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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
62
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2,107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 124 | 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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erosier

Connecticut

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
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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
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ajmoody76

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev +11.2%

bought at local grocer. 12 oz. bottle to pint glass. pale yellow you can see through. one finger white head. looks like a "light" beer. you can almost see that there will not be a lot of flavor.

get a yeasty citrus smell. follows style. no off odors.

not a lot going on with the taste. a little light maltiness. balanced taste? not a lot to balance.

nice carbonation. light bodied. a little brussels lace.

a run of the mill light beer. when you are in the mood for about a hundred beers, this will do. prefer this over bud/miller. i drink only in summer. great cheap warm weather beer.

09-25-2007 02:54:26 | More by ajmoody76
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Kulrak

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +36.3%

Pours a pale straw color with a minimum of head, even after pouring into the middle of the glass. What was there faded to a microthin layer. Smells a little yeasty, and a lot estery/fruity. The taste is smooth and a little sweet and fruity, some pear and a little passionfruit. There's also just enough bitterness there to finish clean, but I'm not detecting any hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, with some tingling on the tongue, not bad. Overall, a very drinkable beer, especially for a hot day, I think.

09-17-2007 12:55:12 | More by Kulrak
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meechum

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev +10%

This is one of several lagers I had to endure this weekend. This was one of the better ones and it had a crisp taste to it and was pretty easy to throw a couple of these back. I wouldn't seek this beer out by any means but if it's a place where this is one of a few choices you could do worse

09-16-2007 20:17:40 | More by meechum
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Durge

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev +26.6%

I think I am somewhat partial on this beer. It probably is just an old favorite to me because I always found it a little different than all the other popularly available beers out there when I came of drinking age in the 70's. With my now wiser tastes in beer, Rolling Rock does seem well off from the truly quality brews available in today's marketplace, but I still hold a fondness for the taste of this unique offering. It is a clear light gold color with lively carbonation notable and a fair sudsy white head. There is some modest lacing. It smells like liquid cereal/grain. Not terribly complex. The flavor is uniquely suggestive of corn, crisp and tastefully sweet and somewhat dry. It leaves a mild bitterness in the back of the mouth. It is well carbonated and is generally quite refreshing. A light lager but still carrying a solid flavor that accents this odd corn flavor as I like to describe it. I think this is what typically turns the average drinker away. I know few admirers of Rolling Rock yet Busch bought it for some good reason (maybe the light beer?). I remain a minor fan although not sure I can entirely defend that position. A shame to have RR leave Latrobe.

09-11-2007 22:28:56 | More by Durge
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xgabe

California

2.33/5  rDev -10%

Very light in appearance, "extra pale" as the name suggests, with large-sized bubbles from carbonation. Little head with little retention. Hard to detect aroma. Taste is strange... somewhat floral, though not as interesting as that sounds. Very light mouthfeel, leaving a slight bitter aftertaste, though again not at all intriguing. If I'm having a macro lager, I don't know that I'd choose this one.

09-04-2007 19:03:10 | More by xgabe
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Brad007

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a pale yellow color with a nice head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is sweet and there's little if any skunk.Taste is the typical macro lager. Not too sweet with some residual bitterness at the back of the tongue. Just nothing impressive but nothing bad either.

08-21-2007 23:36:13 | More by Brad007
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biggmike

Mississippi

2.35/5  rDev -9.3%

American Pale Lagers or Macro-lager is pretty much a beer group that is for people that like to get drunk, but do not enjoy the flavor of beer. This is better than Bud or Miller, but nothing that you are going to really enjoy or savor. This beer is made for pounding one after another. No remarkable characteristics with this beer. Kind of skunky overly carbonated. Watery.

08-14-2007 19:44:39 | More by biggmike
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wcdoyle

Florida

3.05/5  rDev +17.8%

One in a series of “beer under $6” reviews. This clocks in at $5.29 from the local grocery.

