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Narragansett Lager | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Todd on 09-29-2003

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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 1,162
Photo of AfricanPete14
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the first I've had in a while that made me exclaim "wow" after I cracked this open and took a sip. This brew poured a good looking golden color with a 1 inch head. It tasted like a great full bodied lager with a solid grain/wheat taste with a light hoppy aftertaste. The smell reminded me of PBR with a strong smell of grain and hops. This tasted great and went down smooth. This beer had an absolutely perfect carbonation level.

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Photo of Act25
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hard to figure out A bros rated this 4th best adjunct lager... They're all swill.

A - Best part, because it laces. Clear pils gold. Not much retention.
S - Not much. Meager. Gets wif of lemonada in a corn field, with some buttered popcorn.
T- Follows the smell with more hops prickles and lemon.
F- As thin and as cottony as any other. Adjuncts' corn coats my mouth so not light and refreshing.

3.0 (Average) is my base line for American Lager and this is a great 3. But no better.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is by far my favorite local adjunct beer. I almost consider it craft beer. Better than most crap out there and so refreshing. Local dives here carry them in both tall boys and drafts and I know it will be a great time when these bad boys start turning into rounds at the table.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a foamy head

Smells like a lager should. Slight hops and cereals

Tastes like a high class adjunct lager. Grains, little bit of sweet corn, and finishes with a clean hops taste that is there just to tell you that you're drinking a beer. Finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Great beer to create memories to and enjoyed at any event. Basically standard fare at all my BBQs and house parties.

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Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A decent lager suitable for the style. Lokk, aroma and head are all average. I felt that this one was a touch too sweet and seemed to be just a tad watery

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium gold body with great clarity. Short head with good head retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma: I get a spicy hop aroma which is very nice. It's not strong but it is unmistakably there and it smells very nice. There is a touch of a cereal aroma.

Taste: Very low flavor profile. There is only a touch of sweet grain flavor but that is it. A touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very drinkable. It leaves no presence on the palate at all.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. I thought it smelled fantastic and it was very easy to drink. There wasn't much flavor to the beer at all but the overall drinking experience was very nice. If I am in the mood to drink an American Adjunct Lager I would pick this beer up.

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Photo of llerrafnad
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a pint glass. Nothing really to say about this beer except that it's great to have a warm day or when you don't feel like spending more then $4 at a bar. A bar by me has a deal where there's 5 in a bucket and comes with buffalo wings for $20. Better than Budweiser etc....

Would drink again. Good stuff.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Being a fan of some of the beers 'Gansett has put out lately like their Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager I felt it was time to try the original. I had never had one before.

L: Like sparkling cider. Gold, completely transparent (as in crystal clear) with a nice show from the bubbles racing to the surface. Pours with a medium density 2 finger head that recedes quickly into a minor surface haze.

S: Almost no smell. Maybe a light scent of apple and malt.

T: Taste is actually not bad. Fairly mild. It's not great but I would put it up against any commercial beer (PBR, RRock, Coors etc) I have tried and it would probably win. A slight copper note and a light apple sweetness to it. I get why college kids blow through cases of this. Low cost and very drinkable when compared to it's price point competitors.

F: Pretty carbonated. A lot of tongue zing makes for a lively gulp. Not overdone though.

Overall I am glad I tried it. You could drink a few of these during a sports event for sure. Nothing to write home about but at literally a dollar per 12oz bottle it's pretty impressive that it isn't rougher. If you wanted to buy beer and didn't have the cash for a quality choice I might suggest this over other cheap beers.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.83/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Aroma is barley and sour. Pale yellow orange. No head. Taste is Vegetables, grapefruit. Weak carbonation. Not good , but some character exists."

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pour is that of a typical macro. Quick dissipating foamy head and a clear, bright body. Clean tasting with some grainy huskiness. Crisp and smooth. A bit of overly sweet backlash, which is most unpleasant. Can use a few more hops. Easy drinking. Nice lawnmower beer and is also less expensive than the big three but typical of the style.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looks pretty decent. very pale yellow with white foamy head, which persists throughout leaving good lacing. highly carbonated.

Strong yeasty corny lager smell.

tingly on the tongue. very watery, little flavor.

thin on the mouth.

