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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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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 122 | 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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of herefordjeep


2.23/5  rDev -13.9%

Smell slightly sweet, but much like most pilsner styles you will find. Sugar, corn and rice adjunct flavors dominate the palate upon sipping, along with an almost overly sweet character. Not tart like Budweiser or Miller, but sweet and tinny. Carbonation is medium and not overpowering. Tastes, for lack of better descriptive terminology, like it has been aged in an aluminum casket filled with pennies for about 30 years. Leaves a tinny malt residue on the tongue and mouth. Just too sweet. Will not buy again. D-.

02-25-2008 06:48:32 | More by herefordjeep
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -24.7%

My friend brought over a sixer of these so I tried one.

A: Pours a light, straw yellow body with a small, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing left on top of the beer with no lacing on the glass.

S: A little sour and alcoholic. Slight hint of some type of malt flavor and bready undertones.

T: Tastes like watered down Coors Light. Slightly bitter taste with a bready aftertaste. Not much flavor overall.

M: A very watery mouthfeel. Felt more like water than anything else.

D: A drinkable beer, but only because it is so watery. The taste of this beer is debatable, but it is not so bad. This beer definitely makes Coors Light look like a bock. Not recommended at all.

02-24-2008 04:28:19 | More by maddogruss
Photo of d07c0m


2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

The Rolling Rock brewery got moved to New Jersey if I'm not mistaken.
Ever since then it doesn't taste right. It used to be a good alternative macro with a decent cost/taste but ever since that move it doesn't taste right. For that reason I'm off the Rolling Rock for good (unless it's free).

Kinda weak, watery colour with a minimal hoppy smell. Tastes bitter in a bad way. Not easy to get down, had me trying to get it down quickly.

02-23-2008 16:03:07 | More by d07c0m
Photo of jwc215


2.58/5  rDev -0.4%

7 oz. twist-off capped bottle:

Pours straw yellow with a thin, fading head.

The smell is of ...well, not much - some buttered corn with a touch of rice. Maybe some mild grain mixed in.

Not much on taste, either, but largely inoffensive. Buttered corn sweetness with a touch of grain. Bland, though not entirely "bad" tasting. Just bland. Light and fizzy.

Well, there are worse macros out there, but even in style, this is lacking. Not undrinkable, just fizzy and bland.

02-13-2008 03:04:28 | More by jwc215
Photo of armock

New York

2.1/5  rDev -18.9%

A - Poured a light straw color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Not so good corny malt kinda like a malt liquor

T - Is a lot like the smell corny malt and not good tasting

M - Feels watery but has medium carbonation

D - This was a disappointing beer bad smell and taste this beer really reminds me of a malt liquor so if you like them give this a try

02-12-2008 18:46:52 | More by armock
Photo of BMan1113VR


2.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Light yellow body, nice hoppy aroma, poors clear with a small head that goes away quickly. body was thin with soft carbonation, flavor was not memorable except for how watery it was, initial taste missing, lightly sour short finish. A slightly better than average Macro.

02-07-2008 16:06:15 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of nrpellegrini


2.9/5  rDev +12%

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: clear golden, 1 finger head
S: horrible, metallic, corn, rusty
T: very watery, fairly bland, small spice
M: zing from high carbonation
D: easy to drink, tastes like some off water

I like this beer, easy to drink, fairly cheap, considering its basically carbonated dirty water. Buy it, drink it.

01-29-2008 07:19:32 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%

A: Very pale, looks like a light beer.

S: Skunky/corny, with some malty sweetness.

T: Kind of weak, but an odd tangy flavor with a bit of a sweet finish.

M: Noticeable carbonation, but pretty clean and light.

D: It doesn't taste or look fantastic, but it's pretty easy to drink and can be refreshing. It's a little better, or at least different, than most of the super mainstream macros.

01-29-2008 03:29:00 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%

Enjoyed from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It poured with a very pale yellow color with a small white head. Surprisingly, the head retention was quite good. It smelled of mild grains and slight skunkiness. The taste was mild and agreeable, a clean lager taste with corn and cooked vegetables on the finish. It drinks easily and is a decent inexpensive beer. It's one of the better macro lagers out there.

01-27-2008 20:46:25 | More by cbleary
Photo of Gehrig


1.65/5  rDev -36.3%

A stand-by for some of my Pennsylvania acquaintances, Rolling Rock pours a finger of white head on a light golden body--pretty rudimentary. The smell is skunky, smothering the mild hop aroma and reminding why green bottles usually spell, or smell as it were, disaster. The taste can't shake the skunk, dragging down the taste rating and me in the process. Decent carbonation helps to salvage something from the obnoxious skunkiness, but this isn't a quality, drinkable beer in my estimation.

Norman Chad, you can keep your pet beer. Hideous.

