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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Photo of Pantalones
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My last of the pint cans from the six-pack I picked up during a trip up to the northern edge of the state, where unfamiliar beers from further north (and from other countries) actually get distributed. Can't find a canned-on or best-by date, but a mysterious code on the bottom says "C177." Wonder if maybe that's a canning date of March 17th, 2017 -- C for third month, 17 for 17th, 7 for 2017? I'd have to look it up to be sure.

The beer pours pale yellow, settling into a darker yellow/pale golden color once in the glass. It's certainly darker than most of the standard AALs -- Budweiser or Miller High Life for example, or even most of the Mexican imports. Forms a halfway-decent head of white foam on top upon pouring, but this fades away into a thin patchy layer on top fairly quickly. The beer is very clear, with slow streams of bubbles rising from several places along the bottom. For an AAL it has a pretty nice look to it -- would've scored it even higher if the foam had stuck around a little longer. Pouring the remainder of the can into the glass after drinking about half causes the head for fizz back to life for just a few seconds, then fade away into basically nothing.

The smell is mild overall, but a light barley malt is definitely present -- a bready, "beery" sort of smell right away as soon as I began pouring. Unlike some of the worse AALs, there is never any question that this is indeed a beer and not some other mysterious fizzy drink of unknown origin. There's some sweetness and corn-husky funk hanging around too, pretty much even with the malt as far as what stands out the most. As it warms, the corn becomes by far the most prominent feature of the smell.

Taste is similar to the smell -- there's sweet corn, a corn-husky thing, a bit of a paler barley malt that comes across as just slightly bready. Something earthy and planty pops in on the end, I can only assume this is coming from hops as it stands out from the corn-husky flavor. Actually pretty dry for a beer with such a prominent sweet/corn presence in the flavor, the sweetness never seems as prominent as in some of the other AAL-type beers.

Feel is light and fizzy, as expected for the style. Not prickly or uncomfortably fizzy, though -- the carbonation is present but not obnoxiously so. Very drinkable for sure; I could see myself finishing off two or even three of these pint cans in a row. Light but not watery, which is definitely a plus, especially for a style of beer that very often does drift into watery territory. It's substantial enough that it lingers in the mouth a bit after you drink some, just a slight breadiness hanging on for a little while. Even the last few ounces don't have that "thinning out and getting watery" thing going on.

Overall -- this is almost certainly my favorite in the AAL category so far. It was the clear winner when I did a blind taste-test a while back between this one, High Life, and Modelo, and throughout five more cans, some with food and some alone, it was still enjoyable every time -- I'm almost wishing I'd bought two six-packs instead of just the one when I had the chance, because I could go for another one right now!

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Photo of SFNC
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Amarit
1.67/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

In a convenience store, I had the choice of macro corn beers...Miller HighLife, $3.99 for six tallboys, or 'gansett at $8.99 for the same. My friend bought the 'gansett and I bought HighLife..guess who got the better deal? I guess it's the imported corn from Iowa that makes so expensive..geez.

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Photo of WhackoMillah93
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BearBrewing
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am more tolerant of macros than most people on this site. With that being said it does have more flavor than most other macros...I could see fans of both micros and macros liking this one.

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Photo of GDawgs34
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mglenn
1.15/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

plehh. really? i don't really know for sure but i think I'd rather drink bud light any day.

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Photo of baldy00
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can

Pours fizzy clear yellow gold with lots of carbonation and a creamy white foam head. Smells like creamed corn, pale crackery bready malt, mild apple, pear, with some spice and skunky herbal earthy grass. Tastes like apple, pear, grainy corn, pale crackery bready malt, some cardboard, with spice and skunky herbal earthy grass. Feels light bodied, slightly creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice AAL.

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Photo of GulDukat88
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejb63
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow in color, crystal clear, and a nice white head on top.

S: Freshly milled grain, with slight corn aroma, as well as a touch of a long grain rice aroma.

T: Light malt flavor, with some adjunct flavors in there as well. Perhaps a very light floral note in the finish.

M: Light, and dry.. with active carbonation.

O: Overall not bad, not great. About what I would expect for the style.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Phoodcritic
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LukeGude
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can at Boston Burger Company. Cheap lager, meh, not terrible.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Greasy
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pale with minimal head and unimpressive. Smell is slightly stronger than macro of the same style. Taste is hops and malt, not remarkable, but bready, refreshing, and there is definitely some body and substance to this. Good for the style and glad I tried it.

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Photo of gopens44
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rating to style warning!!!!

One of the lacier and more enduring heads I've seen on an AAL. Crystal clear golden beer otherwise. Nose has the familiar corn presence of the style but is a touch more rich and has a bitterness that seems more thought out than the obligatory bitter nature of others in this class. Taste describes the same way as the nose. Only knock is on the feel, as there is a Tecate-esque oiliness in the finish. Overall, this is the AAL your macro friends should be drinking.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can, pours as clear yellow with a foamy white quickly dispersing head. Almost no aroma, perhaps of grain. Taste like Pablum: bland, boiled grain and corn, bit of sweet malt. Hops has a back seat. If "inoffensive" is a recommendation, then I highly recommend this. Plus, hey, it's nicely carbonated.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cliffyp17
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I love it...quality adjunct at a nice price..caramel Quint lbs em.....

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