Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 64
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-29-2003

We brew our lager with six row malt, seedless hops, corn from Iowa, our lager strain (the same one the brewery has depended on since just after Prohibition), and the purest water from Lakes Ontario and Hemlock.

12 IBU
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Ratings: 1,008 | Reviews: 355
Reviews by ElCommodoro:
Photo of ElCommodoro
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard about this since I started reading about beer. Especially since trying to find which economy beer is most worth buying. This beer was decent and worth the low price tag, but it didn't live up to the hype at all. I've had cheaper beer that was better. This one tastes A LOT like the cheapest beer in America, Big Flats. It bears some similarities to Asian adjunct lagers I've had as well. I would have to say this is not as good as Old Milwaukee, which is cheaper and a tiny bit less bland.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The resurrection of the retro Lagers has created somewhat of an embedded drinking culture populated with über-hipsters and nostalgia drinkers--half American heritage and half grass-roots marketing.

Pours off with a rush of foam, subsiding to a thin, bubbly lace that only survives from the active carbonation. Perfect clarity with a dirty straw color. Clean, fresh-cut-hay graininess, cooked grits and a mild floral aroma. Super crisp, with a semi-high level of carbonation that yields a smooth light body. Fresh snap of grain husk has a sharpness to it; modest hop bitterness adds to the effect. Very clean all around. Quick flash of malt flavor jumps to a raw corn-grit taste with a mild dextrin flavor in the end. Finishes dry with a lingering bite of grain.

It is what it is: an American Macro Lager--but for what it is, it's not too shabby and sits on top compared to the rest of the retro Lagers out there. Without a doubt, a staple on a hot summer day. Pair with a plate of fried calamari & hot peppers--Rhode Island style.

Photo of tigg924
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: huge head, medium carbonation, bright yellow, clear

Smell: grains and malt

Taste: corn, grains, and malt--with a metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth, can feel the carbonation, very light

Drinkability: Even for the style, this one was far from my favorite. The flavorjust did not seem as clean as other adjunct lagers and left a bad aftertaste. I will be passing on this one in the future.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cracker and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker and grainy malts. There is a very light amount of bitterness and some hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It doesn’t feel thin or watery.
O: This beer is easy to drink and tastes a lot maltier compared to other adjunct lagers (with less noticeable presence of adjuncts). It definitely tastes a lot better compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of Cbreagsy
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes good, goes down easy and dirt cheap this is why I love RI

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six pack and a half way decent BA rating I had to grab this up for a day of outside work today.Poured into a pilsner glass a clear straw color with a pretty nice clingy white head,good clarity and head to this adj lager I gotta say.Clean aromas with a bit of iron and husk,not much in the sweet department wich is a good thin in my mind.What makes this adj lager better than most is the restrained sweetness on the palate,a little grainy and husky with light residual sweetness in the back end.This is a frisby golf,lawn day,or sitting back watchin a ballgame beer,its not all that bad at all.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'd resisted drinking 'Gansett for years since I hate hipsters & this beer has been popular with them for some time. Picked up a sixer at my local package store a few months ago to see what the fuss was all about.

Drank it right out of the can, ice cold on a hot day after some yard work. 1st smell is that of green apples. Same faint green apple in the taste. Very smooth drinking, I love the carbonation feel in my mouth. Each sips begs another.

As the beer warms up, a little of the cooked veggie/corn flavor sneaks in. Gotta drink it quickly while still cold!

The price is right for this beer too - around $6 for a sixpack of tall boys (compared to most crafts around here going for $10/6 pack 12 oz'ers nowadays).

OK, I will admit it - a small bit of me is very hip now. :0)

Photo of Doomcifer
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear golden with a decent sized frothy white head that stuck around for a bit. Smells lightly of corn and very faint malt...not much there at all as far as aroma goes. Tasted of honey, malt sweetness, very light hops, very crisp and clean. A light to medium body with medium carbonation. You would expect it to feel like Bud or Coors, ie very watery and cola-like carbonation but not so. Extremely drinkable. These puppies go down easily on a hot muggy day. I was pretty impressed by the quality of this beer. It is cheaper than Bud, Coors, etc @ only $4.75 for a six-pack. For the price, and for what it is, it blows Bud, Coors, Miller, etc out of the water EASILY.