01-24-2008 05:42:52 | More by Gehrig
Photo of mattster


3/5  rDev +15.8%

Consumed from 12 oz bottle.

Normally, when I see a "Pale Ale" I am expecting a beer that is hoppy and some what hazy. This beer is not quite that beer.

Rolling Rock is more along the lines of a BMC brew. It isn't a bad brew, it is very drinkable and finishes quite nicely. A little malty on the palate, but still a more decent choice than big market brews.

01-20-2008 19:12:43 | More by mattster
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

1.98/5  rDev -23.6%

appearance – Straw yellow, did procude a head when poured and stuck around for a few minutes. Left some lace too.

smell – Aroma of grains and corn here.

taste – More corn and grain here. mmmm corn and grain.

mouthfeel – Watery, foamy.

drinkability – from what I read by AB moving and using NJ water, it doesn't taste the same. I wouldn't know. Thought I would try it.

01-11-2008 21:49:07 | More by auxiliary
Photo of dnichols


2.68/5  rDev +3.5%

I was served a 12 ounce capped bottle in a pint glass.

A: It poured a washed out yellow with a large white head that dissipated quickly and supported a modest lacing.

S: It was difficult to detect any aroma except a slight grainy odor and a hint of floral hops.

T: It has a flavor reminiscent of most macro lagers... a touch of malt and a hint of hops covered by a tangy carbonation that hides all but a hint of flavor.

M: Thin, watery and overly carbonated. IT finished relatively clean with little aftertaste.

D: The low ABV and clean finish make this an acceptable macro that could be used for hydration on a hot sticky summer day.

01-09-2008 20:29:18 | More by dnichols
Photo of CJfromPhilly


2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Good 'ol Rolling Rock!! One of my favorite beers back in my macro drinking days!! In fact, it was my "fallback" beer if my favorite (Molson Golden) wasn't available. I caught a wave of nostalgia on a beer run a couple of nights back. Saw The Rock in the cooler and was transported back almost 20 years to the days when there was nothing better than going to Speedie's Sports Pub in University City (long since closed) for an order of the best Buffalo Wings in Philadelphia chased by 2 or 3 mugs of Rolling Rock on tap. But, that was then, this is now. So here goes:

Appearance---well, even back then I knew that this beer would never win any awards for it's look. The "Extra Pale" on the label is neither deceiving nor an exaggeration. Lighter in color even than even Bud or Coors Light. I've had ginger ale that was darker than this! Very active carbonation, tons of tiny bubbles.

Smell--sweet malt, with a generous dose of corn thrown in for good measure. Hops? What hops?

Taste--wow, either my palate has changed, or the beer has changed. But something's changed, & it's not for the better. Weak, bland, watery, almost tasteless. Did they change something when they moved the brewery from Latrobe? Maybe it's the water? This ain't the Rock I used to love.

Mouthfeel---thin & watery. 'Nuff said!

Drinkability--I gave this a 4 because all other attributes aside, this is quite sessionable due to its light body and comparatively low (4.6%) alcohol content. Unless, of course, you're looking for a beer that tastes like...beer.

Overall, not a beer I can give a thumbs-up to. The Rolling Rock that I fondly remember from back in the day is now nothing but a watery, tasteless shell of its former self. Sad.

01-06-2008 02:02:34 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of becktone


1.43/5  rDev -44.8%

Eye: If a nurse at a hospital in the urology lab were to carbonate urine samples they would probably look much like this "beer" in my glass. The head, having at least some retention and lacing looks more like rat saliva than beer foam.

Nose: Weak! Wow what shit this is! Ha, doesn't even smell like beer. First off I expected there to be no hops, but where there should be malt there is a chemical aroma. I mean sure its not mustard gas, but it seems unnatural to me. I mean this is something I'm going to drink! Smells more like the chemical waste infected pond inhabited by dead carp next to a Charleston, West Virginia power plant....And yes I can talk, I was born there....maybe that explains this third nipple...hmmm?

Tongue: Bought this to go with the Pizza I was eating last night, it went alright with it, then again I was also eating hot wings so my taste buds were prolly dead to this beer's taste. Flavor? What flavor? Rice, rice, and more rice. I could swear this beer is more of a sake than a beer. Last I checked beer was made from barley and sake from rice. I mean this beer has to be about a 50-50 split. Besides the rice you can actually taste the water. I won't lie, it is good clean water, nice and refreshing, like rain. However, I was looking for a refreshing beer, not water....Shouldn't have looked here. Wow, the bottle should read "Rolling Rock Extra Flavorless and Shitty." Its pretty damn hard to get less flavor than Bud but here we have it. No wonder why the "painted label" is advertised more than the beer. Hey if the bottle doesn't have a cheap paper label then the beer inside must be good!

