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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 129
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 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.

WeezyBoPeep, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Bung, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Durge, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

KTCamm, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

donkeyrunner, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

AdamBear, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

hoptualBrew, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

cjgator3, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

ktrillionaire, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

DrJay, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of greybeardloon
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

greybeardloon, Sep 16, 2011
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Gmann, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

dasenebler, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of RedHunter
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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!


RedHunter, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Chico1985, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

zoolzoo, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with an impressive 2-finger head that sticks around for a bit

S: Some nice toasted malts with a light hop presence. Nothing overly impressive, but certainly a lager done right

T: Same as the smell, a straightforward maltiness along with some subtle spicy hops that help to round off any sweetness that might be present from the malts

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is a great octoberfest that helps to bring in the fall season. It is very crisp and refreshing, especially on a cool 75˚ evening

BEERMILER12, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of necrat
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear dark copper color with a big head that disappears quickly.

The smell and taste pretty much match up with a grainy, whole wheat sort of flavor to it. But there is something lacking in the taste. It's like a slight mis-balance in the flavor, and nothing really compliments each other in it. There is a real hint of spice too, but again, it just doesn't mix correctly. The aftertaste is much better than the 'during' taste, with a nice cereal style after taste to it. That is the only part I really liked about it. If I were to describe this in one word, it would be "meh". Their summer was a much better seasonal than this. My suggestion to this one is, drink it cold. It tastes worse when it is warmer.

necrat, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with a foamy, light tan head that leaves sticky remnants of lacing clinging everywhere to the glass.

Generous Vienna malt aromas with bread notes and faint toffee.

Pretty much a very nice, standard Oktoberfest, with sweet malt, in a peanut type of way, caramel malt, bread and a hint of hop spice.

Medium to fuller in body with a crisp and refreshing finish and medium carbonation.

A pretty darn good Oktoberfest, which was unexpected from Narragansett for me. I will certainly have this again.

CHADMC3, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Dools9
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this bright orange can. Poured this into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark amber color with an off white, cream colored head. Looks fantastic. Good retention and lots of lacing all over the glass.

SNose of bready, toasty malt ,with hints of toffee, spicy hops. Faint metallic undertone.

T: Slighlty sweet, toasty and carmalized malt, spicy hop bitterness in the back end which does a good job of balancing the sweetness.

M: Very smooth, some decent creamy heft. Low to medium carbonation. Very easy drinking, pretty dry finish.

O: This is a smooth, easy drinking fest lager. Another solid seasonal from these guys. Also comes in tall boys and is priced very well. Solid fall beer and a repeat seasonal purchase for me.

Dools9, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange lager pours into my pint glass out of a tallboy can. Foamy white head forms to a nice size and has decent retention. Small pillow and ring leave a small amount of lace.

S- Fairly weak strength but what I do get is mostly caramel malt sweetness, nuts and some light hops.

T- Starts off nicely with some yeast bread, biscuit, nutty caramel malt, dark fruit and sweets. Slight hop profile of grassy, herbal and floral hints. The lingering flavor sort of brings out a weakness of sweet light adjunct lager but not all that much.

MF- Foamy body with high carbonation, really foams up on the palate. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter.

A solid lager for autumn at a good price point. Just a bit too sweet though.

cbutova, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the pint can!

A light amber color, 3" cream colored head. slow dissipation, thick and creamy layered foam as it settles! nice sticky lace.

Caramel, dark bread, robust yeast, sour lager yeast notes, buttery caramel malt and oats, slight metallic cream.

a wicked smooth and lush malt complexity, toffee, buttery but also a crispness in the middle and complex yeast to boot! crispy earth and sour notes, smooth, medium and jazzy feel finishing smooth. Really good balance with a beefy malt and enough earthy yeast and hop kick to make it all harmonious.

wow, what a nice surprise!

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 27, 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
Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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