Narragansett Lager
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #5
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,377
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 16.22%
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
1,443
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
77
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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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Reviews by GreesyFizeek:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

One of the best of the style made in America, was happy to finally try this one. Pours a bright yellow into a shaker pint, with a 1 inch head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells include sweet grain, sweet corn, and faint whiffs of herbal hops.

The herbal hop flavor is stronger in the taste than the aroma, but is still muted, per the style. The sweet grain flavor is really nice, a little bit of honey even.

Light bodied, very crisp, very drinkable. I could put back a few of these quite easily.

One of the best adjunct lagers on the market. Not offensive in the slightest, actually has a taste that brings you back for more.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The resurrection of the retro Lagers has created somewhat of an embedded drinking culture populated with über-hipsters and nostalgia drinkers--half American heritage and half grass-roots marketing.

Pours off with a rush of foam, subsiding to a thin, bubbly lace that only survives from the active carbonation. Perfect clarity with a dirty straw color. Clean, fresh-cut-hay graininess, cooked grits and a mild floral aroma. Super crisp, with a semi-high level of carbonation that yields a smooth light body. Fresh snap of grain husk has a sharpness to it; modest hop bitterness adds to the effect. Very clean all around. Quick flash of malt flavor jumps to a raw corn-grit taste with a mild dextrin flavor in the end. Finishes dry with a lingering bite of grain.

It is what it is: an American Macro Lager--but for what it is, it's not too shabby and sits on top compared to the rest of the retro Lagers out there. Without a doubt, a staple on a hot summer day. Pair with a plate of fried calamari & hot peppers--Rhode Island style.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.77/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this beer against all the other adjunct lagers out there.
A - Pours a very pale, opaque gold color with 2 finger head. Surprisingly better head retention and head overall than I was expecting; lacing present as well.

S - Overall, not much to the aroma of the beer, as to be expected, though world's better than other adjunct lagers out there. Grainy and thankfully non-metallic scented.

T - Refreshing. Their isn't much here as to be expected but it's very pleasant and refreshing. Semi-bitter with mostly grain present. It tastes almost like an adjunct that is about to make the breakthrough to a basic IPA.

M - Light bodied beer and quite carbonated. Overall very smooth and crisp feeling without too much "sting" I've become accustomed to with other adjuncts.

O - Again, this is a macro brewed beer so obviously it shouldn't be compared against anything micro. Given that, it offers everything one should expect in a macro and far excels that. By far the most drinkable macro I've came across; yes, you can drink and enjoy this beer like an IPA! For roughly 80 cents to a dollar a can (16oz cans) you cannot beat it. Narragansett has now become my official go-to beer.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Doomcifer
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear golden with a decent sized frothy white head that stuck around for a bit. Smells lightly of corn and very faint malt...not much there at all as far as aroma goes. Tasted of honey, malt sweetness, very light hops, very crisp and clean. A light to medium body with medium carbonation. You would expect it to feel like Bud or Coors, ie very watery and cola-like carbonation but not so. Extremely drinkable. These puppies go down easily on a hot muggy day. I was pretty impressed by the quality of this beer. It is cheaper than Bud, Coors, etc @ only $4.75 for a six-pack. For the price, and for what it is, it blows Bud, Coors, Miller, etc out of the water EASILY.

My macro of choice by far.

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Photo of Geelawn
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Awesome Yankee classic. Tasty cheap beer, I honestly didn’t expect such a wonderful beer for the same price as a six pack of Natties. This beer is in its own league. Famous for its consumption in Jaws, Narraganset is an easy drinker and perfect for fishing trips or any events. Definitely one of my favorites

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Photo of dcotom
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16-ounce can into a lager flute. I have to say that if you're drinking this out of the can, you're missing out on one of the most beautiful AAL's in existence. Clear golden color, tons of thick, white head, and fantastic head retention with scads of pretty lacing. Lots of complexity to the aroma and flavor profiles. with a rich malty note and a peppery and spicy hop finish. Quite crisp, with an understated sweetness and a touch of malt lingering on the palate. As an added bonus, the can lists a recipe for clam boil featuring 'Gansett as an ingredient. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of markarizmendi
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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 Jason
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can with no freshness date. Different look bu the same old style labeling. $4.99 for a six-pack of tall boys is not a bad price.

A- Two fingers of froth hold steady after a moderate to hard pour, clear golden straw hue.

S- Ahhh ... that beery smell. Mild spicy hops with that graininess with a back-end of cereal grains.

T&M- Solid crispness with in the light to moderate body, carbonation is at a good level. Light malt flavor, clean cereal grain taste. Slightly bitter hops with a touch of flavor. Dry finish with more graininess and a kiss of hop oil flavor in the end.

D- Wow! what a treat, finally a macro with a bit of flavor. I would not have a problem having this in my fridge year round ... hell, it just bumped Schlitz off of my list.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cracker and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn adjuncts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of cracker and grainy malts. There is a very light amount of bitterness and some hints of corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It doesn’t feel thin or watery.
O: This beer is easy to drink and tastes a lot maltier compared to other adjunct lagers (with less noticeable presence of adjuncts). It definitely tastes a lot better compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing overly excited me about this beer. It's a pretty standard lager to say the least. It's got the Pale yellow color that we're all very familiar with. A white head thats not very thick and dissapears after a sip or two. The best part of this beer is the old fasion look that the can has.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz tall boy can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 067 1317 on bottom of can.

