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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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BA SCORE
77
okay

840 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 47
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-29-2003)
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Reviews by suspect:
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suspect

New York

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a 16oz tallboy into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Perfect golden color...crystal clear. Normal pour leads to a big 3 finger fizzy head that fades and leaves a nice fluff of fuzz on the top. Tornado of fizzy bubbles rise up from bottom.

S: Pretty decent lager smell. Grains, faint hops.

T: Full flavored lager. Lots of crisp malts with some hop balance. Not anything special but for a lager, this one is nice.

M: Medium bodied (big for a lager) and a nice crisp finish.

O: A decent, easy drinking lager.

03-17-2013 00:40:50 | More by suspect
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oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

04-23-2011 22:46:45 | More by oberon
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SkiBum22

New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 17:50:57 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

09-27-2010 18:29:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-09-2014 15:13:51 | More by MikeC144
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-04-2014 00:24:50 | More by BeerDreadz
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csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

07-07-2012 17:39:41 | More by csmartin6
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tim6298

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

12-23-2013 14:40:07 | More by tim6298
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%

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)

07-02-2011 15:31:50 | More by SunDevilBeer
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generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

08-16-2013 15:10:46 | More by generallee
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

03-01-2014 10:05:10 | More by Fcip78
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

08-04-2006 21:17:41 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

01-03-2006 05:57:39 | More by Jason
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mctizzz

California

2/5  rDev -40.5%

04-10-2012 13:10:37 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

06-29-2009 13:15:07 | More by tigg924
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Pat_McWilliams

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-08-2014 12:32:42 | More by Pat_McWilliams
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seymourcox

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

08-14-2014 18:35:11 | More by seymourcox
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

05-16-2012 15:45:16 | More by standardcherry
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jiffymon

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-13-2013 15:46:49 | More by jiffymon
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19%

09-12-2012 01:10:19 | More by wattoclone
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

02-12-2011 04:27:06 | More by kingcrowing
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mjtiernan

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

01-11-2013 04:09:05 | More by mjtiernan
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-30-2014 02:32:01 | More by ccurrid
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-15-2013 23:55:22 | More by Milkysunshine
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +11%

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.

06-13-2012 17:09:53 | More by jondeelee
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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.