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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 310
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 BuckeyeNation


4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant sunshine yellow with lemonade colored highlights. The rich, creamilicious crown of alabaster colored froth is a thing of beauty and is what makes this one of the best looking American pale lagers in memory. Large splotches and smaller spatters of lace look great as well.

Keeping style firmly in mind, the nose hits the bull's eye. Sure, it has the slightly sweet corniness and the musky hoppiness that was expected, but there's no nastiness and there's the hint of something more interesting going on behind the scenes. That might indicate a few more German hops than usual. Then again, at only 12 IBUs, it's unlikely.

Narrangansett Lager is damn good beer! Seriously, if Budweiser, Coors or Miller High Life tasted like this, I'd buy it on a semi-regular basis, especially during the heat of summer. Amazingly enough, the flavor is hanging in there admirably as the beer gains a few degrees.

I'm no Iowa homer, believe me. Having said that, the Iowa corn that NBC uses is most likely the key to this tasty little lager. It adds some sweetness (not too much, though) without adding that corny flavor that seems to ruin most corn-added beer.

Even though 6-row barley is used rather than the higher quality 2-row, NL doesn't taste grainy or husky in the least. Just pure untoasted cereal grains, accented by the briefest of herbal-spicy hop accents. Perhaps the biggest positive is a cleanliness that is akin to a lungful of fresh mountain air. Take that Coors.

If the mouthfeel had been less than good, the whole thing would have folded like a house of cards in a windstorm. It's light-medium in heft and has enough high-quality bubbles to hint at creaminess on the back end. No letdown at all.

I couldn't be more surprised at the excellence of Narragansett Lager. Those of you who have access should consider yourselves fortunate. This just might be the quintessential American pale lager. I've certainly never had one that could hold a candle to it.

Serving type: can

11-16-2008 14:28:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bright golden hey colored with a huge white fizzy head on top that quickly faded leaving behind nearly nothing in its wake. Aroma of grain, light notes of corn and bready malts then proceeded to take over. Not terrible really, did not have that musky and cardboard like aroma I have come to see from a few. Crisp and clean flavor for sure, I actually found myself enjoying a touch of this one. Clean taste of grain and bready malts. Light corn aftertaste and only the slightest bit of hops coming through enough to dry off the palate and ready it for the next go round.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 01:38:46 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, pale straw color with a short-lived white head.

S: Not too much of a nose on this beer. Pretty light in general with some light grass notes and some sweet corn. There is a bit of apple juice in there, too.

T: Not surprisingly, tastes like any other adjunct lager out there. Heavy on the adjuncts with little to no malt flavor. Grassy hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Sweet corn and apple juice.

M: Light in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: I suppose it's a little better than Coors Light, but it's not like I would make a big deal about this beer.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 04:18:19 | More by womencantsail
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cracker and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker and grainy malts. There is a very light amount of bitterness and some hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It doesn’t feel thin or watery.
O: This beer is easy to drink and tastes a lot maltier compared to other adjunct lagers (with less noticeable presence of adjuncts). It definitely tastes a lot better compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 02:57:13 | More by metter98
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 22:46:45 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured roughly into a glass, a thick head of creamy white froth will rise above the golden body below. The head retention is surprisingly good, and it leaves some very nice sheets of lace along the side of the glass.

There's a little bit of sulphur in the nose which is not surprising as it's a lager; but there's also a little bit of dimethyl sulfite (cooked corn) which is a little odd. There's just a touch, and after a few sips you'll block it out and not notice it anymore. What hops are there are present in the background, and fairly generic. If pushed I would describe them as leafy and grassy.

There are a little more hops in the flavor though, although they remain at very low levels. I get some floral character, and a tiny bit of spiciness in addition to the continued leafy and grassy notes. Mainly, it offers a sweetish, corn like maltiness. And I'm not suggesting that it's made with corn (I don't believe that's the case), but I think that little bit of DMS suggests it in the flavor of the malt. The bitterness is kept at a fairly low level, along with the hop flavor, but there's just enough there to keep it from becoming sweet; and in comparison to some other American lagers that seem almost completely devoid of hops, this one's got at least some character.

The body is light/medium; and it's got a gently crisp carbonation that helps balance it without leaving you gassy - although I do have to note that I always give it a bit of a rough pour to bring up the head, which then cuts down on the remaining carbonation by a bit. And on that note, I would suggest that this beer only be consumed from a glass. If you drink it from a can or bottle you'll completely miss its subtle nuances, and it will appear as generic "beer".

