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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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Reviews: 811 | Ratings: 2,697
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man the first time I had this I was in heaven, Southern college girls, man I know what JulianB be sayin' about them college girls in South Carolina.

Super light appearance, yellow with lots of water, can't form a head. Aroma of seltzer water.

Taste is very pale, barley toasted 6 row, corn and maybe a tad of pale honey malt. Super light noble hops aided by prickly carbonation. Now made/owned by Inbev, but hey, still tastes the same as when brewed in Latrobe.

Devin baby, thanks for the good times.

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Photo of Thebrewman
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pleasantly surprised by this one as I pregame the eastern conference semi-finals after a hard day's work. RR has the common golden appearance of an AAL, yet has a very nice look to it in my pint glass. Smell is very grainy with a slight hop appeal. Taste is simple with a clean finish. Better than I remember from my youth. Would drink again.

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Photo of garyrjas
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great beer after working in the yard or sports. Not too heavy, light taste, won't kill your appetite. Not a connoisseur beer, just light and refreshing. Get 4 16oz. at Wal-Mart for $3.57. Beats PBR hands down.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin thin thin. Sometimes a blessing. Sometimes a curse. Smooth and not as corn syrup heavy as the usual AAL. But alas, it is an AAL so usual failings - over carbonated beer water -- apply. When warmed to even close to room temperature and drunk out of the can, becomes a bubbly mess which is sorta fun.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a can, stored cold. Light metallic yellow with a thin white head. Nose minimal... maybe a little malt? Taste: peanuts! Why does this beer taste like peanuts, and then fade to nothingness? I have had this beer before but don't remember the peanut taste. Apparently this is what others are calling the corn flavor. Mouthfeel minimal. Just not a lot here other than the strange thin peanut flavor.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear pale steaw color with a one finger white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is pretty standard light lager, with corn, malt sweetness and very light bread dough. Taste follows with bread dough malt, sweetness, corn, and the faintest of floral hints. Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and prickly with carbonation. Overall this is one of the better light lagers and a fond remembrance from college!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.44/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very bright with a good thick head fo white foam that lasts well, falls well to a thin layer and finally leaves. Color is pale and with yellow undertones. Mild nose with the light scent of sweet corn in the background, faint dms, golden scent from barley malt, cool dry breath from rice, hop floral. Taste is mild and there is no diacetyl, no fruity esters form yeast. Hops are not bitter they are clean and offer no flavor to the beer. Malt is not too light. Carbonation is just more than prickly. So small bubbles with a little bite not effervescent. perfect for the style. Rice adds crispness. The beer finishes softly, mild and dry. Excellent.

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Photo of Squire123
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Something different that isn't really different.

Lighter flavor AAL in a nostalgic package. Flavor isn't close enough to medium to make it worth a premium over PBR.
Light appearance and taste but so slight in hops or malt I just can't find anything distinctive about it.

Can't recommend it until they drop the price.

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Photo of jasadewi
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clear pale and yellow color with almost no head to speak of. Smells very sweet, but with no discernible character to the sweetness. Maybe a rice based sweetness, at best. It tastes lightly creamy and sweet, but even this is almost non-existent. There is zero aftertaste of any form. The feel is very carbonated, light and crisp. It meets expectations only in mouthfeel, in comparison to other macro adjunct lagers. I prefer many other macro lagers in terms of look, smell and tastes. The taste is just so nonexistent. That is maybe this beer's downfall as an exemplar macro adjunct - it just doesn't take a stand as anything. However, for someone who wants a crisp, cheap, barely sweet beer, it may be worth a try.

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Photo of Panamaican
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quitting the gut rotting malt liquor and opting to find something alot better. Heres for starts, & just discoverd this site, the reviews help alot. My 1st 6 pack-16oz cans at a pharmacy $6.14 ca'll it a steal. Poured into a clean kfc cup the tilt method. Very rich in color deeper than expected. 1st swig mmm refreshing than sip after sip you realize a not so flavorful beer. Maybe due to the high carbonation? Which i dont mind, i love bubbly. Theres a slight flavor but disappears real quick. But still a Very drinkable enjoyable beer & not filling. A beer i will try again, maybe paired with supper, or a Gourmet Burger.

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
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