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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%


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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 20:45:47 | More by jondeelee
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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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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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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.