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Narragansett Del's ShandyNarragansett Del's Shandy

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roll out the Barrel: Narragansett Del’s Shandy is a collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island brands. The Shandy is available in six packs of 16-ounce cans, twelve packs of 12-ounce cans, in the new Clam Shack Summer Variety Pack, and on draft throughout the season. The beer contains 4.7% ABV and 14 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

Quality Supreme: The Narragansett Del’s Shandy is the perfect thirst-quenching balance of our gold medal Lager with Del’s lemon concentrate…brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin. ‘Gansett’s Lager is the highest rated domestic Lager according to Beer Advocate, while Del’s Lemonade has been Rhode Island’s favorite summer treat for over six decades.

Taste & Enjoy: The ‘Gansett Del’s Shandy has just the right balance of malty sweetness and citrus tartness. The Shandy is the ultimate summertime refresher…one sip leads to another. You might even say that “It’s Refreshingly Different!”

The History: Narragansett’s Famous Lager has been brewed & beloved throughout New England for over 120 years. The first Del’s stand opened in RI in 1948 using an old family recipe brought over from Italy. Since then, both ‘Gansett and Del’s Lemonade have refreshed thousands of happy customers on and around the Rhode Island beaches…and beyond. Now the two flavors are combined to create a most refreshing summertime adult beverage. We hope you love it!

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 385
Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Gold. No Head.
S- Straight Up Lemonade/ Pledge.
T - Very Sweet. Lemon Juice. Doesn't taste like beer.
F - Not enough carbonation to say so. Very Smooth.
O - Summer Drink, Sort of a chemical taste at times.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of lemon juice, little else. Taste is lemons, some malts, somewhat sweet with just a touch of tartness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer that would be satisfying on a hot day.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow color with almost no head. Smells very light and lemony.

First sip is dominated by a strong, sweet lemonade like flavor with a grainy/husky aftertaste. There isn't much flavor other than the lemon. Quite refreshing, but pretty one dimensional. Great beer for a summer barbecue or sipping on the porch at the shore.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours - Golden yellow thin white head that quickly dissipates, no lacing.

Smell - Lots of lemon and citrus, wheat and hay. Smells alot like lemonade.

Taste - Lemon as expected and citrus, little too sweet. Some wheat.

Taste - There is a slight after taste I dont really like but it is clean and crisp refreshing.

Overall - I am not a huge fan on this it is ok but I can see where this is a refreshing summer beverage.

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Photo of tlema1
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow color, not much head
S: lemonade
T: tastes like lemonade, very refreshing
F: goes down easy, as expected
O: for what they're trying to do, they did a good job

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Photo of Act25
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of all shandies - this one may be the best at "3". Very carnival. Sweet and silly, but this one at least sips like real lemonade.

Dislike flavored, sweetened coffees as much as most flavored beers. If I want lemon or lemonade or any other kind of fruit essence or juice in my beer - why would I not add it myself?!?!?!

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Photo of Djdumont
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: pale yellow, almost apple-juice colored. 1-finger head that dissipated in under a minute.

Smell: Bland. You get the hint of lemon as the nose approaches the brim of the glass, but it's minimal and is more of a fake flavoring than real lemon juice scent.

Taste: Again, bland. The hint of lemon cancels out some of the harsher tones usually found in a 'Gansett, but it tastes like you'd expect a Bud light Lime to taste if it were lemon instead of lime. Not horrible, but doesn't taste like something you'd want more than one of.

Feel: A little thick and less watery than expected. A nice smooth feel going down, but that's about it.

Overall: Not awful. I wouldn't recommend you get more than a 6 for any reason whatsoever, but if you're looking for a decent tasting summer-inspired beer that A) won't break the bank and B) is drinkable and not over-powering, this is it. Just remember, it tastes like a lemon flavored bud light. You've been warned.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

It is Memorial Day Saturday & it is hot & humid already. I was CANfortable until I went into the basement to fetch this beer & I suddenly realized that it is MUCH cooler dahn there. Feck!

From the CAN: "Made On Honor [-] Sold On Merit"; "Narragansett Presents Del's Shandy [-] It's Refreshingly Different Beer"; "Hi-Neighbor!'; "Great-Grandfather DeLucia made his first frozen lemonade bak in Italy in 1840. During the winter, he carried snow into nearby caves and insulated it with straw. When summer arrived, he mixed the snow with fresh, local lemon juice and sugar, making a refreshing drink. His grandson, Angelo, introduced this icy treat to Rhode Island in 1948, and today there are over 30 Del's stands across America. 'Gansett is proud to present this delicious Shandy with the perfect balance of Narragansett Lager and lemon flavor. It's refreshingly different!"

