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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
62
poor

777 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 777
Hads: 2,593
Avg: 2.63
pDev: 48.29%
Wants: 28
Gots: 450 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Latrobe Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

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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Photo of ta_hagen
4/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good summer beer - sweetness from the malt and then the taste of corn and rice, there is very little hop profile to balance this out, kind of watery. Refreshing and would prefer over a pilsner.

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Photo of gopens44
2.13/5  rDev -19%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

For what it is, it could be a lot worse. Fact is, this is refreshing when cold and doesn't demand a lot of attention. If given the option of this or several other light beers, you can indeed do worse.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with two-finger white head that has decent retention and slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet corn syrup, grass and crackers.

TASTE: initially some sweetness from the malt and then the taste of corn and rice, there is very little hop profile to balance this out, kind of watery.

PALATE: light body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very poor tasting beer, unbalanced and watery, not like I remember from my youth, I buy AAL's on occasion but would not buy this again as there are much better choices available.

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Photo of BusterSufo
1.14/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I agree with the notion that Rolling Rock seems like it was better back in the day. I think they changed their recipe to obtain higher margins on the crap beer market. Sometimes I buy cheap beer but this is my least favorite, except maybe the malt liquors.

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Photo of Lahoi
1.5/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I do my best to cut some slack to the cheap AAL beers, but this beer is barely palatable. I can handle PBR, Big Flats, Coors Banquet, but Rolling Rock is in another class. A lower class. I'm not sure if they changed the beer, but it seems to be a much differnt beer from what I recall from the ole high school glory days. Then again, I'd like to think I drank for different reasons back then. Perhaps it was junk then, too.

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Photo of dabone
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a can. Pale yellow with a thick white head and minor legs. Faint malt aroma, not much. Taste has a lot of sweetness from the malt. Their is a faint bitterness but no hop tones. Very distinct and unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Very good texture and mouthfeel. Overall not very appealing.

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Photo of 10-8
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what it is. Cheap light beer that's better than any Bud, miller, coors etc. As stated, drink ice cold on hot summer days. Great for tailgating or backyard BBQ's, drink it right out of the bottle.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
1.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Skunky smell - quite tasteless. Nothing to write home about. My go to if I want an old man beer. However, I would buy this over bud light any day of the week.

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Photo of jera1350
2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes of adjuncts. Corn and rice, lingering artificial sweetness that leaves an unappealing aftertaste. Very light and a bit watery. Not something I need again.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.09/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

If I'm looking for a beer, I'm almost never looking for a Rolling Rock. However, its somehow crisp and refreshing, although I've wondered if it gets its only flavor from the green bottle mild-skunkiness syndrome.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.52/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review. The basics: water-light, slick, skunky nose, general lack of interesting flavor (zero identifiable hop)...& yet I still have a soft spot for this brew. The goofy carb & cheapo malt components just speak to me, I guess.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.91/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First review honors to a beer I've bought plenty of bottles, cans, and pints of. I'm a fan of green-bottled skunky beers, and while this one isn't as strong in scent, it goes down smooth and is best ice cold for those hot summer days. Obviously not a high-class, complex brew. It came from small town Latrobe after all. But damn if it's not a guilty pleasure. It's a beer my pops drank, so like father, like son I guess.

For the record:

L: Pours a golden, straw color. Lots of bubbles. A generous inch of foam that dissipates quick.
S: Less skunky than other green-bottled Euro beers. Corn, rice, apple, some malty sweetness.
T: Very balanced for a cheap pilsner. Watered down sweet corn that's been sitting around a bit is the best way to describe it. Oddly drinkable.
M: Light, thin, high-carbonation. Makes it easy to down a 6-pack or more in one session.
O: Again, a simple beer above any Bud or Coors. Not the best, not the worst. It doesn't hang around to kick you in the ass the next morning like a PBR or Schlitz would, so that's a plus. A very drinkable beer I'll always appreciate. Cheers.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Too watery in appearance. Head very white, fluffy and quickly gone. Smells heavily of adjuncts, but malty-sweet. Tastes of corn, walnuts, pencil shavings, esters, and honey. Smoother, less dry, fuller-bodied, but less carbonated than a Miller High Life. Also, less hopped. Could be refreshing on a hot day. Not nasty, but nothing special.

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Photo of Michelleluw
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a light, easy, and refreshing beer. Not sure why they chose to do the green bottle, but it's made their bottle recognizable. This is an easy drinking beer that doesn't blow your mind, but it's not awful.

