Narragansett Light
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LightNarragansett Light
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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #55
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
73
Ranked #48,784
Avg:
3.18 | pDev: 19.5%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
102
From:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  19
SCORE
73
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Narragansett LightNarragansett Light
Notes: An instant classic that truly delivers on both flavor and refreshment. This lighter version of our original lager is brewed with six-row malt, a secret blend of Pacific Northwest hops, and corn from Iowa. Quenching and light, it's got the same alcohol and calorie count as a typical domestic light beer, but does it without compromising award-winning 'Gansett flavor.
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CWINS65

4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid light beer that retains the flavor of the full lager. Pours well and has a clean, crisp taste without any bitterness. A favorite but hard to get in Ohio..

Feb 14, 2020
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance
Pours out to a modest, evasive sudsy head, light golden and clear.

Aroma
Clean, crisp crackery malt, light adjunct and very faint hops. Inoffensive.

Flavor
Clean, bright and refreshing. Low bitterness and low hops, balanced and grain-forward as expected

Mouthfeel
Light and nominal CO2 for style. Feels like a premium brand. Not harsh.

Overall
Tasty, well made Light AAL with no detectable flaws. An easy thirst quencher.

Aug 17, 2019
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw colored body. Perfectly clear. The one finger white head fizzes down rapidly.
Slight rice, corn and malt in the taste and aroma. Crackery. Some faint spicy hops at the end.
Light in body and mouth feel. Clean with medium carbonation.

Jul 16, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thick collar; little lacing;

S: pilsner malt, corn, earthy and floral hops;

T: follows the nose; from the middle through the finish, there's an additional, very noticeable taste of ginger - it's like you're drinking a combination of beer and ginger ale; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate, somewhat prickly carbonation; dry finish;

O: refreshing and thirst quenching; the ginger character was odd;

Jun 01, 2018
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smulford68 from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the perfect beer to enjoy during outdoor, summertime activities, preferably near the water, while in New England. Ice cold, right out of the can. Its light, refreshing and only 3.8 ABV, so it wont bowl you over.

May 03, 2018
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Raime from Greenland

3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Buddy Johnny brought some of these back from a trip to Zoo York. Never had a thing out of this brewery considering they don't ship to Michigan. Might be alright based on what I hear but we'll see.

Look - Typical yellow though this one has a unique golden hue that tends to sparkle in the light. Head consisting of a bone white finger that rapidly dies down to nothing. Moderate carbonation appearance.

Smell - Usual low level hop with a lot of grain. Smells more on the malt side for the style. Let's see how it translates to the flavor.

Taste - Like pure white bread with a touch of hop.

Feel - Swallows easy and clean though full like bread.

Overall - Not shabby but not particularly great. Felt the profile was a bit HEAVY for the style if you could believe that. Decent enough and drinkable for what it's worth. And thus concludes my reviews for the night. On to my twelver of Hollandia.

Feb 17, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Narragansett Brewing Co. "Narragansett Light"
16 oz. can
$1.99 @ Whole Foods, Brooklyn, NY

What to say about this? It tastes like you'd expect. It's like Narragansett lager but watered down, and I don't know how they make it but I'm guessing that that's how they do it. There's nothing special to it. The odd part, however, is that I think I like it even better than the standard. It's just smoother and easier to drink - not that 'gannett is hard to put away!

Mar 08, 2016
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CloudStrife from New York

3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear light pale yellow with a moderate white head. Just a bit of visible carbonation in the body. Head dissipates in a couple minutes a leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty standard light beer aroma here. A bit of corn or other adjunct blends with the malt. Slight touch of alcohol on the backend.

T: Nice even low key flavor here. Nothing stands out in it which I'm thinking was their goal. Just a mild dose of sweet malts that linger into the aftertaste.

M: Certainly fits into the light beer category mouthfeel wise. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a beer that could be enjoyed for hours on end on a warm summer day. Easily beats other light beers I've had with its inoffensive and smooth flavor hence the slightly above average rating.

Mar 30, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into a 12 oz. glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color with a half-inch white head. Heavy-duty carbonation, and also fairly heavy lacing. Looks like light beer.

Aroma: Smells like a light beer, but less off-putting than most. The adjuncts (mostly corn) do come through, but they aren't overpowering. Also some barley, grain, and minimal hops.

Taste: It's decent for a light lager. It's light of body and the flavors are pretty minimal. I'd much rather have this than a BMC light lager, but it's also pretty watery and flavors (which follow the nose) are faint.

Mouthfeel: Watery, as you'd expect.

Overall: In the land of the blind the one-eyed light beer is king. If you have a friend who swears by Coors Light and Bud Light, turn him or her on to this. As light beers go, it's as good as the style is likely to get.

Mar 14, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for finding the single for me.

Appearance: Pale clear gold. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Lively carbonation. Some notches and splotches of lacing. Standard affair.

