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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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704 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 311
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 BTVflatlander


3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's be realistic here, this beer is brewed by Genesee and it's an AAL, it's not going to knock your socks off. However, within this realm, Narragansett at its best elicits memories (or conceptualizations) of a time long past when our grandfathers sat on the beaches of Rhode Island and the nosebleed seats of Fenway Park drinking 'Gansett on a hot summer day that probably wasn't quite as toasty as they are now. At its worst it reminds you that you are just a hipster in college drinking PBRs cooler, mustachioed cousin with nicer hair.

As far as the traditional review categories, I'd just say that 'Gansett is really just on par with the course. It's tough for me to differentiate it from other AALs. And yet, I still opt for it from time to time because I'm a sucker for good marketing and, if they've got one thing going for them down in Providence, it's marketing.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 18:24:31 | More by BTVflatlander
Photo of KingdomBobcat


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A-Pint can, but it says "Hi Neighbor" so it's definitely better than any other American Lager I've had
S-Like a hipster PBR
T-Like a hipster PBR
M-Like a lager
O-Great for hot sunny days, beaches, boat rides, or games of Mario Kart in a college dorm.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 18:15:59 | More by KingdomBobcat
Photo of magictacosinus


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for providing this local brew to me. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a golden, pale yellow color with an initial large burst of carbonation, as well as a frothy, lightly thickened 2 finger of head into the glass. The head eventually dies down next to nothing, with some lightly tinged foam on top, as well as some surprisingly small pockets of lacing with every sip I take. Bubbles continue to glide upwards no matter how much I let this sit around, which adds some charm. Looks refreshing and nice - and keep in mind this is a style I NEVER review, so it's definitely good for AAL to look this presentable.

There's a lightly tinged sweetness in the aroma caused by the golden barley and corn, combined with modestly cracked graininess, and a little bit of grassy zest. There's a little bit of booze underneath, and maybe a bit of skunkiness, but nothing too metallic or faded from the can. Slightly fruity as well... Almost holds a cider-like aroma when investigated a little closer. Not too pervasive, but not bad at all!

The taste is pretty much on the similar spectrum, except that's there's a little bit more of a hop presence as well as more juicy, grainy, corn-focused sweetness. The corn is actually really subtle, and never gets in the way of what the flavor is attempting to achieve. There's a sweetened, fruit-filled flavor as well, and coated with a little bit of off yeasty flavors. This is much better colder and filled with livelier carbonation, however. The more it sits around, the more it becomes thinned and not as refreshing or flavorful, in my view. It doesn't lose its charm on what it wants to be, nevertheless.

Now THIS is an AAL that I can back my support for! Totally refreshing and flavorful, and a really nice thing to have after a long day, or, er... A long week of drinking huge beers. I would recommend pairing this with food (think BBQ, steak, tomato soup) rather than on its own, but it works well with the warming weather over here. Glad I could try it, and wish we got it out here in the West.

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 01:39:40 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of alexgash


3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can.

Clear and clean golden straw body. Small, wispy, eggshell white head. A bit of lacing. Sweetish bread and cereal malts. A little corn. Spicy, peppery, noble-ish hops.

Bready malts up front with honey sweetness. Hints of corn cereal and toasted grains. Light cidery-fruitiness mixes with spicy, peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering honey cereal sweetness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A pretty decent AAL that leans on the sweet side.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 00:53:32 | More by alexgash
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells sweet and malty with a slightly metallic grassy hop note and a bit of apple cider. Flavor is pretty much right there also. Sweet and malty up front, sweeter than I would normally like, but does taste malty rather than just sugary like most others in the category. The metallic hoppiness comes out about midway and reigns in the sweetness a bit before the finish. Carbonation is moderate and doesn't bite too hard.

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 02:50:52 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorites for the summer months. Can poured into a glass.

