Rock Light
Latrobe Brewing Co.

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American Light Lager
Ranked #217
Ranked #47,806
2.17 | pDev: 23.96%
Latrobe Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 58
Photo of dbrauneis
2.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet corn adjuncts and grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are very light flavors of grainy malts and corn adjuncts which add just a hint of sweetness. No perceptible hop flavors and only a hint of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: This is a beer for people that do not really enjoy the flavor/aroma of beer. Very light in flavor and mouthfeel though it is easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Maybe I'm too much of a ticker these days... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear pale sallow (wow) topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn and mild wheat. Wait, a Rolling Rock bottle that wasn't skunked!? The hell!? Not gonna argue... The taste holds notes of old corn, funky wheat, and hard water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly watery feel. Overall, a sad, weak little beer. 'Nuff said, really.

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Photo of GMB
3.38/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am an avid drinker of light lagers, and am of the opinion that this is one of the contemporary beer industry's least developed genres. Perhaps this is due to an overwhelming disdain for the style among beer connoisseurs. Perhaps it is because brewers themselves feel limited by its constraints. Whatever the case, it seems to this reviewer that producing a light, crisp, refreshing lager with a balance of flavors ought to be a challenge that the industry can meet.

Rock Light pours nicer than expected. A typically light golden body supports a foam that is frothier than any I have seen on a light beer.

The nose is pleasant. Very lightly toasted biscuit is complemented by a hint of floral hops and lager yeast.

The taste of this beer is fuller than I expected. Its slightly bitter and yeasty hang distinguishes it from other light lagers, which typically have little more than a watery aftertaste with light notes of sweet toasted malt. Rock Light's flavor is sweet, too, but is also more complex than most beers in the style.

The frothy mouthfeel of this beer stands out among light beers, which are usually excessively carbonated to the point of being offensively gassy and sharp.

Rock Light stands out among American light lagers. I can understand why it has received such low ratings on This beer cannot stand up against the kind of robust, complex, flavorful beers that we all love. But this beer does not pretend to offer the drinker that kind of experience. This beer is designed to be a mild, light complement to a meal or to quench one's thirst on a very hot summer afternoon when even pale lagers and ales weigh too heavily on the palate. If this is what you are looking for, you will be hard pressed to find a beer that delivers as well as this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
1.32/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Aroma is - well, it’s weak but at least it’s malty and not watery. Not at all impressive. It pours a wan clear straw yellow with a fairly thick white head that fizzles out quickly. Flavor is actually better than I expected - unlike most light beers I have tried, it really does taste like beer. It’s malty, and that’s about it - although it doesn’t seem watery. Body and fizz both leave something to be desired. Good only when compared to other light beers - otherwise fuhgeddaboudit.

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Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow that's completely see-through. There's some short lived, soapy, fizzy head when first poured. The nose is sweet and corny with an odd sour, yeasty undertone. The taste is similar. It's very light and sweet with grainy, corn notes. The mouthfeel is super light, a little dry, very crisp, but smooth and easy to drink.

This is a typical light lager with intense adjunct tones. The aroma was a little off but there aren't any real off notes in the flavor. Overall it's not an awful lawnmower beer, but it's forgettable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
2.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Rolling Rock Light poured from a green (greeeaaaattt) bottle into a Stella Artois glass (thought the glassware would be appropriate). Bottle was free, don't hate -

A: Darn close to water; corn water or piss is even a good descriptor. Basically a (very) light straw color. Light fluffy white head fizzles quickly away.

S: Sweet malt character, adjunct sweetness. Light honey and distant green apple notes.

T: Crisp sweet pale malt, grainy adjunct lager characters. Not too skunky though. Light honey and fruity sweetness, very grainy but paletteable.

MF: Light, wet and refreshing, good carbonation.

O: Its a very pedestrian lager, drinkable but not flavorful. Extremely watery.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.76/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: I originally reviewed this in February of 2003. My original review seems to have disappeared. This review is pieced together from my notes.

