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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.

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Photo of jORDANt8666
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I want in a beer.

I usually buy it in bottles. Around here it runs about $5.97 for a 6 pack of bottles, $10 and some change for a 12 pack bottles and an amazing $13.57 for 24 pack of cans.

Now, I know what anybody would think-- it's in the same price range as Milwaukee Beast, Natural Light, and some other cheap, crappy varieties of beer, but let me tell you, there is a HUGE difference in taste.

First and foremost, it is the CRISPIEST beer I have ever had. So crispy, the carbonation is fantastic. It's always refreshing and extremely light. I would compare the body to something like a Bud Light, but without that flattened out, watered down taste Bud Light tends to have. Seriously, maybe it IS the green bottle, but I find it as crispy as drinking a soda, like a Sprite or a Fresca or a ginger ale or something of the sort.

Secondly, the AFTERTASTE--- one thing I have a huge problem with is a "yeasty" taste. I hate the taste of a super yeasty beer. The flavor lingers in your mouth long after you're finished drinking it and sometimes I can be so sick of a flavor like that I wish it would just go away. And not to mention, an "alcohol-y" taste lingering on your breath and on your tongue. Pretty much every beer I have EVER had has suffered from the above problems. And it is a huge problem for me because when I am done, I am done and I don't usually want to taste it anymore....

Not with Rolling Rock. This beer is amazing. It does not have that cheap "yeasty" taste, NOR does it leave that rubbing alcohol flavor in your mouth after you're done drinking it. I think some people may know what I mean, but I have trouble describing this in highly technical terms.

Also, I have NEVER suffered a headache or a hangover as a result of "overdoing it" (read: getting completely smashed) off of Rolling Rock, in cans OR bottles. Nor have I reached a point where I say to myself "I am absolutely SICK of tasting this beer."

Now, onto the whole bottles vs. cans debate. Here's my personal take on it: I get a little "drunker" (in that sloppy way) when I am drinking out of cans, this may be preferred by some people. I know SOMETIMES I do like this effect. Though, some may argue (even myself) that this is totally mental and has to do with the way you view "drinking out of a can." Maybe I associate drinking out of a can and crushing them after each one with a frat boy or trashy behavior, so maybe the effects I feel are related to how I view it.

As far as TASTE is concerned (bottle vs. can)... virtually, there is no DISADVANTAGE to drinking the canned version, but personally, I think I get a lot more of the subtle flavors from the bottled version. I do not know why this is, maybe it's just the way it pours into your mouth as you take a drink. I have not tasted any NEGATIVES (such as effects from the aluminum) in the canned version, so don't feel bad if you prefer to buy the 24 pack to be more cost efficient sometimes. This really is a GREAT beer (and I have tried many, again I'm no pro, but I know what I do NOT like in a beer and to avoid).

However, there is ONE MORE PRO to the bottled version as opposed to the canned version if we're going on taste alone.... and now, I don't even know HOW to explain this because I don't know enough about the brewing process to say and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE if somebody else could relate to this, so I'm just going to throw it out there in case... even though it might sound absolutely insane, but the bottled version of Rolling Rock actually, at times, has subtle hints of CHOCOLATE. Yes, Chocolate. This is a Pale Ale. I have ONLY EVER tasted these notes in darker varieties and in stouts and like I said, maybe I'm not that experienced with the brewing process, but I thought porters and stouts were the only beers that could even HINT at these types of notes.

I know a lot of people probably judge this beer because of it's price... and you have every right to do so. But this beer has become SO BELOVED to me that I don't think I even ever want to try anything else. Like they say "If it's not broke, don't fix it." I have not read the reviews here yet, but based just on the BA score at the top, I think this beer gets a bad rap ONLY because people tend to think "good beer" comes at a larger price. I know, I know... some will say it all boils down to preference and maybe some people prefer cheap garbage, but I assure you.... this beer, as far as price is concerned, does NOT deserve to be in the same class as beers that run around the same rate. It's just not fair.

But it is fair that it is cheap and it's my favorite. I would absolutely love if people tried this beer or gave it another shot to see if they might pick up some hints of chocolate. I don't eat with my beer or anything like that so I can tell you it is NOT something that comes out with a pairing. It is strictly in the beer.


I give it 100/5.

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Photo of Mosey
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Much better than the typical Bud Light, etc mass market fare. Not a craft beer, heck not even Heinekin but for under $5 a six pack, you can't go wrong. I call it a poor man's Heinekin.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Latrobe Brewing Co. - Rolling Rock Extra Pale. 4.6% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/30/15 (code 15364).

Look: Settles with a pale gold body and small white cap of foam that settles into nothing. Looks like a ginger ale.

Smell: Just typical grain and corn sweetness. Very skunky.

Feel: Thin and watery feel, with a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink.

Taste: Nothing special, just barley/rice and corn, leaving that sickening lingering sweetness from it.

