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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 1,043
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 70
Gots: 212 | 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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 1,043
Photo of Bone53
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold color with a one to two finger white head

Smell: Sweet corn with a grainy undertone; Nothing too exciting in the aroma department, but its clean and not off putting

Taste: Same as the the nose but more pronounced; Sweet corn upfront with a grainy and bittering hop finish

Mouthfeel: This beers strong suit in my opinion. Full bodied and creamy for an adjunct

Overall: Iv been wanting to try this for a while now to see how it stacks up against yuengling, and finally saw it in my area. If you like that sweet corn and grain character in your adjuncts, it doesnt get better than this. Id compare it with PBR but a little sweeter and smoother. Its one of the better adjuncts iv had, however, Id rather get Yuengling at the same price. Im not even biased, I just think it has more character and flavor (826 characters)

Photo of Kubishark
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the best adjunct lager out there for the money. This really should be the "PBR Killer", as it tastes better and is comparably priced. Sweet and slightly corny, but less so than other examples of the style. (214 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice white head that falls to a thin ring and lasts. Medium gold color. Aroma is clean grains and lots of adjuncts and grassy hops. Flavor is clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and totally appropriate. Good call. (236 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice slightly buttery, malty-grain flavor. Refreshing, with a prickly carbonation that balances against a medium body. Great summer beer that blows most adjuncts out of the water.

Rating for style, this is an excellent AAL. (225 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really good looking beer, light fluffy head with good lacing that grabbed the glass. Like many lagers, not much odor, but certainly nothing bad. Flavor was well, meh, but a good meh. Nothing off that you expect sometimes. Not a lot jumping out at me but smooth, easy to drink with some taste. Nice beach brew. (314 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before fizzing away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sulfur and booze. Smells almost like malt liquor.

T- Flavor isn't as off-putting as there's a very mild cracker-like malt presence along with a bit of sweetness. So easy to drink, it's almost like sweet boozy water...actually it is sweet boozy water. Minimal bitterness.

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- As far as macro lagers go, it's not bad. I would take it sooner than a BMC product. Still, Schlitz is ever-so-slightly better. (775 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first beer I ever drank so I have to review this beer. It was a very light amber color with a slight foamy head. The taste was sweet and refreshing mostly malt not much in the way of hop flavor. It really had no aftertaste as all the sips taste preety much the same. A decent lager taste exactly how I remembered it . Thank You Jim Koch for bringing craft beer to all of us. (378 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium gold, crystal clear with a nice two finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Not much on the nose, maybe a little corn and some grassy notes.

T - This is very malt forward as is to be expected. Very little if any hop profile, very sweet tasting, reminds me of Old Milwaukee that I used to drink from time to time.

M- no bitter aftertaste at all.

O- This is an American Adjunct Lager. So I tried to rate to style, not trying to compare it to the big IPAs that I love. As an AAL, it is very drinkable. This would go down nice on a very hot day (like today). (587 characters)

Photo of Foam
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've been reading that Narragansett is now " the new P.B.R." in some circles and so, I had to get some to try.
First reaction is : cool retro/1975 packaging (as per its appearance in the movie JAWS) and cool 30-pack container design . With some background in graphic design, I commend whomever put this together.
Along the top near the handle, it says "Hi, Neighbor ! "
30 12-oz cans in this case... there is also a 16-oz 'pounder' case available .
A classic gold macro-lager color with plenty of sparkling foam bubbles to admire .
It's definetly 'better' than PBR so, no contest , there as far as i'm concerned ... (at same or slightly, higher cost.)
It's not going to stack up against any micro-brewed beer but no matter since it's half or less as much as a micro lager in cost... You'd have to spend perhaps twice as much for a marked improvement on this .
Seems to be a perfect/ideal hot humid Summer weather swill/session brew . The colder, the better ... the taste will start to dwindle/implode, the warmer it gets.. as is true with most cheapy macro-swills ...
Consider me a new fan ... I need a Narragansett t-shirt ... (1,130 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
4.77/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this beer against all the other adjunct lagers out there.
A - Pours a very pale, opaque gold color with 2 finger head. Surprisingly better head retention and head overall than I was expecting; lacing present as well.

S - Overall, not much to the aroma of the beer, as to be expected, though world's better than other adjunct lagers out there. Grainy and thankfully non-metallic scented.

T - Refreshing. Their isn't much here as to be expected but it's very pleasant and refreshing. Semi-bitter with mostly grain present. It tastes almost like an adjunct that is about to make the breakthrough to a basic IPA.

M - Light bodied beer and quite carbonated. Overall very smooth and crisp feeling without too much "sting" I've become accustomed to with other adjuncts.

