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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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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 307 | 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 albern
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad lager, but a better than average lawnmower beer for sure. It pours a decently thick and creamy white head, with a very pale color. The nose was a bit sulfury, a bit musty, a bit skunky right out of the can, but this disappeared quickly.

The taste was very light, very refreshing, a bit of a hoppy bite, there is a slight sharpness to the beer. Underneath the bite is some very earthy and grainy malts, some definite veggie flavors, some lagery sulfer tastes as well. This beer isn't much, but what the hell, it was refeshing and you can drink more than one.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to a party with a buddy of mine and wanted to try something new. He suggested Red Stripe so we gave it a try. I was suspicious of Jamaican beer as, well, I only know of one. There is a reason the Jamaicans are not known for their beer. I was not overly impressed with Red Stripe as it was average or a little below average across the board for me. It is drinkable and I would give it another shot but not any time soon.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe a slightly-above-mediocre level of respect is due to Red Stripe.. Any time I have had it it was the (or one of the) only options available other than bud light and such. Tasting it side by side even with some of the macro faux-crafts such as Michelob amber bock have displayed that Red Stripe, in fact, is vastly tastier and more enjoyable than that garbage. Compared to Michelob amber particularly is interesting because it brings out Maibock-like characteristics in the red stripe, a noticeable caramel malt presence.. blindly tested, I would guess Red Stripe was the bock. Essentially, in a world where we didn't have the beer market flooded with garbage, this sort of beer should be whats considered your average C. However thats not the case and so Red Stripe is slightly promoted by way of the lousiness of the other popular beers.

Photo of prosper
1.6/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

hm, well. This is a unique brew, even among light lagers. Very very spritzy, and very very light in flavour - so much so that it tastes like soda water with a tablespoon of beer in it. No hop flavour or bitterness to speak of. Very slight sweet malt aroma. You can almost taste malt, not sure if it's real or just psychological because I know it's supposedly in there. Taste is mostly metallic carbonation. Mouthfeel is prickly, and watery. Drinkability would be OK if it weren't for the abrasive carbonation - taste is about on par with bottled water - so, very clean and refreshing.

Terrible beer. Get yourself a cheap domestic lager instead - it'll cost less, and taste better.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on sale 9.99 a twelve pack hell ya
A: very fizzy with golden piss color and a fast disipating large bubbly head
S: sweet scent of corn malt also a little hint of barley and no real hops come throuhg in the smell
T: very good corn up front but has a nice mallty backbone as well and the hops are just enough that leaves a dry lingering malty taste
M: very watery also has a lot of carbination almost burns your throat on the way down
D: i like this beer its not the best its not the worst but still a unique taste

Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.79/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

American Adjunct Lager isn't my cup of tea, but I'll try to be as objective as possible:

A: It pours straw coloured with an even white head that stays for a surprisingly long time. The head leaves some residues on the glass after it sets.

S: Not much here, but I can sence some malt and some citrus.

T: This beer doesn't have any tastes that are really strong or dominant, but it's dry with some malt. Some floral notes is there as well.
The aftertaste is very short.

M: Like any adjunct lager it's thin but also dry.

D: Well, I hope my objectivety wasn't to coloured by the fact that I'm no friend of adjunct lagers; but this is a beer that doesn't have strong smells or tastes - if your into this kind of beer I think you will like the head and the fact that you'll get really refreshed by this beer.

Photo of Pauly2X
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale straw yellow with a good finger head.

S- Light grainy aroma with faint traces of hops. Some cooked corn evident as well.

T- The grainyness of the malt is nice and smooth but the cooked corn flavor detracts somewhat. There's no discernable hop presence aside from the sweetness being put in check a little bit. Finishes sweet and smooth.

M- Good carbonation and quite smooth.

D- Not too far off from any other adjunct lager.

Not bad, it does offer something a lil different from the others, but it's still what it is.

Photo of mareth01
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pour with minimal head that left little lacing behind, it had a light golden color that was pretty clear.

S - The smell was that that bad, it had a sweet citrus like smell.

T - The taste was sweet like it smelled with a slight cereal flavor.

M - It was light with a decent about of carbonation.

D - Good light beer that you can drink at a BBQ or while playing poker.

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while staying at a resort in Jamaica. It is a light yellow color and has a minimal head that quickly dissolves. It has that classic adjunct lager taste, mostly malty with some corn, and it was slightly sweet. It smells like it tastes. It is very carbonated and easy to drink. This beer was fine for drinking while lounging in or around the pool in Jamaica, but not something I would ever purchase here in the states. I prefer it actually in the bottle over being on tap.

Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light golden yellow brew - nice white head that fades down to a small layer. Has some minimal lacing.

Very faint grassy floral smell.

The brew taste very refreshing - grassy, mild hops some fruit sweetness as well.

This brew will not win any prizes for its looks or smell - but is damn drinkable. Very crisp - very refreshing. A very sweet lager - which is a bit different, but it is perfect for a summer day.

Photo of strengthdoc
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours from the bottle with a light golden color and a very thin head.The mouthfeel is light and typical of a lager as well as the aroma has that malty lager yeast sweetness.This is a drinkable beer. They are good with advertising. I can see myself drinking it a the beach.

Photo of berley31
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, white head (not a bad size for a pale lager) that fades quickly, with fair lacing. Color is light yellow, with a very clear body and no particles. Aroma is what you would expect, with maybe some fruit present? Thin texture and a light body, with a fair amount of carbonation and a very short-lasting finish and flavor. Crisp and refreshing, one of the better beers of its class and great for summer.

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with about a 1/2 inchhead. Does not have a strong aroma. Has a pretty good flavor, not to strong and a tad dry. Feels light in the mouth. Good beer for drinking on a hot day, otherwise it's pretty average.

Photo of fullsweep
3.67/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

This beer grew on me. I wasn't sure what to think upon the first can. I'd tried before but couldn't remember much about it. After the second can (in a different setting), I found myself craving it.

Honestly, appearance and smell are certainly nothing to write about.

Taste, while not fancy by any means, is solid. Starts off with sweet grains dominating and a slight metallic taste (from the can?) Buttery diacetyls come into play further down the glass.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are above average. This is certainly something I'd go back to--especially in the summer, or for a good lawnmower beer.

Photo of MadTown1000
2.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the familiar .45 slug-shaped bottle into a pint glass. You'd never guess it was this light in the dark brown bottle - it would have guessed it was Miller light just looking at its pale yellow color, except for the tremendous head of white foam that receds slowly, leaving a whole bunch of lace.

Smells faintly like decaying vegetation out of the bottle. Don't know how else to say it. After I pour some out, I can smell more malt. Same smell, fainter, in the glass.

Fortunately, it tastes a lot better than it smells. Heavy malt with some unusual hop flavor that I think accounted for the smell. It doesn't go with the color at all. Oddly, it's a little bit different with each sip.

Drinkability improves dramatically when it's either in the bottle or has been sitting in the glass for a while.

Funny thing is I always liked this beer until I paid close attention to it. Guess the moral of the story is to drink more and think less. That's the ticket!

Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I remember this brand as the heavily-pushed special at a famous local seafood concern in the Okanagan many moons ago, and the combination of the elevated temperatures (for Canada, anyways) and the lakeside humidity, made it seem like an ideal choice for a round or two at the time.

Now, under more clinical eyes, this 330ml bottle pours a clear, very light golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzing soapy white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of mildly sugary rice pudding and creamed corn, additional spoiled white wine must fruity notes, a bit of plastic phenols, and a moderate vegetal skunkiness level. The taste is basically the same - a more or less sweet 'n muddled adjunct graininess, a nondescript, but all the same unpleasant mustiness, estery alcohol sans the heat, with no hops anywhere in sight, just a meek, blithe cooked veggie astringency.

The carbonation is middling in its chalky frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, quite thin-seeming, and rather clammy and pithy, as if it majored in those subjects in community college. It finishes off-dry, and still clunky in its adjunct-riddled sweetness, with a subtle dank skunkiness lingering for a wee spell longer.

Not particularly offensive overall, but not good by any stretch of the imagination, either - ok, maybe one - as an adequate patio thirst quencher in hot, humid weather, as that memory remains. Bonus points (somewhat) for continuing to employ the stubby, a woefully under-represented and forgotten packaging style around these parts.

Photo of RollingRocker
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HOORAY BEER! RED BEER! Pours yellow with minimal head and lacing. Smells hoppy citrus and slightly sour. Tastes thin with a nice amount of carbonation, hops linger for a minute. Pretty drinkable i can already tell i wouldn't wanna get smashed on this...the hops leave an aftertaste that i don't wanna wake up to after drinking all night.


Photo of callmescraps
2.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the freebies from work, thought I'd give it a review.

Appearance - Yellowish. Maybe a little straw colored. A big soapy white head after an aggressive pour. The best part is seeing the bubbles coming off the nucleation point of my Duvel tulip, which says more about the glass than the beer.

