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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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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 893
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 153 | 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 TheHammer:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +22.5%

I've been meaning to try this beer for a while, and after a brutal day at work, I just want something simple.

Appearance: Hey, this ain't too bad at all. Crystal clear Lager gold that boasts good carbonation. A generous pour produced a finger of head that surprisingly laces and retains somewhat. More then I would ever expect from an adjunct lager.

Smell: A slight tinge of skunk permeates the brew with notes of corn with a touch of tropical fruit scent. It does carry itself decently, even with some warming. Not exactly that great, but you could do worse.

Taste: Sweet malt with a hint of corn and what I think might be pineapple of all things (odd I know). It then turns to more grain and fruity taste that turns to a light dusting of grassy, fruity and citric hops. Simple, but not too simple, especially for the style.

Mouthfeel: A slight acidic aftertaste ends the experience but it quickly gives way to a more grassy fruit aftertaste. Mouth is neither too dry or moist and the carbonation does a good job of accenting the beer, just well enough.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, and yet somehow manages to not come off as watered down. Very light bodied so drinking it all night isn't an issue and decently smooth going down. That being said, the acidic touch stops it from being a guzzler and it does leave me belching a bit. Still, I could drink it all night though.

Final Thoughts: After having Banks, I was hoping that Red Stripe would not follow the same tread as that god awful Caribbean beer. However this beer surprised me, and apart from the smell, is a good beer, especially for an adjunct. Really, the only thing else that needs to be said is, Hooray Beer!

11-18-2009 05:47:14 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
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4.26/5  rDev +43%

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.

02-23-2013 22:23:24 | More by RyanLaCount03
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Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.9%

09-28-2013 22:54:43 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

10-08-2012 13:32:31 | More by beerhunter13
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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2014 02:02:20 | More by DanGeo
Photo of ExtraStout


3.38/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

07-20-2009 16:14:12 | More by ExtraStout
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New York

3/5  rDev +0.7%

06-29-2013 15:46:26 | More by MadScientist
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4/5  rDev +34.2%

09-12-2012 01:27:51 | More by tohe9384
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.1/5  rDev +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!

05-04-2009 05:13:18 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-16-2013 14:33:02 | More by tbryan5
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1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

12-12-2013 04:09:50 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev +0.7%

04-09-2014 15:52:13 | More by MikeC144
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5/5  rDev +67.8%

03-25-2012 00:28:05 | More by markallmon
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1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

06-22-2014 02:07:46 | More by jonny1138
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Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

08-21-2013 15:16:55 | More by FadetoBock
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1/5  rDev -66.4%

08-03-2012 01:51:28 | More by TheAdamConners
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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

08-13-2012 19:25:46 | More by danthehopslamman
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3.6/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

06-23-2007 04:17:33 | More by BeerDreadz
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2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

05-15-2014 03:27:42 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


3.1/5  rDev +4%

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.

05-12-2010 09:37:06 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-25-2012 03:15:44 | More by BK2084
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3/5  rDev +0.7%

08-06-2014 04:11:31 | More by Afroman
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3/5  rDev +0.7%

04-06-2012 17:55:32 | More by DWolf
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1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

01-08-2012 22:28:34 | More by WuAnquo1
Photo of Todd


3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Presentation: 12oz custom brown "shorty" bottle with a red & white painted label. No freshness date. Label states: "For over 65 years Red Stripe has embodied the spirit, rhythum and pulse of Jamaica and its people." -- hey, I thought that was marijuana that did that?

Appearance: Clear pale gold in colour with lively carbonation and a healthy creamy white lace of a head.

Smell: Faint hop and grain aroma, with a touch of sulfur.

Taste: Light to medium body. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy on the palate (from the carbonation). Upfront dextrin sweetness followed by a rather lemon/lime hop bitterness, a slight crisp snap and a brush of coarse hop leaf on the palate. Finishes with a light grain dryness and grain/steely flavour.

Notes: Not a bad brew. Refreshing. Goes great with jerked foods or one of my favourites, curried goat. They sell it at Rhythm & Spice Caribbean Grill in Central Sq. Cambridge, MA. An excellent match with all of their food.

11-30-2000 23:02:43 | More by Todd
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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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