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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

2,486 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,486
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 146 | 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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timtim

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%

when in rome... i was at a carribean joint and this was the only other beer available besides guiness. sort of seemed cliche, but i thought i would give it a chance. i've had many before, but never really thought about what i was drinking. golden clear. white head with no retention or lace to speak of. sweet malty smelling with a hint of graininess. faint hops. taste was the same. a little fuller bodied and not as dry as i remembered. much better than some american run of the mills and also better than corona or heineken if you ask me.

12-01-2007 05:25:37 | More by timtim
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -6.7%

A family vacation to the BVI's introduced me to the fact that you cannot get much beyond macro lagers (or Guinness or Lion Stout) in the BVI's. That and rum drinks, which are definitely the way to go when vacationing in the Caribbean. This particular one was on the bottom end in my opinion, not very different from its American macro lager competitors. It had a clean taste with no offensive notes, but really nothing tasty either. I had it during some boat rides (both motorized and sail) and it probably benefited from the good feelings that sort of experience provides. That said, I'm giving it a less-than-average rating so who knows how low it'd go in my book if I tried it at home. If in the Carribean, I recommend to forego the beer and have the rum drinks, much better for the atmosphere.

11-28-2007 10:52:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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Durge

Connecticut

2.2/5  rDev -26.2%

Hadn't had one of these in years so tried a bottle at a restaurant. The color is extremely pale yellow/gold. It grows a puffy white big bubbly head that dissipates quickly and...what is lace mon? So it doesn't look all that appealing but the smell suggests a typical weak American lager, bready and wheaty. The first taste susprised me in that there was a heavy presence that seemed initially inconsistent with the very weak appearance and aroma. There is this somewhat heavy slick biscuit idea going on with an odd corn syrup taste. It hints of the classic cereal but this is not too attractive. It has a very fine carbonation but is generally kind of flat. Although you might say this is somewhat refreshing, the syrupy grain flavor is kind of oppressive to me. Not a rewarding sample and otherwise just too whimpy to recommend. I love reggae music, but next time I need a good brew to accompany a Jimmy Cliff album, I'd rather reach for a Circus Boy or something. Ire...

11-26-2007 23:23:29 | More by Durge
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev +3.4%

Faint hoppy smell of general beer. This beer has a notable sweetness to it, which isn't bad. Some hoppy, grainy flavors, and some swigs had an occasional metallic twinge to them. Mouthfeel fairly thin. More drinkable for washing down food or on a hot day than just sitting around having one.

I dig the stubby bottle and the advertising campaign. This is fairly average though. Reviewed within American Macro Lager, I suppose it's all right. I won't go out of my way though.

11-23-2007 05:07:13 | More by Strix
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armock

New York

1.38/5  rDev -53.7%

A - Poured a bright yellow color with a white head that disappears very quickly

S - Malts and corny smell

T - This stuff is not so good not even as good as other macros

M - Theres lots of of carbonation in this one

D - Drinkability is very low with its terrible taste I won't be having another one

11-22-2007 20:28:20 | More by armock
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Halcyondays

California

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz. stubby brown bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow colour, with a nice fizzy, white head a first, but quickly dissipates to nothing. Looks like an other boring macro lager beer.

S: Smells lightly of malt, less corny than other AML's, which is nice, kind of a musky smell.

T: Husky cereal grains upfront, with a bit of apple cider character, no real trace of hops though, a fair tasting beer.

M: Kind of fizzy, watery, high in carbonation, but a better beer body than most macros.

D: An OK imported beer from Jamaica, but probably won't buy again unless I'm on the beach in the Caribbean. Liked the funny commercials after PTI breaks that used to show on ESPN though.

11-19-2007 07:00:32 | More by Halcyondays
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wiseguy142

New York

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%

(Reviewed while drinking)

Head swirls into a thin film as I pour it into a glass and then quickly dissipates into almost nothing. Aroma is completely covered by the smell of my not so expensive glassware. Color is a slow yellow with visible carbonation around the sides that comes out when drinking. Extremely sweet, malty taste that lingers in the mouth long after a gulp. This may be one of the reasons this is one of my favorite beers: the continuous sweetness present in the entire drinking experience and ease of drinking.

Plus points for adorable little bottle, plus points for hilarious marketing campaign.

11-07-2007 00:53:02 | More by wiseguy142
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metallistout

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%

120z shorty.Hooray beer!

Pours a yellow straw color, with very little head. Hooray beer!

Smells of grains and mild malt. Corn, rye, wheat uh, I don't know something else I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste is grainy with a very little amount of floral hop taste.

Smooth bubbly refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a beach drink for sure. I am a Stout and Ale man, but when it is 100 deg. F outside, you need a pilsner, lager, kolsch etc...Not a bad beer.

