Rolling Rock Extra Pale | Latrobe Brewing Co.

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Rolling Rock Extra PaleRolling Rock Extra Pale

Brewed by:
Latrobe Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

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.

Added by Todd on 03-02-2001

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Photo of craigbelly
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a love if this beer from past. In a galaxy far fae away..when it was actually from glass lines tanks in Pennsylvania...long before AB bought and ruined it.

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Photo of dcotom
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured cold from 12-ounce bottle into standard pint glass. Pale straw color, with a couple of fingers of wispy white foam that settled after a minute or two. Not much to write about here. Very light aroma, flavor, and body, with a little bitterness on the finish as it warmed. Overall, don't bother.

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Photo of Notatrendybeerdrinker
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You people don't know shnit! Beer is beer!!! Craft beer is awesome but you geeks give it a bad name for hard working regular beer drinkers. Rolling Rock was better when it was made in PA.

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Photo of zorak1066
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

as someone mentioned, remarkably inoffensive... yet remarkably without any character too. it's like pbr but without any hop presence. unlike pbr the adjunct aftertaste is muted quite a bit. served cold, you could easily put down a lot without thinking... but it wouldn't be all that enjoyable. used to be so much better in the 80s.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice change of pace and price. Does not compete with craft beers by any means. That said, it's not that bad....goes down really easily. Rolling Rock has been around for a long time......used to be special but not so much anymore.

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Photo of Beerdeathexperience
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sweet with high carbonation. You smile as you start to swallow, enjoying the dryness of the lager. BAM. Inside the back of your throat, a large extended family of particularly unkempt skunks succumb, as one, to a violent strain of dysentery. Gagging, you stare horrified at the beer, unsure how such a small bottle could contain such a massively terrible taste. You sip it again. Nothing. Crisp, sweet, mildly bitter. The skunks have vanished. Doubting your own senses, you taste again. And again, the taste is an unremarkable but serviceable lager. Sinking back into your chair, you close your eyes, content. You lift the bottle to your lips -- BAM. The skunks commit ritual suicide in your throat, by drinking poisoned sewage. Eyes watering, you shake your head in wonderment at Rolling Rock's two faces.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pour light gold in color with one inch head and high carbonation. Taste is cereal, grain, and light hops. Sweet with light bitterness, clean, high carbonation, and light bodied. I have not had this beer in twenty some odd years and it was a lot better than I remember it being. Did not have any of the skunky characteristics that I remember. If I want this style I am still most likely hitting up a Bud, but this is perfectly drinkable with moderately spiced food. I would get this again.

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Photo of beerguy04
2.41/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a white head. A lot of carbonation and lacing. Smells like grainy corn. Tastes like grainy corn. Mouthfeel is a little watered down. Overall, better than most macro brews. Corny, but not as skunky.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rolling Rock pours a pale straw color with very little head. Weak, grainy chemically aroma. Taste is light, but has a nice subtle dryness to it. A little flat, but not drinkable. Overall, not horrible, nice mellow flavors, with a dryness.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.92/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has seen better days after being bought up by AB-inbev, but it's still pretty good.

Light yellow color with lots of carbonation.
Smell is of roasted corn and mild floral hops.
Taste is creamy and malty with a dry, bitter, floral, vaguely sweet aftertaste of fresh baked cornbread.
Feel is thirst quenching and effervescent, very, very crushable.
Overall this is a good bang for your buck adjunct lager.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to love this beer and at one time would've given this beer a5 but ever since they were bought by Annheiser Busch and no longer brewed in PA it just totally sucks. It used to have this pale dryness-taste and it's forever gone. Which is a shame because this beer used to be delicious.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought a 12-pack bottles $8.99 Longs Drugs
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium Carbonation
Clean refreshing taste, light malts
Overall not bad for a cheap beer.

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Photo of AndrewMorash
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden yellow colour with light head; sweet cereal, soft hops and a touch of orange zest in aromas; light body, slightly creamy; gentle cereal flavour with soft hop finish.
It's OK, nothing special though.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served by me in a 12 ounce can.
A: Amber light-yellow, clear enough I can see to the bottom of the can. No discernible fizz, but pours with plenty of it.
S: Smells like sweet, light beer.
T: It tastes totally fine. Fizzy and malty, but clean and sweet. None of the corn syrup sweetness of Bud Light, lighter than PBR but with a similar vibe. The more I drink, the less good it becomes though. Cheap commodity beer.
M: The fizz is an asset that makes this beer palatable and moreish.
O: Remarkably inoffensive! This was kinda nice actually. Not good, but nice.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.27/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Very pale in color with a small white head that goes away quickly. Has a very light malty smell. Has a very watered down malty grain taste. Easy to miss, great for downing quick

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Photo of KevinSku
2.94/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Full disclosure, it would be unfair to compare this beer (or other macrobrews for that matter) to the likes of more well made by microbreweries, it is the best bang for the buck. This beer is my cheap go to, as it actually seems to have flavor unlike the similarly and sometimes more price inflated Natty or Busch. The Latrobe will likely always have a place in my fridge when I know I'm gonna be doing yard work. Pro tip: throw it in the freezer but take it out after 30 minutes. Tap the top and enjoy a beer topped off with a cool layer of smooth slush. Try it out!

