1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Narragansett Del's Shandy - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Narragansett Del's ShandyNarragansett Del's Shandy

Educational use only; do not reuse.

261 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 261
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 19.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barebearbeer on 05-12-2014

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 261 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had my first Del's in the 60's but this combo I did not enjoy at all.

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous can. Pours cloudy, bright yellow with a decent white head. Similar color to regular Gansett, but hazier.

Starts with condense lemon syrup nodes similar to Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy (which is the best beer served at minor league baseball games all throughout the midwest). This moves in to a middle that's much beerier than your typical packaged shandy, with pleasant cereal grain and thick yeast, and finishes on a blend between light yeast spice and sour-sweet lemonade. Very nice balance.

Maybe the best pre-made shandy I've ever had. And, as I've noted before, these are deceptively difficult to make. Otherwise competent brewers, like Potosi, have put out shandies that are absolute garbage. So while I can't quite bring myself to give this a full-on "good" rating, I also realize it would be unfair to dismiss a well-crafted beer simply because it's style is off. It's an excellent example of the style.

Photo of fitzy7840
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First time reviewing a beer. They changed the recipe so it's less sweet and has 4.7 abv instead of an even 5. They're more drinkable now but I think it lost what was great about. The good thing is now I can actually finish a six pack whereas before it was difficult to drink more than one. Still, I think it lost that sweet first taste that made me like it so much. Now it's just a good version of a shandy.

Photo of brother_rebus
2.47/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Smells greatly citrus like. Cloy from loads of sugar. This is just about as bad as Del's new recipe. Headache after one and a half.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.95/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm from RI and I thought this tasted just like a hard dels lemonade! I loved it!!

Photo of rogacks
4/5  rDev +20.1%

These are great during warm weather. Best shandy I've had.

Photo of Jimmyc5723
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

I'm not the biggest Narragansett fan overall, but the nostalgic feel of this beer, with a good lemony flavor is a good shandy choice for the summer.

Photo of Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet lemonade and bready malts.

Taste: Lemonade sweetness mixed with bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: I really don't understand this Shandy craze around here. Pretty nice for the warmer weather, but the sweetness could be lowered a bit.

Photo of nasty15108
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a Tall Boy into a cold pint.

Del's has been something I've been meaning to check out. I wish I had found it a little earlier, definitely makes a good summer session brew. Light, Lemony and very drinkable. I'm not really into the sweet stuff and although this brew isn't overly sweet, I'm not sure I could do it all day. Either way it was a nice change of pace and another quality offering from Narragansett.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: golden colored with a very light haze. Rocky, fine-bubbled white head retains well. Small dots of lacing.

S: Del's frozen lemonade on the nose. Perfect balance of lemony, sweet, and tart. Maybe some subtle grains pulling through.

T: Sugary/tart Del's iced lemonade. Some bready graininess underneath. Maybe a touch of hollow hops. That's about it.

M: Light bodied. Perhaps some wheaty froth? Fine-bubbled, scrubbing carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: This will sell like hotcakes. Narragansett has been very smart with this series of beers. An iconic New England brewery teaming up with other iconic and beloved New England brands. It amplifies the reach and recognition of their brand, especially because they are using soft drinks, which obviously have a broader demographic. Genius. The Autocrat coffee milk stout was a good idea, but this will outsell it by leaps and bounds. The liquid itself is extraordinarily simple, but that's exactly what it should be. It lets the Del's lead and it stays refreshing and crushable. That's all it needed to do; stay true to concept and don't eff it up. This is a gold mine.

Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a mild golden color with a thin head into my glass. I'm not usually the type to drink a shandy but it seemed worth a try based on reviews elsewhere.

A decent whiff of lemon zest greets the nose. It's not as profound as I thought. It's just...there. That's not a bad thing.

Tart and sweet with a good mix of lemon, grainy malt and just a dash of hops. Inoffensive, hits the spot and fits the mood.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering lemon zest and grain. Tastes a little "soapy" but otherwise, not bad for what it is.

Worth a shot if you want something on a hot day but don't want to deal with beer or a malt beverage.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed under ideal circumstances. On my porch on a hot day. An aggressive pour gave this very yellow beer a three-finger head that lingered for a minute or so. The smell is lemons. Not lemon flavoring, it actually smells like the fruit. The taste is very much the same. Starts with a hit of lemon, zest and all. That goes into some subtle hops that accent it well. The mouthfeel is nice and carbonated. Not my favorite style because it can go wrong so quick, but this one was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of gonzo000
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Clear and yellow in color. 2 inch whet head that reduces to .25 inches when poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can. Found swirling the bottom of the can added lemon flavor.

s. Lemon and wheat

t. Lemon and pilsner. Light, refreshing.

m. The carbonation in this beer lasts throughout. Very good mouthfeel.

o. Above average to good. I like it better than most shandy beers. Might have tried mine before it was cold enough.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with faint amounts of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of Del's lemonade (reminding me of my visits from my childhood) - slightly sweet with just a hint of tartness and lots of lemon. Hints of cereal grain malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts. There is a light to moderate flavor of lemon rind, corn syrup/simple syrup, and slightly tart lemon juice - really reminds me of the Del's frozen lemonade flavor but with a little less sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a thin/watery aspect to it.

