Narragansett Lager
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #6
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,123
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 16.22%
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,469
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager
Notes: Made on Honor for five generations, The Famous Narragansett Lager has been one of the greats since 1890. Pre-Prohibition era drinkers toasted 'Gansett, Dr. Suess illustrated 'Gansett, the Sox scored with 'Gansett, and Captain Quint crushed 'Gansett. Today, the highest rated, heritage American lager (according to Beer Advocate) is brewed to be clean, crisp, refreshing and perfectly balanced. "Hi Neighbor! Have a 'Gansett!"
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Photo of Brewsome
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving: 12pz can labeled but not readable date on bottom of can.

L: Golden, initial foaming head that fades away halfway. But all lagers look good.
S: Some typical sulfur lager, sweet corn
T: typical adjunct lager but way too sweet for me. No hop presence whatsoever makes this beer almost undrinkable. Drink near freezing only.
O: Saw this 12 pack on the shelf thought I'd give it a try since I never had it. Unfortunatly now stuck with 11 cans. Will not buy again.

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Photo of ThePold
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

in a can of indeterminate age; it looks like, and smells like, beer as I knew it as a lad; a typical local lager that, if you grew up drinking it, like Iron City, it would seem like all beers should taste like (it)

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

It is a pale straw beer with a foamy head that stays longer than expected. The smell is sweet and adjuncty. The taste is better. It is sweet but not too sweet. The beer isn't out of proportion. The feel is bubbly and not too thin. Overall, a good for the style.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of pear along with some white grapes. Some corn and barley. Some fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. More pear. More corn. Lots of fresh grass in the mix. More crackers and bread. Hints of citrus. Subtle hints of black pepper. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, slightly fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice lager. It's pretty impressive. It's well crafted and is better than most "American Adjunct Lagers", in my opinion. Sure there are better lagers out there, but this one is hard to beat for adjunct lagers. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. I really like it.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rating in comparison to other AALs. Poured into a pilsner glass

L: 3.75 Golden, not strawlike. Steady moderate carbonation with a very thin white head
S: 3.75 Possibly the best nose I've gotten on an AAL. Light hops, grains.
T: 3.75 That's what I'm talking about. Sweet corn, light malts and grains. The hops are watered down but not unpleasant by any stretch of the imagination.
F: 3.25 Not the easiest going AAL but the other facets more than make up for it.
O: 3.75. This may be my new go to.

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Photo of CWINS65
4.94/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My "go to" beer! So glad they finally made it into Ohio! Would like to see other styles from 'Gansett here though, especially the Light and Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

There is retro that is revived (usually for brand marketing purposes) ... and there is retro that never really quit. Narragansett is probably in the latter group.

Looks are a pretty gold, but could use a few more lasting bubbles. Smells are mostly sweet malt, but a few adjunct grains make themselves known. (I actually like the adjunct variety; while many other reviewers seem to feel cheated.) Tastes are balanced; just enough hops to redirect the cereal's sweet into a beer that finishes semi-dry enough to refresh. Sits OK in my mouth. Cleansed and soothed my palate for leftover Thai food.

So I read the entire story on Narragansett website (and it is far longer than most.) But, it is worth reading as it gets back to my intro point : "what is the purpose of retro revivals?" We can pay homage to our grandfathers' beers, but the ultimate test is : "what is their relevance today?" And Narragansett's relevance is that breweries should never give up in the face of awesome competition. Find your market niche and stick with it... even if it is the good old days, partially reinvent them as Narragansett has and produce new stuff, too.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a tallboy can. Clear yellow color with white head. Light grain smell with some floral hops. Light body. Tastes of grain with some malty sweetness. Ok, but not great.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Clear gold with a ton of carbonation bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass. Slightly more than one finger of fizzy white head with poor retention.

Smell: Mild pine hops that conceal any corn notes in the malt that would normally be present in this style.

Taste: Corny, sweet adjunct malt. Very small amount of metallic bitterness on the finish with no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth with high carbonation.

Overall: Tastes the same as most other adjunct beers.

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Photo of Peach63
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is grassy, slight lemon, slight floral.

Taste is corn, grass, slight lemon, caramel malt. Little bitterness.

Light bodied, thin & watery. Minimal carbonation. dry finish.

For the style, a decent lager. Certainly has more flavor than Bud or Pabst.

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Photo of Maltyhead
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like the classic american beer. It goes down easy on a hot summer day. It’s a smooth beer but can’t give it a higher rating since there is not much character.

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Photo of Lucular
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. I know, not the way to drink a 'Gansett but I need another beer to fill out my paddle and I've somehow never had this beer before, so...here we go. Appearance is golden yellow and effervescent. Smell is light grain with a kiss of clean hops. Taste is similar but sweeter than I expected. Overall not bad, but I wish it were a little more dry.

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Photo of Cholla
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a bad beer. Easily drinkable. Nothing offensive about it at all. Quint drank it in JAWS. So how can you go wrong? I got a six pack of the throwback cans that looked liked they did in JAWS. Very cool. Cheers.

