Narragansett Lager | Narragansett Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
78
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380 Reviews
Narragansett LagerNarragansett Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
narragansettbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
380
Ratings:
1,214
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
333
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 1,214
Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good malt flavor, and for an American Lager it has decent body, by which I mean it's not overly watery. Aftertaste lingers a bit. Crisp and refreshing, and it's cheaper than dirt. I got a six pack of tall boys (16 oz) for $5.25, and I've seen six packs of 12 oz LIGHT beer sell for more than that. You really can't go wrong with such a low price, plenty of bang for the buck.

Like most American lagers though, you really need to drink it straight out of the fridge. The closer it gets to room temperature, the more the taste of cooked vegetables dominates everything else.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cool looking straw yellow to golden color. However, the head dissapeared almost instantaneously and leaves no lacing. Green apple aroma and malts as the drink warms. A fairly straightforward malt taste but pretty much watery and not so flavorful. Nice crisp feel when cold.
A typical macro style lager brew. Perhaps a step above BMC. I can see myself having this on a 95 degree beach day.

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Photo of lipster
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy can into a 16 oz pint glass. Yellowish gold color with large, almost soda-sized carbonation, foamy short-lived head with only a trace of lacing. Smells of heavy malt. Tasty of cereal, corn, malt, bread, with a slight caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite fizzy and a little syrupy in the aftertaste. Drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a finger and a half of head on a light golden body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste is okay, mild grain and touch of bitter.
The texture is light and fizzy.
It wasn't enjoyable, lacked any real aroma or flavor.

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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 SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, this isn't largely available in Maine like it seems to be elsewhere. Therefore it costs more for me than the typical Bud/Coors/PBR adjunct, and hard to track down.

But boy, this is by far the best American Adjunct I've tried. If only it was priced here as an adjunct and available as such -- it would definitely become my staple go-to.

There is actually a decent malt body and some real hop flavors. This is as good as it gets for easy-drinking, light yet flavorful American lager. It really has some flavor.

Come to Maine, please.

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Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Just got my first 12 pack. Very good tasting AAL. Has smooth mouthfeel, with apple notes and good malty balance to make it a bit richer with a corn finish. A little bit of a caramel note to balance the taste. One of the best lawnmower beers or summer thirst quenchers. Easy to drink and beats the BMC alternatives hands down. Purchased in Etowah, TN at Muddy Waters Liquor and paid $10.99 for that 12 pack. Good value for the dollar.

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Photo of TommyCoyote
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

It's an Old-School decent Brew that obviously used to be produced and distributed here in Rhody. Doesn't taste "Old-School" though... somethin's weird.

But, all in all I will suck a few of these down here and there with a couple Cheeseburgers with Bacon oR some kinda' Chicken or even just have a couple of 'em solo. A decent Brew for the price. Although there are others I am ALL OVA'!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Robert_G
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The most appealing aspect of this beer is its cleanness. It's bright, cheery and very refreshing. It has virtually no hop taste. It finishes clean and bright. I think this beer is best on a hot day after working in the yard. Take a break under a tree and drink this right down. You'll feel great. Note the difference between the average BA Score and The Alström Brother's score. That's what happens when the reviewer is not a beer snob.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of can but have had it many a time before. Light yellow not really a head. Good carbonation. Tastes like a PBR or old Milwaukee. Also one of my 3 go to choices

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Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Was offered this hanging out with friends. Drank out of a can.

No real noticeable notes. Has a nice barley flavor, some wheat as well. Slightly sweet, get a tiny bit of citrus at the back end.

Nothing spectacular, but drinkable.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

From a can at home. Nice looking beer. Thick creamy head that recedes to a sparse lacing in the a tall pilsner style glass. Active streams of bubbles accompany a staunch aroma. Very refreshing taste with a solid mouth-feel & a mild aftertaste. All in all a great beer at a great price.

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Photo of seymourcox
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this beer in Jr. High. I hadn't had it since then (early 70s), so when I had it recently, I was a little nervous. I was not just relieved, but overjoyed that it tasted exactly as I thought I had remembered it (even though it was the first time I think I had had it actually cold). A flood of memories came to me of hanging out with my friends, skipping school, on a beautiful spring day, drinking beers by the lake.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can

A: Looks more like a pale-ish ale with a strong base of yellowish brown
S: Smells pretty hoppy for a lager, but definitely notes of a creamy sweetness
T: Just tastes like a better version of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Tastes like a lot of standard American Pilsners even though it's a lager. Biscuit and toast tasting with very little complexity
M: Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Thin, but in a good way
O: Nothing special at all. I really do not like PBR so saying it is a better version is not high praise at all (despite what Nicolas Cage says). Pretty neutral beer that would be pretty good for a long drinking session. Has drinkability, but tastes pretty typical

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold / amber lager; pours very clear with a fizzy head that builds fast and dissipates quickly.

S: Not too much going on; a bit of malt maybe. Pretty neutral experience.

