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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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2,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,751
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

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Photo of PapillonJohn
3.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/23/2011
Poured from the cute little stubby bottle into a pokal glass.

Appearance: Very, very light. Phew...talk about just about water. A very light yellow/slight gold color. Very small, bubbly head. Carbo working it's way up in the center of the glass. Not impressive at all. May be the lightest, clearest beer I have ever seen.

Smell: Smells of slight adjunct, some apple and pear. Some very light, toasted barley malt and a little honey. Mostly dominated by a very strong grassy, astringent smell. Not astringent as in bad but astringent as in grassy as hell. Some slight citrus note sneaks in too.

Taste: Really, I enjoy the taste a lot. It's fairly bitter to tell the truth. Not too much sweetness going on. maybe a bit of a sugary, honey hint from some toasted malt and a little bit of some cloying corn. It's hardly noticeable though and nothing to throw you through a loop. Most of the taste is some grassy/spicy hops and some citrus notes, some a mix of malt, but I believe mostly from the hops. Even some hints of some green tea leave sourness tossed in there too. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, just how it should be. Pretty watery though. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

Overall I believe this is a great beer for what it is, and the price. Going to have to go ahead and add this to one of my favorite mainstream beer list. I can honestly say I would get this again. If you are looking for something different and amazing, you are looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for something a bit bitter, less sweet than many macros, and something very refreshing...This is for you!

Photo of anotherbeerguy84
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an ice cold 16oz can. It's your basic, generic, fizzy yellow lager beer. But I will give vredit where credit is due: It's very crisp, clean and refreshing after a long day on the water. I would drink again. It's beer...Hooray Beer!!! I'd drink this before any BMC beers.

Photo of paxchristi
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was the beer that I chose most frequently when making the transition into my adult palate.

Appearance: Pours clear pale yellow with fizz that leaves no lace whatsover.

Smell: Little. A bit of grain and an ever so vague sweetness that is not intelligible.

Mouth: Funky smelling grain and generic white bread. Faint sweetness on the finish.

Mouth: Light and crisp. Serve cold so that you can emphasize this to hide the fact the beer really sucks.

Overall: Dude, its Red Stripe. Its better than almost all BMC but does not rank among beers like Boston Lager or Moose Drool as far as quality and availability.

Photo of mikeg67
1.23/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle from Trader's Joe. Pours light straw hue with a thick,long lasting, white head and soda like carbonation. Nose is of medicine and grain. Light, crisp body. Taste is sweet corn and lemonade. Short, light finish. Thanks god I bought only one bottle.

Photo of BrewMaester
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet beer in a nice bottle. Pours a light gold color. It has a weak nose with a flavor of malt and hops. Its a little syrupy so it can get overwhelming if you have more than one or two. Carbonation is about rite, keeps the mouthfeel light. Its a decent drink but nothing spectacular.

Photo of nukem5
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep rich golden straw color with a nice thick cap of foam, bubbles constantly feeding the dense white head.

S: Aromas of cereal and grain , corn, and a touch of grassy .

T: Slightly metallic grassy, corn, grain. Your typical lager tastes.

M: Light to medium bodied but this one leaves something behind, a junk ton of lacing down the glass, Hmmm not a typical lager indeed.

O: I do like this one indeed it is refreshing and satisfying. I usually stray away from the lager styles as I don't genuinely like them although this one I do like. Would have this again very easy.

Photo of Chyren
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a fairly common and par-for-the-course fizzy yellow with a white foamy head settling quickly to a paltry little film.

S: sweet, corn sugars, grainy and hay-like, somewhat fruity / estery

T: quite weak, somewhat metallic, not cloying but with a touch of fruit, grassy

M: Fizzy with bite, a bit foamy, and clean actually

O: I would put this up with drinking something like MGD. It's so similar to just about every other mass-produced lager, maybe a bit more flavor to it, a bit more structure, so it is relatively more satisfying. But I don't see myself opting to drink this again unless it's the only choice available.

Photo of socon67
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours light golden with plenty of carbonation. The foam heads is gone fast.

S - There is a bit of grain but nothing else. I was hoping for a bit of malt, some citrus, or some other complimentary scent. None.

T - Decent for the style. There is a fresh grain taste that would work well on a hot day. It is solid but not much different than the others out there.

M - The carbonation is a bit much. Makes it feel heavier than it should.

