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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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2,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 335 | 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 AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on vacation--- recorded notes into my iphone and I am typing them up now. Bottle into Pint.

This is a darker gold than most of the american macro lagers... but it is still pretty pale in color. White head. Thin. some spotty, chunky lacing.
Smells a little citrusy, almost like lemons an definately a hint of sweet malt.
Taste is sweet through to the finish. Very light an pleasant sweetness.
Drinkability is actually decent-- I haven't had this beer in a while, but I can remember easily drinking 7 or 8 of these in a night at a bar or two.

Photo of Bizz88
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden yellow with a single finger white head which dissappeared quickly to thin lacing. Aromas balanced of sweet grassy hops and malts. Slightly sweet malt tones on the palatte with a fair enough hoppy finish, much in the same way it smells. Decent lager with a light medium body with good carbonation. Would give it a two thumbs up.

Photo of TexIndy
2.31/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a stubby 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered 24A10 on neck so assuming bottled on 24th day of 2010. Was a pale straw color with good carb streams. It had an average sized fizzy head that quickly settled into a collar. Slight, quick sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was not good. Skunky, rotting vegetal with grassy hops. Standard adjunct aroma but was even in the lower tier of those. The taste was a little better but still not good even for the style. Heavy adjunct taste with little of the hops coming thru. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good carbonation but had a nasty after-taste.

Overall, a mess and don't recommend. I haven't had one of these in at least 15 years before I discovered craft beers. Back then I liked it which was probably helped by the marketing. Was hoping it held up a little over the years but it didn't. Time to retire this one for good. [N;N]

Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, with a bit more head than the average for the style.
S- The smell is of grains, with a bit of faint import sulfer smell.
T- The taste has sweetness with a bit of fruity hops to it. finishes grainy.
M- The mouthfeel is light, with nice creamy carbonation.
D-Not a bad beer when paired with some food. As a stand alone beer, it's so so.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hooray for Beer! I agree, let's see how this one does for me.
Pours a light golden, pale straw with a creamy, semi-thick head. Looks pretty good for the style.
Aroma is soft, corn husk and a touch of citrus. Seems a bit stale, though
Taste follows the nose. A bit stale, but not horrible. Up front is a quick touch of citrus then malt kicks in to give a bit of sweetness. It's light tasting, light feeling, but still has a husky aftertaste. Good when drank very cold.

Photo of Mbarnes304
1.6/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This beer poured a white medium head that quickly disappeared. The body of this beer was very light. The smell was a blend of yeast, cereal grains, and maybe rice. This beer really didn't have a taste, maybe carbonated sour water. This beer is really drinkable, like water is. I can't believe Red Stripe was brewing this beer for 75 years (1935). This beer has Anheuse, Busch, Miller, and Coors presences all over it. If you like commercial American beers you will love it, but you get to pay import prices for it. If you like Red Stripe save your money, pour some Bud Light into Red Stripe bottles.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.42/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz stubby bottle was something like $3+change from Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives 1" of fizzy white head that settles quickly and leaves just a few straggling bubbles behind. Brew is a clear straw yellow with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not sure I've ever seen a beer this bubbly before. Smell is actually pretty decent- some roasty aspects to it, almost like a red ale, with some indistinct hops. Taste is maltier than expected, good full mouthfeel from this light colored brew, fairly creamy and smooth, bland lemonish hops. Not nearly as fizzy as it looks. Finishes with mild hops and a bit of soap.


Photo of Nerudamann
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Looks like a lighter lager. Medium-gold color, close to the look of apple juice. Lots of foam, but dissipates pretty quickly. Kind of low on carbonation.

Smell - Smells like a light beer with some spice added. Smells like it will be bitter tasting.

Taste - Much less bitter than the smell indicated! Kind of sweet actually. A little grainy tasting. Not bad for this type of beer, especially the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very watery and smooth.

Drinkability - For the type, it's a worthy beer. Repeat-drinkability is high. It feels light enough in body and abv to allow for you to have a few in a row just fine.

Photo of burnstar
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale clear light gold. Medium sized head dissipates quickly. Light sweet malty smell. Taste is immediately sweet becoming grainy with some herbal notes in the finish. Pretty flavorful for the style. Well carbonated and light bodied. Very drinkable. Nice typical beer. Recommended for summer, cookouts, etc. Hooray beer!

