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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | 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 TomBrend

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +14%

A beautiful beer for everyday drinking. I always keep some in the fridge.

I recommend the bottles over the cans, and I recommend drinking from the container. There is something strange about this beer that makes it taste strange out of a glass, especially apparent with the Sam Adams pint glasses.

The beer is very light in color and produces an enormous amount of head.

It's also pretty cheap, which is always good.

10-08-2010 15:43:30 | More by TomBrend
Photo of Bendurgin


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Bought a sixer the other day thinking it would be great around the campfire to share with friends. And at $5.50 for a the lot, I say this is going to be a go to decent purchase for company that I don't want to share my nice beer with. Anyhow, as I said before, poured into a pint glass. This has a big white head that sits on top of a clear light bodied yellow beer. Visible carbonation and sticky lacing. Smells typical to the style, cereal, a slight amount of hops and that undeniable smell of beer my dad used to drink. Nostalgic if nothing else. The taste isn't anything to shake a stick at either. Pale malts and a slightly bitter finish make this exactly what I would want from this guy. The mouthfeel has a nice lively carbonated and light body. As for my opinion with most adjunct lagers, they are the epitome of drinkable. This will certainly be around for company and myself.

10-07-2010 04:00:36 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Brewnami


3.73/5  rDev +11%

Rather than describe the color and smell because I'm sure the description will be exactly the same as everyone other review, I will say that this is the beer that I always buy when I'm short on coin. This is not the best tasting lager in the world, but it is damn good for the $5.79 you pay for a six pack of 16oz cans (In Boston). By far the best beer I've had for that money. Compared to the price of PBR, this beer is far superior. Its cheaper than Bud and Coors and I think it tastes much better. Narragansett lager is a must try for anyone who drinks beer.

On a side note, I was in Block Island, RI last weekend (off the coast of Narragansett), and in the grocery store there was a sign for Narragansett Lager and advertised on the sign was a note saying that this beer was rated an "A" by the Alstrom brothers. Granted their actual rating is not far off from that, I found that kind of funny.

10-03-2010 20:52:18 | More by Brewnami
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pilsner malt scent along with a low hop aroma a dry lager yeast character. The taste is average. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor that goes dow easy and finishes smooth and clean. It's not overly flavorful and it's low in malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average adjunct lager. I like it better than Bud, Coors, Miller, but it's not much better.

09-27-2010 20:22:36 | More by WesWes
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The resurrection of the retro Lagers has created somewhat of an embedded drinking culture populated with über-hipsters and nostalgia drinkers--half American heritage and half grass-roots marketing.

Pours off with a rush of foam, subsiding to a thin, bubbly lace that only survives from the active carbonation. Perfect clarity with a dirty straw color. Clean, fresh-cut-hay graininess, cooked grits and a mild floral aroma. Super crisp, with a semi-high level of carbonation that yields a smooth light body. Fresh snap of grain husk has a sharpness to it; modest hop bitterness adds to the effect. Very clean all around. Quick flash of malt flavor jumps to a raw corn-grit taste with a mild dextrin flavor in the end. Finishes dry with a lingering bite of grain.

It is what it is: an American Macro Lager--but for what it is, it's not too shabby and sits on top compared to the rest of the retro Lagers out there. Without a doubt, a staple on a hot summer day. Pair with a plate of fried calamari & hot peppers--Rhode Island style.

09-27-2010 18:29:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of lehows

New York

4.38/5  rDev +30.4%

This has got to be my favorite beer to go for when its a hot day at the beach, out for a sail, or if I'm looking for a light but great tasting brew to down after a long day at work. Pours a perfect yellow with a crisp white head. Super clean aromas of grain, mild hops, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth and creamy flavor hitting all the right notes. Nothing out of place here. It's exactly what it set out to be and I could drink a ton of these. Great in the tall boy cans too! It's a shame this isnt available on the Island but I usually stock up on a case or two whenever I'm in Rhody.

09-24-2010 18:03:49 | More by lehows
Photo of smurder187


3.93/5  rDev +17%

Gansett is a great canned beer. Served around Boston at concerts it is near and dear to my heart. It has all the classic lager attributes and does them well. It's nicely carbonated and laces in a foamy splendor when poured. With a clear, golden color, this brew goes down smooth, crisp and with refreshing ease.

09-14-2010 22:37:29 | More by smurder187
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

I picked up a six pack of 16oz cans at a local convenience store for $4.79 (bargain!). This should be drunk straight from the can, but served cold in a chilled pint glass as a matter of formality (I mean that in the nicest possible way).

