Narragansett Lager | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brew our lager with six row malt, seedless hops, corn from Iowa, our lager strain (the same one the brewery has depended on since just after Prohibition), and the purest water from Lakes Ontario and Hemlock.

12 IBU

Added by Todd on 09-29-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
383
Ratings:
1,230
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
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Photo of rrob311
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite go to beers nowadays. Luckily it is easy to find.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is normal for the style.

S: Smells pretty good,

T: This beer has a subtle spicy flavor to it. It is hard to explain but is great. Probably one of my top 3 favorites for the style.

F: Mouthfeel is average for this type of beer.

I feel that this beer is much better than PBR and others of the same style. One of the few beers I will drink straight out of the can.

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Photo of Djdumont
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll just get to the point...it's not great.

'Gansett is one of those New England traditions. You don't grow into adulthood without having tried this at some point. It's a solid macro lager, don't get me wrong. It's just not anything to write home about.

Pours a dark amber color with mild head.
Smells sort of...dank. A mix of flavors that are hard to interpret come up.
Taste is, well...not great. It will grow on you as you drink it, for sure, but that first sip will always be the worst. There's just something about the murky finish that makes you regret buying it.
The feel is a bit thicker than your average macro-brewed anything, but its not a bad thing. Carbonation is fairly high, but again, not really the issue.

Overall: If you buy a 30-pack, you'll start to get used to the strange flavor combination around beer 18. From there, its a serviceable daily brew. Before that, however, you're gonna want to have a funnel on hand.

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Photo of Beerdeathexperience
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I prefer thick and intense craft brews, especially if they are not lagers. This was two strikes against "The Famous" Narraganset Lager. My first taste convinced me to never drink again, my wallet (its lightness) convinced me to drink it again. It definitely grew on me. It's light, fizzy, and has a surprisingly subtle blend of flavors. In the future, finances alone will not drive me to this beverage.

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Photo of markarizmendi
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a big exercise day, it was great to relax with my first Narragansett Lager. Totally refreshing and surprisingly robust, it was a great, easy drinking beer. I will get it again.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours golden yellow body with a white headband with ok retention and lacing
S: sweet, gross like smell with some very subtle toffee notes
T: sweet, grass and beerlike taste; ok for a lager
M: light and crisp, pretty refreshing
D: ok drinking lager; definitely easy drinking beer

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Photo of Hanglow
2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours clear gold, small tight head

Corny sweet nose, cereal, bit perfumed

Taste is sweet, really sweet, saccharine like. no perceptible bitterness, or hop flavour or even what I would call malt flavour.

saccharine finish.


Really not my thing at all, makes me appreciate Tennents more now. Never thought I'd say that...

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16oz can into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with tall white head. Crystal clear.

Smell- Light cereal grains, Sweet bread.

Taste- Light cooked grain flavor. Has the steamed veggie flavor that AAL's have. Light orange citric flavor from the hops, ending sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Not bad for an adjunct. Good grain flavor, sweet and still can decipher some level of hops were used as the flavor wasn't boiled away.

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Photo of bullwinkle88
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an american lager in the truest sense of the word. its hipster status belies its historical significance. Typical domestic lager attributes here, a bit more color than usual which is nice. Bit of a dry finish but still refreshing. I prefer this (like all beer) draft at best, or bottled, skip the cans. I didnt care for this beer as a kid but I can appreciate it now as a life long new englander.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 oz can.

Light amber color with brilliant clarity. Surprisingly large and stable white head. Sweet, grainy aroma. No hope to speak of. Very one note. Balanced flavor that touches on those grainy-sweet notes again. Lively carbonation and medium-light bodied with a clean finish.

Heavier and more flavorful than most other AALs, but the adjuncts (mainly corn) really comes through in the flavor. A great value at $4.69 per 6-pack of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy.

Rated this within the style, as you should do. For an american adjust lager this one is outstanding. Crisp, flavorful and void of off flavors that plague other AALs. I'm going to slam this and crush the can directly on my forehead. Cheers!

