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 Sammy
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

no colour, though some lace.Beer aroma with some bitter smell. Aggressive carbonation, some ingredients, some hop.Thin mouthfeel. Superior to some macros, which isn't saying much. Thanks for contributing Beigaman.I could finish a glass of this, and soda after that.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain and corn flakes. Taste is of grain, corn flakes, and some light fruity flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer mainly due to the nice mouthfeel and the refreshing quality this has when served extremely cold. I would much rather drink this than other beers of the style given a choice.

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

one of the better schwag beers, at least it was until it went corporate. its adjuncty and lazy like the rest of them. it is a lot better than a coors or a bud light though, with some actual flavor in here, aside from the weird fermentables they react this with. its definitely thin though, watery in feel even though its carbonated like a soda. hops seem false too, i have to look for them, and when i find them, they are fakey and forced. malt base is super light, corny but not sweet, which is its real redeeming value. its also real drinkable being so light, and has something above the others like it, in that its still beer. sweetness lingers, but it stays super chuggable. in a situation where there is no good beer, i would drink this. if this wasnt present and it was bud or miller, i would chose not to drink at all. i guess thats about all i can say for this. i also grew up on it, which helps for nostalgic reasons, but nothing more than college swill here. best when absolutely ice cold. its gone downhill...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my other Grandfathers favorite beer, he would probably be rolling in his grave knowing that it was sold to AB. This beer pours out as a yellow color with a head that quickly vanishes. The smell of the beer has a light skunkiness to it and some fresh grains and corn on the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side and has a decent bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. Overall is a decent social drinking brew.

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Photo of metter98
2.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and faded away, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and rice adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a bit stronger, particularly the corn, the latter of which contributes some malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied, somewhat clean and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little more palatable compared to some of the other American Adjunct Lagers, but seems to be a little too sweet and could use a light amount of bitterness to balance things off.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 pack for $7.99.

I've had so many bottles of Rolling Rock in my life I can't even begin to imagine. Besides having a bad ass painted bottle, it is one of the most drinkable beers in my opinion. Sure it may be lacking on taste or appearance, but damn is it smooth and drinkable. Much better than a Coors/Bud for the same price.. so go for this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink this beer regularly, now i remember why I don't anymore. Looks brilliantly clear straw--like bad water. Overly carbonated and great head retention- because I keep shaking it. Smells grainy, cereally, vegital, and has a bad yeast bite. Tastes corn-like, with hints of rice, oats, and other adjucts. Thinly sweet and astringent in the throat. Has a boarderline skunk aroma throughout-light striken hops. Lacks grain, hop, and alcoholic complexity. Finishes skunk flavored and carbonated. Not a good beer, especially for the inflated price.

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

A 20oz pint at Original Joe's Varsity, whose claim to local fame is that they don't have any BMC on tap...mmm'k.

This beer appears a clear pale golden straw colour, with a thin cap of fizzy, soapy off-white head, which readily wisps away, leaving very little in the way of lace.

It smells of understated grainy pale malt, semi-sweet corn and rice, a further indistinct sweetness, a bit of burnt plastic, and a weak earthy, weedy hop dryness. The taste is tame sweet rice meal, a touch of sourdough tanginess, mild acetone, and very soft weedy hops.

The carbonation is just past the too-strong-not-to-note cutoff, the body somewhat prickly, medium-light in weight, and admittedly smooth. It finishes off-dry, fairly clean, with some faint pithy breadiness and rising acrid mustiness.

Plain is as plain does - this doesn't overtly offend nor does it inspire in the least. Another boring AB-Inbev shell company lager is not what we need around here, especially at joints that profess to damned well know better.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and uninteresting label acquired at a local corner mart and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 4.4% ABV according to the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured somewhat gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Thickness isn't bad considering the style, and there's even a bit of creaminess. The complexion and consistency are weak and unappealing, however. Head retention is well below average - about one minute at best. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a weak looking clear transparent yellow, which lacks vibrance. Appears thin and watery. The overabundance of rising carbonation bubbles suggests overcarbonation. Translucent.

Overall, it's a weak looking brew but is par for the style. I'm optimistic. Not unique or special by any means, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Strangely sweet and buttery. Sugarcane, diacetyl, sweet corn adjunct (this is the dominant note), cheap barley, and some light grains. I find no yeast character, hop profile, or alcohol. It comes off too sweet and I'm a bit turned off by that. It's inoffensive, though. Not a great aroma by any means. Definitely adunct-laden.

