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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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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 232 | 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 biegaman
1.8/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most people, I think of Jamaica as a sunny place and so it's only appropriate that its beer confirm the image I've cultivated in my head. Its unclouded complexion and bright yellow colour look the part for an island quencher. In a caricature of Caribbean people themselves, its bubbles show a vivacious spirit but its head is carelessly lackadaisical.

The aroma smells like parched, rotted rice paddies drizzled in golden corn syrup with a pinch of solventy, chemical adjunct on the side. It is revolting, to say the least. Nothing in this aroma even closely resembles any natural food product that I know of and, to be perfectly frank - I'm honestly not being sarcastic here - it doesn't even smell safe to consume.

The adjunct of choice appears to be rice although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that corn - or anything else for that matter - was thrown in there too. Fortunately, the resulting flavour is light (although it manages still to be offensive). The can encourages it be served cold but even at this icy temperature that seems to be helping little.

It honestly puzzles me how most people can find beers like this to be refreshing. For my palate, they are even more than distasteful - they are repugnant and assailing with cloying, off-putting flavours. The rice component is so obvious - I doubt this thing is even 50% barley malt - and it leaves a most drying, saturating, abhorrent feel in the mouth.

I had had Red Stripe a number of separate occasions over the years and remember regarding it as being an ordinary, if forgettable beer. Revisiting it now I'd like to go back on anything remotely pleasant or even polite that I ever had to say about it - this is not only emasculated, it's a displeasing, dreadful and downright detestable excuse for a beer.

Photo of spoons
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very pale yellow with a tall white head.

Smells bready, almost cookie like . Some sweetness.

Pretty carbed mouthfeel. Has a little sweetness, grainy taste.
Actually seems a bit watery.

This beer is just ok. Cant say its my favorite. Probably wont have it again.

Photo of mempath
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hadn't had one of these for YEARS....and back then, in jackson, MS, i thought this was the best it could get...then abita came along, i traveled more, etc...

so here goes. bottle is still shorty, but seems skinnier....not a 12 oz. bottle! and not as heavy as it used to be...(11.2 oz)'

pours a classic lager pale straw with massive head of fluff that settles moderately into a thickish layer and some splotchy lacing

smell is nothing special. could be a bud or coors or something...sweetish. not the kind i prefer.

ah, comes off less sweet, refreshing, still sweet, crying for some spice (thankfully my mouth is tingling since i just cut up and sampled some fresh-picked garden salsa and jalapenos). on it's on, it has to be ice cold to session while having kicked-back conversation that keeps your mind off really exploring the flavor profile...nothing bad. nothing great either. just a bit too sweet to be enjoyable. at least have some hot salsa and such out to keep it interesting. yes, must be ice ice cold...

p.s. best drunk straight from the bottle so it stays simple and rereshing. cool bottle still...

Photo of mlazzaro
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, date reads June 2009. I pulled it from the refrigerated section, so this should be sufficiently lagered. aside from store lighting exposure.

Right off the bat, a great aroma released from the opening of the bottle. Surprisingly aromatic. smells of lager yeast, with a slight hoppiness. Enticing odors.

Poured very carbonated, but has no head retention whatsoever. It is well carbonated in the sip, just not holding up in the glass. Clear a can be, appetizing orange - yellow color.

Tastes of sweet strawberry esters, I wasn't expecting that. Has a nice sharp crisp ending to the sip. Good amount of sweetness to the beer, with balanced. Kind of tastes like a pale ale recipe with lager yeast strain.

Nothing crazy awesome, but a good drinkable lager.

Photo of Insomnicat
4.78/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light amber with a finger of head. Head disappears quickly

S - Flowery hops. that's about all that I can smell.

T - Not very hoppy, almost no bite at all. I like it a lot. A LOT.

M - a tad bit heavier than water.

D - I drank this one before I knew it. I wish i hadnt just bought one. sad day.

Photo of Moontang
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into my trusty highball

Appearance: the colour is a medium golden, and there is a very thick head which dissipates relatively slowly into a nice lacing pattern.

Smell: I'm currently quite congested, so I can't make out much, but what I can make out is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very slightly thick, and the carbonation isn't too sharp. Fantastic.

Taste: the foretaste is is pleasingly low on hops, but not so low that the grain isn't balanced. The grain itself is smooth and clear.

Drinkability: It's not too sharp in the mouth to chug, pleasant enough to the senses to sip, and strong enough to get me drunk. Very good.

Photo of lou50rp
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker yellow than other American adjuncts. Has an initial white head that disappears quickly. Some lacing.
Slight smell of bread and some sweetness.
Taste is a bit grainy, sweet with a hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is not bad. Not watery.
Drinkability is good. If the budget is tight, it is a better buy than a lot of other AAls.

