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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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132 Reviews
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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 cjgator3
2.14/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up this pint can for $1.79 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Beautiful clear orange copper brew gives a nice inch of stable jiggly light tan foam. Smell is fairly hop-forward at first, but spicy cinnamon quickly invades with a bit of toasty malt. Mouthfeel is sharp and fizzy. Taste is of muddy hop and a bunch of peppery alcohol. This isn't a high ABV brew, but the absence of malt body allows the modest level of alcohol to dominate the palate. The tiny bit of malt and spice doesn't do nearly enough.

A damn shame because the look and smell were very promising, but after that it got pretty terrible. Not worth finishing, bleh.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a few of these at Salem Oktoberfest 'cause the refills were $1 cheaper than all others and there was no line.

Orange with a thin head. Looks best sloshing in a stein or spilling during an agressive toast. Prosit!

Aroma is sweet caramel malt with some toasty depth. Taste is overly sweet caramel. Extremely sweet on the tongue. This tastes like a beer beer that should come with a paper bag wrapper.

In retrospect the lack of a line should have clued me in that no one wants this stuff.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Narragansett Fest Lager has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head and a clear, minimally bubbly, amber appearance, with significant lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet & sour malt, and the flavor is of metal, the sweet, somewhat sour brown bread taste, no bitterness, and indistinguishable grain. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Narragansett Fest Lager finishes crisp, fairly refreshing, mostly dry, and metallic. Overall, this is an inferior fall beer.


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Photo of dirkchivers
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited about this new offering from Narragansett. Hopefully by expanding the line they can get around to opening at least a specialties brewery in RI soon, or at least update their site with the progress of that project.

A - Nice clear amber appearance. Huge head that dies away slowlish.
S - It smells exactly like East Kent Goldings on the boil. There's a light presence of malt aroma, but not significant. This primarily smells like fresh wort, not a finished beer.
T - The flavor profile is a bit haphazard; the flavours don't quite seem to have achieved cohesion at this point. It reminds me of homebrew a lot, i would let this sit in secondary longer to mellow. The hops taste very green and grassy but attribute a noticeable bitterness that doesn't compliment the malts. There's a could balance in the malt characteristics and it has sufficient residual sugars, but there's still a dry quality going on.
M - medium bodied, as it should be, but it doesn't dry up on the end and leaves the tongue feeling a bit slick.
D - I'm actually finding this very drinkable as it tastes like homebrew - a bit wacky, but not scary, thus enjoyable.

As a homebrewer i can appreciate an unbalanced beer for its uniqueness, but for a marketed product the flavor profile should be more cohesive.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my pint glass, I got an impressive three finger head above a clear, amber body. I didn't notice the color to be particularly oranger as some others have noticed.

Aromas started out with caramel and light maltiness. There were hints of grain, and what I can only describe as standing water. A light skunkiness was also evident.

Taste was of light malts, a little bitter, and a little harsh. No skunkiness came through. Overall an average for the style, not too bad.

Mouthfeel was OK, not great. As I mentioned above, it was a little harsh.

Drinkability is just average. Not the best example of the style I've ever had. I don't think I'd want a six-pack of these.

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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 jucifer1818
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Tallahassee brewfest

I was very excited to try another brew from this company after long loving their Standard Lagger, but sadly I felt like this one dissipoitned.

Its body was far too light for my liking and wasn't as flavorful as I was expecting

Still not a bad beer by any means, just sadly average
Might make a good lawnmower beer, but not my typical purchase

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Photo of Gmann
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick clear amber body with a white head.

Nose isn't strong but has fresh carmal malt flavors.

Taste is very clean with a strong caramel and fresh slightly darker grain taste. Very fresh grain flavor. Malt really dominates this beer but there's a very classic earthy old german hop flavor amd mild bitterness that balance. This beer is really all about the malt though.

Not an amazing Octoberfest by any means, but an amazing fest for the price.

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Photo of necrat
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear dark copper color with a big head that disappears quickly.

The smell and taste pretty much match up with a grainy, whole wheat sort of flavor to it. But there is something lacking in the taste. It's like a slight mis-balance in the flavor, and nothing really compliments each other in it. There is a real hint of spice too, but again, it just doesn't mix correctly. The aftertaste is much better than the 'during' taste, with a nice cereal style after taste to it. That is the only part I really liked about it. If I were to describe this in one word, it would be "meh". Their summer was a much better seasonal than this. My suggestion to this one is, drink it cold. It tastes worse when it is warmer.

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer certainly looks good, the aroma is respectable, but the taste is a bit too overwrought with a largely processed feel to it. The beer has a nice amber color with a nice creamy head, some lacing, decent retention. The nose has a slight reddish caramel aroma, maybe a touch of peat, overall a pretty nice malty smell, but a touch too subtle.

The taste is not where it needs to be. This is a fairly light bodied beer with a malty back bone, definitely a touch of caramel, but with a spicy bite and an overprocessed feel. The finish is just a bit metallic, flat, and unappealing. It loses some of its sweetness in the finish as as the settles in. The reddish caramel flavors are decent but compromised by some of the off flavors towards the finish. As with most macro type lagery beers, the taste starts to diminish when the beer warms and some adjunct maybe presenting itself.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S: Pours a translucent amber with a nice amount of fluffy white head. Smells like the season, pumpkin spices, but the scent is pretty mild.

