CharmCityCrab (225) - 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.
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2016
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Canned. Of course. What else would it be. Pours I Dunno, kinda urine, fairly well hydrated. Aroma is corn, wet cardboard, rice, cereal. Flavor is rice. Some wet cardboard again. Decent for what it is.
TATE (394) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 9, 2016
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours pale yellow with a faint malt aroma. Also some corn/vegetable smell. Taste is sweet with a fizzy aroma. Not good but not offensive.
chucklemation (1035) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2016
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a very pale yellow, almost watery. Aroma is vegetal and straw. Flavor is straw and bread malts and vegetal notes. Has a fizzy, highly carbonated mouthfeel. This is awful. The vegetal aroma is tough to stomach. My least favorite beer to date.
hauxe (173) - Butzbach, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from old notes. My favorite of the mass produced American lagers and the only one I would buy again. Maintains a pleasant, crisp, refreshing, if unremarkable taste for the duration. Best had straight from the bottle. Not sure why but it does taste better this way.
McWorta (1196) - LUXEMBOURG - DEC 23, 2015
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pale golden with a frothy white head. Aromas of cereal, some straw and corn/DMS. Fizzy, thin and light bodied. Favours are pretty subdued with a hint of sweetness and nearly no bitterness. Short finish. Adjunct laden US lager - boring.
mercsmusic (8) - - DEC 10, 2015 does not count
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
since the Latrobe brewery closed this has become a sad beer. was my softball teamís beer in the 80ís and loved it then. now- just plain awful
DrNosha (1028) - Baden WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz Vintage Flasche. Hellgelbes Bier mit grobem Schaum. Duft nach Grass und Mais. Flacher Geschmack. Lšsst mehr erwarten.
darbeer75 (120) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: faintly sweet and skunky but not much else; Appearance: pale straw, clear, Taste: bland, inoffensive, similar corn backbone as Bud, but not as aggressive; Palate: light body, light carbonation, brief and corny finish; Overall: certainly not a great beer but reminds me of younger days when this was all we could afford.
chinchill (3589) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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".
ffbot (171) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Damn hay, basic grains, grass, and cereal in the nose. Damp hay, corn, metallic taste. Sweeter than most cheap lagers