A: Crystal clear gold with 2-fingers of foamy head with average retention but exceptional collar of lacing.

S: Aroma of sulfur followed by graininess and a little bread crust and a light corn-grits as it warms. Noble hops poke through. No off-aromas for style.

T: Great flavor on target for style that is so full it's hard not to think this is an all-malt lager. Grainy up front with a moderate noble hoppiness with low bitterness but presence and a lightly mineral finish. I don't get any of the corn-grits in the flavor.

M: Light and crisp with relatively high carbonation and light body. I finished it in about 6 minutes.

O: Impressive for $5.29 a 6-pack of tall boys -- will revisit as a summertime brew to have on hand for BMC drinkers. A leader in the style with high flavor in the category and great feel.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Cbreagsy
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes good, goes down easy and dirt cheap this is why I love RI

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Photo of tigg924
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: huge head, medium carbonation, bright yellow, clear

Smell: grains and malt

Taste: corn, grains, and malt--with a metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth, can feel the carbonation, very light

Drinkability: Even for the style, this one was far from my favorite. The flavorjust did not seem as clean as other adjunct lagers and left a bad aftertaste. I will be passing on this one in the future.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant sunshine yellow with lemonade colored highlights. The rich, creamilicious crown of alabaster colored froth is a thing of beauty and is what makes this one of the best looking American pale lagers in memory. Large splotches and smaller spatters of lace look great as well.

Keeping style firmly in mind, the nose hits the bull's eye. Sure, it has the slightly sweet corniness and the musky hoppiness that was expected, but there's no nastiness and there's the hint of something more interesting going on behind the scenes. That might indicate a few more German hops than usual. Then again, at only 12 IBUs, it's unlikely.

Narrangansett Lager is damn good beer! Seriously, if Budweiser, Coors or Miller High Life tasted like this, I'd buy it on a semi-regular basis, especially during the heat of summer. Amazingly enough, the flavor is hanging in there admirably as the beer gains a few degrees.

I'm no Iowa homer, believe me. Having said that, the Iowa corn that NBC uses is most likely the key to this tasty little lager. It adds some sweetness (not too much, though) without adding that corny flavor that seems to ruin most corn-added beer.

Even though 6-row barley is used rather than the higher quality 2-row, NL doesn't taste grainy or husky in the least. Just pure untoasted cereal grains, accented by the briefest of herbal-spicy hop accents. Perhaps the biggest positive is a cleanliness that is akin to a lungful of fresh mountain air. Take that Coors.

If the mouthfeel had been less than good, the whole thing would have folded like a house of cards in a windstorm. It's light-medium in heft and has enough high-quality bubbles to hint at creaminess on the back end. No letdown at all.

I couldn't be more surprised at the excellence of Narragansett Lager. Those of you who have access should consider yourselves fortunate. This just might be the quintessential American pale lager. I've certainly never had one that could hold a candle to it.

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Photo of smcolw
2.74/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Impressive, near white head. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving clumpy lace on the glass. Clear, light straw color. Clear.

Weak aroma of corn and malt. Little to no hop. grainy smell.

Typical macro-lager flavor. Thin bodied with a high carbonation. Grainy flavor that dies quickly after the swallow. A session beer to be sure, perhaps better than most macros.

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Photo of beastCowboy
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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 auxiliary
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - nice golden color with a white foamy head and some lace.

smell - Clean crisp smell, some hop smell, and malt smells here.

taste - Some hop flavor, more on the macro side, i don't think this taste much like the light version.

mouthfeel - Light body, kinda a bland.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, now lets bring this back to RI will ya.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local beer that got brought back on line a few years ago. The local liquor store I used to frequent had a giant 'Narragansett' sign from the 60s. This beer is seen in RI as a local answer to MGD, Bud, and Coors taps found in the local bars. It's priced really well, too.

A- Amber/golden beer. Pours with little head. Looks like a good pint, and looks better than most macro lagers.

S- nothing amazing, pale malt, faintest hops.

T- Crisp, light, and well-ballanced. Goes down smooth, leaving you wanting for more. Oodles more flavor when compared to the other lagers at the tap.

M- see above, very crisp and good going down.

D- moderately high. This beer is flavorful without being overbearing. Easy to kill a 6 or 12 pack with some buddies. Also comes in tallboy 16 oz cans.

A very good pale lager, it's 'beer-y', but in a good way.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tb4475
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jguzman718
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thegodfather2701
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Straw yellow with a thick, billowy, white head that dissipates slowly.

S-Musty, malty, generic beer nose.

T-Malty, semi-sweet, hint of hop presence.

M-Thin and water of course.

D-Drinkable because its not offensive.

Overall, this is a typical adjunct lager. It is better than some, but not as good as PBR, High Life, or Schlitz Gusto, or even Bud in my opinion.

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Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is pretty...clean. Small hoppiness, a whiff of corn and light malt presence. Smells a lot like most standard lagers out there but with much less of an adjunct aroma.

Taste is pretty sweet on the body....almost a big sugary? There's a bit of an adjunct taste to it as well, but overall it's rather sweet and clean. Afterwards, a fair amount of grain comes forward and is pretty prominent along with some residual sweetness. Wraps up with a somewhat mild, crisp bitterness.

Drinks pretty well, especially for its style. not bad at all for the style, tastes less cheap and sweeter than many others.

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1443 ratings