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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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2,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of Slar211
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Slar211, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

kimcgolf, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
1.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Slatetank, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!


neenerzig, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

BucBasil, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

afinepilsner, May 18, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

MrMcGibblets, May 15, 2007
Photo of cktison
2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

cktison, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of itsthe585
3.65/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

itsthe585, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of xav33
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

xav33, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of joecast
2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

joecast, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of happygnome
2.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pale golden color with about an inch and half of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: a strange lawn like aroma sour as well
t: corn grain flavor very watery wont offend or wow anyone
m: light bodied highly carbonated not the best combination

overall this is not a beer that i would buy again, it was served very cold and just kinda strange overall

happygnome, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of tykechandler
1.23/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Serving was from a 12 oz. painted bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: light amber in color; looks like a kind of dark ginger ale; appealing color

S: basically smells like wheat and some animal urine mixed together

T: light and wheaty; not very strong, bitter, or hoppy; slightly milky

M: very good mouthfeel; seems to thicken once it hits your tongue; slight acidity

D: drinks very smoothly, and the good mouthfeel combine to make it very drinkable despite the average taste.

edit: lol @ my old review. i was a noob. this beer tastes like sweetmilk water. it's actually one of my least favorite beers i've ever encountered.

tykechandler, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. green, screw top, hand painted bottle. No advanced features.

Appearance: Very light straw, crystal clear. Small 1 finger head that diminished to virtually no lace.

Smell: Doughy, cooked corn.

Taste: Very little taste. I taste some sweet grainy flavors from the adjuncts. Very mild stale hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: I guess this would be good if this was your style. Personally I think that this is a pretty good example of this style but I don’t really care for it.

BadRockBeer, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of CanaanBob
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rolling Rock was my brand of choice among macrobrewers for many, many years. I must say that I am highly disappointed at what AB has done to this once stellar beer of formerly western Pennsylvania origin. It maintains its beautiful clear golden appearance, and its smell is still quite clean and refreshing, but its taste suffers. The New Jersey water that AB uses has a most noticeable effect on the taste. There was truly something to the water that Latrobe Brewing Co. used from the Allegheny mountains. All water is different; rock strata, soils, etc. have a lot to do with its ph and chemical composition. ABs NJ water, coupled with something in the formula that appears to make the new RR have more of a rice aftertaste has altered the taste of a once proud beer. It still cleanses the mouth with each swallow, and is very drinkable on a hot day. But still, AB . . . move the operations back to good old Latrobe, PA. Rolling Rock should be stellar, not just serviceable!

CanaanBob, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Clear, light yellow body with surprisingly thick white head.

Nose is thin and sour, grassy.

Flavor is crisp and corny, very light on the palate. This is a brew that is designed not to offend.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability is good. Served ice-cold on an Equatorial Pacific day, it disappears very, very quickly.

ghostwalker, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
1.73/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

wow i used to really like this beer before AB took over but this is horrible. i sampled it once after the takeover and didn't detect much of a difference, but after deciding to try it again i am severely disappointed. it tastes super skunked and this smell is absolutly horrible. i will not purchase this beer again, i'll say good bye to an old friend that AB killed and thank all things holy that PBR is still available. ;)

scarletfire79, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

If you've gotta pound away 30 beers and you don't want to taste anything, this is the beer for you. All the lack of flavor, which includes a lack of any bitter nastiness of other cheap, easy to drink beer. Goes pretty well with spicey food.

Honestly, this is one of the least flavorful beers out there. but sometimes that's exactly what you need.

Lnedrive14, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of thisjustin
4.4/5  rDev +69.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Most distinguishing quality? It smells lemony, hoppy, and distinct. Warm? Bad. Ice cold? Sometimes it tastes like you just told some broad that "Baba O'Riley" is the name of what she insists is "Teenage Wasteland." Sometimes it tastes like you just cut the grass,are watching sports,or ate 6 hot wings and asked for water or 7up, and you got something better. I have been told by Northern Spring Breakers that this is nothing special-at all- up North. In 1990s southern college towns, though, this was the go-to-beer for the pizza parlor's philosopher. Find a '90s movie with an Anti-Hero, you will see RR. (I'm talkin' to you, Ethan Hawke.) Now that I am older, I find it at Florida gas stations. At $11+/12pack($6+/6pack) and rising, however, this ultra pale is becoming too expensive for what it is. The mystique has disappeared for all but the biggest fans, and now it is JUST hard enough to find at bars to be annoying. I feel like A-B may keep it around, but it may go the way of RC Cola--- highly-priced on the special shelf for sentimental reasons, not for quality. (As others have said, there is a perceived class to RR that keeps it premium.) All of that said, I LOVE this beer. Still my go-to beer, though, when I just cannot decide.

thisjustin, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at a beer event. The taste was decent not to bitter kinda of smooth after the first one. The smell was not to bad not very overpowering just a regular beer smell. This is the kind of beer you can take to a party and people will drink it. It will not disappoint but not recommended for a serious beer drinker.

choyhosoi, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Greenish gray hued piss-colored (I should know, I work in a medical laboratory) brew with a complete lack of head. No collar or anything.

S - Weak vaguely-pils scent w/ maybe a hint of caramelized sugar or honey that is almost undetectable.

M - Fizzy and watery. Reminds me of seltzer water.

D - Pretty damn poor excuse for a beer. Dinkable, and slightly better than BMC. It's amazing what marketing can do...most of my friends think that this is a "classy" beer.

pmcadamis, Jan 18, 2007
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 2,172 ratings.