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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 BeerKangaroo


3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pilsener:

A: clear pale yellow colored body with a two finger white foamy head that leaves foamy spider-webbed lacing, the head only lasts about thirty seconds. Slowly rising carbonation is seen.

S: corn and the rice up front with a slight bready sweetness in the background, slight banana comes in as well

T: pretty much is the same

M: light with a moderate amount of carbonation, sessionable

O: I'd say this is pretty good, probably come back to it eventually in the summer months perhaps

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 00:26:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of jondeelee


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

Narragansett’s Lager opens with a yeasty, floury malt aroma immediately reminiscent of baking bread, toast crust, and rising dough, but sweetened by healthy doses of white grape and orange. There’s also a good smattering of wet hay, and an aroma that reminds me of the inside of old-timey grain mills. The aromas are obviously heavily biased towards grains, with mere smatterings of fruit and sugar, and nary a hint of hops. This works well for the beer, for the grain aromas are strong and varied enough to avoid the one-note wonder that can result from lesser-quality lagers, and the sugars are just potent enough to interest the senses. A stronger sugar base would have added extra oomph, as would have a larger hop presence, but the beer still smells good without them.

On the tongue, the beer continues to be heavily grain-based, with toast crust, biscuit, hay straw, rice, and floury baguette immediately present, sweetened by white grape, orange, and touches of apricot. A bit of brown sugar also winds through, with the merest shade of pine from the hops adding a slight bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with some sugary sweetness remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a short time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice mid-grade beer. It doesn’t quite have enough complexity or nuance to compete with, say, a Dogfish Head, but then it’s not intended to. Instead, it provides a clean, well-balanced, refreshing, flavorful profile that leaves the tongue wanting more, and with a 5% ABV, is nicely suited for lunch. Perfect camping or beach fare.

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 17:09:53 | More by jondeelee
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Sam Adams glass. "brewed in rochester" on the neck (by non other than genesee brewing of course...).

pours a super clear, golden, almost yellowish color. about one fingers worth of pure white head, faded to a thin yet retentive layer. some sporadic lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles.

mineral lager yeast, a bit of mineral water, and maybe a hint of sweet, corny malt.

mineral water, slightly sweet malt, hints of corn. a bit of tart apple and the slightest hint of lemon towards the finish.

light bodied, high carbonation, slight watery feel.

not really an impressive beer, but easy to quaff during the summer. i wouldnt be surprised if this is just regular genny with a different label... tastes very similar.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:43:22 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an impressive 4" white head which really had a pretty decent lifespan for a BMC-styled lager. The body is clear straw yellow and it exhausted all the carbonation into the head. It smells of grass and malt but more on the malt side than most BMCs. Taste matched the smell. It's a little watery but that's true to the BMC style. There's a nice little acidic zing at the end kind of like a Bud. I'll tell you what, for an American Adjunct Lager of the BMC persuasion this holds it's own against the big boys.

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 09:01:53 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to nothing fairly quickly

S: Lager yeast, pale malts, adjuncts, and slight bready sweetness

T: Follows the nose, pretty much your typical AAL but with more flavor in terms of the sweetness and nice maltiness. MMMM... flavor!

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: Finally (well, not technically)! An AAL with flavor! Enjoyable and easy to drink, cheap, and of course readily available. Go get some

Serving type: can

05-14-2012 04:42:07 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

Pour is light yellow with an initially huge head that I let subside to fit the whole 16 oz can in my glass.

Smell is like an AAL. Mostly adjuncts (corn and rice), with a hint of of smoothness.

Now this I could drink all summer. Very smooth, with only a hint of sweetness. Very balanced. No hop bitterness, no frills at all. It doesnt try to blow you away, yet still packs some flavor. Very well done.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 21:21:26 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of Maximusmaximus


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American (adjunct) Standard Lager sets the standard for the style. A great beer for a notoriously lousy genre, Narragansett Lager is the kind of beer you want to drown in after a good ole fashioned lawnmowing session while you kick back and wait for the coals to heat up. Very nicely priced at around a buck a tallboy, this is a beer you should always have on hand, especially if you're a New Englander!

Serving type: can

05-11-2012 16:55:46 | More by Maximusmaximus
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the large can into a mug. Body is light yellow with a 2-finger white, bubbly head.

S: Grainy, soapy and a tad bit sweet.

