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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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2,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of damndirtyape


3.1/5  rDev +4%
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
Photo of jar2574


2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -9.4%
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
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +5.7%
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
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3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
And now, making its long-anticipated return, it's the series "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party!"

Pours a typically clear, straw/urine pale yellow color. A finger and a half of sudsy white foam forms only to turn around a disappear like it walked in on its parents having sex. The foam on this beer looks remarkably like the suds that form when you're washing your hands. This foam defines the descriptor "soapy." So Red Stripe laces like the glass its in is already being handwashed.

I was surprised; Red Stripe has an actual aroma to it. It's a pretty tight nose. Not a lot is going on. A smell of distant cereal grain, like someone across the street poured themselves a bowl of corn flakes. There's a smell like pear skin, or more accurately like pear skin that has been left out on a kitchen counter to decompose. Not really any hop aroma to speak of. It is not an offensive nose. Plenty of beers in the style have done far, far worse for themselves.

Wow. For the style, Red Stripe delivers a pleasant drinking experience. There's a nice, strong apple/pear juice flavor right up front with some soft rice hulls coming in behind. Just a smidge of bitterness from hops, no real lupulin flavors, just bitterness. None of the terrible cooked corn flavors that appear so often in these beers. That's all that Red Stripe has to offer, though. An initial taste that finishes 1.) very clean and 2.) completely. There is no finish as far as flavor is concerned. There isn't even a mid-palate. Red Stripe drops off of a cliff. It's brevity prevents me from scoring it higher.

It feels like water in the mouth. A lot of beers in the style do. That's why I'm rating it 'average' on mouthfeel. It feels almost like nothing. It could be one of the reasons that Red Stripe's drinkability is so good, though. It's so clean that I would have little difficulty drinking this for a session.

Look, it isn't like I plan on buying this beer anytime soon. At the end of the day it is still an adjunct lager. It isn't a good beer in the abstract. Rate Red Stripe to its style, rate it against its peers, and it emerges as one of the best of its class. I was expecting to hate this, I had some snark all dialed up, some reggae jokes and everything. But I can't hate this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 07:48:54 | More by Reaper16
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3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: transparent golden yellow, 1 finger off white head, dissipates fairly quickly

Smell: grains with a faint citrus hop undertone

Taste: muted malts and grains, semi-sweet

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, refreshing, medium body

Drinkability: goes down smooth while vacationing in the Caribbean, don't ususally buy this one when statebound


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:45:20 | More by THECPJ
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A poolside staple, but enjoyed several on tap while dining as well.

A - Pours a pale golden colour with a finger of light bubbly head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Rather mild and a bit metallic, but the scent is that of your traditional Carribean lager. Sweet corn and grassy/grainy hops.

T - Light citrus notes with sweet corn and grassy flavours that linger on the tongue. A slight skunkiness comes through as well, but is not overly offensive.

M - Light and bubbly, medium bodied ale that goes down smooth.

D - Easily drinkable lager with no strong flavours, but does wonders to quench your thirst on a hot sunny day. My preferred poolside beer while visiting Jamaica.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 23:45:35 | More by andrenaline
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3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A clear golden yellow. Looks a lot like apple juice to me. Carbonation rolls up to the top, but doesn't keep a head for long. I would not be sold on the looks here.

Smell - Crisp, almost a sweet fruity aroma. A short scent. Preferred it to last longer.

Taste - Not a bad taste. Starts off kind of flat and unimpressive, but soon moves into a nice mellow sweet flavor. A fruity taste simmers in your mouth for a few minutes leaving you feeling refreshed.

Mouthfeel - Not bad, A little bit of bite. Refreshing. Nothing special.

Drinkability - A beer good for relaxing on a summer day. I would not pick this up by my own choice, but i wouldn't complain if this is all they had somewhere. I could easily down a few of these and feel great.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:48:22 | More by Criscoh88
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3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a pretty definite cooked veggie smell to it. No kidding that this is an adjunct lager.

The taste follows through with some corn upfront with a good deal of grain sweetness going along with it. Finishes pretty crisply, but leaves behind a sugary grain sweetness that is certainly more than most beers of this style. That said, it's extremely drinkable and I do enjoy it for what it is. It's certainly better than most adjunct lagers, and doesn't come across as swill.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:59:37 | More by NODAK
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2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:48:11 | More by bishopdc0
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Typical Adjunct lager look, clear yellow with some white head which disappears.

S- Sweet corn and grains, pretty bland aroma.

T- Balanced malty grainy sweetness some diacetyl, overall pretty tasty adjunct, certaintly better than all the macros out there.

M- Tons of characteristical carbonation, light snap and refreshing.

D- yes , this is called drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:42:32 | More by foogerd
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance with lots of white head that slowly disappears. Smell is mostly grain with a hint of hops and malt, nothing strong tough.

Taste is typical for adjunct lagers, sweet with corn. Picked up a hint of malt and grain as well. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, very crisp. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering sweetness.

