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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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2,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 tomthumbsblues


2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very pale yellow color atop which rested a foamy white head. There was plenty of carbonation to be seen. The smell was malty, but also had a slight metallic note to it as well. Tasted of malt, corn, again, with a hint of metal. Probably the closest thing to equate the texture and taste to was soapy water. This beer wasn't as light as I expected, but it was thin. Overall, this is a highly drinkable beer, but definitely not the best lager out there, even by macro standards. I love the commercials though!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:41:12 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of UberWasser


2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz brown shorty bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours an extremely pale yellow. Head is thick at first, and actually fizzes like a freshly poured soda. It disappears rather quickly, and is totally gone by the halfway point. Ends up looking like a glass full of piss. Ugly beer.

Pleasant in that it isn’t bad. Very little there, some corn, hop and a bit of fruit, plus a very mild grain and sulfur scent.

Tasted about the same. It tastes like fruity corn with hops in the background. Sulfur doesn’t come through in the taste, thankfully. Dry on the palate with a lemon/lime aftertaste. Which is better than most American Macro Lagers, for sure. It’s crisp. Gets a little more sour as the beer warms. No water taste, but mouthfeel is of water.

A drinkable macro, better than a lot of the others. Not much in the way of character, as it almost totally lacks both good looks, pleasant scent, or delectable flavor, but hey, it’d be good cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 05:23:05 | More by UberWasser
Photo of AussieInPhilly


4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is tops. The crisp, yet smooth taste leaves mouths wanting more, yet the potency lets you enjoy "beer". C'mon guys, this beer is one of the best. Down to the bottle, its smooth, yet tasteful. Enjoyable, yet manly. This beer has weekend written all over it, and if you don't agree, well then, have a miller high life!!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 08:35:11 | More by AussieInPhilly
Photo of bark


2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale yellow; the large creamy head sinks down to a white lid with some lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet with some sour notes of corn; it is a bit chemical and unbalanced.

The taste is sweet and watery with some odd evolving sour-bitter-sweet notes; there are some clear notes of adjuncts. The aftertaste is soda-like with some distant bitterness with a touch of salt.

The carbonation is at the same time weak and a bit sharp; small bubbles.

On one hand, this beer is probably very thirst drenching, but if I become really thirsty, I drink some mineral water or soft drink instead…

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 20:25:53 | More by bark
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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

Another beer that I had guzzeled frequently in my misspent youth which I have neglected to review because it entailed actually buying and consuming a fresh one to generate the review...shows how much I was driven to do this. ;-)

Red stripe was the "other" party beer when Foster’s was making the rounds...both considered "imports" and thus "better" than domestic.

Pours a disappointing piss-pale yellow...a 1 finger cap that disappears quickly..poor lacing. Sickley sweet grain husk--vegetal aroma.. funky-skunky pilsner hop detected in the smell. Watery mouth feel, virtually no malty tastes just sweet rice or corn dextrin tastes with a very light hop bittering...smooth, sweet, watery, fast finish....what have we here?...a macro brewed sweet, watery thin shunky weak pilsner from off shore. I’ve had worse but I’ve had a lot better...even Banks beats this corn-rice-sugar cane swill...this will rot your teeth..too damn sweet even for a mega pils.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 22:27:45 | More by pootz
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For an "American" macro, this actually isn't too bad. Pale yellow body with fleeting white head that actually leaves some lace.

Beefed up macro aroma of dough, light floral and subtle fruit notes, sweet grain/corn, and biscuits.

Flavor is similar, slightly sweet, has a better-that-average-macro hop taste, and a touch more body and soul to it than expected.

A hair above thin bodied, well-carbonated, and surprisingly easy to drink. Certainly better than any American macro. Now where did I put that spliff mon?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 22:19:42 | More by AlexJ
Photo of BigRedN


2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red stripe, it's Beer! Hooray Beer! This beer has about some of the best commercials on TV right now, great marketing. There, that's about the best things I can say about Red Stripe. The beer itself? Well...

Appearance: Just another macro. Ordinary, clear and yellow with a foamy white head that quickly disappeared, left no lacing. Plenty of little bubbles do their death dance in the liquid.

Smell: A little adjuncty (corn?) with some grain. Slightly sweet, hint of malts buried, no hops.

