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 StringsAreWings
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Being a fan of some of the beers 'Gansett has put out lately like their Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager I felt it was time to try the original. I had never had one before.

L: Like sparkling cider. Gold, completely transparent (as in crystal clear) with a nice show from the bubbles racing to the surface. Pours with a medium density 2 finger head that recedes quickly into a minor surface haze.

S: Almost no smell. Maybe a light scent of apple and malt.

T: Taste is actually not bad. Fairly mild. It's not great but I would put it up against any commercial beer (PBR, RRock, Coors etc) I have tried and it would probably win. A slight copper note and a light apple sweetness to it. I get why college kids blow through cases of this. Low cost and very drinkable when compared to it's price point competitors.

F: Pretty carbonated. A lot of tongue zing makes for a lively gulp. Not overdone though.

Overall I am glad I tried it. You could drink a few of these during a sports event for sure. Nothing to write home about but at literally a dollar per 12oz bottle it's pretty impressive that it isn't rougher. If you wanted to buy beer and didn't have the cash for a quality choice I might suggest this over other cheap beers.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.83/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Aroma is barley and sour. Pale yellow orange. No head. Taste is Vegetables, grapefruit. Weak carbonation. Not good , but some character exists."

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pour is that of a typical macro. Quick dissipating foamy head and a clear, bright body. Clean tasting with some grainy huskiness. Crisp and smooth. A bit of overly sweet backlash, which is most unpleasant. Can use a few more hops. Easy drinking. Nice lawnmower beer and is also less expensive than the big three but typical of the style.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looks pretty decent. very pale yellow with white foamy head, which persists throughout leaving good lacing. highly carbonated.

Strong yeasty corny lager smell.

tingly on the tongue. very watery, little flavor.

thin on the mouth.

Overall, probably an okay representative of the style, good slamming on a hot summer day

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Photo of BoozySmurf
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

So my gold standards for this style are High Life and PBR. This tastes a little less sweet (and less corny) than High Life, but is also a little less bitter than PBR. Appearance (clear gold) and nose (grassy) are similar to both. Mouthfeel is a bit creamier, fuller bodied than both and is pleasant. Finishes slightly sweet. Slightly above average overall.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L Golden yellow, very bright and clear. Some head lingers, bubbles readily apparent.
S: Very sweet, clean honey malts, cereal grain, and a touch of floral hop
T: Fresh, sweet, and clean. Light sweetness, incredibly freshing
F: Pretty crisp, very light and effervescent, and smooth
O: Great lager, brings me back to earlier days in college. Been a while since I've had this, will be drinking it again more often in the future. Solid lager for sure.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear lemon honey with fine white head, smells of slight sulfur with corn and biscuity crackery malts, tastes of sweet crisp maltiness slowly taken over by notes of corn and subtle hops on the back end, mouthfeel is very light high carbonation lasting slightly sweet finish.

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

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: corn first, then pilsner malt;

T: corn and pilsner malt; no hop character; no bitterness;

M: light bodied; light carbonation; very lightly dry finish;

O: almost no flavor; it matches the style guidelines to a certain extent, but in my opinion, it's not worth buying;

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden and clear with a small (but decent for style) head that is retained to a decent degree. Smell's a bit funky, but not awful. Flavor has some depth, and the carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Pretty straightforward, run of the mill AAL, but nothing about it gives me a NEGATIVE impression. Good for what it is.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a can glass. Rating based on AAL style.

a: A clear, pale but shimmering gold body. A finger and a half of sudsy, soapy, white head.

s: Faint crisp malts. Corn husk, grassiness, and an earthy smell that I imagine is the hops.

t: Clean flavors of crisp malts, faint buttery grits and husk and just enough hop bitterness to notice and balance it out.

mf: Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

o: Again, please note I rated this to style. For me it is at the top of the heap. Easy to drink, balanced, refreshing...and fun to drink if you want to take a break from thinking about every sip of beer you take.

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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 Burnthedevice
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rated to style. Light amber appearance is definitely a pleasant departure from your everyday mass produced AAL. Smell is very mild, grassy, and most notable for its lack of unpleasant off-aromas present in your typical AAL. Taste is pretty bland, but again, stands above your everyday AAL due to the fact that there are no off-flavors, and no unnecessary sweetness in the aftertaste: a huge plus for me. There is a delicate citrus flavor present mid-sip which is pleasant on the palate. There is actually a very very slight creamy taste at the end, which is a huge surprise for this style. ( is slight.) Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but carbonation is at an appropriate level. Not something I would pursue, but at the same time non-offensive, and must be given credit for standing far above your typical mass-produced AAL in every category.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The amber color throws me for a loop compared to other adjunct lagers (that's good), though the nose is more along the lines of what I'd expect. There are some palpable cereal grain notes, but also some caramel peeking through. Hoppiness is very mild. While the flavor doesn't come together as well as the smell, it strikes me as being good for the standards of the style. Basically, cereal grains, caramel, and a vaguely hoppy finish (and I do mean vaguely - still, better than nothing/BMC). This goes down easily, and that's all one can ask for from this style. Not complex, not contemplative, but I'll be damned if this isn't a great fishing or hot weather beer.