Above average in terms of strength.

T: Heavy corn adjunct, empty malty sweetness, depleted barley, and buttery/diacetyl character. Lacks any discernable hop profile whatsoever. I don't pick up on any yeast character or alcohol either. Painfully simple, lacking any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance. I'm not a big fan of the taste, but I've definitely had worse and while it's not enjoyable, there are no egregious off-notes that would really turn one off to it. Even the diacetyl is bearable. Below average depth of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour (for the style). Average duration of flavour.

Unbalanced (but not imbalanced; there's a difference). Build has a loose cohesion, but this isn't a gestalt flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Syrupy and thick. Too viscous. Has a bit too much body for its lack of flavour. Presence on the palate is bad overall, and the texture doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well. I'd almost prefer the thin watery texture common amongst bad offerings in this style. Unrefreshing. It feels artificial - likely from the adjunct. This isn't a quenching brew by any means.

Not boozy, hot, oily, astringent, rough, or harsh.

Dr: Downable swill at an affordable price point. I'd file this in the "student beer" category. I won't be buying it again but it's far from intolerable. Rolling Rock has better offerings and I'd caution friends from picking up this one. I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, though, and it's not a terrible beer by any means. I'm glad I tried it but it just didn't come together like a good adjunct lager should. It's not quite as bland and boring as many beers in this style, but I'd probably take the blandness of something like Budweiser over the off-putting adjunct sweetness featured prominently in this flavour profile.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.16/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a super pale yellow color lager with a medium size foamy head with light retention. Aroma of sweet adjunct is gross when I was expecting plain bland aroma. Taste is also gross with weird adjunct notes that are not even refreshing. This is worse then I was expecting, i.e. plain boring Coors Light style lager.

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Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a pale yellow color with a small, white head. It doesn't last long and leaves no lacing.

S - It smells a little of yeast and corn.

T - Tastes like corn and has a sharp bitterness to it.

M - It is pretty crisp and is light-bodied.

D - It is a fine beer for the price, but I no longer rush to buy it. It just doesn't have much flavor to it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a decent amount of white head and pretty good carbonation.

S: Slight maltiness without too much of the adjunct coming through.

T: Mostly adjuncts with some hints of sweetness--almost a little bit of apple cider comes through.

M: Light with okay amounts of carbonation. Sort of a strange finish to this one.

D: More refreshing than a lot of macros, so long as you drink it when it's quite cold. No not attempt to drink after it has warmed up.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very nice appearance at first. Bright, clear, light golden color with a 1/4" foamy white head. Unfortunately, the head fades very quickly - even before I took a taste. Very fine bubbles enhance the appearance. The aroma is perfumy, sweet malt with no hops to be found. A light body and soft carbonation give a thin mouthfeel. Still, there's a little zesty touch on the tongue which helps to make up a little bit for the lack of hops. The flavor is very lightly malty with just a touch of creamed corn. Based on memory, this beer has been cleaned up quite a bit - no doubt under the influence of Labatt (which in turn is owned by Interbrew, Belgium). The finish is slightly sweet but not cloying. Although this beer is incredibly one-sided, there are no rough edges to fault it and it's actually nicely refreshing.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can in a pint glass at a sports bar as /i wath the #1 Clemson Tiger football team beat up on Wake Forest. 4.4% ABV.
Pours with a golden body that has excellent clarity and a modearate size white head that has poor retention.

Hop dominated aroma features grassy, earthy and herbal hops -- not my favorite mix.

The flavor is better,but still nobetter than the typical, often derided, American "yellow fizzy beer".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, a little malt and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste contains touches of malt and hops, but mostly consists of adjunct. However, it’s not overly sweet like most macros, which makes it a little bit refreshing. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, it’s a decent lawnmower/BBQ beer, but that’s about it.

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Photo of mactrail
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale, bland, light beer.

Light straw color, ice foamy white head. Just a hint of the cheap lager skunk that passes for hops. Extremely light body. It does have a pleasant hint of sweet maltiness which dries out to a faint dusty taste. Touch of lemon and a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Seems innocuous but only a touch of beeriness.

