Thursday, July 16, 2015

Narragansett Del’s Shandy

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1401) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2015
I’ve never been much of a fan of pre-packages shandies and radlers. They tend to taste too artificial to me and some are just ridiculously sweet or cloying (or both). Narragansett Del’s Shandy supposedly uses lemon concentrate used to make Del’s frozen lemonade. It’s actually closer to a lemony soda flavor than real lemonade, but it’s not sickly sweet or odd-tasting. A bit of the ‘Gansett Lager shows through, but it’s not bad. 


I poured a 16oz can into a mug. It was canned on 3/10/15 and cost $2.70 ($0.17 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark gold lager-like complexion. Pours to an average-sized, white soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely. No lacing.

Smell: Nearly identical to Sprite to any clear lemony soda. Only a faint trace of lager when first poured.

Taste: Since I don’t drink these types of beers cocktails that much, I’m still trying to establish a frame of reference as to what I consider good or bad. In the case of this brew, I must admit I enjoy the sweet, light lemony flavor as it is akin to 7-Up or Sierra Mist; however considering the fact that it tastes so similar to soda seems to defeat the purpose. Surely, if I just wanted alcoholic soda I could just drop some vodka into soda, right? Shouldn’t a true shandy have the base beer as a prominent feature of the palette? But on the other hand, Narragansett Lager is rather insipid adjunct lager – do I really want to taste that? There really is no distinct malt or hop characteristics here other than a general light lager flavor lurking in the background and right as it finishes. Still, I like what I like and this ain’t bad.

Drinkability: A product like Narragansett Del’s Shandy is indeed meant for its performance value of being refreshing and easy to drink and it definitely delivers as such. The mouthfeel is crisp, light, thin and well-carbonated. Refreshing across the tongue on every swig with a clean aftertaste (no Lemon Pledge sensation here). It’s hard to believe it’s 5% ABV, though, as this feels and drinks like something closer to 4%. I’m sure most drinkers won’t have any trouble sessioning this outdoors in the summer.

Score: 6/10