Narragansett Lager | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager

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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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Ratings: 1,336 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +2.7%
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 kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp and refreshing, the goal of Narragansett with their lager is to stay true to American lager roots while tightening its flavor for a concise and no nonsense approach. Its lightness isn't intended to dazzle the senses with any type of culinary esteem, but rather to appease the masses.

Narragansett Lager does just that. Its pale straw pour is bright while its froth is softly of lather. Fresh graininess wafts about the glass along with light floral hops, a grassy and peppery scent, and an overall rawness. Grain sweetness offers a familiar barley taste of baking bread and light honey.

The middle palate is one of transition. Its floral, flowery character is fleeting and the creamy grains stroll through a quick corn sweetness and bouts with sulfur. Apple and lemon shed a light on nuances from esters, hops and yeast spices. Grassy in finish, the beer's moderate bitterness balances the beer and trails with a crisp lemon pepper tingle.

Medium bodied for an American lager, the beer's firm creaminess is a tribute to corn while an overall cereal sweetness plays on the finish. A quick aftertaste of raw grain and spicy hops lay tracks of grassiness on the finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.


04/28/17: Got 3 cans of this in a Narragansett Summer 12 pack box. Cost of the whole box was $15.99 plus tax and deposit in Brooklyn, NY.

Inoffensive neutral fare for an adjunct lager, featuring corn adjunct nicely and hitting some faint graininess without going full-blown cereal in flavour.

Medium-bodied in mouthfeel, eschewing the watery thin feel of most adjunct lagers and the syrupy sticky feel of garbage Euro lagers. Smooth and wet, though I'd stop short of calling it refreshing.

No off-flavours are noticeable, and the corn adjunct plays well with the (x)-row barley. It's certainly simple shallow fare, but it's one of the more enjoyable widely available adjunct lagers in my opinion. Not a beer I'd go out of my way to buy, and if you're after a buzz on the cheap I think Ballantine XXX, Gennessee Cream Ale, and the like are better bets, but it's drinkable pleasant stuff and would pair well with spicy food.


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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -16.1%
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 paulish
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
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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