer Variety (4 of 5)

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker

Brewed by: The Boston Beer Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Lager
  • Variation: Radler
  • Seasonal: April-August
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 8

Notes: Part 4/5 in Beers of Summer variety pack tasting flight.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Perfect for any summer day, Samuel Adams Porch Rocker is bright and citrusy with a fresh-squeezed lemon effervescence and a refreshing finish. Crisp & tangy, with its combination of lager & tart lemonade this unique summer quencher is our take on the Bavarian Radler, named for cyclists that originated this drink.

Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger

Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend

Additional: Lemon

First Impressions

Artwork: Sam Adams brand label template.

Color: Golden color.

Aroma: Lemony, citrus.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Tasting Glass

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker is their version of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, (I’m a big fan) so I was really looking forward to trying Boston Beer Co’s interpretation.

In case you didn’t read the Shandy review, a Radler is beer mixed with soda or lemonade.

At first sip, Porch Rocker tasted quite artificially lemon flavored, but I did get used to it after a few sips. A few days later I drank another one, and had the same experience, so at least my opinion was consistent.

Some lemonades taste more natural than others, so its quite possible Sam Adams mixed their lager with an over-sweetened variety???

I don’t expect a blend of lemonade and beer to taste 100% natural, but Porch Rocker seemed like Lemonheads candy were ground up into the lager itself.

This beer should have either started or finished with the lemonade kicker, instead the artificial lemon taste lingered throughout.

Final Score: 2/5

2 Stars

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker had too much unnatural flavoring interfering with the beer. Although you get used to it, the lemony citrus was overdone, leaving an artificial bite on your palette. I was fairly disappointed.

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