Photo of SamN
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Light straw yellow, not too pale. Very fair coloring. Quite active with steams of life flowing to the top, being crowned with a fair fine head. Doesn't last, quickly fades to wisps. A better head would make this beer totally decent looking.

S- Slightly sour and tinny smells. Aromas of metals, the adjunct quality. Sweetly tinged, not a awful smell, just no great. Flat with no complexities.

T- Starts watery, moves to corn and aluminum tastes. Cheap barley flavors. A burnt sour streak across the finish. Bad finish.

M- Thinner, slightly too much carbonation. Pulls rough from the glass.

D- Not terrible for an AAL. Hard to beleive how much of this I've drank in my life. Actually sitting down and reviewing this beer, it low points are way evident. Weird metal tastes and a lack of depth. I suppose it's decent for the style, but I wasn't too impressed with this.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.53/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

overall a good beer. In a brown bottle which is good, bad that it is only 11.2 oz instead of traditional 12 oz bottle. The taste of hops is indescribable but makes you want more. Drinkability is only average after 3 drinkablity weakens so dramatically.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Bottle into Pint.

This is a darker gold than most of the american macro lagers... but it is still pretty pale in color. White head. Thin. some spotty, chunky lacing.
Smells a little citrusy, almost like lemons an definately a hint of sweet malt.
Taste is sweet through to the finish. Very light an pleasant sweetness.
Drinkability is actually decent-- I haven't had this beer in a while, but I can remember easily drinking 7 or 8 of these in a night at a bar or two.

Photo of Bizz88
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden yellow with a single finger white head which dissappeared quickly to thin lacing. Aromas balanced of sweet grassy hops and malts. Slightly sweet malt tones on the palatte with a fair enough hoppy finish, much in the same way it smells. Decent lager with a light medium body with good carbonation. Would give it a two thumbs up.

Photo of TexIndy
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a stubby 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered 24A10 on neck so assuming bottled on 24th day of 2010. Was a pale straw color with good carb streams. It had an average sized fizzy head that quickly settled into a collar. Slight, quick sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was not good. Skunky, rotting vegetal with grassy hops. Standard adjunct aroma but was even in the lower tier of those. The taste was a little better but still not good even for the style. Heavy adjunct taste with little of the hops coming thru. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good carbonation but had a nasty after-taste.

Overall, a mess and don't recommend. I haven't had one of these in at least 15 years before I discovered craft beers. Back then I liked it which was probably helped by the marketing. Was hoping it held up a little over the years but it didn't. Time to retire this one for good. [N;N]

Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, with a bit more head than the average for the style.
S- The smell is of grains, with a bit of faint import sulfer smell.
T- The taste has sweetness with a bit of fruity hops to it. finishes grainy.
M- The mouthfeel is light, with nice creamy carbonation.
D-Not a bad beer when paired with some food. As a stand alone beer, it's so so.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for Beer! I agree, let's see how this one does for me.
Pours a light golden, pale straw with a creamy, semi-thick head. Looks pretty good for the style.
Aroma is soft, corn husk and a touch of citrus. Seems a bit stale, though
Taste follows the nose. A bit stale, but not horrible. Up front is a quick touch of citrus then malt kicks in to give a bit of sweetness. It's light tasting, light feeling, but still has a husky aftertaste. Good when drank very cold.

Photo of Mbarnes304
1.6/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This beer poured a white medium head that quickly disappeared. The body of this beer was very light. The smell was a blend of yeast, cereal grains, and maybe rice. This beer really didn't have a taste, maybe carbonated sour water. This beer is really drinkable, like water is. I can't believe Red Stripe was brewing this beer for 75 years (1935). This beer has Anheuse, Busch, Miller, and Coors presences all over it. If you like commercial American beers you will love it, but you get to pay import prices for it. If you like Red Stripe save your money, pour some Bud Light into Red Stripe bottles.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz stubby bottle was something like $3+change from Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives 1" of fizzy white head that settles quickly and leaves just a few straggling bubbles behind. Brew is a clear straw yellow with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not sure I've ever seen a beer this bubbly before. Smell is actually pretty decent- some roasty aspects to it, almost like a red ale, with some indistinct hops. Taste is maltier than expected, good full mouthfeel from this light colored brew, fairly creamy and smooth, bland lemonish hops. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks. Finishes with mild hops and a bit of soap.


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

Look - Looks like a lighter lager. Medium-gold color, close to the look of apple juice. Lots of foam, but dissipates pretty quickly. Kind of low on carbonation.

Smell - Smells like a light beer with some spice added. Smells like it will be bitter tasting.

