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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 09-03-2010

Vienna, Pilsner, Light and Dark Munich malts make up the backbone of this beast, and Northern Brewer & Tettnanger hops are added to give it a crisp but subtle hop flavor.

22 IBU
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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, very sweet. Taste is sweet, but less so than the smell, malty, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- can.

A: Pale autumn orange with a pristine like clarity shows a slow, spacious rise of carbonation. Whispy, small head is dirty beige in color, bubbly on the surface, with a spongy texture and was quick to dissipate. No lacing on the shaker pint.

S: Aroma was fresh and lemony, some herbal flowers with a sweet toastiness of vienna malt.

T: Toasty sweet malt flavor, wet lemony hints upfront. Toasty bread, lightly dry, some sweet buttery vienna and honey malt with a hint of lime-orange. Fruity notes of banana and cantelope, with a fresh raisiny character followed by earthy hop flowers.

M: Light bodied, small creamy feel, some carbonation.

O: Overall a sweet oktoberfest style lager. Not something for mass consumption, a bit overly sweet for multiples, but best left in small appreciable quantities. single purchase.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep orangy amber. Scents of sweet honey, and malty goodness. Sweet earthy malty mellowness that rolls smoothly down the back of the pallet. The perfect amount of carbonation- latent yet not drowned by the malt. It breathes fall.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Want a Marzen but only have 6 bucks? This. Above avg Oktoberfest in tall boys for the right price. Would choose this over any low-end marzen (and cheap beers in general).

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a dark reddish copper color in a stein.

The aroma is sweet fruit, spice, and malt.

The beer is very carbonated as expected in the style.

The taste is fruity, finished with a crips,bitter hoppiness.

Overall, an excellent Ocktoberfest. A beer brewed in this style needs to have a prominent taste and aroma, and a crisp bitterness.This is an enjoyable beer- easy to drink, with a rich aroma, taste and finish.
Gansett gets better and better!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from can but have had many. Not a big fan of Marzens but this is the exception. Orange somewhat clear. God carbonation. Kind of dry. Good hops. Citrusy spicy hops. Almost IPA like. A little sweetness. My favorite of the Oktoberfest style of beers. Have not had a beer from Narragansett that I did not like

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Photo of Beric
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can into a pint glass
Served: 17 October 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice clover-honey amber color. Crystal clear with some good carbonation coming up the sides. The head initially pours to about 1.5 fingers but diminishes rather quickly, leaving a soapy sheen on top. A little lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel smells along with some dark wheat bread. Standard 'beery' smells. Easily the weakest component of this beer.

Taste: Surprisingly good for a cheap Oktoberfest! This one is right up there in my opinion with SA Octoberfest. Soft, sweet maltiness, low to no bitterness. Easy drinking from start to finish, but an Oktoberfestbier that still preserves some of the traditional malty flavors meant to be in an Oktoberfest. Very refreshing.

Feel: Excellent crisp mouthfeel with great carbonation.

Overall: One of Narragansett's best in my opinion, and a traditional beer they make quite well. If I were to have an Oktoberfest party, this is one beer I wouldn't mind buying in quantity for guests. A good Oktoberfest. Above average.

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Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the tall-boy can into a pilsner glass. Body is a nice orangey-amber when backlit with a half-finger whitish head on top. Nice collar of lace up top.

S: A bit of caramel malt is about it. Not a particularly strong nose, though I'm probably serving this a tad bit on the cold side.

T: Sweeter than I like for my Octoberfests, but it's not cloying or bad in any sense - it just doesn't hit my "sweet spot" (so to speak). Modest caramel malt and a faintly nutty flavor in the back. FInishes modestly sweet but relatively clean. After a few sips I seem to get a faintly lemony finish. That provides some balance.

M: Light in heft with a faint slickness in the feel. Carbonation is appropriate - nice fine bubbles rise throughout, and on the palate it's OK.

O: A decent beer for what it is: a cheap Octoberfest.

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Photo of weaf
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

First time having this brand but was pleasantly surprised with a very nice Oktoberfest style. I enjoyed it but not at the top of my list for Oktoberfest beers this year.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance was a deep orange with a lot of head but settled quickly. The smell was very interesting with more sweet notes than I was expecting such as vanilla and caramel as well as the classic toasted malt smell. The taste was very refreshing with earthy tones starting off blending into sweeter flavors into the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz can into small German style mug. The can lists the abv at 5.5% abv and there is a short description of the beer as well.

