Del's Shandy
Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #779
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,702
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 17.89%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
436
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
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Summer
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SCORE
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Notes: A thirst quenching Summer classic, Narragansett Del's Shandy is a collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island brands. The first Del's Frozen Lemonade 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 countless beachgoers around Rhode Island and beyond. The Del's Shandy brings all-natural lemon puree, our award-winning lager, and just a touch of sugar together for a shandy that tastes as refreshingly different as a New England Summer.
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 436
Photo of OllieStalz
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked a 6 pack up while in Rhode Island for vacation. I wasn't too impressed with the first can I drank. However, I took it home and let it sit in the fridge for a few days. I popped one open, and it tasted much better than the first one I had. It's not too bad, but I am not sure if it has to do with the temperature of the beer. To give the beer some slack, the first day I popped one open, I was incredibly tired and partially disoriented, so maybe my second, third, and fourth opinions are more accurate as to how I feel. I'd try it if you like shandies.

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Photo of MrGMoney
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Better than expected. A great beer for after mowing the lawn on a hot summer’s day. Or perhaps for a change of pace while sitting on the beach. I can’t see having more than two or three.

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Photo of Usmc2018
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant seasonal departure from your average light beer. Delicious, tart lemon and a bit sweet balance to the base beer. I keep it cold cold cold...nice evening beer, after surf beer, after mowing the lawn beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An inoffensive shandy, pours a light straw yellow with a moderate head. Slightly thin, nicely carbonated. This would be best ice cold straight out of the can while sitting on the beach.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a 1.5 finger, foamy white head. Retention is average for an AAL and there is no lacing to speak of.

Smell is straight up tart lemon. There is also some grain and sugary sweetness.

Taste is tons of lemon too. It runs more on the sweet side though, and I think it would work better if there was more tart lemon flavor instead.

Feel is light and smooth with lots of carbonation.

Overall this beer is decent and I definitely wouldn't turn one down on a hot summer day. I just wish it was more tart because the sweetness is too much especially as the beer warms.

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Photo of Rlhj
2.26/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this, and it was undrinkable. I actually then shared this with friends as a joke, and not one laughed. Maybe I"m alone here, but this seemed totally a wrong experiment.

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Photo of Nass
1.79/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

The can artwork is eye catching. This is not okay it is awful and close to undrinkable. This taste like there based beer lager with some lemon added to it. Im sorry but lemon and lagers don't mix well together folks. Anybody that thinks this makes for a pleasant tasting beer is a complete imbecile. Cheers! D

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Photo of devo1980
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy easy drinking! Poured in an iced mug and tossed in some lemon slices. Not bad at all! This feels like summertime at the beach. No after taste and goes down too easy. Got a case for $15 and did not regret it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy / fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An average aroma of lemon, malt, and a definite tartness.

T: Tasted of a whole bunch of lemon (mostly in the front), a lot of malt (mostly in the finish), a grainy quality, the aforementioned tartness, and a sugary quality. This is definitely an unusual flavor, but an uneven one as well. It has a strong lemon presence, but needs a touch more (and less malt).

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer for the summer, but certainly an uneven one. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of GulDukat88
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good beer when it's ice cold on a brutally hot summer day - during a BBQ, after a long day working outside, etc. but this wouldn't be a daily beer for me - As a "special occasion" summer beer it is excellent - light and the lemonade really comes through, so if that's your thing give it a shot!

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Photo of Holderness
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drink this one out of the can. Absolutely fabulous for barbecues during the summer in New England. In all other situations, falls miserably short.

65/100

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Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.6%
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 +0.6%
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 TonyLema1
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -12.3%
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 -27.9%
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 -3.5%
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 -9.4%
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%
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 +4.1%
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 -18.2%
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 +5.9%
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%
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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Del's Shandy from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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