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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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2,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 335 | 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 STKPICR0720
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +39.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -34.8%
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 +1.4%
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 -7.1%
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 -36.5%
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 +27%
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 -11.8%
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.

Photo of Francepants06
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow fizzy beer, poured a small white foamy head which dissipated quickly, i tasted a slight citrus. It was a really bad beer, it just remind me too much of a BMC and I don't think I will drink it again unless I'm held at gun point. I would like to taste their dragon stout thought I hear it's drinkable

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks OK, good carbonation, so it seems like beer. Sharp without a hint of malt. Fortunately no metallic taste, but there is just no real flavor here. Water, or course, but no improvement on it. Slight hint of bitterness but no real hop flavor. Tastes like that touch of cardboard and sweetness when you lick the inside of the package the cookies stuck to.

Trying to be fair to this as an actual style, but I don't think Red Stripe is up to the challenge. I liked the Light version better, strangely enough.

Photo of gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can to a pint glass.

Pours a straw clear golden yellow with lots and lots of bubbles and a strong 3 finger head that fades its way down the glass. Smells of boiled corn, sweet grains, classic lager funk, old water, a typical AAL. Sweet and grainy on the tongue with a cake batter type flavor, with a slight bitter lemony zest on the finish. Extremely light on the tongue, full of carbonation, very refreshing, not offensive in the least as many AAL's esp on the finish. Overall, i like this stuff alot, not your run of the mill corn/rice beer, nice flavors, easy to drink.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, was disappointed by the fact I hadn't realized that the bottles are 11.2 not 12 ounces. Personally, for this style, since the prices are the same, they are only doing themselves a disservice by doing this, as it definitely discourages me from buying a six pack of this over something comparative in style and price that I get more out of. Still....

It poured out with the common light straw color and very thin, quickly dissipating head that American Adjunct Lagers have. The smell was that of grains, and it did have a hiny of "green bottle" skunkiness to it, despite the bottles being brown glass. The taste was alright, with a heavier finish than some others in the style. All in all, it's an average run of the mill AAL. Nothing I would turn my nose up at, but nothing I would go out of my way for either.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale gold in color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light grain smell, honey and a wee bit of skunk.

T: A bit of lemon and grass off the bat with a touch of pale malt and a bit of something that tastes like a cross between a skunk flavor and metal. This is by no means the worst of this style and it would go well with any kind of spicy food. On it's own though, not fantastic.

Photo of IronLover
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although I took a personal vow to not waste my time reviewing this style, I was intrigued by the packaging of this beer. This imported Jamaican lager was sampled from a 16oz can that informed me that this Jamaican original was brewed, canned and imported from Canada. Pretty much your standard american adjunct lager. Unless it's free and I'm pretty thirsty, I'll never have this again.

Photo of shaunb81
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a clear, golden body with LOTS of bubbles. LOTS! A two finger, white head disappeared quickly and left some mild lacing.

Smell - Doughy malts and a little spiciness to the hops. There is some sweetness to this as well, but it smells quite alcoholic even though it isn't. Some skunk comes through on the back end.

Taste - Pretty watered down.... The sweetness is there and the dull hops are there. Nothing exciting. The alcohol isn't very prevalent through the taste which makes it pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty drinkable and that's about it. Even though it's pretty watered down, It's enjoyable. It coats the mouth the carbonation isn't too overbearing.

Overall - It's okay. This doesn't make me say "Hooray Beer", but instead makes me wish I was saying "Hooray GOOD Beer". It's pretty refreshing though.

Photo of paxkey
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

another fine Diageo product.

pale straw light urine small thin head bubbles

corn smells like a million other adjunct lager.

drinks sweet and clean with a corn malt aftertaste.

medium dry and decent mouthfeel

the taste makes it a forced intake not recommended.

Photo of OrangeAmps
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

white head that dissipates quickly. the pale light yellow complements it well. it is highly carbonated

the typical corn, grains, syrupy kind of deal you get from any domestic shit lager.

The taste isnt so bad, but its not so good either. It tastes like a slightly more refined domestic lager. It doesnt have all that much to offer in the way of merit.

And if there is anything inherently Jamaican about this beer, i cant find it.

Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slog Ty darker gold color than many adjunct lagers, moderate cap of white head, gone quickly. Scent is mild and contains minimally sweet malts with faint vegetal touches. Taste is rather clean, higher than expected maltyness with some grassyness. Not quite medium bodied but some more heft than a typical adjunct. One of the better adjunct lagers with decent maltyness and body.

Photo of 9InchNails
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very white head that disapears rapidly. Very pale light straw color. Looks extremely carbonated.

Corn, grain, grass, just the typical macro smelling lager. A little skunkiness, not pleasant at all.

The taste isn't as bad as the smell. I get grain, corn, some grassiness; the flavors are kind of bland but in a weird refreshing way. This is what a average beer tastes like. Not horrible, not good.

Light watery body, medium carbonation -- like a little less carbonated club soda. Nothing special.

The only reason why I tried this is because my buddy was talking about it the other day. I never tried it because I never had an interest in trying it. It's better than Coors, Heineken, and Budweiser for sure. Overall, it's just the step above Macro; a good BBQ beer for the people who don't know better.

