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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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2,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 116 | 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 jdm


2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head that left the building prematurely. Nice yellow to the color. Definitely not just water. Has a malty thick mouthfeel for a lager. Smells and tastes all stylistically appropriate but a little on the subdued side making this beer a taste dissappointment. Not bad however and quite drinkable. Considering the flare of other cultural gifts from Jamaica I expected an experience here that simply did not come to fruition.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 04:48:08 | More by jdm
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dreamed I was walking around in my flip-flops on a sun-soaked beach with this one on 3/4/2005. 12-oz. barrel bottle poured twice in a 10-oz. tumbler, “Yeah, I DO want a glass for this,” at the People’s Republik.

Plentiful foam that dies a quick death and lightly laces. Very light shade of gold to hue, and crystal clear, mute. Washing machine remnants on nose with just a light lemony hue and wail. Passable, just barely, corn presence that has just an echo of malt, and hops are but a distant memory. Given the right circumstances, like drinking in lawn chairs in a yard of freshly cut grass, moving the chairs and the cooler full of lager to follow the sun, this could be fun. But those circumstances are few and far between.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 11:49:51 | More by Truh
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 6 pack of these, nice touch with the stubbie bottles. White and red silkscreened logo, import abv for Canada is 5%. Pours out a medium gold in colour, lots of carbonation, which induces a decent sized white fizzy head, with some pretty impressive head retention for a Caribbean lager. Although not offensive, the smell isn't too pretty either. Crisp malt and corn adjunct up front, with a hint of veggies lurking in the background. The taste follows along the same lines, not completely offensive, but not overly appealing either. Sweet corn and malt up front, a bit grainy and husky in the middle, with a surprising lightly hopped aftertaste, although I'm assuming those are hops, as they just sort of creep in there under your nose. The mouthfeel goes from smooth and creamy to carbonated and mildly abrasive in a short amount of time, adding a bit of kick to the finish and aftertaste. Some Jekyll and Hyde action going on in that respect, but it doesn't detract from the experience. An average lager at best, it is still drinkable as a lawnmower beer or a hot day quencher, but not something you'd savour for the aroma or the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 07:15:46 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of GClarkage


3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

March 2005- Had at a party in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz stubby bottle with no dates, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear, maybe a light amber pour. Huge bubbled head that quickly fades, next to no lacing.

Smell- Rice and malt scents mostly. Nothing to brag about.

Taste- A good sweet malt flavor with a light bitter background.

Mouthfeel- Typical lager carbonation (moderate to heavy).

Drinkability- This has always been a good standby or session beer for me. A great beach brew or beer on a real hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 17:15:50 | More by GClarkage
Photo of RushLimbmalt


3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I finally got the courage to pick up a sixer of Red Stripe. I am pleasantly surprised. I was recommended this beer by a Bud light drinker so I had some reservations, but it is not a bad beer at all. It is a very light golden color and has no head after 10 seconds, but it smells tasty... a pleasant sweetness and even hops. For an adjunct lager this is fantastic. It flavor is very sweet and almost citrusy and follows with a very mild hop bite, but again for what it is it is surprising. Who knew that Jamaicans could brew good beer and fantastic reefer? I am so there...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 06:06:41 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of alexgash


3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the stubby bottle. Cute. Big, fluffy white head over a soft, glowing, pale yellow glow. Nice. Smells of honey malts, lightly sugared rice chex, and lightly euro-pungeant hops. Not skunked, but kinda good skunky. Not bad at all. Lightly sweet, grainy cereal malt flavors up front. Tangy, lightly bitter hop taste comes on into the finish. Finish is vegetal, bittersweet and surprisingly long. Light-bodied with good, crisp, refreshing carbonation. One of the better adj. lagers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 00:33:16 | More by alexgash
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clean very pale yellow/straw colored beer. Has a big bright white fizzy head. There is a light sweet grassy aroma and not much else. The flavor is lightly sweet with a hint of citrusy lemon. But all of that is washed away by the watery mouthfeel and watery finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 13:37:50 | More by ybnorml
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3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in a bottle and poured it into a pint glass. Poured a nice rich golden color. Pours with two finger head that quickly dissipates to a beautiful lace. The nose smells like cabbage, grainy. The taste is grainy adjuncts, with a nice bitter bite. The mouthfeel is ok, about what you would expect from a lager. This is a very drinkable beer, great for a BBQ or sittting on the beach on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 04:52:28 | More by aquaderek
Photo of shirfan

New York

2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy yellow beer with a thin, soapy head that burns off quickly.

Aroma of cooked corn and fruit coctail.

