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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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2,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,681
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 25
Gots: 218 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Photo of apbarwood
2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty lame overall. Very underwhelming appearance. Super pale with almost no sign of any head. Aroma is a bit off-putting and the taste unsurprisingly is equally disappointing. There's a faint sweetness in the flavor but not in a pleasant way. Almost like a sticky sugar quality. Overall it's sour and musty and just bad.

apbarwood, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
2.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ap. Very thin and pale yellow/gold color with a small and short-lived head. No lacing to speak of.
Sm. Very little smell, kind of grain/corn maybe, a little chemical in it.
Ta. Thin, small, pale. Kind of an oily chemical taste, and then it seemed to go downhill, which is the opposite of normal.
Mf. Nice carb. Thin again.
Dr. Tolerable, but there are soooo many better beers out there.

deaconoflove, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of deapokid
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend picked up a case while visiting and, although reluctant, I decided to venture back to a time when this was the closest I could get to craft beer (i.e. college).

This Jamaican lager pours a translucent yellow/thin gold, with a tame white head that fades in seconds and possesses very little character.

Smell is familiar, especially to those used to drinking this type of beer. First familiar scent is a stale, skunky aroma, coupled with a malt liquor stink and tin can metallic quality. A slight graininess is present as well, but muddled somewhere in the mix.

Taste is buttery and thin, which hits the back of the tongue with a certain synthetic bitterness. As it warms, a corn flavor peaks out from behind the butter.

If served freezing cold on a hot summer day, I'm sure this would be really slamable. Yet, I'm not going to give it points for being a beer you can chug. This just doesn't taste good and it's price ($42 a case) is obscene compared to the bevy of better brewed beer available.

deapokid, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of majesticsock
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks like water with a hint of gold. Little carbonation can be seen.

S: The smell reminds me of regular Bud or Miller.

T: Not a bad taste, but a bit generic and not much to it.

M: Swooshing it around seems to bring about a mildly harsh aftertaste.

D: I could drink a few of these if nothing higher end were available.

majesticsock, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle is a classic...I determine that I must factor that into the appearance of this 12oz pour (into a shaker). Otherwise it is a completely nondescript and mostly unappealing beer. But yeah, I am drinking the koolaid that this bottle is selling. The beer itself is ultimately crystal clear, and seemingly a few shades lighter than other adjunct lagers. A paper think sheet of bone white bubble passes for the head.

Smells of canned corn, and light dry malt. Average or maybe reaching slightly higher than typical for the style.

This is one beer that might be more alluring on the tongue if drank from the bottle. I remember it hitting closer to the target. Vegetal in the front of the mouth, opening into a slight echo of sweetness, flushing quickly into a sharp, crisp Noble hop finish, bite and all. That seems to be the highlight of most adjunct lagers, and it certainly is the star here. Crisp! Refreshing! Light and effervescent, I really like this finish. I realize that I am sipping on a good example of a drinkable, crisp and well lubed adjunct lager.

Philabeerphia, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of baseballrock
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - golden pale yellow, with a small head and a small amount of lace.

smell - a small amount of hop auroma, but for the most part it is bland and maybe a bit of skunk.

taste - smooth malt characters, Red stripe has a crisp finish that isant all that bad.

mouthfeel - light and crisp beer that the right amount of carbonation.

drinkability - a six pack of red stripe will go down really quick. i drank 5 durring my fantasy football draft and saved one for this. Good but when your drinking it you know its 8 bucks a six pack and for me, if im drinking this style of brew i would much rather have a budweiser.

baseballrock, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly crystal-clear straw-gold color. Nice head which remains for a few minutes; dissipates to a light ring which sticks a little to the glass.
Not much to the nose, other than a light grain-malt sweetness.
Light, sugary-sweet malt with corn adjunct and ever-so-slight hop note makes up the flavor.
Crisp, refreshing, clean finish.
Perfect refreshment designed to be drunk several to the sitting in hot weather, a hot club setting, or with spicy Caribbean cuisine.

Natural510, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, clear yellow with some large bubbles of active carbonation on the initial pour. The white head is impressively tall and fluffy, becoming rocky as it fades. Retention is nice, with some irregular lacing.