O: Overall this is enjoyable but it is not as good an example as some of the other shandy/radlers I have had the opportunity to sample this summer. Easy to drink and refreshing for a hot summer day.

Photo of Florida9
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: light golden yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that fizzes away rather quickly leaving just a spotty surface coating. No lacing

S: aroma is lemons and beer and while that combination sounds like it should be appealing, it manages to come off as artificial and annoying.

T: taste like a snapple mixed with a cheap beer. Moderately sweet.

M: thin and fizzy. No bitterness.

O: I like lemonade. I like beer. I like radlers. Unfortunately this beer tastes like a cheap American lager in which someone dissolved a handful of lemonheads candy. Not appealing.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pour is a clear pale urine with lots of tight white head. Nose is heavy lemonade and hints of booze. Smells more like a lemon wine cooler. Taste is not as strong lemon but very sweet and not a big sugary. Boozy like a wine cooler. Still a decent bit of lemonade. Light body, well carbonated, not something I would want to drink.

Photo of etoimazo
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As a general rule, I guess I’m a beer purist: I don’t like to “contaminate” beer with other ingredients, which is why the idea of a shandy (beer diluted with a soft drink) has never appealed to me. Fruit beers, though, are absolutely fine, as long as they’re done with intention and taste. So along comes a can of “Del’s Shandy” from Narragansett and I’m already biased against it. But I keep an open mind, since it’s really a fruit beer, branded with a touch of Rhode Island “local fusion” to boot, and since it’s a hot summer evening I give it a pour.

Appearance: Light golden color, very effervescent, one-finger head, little to no lacing

Smell: Lemon, lemon, lemon – not just the zest, but the pulp – the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit - well, maybe some pale malts, and perhaps a little wheat, thrown in there somewhere.

Taste: The lemony tartness hits first, as I’d expected, and carries a typically light summer lager along with it. The lemon is so dominant that I cannot detect the hops. Gradually, the tartness turns to sourness. I am reminded of lemon cough drops and so think there’s a medicine flavor present, but that’s probably my brain making those associations. As the beer warms a bit, the lemon presence is more pronounced and is quite pleasant – not as tart as earlier: softened by the malt’s sweetness, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: Quenching, watery, light, but sustained by the lemon. It doesn’t make my mouth pucker, so it hovers more as beer than as lemonade. With an ABV at 5% in a 16-ounce can, it holds out a bit longer than most.

Overall: This is not my idea of good beer, but it’s not a bad summer refresher if you’re into that sort of lemony drink. My tastes go other places. It’s certainly preferable to diluting a good brew with 7-Up or Sprite or something. By the way, this beer is contract brewed by Genesee Brewing in Rochester, NY.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: Not only does it smell just like lemonade, it smells exactly like the Del’s brand frozen lemonade from which the beer gets its name. I find it impressive that they nailed the scent so well.

T: The taste starts out sweet but not too sweet with a strong lemon flavor. Then the distinct taste of Narragansett Beer comes in. There’s more beer than most shandies and more lemonade than most fruit beers. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, very light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a choice within the style.

Photo of WTKeene
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall-boy into a Tree House pint glass. I've wanted to try this beer since I first heard about it. Didn't expect it to blow me away, but as a native of Southern New England there's a big nostalgia factor here.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow, and not entirely translucent. Hazier than the average AAL. Small white fluffy head that persists only briefly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Smells like a grainy AAL tends to, but mixed with the classic smell of Del's lemonade. For non-natives, that means sweet but zesty lemons. You get just enough lemon to know it's there, really. For what it is, this smells good.

Taste: Light, but "beer-like." Refreshingly lemony, and sweet from the adjuncts and sugary Del's base. Not tart, the lemon is more of a lemon oil than a lemon juice type taste. Think heavily-candied lemon peel I guess. A slightly dank aftertaste, which I get in a lot of citrus-forward beers.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, but less so than in soda. Not as watery as I had feared it could be. Sticky from the sweetness too.

Overall: A very nice summer beer. Nothing too special but it wasn't trying to be. I won't have any trouble finishing the six pack while I'm up here. Good job, Narragansett.

