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Narragansett Bohemian PilsnerNarragansett Bohemian Pilsner

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roll out the Barrel: Narragansett Bohemian Pils is a craft offering joining the flagship Lager and Light in the year-round line-up, which is complemented by seasonal craft offerings and limited-edition releases. Narragansett Bohemian Pils is available in six packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft. The beer contains 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

Quality Supreme: The Narragansett Bohemian Pils was styled after the Narragansett Imperial Bohemian Pilsner, a limited edition offering in the brand’s Private Stock series, released earlier in 2013. Brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin, the Pils is filtered for a flavorful, sessionable beer experience. Winner of a gold medal in the Pilsner category at the 2013 World Beer Championships.

Taste & Enjoy: A flavorful yet easy-drinking, refreshing beer; this brew features the nuanced flavor of Pale malt, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt and Cara Blonde malt up front, balanced with the bitterness of Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops. Tons of flavor and yet still highly drinkable.

The History: Honoring the long-standing tradition of lager brewing established by the original German founders, Narragansett chose a lager-style beer to expand our year-round craft offerings. While many craft breweries today are focused on ale-style beers, lager continues to be ‘Gansett’s signature style, as seen in the Marzen-style Fest, Helles Bock and flagship offerings Lager and Light. The packaging and style were inspired by the Pilsner style beer that was produced by ‘Gansett in the early 1900’s.

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 156
Photo of moodenba
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was bought at Trader Joes outside Narragansett's normal distribution. It's a very good European style Pilsener contract brewed in Rochester. Excellent balanced flavor. i prefer this to most of the current crop of pilseners/lagers from other craft brewers.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body with half a finger of white head. Aroma and taste of melon and pear, malty and crackery as well. Not as crisp of a finish as better pilsners showcase. This one had a fuller mouthfeel that I found less appealing for the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body with a fluffy, white head. Aromas of grains, corn. Straight forward with notes of corn and sweet lager yeast. Light bodied with a tangy finish. Decent.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, a bit sweet. Taste is grassy, grains, malts, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish copper color with a 4F head in a Brooklyn Octoberfest glass.

Light fruit-malt aroma.

The mf is malty, medium bodied.

Taste is excellent. Lots of flavor for a low abv session beer. Rich fruit and malt. Spice.
Smooth. More pronounced flavor than other American pilsners I have tasted.

Overall: another excellent Naragansett beer. Very drinkable, malty, fruity, spicy, and

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Photo of diechipmunk
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Better than I expected. Has a bit of the lingering metallic tang but it is subdued. I think its the European hops, not as citrusy or piney as many craft brewers use. It's light and tasty, overall a good pils, not as heavily hopped as many American craft brews, but well balanced.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not so Bohemian, but a tasty, hoppy American pilsner. Yes, it's big floral Euro hops, but the character is on a scale you'd only see in an American beer. I was expecting a balanced beer with soft hops and crisp malts, but it's all hops with a decent (but not big) dry bitter kick.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The limited release imperial bohemian pilsner (its parental generation) was great. The
Drop in abv to 5.whatever it is, severely altered the taste. Still has a great mouthfeel. Looks alright. Good carbonation. Thats about it though.

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Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: On top is a thick white rocky head two fingers thick underneath is a clear and very golden brew.

Aroma: Grassy, lemon zest, grainy. Floral, light orange peel.

Taste: Floral hop dryness in the front. Bready, biscuity, creamy buttery texture. The finish only has a little bit of dryness but it's very slight.

Notes: What a great example of a German Pilsner this is something great. Cheers.

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Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with a head that rapidly expands up and over the rim but eventually drops to a thick pool in the center of the surface. Thick clusters of lacing all over. Smells quite Bohemian with the buttery biscuit malts, though it's missing the spicy hops. Taste leans a more towards the German Pils side of things...floral, minty hops and bready grain coated with a fine layer of honey. Fairly crisp, medium body. As a Czech Pilsner, it's not exactly what I want. I like the malt, but the hoppy balance is lacking. Also, no Saaz in a Bohemian Pils? I'd like it fine as an easy-drinker, except that is cost me 40% more than regular Narragansett and there are better options in this price range.

