Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 1,023
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 199 | 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 PvtSnowball
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (415 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4.52/5  rDev +29.9%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Jeff_Newell
5/5  rDev +43.7%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. tallboy into a glass tankard.

Appearance : The classic American lager. Thick foaming white head that settles down to about two inches of pillowy froth after a couple of minutes. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing over the course of consumption. Color is clear golden; if it wasn't a beer, you'd say it was "beer-colored."

Aroma: The adjuncts take a back seat here; it doesn't have that corny smell adjunct lagers often exude. Overall the aroma is pretty light, which is good - an adjunct lager with a strong aroma is probably bad news. If anything, it smells like a good excuse to have a cookout.

Taste: They market it as "the Beer of the Clam," and it's easy to see why. 'Gansett would pair perfectly with a clamboil; in fact, I'm pretty sure family members of mine slugged these down at backyard boils in the '70s. The taste of this reminds me of growing up in New England, summers, the beach, the Sox on the radio, all those good things. As far as what the beer itself actually tastes like, it's classic American beer with a good body and minimal hops. It gets a little more bitter as it warms, but not in an unpleasant way. It's a perfect workhorse lager.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent body for an American lager. Easy to drink. No complaints.

Overall: 'Gansett is what I think of when I think of classic, basic American beer. It's not a beer that makes you agonize over the "hop profile" and things like that. It's a beer to pair with pizza and football on TV (like I'm doing right now), or to have outside on a hot day. It's also a good lager to cook with - we've used it to make vegetable stews and beer cheese grits and it always holds up its end of the bargain. If you like U.S.A. lager, you'd be crazy not to try this, because it's also cheap (usually around $6 for six tallboys). (1,833 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick pint.

a: Crystal clear dark gold with a huge three inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Nothing notable

t: Light malt with a grape juicy tinge. Dry finish.

m: Light but not watery.

o: A good lager, a little above the mainstream. Had more malt flavor the first time I had one, this one was strangely fruity at first, although that faded. Certainly a refreshing warm weather beer or any time a thirst quencher is sought. (514 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden body with a white head that had a fair amount of retention.

S: Kinda like corn and some mild fruit. A little bit of booze

T: Taste like corn, a very refreshing beer.

M: Goes down easy and crisp, excellent lawnmower beer.

O: I can score a 6-pack of 16 ounce cans for $6 I think thats a pretty good deal, for a refreshing beer. That isn't BMC (398 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a nostalgia beer for me. Growing up, we spent our summers in Newport, RI - my father was a reservist in the Navy... not rich. During the free spirit days of the late 1970s, I'd sneak sips from my parents cans (of beer). As an adult, living in CA, I still enjoy this brew. Perhaps not because of the taste - which isn't bad - but more for the memories it conjures up in my psyche. Whenever my parents visit they'll smuggle several cans in their suitcase, bubble wrapping and hiding in shoes or other unique locations (since it's not a crime to place in checked luggage, not sure why they feel the need to put in their shoes).

Anyway, its a decent beer. Something to enjoy after vigorous exercise. (705 characters)

Photo of klimoja
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was most definitely the summer of Narragansett in Qtown. A staple in my fridge ever since I picked up a case in Hartford, CT. I was pleasantly surprised to see it sold locally at some distributorships and have gone through several cases.

Seemingly a simple adjunct lager maybe a little sweet and highly drinkable. Looks great in a pint glass with a golden coloring and nice head. Keep 'em coming!

Update: I'm finding a little inconsistency with the 'Gansett Lager. Dropping: Taste 3.5 and overall 4.00

I can't finish this case. Tried it 4 or 5 different times and its a drain pour. Perhaps too many temperature changes before I bought it. very bad. (654 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz tallboy can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a white, fluffy two finger head. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing with huge globs on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a slight metallic note along with some floral, grassy hops and corn. Low on DMS which is nice and it really smells pretty good.

Cooked corn, hay, and grass in the taste with a bit of DMS. Mouthfeel is heavier than I was expecting and is a little bit sweet and sticky which, in my mind, limits drinkability somewhat. Very light bitterness.

