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Narragansett Lager - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
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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Photo of Chico1985


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New England adjunct lager that seems to have a bit of a following around here. From the back of the can - "If you're not drinking Narragansett, you're not from New England." I can't remember the last time I poured this style into a glass, sometimes you forget what these things look like. That being said this thing doesn't look too bad. The expected very pale yellow/slight orange, sizable foamy white head fizzles down and turns into a ring, strands of the cap manage to stay alive. The smell isn't bad either. A faint light fruit smell (lemon/orange) and even a little bit of hop aroma cover up most of the macro corn scent. The taste is pretty good for the style. Alot more actual flavors are detectable. Definitely a slight fruit taste, kinda reminds me of Blue Moon, but it is more subtle. More expected adjuncts like cereal/grain are about even with the fruit. Hop presence is small, but there. Mouthfeel is thin and over-carbonated, usual for the style but not overly offensive. Finish is also pretty blech, also usual. Drinkability is pretty great, the price is excellent, cheaper than most macros even (6-pack of 16 oz cans for $5!). More flavor and more enjoyable than usual for the style. And if you're gonna drink this style, might as well go with something local.

Serving type: can

04-13-2010 21:22:42 | More by Chico1985
Photo of cjgator3


2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a loud fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is sweet grainy malt and just a hint of faint hops. The taste is pretty much your typical American Macro Lager taste, maybe a tad more flavor than BMC, but not much. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy from the carbonation. The drinkability is this beers best feature, I could easily throw back a couple of these in a night, but most of the time I would want to drink something with a little more flavor. Overall, this is not a terrible beer, just not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:23:46 | More by cjgator3
Photo of woodychandler


2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN't believe that I do not have a review for this beer, despite having it on my Gots list! That makes me CANtankerous!

My pour got me an easy two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cereal adjuncts underlain by a lager sweetness. It saddens me to drink these things anymore. Mouthfeel was medium with a metallic tang in the mouth, accompanying a slight lager sweetness. I feel like I am becoming less and less appreciative of this style. I used to be at least tolerant, but more and more, I just note off flavors. Finish was decent with a lingering sweetness. I would save a little room in the cooler for this - it wasn't THAT bad.

From the CAN: "Hi, Neighbor! Since 1890, we've been brewing our award-winning classic lager to the original recipe that our founders perfected. It's no surprise that 'Gansett has been the beer of choice around here for more than a century. If you're not drinking Narragansett, you're not from New England."

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 00:11:04 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tpd975


2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jcwattrugger

A: Pours a pale piss yellow. Tall fizzy head no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of corn, wet straw (the rotting kind),.

T: Pale malt, crackers, corn, light grassy hops. Oh yeah water lots of water.

M: Light, fizzy, watered down.

D: Nope.

Serving type: can

03-09-2010 19:50:52 | More by tpd975
Photo of palphen


3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional pint glass. Golden color, white head.
Taste is pretty good. Very drinkable but a lot more flavor than the typical american adjunct lager. Small hop flavor.
For the price it cant be beat. Great beer to just have in the fridge.

Serving type: can

03-02-2010 20:19:52 | More by palphen
Photo of necrat

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one surprises me.
The appearance is slightly darker than straw yellow with a average head, and left some lacing.

Smell is definatley grainy, with some alcoholish and even a hint of some fruit notes on the nose.

The taste is rather surprising. It's grainy, wheat and even has a nice hop note to it. It leaves a definate smooth, almost sweet taste in the mouth afterwards.

The mouthfeel is average , and typical for a American adjunct lager.

This is a VERY drinkable beer and the old name of "nastygansett" does NOT apply to this. This is a very solid beer, with a nice taste and tone. A great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:09:30 | More by necrat
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a regular pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, pale yellow with a fizzy, bubbly head of carbonated foam which reduced to a thin slick and left no lacing.

S: Smells a bit like cooked veggies, lightly toasted cereal and some mild, soapy floral hops.

T: Flavor is semisweet and grainy, but smooth and inoffensive in any major way. The toasted grain actually plays well against the mild, herbal bitterness of the finish. There is some clear corn and grain flavor, but not bad for an adjunct really.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, fairly clean and smooth flowing.

