Narragansett Fest | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett FestNarragansett Fest

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

Style: 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 robertdrinks
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this just for the hell of it and was really surprised.

16 oz can - pint glass

amber with one finger white head

slight hop smell of spice

easy drinking but tons of flavor. a little sweetness on the front , malty with spicey hop finish

medium body very nice

overall this is one of my fav seasonals

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Photo of markh814
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i finally found this on tap at a local bar and i liked it a lot. out of the can it is great and on tap it's fantastic!

appearance - copper/bronze is the best way to describe it. deep color clear through

smell - slightly spicy, nice malt with hop backround

taste - clean malt with a nice seasonal hop finish (think Samual Adams Oktoberfest but better in my opinion) a little more to it

mouthfeel - medium body, very drinkable

overall - probably my my favorite oktoberfest beer right behing Ayinger. easy to find but only sold by the 6 pack (tallboy cans). Love this beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another winning American Oktoberfest brew... I've quite a few as of late. This brew pours a gorgeously radiant amber and is capped with a filmy white head that deposits a surprising amount of spotty lace upon the glass' wall. The nose is fairly aromatic, offering biscuity, caramel-y notes and a hint of general nuttiness. The flavor is more directly nutty, fairly doughy-biscuity, and has restrained sweetness despite having much of its basis in sweet-type flavors such as caramel and toffee. The feel shows a great balance between creaminess and toothy body, and refreshing, mouth-watering drinkability. This is one of the best surprises I've had in a while, and I will certainly be drinking more of this.

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Photo of Finn
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a pounder can - Sweet! Mellow munich malts in the aroma: caramelly goodness. Nice thin layer of white foam sits on top of this slightly reddish - tinted looking beer. Not dark red, but like a red ale light. Mellow, smooth munich -like malts come thru and are followed up with sweet caramel, all balanced very well. A very slight hop bitterness lingers. This beer has a mouthfeel that hints at creaminess - very nice. Overall a very nice beer that is well balanced. Did not expect this judging from their regular lager. A real smooth, easy - drinking treat that come at a good price too.

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Photo of Ritz4022
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always drink out of a glass used for BEER ONLY! It was chilled to 32 degrees and dumped into a wet glass. Great copper color. As it was consumed it held the head all the way to the bottom of the glass. The flavor and smoothness increases as the beer warms in the glass. I think Gansett hit a home run. Now if we could only get this stuff in New Hampshire.

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Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-copper with a one-finger thin, tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, candied sugar, toffee and hints of toasted grain. Flavor beings with a subtle kick of tart fruit (apple, pear) and toasted grains before moving into a silky smooth, sweet, sticky and delicious caramel malt. Other notes of toffee and nuttyness mix well in the malt before some spicy hop notes and more toasted grain to finish. Very sessionable oktoberfest with an awesomely blended flavor and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of billybob
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 16oz. can clear orange/copper color large head that stayed well and good covering of lace. smell is a little weak but pleasant. taste is sweet and malty reminded me of rock candy with hints of toffee smooth light to medium mouthfeel lots of carbonation that holds up well. oktoberfest beer is not one of my favorite styles of beer to drink but this was very enjoyable and i will look for it again.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Want a Marzen but only have 6 bucks? This. Above avg Oktoberfest in tall boys for the right price. Would choose this over any low-end marzen (and cheap beers in general).

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Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz can into small German style mug. The can lists the abv at 5.5% abv and there is a short description of the beer as well.

Appearance: The color is a beautiful deep orange amber with great clarity and plenty of visible carbonation. From the aggressive pour I got a tall, white and frothy head. It settles down fairly quick and just maintains a wispy thin film covering. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: It has a very malty nose with earthy hops for balance. Mostly I pick notes of caramel, toffee, fresh bread.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is classic German lager all the way. It has a fresh bready maltiness loaded with a nutty, caramel and nougat like character. Hops adds a light earthy dryness and bitterness. The feel is right on for the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can copper tan in color. Creamy white head that leaves in a minute or two leaving some nice lacing.
Smells of Caramel,sweet malts and hops and grains.
Malt and hops hit your mouth at first taste with a smooth and creamy flavor. Very smooth very refreshing. Finishes with a small touch of hop bitterness.
Very refreshing taste after you drink it.
I give this fest beer an overall of 4.0 it is very good and smooth yet it has a nice Alcohol hit.
Give this fest beer a try one of the best fest beers that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of RedHunter
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O!Red's Beer Review # 4 is Narragansett Fest Lager for around $8 a 6-pack. This Marzen style comes in at 5.5% ABV.

This style is often dark amber/copper with frothy foaming head and a richly filling flavor where the malts are the masters. The hops don't sit on the sidelines and are often in a kind balance with their malt buddies.

