Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale

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2,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,467
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 26.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 343 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2001

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.
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. I'm a bit surprised that I haven't reviewed this beer prior to this day as it was a bit of a mainstay of my 'youth'. Yet I wonder if it truly bears any resemblance to the '33' of yore.

I let the can warm up a bit, to 40 degrees or so from the fridge. Pours a clear light straw with minimal carbonation yet sporting a nice cap of foam. More carbonation evident on the tongue vs. a visual by the way. Offers a neutral aroma and lacking of much as for adjuncts. Pleasant yet neutral flavor with a slight sweetness which lingers for a moment.

Like PBR this stands a bit above the 'crowd' as for the yeast influence in the aroma but otherwise blends in with the masses.

More User Reviews:
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Edit on score : they changed their formula!!

Rolling Rock. Who can forget the jewel green bottles and the horse on the front with the eloquent speech on the back containing 33 words? This beer is so epic on the right days it's like a 10 out of 5. Lawnmower beer? Yes please. Relax on the couch after work? Yep. Empty bottle? Hand me another.

Appearance - No one pours their Rolling Rock. That's just stupid.

Smell - Cantaloupe, sweet corn, sweetened cereal. With a touch of sourness. A hint of wheat, too.

Taste - A mellow, lightly sour, yet spicy flavor that bites nicely and leaves you feeling satisfied. A body of corn sweetness envelopes the flavors and wraps it up in a gift horse for your tongue. Spicy notes leave a dry flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, somewhat smooth, dry finish and lots of burps.

Overall - Rolling Rock is a tasty treat at a perfect price. And dude, most places sell this for less than 10 bucks a 12 pack. It's cheap AND satisfying. It seems to always be sold out in my area. When I'm out, I buy more. Just make sure you serve it ice cold because once it stays at room temperature longer than 15 minutes it's no good.

Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Having been unimpressed by this beer in the past, it had been years since I had tried it. A friend brought a bunch over to my place in those classic green bottles, and I had to try one.
There's not a lot of flavor here, but what is there is a very clean and refreshing. Very light, and has the potential to be a great summer beer if it's on sale. Otherwise there are others from the style I'd take over this. I think what's best about this beer is not what it is, but rather what it isn't. That is, it's not harsh, funky, or metallic like some AALs, which in some ways is endorsement enough.

Photo of maximum12
2.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Some joker brought a sixer of this to my party, where there was Southern Tier Unearthly & Rush River Unforgiven on tap. And left without drinking any. Ha ha, funny guy! I think I know who you are, punk!

Anyways. I'm loathe to review this. Even in college, this was always a beer I'd stick a lemon or lime in to try to kill of some of the, ah, taste. But it's here. I'm here. My Twins just coughed up four runs in the first inning to the Royals, my car's in the shop, I have water damage in the basement, & my daughter has pink eye. Bring on the fuckin' Rolling Rock!

Yellow like taking a piss just before it turns completely clear. Ring of soap scum around the edge of the glass. I'm letting my past influence this, huh? Tough. Smells just like the floor of First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Well, hell. It's not as bad as I remember. For a macro that smells terrible, the taste is almost palatable. It still isn't good, but it's not the road-kill skunk I recall. Maybe it was the locales. Or the company.

Drinkability? No thank you. And it's getting more fragrant & less inviting as it warms.

Not a good beer. At the risk of sounding snobbish, if my choice is Old Latrobe or apple juice, I'll be happy to grab a cardboard container of Juicy Juice.

Photo of joe12pk
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

24 oz can poured into a lager glass.

A - Straw. Decent white head gives way to nice lacing. Good retention.

S - Not much there. Faint corn and grass.

T - Sweet malt and corn with faint hops. Crisp, with a proper amount of carbonation. Finishes clean and sweet with faint corn/apple taste.

M - Light

O - One of my go-to AALs. It's an unabashedly delightful and delicious brew.

Photo of Rmb0707
5/5  rDev +93.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I know it is not popular but I drink what I like and I love this beer.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.52/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review. The basics: water-light, slick, skunky nose, general lack of interesting flavor (zero identifiable hop)...& yet I still have a soft spot for this brew. The goofy carb & cheapo malt components just speak to me, I guess.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.91/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, the old days when Rolling Rock was like a gourmet beer...something rare...something to actively seek out. Found a sixer of these at Harry's in Marietta for $4.99 and decided to trip and fall down memory lane.

Appearance 2.25: Wow, this is indeed a "Pale Ale." Looks like watered-down apple juice. No head. No lacing. It's just there. It does kind of look beer-esque, though.

Smell 3.0: Bouquet is actually OK. Hints of grains and the classic lager phenols.

