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Narragansett Cream Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Cream AleNarragansett Cream Ale

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%

Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
‘Gansett Cream is made with quality ingredients like 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara-malt for a creamy head! We used Columbus hops for bittering and a touch of Willamette hops for a slight hop aroma. Bright gold in color and brilliant in clarity, this session ale delivers an extra pop of hop bitterness found only in cream ales of the early 1900′s.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: redleaves on 02-19-2012)
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Photo of illpass78


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dense gold with a creamy white head and minimal lacing. Head starts at about two inches and slowly recedes over about ten minutes. Looks more like a lager than an ale. It's definitely thicker in color than a typical American lager though.

Aroma: Bready, biscuity nose with very noticeable malts. The aroma isn't super strong, but it's certainly inviting. No hops really noticeable.

Taste: This is a good, sturdy session beer. I prefer it to their original lager because it's more flavorful. Lots of malty, bready, lager-like flavor - it basically tastes like what I wish macro lagers tasted like. Hops are barely noticeable, which is fine for a beer like this. This is a good all-purpose type beer: pairs well with most blue collar food, good for the bowling alley, yardwork, or the beach, picnic-friendly, etc. We actually got a bunch of these for a backyard party once; it was sort of my subtle way of trying to turn macro-lager folks on to craftier beer. Seemed to work; they were gone by the end.

Mouthfeel. Super smooth. Very enjoyable to drink, with a very easy finish. Sessionable for sure. Also has a good, sturdy body.

Overall: Some of the advertising copy for this beer mentions that it's good for duckpin bowling, so I was bound to like it, as a lifelong duckpinner. That aside, it's really a terrific everyday session beer. Basic enough to appeal to any palate, crafty enough to appeal to the more sophisticated beerman. One of my beers of choice for events where I know I'm going to be hosting large groups, because it's cheap and reliable, too.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 02:07:27 | More by illpass78
Photo of Coorskid33

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a slightly chilled pint glass. Think foamy head held up nice for a few minutes and the lace on the glass was nice.

This is the lager lovers ale. Very drinkable yet not lacking in flavor. Thought it was hoppy for the style and had a grassy/pine taste. This I find is usual for beers in cans. Aftertaste left a metallic citrus feel on my palate that I didn't mind and found myself having another sip to rid the aftertaste.

This beer is good. Great for someone just getting into craft beers and learning the styles.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 23:27:45 | More by Coorskid33
Photo of sommersb


3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted On: 08-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Lagunitas Mason jar
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear and golden in color, topped by a big white head that has a good amount of retention and low lacing.

S: Aromas have straw, hay and grassy notes from hops and yeast, with a slight malty sweetness.

T: Not heavy on flavor, with sweet pale malts, and a low bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation, the finish is more dry that initially detected in the taste with some supporting light bitterness.

O: Overall a solid cream ale; nothing fancy but gets the job done.

Serving type: can

08-23-2013 01:10:40 | More by sommersb
Photo of tigg924


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: sugar and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grain, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall: A nice and clean lager. Nothing mid blowing and complex, but solid. This is a beer I would not go out of my way for, but I would not turn down either.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 12:45:47 | More by tigg924
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. can. Pours a pale golden yellow, with a medium lasting creamy white head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, citrusy, some grains and grassy notes, light bitterness. A light to med body, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is some biscuit malt, citrusy, grainy, and grassy notes, some mild yeast and bitterness. Overall a good light refreshing summer session ale.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 01:21:44 | More by Samp01
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Shiny gold, big head

SMELL: Clean, crackers, fresh-cooked cereal, herbal hop, mild nose

TASTE: Fresh, crisp, slick, grainy, cooked grain, hop bitterness, leafy, dried grass, hop oil, herbal; dry, grassy finish

A solid go, this shows more character than most versions that are true to this style. Balance and drinkability seem to be the prime directives here, both of which they nailed.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 16:54:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of magictacosinus


3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks angrybabboon. Poured out of a 16oz can into a stange glass.

Pours a clear, pale yellow golden color complete with an initial burst of carbonation that soon dies down. There's a nicely creamy head that lasts for some time, but that too goes with the carbonation. The stange is not doing much to save it either, but there's definitely something flat about the beer. Perhaps it survives better in the can than outside? Either way, it still retains a slight "creaminess" that I enjoy in the style, if a bit underwhelming in presentation.

The smell has an initial flavor of acrid, stinging graininess with a dried hoppy finish and a little bit of sweetness imparted from the malts and possibly corn. Hardly any creamy aroma to speak of here, and barely anything other than slight grassy hops beyond the grains. No alcohol to speak of, no sweetness, and not much character overall.

The flavor is a bit better, although not much different. It's not bad by any means, just slightly mediocre. There's the crisp malt and grainy flavor right at the front, which follows by a little bit of creaminess this time that is sweet but very brief. The finish is slightly bite-y, but I enjoy it as it adds character and charm to the otherwise simple recipe. Carbonation dies rather quickly, so it's not as full-bodied as I wished it were. Not thin necessarily, and also refreshing in the most simplified way possible. Contains a bittered finish that overpowers the sweetness, but taken cold this goes down pretty well.

