Narragansett Lager | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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

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

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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 1,213
Photo of Jeff_Newell
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I know it's not fancy, but it goes with any food occasion and drinks well. I love the history of the brand, and really hope that they can bring the brewery back to Rhode Island. The beer isn't heavy or loaded with hops, it's well balanced. When I think of beer, this is the beer I think of.

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Photo of robertdrinks
4.85/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this seems like the perfect american lager if thats what you are looking for.
not much of a head, maybe 1 finger. bright golden color, clear and clean.
nice smell of malt and a touch of hop in the backrouund. clean taste, nice lager feel withouth the cheapness you get from most.
clean finish, refreshing and very drinkable. reminds me of PBR but i like this better.
will drink this again, thats for sure. great lawnmower beer.
I rate this a 5 overall because i am rating it by its style. its not trying to be an IPA or euro lager.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.77/5  rDev +39.5%
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 Ptelea
4.71/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer - nice golden appearance, smooth with solid body/mouthful...great flavor is present- the finest adjunct lager. Enjoy in can, bottle or on tap!

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Photo of markh814
4.65/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head but not much too it. slightly malty smell. clean finish. very refreshinging lager but cleaner than most adjuncts. happy to drink it again. can is better than bottle for carbonation and appearance of head. this may have been a bad bottle cap as it was slightly flat. tast was fine but carbonation was very low. not much head at all

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a vibrant gold with lots of carbonation bubbles and a foamy bright white head. Looks a lot better than your BMC products. The very puffy head gives way to some great lacing.

S: Sweet malt and grains. Grass with a touch of sugar.

T: Has a nice, sweet grainy taste to it. Slight caramel sweetness. Earthy and leaf-like notes. The slightest touch of bitterness. Adjunct done right.

M: Not too light, a medium body, Great carbonation helps, makes it very smooth, though bubbly.

O/D: For an adjunct lager, you cannot beat this beer. It's not heavy, not light, just right for the type. Can be enjoyed year-round, will always hit the spot.

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Photo of tzieser
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served from a 16oz tall boy. label proclaims itself as the "official beer of the clam" and i'm slightly inclined to agree. it goes great with a pot of steamers.

a: typical macro lager appearance. clear golden yellow color with a bit of foam.

s: typical macro aromas of corn and grain extremely subtle hoppy hint (different from your average adjunct lager)

t: great flavor for an adjunct lager. this one is by far my favorite. sweet cereal and corn flavor with a subtle grassy hop character. finishes crisp and slightly dry. very nice.

my go-to beer if I'm not in the mood for a craft brew flavor bomb. great value too.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard about this Beer having come back so had a friend going to New England bring me some back in Bottles. Used to drink it back when I was young and traveled up there. I must say I was very pleased with the Exceptional Flavor it has. Head is a nice one about 1/2 inch smell a little corn and sweetness, nice straw color. I really think the new Narragansett is much more flavorful then the old one which I liked also but this one really goes good with snacks, food or just to sit and drink Beer. A working mans delight. I enjoyed it so much I got another friend to bring me 5 cases down to Pa this past weekend. I can highly recomend this one for taste and price it can't be beat.

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Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear pale golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is your basic AAL with some extra grain tossed in. The flavor caught me off guard, it was really good not just for an AAL but compared to any style. Really refreshing with a crisp flavor of grain and no aftertaste. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.52/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangy, gold appearance. Good active carbonation. Inviting look
Good smell of grains and malt
A cold 'Gansett any time of the year tastes okay!
Good light mouthfeel
Overall for the price, it can't be beat. And its cartoon ads "from back in the day" are still the best.

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Photo of MA08
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Narragansett Pint at 40 degrees.

Pours a deep gold, clean straw color with a white head with good retention. Clean smells of pale malts and grains. Tastes of sweet corn and pale malts, with limited hop presence. Mouthfeel is good and crisp, that is well balanced. A great unoffensive adjunct style that is easy to drink without being watery and skunky.

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Photo of Coorskid33
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears~ Pours a golden yellow color with 3 finger head, awesome lace. Nice carbonation, but not over-kill like most lagers. Can barely see through it.