3.24/5: Run BMC

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Photo of chicagoish
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brought back a six from my trip to New England. Saw it at trader Joes and figured a lot of my relatives enjoy adjunct lagers. Not my cup of tea. My Homestate PA's Yuengling tastes much better to me in that category. This is still better than Miller or Coors or any of the other large Macros, but it's what you would expect.

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Photo of jasonfrantz
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite style but this brew had decent ratings for a macro brew. Brand new beer to central PA so I've been dying to try it from a 16 oz pounder.

Hey, this beer ain't bad at all....very smooth and goes down with no nasty after taste. I hate to say this as a HUGE Orioles fan but this got Natty Boh beat so since this is the beer of the Red Sox then it looks like the Red Sox won this battle.

Oh yeah paid around $22 for a case of pounder cans.

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Photo of Bone53
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold color with a one to two finger white head

Smell: Sweet corn with a grainy undertone; Nothing too exciting in the aroma department, but its clean and not off putting

Taste: Same as the the nose but more pronounced; Sweet corn upfront with a grainy and bittering hop finish

Mouthfeel: This beers strong suit in my opinion. Full bodied and creamy for an adjunct

Overall: Iv been wanting to try this for a while now to see how it stacks up against yuengling, and finally saw it in my area. If you like that sweet corn and grain character in your adjuncts, it doesnt get better than this. Id compare it with PBR but a little sweeter and smoother. Its one of the better adjuncts iv had, however, Id rather get Yuengling at the same price. Im not even biased, I just think it has more character and flavor

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Photo of Kubishark
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the best adjunct lager out there for the money. This really should be the "PBR Killer", as it tastes better and is comparably priced. Sweet and slightly corny, but less so than other examples of the style.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice white head that falls to a thin ring and lasts. Medium gold color. Aroma is clean grains and lots of adjuncts and grassy hops. Flavor is clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and totally appropriate. Good call.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice slightly buttery, malty-grain flavor. Refreshing, with a prickly carbonation that balances against a medium body. Great summer beer that blows most adjuncts out of the water.

Rating for style, this is an excellent AAL.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really good looking beer, light fluffy head with good lacing that grabbed the glass. Like many lagers, not much odor, but certainly nothing bad. Flavor was well, meh, but a good meh. Nothing off that you expect sometimes. Not a lot jumping out at me but smooth, easy to drink with some taste. Nice beach brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before fizzing away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sulfur and booze. Smells almost like malt liquor.

T- Flavor isn't as off-putting as there's a very mild cracker-like malt presence along with a bit of sweetness. So easy to drink, it's almost like sweet boozy water...actually it is sweet boozy water. Minimal bitterness.

M- Slightly crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- As far as macro lagers go, it's not bad. I would take it sooner than a BMC product. Still, Schlitz is ever-so-slightly better.

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Photo of Phillip13
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first beer I ever drank so I have to review this beer. It was a very light amber color with a slight foamy head. The taste was sweet and refreshing mostly malt not much in the way of hop flavor. It really had no aftertaste as all the sips taste preety much the same. A decent lager taste exactly how I remembered it . Thank You Jim Koch for bringing craft beer to all of us.

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Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium gold, crystal clear with a nice two finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Not much on the nose, maybe a little corn and some grassy notes.

T - This is very malt forward as is to be expected. Very little if any hop profile, very sweet tasting, reminds me of Old Milwaukee that I used to drink from time to time.

M- no bitter aftertaste at all.

O- This is an American Adjunct Lager. So I tried to rate to style, not trying to compare it to the big IPAs that I love. As an AAL, it is very drinkable. This would go down nice on a very hot day (like today).

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Photo of Foam
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've been reading that Narragansett is now " the new P.B.R." in some circles and so, I had to get some to try.
First reaction is : cool retro/1975 packaging (as per its appearance in the movie JAWS) and cool 30-pack container design . With some background in graphic design, I commend whomever put this together.
Along the top near the handle, it says "Hi, Neighbor ! "
30 12-oz cans in this case... there is also a 16-oz 'pounder' case available .
A classic gold macro-lager color with plenty of sparkling foam bubbles to admire .
It's definetly 'better' than PBR so, no contest , there as far as i'm concerned ... (at same or slightly, higher cost.)
It's not going to stack up against any micro-brewed beer but no matter since it's half or less as much as a micro lager in cost... You'd have to spend perhaps twice as much for a marked improvement on this .
Seems to be a perfect/ideal hot humid Summer weather swill/session brew . The colder, the better ... the taste will start to dwindle/implode, the warmer it gets.. as is true with most cheapy macro-swills ...
Consider me a new fan ... I need a Narragansett t-shirt ...

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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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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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