Photo of illpass78
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lager-like gold with heavy carbonation and a two-finger white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Lemons, lemons, lemons and lemonade. This beer smells a lot like bottled Dels lemonade with some hints of lager-like aromas such as malt, toast and faint hops and grassiness.

Taste: Definitely tastes like what it is - a beer mixed with lemonade. Good hot weather beer. I don't know where they hid the 5 percent ABV because it's not noticeable at all. It's an appealing mix of Dels (something I love) and lager.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thin and easy. Not watery - it has body, just a thin body.

Overall: I'm not huge on shandies but I can't resist this combo. Two brands I love collaborating on a fun summer change-of-pace. It works.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. tallboy can poured into a bulbed out pint glass. Liquid comes out a light straw yellow color with really good clarity. A hard pour gave it a white somewhat frothy looking head with pretty much all small bubbles. It goes away pretty quick and not much in the way of lacing, a little bit. Pretty average looking beer, a little boring but it gets the job done.

I'm probably really bias, but I freaking love the smell of this beer. It literally smells like they cut a Narragansett Lager with a Del's frozen lemonade (or vice versa) and a perfect combination/blend of the two. Little bit of grainy malt mixed with lemon juice, lemon peel and hints of sugar.

Taste is on par with the smell. Starts with hints of grain, maybe a little bit of corn in there too. Followed by nice flavors of natural lemon flavor with the peel added and a little bit of sugar. My only gripe with the flavor is this is one beer that you really can't let sit there; it's really meant to be consumed ice cold. The flavor separates a bit and it's not quite as pleasant as when it's cold.

As literally just mentioned, this should be consumed cold and the argument holds up in the mouthfeel department for the same reasons. The body is nice and lite with a moderate carbonation level. Touches the sweetness parts on your taste buds then gradually works its way towards bitter. Light and EXTREMELY refreshing (especially on a hot day like today) with the slightest bitter finish. Drinkability is top notch which makes it easy enough to drink quickly. Fortunately I pace myself accordingly. I grew up on Del's frozen lemonade so this totally tastes like summer to me. Plus I think Narragansett is an underrated lager. Great job on this beer, I don't normally do "shandy" beers but I'd definitely get this again in the summer time.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a fingers worth of quickly fizzling head that gets down to nothing

S: Lemon and cereal grains up front, with a bit of sweetness and a hint of tartness

T: Follows the nose. Lemon and sweet cereal grains lead things off, followed by a hint of maltiness. Finishes with another wave of sweetness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A refreshing summer beer with some lemon flavor blended in. I wish they made a wheat beer base instead of blending it with the lager, but to each his own. Best enjoyed while you're in the right mood and it's a hot summer day

Photo of Sensaray
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a pretty good shandy and would want to try a nice hot day. You're drinking a beer and having a Dels frozen lemonade at the same time. That's the taste and smells the same. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall a flavorful easy drinker with good fresh lemon flavor but does get a tad sugary sweet if you have a bunch in a row.

Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 16 fl. oz. (473 ml) can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Jess and David for bringing a six-pack of this to our party.

The nearly crystal-clear, straw colored liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, sudsy, bright white crown. Within seconds of being poured, the head disappeared and the beer looked nearly flat.

The aroma was moderately sweet and slightly grainy. Lemon notes came through strong. Italian lemon ice immediately came to mind. Perhaps some lemon soda (Sprite?) as well. As the liquid warmed, a touch of Pine-Sol was also detectible.

Crisp, lemony notes dominated the flavor profile. The lemon was definitely more rind-like than in the aroma. Like the nose, very reminiscent of Italian lemon ice. Sweet but not overly so. The lemon flavor was matched by some crisp, grainy, lager-like notes. Really nice beer to soda ratio. The lemon flavor intensified on the back end and into the finish, with the rind flavor turning ever-so-slightly bitter. Some grainy, slightly skunky, adjunct lager notes lingered.

On the palate, the beer felt quite watery and over carbonated. The fizzy, bubbly liquid was perhaps appropriate considering that this is a mix of a lighter beer and soda, bit was still off putting.

Narragansetts Del's Shandy is a immensely refreshing and easy-drinking beer that would be perfect on a hot summer day. Unlike many versions of this style which seem to be cloyingly sweet, this example contains strong lemon rind-like notes and has a nicely balanced flavor profile.

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color in stein with a 1F head.

Very nice lemonade aroma with some malt.

Medium carbonation.

The taste is a very sweet lemonade. The sweetness dissipates after a while,
but the lemon taste lingers.

Overall a refreshing beer for a hot day. I really enjoyed this beer, and a stein works well for serving it.

to view more.
Narragansett Del's Shandy from Narragansett Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.