Overall, probably an okay representative of the style, good slammimg on a hot summer day

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Photo of BoozySmurf
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

So my gold standards for this style are High Life and PBR. This tastes a little less sweet (and less corny) than High Life, but is also a little less bitter than PBR. Appearance (clear gold) and nose (grassy) are similar to both. Mouthfeel is a bit creamier, fuller bodied than both and is pleasant. Finishes slightly sweet. Slightly above average overall.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L Golden yellow, very bright and clear. Some head lingers, bubbles readily apparent.
S: Very sweet, clean honey malts, cereal grain, and a touch of floral hop
T: Fresh, sweet, and clean. Light sweetness, incredibly freshing
F: Pretty crisp, very light and effervescent, and smooth
O: Great lager, brings me back to earlier days in college. Been a while since I've had this, will be drinking it again more often in the future. Solid lager for sure.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear lemon honey with fine white head, smells of slight sulfur with corn and biscuity crackery malts, tastes of sweet crisp maltiness slowly taken over by notes of corn and subtle hops on the back end, mouthfeel is very light high carbonation lasting slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: corn first, then pilsner malt;

T: corn and pilsner malt; no hop character; no bitterness;

M: light bodied; light carbonation; very lightly dry finish;

O: almost no flavor; it matches the style guidelines to a certain extent, but in my opinion, it's not worth buying;

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden and clear with a small (but decent for style) head that is retained to a decent degree. Smell's a bit funky, but not awful. Flavor has some depth, and the carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Pretty straightforward, run of the mill AAL, but nothing about it gives me a NEGATIVE impression. Good for what it is.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a can glass. Rating based on AAL style.

a: A clear, pale but shimmering gold body. A finger and a half of sudsy, soapy, white head.

s: Faint crisp malts. Corn husk, grassiness, and an earthy smell that I imagine is the hops.

t: Clean flavors of crisp malts, faint buttery grits and husk and just enough hop bitterness to notice and balance it out.

mf: Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

o: Again, please note I rated this to style. For me it is at the top of the heap. Easy to drink, balanced, refreshing...and fun to drink if you want to take a break from thinking about every sip of beer you take.

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Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear pale golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is your basic AAL with some extra grain tossed in. The flavor caught me off guard, it was really good not just for an AAL but compared to any style. Really refreshing with a crisp flavor of grain and no aftertaste. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rated to style. Light amber appearance is definitely a pleasant departure from your everyday mass produced AAL. Smell is very mild, grassy, and most notable for its lack of unpleasant off-aromas present in your typical AAL. Taste is pretty bland, but again, stands above your everyday AAL due to the fact that there are no off-flavors, and no unnecessary sweetness in the aftertaste: a huge plus for me. There is a delicate citrus flavor present mid-sip which is pleasant on the palate. There is actually a very very slight creamy taste at the end, which is a huge surprise for this style. (Again..it is slight.) Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but carbonation is at an appropriate level. Not something I would pursue, but at the same time non-offensive, and must be given credit for standing far above your typical mass-produced AAL in every category.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The amber color throws me for a loop compared to other adjunct lagers (that's good), though the nose is more along the lines of what I'd expect. There are some palpable cereal grain notes, but also some caramel peeking through. Hoppiness is very mild. While the flavor doesn't come together as well as the smell, it strikes me as being good for the standards of the style. Basically, cereal grains, caramel, and a vaguely hoppy finish (and I do mean vaguely - still, better than nothing/BMC). This goes down easily, and that's all one can ask for from this style. Not complex, not contemplative, but I'll be damned if this isn't a great fishing or hot weather beer.

3.24/5: Run BMC

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Photo of chicagoish
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brought back a six from my trip to New England. Saw it at trader Joes and figured a lot of my relatives enjoy adjunct lagers. Not my cup of tea. My Homestate PA's Yuengling tastes much better to me in that category. This is still better than Miller or Coors or any of the other large Macros, but it's what you would expect.

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Photo of jasonfrantz
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite style but this brew had decent ratings for a macro brew. Brand new beer to central PA so I've been dying to try it from a 16 oz pounder.

Hey, this beer ain't bad at all....very smooth and goes down with no nasty after taste. I hate to say this as a HUGE Orioles fan but this got Natty Boh beat so since this is the beer of the Red Sox then it looks like the Red Sox won this battle.

Oh yeah paid around $22 for a case of pounder cans.

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Photo of Bone53
3.59/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of Kubishark
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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