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Photo of everythingiszen
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Man, I got nothin but love in my heart for Narragansett, but I just don't see it with this one. It's harsh, with its spiciness not sitting right on my palate. No citrus and the spicy hop character that's there smells and tastes a little skunky; I'm willing to venture it's past its prime, but with no bottled on or best by date, it's hard to say for sure. The flavor its short and blunt, like a rusted pipe wrench to the back of the head.

Agree to disagree, I guess. I'll stick with the regular NG lager or if I have the cash for it, spring for a better, more balanced pils, like Victory's Prima (kind of an unfair comparison, as they're the best American pils out there that's widely distributed). Next I'm in New England, I'll give it another shot if I should see it, in fairness to NG.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a nice straw yellow with a very fizzy head. Smells of floral hops and pine. The taste is a sharp bite in the beginning from the hops and then a mellow into the malt for the finish to make a very nice beer. The malt also seemed to give it a bit of a peppery flavor that complimented the hops well. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of predikit
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Was offered this hanging out with some friends, drank out of a can.

Nothing real special about the scent. The taste was nice golden wheat with a bit of citrus hops overlaying the whole experience. Slightly sweet, a decent beer to enjoy over time with good conversation and a meal.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

From a tallboy can. This is distinctly a pilsner. No nibbling at the margins. Right down the pike. As honest as it gets.

Solid creamy head that leaves a striped lacing. There is a constant lively, upward cascade of very fine bubbles. The light aroma doesn't give away the solid character of the liquid. Ends with a clean finish, with a hint of an aftertaste.

I could drink this all day & at such a reasonable price, I just might.

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Photo of KevinB
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a tallboy into a pint. Nice, solid lacing sticks to the glass, plenty of carbonation , the body is a pleasant rich golden hue.
Has a nice grassy,grainy aroma, slight hint of hops.
Taste is kinda bready, mild sweet hops with a slightly bitter dry finish.
Overall it's a nice value, easy drinking beer that is several notches above your run of the mill macro.

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Photo of Beric
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 8 June 2014

Re-review. Original score: 3.88

Appearance: Pours almost the same exact color as Narragansett Lager- a deep golden color, crystal clear, with a soapy white head. The head leaves some lacing, but collapses pretty quickly. Darker in color than most German pilseners.

Smell: Very sweet malts, a traditional 'beery' smell. Slight herbal hoppiness.

Taste: More complex than 'Gansett Lager, but not as good as some other widely available US-made German Pilseners. Much more dominant malt sweetness than appropriate. Slight nobel hoppiness, which is nice, but not enough to counteract the malt sweetness. I would like to have this beer a bit bitterer.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation with a medium-light body.

Overall: A decent US-made German pilsener, but compared to other widely available options (esp. Sierra Nevada Nooner), one that falls short of the mark.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold color and clear. Okay head with some lace on the side of the glass.

Strong raw graininess to the aroma. Afterward, there's a bit pale malt and no hop that I can tell.

The body is good; the carbonation high. Less grainy than the smell, but it still is a malt heavy beer. There's a good balancing hop bitterness on the tongue.

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Photo of billybob
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16 oz. can into a pilsner glass it looks great, rich golden color, large thick white head that lasted a long time and lots of sticky lace to go along with it. smells sort of sweet to me like over ripe fruit and some spice notes also. sweet malty taste but i am not getting that hop bitterness that should be there. mouthfeel and carbonation were ok. overall i liked it and i would buy it again. not the same taste as your imports but still tasty and looks good in the glass.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an above average pilsner, its a bit more expensive than other Narragansett beers I have had, but it is also better than the regular Narragansett. I think this is one of your better lawnmower beers. But, its not spectacular either.

Appearance: Pale, very much a Pilsner, emulates the European style pretty well.

Smell: Not a lot going on, but really its a pilsner, so you don't expect much, some sweetness, malt freshness.

