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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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2,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 176 | 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 gunnerman
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pass me a redstripe mon!!, I had a workmate bring in a 6 pack and we had a few, To me the best part of this beer is the bottle and I did not pour this into any type of glass,that is why the smell I coudnt pick up to well. The over all taste is not to bad it has a bready yeasty taste and a bit of a biscuit as well, for some macro beer this is not to bad, but would never purchase this product, I informed him for the same amount he payed for this he could of purchased a sixer of Dale's pale ale, now that is quality.

gunnerman, May 19, 2007
Photo of matty
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a sweet tasting beer....reminds me of a JW Dundee but not quite as sweet .No bitter aftertaste and no watery taste when you get to the bottom of the bottle.A bit pricey but if you have the extra bucks I would recommend you give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

matty, May 07, 2007
Photo of Clockwork420
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I drank some of this with a friend after a Reggae show. Every one there seemed to enjoy it, although they were probably so high that they could have been drinking cat pee and been fine.

I remember it being very easy to drink. Not so smelly. Not skunky like lager should be.

Easily drank even at warmer temperatures but I guess its a preference.

It was an okay beer, but it was too damn expensive.

Too much money for a okay rated beer, its all hype.
The commercials were much better than the beer itself.


HOORAY....Hey weres my money.

Clockwork420, May 03, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: This is certainly an "American Macro" style beer, but judged by that standard I found it a pretty good one.

I've seen this beer for years, but always passed it by. I've learned from experience that beer brewed in countries that have no brewing tradition is usually very underwhelming. (Of course, Jamaica, having been a British colony for so long, maybe does have a brewing tradition. For all I know they've been making beer there for as long as we have in America. Not to mention they grow the best coffee in the world!)

On a whim, I picked up a sixer of Red Stripe today, and. . .

Poured clear gold with an impressive head that slowly dropped to a film of bubbles. More aroma than most macros, I can actually smell some sweet malt. Taste is sweet too, ok cold, might get cloying if it warms up. A bit of a hop snap then a clean finish.

All-in-all a nice surprise. An "American" Macro that is superior to most macros made in America. A nice thirst quencher for a hot day.

alexskovan, May 01, 2007
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a great beer, yet not that bad. I guess its okay if you have nothing else available, which was the case when I was buying this. I bought 12, but could've just bought 2 and been happy. After the second one, I was VERY tired of this beer. I'm not impressed with this beer at all. Not sure why I thought it was so cool when I was younger....oh yeah, I know, I was STONED back then!

bigpatvoodoodad, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of chrisms86
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells strongly of hops. The taste is slightly sweet but otherwise dull, almost like drinking club soda out of a pint glass that hadn't been cleaned out since your last beer. Easy to drink and not filling. I could see how this might fit well in a hot climate like Jamaica but if you're anywhere else it is best to avoid.

chrisms86, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Onslow
2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was the first beer i ever bought once i turned 21 in the united states of America..have had a few times since ..but in the end, who knows..A good tasting,somewhat woody, smooth crisp beer that screams to be drunk on a beach or hot day! Gotta love those Jamaicans!"

Onslow, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-colored yellow. A ton of bubbles dance around, but despite all that carbonation, the head remains thin.

Aroma throws out light hops and a sweet corn-like aroma that isn't appealing but smells cleaner and "truer" than many adjunct-infused macros. Still, the fact that I do not want to even smell it at all is a bad sign.

Flavor is okay...relative to the unappealing smell. There's a corny sweetness, a bit husky with a wet hay slant. Firm malts and crisp hops are balanced well. Nothing sinister, metallic or chemical-laden about the flavor, but nothing stands out as being all that good either. The corny sweetness starts detracting from any possible enjoyment further down the glass. Becomes pretty annoying, actually. And it's definitely not worth the price.

I'd never go for this unless lesser choices were around and I just had to have a beer. It probably quenches quite nicely on a blazing hot summer day. But...I'll pass.

Metalmonk, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Foxman
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crystal clear and carbonated pale straw yellow. Two fingers of blinding white head sustain surprisingly long. Peaks of lacing mount the inside of the glass.

The aroma offers strips of sweet malt, niblet corn, and metallic spicy hops. It's dispersed, adjunct-y, and ho-hum.

Upon tasting, a tongue-robing malt sweetness is augmented by sugary corn and a general fruitiness. The hops are more muted here, and a peppery piece is exposed. A short-lived finish is fairly crisp and hints at a vague bitterness. It's neither offensive or engaging, and at best is utterly average.

Very light bodied, it passes and flows as though it has a gravity of 1.000.

I'm going to forego the countless cliched Jamaica references, short of saying this is a distant second, at best, to the island's other renowned intoxicant. I think this may be just the thing for some sweltering Kingston afternoon, but removing it from time and place, it pales. Still, hit me with the sun, heat, and sweat, and this will feel alright going down. If I have to drink something macro-esque, I could do worse.

