Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Reanimator Helles Lager
Narragansett Brewing Co.

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German Maibock
3.81 | pDev: 7.09%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Reanimator Helles LagerNarragansett Lovecraft Series - Reanimator Helles Lager
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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice surprise for a low cost beer!

L: Pours a transparent golden color with a minimal 1 finger head that quickly recedes to a surface fog.

S: Wow this smells too good for a lower cost beer. Hops up front and they are fairly fruity smelling.

T: Fruity hops up front with a generic slightly bitter finish like a copper ale. The best 'Gansett I have tasted to date.

F: Typical 'Gansett slightly over-carbonated soda like mouth feel. Semi-dry finish but not too dry.

No wonder why the zombie has a boxing glove on. This is a knock out win for 'Gansett. The H.P. Lovecraft tie in only makes it that much cooler. On the back of the can they give a brief word on Lovecraft then add a cool little story of how this beer was reanimated from their long lost Bock into Helles Lager. I hope this beer is around at Halloween because it would be the best ever for sharing then.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear and pale gold in color. Decent hear that leaves a couple of rings on the glass.

Solid, creamy pale malt aroma. Very clean and attractive smell.

This has the good elements of a pilsner while still retaining the "round" mouthfeel and strong pale malt base. There's a good hop kick that I wasn't expecting from the style but it works. Some Helles beers have a sour taste, not this one. This is precise and balanced. This has become one of my favorites of this style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and some light grass notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with mostly cereal notes.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/10/16

A: Deep gold in color with some orange, honey, and straw - crystal clear - pours with a large, lively, bright white head, fades to wisps, leaves spots and streaks of lacing

S: Bready and more hops than would be expected in a Helles - light bread, light biscuits, light grains, touch of cooked grains - some lager yeast - grassy, herbal hops - earthy - some light sweetness, with some fruity esters, apple skins

T: Grassy bread - very bready, as the style should be, with some light bread, bread crust, biscuits, light grains, pale malts, touch of caramel - grassy, herbal hops, with a low-medium bitterness - lightly sweet with touches of honey, apples, and sugar - earthy, finishes dry

M: On the light side of medium, crisp, medium carbonation, dry but earthy finish

O: Nothing makes me thirsty as thinking about reanimated corpses

This has some similarities to Narragansett's seasonal bock (probably because they fall into the same style). Unfortunately, the malts lack a bit of the charm of that beer, and the extra hoppiness does not really add much. This is a decent Helles, but nothing to get out of your grave to try.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass, it comes out an amber/light copper color, clear as glass, with a frothy head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is sweet bready malts, hints of apple juice, an herbal hop note hiding in the back. Taste starts pleasantly sweet and bready, middle is malt and grain, end quick with a flash of bitterness and some earthy hops. The hops aren't in your face, but are in the back mostly, like all Narragansett beers. If I had to guess the hops I would say Noble hops due to the style of beer and the flavor imparted, maybe some light Willamette or something.

Finish is slighty dry, very drinkable, overall not too shabby. The best part is how damn cheap this stuff is. Totally bottom shelf craft that sometimes reveals a diamond in the rough.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, citrus, lager yeast, caramelized malts and a lot of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong for the style but quite complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Slightly crystal clear body, with a golden faint bronze color to it. Ultra fine carbonation rises easily and plentifully everywhere. Thick capped eggshell white head, easily makes three fingers and settles with a simple bowl puck, and some bits of pill lacing. Very attractive beer.

Excellent hop forward herbal aroma up front on the nose. Green herbs and juicy fruit like gum quality mixing in with a bit of mint like flavors. Really neat and inviting, not much malt character to discern but I am enjoying this bouquet far too much to care.

Palate starts off simple but then gives more. Crisp front and quite neutral lager mouthfeel, only once the glass is pulled away does the beer give it's pleasure. Juiced caramel and almost toffee like crisp body. Light airy grains and carbonation that is very playful. Hop forward herbs of tea and mint wash easily over the palate with a long wintergreen like finish.