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Photo of beastCowboy
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is a shade darker than its AAL cohorts. Sweet & very carbonated, a bit syrupy. Sploorsh! I'm transported. I'm at the docks in the shadow of a New England skyline. Once a bustling hub of the local economy...now? Belts are tightened. A way of life disappearing. It's dusk. The waves are angry here in the autumn moonlight. A harbor freighter in the distance bellows its melancholy song. The sea a bitter friend. Dimly lit and nestled in the foothills of a container skyscraper, a bar. A slice of buzzing comfort for the weary. The shared silences here hold untold depths of truth... Of understanding. A kinship. The moments are fleeting. A weathered Matt Damon figure cuts from the brown shadows in every corner. In the bin, a can. A hundred. More? They all read Narragansett.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24 fl oz aluminum can purchased at a bodega in Brooklyn for $0.92.

Drinks clean and minerally, with a floral hop character actually coming through in the otherwise straightforward pilsner malt and clean lager yeast build. 2 row barley, some cheap malt, some corn adjunct. A bit more graininess would be nice, and I'd like to see the sweetness reduced, but all in all it's not too shabby for a budget adjunct lager.

Slightly syrupy and way too thick. Not refreshing. Smooth, wet, highly carbonated.

Drinkable budget fare with more body than the typical American adjunct lager. It's preferable to Coors, Miller, and Budweiser, but I don't know that that makes it a beer I'd recommend.

C / AVERAGE

***
04/28/17: Got 3 cans of this in a Narragansett Summer 12 pack box. Cost of the whole box was $15.99 plus tax and deposit in Brooklyn, NY.

Inoffensive neutral fare for an adjunct lager, featuring corn adjunct nicely and hitting some faint graininess without going full-blown cereal in flavour.

Medium-bodied in mouthfeel, eschewing the watery thin feel of most adjunct lagers and the syrupy sticky feel of garbage Euro lagers. Smooth and wet, though I'd stop short of calling it refreshing.

No off-flavours are noticeable, and the corn adjunct plays well with the (x)-row barley. It's certainly simple shallow fare, but it's one of the more enjoyable widely available adjunct lagers in my opinion. Not a beer I'd go out of my way to buy, and if you're after a buzz on the cheap I think Ballantine XXX, Gennessee Cream Ale, and the like are better bets, but it's drinkable pleasant stuff and would pair well with spicy food.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of tjwarren
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I still have a love of AAL's (at the proper time) after all these years and I consider this the best. Nice color, not yellow, very little aroma other than bread and a little corn, robust taste but it is the full rich almost grainy mouthfeel that seperates this beer. Crushable.

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Photo of Holderness
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- Pours slightly darker than most AALs and has a slightly more robust head.
S -- Similar to PBR
T -- Fruity, bold, and well-balanced. No individual flavor particularly stands out.
F -- Not watery! (my only criterion for beers in this price range)
O -- Arguably the best $20 30/rack one can buy in New England.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving this a high rating because because it exceeds my expectations for a cheap AAL.
Looks: let's be honest, I'm drinking it straight from the can.
Smell/taste: simple, just grain, clear sweetness from adjuncts
feel: light, well carbonated
overall: good for what it is. appropriate after a day on the New England shore.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a pilsner glass at the Oyster House, Philadelphia, PA.

Appearance: Clear gold with a thin white head. Some mild amount of lacing noted.

Smell: No aroma except for a bit of grain.

Taste: A simple clean lager with light bitterness. Clean flavor, not very crisp, but with a good malt backbone and some hops to counter the malt. The corn is just barely notable. It's not a strong flavor, but is just under it all.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slick, and a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A good simple easy to drink lager. Went well with crab cakes that had some spiciness to them, and I think this would be a great beer to have 2 cans with over a lot of seafood. Paired really well with seafood. I would have had another one if I had the time and a larger portion of seafood.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a nonic.

