Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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82
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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 134
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear orange, good initial head that vanishes to nothing.

Typical malt and o-fest hops, a slight corny note has me worried.

Bready malt, spices - clove?, light fruits - melon?, sweet finish. Flavor was not bad, light and crisp.

Smooth, medium carbonation, feels crisp.

I'm spoiled because my go-to Oktoberfest is now Staghorn, but this was nice with good flavors and a clean finish, nothing wrong here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant bronze into a 1/2 liter stein,a large fluffy white crown atop,Oktoberfest beer for my money are the prettiest beers out there.Caramel malt and light toast in the nose,I would like a little more depth to not only the aromas but the flavors as well.Sweet and somewhat doughy with light drying in the finish,with a little more crispness this would be top notch,as is its decent.Not a bad O-fest beer,for $5.99 a six pack of 16oz cans its awesome,Narragansett is actually some good shit.

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +16%

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.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy, no freshness date.

A whole lot of froth, clear and tawny. Bready malt nose, hint of caramel and faint spicy hop. Nice snap of crispness, smooth medium body. Wet malt palate, kiss of both caramel and toasted biscuit ... some dried grass as well. Hops go a tad spicy and have a balancing herbal bitterness. Clean throughout with a small breath of alcohol. Malty finish that stays semi-dry.

A fresh tasting O-fest, enough stride to pull away from the middle of the pack.

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love respectable beer in a 16 ounce can.

Purchased at Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Pours clear, dull brownish amber, the off white head is minor in size, goes to a fine bubble film and leaves respectable high bits of lacing.

Bready malt nose, sweet and inviting.

Tasty and malty. Smooth and easy drinking. Bread notes, nutty notes. Some hop dryness late and in the finish...Not bad, pretty good for beer in a can. But basically a middle of the road Octoberfest.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fest opens to a smooth, light citrus and fresh wheat aroma. The nose especially focuses on fresh grains, with wet wheat, hay, toast crust, biscuit, yeasty baguette, and floury bread dough dominating, made sweeter by touches of wildflower honey, brown sugar, and a few fruit esters, including apricot and berry. Faint hints of pine and lemon come from the hops, adding body and nuance. As a whole, the nose is very nicely balanced and aromatic, and the emphasis on grains is perfect for the style and the season. The aromas could be a bit stronger, but even as they are they provide a nice sensation.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a grainy base of toast crust, floury bread dough, wheat, hay, and Grape Nuts cereal, followed only marginally in terms of strength by a healthy brown sugar, honey, apricot and berry sweetness. Touches of pine come from the hops. There’s also a hint of toasted nut. The flavors last throughout the mouthful and into the aftertaste, though the sugars do die off here, revealing a strong bready, grainy base that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is decent fare, and surprisingly flavorful for a beer that only clocks in at 5.5% ABV. A few extra doses of grain and sugar would have made for a more potent drinking experience, but if you’re looking for a good lunchtime brew that won’t get you hammered before the afternoon shift, this is a good candidate.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the pint can!

A light amber color, 3" cream colored head. slow dissipation, thick and creamy layered foam as it settles! nice sticky lace.

Caramel, dark bread, robust yeast, sour lager yeast notes, buttery caramel malt and oats, slight metallic cream.

a wicked smooth and lush malt complexity, toffee, buttery but also a crispness in the middle and complex yeast to boot! crispy earth and sour notes, smooth, medium and jazzy feel finishing smooth. Really good balance with a beefy malt and enough earthy yeast and hop kick to make it all harmonious.

wow, what a nice surprise!

Photo of brother_rebus
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out can a nice clear amber color,1 inch thick frothy head. lots of bubbles... head gives aromas of metallic malts, and sweet candy.

taste is grassy grain with a subtle sweetness matched with a corney hop texture.

the
mouthfeel is workin on this one, it has a smooth sweet flow. very drinkable...it's like a more flavorful bigger bodied gansett..it does taste too simaler to the original tho

Photo of cjgator3
2.14/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark orangish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pretty weak. I can pick up on some toasted malts but not much else. 

T- The taste like the aroma is definitely on the bland side. The toasted malt is in the background, but the taste seems overly watered down. There is just a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I thought this was a pretty bad beer. I wouldn't purchase this one again.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can straight to my Saints mug - Who Dat!

Dark honey orange with a huge off white cream head, no lacing though and absent legs @ 5.5%.

Smells like a marzen! Nutty, toffee, caramel malts, bready, candy like sweetness. Love it, I want to shower in this stuff.

Alot of mixed nut & toffee flavors here. Caramel malts also are present but kinda hangout in the background. A small hop bite in the back works well with the mild body & high carbonation.

Overall, its a solid marzen & the fact that its canned is a hell of a bonus. At $1.79 for a pint, I'd drown in this lager a happy man.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear amber/mahogany color with twi fingers of head, mild retention, some nice circles of lacing.

