Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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2,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,891
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 413 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

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Reviews by akorsak:
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stubby 12 oz bottle.

A: The lager is a bright yellow, not the pale lackluster color you'd expect, with a great clarity. The bottle managed to offer up a finger and a half of head before disappearing.

S: The nose is malty, sweet with an adjunct aroma. Nothing to get excited about, but the style rarely has anything to get excited about.

T: The lager is malt-centric, subtle with a well-pronounced sweetness of creamed corn. No hop presence but the lightness of the lager couldn't support 'em.

M: The lager is more than a run of the mill macro, having a nice body that throws off some crisp flavor (albeit a corny flavor). One of the more drinkable macros.

D: The beer was meant for pounding, light and low in alcohol.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pantalones
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these with dinner tonight. Poured out of the short little brown bottles and into a standard pint glass. Color is very pale, yellowy and pretty much perfectly transparent. A decent number of little bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Pouring a little quickly produces a big foamy head that shrinks away into a little coating on top after a little while; seems to shrink quicker on a slower pour. Actually leaves a good bit of a lacy trail behind on the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Got a good whiff of "standard beer smell" upon opening and pouring the first bottle, not as much with the second. Once in the glass the smell is pretty faint. What is there isn't anything special; it's a smell that might be a little funky if it was stronger, but as is it's barely noticeable.

Taste, like color and smell, is pretty light. What is there isn't bad at all--a light grain/bread sort of flavor is what I'm picking up the most, and bready lagers are fine by me--it could just use a bit more "oomph." Interestingly, this beer seemed to go VERY nicely with food; I drank about half of my first one (and some of my second one) while eating some pasta with a garlic butter sauce and a little bit of paprika, and the beer seemed to become more flavorful when accompanied by food than it was on its own--as soon as I'd had a bite of food, I started picking up a bit of an almost fruity sort of flavor when I had another drink. A bite of food makes your beer taste better and a drink of beer makes your food taste better... always a good thing.

Feel is... well, it's pretty fizzy and light. Very easy to drink quite a bit of it quickly. Maybe a little *too* fizzy at times, it's not quite soda-like but it's not that far off either.

Overall, I'm surprisingly impressed by this one. It's light, but what is there is far from bad; certainly a few steps up from a glass of plain, flavorless, alcohol-free water. This is definitely a "mealtime beer" rather than a "have one beer at the end of the day" beer. If you feel like having two or three lighter beers with some good food rather than one strong, flavorful beer as a meal unto itself, Red Stripe fills that role nicely... and I can definitely imagine this being a good beer to have around when the weather's a bit warmer and you're chowing down on some sweet and spicy Caribbean-style food. I may have to revisit this one when it warms up a bit, and I'll definitely have to remember to make sure to have a few "at the source" if I ever end up visiting Jamaica at some point.

Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.27/5  rDev +44.3%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
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 wesbrownyeah
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Todd
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of twi1609372
2.03/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this beer has a lot of positive reviews. Yet i can not reconcile myself to liking this beer. The appearence and smell are normal, nothing great nothing bad. Yet i find this beer's flavor, which is distinct, just isnt that good. I do not know if i had a bad batch, but from the people i asked, i get mixed reviews. this is a tolorable beer ICE cold, but at any other condition i find it nearly undrinkable.

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured form a brown 12oz stubby "medicine bottle" into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a light golden yellow color with good clarity. There is some visible carbonation that floats up to the big, white, and foamy head. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Smell: Its aroma has sweet bready malts that are almost fruity along with some light grain and hay notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. The malt has a sweet character with some grainy notes and a mild hop presence that adds just enough bitterness for some balance. It has a clean finish and a light body with decent carbonation to tickle the palate.

Notes: Overall this is a wonderful lager that go down easy on a hot day. I like to pair this with a fresh cut lawn and a hammock in the shade.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my brother

Big head forms with a large number of bubbles moving through the straw yellow beer.

The aroma is light slight malt and a hint of crisp yeast.

The taste is very light lager taste. The beer is very shallow, better then a bud say but i cant ever recommend this

A very drinkable beer with an average light lager feel, perhaps on a warm Jamaican summer day but not in the middle of February in Maine

Photo of Scribbles
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: is good especially when poured correctly, but I recomend straigh from the bottle on this one jus as easily.

Smell: The smell is sweet with floral hops, quite inviting.

Taste: much like the smell, sweet floral/fruity, decent taste, a bit of unroasted malt in there.

Mouthfeel: clean and refershinging, good to quench a thirst, with just enough carbonation and hops to help in finish quite well.

Drinkabiliy: By far one of the most drinkable ones I've come across in a while, cold easily pollish off any number of these.

I would say that it is probably the best I've had among what are classified a American macros.

-edit- Since my original review in 2007 I've tried this beer several more times, and recently it seems that the quality has reduced slightly, its not as appealing to me as it had been when i first tried it; Nov 9, 2010

Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always been a nice drinkable lager, had this brew at the Naked Fish with some grilled tuna and it did a great job of washing it down.