A crystal clear gold on the pour with a large two-finger white head. Scents of sweet lemon bars, dry grains, slight hints of fresh hops. Not bad. Crisp refreshing mouth. Perfect for the style. Mild light citrus notes, mild hops, dry husk, sweet kiss on the finish. This is always an easy-drinking ale for the warm months. It's got a bit more girth and flavor than most other adjuncts, so I'll reach for this again. Nice beer.

Serving type: can

04-14-2013 18:38:49 | More by Onenote81
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Undated 16oz can served in a lager glass.

Appearance: Sparkling clear, golden, and plenty both fine and coarse bubbles. Formed a nice foamy white head which had decent retention and provided surprisingly attractive lacing.

Smell: typical American Adjunct lager, if a bit more corn.

Taste: too lightly flavored, yet the corn is more obvious upon tasting; lightly hopped, leaving it mildly sweet until the finish; fairly clean tasting.

Mouthfeel: thin and crisp, with aggressive carbonation.

O: not actually bad, but trivially different from other macro-brewery American Adjunct Lagers.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 23:58:48 | More by chinchill
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bought on 3/29/13 as part of a 6 pack of 16 oz cans from Beers of the World for $ 5.39.

poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass at fridge temp.

polished brass shade of gold with some lazy bubbles. mile high linen white head leaves nice lacing.

aroma: pale malts are overpowered by a musty hoppiness

mouthfeel: average.

taste: thick white bread with just a touch of corn syrup sweetness finished with just enough hops to balance.

notes: I like everything about this beer. Brewed in my hometown of Rochester, a retro brand that was a long term advertising sponsor of my Boston Red Sox, the attractive old school can and is easy to drink and, good looking. All this for ninety cents a pint. Drinking this evokes memories of what I think retro lagers of old tasted like while listening to a baseball game on the radio. I think I just found a new lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 08:32:21 | More by fx20736
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear light gold/straw. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Quickly drops to a small cap and collar. Lively carbonation pulls throughout. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Pale, slightly bready malts. Solid punch of lager yeast. Straw and freshly mowed grass. Some corn and a vague spiciness. Mild and inoffensive. Some raw pale grain.

Taste: Sweet grain. Pale bready malts offer a corn-like sweetness. Husky grain. Some solid hits of grass and straw. Underlying vague spiciness from the hops. Slight caramel malt sweetness, almost cooked. Clean and succinct.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. All on point for the style. Slightly dry, but clean overall.

Overall: You can be my creepy neighbor if you're offering these up.

One of the better American adjunct lagers on the market. Nice and clean and even when warm it doesn't bottom out and suck. Drinkable at all temperatures and that's worth a little something, especially for the style.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 00:26:59 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of suspect

New York

3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz tallboy into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Perfect golden color...crystal clear. Normal pour leads to a big 3 finger fizzy head that fades and leaves a nice fluff of fuzz on the top. Tornado of fizzy bubbles rise up from bottom.

S: Pretty decent lager smell. Grains, faint hops.

T: Full flavored lager. Lots of crisp malts with some hop balance. Not anything special but for a lager, this one is nice.

M: Medium bodied (big for a lager) and a nice crisp finish.

O: A decent, easy drinking lager.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 00:40:50 | More by suspect
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard about this since I started reading about beer. Especially since trying to find which economy beer is most worth buying. This beer was decent and worth the low price tag, but it didn't live up to the hype at all. I've had cheaper beer that was better. This one tastes A LOT like the cheapest beer in America, Big Flats. It bears some similarities to Asian adjunct lagers I've had as well. I would have to say this is not as good as Old Milwaukee, which is cheaper and a tiny bit less bland.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 01:44:04 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tulip poured into a tulip. Canned on Oct 12 2012.

A: Pours a very clear light golden yellow with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates in under 2 minutes leaving a ring around the edge.

S: Similar to the smell you would expect from most macro brews. Has that corn like quality of malts to it.