The drinkability of this beer rests mainly in its accessibility. There's just not enough character to keep you wanting to come back for more,, but given limited options there's not really anything to keep you away.

Serving type: can

12-06-2010 15:43:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale yellow, huge, head of froth.

Aroma is air and perfume...light, pleasing, faint grain...beer-y...

Taste: malt, dry, wet...more three-to-four letter words coming soon...let's see..."lite"...how's that?

Good, actually, not too sweet, not too light, just right around the middle. Not much in the body, very, very light, in fact, but still some flavor in here to redeem it.
Drinkable, indeed, a sessioner, for sure.
For classic American lager, it's fine.
If boring.

Serving type: can

10-27-2008 08:45:43 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color and what little head is created disappears almost instantly.

S: The smell is of corn, malt and some alcohol, a more pleasant smell than others in the style.

T: The taste has the typical elements of the style, roasted corn, some malt sweetness, faint bit of hops and alcohol. However, this beer seems to blend those flavors better than other beers of this style. Not much bitterness or after-taste at all.

M: Smooth and crisp for its kind, with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: Since this beer is smooth and light, it’s a beer that you can put away quite easily. I’ve seen this beer and others described as “BBQ beers” and I’d say that it’s an accurate assessment. I also think this beer is a perfect “buzz maintainer.” Usually I drink a cheaper beer after I drink a bunch of some good stuff and I’m buzzing enough to not taste the good stuff anymore. While I won’t dare compare this beer to the higher quality beers that I start the night off with, transitioning over to this beer is easier than many other cheap beers that I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 03:58:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pilsner malt scent along with a low hop aroma a dry lager yeast character. The taste is average. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that goes dow easy and finishes smooth and clean. It's not overly flavorful and it's low in malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average adjunct lager. I like it better than Bud, Coors, Miller, but it's not much better.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 20:22:36 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this because it was from RI and I had never heard of it before. The bar tender told me, "This is our tall boy." Then I asked for a glass to which he replied, "You may be the first"

"Made on Honor -- Sold on Merit" I'll be the judge of that.

Beer poured from a can (16 ounce) into a pint glass. Beer is crystal clear and yellow. There seems to be a lot of carbonation activity but in the end there is very little steady carbonation. The carbonation is large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. The head is made up of medium and large bubbles, bright white like snow, but it breaks up and disappears really quickly, leaving only a shadow and no lacing.

Beer smells wet. There is a slight plasticy smell to it but overall its unoffensive and rather bland. I suppose for the style its spot on.

The beer itself is thin and a little watery. It goes down smooth and leaves no aftertaste. The actual flavor is a little muted, some malt, no bitterness at all. This is about what I expected except there is not a cereal acrid taste at the back or in the after. Overall its a pretty good but boring beer.

Serving type: can

12-25-2009 01:49:17 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale yellow color with a pillowy, bubbly, white, two-finger head that receded quickly.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some grasses.

T - It tasted of corn, grains and some sweet caramel. Not much in the way of bitterness or hops.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. An easy drinking, light bodied lager.

D - I'm glad I tried this classic american lager. It was better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 11:28:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing overly excited me about this beer. It's a pretty standard lager to say the least. It's got the Pale yellow color that we're all very familiar with. A white head thats not very thick and dissapears after a sip or two. The best part of this beer is the old fasion look that the can has.

Serving type: can

04-01-2011 03:53:06 | More by Knapp85
Photo of smcolw


2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Impressive, near white head. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving clumpy lace on the glass. Clear, light straw color. Clear.

Weak aroma of corn and malt. Little to no hop. grainy smell.

Typical macro-lager flavor. Thin bodied with a high carbonation. Grainy flavor that dies quickly after the swallow. A session beer to be sure, perhaps better than most macros.

Serving type: can

12-06-2009 02:19:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of tempest


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body and white head with good retention for the style. Smells like cheap beer. Grainy and sour, not at all pleasant but at least its doesnt smell like corn. Flavor is grainy with malt sweetness. Reminds me of Grain Belt from Minnesota. Not great flavor, but there is a little complexity and it is entirely unoffensive (bravo for a macro!). Mouthfeel is a touch heavier than most macros, but not bad at all. Get this stuff for a hot summer day and grill a burger.