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Photo of Gripnrip207
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ole ‘gansett hits all the marks in what an AAL should be. Color is much darker as compared to beers of it’s style. Almost a bronze. Smell is dominated by sweet corn. The beer is crisp as a lager should be, but is more complex as compared to beers of it’s styles. Little skunk to be detected. Great balance of maltiness and sweetness from corn adjunct. Just a little bit of grass flavor from hops. Very little, to any bitterness. Almost full bodied. A great balance which makes it incredibly versatile. Excellent summer, ballpark, or really any time of the year brew. At $5.50 for a sixer of tall boys in my region, incredibly hard to beat value.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent yellow with a dense foam layered over the top. Aroma is pale, straw, wheat, crackery, wafery malts with a slice of spicy, herbal hops. Flavor profile is biscuity, wafery, crackery, nutty malts with a little addition of spicy, herbal and lightly medicinal hops. Mouth feel is crisp with the only effervescent sharpness showing up at the initial sip. Overall, standard, straightforward lager with some pleasant nuances in the background.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering golden orange with a lumpy frothy white head.

Taste is corn, white bread and a mild grassiness via a fluffy then crisp carbonation finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of rky3fan
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this beer on tap at Goofellas Pizza in Lexington, Kentucky of all places. Was able buy it in Lexington also. Easy drinking beer somewhere between a typical American lager and its light version. Almost no smell. And this beer is cheap! $6 for six tall boys. Great can artwork. Goes down good with any kind of pizza, dogs, etc.

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Photo of OllieStalz
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely at the top end of the AAL style! Luckily for me, I live in upstate NY, and they brew this bad boy in Rochester (even though its origins is in Rhode Island)., so it is very easy to find. It is very drinkable. When you sip one, it reminds you of being by the beach. It has a nice color, and the flavor is good. Again, it is an AAL, so don't drink it and rate it like you would your favorite style (that's of course if your favorite style isn't AAL). It is good all season, so if you get your hands on one, please drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Wattie83
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Old School" beer! Looks OK clear gold with a tight white head that fades out leaving some lacing in the glass as you go. Smell is light. It's corn, grain, husk, grass. Taste is corn and grain up front, in my opinion, very sweet for an AAL. A bit of bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't last and it doesn't clean up the palate much. A pretty strong aftertaste that is of creamed corn. Feels pretty light bodied with light carbonation. It's a pretty smooth, easy-drinking beer. Overall, not a bad AAL especially for the price of a 30 pack. Good beer to keep on hand in the summer for everyday drinking. Nothing fancy, but that's the point.

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Photo of Beertsipper
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straw color with white foamy head. Smell is corn, barley, hops, rice. Taste is same as the nose. Nice bit of sweetness. watery mouthfeel but crisp in the middle. Not too bad. Bought a six pack of tall boys for $6.99. I would probably not buy again since there are similar AAL's for cheaper via the 30 or 24 pack.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(16 oz can, D019 code; purchased cold within 6-pack... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, pale yellow-amber liquid; crackly white foam, loose build, collapses slowly, breaks apart unattractively; no lace

S: musky, grassy, weak aroma; cereal-like malt emerges after a bit... yes, its scent is weak

T: thin, lightly toasty malt foundation; mellow spicy aftertaste... arguably a bit more 'robust' in its malt character than the average AAL (if this is in fact what it is)... little relative depth to the grain character, neutral melanoidin coloring

F: light, clean, perhaps a touch bottom-heavy for its kind, but sizzly, brisk flow/finish... gotta appreciate a well-carbonated low-key lager

O: didn't have any encounters with this before working in a bar a few years back where this was part of a special - took to it as a cheap, post-shift swill, but never bought on civilian time (1414)

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A famous NE brew by all means. Let’s give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a sweet waft of adjunct. Pours to a bright yellow with a pillowy white three finger head. Taste is grape juice like and sweet with a slight bitterness that fades quickly and returns sweet. This is a nice hot weather brew, especially an ice cold tall boy. For the style a winner

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Photo of C-Stockwell
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: its Gansett
S: there's a smell?!?
T: slightly funky standard American pilsner
F: actually decent carbonation

There are two reasons to drink 'Gansett:

1) You're a Rhode Islander doing New Englandy activities like going to a Sox game; or
2) You're a commercial fisherman

Beyond those two pieces of nostalgia, avoid this beer. If the nostalgia applies, enjoy your Gansett with pride!

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Photo of jrc1093
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can reads 'D089' (presumably canned on 4/8/19)

Pours a honey gold body with a towering but stable head of white foam; great retention results in a random smattering of thin, sudsy lacing and minimal collar.

Aroma is exceptionally floral to start, and dosed lightly with grassy tones; a semi-sweetness develops along the way, highlighting more corn and light straw on the back end.

Taste is largely corn and dried honeyed malt with some gritty grassy hop character; shows a metallic, almost candied sweetness intermittently, but with minimal harm to the overall profile.

Mouthfeel has a light body and a level but spirited carbonation that welcomes a dry malty tingle through the mid-palate on toward a semi-dry, refreshingly crisp finish.

Lively profile of semi-sweetness and touches of gritty hop character further supported by an exceptional consistency of crispness and refreshment on the palate. Quaffable at every level and a fuller, top-tier take on the AAL style.

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Photo of njviking
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corny goodness. I dont care what everyone else says; it is what it is. A corn forward bmc that is crushable in the retro can.
And I can take three barrels down.

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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1469 ratings