Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

337 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 1,029
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 200 | 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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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)

Photo of seymourcox
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can

A: Looks more like a pale-ish ale with a strong base of yellowish brown
S: Smells pretty hoppy for a lager, but definitely notes of a creamy sweetness
T: Just tastes like a better version of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Tastes like a lot of standard American Pilsners even though it's a lager. Biscuit and toast tasting with very little complexity
M: Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Thin, but in a good way
O: Nothing special at all. I really do not like PBR so saying it is a better version is not high praise at all (despite what Nicolas Cage says). Pretty neutral beer that would be pretty good for a long drinking session. Has drinkability, but tastes pretty typical (674 characters)

Photo of OldeSchool
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold / amber lager; pours very clear with a fizzy head that builds fast and dissipates quickly.

S: Not too much going on; a bit of malt maybe. Pretty neutral experience.

T: Not bad for an AAL; rather sweet with just enough spice to keep me interested. Sixteen ounces went down very easily.

M: Again, better than I expected; there's enough here to elevate this beer above most of the macros I've tried.

O: This beer surprised me a bit, and I might just reach for another on a sweltering summer day. Definitely a cut above many of the pale, watery offerings to be found within this genre. (594 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, soapy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Grainy corn, grass and light malt aromas with floral hop notes. Carbonation was slightly subdued up front creating a creamy feel. Light, tangy hop crispness through the middle up front with a clean semi-dry finish. Flavors are in line with the aromas. Light, crisp and refreshing. By far the best lager of its kind that I've had to date. Love the tall boy too. (481 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are a fan of American Adjunct Lagers, Narragansett is a sure thing.

The retro can is cool. The beer itself looks pretty typical of the style.
The foamy white head faded fast and only left the slightest amount of lacing.
It is perfectly clear and has a little bit more of a golden color than your average American beer.

Smells like a beer.

More full bodied and a better mouthfeel than most beers of this style.
Not weak or watery.

This beer is crisp, slightly sweet, slightly malty with a little bit bitterness at the finish.

Just a better all around beer than most macro lagers.
When you factor in the price, you can't beat it. (639 characters)

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