Narragansett Cream Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Cream AleNarragansett Cream Ale

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Gansett Cream is made with quality ingredients like 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara-malt for a creamy head! We used Columbus hops for bittering and a touch of Willamette hops for a slight hop aroma. Bright gold in color and brilliant in clarity, this session ale delivers an extra pop of hop bitterness found only in cream ales of the early 1900′s.

28 IBU

Added by redleaves on 02-19-2012

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Photo of dasenebler
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, no dates.

Pours an extra pale gold, with a nice creamy head. Spots of lacing and good retention.

Aroma has something going on, what I would describe as autolyzed yeast and mercaptan. Corn as well (DMS?).

Flavor is grainy and lightly sweet. Finish is dry and surprisingly clean based on what I detected from the aroma. Not bad, but not a whole lot there. Mouthfeel is really light and watery, but I like the unobtrusive and refreshing medium carbonation.

As long as you drink it cold and out of the can so as not to smell the off aroma, I can see this being good summertime swill.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a clear star colored body as expected.

S: light malt aroma but little else. Overall light on the nose.

T: breads, malts and grains with subtle sweetness.

M: moderate to high carbonation and very light bodied. Not overally creamy, I guess more so than the lager they offer but doesn't stand out.

Overall: Drinkable, not memorable.

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Photo of Cnorrisl
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these out of a tall boy, as is 'Gansett protocol.

A - Light and bubbly like a lager, but with a rich creamy head. Golden with some nice lacing at the top.

S - Very subtle hops and stronger malt, however, with the same tinny finish of 'Gansett's lager.

T - Exactly how it smells - slightly hopped and malty. However, although the start and finish are almost imperceptibly different from the lager, the middle has a sweetness to it.

MF - Light bodied, but creamy in the middle. At the finish though, it fades really empty and has little to offer.

Overall, it is worth drinking if you like the lager and want something just a bit more complex. Other than that, I would pass.

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Photo of capeannbass36
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold with minmal carbonation bubbles, topped by a large 3 finger....and growin head. Spotty lacing left behind.

S- Faintly sweet. A little hay/grass. Rather bland.

T- Watered down old school beer. Almost flavorless, if compared to most craft beers.

M- Minimal carbonation. Watery and thin.

O- Would be o.k. on a scorching hot place of water. Easy to drink, but bland and rather tasteless. Not horrible, but not memorable either.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this on the Cape and couldn't resist, especially when I say it was now made by the Rochester Brewing Company. Price point didn't hurt, under $6.00 for a six of pounder cans. All that being said, I think this is pretty much Genny Cream Ale in a different package, I'll be eager to do a side by side taste test, however until then, check my review of Genny Cream Ale for this one's specifics...

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Photo of horshack7
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Out of a tallboy is a clear yet quite golden colored beer. The head is an inch in height and is a little on the rocky side.

Aroma: Light citrus and floral notes. Touches of grassiness, lemon zest.

Taste: Light creamy mouthfeel and light bodied. Grassiness, lemon, little notes of citrus with a touch of dryness.

Notes: Well it's very light and decently drinkable it will do very well on a very warm spring or summer day. Cheers.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks angrybabboon. Poured out of a 16oz can into a stange glass.

Pours a clear, pale yellow golden color complete with an initial burst of carbonation that soon dies down. There's a nicely creamy head that lasts for some time, but that too goes with the carbonation. The stange is not doing much to save it either, but there's definitely something flat about the beer. Perhaps it survives better in the can than outside? Either way, it still retains a slight "creaminess" that I enjoy in the style, if a bit underwhelming in presentation.

The smell has an initial flavor of acrid, stinging graininess with a dried hoppy finish and a little bit of sweetness imparted from the malts and possibly corn. Hardly any creamy aroma to speak of here, and barely anything other than slight grassy hops beyond the grains. No alcohol to speak of, no sweetness, and not much character overall.

The flavor is a bit better, although not much different. It's not bad by any means, just slightly mediocre. There's the crisp malt and grainy flavor right at the front, which follows by a little bit of creaminess this time that is sweet but very brief. The finish is slightly bite-y, but I enjoy it as it adds character and charm to the otherwise simple recipe. Carbonation dies rather quickly, so it's not as full-bodied as I wished it were. Not thin necessarily, and also refreshing in the most simplified way possible. Contains a bittered finish that overpowers the sweetness, but taken cold this goes down pretty well.