My macro of choice by far.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can with no freshness date. Different look bu the same old style labeling. $4.99 for a six-pack of tall boys is not a bad price.

A- Two fingers of froth hold steady after a moderate to hard pour, clear golden straw hue.

S- Ahhh ... that beery smell. Mild spicy hops with that graininess with a back-end of cereal grains.

T&M- Solid crispness with in the light to moderate body, carbonation is at a good level. Light malt flavor, clean cereal grain taste. Slightly bitter hops with a touch of flavor. Dry finish with more graininess and a kiss of hop oil flavor in the end.

D- Wow! what a treat, finally a macro with a bit of flavor. I would not have a problem having this in my fridge year round ... hell, it just bumped Schlitz off of my list.

Photo of seymourcox
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this beer in Jr. High. I hadn't had it since then (early 70s), so when I had it recently, I was a little nervous. I was not just relieved, but overjoyed that it tasted exactly as I thought I had remembered it (even though it was the first time I think I had had it actually cold). A flood of memories came to me of hanging out with my friends, skipping school, on a beautiful spring day, drinking beers by the lake.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can poured down my gullet.

Pours a very clear light yellow with no head. Nose is corn and light hops.

Taste is fairly well balanced for an adjunct lager, it's crisp, light a bit bitter and fairly fresh. I mean it's not an amazing beer, but it's well balanced and way more drinkable than most.

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett’s Lager opens with a yeasty, floury malt aroma immediately reminiscent of baking bread, toast crust, and rising dough, but sweetened by healthy doses of white grape and orange. There’s also a good smattering of wet hay, and an aroma that reminds me of the inside of old-timey grain mills. The aromas are obviously heavily biased towards grains, with mere smatterings of fruit and sugar, and nary a hint of hops. This works well for the beer, for the grain aromas are strong and varied enough to avoid the one-note wonder that can result from lesser-quality lagers, and the sugars are just potent enough to interest the senses. A stronger sugar base would have added extra oomph, as would have a larger hop presence, but the beer still smells good without them.

On the tongue, the beer continues to be heavily grain-based, with toast crust, biscuit, hay straw, rice, and floury baguette immediately present, sweetened by white grape, orange, and touches of apricot. A bit of brown sugar also winds through, with the merest shade of pine from the hops adding a slight bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with some sugary sweetness remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a short time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice mid-grade beer. It doesn’t quite have enough complexity or nuance to compete with, say, a Dogfish Head, but then it’s not intended to. Instead, it provides a clean, well-balanced, refreshing, flavorful profile that leaves the tongue wanting more, and with a 5% ABV, is nicely suited for lunch. Perfect camping or beach fare.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Sam Adams glass. "brewed in rochester" on the neck (by non other than genesee brewing of course...).

pours a super clear, golden, almost yellowish color. about one fingers worth of pure white head, faded to a thin yet retentive layer. some sporadic lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles.

mineral lager yeast, a bit of mineral water, and maybe a hint of sweet, corny malt.

mineral water, slightly sweet malt, hints of corn. a bit of tart apple and the slightest hint of lemon towards the finish.

light bodied, high carbonation, slight watery feel.

not really an impressive beer, but easy to quaff during the summer. i wouldnt be surprised if this is just regular genny with a different label... tastes very similar.

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright yellow colored with a bright white head of tight styrofoam with great retention. Bubbles stream up quickkly.

Grassy malt aroma, some floral notes, plus some corn and cinnamon.

Even flavor, well balanced with corn and ripe fruit, and mild floral hops. Very clean, none of the acrid aftertaste of some of its American lager cousins. This is surprisingly smooth and tasty.

Even and creamy mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. Very drinkable, great summer beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer!!!

It fits right in, because I am from New England.

Its nice, refreshing, clean tasting and tasty.

It pours a nice pale yellow color, and has a nice look.
nice frothy head, decent lacing for a lager.

I really enjoyed this beer, I really suggest it.

Also supporting the Local, "The Vibes" in Bridgeport CT!!!
Having a huge amount of history, I plan on helping to save this beer.

Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Undated 16oz can served in a lager glass.

Appearance: Sparkling clear, golden, and plenty both fine and coarse bubbles. Formed a nice foamy white head which had decent retention and provided surprisingly attractive lacing.

