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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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 puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

puboflyons, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tzieser, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

angrybabboon, Aug 04, 2011
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 brew3crew
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

brew3crew, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

robwestcott, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Zodijackyl, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Onenote81, Nov 05, 2010
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 coachdonovan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

coachdonovan, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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,

mlazzaro, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mltobin, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

erosier, Oct 12, 2010
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 Ritz4022
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Ritz4022, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

BeerNinja007, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a dark burnt orange with a quickly disappearing head. Some lacing. Aroma is of caramel with some malts. Somewhat sweet. Taste is more sweet caramel. Roasted malts as well and some spice to it. Hard to put into words but it just has that great Oktoberfest beer taste. Certainly drinkable and I'm loving drinking an Oktoberfest out of a 16oz can. I must admit that Narragansett is my Go-to lager, but with the recent additions of the Porter and now 'Fest I'm hoping that this is the start of a trend of new beers by 'Gansett. Worth buying, no question.

PicoPapa, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall very, very pleasantly surprised with this offering from Narragansett.

A - Nice crystal copper pour with a fluffy one finger head that fades to leave no side lacing but some really good swirls around the brew.

S - Typical oktoberfest smells with nothing really heavy or jumping out. Nice malts and sugars but cant kick the usual macro aromas. Still, shocking.

T - Holy cow, this is a Narragansett!? This tastes better than a few of the craft Oktoberfests I've drank before! Really strong malty flavors with some very, very light hop on the back end.

M - Really nice carbonation for this style. Feels nice and clean and crisp. Again, amazed.

D - Wow, this is an amazing session beer. Cant get over how good this beer is. Did this really come from not only a can, but a Narragansett can?! Definately worth the pickup. An amazing macro take on this style. Holy cow.

rudzud, Oct 06, 2010
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 JMD
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with huge frothy head that fades slowly and leaves clumpy lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and sugary spices. Hints of bread and grain as well.

T: Clean flavor, with some nice carmel sweetness and subtle spice. Also a hint of grainy macro flavor in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation and pretty smooth.

D: This is a decent American Marzen from Narragansett. The macro-adjunct flavor is fairly well masked so it isn't a big turnoff for me, and these went down easy. And $7.99 for a 6pk of 16oz cans makes this one a great value.

JMD, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BogleHill
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A highly drinkable light amber brew with a frothy tan head and light to medium carbonation. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty. Flavor is quite nice with a good malty backbone excellently balanced by the hops. A very drinkable and enjoyable fall beer. Good going guys!

BogleHill, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Kanyon22
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can poured into murphy's glass

A: A dark orange amber colored body with a off white head, looking good for style.

S: A grassy, musky, grainy, sweet smell with a touch of burnt sugar smell as well. Love the burnt sugar smell but a would love it if that grain macro smell would go away.

T: The beer starts off with a clean watery lager taste, flows into a hint of sweetness then quickly into a bitter finish. Not picking much else up as it warms.

M: Has a nice medium to full mouth feel, definitely nice. Kinda harsh going down though. Starts to really dry out the mouth quick.

D: Nice easy going beer, love the price $7.99 for sixer of 16oz. cans. Finishes a little harsh on the throat, but otherwise could see anyone being able to down a couple.

Kanyon22, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of taez555
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick clear amber body with a white head.

Nose isn't strong but has fresh carmal malt flavors.

Taste is very clean with a strong caramel and fresh slightly darker grain taste. Very fresh grain flavor. Malt really dominates this beer but there's a very classic earthy old german hop flavor amd mild bitterness that balance. This beer is really all about the malt though.

Not an amazing Octoberfest by any means, but an amazing fest for the price.

taez555, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my pint glass, I got an impressive three finger head above a clear, amber body. I didn't notice the color to be particularly oranger as some others have noticed.

Aromas started out with caramel and light maltiness. There were hints of grain, and what I can only describe as standing water. A light skunkiness was also evident.

Taste was of light malts, a little bitter, and a little harsh. No skunkiness came through. Overall an average for the style, not too bad.

Mouthfeel was OK, not great. As I mentioned above, it was a little harsh.

Drinkability is just average. Not the best example of the style I've ever had. I don't think I'd want a six-pack of these.

connecticutpoet, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-oz tallboy into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Light, caramel amber color with excellent clarity and vigorous carbonation activity. Forms a one and a half finger head of dense, sudsy, off-white foam which retains nicely and leaves a little weak lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet, bready malts and grains with a slight spiciness, but a mild adjunct aroma as well.

T: Smooth, sweet caramel malt sweetness leaves a nice, bready coating on the tongue. Slightly creamy malt flavor gives way to a drying, mildly bitter hop finish which lingers with some herbal, hop spices and graininess.

M: Super smooth, clean and a little creamy. Drinks with the superiority of a well-crafted lager, perhaps at the expense of some more quality malts.

D: Gansett Fest's finest attributes are its clean look, smooth feel and fine balance of flavors. The 5.5% ABV puts it right in a sessionable territory and the tallboys are a bonus. That said, it either tastes like it was made with adjuncts or just not the same quality of malts you'll taste in more established American marzen lagers. Overall, it's a great value and a good Oktoberfest beer. Prost to RI!

Gambrinus1184, Sep 28, 2010
Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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