Based on having three great past beers from these guys, I'm sad that this one takes me aback a bit. It's refreshing and works well on its own (cold) and maybe paired with bar food, but it's simplified with bizarre nuances (such as the bittered bite at the finish) to the point where it wouldn't be something I could have as casually as I wished. Perhaps it's TOO toned down even to style, for better for worse. It definitely lacks the charm that makes their Summer Ale highly drinkable. Too bad, but glad I could try it!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 16 ounce can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours golden light, active bubbles, good head of remaining foam. Chalky malty nose. Smooth lagery beer taste, citrus close. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild mannered, if not a touch sour. Good clean fun, though hardly remarkable.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 6-pack of tallboy cans from Bottles on the East Side of Providence - looking for something light/refreshing as my brother Mitch will be coming over for a cookout on Friday. Decided to go local with this one.

Poured into a Boddingtons pint glass. Nice golden color with about an inch of head present. Has a standard lager-like aroma, nothing impressive. Basically tastes like your standard lager (such as Pabst) beefed up with some bitterness. I don't get why this is considered a "cream ale" - the only other one I've tried is Sixpoint's Sweet Action and it tastes totally different.

I don't know what else to say other than this is a smooth, easy drinking "cookout" beer that can be consumed one after another.

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Photo of Gmann
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly toasted straw color with a short wispy white head. The head settles into a sparse cap. Some random carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is quite neutral, it doesn't smell like much at all. Good thing is there is no off aromas, but still doesn't smell like anything.

The taste is a of a light dry malt, cracker like. A smidge grassy and peppery from the hops and grainy. Very neutral but again no off flavors. Meh but easy to drink.

The feel is light and crisp. Slight bitterness keeps the grain sweetness in check. Easy drinking.

An american macro without the crap. No gross aftertaste, clean. It is boring.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with a fizzy white head. No lace.

Light malt, some mineral notes in the nose.

Light malt is creamy and a bit sweet. Some mild bitterness to balance this out, with grain and bread in the works. Not macro but borders on it.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I didn't hate this, but there are far better versions of the style.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a thin yellow with a little bit of fizz. The scent is sweet with malt and almost no hop scents coming through. The taste and mouthfeel were interesting with a thicker style cream ale that had a very mellow flavor. Easy drinking with a lot of substance to it made for an enjoyable evening with this beer.

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Photo of Samp01
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. can. Pours a pale golden yellow, with a medium lasting creamy white head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, citrusy, some grains and grassy notes, light bitterness. A light to med body, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is some biscuit malt, citrusy, grainy, and grassy notes, some mild yeast and bitterness. Overall a good light refreshing summer session ale.

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Photo of redleaves
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head, light colored ale, lots of bubbles. Nose is light hoppy, creamy, pilsneresque. Not to much nose though. Very nice flavor, creamy as expected, lots of effervescence, big bubbles too. Light on the tongue. Pilsner type hop, actually off you had told me this was a lager I would have believed you. Easy drinking, standard as far as cream ale is concerned, reminds me of when we used to drink Wexford cream ale back in the day (2003.) Solid.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

canned February 9, 2012

A: A fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly, but it leaves nice lacing.

S: Very faint hop aroma and nothing else.

T: Somewhat sweet grain and almost noble-tasting hops (although it's Columbus and Willamette). It really tastes like a not-very-crisp Pilsner.

M: Surprisingly full and fluffy. Not at all like a Pilsner here.

O: This is no Sweet Action, but it's a drinkable enough beer and will presumably go down pretty easily when the weather is warmer.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, similar to AALs or pale lagers. Finger and a half white head that fades quick, leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet grains, malts.

T - Corn, smooth sweet malt profile, and earthy bittering hops. No frills here. The creaminess does assert itself toward the end and plays into the finish, which is slightly dry and clean.

M - Light and smooth. Good carbonation and body. Nicely done.

