Narragansett Fest | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett FestNarragansett Fest

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vienna, Pilsner, Light and Dark Munich malts make up the backbone of this beast, and Northern Brewer & Tettnanger hops are added to give it a crisp but subtle hop flavor.

22 IBU

Added by mostpoetsdo on 09-03-2010

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Photo of BillRoth
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Ocean Odyssey for something light with maybe a bit of character with a brisket and fries.
Draft seemed to do nothing for it. Just another MOR American attempt at a German classic Beer. Not so much disappointing as what did you expect?

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There are dots on the bottom of the can but they are spaced too far apart to really tell what they say.

Appearance: The beer has a bronze and gold body with great clarity. It has a medium-sized fluffy white head with very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a nice caramel aroma to the beer, and just a light herbal scent in the background.

Taste: It has a light bit of caramel flavor and a slightly herbal flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is an easy drinking beer with a body that rests on the upper side of light. It has a very mild bitterness.

Overall: This is a nice, easy going, drinkable Märzen that gives off just enough flavor to be tasty. It isn't the kind of beer that will knock your socks off but it definitely has a competitive edge over some of the more commercially available Oktoberfest/Märzenbiers. I would drink it again and I would recommend giving it a shot. It would be a good beer to pick up for a party or get-together.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a one inch white head that left good lacing. Smell is rather mild- caramel, bready malts and a hint of hops. Taste is predominantly bready malts, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, light pepper flavors and a bit of hops that gives a mild bitterness to the finish. Not quite medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry mouth feel.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has light malty and bready hints
T-The taste follows the aroma with light malty and bready flavors
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Octoberfest beer

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Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear copper color with white head

Smell - caramel, toffee, bready malts

Taste - bright caramel, toffee, bready malts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, bready in the middle, strange bitterness/metallic astringency on the back end that is detracting from the experience

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by how good and clean this tasted up front, but I had to knock it back a bit due to the strange effects on the mouthfeel.

Price point - $1.89/16 oz can

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can that has a blurry stamp.

It is an amazingly clear, an beautiful amber/copper color. The dirty white head is kind of a dishsoap looking consistency, but has great retention and some lacing.

It smells just a tad metallic and there is a bit of alcohol noticeable on top of some toasted bread and a bit of caramel like sweetness.

Tastes pretty solid. It is initially sweet with a doughy bread followed by more of toasted grain flavor. A little bit of a toffe and nuttiness too. It is fairly hoppy. A citrus, even lemon like, and apple flavor with a lot of bitterness and a little spice, but more bitter.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, and while easy to drink, almost comes across as a bit too watery. The carbontion, spiceiness, and dryness is all very nice though.

I probably changed my score back and forth on the aroma and especially taste 4-5 times. I am not surprised at the hop levels based on their regular lager, and I hate to knock it for being too hoppy since most American versions are way too sweet and cloying, but it is just a touch to bitter and to hard on the palate for the style. Really has a lot of qualities of a pils that makes it drink as much like a blonde Oktoberfest despite its color. That being said, probably one of the better non imports I have had and I would gladly pick this up.

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Photo of avisong
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diechipmunk
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Oktoberfest/Marzen. Nice copper color, toffee aroma, the taste is sweet toffee, malty with a good balancing hoppiness. Finish is sweet, but dry. Not my favorite, but I'll happily drink it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a sturdy orange/amber color with a stifled slim cap of a little white foamy. This quickly dissipated to leave some sly mess lace.
The aroma had some grassy and earthy spicy hops up front then gently settling into some toffee/caramel malts.
The flavor yielded to the sweet maltiness initially then seemed to bring in some nuts, earthy hop spices and a touch of toast. Mild aftertaste of the malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV seemed appropriate. Good finish of the malts moving fairly slick along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice Oktoberfest I would be willing to come back to.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-The beer pours a brilliant clear orange/amber with a 3 finger white head. The head recedes to a thin ring with large island. Lacing is spotty but lasting.
S-The nose is spicy hop presence in abundance. Malt presence is a backround player but detectable once the hops fade a bit.
T-Hops deliver the first punch and are stronger than many Marzen/festbiers. Malt sweetness is very light despite the darker coloring.
F- Mouthfeel overall is light. There is a nice slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is medium
O- This Marzen is one of the ones that leans to the hoppy side of the ledger. It was a little rough out of the cold fridge, but has improved as it warms. A well priced Marzen that isn't overly sweet and possesses good drinkability.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pouredinto pint glass. can't read the canned on date.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy looking white that settles quickly to a film, but the beer is cold. Body is a rich copper color with excellent clarity.

S: Light butterscotch greets the nose and then some deep sweet malty breadiness. Avery light floral hop can be detected but it is light.

T: A rich bready carmel like flavor very clean a light nice lingering sweet malts.

M: Good carbonation medium to lighter body. Drinks clean and easy.

O: This is an easy drinking beer great rich malts exactly what Im looking for in a festbier.

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Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of selecter70
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5 years ago I would have said this is a middle of the road Marzen. Ironically, with more beers being offered than before, it is actually closer to the top as it is propped up by a whole slew of substandard Oktoberfests.
The beer pours a brilliant bronze amber, perfect clarity and with a 1 1/2 finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass.
The aroma is bready and sweet with caramel with subtle hints of medicinal hops and spice.
The taste follows the nose with toasted bread, slight graininess, caramel sweetness with some grassy, medicinal hops.
The mouth feel is soft, if a little heavy. The finish is dry enough but with a peppery bit that is a bit heavy handed.

Narragansett does a good enough job with this beer. The soft, smooth mouth feel is there but still a bit weighty.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OzmanBey
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice one from this classic beer, a truly New England take on the traditional Octoberfest.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of palealeale
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cdub70085
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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