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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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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 21
Gots: 293 | 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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Ratings: 2,394 | Reviews: 770
Photo of cheesepuffs
1.48/5  rDev -42.6%

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
3.33/5  rDev +29.1%
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
2.94/5  rDev +14%
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
2.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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
2.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.3/5  rDev +27.9%
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
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.46/5  rDev +34.1%
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
2.16/5  rDev -16.3%
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
2.95/5  rDev +14.3%
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
3.08/5  rDev +19.4%
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
2.84/5  rDev +10.1%
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
2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
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
2.62/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +24%
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?

Photo of sellmeagod
2.21/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A party standard, a classic without a bit of taste to the positive or the negative. It makes it clear that this is "extra pale" and that's what you get. It sticks to its guns and gets it done.

The smell is nothing, or perhaps faint urine, but who smells a Rolling Rock anyway? This beer was designed to drain quickly, and it gets points for doing that well. Tasting like delicious water and crisp when cold. Fine.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Remember seeing this a lot when visiting Vermont as a kid and thinking the bottle and caps lokked very cool and american. Friend brought it back from a trip to New York.
Will try, as always, to rate to style.

A- Well, it is definitely extra pale. Some of the lightest looking gold I've ever seen and it even looks as clear as water at certain angles. Big, tight, foam white head is gone in a bit more than a minute. You can actually listen to it fizzing away as it melts.. kind of like soda. A thick white ring, some surface fizz and lots of delicate lacing are left.

S- Fruity/green apple grain which is nice but a burnt cream of wheat background which is bad. Alcohol comes through too. Don't really know what else to say.

T-Oh boy. Wasn't expecting this to be so light. Like seltzer water with a tiny bit of bitterness and a hint of sweet apple grain flavoring. Pretty strange how little taste is in here.

M- Medium carbonation. Very small, fizzy bubbles. I think the beer is medium-bodied but it's hard to ignore the incredibly thin taste and concentrate on mouthfeel alone.

D- Drinks almost like water but there's just a little nasty artificial bitterness in the end.

Still haven't gotten over how light this is. Enjoying this more than most other Amercian adjunct lagers. I guess it could be a good beer for drinking tons while camping on a reaaaally hot day or something but I'd always rather have something more...uh, beer like.

Photo of ADZA
2.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew pours a see through chardonay colour with sparkling carbonation that really would make you think you were drinking a wine if someone offered and you didnt know that it wasnt,the smell is really sweet with hints of grapes,grain,dettol and a touch of gooseberries its so weird it looks and smells like a wine,the mouthfeel is unrewarding but yet very sessionable and the taste is definately not what i was hoping for with hints of grain,white grapes and liquid hops,overall this beer comes across as an American Macro and is very comparable to Tooheys Extra Dry i mean its not a beer that i would actively seek out and buy again but could knock back a few at the work BBQ as long as i wasnt paying for them.

Photo of BARFLYB
1.64/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1


Rolling Rock comes off the spout looking burnt gold with semi hazy yellow trimmings, hardly a head or even a cap, looks dead after a bit. Smells like damp hay, sweet malt and no hops, grainy, weak. Taste is like city tap water because well there is no taste, just some small grain and malt, i guess there is hops in here but not alot. Less skunky than a bottle though, those things are horrid. Feel is light and crisp but the taste drawls me away. Drinakability is down the drain, id take any of the big three over this. Everybody looked at me in this dingy bar I was at when I had the thing dumped and I was just like "What do you want from me?"

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Looks like the rest of the "American Adjunct Lagers".

S-Corny and grainy and metallic.

T-Definately has a unique taste. Atleast this beer tried to be its own brew. Can't fault it for that. Better than most "American Adjunct Lagers" but still...Pretty icky.

M-Bubbly and light.

D-I would drink this before most other "American Adjunct Lagers". The funky taste gets to you after a while however. Much less drinkable from the can than the bottle.

Photo of necrat
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was terrible. Without going into much detail, I had several other Adjunct lagers in a little back yard beer tasting, and this was the worst.

There is just something about the flavor of this beer that's just... bad.

It poured a yellowish color with a huge foamy head.

There was no aroma to it at all.

It left a dry finish with a sourish bitter aftertaste that didn't last very long.

Overall I did not like this one.

Photo of cmq103
2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not going to go through all of the A,S,T,M and D ratings, as this isn't the type of beer to deserve detailed comments like that. What I will say is this is a good, inexpensive football/ baseball session beer. A little more flavor than Miller Lite (not much, but better) if you are looking for a lower alcohol session beer to grab a 1/2 keg of and drink while watching sports at the basement bar.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This beer is definitely took "extra pale" seriously, it hardly has a color at all... weak, quickly receding head. The only thing saving it from the lowest rating are the pretty carbonation bubbles.

S: Barely a hint of malts... is no smell a good thing... I'm a bit surprised I don't smell skunk with the green bottle and all.

T: Some light malts is all I really taste... not too bad considering it is an adjunct. Actually, much better than most I have tried...

M/D: Not much body here, actually tastes a little flat as well. It is drinkable if you are a frat boy, but if you spend much time on this site you would do well to avoid.

Rolling rock provides a very similar experience to drinking water.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy that this 6-pack of green bottles was not skunked, as is typical for clear or green glass. Rolling Rock certainly lives up to its claims, that being very pale, mellow, and light. It has a thin, white head and a very clear, and quite pale straw color. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is slight, with a faint grain smell. Taste is a mild version of the stereotypical American-style lager. It has a surprisingly pronounced hop bite in the after-taste. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Rolling Rock finishes crisp and refreshing. I noticed that the unusual and unappetizing under-taste that used to exist when the beer was produced by Latrobe Brewing, the original owners, has disappeared. Anheuser-Busch must have fixed whatever was causing the problem. Overall, I was surprised by Rolling Rock and found it to be much better than I anticipated. I recommend you give it a try, the can being the safer bet.


Photo of Spikester
3.24/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear pale yellow with a large white head. Lacings are modest. No aroma detected. Taste is light malts with just enough hops to call it a beer. Very strong carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit like club soda. I have had this from a bottle and a can. It seems to make no difference to the taste. Might be a good beer for those who don't enjoy the taste of beer. I would have liked to try the Latrobe brewed version before they were closed down.

From a 12 ounce can. Brewed in St. Louis, Mo.

Same as previous review with this added comment. This is a superior tasting beer compared to the 16 ounce can and the bottle I sampled earlier. Clean and refreshing. I can even taste some hops on the back end. Nice summer beer. The 4.6 %abv. puts it on the lower end of the macro beer group. Kind of like a light Pils.

Update: from the 25 ounce can 03/27/2014;
Appearance bumped up. Poured into a Pilsner glass. Nice three finger head that stayed a good five minute and left some spots of lace. In spite of the extra pale notation this is a well balanced beer. I don't taste the corn there is a little in the smell. The rice shows up in the taste but just barely and the light hop bitterness at the back leaves a nice lightly dry finish. Overall a light and tasty beer when you need a thirst quencher.

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.