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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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707 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%

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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Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

One of the best of the style made in America, was happy to finally try this one. Pours a bright yellow into a shaker pint, with a 1 inch head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells include sweet grain, sweet corn, and faint whiffs of herbal hops.

The herbal hop flavor is stronger in the taste than the aroma, but is still muted, per the style. The sweet grain flavor is really nice, a little bit of honey even.

Light bodied, very crisp, very drinkable. I could put back a few of these quite easily.

One of the best adjunct lagers on the market. Not offensive in the slightest, actually has a taste that brings you back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 07:35:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn.

a - Pours a hazy, golden orange color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, pale malts, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of grains, bread, wheat, dough, and bread. Light floral notes, not a ton going on, but nothing offensive.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Thin and very easy to drink. Could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall there isn't a ton going on here and it is pretty average, but it is not a bad beer for an AAL. Lots of grains and bready malts, and easy to drink, I'd prefer this over most BMC products.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 20:53:02 | More by mdfb79
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3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Raul did it! Finally! Fenway Park and a Narragansett Lager! Raul usually isn't into the adjunct swill, but like Oprah on a cheesy gordita, he just had to! Results? Unlike Oprah on said gordita, it's not revolting. A bit sweet, but not revolting.


Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 22:51:29 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of dar482

New York

3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear straw yellow color. Very standard for a lager of the style with a white foamy head.

The aroma has grain, pale malt, a bit of rice with some grassy hops.

The flavor follows with a light body with some grainy breadiness, with a bit of lemon and grassiness.

It has that lager refreshing body and carbonation for the mouthfeel.

This is actually quite a competent beer for the style. Not much on the hops, but still not offensive with the hop or malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 03:29:03 | More by dar482
Photo of kylehay2004


3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 finger head with little retention on clear straw colored body.

S: typical for the genre is the sweet corn, light malt aroma.

T: this one is one of the best in the genre. Its fuller bodied and it lacks any bitter or sourness that turns me off from these beers.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: refreshing, easy to drink and certain one of the better bargain beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 01:54:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of afksports

New York

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having a Narragansett Lager on tap at Amity Hall because they didn't have Hurricane Kitty and I figured what the hell. I just hope the zombie apocalypse holds off. I don't want this adjunct American brew to be the last beer I drink.

That said, I don't think this lager is a bad one. I reminds me of a well-done citrusy Coors Light with an added cashew type nuttiness in both the smell and the taste. The malts are actually complex, and for the style it's darker gold in appearance, better carbonated than its competition, and much easier to drink.

Honestly, this is a repeatable brew. Drinking it is similar to the experience of going to a movie that you expect to be bad, then having it turn out entertaining.

Now to figure out my hurricane plan. I don't know if staying at the bar late is a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:33:20 | More by afksports
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at the burger shoppe in downtown Manhattan.
a. Gold and clear with streams of bubbles. Good bubbly white head and excellent lacing.
s. Slight malt scent.
t. Malty and carbonated, but quite plain. A hint of rye. A very slight sweetness. Basically decent even if pedantic.
m. Slight carbonation but light on the mouth.
d. Very light, but not like a light beer, just easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 21:09:59 | More by Amalak
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow with a 1 finger white head that faded slowly and left decent lacing; OK looking from the tap.

Smells like malt, light caramel, light citrus hops, wheat, hay, grass and a mass produced slight sweet funk like it came from a macro-brewery; basically it smelled blah.

Tastes blah as well, with sweet malt, a tinny yeast flavor, light caranel, grass, light citrus hops, hay, wet bread or cardboard and corn or some other sugary filler; this is like a Yeungling or Stevens Point and your basic lager, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a watery feel, high carbonation and a hight drinkability if you are looking to pound tasteless beer. Might be spot on for the style, but that didn't make it taste good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 03:54:11 | More by CHickman
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 16:14:09 | More by rfgetz
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and a good clean lager smell. In the taste, clean saaz hops, and a sweet to dry malt. A small bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, hop in the aftertaste. Nice clean lager, nothing uber fantastic, but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 17:32:44 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Amber with small fizzy head. Actually looks like a beer.

S-Sweet malts. Grainy.

T-Not bad at all. Just like the nose. Quite malty, some grain and a tiny hop presence. A bit of grass.

M-A bit watery but better than most of the style.

D-Easy to drink. Quite cheap at my local bars.

A great step up from BMC. Good taste at a good price. Flavor doesn't blow your mind because it isn't supposed to. Its just supposed to be drinkable without absolutely negating the flavor aspect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:02:35 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of gameface23


3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clean American Adjunct yellow with a small, spritzy head.

S: Clean malt/cereal aroma. Hops are sadly lacking

T: Sugar corn sweetness and plenty of it.

M: Light bodied, but it has more depth than most adjunct lagers.

D: It's an ok beer. I would probably choose this over most BMC.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 14:04:46 | More by gameface23
Photo of Jfraser


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So 'Gansett is trying to make a comeback and raise funds to build a brewery, saw it making the rounds at a tasting and grabbed a pint.
First impressions: Very light head, almost absent. Crisp citrus and grain smell. Taste is pretty clean and not complex at all, definitely a decent summer beer with very little aftertaste, though the amount of carbonation in the glass I sampled was probably the most I've ever seen in a beer of this style. Not sure why that was, but it was a little too much for me.