Generates a moderate fizzy white head that fades after a while to a think spotty layer. Smell is a tiny bit of skunk that fades quickly to reveal a semi-sweet malt body, silage and raw grain. Feel is light with soft carbonation, fairly smooth, very drinkable. Taste is corn, light malt, bitter moldy grass hop. A near-perfect accompaniment for steamed clams.

Good for what it is, cheap and chuggable. I like that it doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is, and in that sense, in my book, it rates up there with Genny Cream Ale and Yuengling Lager ("up there" should be interpreted in the proper context).

08-31-2010 02:24:31 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of MA08


4.47/5  rDev +33%

Served in a Narragansett Pint at 40 degrees.

Pours a deep gold, clean straw color with a white head with good retention. Clean smells of pale malts and grains. Tastes of sweet corn and pale malts, with limited hop presence. Mouthfeel is good and crisp, that is well balanced. A great unoffensive adjunct style that is easy to drink without being watery and skunky.

08-27-2010 11:59:16 | More by MA08
Photo of aepb1


4.03/5  rDev +19.9%

A- Straw yellow with a white head and decent retention

S- Cereal grains and spicy hops... the "beer" smell of an adjunct lager!

T- Some malts up front and bitter hops finish it fairly crisply

M- Light body and good carbonation

D- Macro? Wow! Taste like this out of a macro! Coupled with the price of a macro, not a bad deal!

08-27-2010 01:35:56 | More by aepb1
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

A-Amber with small fizzy head. Actually looks like a beer.

S-Sweet malts. Grainy.

T-Not bad at all. Just like the nose. Quite malty, some grain and a tiny hop presence. A bit of grass.

M-A bit watery but better than most of the style.

D-Easy to drink. Quite cheap at my local bars.

A great step up from BMC. Good taste at a good price. Flavor doesn't blow your mind because it isn't supposed to. Its just supposed to be drinkable without absolutely negating the flavor aspect.

08-19-2010 18:02:35 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +8%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle at a friend's house poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Taken out of a cold refrigerator and served nicely chilled.

Appearance: Straw yellow color, but with a nice two finger, big, white, frothy head. Decent retention as well.

Aroma: Some cereal grains, pale malt, a little bit of corn. Nice clean aroma.

Taste: Some nice grains and pale malt provide a little breadiness. Some sweet corn here too. Very clean like the aroma with no metallic or unpleasant notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice bit of bosy for a macro. Very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Compared to most macro beers, I feel like I can enjoy having a lot of these. Not a bad lawnmower beer at all.

Overall, a nice macro beer with that is both flavorful and crisp. Nothing too special, just a really solid example of the style that avoids the watery and offputting notes so many macros have.

08-16-2010 15:36:59 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of chcfan


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%

Bottle into Sam Adams Perfect "Pint"

Narragansett Lager just started distributing to my area, so I thought I would give it a whirl. Looks and smells like a standard adjunct lager. My guess is that the adjunct is corn, because I'm picking up a corny sort of aroma and taste. I was hoping for it to be a more flavorful adjunct lager, but really don't find it to be any more likable than anything from the big boys.

I won't be getting this again, especially at what they're charging for it here.

08-13-2010 22:15:34 | More by chcfan
Photo of bundy462


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%

S: Clean gold, very thin white head.

S: Cereal grainy with a muted hop. Something like a German pilsener.

T: Very clean the whole way through with a lingering slight bitterness. Very crisp.

M: Thin and crisp.

O: Decent enough beer, yeah I can drink a few and not complain.

08-08-2010 23:34:23 | More by bundy462
Photo of mlazzaro


3.55/5  rDev +5.7%

U.S. pint can

Appears very light, and very clear. Well carbonated with good head retention.

Smells mostly of lager yeast.

Has a nice bitterness to it. Good crisp lager flavors. Noting zero metalic flavor from can. It reminds me a lot of Pabst or Yuengling. Nothing crazy awesome, but also nothing incredibly offputting. A decent, very inexpencive, and drinkable lager.

