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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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798 Ratings
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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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3/5  rDev -11%

11-22-2011 23:40:55 | More by SMM0606
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-21-2011 20:47:57 | More by vicsju1991
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3/5  rDev -11%

11-20-2011 06:22:47 | More by SarahMackAttack
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

11-19-2011 18:51:20 | More by Wally1912
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

11-18-2011 17:00:37 | More by waiting4lunch
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-18-2011 03:20:39 | More by nmann08
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-17-2011 00:49:31 | More by Burt
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-15-2011 17:58:40 | More by paulmcm
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-15-2011 06:31:45 | More by redluvr
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3/5  rDev -11%

11-15-2011 03:09:16 | More by bpfrush
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-15-2011 00:52:37 | More by loupap
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

11-14-2011 16:37:20 | More by BelgianDip
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3/5  rDev -11%

11-14-2011 15:25:40 | More by Lawnboy33
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light fizzy yellow with 1 finger of white head

Smells like corn, cooked vegetables, grassy hops, cereal grains, and some savory spice.

Taste is exactly the same as the nose. Not very much in the way of hops or bitterness. Finishes kind of sweet with an apple juice type flavor.

The mouthfeel is really light with some medium carbonation. Not overcarbonated like most adjunct lagers

Definitly better than BMC. One of the best adjunct lagers I have had- not sure if that is saying much. Really drinkable- goes down easy. Not really my style but it is very good for what it is.

Serving type: can

11-12-2011 01:06:55 | More by Dubber55
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3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz, into a massive pilsner glass that I got for Christmas a few years ago.

A: Pours a pale yellow with an enormous rocky white head, a good two inches worth that sticks around nicely. A few spots of lacing left behind. Excellent clarity.

S: Slightly sulfur, cooked vegetables, a touch of spicy hops. Smells like a lager.

T: Grainy and sweet, not much if anything in the way of hops. No bitterness to speak of but a little bit of a floral hop character. For what it is, it isn't bad tasting. Good lawnmower beer.

M: Slick mouthfeel with slightly above average carbonation, finish is dry and crisp. Nice and clean.

O: Not a bad lager. This would be an awesome tailgating beer, as I could drink it all day long, and so could most everybody I know. Pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 00:39:19 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid entry in the lawnmower beer category. Lively carbonation. Clean, moderately crisp malt with subdued grain notes. A touch of grassyness and a hint of Nehi grape (I may be the only one who gets this from some lagers - I find it prounounced in Moelson Canadian). A nice, classic macro feel to this beer. Not particularly flavorful, but clean and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 15:49:09 | More by Brent
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a white two finger foamy head that is rare in most American Adjuncts. Good lacing and head retention. The head sticks around till the last drop. Clear golden color with carbonation bubbles racing to the top non stop.

The aroma has a mild spicy hop that is complimented with hints of sweet malt and grains.

One of the more flavorful adjuncts I have tried. Spicy hops, grassy grain. And this is rare but there is hint of sweet malt.

Finishes clean, a little dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

Well, this lager must have just arrived in the south. I had never heard about it until a few weeks go. This is a classic, clean, easy drinking American lager that has flavor to it! PBR, Schlitz, High Life, and now Narragansett!! These are the American Macros I never mind picking up if I am on a budget.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 04:02:10 | More by Luigi
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2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tallboy served in a standard pint glass.

pours a bell-clear golden yellow while yielding a 1" sudsy white head. surprisingly respectable retention for an AAL; even a few spots of lace.

nose is predictably muted with some notes of grain, malt, and a touch of hops in the background.

a lot of corn / grain in the flavor; opens a bit on the sweet side and finishes with a whisper of hops. stacked up against others in this forgettable style it's actually not too bad. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a very good AAL, but an AAL just the same.

Serving type: can

10-18-2011 02:05:09 | More by perrymarcus
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made on Honor and Sold on Merit states the label of this 16 oz. can before me. Popped open and poured into a pint glass, this lager pours your typical clear straw in color. Offers up a slightly better than average cap and retention, and leaving a bit of lace in the early stages of the drink.

