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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale

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1,842 Ratings

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Ratings: 1842
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%

Brewed by:
Latrobe Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using a time-honored recipe with only the finest malted barley and blend of hops, Rolling Rock is a classic American lager that is as well-known for its distinctive, full-bodied taste as it is for its craftsmanship, heritage and painted green bottle.

Full-flavored, with a subtle bite. Light-to-medium body and color. Brewed with only the choicest ingredients; a perfect blend of pale barley malt, rice and corn.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2001)
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3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was beer of choice as a young adult and college student, it just had a great taste and was a good beer to chill out and relax with, though it does leave you with a terrible hangover. The quality and taste did change when AB-InBev bought out Rolling Rock and moved production out of Pennsylvania. It pours real pale yellow, with a soapy head the dissolves quickly, and sparkles with carbonation. You get a mineral watery, malty taste, that is finished with a sweet taste. There is a malt aftertaste, no edge, light in body, and not filling. Good with food, working, and fishing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:34:53 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of Jake29

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know if you guys know this but, Old bay crabs and a rolling rock go together like peanut butter and jelly

Also Nothing beats drinking some ponies at the beach. 7 ice cold ounces. Drink it before it gets warm on a hot summer day.

Rolling rock was my first beer I ever had so I gotta rep

I'm more of a IPA guy but I like to drink some rocks

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 04:46:47 | More by Jake29
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2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I grew up in NY in the 1960's. And when I became of drinking age I had friends in western PA that I would visit often. Our sit on the porch and talk forever beer was Rolling Rock. I enjoyed the brisk, light flavor that really tasted of clear stream water. Until today, I had my last Rolling Rock around 2002 when it was still made in PA.

Just bought a 6 pack of the St. Louis Anhauser Busch Rolling Rock. This ain't the same beer of my youth. This beer is sudsy, tastes of mildewed hay. Tastes like a lightweight Schlitz. Terrible.

I live in Santa Rosa, CA now. Glad to have Russian River Brewing down the street form my house.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:44:52 | More by tomsamarati
Photo of rangerred


2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Had on tap in a plastic cup.

Appearance is a medium gold with a thin, fizzy white head. All in all it looks like your typical fizzy pale yellow beer. Not much to it but not much to complain about either.

Aroma is basically nonexistent. A little bit of bread and corn along with maybe the slightest hint of hay but I really don't pick up much.

the flavor is really about as weak as the aroma. A touch of bread and corn it is very light but also not offensive at all. Basically zero bitterness with just the slightest bit of stickiness left over. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall, this is simply plain, fizzy, yellow beer. Completely unoffensive and goes down like water. Honestly this wouldn't be too bad on a hot day but even then I am looking for something a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 00:49:06 | More by rangerred
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3.64/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rolling Rock Extra Pale brew by Latrobe Brewing Co but now Anheuser Busch. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. It smells like beer- what else can I say. This brew has the look and taste of an American style lager. Rolling Rock Extra Pale goes down smooth and crisp. This beer has body and flavor. Even the after tease is good. There is no bad after taste, just clean and refreshing. There nothing bad about this brew at all. Over All I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 05:22:46 | More by nicholas2121
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2.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 25 ounce tallboy into a sampler. A semi-aggressive pour produces a short-lived, 1/2 inch thick, white head. Little islands of lace in the middle and around the rim stick around for the duration. The beer is an extra pale color, with a distinctly yellow tinge. Pretty light carbonation.

I get very little in the aroma, and hops are pretty much undetectable (to me at least). It has a light, very watery flavor that does go down easily and is pretty refreshing when you're thirsty. There just isn't much flavor. I would compare this to a Coors light- it tastes pretty good after a hike, but you might want to switch to something with a bit more beer flavor after you're past dying of thirst.

Not too bad for what it is, although the really watery flavor and mouthfeel is bit off-putting. I don't even get a subtle "bite" here. This is the first one of these I've had for a long time and I think I probably won't get it again for a long time unless it's all there is and I'm dying of thirst.