Smell: Very light pale malts. Grassy with some watered down barley. Some sweet cereal grain and a very neutral hop profile. Slight grass and hay. Super clean.

Taste: Slight toasted grain. Super pale malts, almost nothing to it. A bit of barley with some grassy notes. Tastes like you watered down some standard 'Gansett. Lightly sweet. Not much too it, but what it does have is not bad.Par for the style, but better.

Mouthfeel: Light pushing toward medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Clean and super easy drinking.

Overall: Platinum champion of light lagers.

Aug 13, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From 07/26/13 notes. Had this at Pier 26 in NYC at the Bouncing Souls/Gaslight Anthem show.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange-yellow color, with one inch of bright white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit skunky. Also some bread, grains, wheat, and dough. Not very good.

t - Taste is much better because no skunkyness, but pretty average. Tastes of grains, wheat, dough, biscuit malts, bread, light spice, light floral notes.

m - Light body and high carbonation. A bit too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a below average light beer. Nose was a bit skunky, and a bit overcarbonated. Taste wasn't skunky, but pretty plain and not much going on. Worth skipping, wouldn't seek it out again.

Jul 29, 2013
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pint can into a Duvel tulip. Left over from a sixpack I picked up after a day of surfing at Narragansett beach. It tasted pretty damn great after a long day in the water; we'll see if it holds up under closer inspection.

A: Clear gold body under two inches of dense white froth. Good retention, plenty of soft lace. Quite lovely for the style.

S: Boring but clean: crackery malt, toasted corn, and some faintly flinty lager yeast. Better than average for the style.

T: Follows the nose precisely - predominantly malty, a little corny, and ultimately clean with light minerality on the finish. Watery aftertaste. No off flavors, which I consider something of a triumph for a light beer.

M: Light, thin, and prickly. A little overcarbonated.

O: I hate the regular 'Gansett Lager, but this is entirely inoffensive. Light, refreshing, and downright pleasant for the style.

Cheers!

Sep 30, 2012
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markh814

4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will rate this for the catergory it is in. remember this is a light lager and i won't compare it to an IPA.

appearance - light, pale straw, clear, decent head that goes away quickly

smell - grains, light spiciness

taste - grains, light hop, worlds apart from the coors lights/bud lights

mouthfeel - medium body, really nice. you can almost forget its a light beer

Drinkability - i can drink these all day long. nice lawnmower / cookout beer

Serving type: can

Sep 25, 2012
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wattoclone from California

4.76/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Discovered this beer on a trip to Newport RI with my wife. After a long day walking through the extravagant ballrooms in the mansions, we hit the local distributor to try some local light beer. The six pack was gone in an hour. It is our idea of the perfect light lager. Okay, so many beer snobs will say it tastes like water. Not. Water is water. This is a thirst quenching beer that tastes exactly like the name: "Light". A light beer should be low in alcohol and yet drink like water. This one has ABV 3.8% which is a little high for a light beer drinker who used to like Coors 3.2 beer when it was available in CO. The taste is slightly malty with an ever so slight hop kick. Essentially non-existant to a hop lover, yet there is some hops for the average beer drinker who does not want to be offended, but just wants to guzzle some beer on a hot day.

Narragansett light is the perfect beer for that situation. Quenches the thirst without an assault on the palate. I have been a fan of the light beer style since the inception of Miller Lite and the subsequent Bud and Coors Light. This beer achieves what those beers tried to do. So good that I am willing to drive 150 miles to RI to restock my cellar with this every year but would be even happier if it was available in PA. Unfortunately, this is the only Narragansett beer which is not.

Sep 12, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of corn and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has no distinct bitterness nor sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful for the style and isn’t thin or watery. I would have no problem knocking back a few of these at a ballgame.

Jun 12, 2012
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KingPuuChuu from Arizona

2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is honestly, what you would expect out of this category.

The beer pours crystal clear gold, with a decent head, and some lacing. The aroma is very hard to find, as it's mostly rice and light malt.

The flavor represents this. It's slightly sweet, and there's a heavy carbonation flavor, similar to seltzer. There are no hops.

Out of other light beers, it beats out traditional American Adjuncts, but it's nothing like Sam Adams light, which is my high bar.

Jun 10, 2012
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DirtyPenny from Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank right from the can, minus a small pour into a glass to get a view of it.

Alright, look, there ain't much to say about 'gansett light. It's lighter in color than regular Narragansett, and lighter in flavor as well. There's a bit of toasted bready malt on the backend but not much flavor to speak of and no real noticeable scent. Light-bodied but narrowly manages to avoid the dreaded adjective "watery".

Eh. It's light beer and tastes like it. Drink a regular Narragansett and spend five minutes on a treadmill.

May 31, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a moderately thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a mild aroma. There are elements of light graininess (adjunct malts), some bready malts, and a light hint of grassy hops.

