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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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2,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 338 | 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 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.

Photo of mjw06
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew has a nice sized white head that doesnt last long, nor does it leave any lacing. I gotta be honest, I'm including the appearance of the bottle in this score. Red Stripe has one of the sexiest bottles I know, unique and distinct shape with a painted on label. I respect it. Even though its only 11.2 ounces.

Nothing much to note on the smell, smells like the average american adjunct.

This is the first time I drank Red Stripe out of the glass and I also think I possibly got a bad case, because it tasted a little skunkier that normal, though thats part of what I've come to expect from the beer.

Don't get it twisted, there is nothing Jamaican about this beer. This really is akin to a cheap American adjunct (Milwaukee Best-like cheap) dressed in a sexy bottle and imported. I won't stop drinking Red Stripe, but I'll probably never buy it myself.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely light gold in color, very translucent, two fingers of head the dissipates rapidly with minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malts, a bit of grain, and slight hops.

T - Not much different than the nose, sweet hop flavor, actually more hops and bitterness than I would have expected.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation, yet very creamy.

D - This is always an enjoyable brew and usually readily available.

Photo of Shrews629
2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Very clear golden straw color. Very white head on top that didn't stick around too long. Several small bubbles coming up from the bottom. Not leaving a lot of lacing. It is amazingly clear however.

Smell - Some grain. Not getting any hops really. Clean smell. Nothing offensive. Not getting a whole lot of anything really. Maybe only the faintest hint of a biscuit or dough in the nose.

Taste - Again, nothing offensive but...

Mouthfeel - Thin, crisp, dry, smooth.

Drinkability - Haven't had this beer for about 2 yrs. Not as good as I remember. I can drink it, but definitely nothing special. I would, however, choose this over most macro brews.

Photo of Natainos
4.14/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice light, pours lively, bubbly at first with a good head that stays for a few minutes, surprisingly long for a lager. It's very pale and strawlike in color; and common on the bottle is sweet!!! Stubby!

S: Nice floral wood, corn & Hop smell

T: Get a hoppy dark musky undertone (good not bad) while sweet, There's a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's very light and short lived. It's more complex in taste than your average Budweiser or Macros.

M: The palate is very light, and a little bubbly.

D: An excellent thirst quencher, and refresher in hot weather.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is high. Barley is very noticeable in the aroma, and it also has a sort of spicy smell. The taste is quite bready, with grassy aspects. Red Stripe has a nice hop balance. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with the beer finishing crisp and rather wet. Overall, I was very pleased with this beer and would drink it again. Hurray, beer!


Photo of pdgreen
2.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Love the short, painted bottle.

Has a nice golden look with a short lived head that left behind some lace.

Not much of s nose too it.

Slightly sweet tastes at the beginning and end. With a mild bitter tastes in between.

Over all its a good beech beer.

Never had it on tap but I have been told it is better.

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New tradition starting tonight, 40 ounce Thursdays. For the following several months, every Thursday possible, I will review beers served in 40 ounce bottles or beers that are on the "Bottom of the Barrel List"

Poured into a shaker pint because I'm too lazy to dig out my Red Stripe shaker pint. Beer is yellow and clear. Forms an impressive head that falls away to a monolayer and leaves lacing on the glass, nice. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks good.

Aroma is quite sweet but it smells like a big pilsner.

Beer is thin and plasticy. Its tastes slightly artificial. Its really sweet on the front and on the back. It finishes nicely. Eh....second taste was worse. It just doesn't taste like anything at all. Its a pretty big disappointment overall.

When I was in Tempe, AZ attending ASU, there was a bar called McDuffy's near my apartment. They would serve 25 cent redstripes from 8 to 10PM M-Th. We went there one night and drink 2$ of red stripes in 2 hours. It was super gross.

Photo of BlindSalimander
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into plastic resort cup on the beach in Negril, Jamaica.

This beer was great in this setting. Drank them all day long just staring out at the tranquil blue seas.

This beer is not as good in the states. Is it the romance of being on a beach in paradise or is beer just better the closer you are to the source?