11-03-2007 02:47:16 | More by metallistout
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brendan13

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%

A - A 484ml can poured into a mug a pale yellow colour with a few centimetres of white head.
S - Grainy & cooked vegie smell.
T - Again grainy but also with a bit of sweetness. A very faint herbal hop touch.
M - Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something I'd rush back to but if I ever found myself in Jamaica I wouldn't knock this back if there was no other options.
The perfect companion to some Jamaician Jerk Chicken no doubt.

10-28-2007 07:01:26 | More by brendan13
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shadow1961

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%

Red Stripe lager pours a stiff head over a clear yellow brew.
Carbonation is extremely active, the nose is slightly sour and
oily, almost, and also of rice and lager yeast. The flavor is slightly
sweet corn and rice, with a sort of boiled vegetable hop kind of
thing balancing it. A really strange off flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp
and surprisingly full considering all those bubbles- also there's
something cloying that coated the inside of my mouth. Not exactly
the most unpleasant brew I've had, but there's something wrong
about it. Wierd. The bottles are awesome though. Almost perfect,
really.

10-26-2007 08:02:45 | More by shadow1961
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Scribbles

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +37.6%

Appearance: is good especially when poured correctly, but I recomend straigh from the bottle on this one jus as easily.

Smell: The smell is sweet with floral hops, quite inviting.

Taste: much like the smell, sweet floral/fruity, decent taste, a bit of unroasted malt in there.

Mouthfeel: clean and refershinging, good to quench a thirst, with just enough carbonation and hops to help in finish quite well.

Drinkabiliy: By far one of the most drinkable ones I've come across in a while, cold easily pollish off any number of these.

I would say that it is probably the best I've had among what are classified a American macros.

-edit- Since my original review in 2007 I've tried this beer several more times, and recently it seems that the quality has reduced slightly, its not as appealing to me as it had been when i first tried it; Nov 9, 2010

10-18-2007 04:30:11 | More by Scribbles
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monkeybeer

California

2.83/5  rDev -5%

A- Pours a golden dark yellow with a quickly disappear white head. Looks like your typical run of the mill macro brew.

S- Smells a faint sweetness, no real strong smells has a typical macro brew smell

T/M- Nice clean sweet taste has more flavor than your typical Bud or Coors. Mouth feel is nice and clear. Can really tell that beer is mostly water with this.

D- This is a standard macro type beer. Has much better flavor than Bud or Coors. I could drink quite a few and not feel the effects that other heaver beers might produce. It is one of my staple beers. When I want a nice cool light tasting beer with some flavor but not a lot. I will turn to this rather than other macro brews

10-17-2007 16:39:05 | More by monkeybeer
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biggmike

Mississippi

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Comes in the ugly "stubby" bottle. Better than macro-brewed American lagers, but really more hype than substance. Still not bad, their is nothing that is offensive about this so the drinkability is actually pretty high. Flavor and aroma are typical of an American macro lager but a little better. Mouthfeel is good. Not something I would seek out, but okay in a pinch.

10-12-2007 15:58:39 | More by biggmike
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Overlord

California

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a light yellow, quite fizzy. I actually loved the mouthfeel and vibe of the beer. Sometimes, in the hot sun, a pleasant texture and bubbly fizz goes a long way.

Taste is fairly bland. Some hops, maybe some sweeter fruit ...a bit of a malt layer. Not a strong tasting beer by any means. Hard to imagine going to Jamaica and not trying one.

10-09-2007 07:02:05 | More by Overlord
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -31.2%

poured an extreely clear, amber yellow with a decent bone white head that really fizzled fast. No lacing, but some really cool carbonation bubbles for about 5 minutes. The reefer addicts probably love it. Aroma was a sharp corn/cane sugar sweetness. Somehting else smells very floral, let's hope it's hops.Yep, it was hops, alothough they fight a losing battle with the sweet, sweet corn/sugar. The aftertaste is almost like taking a 1/2 tsp of cane sugar after. Watery, but that would be average for a tropical lager like this. My sample wasn't cold, cold so that may have affected it's score, but I'm glad I didn't waste my money on a sixer because unless I was in Jamaica, I'm passing on Red Stripe regardless of it's trendy retro stubby bottle

10-02-2007 02:40:17 | More by Shadman
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montageman

Michigan

2.28/5  rDev -23.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

My wife and I have gone to Jamaica twice now and this beer is the quintessential tourist beer down there. Upon arrival at Montego Bay airport, there are 2 taps - Red Stripe and Red Stripe Light, the latter is not sold in the states. As the style listing indicates, Red Stripe is basically a macro but with a tad more flavor. The appearance is flat yellow with light carbonation and no head retention. Smell and taste are sweet but in an odd way - there is also a slight hint of hops in the aftertaste. Very little body here, but more than say a Miller or Budweiser, which leads to easy drinking for those who like this kind of thing. Me? I'm not a huge fan. Drink it in Jamaica if nothing else is there, otherwise recommendation to avoid.

09-27-2007 01:39:29 | More by montageman
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance- Poured a clear straw yellow with thin white head which disappeared quickly.