S: Rather grainy and haylike, with a soft citric, herbal, and yeasty character. A touch of adjunct aroma, but it's nicely hidden for the most part. Faint whiffs of a mineral/metal twang as well.

T: Predominantly grainy, which I can appreciate on some level. Seems like an upper-rung American macro mixed with a pale Euro lager in a lot of respects. Herbal and very slight vegetal notes are present. A faint lemony character.

M: Lightish body. Moderately dry and astringent, with a mild crispness.

D: This has a bit more character than many macro lagers, and it fits together pretty well altogether. Pretty nice on such a sweltering summer night. Simple and completely inoffensive.

Clydesdale, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent light straw color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head.

Smell: mild and a little grainy.

Taste: sweet malt with a just a hint of spicy hops. Not bad for the style.

Mouthfeel: relatively light with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: when it comes to adjunct lagers, I quite like Red Stripe and, under the right circumstances, find it quite drinkable.

flagmantho, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with a decent sized off-white head that actually retains longer than expected and leaves a good bit of lacing behind as well. Not too bad looking for an adjunct lager.

Smells of metallic corn with just a little bit of skunkiness in there.

Taste is very grainy with sweet corn upfront, maybe a little bit of a floral tone in the end.

Light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. This here is another example of an adjunct lager that I think is probably a notch above the typical BMC lagers out there. A cold one of these would at least make for a good lawn mower beer.

Vengeance526, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of bacabuck
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a case at Costco because it's summer and this beer is best served ice cold. Also it was $2 cheaper than Corona which my wife drinks. I can pound these down like no one's business while powerwashing the dog run on a hot southern California afternoon.

The stubby brown bottle fits perfectly in my beer can snuggie as well so it helps keep it from slipping out of my hand or cracking the bottle if I set it down too hard.

Decent enough stuff to eat with Wahoo's Fish Tacos or something a little more refined like perfectly grilled carne asada.

As soon as the weather turns colder, I'll be back to Sierra Nevada and Bass Ale, but in the meantime - hey mon! I'll kick back with this Jamaican lager.

bacabuck, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thick head which disappears almost immediately to nothing and leaves traces of lacing. The smell is faint, smells of a slight grains. The taste is of sweet grains but has a slight skunk bite at the end. No hops to speak of present. The mouthfeel is okay, maybe a lil watery and moderate carbonation. The drinkability is okay, nothing to object to, but very simple without much character.

goblue3509, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz cans now! cool!

the first and last time i had this beer it was out of a brown stubby bottle while flying across canada in a two door cavalier.

pours pure clear pale yellow macro.

smells pure clear pale yellow macro.

tastes pure clear pale yellow macro.

mouthfeel is pure clear pale yellow macro.

drinkability is pure clear pale yellow macro.

Overall i find this beer to be one of the better pure clear pale yellow macros out there to be honest. on par with your PBRs and Rainiers. Good for what it is. Very glad to see it in 16oz cans though. Very cool. A lawnmower brew. Period.

AKBelgianBeast, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Jamaica. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Red Stripe is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Jamaica so this is my top beer choice.

ExtraStout, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of albern
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad lager, but a better than average lawnmower beer for sure. It pours a decently thick and creamy white head, with a very pale color. The nose was a bit sulfury, a bit musty, a bit skunky right out of the can, but this disappeared quickly.

The taste was very light, very refreshing, a bit of a hoppy bite, there is a slight sharpness to the beer. Underneath the bite is some very earthy and grainy malts, some definite veggie flavors, some lagery sulfer tastes as well. This beer isn't much, but what the hell, it was refeshing and you can drink more than one.

albern, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to a party with a buddy of mine and wanted to try something new. He suggested Red Stripe so we gave it a try. I was suspicious of Jamaican beer as, well, I only know of one. There is a reason the Jamaicans are not known for their beer. I was not overly impressed with Red Stripe as it was average or a little below average across the board for me. It is drinkable and I would give it another shot but not any time soon.

