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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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2,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,354
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

This beer grew on me. I wasn't sure what to think upon the first can. I'd tried before but couldn't remember much about it. After the second can (in a different setting), I found myself craving it.

Honestly, appearance and smell are certainly nothing to write about.

Taste, while not fancy by any means, is solid. Starts off with sweet grains dominating and a slight metallic taste (from the can?) Buttery diacetyls come into play further down the glass.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are above average. This is certainly something I'd go back to--especially in the summer, or for a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

06-12-2009 21:48:02 | More by fullsweep
Photo of MadTown1000


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

Poured from the familiar .45 slug-shaped bottle into a pint glass. You'd never guess it was this light in the dark brown bottle - it would have guessed it was Miller light just looking at its pale yellow color, except for the tremendous head of white foam that receds slowly, leaving a whole bunch of lace.

Smells faintly like decaying vegetation out of the bottle. Don't know how else to say it. After I pour some out, I can smell more malt. Same smell, fainter, in the glass.

Fortunately, it tastes a lot better than it smells. Heavy malt with some unusual hop flavor that I think accounted for the smell. It doesn't go with the color at all. Oddly, it's a little bit different with each sip.

Drinkability improves dramatically when it's either in the bottle or has been sitting in the glass for a while.

Funny thing is I always liked this beer until I paid close attention to it. Guess the moral of the story is to drink more and think less. That's the ticket!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:10:47 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember this brand as the heavliy-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.

Bonus points (somewhat) for the stubby, a woefully under-represented and forgotten bottle style around these parts.

Now, under more clinical eyes, this beer pours a very light golden hue, with minimal thin, soapy white head, that leaves a bit of sparse lace as it quickly melts away. It smells of mildly sweet rice/corn grain, with a moderate skunkiness level. The taste is more of the same, a moderately sweet adjunct grain, with no hops anywhere in sight. The carbonation is middling, the body quite thin, and it finishes off-dry, with a subtle skunkiness pervading for a spell. Not really offensive overall, an adequate patio thirst quencher in hot, humid weather, as the memory remains.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 07:05:57 | More by biboergosum
Photo of RollingRocker


3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HOORAY BEER! RED BEER! Pours yellow with minimal head and lacing. Smells hoppy citrus and slightly sour. Tastes thin with a nice amount of carbonation, hops linger for a minute. Pretty drinkable i can already tell i wouldn't wanna get smashed on this...the hops leave an aftertaste that i don't wanna wake up to after drinking all night.


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 19:45:53 | More by RollingRocker
Photo of callmescraps


2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the freebies from work, thought I'd give it a review.

Appearance - Yellowish. Maybe a little straw colored. A big soapy white head after an aggressive pour. The best part is seeing the bubbles coming off the nucleation point of my Duvel tulip, which says more about the glass than the beer.

Smell - Sort of a wet hay, cornish smell. I mean, it's adjuncty, but not frat-basementy, so that's a plus.

Taste - Not terribly offensive. Some of that corn, and sweet malt. Almost some bread action. It's got more going on than a lot of adjuncts, but that doesn't make it particularly good.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability - Pretty solid, frankly. It's not offensive and very light. Refreshing stuff on a hot day.


No, seriously, it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:31:28 | More by callmescraps
Photo of mikeal1917


3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My girlfriend's parents recently got back from Jamaica, and they recommended I give it a try.

Appearance: Very light golden color with a weak head that quickly settles to a wispy line around the glass

Smell: Very smooth, neutral smell, typical beer, nothing stands out especially

Taste: Nice, simple taste with light bitterness and smooth after taste. Seems great for a easy going cookout or Bonfire

Mouthfeel: lighter feeling beer that goes down easy and doesn't fill you up anymore than normal

Drinkability: very high drinkability if your a fan of the beer, not too heavy

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 20:20:25 | More by mikeal1917
Photo of nlmartin


1.65/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Man I used to drink alot of this beer. Why? Red Stripe was cheap and in my humble uneducated opionion simply better than Bud and its allias Miller and Coors. The beer was served cold into my trusty Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Man I have abused the Bastard Pint glass lately.

Apperance: The beer pours a clear golden coloration. Lazy carbonation rises to the top of my glass. A thin white head floats on top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet vaguely caramel aroma rises from the glass. Not alot going on here.