The story behind the style is before refrigerator days, because the warm weather made brewing impossible, March was the last month beer could be brewed. The beer made during this time was kept in cellars and other cold environments until fall when it would be enjoyed for Octoberfest celebrations!

This beer is contained in an almost too orange 16 oz. tall boy can with “The Famous Narragansett” on top and “Fest Lager" beneath the Patron Saint of beer St. Gambrinus toasting you with his ginormous beerstein.

It begs to be drunk especially after the last two seasonal brews. The Spring Bock went for 9 bucks for a 6 pack of 16 oz tallboys and tasted best of all the bocks I’ve enjoyed. And the Summer did exactly what a summer should; refresh with a kiss of citrus and hops that we all enjoy.

The first impression was poured amber with a tan frothy head celebrating already. Touch of a haze on the clear body seen through my Widmer Bros. Irish Imperial Pint Glass.

Smells like it should. Caramel butterness on soft toasted grain with a hint of oily hops reminding you that this is not a some adjunct lager.

The first sip delivers a light and citrusy refreshing taste befitting of the marzen style. The hops awake on your tongue tip, while fun little bubbles bounce on it’s sides. Caramel is there with an unmatched butteryness. One of the best balances of hops and malts. At 5.5% Sessioning these tall boys will give you a boost to your social mood. The clean malt profile delivers pleasantness with the slightly drying hops begging you for more.

This entry beer gets me psyched for the other Octoberfests and Marzens out there. Between Sams, Harpoon, Weihenstephaner Festbier, and many others. Because if not for Marzenbier, other Fall seasonals would not exist.

Many choices await my future at the Belgian Beer Fest at the Cyclorama. I hope to see you there to enjoy one of the greatest influences in American craft beer! Belgians can be simple and complex. Master brewers hide their high alcohol contents very well. Enjoy with pride by the love and respect we share for our beer!

Grab a ‘Gansett Fest Lager. Support a part of American Brewing History and Culture. Plus introduce your less experienced friends to better beer through a common name.

Prost! Raise your Stein, I’d Tap That!


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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of a case of 24 oz cans from Beers of the World on 9/21/13.

poured from a 24 oz can into a mug, served cold.

appearance: light orange with a 1 finger cream colored head. Very nice lacing.

aroma: toasty malt, some spicy hops

mouthfeel: solid, good.

taste: seems reformulated for 2014 and is much better. Nutty, faintly sweet and well balanced with spicy hops.

notes: very well done Marzen. Compulsively drinkable..

UPDATE: 2014. The beer seems much improved this year. The sweetness is toned down, the hops balance the malt now. This is good beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready and a bit buttery with flavors of a hearty malt character, lager yeast and grain up front. Then some sweet flavors of honey and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this one was certainly a surprise. Poured from a tall can into a Samuel Smith perfect pint glass.

A: Dark orange with browns in there, nice foamy, thick beige head. Clear and gorgeous. Looks like a fall day.

S: Big hit of caramel malt and biscuit dough up front, lots of floral hops in the distance.

T: Perfectly refreshing autumn beer. This is what I've been searching for! I nice combo of various malts with a decent hop profile backing it up. Slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly bitter on the finish but fades fast.

M: Fits the style almost to a T. Semi-carbonated and "cool" on the tongue.

Value: You can't beat this, I found a sixer of tall boys for like 8 bucks.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into my Sam Adams glass. Big off-white head. Amber color. Nearly crystal clear with some slight haze. Faint malt, toffee and miscellaneous hop aroma. Excellent head retention and a nice lacing on the glass.

Malty with a hint of sweetness. Carmel. The beer is very well balanced in terms of malt and bitterness. The hops and malt work together to leave my tongue simultaneously. My perfect Octoberfest lager as it's not cloyingly sweet or a malt bomb. Grab a Gansett!

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautifully vibrant copper-orange. Light tan/beige head, looks like sand on the beach, leaving behind trails of lace on the glass.

S: Caramel malt, grassy hops, lots of grains, even a hint of whiskey.

T: Starts off with a semi-sweet malt and spice taste, the yeast compliments this, but it all remains quite crisp. Has a slightly bitter, earthy hop aftertaste. Delicious.

M: Medium-well bodied beer. Creamy carbonation, a tiny bit of booze.

O/D: Given the ABV to taste ratio, you can enjoy this all day. Another winner from Narragansett.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder can into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant copper coloring that is slightly hazy, and has little to no head. The beer has a spicy and bread/toast like aroma, which is very enticing. Good cling to the glass while you drink, the beer has a sweet, rich caramel malt flavor, with a heavy dose of nutmeg and cinnamon spicing that cuts the sweetness and warms you while you drink. The beer is creamy smooth in mouth, and gives you a malty tang on the aftertaste, with nutmeg and pumpkin throughout. The full bodied brew gives a slightly lingering, creamy finish. Very flavorful beer.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed straight from a 16oz tallboy can, because that's why beer comes in 16oz cans.