T: Good balanced taste here. Has the a light sweetness from the malts, hints of hopping toward the back end. Pleasant malt lingering in the finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this is the best American Adjust Lager I have had. Isn't offensive and actually quite easy drinking.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 21:21:46 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of NODAK


4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty...clean. Small hoppiness, a whiff of corn and light malt presence. Smells a lot like most standard lagers out there but with much less of an adjunct aroma.

Taste is pretty sweet on the body....almost a big sugary? There's a bit of an adjunct taste to it as well, but overall it's rather sweet and clean. Afterwards, a fair amount of grain comes forward and is pretty prominent along with some residual sweetness. Wraps up with a somewhat mild, crisp bitterness.

Drinks pretty well, especially for its style. not bad at all for the style, tastes less cheap and sweeter than many others.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:16:40 | More by NODAK
Photo of sommersb


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

Tasted On: 11-27-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pale yellow and clear, with a quite a bit of carbonation seen. The white head stands at a couple of fingers high, with very good lacing and a fair amount of retention.

S: Aromas are crisp with grassy hop notes, lightly sweet pale malts and some hay smells.

T: Clean and fresh tasting, with bready notes and a light hop influence. Not very big on flavors, but pleasant and unoffensive.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated, the finish is bready and lightly sweet.

O: A simple but well-constructed and enjoyable lager.

Thanks to merc7186 for this one!

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 01:44:43 | More by sommersb
Photo of Drunkelstiltskin


2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First and foremost I grew up in Narragansett, RI the town for which the beer is named and originally from. With that said, I am not the biggest fan of this beer. Thin and gold appearance, and easy to drink. It is good choice among Pabst Blue Ribbon and other inexpensive beers.

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 17:20:45 | More by Drunkelstiltskin
Photo of jucifer1818


4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Note: my review is judgeing on AAL standards

Appearance: not nearly as pale and lifeless as this brews compatriots, its a nice light golden color, with a thick 2-3 finger fluffy head. ID prefer something darker, but cant complain

Smell: this is where you get surprised: the smell is not foul. Very neutral, with some light hopping scents, and the sweet smell of corn. Usually the smell of this kind of brew makes me gag, but this one is OK.

Taste: Crisp, clear, and very drinkable without being offensive or repulsive. very, very light hopping throught and a decent body for a AAL. The perfect beer to drink after you've spent a long summer day tarring a roof, or at a ball game with a hotdog.

mouthfeel: Decent. a richer mouth-feel than other beers of its type. Not much to write here, but not much bad to say either

Overall: This one is a real surprise, because for the price youd expect something that was Craptacualr, but this company actually tried with this one. It actually tastes good. Not the style I'm used to liking, but I enthusiastically brand this beer the best AAL on the market, beating the snot out regulars like PBR and Bud Platinum.

Let me be clear, this 5 is ONLY when judging it to the style of a AAL. On a general scale Id probably give it a straight up 4. but really, this is the only AAL I've ever had that didn't make me sick, so I have to give it credit.

If your at a bar and have 2 bucks in your pocket, you wont be dissipated by this great brew.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 13:34:36 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of horshack7


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

Appearance: Clear and golden with about one finger's worth of head that thins out rather quick.

Aroma: Biscuity, grainy, there are touches of malt in the nose. Faint citrus notes of lemon zest.

Taste: Light dryness on the palate. Very faint lemon zest, graininess, twinge of a buttery texture with some biscuity notes. Malts are in the front and are on the bready side.

Notes: This one is not to shaby a good dry finish and quite drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: can

10-07-2012 00:10:40 | More by horshack7
Photo of robertdrinks

4.88/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this seems like the perfect american lager if thats what you are looking for.
not much of a head, maybe 1 finger. bright golden color, clear and clean.
nice smell of malt and a touch of hop in the backrouund. clean taste, nice lager feel withouth the cheapness you get from most.
clean finish, refreshing and very drinkable. reminds me of PBR but i like this better.
will drink this again, thats for sure. great lawnmower beer.
I rate this a 5 overall because i am rating it by its style. its not trying to be an IPA or euro lager.

