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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale

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Reviews: 771
Hads: 2,564
Avg: 2.62
pDev: 48.47%
Wants: 26
Gots: 428 | 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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Photo of Sconnie25
2.27/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours a yellow straw hue with a good amount of carbonation and a decent head that quickly dissipated. Smells faintly of corn and some hops but not much else. Tastes very watery with just a hint of corn. Almost flavorless. It does go down smoothly though. There are much better options as far as AALs go though.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can in a pint glass at a sports bar as /i wath the #1 Clemson Tiger football team beat up on Wake Forest. 4.4% ABV.
Pours with a golden body that has excellent clarity and a modearate size white head that has poor retention.

Hop dominated aroma features grassy, earthy and herbal hops -- not my favorite mix.

The flavor is better,but still nobetter than the typical, often derided, American "yellow fizzy beer".

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Rolling Rock had light foam.
Smell: Rolling Rock had the aroma of both corn and wheat.
Taste: Rolling Rock had a taste of both corn and wheat.
Feel: Rolling Rock had low carbonation.
Overall: People who enjoy the taste of corn will enjoy Rolling Rock.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.1/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out light straw color. 1 finger head. Smells like corn. Taste of corn and hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Rolling Rock finishes light crisp and refreshing.
One of the better budget beers.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.6/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not quite sure how to label this beer. Got me drunk after a few pints, but the first was the hardest. Way too pale and watery. I'd rank it lower than Corona. If I was a craft beer snob. Let's be honest, a beer like this is something for tailgate parties, barbecues and for when the boys come over to use magic mushrooms and play Super Mario. For what it is, it's a relatively cheap beer, very easy to drink and the bottle looks cool as hell. It's a shame I can only ever find the cans, though. No smell I could honestly say I noticed and very little taste. I'm going to go ahead and assume the green bottle gives out that skunky smell as most green bottles do.

Not a very popular seller at my store. Used to carry 500ml singles and sold out, but started carrying the 12pk cans instead. They move every couple of months. It's a unknown beer up in Alberta and not suited for my demographic anyway. Final conclusion? Crap, but that doesn't make it bad necessarily. Drink it and expect to taste a fantastic light beer and you'll be disappointed. Drink it and expect a marginal improvement over Bud and Bud Light, and you'll enjoy it. This beer is not for rating, just drinking on a hot day.

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Photo of Wes-Cat
2.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't get it twisted. This isn't a craft beer, and I don't think it should be rated like one. This is a cheap, highly carbonated beer, very light, that has just enough alcohol in it that you can get drunk from several beers if you so wish. I used to buy the extra large cans from my local supermarket for less than 1.50 each, which was better than several other types of similar (but less good) beers. It pours with a watery head that disperses quickly, it smells like sadness, the feel is of lager, and the taste... is surprisingly good, in my opinion. More taste than Budweiser or Miller. I would drink this over most of the other macro beers easily. Make sure it's ice cold and you'll have a better time.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.84/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My favorite and go to cheap beer. Look it ain't nothing special, nor doed it pretend to be. The green bottles make this beer skunky, so i only buy sealed 12 packs. I call it the sprite of beers, theres not a whole lot that can go wrong here. Everything about this beer is light, the appearance, the taste, the mouthfeel, the ABV. Good smashable beer, for a good price.

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Photo of Myotus
2.16/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (23Aug15) into a pilsner.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after a minute and a half (pretty decent retention rate from an adjunct lager). Plenty of rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color. Lacing is thick (another surpise from this beer) and moderate.
SMELL: Not a very strong smell. Subtle aromas of corn and white rice that combine with hints of barley (that's a first in an adjunct lager, full of surprises here), spicy hops, and bitter hops.
TASTE: Inital taste is just a conglomerate of most of the aromas: mild corn, rice, spicy hops, and bitter hops with subtle boiled cabbage. What really sets this apart from other adjunct (and makes it crappier) is the mild barley finish that enters after the intial taste. It has to be the most bitter malted barley I have ever tasted in a beer. Not great at all.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Carbonation is extremely high. Burns the tongue and throat. It does have a nice, thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: I need a Bud Light to wash this down. Never thought I would say that.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.49/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Yuck is all I can say. Luckily, it doesn't smell skunky, it just smells like a cheap lager. But tasting it...this has got to be the biggest green apple bomb ever. It's positively rolling in off flavors galore. This genuinely makes Bud look like Pilsner Urquell in comparison, too. Run far away from this!

1.49/5: I need a Bud Light to wash the taste out of my mouth...

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow color. Very airy almost crispy head vanished quickly. Little aroma. Taste is hoppy and dry, with little malt and not too sweet or bitter. Nice, refreshing, and doesnt taste too bad for a mega brew. Would try again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

it smells skunkier than it tastes. it has a light skunky taste but it's better that way in my opinion vs. a very skunky taste. it looks very light and clear which i don't like but it's smoothness makes up for it. overall not a bad beer for the price (i found a six pack of bottles for 4.99) which easily beats the price of most macro brews.