Overall, if you are looking for an easy drinking crisp lager you could do worse than a Narragansett.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 15:05:02 | More by Jfraser
Photo of BavariaYeti

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deliciously horrible, or horribly delicious. From my hometown/state, so I love this shit! Drink it up boys!
In all honesty, it's not my favorite brew, but when I can get kingers at 5 bucks for a 6, it a deal because it tastes better than most of the cheaper macros. Yea, so I indulge quite a bit, especially at the local pubs. ~ PROST!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 05:05:07 | More by BavariaYeti
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local beer that got brought back on line a few years ago. The local liquor store I used to frequent had a giant 'Narragansett' sign from the 60s. This beer is seen in RI as a local answer to MGD, Bud, and Coors taps found in the local bars. It's priced really well, too.

A- Amber/golden beer. Pours with little head. Looks like a good pint, and looks better than most macro lagers.

S- nothing amazing, pale malt, faintest hops.

T- Crisp, light, and well-ballanced. Goes down smooth, leaving you wanting for more. Oodles more flavor when compared to the other lagers at the tap.

M- see above, very crisp and good going down.

D- moderately high. This beer is flavorful without being overbearing. Easy to kill a 6 or 12 pack with some buddies. Also comes in tallboy 16 oz cans.

A very good pale lager, it's 'beer-y', but in a good way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 23:16:49 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of pinotboy007


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes - enjoyed overlooking Narragansett Beach from the Coast Guard House's outdoor upper deck in perfect weather.

A - In a plastic cup but it appears golden colored with a decent cap and even a bit of lacing.

S - Grain, hops and not much else. (Plastic cup probably contributes something.)

T/M - For a beer with a mediocre rep, it's actually pretty decent. The fact it has a nice hoppy/grainy taste is surprising and most welcome. The carbonation pulls together a distinct refreshing creaminess.

D - Perfect BBQ beer and hands down better than Bud, Miller, and the other titans of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 20:44:09 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of BDIMike


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

Pours a golden fizzy color with an inch of thick white head.
Smell is of straight lager beer, smells of cereal grains.
Good taste to this macro lager. It has a great balance of malts and hops, a good taste for a lager. A small hop bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is above average, a little to thin.
Drinkability is very nice. Could drink these all day long, even though it has good taste to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 22:14:00 | More by BDIMike
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2007 19:16:28 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A standard beer by definition (although a lot of their seasonal and limited beers are great) it is still a staple in my house. This is comparable to most of the big guys (bud, coors, pbr) but I found it to be better in that is not as filling, nor do I feel as bad for buying a six pack. The appearance is a very light yellow with a strong smell of wheat. The taste is okay and it has a light feel to it without sacrificing too much flavor. So if you want to get something to appease friends who are used to drinking bud but don't want to give Anheuser-Busch your money, this is a great way to go.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 16:48:23 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of fps_dean


3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Narragansett Lager is the best American style lager that I have ever had, and just might be the best American lager out there.

In comparison to PBR, Narragansett Lager has a bit more body and less sulfuric taste, and a slight lemony flavor that is noticeable in the aftertaste.

Not my normal style of beer, but is a good session beer on a hot summer day. Also a safe bet to buy for events like parties and whatnot

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 19:19:53 | More by fps_dean
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with bright clarity , golden amber with a soapy head that fell fast. Nose is corn, grits, corn sweetness and some fresh cut hay. Lightly sweet and no apple on the nose at all. Taste is light, lightly sweet and has a bit of thin apple. Thin malt with a bit of light watery body . Touch of sulfur on the nose at first but that dissipates. Smooth but has a nice bite on the tongue from carbonation. Refreshing with no real hop bitter - maybe a hint of it and some lemon in the dry finish.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 16:34:18 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Lemke10


3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a thick, fizzy head. The aroma is slightly malty and grainy. The taste is fairly simple and light. This is fairly decent tasting for being a lighter beer. I would definitely take this over a Miller/Bud/Coors any day.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 04:00:28 | More by Lemke10
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold, transparent, good carbonation, great huge bright white head that leave some lingering lace and bubbles on the glass.

Smell is pretty standard for the style, maybe a touch more six row presence and hint of more hops, but the corn is prominent as well.

Taste is a bit more flavorful than some of this style, six row malt is noted but the corn adjunct is dominant as well, hops are grassy, pretty fresh which aids in the flavor and bitter presence.

Mouthfeel is where this beer differentiates, its not so overcarbonated that it leaves no flavor or lingering mouthfeel, goo malt sweetness that lingers with some good bitter balance.

Overall, a very well done adjunct lager, hops and mouthfeel make it stand on its own.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 23:43:38 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of lou50rp


4.51/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangy, gold appearance. Good active carbonation. Inviting look
Good smell of grains and malt
A cold 'Gansett any time of the year tastes okay!
Good light mouthfeel
Overall for the price, it can't be beat. And its cartoon ads "from back in the day" are still the best.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 20:41:36 | More by lou50rp
Photo of Jeff_Newell


5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I know it's not fancy, but it goes with any food occasion and drinks well. I love the history of the brand, and really hope that they can bring the brewery back to Rhode Island. The beer isn't heavy or loaded with hops, it's well balanced. When I think of beer, this is the beer I think of.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 14:25:42 | More by Jeff_Newell
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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.