Photo of VietPong
3.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some say red stripe tastes a little rubbery. I thought that after my first sip, but once i continued and finished the beer it was actually a little sweet and refreshing. The second time i had it there was no hint of rubbery synthetics and it was the best tasting beer among the selection of harpoon, corona, and circus boy

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

stubby 12oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: pours golden straw with a frothy finger and a half bright white head, which fell to a decent thin layer. leaves a small amount of lacing.
S: grainy malt, a light dry hop flower
T: lightly sweet dry grainy malt, a very light hop grassy flavor on the back-end.
M: seems to disappear in crispness. medium carbonation.
D: quiet drinkable yet seeming expensive compared to similar beers within the style, almost worth the price

Photo of ZOXXO
3.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Nice golden color. Thin head from a center pour that quickly vanishes but for an outer ring which leaves a splattered lacing.

S - Faint sweet smell is all I detected.

T - A pleasing mild sting up front and an oddly sweet hop flavor which melts into the back of the tongue.

M - A thicker than Blight body without a lot of carbonation.

D - Wouldn't balk at filling a cooler with this brew for consumption throughout a day of outdoor activities.

May stock the basement fridge with a case for BMC friends that find even a Newcastle to unlike Blight and for my own enjoyment when a lager is desired.

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

This is a good Lager. For being an island type beer and "light" it holds a good flavor. The taste has a hint of fruitiness that I cannot pinpoint, but I do enjoy it. If your looking for a lighter beer with some good flavor on a summer day this would be a good choice. Their bottle design is unique as well.

Photo of gkunkle
2.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow/gold color with a white head that is quickly gone. Smells like champagne. Taste is a pretty normal lager flavor but dialed back about 50% (just not a lot of taste). The end is crisp and a little bitter. The mouthfeel is very thin. Overall, I could drink this again, but I don't really enjoy it.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. I've always appreciated the craftsmanship of Red Stripe, from the shortened (nonexistent really) neck down to the painted label. Red Stripe has also been one of my standbys, something to drink when there's nothing else around or no other real options when I'm at a restaraunt or bar. Pours a light straw with some mild carbonation. Volumous head that doesn't last very long. Light cereal aroma, not much else going on. Great mouthfeel, the beer isn't overly carbonated. Mild cereal notes yield to a super crisp and super clean finish. There's a reason I've enjoyed this beer for so long. I'm not a fan of lagers really, particularly light lagers, so a beer like this really has to work to impress me. Red Stripe does that. I'm always worried that I'm going to get the bitterness or skunkiness that I find in some of the macro beers or in the green bottle European styles, but it's always crisp, fresh, and clean. It's one of those beers that just leaves you wanting to drink more as you go along. Probably one of the best versions of this style of beer that you can find.

Photo of JackieTH
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent thirst quenching beverage that tastes the best from the tap by the glassful while passing the time of day anywhere on a beach in Jamaica, especially with the tasty little lamb chop snacks they have everywhere or of course jerk chicken.

Here at home I'm limited to bottled Red Stripe, but hey, it's pretty good to. I have a lot of experience in these matters.

You've got a pale gold bubbly beverage with nice finger of creamy white head. Nose of faint sulfer and grain. Palate is smooth with lightly applied flavors of hop bitter, overall grain, and dryness combined in a way to be refreshing and repeatedly drinkable.

Photo of Stunner97
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- light golden yellow with crisp carbonation streaming the glass, pours a thick white head

Appearance- very little nose and slight grainy corn in smell, but just not much happening

Taste- slight hop bitter finish with malt back body, crisp clean finish with a little bit of sweetness, decent lager flavor with neither to much hops or malt really making a big presence, its simple yet not off either

Mouthfeel- high level of carbonation but not extremely over done, crisp refreshing feel great for hot weather,

Drinkability- definitely a good refreshing beer its simple and uncomplex but not offensive in anyway, maybe a touch sweet but overall a simple summer refresher thats still quite a bit better then a lot of the mass produced stuff in that at least it still has some flavor

Photo of biegaman
1.79/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most people, I think of Jamaica as a sunny place and so it's only appropriate that its beer confirm the image I've cultivated in my head. Its unclouded complexion and bright yellow colour look the part for an island quencher. In a caricature of Caribbean people themselves, its bubbles show a vivacious spirit but its head is carelessly lackadaisical.

