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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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2,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,812
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 336 | 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 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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tannish yellow and crystal clear with tons of big rising bubbles. Pretty good head that lasted a bit and left nice patchy, chunky lacing.

Smells grainy with a touch of sweet, and a touch of floral and hoppy smells.

Tastes a little of the grainy adjuncts used in the brewing, along with a touch of floral hops.

Feel is very light bodied and well carbonated. Relatively easy to drink and non-threatening.

Drinks ok. Not bad although not great.

Photo of TuffLuff
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you look down on this beer you have probably never lived in an oppressively hot/humid climate. You have almost certainly never spent much time in Jamaica.

Is this beer incredibly complex and flavorful? Nope. Is it absoultely delicious and refreshing? Hell yes. I'm not saying every beer should be like this, but there really needs to be at least one beer like this and if there was just going to be one I would choose Red Stripe. I give this a 4.5 because I'm open to the possibility that there's a better adjunct lager out there, but I haven't found it.

A bit pricey for what it is, and yet there is nothing else quite like it. Should you ever be lucky enough to find yourself sitting at a thatched-roof bar watching the clear blue waves lap at a white sand beach in Jamaica, you will fervently hope that the bartender isn't too stoned to keep the cold Red Stripe coming. And if you fly home to Texas in August you'll find it works just as well here. It's the best in it's category, and that is a massive accomplishment for any brewer. Hooray Red Stripe!

Photo of redsonja
2.57/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden yellow not a thick head

S: hints of green grass in a distance

T: like all plisners some bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of sweetness some rice in it?

M: there is some bitterness but it stays not long in your mouth so not my kind of beer.

O: maybe you have to drink it in Jamacia on the beach and listen to reggae because in cold Holland its taste like a light beer for after work.

Photo of Avagadro
3.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red stripe maintains a decent blanket of froth throughout the entire experience, and displays marvelous lacing. It is slightly darker than many other adjunct lagers, and has great clarity.

S: Cereal grains, toasted barley, and corn flakes are all present.

T: Shares the corn flakes flavor of many of the other brews, but has an additional malty tone that I like.

M: Light, clean, crisp.

O: A step above the usual adjunct lager, and is one of few that I believe is worth importing.

Photo of JesteR14
2.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow, straw color. White soapy bubbles. Nothing enjoyable to look at.

S- Mild hops, wheat and malts. Just a regular AAL.

T- This is a very smooth beer. The taste is a little bit of hops, wheat/corn and a VERY slight spice?

M- Its got a good mouthfeel, defiantly a easy drinking beer.

D- Its a good AAL, for me this is a great party beer for when you dont want to drink natty light or bud light. Its smooth, goes down easy and brings you back for another.

Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light honey color. Some head forms but immediately performs a vanishing act. Not much lacing.

Clean aroma of white bread and maple leafs.

Flavor is clean as well. A mild earthy hop. Bread grains. Smooth an even but not much flavor.

Light in body. Good carbonation. Sticky feel in the finish.

Overall, it's pretty average. A bit overpriced here in America. It will still get the job done though.

Photo of flyingpig
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, pale yellow straw colour with pletny of bubbles. Settles with a thin lacing of a head around the top & nothing more.

Almost non-existant with regards to smell. Some very faint hints of grain but hardly anything at all.

Quite typical of most pale lagers & is semi-skunky although not unpleasant because of this. Malty in taste with a very mild bitter finish that is quite crisp.

The light side of medium and very smooth to drink. This one is crisp & rather refreshing.

Above average for the style & refreshingly crisp to drink. The lack of smell is annoying somewhat although this would be a great session lager.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Classic stubby 11.2oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. While there were some numbers stamped on the neck, it wasn't obvious what they meant.

Appearance: Clear pale straw yellow beer, plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Vigorous pour gave 1/4" thick white head, which died down to a thin white foam across the top. Some strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Not much going on - some hints of malt and a tiny bit of corn graininess.

Taste: Simple malty flavor up front with a crisp finish. Maybe a hint of something earthy at the end, which I'm guessing is the mild hops used.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the fizzy side - really scrubs the tongue. Otherwise watery.

