Review: Porch Rocker, Samuel Adams

Porch Rocker
The Boston Beer Co. — Boston, MA

  • Style:  Radler
  • Bitterness:  8 IBU
  • ABV:  5.5%  
  • Malts:  2-Row Pale malt blend
  • Hops:  Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Perfect for any summer day, Samuel Adams® Porch Rocker™ was inspired by traditional Bavarian Radlers that mix beer with German-style lemonade. Our bright and citrusy Radler is a Helles beer with a fresh-squeezed lemon taste, effervescent sweetness, and slightly tart, refreshing finish. A light malt character and hint of hops balance out this satisfying summer brew." — Samuel Adams

Random thoughts:  We broke 100° F a few weeks ago, so I stayed cool with the help of air conditioning and summer seasonal beers. Radlers (or shandies) are a blend of beer and lemonade (or lemon soda). Instead of mixing my own, I'm sampling Porch Rocker, Sam Adams' new summer seasonal. I recently tasted and profiled Leinengukel's Summer Shandy.

The tasting:  Light golden in color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a ring of bubbles. It's clear with plenty of effervescence floating through the glass. Aroma of bread and strong lemony citrus. Flavor starts with lemon, which is quite prominent. In the middle, bread/ biscuit malt emerge, along with mild herbal and spicy hops. Both the lemon aroma and and flavor have an artificial taste. They're strong and remind me of a lemon soda. Hop bitterness and alcohol aren't noticeable. Porch Rocker is light bodied with lively carbonation. It finishes with a mild citrus rind flavor.

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.  I wasn't a fan of the lemon flavor. The next time I want a Radler / Shandy, I think I'll mix my own.

Have you tasted Sam Adams' Porch Rocker? Do you like Shandies? What beer do you use and how much lemonade do you use?

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  1. I didn't realize mixing beer and juice is called a shandie. When I was in Germany back in 2007, that's how my friend told me to order beer. I thought it was pretty good there, but I've never done it in the US.

    Doesn't really sound like a beer I'd buy. But, I'm always up for trying anything.

  2. My mother was English, so I knew of the Shandy. I always thought it was a way for kids to start drinking beer. Yikes. Now it is just a refreshing summer beverage that somehow works.

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