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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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2,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 26.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 270 | 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 bryehn
2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned version reintroduced to Ontario by A-B InBev.

Pours an all-too-familiar pale straw yellow with a sizeable white head that burns off in a few minutes leaving a film and sparse lacing behind.

Smells of corn syrup and some kind of metallic or plastic aroma. I get a slight wet grain smell as well as a slight ester-like quality.

After a nice crisp start, I get a sweet, toasted malt taste. Oddly sour in the aftertaste before going dry. Not that bad really.

Certainly is an easy-drinking brew. Light-bodied with a medium-high carbonation. Sort of earthy (dirt) note in the finish.

Has a fairly unique taste for the style and makes a good "ice cold/hot day" thirst quencher. I'd grab this over most other macro alternatives, but frankly it's still kind of gross.

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my other Grandfathers favorite beer, he would probably be rolling in his grave knowing that it was sold to AB. This beer pours out as a yellow color with a head that quickly vanishes. The smell of the beer has a light skunkiness to it and some fresh grains and corn on the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side and has a decent bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. Overall is a decent social drinking brew.

Photo of SamN
2.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very pale colored beer, lively with bubbles and with a fine, white, soapy head. Highly adjunct smell, mildly grassy hops aromas are faint and removed. Taster is very mild, grainy and with a quick finish of more adjuncts and hay-like cheap hops. Meh, pretty boring beer.

Photo of jrockstar90
4.02/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely my favorite of the less expensive beers, this is the perfect thing to drink after a long day at your blue-collar job. Thee working class beer for sure. Everything, from the cheap taste to the not-so frothy head to the awesome green-glass bottle gets me excited. We always keep some Rolling Rock around the house, along with other, more expensive beers; but I always keep coming back to the Rock. Classy? Maybe not. Sophisticated? No. Delicious for what it is? Without a doubt.

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: a bottle in a friend's basement, presumably

Wow, I actually used to drink this. Pours a clear, residual brownish-yellow color that is one shade away from being water. Thin, bubbly, white head. Naught in the aroma other than skunk and a touch of grain. Cereal grains in the taste--barely--metallic and skunky. Light and watery, easy to drink if you just wanna down a case and get fit-shaced.

Photo of peensteen
1.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

really pale, almost transparent blonde, big head that disapates almost instantly. Smell is corn and grain, big hints of cheese, lightly malty but lots of cooked corn. Taste is all corn, at points its faintly malty and lightly bitter but cooked corn is everywhere in this. Mouthfeel is light and very watery, carb is really high. This was awfull I didn't get past a quarter pint before this found the drain. This is really bad even keeping style in mind.

Photo of mactrail
2.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, bland, light beer.

Light straw color, ice foamy white head. Just a hint of the cheap lager skunk that passes for hops. Extremely light body. It does have a pleasant hint of sweet maltiness which dries out to a faint dusty taste. Touch of lemon and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Seems innocuous but only a touch of beeriness.

Even within this anemic style, this is not a winner.

Photo of mcguirmn
3.63/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Is Rolling Rock the most complex beer out there? No.

Is it the best tasting beer out there? No.

Is it ridiculously cheap and easy to drink? Yes.

I find it hard to review Rolling Rock the same way one would review Westvleteren 12. It's like apples and oranges.

And as I poured myself a glass, I found it incredibly weird to put my nose down to the glass so I could rate it's "smell" on a scale of 1 to 5.

Rolling Rock, at the very least, is a cheap alternative to drinking watery swill beer like Natural Light. And while many on this site would never be caught dead buying Natural Light, the truth remains that when I am having people over to watch the big game, I am not serving them Belgian Dubbels. Mainly because that would be incredibly expensive, but also because it wouldn't make sense.

So if you are staring at the freezer doors in the liquor store, with only $20 in your pocket, Rolling Rock is the best way to go. $20, depending on the store, will get you two 18-packs of bottles.

ALSO - Don't drink Rolling Rock out of a can. I know it's tempting, but don't do it. It's a completely different experience.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rolling rock American Adjunct Lager 4.6% abv

A: The appearance looks like a very pale honey with thin light straw clarity.

S: zest with a bit of bread, obviously corn notes throughout. However, in its defense I must say that this is a very well done example of this, inherently flawed, genre.

T: That taste is similar to, of course, corn, cooked sweet potato, mild lemon zest, lemon bread(?) and mild bread notes. Even since the transfer of ownership in 2006, it has a slightly different cinnamon finish, nothing to rock you off of your rocker.

M: This has a ghostly non-existent mouthfeel. It haunts for a moment and finishes in a watery refreshing swallow. I have a hard time knocking this beer for its various faults when it delivers on its critical fronts. Sure, every Pennywise album sounds the same, but if you crave the latent similarity and that predictable notes, it delivers amiably. The same applies with this old workhorse.

D: This is the. Most. Drinkable. Beer. Ever. I know I will upset scores with this rating but this has been a mainstay and always will be. Every other aspect is incredibly flawed but I cannot downgrade the drink ability of this beer and I challenge highbrow aficionados to deny its muted, watery, refreshing character.