T: Not bad for an AAL; rather sweet with just enough spice to keep me interested. Sixteen ounces went down very easily.

M: Again, better than I expected; there's enough here to elevate this beer above most of the macros I've tried.

O: This beer surprised me a bit, and I might just reach for another on a sweltering summer day. Definitely a cut above many of the pale, watery offerings to be found within this genre.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, soapy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Grainy corn, grass and light malt aromas with floral hop notes. Carbonation was slightly subdued up front creating a creamy feel. Light, tangy hop crispness through the middle up front with a clean semi-dry finish. Flavors are in line with the aromas. Light, crisp and refreshing. By far the best lager of its kind that I've had to date. Love the tall boy too.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are a fan of American Adjunct Lagers, Narragansett is a sure thing.

The retro can is cool. The beer itself looks pretty typical of the style.
The foamy white head faded fast and only left the slightest amount of lacing.
It is perfectly clear and has a little bit more of a golden color than your average American beer.

Smells like a beer.

More full bodied and a better mouthfeel than most beers of this style.
Not weak or watery.

This beer is crisp, slightly sweet, slightly malty with a little bit bitterness at the finish.

Just a better all around beer than most macro lagers.
When you factor in the price, you can't beat it.

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Photo of Beric
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can, from the can
Served: 2 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the can, so can't comment much on the appearance. Love the 16oz can though and the traditional/retro style artwork.

Smell: Smells like "beer" with a faint hop aroma adding some depth of character and a slight spiciness.

Taste: One of the best tasting AALs I think I have had. This beer actually has body and flavor, unlike many other beers of this style, especially those mass-produced ones. The beer is sweet and refreshing with minor hop notes and an ever-so-slight hop bitterness on the back end. The fact that there are any hops in this beer at all pushes it high on my list of AALs.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and refreshing on the palate. Light to medium-light body, which is better than most other AALs.

Overall: This is a severely underrated style due to it's simplicity, but Narragansett Lager is an exemplary addition to the style. This is probably my favorite AAL to date and one that will be hard to beat. At $5.49/sixer of 16oz cans, this beer is impossible to beat in terms of flavor and value. This will be a staple in my fridge during the hot summer months where a simple, easy drinking beer is all one really wants until the sun sets and the heat subsides a bit. Would highly recommend as a go-to, everyday cheap beer.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in an East Coast/West Coast Narraganset vs. Rainier taste off.

Pours a clear straw color with a light white head. Some lacing is present but for the most part the head disappears quickly.
There is no readily discernible smell.
The taste is light with a wet malty character. There are some hints of hop bitterness and grassy notes.
The mouthfeel is light and generally pleasant but with some slight unpleasant after-taste that the carbonation doesn’t cover up.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Clear golden with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Balanced hop and malt characteristics.

T: Same as the smell. Maybe more malt.

M: Smooth and rich for the style.

O: The best of the style so far.

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

Pounder poured into a tumbler

A- Dark golden. Crystal clear. Bubbly white head. Retention poor. Barely a ring.

S- Grain malt aroma, very subtle hop. A slight sweet aroma.

T- Malt forward. The hop is there for bittering, but not much else. Subtle sweetness.

M- Light and clean. Fast wet finish. This is a hot day session for sure.

O- As far as AALs go, this is up for the best. More flavorful, malt forward. Makes it stand out of a group of bland, watery beers.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A standard beer by definition (although a lot of their seasonal and limited beers are great) it is still a staple in my house. This is comparable to most of the big guys (bud, coors, pbr) but I found it to be better in that is not as filling, nor do I feel as bad for buying a six pack. The appearance is a very light yellow with a strong smell of wheat. The taste is okay and it has a light feel to it without sacrificing too much flavor. So if you want to get something to appease friends who are used to drinking bud but don't want to give Anheuser-Busch your money, this is a great way to go.

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Photo of fps_dean
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Narragansett Lager is the best American style lager that I have ever had, and just might be the best American lager out there.

In comparison to PBR, Narragansett Lager has a bit more body and less sulfuric taste, and a slight lemony flavor that is noticeable in the aftertaste.

Not my normal style of beer, but is a good session beer on a hot summer day. Also a safe bet to buy for events like parties and whatnot

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with bright clarity , golden amber with a soapy head that fell fast. Nose is corn, grits, corn sweetness and some fresh cut hay. Lightly sweet and no apple on the nose at all. Taste is light, lightly sweet and has a bit of thin apple. Thin malt with a bit of light watery body . Touch of sulfur on the nose at first but that dissipates. Smooth but has a nice bite on the tongue from carbonation. Refreshing with no real hop bitter - maybe a hint of it and some lemon in the dry finish.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a thick, fizzy head. The aroma is slightly malty and grainy. The taste is fairly simple and light. This is fairly decent tasting for being a lighter beer. I would definitely take this over a Miller/Bud/Coors any day.

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Narragansett Lager from Narragansett Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 1,214 ratings.
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