Taste: Short on flavor, but that is what one would expect, It's macro.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation is good. A little rough around the edges though.

Drinkability: An easy to drink macro lager.

The stubby painted bottle is cool. I poured my sample for review into a pilsner glass, not as cool. As it stands, an average macro lager at best that is way over priced. There are countless better choices for the money, still every now and then this is a fun beer to have. I would love to try this in Jamaica some time.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 04:57:52 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

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

Clear yellow color and a thin lace for a head. The smell is a grassy hop and faint grain. A touch of sulfer too. The taste is very clean. Leafy hops and light grains. Light to medium body and finishes semi-dry. Drinkability is great though. The best beer you can drink with a spicy meal. Alround easy drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 06:09:34 | More by Luigi
Photo of jmc44


2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale straw color with a thick white head, which quickly dissipates. Beer has a light aroma of fruit.

Light taste, similar to typical American Macros. Slightly sweet crisp aftertaste. Light bodied, light mouthfeel.

A very drinkable beer on hot summer days, when you dont have a/c like me. Better than Bud, but also more money. Not a beer for the connoisseur, but your non-beer-drinking friends will drink it. probably.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 22:16:51 | More by jmc44
Photo of Illini5596


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

An all around average beer. It's typically available when only macro's are sold, so it can be a good fall back beer. Nothing terribly exceptional about it, but nothing terribly bad either. It's a good beer for new drinkers to cut their teeth on, as it is a cut above your classic macro-swill, but not so rich that it will scare them away from good craft beers before they are ready.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 18:49:08 | More by Illini5596
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One of the beers I needed to get through a beer club at the local watering hole. Always wanted to try it once anyway, whcih the commercials, funny bottle, and all. Not good. Too much corn flavor, reminds me of Milwaukee's Best. Grainy smell, no real head or carbonation.

I did not expect much but this one was disappointing for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 03:02:08 | More by Backer2004
Photo of jettjon


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

Fine bubbled thick white head, that fades fairly quickly. Golden clear appearance. Vaguely alcohol smell, appley Champaign nose. Sweetish flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste. Bubbles continue to precipitate from top to bottom. Not bad at all. I like it, and not too expensive, either.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 03:12:21 | More by jettjon
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Since I was at the beach, I tried this one to get in the island spirit. Pours out a pale yellow with a tall white head that dissipates quickly. It leaves no lace. There is very little carbonation and few bubbles which give it a lackluster taste for a lager.

The aroma is lemony, buttery. The taste is very mild with no extra bite, but is buttery and nutty. Not much there, but, slightly refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 01:07:16 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Red Stripe Lager comes in the old school stubby brown bottles. When poured, the Red Stripe has a light golden color with an average head that left quickly. The aroma was quite interesting, initially it smelt moldy but after having a few more whiffs I could pick up some of the hops. The mouthfeel was very light with average carbonation and the aftertaste was crisp and rather short. Overall, I wouldn't recommend Red Stripe, but on a hot summer day it might be ok to give it at try.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 05:51:36 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of BEERchitect


2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corn beer. Basically looks like an ordinary lager. Yellow, white head, lots of carbonation. Low level sweetness and high corn sugar to nose. Tastes the same with abrupt yeastiness and low maltiness. Obviously a low quality beer, but an easy drinking one. Light body, slightly creamy and slick. Finishes quick and airy. Not overly complex. I cannot beleive that people pay 3 dollars per bottle. It would make a nice free beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 00:34:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of palliko


3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is translucent light golden with milky foam and good lacing. Carbonation is medium, as is the medium. Aroma has your barley, your hops - and your sulphur. Initial taste begins with the creamy mouthfeel, citrus/leafy hops, sweet corn and malt. Finish has barley grains and a metallic note. A cult favorite from Jamaica that leaves a clean, refreshed palate. Featured prominently in John Grisham’s “The Firm.”

