Rockdale Classic | City Brewing Company, LLC

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Rockdale ClassicRockdale Classic

Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CycleSuds on 03-16-2017

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Spikester:
Photo of Spikester
2.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear deep gold with two fingers of white two minute head. No lacing at all.
Smell is sweet grain bin malts.
Taste is on the sweet side no hops detected.
Mouthfeel is close to medium with average carbonation. Finish is just a hint of dryness and sweet.
Overall a bottom shelf beer that is just passable. Definately better than T.J.s Name Tag lager but not by much. A good one to reach for if you are trying to slow down on your beer consumption.

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Photo of Ribber
4.58/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I drink beer....and I drink a lot of it....for over 50 years I might add. I don't like sissy beers, that's why I like this Rockdale a 16 ounce can. This is one great beer. It pours clear and clean with a very fresh and inviting head. Taste, Smell and Feel gets better with each can. Each time I pour a glass completely full....and then I drink all of it. Every time. It goes down really smooth and tastes like a man's beer should taste. I like it a lot. I usually drink six in a session...sometimes more. A very smooth beer and my neighbors like it too. I buy Rockdale at my local WalMart...for $3.88 a 16-ounce cans. Now that's the American way. My overall impression: I would recommend this beer to anyone.....but not to sissys.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big ol' 24-ounce can. Best-by date is March of 2018. Well, it certainly won't be sticking around that long, as I'm already drinking it now!

Appearance-wise, this is about what you'd expect of a standard AAL. Pale clear golden color, a few stray bubbles rising from the bottom. Kicked up a huge head of white foam when poured but just a minute or two later it's shriveled away to nothing. Pouring in more to fill up the glass doesn't change this any. The color is nice, and the head is great while it lasts... but sadly it really *doesn't* last, and the lack of bubble activity makes it look a bit duller than it otherwise might.

Smell is... well, barely there! Just a faint whiff of sweetness and some lager-y yeast smell, maybe. It's a very mild-smelling beer, nothing unpleasant but also... not much there at all. As it warms a bit more of a corn-husky sort of thing begins to appear, but it never sticks out much from the other faint smells, and it seems like it vanishes just a minute or two after it first makes itself known.

Taste is a bit more present than the smell, thankfully. There's some very light bready malt and also some corn sweetness. As with the smell, after a few sips/gulps the corny flavor comes out more noticeably, with a hint of a huskiness in the background. Not hard to guess which adjunct grain was used for this one. I had hoped that I might be able to detect the slightest hint of hops since it's barely a month old, but alas, it's probably something like 12 IBU with all of that going into bittering to balance out the corn-sweetness rather than showing up in the form of flavors/aromas. Partway through the second glass it's starting to take on a sort of doughy quality, which is kind of pleasant but also kind of weird? Almost like a Play-Doh sort of thing as opposed to regular bread dough, oddly enough.

Very fizzy mouthfeel despite the lack of visible carbonation, light and crisp feeling but not quite thin enough to be called "watery." I suspected early on that it might be one of those beers that starts to feel really watery toward the end of the glass, but this prediction turned out to not be accurate -- it's still got that crisp, slightly fizzy thing going on even after more than 12 ounces of the 24-ounce can have been drank, though the fizziness is fading a bit at that point.

Overall, it's not *bad* (there's no weird gross off-flavors or overpowering sweetness or any of the other disasters that could happen to a cheap lager without enough "oomph" in its flavor to cover up any defects)... there's just not a whole lot going on with it at all.

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Photo of gopens44
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In order to rate an AAL properly, you have to either transport yourself to a world where only AALs exist, otherwise known as like, 1978, or apply “element” scoring, like in figure skating and say that due to degree of difficulty or imagination, an AAL can only be as high as say, 3.5 in each category. All that being said, I went 3.5 across the board because when you compare this to all others, it pretty much beats them all. Nose is slightly sugary and corny, but has a decent enough balance to fool you into thinking its somewhere between a German pils and a Dortmunder. Taste drags you back to reAALity, but what separates this from the pack is a non-watery crispness and a taste that stays consistent throughout different temps. Taste in and of itself is balanced with a touch of sweetness (corn a bit) and bitter with a crisp, nothing cloying at all exit. Honestly, for style it’s about the best I’ve had. Certainly worth the $4.28 for a sixer of pints, absolutely my new lawn mower beer

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Photo of streetcommander
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Walmart as a tall-boy. Enjoyed at 50F from a widemouth class.
Color is honey-amber with very good clarity. No head. High carbonation, correct for the style.
Taste is American adjunct, with rice or corn fermentable base --cant tell which.
No significant hop flavor. Good balanced bitterness and sweet malt liquor-like flavor.
Its a damn shame, they don't choose a hop profile to carry the grain-bill for this beer. I think they could make something genuinely special if they did.
Its a $1.25 tall boy with 5% abv --not a craft brew. The simple truth is that it should probably get higher marks given the competitors swill offering in this category.
A very good American Adjunct.

