Narragansett Del's Shandy - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: barebearbeer on 05-12-2014

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Reviews by Jsmick:
Photo of Jsmick
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured very pale, with an artificial lemon smell. I'm a huge fan of Del's lemonade to begin with, so I figured this would be an instant favorite. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The beer tasted incredibly artificial... like I was sipping lemon pledge furniture polish. No sweetness at all.... no hops, no real beer flavor either... just lemon cleanser. I don't think I can even use lemon pledge on my furniture anymore after this beer. Sorry, this was a miss for me.

Maybe it would taste better with a hot wiener?

More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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 tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pale yellow in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: lemonade and light ginger

Taste: lemonade and light pilsner malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet

Overall: An excellent shandy. One's I have had in the past are either too bitter or focus a bit too much on either part. The Del's lemonade is the star of the show and the flavor bursts through. However, the Gansett lager works well with this and you can taste it in the background. The combo works well. I think this may be a new summer favorite.

Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden pale wheat color (yellow). Slightly high carbonation (fizzy). Initial 1" head dissipates within 30 seconds.

Smell: Lemons, faint biscuit

Taste: Lemons, sweet but not cloying, just enough biscuity malt to balance,tart.

Mouthfeel: Thin,above average carbonation, watery, slight puckering effect

Overall: As far as a Shandy goes I'd have to say it's far better than a I thought it would be and overall a fine example of the style. A good job was done balancing the sugary sweet Del's with the lager, a tightrope act that could have very easily been disastrous. Not something I could drink much of but one should prove very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Forgot to mention delicious Del's burps, seriously the belches taste exactly like Del's

Photo of brother_rebus
2.47/5  rDev -26.3%
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 hooliganlife
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a summer crusher. like mt dew with alcohol. you smash these and heat just disappears.

Photo of beerboy21
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemon with lager underneath in the nose, and in the taste. Refreshing, but that's about it.

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Seltzer water disguised as a shandy. Better than Leinekugels? Maybe, but it's too subtle. They did get the carbonation right, however.

Photo of barebearbeer
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright lemony nose. Tastes much more like the actual Del's Lemonade type lemon flavor than I expected... a little tart, nice hit of citrus. Overall, it's not my favorite summer offering but I'm sure I'll put back another can or two on a nice hot summer day.

Photo of Hevkee
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The smell is deceptively delicious but the taste is quite confused. I really don't think Narraganset pairs well with dels and the clash is pretty prevalent in this shandy. The cloying sweetness of the dels combats the bitter corny flavors of the Narraganset and makes for a pretty sub par experience. Overall I am not impressed, which is saying a lot considering how excited I was for the shandy's unveiling.

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the pint can marked 1284-14:39. Sampled on May 25, 2014.

It pours a basic pale yellow with a quick lasting white fizzy head. Yup, it looks like a beer.

The aroma is light and fruity with scads of apple, pear and watermelon. The malts and hops are more in the background.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste if more entrenched on the fruit character than anything else. Oh yes if you really look for it you find some biscuit malts and clean hops but the juicy fruitiness takes center stage for sure.

Photo of Jimmyc5723
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 Sensaray
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 JayLo85
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little lacking in flavor in my opinion.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/25/14

Appearance: Clear gold with some hints of straw and light copper - pours with a small, white head that fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some splotches of lacing

Smell: Quite literally smells like someone put lemon-flavored Italian ice into a blender with Narragansett (which, of course, was the intention) - the Del's aroma of lemon, (possibly) artificial lemon, and sugar is quite potent, but not inherently bad - straight-up Narragansett Lager under the lemon and its aromas interact in weird ways - light grains, pale malts, sugary cereal, bread with powdered sugar, and lemon curd tart - overall, more amusing-smelling than actually good

Taste: "I know what I hate... And I don't hate this" - honestly, this is much more pleasant than expected - the Del's lemonade flavor seems to actually work with the Gansett - light, sweet lemon/lemon candy/Italian ice flavor - sweet overall, but not too much (not excessive like the aroma suggests) - light tartness and a light bitterness - pale, light, grainy malts, maybe some light corn - finishes with some sticky lemon

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, smooth, finish is a bit rough with some lemon stickiness

Overall: Just add some traffic, salty air, and oppressive humidity, and this would genuinely taste like a summer in Narragansett

This is certainly unique. I will admit that this is the first shandy I've reviewed, and I suppose I will have to review some others now. This beverage may be an acquired taste - not unlike living in Rhode Island.

Photo of ScaryEd
2.07/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Copper and hazy. Pop-pop fizz-fizz on the head. It was A two finger head that died quick. Nothing special.

S- Lemons and maltiness from the Narragansett Lager. Sweet. Better than the original Narragansett, but that's not saying much.

T- You get the essence of a Dels frozen lemonade/convenience store frozen lemonade. Right after that you get the grainy, malty taste of the Narragansett Lager. That's about it. Sweet lemonade with a rich lager taste. It's just okay. Not what I'd want usually.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Moderately carbonated.

Overall its just an average beer. im not crazy about shandy beers. It's a better beer than the commercial successful shandy we all know because it actually tastes like beer and not just lemonade. If you get Narragansett in your area, I'd say try it and see what you think. I'll stick to the regular Narragansett Lager.

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of etoimazo
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
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 illpass78
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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 gonzo000
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear coppery gold brew. Head recedes rather quickly, with sheeting lace. Aroma is all about the lemon. No false advertising here.

Taste begins with a peek of sweetness, which is quickly quashed by the intense lemon flavor, and then rounds out at the close with some sweetness again. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Very thirst-quenching. Only thing missing is a couple hunks of zest or rind like you always find in a Del's Lemonade. I'd stock this through the summer.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a translucent yellowish amber with a small head. No lacing. Big whiff of sweet lemonade followed up by some light malts. Tastes much like Del's frozen lemonade but with some beery characteristics as well. More sweet lemonade flavor at the front with some malts at the end and a light alcohol presence. I'm liking this better than I thought I would. Light mouthfeel as expected. Not sure if I could drink a few of these in one sitting without getting overwhelmed by the lemonade flavor but 1 is certainly fine. Overall, better than expected and I may end up buying a 6 pack.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Narragansett Del's Shandy from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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