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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

2,754 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 2,754
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 278 | FT: 0
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Jamaica

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 tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One of my favorite looking American-style lagers. A ton of foam and bubbles that jump out at you. Solid golden color, almost a bit orange.

Smell: This stuff smells a bit metallic, but not much. Very brown sugary, a mouth-watering smell in my opinion.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit harsh with the bubbles, but the taste is good. Again, sugar dominates. Very carbonated and crisp. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Not really a session beer for me, but nice to enjoy 1-2 of these.

Overall: I imagine this would go well with Mexican/Caribbean food. Underrated. Hooray beer!

Photo of gromis
3.64/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this has a slightly metallic nose to it.

Poured into a glass, has about average carbonation.

Taste is similar to alot of lagers that I've had domestically. Light and refreshing with a fizz to it. I would definitely drink this again if given the opportunity. A friend gave me this bottle, so I don't know the cost, but I can only imagine that similar domestic beers can be had for less cost...

Photo of kingcrowing
3.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When she gets there Knosww there's a lday she knoWs.
Pours q light clear bmc ylliw. Nose is plain of rice and malt.

Light and malty it's very and bad worth skippng and bland skip it! Also it's sharp and leaves a really fuznky after taste. It's just a bad beer.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330-ml stubby brown bottle into a draught glass.

Appearance - brilliant yellow beer with a short-lived 1/4-inch head. Fades to ultra-thin surface bubbles but boasts a heavy carbonation factor, fizz secod to none.

Smell - heavy on the corn and cooked veggies. Clean, sweet light malt aromas.

Taste - it is what it is in terms of flavour but the crispness is a major asset for the brew, giving it a life all its own. Some quick tribute to hop extract at the end and a sudden finish.

Mouthfeel - high on the carbonation, sparkle and bite are what you get. If it's what you're looking for you can't go wrong with this offering.

Drinkability - quite frankly, this is better right out of the bottle. Numerous people said I would like this, not even knowing my style preferences and yet they were right. $14 for a 6-pack is too much, and yet this is what it felt like to drink from a stubby back in the day. Neat!

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle. I like the stout bottle. Poured lighter than almost any beer I've ever seen; with an actual head though, something to be proud of! Doesn't smell like much of anything and tastes of sweet corn maltodextrin and fresh, yeasty bread. Very decent, just completely mild and unassuming, a bit of upfront and mid fruit flavor, honey lemon-ish. All in all, not bad..

Photo of farrago
3.47/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finger's worth of bone white head, loosely knit and without much retention, a touch of lacing here or there. Clear, transparent yellow-orange in color, nothing too distinctive about it, lightens a bit at the rims. The nose has lots of corn syrup, pretzel dough, cereal grains, semi-sour nature to the apricot, apple scents, some spice and wet minerally earth comes through with a big swirl inside the glass. Medium-bodied, more heavy than dense, front-loaded into the mouth entry, declining from there. The carbonation is flat-footed and can't seem to get anything moving. The malts add smoothness to the texture but not only minimal sweetness. The seems mostly to come from the corn, grains and apricot, pear, apple fruit. The spiciness is still there and adds some life, as does the lemon peel notes. The thing here is that this is an über-friendly beer that deserves better than intellectual analysis. it's all about context.

Photo of deathcab
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Just like a regular light lager. Yellow...

S: Not sure quite exactly what I'm smelling, maybe some corn.

T: This is by far the best macro light lager out there, but i have definitely had better craft lagers.

M: A tun of carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, you could drink a tun of these, drink a water before bed, and wake up feeling fine and refreshed.

Although this is a decent mass distributed lager, I would much rather save my money and just buy some Natural Light or Miller Light and get the same effects as the Red Stripe.

Photo of TheMadJack
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint glass.

A: Clear and golden. Head foams up about a half inch and quickly dissipates. Small amounts of lacing move down the glass. Obvious carbonation with beady looking bubbles

S: Sweet corn and a bit metallic. Light, grassy aromas as well.

T: Light flavors. Grassy, mostly sweet and a bit of tanginess. The bitterness is crisp and understated. Hint of metal. Clean finish.