Appearance: The color is a beautiful deep orange amber with great clarity and plenty of visible carbonation. From the aggressive pour I got a tall, white and frothy head. It settles down fairly quick and just maintains a wispy thin film covering. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: It has a very malty nose with earthy hops for balance. Mostly I pick notes of caramel, toffee, fresh bread.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is classic German lager all the way. It has a fresh bready maltiness loaded with a nutty, caramel and nougat like character. Hops adds a light earthy dryness and bitterness. The feel is right on for the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a tankard.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange with a big, thick head (about two inches) that recedes to film over about seven minutes. Carbonation fairly heavy and lacing moderate.

Aroma: Smells like caramel, toasted, buttery bread and sweet malts. Also some piny hops in there, and a floral character.

Taste: Very tasty marzen. The taste follows the nose, but is bolder. A sweet caramel character dominates, but toast and malts are also very present. Definitely a solid German-style lager. Finishes strong, too.

Mouthfeel: The body is just right. Just dense enough.

Overall: This is definitely worth seeking out among the parade of marzens that hits the market every fall. It stands out because of it's malt-forward character and because it's a pretty solid buy (six tallboys for around $9-$10). The sweetness is there but it's far from overpowering. I paired this with pupusas, plantains and rice & beans and it was perfect; I love pairing Latin American food with German-style lagers. I'd have this again for sure - next time probably in season (found it on sale among fall remainders).

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to surge1311 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Nice gold, nearly clear with a bit of chill haze and a thin white head that fades fairly quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Malty sweetness primarily - cracker and bready malts with yeasty aromas. A touch of toffee and caramel, and almost a honey aroma as well. But none of these add up to any overly sweet or cloying aroma.

T: Follows the nose very closely - lightly toasted malts, the honey and caramel sweetness is restrained, with a lager clean finish. As it warms a bit, some more slightly fruity yeast esters and a touch of grassy hops show up.

M: Light body, carbonation sensation is on the low side, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: This was pretty tasty for an Oktoberfest beer. There are others around that are better. But still, there's nothing wrong with this one. If it were available here, I'd grab some when I was in the mood.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Nerhbc.
Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a nice fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and candy sugar with hints of prune and raisin and a touch of carmelization. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is sweet with brown sugar countered by a light burnt sugary taste. Light dried fruits and a hint of earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I was quite impressed with this beer, although I went in with low expectations. It's a touch on the sweet side for my tastes, but its got a wonderful melanoid flavor and aroma as well as the dried fruits. Color me pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of a case of 24 oz cans from Beers of the World on 9/21/13.

poured from a 24 oz can into a mug, served cold.

appearance: light orange with a 1 finger cream colored head. Very nice lacing.

aroma: toasty malt, some spicy hops

mouthfeel: solid, good.

taste: seems reformulated for 2014 and is much better. Nutty, faintly sweet and well balanced with spicy hops.

notes: very well done Marzen. Compulsively drinkable..

UPDATE: 2014. The beer seems much improved this year. The sweetness is toned down, the hops balance the malt now. This is good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts followed by noble and grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel and bready notes are light and the aftertaste of the hops is of that traditional European skunk lager taste and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, smooth, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard octoberfest beer. A bit light and was looking for a bit more sweetness and bready notes.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, candied orange, close to amber. The beer pours with an aggressive head of yellowing bubbles that form a creamy canopy over the beer about two fingers high. The head lasts for quite some time, but when it dissipates, splotches of fluffy foam are left behind. In body the beer is clean yet dark, with a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A dark haze is present in the beer, but the other side of the glass is visible. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery caramel malts. Cooked biscuits and toffee swim thickly onto the nose and leave a sticky sense in the nostrils. Faint, spicy hops and grass play at the fringes of the beer’s smell. Dactyl seems to be present in the beer, but I find it inviting with the sweet smell of the malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet with definite dactyl touches and a soft, building bitter that is slightly spicy. Faint salinity can also be found in the malt character, and light acidity gives light tartness at the very finish. The balance of this beer is off and lies slightly in the sweet section, though the bitters do wonders for drying out the finish of the beer. In flavor, the beer begins as rich toffee and buttered biscuits. Caramel, maple syrup, and rich breads play across the palate as the flavor slowly swings to the bitter end with dry grass, spicy hay and faint green tea. The finish is smooth caramel with touches of bitter grass, but the aftertaste is mostly of grass and soft dirt. In the mouth, the beer feels creamy and syrupy with a medium-plus body and a middling carbonation that works to try and keep the beer’s sweetness in check. The mouth is left sticky with saliva on the cheeks and a sticky sweet feeling on the tongue. Overall, this is not the worst Oktoberfest by a long shot. It is sweet and pleasing, and not unpleasant to put back. That paired with its cheap price makes it actually desirable. If you want a Marzen for cheap, this is a good option, though I still prefer Jack’s Abby’s Copper Legend.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned July 29th 2013

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a puffy and fizzy off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head is quick to dissipate and leaves just a spot or two of lacing.

