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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Tuesday at 09:02 AM
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -17.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

metter98, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber color with good clarity and a nice bit of carbonation sneaking up the sides of the glass. A two inch head of white capped off the top of the glass and settled down gently into a smooth crown across the top,

The aroma was loaded down with bready malts as one might expect. Hints of earthy grains and a somewhat vinous hop profile underneath, but a touch light overall. The flavor was clean, crisp and decent. Nice hints of light malts, some cereal grains and a good overall profile of light herbal hops. Crisp finish was smooth, with a light body that was decently carbonated.

Overall while not my favorite fest beer of the season, it was definitley drinkable.

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

kylehay2004, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark orange color with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing is light but actually has some nice scattered bubbles that stick to the glass. The smell of the beer smells like a typical German lager, with a minor crisp hop aroma too. The taste of this beer has a really nice caramel flavor to it, but doesn't have too much spice. The mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is pretty good. I enjoyed having it.

Knapp85, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

oberon, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.4%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jason, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Kegatron, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready and a bit buttery with flavors of a hearty malt character, lager yeast and grain up front. Then some sweet flavors of honey and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for this extra. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of white foam that settles to a near-complete cap and solid collar, leaving behind minimal lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - Apples and toffee, a bit of grape juice. Toasted grains, and a touch of herbal hops.

T - The taste is a bit less sweet, with more grassy and herbal character peaking through and providing some bitterness in the finish. Toasted bread, with a touch of fruitiness and toffee present.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry medium body that's a bit grainy mid-palate but finishes a bit juicy and sticky. No alcohol present, but I didn't expect any at 5.5%.

D - A solid Oktoberfest, but nothing to get too excited about. Was plenty easy to drink the 16oz can - I'm sure these are great for camping or summer at the beach.

MasterSki, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jlindros, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

smcolw, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another CAN for The CANQuest (TM)! This is really a gem amongst its brethren in my refrigerator and I will probably save it once it is empty, something I do not do often. I was asked about Oktoberfests in a CAN in one of the forums today so this might be a good time to get some reviews in.

From the CAN: "What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest in New England than with a classic German-style lager? Narragansett Fest blends a rich malt profile with a subtly crisp hoppiness for a taste that even Gambrinus, the Patron Saint of Beer, would find refreshing. So we offer this beer as a tribute to him, which is fitting, as his statue toasted all arriving visitors and workers outside our brewery for decades."

The Crack & Glug netted me two fingers of thick, tawny head with great retention. Color was a stunning orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting mix of grassy hop and caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a big caramel taste on the tongue. This was pretty close to the style although many modern iterations are going for a dryer quality (Victory Fest), which is what I prefer. Finish was likewise relatively sweet with a definite caramel taste that lingered. Not bad, but not my favorite CANned O'fest, either.

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some hints of caramel sweetness and a light amount of spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a moderate strength body of toasted bready malts with some lighter amounts of caramel malt sweetness. There are light amounts of spicy and herbal hop flavors towards the finish. Some light hints of bitterness but the finish is slightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable, could easily be sessionable and it was very easy to drink the 16 oz can of this one. A solid example of the style from a brewery that I have enjoyed all the beers I have tried (and all available at very reasonable prices in cans).

dbrauneis, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Billolick, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tallboy into a 16oz glass.

Narragansett Fest pours into the glass looking pretty bronzish brown with small specks of dark orange towards the sides. A nice cream colored inch of scruff on top with some semi sticking lace.

Smell is pretty bland for me. It's very pungent and encompassing but the scent is a turn off. It basically smells of a bunch of caramel malt with some grassy scent from the hopping. A dry-hopping would of been nice.

Taste is a step up with a lot of caramel as well. The grassy from the hops stay as well but I also get a baked biscuit in the middle. It quickly goes back to caramel malt though. Very simple kinda dull but it's still a decent oktoberfest.

Feel is pretty much meeting up at medium without going over. With the bubbles I thought some activity would be on the mouth but this goes down smooth with no interference. The aftertaste is pretty short lived as well.

This is a decent lager and for $8.49 a sixer of tall boys 'Fest' is a good one to go to from time to time when in a pinch.

BARFLYB, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into dimpled glass stein, formed a 3" beige head above the clear copper brew. Frothy head shrinks gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced, tending towards sweet.

Taste starts with nutty malts, a light fruitiness in the middle, then closes with peppery alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Some more malt character and depth of flavor would push this one to the next level.

ppoitras, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tdm168, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

plaid75, Nov 15, 2012
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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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