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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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962 Ratings
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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 55
Gots: 146 | 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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Ratings: 962 | Reviews: 335
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BostonHops
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
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 pretty good for AAL, which is the good news. the bad is that it's an AAL just the same.

(originally reviewed: 10-18-2011)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  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.

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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