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

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and deeper roasted malts, hints of sugary sweetness, and some caramel aromas jumping out as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, caramelized malts, bready malts, some sugary sweetness as well, and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Fresh, refreshing, lighter bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this was a nice balanced oktoberfest with a moderate abv and good taste and feel.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into dimpled glass stein, formed a 3" beige head above the clear copper brew. Frothy head shrinks gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced, tending towards sweet.

Taste starts with nutty malts, a light fruitiness in the middle, then closes with peppery alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Some more malt character and depth of flavor would push this one to the next level.

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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 BeerNinja007
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up this pint can for $1.79 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Beautiful clear orange copper brew gives a nice inch of stable jiggly light tan foam. Smell is fairly hop-forward at first, but spicy cinnamon quickly invades with a bit of toasty malt. Mouthfeel is sharp and fizzy. Taste is of muddy hop and a bunch of peppery alcohol. This isn't a high ABV brew, but the absence of malt body allows the modest level of alcohol to dominate the palate. The tiny bit of malt and spice doesn't do nearly enough.

A damn shame because the look and smell were very promising, but after that it got pretty terrible. Not worth finishing, bleh.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a dark burnt orange with a quickly disappearing head. Some lacing. Aroma is of caramel with some malts. Somewhat sweet. Taste is more sweet caramel. Roasted malts as well and some spice to it. Hard to put into words but it just has that great Oktoberfest beer taste. Certainly drinkable and I'm loving drinking an Oktoberfest out of a 16oz can. I must admit that Narragansett is my Go-to lager, but with the recent additions of the Porter and now 'Fest I'm hoping that this is the start of a trend of new beers by 'Gansett. Worth buying, no question.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall very, very pleasantly surprised with this offering from Narragansett.

A - Nice crystal copper pour with a fluffy one finger head that fades to leave no side lacing but some really good swirls around the brew.

S - Typical oktoberfest smells with nothing really heavy or jumping out. Nice malts and sugars but cant kick the usual macro aromas. Still, shocking.

T - Holy cow, this is a Narragansett!? This tastes better than a few of the craft Oktoberfests I've drank before! Really strong malty flavors with some very, very light hop on the back end.

M - Really nice carbonation for this style. Feels nice and clean and crisp. Again, amazed.

D - Wow, this is an amazing session beer. Cant get over how good this beer is. Did this really come from not only a can, but a Narragansett can?! Definately worth the pickup. An amazing macro take on this style. Holy cow.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy, no freshness date.

A whole lot of froth, clear and tawny. Bready malt nose, hint of caramel and faint spicy hop. Nice snap of crispness, smooth medium body. Wet malt palate, kiss of both caramel and toasted biscuit ... some dried grass as well. Hops go a tad spicy and have a balancing herbal bitterness. Clean throughout with a small breath of alcohol. Malty finish that stays semi-dry.

A fresh tasting O-fest, enough stride to pull away from the middle of the pack.

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Photo of JMD
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with huge frothy head that fades slowly and leaves clumpy lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and sugary spices. Hints of bread and grain as well.

T: Clean flavor, with some nice carmel sweetness and subtle spice. Also a hint of grainy macro flavor in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation and pretty smooth.

D: This is a decent American Marzen from Narragansett. The macro-adjunct flavor is fairly well masked so it isn't a big turnoff for me, and these went down easy. And $7.99 for a 6pk of 16oz cans makes this one a great value.

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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 Kanyon22
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can poured into murphy's glass

A: A dark orange amber colored body with a off white head, looking good for style.

S: A grassy, musky, grainy, sweet smell with a touch of burnt sugar smell as well. Love the burnt sugar smell but a would love it if that grain macro smell would go away.

T: The beer starts off with a clean watery lager taste, flows into a hint of sweetness then quickly into a bitter finish. Not picking much else up as it warms.

M: Has a nice medium to full mouth feel, definitely nice. Kinda harsh going down though. Starts to really dry out the mouth quick.

D: Nice easy going beer, love the price $7.99 for sixer of 16oz. cans. Finishes a little harsh on the throat, but otherwise could see anyone being able to down a couple.

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Photo of taez555
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick clear amber body with a white head.

Nose isn't strong but has fresh carmal malt flavors.

Taste is very clean with a strong caramel and fresh slightly darker grain taste. Very fresh grain flavor. Malt really dominates this beer but there's a very classic earthy old german hop flavor amd mild bitterness that balance. This beer is really all about the malt though.

Not an amazing Octoberfest by any means, but an amazing fest for the price.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my pint glass, I got an impressive three finger head above a clear, amber body. I didn't notice the color to be particularly oranger as some others have noticed.

Aromas started out with caramel and light maltiness. There were hints of grain, and what I can only describe as standing water. A light skunkiness was also evident.

Taste was of light malts, a little bitter, and a little harsh. No skunkiness came through. Overall an average for the style, not too bad.

Mouthfeel was OK, not great. As I mentioned above, it was a little harsh.

Drinkability is just average. Not the best example of the style I've ever had. I don't think I'd want a six-pack of these.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-oz tallboy into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Light, caramel amber color with excellent clarity and vigorous carbonation activity. Forms a one and a half finger head of dense, sudsy, off-white foam which retains nicely and leaves a little weak lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet, bready malts and grains with a slight spiciness, but a mild adjunct aroma as well.