VictorEHuskie, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe a slightly-above-mediocre level of respect is due to Red Stripe.. Any time I have had it it was the (or one of the) only options available other than bud light and such. Tasting it side by side even with some of the macro faux-crafts such as Michelob amber bock have displayed that Red Stripe, in fact, is vastly tastier and more enjoyable than that garbage. Compared to Michelob amber particularly is interesting because it brings out Maibock-like characteristics in the red stripe, a noticeable caramel malt presence.. blindly tested, I would guess Red Stripe was the bock. Essentially, in a world where we didn't have the beer market flooded with garbage, this sort of beer should be whats considered your average C. However thats not the case and so Red Stripe is slightly promoted by way of the lousiness of the other popular beers.

BirdFlu, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of prosper
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

hm, well. This is a unique brew, even among light lagers. Very very spritzy, and very very light in flavour - so much so that it tastes like soda water with a tablespoon of beer in it. No hop flavour or bitterness to speak of. Very slight sweet malt aroma. You can almost taste malt, not sure if it's real or just psychological because I know it's supposedly in there. Taste is mostly metallic carbonation. Mouthfeel is prickly, and watery. Drinkability would be OK if it weren't for the abrasive carbonation - taste is about on par with bottled water - so, very clean and refreshing.

Terrible beer. Get yourself a cheap domestic lager instead - it'll cost less, and taste better.

prosper, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of hockeyhead
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on sale 9.99 a twelve pack hell ya
A: very fizzy with golden piss color and a fast disipating large bubbly head
S: sweet scent of corn malt also a little hint of barley and no real hops come throuhg in the smell
T: very good corn up front but has a nice mallty backbone as well and the hops are just enough that leaves a dry lingering malty taste
M: very watery also has a lot of carbination almost burns your throat on the way down
D: i like this beer its not the best its not the worst but still a unique taste

hockeyhead, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.75/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

American Adjunct Lager isn't my cup of tea, but I'll try to be as objective as possible:

A: It pours straw coloured with an even white head that stays for a surprisingly long time. The head leaves some residues on the glass after it sets.

S: Not much here, but I can sence some malt and some citrus.

T: This beer doesn't have any tastes that are really strong or dominant, but it's dry with some malt. Some floral notes is there as well.
The aftertaste is very short.

M: Like any adjunct lager it's thin but also dry.

D: Well, I hope my objectivety wasn't to coloured by the fact that I'm no friend of adjunct lagers; but this is a beer that doesn't have strong smells or tastes - if your into this kind of beer I think you will like the head and the fact that you'll get really refreshed by this beer.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale straw yellow with a good finger head.

S- Light grainy aroma with faint traces of hops. Some cooked corn evident as well.

T- The grainyness of the malt is nice and smooth but the cooked corn flavor detracts somewhat. There's no discernable hop presence aside from the sweetness being put in check a little bit. Finishes sweet and smooth.

M- Good carbonation and quite smooth.

D- Not too far off from any other adjunct lager.

Not bad, it does offer something a lil different from the others, but it's still what it is.

Pauly2X, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of mareth01
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pour with minimal head that left little lacing behind, it had a light golden color that was pretty clear.

S - The smell was that that bad, it had a sweet citrus like smell.

T - The taste was sweet like it smelled with a slight cereal flavor.

M - It was light with a decent about of carbonation.

D - Good light beer that you can drink at a BBQ or while playing poker.

mareth01, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while staying at a resort in Jamaica. It is a light yellow color and has a minimal head that quickly dissolves. It has that classic adjunct lager taste, mostly malty with some corn, and it was slightly sweet. It smells like it tastes. It is very carbonated and easy to drink. This beer was fine for drinking while lounging in or around the pool in Jamaica, but not something I would ever purchase here in the states. I prefer it actually in the bottle over being on tap.

thegodfather2701, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of magine
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light golden yellow brew - nice white head that fades down to a small layer. Has some minimal lacing.

Very faint grassy floral smell.

The brew taste very refreshing - grassy, mild hops some fruit sweetness as well.

This brew will not win any prizes for its looks or smell - but is damn drinkable. Very crisp - very refreshing. A very sweet lager - which is a bit different, but it is perfect for a summer day.

magine, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of strengthdoc
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours from the bottle with a light golden color and a very thin head.The mouthfeel is light and typical of a lager as well as the aroma has that malty lager yeast sweetness.This is a drinkable beer. They are good with advertising. I can see myself drinking it a the beach.

strengthdoc, Jun 21, 2009
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
70 out of 100 based on 2,681 ratings.