Taste 3.0: Front is missing. Nothing there, taste-wise. Middle is somewhat sweet, with heavy carbonation interrupting any deeper taste that might have been present. Finish is smooth, with a very light taste of malt, but that's it. Aftertaste is where some brief hints of corn pop up along with some brief hints of grains, before it all fades away.

Mouthfeel 2.5: Too much carbonation and it interferes with the taste of the beer.

Overall 3.0: In spite of this beer's many faults, it is still OK. Nothing fantastic, just a basic lagery, bubbly, malt beverage to quench your thirst or wash down some pizza or wings. If you can get it cheap in the summer, it is a great lawnmower beer. Still, if you pay over five bucks for a sixer of these, get your head examined. Again, this beer is not bad, it just is not that good. A classic and an OK beer.

Photo of FoodBlog
4.76/5  rDev +84.5%
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.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.94/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Rolling Rock last night (Valentine's Day), partly for nostalgic reasons, and also because I just haven't had this in a long, long time. in fact, as soon as I opened the bottle and began to pour it, I noticed that it differed from what I remembered from about twenty years ago. It's a very light, pale straw color, watery, with heavy carbonation, almost like seltzer water. The taste is actually blander than I remember too, but I do like the dry aftertaste. It's not an awful beer, but definitely nothing stellar. I miss what it used to be, but then again, maybe my memory has shifted toward the optimistic spectrum, given my youthful appreciation of the brew. And also, my Grandpa loved this stuff when it was brewed in PA. All in all, an average AAL in every sense. Definitely better than Bud, MGD, etc.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
1.2/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

just checking off crappy beers i drank in the past!

Photo of flagbearer
3.79/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my very first beer, handed down from my grandfather. I swear this runs through is long as I can remember, hardly ever saw him without one in his hand. always remember him sitting out late at night on his porch, drinking and as he would say, "counting his blessings." a beer that has sentimental value which puts it up there for me. love that green bottle! in my eyes, the drink of a hard working family man.

Photo of RoyalT
2.01/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – I was shocked to see a large head rise out of my modest pour. It held on for a few minutes as well and laced the glass. The beer itself is standard macro yellow.

Smell – I was equally as shocked not to find any skunk in the bottle. The only aroma I could locate was faint corn, but at least it wasn’t repulsive.

Taste – The lack of any real flavor fell more in line with this pessimistic taste. A one-dimensional corn/grain/water mixture came and went in a matter of moments. For a second it seemed like it was going to try and finish with some genuine sweetness, but it gave up mid-way through the effort.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is cheap and foamy.

Drinkability – The lack of any sheer nastiness gets this one past my macro test, but just barely.

Photo of tectactoe
1.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Rolling Rock "Extra Pale", huh? Extra Pale is an understatement. This beer is almost clear. Imagine the lightest straw colored beer you've ever seen, and this one does it one better. One shade lighter. One shade closer to pure transparency. Sometimes I'm not sure if the glass is full or empty.

I can't comment on any head as I've never seen one. Oh, that white fizzly shit on top that was gone within seconds? That's not a head. This is a pretty pathetic looking beer. At least the aroma isn't complete shit. Not only is it not complete shit, it's not really much of anything. Some cereal grains, a light pant of lager-type yeast, and a shot of stale, musty hops. Mmm'mm, Campbell's would be proud.

Carbonation attacks your tongue like the bubonic plague, muting pretty much all flavors at first. This might be some kind of sick, silver lining though, as the flavor of this beer probably isn't very great anyway. Grains, some moderate corn, lager crispiness, and again, another handful of the musty hops. Bitterness is low and this beer is drinkable, I'll give it that.

Not the worse AAL under the sun, and in all actuality, probably one of the better macros, in my opinion. This bitch is best served cold, ice cold, right at about 33 degrees F (that's about 0.56 degrees Celcius for you normal people). You might consider freezing this with a twig shoved through the center to make yourself a Rolling Rock lollipop.

Photo of Will_Dixon
3.79/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a simple, great beer for sitting around a pool and relaxing. Best enjoyed from the bottle ice-cold, it is amazingly refreshing beer for what it is. it loses marks for its run-of-the-millnes, but it is a good, cheap beer. comparable to Budweiser or Miller, it's not the best, but is certinly is not the worst.

I love this beer, it is light and is meant for enjoyment. If you are looking to get smashed, go for something else. It is mild when compared to a lager or a pilsner, and it pales( heh pale) in comparison to other, more expensive pale ales. But it is called EXTRA pale ale for a reason.

For those of you who would like a good, refreshing beer without a huge price tag, go for the rolling rock. For those of you with a bit more beer money, I'd recommend Alexander Keith, very similar but a bit more refined.

Photo of sellmeagod
2.21/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A party standard, a classic without a bit of taste to the positive or the negative. It makes it clear that this is "extra pale" and that's what you get. It sticks to its guns and gets it done.

