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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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2,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 335 | 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 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.

Photo of Lauthaha
1.87/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Golden, bordering on straw-colored. Head recedes quickly leaving a distinct rim of foam around the outside of the glass. No lacing, wisps of foam remain on top of the head like continents on the ocean.

Smell: Really smells like a coffee pee. Lots of corn. Skunkier than I remember, could be a spoiled bottle. Will be sure to retry later.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, nasty kind of bitterness with little redeeming quality, goes down slightly oily.

Drinkability: Not amazing. Even for an adjunct, this is pretty off.

This may have been a bad batch. Will definitely retry.

Photo of tbern007
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, 8oz bottle.

Large thick head. Pale, clear, gold. Mild lace.

Moderate carbonation.

Smells of sweet grain. Very little smell.

Tastes like sweet grain with a metallic taste in there. This better be served cold or would be skunky. As a matter of fact the warmer it gets sitting there, the lousier the taste. Still, more flavor than most American Lagers, a little more coloration. All things considered, it could go with a lot of different types of food. Just serve it cold.

Photo of redzone3120
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear pale yellow color. Not much head, white and foamy which dissipates quickly.

S - Lagery, slightly sweet, smell. Not very remarkable.

T - Not bad for an adjunct lager. It has a sweet, yeasty taste.

M - Good carbonation and somewhat smooth taste, all the way through. Good aftertaste though doesn't finish very clean.

D - An average beer for drinkability, goes down smooth and has a good taste.

Photo of Chico1985
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shock.

Pours an extremely faint straw yellow, about as clear as can be. Big ol fluffy white head actually retains pretty well at about a half finger and leaves a bit of lacing.

Extremely dull smell but not offensive. Malt, grain and a tiny bit of sweetness.

Taste is pretty solid for the style...lemony hops, a bit of caramel sweetness, light bready/cereal grainy malt. Doesn't seem to degrade much as it warms which is nice for an adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel is also solid, a good level of carbonation and an oily slickness, doesn't feel too thin, booze doesn't show itself.

I would definitely pick this over most of the macros but at the price of a 6-pack there are better options. Not a bad beer by any means though.

Photo of ElGeordie
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah Red Stripe. A typical adjunct lager in a distinctive bottle. Pours bright yellow with a crisp white head. Tastes just like any other lager. Refreshing on a hot day, easy to drink - no problem man.
Back in the 1980s (in the UK) there was a variant of red stripe called Crucial Brew. It was a knock off of Carlsberg special brew. the Crucial Brew came in black cans with a red stripe on it and was a high alcohol lager - probably verging on being a malt liquor.

Photo of PDXHops
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one countless times straight out of the bottle while in Jamaica, but poured into a shaker pint for this review. Clear gold body with a healthy bright white head and some decent lacing.

Pleasant nose in a mild sort of way, very light grains, vague hints of hoppiness. Much tastier and livelier than adverstised, though, with plenty of lemony hop bite, crisp grains, a metallic flavor that's not altogether out of place. Surprisingly full and smooth mouthfeel, too, almost creamy.

Overall impression: I could drink this one all day long (and once did for a week straight).

Photo of mcnabb0001
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz stubby brown bottle no freshness date.

A - Pours a straw yellow with good carbonation and big fluffy white head dissipates fairly quickly.

S - not a lot going on in the smell department, slight grainy scent

T&M - served ice cold the way i like this beer, taste is subtle. grainy a slight touch of lemon. Smooth and light

D - good light refreshing beer highly drinkable good to wash down just about any type of food with.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, golden color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, grass, and grain--pleasant for the style

Taste: grain, small caramel, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth, very sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation, light--borderline watery body, dry

Drinkability: When tasting this critically, this is actually fairly good for the style. Nice and sweet, I appreciate the touch of caramel sweetness. Maybe my new go to cheap beer, I could six this a lot more easily than others in this style.

Photo of hardy008
2.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a large white head which has fair retention and a little lacing. The aroma has some sweet grain, and an unpleasant sourness which I could do without.

The taste is somewhat sweet from the malt, there is also some of the sourness which I detected in the aroma. Some corn is also present.

Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, and not much of an aftertaste. Not the worse Adjunct Lager I have had, but not something I will try to seek out either.

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head. The retention is actually somewhat decent.

S: Big time adjuncts on the nose. Lots of corn with some nondescript grain aromas. Some grassy notes along with a bit of a skunkiness.

T: Very mild grain flavor with plenty of sweet corn. There is actually a bit of hop character here, providing a bit of grass and spice. A bit of a surprise for this type of beer.

M: The body is light, not shockingly, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: As far as adjunct lagers go, this is definitely toward the top end of things. Not terrible at all, and heck, even the light version is pretty decent.

Photo of jampics2
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, sampled on the beach during my honeymoon in Montego Bay. I felt like doing a little beer tasting with all the Jamaican lagers available at the resort. Poured into a water glass similar to a goblet and sampled alongside Real Rock and Carib.

Clear golden color and has some small head and a touch of lace. Not the best look, rather plain and it could at least have a touch of head.

