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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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2,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited visit their website

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 Moontang

Ontario (Canada)

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

This was poured into my trusty highball

Appearance: the colour is a medium golden, and there is a very thick head which dissipates relatively slowly into a nice lacing pattern.

Smell: I'm currently quite congested, so I can't make out much, but what I can make out is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very slightly thick, and the carbonation isn't too sharp. Fantastic.

Taste: the foretaste is is pleasingly low on hops, but not so low that the grain isn't balanced. The grain itself is smooth and clear.

Drinkability: It's not too sharp in the mouth to chug, pleasant enough to the senses to sip, and strong enough to get me drunk. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 17:21:51 | More by Moontang
Photo of lou50rp


3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker yellow than other American adjuncts. Has an initial white head that disappears quickly. Some lacing.
Slight smell of bread and some sweetness.
Taste is a bit grainy, sweet with a hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is not bad. Not watery.
Drinkability is good. If the budget is tight, it is a better buy than a lot of other AAls.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:17:28 | More by lou50rp
Photo of SamN


2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Light straw yellow, not too pale. Very fair coloring. Quite active with steams of life flowing to the top, being crowned with a fair fine head. Doesn't last, quickly fades to wisps. A better head would make this beer totally decent looking.

S- Slightly sour and tinny smells. Aromas of metals, the adjunct quality. Sweetly tinged, not a awful smell, just no great. Flat with no complexities.

T- Starts watery, moves to corn and aluminum tastes. Cheap barley flavors. A burnt sour streak across the finish. Bad finish.

M- Thinner, slightly too much carbonation. Pulls rough from the glass.

D- Not terrible for an AAL. Hard to beleive how much of this I've drank in my life. Actually sitting down and reviewing this beer, it low points are way evident. Weird metal tastes and a lack of depth. I suppose it's decent for the style, but I wasn't too impressed with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:28:08 | More by SamN
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4.53/5  rDev +52%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

overall a good beer. In a brown bottle which is good, bad that it is only 11.2 oz instead of traditional 12 oz bottle. The taste of hops is indescribable but makes you want more. Drinkability is only average after 3 drinkablity weakens so dramatically.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 22:56:16 | More by yuenglingfan101
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3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Bottle into Pint.

This is a darker gold than most of the american macro lagers... but it is still pretty pale in color. White head. Thin. some spotty, chunky lacing.
Smells a little citrusy, almost like lemons an definately a hint of sweet malt.
Taste is sweet through to the finish. Very light an pleasant sweetness.
Drinkability is actually decent-- I haven't had this beer in a while, but I can remember easily drinking 7 or 8 of these in a night at a bar or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:35:55 | More by AleWatcher
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3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden yellow with a single finger white head which dissappeared quickly to thin lacing. Aromas balanced of sweet grassy hops and malts. Slightly sweet malt tones on the palatte with a fair enough hoppy finish, much in the same way it smells. Decent lager with a light medium body with good carbonation. Would give it a two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 20:20:20 | More by Bizz88
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2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a stubby 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered 24A10 on neck so assuming bottled on 24th day of 2010. Was a pale straw color with good carb streams. It had an average sized fizzy head that quickly settled into a collar. Slight, quick sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was not good. Skunky, rotting vegetal with grassy hops. Standard adjunct aroma but was even in the lower tier of those. The taste was a little better but still not good even for the style. Heavy adjunct taste with little of the hops coming thru. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good carbonation but had a nasty after-taste.

Overall, a mess and don't recommend. I haven't had one of these in at least 15 years before I discovered craft beers. Back then I liked it which was probably helped by the marketing. Was hoping it held up a little over the years but it didn't. Time to retire this one for good. [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:49:03 | More by TexIndy
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3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, with a bit more head than the average for the style.
S- The smell is of grains, with a bit of faint import sulfer smell.
T- The taste has sweetness with a bit of fruity hops to it. finishes grainy.
M- The mouthfeel is light, with nice creamy carbonation.
D-Not a bad beer when paired with some food. As a stand alone beer, it's so so.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 07:36:04 | More by jsprain1
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3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for Beer! I agree, let's see how this one does for me.
Pours a light golden, pale straw with a creamy, semi-thick head. Looks pretty good for the style.
Aroma is soft, corn husk and a touch of citrus. Seems a bit stale, though
Taste follows the nose. A bit stale, but not horrible. Up front is a quick touch of citrus then malt kicks in to give a bit of sweetness. It's light tasting, light feeling, but still has a husky aftertaste. Good when drank very cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:07:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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West Virginia

