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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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341 Reviews
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Reviews: 341
Hads: 1,041
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 71
Gots: 209 | 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 CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (674 characters)

Photo of OldeSchool
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,320 characters)

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)

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.