D: Yep, a decent session adjunct choice. Much better than the BMC swill that will cost you nearly double. Plus, I recommend these tall boy cans as well. Fine enough flavor that will cut BBQ, salty snacks or to slake a tough thirst on the cheap.

Great value and decent for what you need in the adjunct lager department. Gotta love the throwback beers trying to keep alive in the corporate marketplace too.

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 06:26:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of fropones


4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice sunshine yellow with a really nice 3 finger head with good retention and half decent lace. A beautiful adjunct lager.

S - Some sweet malt/wheat smells maybe its from the corn?

T - A bit metallic, maybe from the can, but a nice corn type taste in the finish. Untoasted cereal grains. Definitely delicious for what it is. I wish this was available around me, because it would be my go to cheap beer (which I need a decent one of, being in college and all).

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation.

D - The best American Adjunct Lager (period). Drinkability is through the roof (take that Budweiser). I think the key is that it is not sickeningly sweet like and still has some flavor, unlike most other adjuncts.

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 03:39:45 | More by fropones
Photo of 44ouncer


2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow color. Much deeper in color than other beers out there like Pabst Blue Ribbon. Head quickly, and completely, disappeared after a couple of minutes.

S: Not overly pungent. Nothing distinctive.

T: Has some bite to it. Sort of like Schlitz before they went back to their original formula. Not watery at all.

M: Decent carbonation.

D: Heard about this beer and my brother sent me a couple of cans. I've had it -- but won't go out of my way again in the future.

That said, I hope these guys do well and wish them luck as they raise funds to build a new brewery in Rhode Island.

Serving type: can

02-02-2010 10:12:28 | More by 44ouncer
Photo of BavariaYeti

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deliciously horrible, or horribly delicious. From my hometown/state, so I love this shit! Drink it up boys!
In all honesty, it's not my favorite brew, but when I can get kingers at 5 bucks for a 6, it a deal because it tastes better than most of the cheaper macros. Yea, so I indulge quite a bit, especially at the local pubs. ~ PROST!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 05:05:07 | More by BavariaYeti
Photo of Kanyon22


3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had a beer from the Narragansett Brewing Co. not expecting much but here goes.

A: Straw pale yellow color with a big soapy head that is petering out as we speak. Lets just say it looks like a classic American beer.

S: I get a sweet grainy, grassy smell with a hint of lemon, nothing else.

T: Sweet grains that flow into a smooth balanced finish. I quite like this, its simple, tasty and very easy drinking.

M: A medium fill to it with a slightly dry finish that leaves a grainy taste in the back of the throat, carbonation seems perfect to me not overly done like other adjunct lagers.

D: Its a very drinkable beer. I feel non BA would find it right up there ally, smooth and easily drinkable in numbers.

Overall I was really surprised by Narragansett Lager, by far better then any BMC Lager, and is priced really reasonable for the product. In the future I hope to try other beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 19:47:01 | More by Kanyon22
Photo of drabmuh


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this because it was from RI and I had never heard of it before. The bar tender told me, "This is our tall boy." Then I asked for a glass to which he replied, "You may be the first"

"Made on Honor -- Sold on Merit" I'll be the judge of that.

Beer poured from a can (16 ounce) into a pint glass. Beer is crystal clear and yellow. There seems to be a lot of carbonation activity but in the end there is very little steady carbonation. The carbonation is large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. The head is made up of medium and large bubbles, bright white like snow, but it breaks up and disappears really quickly, leaving only a shadow and no lacing.

Beer smells wet. There is a slight plasticy smell to it but overall its unoffensive and rather bland. I suppose for the style its spot on.

The beer itself is thin and a little watery. It goes down smooth and leaves no aftertaste. The actual flavor is a little muted, some malt, no bitterness at all. This is about what I expected except there is not a cereal acrid taste at the back or in the after. Overall its a pretty good but boring beer.

Serving type: can

12-25-2009 01:49:17 | More by drabmuh
Photo of alleykatking


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes. Thanks again goes out to TheManiacalOne for this one. Mark I really enjoyed this beer.

A- Pours clear light golden straw color. Hard pour came up with a one and a half finger fluffy white head. This dies down quickly leaving light lacing on the sides of hte glass.

