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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

2,585 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,585
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 190 | 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 BeerTaster
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance crisp golden straw in color as far as head retention well better than most macro lagers. Smell hints of hops some corn and grainy sweetness. Taste crisp cleen with some malt sweetness up front with very week hop bitterness and flavor. Moutfeel lite body mediem carbonation. Not bad a drinkable Macro lager.

BeerTaster, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a thin, fizzy head. Looks like your typical macro.

Smell: Some sweet malt and crisp hops. Smells a bit astringent.

Taste: Sweet malt with a slighty bitter, overcarbonated zing. Taste a bit corny, a bit grainy, but all-in-all better than your typical American Macro.

Mouthfeel: Thin and heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty easy. Carbonation stung at times, but other than that this wasn't a bad macro lager. Better than most anyway.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of argock
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pale golden hue with somewhat sticky white head and some trails of lace.

S: Pretty unpleasant with old, cooked vegetable aromas with dead grass hops and faint toasted cereal grains.

T: Crisp and clean with more sweet pale malty and rice/corn sweet lager flavor than I would have imagined from the smell. Some leafy hops in the finish.

M: Pretty dry and heavily carbonated with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Body is pretty thin and in line with other macro lagers.

D: Better than any American light beer, but I still would prefer the predictability of Bud Heavy or Miller High Life if I was faced with limited options.

argock, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow color up to light (wet, golden straw out of it). Nice aroma of lager hops, butter and some spices. Decent white head that dissolves into a thin ring that leaves some broken lacing. Not much retention. Medium/high carbonation as one would expect from a Macro and equally a light mouthfeel. Flavors of subtle spice, some butter and slightly sweet grains with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty damn good for a Macro. A little sweet for a lager but still recommended.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite tasting Macro available. The price is somewhat expensive for a Macro, but it is worth it after you consider the alternatives...Great session beer for college students (like myself) and even better for the beach, parties, or what have you

scottyshades, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- extremely clear. very pale staw color, not as many bubbles as you might think for a pilsner, they are large however. Nice inch and a half white head that fades slowly to a ring. A little sticky but no real lasting lacing.

S- Sulfer, hint of hops and a grainy sweetness.

T- Honey sweet and grainy. A slightly doughy flavor. Some bitteness is present but there could be much more to blanace out this sweetness. There is some lemon too, maybe from the yeast or hops. Sulfer flavor makes its way in as you would expect from the nose.

M- meadium light mouthfeel. Maybe the jamaican lagers have a higher finishing gravity than their american counter parts. Goes down nice and smooth

D- Very drinkable, no undesirable flavors. I kinda like this! but it's not going to get an amazing score because this is not the top end of the style...sorry jamaica

pittvkyle7, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of BoSox5902
3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first jamaican beer i've had and the only one i know of. the first time i had it a friend of mine had it sitting in his room for some time so it was kind of skunked, but i ordered it one night at the bar and i was glad i bought it. i would definitely buy this again or slam a sixer one night

BoSox5902, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of guntherhophead
1.73/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A. Yellow gold.Light head. No real retention.
S. Sour. A bit astringent. Faint detection of hops.
T. Still sour. Kind of metallic undertones. Some grains mostly corn taste.
M. Heavy carbonation feel. Difficult to get down.
D. Not an easy beer to drink. I just had this with my neighbor and I finished as much as possible just to be polite.

guntherhophead, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Voonder
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark yelow with thin head which disappears quickly.Sweet grassy malty nose.Average lager taste, just too sweet. I wouldn't even call it "refreshing". Drinkable, but there are so many lagers around which are way more drinkable than that.
Not bad, good for a change sometimes