Drinkability: Hooray Beer! Seriously - not to bad. Went well with a spicy Chinese dish (Kung Pao pork) and I suspect it would go well with a lot of other spicy dishes. Not a very flavorful beer, but washes things down nicely.

Photo of jar2574
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not a very good beer. Looks worse than most macro lagers with less head and lacing than average. No lacing, in fact. See-through yellow color.

Smell is ok though, mostly sweet malts. At least it doesn't have the metallic, artificial smell of some beers.

Taste is malt-dominated. Mouthfeel is carbonated water with sweet beer flavoring. Aftertaste is also slighly sugary. Drinkability isn't great because although it isn't offensive I'd order another beer in its place.

Photo of KajII
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a clear sparkling pale yellow with a large fizzy white head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was pretty straight forward for a lager, it consisted of grain malts, piney hops and a soapy yeast. It tasted lightly sweet and grainy at first and ended about the same with a mild bitter hint at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery/creamy in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall just a basic lager with not a bad flavor, nice on a hot day.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale crystal gold body. Pure white silky head with low-medium retention.

Smell - Mild sweet corn. Since AALs don't really have much in them, it makes sense that this is hardly distinguishable from the rest of them.

Taste - Definite muskiness. Corn. with a touch of wheat. Slightly more interesting than a Bud Light, but not even as complex as a Budweiser. Very slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly more creamy than other AALs.

Drinkabilitiy - For its style, it's actually not so bad. The muskiness seperates it from other AALs, and is a bit interesting, but not particularly pleasant.

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

473ml bottle poured into pint glass mar6 2011

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of head that leaves a few specks of lace

S perhaps some faint grassy hops and some sweet corn

T as it smells, basic but nothing offensive

M good carbonation and fairly light bodied, crisp with little aftertaste

D easy enough too drink just a simple brew, drinks like water, easy to chug

better then I expected, not much too it but nothing bad just pretty basic

Photo of Reaper16
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
And now, making its long-anticipated return, it's the series "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party!"

Pours a typically clear, straw/urine pale yellow color. A finger and a half of sudsy white foam forms only to turn around a disappear like it walked in on its parents having sex. The foam on this beer looks remarkably like the suds that form when you're washing your hands. This foam defines the descriptor "soapy." So Red Stripe laces like the glass its in is already being handwashed.

I was surprised; Red Stripe has an actual aroma to it. It's a pretty tight nose. Not a lot is going on. A smell of distant cereal grain, like someone across the street poured themselves a bowl of corn flakes. There's a smell like pear skin, or more accurately like pear skin that has been left out on a kitchen counter to decompose. Not really any hop aroma to speak of. It is not an offensive nose. Plenty of beers in the style have done far, far worse for themselves.

Wow. For the style, Red Stripe delivers a pleasant drinking experience. There's a nice, strong apple/pear juice flavor right up front with some soft rice hulls coming in behind. Just a smidge of bitterness from hops, no real lupulin flavors, just bitterness. None of the terrible cooked corn flavors that appear so often in these beers. That's all that Red Stripe has to offer, though. An initial taste that finishes 1.) very clean and 2.) completely. There is no finish as far as flavor is concerned. There isn't even a mid-palate. Red Stripe drops off of a cliff. It's brevity prevents me from scoring it higher.

It feels like water in the mouth. A lot of beers in the style do. That's why I'm rating it 'average' on mouthfeel. It feels almost like nothing. It could be one of the reasons that Red Stripe's drinkability is so good, though. It's so clean that I would have little difficulty drinking this for a session.

Look, it isn't like I plan on buying this beer anytime soon. At the end of the day it is still an adjunct lager. It isn't a good beer in the abstract. Rate Red Stripe to its style, rate it against its peers, and it emerges as one of the best of its class. I was expecting to hate this, I had some snark all dialed up, some reggae jokes and everything. But I can't hate this beer.

Photo of THECPJ
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: transparent golden yellow, 1 finger off white head, dissipates fairly quickly

Smell: grains with a faint citrus hop undertone

Taste: muted malts and grains, semi-sweet

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, refreshing, medium body

Drinkability: goes down smooth while vacationing in the Caribbean, don't ususally buy this one when statebound


Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A poolside staple, but enjoyed several on tap while dining as well.

