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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

2,388 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,388
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 115 | 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.

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troobie

California

2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No clue as to freshness, but it was bottled in Jamaica the cap tells me.

Smells of wine. Very floral.

Ugh. What a strange tasting lager. Almost knocks you over with the sweetness. Reminds me of taking a Budweiser and adding 2 tablespoons of sugar before you drink it. Medium carbonation with a very good mouthfeel that is somewhat creamy. I'm getting a very distinct warming sensation from the alcohol, yet it is less than 5% ABV. Some malt taste in there. Finishes with a taste like that of a Corona or Pacifco.

Best to drink very cold to keep the flavors at bay. Not something I would ever drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 04:49:46 | More by troobie
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, it has a very distinctive shape, a short stubby affair with a very squat neck, all sealed with a red and white color coordinated crown cap. The body of the bottle is screen printed with a very simple red slash design which states ‘Imported Red Stripe Jamaican Lager’. No listed strength but a yellow inkjet code of “29A6 4 04:46” on the neck.

Appearance: Super clear pale yellow golden body. Big fluffy white head with some light lacing. Decent enough looks at first but the loss of the head detracts in the long term.

Nose: Some grain and sweetness with a floral character in there, it can tend to have a perfumed spicy aspect also.

Taste: Starts with the usual Lager feel, soft spices in the middle with some dry bitterness which balances with a sweet malt in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a thin body which helps to play down the contribution from the ingredients but helps to quench the thirst on hot days.

Drinkability: It’s Red Stripe, you know what you get, an American Lager with some Euro Lager influence. Average.

Overall: An old favorite from my University days, in the absence of any Real Ale I would drop down a level to cans of Red Stripe. It is no worse or better than it was back then and I find it still an acceptable fill in during times of hardship, though tonight I just had a need to try this one again. Best served with a healthy dollop of chilling. Hooray Beer! ….well sort of…

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:10:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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CU570M

Washington

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tryed this beer for the first time with an open mind. I heard before trying it that is tasted similar to Corona, but that was a little off. It did have a light taste and easy drinkability. Hints of some kind of flower in the taste. Enjoyed this very much.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 13:28:24 | More by CU570M
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chilidog

Ohio

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A average lager it may be, but worth a try. I did as they are offering a I pt.8 oz. bottle size. Good for shareing.
It pours a gold, clear, not over carbonated. But, the head is shortlived, no lace and it does flatten abit over time.
The aroma is grain like. The taste is sweet malts, corn like undertones with a slight hop leaf crisping finish.
Drinkable yes, Average at best. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 13:05:21 | More by chilidog
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I have to confess before we begin that I've always been a Red Stripe fan, from reading about it in Grisham's "The Firm in high school to drinking it in college and those ridiculous but still amusing "horray beer" ads currently making the rounds. The grenade shaped bottles are also a huge plus.

Color and appearance are remarkably average, although the snow white head hangs around for a while longer than your typical generilager. Nose is vaguely malty with a bit of fresh yeast scent. Remarkable only in its averageness but not terrible.

Taste is mellow and fairly well balanced for a macrobeer with an even, mostly smooth mouthfeel. If you don't have any special feelings for it, its nothing special but I'll always order it over BMC and their ilk. Hooray beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 02:25:54 | More by daliandragon
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Rudgers73

New York

2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz shorty.

I'm told not to pour this into a glass because there's not much to see so I'll keep it contained in its little home.

Appears clear through the bottle. A faint skunky smell creeping out of the mouth. Reminds me of Labatt Blue. The first taste is crisp, dry, and hoppy. Fizzy on the tongue, but a residue developes into some sort of Jamaican Flem in my throat. Hmm. Sweet aftertaste.

Well, it isn't horrible, but it was only worth buying to say I've had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 21:27:44 | More by Rudgers73
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afinepilsner

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Red Stripe was a clear golden color with a white head that fizzled away very quickly. The nose was lightly malty. The taste was a little grainy with a dry, lightly bitter finish. It was light bodied with medium carbonation. This is definitely a beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 22:07:19 | More by afinepilsner
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Neehan

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with little head. Carbonation is present in the appearance but this seemed to go away quickly as well. The smell is primarily of grasses and grains, nothing exceptional. The taste is quite sweet and smooth, pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Mouthfeel is fairly balanced and it's moderately drinkable. Not awful but not great either. There's better beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 15:50:50 | More by Neehan
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cerveza5150

California

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew if you're in the mood for something light. This is a great daytime concert type of beer. Kinda industrial tasting, but it washes down clean, with some lingering hops. Somewhat Heineken like, minus the pungency at the end. I don't know if it takes me to Jamaica, but I wouldn't mind tipping a few back to some Marley!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 20:11:32 | More by cerveza5150
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a decent American macro style lager. I find it to be better than most American beers of this style. This a very light, clear golden color with a foamy white head about 3 fingers thick with some decent staying power. My beer's head lasted for about 5 minutes before shrinking to a ring along the inside of the glass leaving little lacing. Aromas of some hops and citrus are evident maybe with a hint of malt. Tastewise there is some sort of sweet citrus going on up front followed by a bit of hops. Not much else tastewise and the taste is also somewhat bland, but not nearly as bland as other beers I have had of this style. Has a slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. This beer has a nice crisp, mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, maybe a little too easy for a BA like myself. A solid brew overall, but certainly nothing special.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 06:25:59 | More by neenerzig
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assmasterson

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I just have to say that, like many others, I really like the stubby bottle. Not only does it give a true imported look, but it also has a nostalgic feel to it. I just wish it was a twist off top.