Photo of merlin48
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light yellow, body with a medium sized, offwhite, head that consists of large, soapsudsy, bubbles, rising to 3 cm, than falling flat after two minutes. No lacing.
Aroma is grassy hops, and some vague lager malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel reveals average carbonation and a light to medium light body.
Taste opens with some grassy hops, sweet lager maltiness, and a refreshing, hops finish. There is a hint of corn syrup sweetness, and a note of sulfur, that are destracting from this, otherwise, decent, lager.
Definitely, the class of the caribbean beers that I've tried. Hardly impressive, but good drinkability for what it is. Red Stripe is an ideal, "lawnmower" beer, and has some complexities and character that its regional competitors(Carib) lack. I could survive, nicely, with this if I got stuck in a Jamaican beach town for a couple of months.

Photo of Billolick
2.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Light and clear, light-medium body and higher carbonation. Flash of malt, minimal hops.. Chalky dryness and a hint of nutmeg or butter scotch in the finish. Macro-swill from Jamaica. Pretty lame stuff, lawn mower brew at best

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, golden color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, grass, and grain--pleasant for the style

Taste: grain, small caramel, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth, very sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation, light--borderline watery body, dry

Drinkability: When tasting this critically, this is actually fairly good for the style. Nice and sweet, I appreciate the touch of caramel sweetness. Maybe my new go to cheap beer, I could six this a lot more easily than others in this style.

Photo of RastaRhino420
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice herby beer from Jamaica.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Raging with bubbles (yes its a clean glass)

S: not complex but not bad. I get a lot of grassiness and corn

T: starts out earthy and leaves you with a corn and wheat-like (?) malty flavor

M: very high in carbonation which leaves you with a nice little burn at the end. Light body and a little slick

D: you could definitely suck a few these down. Not bad, but not very much to it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.24/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO had a special for Red Stripe cans, figured it was worth a go. I'm not a pale lager fan in the slightest, but I really need some easy-drinking summer brews, and sometimes, alls I wants is a beer.

Pours a light golden, thin bit of head that didn't last very long. Visible carbonation.

Smells okay - corn, straw, a bit of hops.

Is it exciting? Not really. Is it drinkable? You bet! Actually, I kind of enjoyed it - I was eating some spicy food and it did the trick. Typical pale lager taste, slightly tinny at the finish, but relatively balanced such as it is.

Thin and well-carbonated.

Might be one of my stand-to's for the summer. Not a bad little brew for what it is.

Photo of mattster
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 Fluid Ounce bottle into Nonic Glass.

Very little head formed, and dissipated almost automatically. Beer is slightly darker yellow, very clear, with some bubble rising action in brew.

Smell is malty with a bit of grassy graininess. Taste follows through with smell, nothing overly impressive. I've had this beer before with hot wings, and it seemed to be a good accompaniment, but doesn't do well on its own. Bubbles are a bit aggressive on the palate, but this beer is tons better than many in this style that come to mind.

Photo of Snyder18
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color. Thick cottonball white head 3" thick with moderate retention. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell - Malty, sweet nose, grainy notes with a slightly perceptable cut grass aroma.

Taste - sweet malty/grainy which slowly fades to a very pleasant lingering bitter hop finish. As the beer warms the hops become more pronounced throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, nicely balanced carbonation.

Drinkability - high marks for drinkability depending on your taste. Some may not be able to handle the upfront sweetness and lingering bitter finish. For me the journey is pleasant from start to finish.

Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I, too, am one of those bastards that have tasted Red Stripe, from the tap, in Jamaica, and stand before you to proclaim that it does taste really good. Maybe it was the island, that it was 100 degrees, and that I had drank about a million rum-based drinks and was looking for a change. I will still turn to my fat-bottle friend from time to time, but its just not the same.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When she gets there Knosww there's a lday she knoWs.
Pours q light clear bmc ylliw. Nose is plain of rice and malt.

Light and malty it's very and bad worth skippng and bland skip it! Also it's sharp and leaves a really fuznky after taste. It's just a bad beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pale straw gold color with a quarter inch head of white head capping the top. Good clarity. Smells like corn,but more of a Tostitos corn chip aroma than your typical adjunct lager. There's also an element of a well water Danish lager aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The flavor is a rush of faint buttering hops and Danish lager yeast and is gone as quickly as it appeared. This was made for hot weather and to be served ice cold. No complaints. It is what it was intended to be.

Photo of pat61
3.17/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Spritzy brilliant gold under a 1” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light grain and traces of apple but not a lot of aroma
T: Light grains, some light apple, some bitterness on the finish but the hops have a little bit of an acrid, almost dirty quality – not skunk but not altogether pleasant.
F: Light, slightly above average carbonation with a little carbonic acid bite on the finish.
O: A pretty beer with bad hops.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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