Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,058
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 28.95%
Wants: 71
Gots: 218 | 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 WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of crc1935
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of jhawth
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.


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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a clear straw yellow color. Very standard for a lager of the style with a white foamy head.

The aroma has grain, pale malt, a bit of rice with some grassy hops.

The flavor follows with a light body with some grainy breadiness, with a bit of lemon and grassiness.

It has that lager refreshing body and carbonation for the mouthfeel.

This is actually quite a competent beer for the style. Not much on the hops, but still not offensive with the hop or malt profile.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 16oz can to my DFH IPA glass; canning date and time of 11:48AM, May 15, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can in a Julian variant (“1363 11:48”). So, two weeks old to the day. ‘GANSETT SO FRESHDAMN.

Appearance (3.25): A good three fingers of bone-white head rises off o the pour, capping a pure, 24ct gold-colored body, crystal-clear. Retention is very modest and the head dies down quickly, but it leaves some okay lacing around the edge of the glass at first.

Smell (3.75): This has a nice mix of malt and hops for the style—some very pale barley, some cooked rice, and unsweetened oatmeal, mixed with some lemony, grassy hop aromas. Both malt and hops are restrained and subtle,

Taste (4.0): On the palate, ‘Gansett Lager has less hop character than in the aroma, showing more of a crisp, lagered malt body: lightly sweet white bread, a bit of corn syrup, and some lemony, slightly grassy hop flavor and bitterness toward the finish. It fits the style, but avoids the kind of iced-down, cooked-vegetable water character that most macros carry. It finishes very light and not quite dry, with a lightly sweet malt note that carries through, in spite of the grassy / lemony hops. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel (3.75): The beer offers a modest carbonation that fizzles quickly and dies out before too long. The body stays on the lighter side of medium-weight, and finishes relatively dry. Fits the style. This is very easy to drink, and coming in a 16oz can, it’s really great drinking.

Overall (3.75): Pretty much fits the AAL profile, to a T, but it does so in a much more satisfying way than the standard watered-down, fizzy yellow macro. It doesn’t blow anyone away, but it does what it’s supposed to do well, and in a much more satisfying way than any macro AAL.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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 with a faint vague 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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.