Based on having three great past beers from these guys, I'm sad that this one takes me aback a bit. It's refreshing and works well on its own (cold) and maybe paired with bar food, but it's simplified with bizarre nuances (such as the bittered bite at the finish) to the point where it wouldn't be something I could have as casually as I wished. Perhaps it's TOO toned down even to style, for better for worse. It definitely lacks the charm that makes their Summer Ale highly drinkable. Too bad, but glad I could try it!

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 04:31:26 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of GiantCogs


3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big improvement over regular 'gansett. But Narragansett is one of those brewers (hello Sam Adams) where I actually prefer the light version to their flagship. The Cream Ale is even more up my alley.

Light and crisp compared to what I normally drink. It's a good get home from work a crack a cold one kind of drink. No need to think too hard, just eat some chips, man, and watch the Daily Show. I need to chill out. The train sucked so hard today. That kind of beer. A ready replacement for the normal Bud crowd. But, you know, with that thickness. Cream?

It costs too much though. As a sixer it was way more than normal 'gansett. Costs about the same at the bar though. Don't get it. Tall boys rule though. Tall boys forever!

I like to compare beers to metal bands. If the Naragansett Cream Ale was a metal band it would be Killer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B6mpM-d58Y

Serving type: can

04-05-2013 01:39:54 | More by GiantCogs
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is straw gold, light paleness - head is great, frothy, thick (1") and clings well.

Smell is subdued on a cold pour, pilsner malts, bready/biscuity, hints of some floral hops.

Taste is sweeter malt flavors upfront, pilsner, biscuit/bready, light toast, very crisp finish, hops are balancing the sweeter flavors, but no discernible flavors.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, more so than i like, a little biting from the carbonation and bittering hops - mouth presence is nice after the crispness fades.

Overall, very nice take on the cream ale style, a little smoother creaminess in the mouthfeel is all i see missing.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 23:00:04 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of this for $6, can't beat that deal! Poured the final can into a glass for review.

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold. A nice finger-width of white froth sits on top. Decent lace left behind after each sip. The aroma is grassy, slightly floral and sweet, hay, lemon. Good carbonation. Not too thin, but definitely an easy one to quaff. Grassy hops make up the bulk of the flavor, but there is a slight buttery creaminess that smooths the edges out. Mild bready aftertaste. This was what I expected it to be, a nice refreshing tasty ale. I really enjoy what these guys put out.

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 13:17:38 | More by Onenote81
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett Cream Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of faint, stereotypical beer smell with a pine and citrus whiff. Taste is of an underlying metallic character, unfortunately, but one can pick up citrus, pine, sweet barley malt, and sugars. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Narragansett Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and a bit metallic. Overall, aside from the metallic aspect, it is still a good beer, and I think it’s worth giving a try.


Serving type: can

11-11-2012 23:32:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Etan


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, extra from Valdieu. Thanks!

A: Pours a translucent light gold with a nice white head. Plenty of good lacing, too.

S: Some floral esters, lots of bright grain, maybe a hint of hoppiness.

T: Floral hop notes and esters, slightly sweet breadiness, a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied yet certainly "creamy."

O: A simple, great beer. Too bad I can't get it regularly in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:08:43 | More by Etan
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a few cans back from a recent trip to Western Mass. Haven't seen it around here (Seacoast NH). 16oz can poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear dark yellow brew with a vigorous fizzy head that settles quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface.

S: Mild cheap beer smells, a bit of light malty sweetness. Not much going on, possibly because it's served cold as intended.

T/M: Rigorous carbonation, thin body but not watery. Mild generic hop flavor and a light malt backbone. Some acidic kind of flavors going on, semi-fruity. Taken as a whole, almost like a weak champagne. Much more like champagne than Miller is, heh.

D: Chuggable. Pretty good stuff, considering what it is/ what it's supposed to be/ where it comes from, etc. A really solid cheap beer.

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 23:30:11 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

Fills the pint glass beautifully. A golden body with a two finger bone white cap. Good retention, with some clingy lace. The nose is of cereal-like grains and some bitter, earthy hops. Corn sweetness and some undercooked bread are also present. On the palate, corn sweetness and undercooked white bread lead the way before a decent hop bitterness helps to cut through the sweetness mid palate, however more corn/cereal grain sweetness comes back in the finish. Light bodied with mild carbonation. A smooth, crisp beer with a drying finish. A pretty good cream ale, but I wish it was a little less sweet in the finish. Not a bad beer with a pretty excellent price point.

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 21:57:27 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of gatorguy


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, similar to AALs or pale lagers. Finger and a half white head that fades quick, leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet grains, malts.

T - Corn, smooth sweet malt profile, and earthy bittering hops. No frills here. The creaminess does assert itself toward the end and plays into the finish, which is slightly dry and clean.