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 03:17:20 | More by archyquaffer
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2.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and uninteresting label acquired at a local corner mart and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 4.4% ABV according to the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured somewhat gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Thickness isn't bad considering the style, and there's even a bit of creaminess. The complexion and consistency are weak and unappealing, however. Head retention is well below average - about one minute at best. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a weak looking clear transparent yellow, which lacks vibrance. Appears thin and watery. The overabundance of rising carbonation bubbles suggests overcarbonation. Translucent.

Overall, it's a weak looking brew but is par for the style. I'm optimistic. Not unique or special by any means, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Strangely sweet and buttery. Sugarcane, diacetyl, sweet corn adjunct (this is the dominant note), cheap barley, and some light grains. I find no yeast character, hop profile, or alcohol. It comes off too sweet and I'm a bit turned off by that. It's inoffensive, though. Not a great aroma by any means. Definitely adunct-laden.

Above average in terms of strength.

T: Heavy corn adjunct, empty malty sweetness, depleted barley, and buttery/diacetyl character. Lacks any discernable hop profile whatsoever. I don't pick up on any yeast character or alcohol either. Painfully simple, lacking any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance. I'm not a big fan of the taste, but I've definitely had worse and while it's not enjoyable, there are no egregious off-notes that would really turn one off to it. Even the diacetyl is bearable. Below average depth of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour (for the style). Average duration of flavour.

Unbalanced (but not imbalanced; there's a difference). Build has a loose cohesion, but this isn't a gestalt flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Syrupy and thick. Too viscous. Has a bit too much body for its lack of flavour. Presence on the palate is bad overall, and the texture doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well. I'd almost prefer the thin watery texture common amongst bad offerings in this style. Unrefreshing. It feels artificial - likely from the adjunct. This isn't a quenching brew by any means.

Not boozy, hot, oily, astringent, rough, or harsh.

Dr: Downable swill at an affordable price point. I'd file this in the "student beer" category. I won't be buying it again but it's far from intolerable. Rolling Rock has better offerings and I'd caution friends from picking up this one. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, though, and it's not a terrible beer by any means. I'm glad I tried it but it just didn't come together like a good adjunct lager should. It's not quite as bland and boring as many beers in this style, but I'd probably take the blandness of something like Budweiser over the off-putting adjunct sweetness featured prominently in this flavour profile.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:51:00 | More by kojevergas
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3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled tonight on 2/17/14. Had this classic several times in the past but been a couple of years since the last one. Always loved the painted on label on the green bottle. Used to be made in Pa but ol' Bud bought them out I see. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold in color with about a 1-finger frizzy white head that settles down to just the top. Some spotty lacing was seen. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the sides and bottom of the glass with medium carbonation. The aroma is of sweet corn, rice and grains. The taste is about the same but is stronger and more of a sweeter finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:25:49 | More by BeerWithMike
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New York

2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and faded away, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and rice adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a bit stronger, particularly the corn, the latter of which contributes some malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied, somewhat clean and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little more palatable compared to some of the other American Adjunct Lagers, but seems to be a little too sweet and could use a light amount of bitterness to balance things off.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 00:12:37 | More by metter98
Photo of matjack85


3.25/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz green bottle with a painted on label. Last time I had one of these I remember them being from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, but I see now that Anhauser-Bush has bought them out and they are now made in St.Louis, Missouri. No freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear pale gold color with a 1½-finger white head. The head lasted only 30 secOnds and left no lacing whatsover.

Smells like bubblegum and corn sweetener.

Slightly sweet flavor from the pale malt and corn. The adjuncts used here are both corn and rice, but not getting much flavor from the rice. There is a mild bitterness from the hops which balances nicely.

Crisp and light with medium carbonation.

Not bad for the price. It's an easy drinking crisp refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 23:20:34 | More by matjack85
Photo of CanyonCitySteve


3.95/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rolling Rock is my new go-to session beer, when I want something light and smooth. Great for session drinking - more taste than a light beer but easy on the alcohol. A lot smoother than Miller High Life (which seems a bit stronger), and more flavor than Coor or Miller Lite. Excellent for football watching or camping, or any other activity where there's a lot of beer sippin'.