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Intriguing-though the beer looks as if the carbonation itself is trying to escape this God awful beverage....it wishes no more to be in that beer than I wish that beer to be within my sight, it knows it damned to the CO2 beer hell....poor little carbonation bubbles...anyway, the beer seems to the point where it is on its way to going flat, low carbonation for the style. Exta Pale, Extra light, Extra water. Easy as hell to drink, but I won't be drinking this again less I want to be like a high class Herb, Frat Boy, Fratty and drink this prized possession only on special occasions to get drunk, cause we all know that this is one hell of a beer.

12-31-2007 16:14:24 | More by becktone
Photo of burnstar


2.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Extremely pale. Lots of visible carbonation. Medium white head which recedes quickly. Aroma is grassy hops with some sweetness. Little taste to speak of. Sweet again with a touch of herbal hops. Not offensive or bad- just not much at all. Light watery mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. Pretty standard macro overall.

12-30-2007 22:22:31 | More by burnstar
Photo of EdipisReks


3.7/5  rDev +42.9%

I drank tons of this beer over pizza with friends when I was getting my bachelor's degree, and nostalgia definitely plays a part in why I still drink this beer. It's not all nostalgia, however, as it really is pretty good. Not every beer has to be a huge hop monster, or a deeply complex Tripel. Sometimes you just want a pleasant tasting, light, refreshing, easy to drink beer, and Rolling Rock always pleases, in this regard. It's not Chimay or La Fin Du Monde, but that just isn't what this kind of beer is trying to be. A keeper beer, in my opinion.

12-29-2007 00:29:25 | More by EdipisReks
Photo of skeetermoses


3.28/5  rDev +26.6%

I was not that impressed with this beer. Overall it is fairly light but at the same time it has a skunky aftertaste to it. Not the worst beer I have had but surely one that might be on a list of last choices to drink. Overall it was not very expensive, more expensive than Bud, but cheaper than Corona.

12-23-2007 01:01:15 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of jayfarley3


2.7/5  rDev +4.2%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours very pale yellow with a small white head. smell is hardly detectable just a slight aroma of sweet malts and grain. taste is pretty bland just a typical macro lager. this is a very light and easy to drink beer.

12-10-2007 11:09:46 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of iconoklaztor


2.73/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer is a decent macro. Its, believe it or not, very refreshing. just to clean my palate with a little watered down brew is nice everyone in a while. This beer is not by any means impressive but its a nice, let your hair down, kind of beer.

Overall its worth a try but if you want quality and taste look else where. If you are looking to get drunk and drink fast this is right up the college alley.


11-28-2007 03:11:11 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of jdmorgan


3/5  rDev +15.8%

This beer poured a pale yellow that appeared very thin and had a medium head that dissipated after a bit.

The smell was faint, with aromas of... well, not alot. Mostly corn, some slight malt, and some slight hops. The taste was very thin and had some adjunct flavor of corn to it, with a thin maltiness and barely any hops. The body was thin overall. The mouthfeel was thin in consistency and had a medium carbonation.

Overall, there's not alot to this beer, but not alot wrong with it either. I've certainly had worse macro lagers, so I don' think this one is too bad. If kept cold, it's crisp and refreshing, and easilly drinkable. If you enjoy macros, give it a try.

11-05-2007 07:00:17 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of thierrynantes


2.65/5  rDev +2.3%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : pils de belle allure, cristaline, bien saturée en bulles fines, mousse blanche peu serrée
Smell : arôme discrèt
Taste and mouthfeel : saveur trop discrète, légére
Drinkability : bière avec peu de personnalité, mais très rafraîchissante

10-31-2007 21:58:04 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of SargeC


3.3/5  rDev +27.4%

Appearance: Pale yellow, quick dissipating head.

Smell: Faint hops, minerals.

Taste: Very light hop and malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light with a crisp finish. Satisfying for a lighter beer.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer for a change of pace. A lighter macro.

10-28-2007 06:49:51 | More by SargeC
Photo of erosier


2.35/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a very clear yellow with a short white head. The smell is very pale, like it says. Not much going on except hints of very light malts. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. The malt does not really hide the bitter hops aftertaste, and not a good hoppy aftertaste. Almost skunk like in nature. The carbonation is nice, but thats the only saving factor. If drinking with hot and spicy food, not bad, but other than that, not too good.

10-17-2007 03:14:13 | More by erosier
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +34.4%

Got this with my food for dinner, Never had it and thought it'd be worth a try.

It looked pretty average for a macro, smelled much the same, lots of adjunct corny goodness. Flavor was a little interesting, a bit sweet actually, not offensive, rather smooth in fact. I could drink these all night.

Overall I'd say a very simple easy drinking lager, I didn't mind it. I don't think I would go out of my way to get this but if offered I don't think I'd turn it down.

09-29-2007 04:13:02 | More by funkengruven
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.