T&M: Taste is smooth with some mild pumpkin spices. Not very big in flavor, but that can be a good thing when it comes to pumpkin in my eyes. Taste is really pretty average. Mouthfeel is crisp and pretty light.

O: Not bad, but not great either. I've never been a huge fan of the style but this one is okay. I could maybe see myself getting it again next fall.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first off, great label of the king double fisting beers, one being a solid 2-3 liter stein.

a- fluffy khaki color head, over an amber, almost orange lager. head clings to the glass.

s- almost nonexistent aroma. nothing off-putting, just vague maltiness and yeast smell.

t- tastes of sweet crystal malt, also a slight toastiness. slight yeast esters. really similar to a steam beer actually. on the hoppy side for a festbeir. also really similar to the original narragansett lager in yeast and hop profile.

m+d- highly drinkable, not your traditional Oktoberfest. but a decent brew. inexpensive,

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Photo of IPAkindaguy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Caramel color but slightly burnt when poured out from the tall can.

Smell is nothing special doesnt really bring home that "autumn" smell I was came looking for when i picked this up.

For whatever reason, I am finding this beer extremly drinkable with the taste. The smell wasnt there but the taste brings to me that caramel, autumn taste that I want to have in this beer.

Mouthfeel is nothing special.

As I pointed to early, I like drinking this beer and it almost just reminds me of a regular tall can. Enjoyable beer, but not up there in the top "fest" beers(nor I was expecting it to be while buying it)

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Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finishing up the 6-pack...

Pours fall leaf-orange/brown, big foamy off-white head falls to a thin bubbly cap.

Smell is pretty bland - kinda grainy, metallic, some caramel sweetness.

Taste is an improvement, alot more flavors come out. It opens a little bleh with adjuncty and metallic notes, but quickly shows its sweeter side with caramel and toffee malts and some raisin, a bit toasty on the finish. Tiny bit of floral hops noticeable, some alcohol?

Pretty full, mostly malt-driven mouthfeel, could use some more carbonation, off-flavors a little bothersome.

Not bad, low price and availability will probably make this somewhat of a fall standard for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into .5 liter mug

Clear amber with a thick frothy white head that descends into a thin coating, sitting atop the beer for the entire glass. The aroma is of sweet bread and soft caramel and toffee, not much hop presence. The tastes follows with some nice buttery bread, though the taste isn't overpowering at all, very subtle. Biscuit, caramel, toffee are all present but this beer does a good job of not becoming overly sweet. It's light to medium bodied, almost too light, and finishes slightly dry. While the body is a bit too light for my taste it also makes this beer go down easily and quickly. Overall, a quality beer at a nice price point that I'll probably go back to several more times before winter rolls through.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can poured into murphy's glass

A: A dark orange amber colored body with a off white head, looking good for style.

S: A grassy, musky, grainy, sweet smell with a touch of burnt sugar smell as well. Love the burnt sugar smell but a would love it if that grain macro smell would go away.

T: The beer starts off with a clean watery lager taste, flows into a hint of sweetness then quickly into a bitter finish. Not picking much else up as it warms.

M: Has a nice medium to full mouth feel, definitely nice. Kinda harsh going down though. Starts to really dry out the mouth quick.

D: Nice easy going beer, love the price $7.99 for sixer of 16oz. cans. Finishes a little harsh on the throat, but otherwise could see anyone being able to down a couple.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Love the tall boys.

Pours a pumpkin orange, lots of foaming/head, definitely that thinner lager head though. Dissipates quickly minimal lacing but my glass was quite dirty so...

S: Very malty, honey, raising, molasses come to mind. Not overwhelming.

T: Sweet, carmamel, bread notes, has a refreshing finish tho, a bit of hops/bitterness that I didnt pick up from smell.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, very light/thin. Definitely a session beer.

Perhaps I would like this more if it was later in the season, its my first octoberfest seasonal of the year so maybe I'm adjusting but I wasnt overly impressed. Must agree with another poster that it has a macro feel to it. Its solid and within style, I could use a bit more spiceness/comlexity. This would go great on a autumn afternoon with football on the screen though. Worth trying but their are better options out there.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-transparent orange with a really big frothy cream colored head. pour carefully. good lacing

S-sweet honey and grains. on par so far. decent strength

T-comes in with a more diluted and cream taste of sweet grains and honey. its a fairly watery taste. it has a distinct lager taste to it, which i find undesirable in oktoberfest style. the end is watery as well.

M-low carbonation with a watery finish

O-not bad. i know this style isn't know for flavor and this beer no flavor even relative to the style. easy drinking though.

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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 DirtyPenny
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, and then poured again once the I drank the glass down enough to fit the rest of the can.

A: Clear burnished copper with a 1-inch, off white head. A little lacing present on the sides of the glass.

S: Haystack and woody wisps overlay a nose that speaks of caramel malt and faint floral hops.

T: Toasted grain with the same faint woody note as the nose, and an herbal/floral hop presence throughout with only a kernel of bitterness.

M: Medium and crisp with strong prickly carbonation. Finishes just slightly dry.

O: Another good offering from Narragansett. They'll rise again if they can continue to produce cheap but good beer like this.

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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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