Voonder, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of klintok21
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this stuff for the first time when I actually visited Jamaica in 2005, so I like to think I had it pretty fresh. It was on tap at Jimmy Buffet's bar in Ocho Rios. Any beer could have been good on that hot day, but this really hit the spot. Seemed almost like any American light beer. My buddy and I winded up buying two cases of this to bring back with us on our cruise ship. As the week went on we got pretty tired of it as it wasn't any thing special in our minds; so for the price of $9 for a six pack in the States (something like $20 usd for a case there), I'll wait till I go back to Jamaica to get more. Personally I recommend this beer at least being tried once as it is a good Summer treat. Really try and get it if you stop in Jamaica.

klintok21, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy yellow color with a decent head and no lacing. Smell is pretty malty and sugary for a lager. Taste is much sweeter than is typical for a brew of this type. Very malty when compared to its competitors. Moderate carbonation. A very drinkable brew, especially in the summer time.

jdubjacket, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of currysage1
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical lager dark straw color. Big white soapy head that dissipates faster than it rose.

Smell is of corn and sweet malt, some malted grain in the mix, much better than most of this type.

Taste would match the smell pretty spot on except for more pronounced malt flavor. Definate cooked corn flavor.

Feel is not too bad for what it is, definately has more body than a Milwaukee Beast. Carbonation keeps it refreshing on a hot summer's day.

currysage1, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a Red Stripe and this weekend presented the perfect opportunity. I enjoyed quite a few of these many years ago on my honeymoon and have a positive memory about the brand. Unfortunately, the memories all faded the moment I tried the Red Stripe. Ugh!

There was a thin wispy head on the beer that was gold in color, very clear with some visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of. Ordinary looking, but I wasn't expecting much here.

Aroma wasn't too strong and focused on sweet grain like notes. Also a slight musty or wet grass smell.

The flavor was so sweet and grainy I couldn't stand it. I really did not enjoy this at all.

There wasn't an off flavor, just a strange bad flavor. No balance to this beer as the sweetness just stuck to your tongue. No hop flavor came through and I sat there for quite a while trying to determine what the strange grain flavor was. I could never really pin point it. I would also say that musty aroma also was found in the flavor.

I like to describe some beers as fresh. This is not one of those beers. Again, I don't think anything was wrong with it as in spoiled. I just really didn't enjoy it.

I think any good feelings about this are just lingering positive memories about my honeymoon.

Not again soon.

Reagan1984, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Big foamy white head that dissappears quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Sweet smelling with a slight hint of alcohol which is funny becuase i have trouble smelling alcohol on beers with a much higher abv.

T- The body is very light. I am not sure but I would assume this beer is not brewed with a 100% malt as the sugar source. It also has an oxidized wet cardboard type taste towards the finish.

M- There seems like there are alot of large carbonation bubbles in this beer. A little more body then seltzer water.

D- I am not looking for any more of these. I remember having this beer a few years back and a couple gave me a slight stomach ache.

ItMakesMeHappy, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of barleysandwich
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here are my thoughts on this beer in bullet points:

- distinct but not overpowering nutty maltyness
- pleasant slightly sweet overtone
- clean mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

I would buy this beer again, as it has a high drinkability rating, especially on a hot summer day.

barleysandwich, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured form a brown 12oz stubby "medicine bottle" into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a light golden yellow color with good clarity. There is some visible carbonation that floats up to the big, white, and foamy head. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Smell: Its aroma has sweet bready malts that are almost fruity along with some light grain and hay notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. The malt has a sweet character with some grainy notes and a mild hop presence that adds just enough bitterness for some balance. It has a clean finish and a light body with decent carbonation to tickle the palate.

Notes: Overall this is a wonderful lager that go down easy on a hot day. I like to pair this with a fresh cut lawn and a hammock in the shade.

generallee, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Bierschenker
2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served in a « Stein »
Bought at the « Exotic World Supermarket » at the « Blauenhoek », Leuven

While pouring I was surprised by how tasty this beer looked. A golden river originating in a small bottle like you don't find them over here anymore.
On top of the clear golden beer, a very attractive snow white head floats. Against the glass some bubbles make their way to the top. Just like winter snow always seems to vanish too rapidly, this head diminishes to some spots of white around the rim of the glass.
The scent is remarkably sweet, it's actually cocktail like, or am I being blinded by the fact that it's a Caribbean beer. A tropical fruit juice mix describes it best. Other than the sweetness, some traces of malt are noticeable.
First taste: hmm, no taste
Second taste: a flat oxidized watery malt taste.
No after taste, but some washed away malt under the tongue.

