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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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2,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 27.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 207 | 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:
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 larrytm56
1.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was recommended to me by a friend, who said it was a pale ale, it was not. It smelled like citric to me. It looked thin and pale, and tasted very unimpressive. Can not tell you about the head i drank it from the bottle. I have only had one, and didn't finish that. I would not ever drink it again.

Photo of DCon
3.68/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer into a Pint glass, bought 6-pack of this from local Schnucks. Haven't had a Rolling Rock since 2004 so thought I'd give it a try again.

Appearance- Light gold with lacy head. Carbonation fully in affect

Smell- I smell the grain and a small amount of hops. Nice

Taste- The corn is the most dominate taste and then a great amount of grain and hop are present.

Mouthfeel- Very light body, Crisp, and easy on the palette

Drinkability- Extremely refreshing. Wish there were more hops and it would probably be a perfect beer for me. This 6-pack will be gone within the night. Would recommend but not my go to beer.

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

A - Typical appearance for the style with incredibly clear, crisp, light gold. Somewhat large, foamy, fluffy, light, bubbly, pearly white head. Average retention with a thin layer of lace.

S - Not overly impressed with the aroma. Light, musty pale malt, and cooked cereal grains. Sulfur aroma with only a touch of leafy hops. Some mineral aroma as well.

T - Cooked cereal grains also dominant here. A strange tart/sour grain taste, not exactly like lemon but vaguely like it. Faint pale malt with faint leafy hop bite toward the finish. Tastes just a little off.

M - Light body with average carbonation. What you expect for the style: light, thin, slightly crisp.

D - I could finish the glass, but I don't really want another one. A beer to drink cooler and not to just sip and savor. Flavors were slightly off.

Notes: Pretty much what to be expected. Faint pale malt and hops with cooked vegetable (corn) being prominent. Slightly off tart/sour grain flavor. Probably won't drink this again, unless someone offers it to me.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.55/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

green glass bottle, says "Labtrobe Brewing Co. St. Louis MO". uh right...A-B has many names, eh?

appears crystal clear, a super pale yellow color, frothy white head. actually a bit of lacing. smell is that typical off-putting adjuct lager aroma.

not much taste, maybe a little sweet corn. no hops. not bad, just bland. fizzy, water thin body. super clean aftertaste.

wouldn't normally drink this beer, got it for free (long story). but for an adjuct lager, it's certainly less offensive than the "big three", as it is just basically tasteless. you could drink it like water on a hot day, so can't get more drinkable. so my scores here are "to style".

it's been so many years since I last had this, so I can't remember if it was much different went it was brewed in good 'ole PA.

Photo of monkeybutler
2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this beer to make some beer-can chicken later. I bought it at the RJ's supermarket - which is about 1/4 mile away from the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT.

It was surprisingly cheap. Cheaper than Bud, Coors, Miller. The only thing cheaper was the Natural ice and Natural light - and they were sold out.

Having grown up in Pennsylvania, I have memories of this beer - but I've never had it out of a can. And it's surprisingly inoffensive.

Very crackly and quickly dissipating head, with an "extra pale" coloring.

Aroma is that familiar adjunct smell with the faintest whiff of whatever hop it is that all American macro lagers use. Maybe saaz.

The taste, mouthfeel and drinkability are the same: watery, thin, and forgettable. I was going to whip up some extra spicy hot sauce into some chips and salsa to pair with this beer, but I don't think there's a hot sauce on earth that would justify how watery and thin this beer is.

Drink it on the hottest day of the hottest month of whatever the hottest season is on the sun is my recommendation.

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since this beer moved out of Latrobe, it left the slightly bad taste back the old Rolling Rock's used to have back in Western PA. The new beer is the most refreshing and lightest beer out there. As others mentioned, its great to quench thirst with food or to pound several in the summer heat. About 40-50% cheaper than Corona/Land Shark and more refreshing to boot.

