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 kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 finger head with little retention on clear straw colored body.

S: typical for the genre is the sweet corn, light malt aroma.

T: this one is one of the best in the genre. Its fuller bodied and it lacks any bitter or sourness that turns me off from these beers.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: refreshing, easy to drink and certain one of the better bargain beers out there.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

when you are talking cheap american lagers, look no further than this one for one of the best in the game. no off flavors here, not the least bit sweet, and just good, easy drinking, refreshingly carbonated, yellow beer. not to be over analyzed i dont think, but when the sun is shining and seafood is on the table, this one is hard to beat if you dont want to drink down the fancy beers in the cellar or fridge. really nice head, and it holds on for a long time, especially for the style. the lager yeast is different too, less bready, more compatible with the light hops in here, and working sugars down to a very very dry finishing beverage. tasty, really no complaints for this, especially when compared to its peer group. best when ice cold, right from the can.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
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 metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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.


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Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale yellow color with a pillowy, bubbly, white, two-finger head that receded quickly.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and some grasses.

T - It tasted of corn, grains and some sweet caramel. Not much in the way of bitterness or hops.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. An easy drinking, light bodied lager.

D - I'm glad I tried this classic american lager. It was better than I expected.

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Photo of nickfl
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bleach white head on top of a brilliantly clear, light yellow body. The foam settles rapidly, like a soda, and leaves just a hint of lace.

S - Sweet malt, somewhat grainy with just a hint of pilsner richness. Otherwise quite clean with just a hint of hops.

T - Slightly sweet, corny, slightly vegetal grain with a hint of malt. Some earthy, spicy hops and a clean, balanced finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable for what it is. There is more malt in the nose and more hops in the flavor that one might expect for this style. With its slight echos of hop and malt, his comes across more like a Euro light lager than an American adjunct beer. If you want a cheap, mediocre beer, this one is better than average.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For $5.99 a six pack and a half way decent BA rating I had to grab this up for a day of outside work today.Poured into a pilsner glass a clear straw color with a pretty nice clingy white head,good clarity and head to this adj lager I gotta say.Clean aromas with a bit of iron and husk,not much in the sweet department wich is a good thin in my mind.What makes this adj lager better than most is the restrained sweetness on the palate,a little grainy and husky with light residual sweetness in the back end.This is a frisby golf,lawn day,or sitting back watchin a ballgame beer,its not all that bad at all.

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

Poured roughly into a glass, a thick head of creamy white froth will rise above the golden body below. The head retention is surprisingly good, and it leaves some very nice sheets of lace along the side of the glass.

There's a little bit of sulphur in the nose which is not surprising as it's a lager; but there's also a little bit of dimethyl sulfite (cooked corn) which is a little odd. There's just a touch, and after a few sips you'll block it out and not notice it anymore. What hops are there are present in the background, and fairly generic. If pushed I would describe them as leafy and grassy.

There are a little more hops in the flavor though, although they remain at very low levels. I get some floral character, and a tiny bit of spiciness in addition to the continued leafy and grassy notes. Mainly, it offers a sweetish, corn like maltiness. And I'm not suggesting that it's made with corn (I don't believe that's the case), but I think that little bit of DMS suggests it in the flavor of the malt. The bitterness is kept at a fairly low level, along with the hop flavor, but there's just enough there to keep it from becoming sweet; and in comparison to some other American lagers that seem almost completely devoid of hops, this one's got at least some character.

The body is light/medium; and it's got a gently crisp carbonation that helps balance it without leaving you gassy - although I do have to note that I always give it a bit of a rough pour to bring up the head, which then cuts down on the remaining carbonation by a bit. And on that note, I would suggest that this beer only be consumed from a glass. If you drink it from a can or bottle you'll completely miss its subtle nuances, and it will appear as generic "beer".

The drinkability of this beer rests mainly in its accessibility. There's just not enough character to keep you wanting to come back for more, but given limited options there's not really anything to keep you away.

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Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Undated 16oz can served in a lager glass.

Appearance: Sparkling clear, golden, and plenty both fine and coarse bubbles. Formed a nice foamy white head which had decent retention and provided surprisingly attractive lacing.

Smell: typical American Adjunct lager, if a bit more corn.

Taste: too lightly flavored, yet the corn is more obvious upon tasting; lightly hopped, leaving it mildly sweet until the finish; fairly clean tasting.

Mouthfeel: thin and crisp, with aggressive carbonation.

O: not actually bad, but trivially different from other macro-brewery American Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color and what little head is created disappears almost instantly.

S: The smell is of corn, malt and some alcohol, a more pleasant smell than others in the style.

T: The taste has the typical elements of the style, roasted corn, some malt sweetness, faint bit of hops and alcohol. However, this beer seems to blend those flavors better than other beers of this style. Not much bitterness or after-taste at all.

M: Smooth and crisp for its kind, with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: Since this beer is smooth and light, it’s a beer that you can put away quite easily. I’ve seen this beer and others described as “BBQ beers” and I’d say that it’s an accurate assessment. I also think this beer is a perfect “buzz maintainer.” Usually I drink a cheaper beer after I drink a bunch of some good stuff and I’m buzzing enough to not taste the good stuff anymore. While I won’t dare compare this beer to the higher quality beers that I start the night off with, transitioning over to this beer is easier than many other cheap beers that I’ve had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a very thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of malts with some adjunct presence - mostly grainy. The beer has a sweet aroma with some very light grassy hop notes.