Recap: Has flavor, the flavor is largely good and it was only $4.39 for a 6'er of 16 oz. cans. Not a bad deal at all.

Serving type: can

03-12-2006 20:51:03 | More by tempest
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
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear, golden amber. High carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts sweet, some hops mix in, mostly clean finish but traces of skunkiness creep in. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 00:17:06 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

01-03-2006 05:57:39 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through BA johnnnniee and BEERFEST THE MOVIE BIF!! (Yeah you spell it that way.)

Clear yellow lager with an OK white colored head. Would have given it more but the head was a little skimpy.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with lots of herbal Nobel hops scent but no spiciness. No fruitiness or anything this is all traditional lager.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and hoppy with lots of toasted grain aroma. Nice spicy Nobel hops flavor possibly the best example of this aspect of Nobel hops I have tasted. Mildly herbal flavor and about perfect bitterness levels. Damn good lager.

The mouthfeel is good.

Certainly drinkable I wish I had much more of this. Minor lack of a really tall head and simplistic scent but where this beer really shines is in the taste. A really good American made lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 04:40:36 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, and spicey/caramel. Light-Medium body. The finish is clean and crisp. Drinkable, the last time I had one of these was about 35 years ago, when I lived in Pawtucket, RI. It's not bad, way better than a Bud, Coors, or Miller.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:17:25 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased as part of a 6-pack at Iandoli Liquors, Grafton Hill, Worcester, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" bright white head over the crystal clear pale straw brew. Head lasts ok, but still seems to dwindle as I watch, and lacing is minimal, although there is some. Aroma is minimal, kind of generic "beer" nose, nothing much standing out. Taste is pale malt sweetness upfront, which was balanced out with soft hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is not bad, which in my book is good for a style as light as this, coupled with nice and easy drinkability. Looks like this is a "one to have when you're having more than one."

Serving type: can

10-05-2005 21:49:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of woodychandler


2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN't believe that I do not have a review for this beer, despite having it on my Gots list! That makes me CANtankerous!

My pour got me an easy two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cereal adjuncts underlain by a lager sweetness. It saddens me to drink these things anymore. Mouthfeel was medium with a metallic tang in the mouth, accompanying a slight lager sweetness. I feel like I am becoming less and less appreciative of this style. I used to be at least tolerant, but more and more, I just note off flavors. Finish was decent with a lingering sweetness. I would save a little room in the cooler for this - it wasn't THAT bad.

From the CAN: "Hi, Neighbor! Since 1890, we've been brewing our award-winning classic lager to the original recipe that our founders perfected. It's no surprise that 'Gansett has been the beer of choice around here for more than a century. If you're not drinking Narragansett, you're not from New England."

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 00:11:04 | More by woodychandler
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium straw hue with a this foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild sweet grain with a smattering of hop spice.

The taste consisted of a flavorful milled grain with the slightest whisper of sweet corn. The hops were active and helped dry the taste out.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness (excellent fullness for a macro).

Overall a very enjoyable and suprising macro. I would drink these regularly if available. Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 00:21:31 | More by plaid75
Photo of DrJay


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a soapy white head, not much retention or lacing. Dry malty aroma, sweet, with mild, grassy/spicy hops. Tastes pretty good -- low bitterness with balanced sweetness, grassy and spicy hops, a bit floral. Light bodied, but not overly dry, medium/low carbonation, decent texture overall. The beer is quite drinkable and refreshing. It didn't knock my socks off, but I was happy I grabbed a six-pack rather than a single.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 22:30:06 | More by DrJay
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a medium yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is bready/fruity with some malt showing through. Taste is strong and leaves a bready aftertaste with even a touch of bitterness. Goes down well. Not too bad of a beer but certainly not something I'd drink often.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 14:48:38 | More by Brad007
Photo of smakawhat


3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice dark and twenty four carat gold body, with lots of rising carbonation. Crystal clear, with a thick white rich head and lots of staying power. Not much lacing though.

Great bready malts, toasty sweet. Nice faint sense of ripping grain and cream, slight sugary corny sweet. Interesting.

Palate seems a little hammered down. A real nice solid body with carbonation and almost creamy, but the palate seems to be a subdued malt crispness. Richness from the nose hinted doesn't seem to come through in the taste.

Overall though still quite solid for a mass lager style, I could have this again easily and it's a great alternative to others similar in the style.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 02:42:09 | More by smakawhat
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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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