Rolling Rock Extra Pale
Latrobe Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #428
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
62
Ranked #51,241
Avg:
2.61 | pDev: 27.59%
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
3,171
From:
Latrobe Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  42
Gots
  796
SCORE
62
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Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale
Notes: 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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lagrluvr

2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

25 oz CAN cost 2 bucks, poured into das boot for fun on a football Friday, after raking leaves and lighting fires. Last time I had this was back in the 80's and 90's while pipelining 80 hour weeks in western PA summers. A hot muggy physical job.
It's very pale like Bud light, and head is gone in a flash, smells pretty decent and unique pleasing grassy "fresh" like a fabric softener sheet.
Taste is light and much better than Bud Light, finish is clean and no syrupy stickiness . Pretty good cheap beer for chugging fast, if it's ice cold and from a CAN. Better than I thought it would be

Nov 19, 2021
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DillonWheaton

2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The first case of beer I ever drank with friends back when I was a young buck. Many have come since, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart. In reality, it sucks and I'm biased.

Oct 12, 2021
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has tasting notes of crayons, and weird malt. My dad buys it because we can get a 18 pack of cans for $11.99 COLD in NE Philadelphia. Approx .72¢ a can, American Adjunct Pale Ale with glass lines tanks to keep the metal out. This beer is old man beer, This reminds me of people to go down the park and fish, they have rolling rock, Stroh's and Schlitz beer. This beer is for people old enough to remember when Somerset county Pennsylvania had hired three generations of Brewery workers. Then one day it was sold, and those people got the boot. To this day I will not buy this beer or Breyer's Ice cream (the messed with Philly did same thing too). For Pete's sake please find a different beer to drink.

Sep 17, 2021
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Oeneophile1103

3.33/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow color, corn and rice adjuncts omnipresent on the nose, yet despite this rather droll opening this AAL punches above its weight in both taste and feel.

Flavors of lemongrass, soda crackers, and sourdough biscuits on the palate over a mildly malty and subtly hoppy backbone with a lingering finish of sea salt and tingling carbonation. There is a refreshing mouthfeel that is perfect for a sizzling summer day, and its August in Florida with a current heat index of 106.

For a smooth, refreshing summer lager; while you could certainly do better, you could most definitely do worse. Especially for 12.99 a 24 pack. The key here is to buy the cans, which stay fresh longer and are bottled from the original glass tank fermentation process. This is NOT the case with their bottled brews which may well explain the discrepancy in reviews.

Aug 19, 2021
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a classic American adjunct lager with a rich history and some pretty deep lore. Just Google "Latrobe 33" if you want to fall down one of America's most interesting beer rabbit holes. Suffice it to say, this is still a worthy brew for the price InBev is charging. I would highly recommend cans over bottles, because the cans are still brewed using the nearly century-old process of glass tank fermentation. The bottles are no longer brewed this way, instead undergoing a faster process more akin to Budweiser.

Look: Clear, light amber color. Decent head retention for an American adjunct lager.

Smell: Very light malt. Biscuit dough. Sour, fermented yeast. Not much else and not the most pleasant smell, but not terrible either.

Taste: Similar to Miller Genuine Draft, but richer and slightly skunked. Some hop bitterness balances well with some basic malt sweetness and a tiny zing of sour fruit at the back end. Really nice once you get used to it.

Feel: Smooth, baby. SMOOTH. Seriously, this beer is the oral equivalent of driving a precision-tuned Cadillac down a lonely highway at 80 miles per hour on cruise control... you feel the power lurking at your fingertips, yet you're content to just ride it out in sipping style. Probably one of my favorite American beers in this regard.

Overall: Ol' Rolling Rock deserves another shot at the marketing glory it once had. The franchise has a lot going for it: a fancy green art design that appeals to younger drinkers, a cool looking horse that will always be bad-ass, and of course, the notoriety of being the beer of choice on the popular Angry Video Game Nerd YouTube channel. If they really wanted to, InBev could do a lot more to push this brand to young people. Rolling Rock Watermelon Seltzer? Rolling Rock Frozen Margaritas? Who knows what the future will bring? I'm just glad that this beer seems popular enough to exist in its own little "beer drinkers' beer" circle for as long as it has. Cheers!

Aug 17, 2021
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SoCalNative from California

2.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Just bought a 12 pack of cans for the Fourth of July bbq. Also picked up some 805 & Anchor Brewing to fulfill the "classy" beer category.

Rolling Rock isn't classy. It's not a good beer. Heck, it doesn't even taste like it used to! I've heard people say the can is worth twice the price as the beer.