My last CAN was a wee 330-ml one, so the prospect of a full pint makes me insanely happy. It all begins with the Crack!, followed (in this case) by an inverted Glug. Man, it felt good to really let it flow forth like that! I got two-plus fingers of fizzy, bone-white head from my efforts, but sadly, they quickly dissipated to wisps. Color was a majestic Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like Country Time Lemonade mix drink that I used to hawk on the street corner in the summer! Mouthfeel was kinda thin, watery, even. The taste was sweeter than I would prefer in the style, coming off more like a kiddie treat than an adult beverage. It was very evocative of lemon ice, but I want greater tartness when I sit down to drink a shandy. Finish was somewhere in the nether region between sweet & semi-sweet, but it was not what I was looking/hoping for. I really wanted something more lemon-y with an inherent tartness that would render it more refreshing. Oh well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is pretty nice head fizzes out rather quickly which is kind of upsetting. Smell is nice lemon zest with very little lager skunk. Taste is super weird not sure if the lager is terrible and the lemonade part is good or if they just wanted to make a lackluster lager with "Del's Frozen Lemonade" concentrate and it just comes off not very sweet or lemonade like and just blech.

I guess the best part is if you like the taste of good and bad canceling each other out it's easy to finish so you can get drunk off it just like and BMC product. Yeah...

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a mission to try all 'Gansett beers at least once. I'm not a macro fan, nor a shandy fan, but after tasting 'Gansett's Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager I know what they can do if they put their mind to it. I also like the history of the company and how they were brought back and the attention they pay to doing collabs with local Rhode Island non-brewery businesses.

L: Beautiful pour on this with a nice 2" pure white head and a slightly hazy golden beer. The head recedes quickly with moderate lacing to a full surface haze.

S: Wow. Lemon indeed. I need to be honest it smells like I am about to drink lemon dish washing detergent. There is some malt in there too though.

T: Pleasantly surprised. This would be a huge summer hit. It tastes like a watery lager mixed 50/50 with a good lemonade and you know, for the right scenario that could be a good thing. Very drinkable. Lemon up front for sure with a slightly copper malt in the background before returning to a natural lemon aftertaste. This is sexist I realize but I believe many women would love this beer.

F: Typical 'Gansett overcarb but it fits this beer well. Drinks like a lemon soda. You could drink 6 of these without realizing it easily.

Overall this would be great to break out pool side for some refreshment. Crushable to the extreme. Would be a great choice for when you want a lemonade with a kick. Not my normal choice of a beer but glad I tried it. If you could drink on the beach these would be the perfect pairing.

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Photo of Spikester
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with minimal white head. No lace.
Smell is lemons like strong lemonade.
Taste is lemon some malt no hops are apparent.
Mouthfeel is medium and good carbonation.
Overall a tasty shandy. If you like this type of beer this is a good one.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste like a Arnold Palmer mixed with beer but not in a good way. Drank on a warm day and it wasn't refreshing. Lemon nose smells good but it taste like watered down lemon Lysol going down.

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Photo of Lorwhal
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why, but I really like this beer! It's just. Tasty! Lemon fizz and deliciousness. Not too sweet. Nothing terribly groundbreaking, but I like it better than most shandys. Whats with the shandy hate!

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing about this brew is terribly "natural", but the taste is great. A lot of shandies are WAY too lemon and/or sugar forward, but this one has a fairly decent amount of malt that punches through. If you live in New England, it's probably EXACTLY what you expect. It's Narragansett Lager mixed with equal parts of lemonade concentrate and sugar. Personally, I've never had Del's Frozen Lemonade, but I have to say that it mixes perfectly with Narragansett's flagship lager, which I'm already a fan of. The sugary lemon and the lager complement each other nicely, and it's very refreshing to drink, it goes down like delicious velvet. It has something of an artificial flavor to it, considering that the lemonade is from concentrate, but it really doesn't matter at all. Beside this, I've yet to drink a shandy where I can <i>really</i> taste the beer that provides the base. Well worth checking out, and I'd say it's the tastiest and most drinkable shandy you can buy.

