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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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2,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,556
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 174 | 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 barleywinefiend
2.05/5  rDev -31%

Better than macro-brewed American lagers, but really more hype than substance. Poured golden yellow and thats how it tasted. This whole beer is offensive to good beer. Flavor and aroma are typical of an American macro lager but a little better. Not a fan.

barleywinefiend, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%

poured this 12 oz. brown stubby bottle into a pils glass. No date. The body was clear and golden. The large white head was pithy and had a bit of staying power.

Smell was vegetal. Sour/tart. Cooked carrots.

Taste was light crisp hops (did I say light). Vegetal sweetness. Semi-dry with a quick finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium. Smooth. Solid Amer. Lager.

Cresant, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%

Of the traditional "Premium American" style lagers, this brew is at the top of my list, albeit a short list.

This lager pours straw yellow and has about one finger of clear to white head that leaves some minimal lacing. Nose is of a medium malt aroma with some sweet DMS in there that works just fine. Hops are a minimal component of the aroma. Flavor is of a malty sweetness quite similar to the way is smells. Hop flavors are minimal. Flavor tends to finish slightly acidic with a bit of a sting. Mouth feel is medium-light and carbonation is high. Overall this is a nice refreshing lager that to me is what lager should taste like. Next time you're going for a MGD or Heineken, grab a Red Stripe instead.


SickBrew, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.03/5  rDev +2%

A: Pale straw yellow with a one finger head that doesn't last a long time. Very little lacing.

S: Dank weed. Don't know how else to describe it. After a few more sniffs, I could pick up the pale malt (which comes through more strongly as the beer warms).

T: Pale malt comes through pretty well, with the grassy hop flavor finishing it off. Overall, not too bad-- even pretty good.

M: Light and crisp, with lingering sweetness from that pale malt. Tiny bit of alcohol fuming, very tiny.

D: Overall, this is pretty good and if this was my main option in the Caribbean I'd be fine with that (IF Guinness Foreign Extra weren't available, of course). I can see why it was Bond creator Ian Fleming's beer of choice. Bond even partakes of a Red Stripe in the old novels. This isn't worth a whole sixer, but it would make a decent addition to a mixed session sixer.

AleDrinkToThat, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Blake
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Red Stripe is a good, dependable, beer. One of my absolute favorite mainstream lagers.

Good taste, and nice aroma. Very drinkable because it is such a good common beer.

Don't really understand how it symbolizes Jamaica, but it is a damn good beer. Maybe if I try smoking some sinsemilla with it, I would understand.

Blake, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of jwhite1979
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Red Stripe is a typical lager with a slight citrus scent. It is slightly smoother and more drinkable than U.S. macrobrews, and it doesn't have the bitterness I associate with a lot of imported lagers.

There were two beers I'd wanted to try for a while: Red Stripe and Smithwick's. My wife brought me one of each so I could try them while watching McCain vs Obama II. While I will be buying Smithwick's with some regularity now, I probably won't be buying Red Stripe except when I want the bottles as a conversation piece.

jwhite1979, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
1.33/5  rDev -55.2%

Ya this was one of the worst beers I've had in while, and yet its priced as a premium beer here in Canada...wtf mate

Colour is light straw yellow with a decent head. No lacing of the glass.

The smell is skunk's ass 100%. Corn smell, wet cardboard

Tastes sour like rotten eggs, grainy, I can detect hops to tell that it is indeed a beer

Watery, not carbonated enough, tastes flat.

Sorry to shit all over this beer but I paid $12 for 6 and could only drink 2

EatsTacos, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Rhynes2
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%

I noticed a lot of people saying that this beer is "skunky". Very true. This beer has a certain skunked quality too it. The biggest struggle I had, was getting it in my head that the "skunky" taste was the taste was that they were going for. I'm not saying that they intentionally brewed a skunked beer, it's just a part of the experience with this beer. An acquired taste though for sure. I little citrusy too. Smells delicious as well.

Rhynes2, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of avalon07
1.7/5  rDev -42.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. A surprising amount head for a terrible beer.

