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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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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,562 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Jamaica

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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +1%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes primarily. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes, grass/hay, and some very mild citrus flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness makes itself known on the palate after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good adjunct lager with better than average smells and tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +1%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev +1%

zestar, Today at 11:23 AM
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that faded away but left some lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite malty with a moderate amount of sweetness. There are flavors of corn and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of crispness.
D: Compared to other beers in this style, Red Stripe is very drinkable, although the sweetness would keep me from drinking more than one of these at a time.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a modest white head that drops quickly and leaves only a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet vegetal aromas of rice and corn

Taste: Surprisingly sweet from the first sip with a rough grainy finish that is inoffensive while cold

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: OK on a 100 degree day; a waste of time otherwise

brentk56, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%

Red Stripe is a beer that I've been aware of for decades, but haven't had the opportunity to try until now. I like the bottle. Is there any other beer bottle that's stubbier than this one?

I've seen lighter lagers, but not by much. Pale straw yellow, clear with the exception of a few dozen small floaters. The head is shockingly white and wispy, but slightly tacky. It's lasting longer than expected and is actually leaving some lace.

The aroma is pretty nasty. Hops are present along with a sour, pungent, rotting vegetable smell. I hope that the flavor doesn't follow suit or I won't be finishing the bottle. It's a little better on the palate, but not much. It isn't oppressively bad (see Bud Light), but neither is it something that appeals to me in any way, shape or form. On a good note, I do detect a little lemoniness and the finish is mercifully short. Thin mouthfeel with no trace of fizziness.

Red Stripe is drinkable if I keep a few things in mind. Chill the crap out of it, don't smell it and pop the cap only when really, really hot and thirsty. The fact that a light version exists frightens me.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%

Bottle: Poured a light yellow lager with a nice huge bubbly pure white head with minimal retention. Aroma of crisp hops with some sweet malt. Taste is also very refreshing with crisp hops and fresh slightly sweet malt. Not skunky as I had feared nor that thin. Could have been a lot worse.

Phyl21ca, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%

Corn beer. Basically looks like an ordinary lager. Yellow, white head, lots of carbonation. Low level sweetness and high corn sugar to nose. Tastes the same with abrupt yeastiness and low maltiness. Obviously a low quality beer, but an easy drinking one. Light body, slightly creamy and slick. Finishes quick and airy. Not overly complex. I cannot beleive that people pay 3 dollars per bottle. It would make a nice free beer.

BEERchitect, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%

What can you really say about this, its one of your classics right. Poured a pale golden yellow with a brief fizzy white head that faded to no lace. Smell was musty grain with a hint of bread. Smooth and light, with not as much carbonation as I would have liked. Other than that, nice sessionable macro like lager. A classic for the beach as always/

mikesgroove, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head. The retention is actually somewhat decent.

S: Big time adjuncts on the nose. Lots of corn with some nondescript grain aromas. Some grassy notes along with a bit of a skunkiness.

T: Very mild grain flavor with plenty of sweet corn. There is actually a bit of hop character here, providing a bit of grass and spice. A bit of a surprise for this type of beer.

M: The body is light, not shockingly, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: As far as adjunct lagers go, this is definitely toward the top end of things. Not terrible at all, and heck, even the light version is pretty decent.

womencantsail, Oct 17, 2010
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2/5  rDev -32.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.3/5  rDev -22.6%

Thin head on a clear straw colored body. Aroma is very mild malt and a little musty. Flavor is mild as well with again mostly light malt and little else. Highly carbonated, light body and refreshing. This is a plain beer overall and not special but not offensive either.

kylehay2004, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -3%

$1.29 12 oz. stubbie single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After some years of viewing commercials where a Jamaican guy sells beer in little, brown, squashed-down bottles and ends his commercial my shouting "HOORAY BEER!" it's time to give Red Stripe another try.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a large, foamy, white head. Rather nice lacing, I must say.

Smell: Faintly sweetish nose smelling of light pale malts, spicy hops, and maize (akin to smelling a Frito corn chip).

Taste: Light pale malts, yes, a bit corny, and with a light amount of sweetness. Mild spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes sweetish and crisp. Slight metallic hint lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, there're better lagers, but there are also far, far worse ones to be found. The metallic aftertaste definitely mars it's overall drinkability, but, beyond that, it's really just another pale lager.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%

The beer pours out as a yellow color, very clear body with a fizzy white head. The smell was on the sweeter side, some corn and other grains. The taste was decent but nothing special. The mouthfeel was very drinkable. Overall this beer is a typical lager.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The kickoff to the epic Swill Tour 2010! It pours a clear pale straw, topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose, like my father's jokes, is quite corny, both in terms of cob and syrup. Some old wheat and grass back that up. The taste resembles the smell, but with more hard water in there (I don't think my nose can detect hardness). What keeps me from turning up my mouth's nose at this is the virtual lack of an aftertaste: If there was the usual shitty aftertaste, I wouldn't be able to finish my partial pour. The body is decidedly light, with a light carbonation and a pretty watery feel. Overall, I'm not a fan of this, but I also won't necessarily cringe in terror if it's offered to me.

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2010
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2/5  rDev -32.7%

largadeer, Friday at 09:09 PM
Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours out a clear, light yellow color. A small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Smells of malt and hops.

T - It was a little sweet and the hops weren't very noticeable.

M - It is crisp and a little too dry.

D - It is an okay lager. The taste won't blow you away but it is certainly drinkable.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%

I remember this brand as the heavily-pushed special at a famous local seafood concern in the Okanagan many moons ago, and the combination of the elevated temperatures (for Canada, anyways) and the lakeside humidity, made it seem like an ideal choice for a round or two at the time.

Now, under more clinical eyes, this 330ml bottle pours a clear, very light golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzing soapy white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of mildly sugary rice pudding and creamed corn, additional spoiled white wine must fruity notes, a bit of plastic phenols, and a moderate vegetal skunkiness level. The taste is basically the same - a more or less sweet 'n muddled adjunct graininess, a nondescript, but all the same unpleasant mustiness, estery alcohol sans the heat, with no hops anywhere in sight, just a meek, blithe cooked veggie astringency.

The carbonation is middling in its chalky frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, quite thin-seeming, and rather clammy and pithy, as if it majored in those subjects in community college. It finishes off-dry, and still clunky in its adjunct-riddled sweetness, with a subtle dank skunkiness lingering for a wee spell longer.

Not particularly offensive overall, but not good by any stretch of the imagination, either - ok, maybe one - as an adequate patio thirst quencher in hot, humid weather, as that memory remains. Bonus points (somewhat) for continuing to employ the stubby, a woefully under-represented and forgotten packaging style around these parts.

biboergosum, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%

Red Stripe is interesting in that it's not a sweetish "island" lager like Corona or Sol, nor an interperetation of an American lager or European pilsner. Instead, it has kind of a European influence, but it doesn't really go any further than that. It's kind of a beer unto itself. Not that it's great...

It pours a clear golden body beneath a fluffy birghht-white head that holds well but leaves limited (but nice) lace.

The nose is pretty basic (mostly just generic beer) with a touch of hay-like malt, some milld yeasty fruit, and a bit of lager yeast sulphur.

The body is light/medium and it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly above median carbonation level.

The flavor reveals a distinct note of sulphur, a limited amount of grainy malt character, some subtle fruitiness, and a smear of non-descript hops in the background. It's well-balanced with bitterness but there's a harsh edge to it nonetheless. It finishes with a quickly passing note of grain and a short-lingering raspy bitterness.

NeroFiddled, Aug 16, 2006
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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,562 ratings.