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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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2,014 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 95 | 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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West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a beer deprived state such as West Virginia, I'm usually confronted with a slew of bland mass produced lagers. Rolling Rock is one of my favorites from that limited selection, it pours a pale golden straw color forms a nice sized head that is fizzy un-natural carbonation leaves some lacing not the worst looking brew. Aromatic qualities along with the typical cooked veggie tone comes a subtle nice spice with some mild hop tone, doesn't smell completely clean but nice and subtly bready. Taste is very even not much of anything overpowers, somewhat of a barrage of cereal grains blended with an unoffensive dosage of hops and a touch of bready spiciness that is hard to describe. A maybe just a bit better than your typical Bud, Miller, Coors product but either way it's refreshing. Mouthfeel: Is thin light bodied mass produced American light lager like, carbonation is pretty high nothing to impressive. Drinkability of this beer is effortless very nice pounding beer refreshing after work unoffensive but nice subtle flavors all adds to an enjoyable experience for me most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 17:44:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Rolling Rock is another one of those beers that has been around for a very long time. I must have had it in my youth, probably more than once, but I sure can't remember a thing about the experience. Will it be more memorable this time?

Pretty standard pale lager appearance. Clear, pale lemon yellow with a bright white head that's cotton candy wispy. It doesn't immediately fall to near-nothing, I'll give it that. In the end, I'm left with a short, dirty collar and a few small scraps of lace farther up the glass. Unimpressive nose. Cooked grain with a whiff of hops; on the bad side of average.

The flavor is not to my liking either. Sour, adjuncty, grainy with a nasty undercurrent of something that I can't quite put into words. Rolling Rock Extra Pale isn't 'spit it out' beer, but it isn't something that I'll willingly drink again. Another beer with a reputation that is hard to figure. Of course, given what the lion's share of American beer drinkers are pouring down their throats, it's not entirely a mystery.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 22:35:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

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

Last night I had my first Rolling Rock since I began paying actual attention to beer. I was not impressed.

The appearence was pale yellow with a head that faded quickly. My least favorite part about the beer was the smell. Very sweet smelling with adjuncts shining through. It reminded me of the way a card table smells after a night of bud light and poker. The taste followed the smell closely. No hops at all. The drinkability was the only selling point. Similar to bud/miller/coors...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 19:33:55 | More by thinkbreakfast
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2.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used to drink this back in high school, used to think it was fancy. Anyway decided to go back down memory lane, Pours a straw yellow with a nice head that was quite suprising. Not much lacing on the glass however. Smell is of potent grain and steel, almost metallic (weird since out of the bottle). Taste is also quite grainy, hints of grilled potato. Not many hops to speak of, feels quite light and dull in the mouth. I guess you could have a few of these on those summer days, but I probably won't make this trip again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 20:37:23 | More by beertaster13
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1.88/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I first heard of this stuff via the movie "Deer Hunter", watching de Niro and Walken pound it from cans. Mine came from a bottle. Beer pours that pale gold of every American pilsner, with large bubbles and a shock-white head. The nose is all about corn. Antiseptic corn, and little else (maybe a slight background of hops). It's better left in the bottle to contain that smell.

The taste reaffirms the smell. I imagine prohibition homebrew to taste much like this, something to get cross-eyed with without gagging. Can you say beer-flavored Kool-Aid? Carbonation burns through like a Coke from McDonald's, and thankfully so. This is something to drink after a hard day on a job involving heavy manual labor. It's swill, but it's decent swill. Drink this to get numb, not to savor.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 23:45:57 | More by Hunter
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3.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this brew whilst watching a minor league baseball game in 90º+ heat. It looked like the best option over Bud, Bud Light or Coors Light.
Anyway, it had a nice clear golden color and a slightly soapy and compact white head that was surprisingly durable, lasting the entire glass. The nose had a fruity sweetness over a light grainy malt base that reminded me of a hayfield. The taste wasn't anything bold or inventive; just a sweet malty flavor with some touches of corn and assorted adjuncts. No hops bite or snap, simply a crisp, refreshingly light feel and unpretentious taste.
Rolling Rock had a nice drinkability that lends itself well to a scorching hot day. It even stood up well to getting a tad warm, something I can't say about for Bud, Miller or Coors. Drink it to wet your whistle on a hot day, not to ponder the great complexities of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2004 22:46:46 | More by Boilermaker88
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2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at band practice last night. It poured a pale straw yellow with a fizzy white head. Smell is very mild but not real interesting. Taste is how you would expect, very smooth and faint but weith a slightly sweet finish. It's not bad to have a few "rocks" once in awhile. It's just not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 21:56:51 | More by soper2000
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

330ml, in a 4 pack

Smell is dry and bland. Very simple, similar to budweiser

Taste is simple and has very little aroma, but is malty and dry, quite refreshing. Almost skunky flavour, however is not too over powering

Acceptable, a fairly decent dry and crisp lager, goes down easy and is much better than the bigger pale american lagers, very cheap at about £5 for 10 bottles

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 20:07:33 | More by cypressbob
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1.2/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

There really aren't many beers I'll turn down, this is one.

