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 Kallessin
1.71/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a yellowish amber color with a foamy white head. Tons of bubbles throughout. Pretty much as expected.

Has a sickly sweet aroma of slight grainy malt and corn sugar.

Also has a very sweet grainy corn sugar flavor. No hops to be found. Pretty flavorless, Very watered down and a slightly astringent aftertaste.

Very fizzy, but also somewhat smooth.

I bought this beer on a whim at the store because they were doing a promotion and giving away a free pint glass with a six-pack. The thimble size sample wasn't bad in the store, but I was sorely disappointed after getting home. I got through the first one, but didn't try one again for a couple weeks. I got through a couple sips and it was off to the drain with the rest of them.

A very disappointing beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall can into tall pint glass.

Crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that quickly settles to a thin cap in the middle, with lots of rising bubbles.

Lots of light bready aroma in the grain, very clean.

Slightly sweet grainy malt with an ever so slight bitterness from the hops in the background. Light bodied, fizzy. Very quick finish.

For the style, this one is top of the range, along with Yuengling. I wish this was available in the D.C. area. Perfect for the BBQ on a warm spring day at my sister's in Boston.

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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 morebeergood
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was given a free can while watching the hockey game last night at the Sports Depot, Allston. Right out of the can is the way I went. Smelled like a typical macro, a bit sweet, slight corn scent to it. Taste was pretty run of the mill, but I've had worse. Could actually taste some malt. That was a surprise. Hops were hidden way down deep. Fizzy on the palate, but easy to drink. Not something I'd order in a bar, but it would be a good BBQ beer or campfire beer.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett doesn't look as good as most of the adjunct lagers I've run across. I've come to expect a big head with superb lacing. This one doesn't have that though. It has a decent sized head, about two fingers, but the lacing and retention are basically non-existant. Pale and completely translucent yellow body.

Smell is promising. A little bit of astringency peaks through that could just be musty, earthy, spicy hops. Some good sweetness that is both corny and malty.

This beer tastes pretty good. I actually do taste the shadow of noble hops in there, which is generally rare for an adjunct. As in the nose, there is sweetness from both corn and malt. The malt is cereal-like flavor, sweet and a little grainy. The corn flavor is also in there, but isn't off-putting or cloying like a lot of its brethren.

Probably medium bodied, even a little creamy. Godd carbonation.

This beer is pretty drinkable, and really damn cheap. It's the cheapest beer at a non beer-bar that I frequent and I will be drinking a lot of it in the future I would guess.

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Photo of leif86
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: About an inch or so of near perfect white frothy foam that sits pleasantly atop a CRYSTAL clear, golden body. No lacing.

S: A macro lager smell, but with a little more to offer. Strong aroma of cereal grains to be expected, a mild hop spiciness, and some earthy aroma as well.

T: Some toasty cereal grains with a very subtle, yet generic, hoppy (and earthy) flavor. Minimal bitterness. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M: Watery with too much fizz going on.

D: It's a macro, so basically you can drink this thing all day and all night.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Mike brought a six of Narragansett last night to our beer tasting. He's just dipping his toes into the craft beer waters and we recommended this as one of the higher rated "regular" beers. It was fun to have one.

A finger of frothy white head formed and then quickly. Bright gold/straw in color with perfect clarity. Lots of visible carbonation.

Sweet grassy aroma with some sweet grains as well. Fresh aroma

Crisp, slightly sweet and nice grains. Is the adjunct corn? Very smooth flavor... All be it very light.

Light and refreshing mouth feel. Certainly a nice session beer and one that would work after mowing the lawn.

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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 billybob
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

light golden in color with a one or two finger white head depending on the pour that quickly faded to beer. smells of cooked corn and vegetables. taste same. mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonaton is good. i'll take a pass on this one. not something i would buy again.

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Yellowish color with no head and loads of carbonation.

Smell- Yeasty bread with a sickly sweet smell, all macro lager.

Taste- Again rather sickly sweet, honeyish? Not at all bad, a very solid macro, perhaps the best.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good here, really lays the flavor on pretty good.

Drinkability- Wonderful, as macros go this one is boss if its around.

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Photo of eberkman
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these in June on the Block Island ferry and really enjoyed it, but was wondering if it was just situational. It wasn't. This is a damn good beer -- probably the most solid macro I can remember having.

Pours a bright, crystal clear golden color with a sticky white head from a 16 oz. tallboy. Nice lacing on the side of the glass -- a sign of actual hops in a macro.

Pleasing aroma of faint malty sweetness with a hoppy tinge. Clean smooth taste -- grapenutty barley with a substantial hoppiness to the finish. Very smooth and solid.

Mouthfeel is lively -- good carbonation gives it a nice tingle. Crisp and refreshing. An easy drinker -- an outstanding relaxer.

Truly a topnotch macro and one that I can see keeping around to ease the sting of rising gas prices, beer prices and childcare. $5.99 for a sixer of talls is a nice deal. And this actually tastes like real, honest-to-goodness beer as opposed to corn seltzer.

Howdy, neighbor.

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Photo of Winter
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a tight white bubbly, long lasting head. Plenty of carbonation is visible in the body of this lager. Aroma has a grainy malt sweetness to it with just a hint of fresh banana. Mouthfeel is light in body with an effervescent carbonation. Grainy sweetness dominates the flavor profile, with an emphasis on the malts and hops. Overall, though the hops are light. As the beer warms the grainy sweetness becomes even more pronounced. Very drinkable, refreshing, and clean lager.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes - enjoyed overlooking Narragansett Beach from the Coast Guard House's outdoor upper deck in perfect weather.