Taste: This is what I like about pilsner's they are crisp and when they are ice cold its a perfect beer for a hot day. This is an above average beer but only slightly above. Worth checking out, but the price would be better if along the line of the other beers in Narragansett's lineup. This one I got as a single because a sixer of tallboys was $9.99, as opposed to the regular $6.99 price. If it was in that price range I would have this in my fridge all summer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of a 6 pack from Burlington (MA) Wines & Spirits on 4/18. Poured into a Pilsner glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: Old Gold with a spidery web of lace
smell: classic Pilsener aroma of crackery maslt and spicy Noble Hops

taste: tastes like Pilsener. Actually this tastes like what I imagine a Pre-Prohibition American Lager tasted like.

mouthfeel: decent

overall: been waiting a while for this one and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light pale yellow in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention - head eventually falls to a thin, but stable surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is typical of a pilsner. Some lighter pale malts, pilsner malt, and grassy-herbal hops.

T: Taste is pleasant, but a bit thin. Again lighter pale malts, pilsner, grain, a touch of crisp apple. The hops are very light - just a hint of grassy hops is all I am getting.

M: Lighter bodied, slight sweetness, moderate carbonation. Very little bitterness.

O: A very drinkable beer. A step up from the mass-produced American Adjunct Lager, but not the best Pilsner I've come across.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfect beer for a warm spring day as well as opening day Tiger baseball...although it's been a dud of a opening day so far.Pours into a pilsner glass a light to medium golden with a nice looking frothy blooming white crown atop that leaves multiple broken rings of lace as it settles slowly.Aromas are muted with a bit of toasted grain,peppery hops,and a faint nuttiness with is different for the style.A malt tilted pilsner with a firm grain flavor on the palate, a decent shot of peppery/spicy hops in the finish.A quaffing pilsner for sure because it's on the dryer side and lighter bodied,hey the Tiger game just got better!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 fl. oz. can with no noticeable bottling or expiration date. Sampled on February 16, 2014.

It pours like a pilsener with its very heady yellow color and moderate carbonation. Head sticks around forever it seems.

Aroma of toasted grain and barley with a very clean, crisp hop note. It feels so pure.

The body is light and refreshing which is about what I would expect from a pilsener.

The taste has this sort of grainy and malty character at the start with a clean, crisp hop finish that does not linger long but is memorable. Highly refreshing and drinkable. They also have a small batch pilsener but this one is comparable to it.

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color with a pillowy white head that starts at about an inch and recedes very slowly. Head eventually settles at about a quarter inch. Lacing moderate. Carbonation somewhat heavy.

Aromas: Smells of malt, grain, bread and very faint bubble gum. The nose isn't overpowering, and probably shouldn't be. Overall it smells like a clean, dry lager that doesn't have nonsense like corn in it.

Taste: Clean, dry, and crisp with very faint hop bitterness. It has an inviting flavor that makes it very preferably to your typical American lager. I like it more than 'Gansett's original lager, which is swell for what it is (and cheap). It's simple, but it's a well executed pilsner. Could maybe use a little more hop bite. I paired it with spaghetti squash and it was just fine.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but adequate body for the style.

Overall: 'Gansett's attempt to bring year-round craft lagers into the fold has been pretty great so far. This offering and the cream ale (which is very lager-like) leave me excited for more. I could certainly see myself having another 'Gansett Boh or Narry Boh or whatever people are calling this guy.

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Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Read about this a few months ago. I'm happy to see it on the shelves at last.

Pours a bright, crisp yellow/gold with a huge, frothy head into my glass. Lots of lacing. Beautiful presentation.

Spicy with a huge dose of bread. Not as crisp as I figured.

*Checks can again* this is from Narragansett? Wow. It's very delicate. Tasty. Clean.

As it goes down, it leaves a nice hop bite and a chewy/doughy aftertaste.

I believe I've found my go-to beer. Despite the fact that it costs slightly more than their Lager, I would buy more of it. A 12 pack would be nice too.

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