Taste: Again the beer doesnt have alot going on. Sweet caramel corn sort of flavors. Nothing really balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is light. The carbonation is lazy. Perhaps its stoned on on real rhythm and pulse of Jamaica? You know what I am talking about the Ganja / Pot. Honesty the body and the mouthfeel are limp. This beer needs some Viagra. For me this beer is only ok if you dont have anything else to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 05:28:50 | More by nlmartin
Photo of biggred1


2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can with "brewed in Canada" written on the side.

Clear pale yellow with a nice stiff head that melts slowly and leaves some lace behind. Smells weakly of spent grain and faint citric hops. This beer is very light even for the style, very little going on. More continental tasting than American. Mouthfeel is on the light side and slightly creamy with a dry, slightly citrusy finish. An okay beer but nothing great.

Serving type: can

05-17-2009 21:34:43 | More by biggred1
Photo of LyonsHead


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

A: Light golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Raging with bubbles (yes its a clean glass)

S: not complex but not bad. I get a lot of grassiness and corn

T: starts out earthy and leaves you with a corn and wheat-like (?) malty flavor

M: very high in carbonation which leaves you with a nice little burn at the end. Light body and a little slick

D: you could definitely suck a few these down. Not bad, but not very much to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:30:15 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of thecarster1


3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- great unique bottle, poured into pint, inch and a half bubbly head that faded quickly leaving mild lacing, bright straw coloring.

s- smells like it would be strong, with a little sweetness at the end, smells almost winey.

t- nice lager taste, little sweetness, but evens out, little bubbly.

m- mildly filling mouthfeel.

d- very drinkable, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 20:09:03 | More by thecarster1
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a mug. Little head, with little retention. Beer is a clear yellow. Carbonation is decent. Looks like beer.

Aroma: Where is everyone getting citrus scents from? I don't pick that up. Aroma is mild, not unpleasant..its okay. I can get some sweetness from it though. Maybe that's the citrus

Taste: Sweetish. Not much else. A little grainy at the end, I guess. If anything.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean, it does go down well

Drinkability: Inoffensive taste, okay mouthfeel. I'll give it good ratings for that on here. Otherwise, meh. Not really excellent. Its an adjunct after all

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 06:34:07 | More by kshankar
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the few beers available at Nacho Mama's in downtown Augusta, GA to which I had never really given a chance.

Poured from a custom stubby brown 12 oz. bottle with a painted-on label into a pint glass.

Pours a pale, clear straw gold. Raises a froth of large bubbles that peaks at a finger-and-a-half and disappears rather rapidly, failing to leave behind much of itself on the glass (which may be attributable to an overly wet glass).

A basic nose of grassy hops and a bit of grainy astringency forms a simple yet mostly pleasant aroma.

Very light-bodied and somewhat slick, with a rather light carbonation and a smooth softness. Somewhat minerally on the palate, with lightly sweet, slightly bready malt notes combined with a nice balanced grassy, vague bitter hoppiness. Finishes light, crisp, and clean, with just a faint, slight lingering graininess.

Amazingly drinkable, going down almost like water, only more pleasantly. Smooth, balanced, and thirst-quenching. Would make a great accompaniment to a nearly infinite number of dishes. Light and inoffensive, yet much more characterful than its American counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:46:22 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of JimBird


3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank it straight from the bottle. Smelled clean and fresh.

As far as adjunct lagers go, I have nothing to complain about. This was this first time I've had one without spitting it out, so I give it a thumbs up. It was actually very crisp and clean and possessed no off-flavours.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:40:55 | More by JimBird
Photo of GilGarp


2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Horray beer! Since it's almost cinco de mayo, I decided to try a beer that is almost Mexican cerveza, in my opinion.

This beer comes in a great looking screen printed bottle (24 oz.) with a very distinctive shape. To be honest, it's the best part about this beer.

Poured into a pint glass, it is the color of apple juice with almost no head at all.

Aroma is almost nonexistant even with vigorous swirling. Basically sweet with some corn.

Flavor is sweet and simple with corn, apple, and pear. Fructose would be my one word answer.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat. I have to wonder if something went wrong with this bottling. Dirnkability is ok if I was looking for a cheap summer lager. Overall, not impressed. Horray beer but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:21:22 | More by GilGarp
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 05:13:18 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of cnally


3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

red stripe, mon.

fluffy white head with good lacing. clear crisp yellow color in the beer.

clearly grain and wheaty scents.

very sweet flavor on this one. grainy flavor with a really slight caramel aspect. good general lager flavor.

full, even feel with balance.

very drinkable and smooth, full and a flavorful lager. why drink bud when you can drink this?