M: Light and smooth, with pleasant carbonation. No unpleasant stickiness left in the finish.

D: This beer is an excellent example of its style and goes down easy. It is versatile and goes well with food, especially with piquant or heavily spiced foods, including the obvious choice of jerked dishes.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.33L emptied into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a 1-finger white head receeding to a thick ring. Lice lacing throughout.

S: Grassy hops, adjuncts.

M: Light bodied with decent carbonation.

T: Slightly sweet, almost citrusy, with mild hop spice. Crisp and clean at the finish with a dry aftertaste.

D: Nothing outstanding here, but special to me, as it was the first beer that I ever drank. Not my favorite, but it always brings a smile.

Photo of stewart124
3.99/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color with lots of carbonation and little to no head.

Smells of grain, straw and just a hint of...dare I say, pineapple.

Spritzy, clean taste with a grainy note and some lemon. There is a slight zest of spicy/floral hops. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium this is loaded with carbonation.

This is a tasty american adjunct lager and more interesting than the average. This is a must try at the beach and makes me look forward to the warmer days ahead.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of association330
2.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. shorty with no freshness date

A - The usual straw gold, but actually has a bit of head and lace (though neither lasts particularly long).

S - Uhhhh...odd. Sweet adjunct malts and stale yeast funk, perhaps even a medicinal note as the beer warms a bit. Not particularly appealing.

T - Sweet malty adjuncts with a grazing of hops in the finish. Generally clean and snappy.

M - Might actually be naturally carbonated, which is nice. If not, at least it's not overly forced. Watery and chuggable overall, though not as bad as some other examples of the style.

D - For the price (about $8/six around here), it's basically a novelty lawnmower beer that you enjoy once a summer when you're randomly in the mood. Still a helluva step up from it's distant cousin Corona.

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear and very pale yellow. Surprised me with a big foamy white head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Grassy, grainy and faint skunk to it. Nothing very impressive.

Taste: Better than I expected after the smell. A light crisp and slightly sweet lager. It's not going to win any awards or have many devoted craft beer drinkers (besides vacationers in Jamaica), but neither are most American Adjunct Lagers. It's a style I don't enjoy for sessions, but this might be a good one to pair with spicy food.

Mouth Feel: A little thin and watery, but good carbonation helps to keep it feeling crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I definitely wouldn't session this beer (unless I was laying on a beach in Jamaica...and even then I'd look for something better), but it's not horrible either. A very adequate adjunct lager once you can get past the smell.

Photo of morebeergood
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We found ourselves at Our House on Huntington Ave on Sat night. They do not have a great selection of beers here. So, I decided to ordered a beer that I have not had in a while, thus Red Stripe. Now, I did not pour it into a glass, as the RS bottle is cool enough to drink out of. Thus, I have to give the appearance just an average score. Smell was just average too, nothing special. Taste was better most adjunct lagers, as it wasn't totally repulsive. Actually, I didn't mind it at all. Mouthfeel was watery and nondescript, but that's the point. Drinkability is why you buy this beer. Goes down so smooth, and since the taste isn't half bad, it gets high scores. It's good day or night, indoors or outdoors, wherever you may be, even if not on a beach.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that dissipates in a minute or two and leaves some slight lacing.

I had this beer in Negril, Jamaica, and I really enjoyed it. It was 85 degrees outside, the sun was shining bright, and this was a great beer brew for that setting. Very crisp and refreshing, with a faint, citrusy hop bite throughout the flavor. The hops are particularly noticeable towards the end of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, with a high amount of carbonation. Easy to drink a ton of on a hot day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not impressive when you pour it, a little on the fizzy yellow side. Interesting smell, probably from the yeast? The taste has that fruity upside on it, I don't think its from adding fruit, I think it must be the yeast. Enjoyable.

The mouthfeel diminishes halfway through, loses that little fruity appeal, but then the drinkability would be good, if the stuff wasn't a little more expensive than it should be for what goes into it. Marketing = $$

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.24/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer, relatively high priced for what you get, I would rather drink many other beers that cost as much or less then this.