O - Not too much to say on this one, tastes like a normal 'Gansett lager but with more malts and hops. That said, it's a nice beer especially for a hot day. Not sure about $9 for 6 pints though, I'd rather save the $3 and just get the lager.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw, fizzy. Faint scent brings notes of white bread, fresh grain. Taste a tad more strong than scent, lightly bready and grainy, faint grassy hop notes. Nice smooth and clean body with some heft. Good, refreshing beer to pair with the BBQ we were eating, would only seek out as a BMC alternative as its scent and flavor are not too strong.

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Photo of sommersb
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted On: 08-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Lagunitas Mason jar
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear and golden in color, topped by a big white head that has a good amount of retention and low lacing.

S: Aromas have straw, hay and grassy notes from hops and yeast, with a slight malty sweetness.

T: Not heavy on flavor, with sweet pale malts, and a low bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation, the finish is more dry that initially detected in the taste with some supporting light bitterness.

O: Overall a solid cream ale; nothing fancy but gets the job done.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

Fills the pint glass beautifully. A golden body with a two finger bone white cap. Good retention, with some clingy lace. The nose is of cereal-like grains and some bitter, earthy hops. Corn sweetness and some undercooked bread are also present. On the palate, corn sweetness and undercooked white bread lead the way before a decent hop bitterness helps to cut through the sweetness mid palate, however more corn/cereal grain sweetness comes back in the finish. Light bodied with mild carbonation. A smooth, crisp beer with a drying finish. A pretty good cream ale, but I wish it was a little less sweet in the finish. Not a bad beer with a pretty excellent price point.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall boy. Pours a clear yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of sweet grains, malts, and a bit of floral hops. Tastes alot like the Narragansett Lager but with a bit more sweetness and hops. Has some of that cream ale lactose sweetness to it. Light mouthfeel and body. Its a decent beer with many similarities to the Lager. Not the best of 'Gansett's newest line of beers but still solid and worth keeping a bunch of in the fridge.

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Photo of bullwinkle88
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got a sixer of tallboys for 8 dollars. Pours with a nice frothy head. No spectacular smell to speak of, but boy oh boy what a great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Flavor is pretty good, seems to be stuck in that nonlight beer "light" flavor category. Minimal hop bitterness but still a good flavor throughout. I like it now but I suspect in the summer I'll be pounding these regularly. Definitely better than its contemporaries (Wexfords, Genny Cream). Bit of trivia, the cans are made in new york but the draft beer is produced by Providence's Trinity Brewhouse. I'm eager to try that as well. Regardless, I'm happy for Cream's year round availability.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to try the new year-round offering from 'Gansett (even though I voted for the Rye). Good looking can features the RI State House, and I think the canning date is from early January.

Poured into a large mug, the beer itself could pass for a Budweiser commercial, while the - OK, fine - CREAM colored head foams up to about two fingers thick before settling. Aroma is what you'd find in a macro lager: some light grain and not much else.

Sweetness hits the tongue first, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the not non-existent hop bite. I started to get a little of the macro "bad beer" flavor in the middle, but quickly the creaminess smooths things out before an extremely dry finish.

This beer doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It's not incredibly awesome, but it's for sure a step up from the regular 'Gansett lager. I still much prefer their seasonals, but I could see myself drinking a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a true pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, goldenrod coloring with a half inch of light, fluffy, white foam that slowly settles into a filmy coating and laces the glass as you drink. Aromas are roasted and creamy, with a subtle sweetness that compliments the biscuits backbone. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a dark, almost char highlight on the sweet and subtle creamy characteristics. Toasted grain flavors throughout, with a slight sour tang to it. The body is light and smooth until the end, when the carbonation gets the best of the beer, leaving a slight sharp finish in mouth. The aftertaste is a subtle roasted sweetness that remains light. Tasty beer.

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Photo of JimKal
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow gold with a large head.

Aroma is faint malt.

Taste has some citrus/hops.

Mouthfeel is not what I expected from a creme ale. It is much like a standard lager. Not bad but not what I'm looking for in a Cream Ale.

This is an OK lawnmower brew but not one I will repeat. It is back to Wexford for me.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden body that leaves a fluffy two finger white foamy head. The head slowly dies into the body after a minute. No carbonation is seen rising and barely any lacing is left.

S: more hops than the malts (kinda surprising, but not bad).

T: hops dominate over the malts

M: light and feels great on the tongue with a slight bitter aftertaste and finish

O: this is a decent beer that I would have again.

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