Narrative: Just another day at the Latrobe Waterpark, day in day out. Same water rushing through the same pipes, same heat, same dingy finish, yet, each summer the staff felt fulfilled. Sure, it was a cheap gig, no one felt exceptionally proud as a Wild Aqua waterpark attendant, but it paid for just enough Steel Reserve in the evenings to make the oppressive days worthwhile. Sure you get the occasional obese pre-teen exhibiting his rebellious nature coming down backwards. It was a mild hell, with mild rewards, but long term sustainability. Sure you get 100 patrons in a day urinating in the fetid pools, adolescents having tawdry affairs in the bushes, and a thousand forgettable days, however, some days the employees would look left to right and realize how good they had it. “STOP NO RUNNING, ALSO STOP URINIATING WHILE RUNNING, THANK YOU FOR NOT RUNNING NOW STOP URINATING!” Just another solid Sunday in July.

Photo of CrazyMike
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden appearance with little head that disappears quickly and little lacing.    Smell is faint, hint of corn, grain and sweetness.
Taste is something I had trouble picking. Corn and adjuncts seemed to take up most of it. Picked up a hint of grain, grassy hops and sweetness as well. Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

Watery beer that's good for chugging down, hard to Pick up quality tastes to it for that reason. Tastes like bud light or other American macro beers.

Photo of ElderRasputin
2.16/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought this for a friends bbq because someone else recommended it. Came in green bottles with clear labeling.

T: taste very bland and watered down with a bit of a corn, a little bit of a citrus aftertaste almost a bit fruity but overall very weak.

S: nothing really here to comment on seeing as I drink it straight from the bottle, but from what I can tell a bit of grain, water and faint citrus.

A: I would imagine it would be light and clear like maybe a coors light or bud light but I never had a chance to pour it into a glass.

M: Very light with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and overall great party beer.

O: Other than being slightly better than coors light and bud light this beer has nothing really going for it. Its great if you want something thats easy to drink 15 of.

Photo of jifigz
2.84/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 7 oz pony bottle served at room temperature and drank from the bottle.

A: Can't say much since its staying in the bottle, but from previous encounters I can assume it will be the typical pale color with little to no head and lacing.

S: A slightly skunked smell accompanied by an earthy and sweet aroma.

T: Adjunct grains. Some bitterness and a sweet flavor.

M: Very thin and watery with an average level of carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable and light bodied beer. Nothing special but I would choose it over Bud and Miller and the likes. Since I am from Pa this beer, along with Yuengling, has a substantial following. It is just a shame its not made in Latrobe anymore and it has become consumed by the InBev Anheuser-Busch giant.

Photo of ludachris
2.62/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just finished cutting the grass for the first time this Spring, decided I wanted something simple, and this happened to be in my fridge.

The body is a crystal clear, dull golden straw hue. A steady amount of carbonation feeds the finger's worth of whispy paper white head, which retains nicely.

Sweet cooked vegetables are the first thing I get. The sweet aspect of it, for me, makes it a distinguishable adjunct. Touches of lemon peel add a bit of a twist. I also get watered down bready malts with a mineral quality lying in the back. A standard, non-offensive smelling lager.

Minerally in the front with a sweet vegetal character following shortly after. The light notes of lemon become more soapy in the taste. A quick flash of grassy hops in the finish with that vegetal sweetness still coming through. Some watered down bready malts is all we're left with at the very end.

Light and a bit slippery in the body. A less than average amount of carbonation lessens the sting when it goes down. It has a mediocre balance but that doesn't say much seeing how there's not much to balance.

A serviceable and unoffensive adjunct lager. Good for the style but the style doesn't demand a lot. I'll take this over a Bud or a Blue.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.29/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extra pale? No kiddin'.... Looks like a watered down corona.

S - Hints of lemon and veg.

T - Tastes of.. light beer I guess. Again some lemon with a hint of bitterness and a metallic edge. Mineral watery. Little bit of breadiness creeps in.

M - Light, crisp.

D - It is what it is I suppose. Typical light beer without noticeable flaws for the style. Easy drinking.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.71/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a sizeable white head, rather foamy, that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Not much going on, a little bit of corn husk and some grain.

T: Rather grainy, a slight hint of hops, and more of the typical adjunct flavor.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

O: Pretty similar to most macro lagers, drinking it cold is better than warm when it starts to go downhill fast.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
1.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a small one finger white head that will probably be gone soon. The body is completely see through and here is loads of carbonation coming up through the yellow body. Looks like I might get decent lacing, but overall nothing special on the look here, looks like a normal adjunct lager with possibly some ok lacing. Smell is sour adjunct malt, but there is also sweet malt smell in there somewhere, which is good considering this is made by bud. No real hops to speak of on the smell, that sweet malt smell is the only real good thing, and that's a real stretch because almost all adjunct lagers have the sweet smell, it's only the real bad ones that only have the sour smell. The taste is pretty disappointing though, no real sweet malt on the taste, only sour adjunct flavor on the taste, and the rest of the taste is just water. There is no skunky flavor or smell, and that is good, because it's in a green bottle. The taste overall though just isn't good, it's honestly tastes like soap a little bit. It finishes really dry and like I said it tastes a lot like soap. This beer is disappointing because I recall like Rolling Rock at least a little more than this. I'll give it a 1.5 instead of a 1 because I'm a long time fan, and because it did end up giving me pretty solid lacing (even though that has nothing to do with flavor). I mean the tastes isn't awful, it isn't much worse than most adjunct lagers, but that soapy taste really bothers me, it's really subtle, but still. The mouthfeel is bad, but that's to be expected with an adjunct lager. The drinkability is ok, but that soapy taste for sure brings it down. Overall on this beer, I dunno, in terms of adjunct lagers it's ok. Not a bad appearance and not the worse smell, but the soapy flavor really dings this beer for me, I hate to say it too because I've always been a fan of rolling rock.

