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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

342 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 1,044
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 70
Gots: 212 | 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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 1,044
Photo of sawbones420
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I recently did a review of Brooklyn Lager straight out of bottle, reasoning that I'm pretty much always going to be drinking Brooklyn Lager straight out of the bottle unless I order it at a bar. I've chosen the same path with Narragansett, since I will never pour this beer into a glass for as long as I live. While I claimed that I would write a newer review of Brooklyn's lager served in a pint glass at a later date, I make no such claim for Narragansett's fine brew. This is a beer that is meant to be consumed straight out the can.

The 16 oz. tall boy is majestic and enticing, solely because I know what the aluminum exterior is hiding beneath. Trying to take a more objective approach, this looks like straight-up old man beer. I wasn't around back in its heyday, when it was the official beer of the Red Sox, but I imagine aside from the web address printed on the top and side of the modern day can, the old and "new" designs are probably close to identical.

Crackin' the bad boy. This smells like American Lager. No bullshit. Nothing fancy, but this ain't crap either, despite its costing the same as many low-end beers.

Taste:
(see smell paragraph immediately above)

Conclusion:
6 bucks for a 6 pack of tall boys ($5 at Downtown Wine 'n Spirits in Somerville!), this is unbeatable in my eyes. It costs the same as dreg macrobrews such as PBR and the like, yet tastes noticeably better. If you're gonna go cheap, at least go local(regional) and cheap. Pretty widely available in Boston liquor stores, I just wish more bars carried this beer. I tend to stray from glass bottles, as it's a waste of money, but for watching sports, I'll rock the 'Gansett tall boy any day of the week.

This beer works all year round, hot or cold. (1,741 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

BAside: great retro packaging. Love the label & bottlecap...very old school.

Poured very smooth with a soft crackle. Lite nose, nice estery quality, faint hops. Malts rise with some air and are strawlike, hay, a little bready. Head is classic - a fat finger's worth of tight, compact, creamy, slightly sculpted pearl white foam that has a decent retention and laces in thick curtains. Slight chill haze to the body, which is a pale, warm corn silk gold in hue with a decent amount of carbonation as a multitude of bubbles rise chaotically thru it. For what it is it looks the part very well.

Creamy, crisp, semisweet, very clean, semi-dry with a damp, muted crunch, rather nice. There is a pleasing smoothness to it, a crushed velvet like feel. I was not expecting an AML to have such a nice mouthfeel. This is by far the smoothest of its genre I've ever had.

Malts have faint hints of caramel/butterscotch and are overall semi-sweet, no metallic aspects noticeable. If I try I can barely detect a whisper of some hop bitterness, but we are talking miniscule at best. Its going down very easy & clean. The bread qualities of the malts grow on the palate as it really evens out, some very distant hops are barely citric, and it finishes very clean, slightly refreshing, balanced & semi-dry with a somewhat sticky sweet (not sugary) aftertaste.

Damn, this was pretty good! Without question the best of its genre I've ever had. This beats the hell out of any BMC hand down. I would drink this big time in the summer as a lawnmower beer and even just keep some around for those times you want a beer like this. It is screaming for simple food - burgers, pizza, etc. There is definitely room in the world for beers like this. I like this, I will drink more of it, I'll have it around for my "I only drink Bud" friends & family. Definitely recommended! (1,894 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is bready/fruity with some malt showing through. Taste is strong and leaves a bready aftertaste with even a touch of bitterness. Goes down well. Not too bad of a beer but certainly not something I'd drink often. (274 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Dirty yellow (not quite gold) translucent body with a half inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells malty with hints of hops and adjuncts. Tastes sweet with just a hint of hop bite toward the finish, with adjuncts playing a bit of a role too. Very clean finish. Definitely the most flavorful American Macro/Pale Lager I've had. Lighter in mouthfeel but not watery or thin by any means. Extremely drinkable. I'm actually impressed with this one. And the combination of drinkability, good flavor, and price make this one a beer I'll be buying regularly. (612 characters)

Photo of Rainintheface
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured with vigor into Sam Adams glass.