Even within this anemic style, this is not a winner.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: a bottle in a friend's basement, presumably

Wow, I actually used to drink this. Pours a clear, residual brownish-yellow color that is one shade away from being water. Thin, bubbly, white head. Naught in the aroma other than skunk and a touch of grain. Cereal grains in the taste--barely--metallic and skunky. Light and watery, easy to drink if you just wanna down a case and get fit-shaced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours crystal clear pale yellow with a half finger fizzy white head. There is little head retention and little lacing.

S: Aromas of straw, corn, and something slightly nutty.

T: Flavors of sweet malts, corn/straw flavored malts with hops followed by a slightly nutty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with significant carbonation.

O: Served really cold, this beer is one the reasons why I enjoy getting my haircut as much as I do - it is not a fantastic beer but for some reason it really matches well with the atmosphere at the place and is very refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, white head that fizzles out fairly quickly.

Smell: Pale malt, cereal aroma with a touch of skunk in there. Whaddya gonna do?

Taste: Pale malts, cereal sweetness. Yeah, it's skunked. A nicely painted green bottle is still a green bottle. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: My lager thumb points down! Drink it cold and quick if you insist on drinking it at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rolling Rock is another one of those beers that has been around for a very long time. I must have had it in my youth, probably more than once, but I sure can't remember a thing about the experience. Will it be more memorable this time?

Pretty standard pale lager appearance. Clear, pale lemon yellow with a bright white head that's cotton candy wispy. It doesn't immediately fall to near-nothing, I'll give it that. In the end, I'm left with a short, dirty collar and a few small scraps of lace farther up the glass. Unimpressive nose. Cooked grain with a whiff of hops; on the bad side of average.

The flavor is not to my liking either. Sour, adjuncty, grainy with a nasty undercurrent of something that I can't quite put into words. Rolling Rock Extra Pale isn't 'spit it out' beer, but it isn't something that I'll willingly drink again. Another beer with a reputation that is hard to figure. Of course, given what the lion's share of American beer drinkers are pouring down their throats, it's not entirely a mystery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a sizeable white head, rather foamy, that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Not much going on, a little bit of corn husk and some grain.

T: Rather grainy, a slight hint of hops, and more of the typical adjunct flavor.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

O: Pretty similar to most macro lagers, drinking it cold is better than warm when it starts to go downhill fast.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well switched to this last night for a breathier after several heavier beers. The palest yellow imaginable with really no smell at all. Just how I remebered it. ICE COLD this beer is crisp and refreshing, as I told my wife, this was my bottle of water for the evening. Put down a few to cleanse the palate and kill some time. These are always very drinkable when cold, but are never anything truly special, but again it makes good water.

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Photo of Slatetank
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured cold into a pilsner glass.
A - Golden, light straw colored with a snow white head that creates spider web like lace.
A steady stream of bubbles continues indicating a fully carbonated lager.

S - A bit like cooked vegetables, mostly adjunct filled aroma, grassy.

M - Like a mouthful of Alka seltzer. Cleansing and overly effervescent, only mildly sweet.

T - So crisp and carbonated it takes a few minutes to actually taste anything.I remember this as one of the beers of my younger years. I was given one at 16 and remember it as tasting better, but palates evolve. I am not sure if A-B changed the recipe, but it seems like it isn't "the same as it ever was"

D- Maybe a good choice to cleanse your palate or cool off with after mowing lawns, but not very drinkable overall. It just has the light sugar and rice or corn taste you don't want to taste repeatedly.

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Photo of Jason
2.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottled Rolling Rock really brings out the adjuct flavour and aroma ... very corny with a steely after taste. The run of the mill carboantion gives some crips refreshing character ... other than that this beer is quite bland. Very little in the hops department as well ... hint of alcohol in the finish shows again that it is a beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From old notes.

A: The pour is pale yellow in color with a fizzy and short lived white head.

S: Smells mostly like lager yeast at first. There is a bit of skunk and definitely some corn aroma to it as well. Some undertones of apple and a touch of grain.

T: Flavor is decent, but there is a lot of carbonation which sort of mutes everything else. Lager yeast and apples along with the usual corn flavor. Not really any hop flavor but a touch of bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a borderline excessive carbonation.

O: I used to like this stuff when I was in high school, but the more I drink it, the less I care for it.

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