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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wedgie9 (2595) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Tasted on 6/20/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal. Pours. clear golden orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to an average collar of lace. The nose is a nice mixture of classic beer malt and sweet lemonade, much like any other radler or shandy. The flavor is about the same, with the lemonade sweet and tart. The body is light with fizzy carbonation and a short lemonade and light beer finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2231) - - JUN 19, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed on 6-3-12- Poured from glass into pint glass Appearance – Pours a clear straw color with a huge billowy white head. The head has big carbonation bubbles entrapped within which pop to give a medium to light amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heavy in lemon with lighter hints of wheat. The lemon aroma is of a sweeter nature resembling that of lemonade. When mixed with the wheat and a light hop aroma it makes for a very nice aroma. Taste – A sweet malt flavor of some wheat and lemon meet the tongue. The citrus lemon makes for a very lemonade like quality. While sweet upfront it sweetness even more toward the middle with heavier flavors of lemon. The sweetness is of largely white sugar giving the brew and even more lemonade flavor. As the taste advances beyond the middle however, it loses a bit of the sweetness (although it is still sweet) and becomes a bit more bready in nature. This sweet lemon and wheat flavor mixed with a very light grassy hop finish off the taste. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light and the carbonation is a bit below normal. Both give the beer a more lemonade like flavor. Overall – It is refreshing, but not something I am typically looking for in a beer. It is much better then something like a Mike’s hard lemonade, so if you are in the mood for something of that like take this instead.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3952) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
This is a step above, say, Leinenkugel’s shandies but still not exactly a top notch beer. It is orange yellow in the glass and its head is small and made of fine bubbles. The nose is pretty mild and it is mostly lemon zest and a bit of grassy hops. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish qualifies as actual beer character and thus makes this an improvement over much of its ilk. Rather than just tasting like lemon soda pop, this actually tastes like lemon flavored soda-pop mixed w/ a reasonably well-hopped lager. It is medium bodied and a little bit sweet but vigorous carbonation helps to lighten the texture a bit. This is definitely not the worst thing I will drink this month but I still prefer to mix my own raedlers if I drink them at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Clear yellow pour with a thin white head, looks good. Aroma is of sugar and lemons. Medium carbonation, light bodied. A bit tart up front, lemonade flavor, some light toasted maltiness, cane sugar finish. Exactly as described. Honestly, I would be more interested to try the helles before it was mixed with the lemonade. I’m sure it’s pretty refreshing on tap, like a lemonade version of shock top. Good for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbuzz (804) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Not one of Sam Adams better brews. Sweet and uninteresting with a light malt flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rweingarten (46) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Golden color with light head. The lemony flavor is overpowering the other fruity undertones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtclockwork (14585) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow gold with white head. Nose/taste of lemon and light white sugar. Not much else going on. Light bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
The lemon flavoring in this beer works better than most flavorings. It goes nicely with the malt, but the low hops taste doesn’t help. It is a light beer, designed for thirst quenching, not savoring a good naturally flavored brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkSong (352) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
It pours a pale golden color with a small white head. It has a skunky aroma and smells of lemon and malt. It has a nice lemon taste to it which goes well with the beer. Very refreshing and tasty. I’d love to buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RONCOD (236) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. Nice citrus aroma. The taste was like a light lemonade. Very refreshing beer.

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