I poured a 16oz can into a large mug. There was no discernible freshness date. It cost $2.50 ($0.16 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with lots of active carbonation
visible. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains
Smell: Generic macro lager scent (despite the style). A hint of butter or some candy.
Taste: If you know anything about the "cream ale" style you know it’s a
pre-prohibition style and one of a handful of beer styles that are truly
American. You also know the cream ale style is not far removed from the
adjunct lager style and Narragansett Cream Ale is a good example of
It’s quite bland and neutral-tasting all around. Similar to a blonde or
golden ale with a light malt character throughout. I don’t taste any
lager adjuncts like rice or corn, but there is definitely some
off-flavors to be found here. Namely, butter and yellow lollipop. This
is probably diacetyl, though considering who makes this beer and the
target audience I can’t say I’m surprised. There is a hint of sweetness
right on the finish that’s somewhat pleasant, but it’s not enough to
save the beer from the otherwise boring and "blah" palette.
Drinkability: Though bubbly in the glass, it’s not effervescent in the
mouth and goes down surprisingly smooth. The mouthfeel isn’t too thin,
though it does have a slightly slick texture and leaves a faint starchy
aftertaste. At 5% ABV it seems fairly efficient for the weight, though I
see no reason to drink Narragansett Cream Ale in more than a single