S: A little grainy, a little hoppy, a little skunky. And that's it.

T: Like the smell, the taste was skunky. Some hops and grains, but mainly this is a watery, tasteless mess.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation and a slick finish. A bit flat-bodied.

D: I got this beer because I hadn't had it since college and couldn't remember what it tasted like. It should've stayed that way. This is a totally uninteresting piece of brewing. Not bad for beer flavored water, though.

avalon07, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of crayphish
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a pint bottle this brew appears a golden color with a fleeting craggy head. No lacing. Smell is malts and wet corn. Sweet grass. Taste is sweet and malty, some grainy bitterness. More flavorful than almost any American Macro you'll find. Mouthfeel is a refreshing and the beer overall is a highly drinkable macro.

crayphish, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of deereless
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pale gold, thin layer of rice crispy like head - 3.25, S: Mildly malty with sweet corn aroma - 3.50, T: Watery grain, a touch of sharpness from what I imagine are the hops, quite a standard lager - 2.50, M: Thin and fleeting - 2.50, D: As Red Stripe was originally from my hometown of Galena, Illinois many many years ago, I had to review this beer, sadly it was a big disappointment. Lacked much in terms of good qualities and the thin mouthfeel really stood out, not one I'll be going back to - 2.50

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours golden with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head.

Smells of light malt and some hop aroma.

Tastes of light grain, slight bitterness, with a raw/harsh grain finish. Funny enough, this all kinda works. There is a level of citrus in this, not sure to what degree (so -- light).

Light carbonated mouthfeel. Good beer for spicy grilled food. Better hot weather beer for sure. Not too bad for a macro style with a bit of a twist.

OtherShoe2, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%

I recently spent a week at an all inclusive resort in Jamaica and I drank beaucoup amounts of Red Stripe. I'm not normally a big fan of Lagers, but Red Stripe is definitely my favorite Caribbean brewed beer. It goes well with anything, it pours a little more golden brown than your typical American Lager and it offers a little more in body and taste. I could (and did) drink this stuff all day.

tdawgydog, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 24oz brown bottle.

Pours a light golden yellow color with a 2 finger head which dissipates very quickly down to just a very thin layer.

Aroma is grainy and malty with a light grassy smell. There are some very faint smells of yeast and corn as well.

Taste is mostly of grains and malt. Some slight corn meal flavors are present too. There is some slight bitterness on the finish. Nothing spectacular. Mouthfeel is ok, lots of carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not great.

NHGrafx, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ironchefchris
3.98/5  rDev +34%

What great beer. Red Stripe has been my "go-to' beer for awhile and i really love it. The look is a pretty yellow and it poors pretty well for a macro. I find the taste to be fairly sweet and very easy to drink. Many people say it's one of the best with spicy foods and i totally agree. For a beer that can be found just about anywhere, you can't beat it
Sidenote: Any beer featured in the greatest James Bond film (Dr. No) of alltime, gets bonus points.

ironchefchris, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%

This beer poured yellow with a little carbonation action and two-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is pretty typical of a macro, with a bit of malt and some corn adjunct. The taste starts with some sweetness with a small amount of hops in the middle with a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is crisp with a medium amount of carbonation. A very drinkable beer, not a bad choice if you're in the mood for a plain lager or a beer that pairs well with spicy food.

TheTrevor, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%

I occasionally get these at the bar when they don't having any better offerings so I have never poured this beer into a glass but the color is a typical golden macro color. Smells of faint malts and hops. The taste has a medium body and is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is high on this one. Nothing spectacular but they go down easy and I have no complaints with this beer.

johnd513, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%

I'm so excited to try this... not because it happens to be beer review #500 for me, but the series "Three Sheets" focused so much attention on this beer in their Jamaica episode... it's time to finally see what this beer has to offer.

Served in a pint glass at just over fridge temperature. The lasered code on the bottle reads 11F8 5 22:52.

Appearance- No different than Bud, the pale gold brew has certainly been lightened a bunch with adjuncts. Perfectly clear, it supports a two finger susdy white head that falls gradually to a soapy mat. There's no lacing here, just thin streams of carbonation launching from the bottom of my glass.