T: Light on taste, but fairly inoffensive. I get some straw and grassy grains. Also some sweetness, but it finishes fairly clean.

M: Light in heft, but with a decent creaminess to it.

O: Good for what it is. Drink it ice cold and fast and it's a decent refreshing beer.

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 14:05:08 | More by Kendo
Photo of kylehay2004


3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 finger head with little retention on clear straw colored body.

S: typical for the genre is the sweet corn, light malt aroma.

T: this one is one of the best in the genre. Its fuller bodied and it lacks any bitter or sourness that turns me off from these beers.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: refreshing, easy to drink and certain one of the better bargain beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 01:54:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cracker and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker and grainy malts. There is a very light amount of bitterness and some hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It doesn’t feel thin or watery.
O: This beer is easy to drink and tastes a lot maltier compared to other adjunct lagers (with less noticeable presence of adjuncts). It definitely tastes a lot better compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 02:57:13 | More by metter98
Photo of Flounder57


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

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden straw yellow with plenty of carbonation coming up through the whole beer. One finger head that is remaining there very well. Head has reduced to a thin layer now.

Smell: pretty simple lager aroma. Bready and grassy notes, sweetness from basic malts. Pretty clean, straight forward, and no skunk to it.

Taste: Basic clean lager tastes hear. Nothing special, but tasty and easy to enjoy. Sweet grains with some grassy notes and a little funky tastes towards the rear.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

Overall: Solid offering for a 16 oz can and affordable. Budget good and better than more mass produced breweries. Happy to enjoy these in 16 oz cans.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 01:18:38 | More by Flounder57
Photo of adjunctjonez


3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ganset is a good budget beer. The appearance is golden with little head that quickly fizzes away, Smell is yeasty with some corn/grain scent. Taste is similar, sweet malt with mild hop on the back--it does have a distinct bite. Mouthfeel is crisp, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink. Only see in in tallboy cans in my area. I wish the other ganset beers made it this far north, would like to try them.

Serving type: can

04-04-2012 17:16:43 | More by adjunctjonez
Photo of BARFLYB


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz can into a 16oz glass

A- Narragansett Lager is a crisp light yellow with some spots of amber. Just the faintest little cap i've ever seen, it eventually goes into nothing leaving a semi dead looking drink, but there are some rising bubbles coming up.

S- Corn and grain are the main contenders here. Your typical adjunct scent without the skunk that goes with some in the pact,

T- There is more flavor in here than I was expecting but it isnt much more than some grain and corn, some sweet malts. A earthy hop flavor in the back that is barely a whisper.

M- Kinda lively from the CAN with a bit of zing, easy drinking, good enough to go down easy like. Very light bodied and pretty crisp.

D- I think I would enjoy this more off of the tap, the appeal of this went away after 6 oz or so, but i finished the liquid with ease.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 04:33:49 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a very thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of malts with some adjunct presence - mostly grainy. The beer has a sweet aroma with some very light grassy hop notes.

T: The beer has a malty body with a lot of sweet grainy notes and some very light grassy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent American Adjunct Lager, actually one of the better ones I have had recently. I think the beer is very easy to drink and could easily be a session beer. Not overpowering, this beer is definitely better than expected. Better balance than I expected.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 00:12:43 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of FosterJM


3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1152nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

No Freshness date

Purchased from Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A very clear yellow with only a 1/4" white head that was very fast receding. No cling or lace either.

Smell- A very malty, stale, cracker like earthy note to this one.

Taste- Some thing is off with this. I hope. It was very earthy and malty with a sweet, grassy bready note. Its a AAL just a little different.

Mouth- A lighter body with a medium carbonation. A cracker like residual flavor.

Drink- Too light and just doesnt work together. Un balanced and lacks a certain punch. I know its a AAL but just needs more from a craft brewer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:00:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of beveritt


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard bottle. My parents picked up a case of this on a recent trip through New England and I snagged a bottle to review. No clear freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly pure white head. This settles quickly to a few islands of foam here and there and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is bright yellow and perfectly clear with a fair amount of activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Classic American Lager smell; sweet yet light malt with slightly metallic undertones and a hint of grassy hops. Exactly as expected.

Taste: Sweet malt with mild undertones of caramel. Slight biscuit notes. Finishes with very mild herbaceous hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly higher than average carbonation level. Body is surprisingly good; much thicker than any other adjunct lager I have had.