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 13:44:46 | More by palliko
Photo of tgbljb


3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard about this beer for years, seen it in moveies, so I felt I finally needed to try it. Poured a nice light amber color with white head. Smell is sweet with touch of tropical fruits. Taste has a slight crispness and is very refreshing. Left a nice pleasant aftertaste. Easy drinking. Good session beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:03:41 | More by tgbljb
Photo of drunkensailor


2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted in a pint glass from a bottle. Golden hue witha thick white foam, fairly heavy on the carbonation. Not much in the way of aroma. Very similar to most other american macro lager. Mild hoppiness. Can't seem to find the right descriptions for taste. It similar to the standard, but still distint, perhaps a bit richer. Fairly light bodied, with a fleeting aftertaste, possible very subtle fruitiness. Good summer beer. I'd buy it again for the right occasion. Might be a great "crossover" beer, for someone taking tiny wee baby steps.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 21:31:06 | More by drunkensailor
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.7/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with a short lived bubbly head. Good clarity with almost no lacing. Pale malt nose with hints of esters and champagne. The malt is fruity and sweet, but not residual, and the hop flavor is mild, but balances the taste well. The light body and crisp carbonation leave a clean finish. Excellent choice for a summer session brew. Macros with a pleasent flavor are hard to find, this one manages to also be light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 04:56:28 | More by PBRstreetgang
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2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this beer has a lot of positive reviews. Yet i can not reconcile myself to liking this beer. The appearence and smell are normal, nothing great nothing bad. Yet i find this beer's flavor, which is distinct, just isnt that good. I do not know if i had a bad batch, but from the people i asked, i get mixed reviews. this is a tolorable beer ICE cold, but at any other condition i find it nearly undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 03:40:39 | More by twi1609372
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well, now summer is here, for sure....anyone who's not hot & bothered is happily hooked up to AC, ...I swear I saw someone making an omelette on the sidewalk...and a beer like Red Stripe sounds like the greatest thing on Earth...so, away we go!

Appearance, clear and very pale yellow, big, buzzing bone-white head that collapses in a hurry.

Aroma: a little honeyish and sweet, slight herbal, vegetal character, but mostly vapid.

Taste: brisk, carbonation, overtakes the mouthfeel at first, then fades, as does everything else...bereft of personality, it's a faint, feeble thing, but it's wet and quenches the thirst. And that's all it really needs to do. On a day like today, this is the ideal beer, though I'd be tempted to switch to a weiss bier or a wit just to toss my tastebuds a bone.

This really should be as popular as Corona, but perhaps the fact that it doesn't actually taste bad, and requires no lime, is the hindrance here.
Certainly better than American macros, but we're splitting hairs here.

Anyway..."It's Beer"...um, "hooray,...beer"

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 23:24:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle is unique...comically so. Pale yellow with no head. It smells like skunky, lightly-copper-scented Play-Doh. It tastes lightly skunky and artificially sweet. I like the pear that I can taste before the hops set in. Bleh. Later in the taste comes the horrible artificial sweetness again. Don't intend to make this a regular, but I'd drink it if offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 02:52:09 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from July 2003 review...

Appearance - Pours with a white, crisp and bubbly head into a pint glass. Light, pale yellow color. Some good carbonation coming up, but no head replenishment is happening, so you're looking at a headless beer within seconds.

Aroma - Initial vapors upon uncapping are strongly skunked, the odor hit me before I even attempted to smell it. Thankfully they subsided quickly enabling me a better shot at getting the glass close to my mouth to get a sip.

Taste - not as bad as I thought. I thoroughly hate skunkiness in beer, this one rose above for the most part. Sweet corn taste up front, carbonation quickly after, and just a background flavor of skunkiness. Not as sweet as MGD, but along that line for the taste profile. An occasional lemon or grassy note catches me by surprise from time to time. Probably would show through more without that damn skunk element.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly in the mouth. It leaves a trace residue of sweetness and skunkiness, nothing worth dwelling on. In fact, it practically guarantees I'll need another beer to replace the mouth coating left by this one.

Drinkability - I guess it depends on the circumstance. If I'm stateside, I'll pick something else, but if I'm in Jamaica, and U.S. imports are 4-5 bucks a can while a fresh, non-skunked Red Stripe is a dollar, I'll go with the Stripe. Unfortunately for the marketers of this beer, the odds of me going to Jamaica anytime soon are slim.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 01:26:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of mmmbeer


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

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. Pours a shade darker than your average macro with a half inch off white head that leaves little lace. Smells of malts with some corn and a bit of metal. The flavor is this plus a hint of lemon, a trace of alcohol, and a light body that is crisp and tingly. It's easy to drink but too expensive for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 04:57:05 | More by mmmbeer
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
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,414 ratings.