A pale American lager originally launched in 1939 by Latrobe Brewing Company in Pennsylvania, Rolling Rock (7 cents/ounce) was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2006. We found a six-pack of 12 ounce bottles at our neighborhood beer depot for $4.99, which is about 83 cents a bottle, or 7 cents an ounce.
The Rolling Rock review we conducted alongside eight other lagers concluded that this brew just didn't please our crew of tasters. Some detected "apple" in the flavor and others identified "pear/green melon flavors," but this "light fruitiness" wasn't enough to insulate Rolling Rock from a harsh critique. One panelist's review pinged the "stale, almost metallic aftertaste" and another lamented, "it does not taste like beer, but I don't know what it tastes like."
The Beer Trials, a website co-authored by a beer sommelier, is more approving in its Rolling Rock review, assigning it a 6 out of 10 in a blind taste test. Damning with faint praise, though, the expert calls it "not half bad" and points to elements such as its lightness, good carbonation, and "contained skunkiness."
The bottom line on this budget beer is mediocre at best and "awful," in the words of one of our panel tasters, at worst. There are good lagers out there that won't upend your budget, so put something else in your shopping basket.