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Photo of Kooz
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best shandys. It's light and refreshing, has a very nice citrus finish, but still retains the taste of a beer. So many shandy style brews are either overly sweet or taste synthetic. Not Del's. I won't rave about it as much as others do, because it isn't the best I've ever had, but it's very good and it's a perfect summertime drink.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's on one place where this beer tastes decent and enjoyable. That is sitting on a beach in July when it is 90 degrees out with full humidity. Besides that this beer is barely tolerable. Yellow lager with a sweet and tart lemonade in it which takes center stage. Nice to have this in a 16 oz can so it is safe for the sand.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.89/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Had at a party. It's free so that's all that matters. Not something I would ever buy.

Pretty much tastes like Mike's Hard Lemonade. Perhaps slightly less sweet. Still not good regardless.

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Photo of sesexton
1.66/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I enjoy Narragansett very much, and I like Del's frozen lemonade as well, however this tasted more like Olde Milwaukee with Lemon pledge. Please try again!

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Photo of Beric
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: From the can
Served: 6 June 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, since it's a shandy after all. I was digging the can art though- nice retro appearance.

Smell: Sweet, traditionally 'beery' smell, with a pinch of sweet lemonade. Definitely among the worst parts of this beer, since the lemon presence is notably sweet rather than rich and natural.

Taste: Refreshing and immensely quaffable- definitely one of the better shandies I've had recently. This beer is not supposed to taste amazing- it's supposed to go down quick and easy and brainlessly and this beer does just that. I'm definitely going to grab a sixer or two before the dog days of summer, since this beer will be perfect for that.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Goes down too easy.

Overall: A great summer quaff, but not something that'll blow you away. A great shandy, but nothing more. Bring this to a BBQ.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can into a teku. Wha, 'Gansett now distributes to Maryland?

Appearance: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Very bubbly with poor retention, it doesn't have the best look, nor does it leave behind much (if any) lacing. (3)

Smell: Well, it's a shandy. To me, the lemonade dominates this - but, it's good lemonade. Maybe I get a touch of malt, but again, this smells more of lemonade than beer. (3)

Taste: Yep, lemonade with a faintly bready finish. It is what it is, y'all. Luckily, the lemonade part is good (read: not artificial or cloying), and the beer part balances with the former nicely. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, this doesn't feel that cloying or sweet. It is, don't mistake me, it just isn't ridiculous. Carbonation helps it go down easily. (3)

Overall: It's always fun to try a shandy that isn't from Leinenkugel. This won't enter my regular rotation, but I'm damn glad to have tried it. (3)

3.1/5: Like I said: it is what it is

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Photo of Urk1127
4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The best shandy I've ever had. Slight tartness from lemon. Light beer aftertaste. Creamy feel. Less than moderate carbonation. I wish this was a local find for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw coloring with a foamy, bubbly, bright white head that quickly settles out and disappears. Aromas of lemon right off the can smell the tart and sweet fruit notes as soon as you pop the can. Some toasted grain and sugary sweet notes in there, too. Flavors are lemon sweet forward, with a buttery and cookie backbone. Some sugary sweetness in there again, along with some honey notes. Pretty light and refreshing, which is exactly what the style goes for. The aftertaste is more sweetness, but a little less on the lemon side now. The finish smooths out quite a bit, losing some of the carbonation fizz, and kind of ends with a watery feel. Not a bad summer beer.

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Photo of cujocon
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Dels Shandy
4.7% ABV
16oz green and yellow striped can $9.99/6pack State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: deep golden yellow with big billowy head
Smell: lemony
Flavor: tastes more like a lemonade mixed with mild ale than the other way around.
Overall: 4/5 for a non-traditional beer drinker, this thing is pretty great. It tastes pretty much like a not too sweet
lemonade with a residual yeasty aftertaste. I could drink 6 of these on the beach pretty easy.

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Photo of badun
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've only had one shandy before and it was awful. This I like. The lemon flavor tastes natural and while sweet and strong it isn't cloying. This is a refreshing hot summer beer and nothing more than that but at least it is good at what it does.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemons are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lemons, but the underlying malt helps by neutralizing the associated acidity and ending bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied of the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could make for a refreshing selection when served cold on a hot summer day. It is kind of like lemonade, but with beer replacing the sugary sweetness.

Serving type: can

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