Serving type: can

09-13-2012 17:42:12 | More by robertdrinks
Photo of markh814

4.68/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head but not much too it. slightly malty smell. clean finish. very refreshinging lager but cleaner than most adjuncts. happy to drink it again. can is better than bottle for carbonation and appearance of head. this may have been a bad bottle cap as it was slightly flat. tast was fine but carbonation was very low. not much head at all

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 11:47:24 | More by markh814
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall boy poured into an imperial pint

The body sits a clear straw color with a bubbly two finger cap that rises to fill the glass. Head falls quickly, leaving no lace. Loads of tiny bubbles push their way north.

The nose is of green apple skins, honey, cereal-like grains, and pears. Pretty standard for the style.

On the palate, green apple and sweet cereal grains carry through to a finish of pears and some light dry, earthy hops.

Light body, dry, but not as crisp as others in the style. This guy is a little juicy and sweet.

Honestly, you can't beat the price, $5.99 for a sixer of tall boys. This is a pretty straightforward example, slightly above average for the style.

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 18:26:41 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of gatorguy


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah Narragansett Lager. I discovered this brewery when I was stationed in Connecticut during my Navy days, and I was very happy to find them stocked here in Jacksonville. On to it.

A - Typical AAL appearance. Gold color, fingers worth of head that doesn't stick around too long. there is some lacing though, so that's promising.

S - Not much smell here, some corn and that's it.

T - Here's where 'Gansett shines. Good corn profile, seems like good quality sweet corn. Three are perceivable malts and hops in this brew, mainly seems like bready and sweet malts and earthy bittering hops. Still, the fact these are evident and add to the beer in an AAL is great. Well balanced overall, and very clean. Finishes smooth and clean. This beer defines greater than the sum of it's parts.

M - Light, nice carbonation, and smooth. Good job here.

O - My friends in Florida think I'm goofy for taking a northeastern lager as my go to beer. It truly is one of the best AALs around, and at $6 for 6 pints, it's a good deal.There's always a sixer of this stuff in my fridge!

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 18:08:17 | More by gatorguy
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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
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a two finger white head. The head fades fast to leave only a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are heaviest of corn. Mixed with the corn are lighter aromas of a caramel sweetness as well as a very light bready aroma.

Taste – The taste is a blend breadiness and corn up front. These flavors create a body for the beer. As the taste moves on a light caramel and an almost grassy like flavor greets the tongue. These overall sweeten up the taste of the brew and leave a very nice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is much thicker then would be expected with the carbonation level being on the higher side. Rather nice actually.

Overall –For $1.05 for a tall boy this was a fantastic brew. It would be a great session brew so if going for a long steady night it may be a good choice.

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 19:33:15 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DrewSnyc667


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just moved to New England so I figured I'd try the local staple. Picked up a 6 pack of pounders. Poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Light straw color with a thin wispy head and a lot of effervescent activity

S - Grainy and metallic, pretty standard AAL

T - Smooth and refreshing, lightly metallic but with less corn adjunct than others of the style. Goes down pretty easy on a hot day

M - A bit heavy, could be improved with some more bitter hop backing

O - Pretty standard lager, I would drink it again and the price is more than right at $6/6-pack

Serving type: can

07-30-2012 21:29:11 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of BostonHops


2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tallboy served in a standard pint glass.

pours a bell-clear golden yellow while yielding a 1" sudsy white head. surprisingly respectable retention for an AAL; even a few spots of lace. nose is predictably muted with some notes of grain, malt, and a touch of hops in the background.

a lot of corn / grain in the flavor; opens a bit on the sweet side and finishes with a whisper of hops. stacked up against others in this forgettable style it's actually not too bad. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall pretty good for AAL, which is the good news. the bad is that it's an AAL just the same.

(originally reviewed: 10-18-2011)

Serving type: can

06-21-2012 01:30:07 | More by BostonHops
Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.