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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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2,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,351
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.78/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can to a pint glass.

Pours a straw clear golden yellow with lots and lots of bubbles and a strong 3 finger head that fades its way down the glass. Smells of boiled corn, sweet grains, classic lager funk, old water, a typical AAL. Sweet and grainy on the tongue with a cake batter type flavor, with a slight bitter lemony zest on the finish. Extremely light on the tongue, full of carbonation, very refreshing, not offensive in the least as many AAL's esp on the finish. Overall, i like this stuff alot, not your run of the mill corn/rice beer, nice flavors, easy to drink.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 00:56:29 | More by gabedivision
Photo of FrankenBeerStein


3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, was disappointed by the fact I hadn't realized that the bottles are 11.2 not 12 ounces. Personally, for this style, since the prices are the same, they are only doing themselves a disservice by doing this, as it definitely discourages me from buying a six pack of this over something comparative in style and price that I get more out of. Still....

It poured out with the common light straw color and very thin, quickly dissipating head that American Adjunct Lagers have. The smell was that of grains, and it did have a hiny of "green bottle" skunkiness to it, despite the bottles being brown glass. The taste was alright, with a heavier finish than some others in the style. All in all, it's an average run of the mill AAL. Nothing I would turn my nose up at, but nothing I would go out of my way for either.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:26:31 | More by FrankenBeerStein
Photo of notchucknorris


2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale gold in color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light grain smell, honey and a wee bit of skunk.

T: A bit of lemon and grass off the bat with a touch of pale malt and a bit of something that tastes like a cross between a skunk flavor and metal. This is by no means the worst of this style and it would go well with any kind of spicy food. On it's own though, not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:32:16 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of IronLover


3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I took a personal vow to not waste my time reviewing this style, I was intrigued by the packaging of this beer. This imported Jamaican lager was sampled from a 16oz can that informed me that this Jamaican original was brewed, canned and imported from Canada. Pretty much your standard american adjunct lager. Unless it's free and I'm pretty thirsty, I'll never have this again.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 21:21:35 | More by IronLover
Photo of shaunb81


3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a clear, golden body with LOTS of bubbles. LOTS! A two finger, white head disappeared quickly and left some mild lacing.

Smell - Doughy malts and a little spiciness to the hops. There is some sweetness to this as well, but it smells quite alcoholic even though it isn't. Some skunk comes through on the back end.

Taste - Pretty watered down.... The sweetness is there and the dull hops are there. Nothing exciting. The alcohol isn't very prevalent through the taste which makes it pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty drinkable and that's about it. Even though it's pretty watered down, It's enjoyable. It coats the mouth the carbonation isn't too overbearing.

Overall - It's okay. This doesn't make me say "Hooray Beer", but instead makes me wish I was saying "Hooray GOOD Beer". It's pretty refreshing though.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:53:01 | More by shaunb81
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

another fine Diageo product.

pale straw light urine small thin head bubbles

corn smells like a million other adjunct lager.

drinks sweet and clean with a corn malt aftertaste.

medium dry and decent mouthfeel

the taste makes it a forced intake not recommended.

Serving type: can

05-08-2011 23:07:51 | More by paxkey
Photo of OrangeAmps


2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

white head that dissipates quickly. the pale light yellow complements it well. it is highly carbonated

the typical corn, grains, syrupy kind of deal you get from any domestic shit lager.

The taste isnt so bad, but its not so good either. It tastes like a slightly more refined domestic lager. It doesnt have all that much to offer in the way of merit.

And if there is anything inherently Jamaican about this beer, i cant find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:38:04 | More by OrangeAmps
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slog Ty darker gold color than many adjunct lagers, moderate cap of white head, gone quickly. Scent is mild and contains minimally sweet malts with faint vegetal touches. Taste is rather clean, higher than expected maltyness with some grassyness. Not quite medium bodied but some more heft than a typical adjunct. One of the better adjunct lagers with decent maltyness and body.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:29:56 | More by rfgetz
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New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very white head that disapears rapidly. Very pale light straw color. Looks extremely carbonated.

