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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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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,612 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,612
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Jamaica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Photo of FISHTHEINFAMOUS
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz

A: Pours gold with a small head, with a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Had a very fragrant aroma also had notes of orange, and other citrus scents.

T: Has a very dry taste, very crisp, slightly sweet very good compared to other lagers.

M: feels light.

D: overall its just a good lager, feels like you can drink these all day in the sun.

~~FISH~~

FISHTHEINFAMOUS, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
2.13/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a fizzy light straw yellow with significant carbonation.

Tastes bitter with little body and high carbonation. There is also a metallic edge to the bitterness hindering the drinkability. A sour metallic bitter aftertaste lingers.

One of the least drinkable adjunct lagers I've had due to the various off tasting flavors.

Mardukk, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: darker straw yellow color with thin head and ok lacing. Lots of carb bubbles making the beer look like a soda.
S: smells like a sweet lager but not much else in the nose.
T: tastes slightly bitter with some sour yeast mixed into the overall sweet taste. The malts used tasted like they were the usual American macro type.
M/D: the feel is like that of a soda highly carbonated, light, and sugary. The drinkability is good and refreshing like what it brewed for. Honestly if you ate looking for an alcoholic soda look no further this is your choice.

Kemmerlin, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- love the stubbies, clear golden with tons of rising bubbles, decent white head with adequate retention and lace.

S- sweetish citrus, orange and lemon, some bitter grassy aromas, pale and raw grains

T- rather sweet taste as well compared to others of the style, clean and inviting with only a slight cooked veggie type flavor, almost unnoticeable. finishes with toasty cereal grain flavor and some earthy hop flavor but not much actual bitterness.

MF- light fizzy refreshing...just as an island lager should be...

D- easy drinkin, even out of the cool ass bottle. even cooler if you have a red stripe beer koozie. and i do. hooray beer.

hustlesworth, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear with lots of bubbles rising at different speeds. HEAD: Fizzy with crap retention and no lacing. COLOR: Light golden.

S- MALT: Honey sweet and grainy. YEAST: Distinct lager aroma. Bready and faintly metallic.

T- TONGUE: Sweet and husky. MALT: Light and simple 2-row along with adjuncts make for a flavor similar to most beers marketed as "lager". Red Stripe is good for a simple, sweet, one-note beer.

M- BODY: A bit more viscous than what I would call light. CARBONATION: Active but not irritating. I call it "pinchy"

D- Good for what it's worth. Superior to most "lagers"

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold. Pours white foamy head. Poor head retention.
Not much hits the nose but some faint graininess.
Taste has some lemon with a bitter aftertaste, but little else comes across for me. Very light, little body. Could down one of these in a nano-second on a hot day but not much character here.

jadpsu, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big stubbie 24oz. Bomber into a small tasting glass (for rating purposes only, you really have to drink this on out of the bottle for the full experience).

A - Straw yellow and crystal clear. Thick head of white foam with good carbonation and decent spotty lacing. If you gave points for the bottle, this one might be a 5.

S - Grainy marco aroma. Hints of malt and a tiny bit of citrus.

T - Creamy, malty flavor up front. Finishes with a slighly citric hop bitterness.

MF&D - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Not packed with flavor, but goes great with spicy food and BBQ. Great session beer, even better in the heat.

nasty15108, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
1.83/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the worse beers I've had. I have no problem with a macor here and there, but this was rough. Piss yellow color with thin white head with no retention what-so-ever. Smell was a dry malty mess. Taste about the same, a sweeter dry malt, some grain. Mouthfeel was light and thin, though not as light as many other macros. Overall just not a beer for me. I'd take a Pacifico or even a Bud Light over this any day.

bunnyhustle, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear amber with a big overly fizzy head that faded fast to a film but left some slight lacing
smell was faintly grassy
taste was pretty much a fruitier version of a macro
mouthfeel was light yet somewhat creamy
drinkability not an entirely bad beer and a better macro than most

sliverX, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

meh, its a bit sweet, a bit underhopped, but it is a malt/ajunct beverage that is totally drinkable for with some baseball or lawnmowing. a bit of diacetyl peeks through. nice carbonation, cute stubbies, its an excuse to say hoooraaayyy.

by no means is this beer "good" it just isnt "bad" either. lack of hops makes it a less then optimal beer pong match. sweetness is somewhat overwhelming. serve'm cold and in the bottle as a glass doesnt do any justice to this pizza partner.

heapofaoatmeal, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of aquatonex
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm drinking this at work and surprised I haven't rated it before.