Smells~ Good ol fashion beer smell. That's all I can tell u. Nothing any beer snob would enjoy or hate on, just is what it is. Good.

Taste~ Strong for american style lager but not overpowering. Bitterness is balanced, if that makes any sense. Flavor is able to break through the hops and give way to a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel~ Good. Thin but not watery.

Drinkability~ This is my session beer. I've had hundreds of these things, and I love em all. It's the best american lager that I've had, and being local, I'm loyal to it. Trust me beer lovers, it's worth at least a try for anyone anywhere.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bought on 3/29/13 as part of a 6 pack of 16 oz cans from Beers of the World for $ 5.39.

poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass at fridge temp.

polished brass shade of gold with some lazy bubbles. mile high linen white head leaves nice lacing.

aroma: pale malts with a faint vague hoppiness

mouthfeel: average.

taste: thick white bread with just a touch of corn syrup sweetness finished with just enough hops to balance.

notes: I like everything about this beer. Brewed in my hometown of Rochester, a retro brand that was a long term advertising sponsor of my Boston Red Sox, the attractive old school can and is easy to drink and, good looking. All this for ninety cents a pint. Drinking this evokes memories of what I think retro lagers of old tasted like while listening to a baseball game on the radio. I think I just found a new lawnmower beer.

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Photo of gau8a
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

taste it for yourself. you can buy a lot more expensive beer but still not compare to what narragansett is brewing. i have not been let down by anything that has their name on it. the lager is good to go to anytime but their seasonal releases are their finest works. even their prices seem fairly low for a product this good. great job narragansett!!.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got some cans from yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

I loved th bottles I got before from Kevin so I'm hyped to try the canned beer.

Again, straw god colour with close to a 1 finger head of foam. Decent lacing for the style.

The smell is grainy and hoppy and promises a good taste and excellent refreshing qualities.

The taste brings the grain and a slight malty sweetness with a healthy hop bitterness that smacks of light citrus lemon but mostly good old plain bitterness. Geez I wish the temps around here were higher than they are so I could enjoy it outside on my deck with some grill.

Light bodied with medium carbo, it finishes nicely on the dry side. The foam does not last through the sesion but oh well.

Drinkability? Great. Just like the bottle. Narragansett is in my top 2 list for American Adjunct Lagers, the other being the Schlitz 60s Gusto. Both are damn good tasting and emminently drinkable but both are beers I have to trade for. Well worth the effort, though.

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Photo of lehows
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my favorite beer to go for when its a hot day at the beach, out for a sail, or if I'm looking for a light but great tasting brew to down after a long day at work. Pours a perfect yellow with a crisp white head. Super clean aromas of grain, mild hops, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth and creamy flavor hitting all the right notes. Nothing out of place here. It's exactly what it set out to be and I could drink a ton of these. Great in the tall boy cans too! It's a shame this isnt available on the Island but I usually stock up on a case or two whenever I'm in Rhody.

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Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a white two finger foamy head that is rare in most American Adjuncts. Good lacing and head retention. The head sticks around till the last drop. Clear golden color with carbonation bubbles racing to the top non stop.

The aroma has a mild spicy hop that is complimented with hints of sweet malt and grains.

One of the more flavorful adjuncts I have tried. Spicy hops, grassy grain. And this is rare but there is hint of sweet malt.

Finishes clean, a little dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

Well, this lager must have just arrived in the south. I had never heard about it until a few weeks go. This is a classic, clean, easy drinking American lager that has flavor to it! PBR, Schlitz, High Life, and now Narragansett!! These are the American Macros I never mind picking up if I am on a budget.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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 SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, this isn't largely available in Maine like it seems to be elsewhere. Therefore it costs more for me than the typical Bud/Coors/PBR adjunct, and hard to track down.

But boy, this is by far the best American Adjunct I've tried. If only it was priced here as an adjunct and available as such -- it would definitely become my staple go-to.

There is actually a decent malt body and some real hop flavors. This is as good as it gets for easy-drinking, light yet flavorful American lager. It really has some flavor.