Overall, this is not a great beer but it is a better than average AAL. Has more flavor than most and is easy-drinking. I would pick this up on occassion if it were available to me. (730 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nostalgia beer for me. Lot of it down the pipe while stationed at Westover AFB back in the day. Whenever I travel to Mass on business I grab a Gansett since it came back in 2005. Interesting that it was out of business during my drinking hiatus. Still my favorite upeast Lager brewed in Upstate NY. Good head dissipates quickly leaving a nice lace, mouthfeel is excellent and the beer is good with any food. My preference is some good New England chowder, a burger and a Gansett. (489 characters)

Photo of crc1935
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - bright gold color - straw-like with thin lace. head disappeared shortly after pouring

S - similar to standard macro lager. delightful compliment to sandwich and fries.

T - refreshing. great session lager - very solid B/B-.

M - slight carbonation and a light feel.

O - great beer - on par with Schlitz, and above Pabst; but it doesn't quite match Yuengling.

Poured this from a can to a pint glass at Scratch Kitchen in Salem, MA. (439 characters)

Photo of workingclassbrew
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 6pk of pint cans from Tenutas in Kenosha, Wi.

Poured in a lager mug, the color stood out beautiful dark gold, with a slight orange cooper hue. This was to be the best part of the beer. The head left quickly.

It had a odd sweet aroma, with a sour background...I keep smelling what I could only describe as mushroom, odd.

The first taste, is tangy sweet, metallic, grainy metal that lingers on the entire mouth. Heavy, and hearty malt on the tongue as it warms. Odd sweet, dry, metallic taste still apparent.

It is drinkable, not too bad if your not trying to pick it apart. I was looking forward to this old New England brand. Hope their other styles are better.

The label says "Hi neighbor have a Gansett" I'd have to say have something else. (765 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a shaker. Pours a clear light golden straw with a solidly foamy two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin foamy cap.

Aroma: Sweet cereal-y malt notes. Maybe just a hint of grassy hops?

Taste: Sweet corn and grain malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Light, light carbonation (a nice change for a beer in this style). Sweetness approaches cloying.

Overall: A simple, refreshing, relatively clean AAL. Could easily knock a few of these back on a warm evening. (490 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip glass. Consumed on 8/21/13.

A – Big, smooth, white head that quickly breaks down into an almost rocky texture leaving some lacing. The body is a very attractive deep, golden almost amber color. There is a good amount of visible carbonation.

S – Exceptionally clean but to that point that is becomes boring. I'm only getting some slight sweet grains, but I rather the aroma be clean and boring than bad.

T – A fair amount of tasty flavor for an American Adjunct Lager. There are some sweet, malty flavors followed by a crisp, bitter finish consisting of a hop profile. While the hop profile is hard to identify, it is more than barely present. In my mind, that makes it an outstanding hop profile for an AAL. I also noticed almost a bit of spring honey flavor as it warmed slightly.

M – Mid to maybe even full bodied mouthfeel considering the style. Pleasantly stingy carbonation and dry finish.

O – Definitely outstanding for the style as it is an enjoyable AAL, which only makes it an about average beer. Nevertheless, I wish I could get it more easily in my area, because it deserves periodic rotation in my fridge. (1,180 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz to a SA perfect pint

A- pours your typical AAL crystal clear golden straw pillowy white fluffy head with decent lacing

S- corn, grains, boiled water, soap, faint hops

T- crisp grains, lemon, some corn some light bittering hops. Just a clean non offevensive beer

M- light bodied, clean, crisp.

O- tasty aal one of the best I've ever had just a good 'beer' beer all around (389 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent dark yellow/light gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, laving a nice ring along the edges of the glass. Tons of carbonation, no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet with mild malt, berries, and mild citrus. This beer smells surprisingly nice for an adjunct lager.

T: It starts out smooth and sweet with light malt and those berry notes. As it moves to the middle I get yeast and mild citrus. Clean wet finish with a malty backbone.

M: Light bodied beer. Smooth and sweet from start to finish.

O: Solid lager. A beer geek would expect the worse, but this isn't horribly bad. Honestly... I'd drink this again on a hot afternoon on Cape Cod. (705 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Yep! (251 characters)

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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