Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 64
Gots: 188 | 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 mvanaskie13
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold, transparent, good carbonation, great huge bright white head that leave some lingering lace and bubbles on the glass.

Smell is pretty standard for the style, maybe a touch more six row presence and hint of more hops, but the corn is prominent as well.

Taste is a bit more flavorful than some of this style, six row malt is noted but the corn adjunct is dominant as well, hops are grassy, pretty fresh which aids in the flavor and bitter presence.

Mouthfeel is where this beer differentiates, its not so overcarbonated that it leaves no flavor or lingering mouthfeel, goo malt sweetness that lingers with some good bitter balance.

Overall, a very well done adjunct lager, hops and mouthfeel make it stand on its own.

Photo of lou50rp
4.52/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangy, gold appearance. Good active carbonation. Inviting look
Good smell of grains and malt
A cold 'Gansett any time of the year tastes okay!
Good light mouthfeel
Overall for the price, it can't be beat. And its cartoon ads "from back in the day" are still the best.

Photo of Jeff_Newell
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I know it's not fancy, but it goes with any food occasion and drinks well. I love the history of the brand, and really hope that they can bring the brewery back to Rhode Island. The beer isn't heavy or loaded with hops, it's well balanced. When I think of beer, this is the beer I think of.

Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. tallboy into a glass tankard.

Appearance : The classic American lager. Thick foaming white head that settles down to about two inches of pillowy froth after a couple of minutes. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing over the course of consumption. Color is clear golden; if it wasn't a beer, you'd say it was "beer-colored."

Aroma: The adjuncts take a back seat here; it doesn't have that corny smell adjunct lagers often exude. Overall the aroma is pretty light, which is good - an adjunct lager with a strong aroma is probably bad news. If anything, it smells like a good excuse to have a cookout.

Taste: They market it as "the Beer of the Clam," and it's easy to see why. 'Gansett would pair perfectly with a clamboil; in fact, I'm pretty sure family members of mine slugged these down at backyard boils in the '70s. The taste of this reminds me of growing up in New England, summers, the beach, the Sox on the radio, all those good things. As far as what the beer itself actually tastes like, it's classic American beer with a good body and minimal hops. It gets a little more bitter as it warms, but not in an unpleasant way. It's a perfect workhorse lager.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent body for an American lager. Easy to drink. No complaints.

Overall: 'Gansett is what I think of when I think of classic, basic American beer. It's not a beer that makes you agonize over the "hop profile" and things like that. It's a beer to pair with pizza and football on TV (like I'm doing right now), or to have outside on a hot day. It's also a good lager to cook with - we've used it to make vegetable stews and beer cheese grits and it always holds up its end of the bargain. If you like U.S.A. lager, you'd be crazy not to try this, because it's also cheap (usually around $6 for six tallboys).

Photo of scotorum
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick pint.

a: Crystal clear dark gold with a huge three inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Nothing notable

t: Light malt with a grape juicy tinge. Dry finish.

m: Light but not watery.

o: A good lager, a little above the mainstream. Had more malt flavor the first time I had one, this one was strangely fruity at first, although that faded. Certainly a refreshing warm weather beer or any time a thirst quencher is sought.

Photo of watermelon
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden body with a white head that had a fair amount of retention.

S: Kinda like corn and some mild fruit. A little bit of booze

T: Taste like corn, a very refreshing beer.

M: Goes down easy and crisp, excellent lawnmower beer.

O: I can score a 6-pack of 16 ounce cans for $6 I think thats a pretty good deal, for a refreshing beer. That isn't BMC

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

One of the best of the style made in America, was happy to finally try this one. Pours a bright yellow into a shaker pint, with a 1 inch head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells include sweet grain, sweet corn, and faint whiffs of herbal hops.

The herbal hop flavor is stronger in the taste than the aroma, but is still muted, per the style. The sweet grain flavor is really nice, a little bit of honey even.

Light bodied, very crisp, very drinkable. I could put back a few of these quite easily.

One of the best adjunct lagers on the market. Not offensive in the slightest, actually has a taste that brings you back for more.

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a nostalgia beer for me. Growing up, we spent our summers in Newport, RI - my father was a reservist in the Navy... not rich. During the free spirit days of the late 1970s, I'd sneak sips from my parents cans (of beer). As an adult, living in CA, I still enjoy this brew. Perhaps not because of the taste - which isn't bad - but more for the memories it conjures up in my psyche. Whenever my parents visit they'll smuggle several cans in their suitcase, bubble wrapping and hiding in shoes or other unique locations (since it's not a crime to place in checked luggage, not sure why they feel the need to put in their shoes).

Anyway, its a decent beer. Something to enjoy after vigorous exercise.

Photo of klimoja
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was most definitely the summer of Narragansett in Qtown. A staple in my fridge ever since I picked up a case in Hartford, CT. I was pleasantly surprised to see it sold locally at some distributorships and have gone through several cases.

Seemingly a simple adjunct lager maybe a little sweet and highly drinkable. Looks great in a pint glass with a golden coloring and nice head. Keep 'em coming!

Update: I'm finding a little inconsistency with the 'Gansett Lager. Dropping: Taste 3.5 and overall 4.00

I can't finish this case. Tried it 4 or 5 different times and its a drain pour. Perhaps too many temperature changes before I bought it. very bad.

Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz tallboy can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a white, fluffy two finger head. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing with huge globs on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has a slight metallic note along with some floral, grassy hops and corn. Low on DMS which is nice and it really smells pretty good.

Cooked corn, hay, and grass in the taste with a bit of DMS. Mouthfeel is heavier than I was expecting and is a little bit sweet and sticky which, in my mind, limits drinkability somewhat. Very light bitterness.

Overall, this is not a great beer but it is a better than average AAL. Has more flavor than most and is easy-drinking. I would pick this up on occassion if it were available to me.

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of crc1935
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of workingclassbrew
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of jhawth
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.


Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
3.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.