The smell is nothing, or perhaps faint urine, but who smells a Rolling Rock anyway? This beer was designed to drain quickly, and it gets points for doing that well. Tasting like delicious water and crisp when cold. Fine.

Photo of Todd
3.05/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with the painted 1939 label and a stamped packaged date. The painted back reads: From the glass lined tanks of Old Latrobe ... We tender this premium beer for your enjoyment, as a tribute to your good taste ... It comes from the mountain springs to you ... "33"

Appearance: Light golden with an active level of carbonation that forms a fine, semi-creamy white head, that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Light malt grains, soft floral hop aromas and corn (DMS).

Taste: Light bodied. Fizzy, seltzer-like carbonation. Malt flavour is thin, dry with a dextrin sweetness and husk tannins. Hops are tangy bitter/lemony, but only for a moment. Major cooked veggies/corn flavours are enhanced as the beer warms (more DMS). Finishes a tad dry, grainy with lingering vegatable flavours.

Notes: Latrobe has taken an off-flavour and enhanced it to the point of it becoming Rolling Rock's trademark aroma and flavour, DiMethyl Sulfide (DMS).

For what it is ... it is simply okay. Nothing overly special going on. Very light, easy to drink and extremely refreshing (when cold). Serve ice cold as this beer tends to get rather nasty and unpalatable when warm.

Photo of twi1609372
2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

had the misfortune of trying this beer. was reccomended by a man who is not banned from making beer suggestions. what looks like a norma, seamingly innocent beer from the outside, quickly turns into a dispair of bitterness. bitterness overall isnt always bad, but this overt biterness is excessive. and no real flavor to help mask the bitter, making it almost undrinkable.

Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a simple beer with a clean non-offensive flavor. It has a very pale light golden yellow color with a white foamy head. The flavor is a mix of light malty grains and mild hops. It has a super clean finish with a light body and a thin but lively texture and carbonation. Overall it's an extremely refreshing and drinkable beer that's great for sloppy bbq and spicy food. Non-beer drinkers may also enjoy this brew especially if offered in cut little split bottles.

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.52/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An under appreciated domestic beer that possesses a unique pale ale flavor that is unlike any of the other MacroBreweries. Best enjoyed in the bottle. I've always been grateful for Rolling Rock's painted label, very cool. With all the other bottles out there you can peel their brand right off the bottle, but not Rolling Rock. A very good beer for an always reasonable price.

Photo of Jason
2.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottled Rolling Rock really brings out the adjuct flavour and aroma ... very corny with a steely after taste. The run of the mill carboantion gives some crips refreshing character ... other than that this beer is quite bland. Very little in the hops department as well ... hint of alcohol in the finish shows again that it is a beer.

Photo of Rifrafboy
1.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I found a sixer of this on sale and said "what the hell". This poured golden with a slight dry head. Very grainy smell. This had a somewhat bold mouthfeel, only not in a good way. This tasted like crap beer all the way. I ended up mixing my five remaining bottles with some Tuborg just to make it acceptable. I'm not crazy enough to throw even the crappy stuff away.

Photo of mtyrrell
2.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear yellowish color, almost no head

S- Crisp, but watery, very very slight hint of hops

T- Crisp, but watery

M- Almost no carbonation, watery

D- This is a beer that I really used to enjoy before I started drinking local craft beers. Coming back, it is a decent beer to have at a party, and you could drink several in one sitting.

A decent "cheap" beer alternative

Photo of merlin48
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on a six-pack of long neck bottles, served ice cold into a tall pilsner glass. $5.69 for a sixer at most beer stores in southwestern Virginia, and often as close to a micro as you can find there.
Pours a very pale yellow, fizzy body topped by a modest white head that gives way to some grainy looking lace.
Aroma has a nice opening of spicy hops, quickly eclipsed(unfortunately) by an assertive DMS note of canned corn juice.
Mouthfeel is the strongpoint if you're drinking it ice cold. Light bodied and clean, with a crisp carbonation. As it warms, even slightly, it gains a sickly, oily, graininess.
The brewery website recommends a serving temperature of 33f. The cold temperature allows the beer's attributes to shine. Spicy hops mingle delightfully with the crisp carbonation and mildly sweet maltiness. Finish is crisp and clean, if you finish the bottle while it's still very cold. Lots of adjuncts await you here if you let it warm a bit. A strong essence of canned corn juice may deter your desire to drink this, unless it's almost frozen. A decent American macro light lager, notable for its attractivly painted green bottle.

Photo of zook74
2.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I cannot believe how much of this stuff I used to drink back in the dark ages before my eyes were opened to the beauty of the micrwbrew and really, really good beer.

The one thing I can give RR is that it's a decent summer brew if you're outdoors in the hot, sweltering heat. If you serve it cold enough it can be quite refreshing, though I'd never drink it for taste...

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 2,467 ratings.