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe that I have not previously reviewed this from a CAN! I also CAN't believe that it mentions some shite on the CAN about being brewed in Saint John, New Brunswick! They play hockey there, mon! It still sports the D/G logo, though, so Here's to beer (in a CAN)!

For the uninitiated, one of the greatest benefits of the CANQuest is the aural pleasure accompanying the Crrack, Glug, and Fizz as the CAN is opened and poured into a glass. I mention this because this CAN was an excellent example of the phenomenon. I was left with barely a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention on this hot, hazy, humid afternoon. Hey, call me a sissy, but this was a fizzy, golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was looking forward to it. The nose was sweet, rich with cereal adjuncts. Hey, if you want the CANQuest to review better beers, send/trade me for some. In the meantime, I am becoming eminently familiar with the style. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with the characteristic lager sweetness offset by adjuncts. Frankly, if you have tried one, you CAN rest easy if there are others you may have missed. Finish was slightly sweet, right for the style. Cold and wet on a hot day. This goes into a lot of coolers, so why not mine? I'd like it better on Hula in the Coola Day because it would evoke memories of days like these.

Photo of aepb1
3.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a generous white head

S- Sweet malt/grains, grassy hops

T- Sweet! Grainy. Clean and crisp finish

M- Full for a lager, good carbonation and finishes clean

D- Nice lager and quite refreshing on a hot florida day! Really not surprising, but very easy to drink!

Photo of macrent2
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a pale medium yellow colour with a nice amount of carbonation and a two finger that disapated slow. Very noticable lacing seen.

Light Hops smell. Sweet with honey/red clover notes and a hint of banana!

Nice very subtle sweetness and definantly ale classic pale palate.

Classic Jamaican Lager which will not dissapoint. Undernotes slightly light in tone.... warm feel!

Pass, will drink again! This is a good lager Jamaican style! Like this with pizza or barbecue.... prefer it medium cool.

Photo of BeerSox
3.96/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can into pint glass.

Thick frothy two finger dense head that takes a while to settle. Rather impressive. The aroma is very light, grainy, breadlike, and a little sweet. The flavor is also slightly sweet, with some very dry lingering grain flavors. Lightly fizzy feel in the mouth.

Really a typical example of the style, but very enjoyable when the temperature rises. If you're at a cookout, why not? Recommended.

Photo of mintjellie
3.86/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard adjunct lager pale gold in colour, Red Stripe pours with lots of retentive and foamy white head that coats the walls of my glass as it recedes. This is about as good as this style of beer can look. I can take half an hour to finish a tallboy and there will still be a a head left when I take that last mouthful.

It's simple and pleasant aroma has grainy, mildly sweet, slightly biscuity malt with light and perfumey floral hops. Lightly flavoured, grainy with noble hops. Mild in the manner typical of the style, but extremely clean and crisp. A little more hop flavour would really put this one over for me. Slightly built with fine carbonation. Feels light and smooth, not watery.

This is good lawnmower beer. This is something I could enjoy knocking back after working in the yard. It's thirst quenching, simple, and clean. It also has little bit more flavour than Bud, Miller, Coors, and much of the like.

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

I had one last night, and I think it was the first in a very long time. It's got a great subtle distinct taste that I'm still trying to put my finger on. It's got a flavor that goes with almost any occasion, night time at a bar, or anytime during the day, maybe on the beach. It is from Jamaica after all.

My only complaint is the bottle. Sure, it's distinctive, but it's too small. It literally holds 11.2 fluid ounces, which of course is less than a typical beer. I was not aware of this. I guess I've gotten too used to the long neck styled bottle, because my mouth expected the opening of the bottle to be there when my hand was the normal distance away. Oh well, I'll have to adapt because I'm thinking about picking up a 6pack for a pool party tonight.

Photo of ericj551
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe pours a light clear gold with a foamy head that fades quickly. The aroma is grainy with some light tropical fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and grainy with some hints of fragrant apple and pear. Overall Red stripe is a refreshing beer, but not much going on flavorwise.