If I wanted to drink water I would have bought water.

Bierschenker, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Golden amber, very little head and carbonation. Average looking brew.

S: Mostly malty, little sweetness on the nose.

T & M: Very crisp beer, has almost a sweet malty texture to it. Mouthfeel pleasant with the crispness.

D: Definitely drinkable, I've always been a fan of this beer.

elniko, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, yes... The Stripe...perfect for curing a case of cotton mouth...

Pours out a yellowish gold color with a somewhat thin fizzy head...

Faint smell of hops with a stronger aroma of grain.

Grainy, almost biscuity taste with a very faint hop tinge to it. Not bad, but nothing special.

Tilley4, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of PLANETBUSTERRAVE
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden yellow forms a crisp white head that vanishes fast to a thin lacing. Thin malts and light hops filled the air with a light scent. A thin and malty taste that goes down light and crisp with a small amount of fizz. Over all I would say that this is a fairly good beer. If someone passed me one I would gladly take it.

PLANETBUSTERRAVE, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, short, round, fat bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Average appearance, pouring a clear, see-through, light apple juice hue with hardly any head and no lacing...
Uninviting, unappealing, bland aroma with slight hints of corns and grains...
Although the taste was light, crisp, and refreshing, there wasn't much flavor associated with it overall... Slight nuances of bread and butter, but that's about it...
Watered-down, loose mouthfeel, with an about average level of drinkability...
Nothing special...

dsa7783, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.9/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one pours a nice golden color with a far amount of head that quickley windes down to a slight ring around the glass. the flavor is a bit sour at first but then the hop kiss washes the sour away. this has a good all around flavor and just the right amount of carbonation. thiss one is alwayst one i will come back to

orcasteve, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe. It's beer. Hooray Beer!

How can you argue with that?

Beer pours from a stubby brown grenade-bottle, straw-golden with a thick white head that settles to lacy film in my duvel tulip.

Smell is clean and sweet, like caramel with buttered corn and a strong presence of white pepper.

Flavor is clean across the palate, strong malt and corn presence with nobel hops faintly singing backup.

This is a favorite session beer of mine, especially on summer nights like tonight, the 4th of July in sunny sweltering Florida. There are many lagers that are "better", but there is only one "Red Stripe".

hooligan, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe
Bottle Inspection: Jamaican! Nothing else of interest, except it's in a cool brown stubby like bottle that was inviting enough that I didn't want to pour it out into my Sam Adams glass, but I did. There's a lasered neck code which is inscrutable (1508 4 11:39) which means (We want to know the date, and not let YOU know the date).

Aroma: Very Euro-lager nose. Sweet light malt with a bit of leafy English earthy hops.

Appearance: Bright and clear pale yellow with tons of carbonation streams that struggle to hold a rapidly dying head.

Flavor: Grain soaked water is the first and lasting impression. Balance is really pretty good; there isn't any sweetness or bitterness, which normally will allow other characteristics to shine. Unfortunately, there's not much here to show off.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high making this fizzy and light, two things I don't care for in beer. Bit of a slick texture.

Overall Impression: A great casual beer for the beach, light enough to quench your thirst, but not enough flavor to make this anything I'd drink on a regular basis.

HardTarget, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw yellow color, nearly macro to the T, but formed a nice two-finger head and actually left some good lacing on the glass at first, but later disappeared. Smell is of some grainy malt and a bit of corn aroma. Taste is much the same. Lots of grain malt flavor, some hints of apple and spice, slightly sweet but dry on the finish and an average hop bitterness that kicks any American Macro's ass. Very creamy, medium bodied, and a better than average Macro lager.

KeefD, Jul 03, 2008
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,585 ratings.