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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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 pokesbeerdude
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drazzamatazz for this 16oz can in the Nice Cans III BIF. Into a SA Perfect pint.

A: Pours a pale copper color with an enormous off white head. Head billows up to approximately an inch or so and slowly recedes to about a 1/4 of an inch that refuses to disappear. Excellent lacing. Perfect clarity. A fair amount of bubbles move lazily to the top of the glass.

S: Smells about right, some caramel malts a bit of grain, a touch of sulfur, and a pretty neutral lager yeast strain, definitely a lager though. Not overly aromatic, but smells alright.

T: Caramel malts, nice amount of grain in here as well slight bit of bitterness on the finish. Floral hops. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. Pretty nice hop flavor that I didn't expect at all. Pretty tasty stuff.

M: Light body, prickly carbonation, dry finish. Just right.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Very enjoyable on this fall evening while watching some baseball. If I could get it regularly in the fall I definitely would.

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of bornridiculous
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is a nice copper orange. Poured with a nice head that has stuck around for the last 5 minutes that leaves solid lacing on the side of the glass. Good Clarity.

Smell: Smells more malty than hoppy with notes of caramel. Not much hop aroma, but its there. Definitely playing second fiddle to the malt.

Taste: Big malt flavors up front, the way toffee apples smell, but as a taste. Hops up front, a little bit on the back end, indicative of the style with an overall malty finish that sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, which seems to contradict the malty flavor. Seems a little bit under-carbonated.

Final impression: A solid example of the style. A four pack would make a good session brew before a football game. I would pick this over most other Oktos.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett Fest pours a clear copper color with a big, thick frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to sheet on the surface leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong, but is mainly malty notes of caramel and toasted malt. Bread, light fruit (apple?) and floral hops are also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick, slightly syrupy with a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is malty with light spice and light fruit notes. It begins with a taste of caramel and bread. In the middle some hints of spice (perhaps rye or cinnamon?) appear. It finishes with floral hops and a hint of fruit (apple or peach?). Once gone the caramel and spice notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. A great example of what an autumn beer should taste like.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into my Sam Adams glass. Big off-white head. Amber color. Nearly crystal clear with some slight haze. Faint malt, toffee and miscellaneous hop aroma. Excellent head retention and a nice lacing on the glass.

Malty with a hint of sweetness. Carmel. The beer is very well balanced in terms of malt and bitterness. The hops and malt work together to leave my tongue simultaneously. My perfect Octoberfest lager as it's not cloyingly sweet or a malt bomb. Grab a Gansett!

Photo of Bendurgin
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far I've pretty well enjoyed the Narragansett seasonal offerings. So, lets see. Poured into a pint glass. This pours a clear copper color wth three fingers of creamy white head with some soapy lace.

Somewhat nutty on the aroma with a little bit of toast and caramel. Hints of toffee with a grainy aroma with some floral hops in the background. The pallet is toasty with grains and has hints of toffee with a little bit of a hop pressence in the finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation is soft. A somewhat creamy feel. Overall another solid seasonal from these guys.

Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-copper with a one-finger thin, tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, candied sugar, toffee and hints of toasted grain. Flavor beings with a subtle kick of tart fruit (apple, pear) and toasted grains before moving into a silky smooth, sweet, sticky and delicious caramel malt. Other notes of toffee and nuttyness mix well in the malt before some spicy hop notes and more toasted grain to finish. Very sessionable oktoberfest with an awesomely blended flavor and great mouthfeel.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this one was certainly a surprise. Poured from a tall can into a Samuel Smith perfect pint glass.

A: Dark orange with browns in there, nice foamy, thick beige head. Clear and gorgeous. Looks like a fall day.

S: Big hit of caramel malt and biscuit dough up front, lots of floral hops in the distance.

T: Perfectly refreshing autumn beer. This is what I've been searching for! I nice combo of various malts with a decent hop profile backing it up. Slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly bitter on the finish but fades fast.

M: Fits the style almost to a T. Semi-carbonated and "cool" on the tongue.

Value: You can't beat this, I found a sixer of tall boys for like 8 bucks.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber. 2 fingers of nice fluffy off white head. Retains a thin layer.

A pretty good bready aroma. Some yeast and a herbal hop tone.

Taste, A fair mix of caramel, malt and some light fruitiness, apple, grape. Some citrus and pine in there as well. Finishes more bread, almost pumpernickel, fairly dry. Maybe a tad sweet overall.

Light bodied, no abv, a "drinker" octoberfest. A nice carbonation sends it through very well.
Nothing to complain about with this one.

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper color with a decent white cover and lots of lacing. The aroma offers a crisp, light fruity wheat. The flavor delivers a fruit nougat malt with some flowery hops notable but mostly it’s a bright malt theme that refreshes with peppery carbonation. It’s closer to light bodied than medium, very drinkable yet packing a good deal of flavor with a dry, hop grain finish. A pleasant surprise from a 16 ounce can!

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can straight to my Saints mug - Who Dat!

Dark honey orange with a huge off white cream head, no lacing though and absent legs @ 5.5%.

Smells like a marzen! Nutty, toffee, caramel malts, bready, candy like sweetness. Love it, I want to shower in this stuff.

Alot of mixed nut & toffee flavors here. Caramel malts also are present but kinda hangout in the background. A small hop bite in the back works well with the mild body & high carbonation.

Overall, its a solid marzen & the fact that its canned is a hell of a bonus. At $1.79 for a pint, I'd drown in this lager a happy man.