O - Not one of my favorite american adjuncts, and I prefer Dragon Stout as my personal choice for Jamaican beer. Very generic. But the commercials are funny...

Photo of JohannBock
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Needed something to wet the whistle while reading and this was in the fridge, poured into a pint glass.

A: Half a finger of head even after a pretty hard pour that dissipated to nothing very quickly. Lots of carbonation in the glass, pale straw color.

S: Not much in the way of nose here, maybe just some malts.

T: Also not much here either, tastes like corn grains with maybe some malts on the back half. Finishes pretty clean though.

M: Some prickle on the tongue from the carbonation. Clean.

O: Not great but not bad. If it was offered at a BBQ or something like that I wouldn't be mad about it.

Photo of rudzud
2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear pale gold larger with a fizzy one finger head that disappeared almost immediately leaving nothing.

S - Slghtly below par for an american adjunct. Light grains and malt sweetness.

T - Same as the nose, light grains, malt sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinarey here.

M - Not too bad. Nicer carbonation makes this a bit more drinkable.

O - Overall, just your average larger. Red Stripe, hooray mediocraty.

Photo of rpardon7
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definately one of my go to beach beers, I prefer a negro modelo but this is a refreshing beer. Pours a light golden hue with a very small quickly receding white head that lingers due to an imense fountain of carbonation. Smell is light grains bit of citrus in the nose. Taste is crackery grain with a small zest of citrus hops that is brought about by the bright carbonation. Mouthfeel is very clean and light almost efforvescent with the amount of carbonation. Overall this is not an overly complex beer, it pairs pretty well with cajun and jerk or spicy cuisine and is a far step ahead of the big lagers of the US.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes primarily. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes, grass/hay, and some very mild citrus flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness makes itself known on the palate after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good adjunct lager with better than average smells and tastes.

Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is lightly sweet, the brew smells like sweet malt and grain/adjuncts. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some light hops which helps lead to a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's crisp and well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink, which is a good thing on a hot day like this. For the style of beer this is, it isn't bad at all. I'm not sure if I would pay $2.19 for a bottle of this again anytime soon, but there are certainly worse choices out there.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew the color of watered-down gold. It holds a one finger head of pulsating white bubbles. This recedes at a standard pace to leave a thin bubbling film over the glass. Little lacing is left as it goes. Translucency is near complete, and no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate, and a generous amount of bubbles stick to the inside of the glass. The aroma is wrought with irony metals and adjuncty grain. Other notes include a limey sweetness and an obtrusive alcohol character, despite the lower abv. The taste begins with a sugary sweetness and biting corny adjuncts. The grain seems extraordinarily cheap, with a bizarre synthetic citric character. Moving forward through the middle sees more of the same grain, but in a milder manner. Bitterness is present, again, contributed by the adjuncts and yeast. Rounding the corner to the finish we find mashed vegetable sweetness, and paler, more mild malts. The aftertaste breathes with corn, flour, and a standard oat flavor, like dry cheerios. The body is medium and the carbonation is borderline offensive. The feel to each sip is watery and thinner on the flavoring side of things, but the mouth is ultimately left bone dry. There is an astringent peel to the roof of the mouth, and the mouth is left puckered and satiating, trying to compensate for the lack of moisture. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks with the ease of any adjunct lager.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the look for the style. The color appeared a bit darker than many of the other members of this style category, and had a bit more fullness to it than them as well. This would certainly be refreshing on a hot day in Jamaica, but there are many other brews I would rather reach for in such a situation.

Photo of robbrandes
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at a jamaican-themed party

man, takes me back to the college days. acceptable clear straw-yellow, big fluffy head. some faint hops and malt on the nose, but not a lot.

no surprises with this old war horse. a slightly better than average adjunct lager. well above most mass-produced adjuncts, perfect for washing down the jerk chicken.

Photo of STKPICR0720
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this brew every spring break and have not had one until recent. I though it was okay very light, sweet and very malty. I just do not prefer a lager that has a mouthfeel that has been watered down. If I was in Jamaica I would drink this other than that I will pass unless it is free or for some reason I find myself on another spring break. If that happens I more than likely will be divorced also.


Photo of bsdrums
4.14/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and enjoyed from the bottle. I usually would not drink a beer straight from the bottle, but I have had experience with this beer before and it is best right out of the bottle. Pour it in a glass and you have to race to finish it bofore it opens up too much.