Smell: typical American Adjunct lager, if a bit more corn.

Taste: too lightly flavored, yet the corn is more obvious upon tasting; lightly hopped, leaving it mildly sweet until the finish; fairly clean tasting.

Mouthfeel: thin and crisp, with aggressive carbonation.

O: not actually bad, but trivially different from other macro-brewery American Adjunct Lagers.

Photo of mart1018
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I just like the can "Made on honor, sold on merit." I like Pabst a bit better for "hammer" beers.

Photo of DarrellK
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this brew. My expectation wasn't very high but even with that it is a very decent lager. I expected an American Pilsner style but the Gold to amber color and malty aroma placed in a different style and definitely not an American Adjuct Beer.

The mouth was quite full for the style and the finish was on the malty side with a slight sweetness, like a marzen.

The real pleasure is the very low cost which makes the brew a real value.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

revisiting a classic

A- straw yellow with a tight white head some lacing on the glass

S- some hops in the nose, a classic beer smell

T- mildly bitter hops with a nice clean and dry finish

M- thin with some carbination

D- like most in the style an easy drinker that finishes clean and smooth. Also this beer has more flavor than most in the style. This is a good everday standard beer.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks okay, if somewhat undistinguished. Smells, actually pretty terrible. Something about the malt smells just a bit rotten. There's a weird sort of offputting acidity that seems to creep into the flavor.

I really hope that I got a bad bottle of this stuff, but I don't think I'll buy another one to check. This is just kind of a lousy beer.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tulip poured into a tulip. Canned on Oct 12 2012.

A: Pours a very clear light golden yellow with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates in under 2 minutes leaving a ring around the edge.

S: Similar to the smell you would expect from most macro brews. Has that corn like quality of malts to it.

T: Good balanced taste here. Has the a light sweetness from the malts, hints of hopping toward the back end. Pleasant malt lingering in the finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this is the best American Adjust Lager I have had. Isn't offensive and actually quite easy drinking.

Photo of rdilauro
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say! I've been waiting to re-taste this beer for almost 3 years now.
All my memories of this beer comes from the BEER FROM JAWS!
If a shark can make history, why not the beer!

Really nothing exciting. Pours and looks like any other light domestic beer. Clean, clear a good amount of carbonation.

The taste was light and crisp. Enjoyable. There was more flavor in here than in many other of the 'standard' domestic canned beers.

On the can, was printed the "CLAM BEER" I can really see this.
I can envision being up on Cape Cod, in a local restaurant, taking down a number of fresh clams and oysters on the half shell.

I am not looking for a lot of complexity and flavours here, just something that is refreshing, clean and honest.

And that is exactly I had I think of this beer!

Photo of IntriqKen
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint can poured into a pint glass....golden yellow with a full finger white foam head that melts and leaves a sticky map on the side of the glass.

Lager aromas even hint at skunkiness even though it's in a can. pale malt and little else.

Taste is thin even for a lager. Wow...this isn't the way I remember 'gansett from the '60's. I seem to taste some corn although I didn't think they used adjuncts. A little hop bite on the end that is nice.

Aftertaste is clean and mouthfeel is decent for a lager but I'm still disappointed.
Sometimes memories are best remembered rather than revisited.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a can of this at Upper Crust in Boston.

A: Pours a light golden/yellow color with a 1.5 finger white frothy head. Decent retention, lasting for a few minutes, but eventually it was all gone leaving just a few bubbles on top. Patchy, thin lacing left on the sides.

S: Pretty light overall. A little bit of grass, some sweetness, a little corn and grain.

T: Pretty typical for an American adjunct lager. Some corn and malty sweetness, with a hint of grassy/floral hops. Not bad though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth and crisp. The can was served rather cold so I had to wait a bit to drink it.

O: Not terrible, but not great - hard for an American Adjunct to really wow me. Would rather drink this than most others in the style though.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at the Clarke Cook House.

Appearance- Light golden brown with a small soapy white head.
Smell- Corn husk, rice, straw/hay, and malt.
Taste- Light malt backbone with hints of corn, hay, and slight metallic hops.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery, flavor kicks in around the tail end.

Overall- A typical macro full of adjunct but much better then the big boys. I would choose this over all other macros with the exception of PBR.

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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