A: Pours a nice semi-heavy golden color and, even though it's sort of thin for a lager, it sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely. Little to no head, though, which knocks down the score. The head wasn't a fraction of an inch tall and disappears almost instantly.

S: Has a nice smell of hops, but not too overpowering. The aroma has a niceness to it, it almost smells thicker than it really is.

T: Not bad. Has a nice citrus snap at first with a slight bitter ending. Aftertaste is almost non-existant, which is either good or bad, depending on your tastes. My father thinks I'm crazy, but to me it tastes like a Budweiser and not a lager.

M: Very slick, yet leaves a nice, quick coating of the mouth. Goes down smoothly.

D: Pretty high. Easy to drink a couple on a hot day, but also one to reach for on a fairly regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 03:27:19 | More by assmasterson
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belias

Trinidad & Tobago

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Stripe pours pretty similar to a macro lager, clear pale yellow,with a small frothy white head. The head disspated quickly leaving a small ring and little lacing. The aroma started off fairly stong, with an almost fruity hops smell. I enjoyed the taste quite a bit, started off sweet, a little citrusy taste going on,and slight hop bitterness. More flavourful that many macros in my opinion. The mouthfeel was good as well, crisp, medium bodied and refreshing. Overall i found drinkability to be pretty good, the beer is smooth flavourful and refreshing, and definately goes down well in hot weather, would drink this often if it was more widely available round here.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 00:24:46 | More by belias
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml stubby poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours with an extremely fizzy head that only sticks around because of the violent carbonation. If the head stuck around it would be a very good looking beer. As it is, it's not bad in the pilsener glass. THe smell is were things get a bit rough though, with aromas of cooked veggies and skunky corn. Just very cheap smelling. A bit of yeastiness in the background, and some faint aroma hops as well.

Taste is sharp on the tongue at first, with an unpleasant metallic acidity, then ooh baby, those adjuncts really start to make their funky way acoss the palate, and it's all downhill. A cloying sweetness develops as the glass warms. A bit of dryness in the finish, but mostly this one just seems watery and bland. Drinkable, but only if you were using a beer bong and weren't obligated to taste it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 19:47:28 | More by trevorwideman
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had 2 of these from the small stubbies poured into a cup at Toad's place during the Dinosaur jr. show. It was pale golden yellow with some reddish hints and not much to smell;
the first taste is a mellow push with standard macro wheat and very mild bitterness. It is better and more substantial than a bud, bud light or swill of the same ilk; but it is unsurprising in its blandness and this beer screams for you to have ten or twelve, and then lay down in the gutter and sing "no woman no cry."

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 15:10:44 | More by andjusticeforale
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vancurly

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, white fluffy foam.
First aroma is of cruciferous vegetables, then a strong wave of caramel.
Caramel persists in the mouth. Dominant. A touch of something tangy may be in there, like a hint of lemon...but only a touch.
The bitterness is mild, but the overall effect is cloying.
I tasted this alongside San Miguel Pale Pilsen. The San Mig is for mine the better tropical beer, leaving a crisper finish. The Red Stripe leaves me needing another cleansing ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 03:49:44 | More by vancurly
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BuffaloBilly

New York

2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow an old school stubby bottle, i'd say thats the thing i like most about red strip is the bottle. Other than that I wouldn't go buy this beer for myself, but it's not a bad beer at all so i'd drink it if given to me. On the first sip, you notice a funky taste, I've never tasted before in a beer, sort of vegetable taste to it. Funky taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 02:35:04 | More by BuffaloBilly
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is interesting in that it's not a sweetish "island" lager like Corona or Sol, nor an interperetation of an American lager or European pilsner. Instead, it has kind of a European influence, but it doesn't really go any further than that. It's kind of a beer unto itself. Not that it's great...

It pours a clear golden body beneath a fluffy birghht-white head that holds well but leaves limited (but nice) lace.

The nose is pretty basic (mostly just generic beer) with a touch of hay-like malt, some milld yeasty fruit, and a bit of lager yeast sulphur.

The body is light/medium and it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly above median carbonation level.

The flavor reveals a distinct note of sulphur, a limited amount of grainy malt character, some subtle fruitiness, and a smear of non-descript hops in the background. It's well-balanced with bitterness but there's a harsh edge to it nonetheless. It finishes with a quickly passing note of grain and a short-lingering raspy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:02:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a pale thin yellow body that was crystal clear with a mass of big bubbles racing through it. The thin bubbly head faded very quickly.