M - Light and smooth. Good carbonation and body. Nicely done.

O - Not too much to say on this one, tastes like a normal 'Gansett lager but with more malts and hops. That said, it's a nice beer especially for a hot day. Not sure about $9 for 6 pints though, I'd rather save the $3 and just get the lager.

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 18:00:56 | More by gatorguy
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden body that leaves a fluffy two finger white foamy head. The head slowly dies into the body after a minute. No carbonation is seen rising and barely any lacing is left.

S: more hops than the malts (kinda surprising, but not bad).

T: hops dominate over the malts

M: light and feels great on the tongue with a slight bitter aftertaste and finish

O: this is a decent beer that I would have again.

Serving type: can

09-04-2012 23:00:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this on the Cape and couldn't resist, especially when I say it was now made by the Rochester Brewing Company. Price point didn't hurt, under $6.00 for a six of pounder cans. All that being said, I think this is pretty much Genny Cream Ale in a different package, I'll be eager to do a side by side taste test, however until then, check my review of Genny Cream Ale for this one's specifics...

Serving type: can

09-02-2012 21:32:46 | More by aranheaney
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 16 ounce can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours golden light, active bubbles, good head of remaining foam. Chalky malty nose. Smooth lagery beer taste, citrus close. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild mannered, if not a touch sour. Good clean fun, though hardly remarkable.

Serving type: can

08-26-2012 15:30:00 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Nice clear golden pour with a fluffy two finger bright white head. The etching on the bottom of the glass gives off fantastic carbonation.

S- Not very much on hand here. Definately more hoppy presence than most cream ales. Slightly sweet and delicate graininess. Slight hints of wet hay.

T- Decent grain flavors. Very mild, but it has a little touch of hoppy tang on the back end. Nice balance of sweet and hoppy for a cream ale.

M- Sweet/hoppy/creamy. Roll on the tongue nicely. The hops lend a nice little bitterness to a brew that usually has none.

O- A really well done cream ale. Way to take a simple style and kick it up a notch! Wish more brewers would experiament with this style. Perfect for a warm night.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 22:31:03 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 6-pack of tallboy cans from Bottles on the East Side of Providence - looking for something light/refreshing as my brother Mitch will be coming over for a cookout on Friday. Decided to go local with this one.

Poured into a Boddingtons pint glass. Nice golden color with about an inch of head present. Has a standard lager-like aroma, nothing impressive. Basically tastes like your standard lager (such as Pabst) beefed up with some bitterness. I don't get why this is considered a "cream ale" - the only other one I've tried is Sixpoint's Sweet Action and it tastes totally different.

I don't know what else to say other than this is a smooth, easy drinking "cookout" beer that can be consumed one after another.

Serving type: can

07-25-2012 22:28:30 | More by Celtics76
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw, fizzy. Faint scent brings notes of white bread, fresh grain. Taste a tad more strong than scent, lightly bready and grainy, faint grassy hop notes. Nice smooth and clean body with some heft. Good, refreshing beer to pair with the BBQ we were eating, would only seek out as a BMC alternative as its scent and flavor are not too strong.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 15:19:47 | More by rfgetz
Photo of shand


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a bubbly golden with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is creamy and lightly malty. The taste is excellent and just about exactly what I'd want from a cream ale. It's got a nice creaminess and grainiess, but it's got the right amount of bitter hops to stop it from being cloying while letting the cream aspects shine through. The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is great. This is just a great cream ale, an outstanding example of a macro style done with a craft level of care.

Serving type: can

05-30-2012 23:49:20 | More by shand
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great golden color and crystal clear. Thick, long lasting, foamy head. Leaves plentiful ring lace

The aroma is like sour cream with a mild, peppery hop in the background.

First impression is of the thinnish body, but the lower carbonation gives the impression of a richer beer than it is. Good hop presence. This is a good beer without the low hop typical for a Cream Ale. A definite move up from the lawn mower beer category.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 00:21:06 | More by smcolw
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with a fizzy white head. No lace.

Light malt, some mineral notes in the nose.

Light malt is creamy and a bit sweet. Some mild bitterness to balance this out, with grain and bread in the works. Not macro but borders on it.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I didn't hate this, but there are far better versions of the style.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 00:23:49 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of rudzud


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a bright, clear slightly darker than the usual straw yellow with a big, fluffy creamy two finger white head that faded to a nice thick blanket. Wow, impressive!

S - Aroma is pretty solid for a cream ale. Light sweet malts and some super, super faint hops. Very slight adjunct aroma.

T - Holy shit again. Very solid, mild, neutral...which you kinda want with a cream ale. Light sweet malts, very faint floral slightly citrusy hops. This is incredibly solid.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and crisp and refreshing, a bit too carbonated for me, but still great.

O - Overall...man oh man. I've had my fair share of cream ales but this one takes the cake. This really, really is an outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 20:19:05 | More by rudzud
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Narragansett Cream Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.