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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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 Finn


4.38/5  rDev +21%

From a pounder can - Sweet! Mellow munich malts in the aroma: caramelly goodness. Nice thin layer of white foam sits on top of this slightly reddish - tinted looking beer. Not dark red, but like a red ale light. Mellow, smooth munich -like malts come thru and are followed up with sweet caramel, all balanced very well. A very slight hop bitterness lingers. This beer has a mouthfeel that hints at creaminess - very nice. Overall a very nice beer that is well balanced. Did not expect this judging from their regular lager. A real smooth, easy - drinking treat that come at a good price too.

08-27-2011 01:00:22 | More by Finn
Photo of BigCheese


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

08-27-2011 00:45:08 | More by BigCheese
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

A: Pours a beautifully vibrant copper-orange. Light tan/beige head, looks like sand on the beach, leaving behind trails of lace on the glass.

S: Caramel malt, grassy hops, lots of grains, even a hint of whiskey.

T: Starts off with a semi-sweet malt and spice taste, the yeast compliments this, but it all remains quite crisp. Has a slightly bitter, earthy hop aftertaste. Delicious.

M: Medium-well bodied beer. Creamy carbonation, a tiny bit of booze.

O/D: Given the ABV to taste ratio, you can enjoy this all day. Another winner from Narragansett.

08-25-2011 15:39:21 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +3%

I was surprised to see this, though the price threw me off.

Pours a beautiful orange color with a decent head into my glass. I love the color and it's almost a shade of copper.

Lots of sweet malt to greet the nose. Smells like just about any other example of the style that I've had. It's neither here nor there.

Once again, this is a showcase of malt sweetness with only a touch of hops. Creamy. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a problem for me. It has that "macro" taste to it, which I feel shouldn't be there. The carbonation level is also a factor, making it hard to enjoy in gulps. Best to sip this.

A decent marzen that will probably please fans of Narragansett's other offerings. I can honestly say that I've had better examples though. It's a start.

08-24-2011 01:01:55 | More by Brad007
Photo of Knapp85


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-23-2011 22:29:31 | More by Knapp85
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Loving this Festbier. Pours with an outstanding head with lacing. Copper/orange color. Pristine and clear. And what a deal at 9.65 a sixer!!

Smells veery sweet with toffee, caramel aromas. Very malty and lightly hopped. Not very bitter tasting the taste follows through in this fantastic, easy-drinking Oktoberfestbier. Beers like this is one of the reasons I anticipate the fall. People complain aout the early arrival of seasonals, but for those of us who adore the autumn, cheers! A lighter-bodied beer with sufficient carbonation. Try it! It's great!

08-23-2011 18:19:38 | More by wcintula
Photo of Schmidts


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours from the can copper tan in color. Creamy white head that leaves in a minute or two leaving some nice lacing.
Smells of Caramel,sweet malts and hops and grains.
Malt and hops hit your mouth at first taste with a smooth and creamy flavor. Very smooth very refreshing. Finishes with a small touch of hop bitterness.
Very refreshing taste after you drink it.
I give this fest beer an overall of 4.0 it is very good and smooth yet it has a nice Alcohol hit.
Give this fest beer a try one of the best fest beers that is highly drinkable.

08-19-2011 22:44:27 | More by Schmidts
Photo of charliedvrs


3.33/5  rDev -8%

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.

08-19-2011 03:15:00 | More by charliedvrs
Photo of billybob


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

poured from 16oz. can clear orange/copper color large head that stayed well and good covering of lace. smell is a little weak but pleasant. taste is sweet and malty reminded me of rock candy with hints of toffee smooth light to medium mouthfeel lots of carbonation that holds up well. oktoberfest beer is not one of my favorite styles of beer to drink but this was very enjoyable and i will look for it again.

08-17-2011 18:03:21 | More by billybob
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

From 16 oz. can no. 2061-2157. 2011 season. Sampled on August 15, 2011. It pours an attractive looking pale to medium amber with a mammoth frothy, foamy head that never completely fades away. The malts express themselves in grand fashion on the nose with a more subtle, beckoning hop note on the backside. The body averages about light to medium. The taste begins with a strong caramel sweetness and then there is this clean, crisp hopped finale to balance it out. This was very easy to drink and true to the style. I liked it.

08-15-2011 22:10:15 | More by puboflyons
Photo of tzieser


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

poured from a 16oz can into a Lowenbrau dimple stein.

a: pours a clear orange/toffee color with a thick off-white head that very slowly settles into a nice thick head that doesn't dissipate really (dimple mugs are good at doing this). i think i remember it being a bit on the paler side last year more like the authentic German fest biers, but i like the amber style.

s: ah! i love the smell of sweet caramel malty fest biers. great malt character with no detectable hop character.

t: sweet, toasted caramel maltiness makes up most of the character but finishes with a subtle crispy dryness that makes it easy to come back to. very well done and true to style.

m: smooth and creamy mouthfeel

fantastic fest bier! one of my favorites! i think it got even better this year. recommended.

