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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

2,610 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,610
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 HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep straw color from a 12 oz. stubby bottle. A half inch white head settles quickly, no surprises there. Lacing is present initially, less so later.

Smell is of malts and rice. When I say rice I think of AB products typical smell. Not sure what is actually the source. Here it is a bit richer but not overly so.

Tastes of thin malts with a light diacetyl finish. Feel and drink are better that many of the style yet not too exciting. Best served well chilled though this beer is still palatable well above the recommended serving temperature thus enhancing the drinkability somewhat.

HalfFull, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

The pour shows a pale, yellow brew with a thin head that is gone in less than a minute. There is very little lacing.

The smell is of corn and sweet malts, with a strange chemical smell lingering in there. The taste is more of the same; it is a bit more flavourful and sweet than its distant relatives.

The mouthfeel is light without too much carbonation. Drinkability is higher for me than many other adjunct lagers.

I had this about a year ago out of the bottle. It is much better when poured into a glass, but that might be because the only beer I had had at that point was Bud out of the bottle. It might have a semi-permanent home in my fridge for those times when my pockets are running low.

CityBoy1986, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite mass produced lager. There's nothing too special about this one but, if there's nothing else good at a restaraunt, I'm gonna grab for this.

Pours a clear yellow color, with a very bubbly white head that leaves to never return, with no lace.

Aroma is of light corn and wheat I think, nothing much else.

Flavor is pretty bland to, tastes like a normal corner cutter american adjucts lager.

Watery and light bodied.

Very drinkable.

hoplover82, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz brown bottle with cool painted label.

Appearance: Bright light gold beer with lots of carbonation and a bright white fizzy head with medium retention.

Smell: Sweet grainy malt, and a bit richer and maltier than I expected for the style.

Taste: Grainy and sweet, with a hint of (bready?) richness and just a touch of light fruitiness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Medium-high.

Conclusion: For a style that does not lend itself to greatness (or even mediocrity, it may be argued) this is a step above many of its competitors. There's a decent (if very light) malt presence here, backed with hints of fruitiness and grainy sweetness; it's nothing special, but it's good for the style, and would be great for washing down Caribbean or Mexican grub...I'd pick this over a Corona any day.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold. Pure white head with good retention. Little in the way of lacings.

Sweet corn aroma, unpleasant chemical smell.

A very light sweet caramel malt base and some almost non-existant bittering hops. A powdery yeastiness.

Smooth drinking with nice carbonation.

Easy drinking lager.

CanuckRover, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stubby little bottle.

Light in color and smell.
The taste of this beer is exceptional given the style. A very sweet malt with a good balance to it. Yeast provides subtle fruity notes. The hops are there but very mellow. The malt/grain has a very pronounced roasted character that I really enjoyed. The most flavorful adjunct lager I have come accross.
Medium bodied and smooth. Heavy for the style but still enjoyable.
This is a very drinkable adjunct lager and if the price is right it is a pretty good session beer. Reccommended.

Stinkypuss, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of July2Nov
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: inch of head that disappears as quick as it was poured. Very light subdued golden color.

Smell: Got a skunky mixed with a sweet smell to it. This smells like trouble!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very sweet tasting, mild and light to boot. Has a bit of a malty finish. Slightly more flavorful than water. No depth to this beer whatsoever. The best thing that can be said for this brew is that it goes down easy.

Drinkability: Though I wouldn't seek this out or have a need for it, it's not a bad beer. Easily could drink this throughout sweltering days. It's just not that high on my "gotta have" list.

July2Nov, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Stripe is a pale straw colored lager with no head to speak of. The aroma is slightly sweet and is of fruity, bright grain. It has a smooth light body. The flavor has a nice bitterness that leans on the citrus side. It's a little funky. Boo, creepy foot doctor! Hooray, beer!
(rated May 17, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this before but never sat down and enjoyed it. Comes in a cool little stubby bottle.. although it's taller than I remember it and not as chubby.. but that's besides the point.