The aroma smells like parched, rotted rice paddies drizzled in golden corn syrup with a pinch of solventy, chemical adjunct on the side. It is revolting, to say the least. Nothing in this aroma even closely resembles any natural food product that I know of and, to be perfectly frank - I'm honestly not being sarcastic here - it doesn't even smell safe to consume.

The adjunct of choice appears to be rice although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that corn - or anything else for that matter - was thrown in there too. Fortunately, the resulting flavour is light (although it manages still to be offensive). The can encourages it be served cold but even at this icy temperature that seems to be helping little.

It honestly puzzles me how most people can find beers like this to be refreshing. For my palate, they are even more than distasteful - they are repugnant and assailing with cloying, off-putting flavours. The rice component is so obvious - I doubt this thing is even 50% barley malt - and it leaves a most drying, saturating, abhorrent feel in the mouth.

I had had Red Stripe a number of separate occasions over the years and remember regarding it as being an ordinary, if forgettable beer. Revisiting it now I'd like to go back on anything remotely pleasant or even polite that I ever had to say about it - this is not only emasculated, it's a displeasing, dreadful and downright detestable excuse for a beer.

Photo of spoons
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very pale yellow with a tall white head.

Smells bready, almost cookie like . Some sweetness.

Pretty carbed mouthfeel. Has a little sweetness, grainy taste.
Actually seems a bit watery.

This beer is just ok. Cant say its my favorite. Probably wont have it again.

Photo of mempath
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hadn't had one of these for YEARS....and back then, in jackson, MS, i thought this was the best it could get...then abita came along, i traveled more, etc...

so here goes. bottle is still shorty, but seems skinnier....not a 12 oz. bottle! and not as heavy as it used to be...(11.2 oz)'

pours a classic lager pale straw with massive head of fluff that settles moderately into a thickish layer and some splotchy lacing

smell is nothing special. could be a bud or coors or something...sweetish. not the kind i prefer.

ah, comes off less sweet, refreshing, still sweet, crying for some spice (thankfully my mouth is tingling since i just cut up and sampled some fresh-picked garden salsa and jalapenos). on it's on, it has to be ice cold to session while having kicked-back conversation that keeps your mind off really exploring the flavor profile...nothing bad. nothing great either. just a bit too sweet to be enjoyable. at least have some hot salsa and such out to keep it interesting. yes, must be ice ice cold...

p.s. best drunk straight from the bottle so it stays simple and rereshing. cool bottle still...

Photo of mlazzaro
3.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, date reads June 2009. I pulled it from the refrigerated section, so this should be sufficiently lagered. aside from store lighting exposure.

Right off the bat, a great aroma released from the opening of the bottle. Surprisingly aromatic. smells of lager yeast, with a slight hoppiness. Enticing odors.

Poured very carbonated, but has no head retention whatsoever. It is well carbonated in the sip, just not holding up in the glass. Clear a can be, appetizing orange - yellow color.

Tastes of sweet strawberry esters, I wasn't expecting that. Has a nice sharp crisp ending to the sip. Good amount of sweetness to the beer, with balanced. Kind of tastes like a pale ale recipe with lager yeast strain.

Nothing crazy awesome, but a good drinkable lager.

Photo of Insomnicat
4.73/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a light amber with a finger of head. Head disappears quickly

S - Flowery hops. that's about all that I can smell.

T - Not very hoppy, almost no bite at all. I like it a lot. A LOT.

M - a tad bit heavier than water.

D - I drank this one before I knew it. I wish i hadnt just bought one. sad day.

Photo of Moontang
3.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into my trusty highball

Appearance: the colour is a medium golden, and there is a very thick head which dissipates relatively slowly into a nice lacing pattern.

Smell: I'm currently quite congested, so I can't make out much, but what I can make out is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very slightly thick, and the carbonation isn't too sharp. Fantastic.

Taste: the foretaste is is pleasingly low on hops, but not so low that the grain isn't balanced. The grain itself is smooth and clear.

Drinkability: It's not too sharp in the mouth to chug, pleasant enough to the senses to sip, and strong enough to get me drunk. Very good.

Photo of lou50rp
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker yellow than other American adjuncts. Has an initial white head that disappears quickly. Some lacing.
Slight smell of bread and some sweetness.
Taste is a bit grainy, sweet with a hint of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is not bad. Not watery.
Drinkability is good. If the budget is tight, it is a better buy than a lot of other AAls.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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