Photo of JMad
3.51/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Was very pale yellow small head that disappeared immediately. left no lacing.
It smelled of grains, no hops smell. Smells good though.
Tastes kind of bland you get some sweet grains and just a slight bitterness.
It's not too carbonated, drinks eady. Good sessionable beer for warm weather.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves only a touch of lace.

Smell: Sweet malts and grains, with corn and hints of grassy hoops.

Taste: Begins with sweet flavors, finishing with grain notes and fairly prevalent hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: A fairly full body for the style, with balanced carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Overall, nothing special. However, for the style, this beer is very good and I'd be willing to have it again, though it wouldn't be my first choice when beer shopping.

Photo of djriggs
3.09/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a Red Stripe the other night. They didn't have it in a bottle (can only) I don't normally drink out of but I decided what the heck. I poured it into a tall frosted glass and liked the amount of head that was retained. My first smell was pleasant, not a lot of hops, more of a barley beer. First taste was smooth and went down fine. Crisp and clean. I have a real passion for Lager beers, but this one seems like it's more of a social drinking beer. I mean, it has flavor but makes you really search for them. Being a Chef I can taste pretty well. More hops in the after taste and this would be a much better beer.
My real disappointment is the can, it says brewed and bottled in Canada?
Not Jamaican made?


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

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance was a straw yellow with medium sized head that laced away fairly quickly.Moderately active carbonation. Smell was lightly of grain with a little hint of citrus.Tasted of fresh grain, with a slight crisp hop finish. Fairly good drinking beverage on a hot day.

Photo of jikvig
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Getting a tropical fruityness on the nose, and a strang but pleasant chocolate component.

"Sweet" and refreshing beer, going towards the tropical fruitynes. It stays on the palate for a time, well balanced.

A simple and straight forward beer perfect for a hot summer day!!

Photo of buschbeer
2.92/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a big, fluffy, white head. It is straw colored and clear. The smell is very sweet. I get white grape or my allergies are screwing with me after mowing the lawn. I don't get a whole lot on the taste. It is dry and crisp. It goes down pretty well since I taste nothing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooray Beer! 24 oz large format 'stubby' bottle with some sort of gibberish code on the neck. Pours an extremely light yellow color, bordering on light lager territory with a loud, fluffy white head that hangs around for an average duration and leaves more lace than most AALs.

Nose is grainy with some obvious corn and an actual whiff of a hop cone or two. No off notes and it smells very fresh and clean. To style, this is one of the better smelling adjunct lagers.

Taste is not all that bad and I am actually pretty impressed for the style. Has a somewhat creamy body and displays minimal 'cardboard' aspects that I find inherent with most any AAL. Taste is light and could use some more grains and even some more sweetness. As it is now, it is pretty decently balanced, but that just means minimalistic hops and malt. I dont see a whole lot wrong with this beer and it is much more drinkable than your average macro lager. Not half bad, I would take this over a Bud or Corona anyday.

Photo of eschbach
3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never had Red Stripe until today. I was at the liquor store and I saw of 4 pack of 1 pint cans of Red Stripe so I bought them. The can is really boring. It's white and it has Red Stripe written on it.

The beer looks good. It has a full frothy head, and it has a good golden color. the beer smells sweet. I can't smell hops, but it has grassy veggie smell. The taste is decent. I cannot taste hops. I tastes malty with a bitter aftertaste. It feels creamy in my mouth. It's not a heavy lager, so it's fairly easy to drink.

Red Stripe is better than most adjunct-lagers. It tastes more like a German-pilsner than an adjunct-lager. I think this beer would be really good on a hot day. It's refreshing and smooth.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer has a good golden color with a foamy white head.

S- The smell of a pretty yeasty sweet adjunct beer.

T-The Taste isn't too bad for what it is. It has a more European taste then the typical sweet cervezas and American pilsners.

M-The beer is very carbonated, which makes it more refreshing.

D-Very light and drinkable. This beer sits well and is definitely something you could crack open at someone's party and not be in pain like drinking a Coors.

Beer is beer, and when you're sitting around with your buddies and they toss you a Red Stripe, you got to take it for what it is and just enjoy life.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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