Aroma of caramel malt, biscuit grains and yeast, and mildly aromatic/medicinal hops - very clean smell. Taste is very crisp - caramel and barley combined with clean yeast for a biscuity taste. Hops add a slightly medicinal and bitter edge, matching the malt and yeast. Overall the taste is extremely crisp and clean, as well as the feel. Very drinkable, one of the better picks of its style this year.

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Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a Lowenbrau dimple stein.

a: pours a clear orange/toffee color with a thick off-white head that very slowly settles into a nice thick head that doesn't dissipate really (dimple mugs are good at doing this). i think i remember it being a bit on the paler side last year more like the authentic German fest biers, but i like the amber style.

s: ah! i love the smell of sweet caramel malty fest biers. great malt character with no detectable hop character.

t: sweet, toasted caramel maltiness makes up most of the character but finishes with a subtle crispy dryness that makes it easy to come back to. very well done and true to style.

m: smooth and creamy mouthfeel

fantastic fest bier! one of my favorites! i think it got even better this year. recommended.

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Photo of BogleHill
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A highly drinkable light amber brew with a frothy tan head and light to medium carbonation. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty. Flavor is quite nice with a good malty backbone excellently balanced by the hops. A very drinkable and enjoyable fall beer. Good going guys!

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Photo of thespaceman
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass:

Appearance: Holy shit the beer is beautiful! Deep copper orange in color - excellent clarity! Bubbles streaming up the glass left and right! Nice frothy head builds, slowly disspates leaving behind excellent amounts of lacing!

Smell: I get alot of pleasant aromas here, some hop florals kick in off the bat giving off a nice citrus aroma followed by a deep malt backbone with some toasted bread aromas. Nice balance between the both in the nose, very subtly yet each aroma can be picked out.

Taste: Up front you get that kick from the hops, it's a bit of citrus/orange that follows nicely into a toasted backdrop. A hint of malt sweetness follows through here. Finish consists of a blast of bread like malt flavors and a spicy overture from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean on the tongue, great balance here as you can tell this beer is not too light and not too heavy on the tongue. Slight bitterness here from the hops.

Overall: I really liked this beer, what impressed me more is that a marzen in a can is hard to come by, yet Narragansett nailed this one on the nose. A very nice balance overall between the hops and those crisp, autumnal malt notes that make this beer perfect for a cold autumn night in New England. At 5.5% it's very sessionabble & I only paid $7.99 for 6 16oz cans - how can you beat that?

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Photo of nebula1999
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First taste of this new offering from Narragansett.

Pours deep golden-copper color from a tall boy can into an Ofest mug. Thick head, fades to a lasting 1/8 inch.

Aroma is malty goodness with a slight grain bite. Hops are subdued, but there. Reminds me of a Hacker Ofest.

Entry is smooth on the palate with an abrupt hop sharpness which fades quickly, and somehow morphs into a mild sweetness. This hoppiness was not as pronounced the deeper I got into the brew.

Smooth on the tongue. Mouth filling, yet medium bodied. Very drinkable.

Yea, this beer reminds me of a Hacker Oktoberfest. But stands on its own as a great addition to the fall beer offerings found on New England shelves. Nice to see a new Ofest, rather than yet another pumpkin ale.

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Photo of wcintula
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loving this Festbier. Pours with an outstanding head with lacing. Copper/orange color. Pristine and clear. And what a deal at 9.65 a sixer!!

Smells veery sweet with toffee, caramel aromas. Very malty and lightly hopped. Not very bitter tasting the taste follows through in this fantastic, easy-drinking Oktoberfestbier. Beers like this is one of the reasons I anticipate the fall. People complain aout the early arrival of seasonals, but for those of us who adore the autumn, cheers! A lighter-bodied beer with sufficient carbonation. Try it! It's great!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with an impressive 2-finger head that sticks around for a bit

S: Some nice toasted malts with a light hop presence. Nothing overly impressive, but certainly a lager done right

T: Same as the smell, a straightforward maltiness along with some subtle spicy hops that help to round off any sweetness that might be present from the malts

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is a great octoberfest that helps to bring in the fall season. It is very crisp and refreshing, especially on a cool 75˚ evening

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can looks fantastic in my fridge and this beer looks fantastic in my glass. Frothy, airy eggshell-colored head sits atop a beer that looks like fall- copper and reminiscent of dark amber honey. Foam doesn't last long however and is just about completely gone by the time I take my first sip. Aroma is true to the style- dry, grassy, bready. Taste is clean and malty; sure, there is a bit of sweetness there but the hops have a little more punch that your typical Octoberfest. For me that makes all the difference in drinkability. Carbonation is nice and high, and that touch of hops bitterness means I could drink these tallboys all day and night. Will be sad when this beer's season ends...

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