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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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707 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 707
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 ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Narragansett pours a light orange with a nice inch head that doesn't stick around too long. I smell a sweet metalic graininess. Taste is sweet and grainy, maybe some hops in the background, but just barely. Its not as thin as some macro lagers, but not great either. I could drink this on a regular basis if I was hurtin' for money (more so then I already am). I guess a Providence based company bought the company back, but its still brewed in Rochester. Oddly enough, a six pack of tall boys is $4.49 where as the 12 ounce cans are $4.99. Apparently they're coming out with a porter and IPA, so that could be interesting...

Serving type: can

04-04-2006 01:15:20 | More by ericj551
Photo of Hibernator


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the bottle that reads 0316 1431 70
Served mainly our of the bottle, but also used an 8 oz juice glass for appearance

Pours a golden yellow. Mini bleached white head on top. Tons of mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. Patterns of sticky lace on the glass!?!? This could be the first time I've seen lacings with a macro lager.

The nose is rather bland. Some whiffs of grains, corn and rice.

Flavors of freshly picked corn with a honey drizzle sweetness. Very crisp and clean. Hints of different vegetables.

An extremely smooth lager and so drinkable it's scary. The mouthfeel stays consistently soft throughout. This beer strikes a nice balance of an enjoyable lager and crisp pilsner. Has a thirst quenching quality too.

Better the colder it is, but will also continue to satisfy as it warms. This is certainly not the case with other macro American lagers.

This beer was a very pleasant surprise. The value is excellent too. I paid $4.99 for a six pack of bottles. I think I've found a new inexpensive beer to have in my fridge for the warmer months ahead.

I like the fact that Narragansett is a New England beer (even through it's contract brewed in Rochester, NY). Very cool. Worth checking out for sure. This is the first time that I can say I am truly enjoying and appreciating this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 00:01:26 | More by Hibernator
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 ThreeDollarDewey


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

A New England classic, back and (a little bit) better than ever.

12-oz. bottle, poured in a vintage 'Gansett goblet. (Thanks, Nick!) Standard lager-like mellow-gold hue, bubbly head gives way to filmy slick on top. Nice sweetness up front, some banana and lemon and bubblegum hints. Hop presence is minimal, but fades to a decently dry finish still specked with sweetness. Could've been gimmicky, but this is a very decent "macro" lager.

A fine lawnmower beer. Bring on summer!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 03:18:49 | More by ThreeDollarDewey
Photo of bditty187


3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold in hue; ah yes, the liquid is the typical sickly color. There isn’t much animation dancing to the white head. The bubbles united long enough to form one finger of head. Head retention was poor, as to be expected; it quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. There was no subsequent lacing. This beer looks as it should… but nothing more.

The nose is sweet and grainy with cereal and some corn husk. There is a kiss of spicy hops as well. For the style the nose is dead-on. Personally, I don’t mind the aroma. Moderate potency. It smells like an old school “BEER.” I’ll call the nose welcoming but unspectacular.

The palate is crisp and fairly clean until the finish. Cereal grains and corn husk are prominent; I don’t detect much in the way of malt. Hops are noticeable, they are spicy but the bitterness is scrawny. Until the end this beer is dry and refreshing with enough flavors for me to care. The finish is sweet, kind of sluggish and sticky but I find this often in beer of this sort. It is odd that I think this beer is cleaner then High Life but High Life is tastier but it has a sloppier finish. For what it is, this is not a bad beer.

Medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel fits this beer well enough. Low but natural carbonation allows this beer to be quaffed at any pace desired.

Drinkable for what it is. Personally I don’t seek out beers of this sort. But if I could buy this locally I could see myself drinking it once or twice a year… which is about as often as I drink High Life or something similar. So, yes this beer tastes fine. If you like the style, go hog-wild! It is cool to see a once dead beer be revived. I got this sample from michiganmiked because NU won the Alamo Bowl… you figure it out. Thanks!

Serving type: can

01-09-2006 17:16:15 | More by bditty187
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 kennyo

New York

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

I saw this in MA, always heard about the "nasty gannies", figured I would try a bottle. Pours crystal clear with a nice white head, very carbonated. Standard cheap beer aroma but not bad tasting. What do I taste, hops, probably dropped out of the brewmasters pocket. A little better than Bud but what does that really say.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 02:07:23 | More by kennyo
Photo of LarryV


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

I picked up a sixer of this to check out the new "it doesn't suck anymore" Gansett. Poured with a thin white head that disappeared pretty quickly. Very clean aroma, slightly hoppy and grainy, no cooked veggies or skunkiness. Dark golden color with tight carbonation, no lacing to speak of.

Taste is subtly hoppy with a balanced malt backbone. Very crisp and clean. This is a great beer for one of my faves, beer and pizza.

I would take this over BMC any day. All in all, not a bad brew, it would probably be pretty refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 21:35:11 | More by LarryV
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 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 vitesse


2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served in half quart gold cans...
a cheapo beer (brewed now by miller, i believe). the traditional regional lager of rhode island.
pours a pale straw color. fluffy head that dies down quick. no lace. not nearly enough carbonation coming up the glass. smells like corn and lemons. slightly astringent.
taste is sweet and citrusy. no hops bitterness at all (even by the standards of a light american lager). malts just don't cut it either and flavor drops out before you can blink.
mouthfeel isn't carbonated enough. really lifeless. drinkable but not recommended at all. there are better lagers among the super cheapos, too.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 19:22:01 | More by vitesse
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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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