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Rolling Rock Extra Pale - Latrobe Brewing Co.

Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale

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1,844 Ratings

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Ratings: 1844
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 26.64%

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 the3rdtriumph


3.35/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was much much better before 2006/2007. But, it's not a bad beer.

I only drink this out of a bottle.

The painted bottle is cool.

When poured into a glass it's got a nice calm look, like others said very straw like. Smells like party beer. Cheap, easy to down. Bit of a hint of rice. You can't really taste much. Pleasant mouthfeel, unlike most cheaper brews. I still enjoy it because it's inexpensive yet appreciated my most when you show up with it at a get together.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 12:07:34 | More by the3rdtriumph
Photo of HankAaron


2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Didn't really like this beer that much. Drank it up in Vermont during a winter storm and it did its purpose it was something to drink, but didn't enjoy it. The main reason I had it was because it is cheap for a 30 pack and it's what my roommate enjoyed, so I obliged.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 21:38:01 | More by HankAaron
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Definitely an average beer, this lager pours a pale straw golden colour with a thick, three finger head that quickly disipates to one finger. Smells sweet, with grain and corn up front. Not as offensive as Natty Light, but very similar. Tastes sweet with malt grains and corn. Definitely an adjunct lager. Mouthfeel is light and easy, with a low to medium carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to have on a hot day. A beer to pound back after mowing the lawn on a hot summers day.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 16:57:09 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as mediocrity goes, Rolling Rock takes the cake. The problem lies with it's complete and utter inoffensive nature; extra pale describes not just the color but the nose and taste as well. It's all light toasted grain and corn; there is a dextrinous sweetness that would be a flaw in flavor if its wasn't part of Rolling Rocks signature taste.The carbonation is lighter and the mouthfeel slightly thicker than you would expect, the problem is that none of this adds up to anything very interesting. A beer for those who want to venture from the confines of light lager, and no one else.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 16:26:04 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of sam_bliss


2.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tall-boy can into globe glass.

Well, it is certainly Extra Pale, as the can said it would be. It has kind of a watered-down gold color, with a big fizzy head at first. This bubbles away to just a thin sheet of white that sits atop the brew. Carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the globe at a steady pace. A very adjunct smell of white rice and sweet creamed corn dominates the aroma. Some hay-like dry grassiness may represent hops, or maybe actual hay in the mash. As liquid first touches the tongue, it seems a bit sweeter than most macro-brewed lagers. A refreshing, almost Sprite-like citrus flavor puckers the cheeks while the high carbonation and subtle, dry fruitiness make this a much more deserving candidate than Coors (or is it Miller?) for the title "The Champagne of Beers." There's really more adjunct grains than malt in here. Maybe just a little breadiness is all I can detect. Light body and lots of fizz make for a difficult mouth experience when cold, yet I don't think this would be palatable if it weren't cold.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 03:43:29 | More by sam_bliss
Photo of Diane_Brew

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +73%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Going to be honest, consider this to be one of the most underrated beers. Definitely a top 3 favorite beer. Drank this one out of a bottle

A- golden like the inside of the lion in Aladdin (minus the magic carpet). Translucent, good bubble flow;bottom to top as usual. Consistent head residue- very impressive.
S- smells green, can't put my finger on the smell but defs clean. Currently comparing - other beers smell weird. very clean and crisp smell. very unique. inoffensive, flattering to the nostrils. faint snot smell.
T- unexpectedly crisp, no unwelcome aftertaste, its yummy, despite green bottle just as good out of bottle as out of keg.
M-goes down exceptionally easy (read: val). minimal carbonation, feels good
O- again terrific brew!!!! :) Want to have a great party? Buy some RR. KCCO

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:23:25 | More by Diane_Brew
Photo of SaintLouisBeerDrinker


2.86/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served From: Bottle

A: Very light yellowish hues, hints of straw fairly mellow.

S: Smell has strong presence of grains, semi-sweet, a slight hint of corn

T: As it says, "Extra Pale." Very pale tastes almost. This beer has a uniquely sweet taste but remains mellow throughout. Definitely taste a bit of corn and grains as with the smell.

M: Very light, little to medium carbonation. Easy going beer.