I'll make a quick review of it. Pours a bright clear copper with minimal head. Lacing is better-than-expected, retention is poor. Smells heavily of grain, faint sweetness, no real detection of hops. Taste is not as sweet as the nose implies, big hits of the grain note along with more of a hop character than expected to offer counterpoint - although the two main flavor characteristics don't really integrate that well & the hop note is broad & undefined. Feel is solid, nicely dense & substantial with appropriate carb to balance. Altogether among the better AALs to have passed my lips.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains and some light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with mostly cereal grains but pretty clean.

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wait... I've never reviewed Gansett? How did that happen?

I'll often order a pint of this near the end of a night of drinking and then offer it to my friends and have them guess what it is. They always--ALWAYS--say it's great, and they're always shocked once they find out what it is.

Appearance-wise, you know the drill: it's darker than Bud or Coors, but still pale and filtered. Decent head.

Smells of crisp malt with mild adjunct twang. And that's basically how it tastes: a bit grainier than Miller or Coors, but the malt profile is less sweet than those beers, and the hop finish is more pronounced. Among American Adjuncts, only the new (old) Schlitz has a firmer hop presence. The body is very thick, which really makes the beer.

It's not up in the top tier of the style, which consists of Gusto Schlitz, Ballantine, and Grain Belt. But it's easily near the top of the second tier, right alongside Champagne Velvet and High Life. Plenty of trendsters are too stupid to appreciate a well brewed andjuct and so this beer will never be revered--and thank god for that.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the first I've had in a while that made me exclaim "wow" after I cracked this open and took a sip. This brew poured a good looking golden color with a 1 inch head. It tasted like a great full bodied lager with a solid grain/wheat taste with a light hoppy aftertaste. The smell reminded me of PBR with a strong smell of grain and hops. This tasted great and went down smooth. This beer had an absolutely perfect carbonation level.

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Photo of Act25
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hard to figure out A bros rated this 4th best adjunct lager... They're all swill.

A - Best part, because it laces. Clear pils gold. Not much retention.
S - Not much. Meager. Gets wif of lemonada in a corn field, with some buttered popcorn.
T- Follows the smell with more hops prickles and lemon.
F- As thin and as cottony as any other. Adjuncts' corn coats my mouth so not light and refreshing.

3.0 (Average) is my base line for American Lager and this is a great 3. But no better.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is by far my favorite local adjunct beer. I almost consider it craft beer. Better than most crap out there and so refreshing. Local dives here carry them in both tall boys and drafts and I know it will be a great time when these bad boys start turning into rounds at the table.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a foamy head

Smells like a lager should. Slight hops and cereals

Tastes like a high class adjunct lager. Grains, little bit of sweet corn, and finishes with a clean hops taste that is there just to tell you that you're drinking a beer. Finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Great beer to create memories to and enjoyed at any event. Basically standard fare at all my BBQs and house parties.

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Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A decent lager suitable for the style. Lokk, aroma and head are all average. I felt that this one was a touch too sweet and seemed to be just a tad watery

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium gold body with great clarity. Short head with good head retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma: I get a spicy hop aroma which is very nice. It's not strong but it is unmistakably there and it smells very nice. There is a touch of a cereal aroma.

Taste: Very low flavor profile. There is only a touch of sweet grain flavor but that is it. A touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very drinkable. It leaves no presence on the palate at all.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. I thought it smelled fantastic and it was very easy to drink. There wasn't much flavor to the beer at all but the overall drinking experience was very nice. If I am in the mood to drink an American Adjunct Lager I would pick this beer up.

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Photo of llerrafnad
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a pint glass. Nothing really to say about this beer except that it's great to have a warm day or when you don't feel like spending more then $4 at a bar. A bar by me has a deal where there's 5 in a bucket and comes with buffalo wings for $20. Better than Budweiser etc....

Would drink again. Good stuff.

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