surferosa (2) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Actually, the Narraganestt brand was recently purchased by a group of Rhode Islanders led by the former president of Nantucket Nectars from Pabst after 2 years of negotiations. Itís currently brewed (I believe by Miller) in Wisconsin, however, plans are in the works to start making it in Rochester, NY. The brand is currently available at 250 locations including bars, restaurants, and retail outlets (mostly in New England). The official re-launch of the Narragansett brand is set for October 2005. There currently is only one version available, Naragansett Beer in 16oz "King Size" six-packs (or 16oz singles at Bars). The "Bock," "Ale," and "Porter" varieties havnít been produced in many, many years. Anyone with a memory from Rhode Island will tell you that Narragansett was New Englandís most popular brew in the 50ís and 60ís and was run into the ground by Falstaff and then Later S&P/General Brewing. The new company hopes to eventually open a small brewery in the Providence area. The beer available now is not as good as the original due to the inferior water quality at the current plant in Wisconsin (the Scituate Reservoir, the water source for the Original Narragansett Brewing company that was located in Cranston, RI, provides some of the best water in the country.) prevents the present product from achieving itís classic taste. Hopefully once the new facility is up and running, product quality will improve. However, for now, itís still quite satisfying, even more so in a nostalgic sense. Iím gonna have to give it props cause of my voídiun roots.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Based on our "easy drink rating scale", this beer is very good and something I can have more than one of. To Julie it tastes similar if not exactly like Coors Light but I think Coors might even be better?...
TheBeerLover (1019) - 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. Iím 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 50í-60ís 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 isnít 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 Yuenglingís 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
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Dirty yellow (not quite gold) translucent body with a half inch of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells malty with hints of hops and adjuncts. Tastes sweet with just a hint of hop bite toward the finish, with adjuncts playing a bit of a role too. Very clean finish. Definitely the most flavorful American Macro/Pale Lager Iíve had. Lighter in mouthfeel but not watery or thin by any means. Extremely drinkable. Iím actually impressed with this one. And the combination of drinkability, good flavor, and price make this one a beer Iíll be buying regularly.
adam42381 (370) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2011 2/18/11 (Can)
4/3.5/4/4/4.5: Poured from a 16 ounce can into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Surprisingly good head retention and above average lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt and grain with a bit of floral hops. Nice aroma for an adjunct lager.
Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by grain in the middle and ending with mildly bitter earthy hops at the finish. Aftertaste is extremely light.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could pound several of these without much trouble.
Overall: Very good adjunct lager overall. I actually prefer it out of the can. Iíll be buying many more of these when I decide to go cheap.
3.5/3/4/4/4.5: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear light gold with a 1-2 finger frothy white head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Grain and sweet malt with just a hint of floral hops. Smells better than your typical adjunct lager.
Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by cereal grains in the middle and finishing with just a touch of bitter hops. Very well-balanced lager. Aftertaste is light and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Goes down very easy. This is one of the easiest drinking beers Iíve ever had. You could knock back a bunch of these without any problem.
Overall: Very good adjunct lager overall. I wish Iíd bought more than a single. Iíll be going back for more of this very soon.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells sweet and malty with a slightly metallic grassy hop note and a bit of apple cider. Flavor is pretty much right there also. Sweet and malty up front, sweeter than I would normally like, but does taste malty rather than just sugary like most others in the category. The metallic hoppiness comes out about midway and reigns in the sweetness a bit before the finish. Carbonation is moderate and doesnít bite too hard.
MaBeer1972 (1221) - 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. Itís 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.)
prc (13) - CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very clean taste for something with so much flavour. A prototypical lager. Not too heavy. A great, somewhat rusty colour. From the bottle is recommended.
davey101 (567) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Extremely light yellow and clear. Nice foamy lager head with decent lacing and retention. Nothing spectacular, but its a lager so I canít expect too much
S - Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. The smell is dominated by a sweet corn aroma and a hint of malts. I canít pick out any other aromas. No offensive smells. One of the best smelling adjuncts Iíve had.
T - Ahhhhhhh. Why canít all the other macros taste like this? Crisp carbonation, sweet corn flavors, and the slightest hint of malts and hops. Thereís not a ton of flavor, but the flavor that it does have is inbetween neutral and pleasant tasting. Very refreshing and drinkable. This is the difference between bottled water and swamp water.
O - It doesnít get much better than this for the style. Its incredibly cheap, fairly local to me, and oh so non-offensive. The ultimate party beer, no need to do keg stands or funnels to force it down. Take your time neighbor, its damn tasty!
zool (41) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2001
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
A good solid beer. No complaints, except that I donít see it around enough.