Smell- Aromas of cereal and cooked vegetables (corn mostly) obscure any notes of malt or hops. There's a suggestion of husks, especially as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- As with the nose, the corny, vegetal sweetness from the additives hamper any real beer character possible. It's impossible to describe or talk about balance, because there's nothing here worth balancing. A remarkably bland, uninspired, overpriced macro.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture in the mouth happens to be great, having the zip and briskness in carbonation without the sharpness on the tongue. That's about it, though... I feel ripped off spending $7.49 (the same as a good Sam Adams sixer) for this pedestrian import. I'll suggest drinking this ice cold straight from the bottle, as there is nothing here that rewards any effort at all.

yelterdow, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Schmidts
3.93/5  rDev +32.3%

Poured into a Glass Mug Very small to no Head, Pale yellow. Smells of Malt and Corn Flakes and a little sweetness in the smell. Taste is of Malt and Sweet Creamed Corn or Corn flakes! Very Refreshing in your mouth just a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. Very Highly Drinkable Lager and I find I like this alot, wish it was cheaper but it is a very nice Beer to sit and just drink one after another I am on my second one right now! I recomend trying this one, you will enjoy it very much.
" Beer Its Not Just A Beverage Beer Is Food "

Schmidts, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%

A stubby 12 oz bottle.

A: The lager is a bright yellow, not the pale lackluster color you'd expect, with a great clarity. The bottle managed to offer up a finger and a half of head before disappearing.

S: The nose is malty, sweet with an adjunct aroma. Nothing to get excited about, but the style rarely has anything to get excited about.

T: The lager is malt-centric, subtle with a well-pronounced sweetness of creamed corn. No hop presence but the lightness of the lager couldn't support 'em.

M: The lager is more than a run of the mill macro, having a nice body that throws off some crisp flavor (albeit a corny flavor). One of the more drinkable macros.

D: The beer was meant for pounding, light and low in alcohol.

akorsak, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured to a 3 inch head that settled pretty fast. Although it did leave some lacing with every swallow. Beer was light yellow in colour and head was snow white. Smelled slightly sweet and of corn. Pretty light smelling. Tasted a little sweet and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth and I thought the carbonation was about right. I actually thought this beer was pretty good. Ill buy again I think it would make a good session beer.

youngleo, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance crisp golden straw in color as far as head retention well better than most macro lagers. Smell hints of hops some corn and grainy sweetness. Taste crisp cleen with some malt sweetness up front with very week hop bitterness and flavor. Moutfeel lite body mediem carbonation. Not bad a drinkable Macro lager.

BeerTaster, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a thin, fizzy head. Looks like your typical macro.

Smell: Some sweet malt and crisp hops. Smells a bit astringent.

Taste: Sweet malt with a slighty bitter, overcarbonated zing. Taste a bit corny, a bit grainy, but all-in-all better than your typical American Macro.

Mouthfeel: Thin and heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty easy. Carbonation stung at times, but other than that this wasn't a bad macro lager. Better than most anyway.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of argock
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pale golden hue with somewhat sticky white head and some trails of lace.

S: Pretty unpleasant with old, cooked vegetable aromas with dead grass hops and faint toasted cereal grains.

T: Crisp and clean with more sweet pale malty and rice/corn sweet lager flavor than I would have imagined from the smell. Some leafy hops in the finish.

M: Pretty dry and heavily carbonated with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Body is pretty thin and in line with other macro lagers.

D: Better than any American light beer, but I still would prefer the predictability of Bud Heavy or Miller High Life if I was faced with limited options.

argock, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +34.7%

Straw yellow color up to light (wet, golden straw out of it). Nice aroma of lager hops, butter and some spices. Decent white head that dissolves into a thin ring that leaves some broken lacing. Not much retention. Medium/high carbonation as one would expect from a Macro and equally a light mouthfeel. Flavors of subtle spice, some butter and slightly sweet grains with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty damn good for a Macro. A little sweet for a lager but still recommended.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,556 ratings.