A typical mass produced import here but I find it much more drinkable than the usual one. Has a sweeter taste to it and the adjuncts really come out but it does make it much more flavorful and drinkable. Because of the lack of lacing and any color (it's basically off white) it loses points in appearance but not mad overall.

oriolesfan4, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. 1/4 inch head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells of adjunct in lager, a little disappointing because I was expecting more. Fits the style. Tastes of adjunct in lager. It is slightly sweeter than other adjunct I've had. Overall, just slightly better than others, but not worth trying.

Tone, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.29 12 oz. stubbie single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After some years of viewing commercials where a Jamaican guy sells beer in little, brown, squashed-down bottles and ends his commercial my shouting "HOORAY BEER!" it's time to give Red Stripe another try.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a large, foamy, white head. Rather nice lacing, I must say.

Smell: Faintly sweetish nose smelling of light pale malts, spicy hops, and maize (akin to smelling a Frito corn chip).

Taste: Light pale malts, yes, a bit corny, and with a light amount of sweetness. Mild spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes sweetish and crisp. Slight metallic hint lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, there're better lagers, but there are also far, far worse ones to be found. The metallic aftertaste definitely mars it's overall drinkability, but, beyond that, it's really just another pale lager.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of EdwardStark
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager came into my possession as a result of a bit of unexpected serendipity and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with the result. This is of course keeping in mind that the beer is definitely appears to be of the usual American macro brewery style. It exceeds in emulating the usual characteristics of an adjunct lager and outshines many of those that have landed on my pallet.

A: I don't have much to say here. The classic printed label is a nice touch and the bottle type is a novelty. As for the pour and appearance of the beer itself it looks like your common american style lager. Not much head. It is worth pointing out that there is a notable darkness to the usual pale yellow color.

S: Couldn't smell much given the bottle and properties of the beer. Not good. Not bad. Not much.

T: Here I found the beer to be a cut above the rest in its class. There's a hefty bit of flavor upon initial gulp and as the drink peruses the tongue there is a considerable amount of grain flavor released with just a bit of fruitiness to top off the mix. As this is my first review i'm unable to describe the taste in greater detail but I can say there is certainly a good deal of flavor to be had when keeping the style of beer in mind.

M: This is where I believe Red Stripe really shines. There's such a smooth and unique quality to the beer that each drink has a crisp and refreshing quality. Generally i've come to expect this style of lager to go down in a forgettable and thin fashion, but not this one. The unique flavor briefly lingers in the mouth and there is a definite and pleasing thickness that really helps to bring out the flavor.

D: An easy beer to consume. Pleasing but not overwhelming.

EdwardStark, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Short and stubby 12 oz brown bottle with classic painted label.

S - Slight grain scent

T - Starts out sweet with a citrus hop bitterness, ends with grainy flavor. Very crisp and refreshing!

M - Smooth, medium carbonation.

D - Easily consumed in mass quantities, very drinkable.

Note: This is just one of those beers I enjoy having on hand at any given time, in case I get a warm breeze and feel like pretending I'm somewhere tropic. Everyone told me it does a great job of washing down Caribbean Jerk foods, and you know what, it does!

Hooray Beer!

Mistofminn, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Notes Aug/2008
Fresh spicy nose with floral accents. Pours a clear light straw yellow. The tall white head is somewhere between frothy and creamy. The head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor has a spicy alcoholic quality with a clean finish. Balanced but not very deep. The light body is creamy and lively with a lightly astringent finish. Better than countless other american standards.

WakeandBake, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok so appearance is fizzy, straw yellow with a tiny head and no notable lacing. Smell and taste are average, some corn smell that is absent in the taste. A relatively clean taste, no notable hops. Mouthfeel is weak, even for this style. Drinkability is pretty refreshing, but that is largely due to a light flavor.

supercolter, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw like color with tiny carbonation bubbles. The nose is cooked corn, floral hops and malt. The taste is corn cereal and yeasty. A very thin body typical to the style. The mouth feel is carbonated. It is a okay beer for its style, better than bud.