A: In the bottle, like a hand grenade, it's fun. Brown bottle cold on a hot day. Nice.

S: A little sweet, crisp with almost a malt hint, only noticeable as a almost earthy sweetness.(try it on a hot day after some heavy manual labor)

T: Just like the smell but the taste is just more intense. The malt comes through with some sweetness and then the hops bite back just enough to let you enjoy this very well balanced(term used too much) beer.

M: The malt leaves a sweetness and fullness in the mouth wile the hops fade back. Makes it easy to drink, and hard to believe f how deep you are in to your 12 pack.

Overall: Great beer for the heat, with friends for a night of session drinking.

DO NOT BUY THIS BEER IN CANS. It's brewed in Canada, which is not too bad by it's self, but it doesn't taste the same. In fact I think it tastes bad. Bottles come from Jamaica (good beer), cans come from Canada[(no pun intended)bad beer].

Photo of shand
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz stubby into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a pale golden color with a finger worth of head. Aroma is generically beery. The taste is pretty good, it's got a nice sweet maltiness, and a crisp taste. As it warms, it gets vegetal. Drink it cold. Ice cold. The mouthfeel is nice, it's very effervescent and goes down easily. The drinkability is good, but no better than the style. This is a better than average AAL for sure, but it's nowhere worth the 8.49 a sixer seems to demand in the area when I can pick up a 24oz can of Genny Cream for a buck and enjoy it just as much.

Photo of marqoid
2.92/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as the Adjunct Lager category goes this isn't that bad.
Drank this beer while eating ceviche outside in Arizona summer.
Pours a light straw color with off white head with little retention. Smells grainy and sweet, not much hops or real malt n the scent. Tastes is crisp and refreshing when very cold, but has an off putting after taste as it warms. There is some hop bitterness, but the hops are not particularly distinguishable. As it warms it does taste more and more stale and 'skunky'. So long as the beer stayed cold it was refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Jemonster
1.93/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A: Clear pale gold, as to be expected from this type of beer. Bubbly head fades away quickly.

S: Slightly musky, wheat and malt. Grassy and light.

T: Acrid and unpleasant. I couldn't even stand to finish it. I may re-review later to double check, but this tastes like it's tainted. Corn and wet puppy taste...

M: It's got a bubbly and refreshing mouthfeel, so there is a plus. Cool and light.

O: It's awful. I will try it again later but as it stands it's one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had.

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A light chardonnay in color, crystal clear, with a white head that noticeably dissipates as I type this.

S: Light scent with some sweetness. Some light chex mix rice type smells, and something slightly cloying in the finish.

T: Very light with an effervescent sweetness. Some crisp grain tastes with rice, and a touch of a floral note.

M: Light in body and carbonation similar to club soda. This puppy is active.

O: Overall it is what I expect from the style, low on flavor, light and bubbly. Pretty much par for the course.

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a yellow color, very clear body with a fizzy white head. The smell was on the sweeter side, some corn and other grains. The taste was decent but nothing special. The mouthfeel was very drinkable. Overall this beer is a typical lager.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
1.88/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was stuck and had no choice but to revisit this. Like the grenade bottle, but the likey ends there. Just your basic insipid aal. No aroma to speak of, no taste to speak of other than some grainy sweetness. Fake tasting carbonation. Thin and watery. This was a chore to drink.

Photo of BeerYain
3.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head with minimal lacing, light straw coloring and the aroma of a basic American lager.

I've had the beer from the bottle and in a mug. When drinking from the bottle, the flavor is tight and focused. It's initially a bit hoppy/bitter, and a bit breathy from the booze, with a mild butterscotch note, but balances well. From the mug, it opens up more, with a good mix of much milder hop and minimal bitterness, booze, and a offers more of that signature soft, rounded butterscotch finish.

This Jamaican lager is a great alternative to an American lager.

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent pale golden-straw color with a large frothy white head with decent lacing. Very noticeable carbonation.

Smell is not very good. Not much going on except a little straw wheat and an unpleasant sourness a little like vomit.

Flavor is very simple and boring like a Bud. Notes of straw wheat and light pale malt.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth with good carbonation.

Overall it's very easy to drink. I only really bought it cuz I needed the bottle cap. I had my honeymoon in Jamaica at an all inclusive resort so I've drunken a ton of this stuff. In fact I won a beer chugging race for a bottle of rum at my resort. So I keep it classy and it clearly is light and smooth.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,751 ratings.