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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 48
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

ryan1788a5, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of crossovert
1.48/5  rDev -56%
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.

crossovert, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

DirtyPenny, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

daliandragon, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to throw this into a recent mix a six.

A- Poured into a pint class with a clear light amber body. Foamy white head forms to about two fingers or so and retains decently. The head eventually dies down to nothing but some froth atop the beer leaving thin coats of lace around the glass.

S- Not a very strong aroma, some adjunct sweetness and light malt. Hard to pick up much.

T- Light malts, sweetness, grains, a bit of corn and light yeast notes (bread, fruit). A tiny bit of hops in the aftertaste.

MF- Foams up on the palate upon sipping, a light body with high carbonation. Very slight bitterness and overall sweet feel.

For what category this beer falls into for most people, it really isn't bad. I would much prefer this to the Bud, Coors or Miller product lines. No offensive flavors, just a light lager profile.

cbutova, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Lager (brewed in Rochester, N.Y.) has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of generalized grain, slight eggyness, and water. Taste is malt forward, with a touch of hop bitterness at the tail end of the sip and sweetness across. There is decent bite with this one. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Narragansett Lager finishes crisp, clean, mild, and refreshing. Overall, it's good, and I wish it was sold in Louisiana.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a billowing head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of grain with some sweetness. Smell is clean and not musty like some lagers.

T: Taste of grain, mild sweetness and a trace of spice. Has a light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing. Has more character than i expected for and Adjunct Lager.

O: Nice beer, better than the BMC offerings. Can't beat the price either.

soju6, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having a Narragansett Lager on tap at Amity Hall because they didn't have Hurricane Kitty and I figured what the hell. I just hope the zombie apocalypse holds off. I don't want this adjunct American brew to be the last beer I drink.

That said, I don't think this lager is a bad one. I reminds me of a well-done citrusy Coors Light with an added cashew type nuttiness in both the smell and the taste. The malts are actually complex, and for the style it's darker gold in appearance, better carbonated than its competition, and much easier to drink.

Honestly, this is a repeatable brew. Drinking it is similar to the experience of going to a movie that you expect to be bad, then having it turn out entertaining.

Now to figure out my hurricane plan. I don't know if staying at the bar late is a good one.

afksports, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was told on my trip to Boston that I had to try this beer. Sure...

Pours just like an AAL should, but uneven and fading head didn't do any favors.

Veggie smell at first. Stale malt and sweet corn.

Liquid corn and barley it seems to me. Syrupy and filmy. Not the flavors you want to be sticking to your palate for very long. Carbonation did nothing to clean it up.

Not impressed, even for an adjunct

Mebuzzard, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC (a long way from Quahog country). I had to buy some when I saw it in the cooler. This is the only beer I remember seeing around when I was a kid.

Pale yellow with a moderate white head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. I probably should have enjoyed it from the can. Aroma is spice mixed with crappy adjuncts. Flavor is somewhat sweet and spicy with a hint of fruit. Good consistency and a moderate carbonation.

Good served very cold on a hot summer day but generally pretty ordinary. But I'll buy it every now and then for the nostalgia.

GJ40, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Official beer of the clam. Pours a clear pale clear color. Hints of yellow. Fluffy head does not last. Scent is of sweet corn, but understated, is not offensive. Taste is grainy, slightly sweet. Does not get in it's own way of being a drinkable adjunct lager. Dors have a bit more taste than others ive had in this style Mouthfeel is neutral and leaves this a highly drinkable lager. Only problem for me, no clams.

gskitt, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Gmann
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a light hint of toast. The head is white and soapy; settles quickly into a sparse cap.

The aroma is sweet and grainy, typical of the style. Some cooked veggies. Not much else to say.

The taste is malty sweet from the pale malt. It has a light fruitiness to it. There is a light corn and sulfur note. A hint of metal as well.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Probably a tad heavier than most for the style. The finish is clean and crisp with a dry touch.

