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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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2,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 190 | 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 CuriousMonk
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of gatorguy
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.

gatorguy, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
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.

mattgreger, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
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!

welldigger888, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of gskitt
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.

gskitt, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favourite lager, Red Stripe was first introduced to me by a friend at a concert, where I had it on-tap, which is slightly better than the canned drink available in shops (oddly enough i've had it in 440ml and 500ml cans) This was the first beer I ever had, and I still laugh when I think back to when I was new to beer and thought Red Stripe was the best beer out of any, hands down!

Like many lagers, it is hard to go into any massive detail, but here's my "lowdown" on the drink.

It is very, very easy to drink alot of, and not too strong either so drinking alot is not much of a problem. The taste is similar to Peroni, although slightly more refreshing and thirst quenching, especially when ice-cold from the fridge.

Perfect on a hot summers day when you want a cheap beverage you don't have to concentrate much on.

CwrwAmByth, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale yellow, no head. .

S - sweet grain, corn, mild earthiness.

T - hint of sweet grain up front, mild bitter finish.

M - light body, big carbonation, dry/crisp finish.

D - gimmick macro/import adjunct lager for me. save your money for the good stuff.

BeerLover99, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Monsteruss
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When pouring, the foam was white in color and thin. The color was deep gold with yellow highlights. It had an overall balance of wheat, hops and barley with hints of citrus and flowers. The taste was identical to the aroma. Mouthfeel - medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability - not too bad. Kind of has a summer feel to it due to the citrus and flowery tones. Ok session

Monsteruss, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Risser09
2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · best by june 2011

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with lots of quickly building head. 2.5" tall, off-white color. The beer is amazingly clear, unlike a lot of the beer I've been drinking lately. Good retention, lots of pillowy craters. The fun continues as a single stream of bubbles steadies itself to the top of the beer.

Smell: Pilsner malt, some mineral/metallic aromas, with faint aromas of hops and adjuncts. Very basic.

Taste: Very plain pilsner flavor without much bitterness or residual sugar at all. Slight biscuits without much alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slick and refreshing without any alcohol burn present. Mild dryness.

Drinkability: This isn't a standout for flavor but it sure would be easy to drink a lot of it. It's a refreshing lager, but that's where the complexity stops.

Risser09, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was offered to me while I was at my parent's over the weekend.

Yellow fizzy lager. Bit of a head on it.

Smeet malty smell.

Not terrible tasting. For some reason I thought this would have tasted a lot more exotic. They nailed the american adjunct lager style pretty well. It was lightly flavored, and crisp. I can see this being a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel again was light and crisp.

Definitely drinkable.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Dster
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice easy drinking lager for hot days or hot foods. Slightly sweet.. I swear the pint sized can tastes different than the shorty bottle. It's been a few years since I had one, but had countless ones of these in the past when I used to hang out at the Royal Rack reggae pool hall. So I have fond memories but really it tastes like most massed produced central american lagers.

Dster, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light straw color with a thin, one finger white head that disappears quickly. Only a skim of foam left over part of the surface.

Aromas of grainy, sweet malt. An earthy hop aroma comes through. Grassy, like mown hay.

First sip is malty, grainy, with a balancing bitterness, but the edge is toward the malt. Slightly sweet aftertaste that lingers. A bit of a carbonic bite, and a little gassy.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Nothing much there.

A decent, adjunct lager, for drinking in mass quanitities without getting too hammered. To that end, it is very drinkable.

JamnesCameron, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Mild white foam that seemed to disappear quickly. Plenty of carbonation and some mild lacing. A light golden colour. Not real impressive smell or taste but better than some macrolagers. I seem to remember this more fondly but it was in the sun and I was really thirsty. Malts are weak and not too much else going for it. I guess I should not have drank a DAB prior to this. I do like the stubby painted bottle. Mouthfeel is average, light bodied and some effervescence. Drinkability would be improved by warm sun, blue clear waters, and coconut oil. Will try again, under those circumstances.

jhtipton, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Straw yellow, mild head and retention.

S - Some faint grassy notes with a mild hop tinge. Average for a macro lager.