Nonetheless, there in my fridge, I proudly display my bright green bounty.

These beers are 130 calories and when mixed with freezing temperatures along with a bit of key lime juice and sea salt.... you've got the PERFECT 115°F afternoon refreshment!!!

Can't explain why I like these beers. Maybe it's the $6.27 a 12 pack price.
Maybe it's because I love the color green.

Maybe it's because I saw my Grandfather during bbqs long gone past, drinking old, short bottles of this stuff.

I don't know why, but I will always have a few of these in the fridge.

Jul 04, 2021
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Killgora

4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite cheap beer. By no means the most amazing beer out there no doubt, but in terms of a cheaper American beer you could defiantly do a lot worse. It is a simple beer with a simple wheat beer taste. Great for a hot day, or if you need to supply beer to multiple people for a decent price. Plus if you are a fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd you need to at least give it a try. That's the whole reason why I tried it, and while not the panicle of quality I still find it rather refreshing at the very least.

Jun 07, 2021
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Sergeantsteven from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The first whiff of this pale lager you get is a sweet grass aroma. There is something almost flowery about it. Poured ice cold out of a 12 ounce green bottle. The head sticks around for about a minute and a half, which is better than many AAL's, and it is very drinkable. Not very hoppy at all, but the malt is sweet and the beer is flowery. Not raunchy like an AAL really. Rolling Rock is more pleasant than you would think. I wouldnt say it is great, but it is good. There is something very nice about that sweet malt and slight floweriness. There is no raunchy aftertaste either. Indeed it is pale yellow in color and you sense a kind of wateriness to it, and at 4.4% alcohol it is nice and not overpowering. Overall I rate this beer a 3.5/5. Much better than a Coors or MGD or Michelob. I will def drink this beer again.

Jun 04, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.21/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

If you didn't know this was a beer you might mistake it for a glass of water with one drop of piss in it, not much for looks going on. Smells like corn, faint amount of malts, not much smell to it either. It tastes like old corn & something else that's funky... Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, would be refreshing if it actually tasted good.

Mar 06, 2021
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

1.32/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

It used to be ok for a lawnmower beer but went down hill with the breweries closing and being contract brewed.
It's a beer for those who do not like beer.
No flavor, no anything.
Just Blech.
Ok to wash down suicide wings with when low on cash.

Feb 06, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

There was a time in the early '70's this was sold at import prices in Boston because of its hard to get mystic. Imagine paying the same price for this as a Beck's or Heineken. A 12 oz. can poured into a clear glass Imperial pint mug provides a look at a nearly translucent and very lightly colored amber liquid. There's no smell and very little head or lacing. Just about tasteless, with slightly sweet being "dominant". Barely a little more depth than seltzer.

Jan 26, 2021
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This should legit be classified as a light beer - the taste is so thin it's almost like a hard seltzer and Budweiser had a baby. I am judging this as a light beer so in those terms, according to the rating, I give it a 3. It's not undrinkable by any means it's just a light beer so there you go. The color is akin to a person's pee who is really great at following the old "8 glasses a day water" rule. There very little hops or any bittering but there also very little maltiness either. It has an odd cardboard finish. The only thing it has going for it is the "mouthfeel" very smooth and easy drinking, the same way spring water is easy drinking.

Jan 22, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Your grandfather drank this. Your dad drank this at a dive bar. You probably paid $11 for 18 of ‘em at a grundy liquor store. Is it good? No, not particularly. But, you knew that before you bought it. Light, tasteless and generally skunked, It’s by no means a good beer, far from it, but it can certainly be consumed in a rapid fashion for short money. Not a total waste. Certainly better than a few macros out there.

Nov 25, 2020
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Crow0 from New York

2.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

L poured from 12oz bottle like pours thin head quickly settles hi carbonation resembles ginger ale or champagne.

Smells like grass/fertilizer faint sour apple.

Taste is mostly corn somewhat refreshing but lingering sourness.

F carbonation gives it a little spark goes down nice enough.

O just another sub-standard macro to get away from the others

I'd drink one again but most likley wont buy again for another 20 years hopefully they will be back to painting bottles "33"

Nov 24, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a tall can into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a foamy white head that dropped quickly.
Smells lightly malty, floral and light corn.
Taste follows the nose, but the corn taste is not as strong as some other inexpensive beers.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a inexpensive beer that I would probably drink again on a hot day, or maybe session.