Photo of DJED69
3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking, crisp, smooth beer. Ok, it's not made in Latrobe anymore, so that kinda stinks. But for what it is, Rock is a decent brew. Pizza, wings, burgers or dogs---grab a Rock and enjoy. And I still find the green glass painted bottle tre cool.

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

Another in my series of brews due to losing a bet. If you bet a bartender, make sure you win. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very pale yellow, with just over an inch of foamy white head that had surprisingly good retention and even some OK lacing.

The aroma was the expected, mostly benign, grain scent typical of the style. There was a trace of hops floating around the edges of this slightly sweet smelling brew. The flavors were also what I expected: slightly grainy, a bit sweet, a hint of hops and mostly neutral.

The body was typical for this style. Drinkability was very good if you like this style, typical if you're not a fan (like me). Overall, a fairly typical example of the style. I seem to remember this beer being much more flavorful back when I first tried it in the Mid-70s, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me.

Photo of 7beerphil
4.25/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from "retro" patio pack can into pint glass

3/4 inch foamy head, which diminished, but lingered quite a bit. this one has a rather clean smell. possibly a hint of apples oddly enough.

refreshing taste, goes down very smooth. i could easily drink a 6 pack in one sitting. great when looking for an alternative to the mainstream macros. however next time, i'll opt for the bottle. great "patio" beer for the summer.

Photo of BeerDrinker92
3.35/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When I first tried this beer at the age of 9. I absolutely loved it. However now now that I am older and things have changed and I have tried more beers over the many years, my opinion has changed.

This beer doesn't stick out to me very an anyway. It is a bit more expensive than Budweiser, Coors, and MGD. And honestly i dont think the beer has the taste to back up the price. Its not anything I would go back and buy.

Photo of cheesepuffs
1.48/5  rDev -42.9%

It pains me to tell you that Rolling Rock was a tremendous letdown to me. I've heard only good things about it being better than Bud/Miller/Coors, but honestly, I'm not seeing a justifiable side to the hype. I get an overwhelming sense of corn with this beer like no other. And as far as malts and hops go, there aren't any of either so it's bland and tastes like they added in the water from canned corn, seriously. I didn't think it would be *that* pale and lifeless as far as the flavor profile goes. I probably won't be having another one of these unless it's at someone's house or something and it's all they have.

Photo of wcintula
3.38/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a short English pint looking glass With S.Y. Rabinovitch's portrait on it. Very clear pale straw color with thin white foamy head that recedes quickly, but sticks here and there. The smell is weak, sweet and grainy, which comes through in the taste with the slightest touch of hops. Very crisp carbonation, easy to drink, not bad by any means, good canned American adjunct.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.95/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what it is, a very cheap standard low end beer which doesn't thrill but also is inoffensive enough that most anyone will drink it. Poured a huge head which dissipated completely. Straw yellow color. Very mild slightly sweet taste with maybe just barely a hint of hops.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour from the green bottle to my glass resulted in a three finger head of thick foamy bubbles. The color is a pale amber rating a 4 on the SRM Beer color chart. The smell about snapped my head back. A pungent smell of wet corn husks and wet hay. A sweet flavor of corn and some stale wheat overrides the hint of citrus. Seems to lack any bitterness, just a bland finish. Fuzzy in my mouth and the back of my throat. Not a great beer by any means, but I could throw a few of these back at a party. They are about middle of the road. Alright price of a alright beer.

Photo of Reaper16
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Pours a pee-yellow color. I wish it could be described as anything else, but this is the color of your average pee. 1+ fingers of white head go away as fast as a rolling stone downhill.

Oh, snap! Latrobe's Finest Premium Beer has a nose to it. Hops! Floral aromas and some cut grass! This smells like someone took a shitty American version of a saison and cut it with water and poured it over cornmeal. But still, hops!

The taste belies the promise of the nose (and by promise, clearly, I mean relative to Rolling Rock's peers in its style). Some appleskin and a bit of vegetal stalk are all that you taste from the hops. The cooked corn flavor dominates, and it is unpleasant.

The heavy carbonation feels very nice on the tongue but it makes for a harsher finish than desired. Drinkability is pretty average given that this beer doesn't taste good at all.