A: darker shade of straw, medium carbonation with nice frothy white head.

S: slightly sweet smelling. light hops and a bit of grains

T: nice level of hop bitterness for a macro, sweet maltiness but not to sweet. very nice

M: crisp, light and refreshing with just right amount of carbonation

D:a nice macro lager. this is one I will enjoy over and over.

Hi neighbor! It's nice to see 'gansett back. They were pretty much closing shop when I started drinking beer so I don't know how closely it resembles the original, but it's damn tasty. (597 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from a 12 oz. bottle. Nice yellow/straw color, a bit darker than the normal "macro", with sheet lacing. Initial smell is malt with some faint hint of grass. The taste is better than average for the style, with definite malt sweetness. While there is little hop bite/finish, the hops are definitely present, as they keep the taste from being cloying. The mouthfeel is soft and somewhat rounded. The drinkability is good. I really like this one for the style.

I'm heading to RI for biz this week, and I am looking forward to having this on draft as well as sampling the bock and porter, which are not available in NW Connecticut. (644 characters)

Photo of frankbro
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank Gansett back in the 70's in 7 oz returnable bottles.(35/case) I don't know if the new stuff is the same, but it's very good. It's not brewed in RI, but in Rochester under licence. It was $4.59/6pk 16oz cans or $5.49/6k 12oz bottles. No brainer. It has a beautiful yellow color and a 2in head that left a little lacing. In order the smell was malt, hops, and cerial. The taste was the same, but the hops were more pronounced. I gave it a 'low' score on drinkability because I found the beer substantial in character(filling), and probably couldn't nail more than 2 of them without a little break. I'm glad to see it back! (628 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours an especially clear and rich gold. A finger of bright white head sinks soon to fuzzy froth. Spits of lacing navigate the inside of the glass.

The aroma is lightly toasted malt, somewhat sweet, and is that a niblet or two of yellow corn? No matter, it peppers slightly with a crisp hop air.

Upon tasting, the malt is briefly berry sweet, distantly vegetal, and narrowly doughy. The hops are a bit spicy, with black pepper and a noble tang in tow. It quickly crisps to a softly biting and very dry finish. The refreshing nature forgives a few sins.

Light bodied, it flows nicely and imparts a clean closing impression.

I honestly wasn't expecting much, but I'm pleasantly surprised. It won't wow anyone, I wouldn't think, but it has the crisp, satisfying character that results in a very drinkable if a bit macro-esque lager. Pretty decent for a mainstream flagship beer, I believe. (905 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slight hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, and spicey/caramel. Light-Medium body. The finish is clean and crisp. Drinkable, the last time I had one of these was about 35 years ago, when I lived in Pawtucket, RI. It's not bad, way better than a Bud, Coors, or Miller. (481 characters)

Photo of scriabin
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I recall Narragansett as a the mass-produced lager from the 1970s, although I was too young to partake in its frothy tastiness. Fast forward 30 years, and it seems the reborn Narragansett has developed a very slick, nostalgia-based marketing campaign selling itself as a simple, straightfoward brew. I enjoyed this one for being what it is - a clean tasting, enjoyable lager that is a nice complement to a summer cookout. Although it lacks the complexity of other so called premium lagers, sometimes you just want to sit down with your basic quality lager at the end of the day and relax. It's sort of the "girl next door" of beers, and doesn't aim to be on the cover of the next FHM magazine; and there's nothing wrong with that. I predict this will become a staple in my beer fridge. (785 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the end of the American Beer Festival up in Boston, since they were giving some of this away to those of us that helped out. I had never tried this before, and hadn't even heard of this beer before. As odd as it is for me to say, this may the most "basic" beer that I've ever drank. Is that good or bad? I'm not sure, but it's nice to know that a straightforward brew like this doesn't have to be bland and watered-down!

