Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,010 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 64
Gots: 188 | 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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Ratings: 1,010 | Reviews: 355
Photo of mart1018
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I just like the can "Made on honor, sold on merit." I like Pabst a bit better for "hammer" beers.

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Photo of shmeli
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Domestic beer that is less shitty than some others.

Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of TommyCoyote
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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'!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo of Robert_G
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Definitely an above avg macro. Tastes like memories of living in New England.

Photo of theh3rbalist
4/5  rDev +19%

When I invariably end up in the mood for this style of beer, Gansett is the go to.

1/1

Photo of Urk1127
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of JerseyShoreGuy
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Never saw so I tried it, it was ok. It was cheap so I may get it again.

Photo of InstantBeer
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Good quality lager.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

Photo of seymourcox
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of OldeSchool
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Beric
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can, from the can
Served: 2 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the can, so can't comment much on the appearance. Love the 16oz can though and the traditional/retro style artwork.

Smell: Smells like "beer" with a faint hop aroma adding some depth of character and a slight spiciness.

Taste: One of the best tasting AALs I think I have had. This beer actually has body and flavor, unlike many other beers of this style, especially those mass-produced ones. The beer is sweet and refreshing with minor hop notes and an ever-so-slight hop bitterness on the back end. The fact that there are any hops in this beer at all pushes it high on my list of AALs.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and refreshing on the palate. Light to medium-light body, which is better than most other AALs.

Overall: This is a severely underrated style due to it's simplicity, but Narragansett Lager is an exemplary addition to the style. This is probably my favorite AAL to date and one that will be hard to beat. At $5.49/sixer of 16oz cans, this beer is impossible to beat in terms of flavor and value. This will be a staple in my fridge during the hot summer months where a simple, easy drinking beer is all one really wants until the sun sets and the heat subsides a bit. Would highly recommend as a go-to, everyday cheap beer.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Clear golden with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Balanced hop and malt characteristics.

T: Same as the smell. Maybe more malt.

M: Smooth and rich for the style.

O: The best of the style so far.

Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pounder poured into a tumbler

A- Dark golden. Crystal clear. Bubbly white head. Retention poor. Barely a ring.

S- Grain malt aroma, very subtle hop. A slight sweet aroma.

T- Malt forward. The hop is there for bittering, but not much else. Subtle sweetness.

M- Light and clean. Fast wet finish. This is a hot day session for sure.

O- As far as AALs go, this is up for the best. More flavorful, malt forward. Makes it stand out of a group of bland, watery beers.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of fps_dean
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | 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

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.