Overall: Decent beer. Reminds me of a sweeter flavorful Natural Light, which doesn't say much.. It's a good beer for random occasions. I almost never see anyone but myself with this beer so that may be saying something. All in all, It recieves a 2.5/5 in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:28:50 | More by SaintLouisBeerDrinker
Photo of harrymel


2.21/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Canned: unk

It's a really pale yellow straw with a central cylinder of bubbles rising to a central dome of white etch. Smells real distant, some flowers, some grains and white rice - this kinda reminds me of urine from a catheter bag. A very light flavor, with grain, a bit of corn some sweet bread flavors in there as well. Not a good flavor, but plenty of water like flavors. Thin, empty body with some hi carb and a slick finish. This is less than impressive.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 02:59:46 | More by harrymel
Photo of barczar


2.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant light gold with a foamy one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma is grainy, earthy, and buttery. There's a bit of sulfur. Reminds me of canned peas.

Flavor is similarly earthy and minerally, with a biscuity malt backbone, and finishes with cracker-like dryness. Acetaldehyde is evident.

Body is fairly watery, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency.

Some odd flavors and aromas, in comparison with other products of this caliber.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 00:14:27 | More by barczar
Photo of Chiefy770


3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a bottle.

A: The appearance is a very, very light gold... almost yellow. Clear and bubbly. A big foam head forms after the initial pour. I usually drink this straight from the bottle but I've poured this beer a few time before.

S: Not much to write about. Typical of the style. Light scent with a kick of grains.

T: The first thing I always notice is the sweetness. It is not the sweetest beer I've ever had but it definitely stands out in this department from the other AALs. Very smooth, not much bitterness. This is not a complex beer, which, depending on your situation, could be good or bad.

M: Carbonation and lots of it. Very light body.

Overall: I like this beer. I would gladly choose this over most of the other American Adjunct Lagers. Great in "quantity over quality" situations.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:09:11 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.35/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 12/02/12 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of biscuit malts, grains, wheat, light sweetness, corn. Not great but not the worst adjunct nose.

t - Tastes of corn, sweet grains, wheat, bread, biscuit, and very lightly skunked. Not very good; a step down from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Body is a little bit watery.

o - Overall not a great beer, but not the worst American adjunct lager out there. Taste is a little skunky, but the nose isn't too bad. You can do worse but not really worth seeking out at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:55:18 | More by mdfb79
Photo of SometimesIfart


1.36/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Drank it straight from the can so I don't know.

S - Uhhh...Well, Nothing much actually. Maybe some very very VERY slight rice.

T - Once again, Almost nothing but extremely slight rice.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, I paid $4.99 for a six-pack of cans of this stuff, And it pretty much lives up to it's price. It would be a great beer to party with since it goes down so easily and it will eventually do it's job, But from an advocate's perspective, This stuff is garbage.

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 20:46:53 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of HalfFull


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

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. I'm a bit surprised that I haven't reviewed this beer prior to this day as it was a bit of a mainstay of my 'youth'. Yet I wonder if it truly bears any resemblance to the '33' of yore.

I let the can warm up a bit, to 40 degrees or so from the fridge. Pours a clear light straw with minimal carbonation yet sporting a nice cap of foam. More carbonation evident on the tongue vs. a visual by the way. Offers a neutral aroma and lacking of much as for adjuncts. Pleasant yet neutral flavor with a slight sweetness which lingers for a moment.

Like PBR this stands a bit above the 'crowd' as for the yeast influence in the aroma but otherwise blends in with the masses.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 05:05:43 | More by HalfFull
Photo of JamesMN


3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a thin and bubbly white head.

Aroma: Not much there and the only good thing is there are no off smells.

Taste: That average adjunct lager taste but with a noticeable difference on the end. A sort of sweetness that tastes like watered down apple juice. Basically no other flavors on this one, just like soda water. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium in body. Easy drinkability and lots of effervescence.

FInal Thoughts: Being one of the cheapest beers on the market, Rolling Rock is a good bet if you are going for quantity over substance but is otherwise just one in a long line of adjunct beers that are not worth your time if you are serious about craft beer. Would I drink it again? Nope.

Serving type: can

10-31-2012 04:56:34 | More by JamesMN
Photo of michiganminer


3.98/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I caught "The Deer Hunter" the other night on Cable and picked some up for $5.00/6 at the local store. No smoke with the crack of the cap. No real hint of hops or barley but no nasty corn taste either. Bottle is cool (Painted) inoffensive and well priced I will buy this again. one note though- I never tried Latrobe Brewed Rolling Rock so I can't compare but can't imagine it was any different that this brew.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:46:51 | More by michiganminer
Photo of gsboss

3.03/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(I'm new to this so I may sound a little ignorant)

This was my college beer. It was cheap, tasted better than the budweiser I was used to drinking and it was easy to down. Now that I have had some time to taste other types of beer, it is sort of disappointing to go back to it. I have noticed there is kind of a cheap carbonation type thing going on when I drink it, which I did not remember it having at all. It was like I was downing some beer soda. Not my style. Regardless, if I am short on cash and don't want a 40oz I tend to turn to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 02:33:00 | More by gsboss
Photo of bjbakerbsu

2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my college "homework beer"...it made engineering homework more interesting. I don't know if it is just because I have gotten older, but drinking it today was difficult. It has a corny sweetness that is almost overwhelming. It reminds me of the smell of wet corn and cardboard. It is incredibly simple, and a prime (but not good) example of an adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:26:22 | More by bjbakerbsu
Photo of nukem5


2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from last bottle of 6r to get a rating and left for dead in the back of fridge.

