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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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2,721 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,721
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 236 | 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 LooksCouldKiilll
4.72/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at ODB Liquors. Love this beer. This is my new go to when I just want something with dinner or in the afternoon. It's nice and light but doesn't taste like water. It has a nice crisp flavor that compliments any meal.

Take me to Jamaica....

Photo of unclejimbay
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe, reviewed as an American Adj Lager ABV = 4.7%, cals=152, reviewed ~12/2008
A 3.5 Excellent head/mediocre retention, golden straw color, noticeable carbonation
S 2.5 chalky skunky-ness, smells like hard water
T 3.5 - unique balance, unique taste, subtle malt & hop balance, smooth drinking, goes down easy
MF 3.0 - thin-med body, medium carbonation
D 3.5 - more hints of malt than I expected, I dig the subtle balance, it's not a standout and I like this as I used to always drink it in college, it's brings back good vibes.

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

Red Stripe's the perfect beer for a hot afternoon or for kickin' back with a group of co-workers after a long day at work.

It's light bodied, bittersweet citrusy taste (a hint of pineapple maybe?), and pouring ease make it a good casual no frills lager that you could have a few of and not feel weighed down or too gassy.

Dig the Red Stripe

Photo of brianlg
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer I've heard much talk about. Red Stripe pours golden yellow with about a finger width head. The beer smells very much like corn and malt. Smell is nothing special here. On first sip, the beer is very good tasting. The thing that I find most apparent in the taste is salt, it just seems very salty. I noticed after having a couple of these, the saltiness makes it hard to continue drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth and goes down like water. Overall, this is a fairly average beer. Not something I would buy a lot, but I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear gold color with medium-high carbonation, and a very thin head that dissipates very quickly. It doesn't leave any lacing but it retains a wonderful soapy ring at the top of the beer throughout entire consumption! Nice large bubbles, this beer looks alive & inviting! Smells of fruity grape, raisin and citrus notes that tingle the senses. A touch of cooked vegetables & mild sweetness, kind of clean though.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet malt with a pinch of hop bitterness, and as it warms, a sweeter more chocolate cake like malt is present and lingers on the palate just a tad. Lots of citrus, a little grape perhaps, and cooked vegetables. Citrus notes linger as well. Mouthfeel is smooth with lively carbonation on the palate, a little thin or watery with a lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I wouldn't mind drinking this beer all night long. For how lite bodied it is, it packs a good punch of flavor! Flavor in the style of American Adjunct Lagers that I have yet to experience in another. I really like the appearance of this beer as well, no lacing but held a soapy ring and ample carbonation throughout entire consumption! Such a nice lager to enjoy just a few with dinner or enjoy all night long.

Would enjoy more often if not for the high price tag.

Definitely recommended! Cheers!

Photo of dpsychoholic69
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz poured into a pint glass

A - Golden color with a white head that dissipated quickly, a lot of carbonation

S - Sweet, malts, corn. Not really appealing

T - Something like malts, sweet, grassy maybe, taste isn't all that bad but each time I put my nose in the glass I get that smell. probably better straight from the bottle

M - Thin goes down pretty smooth but not really crisp

D - It's an ok beer, goes down smooth but I;ve had other beers that didn't have the premium price and tasted better

Photo of projectflam86
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden color with decent white foamy head with no real retention.

S- Not alot here. Slightly malty with a touch of corn.

T- Almost tasteless maybe a little malt and . Good amount of carbonation.

M- Light a crisp. Pretty smooth.

D- Easy to drink and worth getting again although I wasn't blown away. An OK beer overall.

Photo of katan
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz red stripe style bottle - into a pint glass

I have to admit that this review will have a little bit of island bias, as I'm sitting here freezing to death dreaming of Jamaica.

A - A light golden color. Very clear - highly filtered. Head formation is light and off white. Carbonation isn't overly present in the appearance.

S - An incredibly scentless beer. It almost deserves credit for being so devoid of smell. What extremely little I can detect is something I think is corn.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show some bitterness, and an extremely light hop note. Finishes with a bit of yeast with a very harsh astringency tied to the corn adjunct. Very "corny". Not particularly potent in any single aspect.

M - Medium body - not as thin as the corresponding American macro lager. Has some body built from the unfermentable adjunct.

D - Very easy to drink. I'll invoke the island here, and say that this beer is as good as any for sitting on the beach. A warm weather beer. ABV is manageable. Flavors integrate well.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Overall is a basic lager, better than some of our american lagers but not much. I would chose it over Bud any day though

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation

drinkability: very easy. only good for long hot days.

Photo of ruckus232
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 Ounce Short Bottle

Appearance: Clear, light yellow color with nice white head with decent lacing

Smell: Grassy and earthy with a little sulfur smell

Taste: Starts out somewhat sweet bu then becomes slightly bitter with a little bit of a metallic taste

Photo of fingerlaker
4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised at this brew when I had it for the first time last night. Judging from the commercials I was expecting just another Corona or the like, but this is different- it has a medium body, a moderate sweetness with wee bits of carmel/toffee notes. On the tail end one gets the hop bittering, which isn't at IPA-levels but is still there. The smell isn't fantastic but one can still smell the sweetness of this brew.

It's not special, but it's not terrible. It's better than the other "hot weather" lagers but isn't so complex that I have to really sit down and dedicate all of my mental resources to dissect it. I could see myself kicking back a few of these on a 100-degree day.

Judging PURELY by the way you're supposed to, by judging it against the style it is, the final verdict is that it is one of the best for that style.

Will I buy this again? Yes.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.83/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of July2Nov
2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of EdwardStark
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Photo of WakeandBake
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,721 ratings.