It's watery, fizzy, smells like oatmeal kept in a humid basement. It's not even suitable for a lawn-mowing beer on a 100 degree day here in Bawlamer.

My foremost objection though is the presence of corn (maize, that is) as an ingredient. Any beer containing corn should have to have a warning label or be called something other than beer. The taste of stale Corn Pops - Yuck!

This is a beer best drank straight from the bottle and ice cold, you definitely don't want added sensory input.

Yet, it does have devotees. I don't get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 20:17:31 | More by jazzyjake
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2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Before becoming a beer snob, I drank nothing but Rolling Rock. I liked the tradition, the 33 mystery, the smaller brewery style. After sampling many really good beers and going back to the Rock, I have a hard time. What I thought was once good, is now only mediocre and very watery. Still a good brew for a hot day as long as the beer is ice cold. I need to tell my mother because every time I visit, she stocks the fridge with it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 14:51:07 | More by abcsofbeer
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New York

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

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awful. It has a very pale malt scent that finishes dry and extremely musty. The taste is average. It has no malt character, but neither does any other extra pale lager. There is a musty dry finish and a small amount of bitter hops. It is weak and watery, but it's the poor man's champagne. The mouthfeel is average. It is low bodied and highly carbonated. This beer tastes plain and musty, but I have drank a lot of these in my day. I guess that means it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 21:25:37 | More by WesWes
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2.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden,with a head that surprisingly lasts longer than others in this genre.
Smell is of a faint citrus.
Taste is very nice hints of citrus,well balanced hops,very crisp clean taste
mouthfeel is well carbonated and smoothe.
Drinkability exceptionally high,due to mild taste and refreshing qualities. In closing I would say,that this definitely not a beer connoisseur's type beer,but... for just some old belly scratching,work'in around the yard beer,can't get much better than this,Hey! I like it better than Bud!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 17:47:20 | More by steinlifter
Photo of brewQ


2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well .. for presentation I do like the green screened bottle!

Appearance- Quite pale in color, lots of bubbles, uneven head.
Aroma- Surprised me a little, a decent initial yeasty whiff.
As to flavor, no malt body, rather inoffensive. Some graininess.
The finish is very thin and dry, leading to its core attribute, it is quite drinkable.

I do have to wonder whether this beer was somewhat heftier say 40 years ago. Why did this brewery survive? Was it just consistent?

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 19:39:54 | More by brewQ
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3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I used to enjoy sometimes and hate others, and usually bashed by BA's so I'll try to do an unbiased review.
Pours with a puffy white head, which did not last and light gold body, which you would expect from American pale lager. Lots of carbonation.
Smell is a faint sweet, but veggie smell however not offensive.
Taste is unique to this brand-light and slightly sweet with a dry finish. No particular hop character. Adjuncts are noticeable but well balanced to make a highly drinkable, sometimes refreshing brew with little offensive off flavors. This beer was a favorite of mine in the college years, some days this is really refreshing and tasty, and other days tastes like piss, it just all depends on my taste buds' mood.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 01:34:00 | More by yeagerbm
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New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a pale, straw yellow with a quick-swelling puffy white head. There's little retention, but it is very visibly carbonated.

The aroma brings a light malt note along with a cereal grain character and mild grassiness. Hops are distantly on the horizon.

It's sweet on the tongue from first sip to the last, with a malt presence that plays second fiddle to a very real corn flavor, as though the Jolly Green Giant plopped a bunch of niblets into the vat. But not to overplay that, it's what's expected, so the cereal character works adequately. A very dull and dim hops bitterness plays at the finish.

Light bodied, it swishes about the mouth a bit more sunstantively than water, and leaves behind little memory of itself save a dull bitterness at the back of the tongue.

This is one of my quiet, guilty pleasures, always a treat on the deck in the sun, or on the boat, or at any outdoor festivity where some more craft-oriented brews might not be available to me. It's crisp, refreshing, and hits you where you live, which is right in the old thirst button, and I don't know how much more you can ask out of a beer that costs what this one does. A great value, with enough decent flavor to make it worth drinking, and with the right elements to make it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 15:14:29 | More by Foxman
Photo of AndIWantYou


2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If you're out with people who don't understand good beer, or in a place that doesn't serve good beer, Rolling Rock is a great selection. I don't bother to pour it into a glass, as I wouldn't want my monogrammed mug to get the wrong idea about my taste and it wouldn't really gain anything from the extra surface area anyhow. As another poster said, tastes much better than it smells, and quite refreshing on those hot (March???) days.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 22:35:25 | More by AndIWantYou
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2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is corn funk, and some sweetness. This is one brew that
doesn’t have it in the smell department!

