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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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2,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,609
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 198 | 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 cagocubs
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow color, fairly translucent, thin white head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

S: Bready with some adjunct scents. Not much going on here.

T: Something is giving it some sweet taste. The grain/yeast can be tasted.

M: Decent mouth coating

D: A decent lager I would choose before other similar styles.

cagocubs, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a hotel glass.

A - A light straw color with excellent clarity and a minimal white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Not much aroma. A slight bready scent with a crispness from the yeast. But overall, it's very faint.

T - Not a lot of flavor. A slight crispness from the yeast with a mild sweetness.

M - Thin with a very low carbonation. Drinks a bit like Gatorade.

D - There's not a lot of flavor or aroma to this beer but it's extremely drinkable and has its place. This is one of my favorite summertime beers (partly because it reminds me of a great business trip to Kingston). It's great on a hot day. I see that a lot of people are critical of this beer but for what it is, it's a good beer.

GJ40, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a big bottle of this for 3.99 at a beer place in Monroeville. I could have paid 2.95 for it at the "beer barn" but I thought I would try it again since I haven't had it in a while and it is a good lager.

A - Bright yellow with a decent amount of head.
S - Smells like citrus with a sugary cane sent.
T - Slight bitter with a sugar taste rounding out the flavor.
M - Slight malt and bitter. A typical lager.
D - One bottle was enough.

Really was more bitter than I remember. Maybe my palate has changed over the years from craft brew but this used to be a treat from regular rolling rock and now it's only slightly above average. An ok beer.

DrDemento456, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Dodt
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up a 6 pack of this today poured into a pint glass.
appearance pale yellow almost clear with a light head.
smell grainy
mouthfeel smooth a light body.
drinkability crisp and smooth

not a bad beer for drinking at the ball game or after mowing the lawn.

Dodt, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that was crystal clear. I was a little surprised by the nice 1-finger head I got and it lasted for a little bit.

Smell: Sweet malt smell with what seemed like hints of citrus. It also has a bit of that watered down smell common with adjuncts, but this wasn't quite as bland.

Taste: Whatever citrus I noticed in the smell, was not present in the taste. There was a bit of a bitter aftertaste with a malt backbone. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Very thin body, almost watery.

Drinkability: Not bad. This is one of the better adjunct lagers I've had, and this would be perfect with a burger or hot dog or something.

civilizedpsycho, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of OttoBomb
1.58/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. pint (tulip) glass, (September 9, 2009).

Eyes: Light straw gold color with a quickly forming head of large bubbles that dissipates just a quickly. Lacing?

Nose: Skunky up front, corny. Some malty sweetness.

Tongue: No real flavor profile other than the basics for a adjunct. A suggestion of some decent grassy hops, and a suggestion of sweet malt, finished poorly however.

Mouth: Cold, fairly clean, very light.

Libation: What can I say? It's neither complex nor interesting, and to be any good is must be drunk very, very cold. I know this is an adjunct lager and people tend to lower standards in this category, but there are good adjuncts out there and this just isn't one of them.

OttoBomb, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out with a huge amount of foam even with a conservative pour. Dissipates after awhile leaving behind no lacing. For the smell, it smells as you'd expect from an adjunct lager which is very similar to Budweiser. For the taste, it basically tastes bland save for being slightly sweet. Since drinkability is this style's claim to fame, this is a drinkable beer. Basically, its no surprises except for the sweetness. If I am in need of an adjunct lager in the future, its a good chance it'll be this.

SkunkWorks, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this beer for a while, and after a brutal day at work, I just want something simple.

Appearance: Hey, this ain't too bad at all. Crystal clear Lager gold that boasts good carbonation. A generous pour produced a finger of head that surprisingly laces and retains somewhat. More then I would ever expect from an adjunct lager.

Smell: A slight tinge of skunk permeates the brew with notes of corn with a touch of tropical fruit scent. It does carry itself decently, even with some warming. Not exactly that great, but you could do worse.

Taste: Sweet malt with a hint of corn and what I think might be pineapple of all things (odd I know). It then turns to more grain and fruity taste that turns to a light dusting of grassy, fruity and citric hops. Simple, but not too simple, especially for the style.