The beer has a substantial corny flavor so I fear if this warms too much it will get nasty. Nothing really stands out, middle of the pack for a lackluster style.

Gmann, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of tzieser
4.65/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served from a 16oz tall boy. label proclaims itself as the "official beer of the clam" and i'm slightly inclined to agree. it goes great with a pot of steamers.

a: typical macro lager appearance. clear golden yellow color with a bit of foam.

s: typical macro aromas of corn and grain extremely subtle hoppy hint (different from your average adjunct lager)

t: great flavor for an adjunct lager. this one is by far my favorite. sweet cereal and corn flavor with a subtle grassy hop character. finishes crisp and slightly dry. very nice.

my go-to beer if I'm not in the mood for a craft brew flavor bomb. great value too.

tzieser, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't resist picking up a 16oz. can on a recent swing through CT...

A - Just shy of three fingers worth of audibly fizzy off white colored foam... Fairly impressive retention... The color is the palest of yellow golds... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation twirls within...

S - Loads of cereal... A bit of soapiness as well... A crisp autumnal earthiness...

T - Malt forward with cereals, bread, and grains dominated... A very slight sweetness... The most muted of hop presence on the deep finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Smooth... Very light carbonation... A bit sturdier than most adjunct lagers... Even and consistent...

D - Goes down smooth and easy sip after sip... Surprisingly quaffable... A solid adjunct lager... Not a bad beer by any stretch... A respectable alternative when better craft alternatives are not available...

philbe311, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Straw yellow with a thick, billowy, white head that dissipates slowly.

S-Musty, malty, generic beer nose.

T-Malty, semi-sweet, hint of hop presence.

M-Thin and water of course.

D-Drinkable because its not offensive.

Overall, this is a typical adjunct lager. It is better than some, but not as good as PBR, High Life, or Schlitz Gusto, or even Bud in my opinion.

thegodfather2701, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a can of this at Upper Crust in Boston.

A: Pours a light golden/yellow color with a 1.5 finger white frothy head. Decent retention, lasting for a few minutes, but eventually it was all gone leaving just a few bubbles on top. Patchy, thin lacing left on the sides.

S: Pretty light overall. A little bit of grass, some sweetness, a little corn and grain.

T: Pretty typical for an American adjunct lager. Some corn and malty sweetness, with a hint of grassy/floral hops. Not bad though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth and crisp. The can was served rather cold so I had to wait a bit to drink it.

O: Not terrible, but not great - hard for an American Adjunct to really wow me. Would rather drink this than most others in the style though.

mdaschaf, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Dools9
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall Boy into a pint glass...

A: Golden amber in color, perfect clarity. Pretty typical for the style, however it is a bit darker than most. Produced a bright white, soapy head that faded to a thin cap after a few minutes. Carbonation bubbles poppin with patchy lacing left behind.

S: That good 'ole beer smell. Sweet, malty grains, straw/hay, a bit of a wheat, grassy hops, corn adjunct is evident but not over the top. Light touch of fruitiness. Not half bad for an adjunct, most importantly, nothing off putting like many in the style.

T: Sweet cereal grains, almost a bit sugary, crackery wheaty malt and a bit of corn sweetness on the finish. Touch of a grassy, lemony hop bitterness that lingers just a bit.

M: Light-medium heft, with moderately crisp carbonation that foams on the palate. Pretty smooth body and a touch creamy, not overcarbed and zingy like many AAL's.

Overall, keeping style in mind, this is one of the best if not the best. A macro that actually has some taste and character in comparison to its generic BMC counterparts.

Dools9, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden pale yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, grains / malts, corn, wheat,

taste: lager yeast, grain, crisp,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: what I expected a nice crisp clean lawnmower beer. these beers just dont offer much in flavor, just a quick cool me down and drink another.

the CPJ

THECPJ, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a soapy white head, not much retention or lacing. Dry malty aroma, sweet, with mild, grassy/spicy hops. Tastes pretty good -- low bitterness with balanced sweetness, grassy and spicy hops, a bit floral. Light bodied, but not overly dry, medium/low carbonation, decent texture overall. The beer is quite drinkable and refreshing. It didn't knock my socks off, but I was happy I grabbed a six-pack rather than a single.

