Narragansett Lager Beer Review

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Narragansett Lager : Appearance

Typical pale lager body that’s crystal clear, dark gold, and plenty bubbly. Forms an average size, white, foamy head which actually laces and retains well.

Narragansett Lager : Smell

Strong corn odor, some metal. Reminds me of a bag of empty beer bottles.

Narragansett Lager : Taste

Let’s not kid ourselves, Narragansett Lager doesn’t do a damn thing any of the countless other adjunct pale lagers don’t already do. Some are cleaner tasting than others, some are straight up foul. This approaches being one of the cleaner, sweeter brews, but is still noticeably flawed, so it’s on par with PBR or Budweiser.

This beer is likely brewed with a lot more corn than most of the style. It’s the same flavor as the water in canned corn. Though mild and bland throughout the first half of the palette, it quickly imparts a taste of tin and cardboard at the pinnacle of the swig. There’s next to no bitterness (which isn’t surprising considering it’s only 12 IBUs), and perhaps a touch of sweetness. I’ve tasted that flavor in superior pale lagers, and if that taste was as strong as those and less overtly dirty and oily, this could be at least decent. But as it stands, Narragansett Lager is just a generic fizzy yellow beer and not even a particularly good one at that.

Narragansett Lager : Drinkability

The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and wet but I don’t think it could honestly be considered refreshing. I’m actually surprised Narragansett Lager is 5% ABV since it feels like something lighter and more sessionable. Not that I think any true beer drinker will want to drink more than one serving at a time.

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Carla Lauter was the founder of The Beer Babe and has been a beer blogger and expert for several decades. She's been interviewed in beer publications and podcasts about her favorite brews and the craft brewing scene. While she's ceased her involvement with The Beer Babe, her legacy remains in the various reviews and articles she has written.