O - Again, this is a macro brewed beer so obviously it shouldn't be compared against anything micro. Given that, it offers everything one should expect in a macro and far excels that. By far the most drinkable macro I've came across; yes, you can drink and enjoy this beer like an IPA! For roughly 80 cents to a dollar a can (16oz cans) you cannot beat it. Narragansett has now become my official go-to beer. (1,193 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok. Probably better because I had it with a Smokeshack burger at the Shake Shack after taking the kids to Museum of Natural History. Light lager. Drinkable. Wouldn't choose with other options around. Better than Bud and Coors Light, etc, but just decent. (254 characters)

Photo of DKHNOVA
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very decent American-style lager. A good value. I wish this were more available where I live in Virginia. I brought some home from a trip to New England. I wish I'd gotten more. (And, it's the beer in the "beer can scene" in "Jaws". (234 characters)

Photo of Ptelea
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer - nice golden appearance, smooth with solid body/mouthful...great flavor is present- the finest adjunct lager. Enjoy in can, bottle or on tap! (154 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good malt flavor, and for an American Lager it has decent body, by which I mean it's not overly watery. Aftertaste lingers a bit. Crisp and refreshing, and it's cheaper than dirt. I got a six pack of tall boys (16 oz) for $5.25, and I've seen six packs of 12 oz LIGHT beer sell for more than that. You really can't go wrong with such a low price, plenty of bang for the buck.

Like most American lagers though, you really need to drink it straight out of the fridge. The closer it gets to room temperature, the more the taste of cooked vegetables dominates everything else. (573 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cool looking straw yellow to golden color. However, the head dissapeared almost instantaneously and leaves no lacing. Green apple aroma and malts as the drink warms. A fairly straightforward malt taste but pretty much watery and not so flavorful. Nice crisp feel when cold.
A typical macro style lager brew. Perhaps a step above BMC. I can see myself having this on a 95 degree beach day. (396 characters)

Photo of lipster
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy can into a 16 oz pint glass. Yellowish gold color with large, almost soda-sized carbonation, foamy short-lived head with only a trace of lacing. Smells of heavy malt. Tasty of cereal, corn, malt, bread, with a slight caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite fizzy and a little syrupy in the aftertaste. Drinkable. (333 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger and a half of head on a light golden body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste is okay, mild grain and touch of bitter.
The texture is light and fizzy.
It wasn't enjoyable, lacked any real aroma or flavor. (219 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

when you are talking cheap american lagers, look no further than this one for one of the best in the game. no off flavors here, not the least bit sweet, and just good, easy drinking, refreshingly carbonated, yellow beer. not to be over analyzed i dont think, but when the sun is shining and seafood is on the table, this one is hard to beat if you dont want to drink down the fancy beers in the cellar or fridge. really nice head, and it holds on for a long time, especially for the style. the lager yeast is different too, less bready, more compatible with the light hops in here, and working sugars down to a very very dry finishing beverage. tasty, really no complaints for this, especially when compared to its peer group. best when ice cold, right from the can. (766 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, this isn't largely available in Maine like it seems to be elsewhere. Therefore it costs more for me than the typical Bud/Coors/PBR adjunct, and hard to track down.

But boy, this is by far the best American Adjunct I've tried. If only it was priced here as an adjunct and available as such -- it would definitely become my staple go-to.

There is actually a decent malt body and some real hop flavors. This is as good as it gets for easy-drinking, light yet flavorful American lager. It really has some flavor.

Come to Maine, please. (540 characters)

Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Just got my first 12 pack. Very good tasting AAL. Has smooth mouthfeel, with apple notes and good malty balance to make it a bit richer with a corn finish. A little bit of a caramel note to balance the taste. One of the best lawnmower beers or summer thirst quenchers. Easy to drink and beats the BMC alternatives hands down. Purchased in Etowah, TN at Muddy Waters Liquor and paid $10.99 for that 12 pack. Good value for the dollar. (433 characters)

Photo of TommyCoyote
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

It's an Old-School decent Brew that obviously used to be produced and distributed here in Rhody. Doesn't taste "Old-School" though... somethin's weird.

But, all in all I will suck a few of these down here and there with a couple Cheeseburgers with Bacon oR some kinda' Chicken or even just have a couple of 'em solo. A decent Brew for the price. Although there are others I am ALL OVA'!!!!!!!!!!! (398 characters)

Photo of Robert_G
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The most appealing aspect of this beer is its cleanness. It's bright, cheery and very refreshing. It has virtually no hop taste. It finishes clean and bright. I think this beer is best on a hot day after working in the yard. Take a break under a tree and drink this right down. You'll feel great. Note the difference between the average BA Score and The Alström Brother's score. That's what happens when the reviewer is not a beer snob. (437 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of can but have had it many a time before. Light yellow not really a head. Good carbonation. Tastes like a PBR or old Milwaukee. Also one of my 3 go to choices (169 characters)

Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Was offered this hanging out with friends. Drank out of a can.

No real noticeable notes. Has a nice barley flavor, some wheat as well. Slightly sweet, get a tiny bit of citrus at the back end.

Nothing spectacular, but drinkable. (231 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

From a can at home. Nice looking beer. Thick creamy head that recedes to a sparse lacing in the a tall pilsner style glass. Active streams of bubbles accompany a staunch aroma. Very refreshing taste with a solid mouth-feel & a mild aftertaste. All in all a great beer at a great price. (285 characters)

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