Nothing was exceptional or bad about this at all. It had a standard pour, a bit of a head, and no lacing to be found whatsoever. The taste is very malty and bready, with the hints of filler that one would expect out of a beer of this style. There isn't much in the aftertaste, but the biscuity taste to this never really disappears either. It reminds me a lot of PBR, and has the same appeal to it, in my opinion. Don't expect a lot of flavor, or depth to this, but do expect to be mildly surprised!

The 5.10% ABV makes this a really good session beer, and the drinkability of this makes it a worthy candidate as in introduction for the craft beer novice. No, it's not going to blow anyone away, but for someone looking for a cheap 6-pack, this would be a far superior choice to the BMC's in this world. Even for me, it's nice to have a drink like this now and then, and just let go from thinking my way through what I enjoy. Narragansett fills this role perfectly! (1,414 characters)

Photo of KevinB
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Appearance was a golden yellow with a foamy whitehead.1 finger head, light lacing.
Smell was faint, traces of grains, corn, malts and hops can be detected. Taste was nice, sweet, very light malt flavor with a clean dry finish.
Mouthfeel, very light bodied beer, medium carbonation, honey overtones.
Drinkability a pretty light and smooth brew, it's drinkable but for what it is I would prefer something else.
Overall it's nice a bad beer, a pretty decent macro, but it's priced between a budget and premium. Not sure why it's placed in a sixer with many crafts, I would rather pick up a 30 pack of Genny Creams for 11 bucks afterall they are the ones who are contracted to make it. It's a decent beer and it's nice to see a New England label back. (784 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Narragansett

On tap at the Clarke Cook House.

Appearance- Light golden brown with a small soapy white head.
Smell- Corn husk, rice, straw/hay, and malt.
Taste- Light malt backbone with hints of corn, hay, and slight metallic hops.
Mouthfeel- Light and watery, flavor kicks in around the tail end.

Overall- A typical macro full of adjunct but much better then the big boys. I would choose this over all other macros with the exception of PBR. (453 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright golden color that's nearly crystal clear, with a billowing head of dense white foam that had good retention. Notable lacing in the glass, and a nominal level of carbonation.

S: Clean note of corn and husk. Mild hops and bready malts. Slightly sweet aroma, with floral and mild grassy hints. Nice.

T: Generally, this is the a-typical macro flavor, slightly condensed; cereal grains, pale malts, a touch of hops. Nothing complex, but very enjoyable. Lingering aftertaste of grassy grains.

M: Nominal. Mild bubbly note makes its way to the tongue. Slightly mellow, lacking a bit with clarity and crispness. Not bad.

D: Above average. This is a solid lager, and proof that just because a beer is "macro", it can still be quaffable and worthy to drink. Recommended.

Notes: Special thanks to themaniacalone for the sample. (841 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a this foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild sweet grain with a smattering of hop spice.

The taste consisted of a flavorful milled grain with the slightest whisper of sweet corn. The hops were active and helped dry the taste out.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness (excellent fullness for a macro).

Overall a very enjoyable and suprising macro. I would drink these regularly if available. Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the chance. (519 characters)

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

revisiting a classic

A- straw yellow with a tight white head some lacing on the glass

S- some hops in the nose, a classic beer smell

T- mildly bitter hops with a nice clean and dry finish

M- thin with some carbination

D- like most in the style an easy drinker that finishes clean and smooth. Also this beer has more flavor than most in the style. This is a good everday standard beer. (399 characters)

Photo of dickieb
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Is usualy the way to go for a cheap beer in RI. If you know where to look you can get the 6 of tall boys for under $4, and a pint can be found for $2 in many local bars.

That being said poors slightly darker then most macros, with a fairly thick head. Smells pretty malty, with a bit of hops in the backround. A complex taste for an inexpensive beer, and finishes with a crisp mouthfeel. Extreamly drinkable (423 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a hint of crimson. Two-finger fizzy head faded to a thin film and a ring of lace. Some sporadic droplets of lacing remained as the beer was drunk.

Smell was fresh and fruity, and not in the least bit skunky like so many other macros. Pears, apples and and possibly some candied sugar were noticeable along with a hint of hops in the background.