Mouthfeel: A slight acidic aftertaste ends the experience but it quickly gives way to a more grassy fruit aftertaste. Mouth is neither too dry or moist and the carbonation does a good job of accenting the beer, just well enough.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, and yet somehow manages to not come off as watered down. Very light bodied so drinking it all night isn't an issue and decently smooth going down. That being said, the acidic touch stops it from being a guzzler and it does leave me belching a bit. Still, I could drink it all night though.

Final Thoughts: After having Banks, I was hoping that Red Stripe would not follow the same tread as that god awful Caribbean beer. However this beer surprised me, and apart from the smell, is a good beer, especially for an adjunct. Really, the only thing else that needs to be said is, Hooray Beer!

TheHammer, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm thin white head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is wheatstraw yellow and clear. The aroma is mainly of sweet malts. The taste is sweet and fruity with little bitterness. I get no hint of any adjunct. The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Highly drinkable, this is a great session pick if you're down in the islands, mon.

rfabian, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Snyder18
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color. Thick cottonball white head 3" thick with moderate retention. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell - Malty, sweet nose, grainy notes with a slightly perceptable cut grass aroma.

Taste - sweet malty/grainy which slowly fades to a very pleasant lingering bitter hop finish. As the beer warms the hops become more pronounced throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, nicely balanced carbonation.

Drinkability - high marks for drinkability depending on your taste. Some may not be able to handle the upfront sweetness and lingering bitter finish. For me the journey is pleasant from start to finish.

Snyder18, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not too dark, medium straw color.

S: Had a thick aroma, tough to describe. Seemed somewhat malty, with some hop too. Interesting to say the least

T: Malty and sweet, but with hoppy undertones. Reminded me of cascade hops?

M: Decent feel, somewhat syrupy(maybe not a word, sorry), but overall good

D: I look forward to a chance of drinking red stripe. It's a nice change of pace that makes me happy when I tihnk of their brilliant advertising--- HOORAY BEER

GoalieRon33, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of BBri
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better than average for a macro lager. Love the short, stout, round bottle. Goes down easy with a crips mouthfeel and semi-sweet, slightly malty smell. Taste is good compared to other big-brews of the same style. This one is a nice thing to have on the beach in Jamaica! Goes good with spicey Caribean food. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but on occasion, it's a nice beer to sample.

BBri, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of rdub
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moley. I'm back in Jamaica on my honeymoon. This was the go-to beer at the resort for lack of any other brands. Must have been a deal with the club. Anyway, light straw appearance. Was surprised with the nice foamy head that lasted a few sips. Smell was macro lager, slightly sweet. The taste was typical but not as bad as some. Mouthfeel was spritzy and drinkability was easy.

rdub, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Looks like your typical macro lager. Pours a translucent yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The thin, fizzy head dissipates very quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell: Slightly better than your average macro. Smells grainy with just a hint of some malty sweetness.

Taste: Not bad for what has up until now seemed to be just another macro lager. Has a little bit of a hop edge to it with a slight touch of malty sweetness. Besides that, macro corniness (no pun intended) all the way.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and way over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Better than your average macro, but nothing exciting. This would be a good beer for a warm day in Jamaica. It's refreshing and very drinkable but a little light on flavor.

wahhmaster, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - I've seen this stuff before. It pours a yellow, fizzy, pale color, like other beers of this style. Nothing atypical, nor offensive.

Smell - Smell is of grains, malt, and citrus notes.

Taste - Taste is of grains (corn), and malt, with a nice citrus (lime) aftertaste. Hops are very subtle/minimal, but balance the flavor out.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and light body similar to other marco lagers, but having more flavor than most gives this bonus points.

Drinkability - Smooth, and easy to drink, especially on a nice, hot day. I'm not sure what it is, but a slight burn from either the carbonation or the alcohol knocks off a point though.

Overall - This is a decent American style lager with more character to it than a BMC brew. It's a good session beer, and will satisfy a crowd well enough. Worth trying at least, and something I occasionally go for in the right situation. Not bad :)

Flightoficarus, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I come home to visit my family, I like for my dad and I to enjoy anything but his usual. Red Stripe is a decent fallback, and it's cheap.

