nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle. Not good in a beer way, very sweet and artificial, like you dumped a few ounces of Country Time lemonade mix in a boring, bland Sam Adams beer. Almost has apple tones, but stays firmly planted in artificial sugary lemon. This is a pretty insipid, unappealing beverage.
Lowe1983 (1495) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of caramel hops, grassy tones, and some lemon. Flavor is strong of lemonade with some grassy tones. In my opinion, too much lemon on this one.
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A golden color with a large white head. The aroma contains some lemonade and grassy notes. The flavor is a bit sour with some lemons and some more grassy notes. This would be a pretty darn good beer on a hot day. Some herbal notes in the finish. Overall ok beer.
JohnGalt1 (1537) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a fake lemon flavor.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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)
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BillHick420 (456) - California, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.