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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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939 Reviews

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Reviews: 939
Hads: 3,034
Avg: 2.99
pDev: 37.12%
Wants: 37
Gots: 529 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
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2.61/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I feel like we should be on an island to review this beer. If we had the time and money, we would drink and review these beers in exotic locations… but work stands in the way of that. That doesn't mean I won't pretend I am on a deserted island while drinking my Red Stripe.

We were going to review this beer last night, but we got so excited about the Woot Stout we ended up passing on this. Actually, I fell asleep… there, I said it. We decided, since this is a light beer and has a low ABV, we would review this beer before leaving for the day. Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Cheers!

In the Glass: I am impressed with the head on this. I don't have very big expectations for this beer. I have had it before, but never more than at a party or when the her didn't have anything else worth ordering. I would never buy this without a reason to. It's fun to learn about the beer, though. Too bad we aren't in Jamaica drinking this. By the way, the head is already gone. There is a thin white layer of bubbles on the top of the beer, but nothing to write home about.

Nose: It smells like an American adjunct lager should. It has a nice dry almost bitter aroma to it, though. This is a beer that will taste better cold. Ice cold. The colder the better on this and any other adjunct lager you have ever had. I bet it would be a good beer to serve with BBQ or hamburgers.

Flavor: There is more flavor here than I remember. The mouthfeel is great, too. The flavor reminds me, at first, of a Rolling Rock. It has a hint of funk in there that is on purpose, but might throw some people off. This is a great beer to drink if you are thirsty and/or sitting outside by the pool or on the beach. Makes sense this beer comes from Jamaica!

Mouthfeel: This is my favorite part of the beer. It has a nice mellow and balanced mouthfeel that finishes smooth with a subtle sweetness. This isn't a beer I am going to pour after a long day of work, but one I could sit and drink 6 of at happy hour after work. Speaking of happy hour, met Jesus last night for happy hour at a place in Chandler. They had $2.50 Corona. Oh, and $3 Fireball shots!

Aftertaste: There isn't much of an aftertaste. The burp is pretty boring, too. The Alström bros on BeerAdvocate rated this 78, which is "okay" according to their rating system. I would have to agree with them. It's just OK. I would and will order it again, if the price is right or if I am on a beach somewhere!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grenade style bottle, the brew is a clear pale yellow color with white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

This smells sweet with grain and mild grassiness then mostly carbonic character like seltzer water.

It tastes sweet with cereal graininess, sulfur, corn and minimal mineral profile.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Honestly not terrible but not good either.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
5/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly only tried this beer because i saw it on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and i expected it to taste pretty bad actually. I was mind-blown by how smooth and flavorful this is and it became my favorite beer. Hooray Beer!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.27/5  rDev +42.8%
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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Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -33.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.35/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccapurso
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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 +17.1%

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2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +58.9%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +67.2%

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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jonny1138
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

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1/5  rDev -66.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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