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:29:06 | More by cnally
Photo of Dodo2step


3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

P- In Jamaica of course

A- a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Pretty bland to be honest.

S- sweet citrus notes but overly present.

T- a sweet sugary taste like that of fructose but sour as well on the back end like bad yeast.

M- a bud type of feel with miller lite perks if u call them perks.

D- a nice beer to drink in the country it comes from but i wouldnt purchase it here in the states unless highly intoxicated.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 23:39:37 | More by Dodo2step

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz

A: Pours gold with a small head, with a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Had a very fragrant aroma also had notes of orange, and other citrus scents.

T: Has a very dry taste, very crisp, slightly sweet very good compared to other lagers.

M: feels light.

D: overall its just a good lager, feels like you can drink these all day in the sun.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 07:46:24 | More by FISHTHEINFAMOUS
Photo of Mardukk


2.13/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a fizzy light straw yellow with significant carbonation.

Tastes bitter with little body and high carbonation. There is also a metallic edge to the bitterness hindering the drinkability. A sour metallic bitter aftertaste lingers.

One of the least drinkable adjunct lagers I've had due to the various off tasting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:17:30 | More by Mardukk
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: darker straw yellow color with thin head and ok lacing. Lots of carb bubbles making the beer look like a soda.
S: smells like a sweet lager but not much else in the nose.
T: tastes slightly bitter with some sour yeast mixed into the overall sweet taste. The malts used tasted like they were the usual American macro type.
M/D: the feel is like that of a soda highly carbonated, light, and sugary. The drinkability is good and refreshing like what it brewed for. Honestly if you ate looking for an alcoholic soda look no further this is your choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:42:01 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of hustlesworth


3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- love the stubbies, clear golden with tons of rising bubbles, decent white head with adequate retention and lace.

S- sweetish citrus, orange and lemon, some bitter grassy aromas, pale and raw grains

T- rather sweet taste as well compared to others of the style, clean and inviting with only a slight cooked veggie type flavor, almost unnoticeable. finishes with toasty cereal grain flavor and some earthy hop flavor but not much actual bitterness.

MF- light fizzy refreshing...just as an island lager should be...

D- easy drinkin, even out of the cool ass bottle. even cooler if you have a red stripe beer koozie. and i do. hooray beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 23:13:00 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear with lots of bubbles rising at different speeds. HEAD: Fizzy with crap retention and no lacing. COLOR: Light golden.

S- MALT: Honey sweet and grainy. YEAST: Distinct lager aroma. Bready and faintly metallic.

T- TONGUE: Sweet and husky. MALT: Light and simple 2-row along with adjuncts make for a flavor similar to most beers marketed as "lager". Red Stripe is good for a simple, sweet, one-note beer.

M- BODY: A bit more viscous than what I would call light. CARBONATION: Active but not irritating. I call it "pinchy"

D- Good for what it's worth. Superior to most "lagers"

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:14:35 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of jadpsu


2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold. Pours white foamy head. Poor head retention.
Not much hits the nose but some faint graininess.
Taste has some lemon with a bitter aftertaste, but little else comes across for me. Very light, little body. Could down one of these in a nano-second on a hot day but not much character here.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 23:57:57 | More by jadpsu
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big stubbie 24oz. Bomber into a small tasting glass (for rating purposes only, you really have to drink this on out of the bottle for the full experience).

A - Straw yellow and crystal clear. Thick head of white foam with good carbonation and decent spotty lacing. If you gave points for the bottle, this one might be a 5.

S - Grainy marco aroma. Hints of malt and a tiny bit of citrus.

T - Creamy, malty flavor up front. Finishes with a slighly citric hop bitterness.

MF&D - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Not packed with flavor, but goes great with spicy food and BBQ. Great session beer, even better in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 19:09:13 | More by nasty15108
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1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the worse beers I've had. I have no problem with a macor here and there, but this was rough. Piss yellow color with thin white head with no retention what-so-ever. Smell was a dry malty mess. Taste about the same, a sweeter dry malt, some grain. Mouthfeel was light and thin, though not as light as many other macros. Overall just not a beer for me. I'd take a Pacifico or even a Bud Light over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:41:21 | More by bunnyhustle
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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