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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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2,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 913
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 280 | 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 gskitt
3.17/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of Risser09
2.37/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Dster
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
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?

Photo of tozz8
1.67/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Photo of richkrull
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of flipper2gv
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
1.64/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

Photo of jsdunlop
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of GeneralZod
3.7/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Frothboss
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
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.>.>


Photo of JayS2629
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale gold, straw color. Quite transparant with a medium creamy head and descent lacing.

S- Very faint. Sweet malts, brown rice and hints of wheat. Grassy...earthy. Faint. strangely, skunk. From the hops?

T- Sweet malts, corn, dry breads and skunk. Slightly metallic, funk, musty.

M- Clean and refreshing. Light and watery.

D- Easy to drink after getting past the funky musty smell.

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz stubbie bomber into a pilsner glass.

Pale straw, relatively clear liquid with a voluminous lasting three finger ivory head of soft peaks which reaches well above the top of the glass. Egg-white-like lacing.

Boiled wheat, faint brown rice and pale malt in the nose. Maybe a vague fruitiness as well.

Very lightly malty palate entry topped off by corn-like adjunct, and a generic sweetness. Finishes crackery with a hint of grass. Clean and refreshing. Not bad.

Soft light-body with substantial carbonation. A touch slick maybe.

The ABV is just right for the style, and makes this all the more drinkable. Well crafted (if you can say that about a style that eschews craft) and pairs well with food (collard greens and black eyed peas tonight). Rated to style...

Photo of LacquerHead
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried a few of these on different occasions before I gave it an official review. At first I thought I might have purchased a spoiled beer, but it turns out Red Stripe smells and tastes musty to me.

It had a musty-funk like smell mixed with a hint of skunk.

The taste didn't completely match the aroma, but it came close. The taste had a musty grain flavor. There was a slight hint of hops in the background but the grain taste kept it from surfacing. There really isn't a whole lot to say about the taste. It had all the characteristics of any other adjunct lager, only with a grainy, musty cellar taste and smell.

For being a musty tasting beer there wasn't an offensive aftertaste. The drinkability was decent for its style. I would probably drink this over a Budweiser.

Conclusion: while this may be swill, it is at least distinctive in its swill-ness. Given its style it was not good or bad - it was simply "eeehh, take it or leave it mahn"

Photo of Lemke10
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a single 24oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $3 in the fall of 2010.

Sometimes to appreciate the good beers you have to drink the "ehh" beers and the bad beers. Thankfully Red Stripe is one of the "eehhh" beers. It pours a light golden color with smell that thankfully doesn't match the taste. It is definetly a very light beer in comparison to microbrews but still has a fair amount more flavor that standard macro brews. Overall though it is very easy drinking. It's hard to believe they make a light form of this. Somthing different than Bud or Miller but not anything even close to rave about.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a ton of carbonation and head, both of which quicly fade away to nearly nothing. No lacing. Body is the color of watered down apple juice.

Smells mostly of generic noble hops and corn. The overall grain bill seems to be dominated by corn, which lends a slightly more bitter smell to the nose.

The hop flavors become even more generic in the flavor, and the bitterness in the overall flavor is both from the adjuncts and from the hops. Overall the flavor is clean and free of defects and pretty good for an adjunct lager. As always, the flavors could be bolder and more complex, but when you don't use all malt... what do you expect?

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation makes up for the lack of overall ingredients. Drinkability is quite good.

Conclusion: For this style, this is a good beer, and is better than most of the big macros.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.