CharmCityCrab (207) - 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.
joeneugs (4201) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle. Pretty fresh 12 pack from the refrigerated section of BevMo. Hoping for some un-skunked bottles. It pours a super clear, pale straw yellow color with a decent white head that shrinks quickly. The aroma has some wonder bread, rice and cooked corn DMS. Not too strong, but itís there. No skunk though. Hooray! The flavor is very light and bready with mild hints of apple, cooked corn and rice water. Almost no bitterness. Not offensive, but the light DMS could get a bit sickening if you had a few of these. Overall, it was better than I expected, but Iím not particularly looking forward to working my way through 11 more of these.
pkbites (718) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Do not get this in bottles. Brewers cannot get it through their f*cking thick skulls about clear and green bottles. If you get this in the green bottle it will taste like skunk piss. NO MATTER WHAT!!!!! In cans it is very benign. Light yellow pour with white fizzy soda pop head. Aroma of a spiral paper notebook. Flavor is light, watery mouth-feel. No malt or hops to detect. If you can get it cheap itís a good lawn mowing or spicy pizza beer. I paid $2.59 for a four pack of pints. Not much alcohol if youíre looking to get buzzed. In the can itís not any better/worse than any light beer or Milwaukeeís Beast.
if it cost a lot where you are at buy something else. But definitely donít buy this in the green glass bottles. Itís overpriced and super skunky!
gopherfan99 (906) - CROATIA - JUL 13, 2015
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle; pours clear gold with a white head; aroma is malt, wet cardboard, and some hop notes; taste is wet cardboard; finished dry with some bitterness; crappy pale lager....
Paigeturner (63) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Skunk and more skunk. Super light and watery. Very fizzy I disliked this more than bud cuz of skunk.
Dorkenstein (116) - - JUN 26, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sweet corn aroma. Taste is mostly water to be honest. I think the best way to describe this beer is watery sprite that has had a lot of ice melt in it. There is a very mild hop bite in the finish.
PhatCatt (22) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2015
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
From glass bottle. Bitter-crisp with a chalk-like bitterness, watery, and bland.
Ratpatrol1019 (52) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 10, 2015
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Skunks water. Smells like old pot! Taste very watery with that stale pot flavor all way through.
DocJitsu (1245) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2015
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Boars a pale clear golden with a short quickly dissipating, smooth, white head. Powdery seltzer nose. Crisp mouthfeel. Faint flavors. Light green grape and stale yeast. Finishes mildly bitterly.
alobar (3091) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pale yellow color with not much aroma. Light corn and grain flavor with some metallic hues. Not again.
rdixon77 (1577) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
My dads beer of choice...so I've got a soft spot. Better than the big boys but not by much. Less grainy and corny I think. Still just a lawnmower beer