poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. There was no obvious freshness
date on it, though a code of 2982 leads me to believe it’s a Julian date
of October 24, 2012 which would make it over four months old. It cost $1.69 ($0.11 per ounce).
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.
Smell: Strong corn odor, some metal. Reminds me of a bag of empty beer bottles.
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.
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.