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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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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 246 | 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 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.

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

Ok so appearance is fizzy, straw yellow with a tiny head and no notable lacing. Smell and taste are average, some corn smell that is absent in the taste. A relatively clean taste, no notable hops. Mouthfeel is weak, even for this style. Drinkability is pretty refreshing, but that is largely due to a light flavor.

Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw like color with tiny carbonation bubbles. The nose is cooked corn, floral hops and malt. The taste is corn cereal and yeasty. A very thin body typical to the style. The mouth feel is carbonated. It is a okay beer for its style, better than bud.

Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I, too, am one of those bastards that have tasted Red Stripe, from the tap, in Jamaica, and stand before you to proclaim that it does taste really good. Maybe it was the island, that it was 100 degrees, and that I had drank about a million rum-based drinks and was looking for a change. I will still turn to my fat-bottle friend from time to time, but its just not the same.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a classic hangin' at the beach kinda brew, a simple pleasure! the problem is, it taste like shit warm!!

The look is very underwheling to say the least, bright yellow color, fizzy as hell with a short-lived, thin white foam that just fades away without incident.

The aroma is slight, with canned corn, wheat and rice, hay, sweet-bread malt.

The flavor is rather clean, with cream 'o corn sweetness in the malt and a big, bitter , sour finish.

The feel at first is light and crisp, just don't let it sit around for too long.

It is what it is!

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.85/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewed 12/7/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a body that is pale yellow in color, with a big, fairly quickly diminishing head. Some malts and wheat in the aroma. Has a slightly malty taste, with no aftertaste. Not a very complex flavor.

Photo of MrAleman
1.05/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

They've started selling this one all across music venues in London.. Ouch its pretty bad in many ways. Horrible metallic after taste, meaty taste during the pint quite a thick lager as lagers go, tastes a bit like an off Stella. Bad, bad, bad. Better alternatives.

Photo of ChillMike
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how low the scores were for the beer. While I'm not claiming it's something extraordinary, I find it an excellent beer to pick up when I want something cheap, low on the abv and not over the top.

Appearance is very average a pale yellow straw color with little head.

The smell is your basic lager type of smell, not a whole lot going on, fairly average.

The taste is quite pleasant if you ask me, nothing special but a nice balance taste with a bit of a citrus/fruit flavor that seems to last throughout. Almost what I'd call a "red taste" if that's possible.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than you'd expect from this type of style.

Drinkability is where this beer really comes through (TO ME), it's quite easy to drink, and putting away a 6er of this stuff isn't going to have you completely gone.

Photo of roblowther
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Um. Have to admit I'm not anticpating reviewing this but nevermind. Every dog has its day. It pours pale gold, with a foamy white head and looks more interesting in the glass than in the commercial. It smells....I should leave it at that. It smells like vacuum cleaner dust. The taste is tinny cardboard, with lemons, herbs, a slight pepper finish, and a lot of bland. The mouthfeel is soft, with more body than you'd expect. Or than I would. It's drinkable only if its very, very hot. This is a mild but ugly beer.

Photo of mothman
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well this beer tastes like an American lager brewed way south.

Pours about a one finger head. Head fizzles down quickly. No lacing Color is straw yellow, not impressed so far.

Smell is of grain, as is the taste. Very little hop or malt presence.

Mouthfeel, is 'sticky'. Doesn't leave a pleasant feeling in the mouth.

Overall, please spend your money on something of the craft genre. I put this in a BYO 6 pk so it wasn't too expensive, but I would never buy this again. I guess all in all, it was worth a the try, because I think every beer deserves a chance, but I will still stay away from it.

Photo of kinger
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Take Budweiser down to Jamaica and package it in a grenade shaped bottle, and there you go it's Red Stripe! The funky bottle is the only good aspect of this swill. Qualities are just like our typical american pale lagers. If you enjoy this one save yourself some cash and buy domestic.

Photo of Fatduck
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6 pack of this tonight because my local beer store didnt have what I really wanted. That said, I used to drink A LOT of this stuff, And I have a whole collection of the bigger bottles for my homebrew.