Corn, grain, grass, just the typical macro smelling lager. A little skunkiness, not pleasant at all.

The taste isn't as bad as the smell. I get grain, corn, some grassiness; the flavors are kind of bland but in a weird refreshing way. This is what a average beer tastes like. Not horrible, not good.

Light watery body, medium carbonation -- like a little less carbonated club soda. Nothing special.

The only reason why I tried this is because my buddy was talking about it the other day. I never tried it because I never had an interest in trying it. It's better than Coors, Heineken, and Budweiser for sure. Overall, it's just the step above Macro; a good BBQ beer for the people who don't know better.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 05:13:09 | More by 9InchNails
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3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving type-I really like the style of the bottle...looks somewhat like
bottle of cough medicine from the 50-60s...

appearance-Looks like a beer, pale yellow  A typical lager color. I'll admit that this was a hard one to score because  if you feel like me, and believe most beer bought in a bottle should stay in bottle(goes for most beers not all) Then I repeat,  You are not drinking it right. (Now if its into the glass from a tap, thats a totally different story, obviously)

smell-Ummm, yeah well, it smells...wait for it...like a beer. I can't speak for everyone but I like to drink my beers, not sniff em like I'm at a fu€&ing wine tasting. With that being said, certain beers do give off a great aroma but this is not one of those beers. So I'll repeat what I've said several times, If youre buying a beer and the first thing you do is cop a whiff before even taking a sip, you aren't drinking it right. Go out to wine country if you want  alcohol that u can inspect when you hold it up to the light a d then followed up with a nice big sniff, swish and  spit....I've actually seen people do that, in real life, I'm not trying to be an a-hole about it... The only exception would be for the group No Ma'am. They  get a pass because Al and the boys were doing legitimate research fir a new official beer...but I repeat, they're the only exception...  

taste-This is the best part of Red Stripe...admittedly,it doesn't have all the different flavors and taste you'd get from a beer like  Blue Moon, I usually just want a beer that tastes like beer and this is where Red Stripe shines. It has a decent yet  somewhat strong malt flavor that can catch you off balance disappears as soon as it is swallowed.  No bitter or nasty aftertaste. Which is surprising since it  almost has a malt liquor(OE) taste to it but it has none of that "I need  some pretzels, peanuts, anything to get this nasty aftertaste out my mouth" feeling that some beers do. Thus making it a surprisingly refreshing beer and gives the drinker a smooth and unexpected  finish ...think  Corona(not flavor, as in strong bite) but minus all the crappiness, and it  doesn't need the extra shit a beer like a Corona needs to make up for lack of real taste. A beer needing anything added post brewing  ie. limes, salt etc.is a fake poser beer...Im not sure if I've said this already but if you are adding any fruit etc  to any beer, you arent drinking it right...Mixed drinks that use hard liquor and beer and/or chicks are the only exception, period. Any guy engaging in this type of fruity behavior should slap themselves. The same rules applies for Tequila(straight) Any "man" that needs lime and salt after a shot of tequila, should immediately proceed to the parking lot after said shot and locate their nut sack cause their balls obviously  didn't make it into the bar. 

I'm gonna stop there cause im writing this after a sucer of if RS and my inebriated review is probably making me look like a  doucheopotomus. I  think must of you  get my point...Overall, I feel that this is a beer for just about anyone looking for a beer that is strong yet refreshing and what it's missing in flavor and for a slight lack in overall taste, makes up for it with a great finish. So go pick up a pack(shit, a case if you can find it) and then head to the beach, BBQ or to a friends fir any type of sporting event. Give this brew a chance....

overall score-4.2

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 21:00:19 | More by LiquorB4Berrr
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is one of those beers I have always sort of wanted to try, but not enough to purchase that 6-pack - I have heard from varying sources that it is both great, and overrated. Today I found a tall boy can of it for a few bucks and decided, what the hey.

It pours a pale yellow colour, reminding me of apple juice. A smattering of bubbles filter their way to the top continuously throughout the drink. I was a little generous with the pour resulting in far too much head, but this dissipated to a half-inch within a couple minutes, leaving plenty of lacing behind. For something described as an adjunct lager, I must say it's quite above average in appearance. The smell is very non-descript; a little sweet with maybe some grassiness.