Pours a light brown color, not much head, a bit fizzy. Nose is kinda skunky with a hint of sweetness and possibly ginger? Taste is also slightly spicy, not much skunk thankfully, and also a little sweet. Rather light on the palate, this is a decent beer for the summer and I'd have it again on a hot day when it was cold, but not a very memorable beer.

aquatonex, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a simple, light, but tasty and satisfying lager.

Golden, it has a small white head soon thinning to a foamy ring.

The aroma is pleasant grain with some ripe apple and hint of sulphur.

The taste is light but pleasant grain with a little lemon and apple peel. it's light, mostly lightly sweet with with a very light crisp bitter hint.

Offa, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Epicedion
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking this one for awhile now. Picked it up from the grocery store as my standby session lager.

A: 12oz famous Red Stripe medicine bottle that makes it look I'm drinking something like laudanum. Very average pale lager appearance.

S: Sweet and somewhat musty.

T: Sweet and thin with a lingering sourness. It tastes like a mass-produced lager without anything truly negative. Not bad. Not good, but not bad.

M: Pleasant carbonation. Thin to Medium.

D: It's the kind of beer you can keep drinking far beyond the point that you should stop. Just interesting enough to keep you drinking it, and not at all interesting enough to make you stop and think about it.

Epicedion, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of shanem
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with big white head

Sl: some grains and some sweet notes that make it a little better than most big adjunct lagers

T: same as the smell, with the bit of sweetness nothing too special, but not a turn off. Seems a little watered down

M: light feeling with bigger carbonation

D: I'll still place this is in with all the other macros but give it a bit more credit. it is slightly better and definitely not hard to drink at all

shanem, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable light-bodied Lager, great table-beer or for parties (although the price had a slight premium over the store's micro-brew 6-packs).

A= medium yellow, darker than the typical US macro. Almost no head, slight rimming. A few streams of tiny bubbles rising.

S= not strong but pleasant; maybe some hints of apple and citrus, malts, modest corn, light hops.

T= very slightly honey-sweet on the tongue, some fruity hints, just enough hops to do their job but not at all bold. Light citrus apparent every now and then. I suspect also some ginger, because a few times I've poured and instantly taken a first-gulp which greatly reminded me of ginger-beer.

M= clean, slight sweetness, slight hints of hops bitters, malt.

D= very drinkable if you're in the summer guzzling thirst-quenching mood.

therica, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is light yellow with little head.

The smell is somewhat sweet with a hop flavor and some corn.

The taste is a little bland. It does have some hop character and is a bit sweet but not very strong.

This beer is something that I do not have very often but is good in the summer. I usually stay away from any big beers during the summer months and a Red Strip while in frount of the grille is perfect for a hot summer day.

Duhast500, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of LooksCouldKiilll
4.72/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at ODB Liquors. Love this beer. This is my new go to when I just want something with dinner or in the afternoon. It's nice and light but doesn't taste like water. It has a nice crisp flavor that compliments any meal.

Take me to Jamaica....

LooksCouldKiilll, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe, reviewed as an American Adj Lager ABV = 4.7%, cals=152, reviewed ~12/2008
A 3.5 Excellent head/mediocre retention, golden straw color, noticeable carbonation
S 2.5 chalky skunky-ness, smells like hard water
T 3.5 - unique balance, unique taste, subtle malt & hop balance, smooth drinking, goes down easy
MF 3.0 - thin-med body, medium carbonation
D 3.5 - more hints of malt than I expected, I dig the subtle balance, it's not a standout and I like this as I used to always drink it in college, it's brings back good vibes.

unclejimbay, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of remmyreel
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe's the perfect beer for a hot afternoon or for kickin' back with a group of co-workers after a long day at work.