Photo of Stunner97
3.01/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear yellow with moderate to high carbonation,

Smell- very light smell, faint corn malt,

Taste- slight sweet malt up front with soft drying hops on the finish, flavor on the finish is decent for they style certainly not complex but also maybe slightly above alot of the competition,

Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated and light bodied made for fast cold consumption

Drinkability- Certainly and incredibly drinkable beer, it lacks in complexity as pretty much all of this style tend to but its better then alot of the others in this field, its made for sessioning on a real hot summer night or day when your not trying to think much or spend much, Its a relative value considering about 3 dollars less for 30 then say miller/coors/bud and if not better certainly the equal, not sure how it compares to the days of old but certainly and inoffensive beer that fits well for what it is

Photo of WhiskeyNinja
2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. green bottle it poured a light golden yellow with a thin white sticky head.
The smell is that pure adjunct with a metallic backing.
The flavor was corn. A grainy corn with a touch of lemony hop bitterness. Nothing special going on.
This is listed as an Adjunct Lager and tastes like one but I always thought it was a pale ale. Anyways, it's pretty light and easy to drink but its a beer that I would have to be in the mood for just to kill my thirst.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle pours a very light yellow color with a brief flash of white head. Small collar remains without leaving much lacing.

Nose is quite grainy and sweet. Corn aroma is very prevalent.

More corn grits and biscuity pale malt in the flavor. Not much bitterness or hop character here, but does seem to have a bit more flavor than most of the mass-produced adjunct lagers out there. I'd say this is an above average AAL, but not worth the premium prices they charge for it.

Photo of insolentredhead
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With an aggressive pour into a standard pint glass, this beer lends itself a half inch head that dissipates quickly. Pale golden color. Emits a decent amount of carbonation.

Not much of an impression on the nose. There's a faint, inoffensive corn scent.

It's very light for an ale. The taste is crisp and slightly sweet. Not super flavorful, but certainly drinkable. This is one of those beers you can knock back a lot of, and it would probably still taste ok after it's warmed up a bit.

Rolling Rock Extra Pale seems to get a lot of negative reviews, but I have to wonder what people were expecting when they bought it. For $7 a six pack, it's on the lower end of the price spectrum. I would put it a peg higher than the traditional domestic macros, but not much else. I think you get what you pay for. All in all, not a bad beer. If I've got a little extra cash and feel like getting thoroughly sloshed, I would probably choose this over Budweiser or PBR.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle left in fridge from neighbor. Pours pale golden color with thin head. Nose is a bit off-putting with some cooked veggies and a weird metallic-like aroma. Palate has a light character overall making me wonder if a lot of rice was used because I don't get a decent malt component like some other adjunct lagers. The veggies from the nose are on the palate too. Watery.

Photo of PAvolksbiermann
2.22/5  rDev -14%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Warning this is an A.B.Inbev beer most people don't realize this!

Used to be a decent beer when it was not owned by Anheiser Bush. Then corporate America came in and closed the plant but continue to falsely advertise and market the beer as a Latrobe beer. The only thing still tying this beer back to Latrobe is the fact that it taste like Arnold Palmer's piss. Now there is no difference between this beer and a Bud now a days.

Photo of cocogan
2.06/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a standard american macro lager. Similar taste to bud light. Light corn taste. Lots of carbonation, light in the mouth. All in all this beer blows. But hey i'm no advocate of macro brew beer so i'm a bit prejudice. Drunkabiliity isnt bad tho.. rolling rock = binge drink beer

Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From old notes.

A: The pour is pale yellow in color with a fizzy and short lived white head.

S: Smells mostly like lager yeast at first. There is a bit of skunk and definitely some corn aroma to it as well. Some undertones of apple and a touch of grain.

T: Flavor is decent, but there is a lot of carbonation which sort of mutes everything else. Lager yeast and apples along with the usual corn flavor. Not really any hop flavor but a touch of bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a borderline excessive carbonation.

O: I used to like this stuff when I was in high school, but the more I drink it, the less I care for it.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear yellow straw color. Impressed by the head, a two finger width that lingers for a bit. Next to none in terms of lacing left behind.

S: Faint malts and grains, with oh-so subtle hints of fruit. Wasn't expecting very much here.

T: Corn and faint grains. Hardly any hops. Slight hints of some spice as well. Non-offensive.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

D: A highlight of this beer. Several can be had in a single sitting.

Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.