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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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2,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,036
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass,1 bottle of original,1 bottle of AB. Both bottles were green,white painted lettering.Both said Latrobe Brewing Co. The AB one said St.Louis after Latrobe Brewing. The back of the AB bottle said: "To honor the tradition of this great brand.We quote from the original pledge of quality". Other than that they were Identical.
The apperance of the two were identical. Light gold/straw color,very clear A white creamy head,dissapating into a coating of foam staying throughout the beer.Lacing down the glass.
The aroma was very clean,the AB had almost no aroma until it started to warm,the AB had a very slight smell of a chlorine like odor,but very faint this faded as the beer warmed. The original had a fruity smell when cold.The AB did not have the fruity smell ,untill it started to warm.
The fruity aroma of the original was a slight bit more at the finish,but very close.
Both had hints of grain in the nose.The AB had that kind of different aroma that I get from Bud.The original had a aroma of freshly baked bread, a characteristic of the original. The AB just had a hint of this aroma.
Overall aroma: The AB was cleaner smelling and lacked some of the fresh bread aroma of the original.Other than that they were very close.
Both tastes were very clean and refreshing,Both were grainey.The original was fruity at the start the AB caught up as the beer warmed.
The AB had a slight bitterness,an even slighter sourness,but not in the original.Very close though,the originals taste was cleaner with no off flavors.
The mouthfeel very light,the texture the same. The AB was a bit more fizzy on the palate.
The drinkability of both these beers was as refeshing as drinking ice cold spring water.
An average beer drinker would never notice the difference.
One major difference between the two was the original had the aroma and flavor even when cold, the AB had to catch up as it warmed.
Rolling Rock is usually served very cold,on ice mostly,something to think about.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 03:54:07 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of TechMyst


3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FRESH: yup
PURCHASED @: Applebees
COST: didn’t check
HEAD: minimal
LACE: slight
COLOR: light amber
AROMA: like st. pauli
MOUTHFEEL: light fizzy
PALATE: slightly slick
TASTE: a nice light lager
COMMENTS: better than expected

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 21:08:27 | More by TechMyst
Photo of dwheeler


2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It is so hard to get US beers here in Oz (Bud is a premium here- aahhh{;< ), I imagine it is expensive to ship them all that way. So why the hell did you guys send us this rubbish. give me a VB anyday of the week, now that is an insult. looks like any lawn mower beer, smells like most bad lawn mower beers, but lacks that drinkable quality found in most of these beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 11:53:21 | More by dwheeler
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2.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light straw crystal clear

Smell- No malt or grain very faint hop smell with something else I couldn't put my finger on.

Taste- Typical American macrobrew flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very light, watery.

Drinkability- Very highly carbonated, I only suggest this beer if you can hurry up and pound it ice cold. If it gets warm it gets undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 18:01:18 | More by Briarbush
Photo of ghostmech007


2.28/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint.

Gold transparent brew with lots of carbonation. Produced a good looking creamy, off-white head that hugs the glass going down.

Nose gets malt, floral notes, and hops. Your standard issue American Lager smells neatly packaged here.

Maltiness is thin and dry. A slight sweetness and husk notes. Bitter hops and then no bitter hops. Finishes dry with veggie flavors. Light bodied and fizzy.

Good but not that good. It's refreshing when ice cold. And you need to drink it ice cold. When mind warmed up it got nasty as in I couldn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 03:58:26 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of Jhaysohn


3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly enough, Rolling Rock isn't that bad of a beer. Most of these reviews say that it is awful, but there are many beers that are worse than this. Rolling Rock is very easy to drink, even though it is not my favorite, I still have no problem drinking this whenever available. I guess it all depends on what your preference is.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 19:30:19 | More by Jhaysohn
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New Jersey

1.53/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pale straw, crystal clear. Miniscule amount of effervescence in the glass. Beer water. A wisp of a rim of foam.

Smell- Cooked veggies, corn, adjuncty. Sickly sweet. Cereal.

Taste- Wicked corn and cereal flavors, horrifically artificial and abundantly cloying.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly, aggressive, extremely harsh on the tongue and it the throat. Big aggressive burps that leave the esophagus reeling. This could be refreshing right out of the bottle on a hot day, otherwise this is borderline undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 14:08:08 | More by yelterdow
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2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hello all,

This is my first review on BA....

Wanted a beer and ran to my favorite store in my town.
Saw the 6-pack and fondly remember drinking this in my younger days....