S- Light earthy tone to this. Grassy notes along with sweet biscuity notes as well in the end. Light floral hop presence in there as well. This is a pleasant smelling beer.

T- Light bitterness upfront with grassy notes. Alcohol is tasted in the middle to end. Light malts bring up the middle and fade into light floral hops in the end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation a little much too fizzy for me. Light malts left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Crisp in the mouthfeel. Light alcohol burn in the ending of it.

D- This is what Miller Lite or Bud should taste like in my opinion. Not offensive at all. I would let my non-craft friends try this one out. Nice enjoyable adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:55:48 | More by alleykatking
Photo of bill93063

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A a light amber color.

S very nice aroma, subtle but pleasant

T stronger flavor than nearly all macro lagers, a balanced maltiness with a fairly pronounced hops flavor with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant and what you want in a lighter lager style

Drinkability. This is one you can drink on a regular basis and it won't break the bank.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 19:38:15 | More by bill93063
Photo of smcolw


2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Impressive, near white head. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving clumpy lace on the glass. Clear, light straw color. Clear.

Weak aroma of corn and malt. Little to no hop. grainy smell.

Typical macro-lager flavor. Thin bodied with a high carbonation. Grainy flavor that dies quickly after the swallow. A session beer to be sure, perhaps better than most macros.

Serving type: can

12-06-2009 02:19:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of CavePainter


3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean and clear pale golden color. An impressive two fingers of foam that fades in to some nice lacing. Well carbonated - but not nearly as carbonated as other macro-lagers.

Smell: Cereal grains with just a touch of hop spice.

Taste: I was surprised by the amount of flavor in this beer. There is a graininess to the taste, but a nice bit of malt comes through. Just a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mf - lighter to medium body. A bit grainy. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Very. Narragansett combines the uber-drinkability of a macro-lager with, dare I say, taste! how novel!

Serving type: can

11-11-2009 20:01:54 | More by CavePainter
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz standard brown bottle, capped. Pours out a very light yellow with tons of bubbles creating a good size head. The smell is light but crisp with some malt and corny notes.

Flavor is what I expected. Corn, sweet syrup and a touch of hay. A slight bitterness ending tries to save the day but doesn't have enough strength. It just seems to be all over the place and nothing seems to come together.

Overall, an easy drinking beer that I was hoping would be a new house beer. It fell a bit short but maybe my hopes were too high?

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 18:19:06 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of DarrellK


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this brew. My expectation wasn't very high but even with that it is a very decent lager. I expected an American Pilsner style but the Gold to amber color and malty aroma placed in a different style and definitely not an American Adjuct Beer.

The mouth was quite full for the style and the finish was on the malty side with a slight sweetness, like a marzen.

The real pleasure is the very low cost which makes the brew a real value.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 21:40:58 | More by DarrellK
Photo of Jayli


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copped color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes rapidly and not much lacing to speak of. Nose is of grains, corn, a touch of grass. Taste is of adjuncts, corn and grains up front, malts balance out the middle, with a slightly sweet aftertaste to it. Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, relatively crisp, goes down easily and is a nice alternative to the major Adjunct lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 14:27:57 | More by Jayli
Photo of nickfl


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bleach white head on top of a brilliantly clear, light yellow body. The foam settles rapidly, like a soda, and leaves just a hint of lace.

S - Sweet malt, somewhat grainy with just a hint of pilsner richness. Otherwise quite clean with just a hint of hops.

T - Slightly sweet, corny, slightly vegetal grain with a hint of malt. Some earthy, spicy hops and a clean, balanced finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable for what it is. There is more malt in the nose and more hops in the flavor that one might expect for this style. With its slight echos of hop and malt, his comes across more like a Euro light lager than an American adjunct beer. If you want a cheap, mediocre beer, this one is better than average.

Serving type: can

09-19-2009 03:33:32 | More by nickfl
Photo of CampusCrew


2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: light yellow, but more color than a usual macro lager

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher, but had more malt flavor than the usual junk

mouthfeel: very high carbonation and light bodied

drinkability: only good for long hot days, boring favor

Serving type: can

09-15-2009 02:53:06 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of mnrider


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Pint glass. Label say's Made On Honor/ Sold On Merit.