1.6/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This beer poured a white medium head that quickly disappeared. The body of this beer was very light. The smell was a blend of yeast, cereal grains, and maybe rice. This beer really didn't have a taste, maybe carbonated sour water. This beer is really drinkable, like water is. I can't believe Red Stripe was brewing this beer for 75 years (1935). This beer has Anheuse, Busch, Miller, and Coors presences all over it. If you like commercial American beers you will love it, but you get to pay import prices for it. If you like Red Stripe save your money, pour some Bud Light into Red Stripe bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 05:14:13 | More by Mbarnes304
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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz stubby bottle was something like $3+change from Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives 1" of fizzy white head that settles quickly and leaves just a few straggling bubbles behind. Brew is a clear straw yellow with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not sure I've ever seen a beer this bubbly before. Smell is actually pretty decent- some roasty aspects to it, almost like a red ale, with some indistinct hops. Taste is maltier than expected, good full mouthfeel from this light colored brew, fairly creamy and smooth, bland lemonish hops. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks. Finishes with mild hops and a bit of soap.


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 22:25:10 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Looks like a lighter lager. Medium-gold color, close to the look of apple juice. Lots of foam, but dissipates pretty quickly. Kind of low on carbonation.

Smell - Smells like a light beer with some spice added. Smells like it will be bitter tasting.

Taste - Much less bitter than the smell indicated! Kind of sweet actually. A little grainy tasting. Not bad for this type of beer, especially the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very watery and smooth.

Drinkability - For the type, it's a worthy beer. Repeat-drinkability is high. It feels light enough in body and abv to allow for you to have a few in a row just fine.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 03:54:03 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of burnstar


3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear light gold. Medium sized head dissipates quickly. Light sweet malty smell. Taste is immediately sweet becoming grainy with some herbal notes in the finish. Pretty flavorful for the style. Well carbonated and light bodied. Very drinkable. Nice typical beer. Recommended for summer, cookouts, etc. Hooray beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:25:49 | More by burnstar
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3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe that I have not previously reviewed this from a CAN! I also CAN't believe that it mentions some shite on the CAN about being brewed in Saint John, New Brunswick! They play hockey there, mon! It still sports the D/G logo, though, so Here's to beer (in a CAN)!

For the uninitiated, one of the greatest benefits of the CANQuest is the aural pleasure accompanying the Crrack, Glug, and Fizz as the CAN is opened and poured into a glass. I mention this because this CAN was an excellent example of the phenomenon. I was left with barely a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention on this hot, hazy, humid afternoon. Hey, call me a sissy, but this was a fizzy, golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was looking forward to it. The nose was sweet, rich with cereal adjuncts. Hey, if you want the CANQuest to review better beers, send/trade me for some. In the meantime, I am becoming eminently familiar with the style. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with the characteristic lager sweetness offset by adjuncts. Frankly, if you have tried one, you CAN rest easy if there are others you may have missed. Finish was slightly sweet, right for the style. Cold and wet on a hot day. This goes into a lot of coolers, so why not mine? I'd like it better on Hula in the Coola Day because it would evoke memories of days like these.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 20:43:47 | More by woodychandler
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3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a generous white head

S- Sweet malt/grains, grassy hops

T- Sweet! Grainy. Clean and crisp finish

M- Full for a lager, good carbonation and finishes clean

D- Nice lager and quite refreshing on a hot florida day! Really not surprising, but very easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 15:14:38 | More by aepb1
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2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, thin clean white head.

S: Grain and grassy hops. Some citrus tones also.

T: Typical lager sweetness but more hops than most macros. Grain body with slight malt. Not bad at all.

M: Medium bodied, refreshing.

O: A pretty good beer, more complex than most macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 15:13:45 | More by bundy462
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3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a pale medium yellow colour with a nice amount of carbonation and a two finger that disapated slow. Very noticable lacing seen.

Light Hops smell. Sweet with honey/red clover notes and a hint of banana!