Unfortunately, it disappoints like 70's reruns viewed 30 years later.
What was I thinking? I like this?

It is very pale. Very faint aroma. Mouth feel is negligable...

On the plus side, that metallic aftertaste isn't there.
I just wish it had more taste.

And you have the wierd "33" on the back of the bottle..

L "33" t it's not...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 02:02:08 | More by GrillMeister
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled as part of a large tasting with biegaman, grub, and northyorksammy. I think Jan brought this as kind of a joke (or maybe as a catalyst to make everything else taste better)!

Poured a typical macro pee-yellow. Lots of carbonation, which when combined with very little flavour, I hate. Aroma was... basically nothing. This beer isn't offensive or anything, for the most part (although it does have a little bit of 'corniness' to the flavour), and I wasn't gagging it down -- but it certainly isn't something I'd choose to drink if any micros were available.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 19:53:27 | More by crwills
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Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

no colour, though some lace.Beer aroma with some bitter smell. Aggressive carbonation, some ingredients, some hop.Thin mouthfeel. Superior to some macros, which isn't saying much. Thanks for contributing Beigaman.I could finish a glass of this, and soda after that.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 02:51:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

tasting party sept 11/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer and mead. not sure of exactly who contributed what, so i'll just thank everyone.

pours a very pale yellow with a pure white head. no lace.

aroma is about what i expected. typical macro-lager aromas of DMS and corn.

taste is not great. tastes watered down and kind of bland. matches the aroma. not very enjoyable.

mouthfeel isn't great. thin and watery.

drinkability isn't high either. not a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 15:18:26 | More by grub
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2.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In my previous review, I said this was an average beer , when cold was good with a BBQ or my neighborhood bar as opposed to BMC. I preferred Genny red and later in my time as a BA, I found Yuengling, but I can't get it in Ohio. So, RR it was .

I just moved, I bought the stuff like it was going out of style, trying to get every last bottle of Latrobe brewed RR. The day happened...I went into the store, and saw the new NJ Busch Brewed RR. Of course it's different, in a bad way.

A: Average
S: Average -This smells like a beer and looks like a beer.
M: Too much carbonation. It foams abnormally, almost like a soda.
T: Here's the part that kills it compared to Latrobe RR. Latrobe RR was creamy, had a mild adjunct flavor of corn, but was not offensive, and most important, did not have aftertaste. The NJ RR suffers from the water, it's too acidic, almost sharp in flavor with unpleasant minerals from harder water. It has a cheap beer aftertaste too, and corn adjuncts are more pronounced than the softer Latrobe RR.

D: I hate to say it, but now, I'll think about other beers before reaching for a Rock. My brother was way more familiar with RR, and he was really disappointed. AB needs to tinker with the water more and hopefully that will back off some of the foam and balance the flavors, but as is, very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 11:39:54 | More by Ricochet
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3.8/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12 oz. bottle from the Latrobe site (not NJ, BOO A-B) served in a frosted glass at a seafood joint in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The lager is a pale yellow, pale to the point of nearly completely clear. The head is 1-2 fingers and retains well.

S: The beer has a light malty aroma, and I stress light.

T: The beer has little malt flavoring. There is a hint of sweetness that does not go very far and a hop character that is flimsy, to put it nicely.

M: The beer is quite inoffensive, allowing it to sit on the palate without doing anything.

D: This is an old standard for this Penn Stater, giving it a certain nostalgic quality. I hope that the glass-lined tanks of Old Latrobe lager beers really soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 00:42:19 | More by akorsak
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a frothy pure white head that actually seems to have some stick to it. Aroma is of airy sweet malts and faint corn. Taste is more of the same - crisp with no hops or bitterness. Faint grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and dry...not too exciting.

A suprisingly not repulsive thirst quencher. Drink it cold.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 22:06:55 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a big white head which shrinks rapidly. Bits of lace are sticking. Smell is lightly sweet and softly malty. No hops are around. Taste equals nose, and has some clarity. Works as a utility beer. A little bit of corn comes through but that's no suprise. Mouth feels thin but the high carbonation stirs it up a bit. Very mild dry bitterness in the finish adds some interest. Drinkable.

Better than some but inferior to most.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:10:38 | More by tastybeer
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2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not that great of a beer and IMO a poor representation of the style. Less flavor than Heineken, believe it or not, and no malt backbone whatsoever. This beer is just straight up water with a bit of alcohol and splash of malt, maybe. Also, i did not like that there was no head in the glass or lacing, but in my mouth it had a champagne feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 17:19:06 | More by supercolter
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3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had friends coming over tonight who dislike anything with more flavor than Newcastle. This was on sale and it was brewed before AB's takeover, so what the hell.