A: Pours a golden straw looking color with one finger white head. Lacing is minimal but is there. A good amount of carbonation. Looks like any other Lager really.

S: Sweet malts and cereal grains. I think also light spicy hops or citrus -- one or the other.

T/M: Smooth and crisp like many other brews of the same. Light body. Sweet with cereal grains and hops. A little dry on the back end. Good taste overall.

D: Pretty good. Nice and smooth. Crisp and even good sweet tasting. This light bodied brew could be the best American Adjuct i've ever had. A little fry but not enough to really hurt it. I would definitely get this again.


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:59:28 | More by mnrider
Photo of woosterbill


1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Tall-boy into a pint glass. This one was a gift from a couple friends who were vocally abusive of this beer and wanted to get rid of it; I gladly accepted, and now hope to find some depth and nuance that they missed. I'm not sure what to expect, though, since my tastes in beer run pretty much along the same lines as my friends - we all love hoppy beers, and prefer High Life when price and/or quantity become dominant factors. Both of my friends swore that 'Gansett was the worst macro they'd ever had; reviews here seem to indicate quite the opposite. Here goes nothing.

A: Crystal clear, pale yellow (almost greenish against a white background), and very fizzy. A small white head comes and goes, leaving just the thinnest layer of bubbles on top. Pretty much no lacing. Even judged according to style, this is a disappointing-looking beer.

S: Hardly any aroma; maybe some corn.

T: Starts out with some sweetness, but it tastes more like corn than grain; some fresh yeastiness is fairly appetizing; no hops to be found; oh, good God, it finishes like dirty salt water. It's like a took a sip of a decent macro lager, and then, before I could swallow, some malicious gnome came and replaced it with Don Johnson's crotch-sweat. Appalling. I'm sticking with it, though, and as I continue to drink the yeastiness becomes more apparent and it tastes even better; unfortunately, the rancid aftertaste just won't stop coming back to torture me.

M: After experiencing the aftertaste of this beer, I have to exercise my utmost in beer respectation to follow through with a separate grade for mouthfeel - it's actually pretty darn good. Lots of smooth carbonation and a surprisingly rich body. Too bad every sip makes the journey from smooth tastiness to the depths of dank, salty hell.

D: Simply non-existent. I'm toying with the idea of sending this one back home to the sewer, but I'm actually sort of enjoying the experience of such an interestingly polarized beer.

Notes: If it weren't for the aftertaste, this might be one of my favorite adjunct lagers; with the aftertaste, it's one of the most nauseating beverages ever to cross my lips voluntarily. Overall, it really isn't nearly as bad as some truly revolting macros, but I was extremely disappointed after having seen so many relatively positive reviews. Perhaps it was an off can (no idea when it was canned), but I can't say that I'll be seeking this one out again. I'll be sticking with the High Life when circumstances preclude Ruination or Raspy.


Serving type: can

08-31-2009 00:07:22 | More by woosterbill
Photo of joepais


3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 16 oz tall boy can into a pint glass. It produced a short lasting white head on a clear straw yellow body.

It had the typical aroma of corn but surprise it also has some hops in the nose as well. For a cheep beer it also has some flavor in it as well. You get a nice grain flavor with a light hop bite. It is light and crisp in your mouth.

The beer is quite drinkable and cheep in the wallet. I say it's the perfect party beer where one is looking to drink mass quantities

Serving type: can

08-21-2009 03:39:09 | More by joepais
Photo of nlmartin


3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer as part of the Little Guy Tribute BIF. Thanks TheManicalOne for sending this beer my way. This may be the bench mark beer to measure Ameican Macro Lager. The beer was served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer pours a clear pale golden coloration. The head of the beer is about an inch thick with a white coloration noted. Head retention is ok.

Aroma: Sure the corn smell is present in the aroma. A slightly floral hop note greats my nose. No off or nasty aromas noted.

Taste: I really dont get corn out of the flavor. Sweet toasted grain with a nice hop bitterness at the back of the flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light and creamy. In all honesty if the beer was available in Ohio it would be in my drinking rotation. Well done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The mouthfeel of the beer is

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:30:12 | More by nlmartin
Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.