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Narragansett Fest - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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 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
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours the definition of amber. Off-white creamy head is about 3/4 of an inch high and retains masterfully. Random sheets of lacing. Transparent. Slow rising bubbles.

S-Sweet malt, bread/dough, pumpkin, and some light hoppiness. Light and sweet. Inviting aroma.

T-Subtle flavor. All the components found in the nose are in the taste. Light but still somewhat flavorful. Does make you want another sip though.

M-Medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly slick.

O/D-Pretty good. Maybe my least favorite of their seasonals but I also do not love the style that much either. Unspectacular but for $7.99 for a 6-pack of 16 oz. cans; I cannot complain.

VelvetExtract, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a foamy off-white head. No lace.

Wanted more malt depth and sugar, and didn't get any. Some malt sweetness, but this feels like it is dried out.

Leaner and drier than most of the style, which in some ways leaves you wanting more depth, but in others leads to easier drinkability as you finish the brew. Fair sugars, with malt sugar texture and some dried out elements and medium bitterness to balance this a bit. Some fruit and grain round it out. Decent.

A bit thinner than expected, with a watery edge.

Not bad, and better than expected. Can't compete with German and many good domestics, but not a bad brew.

OtherShoe2, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, and then poured again once the I drank the glass down enough to fit the rest of the can.

A: Clear burnished copper with a 1-inch, off white head. A little lacing present on the sides of the glass.

S: Haystack and woody wisps overlay a nose that speaks of caramel malt and faint floral hops.

T: Toasted grain with the same faint woody note as the nose, and an herbal/floral hop presence throughout with only a kernel of bitterness.

M: Medium and crisp with strong prickly carbonation. Finishes just slightly dry.

O: Another good offering from Narragansett. They'll rise again if they can continue to produce cheap but good beer like this.

DirtyPenny, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Finn
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Finn, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BigCheese
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

BigCheese, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Brad007, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

wcintula, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Schmidts, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of charliedvrs
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

charliedvrs, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

billybob, Aug 17, 2011
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
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