Rock Light pours a pale straw color with active carbonation, with about a finger of foam forming. Smell was similar to regular Rolling Rock and Coors Light, quite adjuncty. Reminds me a little of overripe fruit. Corn and DMS aromas are present with the slightest hint of malt sweetness as well. This brew pretty much felt like fizzy water on the tongue. Initial taste has that overripe fruit sweetness to it. Extremely watery, almost on the level of Coors Light. Tiny amount of malt sweetness. The flavor that is there is very grainy/corny/DMS. The hops that are present add only the slightest amount of dryness to the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean with the dryness a bit more prevalent, but not strong at all. Cooked cabbage taste becomes apparent, and the brew has no alcoholic warmth whatsoever.

Overall, a very watery light beer with some resemblance to regular Rolling Rock.


This is another beer where a light version really shouldn't be neccessary. Regular Rolling Rock is a light enough beer, and Rock Light approaches Coors Light on the scale of wateriness.
There isn't too much to say about this other than the wateriness of it.

Rock Light pours a pale straw color with active carbonation. A one-finger foam head forms. The smell is similar to regular RR and Coors Light. Adjuncty would sum it up. The smell somewhat reminds me of overripe fruit in a way. Corn and DMS are the main focal point of the smell, with the slightest hint of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is very watery and fizzy. The initial flavor has that overripe fruit sweetness to it, but as mentioned, this stuff is barely detectable on the palette. The flavor that makes its way through is, of course, that grainy/corny/DMS taste along with the tiniest amount of malt taste. The hops add a very slight amount of dryness in the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean with the dryness becoming a little more prevalent, but definately not strong. A cooked cabbage taste becomes apparent after a few moments, and the beer ends with no alcoholic warmth.

Rock Light does maintain some resemblence to its higher-calorie cousin in terms of smell and taste. It's quite possible they just added more of that "mountain spring water" to make the light version. Anyway, if you feel the need for a Rolling Rock, stick with the regular one.

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Photo of moosejaw7
1.29/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It looks like beer. Kinda smells like beer too. But the taste? More like seltzer water with beer essence. This beer has no flavor whatsoever. It's not bad, per se, but it's not beer either.

I'd mention the characteristics of the beer, but there are none. Seriously.

From the scores I gave it, it's almost certain to get an F. However, due to the fact that this beer doesn't taste bad (it just doesn't taste like much of anything) I'd still rather drink this than a lot of other beers that taste terrible.

I can understand drinking this on a hot day if it's ice cold, and the only other options are sodas and the like, but otherwise there's no reason to ever drink this.

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Photo of sliverX
2.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light gold hue 1 finger worth of white foam for a cap that stood up fairly well for a macro.
Smelled of cereal grains light malt with a hint of banana with a touch of alcohol to boot.
Taste the banana note became much more evident backed with a slight corn/grain taste
Mouthfeel is light yet kind of chewy in a way not too bad actually
Drinkability this is along with all of macro fizzy yellow brews, throw 30 in the cooler and a ton of ice and enjoy all day nothing wrong with it just nothing to blow your mind taste wise.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.67/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Found a single bottle (green, of course) of this at a local store, so I figured I might as well try it. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with about a half inch white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is light grain/adjuncts, sweet malt and not much else. For the style of beer this is, the aroma isn't too bad as there aren't any offensive aromas. Taste is sweet malt, and some adjuncts/grain. Like the aroma, for the type of beer it is it doesn't taste too bad. Mouthfeel is light, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's really not hard to drink at all. I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me a bottle (not that I would look for this again). I've drank worse brews, that's for sure.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.82/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden straw with a easily dissapating crisp head. Smell of very light adjunct graininess and hop. taste of again light adjunct grain and hop with not much else going on. Mouthfeel is of course light with some body to it and good carbonation. Overall it's not bad for being a light.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.91/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

How did this get in my fridge?

That's "Premium" Rock Light thank you very much. Label also says something about added "49th parrellel hops" (?) and "barley'ed hoppiness." I feel as I'm being set up to be knocked down.

Golden straw color with a tidy white, Pop Rocks fizzing head. Thin skim collar holds up pretty well for a macro. Nutrition facts are on the bottle (106 cal, 6 carbs, .8 protein, 0 fat) which I think is pretty cool.

Aroma is a slight whiff of light grains...I guess. Doesn't smell like much at all so at least it doesn't smell bad. This would be good for people who suffer from beersmellophobia.