Clear, pale, pale gold with a 1/2 inch white head then settles down quickly to a thin film. Good lacing though. No detectable smell. Flavor was a combination of light malt and (other) grainy sweetness; doesn't come on strong or to adjuncty Hops are up front but drop out by the finish and aftertaste. Lingering sweetness. Nice crispness that reminds me of the carbonation of some (hard) ciders. I’m actually giving this a good for drinkability. The taste is light and clean, but it’s a good beer as a BMC alternative (yes, I know AB just bought it) for backyards and maybe something to bring over to BMC-loving acquaintances that you’re not trying to impress (i.e. by bringing a solid micro instead of this.)

If there are any strikes against it it’s that they use green bottles (yes, I know that Rolling Rock's history is tied to the green bottle) and the 6-er gets packed the standard way (instead of covered to keep light out.) I did notice, however, that the 12-er comes in a box. The other said thing is to see "St. Louis , Mo."on the bottle where "Latrobe, PA" used to be.

08-07-2007 19:52:44 | More by wcdoyle
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Slar211

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden straw color in a pint glass. Big white head fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, corn and... is that banana?

Taste: Sweet grain with something sour that I don't think is hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery but it finishes crisp.

Drinkability: Not too bad, all things considered.

07-11-2007 19:29:51 | More by Slar211
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev +1.5%

A step above the big BMC’s, although I understand this is now affiliated with A-B, so that may change. The most intriguing thing about this beer is the ’33’ on the back of the green bottle. Besides that, it is a typical American Pale Lager, with little aroma or flavor, and a finish that is thrist quenching if drunk cold on a hot day, but not much beyond this. Fortunately, it also did not have the grainy aroma of many BMC’s, which is why I rated it slightly higher.

07-08-2007 12:52:27 | More by kimcgolf
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -26.6%

Poured cold into a pilsner glass.
A - Golden, light straw colored with a snow white head that creates spider web like lace.
A steady stream of bubbles continues indicating a fully carbonated lager.

S - A bit like cooked vegetables, mostly adjunct filled aroma, grassy.

M - Like a mouthful of Alka seltzer. Cleansing and overly effervescent, only mildly sweet.

T - So crisp and carbonated it takes a few minutes to actually taste anything.I remember this as one of the beers of my younger years. I was given one at 16 and remember it as tasting better, but palates evolve. I am not sure if A-B changed the recipe, but it seems like it isn't "the same as it ever was"

D- Maybe a good choice to cleanse your palate or cool off with after mowing lawns, but not very drinkable overall. It just has the light sugar and rice or corn taste you don't want to taste repeatedly.

07-04-2007 01:04:32 | More by Slatetank
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giblet

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%

i really like this beer. certainly has a diff taste to it. good for the cookouts when you are tired of the same ol same ol.

i would buy it more if it was easier to find.

good taste/different. great for parties. i purchased a bunch of this for our St Patties day partay. it was fun - and easy being green!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

06-26-2007 14:23:52 | More by giblet
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neenerzig

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%

Had this for free on my recent vacation to Florida as there were several bottles of it sitting in the fridge when we arrived. I hadn't had Rolling Rock in over a year and this was my first time having it since A-B started brewing it. A 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass/tumbler. This beer pours a clear, fairly light golden color. White head was about 1/4 inch when poured. It settled pretty quickly to a thin surface cover with a thin white ring lining the inside of my glass. Some very uninteresting corn and light malt aromas were present and not much else. The taste comprises of some slightly sweet and uninteresting malt notes and some corn or other vegetable abstract rounded out by a small hints of hops. The mouthfeel is quite crisp with a light to medium body and surprisingly fairly heavy carbonation. It was easy to drink, but not in the way a good beer should be. It is more like drinking seltzer water than beer now IMO. Shame on you A-B for degrading the quality of and almost totally ruining what was once a pretty decent American Macro Lager!

Eric

06-24-2007 18:19:30 | More by neenerzig
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this at my local Moe's tonight along with a steak Homewrecker Burrito. It complemented the spicy flavors of the burrito quite well, but I think the appeal was due to the fact that it made me want to eat more. After I was done with the burrito, the beer became much harder to drink, taking on a very sour taste and skunky smell. I think if this beer were consistently cold it would be great, but it gets difficult to finish after even 15 minutes with the stuff...

06-24-2007 06:09:16 | More by BucBasil
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afinepilsner

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz green bottle

Rolling Rock Extra Pale was a very pale yellow color with good clarity. It had a bubbly white head with decent retention and left a little lacing behind. The smell was very light with a little grain. The taste was light as well with a little grain and a dry finish. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. It might be better outside on a really hot day.