T: The beer has a malty body with a lot of sweet grainy notes and some very light grassy hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent American Adjunct Lager, actually one of the better ones I have had recently. I think the beer is very easy to drink and could easily be a session beer. Not overpowering, this beer is definitely better than expected. Better balance than I expected.

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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 mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a can of this at Upper Crust in Boston.

A: Pours a light golden/yellow color with a 1.5 finger white frothy head. Decent retention, lasting for a few minutes, but eventually it was all gone leaving just a few bubbles on top. Patchy, thin lacing left on the sides.

S: Pretty light overall. A little bit of grass, some sweetness, a little corn and grain.

T: Pretty typical for an American adjunct lager. Some corn and malty sweetness, with a hint of grassy/floral hops. Not bad though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth and crisp. The can was served rather cold so I had to wait a bit to drink it.

O: Not terrible, but not great - hard for an American Adjunct to really wow me. Would rather drink this than most others in the style though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bright golden hey colored with a huge white fizzy head on top that quickly faded leaving behind nearly nothing in its wake. Aroma of grain, light notes of corn and bready malts then proceeded to take over. Not terrible really, did not have that musky and cardboard like aroma I have come to see from a few. Crisp and clean flavor for sure, I actually found myself enjoying a touch of this one. Clean taste of grain and bready malts. Light corn aftertaste and only the slightest bit of hops coming through enough to dry off the palate and ready it for the next go round.

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Photo of smcolw
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Jason
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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 womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear, pale straw color with a short-lived white head.

S: Not too much of a nose on this beer. Pretty light in general with some light grass notes and some sweet corn. There is a bit of apple juice in there, too.

T: Not surprisingly, tastes like any other adjunct lager out there. Heavy on the adjuncts with little to no malt flavor. Grassy hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Sweet corn and apple juice.

M: Light in body with a high level of carbonation.

O: I suppose it's a little better than Coors Light, but it's not like I would make a big deal about this beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn.

a - Pours a hazy, golden orange color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, pale malts, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of grains, bread, wheat, dough, and bread. Light floral notes, not a ton going on, but nothing offensive.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Thin and very easy to drink. Could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall there isn't a ton going on here and it is pretty average, but it is not a bad beer for an AAL. Lots of grains and bready malts, and easy to drink, I'd prefer this over most BMC products.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN't believe that I do not have a review for this beer, despite having it on my Gots list! That makes me CANtankerous!

My pour got me an easy two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cereal adjuncts underlain by a lager sweetness. It saddens me to drink these things anymore. Mouthfeel was medium with a metallic tang in the mouth, accompanying a slight lager sweetness. I feel like I am becoming less and less appreciative of this style. I used to be at least tolerant, but more and more, I just note off flavors. Finish was decent with a lingering sweetness. I would save a little room in the cooler for this - it wasn't THAT bad.

From the CAN: "Hi, Neighbor! Since 1890, we've been brewing our award-winning classic lager to the original recipe that our founders perfected. It's no surprise that 'Gansett has been the beer of choice around here for more than a century. If you're not drinking Narragansett, you're not from New England."

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack because someone I was trading with had it on their want list. I probably never would have picked it up otherwise. Kinda glad I did.

Pours a golden yellow color with a creamy white head that leaves quickly. The color reminds me of the apple juice my daughter drinks. The beer is sparklingly clear. The smell is malty, apricots, and a little skunky. Taste is light. Mouthfeel is thin crisp and refreshing. Not to bad for a macro. I could drink a few of these and still operate heavy machinery (that's a joke). Honestly it was better than I had expected.

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Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a quarter inch of soft, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The smell is grainy and slightly grassy. The taste is mildly grainy, lightly grassy, and a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is light and rather crisp.

This is an alright beer. For the style it's balanced, unoffensive, and refreshing. If I were looking for a tailgate beer this would be a good choice.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice dark and twenty four carat gold body, with lots of rising carbonation. Crystal clear, with a thick white rich head and lots of staying power. Not much lacing though.

Great bready malts, toasty sweet. Nice faint sense of ripping grain and cream, slight sugary corny sweet. Interesting.

Palate seems a little hammered down. A real nice solid body with carbonation and almost creamy, but the palate seems to be a subdued malt crispness. Richness from the nose hinted doesn't seem to come through in the taste.

Overall though still quite solid for a mass lager style, I could have this again easily and it's a great alternative to others similar in the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale yellow, huge, head of froth.

Aroma is air and perfume...light, pleasing, faint

Taste: malt, dry, wet...more three-to-four letter words coming soon...let's see..."lite"'s that?

Good, actually, not too sweet, not too light, just right around the middle. Not much in the body, very, very light, in fact, but still some flavor in here to redeem it.
Drinkable, indeed, a sessioner, for sure.
For classic American lager, it's fine.
If boring.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this because it was from RI and I had never heard of it before. The bar tender told me, "This is our tall boy." Then I asked for a glass to which he replied, "You may be the first"

"Made on Honor -- Sold on Merit" I'll be the judge of that.

Beer poured from a can (16 ounce) into a pint glass. Beer is crystal clear and yellow. There seems to be a lot of carbonation activity but in the end there is very little steady carbonation. The carbonation is large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. The head is made up of medium and large bubbles, bright white like snow, but it breaks up and disappears really quickly, leaving only a shadow and no lacing.

Beer smells wet. There is a slight plasticy smell to it but overall its unoffensive and rather bland. I suppose for the style its spot on.

The beer itself is thin and a little watery. It goes down smooth and leaves no aftertaste. The actual flavor is a little muted, some malt, no bitterness at all. This is about what I expected except there is not a cereal acrid taste at the back or in the after. Overall its a pretty good but boring beer.

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