For a post-run beer it's not bad: probably because it taste like sparkling water. Tacky, get out of my mouth aftertaste. If you're going to drink crappy beer it may as well have less calories. Though if you're going to drink something that tastes like water than just cut out the calories completely and drink water. I'm sorry but I really can't taste anything in this beer. And I don't think it's my palette.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, I CAN't really get behind the idea of "Latrobe B. C., St. Louis, MO." but I CAN try yet another beer on the CANQuest (I may have to trademark that name ...).

Stop, uh huh uh huh, stop me. Stop me if you think that you've [read] this one before. Nothing's changed ... - Strangeways, here [I] come!

I am growing REALLY tired of having the same beer over and over in a CAN. I am SOOOO tempted to start cutting & pasting from other reviews, but that would be an indefensible form of cheating and so I soldier on, opening CAN after CAN.

My pour produced a rapidly disappearing finger of bone-white head that morphed into mere wisps as I gasped in amazement. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had it all - cereal, corn, you name it, it was there. This was not even Rolling Rock in a light form - I say that as the result of drinking enough Rock over the years to be able to remember it. This was simply yet one more adjunct lager lightened to the point of worthlessness. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a slightly metallic cereal sweetness on the tongue. Finish was light, airy, like liquid cotton. If I wanted liquid cotton, I would buy that. When I want beer, I am not looking at the calorie count or any other information like that on the side of the CAN. Gimme some BEER, dammit! OK, I'm over it.

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Photo of smithza9
1.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Basically water. This has almost no flavor and doesn't smell like anything. The only thing about it thats good is the price. I got twelve bottles at a local party store for only $6.99 and I drank it all while barely feeling anything. The regular Rolling Rock isn't as bad as this. This beer should be low on your beer bucket list.

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and corn. Taste is crisp, some malts and corn, more flavor than a lot of light beers. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not that bad as far as light beers go.

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Photo of graebner3306
2.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a truly average light beer. It does have the slightly distinctive rolling rock pale lager taste (which I do like from time to time) in a watered down package. I would certainly prefer it to bud/miller/coors light, so for the price it is a decent value. I would avoid the cans as they pack the awful tin flavor that most of the other domestics have learned to avoid with plastic liners. In the traditional green bottles they are certainly a smooth and thoroughly decent taste experience. No ground broken, but none expected. A solid C-

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.86/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straw gold with nearly colorless edges and a lively interior thanks to several rapidly rising bubble streams. The foam is cumulus cloud white and is soft and pillowy besides. It looks no better than acceptable as it shrinks and fails to add much lace to the glass.

It's been a while since I've reviewed a light lager, but it seems as if there's even less than usual to go on with respect to the nose. A faint whiff of grain and musky hops is about it. Given the lack of nastiness (or much else besides), the score can only be so low.

Rock Light is beer for people who don't like beer. This is one of the most insipid, weakest tasting so-called light lagers in history. I didn't care enough to search out the calorie and carb counts, but rest assured, they're bargain basement low. Really, when all is said and done, what's the point of this?

The flavor profile... well, I could start making stuff up. Let's just use the description of the nose and be done with it. The silk-screened label actually uses the word 'flavorful'. It also uses the word 'Premium', which should be your first clue, whenever you see it, that the beer inside the bottle or can is anything but.

Kudos to the brewers for making the mouthfeel distinguishable from water. It's a near thing, though. Proper carbonation is the only thing allowing the score to be where it is.

Several internet articles and brewery press releases said a fair amount about packaging and advertising strategy, but they didn't say one single thing about the beer itself. Big surprise. My mom always said 'if you can't say something nice... ', so I'll shut up now.

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Photo of diabecktic
2.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About ~1.5 fingers of white head quickly form, but it does not retain for very long. Lacing is almost non-existant. The beer is extremely translucent with only the slightest hint of a pale gold color. There is plenty of rising, visible carbonation.

This brew smells like your typical mass-produced American product. A somewhat sweet corn aroma is complimented by a great deal of graininess. Overall, the smell is fairly sharp. There really isn't much to say other than that.