I am going to move away from the rest of the Rolling Rocks in my fridge faster than I move away from a Rolling Stones live performance.

Photo of buschbeer
3.33/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to an enormous white head. It is straw colored and clear. I half expected it to be skunked since it came in a green bottle. The smell is sweet and grainy. The taste isn't as sweet as most adjuncts. I haven't had this beer in quite some time and it isn't as bad as I remembered. I guess it's good for pounding when taste doesn't matter.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

She might be a lowly adjunct, but she is not that bad.
Pours a very light yellow, white head, no lacing.
Smells like rice and/or corn, some light malts.
Tastes quite decent, some corn and sweet malts, and a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin but good moderate carbonation makes up for it.
Drinkability is fairy average but the mass consumer should definitely go for this over Bud Light any day.

Photo of SodoSyco
3.48/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Really pale yellow, decent amount of head that sticks around to make some nice lacing.

S- Smells kind of flowery but has almost no scent. I do like the smell of it though.

T- Tastes really mild and mellow. I detect a lot of wheat but not a lot of hops. It is a nice change once in a while. It can get a bit boring after a while, there are more flavorful beers out there for sure.

M- Pretty thin but has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Goes down smooth and is a very mellow beer. It is very refreshing and good after you have been doing hard work especially on a hot day.

Photo of y2jrock60
2.17/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very pale yellow with a creamy white head that actually laces.

S - No smell whatsoever

T - Very light with an artificially sweet aftertaste.

M - Extreme light body, lighter than water.

D - Drinkable in the sense that it is really light.

It used to be better when it was brewed in Latrobe, but now it sucks even more.

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

A smooth, easy drinking beer with not much more to offer than a good cheap price and high drinkability. For an adjunct lager it is really not bad, though. This is the kind of beer that gets better and better the more of 'em you've had, that is probably the strongest point to this beer. One thing that distinguishes Rolling Rock from the multiplicity of adjunct light style beers is the slight apple flavor that it has which is a nice change.

Photo of aquaderek
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured the beer into a pint glass; although I believe that this beer is better just drunk out of the bottle. The appearance is yellowish and clearish, with a light pacing white head. The nose is slightly training and is exactly what you would expect from an adjunct lager. The taste and mouthfeel are crisp and dry. This brew is a quafer and super drinkable perfect for a hot day or after a workout.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle into my Delerium Tremens snifter to pick up all the delightful nuances of this American Classic. And nuances there were!
An entire beverage of nuances, slight color, slight malty aroma with a mild hop aroma. Avoids finishing too sweet, as the hops balance the malt sweetness very well. Some flavor to this beer, perhaps corn I pick up as well? Overall, a decent beer for the style that I so decry, but is, every once in a while, a delightful change.

Photo of AleWeizengarten
2.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

The most drinkable cheap, generic beer around. Clear and skunky, bland and watery, uninviting and empty, perfectly explains why my dad calls the stuff PANTHER PISS
but not the worst option for a cashed strapped college student looking for quantity over quality.

Photo of tjsmith910
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The numbers here tell the story of a not to satisifying beer which is true but with every Rolling Rock after the first one, it seems to get progressively better. It is like your pallet adjust to the beer. The taste is bland at first but then as you taste it and follow it down, my opinion went from what the heck to hmmm, not bad. No color, no impressive smell or taste, but no bitterness either.

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

A: Very pale brass with active carbonation and spectacular clarity. A soapy white head starts huge but quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Quite clean when cold. A light dose of straw, rice and corn comes through as it warms.

T: Not bad. Crisp and clean. A cereal grain dominated sweetness is backed up by a balanced, yet nearly tasteless metallic bitterness. Finishes fairly clean. As a plus, it doesn't get worse as it warms like so many beers of its ilk.

M: Light, syrupy and a bit too fizzy.

D: Not bad for 50 cents a can. It's light, simple, non-wince inducing and on par with the more expensive big three macros. Perhaps a new go-to cheep beer?

Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,329 ratings.