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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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2,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 110 | 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 goschool


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
Photo of Enola

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
Photo of HoustonTX


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
Photo of HugoGrim


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
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of rhythmguitartz88

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
Photo of Drew966


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
Photo of Walsar


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
Photo of therica


2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like ginger ale, which coincidentally is frequently sold in the same trade-green color containers.

Tastes like ginger ale, which coincidentally is... okay enough...

When I was a kid in Pittsburgh, this was only a local beer-- and a joke to all of the adults that we knew. We all referred to it as "piss-water."

It was a laugh to be living in other areas of the country, and to suddenly see this stuff stocked and advertised as some sort of "new premium import" quality beer. Well... okay, I had to stop laughing and give it a try. It did take me 2 years to stop laughing, however.

Conclusion-- it's better than piss-water (not that I speak from experience on the latter, however....). It's plain, it's clean with a slight bitey aftertaste, one that I can only describe as mildly alum.

It's nothing exciting, and if it's cheap and I'm having a cheap party, I'd buy a few 6-packs. Not a case, because then I'd get laughed at.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 03:45:15 | More by therica
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


2.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like most reviewers, Rolling Rock is pretty underwhelming in appearance, smell, and certainly taste. Poured from a bottle, its color in a pint glass was light, light amber with very little head. The smell is a little sweet, almost buttery. The taste is pretty thin. Not too much to this beer at all. However, on a hot day outside, putting away 6 or so of these would be fine. But if you're thinking taste, this is not one to choose.
Tried Rolling Rock again and remembered not thinking too highly about it. Yet, the other night, when at a holiday party, the choices were Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Genuine Draft, and... RR. Went for the RR--served in the ridiculous 7oz baby bottle size. Its apperance and smell leave a lot to be desired -- thin yellow color, fizzy, very little head, no lacing, and a slight trace of the usual skunkiness associated with this beer and Heineken. However, the crisp taste was better than I remembered. Sweet malt comes through, and it's very smooth. Excellent session beer--if you are not looking for taste. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 18:11:40 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of palffyfan


3.23/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow with lots of bubbles. Very clear.

Smell - Very strong sweet and mildy hoppy smell, along with some corn. Surprisingly decent for a macro.

Taste - Taste comparable to a Bud, without the chemical processed taste. Very subtle corn flavoring (ie, watered-down), but does not have an aftertaste nor a bad taste that stands out, which makes it one of my top picks thus far for a macro.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, thought beer lacks flavor for the most part. Is stomachable however, since aside from the watered-down taste, this beer has no negatives. I'll be sure to buy a six-pack of this when I'm in the mood for a macro brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 06:15:31 | More by palffyfan
Photo of Maestro


3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an average American Macro Lager. I decided to give it a review from a 12 pakc that was brewed in Latrobe, before AB takes over the production in New Jersey. It is sad to see this strong brand leave Western PA, as it holds a lot of nostalgia and value in the area. With that being said, it is a crisp, clean yellow beer that seems to make most American beer drinkers satisfied. Me, I drink it occasionally in the summer because it is refreshing and local. I don't see myelf drinking it in the future, as a result of the takeover.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:27:54 | More by Maestro
Photo of AChamberlain


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

Gulp it down. Quick now!

Four of my cousins and I, all very tight and close in age, went to a small private school in Mississippi. To entertain ourselves, we did what most young men do--we drank massive amounts of beer. Rolling Rock was one of our mainstays. It wasn’t good, but for college it was right in our price range. My grandfather still tells us we majored in the three Rs. Reading and Rolling Rock!!

Even though it holds a warm spot in my heart, I cannot recommend this beer. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 18:31:19 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of shererjt


2.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, pale yellow with a moderate white head. Escaping bubbles were clearly visible. Grassy aroma with a pilsner-like quality; more hops than expected. Some malt and adjuncts, but they were in the background. Taste was more adjunct-y. The grassiness was present in the flavor, but wasn't particularly unpleasant. Body was light, and the mouthfeel had some creaminess and maybe a bit of astringency. Drinkability was about average.

It is hard to review this beer objectively as I grew up within 100 miles of Latrobe and drank approximately a billion of these before my 25th birthday. This was before it was nationally known, so it was a bit of a rite of passage. It is interesting and different and not a bad lawnmower beer, but that's about it. Well, the painted labels are pretty, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 01:06:02 | More by shererjt
Photo of BamaWorKs


3.7/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The interesting thing that some people forget about beer is that there are multiple communities of those drinking it. Those who go for complex flavor, aroma, appearance, etc, who typically frown on American Macro brews. Then there are those who drink to get drunk, who look for lighter beers so that more can be drank in a single sitting, and though this isn't a cheap beer, at $9.99/12 it isn't overly expensive, and while the flavor isn't really complex at all, the extreme drinkability of the beer truly makes it a standout in the crowd who drink to get drunk. Interestingly enough, I'm the type of person who enjoys both facets of beer, so I can see the positive attributes on either side.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 17:16:01 | More by BamaWorKs
Photo of ElGordo