I am inclined to agree with other reviewers that describe the taste as not particularly adventurous or complex, but still refreshing. A little malt at the front, with some corny sweetness, and some hop bite at the end. The carbonation is a little high for my liking, but that isn't really a bad thing because the main reason I say this is that I would like to taste the beer a little more rather than the carbon dioxide. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy before the head dissipiates, but after that it is comparable to any adjunct lager.

Keeping in mind I am comparing this beer to others of its style, I am thoroughly impressed. Is it good enough to spend twice as much on a six-pack as your average preferred non-import brand? Probably not. But it's still pretty tasty, and worth a try at least.

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 03:36:16 | More by thehyperduck
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3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours yellow with a small amount of head which doesn't last very long.

S - Not a lot of complexity here. Some whiffs of malt/cereal with a touch of alcohol.

T - Smooth. Hints of corn/wheat/malt come across for me. Taste is very clean but quite abrupt - no after taste whatsoever. Still, a good drinking experience for the style.

M - Very smooth and crisp, but watery. Thus the 2.5 on mouthfeel.

O - Against it's peers this is a good beer. I can see myself drinking this if I'm lounging on the beach, boat, or near a grill. There's something cool about drinking this beer straight out of the shorty bottle on a hot summer day. Hooray beer .. right?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 05:15:43 | More by BigDRS
Photo of Buggies


3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked a bottle of this up just for the hell of it. Aroma is really minimal. Maybe just a bit of corn is about all. Tastes is about as plain as the nose. Corn with a slight sweetness to it. Also just a hint of hop bitterness too. Carbonation is good for the style.

Overall, not bad for the style. For the price, it just isn't feasible to drink imported adjunct lagers. Worth a try is your down in Jamaica or if you can get a single or sixer of it. Otherwise, just go with your normal law mowin beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 19:50:40 | More by Buggies
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3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tannish yellow and crystal clear with tons of big rising bubbles. Pretty good head that lasted a bit and left nice patchy, chunky lacing.

Smells grainy with a touch of sweet, and a touch of floral and hoppy smells.

Tastes a little of the grainy adjuncts used in the brewing, along with a touch of floral hops.

Feel is very light bodied and well carbonated. Relatively easy to drink and non-threatening.

Drinks ok. Not bad although not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:50:43 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.08/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you look down on this beer you have probably never lived in an oppressively hot/humid climate. You have almost certainly never spent much time in Jamaica.

Is this beer incredibly complex and flavorful? Nope. Is it absoultely delicious and refreshing? Hell yes. I'm not saying every beer should be like this, but there really needs to be at least one beer like this and if there was just going to be one I would choose Red Stripe. I give this a 4.5 because I'm open to the possibility that there's a better adjunct lager out there, but I haven't found it.

A bit pricey for what it is, and yet there is nothing else quite like it. Should you ever be lucky enough to find yourself sitting at a thatched-roof bar watching the clear blue waves lap at a white sand beach in Jamaica, you will fervently hope that the bartender isn't too stoned to keep the cold Red Stripe coming. And if you fly home to Texas in August you'll find it works just as well here. It's the best in it's category, and that is a massive accomplishment for any brewer. Hooray Red Stripe!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 00:00:14 | More by TuffLuff
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2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden yellow not a thick head

S: hints of green grass in a distance

T: like all plisners some bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of sweetness some rice in it?

M: there is some bitterness but it stays not long in your mouth so not my kind of beer.

O: maybe you have to drink it in Jamacia on the beach and listen to reggae because in cold Holland its taste like a light beer for after work.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 19:09:52 | More by redsonja
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red stripe maintains a decent blanket of froth throughout the entire experience, and displays marvelous lacing. It is slightly darker than many other adjunct lagers, and has great clarity.

S: Cereal grains, toasted barley, and corn flakes are all present.

T: Shares the corn flakes flavor of many of the other brews, but has an additional malty tone that I like.

M: Light, clean, crisp.

