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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samuel Adams is currently in the process of brewing up a German style called “radler.” The name radler translates to “cyclist,” A 50/50 (ish) blend of beer and lemonade. (Like a shandy). Perfect for any summer day, Samuel Adams® Porch Rocker was inspired by traditional Bavarian Radlers that mix beer with German-style lemonade. For our bright and citrusy Radler, we blended a Helles beer with lemon for a fresh-squeezed lemon taste, effervescent sweetness, and slightly tart, refreshing finish. A light malt character and hint of hops balance out this summer brew.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (798) - , Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours a polished dark straw golden.. almost no head and no lacing. The nose is lemon zest and a hint of pale maltiness. Flavor is pretty much the same.. the lemon is sorta powerful up front and dies quickly leaving just the essence lingering on the palate. Body is light with a bigger carbonation. Interesting enough take on a "Shandy" without actually adding lemon juice and sugar. ****** Bashing notes despite my above decent review: -tastes like essence of Lemon Windex. -Is SA doing this one as a test to take on Leiny’s Shandy success? -If you are not fishing with the girls, this is a man-card surrender immediately.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeremytoni (3013) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a fake lemon flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
12oz bottle. Rating #165. Golden color with a little white head. Aroma is a little lemon and citrus. Bland flavor up front, a little lemon and a light graininess followed, easy drinker. (2718)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2013
12 oz bottle: Aroma has the scent of lemonade with a hint of hop backing and a very light bready malt note. Appearance i s a clear golden with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Taste is lemonade with a decent hop note, sweet. Palate has got medium to high carbonation with a slight lemon aftertaste. Overall, It’s a radler. Refreshing but kind of straight forward. Cheers!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2013
Got it in the Seasonal 12-pack at Krogers on Broadway. Pale yellow. Small, fast white head. Aroma: Ginger ale, lemon. Flavor: The same with a hint of yeast, tart. Clean finish. Very drinkable... TOO drinkable. It seems more like a lemon soda than a beer. I would take it over a Macro-brew any day but Koch has done better.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillHick420 (440) - North Dakota, NORWAY - APR 26, 2013
Pours pale straw with a white head. Citrus nose, sweet lemon, lemon drops. Aroma of sweet lemon drops. Quite tangy, sour. Good drink, but not good beer score, too artificial, not reminiscent of beer at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1418) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. The best before date was notched at September.

Appearance: Crystal clear, dark gold hue. Plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a small, white, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Fresh lemon aroma that seems to be authentic. It’s not quite as chemical or faux-smelling as some other lemon-flavored beverages I’ve had.

Taste: It’s difficult to review a bottled shandy, since it’s the kind of drink that’s better when mixed by a bartender, rather than something pre-packaged by the brewery (same thing with black & tans). Samuel Adams Porch Rocker tastes a little less fake than most brews of the sort that I’ve had. From front to back all you taste is lemonade but without any real tartness to it. Judging by the description, this appears to be just lemon flavoring. That being said, I have to admit I kind of like this flavor. Sure it’s one-dimensional and repetitive, but the net result is a rather tasty beverage. Nothing cloying, nothing overly sweet, so it’s well-balanced and drinker friendly.

Drinkability: This is a beer that you definitely drink for its performance value; as a liquid refresher in warm weather. In that respect, Samuel Adams Porch Rocker works well. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly crisp, but never watery so it’s comfortable. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and leaves a clean aftertaste. At 4.5% ABV it’s highly sessionable, though why they only sell it in summer mix packs so you get two bottles at a time I don’t understand.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
strap (575) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - APR 26, 2013
Description on the bottle fits. Far too lemony and sweet. Not a fan for this as an everyday beer. May be better too sip on a hot day ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pleasant beer, right for summer. Nice aroma of grass and lemon; taste light and dry with nice balance of malts and lemon; good and different

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Rodman’s, 4/20/13

Aroma: The nose is sweet and fruity, with plenty of lemon, and some yeast/grains as well
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head atop it
Flavor: The taste is sweet and lemony, a little bit of yeasty flavor, and a some tart hints as well
Palate: The body is light, it is easy to drink, but a little too watery
Overall Impression: This stuff is only mediocre, even for what it is trying to be. It felt lacking in some way. It does an alright job of being being a shandy/radler, but at the same time, it just lacked a little of what I was looking for.


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