Smell- It smells like Budweiser. An earthy smell to it.

Taste- Its not horrible. Again it is similar to Budweiser. had hints of hops and was kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel- Very thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability- It isn't horrible. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. If I was throwing a reggae party or something I'd have it around for obvious reasons.

09-24-2007 18:45:15 | More by Beerbuddha
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%

I think I might have a special spot in my heart for Red Stripe cause my honeymoon in Negril provided me with as much as I could possibly drink. Had it back here in the states recently and figured I'd review it. Pours a straw-copper with no head at all. Nose is grainy malt. Flavor is similar, slightly roasted, but mostly macro-tasting grainy malt. Some light candy in there too. Body is medium with excessively high carbonation. Not a great beer, but I'll take it over the other macros any day.

09-19-2007 21:45:57 | More by soupyman10
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +5%

I have always liked Red Stripe, as one of my few choice "Lawn-mower" beers, that I partake on a hot summer day.

It is crisp, flavorful, light, and and has a knack for quenching the thirst.

That being said, it does not always stand up to scrutiny.

The smell is a bit mediciny, and raw. The taste has that metallic tinge that all macro's seem to have.

The hops are pretty light even for a lager of this style.

Still, decent enough for the occasional indulgence into the plebian.

09-18-2007 01:22:24 | More by Freshie
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Floydster

California

1.83/5  rDev -38.6%

12 ounce bottle purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Redlands

Heard a lot of good things about this beer and I do not agree with those people

Poured a medium brown color into my pint glass with a quarter inch white head

Smell was a little gross and weak

No grapsing taste and could not drink too much of this, a little heavy for how light it is

09-12-2007 07:06:17 | More by Floydster
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beerNdarts

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Yuck.

A- Light yellow. Looks like pee. Not much of a head to speak of, some bubbles from the carbonation.

S- Hay. I smell hay and barf. Ok ok, very sweet, almost smells like Heineken to me. A little bit on hops on the scent...

T- Yuck again. I dont like Heineken either, and some people are probably reading this review with their head cocked, but thats really what this reminds me of. Too sweet without much to balance it off. And it gets worse as it warms. A bit of bitterness on the tongue upon swallowing, although I'm not sure why...

M- Thin. Watery.

D- I wouldn't drink another, unless it was free. No, not even then actually.

09-11-2007 01:59:09 | More by beerNdarts
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ghostmech007

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev 0%

A cool 12oz short bottle with a nice label.

Clear gold and a very decent lace of a head.

Very faint, plain nose. Slight hops and grains.

Very sweet upfront, with a citrus hop flavor. Nice crispness from the carbonation. A a little burn in the throat. Finishes with a nice dry flavor.

Not bad and very refreshing. I would only drink it if I was getting some spicy food or something of that nature.

08-31-2007 21:10:28 | More by ghostmech007
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dnichols

Washington

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%

I served a 12 oz bottle in a challis. A friend, knowing my love of import and microbrews, proudly gave me a bottle rather than a Bud Lite or MGDs which he typically serves.

A: Pours a translucent yellowish-golden color with a tiny head that disappeared before I could walk 15 feet from my kitchen to my couch. I looked but could not even find a hint of lacing.
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S: The scent is relatively clean. There is a hint of hops, yeast and most notably alcohol. If malts were used in producing this beer I could not detect them.

T: Tastes better than I expected. Although I could not smell the malts I can taste them. There is a hint of sweetness that complements the crisp flavor of hops. This beer hides the bitterness of the hops and bit of alcohol better than I anticipated making it a pleasure to drink. It’s a bit like drinking a dilute but gentle green tea with a slice of lemon.

M: This is a three bear’s beer. Not to carbonated, not too sweet, not to bitter, not to laden with lingering alcohol aftertaste.

D: It is a refreshing lager that would make a hot, humid stay on a Caribbean beach enjoyable

Comment: Not a beer I would walk a mile to experience but on a hot day if someone gives me a Red Stripe I would offer up a genuine thank you while secretly wishing I had a Siason.

08-25-2007 05:18:32 | More by dnichols
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Brad007

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Picked this up in a 24oz stubby bottle. Pours a medium yellow, nearly golden color with a frothy head. Aroma is mildly sweet with some skunk (probably for good measure). Taste is somewhat bitter and not like a few others in the style that I've had. The aftertaste isn't too bad either. Just tastes different and seems to have the carbonation of a club soda.

08-18-2007 22:33:55 | More by Brad007
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Thin white head w/ no retention or lacing. Pale golden body.

S: Pretty much a typical macro lager here. A bit of malt, yeast, and skunk. Zzzz

T: Fortunately, it tastes better than the smell. Nothing stands out, but it's pleasant enough to get by.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. A somewhat pleasant, tart finish.

D: Sessionable and actually pretty refreshing, although I'd rather do better. When stuck in a bar full of macros, this isn't a bad choice.

08-18-2007 19:12:08 | More by OKCNittany
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,486 ratings.