It's light bodied, bittersweet citrusy taste (a hint of pineapple maybe?), and pouring ease make it a good casual no frills lager that you could have a few of and not feel weighed down or too gassy.

Dig the Red Stripe

remmyreel, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of brianlg
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer I've heard much talk about. Red Stripe pours golden yellow with about a finger width head. The beer smells very much like corn and malt. Smell is nothing special here. On first sip, the beer is very good tasting. The thing that I find most apparent in the taste is salt, it just seems very salty. I noticed after having a couple of these, the saltiness makes it hard to continue drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and goes down like water. Overall, this is a fairly average beer. Not something I would buy a lot, but I wouldn't mind drinking again.

brianlg, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear gold color with medium-high carbonation, and a very thin head that dissipates very quickly. It doesn't leave any lacing but it retains a wonderful soapy ring at the top of the beer throughout entire consumption! Nice large bubbles, this beer looks alive & inviting! Smells of fruity grape, raisin and citrus notes that tingle the senses. A touch of cooked vegetables & mild sweetness, kind of clean though.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt with a pinch of hop bitterness, and as it warms, a sweeter more chocolate cake like malt is present and lingers on the palate just a tad. Lots of citrus, a little grape perhaps, and cooked vegetables. Citrus notes linger as well. Mouthfeel is smooth with lively carbonation on the palate, a little thin or watery with a lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long. For how lite bodied it is, it packs a good punch of flavor! Flavor in the style of American Adjunct Lagers that I have yet to experience in another. I really like the appearance of this beer as well, no lacing but held a soapy ring and ample carbonation throughout entire consumption! Such a nice lager to enjoy just a few with dinner or enjoy all night long.

Would enjoy more often if not for the high price tag.

Definitely recommended! Cheers!

PintOHops, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of dpsychoholic69
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz poured into a pint glass

A - Golden color with a white head that dissipated quickly, a lot of carbonation

S - Sweet, malts, corn. Not really appealing

T - Something like malts, sweet, grassy maybe, taste isn't all that bad but each time I put my nose in the glass I get that smell. probably better straight from the bottle

M - Thin goes down pretty smooth but not really crisp

D - It's an ok beer, goes down smooth but I;ve had other beers that didn't have the premium price and tasted better

dpsychoholic69, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden color with decent white foamy head with no real retention.

S- Not alot here. Slightly malty with a touch of corn.

T- Almost tasteless maybe a little malt and . Good amount of carbonation.

M- Light a crisp. Pretty smooth.

D- Easy to drink and worth getting again although I wasn't blown away. An OK beer overall.

projectflam86, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of katan
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz red stripe style bottle - into a pint glass

I have to admit that this review will have a little bit of island bias, as I'm sitting here freezing to death dreaming of Jamaica.

A - A light golden color. Very clear - highly filtered. Head formation is light and off white. Carbonation isn't overly present in the appearance.

S - An incredibly scentless beer. It almost deserves credit for being so devoid of smell. What extremely little I can detect is something I think is corn.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show some bitterness, and an extremely light hop note. Finishes with a bit of yeast with a very harsh astringency tied to the corn adjunct. Very "corny". Not particularly potent in any single aspect.

M - Medium body - not as thin as the corresponding American macro lager. Has some body built from the unfermentable adjunct.

D - Very easy to drink. I'll invoke the island here, and say that this beer is as good as any for sitting on the beach. A warm weather beer. ABV is manageable. Flavors integrate well.

katan, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Overall is a basic lager, better than some of our american lagers but not much. I would chose it over Bud any day though

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. only good for long hot days.

CampusCrew, Jan 21, 2009
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,612 ratings.