A real nice hop forward take on a bock with a lighter feel. Excellent brew.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another worthy seasonal lager from Narragansett. Easy drinking, on-the-mark flavor, clean finish. Plus you get pints! A pint of good beer at the price of a 12 oz pour always looks great!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dirty yellowish orange. White head.
Smell is orange rind, pretzel dough. Alcohol. Taste is doughy malt sweetness. Followed by sharp pine. Feel is almost heavy.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lovely golden amber. Clear with a two finger head of uniform bubbles that fall slowly but do not leave much lace. A few stray bubbles float to the top. I went low in the smell category to show you that this beer is not to style. A dynamic and bold hop scent. Citrusy and spicy. A malt melanoidin scent underlies that. It has a substantial richness that is partially obscured by those hops. Taste is exciting and really good. taste is also very hoppy. Dynamic hops engage the palate and show off spice, and citrus but nowhere near IPA strength. The herbal qualities from these hops seem to sneak up on you. You might think that citrus has outdone them but it did not and the green taste of it is pretty substantial once you notice it. There is no pine or resin here. The malt is a crisp and clean grain with lots of richness that seems to sport these hops without too much to do about how citric they are. Finish is clean and a little bitter but the hops take the finish and resonate into the aftertaste lightly. I am thinking of all the hoppy lagers I have suffered through and this is not one of them. This is one of the best hoppy lagers I have had. Cheerful and whimsical.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good-looking beer: deep gold, crystal clear and sparkling with a giant (pour carefully!) pebbly white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves moderate rafts and ladders of coarse-grained lacing. Once past the appearance, things take a bit of a turn; the name Shelley Frankenstein Helles Lager might be a better choice for this beer, as it seems to have been cobbled together from quite different beers: a helles lager and a mellowish IPA. This becomes apparent on the nose, where the expected blend of spicy noble hops, slightly caramel malt and light fruitiness (apples, in this case) are joined by some unexpected pine and citrus hops notes that actually outweigh the noble hop character. The palate is a bit more intense than would be expected; it leads with tart citrus and pine, joined mid-palate by a lightly-toasted bready malt character and a more assertive moderate-but-strong-for-the-style hoppy bitterness. The finish shows a fair amount of citrusy pine character and a strong carbonation bite, followed by a flash of apple-like sweetness and the onset of a lingering spicy pine hops bitterness that is, again, moderate in intensity but pretty strong for the style (as is its minutes-long duration). Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and a bit too prickly from the fizzy carbonation. If I was grading this strictly to style, the rating would be at least a point lower; folks who really value successful new takes on old styles might rate this one even higher than I do. I could see this beer being used successfully to wean hop addicts onto malty lagers. (16 oz can, 50 days after pkg)

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Photo of fx20736
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 10/28/15. Served cold in a Duvel Tulip.

Look: Coppery old gold, white head, good lacing

Smell: a surprising ale-like fruitiness

Taste: just a touch of sweetness balanced by a drying bitterness

Feel: solid

Overall: doesn't seem much like a Helles but this is a surprisingly tasty beer that is fun to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering about 85% of the surface of the beer and a tin film covering the remainder with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain + grainy malts with light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate aromas of floral, herbal, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of cereal grain + grainy malts with a light amount of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of floral, herbal, and earthy hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not significantly different than the original Narragansett Bock, maybe a little hoppier but not significantly so. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of dd43
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely hoppy for a maibock. Going into this beer with the expectation of having a malt forward helles lager, some may be disappointed by the liberties Naragansett took with the style. That said, fans of Czech pilsners are likely going to enjoy this one. The hallertauer and saaz combo give their grassy, floral and peppery notes in abundance. The late citra addition wasn't overly noticeable. I'll take a helles from Jacks Abby or Weihenstephaner over this one, but I don't regret the six pack.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light to medium amber in color. Smell is much like an IPA, nice and hoppy. Very smooth and on the light side with the carbonation. Starts off sweat but has a hint of a dry finish. Has an interesting smell, almost like apple juice.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a half liter stein a deep rich copper with a nicely formed thick white head atop.,nice clarity.Pretty clean on the nose,light toast and mildly sweet dough.The beer goes down very easily for a maibock,not sure if that's a real good thing but I will say it doesn't lack to much in flavor.As others have noted there is a big earthy quality to it along with some more grassy hops,not a doughy somewhat sweet version.I like it and I don't,I like the hops but it's not what Iam used to for the style,I like how easy it goes down but not used to that either...?

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Photo of illpass78
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a glass tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a huge eggshell head that reduces with time. Lots of spotty lacing. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Earthy and hoppy with grain in the background.

Taste: Interesting profile. Basically a hoppy bock with some alcohol bite. Some malt sweetness. A little bit of apple, maybe. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for the style.

Overall: This is basically an attempt to resurrect their old spring bock with more hops. It's decent, but I liked the original one a bit more. That was a solid, strong, malty lager; this is, obviously, much more hoppy, and I guess I'm more of a traditionalist with this style.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Earthy hops, grainy notes, some cereal sweetness, and some spicy notes up front. Some light fruitiness in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweet cereal notes and a combination of the spicy and earthy hops. Goes into a grainy character is it moves towards the finish. Finishes with a light bitterness and fruity notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit prickly

O: A nice hoppy bock with good drinkability. Refreshing and fairly neutral. Would be better off being released in the spring/summer transition, but it still works this time of year as well

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Photo of ichorNet
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Here's an interesting one! Just reviewed Allie's Donuts Double Chocolate Porter by Narragansett last night so I figured I'd crack one of these. This is the third Lovecraft series beer by these guys... it's definitely been an interesting road thus far. First one was like a strong honey ale, then an interesting New England take on a malty English old ale, and now a reboot of their bock but ostensibly hoppier if the back blurb is to be believed. Sure, let's get to it!

Pours a crystal clear orange color with a finger-and-a-half of head that dissipates pretty quickly to a solid half-finger. Smells of light kilned cereal grains and mild floral/grassy hops. Not spectacular, but the flavor is very clean and quick to develop. A solid hit of honey, light florals and biscuit malt. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary but this is a good drink. Pretty slick feel (I think their house lager AND ale yeast have this going on?), full-bodied and with middling carbonation. About on par for the style. I like it. Not many breweries making this kind of thing, and it's good that they "re-animated" it, though it's not intensely different in any real way from the original 'Gansett Bock, and I'm not getting much of the "hops hitting harder" as the back would have me believe. That said, solid stuff. Looking forward to enjoying a couple more, in any case!

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Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Reanimator Helles Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 65 ratings