Photo of cjgator3
2.14/5  rDev -41%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another winning American Oktoberfest brew... I've quite a few as of late. This brew pours a gorgeously radiant amber and is capped with a filmy white head that deposits a surprising amount of spotty lace upon the glass' wall. The nose is fairly aromatic, offering biscuity, caramel-y notes and a hint of general nuttiness. The flavor is more directly nutty, fairly doughy-biscuity, and has restrained sweetness despite having much of its basis in sweet-type flavors such as caramel and toffee. The feel shows a great balance between creaminess and toothy body, and refreshing, mouth-watering drinkability. This is one of the best surprises I've had in a while, and I will certainly be drinking more of this.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a two inch cap of fluffy, beige foam. Good head retention, some clumpy and sticky lacing. Malty aroma, a little sweet with notes of caramel and toasted bread, sort of doughy. A little sweeter in flavour than I expected - bitterness was hard pressed to keep pace - but still tasty. Bread and caramel, light toastiness, and faint leafy hops. It seemed like a hint of spiciness or alcohol was present in the finish, along with a lingering mineral character. Texture was nice, smooth with some heft to the body, lowish carbonation. Overall, I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder can into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant copper coloring that is slightly hazy, and has little to no head. The beer has a spicy and bread/toast like aroma, which is very enticing. Good cling to the glass while you drink, the beer has a sweet, rich caramel malt flavor, with a heavy dose of nutmeg and cinnamon spicing that cuts the sweetness and warms you while you drink. The beer is creamy smooth in mouth, and gives you a malty tang on the aftertaste, with nutmeg and pumpkin throughout. The full bodied brew gives a slightly lingering, creamy finish. Very flavorful beer.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no apparent freshness date

A: Clear, dark orange with a thick, meringue-like head that leaves thick lacing. A very attractive beer.

S: Sweet, buttery malt.

T: Buttery malt with a sort of pretzel-like breadiness. A somewhat aspirin hop flavor comes through too. It's a bit sweet and understated but not offensive. This isn't a style I drink much of, though.

M: Nicely carbonated and a bit slick.

O: This isn't a beer I would ordinarily come back to, but at $8 for a six-pack of pint cans (at New York prices), it's a solid value.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a large glass beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a creamy off-white head that hung around as a layer leaving plenty of lacing behind.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and malty right up until a hint of bitterness comes in on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good American example of the style.

Photo of Gmann
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can, love the orange color, but not the lack of dating.

Pours a deep, clear coppery amber, quite nice. Decent head and retention, some lacing.

The aroma is malty, with hints of caramel and toast, plus a subtle hop character.

What a nice, balanced lager. Tons of malt flavor, but not too sweet. Bitterness isn't apparent, other than to counter the toasted, doughy character. Not amazing, but really solid and clean. Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated, medium body. Incredibly drinkable, reminds of no-frills, well-crafted German beer.

One of the best American Märzen I've had. And it's a great value! Go Gansett!

Photo of RedHunter
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O!Red's Beer Review # 4 is Narragansett Fest Lager for around $8 a 6-pack. This Marzen style comes in at 5.5% ABV.

This style is often dark amber/copper with frothy foaming head and a richly filling flavor where the malts are the masters. The hops don't sit on the sidelines and are often in a kind balance with their malt buddies.

The story behind the style is before refrigerator days, because the warm weather made brewing impossible, March was the last month beer could be brewed. The beer made during this time was kept in cellars and other cold environments until fall when it would be enjoyed for Octoberfest celebrations!

This beer is contained in an almost too orange 16 oz. tall boy can with “The Famous Narragansett” on top and “Fest Lager" beneath the Patron Saint of beer St. Gambrinus toasting you with his ginormous beerstein.

It begs to be drunk especially after the last two seasonal brews. The Spring Bock went for 9 bucks for a 6 pack of 16 oz tallboys and tasted best of all the bocks I’ve enjoyed. And the Summer did exactly what a summer should; refresh with a kiss of citrus and hops that we all enjoy.

The first impression was poured amber with a tan frothy head celebrating already. Touch of a haze on the clear body seen through my Widmer Bros. Irish Imperial Pint Glass.

Smells like it should. Caramel butterness on soft toasted grain with a hint of oily hops reminding you that this is not a some adjunct lager.

The first sip delivers a light and citrusy refreshing taste befitting of the marzen style. The hops awake on your tongue tip, while fun little bubbles bounce on it’s sides. Caramel is there with an unmatched butteryness. One of the best balances of hops and malts. At 5.5% Sessioning these tall boys will give you a boost to your social mood. The clean malt profile delivers pleasantness with the slightly drying hops begging you for more.

This entry beer gets me psyched for the other Octoberfests and Marzens out there. Between Sams, Harpoon, Weihenstephaner Festbier, and many others. Because if not for Marzenbier, other Fall seasonals would not exist.

Many choices await my future at the Belgian Beer Fest at the Cyclorama. I hope to see you there to enjoy one of the greatest influences in American craft beer! Belgians can be simple and complex. Master brewers hide their high alcohol contents very well. Enjoy with pride by the love and respect we share for our beer!

Grab a ‘Gansett Fest Lager. Support a part of American Brewing History and Culture. Plus introduce your less experienced friends to better beer through a common name.

Prost! Raise your Stein, I’d Tap That!


Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive really been into Narragansett lately. All of their seasonal offerings have been more than solid.

A: Copper / orange, almost like the can it comes in. Quick to form two finger head, good retention and lacing.

S: Sour dough bread, touch of sweetness, faint suggestion of hops.

T/M: Subtle, nice clean lager bite. Sour dough bread mid palate, slight kick of spice and touch of caramel sweetness. Hops provide a grassy note, keep things interesting. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, pretty refreshing. To put this beer in perspective, it would serve as an introduction to fall, but would also do just fine on the beach.

O: A clean Oktoberfest, not heavily spiced but not boring.

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Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.