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Narragansett Del's Shandy | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by barebearbeer on 05-12-2014

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 350
Photo of DrDemento456
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is pretty nice head fizzes out rather quickly which is kind of upsetting. Smell is nice lemon zest with very little lager skunk. Taste is super weird not sure if the lager is terrible and the lemonade part is good or if they just wanted to make a lackluster lager with "Del's Frozen Lemonade" concentrate and it just comes off not very sweet or lemonade like and just blech.

I guess the best part is if you like the taste of good and bad canceling each other out it's easy to finish so you can get drunk off it just like and BMC product. Yeah...

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a mission to try all 'Gansett beers at least once. I'm not a macro fan, nor a shandy fan, but after tasting 'Gansett's Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager I know what they can do if they put their mind to it. I also like the history of the company and how they were brought back and the attention they pay to doing collabs with local Rhode Island non-brewery businesses.

L: Beautiful pour on this with a nice 2" pure white head and a slightly hazy golden beer. The head recedes quickly with moderate lacing to a full surface haze.

S: Wow. Lemon indeed. I need to be honest it smells like I am about to drink lemon dish washing detergent. There is some malt in there too though.

T: Pleasantly surprised. This would be a huge summer hit. It tastes like a watery lager mixed 50/50 with a good lemonade and you know, for the right scenario that could be a good thing. Very drinkable. Lemon up front for sure with a slightly copper malt in the background before returning to a natural lemon aftertaste. This is sexist I realize but I believe many women would love this beer.

F: Typical 'Gansett overcarb but it fits this beer well. Drinks like a lemon soda. You could drink 6 of these without realizing it easily.

Overall this would be great to break out pool side for some refreshment. Crushable to the extreme. Would be a great choice for when you want a lemonade with a kick. Not my normal choice of a beer but glad I tried it. If you could drink on the beach these would be the perfect pairing.

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Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with minimal white head. No lace.
Smell is lemons like strong lemonade.
Taste is lemon some malt no hops are apparent.
Mouthfeel is medium and good carbonation.
Overall a tasty shandy. If you like this type of beer this is a good one.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste like a Arnold Palmer mixed with beer but not in a good way. Drank on a warm day and it wasn't refreshing. Lemon nose smells good but it taste like watered down lemon Lysol going down.

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Photo of Lorwhal
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why, but I really like this beer! It's just. Tasty! Lemon fizz and deliciousness. Not too sweet. Nothing terribly groundbreaking, but I like it better than most shandys. Whats with the shandy hate!

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing about this brew is terribly "natural", but the taste is great. A lot of shandies are WAY too lemon and/or sugar forward, but this one has a fairly decent amount of malt that punches through. If you live in New England, it's probably EXACTLY what you expect. It's Narragansett Lager mixed with equal parts of lemonade concentrate and sugar. Personally, I've never had Del's Frozen Lemonade, but I have to say that it mixes perfectly with Narragansett's flagship lager, which I'm already a fan of. The sugary lemon and the lager complement each other nicely, and it's very refreshing to drink, it goes down like delicious velvet. It has something of an artificial flavor to it, considering that the lemonade is from concentrate, but it really doesn't matter at all. Beside this, I've yet to drink a shandy where I can really taste the beer that provides the base. Well worth checking out, and I'd say it's the tastiest and most drinkable shandy you can buy.

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Photo of Kooz
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best shandys. It's light and refreshing, has a very nice citrus finish, but still retains the taste of a beer. So many shandy style brews are either overly sweet or taste synthetic. Not Del's. I won't rave about it as much as others do, because it isn't the best I've ever had, but it's very good and it's a perfect summertime drink.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's on one place where this beer tastes decent and enjoyable. That is sitting on a beach in July when it is 90 degrees out with full humidity. Besides that this beer is barely tolerable. Yellow lager with a sweet and tart lemonade in it which takes center stage. Nice to have this in a 16 oz can so it is safe for the sand.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.89/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Had at a party. It's free so that's all that matters. Not something I would ever buy.

Pretty much tastes like Mike's Hard Lemonade. Perhaps slightly less sweet. Still not good regardless.

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Photo of sesexton
1.66/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I enjoy Narragansett very much, and I like Del's frozen lemonade as well, however this tasted more like Olde Milwaukee with Lemon pledge. Please try again!

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Photo of Beric
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: From the can
Served: 6 June 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, since it's a shandy after all. I was digging the can art though- nice retro appearance.

Smell: Sweet, traditionally 'beery' smell, with a pinch of sweet lemonade. Definitely among the worst parts of this beer, since the lemon presence is notably sweet rather than rich and natural.

Taste: Refreshing and immensely quaffable- definitely one of the better shandies I've had recently. This beer is not supposed to taste amazing- it's supposed to go down quick and easy and brainlessly and this beer does just that. I'm definitely going to grab a sixer or two before the dog days of summer, since this beer will be perfect for that.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Goes down too easy.

Overall: A great summer quaff, but not something that'll blow you away. A great shandy, but nothing more. Bring this to a BBQ.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can into a teku. Wha, 'Gansett now distributes to Maryland?

Appearance: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Very bubbly with poor retention, it doesn't have the best look, nor does it leave behind much (if any) lacing. (3)

Smell: Well, it's a shandy. To me, the lemonade dominates this - but, it's good lemonade. Maybe I get a touch of malt, but again, this smells more of lemonade than beer. (3)

Taste: Yep, lemonade with a faintly bready finish. It is what it is, y'all. Luckily, the lemonade part is good (read: not artificial or cloying), and the beer part balances with the former nicely. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, this doesn't feel that cloying or sweet. It is, don't mistake me, it just isn't ridiculous. Carbonation helps it go down easily. (3)

Overall: It's always fun to try a shandy that isn't from Leinenkugel. This won't enter my regular rotation, but I'm damn glad to have tried it. (3)

3.1/5: Like I said: it is what it is

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Photo of Urk1127
4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The best shandy I've ever had. Slight tartness from lemon. Light beer aftertaste. Creamy feel. Less than moderate carbonation. I wish this was a local find for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw coloring with a foamy, bubbly, bright white head that quickly settles out and disappears. Aromas of lemon right off the bat...you can smell the tart and sweet fruit notes as soon as you pop the can. Some toasted grain and sugary sweet notes in there, too. Flavors are lemon sweet forward, with a buttery and cookie backbone. Some sugary sweetness in there again, along with some honey notes. Pretty light and refreshing, which is exactly what the style goes for. The aftertaste is more sweetness, but a little less on the lemon side now. The finish smooths out quite a bit, losing some of the carbonation fizz, and kind of ends with a watery feel. Not a bad summer beer.

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Photo of cujocon
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Dels Shandy
4.7% ABV
16oz green and yellow striped can $9.99/6pack State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: deep golden yellow with big billowy head
Smell: lemony
Flavor: tastes more like a lemonade mixed with mild ale than the other way around.
Overall: 4/5 for a non-traditional beer drinker, this thing is pretty great. It tastes pretty much like a not too sweet
lemonade with a residual yeasty aftertaste. I could drink 6 of these on the beach pretty easy.

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Photo of badun
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've only had one shandy before and it was awful. This I like. The lemon flavor tastes natural and while sweet and strong it isn't cloying. This is a refreshing hot summer beer and nothing more than that but at least it is good at what it does.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemons are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lemons, but the underlying malt helps by neutralizing the associated acidity and ending bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied of the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could make for a refreshing selection when served cold on a hot summer day. It is kind of like lemonade, but with beer replacing the sugary sweetness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of fitzy7840
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Narragansett Del's Shandy from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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