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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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965 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 56
Gots: 151 | 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: 965 | Reviews: 337
Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow straw color with cap of soapy white head, minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of light grass, hay and grain with a faint touch of sweetness. Taste follows scent, uber clean taste of fresh hay and grain with a minimal lightly sweet impact from the malt - must note there are no "vegetable" tastes associated with adjunct lagers. Extremely light body with moderately high carbonation. Extremely clean and clear scent and taste with no off notes makes for a surprisingly drinkable adjunct lager.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
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 +3.9%
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 oberon
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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 MikeC144
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of tim6298
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 generallee
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +20.9%
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 mctizzz
2/5  rDev -40.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of seymourcox
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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 standardcherry
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jiffymon
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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