T: This beer is quite refreshing and not as sweet as I expected (which is what I normally find in the style). The flavors follow the smell, light grainy malts and hints of grassy hops. Pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and crisp.

O: Extremely easy to drink, quite refreshing, and very enjoyable. This is a great beer for summer, when it is real hot and you want a "light" and easy to drink beer. Very sessionable, you could easily have a couple of these in a single session.

May 17, 2012
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Dools9 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tall boy into a classic Schlitz pilsner glass.

A: looks like a typical light lager. Straw yellow in color, poured aggresively with two fingers of bone white head that fades to a skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Light grainy smell, some cereal and bready malts, nothing offputting here at all.

T: Much like the nose, sweet graininess, very light grassy hops. Its basically a watered down 'Gansett Lager.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, light bodied, clean and dry. Drinkability is super high, finished the can very quickly.

O: A nice light lager, certaintly better than any BMC conterpart. Goes down with ease, very low abv, bring it to the beach or golf course and drink it all day, and night.

Mar 16, 2012
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tzieser from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. clear gold color with white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: typical adjunct cereal grain smells with a very subtle grassy undertone (hops?). more pungent smell than your average light lager.

t: cereal adjuncts with flavors of corn and bready malt. slightly grassy hop flavor which balances everything nicely. finish is pretty dry and clean.

m: watery and refreshing mouthfeel.

a perfectly executed light lager. miles ahead of every other light beer. easy drinking and good flavor. i'll take this over bud or coors light any day of the week. too bad they dont sell it in 12 packs.

Mar 12, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 16 fl. oz. can marked 1891-0017. Sampled on November 23, 2011. The pour is the typical light lager pale yellow with a short lasting fizzy head. The aroma is of malts, corn, and a hint of hops, which is very typical. The body is light. The taste is on the grainy sweet side with a clean hop finish. All in all, a typical light lager but a little better than its national counterparts.

Nov 24, 2011
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

The color is a light yellow/gold with a slight finger of foamy white head that is gone quickly after the pour.

The smell was muted and hard to find with small hints at corn and what may have been a little crystal malt aroma in the far background

The taste was pretty light as expected. More light malt flavor that hangs there in the back like a curtain dividing things up a bit. There was some watery corn or rice flavor then slight sting of bitterness comes out after crossing the line into the hop part of the flavor at the end

The feel of this beer is light and crisp with a dry finish. It is pretty drinkable and goes down easy with little effort. This makes for a good summer time beer.

Oct 03, 2011
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 3/10/11

Appearance: Very light, pale, golden - a nice little head - typical for the style

Smell: Truly challenging to comment on because there isn't much here - water, faint pale malts, hops? - still, at least it isn't offensive in any way

Taste: Quite literally tastes like a watered down Narragansett Lager - it shares all of the characteristics, it is just lighter - super pale malts, a little grainy, some dryness, some sweetness, a little bitterness - not much flavor, but what is here is still much better than a lot of light lagers

Mouthfeel: Very light, remarkably not over-carbonated

Overall: A typical light lager doesn't get much better

As far as cheap light beers go, this is quite possibly the best. While I do not feel it is a great beer, it is remarkably better than some others of the style. I liked it enough to bother reviewing it.

Jul 18, 2011
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coachdonovan from Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall can with a wide mouth into a shaker glass. Cotton-white head goes from an inch down to nothing in about three minutes, absolutely no lacing on the glass. The beer is very pale yellow and looks like something Greg Hall would leave behind at Bangers & Lace.

Aroma is macro malt and not much else. MAN this is really hard to review... it just doesn't take like much. I don't get hops, I don't get really anything. Pretty much everyone has had a macro light lager, and this tastes like a watered down version. Carbonation is fairly high but it still goes down super easy.

This beer would not be my first choice, but so drinkable that it's almost an afterthought. And really, that's what I look for in this style. I want something light that I can drink 6 (or 12) of while cooking on the grill, playing cornhole, sitting by the fire, etc. There are light beers out there that taste bad; this one honestly tastes like next to nothing, which is better than the alternative.

Apr 12, 2011
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big fan of this company. For what they are, they do it right.

A-Light yellow color with a foamy head. Looks like a BMC beer but the head is a little more legit.

S-Now you can tell this is not your average light lager. A bit heavier nose but still very light. A tiny, tiny hop scent is there...maybe.... nope, I take that back. Light maltiness and grain. A bit of metal from the can. Not awesome but smells more like a beer than most other light lagers.

T-Clean, and light. More flavor than BMC light beers I believe. Tastes like a normal light lager but with a considerable amount more flavor.

M-Very light. Well carbonated. Crisp.

O/D-Yes this is drinkable. Can kill a 6-pack of pounders too easily. I love normal Gansett Lager. This is worse. But, I would take this over almost all light lagers I have come across. The only light beer I like better is Sam Adams Light. Good job boys in RI.

Apr 01, 2011
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Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 102 ratings