Narragansett Light - Narragansett Brewing Co.
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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.
09-12-2012 01:10:01 | More by wattoclone
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
09-25-2012 15:39:17 | More by markh814
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.
08-13-2013 20:48:13 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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.
03-12-2012 00:33:13 | More by tzieser
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.
10-25-2007 21:02:27 | More by auxiliary
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
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.
06-15-2010 22:37:28 | More by sliverX
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.
09-30-2012 00:09:04 | More by woosterbill
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.
08-31-2007 18:32:43 | More by Doomcifer
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.
05-16-2012 23:06:44 | More by dbrauneis
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.
06-15-2010 23:27:18 | More by taez555
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.
03-30-2014 21:36:42 | More by CloudStrife
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.
06-04-2007 13:24:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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.
07-18-2011 16:16:12 | More by angrybabboon
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.
01-13-2009 01:12:28 | More by thekevlarkid
3.33/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a tall can with a wide mouth into a shaker glass. Cotton-white head goes from an inch down to nothing in about three minutes, absolutely no lacing on the glass. The beer is very pale yellow and looks like something Greg Hall would leave behind at Bangers & Lace.
Aroma is macro malt and not much else. MAN this is really hard to review... it just doesn't take like much. I don't get hops, I don't get really anything. Pretty much everyone has had a macro light lager, and this tastes like a watered down version. Carbonation is fairly high but it still goes down super easy.
This beer would not be my first choice, but so drinkable that it's almost an afterthought. And really, that's what I look for in this style. I want something light that I can drink 6 (or 12) of while cooking on the grill, playing cornhole, sitting by the fire, etc. There are light beers out there that taste bad; this one honestly tastes like next to nothing, which is better than the alternative.
04-12-2011 22:41:11 | More by coachdonovan
Narragansett Light from Narragansett Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.