Come to Maine, please.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I begin to describe this beer, unlike most beers this needs to be drunk out of the can, it maintains a constant amount of carbonation and keeps the seltzery mouthfeel, and creamy taste

A- Well I guess I have to pass on this, I assume it looks like most American style lagers extremely watered down yellow color but I don't know because I didn't pour it into a glass
S- Smells like cheerios, no hops, nothin' else just cereal
T- Mmm, so creamy, its like drinking a bowl of liquefied rice krispies or cheerios, I wish this was the first beer I drank because I wouldn't have been repulsed by the endless array of natty, keystone and the other crap that I started drinking. For a macro this is what you want, something that everyone actually enjoys drinking, highly consistent, and no off flavors, the only difference between this and Bud is that this actually has a good flavor as opposed to tasting like sparkling water.
F- This feels like a beer, though much lighter than what I usually drink, compared to Budweiser this is a heavy beer. Nice seltzery creamy mouthfeel, but you must drink it out of the can or else it feels like soda
D- This does not weigh you down, even though the mouthfeel is much fuller than most macros it doesn't give you that heavy feeling like after drinking a bunch of guiness, this is the beer, if any, that you can drink a six pack of and not feel to bad the next day, so yes very drinkable, the best American lager I have ever laid my lips on

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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 seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

From a can at home. Nice looking beer. Thick creamy head that recedes to a sparse lacing in the a tall pilsner style glass. Active streams of bubbles accompany a staunch aroma. Very refreshing taste with a solid mouth-feel & a mild aftertaste. All in all a great beer at a great price.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint

BAside: great retro packaging. Love the label & bottlecap...very old school.

Poured very smooth with a soft crackle. Lite nose, nice estery quality, faint hops. Malts rise with some air and are strawlike, hay, a little bready. Head is classic - a fat finger's worth of tight, compact, creamy, slightly sculpted pearl white foam that has a decent retention and laces in thick curtains. Slight chill haze to the body, which is a pale, warm corn silk gold in hue with a decent amount of carbonation as a multitude of bubbles rise chaotically thru it. For what it is it looks the part very well.

Creamy, crisp, semisweet, very clean, semi-dry with a damp, muted crunch, rather nice. There is a pleasing smoothness to it, a crushed velvet like feel. I was not expecting an AML to have such a nice mouthfeel. This is by far the smoothest of its genre I've ever had.

Malts have faint hints of caramel/butterscotch and are overall semi-sweet, no metallic aspects noticeable. If I try I can barely detect a whisper of some hop bitterness, but we are talking miniscule at best. Its going down very easy & clean. The bread qualities of the malts grow on the palate as it really evens out, some very distant hops are barely citric, and it finishes very clean, slightly refreshing, balanced & semi-dry with a somewhat sticky sweet (not sugary) aftertaste.

Damn, this was pretty good! Without question the best of its genre I've ever had. This beats the hell out of any BMC hand down. I would drink this big time in the summer as a lawnmower beer and even just keep some around for those times you want a beer like this. It is screaming for simple food - burgers, pizza, etc. There is definitely room in the world for beers like this. I like this, I will drink more of it, I'll have it around for my "I only drink Bud" friends & family. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through BA johnnnniee and BEERFEST THE MOVIE BIF!! (Yeah you spell it that way.)

Clear yellow lager with an OK white colored head. Would have given it more but the head was a little skimpy.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with lots of herbal Nobel hops scent but no spiciness. No fruitiness or anything this is all traditional lager.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and hoppy with lots of toasted grain aroma. Nice spicy Nobel hops flavor possibly the best example of this aspect of Nobel hops I have tasted. Mildly herbal flavor and about perfect bitterness levels. Damn good lager.

The mouthfeel is good.

Certainly drinkable I wish I had much more of this. Minor lack of a really tall head and simplistic scent but where this beer really shines is in the taste. A really good American made lager.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very decent American-style lager. Well-balanced, mainstream. Very pleasant. A good value. I wish this were more available where I live in Virginia. I brought some home from a trip to New England. I wish I'd gotten more. (And, it's the beer in the "beer can scene" in "Jaws".)

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