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I, too, am one of those bastards that have tasted Red Stripe, from the tap, in Jamaica, and stand before you to proclaim that it does taste really good. Maybe it was the island, that it was 100 degrees, and that I had drank about a million rum-based drinks and was looking for a change. I will still turn to my fat-bottle friend from time to time, but its just not the same.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a classic hangin' at the beach kinda brew, a simple pleasure! the problem is, it taste like shit warm!!

The look is very underwheling to say the least, bright yellow color, fizzy as hell with a short-lived, thin white foam that just fades away without incident.

The aroma is slight, with canned corn, wheat and rice, hay, sweet-bread malt.

The flavor is rather clean, with cream 'o corn sweetness in the malt and a big, bitter , sour finish.

The feel at first is light and crisp, just don't let it sit around for too long.

It is what it is!

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.85/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/7/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a body that is pale yellow in color, with a big, fairly quickly diminishing head. Some malts and wheat in the aroma. Has a slightly malty taste, with no aftertaste. Not a very complex flavor.

jujubeast6000, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of MrAleman
1.05/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

They've started selling this one all across music venues in London.. Ouch its pretty bad in many ways. Horrible metallic after taste, meaty taste during the pint quite a thick lager as lagers go, tastes a bit like an off Stella. Bad, bad, bad. Better alternatives.

MrAleman, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of ChillMike
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how low the scores were for the beer. While I'm not claiming it's something extraordinary, I find it an excellent beer to pick up when I want something cheap, low on the abv and not over the top.

Appearance is very average a pale yellow straw color with little head.

The smell is your basic lager type of smell, not a whole lot going on, fairly average.

The taste is quite pleasant if you ask me, nothing special but a nice balance taste with a bit of a citrus/fruit flavor that seems to last throughout. Almost what I'd call a "red taste" if that's possible.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than you'd expect from this type of style.

Drinkability is where this beer really comes through (TO ME), it's quite easy to drink, and putting away a 6er of this stuff isn't going to have you completely gone.

ChillMike, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of roblowther
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Um. Have to admit I'm not anticpating reviewing this but nevermind. Every dog has its day. It pours pale gold, with a foamy white head and looks more interesting in the glass than in the commercial. It smells....I should leave it at that. It smells like vacuum cleaner dust. The taste is tinny cardboard, with lemons, herbs, a slight pepper finish, and a lot of bland. The mouthfeel is soft, with more body than you'd expect. Or than I would. It's drinkable only if its very, very hot. This is a mild but ugly beer.

roblowther, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of mothman
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well this beer tastes like an American lager brewed way south.

Pours about a one finger head. Head fizzles down quickly. No lacing Color is straw yellow, not impressed so far.

Smell is of grain, as is the taste. Very little hop or malt presence.

Mouthfeel, is 'sticky'. Doesn't leave a pleasant feeling in the mouth.

Overall, please spend your money on something of the craft genre. I put this in a BYO 6 pk so it wasn't too expensive, but I would never buy this again. I guess all in all, it was worth a the try, because I think every beer deserves a chance, but I will still stay away from it.

mothman, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of kinger
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Take Budweiser down to Jamaica and package it in a grenade shaped bottle, and there you go it's Red Stripe! The funky bottle is the only good aspect of this swill. Qualities are just like our typical american pale lagers. If you enjoy this one save yourself some cash and buy domestic.

kinger, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6 pack of this tonight because my local beer store didnt have what I really wanted. That said, I used to drink A LOT of this stuff, And I have a whole collection of the bigger bottles for my homebrew.

Lets see how I like it now after over a year or drinking nothing but craft brew, and homebrew.

Pours a very pale yellow, with little head, and no lace. Smells like malt and not a lot else, tastes about the same, very simple beer. Feels good, well carbonated, but not overly so, and very very drinkable, still a damn good beer.

Fatduck, Nov 10, 2008
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.