Not alot of character or flavor, a lighter beer, non-descript really. Not alot to say about it, good or bad. Typical golden lager, light, crisp taste.

Photo of benclimbs
2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear with not many bubbles, a bit of a head and no lacing - average looking.

smell is soapy off perfumey cheap smelling lager - just some bad yeastyness in there as well - not very impressive.

taste is actually, surprisingly totally ok - some really nice soft, sweet, fresh bready notes in there at the end, goes down very smooth. not very complex, just some good bready light lager goodness mixed in there - pretty drinkable and nice for one of the common ones.

drinkability is average as the smell just really gets in the way.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a pale straw yellow into a pint glass. Two and a half fingers of billowy, white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy lacing.

Smell: Your average adjunct grains. Nothing special.

Taste: You know, the more beers I try, the more American adjuncts all taste exactly the same, just with varying degrees of bite; it must be some brewing conspiracy or something. However, Red Stripe proves to be somewhat of an exception. The taste offers a lot more than the unspectacular smell. Simple adjunct corn, but there's also a hint of high-class, helles barnyard malts and some citrus sweetness.

Drinkability: It's much better than your average, convenience store macro from St. Louis or "Milwaukee." Red Stripe is refreshing and has quality flavor. It's more than decent.

Photo of lbaker
3.47/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(a) pourned into pilser with decent head, pretty visible and see through up to light. Decent head, good carbonation. (3/5)

(s) smell is very intriguing, fruit smell is overwhelming, but cant put my finger on it. No hops or anything like that. Dare i say apple-esque?(3.5/5)

(t) taste matches up with the smell well, but still cant put my finger on it. I;ve never understood the popularity in this brew. lazy college kids pick it up at walmart pretending to know a special different beer...but the more I have this the more I appreicate it. (3.5/5)

(m) Decent mouthfeel, light on the tongue and palete. For a lager its definetly different, must be that jamaican difference! (3.5)

(d) Drinkability is different, but I would much rather have a wheat beer rather than a lighter lager to wash down dinner. (3.5/5)

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know what it is about this beer that separates it from all the other adjunct lagers for me but I will often go for this in the hot weather and it is the only beer that I'll drink out of the bottle.

Maybe it's the Jamaican component, maybe the unique bottle with unique labeling, something about it is enjoyable and refreshing.

As far as flavor, aroma, etc, it's doesn't stand out much from any macro swill so there isn't much to say about it. At the lower abv, it's something you can enjoy early and often.

Photo of backfat
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a rusty yellow with a one finger white head. smells of sour yeast, grass, corn, hay, and semi floral. not too pleasant . not a lot of flavors stick out in this one compared to any macro. you don't get that metallic taste which is always nice. light maltiness and lower carbonation than most macros. my girlfriend loves this beer but American lagers, Jamaican or not, are just not my style.

Photo of raclark
3.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The familiar 12 oz. stubby brown bottle.

Appearance: Clear golden color (just a little bit darker than B/M/C) with a finger of frothy head that is gone in a flash with no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Fresh, mildly earthy grain and grass. Quite pleasant in the nose actually.

Taste: The taste is among the best examples that I have encountered for an American Adjunct Lager. It drinks sweet with a unique citrus bite that is the hallmark of the beer, and parts with just the slightest hint of bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation and a moderate to light body. Very refreshing and quite palatable.

Drinkability: A very sessionable beer especially when compared to the more bland and unexceptional American macros or import adjuncts. It can be a bit pricey, but it's worth it if you're looking for a refreshing and flavorful light beer.

Photo of droomyster
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a big white head. This beer has a very grainy aroma and grainy, honeyish taste with a light, leafy bitterness. To list all the characteristics of its taste doesn't sufficiently distinguish it from other lagers of its style; the simple fact of the matter is that it tastes better than almost any other macro-lager out there, and doesn't have to stay ice cold to be enjoyable.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL stubby

A- dark gold. Ring of head.

S- floral chemicals.

T- floral adjunct. Rubbing alcohol.

M- high carbonation. A bit of a strange viscosity.

D- easy to drink, but the sweet chemicals are sickening.

I do not like this beer, I would not recommend it to anyone.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,754 ratings.