ChadPolenz (1648) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve never been much of a fan of pre-packages shandies and radlers. They tend to taste too artificial to me and some are just ridiculously sweet or cloying (or both). Narragansett Delís Shandy supposedly uses lemon concentrate used to make Delís frozen lemonade. Itís actually closer to a lemony soda flavor than real lemonade, but itís not sickly sweet or odd-tasting. A bit of the ĎGansett Lager shows through, but itís not bad.
I poured a 16oz can into a mug. It was canned on 3/10/15 and cost $2.70 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold lager-like complexion. Pours to an average-sized, white soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely. No lacing.
Smell: Nearly identical to Sprite to any clear lemony soda. Only a faint trace of lager when first poured.
Taste: Since I donít drink these types of beers cocktails that much, Iím still trying to establish a frame of reference as to what I consider good or bad. In the case of this brew, I must admit I enjoy the sweet, light lemony flavor as it is akin to 7-Up or Sierra Mist; however considering the fact that it tastes so similar to soda seems to defeat the purpose. Surely, if I just wanted alcoholic soda I could just drop some vodka into soda, right? Shouldnít a true shandy have the base beer as a prominent feature of the palette? But on the other hand, Narragansett Lager is rather insipid adjunct lager Ė do I really want to taste that? There really is no distinct malt or hop characteristics here other than a general light lager flavor lurking in the background and right as it finishes. Still, I like what I like and this ainít bad.
Drinkability: A product like Narragansett Delís Shandy is indeed meant for its performance value of being refreshing and easy to drink and it definitely delivers as such. The mouthfeel is crisp, light, thin and well-carbonated. Refreshing across the tongue on every swig with a clean aftertaste (no Lemon Pledge sensation here). Itís hard to believe itís 5% ABV, though, as this feels and drinks like something closer to 4%. Iím sure most drinkers wonít have any trouble sessioning this outdoors in the summer.
HeadyDE (725) - Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
can pour..a small head with not much carbonation..light medium yellow color..nose is powdered lemonade mix..lemon water ice..taste follows suit light bodied for sure..sort of comes across as a hybrid between pellegrino sparkling water and hard lemondade..not great, not terrible, not bad at all for a warm weather offering..alright for the style
Travlr (20853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As shandies go, this one is not bad if you drink it very cold when itís very hot outside. Some of the beery characteristics come through, and it blends pretty well with the lemony bitterness. Not bad.
UDBeernut (2579) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Large format can, pours clear golden, minimal white head. Lemonade nose. Taste is slightly sweet, powdered lemonade. Light body.
Homer321 (4020) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tall boy can to shaker. pours a very clear to brilliant dark yellow, minimal head. Nose is all lemon juice with some residual sugary sweetness, not much else. Taste is lemonade and sugar up front followed by a faint malt crackery character. lightly bitter as well. Overall, ok but seemingly a tad sweet and lacks any crisp, refreshing character I would want in a shandy. Also, a tad high in alcohol, faintly noticeable.
DocLock (9668) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pounder can from Caponeís. Pours hazy gold with white head. Nose is lemon, malt. Tastes lemony, crisp, with some simple sugar and malt flavors. Finishes crisp lemony, and citric.
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured in a darker shade on gold, clear, small white head, no real lacing on the glass. Aroma of lemon and malts. Taste is also of lemon combined with the sweetness of malts, dry finish. No bad for hot summer days.
jnortonvt (49) - Essex Jct., Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Six pack of sixteen-ounce cans. Figured I try a new Shandy as June soon approaching and I like íGansett as far as cheap beers go.
Poured with large, frothy head and yellowish color. Definitely a fruity aroma (letís say...lemon). What I like about this is the overpowering lemon taste over the beer. What I donít like is the lack of carbonation. Too bad they couldnít have found that balance.
Also, bit of a steep price for a cheap beer. Can probably buy higher quality shandys for the same or less. As one review stated, would be nicer to have a good lemonade and a good beer. Yet, I wonít mind drinking down the other five cans...itís not that, that bad.
PHChikka (25) - - MAY 16, 2015
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This started out promising enough. Iíd had some tallboy cans from the brewery that were better than I expected, plus this beer comes in a cool-lookiní can and a novel concept. I wondered what a lager base would do when paired with the lemon flavor - turns out nothing but very very bad things. Unpleasant appearance, grainy, unbalanced texture, bad flavors made worse by combining them. This tastes like a cheap choke-it-down pale lager with some lemon Pez dropped in the bottom. One of the worst things Iíve drank all year.
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out pale yellow with a huge white head. Also, great can design. Aroma is lemonade and cheap beer, so more or less what this is. Flavor is lemon and cheap beer again. The lemon is really quite nice in this, but the beer just drags it down. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Itís fine, but Iíd really prefer to have a glass of good lemonade and a glass of good beer side by side.