I poured a 25oz can into a boot stein. It was canned on 12/23/13 and cost $1.49 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Lives up to its name as it is definitely quite pale.
Yellow/white gold hue, crystal clear body with plenty of carbonation
visible. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which fizzles away
and leaves little to no lacing.
Smell: Generic, uninspired, corny macro lager. Green bottles tend to be very skunky.
Taste: Rolling Rock Extra Pale has always been one of those macro beers
with niche appeal. Probably because of the distinctive green bottles.
It’s not quite a major macro brew, but it’s not considered among the
lowest rung of economy lagers. Haven’t tasted it, it probably should be.
There’s not a lot to like here. In fact, the beer tastes rather fake.
It has a distinct corn presence from the use of actual corn as an
adjunct, though I’m betting corn syrup is used to sweeten it as well. It
imparts a slightly dirty/metallic character with an abrasive tang
throughout. It’s like an "ice" brew without the ice.
Drinkability: This beer walks a fine line between being a straight macro
lager and a light one. At only 4.5% ABV it’s not surprising that there
isn’t much taste or body here, though it’s nowhere near being
sessionable. The mouthfeel is thin and tepid with a watery texture.
Somehow the carbonation still manages to get stuck in my throat. Though
it finishes clean (thankfully), I would not describe Rolling Rock Extra
Pale as a refreshing beer.