The smell was a touch of noble hops with a rotten vegetable smell. Some hay, a kiss of caramel and a touch of sulfur.

The taste is clean with some sweetness and a touch of corn. Mild spices from the noble hops, and a touch of bitterness. Also has a hint of diacetyl adding a buttery flavor to the corn.

Mouthfeel is OK, with light body and sparkling carbonation. Not the most drinkable, but better that some adjunct lagers. OK on the beach when it's hot out.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright yellow with a white head, no lacing, huge carbonation.
Smells a little grainy, some hops, a little sweet.
Tastes pretty average (which is excellent for an adjunct) some grain or corn (or something) some malts and some hops.
Mouthfeel is thin.
Decent drinkability.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The kickoff to the epic Swill Tour 2010! It pours a clear pale straw, topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose, like my father's jokes, is quite corny, both in terms of cob and syrup. Some old wheat and grass back that up. The taste resembles the smell, but with more hard water in there (I don't think my nose can detect hardness). What keeps me from turning up my mouth's nose at this is the virtual lack of an aftertaste: If there was the usual shitty aftertaste, I wouldn't be able to finish my partial pour. The body is decidedly light, with a light carbonation and a pretty watery feel. Overall, I'm not a fan of this, but I also won't necessarily cringe in terror if it's offered to me.

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a good three finger head which is still going strong after four minutes, best head to date, maybe it is the weather. Color is a golden amber of a 6 on the SRM chart. The head is what bring the appearance score up. The aroma is that of stored straw, nice and dry, with a little fragrance of clover. I was slightly taken back with the flavor, not quite the same as the smell. There is a sweet malt over a main flavor of wheat, with just a touch of hop. Well enough blend of flavor to keep me drinking. Grows in me as the temperature gets warmer and the alcohol takes effect. Sort of pricey for the flavor, but for some events this would be a worth while addition. Not a normal staple for the discerning beer drinker.

Photo of Vdubb86
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

So begins the epic swill tour. It is decided to start it off with a non-egregious beer.

This one pours a clear lighter golden color with all of it's head fading as fast as possible though coarse bubbles do continue to flow up through it. The nose consists of malty sweetness upfront and eventually degrades into the sharp rice liquor smell that defines the AAL. The flavor is pretty much the same as the smell the corn/malt sweetness is then followed by a sharp bitterness that is honestly the only thing bad about the flavor. There is hints of breadiness from the yeast. The weird thing about this beer is that I honestly think that I can taste the alcohol in it, which is weird for a beer of lower ABV. The body is light as would be expected but the corn syrupiness isn't that pleasant. It's decently drinkable. If you are looking for the oxymoron that is a quality American Adjunct Lager then this is the one. Other than that, there are better things out there.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.31/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this beer. Co-workers spoke respecfully of it, and I enjoy some of their commercials. Sorry. Poured a big head which died fast, and faint straw yellow in color. Smelled a tiny touch skunked (clear glass again) but not enough to make it undrinkable. Mildy sweet and along the BMC American style. I noted immediately though this wasn't sitting well in my stomach, sort of the same feeling when I'm drinking a really cheap cruddy wine, like the stomach saying "Do you honestly plan on filling me with this? Really?"

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.06/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

I was expecting much more from this "beer"... People consider this a "fair Adjunct Lager" but I doubt that such thing really exists...

A: Pour a pale yellow color. The head is fluffy aired and white. Minimal retention. Disappears leaving many lacings

S: Sweet malts, basically. Ends up with an annoying smell of adjunct malts... Stinky

T: After smelling it for some time, I was really afraid about its taste... This is very metallic. Watery. Cigarette ashes. Really bad stuff...

M: Light body and high carbonation

D: Terrible. For sure, one of the worst beers I've ever had...

Photo of herman77
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 9/4*

A: Clear pale straw color with a small white head. Okay lacing

S: Sweet cereal grains, light lager malt smell.

T: Taste follows the smell pretty close. Slight grainy finish that gets offensive as it warms. This is a lot better ice cold.

M: Light and fizzy carbonation.

D: Okay drinkability when its cold, as it warms, it gets pretty gross. Refreshing when it is icy cold on a hot day on the beach.

Photo of Dionysius86
2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - I give it a 3.5 simply because of the nifty bottle. It always reminded me of an old-time medicine bottle. As far as the beer itself, it looks like any other macro-produced light lager. It pours a clearish yellow, a moderately thick head.

Smell - Grains and hops

Taste - Sweeter than expected, light grain taste, malts.

Mouthfeel - Like most macro beers, it has a light, thin, crisp feel.

Drinkability - Good for thirst quenching or refreshment, not so much for taste.

Photo of srandycarter
3.51/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear light piss yellow... sorry but it is. Nice white thick head and lots of cling lace. Not much retention on the head, but he lace is still there...

S - Light hops and malt. Not unpleasant at all. Just very subdued.

T - Mild, somewhat sweet, hops are there to help out.

M - Light body, plenty of carb, decent balance.

D - Like it on a hot day.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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