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Photo of Garrion335
2.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A very crisp, light beer. I'm guessing all the bad reviews are from people who want a bold, slap-in-the-face taste to their beer. Sometimes you drink beer just to get a buzz. If that's what you're after, you could do way worse than rolling rock. I would rank beers like bud light, Coors light, michelob light, nattie light, etc below rolling rock.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
2.69/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Not the worst beer i ever had, there are WAY worse. But really nothing special, it smells like glass, which is weird because on the bottle it states that it comes from "the glass lined tanks of old Latrobe" - the power of suggestion perhaps? Overall, i like it but certainly do not love it

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Photo of beergoot
2.22/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Very pale, light straw colored body; fluffy, fizzy white head. Grassy, steely aroma. Light, dull hint of grains; very subdued hop bitterness. Light, crisp mouthfeel; watery.

A most forgettable ale. Where's the flavor and feel? There is so little depth and character that it's difficult to see why this beer is still made. One is better off with a Budweiser or a nice glass of ice water. Well, my wife goes for this...and I use to settle for this a few decades ago, but I see little reason to go for this beer if other macro American adjuncts are available...

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Photo of bodog81
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's really nothing good nor bad about the beer except for the price, which, IMO, makes it one of the best beers for the buck you can get. It's nothing fancy, has no good taste nor bad, no good smell nor bad, and gives you a decent buzz which doesn't hang around with any nasty headaches. So when I can get an 18 pack for 12 bucks it's hard to find a reason not to when funds are tight. It's no Aventinus, but I can get 2.5 bottles of Aventinus for the price of an 18 pack of Rolling Rock. One is an everyday drinker, the other is a weekend brew. Both have merit.

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Photo of TotallyGomer
2.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light in color, same for smell. Flavor is on the light side also. Not much to rave about, but not much to complain about either. Low on the ABV, light and dry on the after taste, means it's head and shoulders above most AALs. Very kind to all the senses. Goes down easier than lemonade, this is a great summer heat slammer.

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Photo of BB1980
3.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Something about the green bottle. If you buy, do not let it sit around long. Flavor changes drastically from bottle to bottle if you let it stay in the fridge for any extended time.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Rolling Rock last night (Valentine's Day), partly for nostalgic reasons, and also because I just haven't had this in a long, long time. in fact, as soon as I opened the bottle and began to pour it, I noticed that it differed from what I remembered from about twenty years ago. It's a very light, pale straw color, watery, with heavy carbonation, almost like seltzer water. The taste is actually blander than I remember too, but I do like the dry aftertaste. It's not an awful beer, but definitely nothing stellar. I miss what it used to be, but then again, maybe my memory has shifted toward the optimistic spectrum, given my youthful appreciation of the brew. And also, my Grandpa loved this stuff when it was brewed in PA. All in all, an average AAL in every sense. Definitely better than Bud, MGD, etc.

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Photo of Mike7141954
4.36/5  rDev +65.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

i don't care about the head or any foam, I go strictly by the buzz and taste! It sets very well the next morning and the taste is very pleasant, IMHO! As far as color goes I don't like pale beers and prefer mahogany colored beer, to me it taste better than bud light, i do get a corn taste(for those who like the taste of corn try Busch) and something i can't quite put my finger on! I get no nasty after taste like i do on other brands, it does have a dry finish to me. For the price and the way it sets on you the next day, I would recommend it to friends, that being said, there will be those who don't like it! Am I a beer expert , not by any means but I know what I like and my taste goes from IPA to this, give it a chance I think you will like it!

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Photo of Ranger337
3.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is my favorite of the light beers. Granted it is a bit on the light side, and is similar to Coors and Bud but it is an easy drinker for those who do not like the more hearty of beers.

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Photo of CIBoy10
1.66/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Had in bottle at a wedding in September, sorry for the late review. In a nutshell, I didn't like it all. Give me a Bud Light, PBR, Old Milwaukee, Miller High Life, or just about any other AAL over this. Just did not do it for me at all. Won't choose to have another one.

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Photo of drtth
3.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rolling Rock

Pours into a Duvel glass with a 1/8-1/4” foamy white head that settles relatively quickly to a large but thin island of foam and a small ring around the glass. The beer itself is a completely clear, light, bright yellow color. Sipping leaves speckles and a few legs of lace some of which cling to the slide of the glass. Some gentle carbonation rises from the nucleation point in the glass. Eventually the foam pretty much disappears except for the small island being steadily refreshed by the light stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is slightly malty with not much else going on.

The almost hidden flavors include a nice lightly sweet malt character with a touch of what seems like creamed corn (DMS) and a wee bit of graininess thrown in for good measure. There also seems to be some light, faint, almost fruity flavor here (apple?).

The mouth feel is light bodied and has a gentle crispness to it from the light carbonation. The finish moves from a bit of sweetness on to an almost dry ending with little or no bitterness.

Overall this seems a reasonably good beer for what it is intended to be, light, refreshing and without any strong flavors. Also it seems to me it is better than I remember some of its competitors being.

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.