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Narragansett Light - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LightNarragansett Light

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This lighter version of the original lager is brewed with six row malt, seedless hops, our proprietary lager strain, and the purest water around.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-04-2007)
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Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +55.3%

CraftyChuck, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4.8/5  rDev +49.1%

Discovered this beer on a trip to Newport RI with my wife. After a long day walking through the extravagant ballrooms in the mansions, we hit the local distributor to try some local light beer. The six pack was gone in an hour. It is our idea of the perfect light lager. Okay, so many beer snobs will say it tastes like water. Not. Water is water. This is a thirst quenching beer that tastes exactly like the name: "Light". A light beer should be low in alcohol and yet drink like water. This one has ABV 3.8% which is a little high for a light beer drinker who used to like Coors 3.2 beer when it was available in CO. The taste is slightly malty with an ever so slight hop kick. Essentially non-existant to a hop lover, yet there is some hops for the average beer drinker who does not want to be offended, but just wants to guzzle some beer on a hot day.

Narragansett light is the perfect beer for that situation. Quenches the thirst without an assault on the palate. I have been a fan of the light beer style since the inception of Miller Lite and the subsequent Bud and Coors Light. This beer achieves what those beers tried to do. So good that I am willing to drive 150 miles to RI to restock my cellar with this every year but would be even happier if it was available in PA. Unfortunately, this is the only Narragansett beer which is not.

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of markh814
4.45/5  rDev +38.2%

I will rate this for the catergory it is in. remember this is a light lager and i won't compare it to an IPA.

appearance - light, pale straw, clear, decent head that goes away quickly

smell - grains, light spiciness

taste - grains, light hop, worlds apart from the coors lights/bud lights

mouthfeel - medium body, really nice. you can almost forget its a light beer

Drinkability - i can drink these all day long. nice lawnmower / cookout beer

Serving type: can

markh814, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Carluver
4.25/5  rDev +32%

Carluver, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.25/5  rDev +32%

Ecxeeder616, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%

Thanks to angrybabboon for finding the single for me.

Appearance: Pale clear gold. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Lively carbonation. Some notches and splotches of lacing. Standard affair.

Smell: Very light pale malts. Grassy with some watered down barley. Some sweet cereal grain and a very neutral hop profile. Slight grass and hay. Super clean.

Taste: Slight toasted grain. Super pale malts, almost nothing to it. A bit of barley with some grassy notes. Tastes like you watered down some standard 'Gansett. Lightly sweet. Not much too it, but what it does have is not bad.Par for the style, but better.

Mouthfeel: Light pushing toward medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Clean and super easy drinking.

Overall: Platinum champion of light lagers.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +24.2%

a: poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. clear gold color with white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: typical adjunct cereal grain smells with a very subtle grassy undertone (hops?). more pungent smell than your average light lager.

t: cereal adjuncts with flavors of corn and bready malt. slightly grassy hop flavor which balances everything nicely. finish is pretty dry and clean.

m: watery and refreshing mouthfeel.

a perfectly executed light lager. miles ahead of every other light beer. easy drinking and good flavor. i'll take this over bud or coors light any day of the week. too bad they dont sell it in 12 packs.

tzieser, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +24.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

wtighe03, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of nikoconnor
4/5  rDev +24.2%

nikoconnor, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

appearance - Pours a yellow color, thin white head, with little lace.

smell - Light smell of hops here.

taste - Has a mix of a malt and hop, very low in flavor for both. I would say little bit on the malt side because it is little bit on the the sweet side.

mouthfeel - Light body, crisp and clean.

drinkability - It was one of those days, I wanted to put some cheap beer in the fridge. I was surprised, even though I enjoy all of the Narragansett beers. This is a beer that I would use first to convert a stubborn macro drinker. It is not a big change in taste, but it is still good.

auxiliary, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of sliverX
3.8/5  rDev +18%

Poured from a 16oz can, a extremely light straw yellow, clear. Big pillowy white head that faded slowly for the style and even left a thick film cap.
Smell was light malt and a bit of corn maybe, wet paper as well.
Taste was very light maltiness no real hop presence, that wet paper smell turns into more of a wet paper soaked in sugar kind of thing, which as the best I can describe as it actually is a pleasant enough taste.
Mouthfeel this feels like water with some carbonation, light lager this be her.
Drinkability well if this was local and cheap I'm sure I'd keep plenty around and would be a great beer for camping or a summer festival.
Thanks Woody

sliverX, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Pint can into a Duvel tulip. Left over from a sixpack I picked up after a day of surfing at Narragansett beach. It tasted pretty damn great after a long day in the water; we'll see if it holds up under closer inspection.

