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
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.