Drinkability: Generally not my style, but I can appreciate nonetheless. This is a well executed example and a solid and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:19:18 | More by beveritt
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a quarter inch of soft, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The smell is grainy and slightly grassy. The taste is mildly grainy, lightly grassy, and a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is light and rather crisp.

This is an alright beer. For the style it's balanced, unoffensive, and refreshing. If I were looking for a tailgate beer this would be a good choice.

Serving type: can

03-01-2012 22:35:14 | More by tdm168
Photo of greenengineer


2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16 OZ can into my Peoples Pint Pied pIPA pint glass. Served slightly warm
A- clear, golden color, foamy head disappears quickly, leaving traces of lacings
S- not much, vague sweetness
T- crisp, a little sweetness. More there than I expect
M- pretty watery
O- for lager in a can, one of the better choices. Extra points for local in a can. Not my favorite style, but better than the macros

Serving type: can

02-28-2012 02:23:08 | More by greenengineer
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. can (code 2771 which means it was canned the 277th day of 2011 being Oct. 4).

Appearance: A pretty clear, pale yellow body with an eggshell white head. Good showing with some lacing and nice retention.

Smell: Crisp, cereal, some fruit but kind of neutral.

Taste: A sweet kiss of honey which immediately sets it apart from most adjuncts. The lager flavor is pretty strong as well and does a nice job of masking the adjuncts which are still there.

Mouthfeel: The malt makes this a pretty full body all things considered. Consistent through and through.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this one and could easily pass as a regular lager. Probably my favorite "adjunct".

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 12:22:38 | More by papat444
Photo of keeganfrank


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a big, foamy head. Strong aroma of bread with some hints of berries and grass. Crisp, fruity flavor with bread and grain; the breadiness fades as the beer gets a little warmer. I've already reviewed this beer from a can and this is radically different. It's still a decent adjunct lager, but buy it in a can if possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:32:37 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of KyleIPA


3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two to three finger head.

Color is a light orange but still translucent.

Smells of strong grain come through.

Tastes of malt with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is full of crisp carbonation that ends slightly silky.

I would recommend this lager as a quality brew at a very affordable price.

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 06:26:16 | More by KyleIPA
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark yellow with a thin head. The aroma is of corn and bread with a hint of sweet malt. The flavor is mainly doughy with some hay thrown in. The flavor is decent for an American adjunct lager in the beginning but it gives way to a BMC flavor and watery thin mouthfeel as it warms. Narragansett Lager is acceptable. Barely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:27:58 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of CheezyBlaster


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is there such thing as a "great" American Adjunct Lager? I don't think so -even considering the cute attempts making a "good" adjunct from microbrewers. I mean, this stuff was developed with cutting costs and mass production in mind. Taste was secondary, or tertiary. And don't get me started about "light" adjuncts. That being said, this brew is about as good as an old school post-prohibition American adjunct can get. The noble aspect of the American Adjunct is "drinkable" and 'Gansett nails it.

Nose: Doesn't smell like much more that a bit of corny malt and a tad sweet.
Taste and Mouthfeel: Taste is sweet, corny, smooth, light bodied and drinkable.

There you have it. There isn't much to say about any adjunct -that one can actually swallow. Utterly simple, the opposite of complex, not powerful either, just easy and "drinkable" . . .

This style doesn't have an "A" beer. Like Malt Liquor, the style itself is so shitty and rooted in mediocrity as a goal that it can't produce a great beer.

That being said: I drink these. It's not bad and it's cheap and sessionable. I would buy 'Gansett more often for session drinking if Boston Lager, Brooklyn Lager, and Prima Pils weren't so readily available and reasonably priced in 12 packs.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 20:48:21 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of gau8a


4.43/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

taste it for yourself. you can buy a lot more expensive beer but still not compare to what narragansett is brewing. i have not been let down by anything that has their name on it. the lager is good to go to anytime but their seasonal releases are their finest works. even their prices seem fairly low for a product this good. great job narragansett!!.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 01:11:15 | More by gau8a
Photo of zoolzoo


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours straw colored, big white head.

S: Sugary grain, corn, trace of hops.

T/M: Bready, grainy malt. Sweet..crisp, refreshing. Touch of hops. Has some body to back up its taste, which is one of the attributes of a solid lager.

O: A nice American lager.

Serving type: can

12-16-2011 21:34:14 | More by zoolzoo
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