Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
Reviewed by Brady White on August 27, 2014 in Summer Guide
- 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
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.