Taste is sweet corn and a bit of malt. Taste much better than is smells.

Mouthfeel is present and not that bad.

Mostly drinkable, beats Budweiser!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 03:24:30 | More by Zorro
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North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour was a medium golden yellow with a small white head that left a slight froth on top througout the drink. Constant bubbles, but I wouldn't say there was too much carbonation. The smell was that of a stronger American lager, slightly spicy as well as skunky. There was a total lack of hop bite at the start this was followed by, get this, a smooth finish. You tell me but that's the best way I can describe it, even with out any hop bite there was a smooth finish. All and all it was a refreshing drink, really a great lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 04:24:35 | More by coasterfreak75
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2.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the Chicago Stadium.

The beer poured a nice dark yellow with suspiciously large bubbles in the head. Do they use a foaming agent?

Not much in the way of an appetizing smell. I got aromas of sulfur and cooked veggies. Maybe a hint of malt.

The taste was very bland. This is one of the few beers where I actually think the bottled version is superior to the tap version. The taste was subpar. It was slightly sweet, but not in the good malty way. Perhaps the sweetness comes from an adjunct. Hops are not even on the radar screen. This is basically a semi-sweet fizzy drink that lacks complexity and character.

Mouthfeel is thin, the best part is the snappy carbonation. Drinkability is poor, this is a why bother beer. Quite possibly the worst $5 I have spent on a beer. It suffered in comparison to the MGD I had and that was no great shakes either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2004 18:54:25 | More by Redrover
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2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's start with the postive stuff: Rolling Rock Extra Pale has a cool name and a great looking bottle with nice paint-work (even if it is skunky green). Back in college, I thought I was drinking premium beer when I cracked an old Latrobe product.

More than any other beer, this one has a very distinctive "canned corn" taste. It tastes to me just the way a can of recently opened corn niblets smells. That's good if you like corn flavored beverages, maybe not so good if you like beer flavored beverages.

In any case, I come back to Rolling Rock from time to time because it's a nostalgic lawner-mower beer that won't knock me off the John Deer if I have more than two.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 21:26:30 | More by kwalters
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3.6/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw gold, with a fluffy white head. Smells mostly of cereal, malt, and freshly cut grass. This beer has grown on me the more I try it. As far as euro-styled American lagers go, this is alright. Maybe a little too much graininess, but it balances out the euro "skunk" flavor. A fairly priced ($8 for 12) beer that is easy to drink. I don't dislike this one anymore.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 01:18:00 | More by TastyTaste
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3.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a mediocre beer in most respects, but it was a gateway beer for me so I have fond memories of it. Oddly, despite the green bottle, I've never had a skunky Rock yet.

Rolling Rock was the first beer I enjoyed (I know, I know, I plead insanity), being that it had more character than BudMillerCoors but wasn't as rough on the palate for a neophyte beer drinker as, say, Sam Adams.

The bottle for some reason just wants to be rolled back and forth in your hands after you've poured the beer... or better yet, just drunk it. Rolling Rock is a beer that wants to be drunk straight out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 13:59:47 | More by iceberg3k
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3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

long skate sesh, tired, beaten, broken....need refreshment. cheap buy at the corner store, pours pale yellow...weaksauce head. the smell? cooked corn up in here! smells a tad sweet, not impressive. taste wise? sweet, corny, slightly metallic...and even though that sound like bad news, it really isnt...this beer isnt bad. refreshing in the mouth, very drinkable. its simple, not skunky and cheap. i dig it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 08:05:03 | More by DESTRO
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2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. green bottle. The color was a light golden, with a bit of head. The smell was sweetness. The taste was somewhat sweeter than expected, and seemed a bit adjuncted, with a very slight bitterness in the taste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, for what it is I could have a few.

Obviously not a world classic, but for a lawnmower beer it's not bad at all. Since it's everywhere here in Southwestern PA, I imagine I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 21:02:45 | More by beergeek279
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2.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once upon a time (30 some odd years ago) this was really considered by many to be a "Premium" U.S. Lager. This Extra Pale pours a light yellow color with a bubbly snow-white head on top. The aroma is reminiscent of opening a can of corn, with just a tad hop smell and faint fresh mowed lawn. The thin malt body tastes of corn and white bread. The mild hops are of the metallic variety, with a little lemony flavor. It's clean crisp and light and not at all offensive, except maybe a little Euro-skunkiness in some bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 21:08:06 | More by BeerResearcher
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,014 ratings.