DrJay, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice large white head. Clear golden, straw color.

Smell- Huge graininess with the slightest hint of hops.

Taste- Very crisp and clean. Refreshing on the palate. Hints of cereal, grain and slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium high carbonation.

Overall- Crisp and clean lager with full flavor. Great beer. Now I just wish they distributed here in NOLA.

Beerbuddha, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 3/23/11

Appearance: Golden color, very clear and fizzy - not much of a head, good lacing for the style

Smell: Pale, lager malts and light pilsner hops, kind of spicy - kind of grainy, kind of corny - not exciting, not offensive

Taste: As far as mass-produced adjunct lagers go, this just might be the best - tastes simple, clean, and inoffensive - light malt and corn sweetness, hint of caramel malts, very nicely dry to balance the sweetness - slightly grainy, some bitterness

Mouthfeel: Remarkably crisp and clean, medium body, well-carbonated, very refreshing

Overall: A great American macro

Since the dawn of my interest in beer, I have always retained an odd fascination with finding the best of the cheap. Narragansett was actually one of the beers I bought on my 21st birthday. I didn't really like it then. But as the years have passed, I have tried other cheap beers, and I eventually decided to try this again. Now I believe that this just might be the best $5 six pack out there.

angrybabboon, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, pale straw color with a short-lived white head.

S: Not too much of a nose on this beer. Pretty light in general with some light grass notes and some sweet corn. There is a bit of apple juice in there, too.

T: Not surprisingly, tastes like any other adjunct lager out there. Heavy on the adjuncts with little to no malt flavor. Grassy hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Sweet corn and apple juice.

M: Light in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: I suppose it's a little better than Coors Light, but it's not like I would make a big deal about this beer.

womencantsail, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of mjrod2142
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a standard pint glass

I knew I'd have to pour this beer semi-aggressively to generate a head. The result was a not-dense, foamy and sudsy film that quickly dissipated. The color is very bright, clear and straw in color. The smell is what I think of as the classic "sweet rice/corn" aroma you get from similar styles of macro brewed lagers. I can't pick up any noticeable hop or malt characteristics.

The taste also falls right into the "sweet rice" category. Think of a slightly sweetened bowl of cereal grains. I'm not saying it's bad, I'm saying it is what it is. And what it is, is a step above Coors Light with perhaps a bit creamier of a flavor than PBR. Or is it the other way around? Does anyone even care?

This is a gassy beer *burp* that can easily be thrown back to quench a summer thirst.

mjrod2142, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say! I've been waiting to re-taste this beer for almost 3 years now.
All my memories of this beer comes from the BEER FROM JAWS!
If a shark can make history, why not the beer!

Really nothing exciting. Pours and looks like any other light domestic beer. Clean, clear a good amount of carbonation.

The taste was light and crisp. Enjoyable. There was more flavor in here than in many other of the 'standard' domestic canned beers.

On the can, was printed the "CLAM BEER" I can really see this.
I can envision being up on Cape Cod, in a local restaurant, taking down a number of fresh clams and oysters on the half shell.

I am not looking for a lot of complexity and flavours here, just something that is refreshing, clean and honest.

And that is exactly I had I think of this beer!

rdilauro, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bright golden hey colored with a huge white fizzy head on top that quickly faded leaving behind nearly nothing in its wake. Aroma of grain, light notes of corn and bready malts then proceeded to take over. Not terrible really, did not have that musky and cardboard like aroma I have come to see from a few. Crisp and clean flavor for sure, I actually found myself enjoying a touch of this one. Clean taste of grain and bready malts. Light corn aftertaste and only the slightest bit of hops coming through enough to dry off the palate and ready it for the next go round.

mikesgroove, Jul 06, 2011
Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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