Smell is very mild-pretty even balance between some caramel and roasted malts (more of the caramel) and some piney hops.

Taste is pretty good- good caramel flavor all around. Some bitterness up front, followed by an earthy roasted malt flavor, quickly taken over by the caramel malt. This is more or less what an oktoberfest should taste like (other Americans have gone pretty far astray). Nothing special about it but at least accurate to style.

Mouthfeel is also very nice- medium body, light to moderate prickly carbonation, a nice long finish with sweetness and a little hop presence. I like it- it tastes better and is better priced than many of the American oktoberfests out there.

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into an oversized mug.

This is a fairly foamy pour at first but does eventually settle down into a clear copper, with a frothy ½ finger covering of bright-white head. This leaves back a big sudsy cascade of lace that sticks to the sides of the mug in thick swathes. The aroma is pretty light feeling in the nose, with notes of grass, spice, earthy citric fruit, and the some sweet toasty malt across the back. The flavors that are present seem right-one but this is lacking some power.

The taste has a flavorful malt base to it of sweet caramel and buttered toast. This melds nicely with that soft fruitiness of those citric hops, while a leafy bitterness trails a touch of spice into the finish, which dryly lingers with some leftover bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with a soft and creamy feeling carbonation that keeps this easy moving despite the fact that this overall could use some more crispness to it.

While this certainly wasn’t the most memorable O-Fest that I’ve ever had, it was a pretty good bang-for-the-buck, as I think that I paid like $8 for this six-pack of 16 oz cans. This is pretty good for what it is.

Photo of Gmann
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty copper color with a nice orange hue. The light khaki head is dense with good retention power; settled into a chunky cap.

The aroma is fairly non-descript. Some steely caramel notes but not much else. Perhaps a touch of the spicy doughy charactistic that authentic fest beers have.

The flavor is of a caramel malt with some lemony astringency and tea like character. Really not much to distinguish it from a standard amber lager. Not much flavor to it.

The feel is light to moderate with crisp carbonation. Overall sweet on the palate but very balanced and finishes clean and slightly dry. Good lager feel.

A disappointing marzen/fest beer. Their maibock is a quality brew and it would have been nice to incorporate that beer into a marzen. They got the color right but missed on the flavor.

Photo of scootny
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep, clear orangey amber with a decent white head that leaves some streaks of lace here and there. Aromas of light orange fruitiness and cinnamon laced pepper. Nice bread and toasted grains. A touch of Sazz hops spiciness. Taste is malty and smooth like a good fest brew with caramel and toasted grains in large supply. A touch of butterscotch in the back with a clean dry finish. Light bread flavors lingering. Feel is gently carbonated with a medium weight that gives an easy drinkability. A nice version that is quite satisfying.

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into a pint glass. Big fan of the can.

Pours medium amber, light colored. Thick creamy white foam that lasts and lasts. Very sticky. Malty smell. Clean light lagery taste, watery. Mild hop closes but barely noticeable. So an easy drinker, but not terribly flavorful. Good, though.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber. 2 fingers of nice fluffy off white head. Retains a thin layer.

A pretty good bready aroma. Some yeast and a herbal hop tone.

Taste, A fair mix of caramel, malt and some light fruitiness, apple, grape. Some citrus and pine in there as well. Finishes more bread, almost pumpernickel, fairly dry. Maybe a tad sweet overall.

Light bodied, no abv, a "drinker" octoberfest. A nice carbonation sends it through very well.
Nothing to complain about with this one.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16 oz. can no. 2061-2157. 2011 season. Sampled on August 15, 2011. It pours an attractive looking pale to medium amber with a mammoth frothy, foamy head that never completely fades away. The malts express themselves in grand fashion on the nose with a more subtle, beckoning hop note on the backside. The body averages about light to medium. The taste begins with a strong caramel sweetness and then there is this clean, crisp hopped finale to balance it out. This was very easy to drink and true to the style. I liked it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of nebula1999
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First taste of this new offering from Narragansett.

Pours deep golden-copper color from a tall boy can into an Ofest mug. Thick head, fades to a lasting 1/8 inch.

Aroma is malty goodness with a slight grain bite. Hops are subdued, but there. Reminds me of a Hacker Ofest.

Entry is smooth on the palate with an abrupt hop sharpness which fades quickly, and somehow morphs into a mild sweetness. This hoppiness was not as pronounced the deeper I got into the brew.

Smooth on the tongue. Mouth filling, yet medium bodied. Very drinkable.

Yea, this beer reminds me of a Hacker Oktoberfest. But stands on its own as a great addition to the fall beer offerings found on New England shelves. Nice to see a new Ofest, rather than yet another pumpkin ale.

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nice Oktoberfest brew, malty, semi-sweet, a nice head that sticks around with patchy foam islands like foam on the sea.

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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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