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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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markh814


4.73/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i finally found this on tap at a local bar and i liked it a lot. out of the can it is great and on tap it's fantastic!

appearance - copper/bronze is the best way to describe it. deep color clear through

smell - slightly spicy, nice malt with hop backround

taste - clean malt with a nice seasonal hop finish (think Samual Adams Oktoberfest but better in my opinion) a little more to it

mouthfeel - medium body, very drinkable

overall - probably my my favorite oktoberfest beer right behing Ayinger. easy to find but only sold by the 6 pack (tallboy cans). Love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 11:49:40 | More by markh814
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erosier

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and deeper roasted malts, hints of sugary sweetness, and some caramel aromas jumping out as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, caramelized malts, bready malts, some sugary sweetness as well, and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Fresh, refreshing, lighter bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this was a nice balanced oktoberfest with a moderate abv and good taste and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 10:23:45 | More by erosier
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illpass78

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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).

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 01:04:51 | More by illpass78
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 22:18:38 | More by macrosmatic
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 22:53:53 | More by johnnnniee
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fx20736

New York

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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: very malty, reminds me of pancake batter.

mouthfeel: solid, good.

taste: a cloying sweetness grows with each sip. Not much balance here.

notes: my least favorite Naragansett beer.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 03:17:49 | More by fx20736
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 21:15:43 | More by Flounder57
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:14:08 | More by Maxwell
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 21:50:44 | More by CloudStrife
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:38:52 | More by smakawhat
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 00:33:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 02:19:13 | More by ToasterChef
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 04:11:44 | More by TMoney2591
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2012 03:40:24 | More by NilocRellim
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-26-2012 02:30:53 | More by jlindros
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-21-2012 00:58:50 | More by ryan1788a5
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a room temp pint glass.

A- pours a clean copper color with amber hue. A fluffy off-white 2finger head with some retention before fading to a thin film. Some lacing also. This beer pours nicely and looks good in the glass.

S- bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. There's a bit of hop spice back there, too.

T- those bready malts drive the flavors. The caramel sweetness and slight hop snap balance those dry bready malts for a nice round Marzen flavor.

M- This beer has good, medium body. It wants to finish dry but those 22ibus offer just enough to balance the sweet, dry, and slightly bitter. Drinkable.

O- Another rock solid American take on the Ocktoberfest style beer.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 21:27:04 | More by NiceTaps
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plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft sweet malts and a touch of herbal hops.

The taste consisted of a round caramel, and earthy hop snd a slight metallic flavor.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a well rounded Octoberfest.

Serving type: can

11-15-2012 04:28:54 | More by plaid75
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 05:18:22 | More by Strix
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.78/5  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.

RJT

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 14:14:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Serving type: can

11-05-2012 02:43:28 | More by jucifer1818
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy, egg-shell white head. Settles to a single layer of bubbles but leaves some chunky, spotty lace. The liquid is dark gold and clear.

Warm caramelized malt wafts to the nose easily.

Thin and spritzy, but the flavor is rich. Malty with a bit of biscuit, brown sugar and dark cherry. Low hop presence; shows up on the swallow but doesn't stay for long in the aftertaste.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 20:08:34 | More by smcolw
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Kooz

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry for the stunted review, but until there's an app, it's going to be hard to review beers from bars and restaurants...

Pours orange with a white head that stays around to the end. Not bad looking, but maybe a little artificial.

Not much going on in the nose. I'd have liked to smell something--anything.

Sweet on the first sip, with the sweetness continuing throughout. It's nice and mellow.

There's a lot of body and creaminess to it. It's got a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it's good.

It's overall very nice. I'd be happy to drink this a lot.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 16:15:22 | More by Kooz
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering both the surface and running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and some hints of malty sweetness. Although no bitterness is detectable, the hops seem to mostly keep the malty sweetness in check. There are some lingering hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasantly smooth and is a good representation of the style. It wouldn’t be a bad choice to throw some of these cans into a cooler for a fall football tailgate party.

Serving type: can

09-28-2012 01:48:38 | More by metter98
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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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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.