2.1/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend left a few in my fridge after a party the other day, so I figured I'd try one. Pours a pale, almost translucent straw color, topped by a flourish of fizzy white head that subsides almost immediately, leaving just a touch of lacing. Aroma of adjunct malt and diacetyl, with a touch of skunkiness thrown in for good measure. Palate is bereft of any significant flavors - very light adjunct malt, some corn, the slightest hint of fruity hops. Body is thin and fizzy. It is refreshing, I'll give it that. Maybe I'll save the others for a heat wave, although I'm not sure aging this beer even a few weeks is a good idea.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 07:10:03 | More by ElGordo
Photo of jettjon


2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Highs: None
Lows: Off-flavor

From the 12 oz. bottle, pours golden clear pushing transparency. Yes, this is an “extra pale” brew. Head is puffy white “spit” that quickly fades to a ring with no real lacing. Nose is oddly similar to salty peas, a touch of malt, and “almost” citrus. Unfortunately, the “pea” flavor carries over to the taste, making me wonder if this is a “skunked” beer. At any rate, the flavor is pretty rough, grassy, malty, and coupled with a flat, watery mouthfeel. Finish is more flat, grassy malt. On the up side, it goes down easily, though I don’t think I’d even classify this as lawn mowing beer.

Overall: A pretty bad Euro lager. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 23:45:33 | More by jettjon
Photo of johnrobe


1.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw, with a wispy white head. Pure, unadulterated skunkiness in the aroma. The taste....well, the folks at Old Latrobe are obviously not afraid to put corn in the forefront of their brew. Indeed they flaunt it...corn sweetness on parade. There is a bit of redeeming bitter hops in the taste but not enough to rescue this trainwreck of a beer. I wouldn't turn down a free one, but that's the nicest thing I can say.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 08:19:45 | More by johnrobe
Photo of uabigdaz


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

Appearance is just as is should be: pale. Head begins nicely and leaves a nice coat above the beer with a satisfactory amount of bubbling. Smell is different. I'm not sure how to describe the smell, somewhat sweet and malty. This beer tastes much like it smells, somewhat sweet. I have heard people complain that this beer is too sweet. This beer does begin sweet but ends bitter with a short aftertaste that is far from unpleasant. This was my first "beer love" from years ago, but drinking it now I wonder what I liked so much about it: it's drinkable. Have 6. Hell, have 18. These things go down easy and taste decent at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 03:14:42 | More by uabigdaz
Photo of IntriqKen


2.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured pale yellow with a small white head that melted to a surprising marshmellow lacing that stayed the entire drink.
Aroma was faintly of malt and corn...no hops at all.
Taste much like the aroma...very slightly sweet malt with corn or rice adunct flavor on the back end. Again, absolutely no hops.
Overall both taste and aroma very bland.
Mouthfeel just slightly above water due to the carbonation.
Not enough primary taste to leave much of an aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 06:24:02 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of AaronHomoya


2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle.

Very light golden color with ok head.

Not much aroma. Mild with a bit of typical malt.

Taste is very light, clean finish, refreshing but rather bland and plain. Not awful, but not really good either.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

This beer is not great, but is not too offensive either so that combined with it's refreshing lightness makes it somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:47:02 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of danielocean03


3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale, straw yellow color from a green twelve ounce painted label bottle into a pint glass. Thin foamy white head fell quickly to light thin lacing. Aroma is dominated by a sweet corny maltiness, light on the nose. Taste is very much so like the smell, sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Every characteristic of this beer is light, nothing over the top in any way. For a macro, this is a solid, refreshing beer that is cheap and easy to find most anywhere. I was afraid that drinking as much Rolling Rock as I have over the years might leave me with a negative bias towards this brew, but I can still appreciate this beer from time to time. Drinkability is exceptional for it's type, great summer day beer, thirst quenching quality appreciable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:16:17 | More by danielocean03
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.53/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice smell is the first thing I noticed about this beer. It has a nice taste kind of sweet and a littl bitter., however i think a lot of the taste might be from the smell as the sesnes work together. The beer cost 3.75 at the bar. Not worth it for the rpice.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 04:26:38 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of hunteraw


2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a color like apple juice, good head retention and lacing. Unfortunately, this was the high point - never a good sign.

Almost no aroma at all, smells like a squeaky clean AML.

The smell is an indication of the taste. Watery, no real flavor to comment on... Not very pleasant aftertaste.

Any bite in this beer comes more from carbonation than hops, I think. Mouthfeel is watery, again.

About the only thing this would be good for would be playing some drinking game where you have to drink beer like water - hey, that's pretty much what you'd be doing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 20:40:30 | More by hunteraw
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.