Samuel Adams Porch Rocker

Reviewed by on August 27, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company

  • Origin: Boston, MA, USA

  • Rated On: August 26, 2014

  • Best Before: October 2014

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Beer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

One of many seasonals created by this largest of craft brewers, and another cog in the summer Sam Adams mixed-pack in my jurisdiction. It purports to be a combination of lemonade and beer, inspired by the radlers of Germany, even though it is nearing average lager strength.  Hokay.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and almost urinal cake-like dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of melting coral reef lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of semi-sweet lemon/lime extract, as opposed to the actual juice, faint pale grainy malt, and an ever more ethereal straw-like hoppiness. The taste is more beer-forward that I might have been expecting, the gritty pale malt riding large in the saddle, equal, if not superceding the reined-in generic, and plainly angling for the tart side of things, lemon-lime essence, with some hard to discern, but detectable all the same bland hop bitterness.  The carbonation is moderate, in a basic frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight and sort of smooth, with a certain soda-esque astringency. It finishes off-dry, the lemon/lime (can’t seem to come up with a proper portmanteau for this) fruitiness still carrying the day.

Not a bad-tasting lemon-lime (gah, I’m getting tired of writing that – limon, maybe?) flavoured German-style lager, however, its plainness puts it up against all the full fruity beers out there, as opposed to the simple half-beer measures of the proclaimed style. Nothing really worth seeking out, for that reason, and more or less forgettable.

Brady White

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