Taste is more of the same; overly sweet, corn shines through, some DMS. A frothy mouthfeel completes the macro experience, with little else to speak of. Definitely not worth the price.

Not among Jamaica's finer products.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 03:46:30 | More by shirfan
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lots of trendy hipster douches drink this beer. That doesn't mean it is bad though. If this brew is at a trenday suck bar and nothing else besides bud, yeah i will get it. The screenprinted grenade bottle kicks ass. Not much going on here, the hops are there but quiet. Nothing special, but I will take it over a lot in certain bars.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 06:49:00 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of ski271


3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not my style of beer by any means, but sometimes I crave one. It’s so refreshing and I’m not sure why.
It’s a piss-yellow fizzy beer, with a soda-like foamy, white, mostly-diminishing head and speckled lacing all the way down. The aroma is malts and corn... and that rather nasty stink that is commonplace among adjuncts. Served cold enough, the odor isn’t too much of a problem. The taste is light. Light malt, dough and a slight lemon zest in there that is nice. A little sweet, and slightly bitter. The finish is short and crisp, and the bitterness is kicked up a little bit by the fizziness. Nothing really special here, but it’s very good on a hot & humid day, and it goes well with spicy foods. I’d pick this one over most American macro adjuncts, but the price is a deterrent.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 18:30:21 | More by ski271
Photo of crookedhalo


1.75/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours your average "beer" color with no visual eye candy to even note on. Faint bready malt aroma with a light hoppy floweriness and a seriously faulty cooked corn and sulfur aroma. Some mineral qualities in the water show through, but overall, pretty nasty smelling. Whoa, it gets worse. Dimethyl sulfide plays a significant role in this beer's flavor profile. A bit of diacetyl, too, shameful in a lager. There's a moderate maltiness, a light floweriness in the finish and it's carbonated; that's about as positive of a spin as I can put on this beer. If I had a dog, I'm not sure I would even give this beer to it. Sampled about 4 oz., and then Drainsville.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 10:14:37 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Joey7F


1.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to be going crazy (or my tastebuds are). First this "beer" is averaging 3's while Hazed and Infused is under 4 (I think that is the best IPA I have had on-tap). I got one free so I am not complaining. If you really want Heineiken and this available, take it. It is less skunked. This is on par with BMC's offerings (maybe a little better)


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 20:30:17 | More by Joey7F
Photo of ghurux86


2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

when i poured this one it had a suprisingly large white head, i did pour it vigorously though. color is unappealing though, clear as glass light yellow. the head stayed around for a long time and even left some lacing.
smells like a little hops and yeast possibly with corn and a little spice. citrus too. suprisingly with all these smells, it still doesn't smell very appealing.
taste is not bad, but is not special, think mexican beer with a lime already added. hah. a little skunky but not bad. nothing too noticebly strong is jumping out in the flavor to me.
ok mouthfeel is pretty bad. thin and watery.
drinkability is ok since it's watery, i could drink water all night! honestly not that bad of a beer there are just many others out there that are better. but in my opinion every beer is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 07:30:27 | More by ghurux86
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a lager fan, but I actually like this. It still has a skunky smell that I now associate with all lagers. Pours a pale yellow with a nice white head.

Taste is typical lager, with a bit of tang. It reminds me of the West Indies; a nice lemony/citrusy hint -would go great with a tropical meal.

A bit fizzy and a little thin, but very refreshing. This would be great in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 07:11:58 | More by BDTyre
Photo of pezoids


3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored. Very pale, lightly golden with a thin filmy head. The aroma is flat and uninviting. Detected some sweet and sour bitter grains. Fairly musty and even a bit soapy. Taste is bittersweet, again, soapy and lemony. Has a small grainy body, but not really malty. I have had this beer in the past and found it to be moderately enjoyable. Although unexpressive and a bit muddled, this isn’t that bad. I guess you can say it’s fabtaboulessly mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 00:35:28 | More by pezoids
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Embodies the spirit, rhythm and pulse of Jamaica....the true J'Can beer! (says the bottle)

Appearance-into the imperial pint glass (why not?), yields a dark tan color with lots of foam that sticks around.

Smell-corn and grain mostly, alcohol hits the nose as well.

Taste-very grainy on the palate, light flavor and alchohol hit immediately as carbonation settles, goes down exceptionally smooth. While flavor is light, it also seems distinctive.

Mouthfeel-good, grainy but not strong, very smooth and light solid aftertaste on the palette

Drinkability-I'm giving it an average, because although this is a very drinkable lager it is expensive to get and not drunk all that much.