A - Pours a pale golden colour with a finger of light bubbly head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Rather mild and a bit metallic, but the scent is that of your traditional Carribean lager. Sweet corn and grassy/grainy hops.

T - Light citrus notes with sweet corn and grassy flavours that linger on the tongue. A slight skunkiness comes through as well, but is not overly offensive.

M - Light and bubbly, medium bodied ale that goes down smooth.

D - Easily drinkable lager with no strong flavours, but does wonders to quench your thirst on a hot sunny day. My preferred poolside beer while visiting Jamaica.

Photo of Criscoh88
3.14/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A clear golden yellow. Looks a lot like apple juice to me. Carbonation rolls up to the top, but doesn't keep a head for long. I would not be sold on the looks here.

Smell - Crisp, almost a sweet fruity aroma. A short scent. Preferred it to last longer.

Taste - Not a bad taste. Starts off kind of flat and unimpressive, but soon moves into a nice mellow sweet flavor. A fruity taste simmers in your mouth for a few minutes leaving you feeling refreshed.

Mouthfeel - Not bad, A little bit of bite. Refreshing. Nothing special.

Drinkability - A beer good for relaxing on a summer day. I would not pick this up by my own choice, but i wouldn't complain if this is all they had somewhere. I could easily down a few of these and feel great.

Photo of NODAK
3.78/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a pretty definite cooked veggie smell to it. No kidding that this is an adjunct lager.

The taste follows through with some corn upfront with a good deal of grain sweetness going along with it. Finishes pretty crisply, but leaves behind a sugary grain sweetness that is certainly more than most beers of this style. That said, it's extremely drinkable and I do enjoy it for what it is. It's certainly better than most adjunct lagers, and doesn't come across as swill.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my brother

Big head forms with a large number of bubbles moving through the straw yellow beer.

The aroma is light slight malt and a hint of crisp yeast.

The taste is very light lager taste. The beer is very shallow, better then a bud say but i cant ever recommend this

A very drinkable beer with an average light lager feel, perhaps on a warm Jamaican summer day but not in the middle of February in Maine

Photo of foogerd
3.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Typical Adjunct lager look, clear yellow with some white head which disappears.

S- Sweet corn and grains, pretty bland aroma.

T- Balanced malty grainy sweetness some diacetyl, overall pretty tasty adjunct, certaintly better than all the macros out there.

M- Tons of characteristical carbonation, light snap and refreshing.

D- yes , this is called drinkable.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow appearance with lots of white head that slowly disappears. Smell is mostly grain with a hint of hops and malt, nothing strong tough.

Taste is typical for adjunct lagers, sweet with corn. Picked up a hint of malt and grain as well. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, very crisp. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering sweetness.

Not an overly complex beer, but refreshing nonetheless with nothing offensive. Great for the summer or with spicy foods.

Photo of brunrn1
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always saw this beer but for some reason was hesistant to try it.
I finally tried it on tap and was very surprised. This is a pretty good beer. And the cost is also very good. Smooth tasting, can really drink alot of them without getting too full. I really recommend this one.

Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 6-pack of this beer from Dierbergs in Ellisville, MO and poured each individual into a Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance- Dark Yellow with a 1/6 of head but died down immediately.

Smell- A tremendous amount of malt seems to be present and then a corn/hop (almost mixed).

Taste- There is a corn taste at the end. Other than this, a normal adjunct taste but can really appreciate after having others in the same genre.

Mouthfeel- Huge in carbonation, Light Bodied, and goes down

Drinkability- Besides a Budweiser or Heineken, this is my go to adjunct beer. Goes down easier than anything. Enjoyed all three without even a piss break.

Photo of RTJakarta
2.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pretty basic golden yellow. No head. No real lacing. Meh.

S: Pretty much all grain. Could be worse, but nothing mindblowing.

T: Really general malty/corn/general grainy taste.

M: Very bubbly. Sometimes a little off-putting.

D: If I want something really accessible, there are many worse choices than RS. Pretty decent drinkable.

Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that faded away but left some lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite malty with a moderate amount of sweetness. There are flavors of corn and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of crispness.
D: Compared to other beers in this style, Red Stripe is very drinkable, although the sweetness would keep me from drinking more than one of these at a time.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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