08-08-2010 03:39:29 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -24.7%

clear gold with a great sudsy head (abundantly reinforced by enthusiastic carbonation). the head receded steadily but left ample evidence in the form of frosty lacing

pils aromas are first in line, though not the clear, malty ones i love--seem a bit sticky and sour. hops are there, too: indirect grassy and meadowy scents

taste like nothing really in particular...or a collection of things--hops, malt are all muddy. hop water, really (i should give the bitterness some credit...er, the presence of hops). some shapeless sweetness. sour, grainy finish

08-08-2010 02:30:10 | More by bruachan
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is also of malts with a touch of hops and a hint of grains. feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

07-28-2010 14:13:32 | More by tone77
Photo of righlander


4/5  rDev +19%

ok so i was at a birthday party for my friend. it was at a cool bar that has a tom of micro brews and some of one of the guys that works theres homebrew. it's a cool bar. ANYWAY i noticed this beer and i asked what it was like and the dude goes "that's the beer from the movie JAWS" i immediately i was like "lemme try one." pours a nice straw yellow with a thin but foamy laced head. i was surprised because i was expecting it to look like a run of the mill macro beer. not overly bubbly like most macro beers. smell is crisp and clean. i get some faint toasted bread like malt smell. grassy. some hops on the nose not much. kind of smells like a german pils. taste reminds me of a pils. its very clean tasting. you get some of the toast like malt and a tiny hop bitter on the finish. i gotta tell ya this is a great session beer. i remembered it and got a 6 pack tonight! i'm on beer number 2 and these are very nice. i got a 6 pack of bottles for 5.99 CHEAP. i'll be getting this beer again

07-27-2010 02:51:54 | More by righlander
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +19%

12oz. can served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a pale, golden-yellow with a translucent clarity and a one inch, frothy bright white head that eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim. Some spots and strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals cereal grains and a light, citrus character. Taste consistent with nose, but a little more lemony towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with a lively carbonation that gently tickles the tongue and finishes with a slight astringency and some stimulation of the salivary glands along the cheeks. For what it is, this is a fantastic lager. An easy drinking, flavorful lawnmower beer that is great while barbequing.

07-25-2010 20:43:13 | More by Jwale73
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured a highly carbonated straw yellow, with two fingers of bright white, average retention, and good lacing. Smelled grassy and modest biscuit, but also sweet and soapy. The taste was better, with a more prounounced herbal note complemented by malt, but still accompanied by an annoying sweetness, even in the semi-dry finish. Nicely textured, with high carbonation fitting well with the thin- to medium-body. Definitely a decent session beer, if you can take the sweetness.

07-23-2010 20:11:49 | More by donniecuffs
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2.83/5  rDev -15.8%

I'm keeping this one brief. Not much to say:

Poured one of the tall boys into a glass. Body is a clear, golden yellow, with a big, bright-white head.

Not much to smell, there is a sour note.
Taste has some dryness, body is oily and goes down easy. Very drinkable, but the aftertaste leaves a stale popcorn flavor.

07-22-2010 19:42:46 | More by brianjay
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3.73/5  rDev +11%

I love the new Gansett and totally support what they are trying to do by building a brewery in Rhode Island again. I have been drinking "craft beers" for years, but this brew has become my "standard". This beer is made to be drunk straight from the bottle. If you pour it into a glass, you will be missing a lot. Although, if you find it on tap on a hot summer day, go for it! The naysayers will have their say, but this beer has its place in my fridge!

07-20-2010 01:25:29 | More by BogleHill
Photo of NHGrafx


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 oz can.

Pours a very light yellow straw color. Big head which dies down to a thin layer of foam that sticks around for a while.

Aroma is decent. Malty and some spiciness with a slightly sweet aroma. I am also getting hints of corn and some grainy smell. There is some soapy smells in it as well.

Taste is alright. There is a slight sweetness that seems to stand out to me. A bit of malt flavor, mostly fillers though. Some mild corn flavor and maybe rice, not sure. There are some grassy flavors and an interesting aftertaste, but not a bad one. A little bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is good. This is an OK beer, not something I would have all the time, but its refreshing on a hot 90 degree day like today.

07-18-2010 01:32:32 | More by NHGrafx
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3.1/5  rDev -7.7%

a- bottle poured into a pint, clear light yellow color, sporatic bubbling, two inch head fades somewhat quickly to a layer of lace, really nice look for an adjunct.

s- adjunct-y, graint, with a slight sweetness to it.

t- better than the nose, candy sugar sweetness - a bit too much, grain, a touch crisp.

m- light, but not watery.

d- good drinkability here, i would drink this again, it's very refreshing and goes down very easily - one of the better adjuncts that i've tried.

07-17-2010 23:01:23 | More by thecarster1
Photo of StevenBilodeau


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a really good beer!!!

It fits right in, because I am from New England.

Its nice, refreshing, clean tasting and tasty.

It pours a nice pale yellow color, and has a nice look.
nice frothy head, decent lacing for a lager.

I really enjoyed this beer, I really suggest it.

Also supporting the Local, "The Vibes" in Bridgeport CT!!!
Having a huge amount of history, I plan on helping to save this beer.

07-07-2010 20:21:30 | More by StevenBilodeau
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