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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 09-03-2010)
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Reviews by aorloski:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-21-2013 21:13:04 | More by aorloski
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-02-2011 21:48:55 | More by oberon
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-24-2012 02:22:00 | More by Shakerman
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-05-2010 01:58:00 | More by Jason
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-01-2011 22:13:01 | More by Billolick
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

12-17-2012 03:40:24 | More by NilocRellim
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-12-2012 01:09:30 | More by wattoclone
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

09-26-2012 20:45:47 | More by jondeelee
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-04-2013 18:10:08 | More by Janeinma
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-05-2013 18:34:07 | More by ufmj
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-04-2012 22:56:48 | More by ShrinerMcBitey
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-25-2012 23:38:34 | More by richkrull
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-29-2013 01:53:06 | More by JMS1512
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

09-21-2013 21:50:44 | More by CloudStrife
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-01-2013 15:30:40 | More by Jonny_Tremain
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

08-27-2011 22:53:47 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-08-2012 20:54:04 | More by Aaron58
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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

09-24-2010 23:03:32 | More by Ezone024
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2.13/5  rDev -41.2%

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.

09-18-2011 05:00:47 | More by cjgator3
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

09-18-2011 23:02:23 | More by hoptualBrew
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2012 21:36:46 | More by Hessian257
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-13-2012 02:15:57 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

10-20-2011 18:37:43 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-03-2014 22:32:22 | More by rjm0715
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%

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.

09-11-2011 02:25:58 | More by Gmann
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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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