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Photo of dcmike
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in the mid 60's (before craft beer was even an idea) in the Wash, DC area, you had to know a stewardess who flew to Colorado to get the "legendary" Coors beer. But we somehow found Rolling Rock (AKA "Rock n' Roll") in limited distribution from nearby Pennsylvania. I happened to travel to Amish country a lot and brought it back by the case. I was very popular when I got back! Now you can get it just about anywhere. Availability and craft brews have diminished much of its former mystique!

Like Coors, Rolling Rock originated from spring water, we called it East Coast Coors back then. For me, it's nostalgia. It's not a hop monster or an IPA. It isn't 8% alcohol. It's just a refreshing pre-micro brew beer. I was in the business for a while and, in the industry, beers were rated on "quaffability" - or "how easy to drink". Rolling Rock is highly quaffable and is a refreshing beer. Drink it cold like the spring water it's made from. Good to note, classic German beers historically had to have their artesian well water source certified before being licensed to produce. Just like coffee - you have to start with good water.

You can taste the grains and the clean water. It's cheap now, but was competitively priced back when - and Yuengling was on the cheap, because "no one" understood real German beer back then. Every dog has his day!

For me, Rolling Rock is not just a beer, it's a part of my youth. Easier times - no fancy brews, they were just good or not good. Rolling Rock was robust for its day and highly sought after on the East Coast. It still retains some of its historic mojo now, as confirmed by its rather favorable reviews here - for such an "un-craft" brew. I have one sitting on my desk right now - bought it on sale!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.24/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE - pale straw color with white head

Smell - corn, barley

Taste - like someone mixed Genny Cream Ale with Miller High Life

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, medium carbonation, bit of adjunct aftertaste, easy to drink

Overall - not quite as good as some of its bretheren in the category, but on its own, an inoffensive beer. Worth a shot if you are looking to drink on the cheap

Price point - $5.25/6 pk 16 oz cans

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Photo of BeerKnower
4.35/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This cereal drink is good. Place a can of it in the freezer for 30 minutes, so that when you flip it open the pressure change causes about an inch of slush on the top. Do this on a hot summer day and you will understand why this drink gets this rating.

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Photo of Anacross
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent cheap beer. Crispy, smooth and fun to drink, I'm beating myself in the face for not trying this one sooner. But better late than never! My new go to cheap beer.

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a beer snob (smell to rate a beer?) I highly recommend the Rock to anyone who likes sitting under a tree on a hot summer day after mowing for an hour. Best if drunk out of the long neck bottle. This is beer for us average Joes!!

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Photo of Big-Tex
4.75/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer to drink in hot weather. This beer has a good clear appearance, a very nice and crisp taste, no bitterness, no aftertaste and really nothing objectionable about it. It is actually sort of a bright tasting beer...sorry, but I don't know what other word to use. The lower alcohol level is a positive in hot weather, also. This is the sort of beer I think either a guy or girl should enjoy and I'm a bit ashamed of myself for not trying it sooner to be honest. It reminds me a little of the Corona I used to drink in Mexico in the 1960s...before they changed it. Back then you could drink as many Corona beers as you wanted on a hot Mexico day and never have a headache or hangover. If you weren't there, you won't be able to relate to that, but at one point Corona was remarkably different.

This is great with a bowl of Dutch pretzels, salted peanuts, pepperoni pizza, pistachio nuts, a cello pack of dried shrimp, a taco dinner or a hamburger with plenty of mustard, onions, pickles and tomatoes. If you have a tall glass, drop a couple of green olives or pickled onions or drink it with some pickled okra. It has a respectable amount of carbonation, but in hot weather you need to remember that really isn't a bad thing.

And the cost is a positive. Where I live you can get 30 cans for a bit under $20.

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Photo of EverydayImGuzzlin
3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Fresh and crisp when ice cold. This is my go to beer during the hot and steamy summers down in Florida. $9.49 for an 18 pack at the local Racetrac can't be beat.

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Photo of kevin3046
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow with the smell of corn. Tastes very sparkly with ever so slight flavor of actual beer. Nothing really offensive, but nothing outstanding , either.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My new favorite american adjunct lager, it beats out Schlitz and pbr by quite a bit for me. Very crisp and refreshing lightly sweet from the corn with a nice clean finish. Will definitely be keeping this on hand regularly.

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