Nose is maltier than generally found in the style, close perhaps to Miller High Life but with a bit more character. Touch of corn and neutral grain and with a distant lemon character. A hint of sweetness is there but it's not too one dimensional to deter.

Taste is pleasant and slightly sweeter than the nose might suggest yet still subdued as one would expect for the style. Malty enough to give a certain slickness to the feel, particularly given the lack of coarseness on the palate. Medium bodied as a result, lending a bit more style and depth than you might get from the big boys. Easy drinking beer with a moderate lemony cracker finish. Not sure it can dethrone PBR as a preferred Macro, but then it offers a very different, and welcome, approach.

Serving type: can

10-13-2011 05:09:06 | More by HalfFull
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No need to write a novel about this one...though apparently there is a floor of 250 character on a review...

A solid American Lager, with some good malt flavor, nice and easy to drink. This is a great example of the beer America is known for and that's not always a bad thing.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 00:23:27 | More by grahambo
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4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Anyone who can find a better, easy to find adjunct out there, please email me.

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks darker and fuller than your typical beer of this style. Head retention is nice, and the beer laces nicely down the glass. Looks almost syrupy, in a good way.

S: Nothing offensive to be found. Shocking considering this is an adjunct lager. Smells fresh, notes of floral hops and cracker malt. A little generic, but overall can't complain.

T: Here is where reviewing WITHIN the STYLE comes into play- this is definitely the best adjunct I've tasted, bar none. Supremely refreshing and even has detectable hints of bready, doughy malts and floral hops. Finishes completely smooth.

Value: Don't even go there. I can get a sixer of tall boys of this stuff in FLORIDA for six bucks. It's a steal!

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 01:19:39 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, pale straw yellow. Big, rocky white head. High level of carbonation, surprisingly good retention. Light patchy wisps of lacing.

S: Floral and herbal hop aromas. Sweet corny scent with a hint of grain underneath.

T: Sweet corn and some straw. Subtle herbal hop tastes wash over the palate. More corn. Finishes semi-dry with corn and faint herbal hop tastes.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated. Has a bit of substance though, very slightly creamy and a tad lush. Not just watery and overly carbonated like most examples of the style.

O: An American Adjunct Lager that actually has some flavor, and identifiable hop tastes? Not bad.

Notes: If I'm going to do an AAL, this is usually my pick. Great value at $7 for a six pack of tall boy cans. A great choice for tailgaiting and other such activities.

Serving type: can

09-25-2011 18:14:54 | More by ryan1788a5
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1.48/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

473 ml can.

It pours a pale gold with a soapy white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is almost of nothing, there is more malt than sourness like sot AALs, but the corn is still annoying and there.

The flavor has a metallic sourness, some vegetal flavor, artificial sweetener, and some water. The mouthfeel is really watery.

Bad beer, not sure where the hype came from?, almost guaranteed from the name.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:42:25 | More by crossovert
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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from a 16 oz can. 'Gansett; won't you?

As much as I like to root for the local guys, if you've had any of the slew of other pale yellow fizzy lagers, you've pretty much had Narragansett. I won't say it's any better than your average Bud/Coors/etc offering, but it's no worse.

Pretty typical stuff. Pale malts and a breeze of grassy bitter hops. Not a bad cheap BBQ beer, but not something that'll really wow you.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 22:29:30 | More by DirtyPenny
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim today at the Beer Dispensary in Apex on a beer run for the opening of college football tonight. My can is different than the one pictured. Mine has less writing but does claim to be the "official beer of the clam" which must be worth something. While I think this is the first Rhode Island brewed beer I have ever reviewed, I am certain it is the first with a clam bake recipe on the side of the can I have ever reviewed.

Color is honey gold with plenty of big white head that doesn't last worth a lick. Nose is not completely unpleasant but does show adjunct tendencies and some basic graininess. The flavor is light and creamy compared to most from the style. Very smooth and easy to drink once you get used to the surprising creaminess. This is a great example of a unique local lager that has become an endangered species with the rise of BMC.

Serving type: can

09-02-2011 02:39:44 | More by daliandragon
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