Go for the cans, in my experience the taste is better than the bottles.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 02:55:55 | More by CanyonCitySteve
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

1 of 30 355 ml cans brought home from a shopping trip. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale weak yellow / golden color. Tons of effervescent bubbles rising to the top and a 2.5 finger head quickly recedes leaving thin soapy collar. Retention is poor, but initial head was decent.

Smell - Not much, grassy, some grain and minimal funky adjunct smell. Not bad for the style.

Taste - Grainy taste some light corn in particular. Not much else, but not distracting sweetness either that I often find in adjuncts.

Mouthfeel - Good fizzy feel, that is thirst quenching and yet soft in the mouth too.

Overall - Still in my mind one of the best AAL's or at least one of the ones most to my liking.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 01:58:16 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of mando_thegreat


3.8/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. it is tasty, goes down smoothly, and some how stayed cold for a while. (maybe because its winter) but my first time having this beer a year or so ago, i had to get it again because i enjoyed it so much. . although i think the packaging could be a little more attractive, its affordable, and as i said good. I will recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:57:11 | More by mando_thegreat
Photo of Isrealite


4.75/5  rDev +83.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The American Adjunct Lager...Have you seen it? Have you smelt it? Tasted it? Obviously no pretentious connoisseur will admit to it, or dignify it with a review. However, when times are tough, or even if they are not, why not get the most bang for your buck? I recently purchased a twelve pack of this beer for $8.94 . Any other beer in this genre that could be purchased at a competitive price would invariably cause headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and /or death. That being said, Rolling Rock is the supreme A.J.L. insofar as it has never caused me any of these symptoms, and has always given me a decent and refreshing buzz, without swelling my midsection into a gelatinous slime. At only 142 calories and $0.75 per 12 oz. bottle, Rolling Rock is my preferred session/go-to beer. A great value, and in the context of the genre, the best you are going to get as far as taste and mouth feel. DO NOT PURCHASE IN CANS! Bottles are far superior in flavor...and painting. Do not attempt to pour into a glass either! There is not much in the way of appearance or lacing to behold here. This is a beer for the masses, to be enjoyed straight out of the bottle, and for a reasonable price and caloric content. If you wear a monocle, and/or a top hat, steer clear, but if you are a practical and economical working person, this beer is a great return on investment.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 07:58:18 | More by Isrealite
Photo of apu1


4.43/5  rDev +71%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A GREAT beer. My first time drinking this was on sunday night and I must say after 3, I was craving more. It was a very smooth, tasty beer. Easy to drink and fun to just relax with. I highly suggest this to anyone else looking to expand their beer repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:42:21 | More by apu1
Photo of Drankin


3.46/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 30-pack for $17.50

Beer pours "extra pale". Almost no color to speak off. Scent is suprisingly hoppy for an adjunct at this price. Taste is adjuct, but again, with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is refreshing, and far better than other beverages of this nature.

If i had to chose between this, a PBR, a Bud, or anything else, I'd probably pick the rolling rock.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 19:36:04 | More by Drankin
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3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale straw color, clear. Some bubbles rising up. Thin head.

Some sweetness, corn. Very crisp and clean.

Sweetness, cooked corn, cereal. No bitterness. Finish is dry, crisp, clean. Very light and watery, dry, crisp, refreshing, fizzy.

It's a decent beer.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 02:03:14 | More by mjurney
Photo of Alextricity


2.76/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had directly from the bottle at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Appearance: Welp, green bottle... I know it's a very light beer, and almost like a cream ale. No fingers of head in the glass.

Smell: Genny Cream Ale, are you familiar with that? A creamed corn sort of smell. Quite sweet. Fairly pleasant, nothing offensive. Not much to it.

Taste/feel: Not bad. Decent flavor, but not much going on. Vanilla sort of flavor, like you may expect from a mass-produced cream ale-esque beer. The feel is kind of nice, actually pretty creamy. It reminds me a bit of Genessee Cream Ale, but they seem really similar to me, based on my memory.

Not an awful beer at all. More enjoyable than a lot of light beers out there, as it has a bit of a body to it, and slightly more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 02:39:32 | More by Alextricity
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North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

120z can poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear straw with a soapy 2 finger head, very little lacing.

S: Can really smell much mostly corn.