A: a golden-yellow straw with a finger of white head that dissipates almost completely
S: aromas are pretty much corn husk and sweet honey malt.
T: very lacking in a flavor. What's there is very faint cooked veggie. A bit of grass from the hops. Honey is there, as is a bit of apple cider. Better flavor than many other ajuncts.
M: light and heavily carbonated
D: easy to drink, and a much better alternative to BMC

washburnkid, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear strawlike yellow color with two fingers of foamy white head.

The scent is of mostly citrus and some grains.

The taste is of citrus up front, some grain is apparent also, it finishes with a kind of dry sulfuric taste.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinker, it has good flavor for an american lager.

BeerCon5, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had one of these before, but saw a commercial and decided to give it a shot.

The pour wasn't anything too spectacular, regular looking pale yellow lager with a quick dissipating white head.

The smell was a little metallic with a little bit of sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the nose, a little sweet malt followed by a slightly metallic aftertaste. No hop bite whatsoever. Very thin feel in the mouth with not a lot of carbonation.

I've decided that I kinda like this beer. It's still a cheap grocery store lager, but I'll take it over BMC anyday. Kinda comparable to Yuengling, in my opinion. These things are very drinkable.

feelmefoam, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected clear, pale yellow of the style. Less than an inch of clean white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

A sweet, but otherwise neutral, scent greets the nose. The flavors are basically benign, a slightly grainy sweetness is all that stands out.

The body is what is expected from a thin blonde. The beer is very drinkable, having multiples would be very easy, but if you had other options, why would you?

beertunes, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at a resort in Jamiaca:

A - Pale yellow in color, decent head that fades fast.

S - A husky odor that comes off more malty than hoppy

T - A robust commercial lager, fairly well balanced with malt and hops. Not bad for a macro brew.

M - Well carbonated, mostly light bodied. Refreshing on a hot beach...but almost anything cold is.

D - I drank enough of them so it is pretty drinkable. But then I didnt have much choice there either!

All in all not a bad macro.

BeerisfoodLLC, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 Oz bottle in a pilsener glass.

Very pale yellow color with a decent-sized head. Mine was over two-fingers thick, but I had a sloppy pour. Head retained for a while, but then faded to a thin white crown. Very mild lacing that fades quickly.

Taste is fairly watery and plain. Extremely thin in the mouth. It's drinkable, but not at all enjoyable or apetising. I had trouble finishing mine because it was just so uninsprising. Light hint of hops. It's not a bad taste, but it's not a good or interesting one either. But I guess that's to be expected of this style.

Mavajo, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Pours a pale hay color with a big white head that vanishes very quickly.A very faint amount of lacing that doesn't really stick

S:somehow the alcohol comes through first with a little bit a sweet malt,corn,almost a white zinfindale (sic) odor.

T:Quite a bit like budwieser but stronger and a more pronounced hop finish.also seems more boozey.Basically budweiser plus.This is how the big macros WISH they tasted.

M:Expectedly light and bubbly,but the carbonation resides after a minute or two.Somewhat dry finish.

D:Very high.Pretty damn refreshing on a hot day or an afternoon after a long day of work.

All in all not bad.A step above BMC for sure and very sessionable.Nothing great but not one i would outright turn away

ghostofpaulman, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pale and fizzy
smells of corn adjuncts, nothing else
tastes of corn adjuncts and a hint of hops
this is a decent beer, very drinkable. Actually quite good fot the style, but at 8 to 9 bucks a sixer, i'll pass. There a a lot better beer at a lot better price point, such as michlob, PBR, and my personal favorite High Life.

redneckchugger, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of psujesus
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the stronger lagers i've had, granted ive only had about five different ones.

Appearance- a nice pour into a mug, minimal head to it (i suck at pouring beers),

smell- nose is stuffy but had a decent smell from what i could tell

taste- a good amount of hoppiness to it, a bit stronger to have more than one

drinkability- an easy beer to drink, a good beer to enjoy a few at a time but for the price i'd prefer a six of killian's or coors

psujesus, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much here when you get right down to it. Decent pale golden appearance, with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Very little smell of any kind. Taste fainly of hops, with moderate carbonation. A disappointingly watery mouthfeel. I suppose you could drink a lot of these if the mood struck you, but what's the point?

bristol2120, Sep 13, 2009
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,609 ratings.