T: Smooth, sweet caramel malt sweetness leaves a nice, bready coating on the tongue. Slightly creamy malt flavor gives way to a drying, mildly bitter hop finish which lingers with some herbal, hop spices and graininess.

M: Super smooth, clean and a little creamy. Drinks with the superiority of a well-crafted lager, perhaps at the expense of some more quality malts.

D: Gansett Fest's finest attributes are its clean look, smooth feel and fine balance of flavors. The 5.5% ABV puts it right in a sessionable territory and the tallboys are a bonus. That said, it either tastes like it was made with adjuncts or just not the same quality of malts you'll taste in more established American marzen lagers. Overall, it's a great value and a good Oktoberfest beer. Prost to RI!

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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 albern
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer certainly looks good, the aroma is respectable, but the taste is a bit too overwrought with a largely processed feel to it. The beer has a nice amber color with a nice creamy head, some lacing, decent retention. The nose has a slight reddish caramel aroma, maybe a touch of peat, overall a pretty nice malty smell, but a touch too subtle.

The taste is not where it needs to be. This is a fairly light bodied beer with a malty back bone, definitely a touch of caramel, but with a spicy bite and an overprocessed feel. The finish is just a bit metallic, flat, and unappealing. It loses some of its sweetness in the finish as as the settles in. The reddish caramel flavors are decent but compromised by some of the off flavors towards the finish. As with most macro type lagery beers, the taste starts to diminish when the beer warms and some adjunct maybe presenting itself.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured out can a nice clear amber color,1 inch thick frothy head. lots of bubbles... head gives aromas of metallic malts, and sweet candy.

taste is grassy grain with a subtle sweetness matched with a corney hop texture.

mouthfeel is workin on this one, it has a smooth sweet flow. very's like a more flavorful bigger bodied does taste too simaler to the original tho

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark chestnut, auburn in appearance with a big fluffy white head. Nice clarity and carbonation. Not a whole lot to take in but still its not a bad looking beer.

Aroma - malty, grainy, caramel, slight citrus along with some nice toasty/bready smells.

Taste - toasty, malty, sweet and bready. Plenty of biscuity notes and a sharp finish with hints at citrus. A lot of those aromas play out on the tongue. Very easy drinking and smooth with the carbonation providing a refreshing finish. Not super rich in flavor but I don't mind that. It actually keeps it from being too sweet.

Overall - solid brew. I really enjoyed this beer and felt it does its duty as a traditional Oktoberfest. Its light bodied and plenty smooth enough to enjoy over several rounds. Well done Narragansett, well done. I look forward to trying your other seasonal releases.

Would I buy more of it? - I would. A six-pack of 16 oz. cans is going for about $8 here in New England. Very affordable for a quality brew.

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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 IPAkindaguy
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Caramel color but slightly burnt when poured out from the tall can.

Smell is nothing special doesnt really bring home that "autumn" smell I was came looking for when i picked this up.

For whatever reason, I am finding this beer extremly drinkable with the taste. The smell wasnt there but the taste brings to me that caramel, autumn taste that I want to have in this beer.

Mouthfeel is nothing special.

As I pointed to early, I like drinking this beer and it almost just reminds me of a regular tall can. Enjoyable beer, but not up there in the top "fest" beers(nor I was expecting it to be while buying it)

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Photo of captainjferjado
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great color and pour yielding an intimidating head. Matches well with Gambrinus on the can-art.
S: I'm blaming allergies for my nose's inability to pick out anything more than some sweet malts.
T: Warm malts. Hints of roastedness. A sweet finish which lingers shortly.
M: A mild carbonation is appropriate and helps give this sweet beer some balance.
D: Easy and sweet. I'll enjoy this beer this autumn.

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Photo of dirkchivers
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited about this new offering from Narragansett. Hopefully by expanding the line they can get around to opening at least a specialties brewery in RI soon, or at least update their site with the progress of that project.

A - Nice clear amber appearance. Huge head that dies away slowlish.
S - It smells exactly like East Kent Goldings on the boil. There's a light presence of malt aroma, but not significant. This primarily smells like fresh wort, not a finished beer.
T - The flavor profile is a bit haphazard; the flavours don't quite seem to have achieved cohesion at this point. It reminds me of homebrew a lot, i would let this sit in secondary longer to mellow. The hops taste very green and grassy but attribute a noticeable bitterness that doesn't compliment the malts. There's a could balance in the malt characteristics and it has sufficient residual sugars, but there's still a dry quality going on.
M - medium bodied, as it should be, but it doesn't dry up on the end and leaves the tongue feeling a bit slick.
D - I'm actually finding this very drinkable as it tastes like homebrew - a bit wacky, but not scary, thus enjoyable.

As a homebrewer i can appreciate an unbalanced beer for its uniqueness, but for a marketed product the flavor profile should be more cohesive.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tumbler. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head pockmarked with ringlets and tiny craters. Head slowly recedes into a fairly consistent slick of foam, leaving delicate strands and slashes of lacing, but exhibiting weak adhesion. Nose reveals a light malt profile (perhaps some caramel), a mild aromatic hops quality and a trace of grain and citric acid. Taste follows nose - some sweetness expressed at the start, with a light citrus character close behind and a dry, somewhat cleansing, light hop character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, but an assertive carbonation gives it a crispness and a little more texture to the mouthfeel. A very drinkable Märzen. Not your typical malty, sweet example of the style, but solid and quite drinkable. A fairly accessible offering for those new to this style of beer.

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