Not an overly complex beer, but refreshing nonetheless with nothing offensive. Great for the summer or with spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:31:19 | More by CrazyMike
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always saw this beer but for some reason was hesistant to try it.
I finally tried it on tap and was very surprised. This is a pretty good beer. And the cost is also very good. Smooth tasting, can really drink alot of them without getting too full. I really recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 20:59:29 | More by brunrn1
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3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 6-pack of this beer from Dierbergs in Ellisville, MO and poured each individual into a Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance- Dark Yellow with a 1/6 of head but died down immediately.

Smell- A tremendous amount of malt seems to be present and then a corn/hop (almost mixed).

Taste- There is a corn taste at the end. Other than this, a normal adjunct taste but can really appreciate after having others in the same genre.

Mouthfeel- Huge in carbonation, Light Bodied, and goes down

Drinkability- Besides a Budweiser or Heineken, this is my go to adjunct beer. Goes down easier than anything. Enjoyed all three without even a piss break.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:32:22 | More by DCon
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2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pretty basic golden yellow. No head. No real lacing. Meh.

S: Pretty much all grain. Could be worse, but nothing mindblowing.

T: Really general malty/corn/general grainy taste.

M: Very bubbly. Sometimes a little off-putting.

D: If I want something really accessible, there are many worse choices than RS. Pretty decent drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:00:17 | More by RTJakarta
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 16:17:02 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a pale straw-yellow coloring with a thin, filmy ring of head. The beer has a slightly sour tone to it's smell, but mostly grains. Flavor is also slightly sour, but it helps to balance the grainy and slightly spiced taste characteristics. Very light in mouth, with an extremely smooth finish. Aftertaste is a bit musty, but dry, which beckons for a follow-up sip. Great beer for the beach, especially in Jamaica!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:12:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (no date) into dimpled mug (or outright when I'm partying). Haven't had this since college. From notes: Poured pale clear yellow with thick foamy white head. Much lacing. Faint malt aroma with a tiny bit of Hay. Thin flavour, a little malt sweetness, a little bitter. Thin finish on a light body. Not much I can say about this beer but is quite freshing on a warm/hot day and when the mood is right.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 14:55:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got some Red Stripe today for our Super Bowl beer, just something that can go down easy and everyone could enjoy. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head, so that wasn't doing it any favors. Smell was pretty simple, kind of earthy and floral, but was weak. Taste wise, it isn't very complex, but compared to other adjuncts, it's quite good. It starts off sweet, then finishes slightly bitter. Aftertaste is kind of watery, though. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. This beer is very refreshing and easy to drink, I could easily see a sixer going down quickly. All in all, it's a good beer for it's style, and would be a great summer beer. It is pricey, however, and that will likely keep me from buying more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:19:33 | More by gatorguy
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3.95/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My Grandfather has been going to Jamacia for 3 weeks a years since before I was born (im 29). He always talks about his Red Stripe, as well as he gets it here as well. So being that I am now out to try as many brews as possible, I am about to try it for him.

This brew pours a strawlike color. Has a nice 1/2 inch bright white head. The head actually had some retention that held on for a few minutes. Kind of impressive for lager.

The aroma is pretty simple. It had a decently nice floral/woodsy hop aroma. Can't really detect much else.

Taste was actually pretty good, being that this brew is a macro. It has a bit of a hoppy undertone that is a bit sweet. Kind of like rice or corn. It goes into a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Kind of hard to explain. Its not overbearing at all. Actually very good. Has a little bit of complexity that I wasn't expecting.

Mouthful is a nice. Its very light and quite bubbly. Its a suprisingly refreshing brew.

Great drink, im sure this would be a wonderful brew in warmer weather. I might have to test that this summer. Great brew, going to have to get it again. As well as thank my grandfather for having me try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 15:44:45 | More by mattgreger
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South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle this beer appears a washed out golden hue with a nice snow white head.
The aromas seem to be mainly a grainy mix of malt and corn.
Grainy boozy and corny, some earthy hops are present.
Light and crisp mouth.
Easy drinker on the beach preferabley rockin' the roots!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:17:49 | More by welldigger888
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United Kingdom (England)

2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

484ml Can, brewed in the UK by Well's and Young's in Bedford. Best before 20 Oct 2011, drank on 1st feb 2011, poured into a 'Leffe' stemmed, wide tulip glass (twice).

This beer was bought for me by my daughter, she knows I don't drink lager or cans normally, bless her!

Regular lager/pilsner look, golden, bright and a thin white head on top.

Grainy smell, nothing else.

Dry, cardboard dry at first, a hop bitterness follows the initial dryness. Would be refreshing if I was sat on a beach in the sun, however it's dark and cold here and the beer is just a dry hoppy drink which I'm not really enjoying.

Bland and typical lager feel. Glad I've only got to have one can. The bottle I reviewed was a bit better, thank goodness.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 20:01:46 | More by BlackHaddock
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New York

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Stripe. The consumate lager of the the tropics. Jamaica's own pours a American Adjunct pale yellow, head recedes quickly. Crisp mouthfeel and is pleasant, but the taste is funky for me and would not be drinking this as a session beer. I like to try again with cuisine that befits this lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 18:01:37 | More by gskitt
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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