T: Malty taste and corn

M: Medium carbonation. This beer is super drinkable, and isn't rough on the stomach.

O: I like rolling rock its my goto cheap beer. If Im drinking to get drunk Im drinking rolling rock. Ive had it out of the bottle and it is much better, however I can get 18 cans for $9.60 or a 6 pack of bottles for 6 bucks. This beer is incredibly refreshing and isn't revolting in taste it is by far one of the better AAL thats Ive had.

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 00:39:44 | More by watermelon
Photo of Dammer-licht


3.49/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer, if had out of a can, is a mistake. A 30 rack of this stuff just isn't the way to go (bottles and cans is like day and night with RR). Buy a 12 pack and enjoy! Very smooth and drinkable for a night out or a winter holiday such as Christmas or especially New Year's. A step above a typical Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:05:02 | More by Dammer-licht
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4.5/5  rDev +73.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its not a craft beer. Its a Rolling rock. If im not broke enough to buy pbr, and im not feeling a budweiser, Ill grab some rolling rocks. So drinkable, very nostalgic. This beer will last forever. I have to keep writing characters to make this review long enough so thats what im doing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 05:10:54 | More by rob119
Photo of Treath


3.61/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 25oz can into a glass mug. Straight from the fridge.

A- A pale yellow/straw color. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Small half finger head that fizzes away quickly.

S- Corn, a hint of malt, that's about it. Not offensive.

T- Hmmm, Malts up front with light corn and maybe rice in the background. It's like seltzer water and slight beer taste. It seems to have a little hops to balance things out. Nothing offensive.

M- Nicely carbonated, Crisp, Clean.

O- Overall, this beer is surprisingly awesome on a hot day. Nothing is offensive about it. It's very refreshing. I thought it would be more corny, but this was not the case. I really liked this beer.

Serving type: can

09-04-2013 05:15:31 | More by Treath
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2.21/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Rumor has it that Rolling Rock original recipe is from the monk's beer recipe at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Therefore, I cannot wait to try this beer because I am originally from this town and I know monks make a great brew.

Appearance- It is the stereotypical straw yellow color that an adjunct beer should have. A decent head of foam formed that was about a finger and a half in height, yet it quickly disappeared. There is a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell- Right away an over powering grain and corn shoots out of this beer. There is also a very grassy and crisp element to it which actually is kind of more appealing than most beers of this category of beer. I do smell the malt in this beer after digging deep into the scent.

Taste- There is a high corn concentration in this brew. And quite honestly it has a sweet after taste to it, which is not too shabby. If placed on the front of the tongue a little bit of hops can be detected but there is only trace amounts detected. It definitely has the macro brewery taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Very similar to water. It goes down incredibly smooth with little to no after bite. This is definitely a session beer for an amateur beer drinker that does not like a lot of hops or IBU's

Overall, I would drink this beer again only if it was given to me for free (then again I would drink any free beer). But I would recommend this to college kids and not really any adults who make decent money. Rolling Rock just did not really impress me. They must have changed the monk’s recipe. CHEERS!

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 00:45:55 | More by Tr0janSlay3r
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Alberta (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours pale straw with little foam. Bubbly throughout and looks like alcoholic soda. Aroma is sourdough biscuit malt and little else, maybe a slight whiff of green grass and sulphur. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the barest hint of hop bitterness. Mostly sour uncooked dough and another thin sour flavor that calls to mind ultradiluted lemon juice. Cornflake sweetness. Maybe a hint of vinous fruit. Notable DMS. Very watery and thin, leaves mild bitterness on the palate and ends dry, with playdough and plaster notes lingering. Was expecting more skunk given the green bottle but actually wasn't too bad in this regard. Hard to imagine how a light version of an already very pallid beer would even qualify as beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:18:36 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.8/5  rDev +85.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, this is not what I would call a world class beer, but for what I drink it for, no other beer will do.

I think of this as malt soda, rather than beer, in the classical sense. It is a very crisp and refreshing beverage that absolutely has no equal in the summer months after a long day of lawn mowing in the hot sun. I grew up drinking this beer (back when they made it in Latrobe, PA), and it is the one beer that I still drink from my youth.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 17:18:51 | More by FoodBlog
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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.