LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a clear straw color with a small foamy alabaster head. Aroma is of sweet malt and hay. Taste is of sweet malt and nice yeast. Crisp, light bodied and well carbonated. Ending is watery and faint.
kevd193213 (901) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Glad to see this back in Rhode Island, though sadly its not made here anymore and is made in NY by a contract brewery. Dirty golden pour. Large bubbles, fizzy bright white head. Taste is bitter, with a particularly strong finish for this style, with some hops. Good to almost great for a pale lager, and has more bite that most.
mansquito (3908) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was surprisingly smooth for a relatively cheap and hoppy taste. Very smooth and grainy. Defiantely worth drinking. (not metallic from bottles as previous reviewer noted) It is about as cheap as the macro brews and a superior beer in virtually every single way. Definately a good blind buy.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a fine beer, but a cheap beer. Slightly metallic (from can, I know, but I couldn’t find it in bottles) and grainy taste. Fairly reminiscent of PBR, perhaps with a bit more flavor. Pretty good pale lager. I’ve had much worse.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This offering from Narragansett pours a maize yellow leaving a thin spotchy white lace. The nose is sweet, white sugar, also somewhat chemical in nature. The taste starts with a sweet rice feel on the palate with a faint hop presence and a decent highly carbonated body. Definatly a crisp lager with a slight aftertaste in the finish. Decent for a macro lager, but nothing that I will be visting again.
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’ll give them credit for trying. Unfortunately, this is an average lager. Enough flavor to keep you interested, but not enough to make you search it out. Maybe when they start brewing their own I’ll give it another try.
MaBeer1972 (1398) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You have to be open-minded about this brew. It is far different now that the original recipie has been brought back. It is totally a New England tradition, and one that I never got to experience before the Old brewery shut down. Lately, this has become my "session" brew, for the picnic or the boat. It’s darker than your Bud or Coors, and well worth the $5.25 average six pack price. This one is admirable in its own class. (Not that this class will ever compete with a fine Belgian or English ale, etc.)
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 4, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Your typical pale lager. Light yellow, light tasting, foamy head that evaporates quick. Only reason I bought it was because of the RI connection. Better than it used to be but still not too great.
jsou (20) - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
What a surprise! I grew up seeing this in the fridge. I had to get a "six" when I heard that someone had purchased the name just for old time sakes. Not bad at all - for what it is. Much better than the old ’Gansett. I’d choose this over most of the big American brewer’s largers (if that’s what I liked to drink).
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Narragansett Lager pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden color with a tall, thick, white head that stays, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is crisp, with some good pilsner malt aroma and just a hint of grassy hop aroma. The palate is round and clean with good, crisp, pilsner malt flavor. Narragansett Lager finishes with more good pale malt flavor up front, then ends with just enough grassy hop bitterness to balance this beer out.
I was worried that I was not going to be impressed with this one. I was worried that waxing nostalgic, and Rhode Island pride, would cloud my judgment. I’m happy to say, that is not the case. Narragansett Lager is a very good, golden lager, just like it was a very good golden lager back in its hey day. My father visiting from RI, brought me a case of long neck bottles($5 a six pack) which sport the 50’-60’s old school Narragansett label on them. We enjoyed many a bottle, and waxed nostalgic about the brewery, and my father hoping the GIQ (Giant Imperial Quart) would make its return some day. I would have no problem drinking this beer again, and only wish my dad had brought me two cases!
Narragansett Lager isn’t going to make beer geeks sit up and spin, but this beer very much is a tasty, golden lager along the lines of Straub, or Yuengling’s Lord Chesterfield. It has good pilsner malt flavor, just enough light hop bitterness, is smooth, clean, and very, very drinkable. A good drinking beer, perfect with a ball game, friends, or some burgers and dogs. This is the Narragansett of my past, this will be the Narragansett of my future