Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 1,029
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 200 | 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 RaulMondesi
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Yep! (251 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,826 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (2,079 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -19%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +27%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (678 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,480 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of robertdrinks
4.85/5  rDev +39.4%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of markh814
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
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 (341 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of gatorguy
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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! (1,064 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (717 characters)

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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