T - Slightly bitter with a grainy earth tone. Not as grassy as the nose would lead one to believe. Not bad at all.

M - Crisp, clean feel. Sharp carbonation actually works in it's favor here.

D - Very enjoyable for a lager. When I'm at places that tend not to have a craft selection, this is usually what I go for. A bit expensive for what it is, but what isn't these days?

PhageLab, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of tozz8
1.6/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz iconic bottle poured into pint glass

A--Dark yellow. Nearly 100% transparent. two fingers of foamy white head. lots of lacing

S--Bread and biscut malts with a little bit of floral hops. overall a bit sour/skunky

T--Sour, slightly sweet, bitter, water. not as offensive as the smell, but completely uninteresting

M--light, very little carbonation

D--if you can drink water, you can drink this. thank god for the marketing team, because they would not sell any of this stuff without their efforts.

tozz8, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of richkrull
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a Red Stripe for the first time in a long time on NYE at Towne Inn in Jefferson, WI.

I didn't like it quite as much as I remembered but it was decent. It didn't have a good smell at all, kind of skunky. The taste was ok, but not as good as I expected. Also had a bitter aftertaste that made it less enjoyable.

All in all, Red Stripe has some funny commercials and I'll have one from time to time, but there are better beers out there for me.

richkrull, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with foamy white head. Poor retention and poor lacing.

S: Some sweet corn and vegetal smell. Light honey.

T: Light taste but still quite sweet, sweeter than most of the style. Mashed sweet corn. Correct malt. Might be one of the tastier of the style.

M: Extremely light with medium to strong carbonation. Makes me think of mineral water.

D: Very drinkable, as it is for all the beers of the style. Just won't keep my attention.

flipper2gv, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
1.6/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I swear I have reviewed this beer before but yet it says I don't, anyway...I've had this several times from the bottle, pours a light strawish yellow, actually has pretty good carbonation, but is very watery...The aroma is skunky mostly with a little hops...The taste is mostly skunky but has a terrible harsh bitter finish. This is one of my least favorite adjuncts because of the finish. Would rather have a BMC.

jrallen34, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light and golden color when poured, while a decent white head forms and then quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet corn, grain, and cooked veggies. Taste is fairly sweet with hints of light grain husks while maintaining a favorable hoppy bitterness in each sip. Overall, it's a light bodied, low abv, easy drinking lager.

jsdunlop, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion, Red Stripe is criminally underrated. This beer is excellent. It pours a smooth, rich golden color, has the perfect amount of head, medium carbonation, and a sweet, sugary taste to it. This beer is crisp and goes down well. A perfect companion to a barbeque or steak dinner.

ronniebruner, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of GeneralZod
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours of a nice light golden color.
Minimal head retention

Nice crisp smell of barly.

Light tasting. Clean and easy to go down with a very light carbonation. No strange aftertaste

Watery. Feels like a light beer.

Very good. Definitely is one of the better lagers.

GeneralZod, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a four finger head of decent thickness and a bit of cream. Average appeal.

Sm: Clean off-scent of malted barley. Definitely adjuncts. Not particularly appealing.

T: Clean open, well built and balanced body akin to the smell. Crisp finish.

Mf: Smooth as it needs to be but a bit too wet. Some dryness on the finish would make me want the next sip more.

Dr: Brilliant for this price range, but nothing special in terms of the style.

kojevergas, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A good brew in hot or warm weather. Light, crisp & refreshing. Tastes best on tap, especially down in Jamaica. Pairs well with spicy food - jerk especially - but also with seafood or salty dishes. Not much there in terms of aroma or flavor, but it's not trying to be a hop bomb or malty brew. Drank this for ten days during my Honeymoon in Jamaica. A very drinkable beer, almost like water. This is so much better on draft than from bottle IMO. Doesn't taste all that great back in the States.

jwhancher, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Frothboss
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a yellow/gold with 1/4" head that quickly fades away with no lacing. Smells like light malts maybe some nuts slightly salty and metalic. Tastes sweet and sour with citrus undertones. Carbonated and dry. Sour on the stomach. Thumbs down. and i cant even take off the label for homebrews.>.>


Frothboss, Dec 19, 2010
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.