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Photo of Rogue_Elephant
4.46/5  rDev +70.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer snobs hate this stuff.
But what do they expect for the price?
When you compare Rolling Rock to Bud, MGD, Coors...RR always wins hands down.
If I rated this beer just on doing what it is designed to do for the price (clean, refreshing, just holding that green painted bottle against your head after mowing grass is worth the price of six) I'd give it a 5.
But since the current AB configuration isn't as good as the original, I'll knock it down to a 4.
The beer is pale, as the label implies, but the taste isn't as light as some others in the genre.
I've never bothered to sniff beer when I drink it from the bottle and that's what this beer is made for.
The taste is clean and crisp and perfect for complementing foods at backyard parties.
As for the feel, the amount of carbonation can vary from batch to batch.
But overall, a damn good beer for the price.
FWIW, I like to throw a few Yuengling Ambers in the cooler with the Rolling Rock just to alternate when I head out to an all night party and that seems to work well for me.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
2.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AAL tasting 3/6

Very pale, no head

Smells funky and skunky, as if they actually put some actual hops in this beer, but they were old hops and then the beer got old too. Definite rice presence, as well as sweet toasted grain presence. Toasted bread is big on the nose.

Nice and flavorful up front, with plenty of toasted bread and some metallic sweetness. Corn syrup on the back end. The flavor fades fast into nothingness.

Feel is a bit watery with lighter carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

This AAL actually tastes a bit like actual toasted grains and has a noticeable, although uninteresting hop presence. Much more drinkable than coors or budweiser.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mini review: Honestly a lot better compared to most beers in the style. You can actually taste some hop character and the adjunct grain flavor is lesser than a lot of beers in the style. Definitely don't mind kicking back a few. Probably prefer from draft or a can, actually. Green bottle affects flavor here. Review based on a 16oz can split between straight can and pour. Not a good beer in the world of craft, but solid in the world of suds.

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Photo of musty_taco
2.78/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drink this brew ice-cold after throwing the pigskin around on a hot day and you will not be disappointed. Otherwise, this beer lacks and depth of flavor.

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Photo of hartighe
1.94/5  rDev -26%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinkable but not good. I remembered liking it more in the past so I was a bit disappointed. The first thing you notice is that the color is way to pale, I guess if I had drink directly from the can I would not have been predispossed. If you are looking for cheap macro lagers you are better off with Carling or Pabst.

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Photo of iman99
2.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know why but this stuff is overpriced at most places I would prefer to drink PBR any day than this stuff and most people agree with me I don't know why they call this pale ale it really just tastes like watered down Budweiser if you ask me well this stuff should be dirt cheap

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Photo of muldersha
1.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Had from a 16oz can purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with an aggressive large pearly white head. The head dissipates almost immediately and leaves little to no lacing.

Somewhat muted aromas of fresh corn, canned corn, yellow apple, yellow plum, banana, and dusty old rags.

Lots of carbonation attacks the palate almost immediately eliminating most of the beer's flavor. There are subtle notes of estery bananas and apples. Finish is hopless, watery, and non-existent.

Very palatable. Pretty much tastes like sparkling water. Refreshing.

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Photo of IrishCubsHawks
3.03/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hop-heads should just stay away and differ from reviewing Rolling Rock.

You know what you are getting: a cheap, yet refreshing beer that is best drank ice cold after mowing the lawn. Nice go-to.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good summer beer - sweetness from the malt and then the taste of corn and rice, there is very little hop profile to balance this out, kind of watery. Refreshing and would prefer over a pilsner.

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Photo of gopens44
2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

For what it is, it could be a lot worse. Fact is, this is refreshing when cold and doesn't demand a lot of attention. If given the option of this or several other light beers, you can indeed do worse.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.31/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with two-finger white head that has decent retention and slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet corn syrup, grass and crackers.

TASTE: initially some sweetness from the malt and then the taste of corn and rice, there is very little hop profile to balance this out, kind of watery.

PALATE: light body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very poor tasting beer, unbalanced and watery, not like I remember from my youth, I buy AAL's on occasion but would not buy this again as there are much better choices available.

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Photo of BusterSufo
1.14/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I agree with the notion that Rolling Rock seems like it was better back in the day. I think they changed their recipe to obtain higher margins on the crap beer market. Sometimes I buy cheap beer but this is my least favorite, except maybe the malt liquors.

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Photo of Lahoi
1.5/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I do my best to cut some slack to the cheap AAL beers, but this beer is barely palatable. I can handle PBR, Big Flats, Coors Banquet, but Rolling Rock is in another class. A lower class. I'm not sure if they changed the beer, but it seems to be a much differnt beer from what I recall from the ole high school glory days. Then again, I'd like to think I drank for different reasons back then. Perhaps it was junk then, too.

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Photo of dabone
3.02/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a can. Pale yellow with a thick white head and minor legs. Faint malt aroma, not much. Taste has a lot of sweetness from the malt. Their is a faint bitterness but no hop tones. Very distinct and unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Very good texture and mouthfeel. Overall not very appealing.

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.