S- The smell of pale malt had a note of slightly sweet cooked corn with a hint of rice. The finish was a very faint noble hop hint with no depth at all.

T- The light pale malt flavor of very light with a cooked corn note and a slight nougat hint in there. The faint noble hop bitterness had no real hop flavor or depth. There was a raw grain flavor that came through as it warmed and a carbonic bite in the finish.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a slightly dry fizz finish.

D- This beer is watery and drab. The malt and grain flavors were not that pleasant and the hops really had no depth.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 19:35:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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MLegendre

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Looks like carbonated piss. Very yellow with a half inch sparkling white head that disapears, not too quick leaving no lacing.

S: Smelled heavily of grains and thats about it

T: The taste was grainy but not too strong, had a bit of a champagne taste towards the finish. Very, very small amount of hop bitterness. This IS a "macro", but it definfatly dosn't taste like a macro... in fact I think it taste pretty good for what it is. It's completly devoid of any rice, adjuct, aluminum, or any other unpleasent flavors you might find in a Budweiser and the like.

M: Very light, crisp and clean and smooth, with a dry finish. Perfect for a hot day.

D: This may be a beer very, very light in flavor, but it is very thrist quenching and most importantly it dosn't taste like shit. I think thoughs new to the beer world, and BA veterans can both enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 07:40:43 | More by MLegendre
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these last night over at a friends house. The pour was typical lager yellow, with a decent sized off white head. Lacing was minimal, and retention was average. Smell was of sweet adjuncts. Corn and some cooked rice. Taste was sweet at first, this sweetness lasts for a good amount of time, until the hops and light undertones of citrus sweep in. Finishes with a grainy flavor. Mouthfeel is light, and tingly. Drinkability is excellent.

This beer is perfect for barbeques, and washes down just about anything. A solid lager. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 15:45:39 | More by HoustonTX
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scottoale

California

2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a fat 24oz. stubby pours a light yellow-gold with almost no white bubble head that lasted for about ten seconds. Red beer...I don't think so!

The smell (if you can call it that) is of sweet bready malt, and that's about it.

Sweet bready malt flavor that's rather watery and bland. Guess I'll have too blame my tastebuds on this one. It doesn't taste bad, however.

The mouthfeel is watery with a fizz. Light body with not much visible carbonation and low in alcohol. This would make a decent hot weather drink if you don't mind American Macros. I'd opt to quench my hot weather thirst with a SN Pale Ale, personally.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:16:47 | More by scottoale
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Context, context - CONTEXT Gentlemen!! After the third day of a mid-summer heat wave, with a temperature of 101, I took a 24 oz. bottle of Red Stripe out of the fridge (it had been there for 24 hours) and put it in the freezer for 30-40 minutes. My house doesn't have central air conditioning...did I say it was 101 degrees? I put a Billie Holiday CD into the boom box, took off my shirt and shoes, and collapsed on the porch with an ice cold Red Stripe. As I lay gently wilting to the plaintive swelter of Billie Holiday's voice, I crudely guzzled this ice cold beer of dubious fame. It worked. It was absolutely NOT the time for a Westvleteren 12, or a Imperial Stout. It was even too hot for Hefeweizen!! Haters and cynics take note: if you try cheap macro-style lager side by side with carbonated water - you WILL be able to tell the difference! And yes, sometimes the water is better! Not this time though. I fell asleep on the floor, and when I awoke - the heat wave had broke. Gotta keep it really cold though - gets worse as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 00:51:46 | More by dedrinker
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly faded and eventually completely disappeared.
The smell was thin - Some vague adjuncts were slightly detectable after starting to drink it. Nothing offensive in the smell, but nothing stood out either.
The taste was fairly thin - a touch of malty sweetness. The hops were very mild - almost non-detectable. Like the smell, nothing offensive, but nothing really stood out either.
Overall, it was fairly refreshing and clean. Somewhat smooth. A bit watery, but not overly so. Good enough for a drink in the heat, and not bad for what it is, but nothing to choose for taste. A mediocre brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 15:03:06 | More by jwc215
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a modest white head that drops quickly and leaves only a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet vegetal aromas of rice and corn

Taste: Surprisingly sweet from the first sip with a rough grainy finish that is inoffensive while cold

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: OK on a 100 degree day; a waste of time otherwise

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 23:11:37 | More by brentk56
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wolffman17

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, straw yellow. It's crystal clear. Head dissipates very fast.
There's not much aroma. A little bit of sweetness followed by some faint skunkiness.
It actually tastes okay. Sweeter than most mass produced commercial lagers. The skunkiness isn't as evident as I thought it would be. Not bad.
This is highly carbonated and actually quite smooth.
Easy to drink, crisp, and refreshing. A nice thirst quencher.

These are great at cookouts and any other outdoor event. I'll take a Red Stripe over the usual macro lagers any day, but definitely nothing I'll buy on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 22:37:11 | More by wolffman17
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.