O: A step above the usual adjunct lager, and is one of few that I believe is worth importing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:11:11 | More by Avagadro
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2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow, straw color. White soapy bubbles. Nothing enjoyable to look at.

S- Mild hops, wheat and malts. Just a regular AAL.

T- This is a very smooth beer. The taste is a little bit of hops, wheat/corn and a VERY slight spice?

M- Its got a good mouthfeel, defiantly a easy drinking beer.

D- Its a good AAL, for me this is a great party beer for when you dont want to drink natty light or bud light. Its smooth, goes down easy and brings you back for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:28:57 | More by JesteR14
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3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light honey color. Some head forms but immediately performs a vanishing act. Not much lacing.

Clean aroma of white bread and maple leafs.

Flavor is clean as well. A mild earthy hop. Bread grains. Smooth an even but not much flavor.

Light in body. Good carbonation. Sticky feel in the finish.

Overall, it's pretty average. A bit overpriced here in America. It will still get the job done though.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 06:25:04 | More by bnes09
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, pale yellow straw colour with pletny of bubbles. Settles with a thin lacing of a head around the top & nothing more.

Almost non-existant with regards to smell. Some very faint hints of grain but hardly anything at all.

Quite typical of most pale lagers & is semi-skunky although not unpleasant because of this. Malty in taste with a very mild bitter finish that is quite crisp.

The light side of medium and very smooth to drink. This one is crisp & rather refreshing.

Above average for the style & refreshingly crisp to drink. The lack of smell is annoying somewhat although this would be a great session lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:55:36 | More by flyingpig
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3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Classic stubby 11.2oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. While there were some numbers stamped on the neck, it wasn't obvious what they meant.

Appearance: Clear pale straw yellow beer, plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Vigorous pour gave 1/4" thick white head, which died down to a thin white foam across the top. Some strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Not much going on - some hints of malt and a tiny bit of corn graininess.

Taste: Simple malty flavor up front with a crisp finish. Maybe a hint of something earthy at the end, which I'm guessing is the mild hops used.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the fizzy side - really scrubs the tongue. Otherwise watery.

Drinkability: Hooray Beer! Seriously - not to bad. Went well with a spicy Chinese dish (Kung Pao pork) and I suspect it would go well with a lot of other spicy dishes. Not a very flavorful beer, but washes things down nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:11:45 | More by damndirtyape
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2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a very good beer. Looks worse than most macro lagers with less head and lacing than average. No lacing, in fact. See-through yellow color.

Smell is ok though, mostly sweet malts. At least it doesn't have the metallic, artificial smell of some beers.

Taste is malt-dominated. Mouthfeel is carbonated water with sweet beer flavoring. Aftertaste is also slighly sugary. Drinkability isn't great because although it isn't offensive I'd order another beer in its place.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 18:38:15 | More by jar2574
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North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a clear sparkling pale yellow with a large fizzy white head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was pretty straight forward for a lager, it consisted of grain malts, piney hops and a soapy yeast. It tasted lightly sweet and grainy at first and ended about the same with a mild bitter hint at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery/creamy in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall just a basic lager with not a bad flavor, nice on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:38:22 | More by KajII
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3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale crystal gold body. Pure white silky head with low-medium retention.

Smell - Mild sweet corn. Since AALs don't really have much in them, it makes sense that this is hardly distinguishable from the rest of them.

Taste - Definite muskiness. Corn. with a touch of wheat. Slightly more interesting than a Bud Light, but not even as complex as a Budweiser. Very slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly more creamy than other AALs.

Drinkabilitiy - For its style, it's actually not so bad. The muskiness seperates it from other AALs, and is a bit interesting, but not particularly pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 07:39:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml bottle poured into pint glass mar6 2011

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of head that leaves a few specks of lace

S perhaps some faint grassy hops and some sweet corn

T as it smells, basic but nothing offensive

M good carbonation and fairly light bodied, crisp with little aftertaste

D easy enough too drink just a simple brew, drinks like water, easy to chug

better then I expected, not much too it but nothing bad just pretty basic

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 00:35:30 | More by wordemupg
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,351 ratings.