08-10-2011 22:40:24 | More by tzieser
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Consumed on 8/4/11

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark orange/amber with a surprising amount of head retention and lacing

Smell: Caramel malts, sugar, some floral hops and some odd fruitiness

Taste: Sweet, caramel malts with some spicy, grassy hops - bready, grainy, tastes very cooked - some overly sweet hints of fruit, yet somehow finishes dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, surprisingly smooth

Overall: Good for the style

I have to note that I am really not a fan of the Märzen / Oktoberfest style. I had to give this a chance because all of the other Narragansett seasonals have been way better than anticipated. This is pretty average for the style. Overall, it's a little too sweet for me.

08-04-2011 21:47:10 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

07-06-2011 01:53:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brew3crew


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a can

A-rich amber color with white lacing
S-lots of malt maybe not as fresh as it should be
T-just what I would expect from a marzen. Lots of malt. Crisp and clean. Tastes just like oktoberfests should. Again, maybe not as fresh
M-medium bodied and so smooth
D-taste gone in no time

02-20-2011 04:56:55 | More by brew3crew
Photo of robwestcott


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

poured cold from the can a translucent dark caramel brown to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a big foamy long lasting two finger head with good retention.

nice bready aroma, sweet malts, and cherries (?)

again, a bit bready, sweet malty brown sugar, caramel and light toffee.

sweet, highly carbonated, light bodied.

drinkable, very.

12-17-2010 02:08:45 | More by robwestcott
Photo of Zodijackyl


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Consumed straight from a 16oz tallboy can, because that's why beer comes in 16oz cans.

Aroma of caramel malt, biscuit grains and yeast, and mildly aromatic/medicinal hops - very clean smell. Taste is very crisp - caramel and barley combined with clean yeast for a biscuity taste. Hops add a slightly medicinal and bitter edge, matching the malt and yeast. Overall the taste is extremely crisp and clean, as well as the feel. Very drinkable, one of the better picks of its style this year.

11-17-2010 00:23:45 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Cool can received as an extra from Gambrinus1184 (Mike). Thanks! Just now found out where his handle comes from, as this beer is a tribute to Gambrinus, the patron saint of beer. I learned something today.

Tallboy poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark orange with a thin whit head on top. Dissipates quickly; no lace. The nose is pretty basic with hints of caramel, toasted malt, and some graham cracker. The mouth is a little harsher in carbonation than I'd like. Definitely spritzy. There's some heft to the body though. Flavors start out with a sweet caramel, light roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Clean finish. This wasn't my favorite Festbier of the season, but it's not bad. I'd gladly have it again.

11-05-2010 17:47:33 | More by Onenote81
Photo of woodychandler


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

10-31-2010 23:13:24 | More by woodychandler
Photo of coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This can looks fantastic in my fridge and this beer looks fantastic in my glass. Frothy, airy eggshell-colored head sits atop a beer that looks like fall- copper and reminiscent of dark amber honey. Foam doesn't last long however and is just about completely gone by the time I take my first sip. Aroma is true to the style- dry, grassy, bready. Taste is clean and malty; sure, there is a bit of sweetness there but the hops have a little more punch that your typical Octoberfest. For me that makes all the difference in drinkability. Carbonation is nice and high, and that touch of hops bitterness means I could drink these tallboys all day and night. Will be sad when this beer's season ends...

10-29-2010 12:50:22 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of mlazzaro


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

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,

10-16-2010 01:32:49 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of mltobin


3.73/5  rDev +3%

I picked up a tall boy of `Gansett Fest at 99 Bottles in Norwalk.

The appearance is a nice copper color with a one finger head, that quickly dissipates and leaves a small ring. Smell has notes of malt, hops, sugar. The taste contains more of the malt, with some spices on the profile, and a bitter aftertaste. Carbonation seems appropriate for the style, along with some breadiness to it, and earthy overall. Drinkability on this newer offering from the folks at `Gansett is solid. I wish that I had bought some more, will have to do exactly that in the near future.

10-15-2010 23:52:21 | More by mltobin
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-12-2010 10:23:45 | More by erosier
Photo of ppoitras


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

10-11-2010 19:34:46 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Ritz4022

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +21%

I always drink out of a glass used for BEER ONLY! It was chilled to 32 degrees and dumped into a wet glass. Great copper color. As it was consumed it held the head all the way to the bottom of the glass. The flavor and smoothness increases as the beer warms in the glass. I think Gansett hit a home run. Now if we could only get this stuff in New Hampshire.

10-09-2010 19:05:10 | More by Ritz4022
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.03/5  rDev -43.9%

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.

10-09-2010 00:20:29 | More by BeerNinja007
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