Nice very subtle sweetness and definantly ale classic pale palate.

Classic Jamaican Lager which will not dissapoint. Undernotes slightly light in tone.... warm feel!

Pass, will drink again! This is a good lager Jamaican style! Like this with pizza or barbecue.... prefer it medium cool.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 17:03:22 | More by macrent2
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3.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can into pint glass.

Thick frothy two finger dense head that takes a while to settle. Rather impressive. The aroma is very light, grainy, breadlike, and a little sweet. The flavor is also slightly sweet, with some very dry lingering grain flavors. Lightly fizzy feel in the mouth.

Really a typical example of the style, but very enjoyable when the temperature rises. If you're at a cookout, why not? Recommended.

Serving type: can

06-13-2010 21:18:58 | More by BeerSox
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Standard adjunct lager pale gold in colour, Red Stripe pours with lots of retentive and foamy white head that coats the walls of my glass as it recedes. This is about as good as this style of beer can look. I can take half an hour to finish a tallboy and there will still be a a head left when I take that last mouthful.

It's simple and pleasant aroma has grainy, mildly sweet, slightly biscuity malt with light and perfumey floral hops. Lightly flavoured, grainy with noble hops. Mild in the manner typical of the style, but extremely clean and crisp. A little more hop flavour would really put this one over for me. Slightly built with fine carbonation. Feels light and smooth, not watery.

This is good lawnmower beer. This is something I could enjoy knocking back after working in the yard. It's thirst quenching, simple, and clean. It also has little bit more flavour than Bud, Miller, Coors, and much of the like.

Serving type: can

06-12-2010 17:36:54 | More by mintjellie
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had one last night, and I think it was the first in a very long time. It's got a great subtle distinct taste that I'm still trying to put my finger on. It's got a flavor that goes with almost any occasion, night time at a bar, or anytime during the day, maybe on the beach. It is from Jamaica after all.

My only complaint is the bottle. Sure, it's distinctive, but it's too small. It literally holds 11.2 fluid ounces, which of course is less than a typical beer. I was not aware of this. I guess I've gotten too used to the long neck styled bottle, because my mouth expected the opening of the bottle to be there when my hand was the normal distance away. Oh well, I'll have to adapt because I'm thinking about picking up a 6pack for a pool party tonight.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 15:28:34 | More by kneeland
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Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe pours a light clear gold with a foamy head that fades quickly. The aroma is grainy with some light tropical fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and grainy with some hints of fragrant apple and pear. Overall Red stripe is a refreshing beer, but not much going on flavorwise.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 00:25:42 | More by ericj551
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3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Was very pale yellow small head that disappeared immediately. left no lacing.
It smelled of grains, no hops smell. Smells good though.
Tastes kind of bland you get some sweet grains and just a slight bitterness.
It's not too carbonated, drinks eady. Good sessionable beer for warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:19:50 | More by JMad
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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves only a touch of lace.

Smell: Sweet malts and grains, with corn and hints of grassy hoops.

Taste: Begins with sweet flavors, finishing with grain notes and fairly prevalent hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: A fairly full body for the style, with balanced carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Overall, nothing special. However, for the style, this beer is very good and I'd be willing to have it again, though it wouldn't be my first choice when beer shopping.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 19:50:41 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a Red Stripe the other night. They didn't have it in a bottle (can only) I don't normally drink out of but I decided what the heck. I poured it into a tall frosted glass and liked the amount of head that was retained. My first smell was pleasant, not a lot of hops, more of a barley beer. First taste was smooth and went down fine. Crisp and clean. I have a real passion for Lager beers, but this one seems like it's more of a social drinking beer. I mean, it has flavor but makes you really search for them. Being a Chef I can taste pretty well. More hops in the after taste and this would be a much better beer.
My real disappointment is the can, it says brewed and bottled in Canada?
Not Jamaican made?


Serving type: can

06-06-2010 18:18:59 | More by djriggs
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3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a straw yellow with medium sized head that laced away fairly quickly.Moderately active carbonation. Smell was lightly of grain with a little hint of citrus.Tasted of fresh grain, with a slight crisp hop finish. Fairly good drinking beverage on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 14:56:36 | More by Atricapilla
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.