Oct 12, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - 12 oz can poured into a small glass. straw yellow in color, clear, and big foamy head that dissipates very quickly.
Smell - corn and rice with the corresponding light sweetness. nothing funky or unpleasant.
Taste - faint malt flavor with a good dose of sweetness, which is a bit too much for me. finishes clean with some malty flavors.
Feel - light bodied, highly carbonated, and on par with other adjuncts at 4.4% ABV.
Overall - an adjunct that leans more on the sweeter end, which is not my cup of tea. Prefer a PBR, but this will still get the job done without putting a bad taste in your mouth.

Oct 10, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale transparent yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet corn with a sweet white rice as well. The taste is semi sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. The taste is near identical to the smell, but I mostly taste the rice in this one. Feel is very carbonated. This one goes down super easy, and is a great mowing/ hot BBQ beer. Anogher plus is that anybody could chug these if they had to.

Aug 10, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I used to enjoy this beer a lot. Bought some as a nice, easy, simple summer beer. It's just that...light gold, white head falling quickly. Corn, grass, grain nose. Taste is the same. Lacking some of the DMS flavor it used to have...seems cleaner now. Not bad tasting but not great either. Keep it cold...as it warms it gets grainier/cornier (are these even words??!!) Light bodied, but smooth and easy to drink. Overall, different from what I remember. Not great, but easy to throw back at the beach or pool.

Aug 02, 2020
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Toadcat15 from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer is definitely a controversial and divisive brew. It is cheap, which is very clearly reflected in not only it's price, but also the taste and smell. It is one of those beers best served ice cold, not because it will tastes fowl when it gets warm, but because it goes down like water when cold. The taste easily splits many drinkers on this beer; most beer "snobs" wouldnt give this beer the time of day. However many younger beer drinkers use this as a stepping stone into the world of beer, because of its low price and it's extra pale taste. A decent party beer in my opinion.

Jul 29, 2020
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

2.4/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can from Ontario grocer. Corn adjunct blandness. Not offensive in any way, but not noteworthy, either. It did the job, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this one in the future.

Jul 27, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.76/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear sparkling gold with a fizzy collapsing airy khaki head.

Smell is pretty skunky coming right out of the bottle, but taste is pretty smooth, with a round, medium body delivering sweet corn via a pretty mild carbonation before a semi-dry tingly finish. Still, a hint of skunky, slightly weedy hops pervades, but it's super easy to drink, with only that mild artificial or filmy rice character, like that which you might find in a Bud Light, far in the background.

Jul 13, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz glass. Impulse bought a six pack at a grocery store out of curiosity since I have heard good things compared to other AALs.

Nothing special to look at. Pours clear and watery looking. Head exists briefly then disappears. Mostly as expected.

Smell is very light, mainly corn and malt with a bit of saltine crackers if I dipped them in water.

Taste is watery, but the strongest points are the corn and the hops blend. The bite from the hops is quite strong. Finish is quick and very clean. It literally tastes like flavored water, but it’s pleasant on 100 degree days such as today.

Feel is the best part for me. Light to medium body, extremely high carbonation. The bubbles are crisp and refreshing for the tongue and throat. Nicely strong bite of hops as well for the style. Very smooth. I could down a pint or two in 30 seconds easily.

Overall, good not great compared to other beers, but great compared to other AALs. Price point is good to. Might keep this one in my summer rotation.

Jul 08, 2020
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Scotty187 from Kansas

4.57/5  rDev +75.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just recently began enjoying this beer, all from the can. I don't know what "it used to be" as people have said it was much better in the past.

But I truly love this stuff. It goes down smooth, gets the job done, and the price is right.

I haven't experienced many expensive beers so I'm no means an expert or a beer snob. But I've drank and tasted most of the Miller's, Budweisers, Coors, a lot of Corona (my first) and the occasional Heineken and Sapporo.

This is easily my favorite. Price, flavor, smoothness, and there is something about Rolling Rock that even after an all night party and 30 cans down I've never felt any type of hangover. A bit thirsty perhaps but no extra time in the bathroom, nausea or headache! It seems to be gentle in that way.

Maybe it just agrees with me for some reason, idk, but from now on when it's my dollar, this is champ in my book!

Please give it a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Bottoms up!

Jun 30, 2020
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ravger from Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It serves it's purpose - a watery macro brew that is pleasant-tasting enough and very mild - good for a cookout or as a rotation into a lower alcohol beer for a break if you've been hitting a couple stronger beers.

Jun 20, 2020
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DaveNuge12

4.61/5  rDev +76.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great product, poor quality control. Previous case has one deflated can which was still sealed. Current case has overpressurized cans. Going to go back to Corona.

May 10, 2020
Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 3171 ratings