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 acurtis
2/5  rDev -24.2%

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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 spycow
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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 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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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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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.


04/24/17: nabbed a sixer at for $6 at a Brooklyn bodega. One of the better after hours budget options available in NYC.

Pretty bland, with a mineral-emphatic taste, insipid barley/2-row, and corn adjunct.

No diacetyl, DMS, metallic off-flavour, oxidation, etc. It's inoffensive.

Packs far more body than you'd find in a Budweiser, Miller, or Coors. Overcarbonated but not sharply so; it's still a refreshing enough brew.

Would pair well with spicy food. It's drinkable forgettable inoffensive fare that one could pound all night if not for its overcarbonation and lack of appealing flavour. Very shallow bland beer, but it has its place and it's preferable to many beers it competes with. Judging it to style, it's far from awful.




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Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -62.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

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3/5  rDev +13.6%

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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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
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