05-18-2007 20:52:51 | More by afinepilsner
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%

man, a painted label? GLASS-lined tanks? this was primo shit back in the day...another pale, fizzy yellow macro lager...some metallic/vegetal notes to go along with the adjunct aromas. light, fizzy, and almost tasteless except for the adjuncts. but man, that's a cool bottle, and they use glass-lined tanks! this beer nust have been much better a looong time ago.

05-15-2007 05:25:19 | More by MrMcGibblets
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cktison

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev +10%

120z bottle poured to pint glass.
A: Very clear straw. Light and bubbly. Light head, no lacing. Just clear yellow liquid.
S: Sweet, malts, very light smell.
T: Malty, grainy, really no detectable hops. Very carbonated so a bit like drinking soda water. Corns and vegetables as the beer warms up?
M: Carbonated, easy going down.
D: Nothing spectacular by ANY means, but if you're outside in the summer, grilling BBQ or listening to baseball on the radio, it'll do.

04-30-2007 13:01:08 | More by cktison
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itsthe585

New York

3.65/5  rDev +40.9%

A- Very light golden color. Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Leaves light lacing.


S- Smells a little sweet, not overbearing, but nothing special or out of the ordinary


T- Light nondescript initial taste. Aftertaste is just plain great. Can't explain it, but vs. BMC beers this has an actual taste.


M- Seems to thicken up as it goes down.


D - Non offensive brew. Goes down smoothly. I enjoy it a lot.

04-26-2007 22:42:42 | More by itsthe585
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, a little malt and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste contains touches of malt and hops, but mostly consists of adjunct. However, it’s not overly sweet like most macros, which makes it a little bit refreshing. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, it’s a decent lawnmower/BBQ beer, but that’s about it.

04-23-2007 01:08:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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xav33

Michigan

3/5  rDev +15.8%

Rolling Rock Extra Pale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a Shaker
Recent brewing, imbibed 04/07

Poured a pale yellow with a medium mostly diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate cooked corn, white bread.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet corn candy and light bitter flowery hops and doughy bread followed by a moderate perfumey hops and sweet corn on a moderate sweet finish.

Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated ,watery to dry and slightly astringent.

Overall, a personal favorite under certain conditions. A perfect lawnmower swill.

04-22-2007 07:09:58 | More by xav33
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.3/5  rDev -11.2%

I had one of these last night, not the same as I remember from a few years ago, but then again that was before they were bought out by AB...

Yellow beer with little to no head.

Smells like hop water.

Not very good, but not a 'dumper' either.

Light and fizzy, some bitterness

I had one so I could do this review, I won't be having any more soon.

04-15-2007 12:44:12 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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joecast

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -2.3%

funny having this now. lived in new york for a while and rolling rock was pretty big then. never had it. now, so many years on, im in australia having a rolling rock that was brewed in the UK "under supervision of" latrobe brewing co.
330 ml bottle, best before 08/07, 4.6%abv

pours as the label says, extra pale. medium high carbonation. pours a nice sized white frothy head which settles to a thin covering. some lacing.

some hops on the nose first up. a bit floral. hops fade away though, kind of like the excess co2 is sort of pushing it out of the way.
what comes up in its place is sort of a corn sweetness. and a slight bit of skunk. yeah, a bit disappointing.

ok. hold nose...drink beer. actually a much better taste than the smell led me to believe. mostly that corn sweetness again. not cloying, but smooth. unfortunately that pretty much covers it. not really getting anything else out of the taste.

glad i finally tried it, though i cant help but think it would be better in the states and a bit fresher. or at least with fewer miles under its belt. anyway, one is probably enough.

04-15-2007 10:51:53 | More by joecast
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev +12%

A- very watery pale golden color. white head that fades almost completely.

S- what smell? maybe a little bit of soft hops and malt.

T- almost a sweet taste to it. soft bitterness.

M-watery. very light body

D- this is one of the most drinkable beers that doesnt have much of a taste to it. These are extremely easy to throwback.

04-13-2007 15:14:32 | More by PittBeerGirl
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
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