Overall: Just another American Adjunct Lager. Not expecting much from this, or anything from the style. What impacted the experience of this the worst is definitely the skunky smell, but I guess it comes from the green bottle.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.54/5  rDev +72%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rolling Rock is a great beer. Pours a light golden color with a decent head that recedes quickly. Has a sweet corn smell with a little wheat. The taste is a perfect blend of light hops with a sweet grain/corn taste. Not too heavy and it is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. A great carbonation level with a nice wet finish.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.94/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a one liter beer stein.

Appearance - Pale yellow color... looks really plain. The head is very small and somewhat frothy with lacing (surprising) around the glass. Seems carbonated.

Smell - Pleasant adjunty smell with zero skunk. Hints of grain and cereal, but not really a hint of hops.

Taste - Very plain and inoffensive taste! This would definitely be considered a start-up beer. Very, very light hops, more sweet and grainy than anything.

Mouthfeel - Watery and light.

Overall - I would most definitely recommend this beer as a start-up beer. It is very plain, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you ask me. Also, I would drink this beer as a session or bar beer. The "drinkability" of this beer is superb.

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Photo of James954
3.06/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just going to keep this quick. Very surprised at how inoffensive this beer is. It is one of very few adjunct, low priced beers that still has a faint taste and smell of real beer, yet isn't disgusting and very drinkable.

This is my new go-to beer for low-end cheap adjunct beers.

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Photo of illpass78
3.42/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Ha.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with a wee white head that goes away fast.

Aroma: Pretty clean and clear. A little grain. Basically smells like cheap beer that hasn't gone bad yet.

Taste: Cheap beer: it's what's for dinner. Tastes like its kinfolk, meaning High Life, PBR, 'Gansett, etc.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Overall: No shame in this game. It's budget beer for a budget good time.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Skunky, on par with the green bottle. Pours a pale straw color with a billowy head that dissipated into remnants. Only flecks of lacing on the glass. Taste was corn and skunk, mostly corn. Perhaps my bottle was bad. Felt like water on the tongue, that's about it. Overall Rolling Rock deserves its place with me. It was my mom's favorite beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bright pale straw with snowy activity. Weak white 1 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of sweet grains and corn, faint skunky and hoppy. Very sweet and syrupy. Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, slightly dry, lingering sugary grainy tongue feel. Overall badly crafted, a little adjunct but less than the norm, faint flavors yet drinkable in a hot day for the freshness. Overly accessible.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank straight from the bottle because I'm at a friend's house and I don't want to look like a pleb.

I'll give the look an intermediate rating since I can't see it.

The aroma is faintly piney, with a lot of sweet rice and corn. Unfortunately getting a lot of skunkiness from this one. Not sure if it's the bottle, but gross.

The taste is not as bad as expected. Very sweet and lightly crisp. If it weren't for the aroma, this would be a very crush-able beer.

Mouth is light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Not much else to say there.

Overall, better than a lot of other AAL's I've had. If it weren't for the skunky aroma I'd say this one is rather worth a purchase.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
3.72/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, the local brew. I am from Pittsburgh, and I remember when this beer WAS made right down the road, near the Steelers training camp. Those were the days. That is, until the company sold out to the big bad budweiser company. Regardless, this is the ideal beer to have during a cookout and such, and great being it's so cheap.

L: Kind of lame. Like pee water, more or less. No head, light yellow appearance.

S: A very weak, light beer scent. Little hints of barley and corn. That is about it. Watered down.

T: Well, this is probably the best characteristic, apart from price. It's really not a bad drinking beer. It won't get you drunk unless you drink them one after another. The hops are minimal, it's not a "sweet" beer but it leans more towards that side, with a little hint of corn and nice barley flavor, which I like. I hate heavy hops, bitter beers. This one is very light, almost like water.

F: Gives your mouth a dry, silky feel, with minimal carbonation.

O: Perfect beer on a budget. Sip during a game, during a cookout, during a movie, whatever. Grab a case, get them nice and cold and sit back and relax.

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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 xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchase a can of Rolling Rock for $1.69 USD in Los Angeles, CA/USA.
Look: Rolling Rock had light foam.
Smell: Rolling Rock had the aroma of both corn and wheat.
Taste: Rolling Rock had a taste of both corn and wheat.
Feel: Rolling Rock had low carbonation.
Overall: People who enjoy the taste of corn will enjoy Rolling Rock.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.1/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out light straw color. 1 finger head. Smells like corn. Taste of corn and hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Rolling Rock finishes light crisp and refreshing.
One of the better budget beers.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not quite sure how to label this beer. Got me drunk after a few pints, but the first was the hardest. Way too pale and watery. I'd rank it lower than Corona. If I was a craft beer snob. Let's be honest, a beer like this is something for tailgate parties, barbecues and for when the boys come over to use magic mushrooms and play Super Mario. For what it is, it's a relatively cheap beer, very easy to drink and the bottle looks cool as hell. It's a shame I can only ever find the cans, though. No smell I could honestly say I noticed and very little taste. I'm going to go ahead and assume the green bottle gives out that skunky smell as most green bottles do.

Not a very popular seller at my store. Used to carry 500ml singles and sold out, but started carrying the 12pk cans instead. They move every couple of months. It's a unknown beer up in Alberta and not suited for my demographic anyway. Final conclusion? Crap, but that doesn't make it bad necessarily. Drink it and expect to taste a fantastic light beer and you'll be disappointed. Drink it and expect a marginal improvement over Bud and Bud Light, and you'll enjoy it. This beer is not for rating, just drinking on a hot day.