S: Carmel malts and bready malts are the first things I notice. There is a sweetness to it like most marzens. Not much hopiness to this one.

T: Flavor is nice, quite a balanced malt flavor. A blend of toastiness, dark fruits and carmel work well together. Again hops dont really need to be mentioned. Very smooth yet assertive flavor.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Bit of stickiness on the finish.

Overall its a real good Marzen beer that is certainly worth a try. Reasonable price, great drinkability.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Deep orange and quite clear body, with some chestnut hues of brown. Slow rising carbonation of pinhead bubbles to match as well. Foamy good sized off tan colored head with three fingers tall and nice staying power. Real good looking here.

Solid simple sticky caramel. Slightly toasty, and a little sweetness. Pretty good, but fairly basic.

Palate is a bit uneven. Light malts, a good finishing doughy brown bread sense, but with a sticky pancake like syrup quality. Sweetness is nicely muted but the malts are a little bit fleeting on first taste. Missing a bit of some nice herbal hop quality here unfortunately.

Overall it's a decent marzen to add to the pile. No harm no foul.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for picking up the 12 tall boy pack.

Appearance: Burnt/dark orange that brightens toward the bottom. Head is white, creamy, and rocky. Decent retention, but the head ultimately drops to a persistent small cap with a creamy thick collar. Nice splotches of lacing mark the glass.

Smell: Grassy. Some nice caramel malts. Bready and slightly earthy. Vaguely floral and sweet. Lager yeast. A bit dirty.

Taste: Sweet grains. Pale malts up front. Finishes with a bit of malty sweetness. Slightly caramelized sugars. Floral and grassy. Relatively clean with a mild dirty/earthy finish. Some bready notes as well. Vague fruitiness on the back. Some toasted grains.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, but never falls that far. Ends up with a lighter medium body with a moderate carbonation. Nicely clean with a bit of a wet feel overall.

Overall: Prost bitches.

Not being a huge fan of the style, I find this drinkable when cold and not undrinkable as it warms. A bit too grassy and lacking some crispness, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cold can is poured into a pint glass.

A: Translucent orange liquid with a tan foam head. Good lacing. A fair amount of clinging and rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Big malty aroma that comes across a little sweet. Some hops in the background provide mild bitter aromas. There is an overall toasted caramel feel to the scent.

T: Nice malty flavor—caramel and honey. Hops are grassy and work well with the malts. Not too sweet. A graham cracker flavor lingers on after swallowing.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a coat on my lips and within my mouth that is a little sticky.

O: This is an enjoyable enough oktoberfest lager. There are better examples of the style, but when you want your German malts in a 16oz can, look no further.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

I want one of those beastly tankards Gambrinus is sportin' on the can. X-Mas ideas, folks! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, buttery biscuit, and a vague sense of some sort of citrus rind. The taste focuses on a slightly less blurry version of the citrus, and everything else comes through watered-down and whatnot. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay beer at best, one that seems like a severely weakened version of the classic German style. It's not bad, really, but I wouldn't buy another if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the can.

This beer poured a dark amber colour with virtually no head. The smell was that of typical Oktoberfest beers. There are sweet, matly notes with a hint of citrus and hops. The taste was light and slightly sweet. A little hops and malt come through in this pretty balanced beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can.

Big fizzy 2 finger head fades at a med pace light lacing, crystal clear amber orange color.

Nose light amber malts, little toasty, light sweet caramel like malts, little nutty toffee, slightest hint of grassy hops. All light.

Taste starts light and crisp, light malty sweetness, light caramel and nutty toffee, some grassy slightly herbal hops, nutty, touch of lager yeast that was a little too hot with touch of esters. Finish is dry and fairly crisp, light lingering watered down malts and light herbal hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not great but not as bad as I thought for a somewhat macro like style lager.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear caramel color, pillowy off-white head. highly effervescent, great retention. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Sweet grainy scent, grainy, slight bread, light fruitiness. Slight hay and a hint of herbal hops.

T: Lots of hay and dry grain character up front. A wash of caramel sweetness comes next. Slight fig-like fruitiness. More dried grass and a hint of herbal hop in the background. Drying finish of hay and grain.

M: Medium bodied, firm malt texture flexes a little muscle and takes the body to the heftier side of the spectrum for the style. Creamy. Ample seltzery carbonation helps to lift the body just enough to keep it from feeling too weighty.

O: This is a pretty decent Octoberfest. Not mind blowing, and not the most authentic, but it's an easy quaff that certainly hits the spot. This beer is on par with pretty much all the other Narragansett beers I've had; it isn't style-topping stuff, but you feel happy as a consumer because you certainly got what you paid for. It is of perfectly sound quality for a beer that comes in the tall boy can format at $8 a 6-pack.

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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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