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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
69
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2,755 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 278 | FT: 0
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Jamaica

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 bunnyhustle
1.85/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the worse beers I've had. I have no problem with a macor here and there, but this was rough. Piss yellow color with thin white head with no retention what-so-ever. Smell was a dry malty mess. Taste about the same, a sweeter dry malt, some grain. Mouthfeel was light and thin, though not as light as many other macros. Overall just not a beer for me. I'd take a Pacifico or even a Bud Light over this any day.

Photo of sliverX
3.34/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear amber with a big overly fizzy head that faded fast to a film but left some slight lacing
smell was faintly grassy
taste was pretty much a fruitier version of a macro
mouthfeel was light yet somewhat creamy
drinkability not an entirely bad beer and a better macro than most

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

meh, its a bit sweet, a bit underhopped, but it is a malt/ajunct beverage that is totally drinkable for with some baseball or lawnmowing. a bit of diacetyl peeks through. nice carbonation, cute stubbies, its an excuse to say hoooraaayyy.

by no means is this beer "good" it just isnt "bad" either. lack of hops makes it a less then optimal beer pong match. sweetness is somewhat overwhelming. serve'm cold and in the bottle as a glass doesnt do any justice to this pizza partner.

Photo of aquatonex
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm drinking this at work and surprised I haven't rated it before.

Pours a light brown color, not much head, a bit fizzy. Nose is kinda skunky with a hint of sweetness and possibly ginger? Taste is also slightly spicy, not much skunk thankfully, and also a little sweet. Rather light on the palate, this is a decent beer for the summer and I'd have it again on a hot day when it was cold, but not a very memorable beer.

Photo of Offa
3.47/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a simple, light, but tasty and satisfying lager.

Golden, it has a small white head soon thinning to a foamy ring.

The aroma is pleasant grain with some ripe apple and hint of sulphur.

The taste is light but pleasant grain with a little lemon and apple peel. it's light, mostly lightly sweet with with a very light crisp bitter hint.

Photo of Epicedion
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking this one for awhile now. Picked it up from the grocery store as my standby session lager.

A: 12oz famous Red Stripe medicine bottle that makes it look I'm drinking something like laudanum. Very average pale lager appearance.

S: Sweet and somewhat musty.

T: Sweet and thin with a lingering sourness. It tastes like a mass-produced lager without anything truly negative. Not bad. Not good, but not bad.

M: Pleasant carbonation. Thin to Medium.

D: It's the kind of beer you can keep drinking far beyond the point that you should stop. Just interesting enough to keep you drinking it, and not at all interesting enough to make you stop and think about it.

Photo of shanem
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with big white head

Sl: some grains and some sweet notes that make it a little better than most big adjunct lagers

T: same as the smell, with the bit of sweetness nothing too special, but not a turn off. Seems a little watered down

M: light feeling with bigger carbonation

D: I'll still place this is in with all the other macros but give it a bit more credit. it is slightly better and definitely not hard to drink at all

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable light-bodied Lager, great table-beer or for parties (although the price had a slight premium over the store's micro-brew 6-packs).

A= medium yellow, darker than the typical US macro. Almost no head, slight rimming. A few streams of tiny bubbles rising.

S= not strong but pleasant; maybe some hints of apple and citrus, malts, modest corn, light hops.

T= very slightly honey-sweet on the tongue, some fruity hints, just enough hops to do their job but not at all bold. Light citrus apparent every now and then. I suspect also some ginger, because a few times I've poured and instantly taken a first-gulp which greatly reminded me of ginger-beer.

M= clean, slight sweetness, slight hints of hops bitters, malt.

D= very drinkable if you're in the summer guzzling thirst-quenching mood.

Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is light yellow with little head.

The smell is somewhat sweet with a hop flavor and some corn.

The taste is a little bland. It does have some hop character and is a bit sweet but not very strong.

This beer is something that I do not have very often but is good in the summer. I usually stay away from any big beers during the summer months and a Red Strip while in frount of the grille is perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of LooksCouldKiilll
4.68/5  rDev +58.1%
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
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.52/5  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
2.93/5  rDev -1%
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 +16.6%
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
2.52/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +7.4%
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
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -20.6%
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
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

THE ULTIMATE TEST:
Will I buy this again? Yes.

Photo of HalfFull
3.37/5  rDev +13.9%
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
3.78/5  rDev +27.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
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 +18.2%
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
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.