CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Might be the last American beer with a painted label on itís bottles (I use the term American loosely here, Iím aware that they are owned by an international conglomerate these days). The horse head, the white fence, the quality pledge, and the mysterious number "33" on every bottle are all iconic for a certain group of drinkers. The use of both rice and corn rather one or the other lends it a certain distinction from major adjunct lagers, which generally use one or the other (Maybe a good compromise in a group that canít decide between Bud and Miller or something). It also used to have a very distinctive aftertaste to it, a bit of sweet bitterness (Do those two adjectives cancel each other out? :) ), which I think itís gradually lost to a some degree, unfortunately, since it went from being an independent company with itís own brewery in Pennsylvania to being just another beer off the line at an AB-Inbev plant in New Jersey. And, yet, itís still Rolling Rock. "Not Bud, Rock", as I remember reading that the t-shirts servers at one famous bar that had Rolling Rock on tap and wouldnít serve Budweiser in any format used to wear back when they were made by separate companies.
Itís clean, refreshing, basically a good adjunct lager, but you canít call it craft or elevate it too much. A lot of itís appeal is admittedly packaging and branding, but when trying to save a little money, thereís something about holding a bottle on an old friend in your hands. Sort of like Pennsylvaniaís version of Natty Boh. A lot of people remember their fathers drinking this beer when they were younger, or they themselves remember it being the beer of choice at their college dorm or in their early working years, and thereís a lot of nostalgia attached to it. You canít fake history and tradition, though some brands try. This brand has it.
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Mike_Vincent (7) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Drives me nuts that they print that íOld Latrobeí thing on the bottles - they havenít made it there for years! This decent example of íregular beerí really took a turn south when purchased by InBev.
cmacklin (852) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap. Pours a clear pale yellow with a small, frothy, long lasting, white head that laces. Faint aroma of bready malt, corn and a hint of fruit. Sweet flavour of corn, biscuit and light grass with a crisp, dry, mildly bitter finish. Light body with a watery texture and fizzy carbonation. Refreshing, but no better or worse than any other macro out there.
drjay44 (3409) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2016
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
25 oz. can. Pours a medium light white head, over an effervescent straw (SRM 2) body......nose is mild malts with bread, biscuit, corn, no hops or esters......taste is lightly sweet, with corn, hints of malts, finishing with hints of hops, balanced........mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, high carbonation with a hint of acid. This beer overall has just a bit more aroma and flavor than water. It is utterly insipid. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6
sawyerpc15 (61) - Bowser, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
you typical us lager style beer that is smooth and refreshing but lacks any taste. Why dothey call this a pale ale?
Popoff91 (101) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2016
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12-ounce bottles in a glass. Seems to be little difference between beers of this style. This fits that mold. Rather stay away from the style completely, but I do like trying stuff because you never know.
urbanocanoas (7) - - JUN 23, 2016 does not count
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Não gostei! Não vale a pena; nem para conhecer!
Uma cerveja americana sem corpo!
Vestlake (279) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16 oz can. While light in aroma and taste, itís a good pale lager overall. The taste is clean and crisp and went down smooth.
Strahov (8) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2016 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Not offensive is the word. Taste: Green Grass and not obtrusive.
Mediocre is the final verdict. "the taste isnít complete water" I liked that quote.
Hopper8 (36) - Holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
For a more adjunct beer this isnít so bad. There isnít a real distinct aroma, and the appearance isnít appealing, but the taste isnít complete water and there is some hoppy notes and yeast to it. Itís a decent drinking beer.