Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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2,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 241 | 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 Snyder18
3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color. Thick cottonball white head 3" thick with moderate retention. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell - Malty, sweet nose, grainy notes with a slightly perceptable cut grass aroma.

Taste - sweet malty/grainy which slowly fades to a very pleasant lingering bitter hop finish. As the beer warms the hops become more pronounced throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, nicely balanced carbonation.

Drinkability - high marks for drinkability depending on your taste. Some may not be able to handle the upfront sweetness and lingering bitter finish. For me the journey is pleasant from start to finish.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not too dark, medium straw color.

S: Had a thick aroma, tough to describe. Seemed somewhat malty, with some hop too. Interesting to say the least

T: Malty and sweet, but with hoppy undertones. Reminded me of cascade hops?

M: Decent feel, somewhat syrupy(maybe not a word, sorry), but overall good

D: I look forward to a chance of drinking red stripe. It's a nice change of pace that makes me happy when I tihnk of their brilliant advertising--- HOORAY BEER

Photo of BBri
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better than average for a macro lager. Love the short, stout, round bottle. Goes down easy with a crips mouthfeel and semi-sweet, slightly malty smell. Taste is good compared to other big-brews of the same style. This one is a nice thing to have on the beach in Jamaica! Goes good with spicey Caribean food. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but on occasion, it's a nice beer to sample.

Photo of rdub
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy moley. I'm back in Jamaica on my honeymoon. This was the go-to beer at the resort for lack of any other brands. Must have been a deal with the club. Anyway, light straw appearance. Was surprised with the nice foamy head that lasted a few sips. Smell was macro lager, slightly sweet. The taste was typical but not as bad as some. Mouthfeel was spritzy and drinkability was easy.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Looks like your typical macro lager. Pours a translucent yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The thin, fizzy head dissipates very quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell: Slightly better than your average macro. Smells grainy with just a hint of some malty sweetness.

Taste: Not bad for what has up until now seemed to be just another macro lager. Has a little bit of a hop edge to it with a slight touch of malty sweetness. Besides that, macro corniness (no pun intended) all the way.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and way over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Better than your average macro, but nothing exciting. This would be a good beer for a warm day in Jamaica. It's refreshing and very drinkable but a little light on flavor.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - I've seen this stuff before. It pours a yellow, fizzy, pale color, like other beers of this style. Nothing atypical, nor offensive.

Smell - Smell is of grains, malt, and citrus notes.

Taste - Taste is of grains (corn), and malt, with a nice citrus (lime) aftertaste. Hops are very subtle/minimal, but balance the flavor out.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and light body similar to other marco lagers, but having more flavor than most gives this bonus points.

Drinkability - Smooth, and easy to drink, especially on a nice, hot day. I'm not sure what it is, but a slight burn from either the carbonation or the alcohol knocks off a point though.

Overall - This is a decent American style lager with more character to it than a BMC brew. It's a good session beer, and will satisfy a crowd well enough. Worth trying at least, and something I occasionally go for in the right situation. Not bad :)

Photo of washburnkid
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I come home to visit my family, I like for my dad and I to enjoy anything but his usual. Red Stripe is a decent fallback, and it's cheap.

A: a golden-yellow straw with a finger of white head that dissipates almost completely
S: aromas are pretty much corn husk and sweet honey malt.
T: very lacking in a flavor. What's there is very faint cooked veggie. A bit of grass from the hops. Honey is there, as is a bit of apple cider. Better flavor than many other ajuncts.
M: light and heavily carbonated
D: easy to drink, and a much better alternative to BMC

Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear strawlike yellow color with two fingers of foamy white head.

The scent is of mostly citrus and some grains.

The taste is of citrus up front, some grain is apparent also, it finishes with a kind of dry sulfuric taste.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinker, it has good flavor for an american lager.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had one of these before, but saw a commercial and decided to give it a shot.

The pour wasn't anything too spectacular, regular looking pale yellow lager with a quick dissipating white head.

The smell was a little metallic with a little bit of sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the nose, a little sweet malt followed by a slightly metallic aftertaste. No hop bite whatsoever. Very thin feel in the mouth with not a lot of carbonation.

I've decided that I kinda like this beer. It's still a cheap grocery store lager, but I'll take it over BMC anyday. Kinda comparable to Yuengling, in my opinion. These things are very drinkable.

Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected clear, pale yellow of the style. Less than an inch of clean white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

A sweet, but otherwise neutral, scent greets the nose. The flavors are basically benign, a slightly grainy sweetness is all that stands out.

The body is what is expected from a thin blonde. The beer is very drinkable, having multiples would be very easy, but if you had other options, why would you?

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at a resort in Jamiaca:

A - Pale yellow in color, decent head that fades fast.

S - A husky odor that comes off more malty than hoppy

T - A robust commercial lager, fairly well balanced with malt and hops. Not bad for a macro brew.

M - Well carbonated, mostly light bodied. Refreshing on a hot beach...but almost anything cold is.

D - I drank enough of them so it is pretty drinkable. But then I didnt have much choice there either!

All in all not a bad macro.

Photo of Mavajo
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 Oz bottle in a pilsener glass.

Very pale yellow color with a decent-sized head. Mine was over two-fingers thick, but I had a sloppy pour. Head retained for a while, but then faded to a thin white crown. Very mild lacing that fades quickly.

Taste is fairly watery and plain. Extremely thin in the mouth. It's drinkable, but not at all enjoyable or apetising. I had trouble finishing mine because it was just so uninsprising. Light hint of hops. It's not a bad taste, but it's not a good or interesting one either. But I guess that's to be expected of this style.

Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Pours a pale hay color with a big white head that vanishes very quickly.A very faint amount of lacing that doesn't really stick

S:somehow the alcohol comes through first with a little bit a sweet malt,corn,almost a white zinfindale (sic) odor.

T:Quite a bit like budwieser but stronger and a more pronounced hop finish.also seems more boozey.Basically budweiser plus.This is how the big macros WISH they tasted.

M:Expectedly light and bubbly,but the carbonation resides after a minute or two.Somewhat dry finish.

D:Very high.Pretty damn refreshing on a hot day or an afternoon after a long day of work.

All in all not bad.A step above BMC for sure and very sessionable.Nothing great but not one i would outright turn away

Photo of redneckchugger
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pale and fizzy
smells of corn adjuncts, nothing else
tastes of corn adjuncts and a hint of hops
this is a decent beer, very drinkable. Actually quite good fot the style, but at 8 to 9 bucks a sixer, i'll pass. There a a lot better beer at a lot better price point, such as michlob, PBR, and my personal favorite High Life.

Photo of psujesus
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the stronger lagers i've had, granted ive only had about five different ones.

Appearance- a nice pour into a mug, minimal head to it (i suck at pouring beers),

smell- nose is stuffy but had a decent smell from what i could tell

taste- a good amount of hoppiness to it, a bit stronger to have more than one

drinkability- an easy beer to drink, a good beer to enjoy a few at a time but for the price i'd prefer a six of killian's or coors

Photo of bristol2120
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much here when you get right down to it. Decent pale golden appearance, with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Very little smell of any kind. Taste fainly of hops, with moderate carbonation. A disappointingly watery mouthfeel. I suppose you could drink a lot of these if the mood struck you, but what's the point?

Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big white head. Very pale yellow body. Good head retention.

Smell: Very light smell. Similar to that of Budweiser.

Taste: Very light in flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with some grainy adjunct flavor.

Overall, an above average adjunct lager.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 16oz can which just showed up in town. Brewed and canned by Guinness Brewing Company, Saint John New Brunswick, Canada.

Light straw gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is like most of the style...grainy, corny, skunk like perfumy... not much else.

The taste is grainy, lots of corn, some lemon zest hoppiness, metallic, basic with not much going on but not offensive.

Light bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability? I bought this because I liked the bigger bottles I've tried before but no where on the can does it say Jamaican Lager, just Imported Lager. To me, this is a less impressive version of the bottled brew and much less drinkable. I'll have to check the bottles again to see if the info is the same....

Photo of tj4288
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into becker pint glass

a- very very pale clear yellow, from across the dimly lit room someone might think its water. no head even with an aggressive pour. no lacing.

s- smells not too bad. nice balance between malt and hops. but overall fairly weak nose.

t- not alot to say other than average american adjunct style taste. maybe slighty more spice.

m- not bad for an american adjunct, creamy, smooth light body, medium carbonation.

d- goes down easy. i might buy this agian if vistiting jamaca and worrying about thier water quality. lol . other than that... i might just feel more comfortable picking up an everyday american/ canadian macro such as blue, or bud.

Photo of apbarwood
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.05/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of deapokid
2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of majesticsock
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of baseballrock
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.