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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 233 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
And now, making its long-anticipated return, it's the series "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party!"

Pours a typically clear, straw/urine pale yellow color. A finger and a half of sudsy white foam forms only to turn around a disappear like it walked in on its parents having sex. The foam on this beer looks remarkably like the suds that form when you're washing your hands. This foam defines the descriptor "soapy." So Red Stripe laces like the glass its in is already being handwashed.

I was surprised; Red Stripe has an actual aroma to it. It's a pretty tight nose. Not a lot is going on. A smell of distant cereal grain, like someone across the street poured themselves a bowl of corn flakes. There's a smell like pear skin, or more accurately like pear skin that has been left out on a kitchen counter to decompose. Not really any hop aroma to speak of. It is not an offensive nose. Plenty of beers in the style have done far, far worse for themselves.

Wow. For the style, Red Stripe delivers a pleasant drinking experience. There's a nice, strong apple/pear juice flavor right up front with some soft rice hulls coming in behind. Just a smidge of bitterness from hops, no real lupulin flavors, just bitterness. None of the terrible cooked corn flavors that appear so often in these beers. That's all that Red Stripe has to offer, though. An initial taste that finishes 1.) very clean and 2.) completely. There is no finish as far as flavor is concerned. There isn't even a mid-palate. Red Stripe drops off of a cliff. It's brevity prevents me from scoring it higher.

It feels like water in the mouth. A lot of beers in the style do. That's why I'm rating it 'average' on mouthfeel. It feels almost like nothing. It could be one of the reasons that Red Stripe's drinkability is so good, though. It's so clean that I would have little difficulty drinking this for a session.

Look, it isn't like I plan on buying this beer anytime soon. At the end of the day it is still an adjunct lager. It isn't a good beer in the abstract. Rate Red Stripe to its style, rate it against its peers, and it emerges as one of the best of its class. I was expecting to hate this, I had some snark all dialed up, some reggae jokes and everything. But I can't hate this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.26/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The appearance of Red Stripe was of a normal lager. Hard to tell the color due to the brown and unique bottle that it came in.

Smell: I was able to smell the hops within this brew. I thought it was a pleasant smell.

Taste- I really like the taste of this beer. It was smooth and I was able to taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- The texture of the beer is very smooth.

Overall- I thought this was a good beer overall and I would drink it again.

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2/5  rDev -32.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Jamaica. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Red Stripe is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Jamaica so this is my top beer choice.

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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2/5  rDev -32.7%

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager. Bottle states that for 75 years the spirit, rhythm and pulse of Jamaica has been embodied in this beer... lets see.

A- Pours a very clean light straw yellow liquid that sends a nicly active thick white head in to action. This head then falls leaving a foamy ring around the glass and slight lace retention.

S- I smell sweet corn malts, sugar and maybe even a little hop stank. Kind of a dull overall scent.

T- At first is the very sugery sweet corn and malts followed by a murky thick grain flavor that is overpowering to the finish. Very light notes of yeasty properties at end of taste.

M-D- Mouthfeel is almost an artifical smooth feeling on my tongue tricking it to allow the beer to go down, almost to thick feel.
I will give this one a plus on drinkablity, it contains nothing that would stop a party beer from happening... its from Jamaica mon!

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +59.9%

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5/5  rDev +68.4%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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1/5  rDev -66.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 onz brown bottle No freshness date .

The appearance is golden color with nice (did'nt expect) white head.It smells like something mustard not bad. A really nice taste hop and some bitterness but very low. It can dry your mouth.One is good the other one maybe other day.

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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer has a good golden color with a foamy white head.

S- The smell of a pretty yeasty sweet adjunct beer.

T-The Taste isn't too bad for what it is. It has a more European taste then the typical sweet cervezas and American pilsners.

M-The beer is very carbonated, which makes it more refreshing.

D-Very light and drinkable. This beer sits well and is definitely something you could crack open at someone's party and not be in pain like drinking a Coors.

Beer is beer, and when you're sitting around with your buddies and they toss you a Red Stripe, you got to take it for what it is and just enjoy life.

Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.