A - In a plastic cup but it appears golden colored with a decent cap and even a bit of lacing.

S - Grain, hops and not much else. (Plastic cup probably contributes something.)

T/M - For a beer with a mediocre rep, it's actually pretty decent. The fact it has a nice hoppy/grainy taste is surprising and most welcome. The carbonation pulls together a distinct refreshing creaminess.

D - Perfect BBQ beer and hands down better than Bud, Miller, and the other titans of beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright golden color. A bright white head faded from a quarter to nothing rapidly. Streams of fast rising carbonation. Minimal lace spots.

A lot of earthy grain aroma right up front. A sweet caramel scent is hidden behind initial smell. Hops are very light but balance the sweetness off a touch.

A lot of flavor. Fresh baked bread taste blend with a light hop bitterness. Crisp taste is balanced nicely. Nothing complicated, just good.

A decent feel on the mouth. Clings a bit and allows flavors to make themselves known. Lightly carbonated effect.

A great beer in the style. Definite winner with picnic fare. A great treat in a sea of poor offerings for the style. A local gem if there ever was one.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! My grandfather's beer is back..with a vengeance! An awesome, awesome brew!

A: Pours a deep hued golden yellow. Comes the closest to Sam Adam's amber tinge of all the macros.

S: Light grains and Hops.

T: Thin Malts, a little caramelized malt flavor, followed by the slightest corny adjunct taste. (it is admirably hidden..bravo!) There is a tick of sweetness in there too, pleasantly so. Finishes spicy, with a floral/ hop oil bitterness. Very crisp and dry.

M: Smooth and creamy, very well balanced for a bargain beer.

I love this stuff! It is hard to come by in NH, however. Only two stores in the state carry it, both in Manchester.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright yellow colored with a bright white head of tight styrofoam with great retention. Bubbles stream up quickkly.

Grassy malt aroma, some floral notes, plus some corn and cinnamon.

Even flavor, well balanced with corn and ripe fruit, and mild floral hops. Very clean, none of the acrid aftertaste of some of its American lager cousins. This is surprisingly smooth and tasty.

Even and creamy mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. Very drinkable, great summer beer.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with nice clarity a straw yellow with a slightly off-white head that collapses to a paper thin cap,zero lace.The nose is sweet with pear and some robust grains.Sweetness right off the bat with some grassy notes and golden delicious apple,the core is lightly grainy(club crackers),just a slight touch of nuttiness,and a bit of a yeasty aftertaste.Light body and moderate carbonation helps this along to a very tolerable beer for extended drinking sessions.Twistoffs suck,but this stuff is enjoyable.

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Photo of HomeRunBaker
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gansett is golden, similar to your average macro. Smell is equally adequate. Taste is where Gansett separates itself from other macros. It's simple, but has enough taste to keep you coming back. A great session beer and one of the very best macros around.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. longneck into a pint glass (Turtle Beach Pub 2008). No decipherable bottling date. Message under bottle cap: Constand A. Moeller.

A: Nice golden appearance. 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Standard macro lager smell. Reminds me of my hometown favorite, Old Style.

T: Crisp. I really do not pick-up any of the sweet adjunct (corn) taste that I get from some of the other macros. Decent hop bite at the very end.

M: Ahh. There's the adjunct hiding. Sweet aftertaste, that is a lot subtler than most in this category. Too much carbonation. This one can make you feel the bloat.

This is my go to macro after a round of golf. Refreshing and a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good session beer...right up there with PBR. The price is right and it actually has a good taste for an American Macro Lager.

Poured a golden yellow with a pretty good head.

This was very light and I had it very cold. A nice slight crispness, grainy.

I'll have these in my fridge and my friends who drink Bud will have to drink these now when the come over.

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

This is a solid macro. Our band, The ill mayhem, loves sipping down narragansetts after long sessions. Gansett is plentiful in the trenches of Southeast Mass and RI.

A case of gansett isnt that expensive, although we usually go for the 16 Oz. cans so we can shotgun them and then smash them on our heads.

Gansett is pretty lightly colored, like straw, and the taste is sweet.

we cant say much more than we love it, and we generally spend the money from our shows equally on Pabst, High Life, or Gansett. This is solid, cheap 'Drankin beer, for slappin your knee and jumpin round the campfire with a fiddle and a couple bongos for an impromtu jam session. its also got that "local brewed" pride thing going for it.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 16oz can into a pilsner glass. The beer is a perfectly clear, light gold color. Head was actually pretty substantial, with a pure white color. Grew to one and a half fingers thick with somewhat poor retention. Typical of the style.

Smell: Somewhat sweet aroma, with a grassy hint of fresh hay and grain.

Taste: Perfectly clean taste expected of the style, with a bit extra tacked on to the end. Actually has a hint of maltiness, with a noticeable sweet character.

This is actually a great tasting American Macro Lager. Extremely drinkable with just the right amount of flavor to make it palatable, but also light enough to make a nice session of. Amazing value as well...

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright yellow gold with a creamy white head, lots of lacing, persistent but becomes thin. Lot's of bubbles Lightly sweet and bready pale pilsener malt, light twinge of noble hops.

Taste is basically the same. Sweetish aftertaste. Inoffensive but I wish it had a bit more crispness in the mouth.

This is a nostalgic brand. Being that I am not a native of New England I can say it's no better or no worse than a lot of industrial lagers but doesn't particularly appeal to me.

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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