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Photo of Wes-Cat
2.91/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't get it twisted. This isn't a craft beer, and I don't think it should be rated like one. This is a cheap, highly carbonated beer, very light, that has just enough alcohol in it that you can get drunk from several beers if you so wish. I used to buy the extra large cans from my local supermarket for less than 1.50 each, which was better than several other types of similar (but less good) beers. It pours with a watery head that disperses quickly, it smells like sadness, the feel is of lager, and the taste... is surprisingly good, in my opinion. More taste than Budweiser or Miller. I would drink this over most of the other macro beers easily. Make sure it's ice cold and you'll have a better time.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My favorite and go to cheap beer. Look it ain't nothing special, nor doed it pretend to be. The green bottles make this beer skunky, so i only buy sealed 12 packs. I call it the sprite of beers, theres not a whole lot that can go wrong here. Everything about this beer is light, the appearance, the taste, the mouthfeel, the ABV. Good smashable beer, for a good price.

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Photo of Myotus
2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (23Aug15) into a pilsner.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after a minute and a half (pretty decent retention rate from an adjunct lager). Plenty of rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color. Lacing is thick (another surpise from this beer) and moderate.
SMELL: Not a very strong smell. Subtle aromas of corn and white rice that combine with hints of barley (that's a first in an adjunct lager, full of surprises here), spicy hops, and bitter hops.
TASTE: Inital taste is just a conglomerate of most of the aromas: mild corn, rice, spicy hops, and bitter hops with subtle boiled cabbage. What really sets this apart from other adjunct (and makes it crappier) is the mild barley finish that enters after the intial taste. It has to be the most bitter malted barley I have ever tasted in a beer. Not great at all.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Carbonation is extremely high. Burns the tongue and throat. It does have a nice, thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: I need a Bud Light to wash this down. Never thought I would say that.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.49/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Yuck is all I can say. Luckily, it doesn't smell skunky, it just smells like a cheap lager. But tasting it...this has got to be the biggest green apple bomb ever. It's positively rolling in off flavors galore. This genuinely makes Bud look like Pilsner Urquell in comparison, too. Run far away from this!

1.49/5: I need a Bud Light to wash the taste out of my mouth...

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.74/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow color. Very airy almost crispy head vanished quickly. Little aroma. Taste is hoppy and dry, with little malt and not too sweet or bitter. Nice, refreshing, and doesnt taste too bad for a mega brew. Would try again.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

it smells skunkier than it tastes. it has a light skunky taste but it's better that way in my opinion vs. a very skunky taste. it looks very light and clear which i don't like but it's smoothness makes up for it. overall not a bad beer for the price (i found a six pack of bottles for 4.99) which easily beats the price of most macro brews.

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Photo of Rogue_Elephant
4.46/5  rDev +68.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer snobs hate this stuff.
But what do they expect for the price?
When you compare Rolling Rock to Bud, MGD, Coors...RR always wins hands down.
If I rated this beer just on doing what it is designed to do for the price (clean, refreshing, just holding that green painted bottle against your head after mowing grass is worth the price of six) I'd give it a 5.
But since the current AB configuration isn't as good as the original, I'll knock it down to a 4.
The beer is pale, as the label implies, but the taste isn't as light as some others in the genre.
I've never bothered to sniff beer when I drink it from the bottle and that's what this beer is made for.
The taste is clean and crisp and perfect for complementing foods at backyard parties.
As for the feel, the amount of carbonation can vary from batch to batch.
But overall, a damn good beer for the price.
FWIW, I like to throw a few Yuengling Ambers in the cooler with the Rolling Rock just to alternate when I head out to an all night party and that seems to work well for me.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
2.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AAL tasting 3/6

Very pale, no head

Smells funky and skunky, as if they actually put some actual hops in this beer, but they were old hops and then the beer got old too. Definite rice presence, as well as sweet toasted grain presence. Toasted bread is big on the nose.

Nice and flavorful up front, with plenty of toasted bread and some metallic sweetness. Corn syrup on the back end. The flavor fades fast into nothingness.

Feel is a bit watery with lighter carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

This AAL actually tastes a bit like actual toasted grains and has a noticeable, although uninteresting hop presence. Much more drinkable than coors or budweiser.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mini review: Honestly a lot better compared to most beers in the style. You can actually taste some hop character and the adjunct grain flavor is lesser than a lot of beers in the style. Definitely don't mind kicking back a few. Probably prefer from draft or a can, actually. Green bottle affects flavor here. Review based on a 16oz can split between straight can and pour. Not a good beer in the world of craft, but solid in the world of suds.

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Photo of musty_taco
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drink this brew ice-cold after throwing the pigskin around on a hot day and you will not be disappointed. Otherwise, this beer lacks and depth of flavor.

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Rolling Rock Extra Pale from Latrobe Brewing Co.
2.64 out of 5 based on 2,690 ratings.
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