Lets see how I like it now after over a year or drinking nothing but craft brew, and homebrew.

Pours a very pale yellow, with little head, and no lace. Smells like malt and not a lot else, tastes about the same, very simple beer. Feels good, well carbonated, but not overly so, and very very drinkable, still a damn good beer.

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

A: Clear straw yellow color. Poured a one finger white head that was fizzy and retained briefly. No noticeable lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Wet, slightly sweet malt and a light hop bitterness.

T: Sweet malt with a slighty bitter. Earthy grains and corn in the background.

M: Light body, thin and crisp. Ample carbonated. Finished clean.

D: Undoubtably drinkable. High level of carbonation made it more filling than it really should be.

Photo of CoolJosh
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is sweet, nothing that really stands out, and somewhat difficult to distinguish anything special here.

Really rough sweet taste, not anything to be desired here. Very little sense of malts and hops, they're masked by a few really harsh agents that provide not only an off-taste, but a displeasuring swallow.

All in all, really not one for the taking.

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

A: Pale straw color with active carbonation from relatively small bubbles. Head sticks around for a bit as a thin film at the top. Leaves no lace.

S: Not much going on. Straw, grass and a little sugar.

T: Sweet, with flavors of malt and some corn. Bitterness is just enough to keep the beer from being too sweet, but brings only a slight metallic taste to the table. Finishes clean.

M: Light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: A decent session beer. Not necessarily worth the premium price.

Photo of grayjg
2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Light straw color. No head retention at all, very little lacing.

S-Smells like BMC.(Bud Miller Coors) Enough said.

T-Watery, with a hint of hops at the end. can detect kind of a fruity taste?

M-Light and watery.

D-Could drink a couple of these I guess, like BMC. Or with a pizza.

I liked the bottle. it was different.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Better than macro-brewed American lagers, but really more hype than substance. Poured golden yellow and thats how it tasted. This whole beer is offensive to good beer. Flavor and aroma are typical of an American macro lager but a little better. Not a fan.

Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured this 12 oz. brown stubby bottle into a pils glass. No date. The body was clear and golden. The large white head was pithy and had a bit of staying power.

Smell was vegetal. Sour/tart. Cooked carrots.

Taste was light crisp hops (did I say light). Vegetal sweetness. Semi-dry with a quick finish.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium. Smooth. Solid Amer. Lager.

Photo of SickBrew
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the traditional "Premium American" style lagers, this brew is at the top of my list, albeit a short list.

This lager pours straw yellow and has about one finger of clear to white head that leaves some minimal lacing. Nose is of a medium malt aroma with some sweet DMS in there that works just fine. Hops are a minimal component of the aroma. Flavor is of a malty sweetness quite similar to the way is smells. Hop flavors are minimal. Flavor tends to finish slightly acidic with a bit of a sting. Mouth feel is medium-light and carbonation is high. Overall this is a nice refreshing lager that to me is what lager should taste like. Next time you're going for a MGD or Heineken, grab a Red Stripe instead.


Photo of AleDrinkToThat
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow with a one finger head that doesn't last a long time. Very little lacing.

S: Dank weed. Don't know how else to describe it. After a few more sniffs, I could pick up the pale malt (which comes through more strongly as the beer warms).

T: Pale malt comes through pretty well, with the grassy hop flavor finishing it off. Overall, not too bad-- even pretty good.

M: Light and crisp, with lingering sweetness from that pale malt. Tiny bit of alcohol fuming, very tiny.

D: Overall, this is pretty good and if this was my main option in the Caribbean I'd be fine with that (IF Guinness Foreign Extra weren't available, of course). I can see why it was Bond creator Ian Fleming's beer of choice. Bond even partakes of a Red Stripe in the old novels. This isn't worth a whole sixer, but it would make a decent addition to a mixed session sixer.

Photo of Blake
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe is a good, dependable, beer. One of my absolute favorite mainstream lagers.

Good taste, and nice aroma. Very drinkable because it is such a good common beer.

Don't really understand how it symbolizes Jamaica, but it is a damn good beer. Maybe if I try smoking some sinsemilla with it, I would understand.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.