The pour is straw colored with a massive foamy white head that shrinks, leaving a respectable sized layer. There's not much of a nose on this, but what it has is all adjunct. The flavor is soft and light with grains. A mild sweetness comes from somewhere- it doesn't taste like it's the malts, so I'm not sure where it originates. I'm not sure why this beer isn't more popular with macro drinkers. It's the easiest beer to pour down your throat and it's safe from any bold flavors. Unfortunately, simply not tasting offensive makes for a half decent macro lager.

I have some good memories associated with this beer. My friend in college had this stuff around all the time before and just after my 21st birthday. That was pretty much my macro drinking period (Once I could buy my own beer, the worst stuff I ever liked was Redhook ESB). It beats the big boys for now. We'll see what happens when they get their hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 06:41:22 | More by goschool
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North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very light color. It almost looks like cider. The smell is like a lighter beer with a faint hint of hops. The taste is like a water with hops added. The mouthfeel is somewhat smooth with the bitterness noticable. The drinkability is fairly good. This is a session brew. Too bad Rolling Rock is ceasing production.

We used to bury this beer in the creek bottom where the water was only a foot deep or so. Only the necks stuck up out of the sand. Drinking this beer tonight stirs memories of sneaking beer out of the house and playing in the creek as a young teen. If we could only go back again. So long, Rolling Rock. Thanks for the memories.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 02:41:30 | More by Enola
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2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rolling Rock, a beer that will stick in our memories for the rest of our lives. R.I.P, brother.

A - Beer pours a pale golden color, with a frothy white head, that falls faster than Niagra Falls.

S - Smell has slight adjuncts.

T - Taste is pretty non-offensive, just a little bit of grain, a lot of water, and some small synthetic hop flavor. Semi-sweet, but not cloying. Goes down quick, and that's what it's intended for. A smooth drinker, with a smooth mouthfeel. The finish is semi-dry.

An alright Macro, and one that will live on in our memories.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 01:39:05 | More by HoustonTX
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2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cold from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look is standard American macro: pale gold, head gone quickly; though more lace than others which is nice.

Nose is slight grain, not much.

Flavor is what you'd expect, but a bit more malty than others. Surely better than most of the style, but that's not saying much.

Drinkability is the key with this beer. I don't drink this much at all, but it pairs well with hot wings and football in this case.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:56:31 | More by HugoGrim
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2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a pale yellow color with a small, white head. It doesn't last long and leaves no lacing.

S - It smells a little of yeast and corn.

T - Tastes like corn and has a sharp bitterness to it.

M - It is pretty crisp and is light-bodied.

D - It is a fine beer for the price, but I no longer rush to buy it. It just doesn't have much flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 19:21:03 | More by zeff80
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New York

2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

overall this beer was better than i thought it would be

appearance was bellow average the beer itself was very pale...in a boring way but the bottle looks kinda niffty

smell was good although there wasnt really much to it

taste was better than expected it was rather easy and light

mouthfeel was smoothesque but with some carbonation

drinkability was pretty average id have a couple if it was all they had but i would probably move on if they had a good selection

overall not a a bad beer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 19:12:58 | More by rhythmguitartz88
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2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the glass lined tanks of old Latrobe. Rolling Rock Extra Pale pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle with a screened on label. Smells like adjunct/corn. Tastes like adjunct and maybe the slightest amount of hops. Has a canned vegetable taste as well. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 22:08:37 | More by Drew966
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Really extra pale, nearly anemic. High carbonation, big bubbly head that doesn't live more than a minute, almost no lace.

Smell hoppy at first, than some veggie notes mix with hops - corn, cooked rice, maybe even pumpkin.

Taste dryish with an unmistakable presence of corn. Body firm, a bit angular. It's easy to think that alcohol content is higher than stated. Finish metallic, aftertaste also metallic with a faint hint of pale malt.

There are better lagers than this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 18:39:15 | More by ernie
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3.23/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A few pony bottles i.e. 7 oz. pebbles out of a bucket of ice is a nice way to wash down some barbecued ribs.

A fine beer for a hot July afternoon to enjoy after cutting the grass.

Not much to review - drink it out of the bottle - that is how this beer is supposed to be drank. Bubbly like champagne - rice taste and flavor are evident.

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"

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:49:58 | More by Walsar
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,036 ratings.