A.) Pours a nice straw color but sadly very little head or as expected no lacing .

S.) Aroma is barely existent and what is there has a slight corn adjunct flavor to it and while not a bad thing just not what I remember drinking this beer growing up.

T.) Taste is light and crisp with a corn taste to it and some slight hops fruity and very mild.

M.) Mouthfeel is very thin and watery almost a light beer feel to it.

O.) Overall a beer for a cheaper party or after you have had some stronger better tasters this is the one to pull out. Dont think I will purchase this again but hey that's just me.

Was just reading and how can they call this Latrobe Brewing Co. Its not there anymore, Thanks AB.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 06:24:23 | More by nukem5
Photo of TTAmod


2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. green bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Beer pours a pale gold color with a sizable white head. Retention is okay.

S: Smells of your typical AAL. Adjuncts and metal.

T: Taste is sweet. You also have the DMS present, as well as a metallic taste at the end. No hop bitterness present at all.

M: Typical for the style. Lots of carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: This beer is essentially made to bring out off-tastes, so that at least makes it more interesting than your run of the mill AAL. It's not completely wretched. I'd probably take it over Miller Lite or something of the sort. Also, this beer has relatively low calories and it actually has some taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 05:36:31 | More by TTAmod
Photo of TehParabox

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: very pale yellowish color, visible through light. Has a decent head..leaves a bit of lacing around.

smell: a bit of corn, or rice. Maybe a tinge of apple..definitely some sweet scents to this.

taste: it's a bit sweet, there's plenty of carbonation. There's a slight taste of rice, and corn.

mouthfeel: not very dense but it's good, very clean finish. pretty refreshing.

overall: I think it's pretty good, I drink this pretty often actually when I'm in the mood for something quick and drinkable. I like it.

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 09:05:59 | More by TehParabox
Photo of donmonkey1


1.88/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale yellow with a thick white head. The head receeds way too fast but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: The smell is so faint, but I think I smell beer, or at least some malt residue inside the glass.

Taste: A little sweet malt with a spoiled apple-like taste.

This beer sux. I can't believe people buy it. Seriously. My brain will forever be twisted trying to figure out how this company stays in business.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:14:00 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of walser

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

16oz can poured into a wine glass.

Smell of slight grain, no hop.

Pale yellow w little head.

A little grainy on the palste but wout
the warn, processed, metal
taste of many cheaper

88 degrees outside and this lager
works well enough. Nothing
memorable but nothing offensive,
on hot days wout ac a light
Am lager is perfect.

Serving type: can

07-14-2012 23:45:28 | More by walser
Photo of Auraan


2.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow with no head. Par for the AAL course. Scents of lager yeast, slight apple juice, crystal malt and a hint of skunk. Decent enough, true to it's style. Flavor is sweet, mostly maize adjuncts with a bit of malt. Absolutely no hop presence. Again, much like it's peers, though less offensive than some. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Very seltzer-water in feel. It's less watery than I recall, and is by far the best of the cheaper AALs, but it fails to compare to any craft lager or pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 09:24:56 | More by Auraan
Photo of 1234Jack

2.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I never really liked this beer because, to me, it never had any personality. Or flavor. I had a Budweiser Platinum recently, and i think the two beers are actually quite similar, if that helps.

Really, it just tastes like sour, carbonated water.

It kind of smells like a beer, but the carbonation is kind of an attack on the tongue. The head looks strong, which may be the best part of this beer, but doesn't last, and is very fizzy.

The package is fine. The green bottle and clear labels are nice. They give me a hope that is inevitably let down. Perhaps in the 30s this was considered good beer given the environment at the time. But now I'm speculating.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 08:19:15 | More by 1234Jack
Photo of This_Guy

2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A decent beer, but must be served cold. Somewhat mild tasting, a very watery/seltzery texture. The flavor is not very colorful at all, in fact it's almost non-detectable. Compared to other cheap, pale lagers, Rolling Rock is still a refreshing drink, but it is simply boring on the taste buds. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 07:39:21 | More by This_Guy
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.