A: Clear gold body under two inches of dense white froth. Good retention, plenty of soft lace. Quite lovely for the style.

S: Boring but clean: crackery malt, toasted corn, and some faintly flinty lager yeast. Better than average for the style.

T: Follows the nose precisely - predominantly malty, a little corny, and ultimately clean with light minerality on the finish. Watery aftertaste. No off flavors, which I consider something of a triumph for a light beer.

M: Light, thin, and prickly. A little overcarbonated.

O: I hate the regular 'Gansett Lager, but this is entirely inoffensive. Light, refreshing, and downright pleasant for the style.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Wally1912, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

appearance - perfectly clear, light, pale straw color, decent head that fizzles away rather quickly.

smell - straw, grains, light spiciness...what do ya expect from a light beer?

taste - grains, light hop spiciness, its good for a light macro. Better than Bud, Coors Light, etc....nothing notable, just better than the others.

mouthfeel - this is where its A LOT better than other macro light lagers. It actually has some body and isnt overly carbonated like Coca Cola, as per the usual suspects of this genre.

Drinkability - Very much so. I think Ill crack another on this hot summer day.

Doomcifer, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a moderately thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a mild aroma. There are elements of light graininess (adjunct malts), some bready malts, and a light hint of grassy hops.

T: This beer is quite refreshing and not as sweet as I expected (which is what I normally find in the style). The flavors follow the smell, light grainy malts and hints of grassy hops. Pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and crisp.

O: Extremely easy to drink, quite refreshing, and very enjoyable. This is a great beer for summer, when it is real hot and you want a "light" and easy to drink beer. Very sessionable, you could easily have a couple of these in a single session.

dbrauneis, May 16, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

This beer poured a very pale straw yellow colored body with a small white head.

Nose is surprisingly big and in your face. A very strong adjunct type 6 row malt smell with touches of rice. Reminds me very much of some big Japanese lagers.

Taste is light bodied with a very big and chewy adjunct 6 row malt taste. Very clean and crisp. Lots of mild crackers and fresh malt. Touches of rice or corn. No hops or bitterness to speak of. Ends. :-)

Actually a really good beer. This is honestly what I would imagine a pre-prohibition lager might taste like. Simple, light and at like 4.50 for a 6er of 16oz, may be the best beer deal on the planet. I'd take this over bud or miller any day.

taez555, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of CloudStrife
3.51/5  rDev +9%

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear light pale yellow with a moderate white head. Just a bit of visible carbonation in the body. Head dissipates in a couple minutes a leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty standard light beer aroma here. A bit of corn or other adjunct blends with the malt. Slight touch of alcohol on the backend.

T: Nice even low key flavor here. Nothing stands out in it which I'm thinking was their goal. Just a mild dose of sweet malts that linger into the aftertaste.

M: Certainly fits into the light beer category mouthfeel wise. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a beer that could be enjoyed for hours on end on a warm summer day. Easily beats other light beers I've had with its inoffensive and smooth flavor hence the slightly above average rating.

CloudStrife, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of mkondor8
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mkondor8, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Gregwa, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of InstantBeer
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

InstantBeer, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of JGLittle
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JGLittle, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is simplistic and consists mostly of light malts and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: A thin, grainy malt character dominates the taste as you would expect from a light beer, but there really isn’t much sweetness. There’s a mild hops presence but it’s good for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, good representation of style while maintaining a bit more flavor than most light beers. Given the choice I would go with the regular version, but it’s still a decent beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of angrybabboon
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%

Review adapted from notes taken 3/10/11

Appearance: Very light, pale, golden - a nice little head - typical for the style

Smell: Truly challenging to comment on because there isn't much here - water, faint pale malts, hops? - still, at least it isn't offensive in any way

Taste: Quite literally tastes like a watered down Narragansett Lager - it shares all of the characteristics, it is just lighter - super pale malts, a little grainy, some dryness, some sweetness, a little bitterness - not much flavor, but what is here is still much better than a lot of light lagers

Mouthfeel: Very light, remarkably not over-carbonated

Overall: A typical light lager doesn't get much better

As far as cheap light beers go, this is quite possibly the best. While I do not feel it is a great beer, it is remarkably better than some others of the style. I liked it enough to bother reviewing it.

angrybabboon, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Out of a bottle this beer was a bright yellow color. The snow-white head was billowing at first but quickly died back to a thin skim that left moderate lacing. The aroma was of macro malt and corn mash. The flavors however were pretty good for the mass produced style, pale malt, slightly askew hops and hints of metal. The finish was dry and crisp. The body was light, the mouthfeel prickly due to high carbonation and though superior to its counterparts it's not one I would try again.

thekevlarkid, Jan 13, 2009
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Narragansett Light from Narragansett Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.