Narragansett Fest | Narragansett Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
336 Ratings
Narragansett FestNarragansett Fest
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
336
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering both the surface and running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and some hints of malty sweetness. Although no bitterness is detectable, the hops seem to mostly keep the malty sweetness in check. There are some lingering hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasantly smooth and is a good representation of the style. It wouldn’t be a bad choice to throw some of these cans into a cooler for a fall football tailgate party.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fest opens to a smooth, light citrus and fresh wheat aroma. The nose especially focuses on fresh grains, with wet wheat, hay, toast crust, biscuit, yeasty baguette, and floury bread dough dominating, made sweeter by touches of wildflower honey, brown sugar, and a few fruit esters, including apricot and berry. Faint hints of pine and lemon come from the hops, adding body and nuance. As a whole, the nose is very nicely balanced and aromatic, and the emphasis on grains is perfect for the style and the season. The aromas could be a bit stronger, but even as they are they provide a nice sensation.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a grainy base of toast crust, floury bread dough, wheat, hay, and Grape Nuts cereal, followed only marginally in terms of strength by a healthy brown sugar, honey, apricot and berry sweetness. Touches of pine come from the hops. There’s also a hint of toasted nut. The flavors last throughout the mouthful and into the aftertaste, though the sugars do die off here, revealing a strong bready, grainy base that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is decent fare, and surprisingly flavorful for a beer that only clocks in at 5.5% ABV. A few extra doses of grain and sugar would have made for a more potent drinking experience, but if you’re looking for a good lunchtime brew that won’t get you hammered before the afternoon shift, this is a good candidate.

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Photo of safebeteric
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Clear and copper with a very thick off white head.

Aroma: Orange cream, grapefruit, subtle notes of bready malts, hints of light spice, tropical fruits here and there.

Taste: Quite fruity in the front much like orange cream. Bready, grapefruit, lots of sweet fruits with a yeasty texture. Bits of allspice and some cinnamon with a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: Well it's drinkable but very unique for a Marzen. Cheers.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of IronLover
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-orange in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a thick, rocky white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Toasted malt and herbal hop aromas with a hint of tart fruit in the background. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Sweet bready and grainy malt flavors up front that quickly segue to spicy/herbal hoppiness through the middle to the end. Sweet malty flavors continue beneath. Finishes with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste. A little hoppier than most marzens but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DarthTremens
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool 16 oz. can.

Rich, deep copper body with lighter edges. Fat finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Nice lacing. Nose of sweetbread, caramel, sight metallic notes, toasted grains, and some spicy, vegetal hops.

Toasted grains quickly yield to caramelly, bready malt sweetness. Cookie dough mid palate. Lightly bitter, spicy hop bite in the finish. Lots of lingering caramelly malt goodness. Moderate body, with a smooth feel. A tasty, nicely made Ofest.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear amber/mahogany color with twi fingers of head, mild retention, some nice circles of lacing.

Smell is very mild-pretty even balance between some caramel and roasted malts (more of the caramel) and some piney hops.

Taste is pretty good- good caramel flavor all around. Some bitterness up front, followed by an earthy roasted malt flavor, quickly taken over by the caramel malt. This is more or less what an oktoberfest should taste like (other Americans have gone pretty far astray). Nothing special about it but at least accurate to style.

Mouthfeel is also very nice- medium body, light to moderate prickly carbonation, a nice long finish with sweetness and a little hop presence. I like it- it tastes better and is better priced than many of the American oktoberfests out there.

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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 wattoclone
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of braican
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Aaron58
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some hints of caramel sweetness and a light amount of spicy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a moderate strength body of toasted bready malts with some lighter amounts of caramel malt sweetness. There are light amounts of spicy and herbal hop flavors towards the finish. Some light hints of bitterness but the finish is slightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable, could easily be sessionable and it was very easy to drink the 16 oz can of this one. A solid example of the style from a brewery that I have enjoyed all the beers I have tried (and all available at very reasonable prices in cans).

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Photo of washburnkid
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with a big white head that quickly rises in the glass. Aromas are bready malt with a bit of sweet caramel. Flavor profile is mostly toasted bread but enough of an herbal character to call this beer balanced. Mouthfeel is medium and good carbonation. At roughly $8.99 for a 6er of tall cans, and considering the fact that I can sit here and drink this all day, I'll definitely be reaching for this one again. Awesome brew.

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Photo of DouglasChasse
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Acforster2
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of zbloom
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of rescuezach4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Narragansett Fest from Narragansett Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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