Taste was malty up front and then turned fruity (citrus was most apparent). Clean, crisp, slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat creamy with a decent body for this style. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability was outstanding. So refreshing and light, yet so flavorful. Perfect with most cuisine.

This macro truly distinguishes itself from a majority of its counterparts. (833 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've just found my new every-day, cutting the lawn, session brew. Wildly available and the twelvers are less than ten bucks.

An aggressive pour out of the long neck produced a large, frothy, white head. Pristinely, clear, golden, straw color with visible carbonation.

The smell is surprisingly malty for the style. In addition to the big malt presence, the aroma produced a mild hop bouquet and some grainy notes.

The flavor is sweet and malty up front. Again, the malt is bigger than the style normally dictates. The sweet, malt flavor balances mid-sip with a delightful grain taste and then a mildly bitter finish. This is an ultra smooth, clean beer.

Light bodied, aggressively but not overly carbonated, this is very pleasing on the palate. This is a beer that I could drink all night long. (806 characters)

Photo of LeeMarvin
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was on a bar crawl in Clinton, MA, and had been drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon when someone handed me a 'Gansett. I kicked it back and the taste spread over my tongue nicely. It had a refreshing, clean quality to it that made it very drinkable. I was impressed. Even moreso when I found out it was only a quarter more than the PBR's.

I started buying it in tallboys for session drinking, happy to have found a cheap, quality alternative to PBRs. I impressed many a Bud swilling friend with them. But recently, I've noticed a slight increase in price that has put the 'Gansetts in the same price range as Harpoon IPA, which I consider to be a slightly better value.

I'm moved by the attempt to bring back a New England tradition like Narragansett, but I think they're pricing themselves out of the competition. (815 characters)

Photo of BassAssassin
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. Fairly thick head, but it dissipates very quickly. Doesn't appear very carbonated.

S: Grassy and semi sweet. I can actually detect a faint spicy hop smell.

T: Decent amount of malt along with a slight taste of corn. A very slight amount of hop bitterness is present, as well. Finishes semi astringent.

M: Medium bodied with more carbonation than I previously thought.

D: This stuff is actually really good and highly drinkable. At $5.49 per six pack it's a great value, too. Perfect on a hot day after mowing the lawn. It's certainly a hell of a lot better than Scudweiser. (617 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised by how unbad this was. Pours a yellowish amber with a fairly tenacious head. Constant upward carbonation. Smells of ricey beer, but not as ricey as many macros. There's some underlying grains as well, but no hops and little else in the way of esters. Sweet first off on the tongue, with corn-n-malt sweetness continuing through the mid palate. The finish dries out into grainy, crackery notes. Thin mouthfeel but smooth on the tongue. Surprisingly drinkable. If I had to drink a macro I'd probably go for this. (526 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently an old Beer that has been resurrected...My Dad Remembers the brand from his young day's. Red and White label, declaring "The Famous Narragansett Beer".
Poured a clear light golden, fizzy white head that left a sudsy collar most of the way through.
faint aroma, faint vanilla aroma.
taste was rather sweet, corn, and ghost- like vanilla aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was on par with most macro- lagers, thin,watery, but pleasantly creamy.
Thought I'd give this a shot, not bad, nothing spectacular, nice easy drinking lager. Worth a try. (544 characters)

Photo of Franchise
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Narragansett pours a maize yellow leaving a thin spotchy white lace. The nose is sweet, white sugar, also somewhat chemical in nature. The taste starts with a sweet rice feel on the palate with a faint hop presence and a decent highly carbonated body. Definatly a crisp lager with a slight aftertaste in the finish. Decent for a macro lager, but nothing that I will be visting again. (402 characters)

Photo of Alexmc2
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden with a decent head that fades quickly. For its particular style, the macro lager, I'd say its the best I've ever had. It beats Bud, Coors, etc. The taste is of beer with a bit of a corn tinge, but nothing to complain about. If I want a cold lager beer, this is what I reach for every time. And you can't beat the price either. (357 characters)

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.