Upon my first sip I notice that there is quite a kick. Thus, there is plenty of hop character but very little of anything resembling malt. The bitterness is quite strong and there isn't any spiciness or anything else of which to speak other than a subtle sweetness. After this wears off, I'm left with a bit of a "grassy" taste.

The bitterness makes it quite dry on the tongue, but not in a particularly plesent way. I get a tingling sensation which gives the illusion of dehydration. The body is quite light, as expected.

With the light body, it's quite easy to slam these. However, there is a bit too much bitterness for my liking given the style. The beer is fairly smooth, but other than that there isn't much going for it with respect to this catagory.

The beer that I reviewed was of the AB variety - after Latrobe sold it. Sadly, it isn't quite as good as what I remember it being. Rolling Rock and its subsequent Light variety were decent macros, but I wasn't too impressed after this particular tasting. I typically like a lot of bitterness, but there isn't much flavor associated with it in this particular beer. If you feel like drinking a lot of these in a setting, be my guest. However, it's not worth going out of your way to try it if you haven't had it before; there are plenty of other light beers that are better.

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Photo of mnrider
1.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: twist off cap. Very carbonated, clear macro color. One inch of white head, which goes away with no lacing. bubbles cling to glass.
S: Light hopes mostly watery/grassy alcohol aroma.
T/M: Very carbonated, not much taste at all really. Tingly mouth feel. Lite grain taste but mostly water.
D: Not very good overall, even for a light beer. Watery and too carbonated. Even on summer day I would pass on it. I really can't drink beer with no taste.


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Photo of jsprain1
2.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours pale golden with no head. Standard light lager.
S- Smells not terrible for a light lager. Corn and grain. Some grass.
T- You remember that commercial with Will Ferrel for Bud Light where he says a pound of sweat in every bottle? Should have been for this.
M- Watery and fizzy.
D- If it didn't taste so bad it would be a decent light lager. Made for the guy who wants to look sophisticated at a BMC party. Not good. Not even a little. Not even for a light lager.

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Photo of ps42
2.81/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I spotted these at a Worcester liquor store last week for $10 a case, I figured they were worth a try. I try to shy away from light beers, but after all I am a poor college kid, so threw caution to the wind and bought a case. Even if it sucked, someone would drink it (probably in a game of beer pong) if i didn't.

On to the review.

Appearance - Looks like any other light beer. Its clear Budweiser yellow. When poured into a pint glass it gave a modest bright white head that dissipated almost instantly. It stayed laced a little on top, and there was much carbonation coming up off the bottom of the glass. I wasn't really impressed yet.

Smell - In a word... terrible. It smells stale, like a frat house after a keg party.

Taste - After the smell, I wasn't expecting much here, but it actually doesn't taste that bad (for a macrobrewed light beer). It had the same floral notes as a regular Rolling Rock and it left very little aftertaste. Its really not hoppy at all, but there's not much malt sweetness either. As negative as all that sounds, I somehow didn't find myself hating it. It'll probably go down much easier in the hot summer months, and I'll definitely pick up a few then.

Mouthfeel - Its got a little more body to it than I expected. I actually liked the feel of this beer.

Drinkability - Drinkability is great if your planning on having the whole case in a night. There's nothing to these buggers, they go down like water.

Bottom Line - It's an average light beer. I don't like it, but I don't hate it, and you're not really missing anything by passing it up.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.92/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Found a loose one floating around a liquor store in Maine and dragged it home. Out of the green bottle this beer was a piss-yellow color (sorry, but it's true) with lots of rising carbonation and perfect clarity. He head was white, retained as a thin skim and left spots of lacing. The aroma was of pale malt, some floral hops and a general doughy sweetness. The flavors were washed out and weak but rather inoffensive. In fact aside from the doughy sweetness at the end and a crisp, slightly tart finish I could find little to say about it! The mouthfeel was fizzy and slick, the body light and the carbonation medium/high.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.65/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a bright gold with light orange hues and a flat, weak sudsy white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: very corny with a light metallic nature (cold steel).

T: The flavor was corn with a distinct metallic nature and left a sour malting on the fade. pretty much that was all.

M: very fizzy, thin and watery with sour watery corn juice on the fade.

D: Near awful drinkability and couldn't finish. Fizzy, corny and a dumper by all means.

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Rock Light from Latrobe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 58 ratings