Photo of LiquorB4Berrr
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving type-I really like the style of the bottle...looks somewhat like
bottle of cough medicine from the 50-60s...

appearance-Looks like a beer, pale yellow  A typical lager color. I'll admit that this was a hard one to score because  if you feel like me, and believe most beer bought in a bottle should stay in bottle(goes for most beers not all) Then I repeat,  You are not drinking it right. (Now if its into the glass from a tap, thats a totally different story, obviously)

smell-Ummm, yeah well, it smells...wait for it...like a beer. I can't speak for everyone but I like to drink my beers, not sniff em like I'm at a fu€&ing wine tasting. With that being said, certain beers do give off a great aroma but this is not one of those beers. So I'll repeat what I've said several times, If youre buying a beer and the first thing you do is cop a whiff before even taking a sip, you aren't drinking it right. Go out to wine country if you want  alcohol that u can inspect when you hold it up to the light a d then followed up with a nice big sniff, swish and  spit....I've actually seen people do that, in real life, I'm not trying to be an a-hole about it... The only exception would be for the group No Ma'am. They  get a pass because Al and the boys were doing legitimate research fir a new official beer...but I repeat, they're the only exception...  

taste-This is the best part of Red Stripe...admittedly,it doesn't have all the different flavors and taste you'd get from a beer like  Blue Moon, I usually just want a beer that tastes like beer and this is where Red Stripe shines. It has a decent yet  somewhat strong malt flavor that can catch you off balance disappears as soon as it is swallowed.  No bitter or nasty aftertaste. Which is surprising since it  almost has a malt liquor(OE) taste to it but it has none of that "I need  some pretzels, peanuts, anything to get this nasty aftertaste out my mouth" feeling that some beers do. Thus making it a surprisingly refreshing beer and gives the drinker a smooth and unexpected  finish ...think  Corona(not flavor, as in strong bite) but minus all the crappiness, and it  doesn't need the extra shit a beer like a Corona needs to make up for lack of real taste. A beer needing anything added post brewing  ie. limes, salt etc.is a fake poser beer...Im not sure if I've said this already but if you are adding any fruit etc  to any beer, you arent drinking it right...Mixed drinks that use hard liquor and beer and/or chicks are the only exception, period. Any guy engaging in this type of fruity behavior should slap themselves. The same rules applies for Tequila(straight) Any "man" that needs lime and salt after a shot of tequila, should immediately proceed to the parking lot after said shot and locate their nut sack cause their balls obviously  didn't make it into the bar. 

I'm gonna stop there cause im writing this after a sucer of if RS and my inebriated review is probably making me look like a  doucheopotomus. I  think must of you  get my point...Overall, I feel that this is a beer for just about anyone looking for a beer that is strong yet refreshing and what it's missing in flavor and for a slight lack in overall taste, makes up for it with a great finish. So go pick up a pack(shit, a case if you can find it) and then head to the beach, BBQ or to a friends fir any type of sporting event. Give this brew a chance....

overall score-4.2

Photo of thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is one of those beers I have always sort of wanted to try, but not enough to purchase that 6-pack - I have heard from varying sources that it is both great, and overrated. Today I found a tall boy can of it for a few bucks and decided, what the hey.

It pours a pale yellow colour, reminding me of apple juice. A smattering of bubbles filter their way to the top continuously throughout the drink. I was a little generous with the pour resulting in far too much head, but this dissipated to a half-inch within a couple minutes, leaving plenty of lacing behind. For something described as an adjunct lager, I must say it's quite above average in appearance. The smell is very non-descript; a little sweet with maybe some grassiness.

I am inclined to agree with other reviewers that describe the taste as not particularly adventurous or complex, but still refreshing. A little malt at the front, with some corny sweetness, and some hop bite at the end. The carbonation is a little high for my liking, but that isn't really a bad thing because the main reason I say this is that I would like to taste the beer a little more rather than the carbon dioxide. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy before the head dissipiates, but after that it is comparable to any adjunct lager.

Keeping in mind I am comparing this beer to others of its style, I am thoroughly impressed. Is it good enough to spend twice as much on a six-pack as your average preferred non-import brand? Probably not. But it's still pretty tasty, and worth a try at least.

Photo of BigDRS
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours yellow with a small amount of head which doesn't last very long.

S - Not a lot of complexity here. Some whiffs of malt/cereal with a touch of alcohol.

T - Smooth. Hints of corn/wheat/malt come across for me. Taste is very clean but quite abrupt - no after taste whatsoever. Still, a good drinking experience for the style.

M - Very smooth and crisp, but watery. Thus the 2.5 on mouthfeel.

O - Against it's peers this is a good beer. I can see myself drinking this if I'm lounging on the beach, boat, or near a grill. There's something cool about drinking this beer straight out of the shorty bottle on a hot summer day. Hooray beer .. right?

Photo of Buggies
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked a bottle of this up just for the hell of it. Aroma is really minimal. Maybe just a bit of corn is about all. Tastes is about as plain as the nose. Corn with a slight sweetness to it. Also just a hint of hop bitterness too. Carbonation is good for the style.

Overall, not bad for the style. For the price, it just isn't feasible to drink imported adjunct lagers. Worth a try is your down in Jamaica or if you can get a single or sixer of it. Otherwise, just go with your normal law mowin beer.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.