Smell - Sort of a wet hay, cornish smell. I mean, it's adjuncty, but not frat-basementy, so that's a plus.

Taste - Not terribly offensive. Some of that corn, and sweet malt. Almost some bread action. It's got more going on than a lot of adjuncts, but that doesn't make it particularly good.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability - Pretty solid, frankly. It's not offensive and very light. Refreshing stuff on a hot day.


No, seriously, it's drinkable.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My girlfriend's parents recently got back from Jamaica, and they recommended I give it a try.

Appearance: Very light golden color with a weak head that quickly settles to a wispy line around the glass

Smell: Very smooth, neutral smell, typical beer, nothing stands out especially

Taste: Nice, simple taste with light bitterness and smooth after taste. Seems great for a easy going cookout or Bonfire

Mouthfeel: lighter feeling beer that goes down easy and doesn't fill you up anymore than normal

Drinkability: very high drinkability if your a fan of the beer, not too heavy

Photo of nlmartin
1.68/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Man I used to drink alot of this beer. Why? Red Stripe was cheap and in my humble uneducated opionion simply better than Bud and its allias Miller and Coors. The beer was served cold into my trusty Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Man I have abused the Bastard Pint glass lately.

Apperance: The beer pours a clear golden coloration. Lazy carbonation rises to the top of my glass. A thin white head floats on top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet vaguely caramel aroma rises from the glass. Not alot going on here.

Taste: Again the beer doesnt have alot going on. Sweet caramel corn sort of flavors. Nothing really balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is light. The carbonation is lazy. Perhaps its stoned on on real rhythm and pulse of Jamaica? You know what I am talking about the Ganja / Pot. Honesty the body and the mouthfeel are limp. This beer needs some Viagra. For me this beer is only ok if you dont have anything else to drink.

Photo of biggred1
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can with "brewed in Canada" written on the side.

Clear pale yellow with a nice stiff head that melts slowly and leaves some lace behind. Smells weakly of spent grain and faint citric hops. This beer is very light even for the style, very little going on. More continental tasting than American. Mouthfeel is on the light side and slightly creamy with a dry, slightly citrusy finish. An okay beer but nothing great.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Raging with bubbles (yes its a clean glass)

S: not complex but not bad. I get a lot of grassiness and corn

T: starts out earthy and leaves you with a corn and wheat-like (?) malty flavor

M: very high in carbonation which leaves you with a nice little burn at the end. Light body and a little slick

D: you could definitely suck a few these down. Not bad, but not very much to it.

Photo of thecarster1
3.86/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- great unique bottle, poured into pint, inch and a half bubbly head that faded quickly leaving mild lacing, bright straw coloring.

s- smells like it would be strong, with a little sweetness at the end, smells almost winey.

t- nice lager taste, little sweetness, but evens out, little bubbly.

m- mildly filling mouthfeel.

d- very drinkable, pretty tasty.

Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a mug. Little head, with little retention. Beer is a clear yellow. Carbonation is decent. Looks like beer.

Aroma: Where is everyone getting citrus scents from? I don't pick that up. Aroma is mild, not unpleasant..its okay. I can get some sweetness from it though. Maybe that's the citrus

Taste: Sweetish. Not much else. A little grainy at the end, I guess. If anything.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean, it does go down well

Drinkability: Inoffensive taste, okay mouthfeel. I'll give it good ratings for that on here. Otherwise, meh. Not really excellent. Its an adjunct after all

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the few beers available at Nacho Mama's in downtown Augusta, GA to which I had never really given a chance.

Poured from a custom stubby brown 12 oz. bottle with a painted-on label into a pint glass.

Pours a pale, clear straw gold. Raises a froth of large bubbles that peaks at a finger-and-a-half and disappears rather rapidly, failing to leave behind much of itself on the glass (which may be attributable to an overly wet glass).

A basic nose of grassy hops and a bit of grainy astringency forms a simple yet mostly pleasant aroma.

Very light-bodied and somewhat slick, with a rather light carbonation and a smooth softness. Somewhat minerally on the palate, with lightly sweet, slightly bready malt notes combined with a nice balanced grassy, vague bitter hoppiness. Finishes light, crisp, and clean, with just a faint, slight lingering graininess.

Amazingly drinkable, going down almost like water, only more pleasantly. Smooth, balanced, and thirst-quenching. Would make a great accompaniment to a nearly infinite number of dishes. Light and inoffensive, yet much more characterful than its American counterparts.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.