Overall-a slightly more than solid lager, it's adjunct filled but still retains a decent flavor and smooth quality and it is distinctive. However at $9.49 a sixpack at my local store I cannot justify it, an interesting beer to try that should satisfy though, better than Bud, Miller, or Coors and I'll be damned if it didn't wash down the spicy chicken wings I had incredibly well.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 01:22:38 | More by TheDeuce
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North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When you pour a Red Stripe, the color is quite worrisome. Very yellow and extremely carbonated. There was also very little head and no lace whatsoever. It is very light in aroma and flavor. The hops are sweet and barely present. Also in the flavor are notes of honey and pineapple. More of a warm waether beer after mowing the lawn, but in the dead of autumn it makes me think of the Caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 19:17:04 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Redrover


3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby brown bottle. No freshness dating that I could find.

Beer pours a very light yellow with a white quickly collapsing head.

The beer has a faint nose of some grain and a bit of peppery hops.

The taste was slightly sweet with more grainy tastes. I picked up a small bit of hops about 1/3rd through the beer. Very mild taste profile.

The beer has a pleasant mouthfeel and it would be easy to consume several in one sitting.

I know people who love this beer, but it is always tied to their memories of consuming it on vacation. I used to drink this a lot after Cub games at the Wild Hare Frog Sanctuary. The Wild Hare is big Reggae bar located just south of Wrigley. Great post game atmosphere with free bands. However, as a stand-alone beer, the experience is not that great.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 15:48:16 | More by Redrover
Photo of Magery


3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To me this beer has a very pleasant taste to it, and goes well with foods normally associated with summer cookouts. Although it is average in about all categories, not outstanding, but definately not bad. The taste is something that appears to differ from person to person, as most people i know are divided on their liking of it. I also feel that their commercials and bottles are great, however that definately has nothing to do with how good the beer is.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 22:43:42 | More by Magery
Photo of merlin48


3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light yellow, body with a medium sized, offwhite, head that consists of large, soapsudsy, bubbles, rising to 3 cm, than falling flat after two minutes. No lacing.
Aroma is grassy hops, and some vague lager malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel reveals average carbonation and a light to medium light body.
Taste opens with some grassy hops, sweet lager maltiness, and a refreshing, hops finish. There is a hint of corn syrup sweetness, and a note of sulfur, that are destracting from this, otherwise, decent, lager.
Definitely, the class of the caribbean beers that I've tried. Hardly impressive, but good drinkability for what it is. Red Stripe is an ideal, "lawnmower" beer, and has some complexities and character that its regional competitors(Carib) lack. I could survive, nicely, with this if I got stuck in a Jamaican beach town for a couple of months.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 02:25:12 | More by merlin48
Photo of Dithyramb


2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the pudgy brown bottle pictured. No freshness dating. Appears to be brewed in Jamaica and transported here to the states. Being given away free as a promotion...

Poured a piss yellow with only a faint dusting of lace. Nothing overly outstanding about the smell. Taste was a nice mix of malt and hops, but kind of boring. A light washing mouthfeel, but would be nice on a hot day. I would prefer to get this free, instead of buying it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 20:08:15 | More by Dithyramb
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If we all reviewed this beer on a beach in Negril I bet the marks would be higher but alas out of context this is an ok lager that offers no surprises but on the other hand is very drinkable. The slight fruit notes in the finish was the best thing about this beer which otherwise is a standard macro lager meant for sun and sand. I prefer Alpine from Down East or even PBR as this beer demands import prices.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 17:15:48 | More by canucklehead
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so some people say it's odd drinking a Jamaican beer in Africa. But hey, it's available, so why not? Comes in a 355mL stubby bottle. I find the stubbies a bit ackward to pour when compared to the longnecks. Stubbies are too damn easy to chug outta the bottle and into the glass. Anyways, it's a standard yellow colour. Not too light so it's a piss yellow, but a decent lager yellow. Bit of a head; I'd say less than a full finger. Lace sticks to the rim and slowly creeps down. Good smell. Dry hops, grass and barley. Bit of sulphur as well, though not much to turn it off. Nice, even balanced taste. Starts out with a mellow sweet malt and butter mix, ending with a bitter dry grass and hop aftertaste. Not WOW tasting, but I can't help but admire the balance. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent, thin. Not watery thin, but thin. Not bad, though. It's a very drinkable lager. One I'll buy again. Makes for a great session brew, and goes great with zebra.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 17:24:18 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Suds


3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer presents itself as a very clear, very light yellow color. There’s a white, bright, moderately sized head and a corn-like vegetable aroma. Just a little hop aroma…very faint. The taste is delicate, slightly grainy and just a bit astringent. Very little hops in the finish, and the overall impression is light, clean, and very easy to drink. It’s refreshing, but also hollow. Better than a typical macro, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 01:28:13 | More by Suds
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.