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Photo of jkblr
1.82/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

16oz can BB 1/16/18 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. White head lasts less than a minute with no residual capping (think apple juice in a glass). Smell is nothing. No corn, no sweetness, maybe the littlest hint of stale grain. Color reminds me of apple juice, robust Golden copper. Taste is nothing. Literally there's a hint of "beery" taste and then a noticeable metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on par with the lightest of ultra light lagers with a oily/soapy coating of your mouth after you swallow. Overall, not good. I was hoping for a solid lawnmower or summer beer. It looked good for a minute in the glass and then went downhill quickly. I suspect this is an ultra light beer fortified with extra sugar to achieve 5% ABV and food coloring for looks.

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Photo of Hackattack
2.59/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

New discovery at the local Wally World. For the price...not too shabby. It was "okay" indeed. I think it competes well with the other American Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of California_Dreamer
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I’m sitting in a cabin in Dobbins California. It is 100 degrees outside and no air conditioning inside. I picked up this beer at Walmart because it was less than $4 for a six-pack. Didn’t expect much but it turned out to be a really easy drinkable beer. Light, crisp flavor that’s not watered down; a refreshing true AAL. I’m a craft beer drinker but this was very nice today. Now going to start working on them bbq hamburgers

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Photo of generallee
2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.49/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid competitor in the AAL market for the price. I love draining the pint cans on my days off, and it doesn't bust the budget. A winner.

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Photo of dcbeers
2.41/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Beer_Weeb
1.79/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Cstarr14
3.22/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For a cheap 6'er of pints, you cant beat it. It's better than Natty or Busch or Stones in referance to price range. The initial taste is slightly bitter but not lasting like an IPA and the after taste is decent. This beer could defenetly be my go to from now on when I dont feel like splurging for crafts.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rockdale Classic brewed by City Brewing Company, LLC, with an ABV of 5.00% This American Adjunct Lager pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. Really thin spotty lacing to this brew. This brew was pour in a pint beer from a 24oz tall can. The smell is lots of grains and malts with mild hop bitterness. Rockdale has the look an smell of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is rich with gains and malts. There is a nice sharp notes at the end. Nothing to write home about but not a bad beer for the price. For being a American Adjunct Lager it not to bad, not complaints on my end. We all know what we are getting into when you buy this brew. I really enjoy how nice this brew goes down. The body of Rockdale is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice on a warm summer day. The mouth feel is Rich , Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Rockdale Classic a 3.50 out of 5. I would look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. City Brewing Company, LLC, did a nice job with this American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Captain69
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not great but a good refreshing lager - cheap pieced for when the gangs together to pour some down clear amber color

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.25/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is a 5% beer that tastes and feels like a weak malt liquor, there is nothing good about this beer except the cheap price.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 22 oz. can with an expiration date of Feb 17, 2019. Sampled on April 21, 2018.

The style requires that it looks yellow with a fizzy head and it does. Good clarity.

The aroma begins with a sweet and grainy note but there is also a kind of overcooked corn or potato mash character in there. Grassy hops.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is just not up to par with a corn mash grainy sweetness with a buttery character around the edges. Fairly clean finish. It is unlikely that I will ever drink this one again.

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Photo of edthehead
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of singletary
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked it up at local Wal Mart for $1.26 for a 16oz can. I was cutting grass today so wanted something easy to drink. It poured a light pale yellow color with no real smell to it. The taste was watered down with a sweet weak malt flavor. Overall not good but it was what I thought it would be.

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Photo of coopdog1000
1.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of cardfan212
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a 16 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The can looks like a cheap knock off of Coors. Not an attractive can, you won't look cool holding this.

Smell - Roast beef? This is bizarre.

Taste - A slightly sour front taste followed by a bready malt. Taste is gone almost immediately after swallowing. Not that bad, doesn't taste like roast beef like the smell would lead you to believe.

Feel - The typical thin body you'd expect from an adjunct lager with a mild fizzy carbonation. Drinks fairly easily.

Overall - After randomly picking up a six pack from Walmart for $4, I'm surprised at the quality of this. It's fairly decent.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jwc215
3.24/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint-sized can:

Freshness date of Mar 28 2018 stamped on bottom:

Pours dark golden with a fizzy head that disappears. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of grainy malt. Clean.

The taste is of some grain, some non-descript hop balance. Some dough with a slightly tinny finish.

Smooth, light, crisp. Easy-to-drink.

Not bad for the cheap price of $5 for a 4-pack of pint cans at Walmart (Tucson). In the end though, it's a cheap AAL.

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Rockdale Classic from City Brewing Company, LLC
Beer rating: 2.69 out of 5 with 44 ratings