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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ShrinerMcBitey, Nov 04, 2012
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 TIMMA87698
4/5  rDev +10.2%

TIMMA87698, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

richkrull, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Shakerman, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

milkbone_underwear, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Hessian257, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jwgkicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jwgkicks, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Screper
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Screper, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Kooz
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Kooz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

tpauer, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UncleRuckus
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

UncleRuckus, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Schmuckles, Oct 05, 2012
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 jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

jondeelee, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of safebeteric
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

safebeteric, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Clear and copper with a very thick off white head.

Aroma: Orange cream, grapefruit, subtle notes of bready malts, hints of light spice, tropical fruits here and there.

Taste: Quite fruity in the front much like orange cream. Bready, grapefruit, lots of sweet fruits with a yeasty texture. Bits of allspice and some cinnamon with a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: Well it's drinkable but very unique for a Marzen. Cheers.

horshack7, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Kunstman, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of IronLover
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-orange in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a thick, rocky white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Toasted malt and herbal hop aromas with a hint of tart fruit in the background. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Sweet bready and grainy malt flavors up front that quickly segue to spicy/herbal hoppiness through the middle to the end. Sweet malty flavors continue beneath. Finishes with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste. A little hoppier than most marzens but a good beer nonetheless.

IronLover, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mdillon86, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of DarthTremens
3/5  rDev -17.4%

DarthTremens, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool 16 oz. can.

Rich, deep copper body with lighter edges. Fat finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Nice lacing. Nose of sweetbread, caramel, sight metallic notes, toasted grains, and some spicy, vegetal hops.

Toasted grains quickly yield to caramelly, bready malt sweetness. Cookie dough mid palate. Lightly bitter, spicy hop bite in the finish. Lots of lingering caramelly malt goodness. Moderate body, with a smooth feel. A tasty, nicely made Ofest.

alexgash, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of lostinfla
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

lostinfla, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hopdaemon39, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of robertdrinks
4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this just for the hell of it and was really surprised.

16 oz can - pint glass

amber with one finger white head

slight hop smell of spice

easy drinking but tons of flavor. a little sweetness on the front , malty with spicey hop finish

medium body very nice

overall this is one of my fav seasonals

robertdrinks, Sep 12, 2012
Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.