Taste - Much less bitter than the smell indicated! Kind of sweet actually. A little grainy tasting. Not bad for this type of beer, especially the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very watery and smooth.

Drinkability - For the type, it's a worthy beer. Repeat-drinkability is high. It feels light enough in body and abv to allow for you to have a few in a row just fine.

Photo of burnstar
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear light gold. Medium sized head dissipates quickly. Light sweet malty smell. Taste is immediately sweet becoming grainy with some herbal notes in the finish. Pretty flavorful for the style. Well carbonated and light bodied. Very drinkable. Nice typical beer. Recommended for summer, cookouts, etc. Hooray beer!

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe that I have not previously reviewed this from a CAN! I also CAN't believe that it mentions some shite on the CAN about being brewed in Saint John, New Brunswick! They play hockey there, mon! It still sports the D/G logo, though, so Here's to beer (in a CAN)!

For the uninitiated, one of the greatest benefits of the CANQuest is the aural pleasure accompanying the Crrack, Glug, and Fizz as the CAN is opened and poured into a glass. I mention this because this CAN was an excellent example of the phenomenon. I was left with barely a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention on this hot, hazy, humid afternoon. Hey, call me a sissy, but this was a fizzy, golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was looking forward to it. The nose was sweet, rich with cereal adjuncts. Hey, if you want the CANQuest to review better beers, send/trade me for some. In the meantime, I am becoming eminently familiar with the style. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with the characteristic lager sweetness offset by adjuncts. Frankly, if you have tried one, you CAN rest easy if there are others you may have missed. Finish was slightly sweet, right for the style. Cold and wet on a hot day. This goes into a lot of coolers, so why not mine? I'd like it better on Hula in the Coola Day because it would evoke memories of days like these.

Photo of aepb1
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a generous white head

S- Sweet malt/grains, grassy hops

T- Sweet! Grainy. Clean and crisp finish

M- Full for a lager, good carbonation and finishes clean

D- Nice lager and quite refreshing on a hot florida day! Really not surprising, but very easy to drink!

Photo of macrent2
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a pale medium yellow colour with a nice amount of carbonation and a two finger that disapated slow. Very noticable lacing seen.

Light Hops smell. Sweet with honey/red clover notes and a hint of banana!

Nice very subtle sweetness and definantly ale classic pale palate.

Classic Jamaican Lager which will not dissapoint. Undernotes slightly light in tone.... warm feel!

Pass, will drink again! This is a good lager Jamaican style! Like this with pizza or barbecue.... prefer it medium cool.

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can into pint glass.

Thick frothy two finger dense head that takes a while to settle. Rather impressive. The aroma is very light, grainy, breadlike, and a little sweet. The flavor is also slightly sweet, with some very dry lingering grain flavors. Lightly fizzy feel in the mouth.

Really a typical example of the style, but very enjoyable when the temperature rises. If you're at a cookout, why not? Recommended.

Photo of mintjellie
3.83/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard adjunct lager pale gold in colour, Red Stripe pours with lots of retentive and foamy white head that coats the walls of my glass as it recedes. This is about as good as this style of beer can look. I can take half an hour to finish a tallboy and there will still be a a head left when I take that last mouthful.

It's simple and pleasant aroma has grainy, mildly sweet, slightly biscuity malt with light and perfumey floral hops. Lightly flavoured, grainy with noble hops. Mild in the manner typical of the style, but extremely clean and crisp. A little more hop flavour would really put this one over for me. Slightly built with fine carbonation. Feels light and smooth, not watery.

This is good lawnmower beer. This is something I could enjoy knocking back after working in the yard. It's thirst quenching, simple, and clean. It also has little bit more flavour than Bud, Miller, Coors, and much of the like.

Photo of kneeland
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had one last night, and I think it was the first in a very long time. It's got a great subtle distinct taste that I'm still trying to put my finger on. It's got a flavor that goes with almost any occasion, night time at a bar, or anytime during the day, maybe on the beach. It is from Jamaica after all.

My only complaint is the bottle. Sure, it's distinctive, but it's too small. It literally holds 11.2 fluid ounces, which of course is less than a typical beer. I was not aware of this. I guess I've gotten too used to the long neck styled bottle, because my mouth expected the opening of the bottle to be there when my hand was the normal distance away. Oh well, I'll have to adapt because I'm thinking about picking up a 6pack for a pool party tonight.

Photo of ericj551
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe pours a light clear gold with a foamy head that fades quickly. The aroma is grainy with some light tropical fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and grainy with some hints of fragrant apple and pear. Overall Red stripe is a refreshing beer, but not much going on flavorwise.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.