Foxman, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as a MACRO LAGER, this beer is not one of the tasty craft brews out there, but reviewed per style "American Macro Lager"

A: the head is sad, it dies almost immediatly, but there is a fun carbonation that creates a stream of bubbles from bottom to top. The color is a golden straw color.

S:I almost do not detect anything, a little bit of hops. Like most macro lagers, smells like water.

T: wanted to give it a 3.5 but i just cant, its refreshing, its clean, its easy to drink. but as for flavor its like an "avg" macro lager, not a lot there. above the light beers but not alot more flavor than the rest. it has a different taste, more mexican style ie corona, dos equis than bud or miller.

M: Too watery to be above average but very clean, very smooth and easy to drink

D: I would choose this beer over most macros, including corona, bud and miller. That said it does not stand up to craft brews or even beers with more flavor. Good for washing down food, probably good with spicey food too. A good option if on a menue, but wouldnt choose it over craft beer. That said very easy to drink, very smooth.

Redwood21, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with lots of white fluffy head that takes a while to fade away, clinging to the glass all the way down. Smells very faintly of hops and a little yeasty. Taste is fairly clean, a little spicy hoppiness and just bitter enough to almost finish cleanly. Not too much of anything there, but for what it is, it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a little heavy & very fizzy. There's a bit of scraping there, as well. Again, for what it is, not bad. Overall, it's very drinkable. It makes few statements so it's hard to argue with.

Kulrak, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strongly associated with life in the caribbean, this beer evokes the feel of Jamaica. Or does it?

APP- Soft golden hues, very clear in colour. Almost like a watered down lager.

SMELL- Very faint hops, and faint grains as well. Not much going on in the smell. It's all about the stubby bottle and the presentation BEFORE you pour it.

TASTE- Distinctive lemon-lime, with a slight hop taste. "Slight" might be the word for this beer, as it is 'slight"in many areas. Slight hops, slight fruitiness, slight graininess, and slight taste.

MOUTH- Watery and lacks body.

DRINK- Oddly this all makes it very drinkable, IF (big if) you are just hanging out with mates, having fun.

stevecee2003, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Newsman
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just got back from five glorious days in Montego Bay, and had about three or four of these every day. Granted, it's mostly because it's the local brew, and they didn't carry much else. But still, it could be worse.

Had it straight from the bottle as well as in a 12 oz. mug. Pours easy and has a big fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very unassuming, maybe just a slight hint of hops. Taste, however, was pretty good. Had a better hops profile than most U.S. lagers, and was a little on the sweeter side -- and if you're in Jamaica, you'll get a lot of that. Mouthfeel was typically fizzy. By the way, they'll totally look at you funny down in Jamaica if you try to jam a lime down the bottle -- it's just not done.

Red Stripe pairs pretty well with Jamaican cuisine, especially the hallmark jerk spices used in chicken and pork. It's pretty light, pretty refreshing on a warm Caribbean day. Note the ABV of the native stuff is 4.7 percent, which ain't exactly a light beer, so bear in mind when on your fourth of the afternoon under the sun...!

In the end, it's a better-than-average mass-produced lager -- certainly better than the Big Three here in the U.S., and in my opinion, better than a Corona without a lime.

Much respect for the Stripe, mon.

Newsman, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of BadBadger
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This lager pours a very pale golden color into the pint glass. There is minimal head, with a very short duration. The smell is faintly of malty sweetness, with nothing else coming through. As with the smell the taste is sweet, but that is all.It has a nicely dry crisp finish. Red Stripe Jamaican lager is a descent alternative to other american macro lagers, if the cost is similar. But I would not recommend paying premium dollar, when there is nothing which truly sets this apart from a PBR or other readily available and other inexpensive lagers.

BadBadger, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank straight from the bottle. Assume that it's a fizzy yellow macro. Smell of faint malt and hops but there isn't really much there. Taste is also very light. Better than coors or bud but not worth seeking out. Very watery. No bad taste to speak of, just a lack of taste. I guess if you were on the beach in Jamacia and it was all you could get it would be ok.

beermanbrian, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of bort11
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Left overs from a party last night. 12 oz stubby bottle poured into a tumble pint glass. Very fizzy white head that quickly disappears to nothing. Clear golden straw color with a lot of active carbonation.
Smell is very faint. I can barely detect a cereal/adjuct malt. Taste is a little better. Has a weak hops finish.
Mouthfeel is very light and borders on watery. Still goes down very easily. I wouldn't buy any myself, but I would finish any bottles left behind.

bort11, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I had this I was on vacation in Jamaica and I drank it every day for a week.

I recently got one of these in a "beers of the world" mixed 8 pack (a gift from a co-worker).

It pours a golden yellow with a head that thins out quick without much lacing

it smells like a macro beer, hint of malt, hint of hops, hint of ?

it really doesn't taste all that bad, much better than Coors or Miller, a notch above Bud, but below a PBR.

it has nice carbination and is easy on the taste buds

if the cooler was full of these on a hot summer day, I'd keep going back for more, it's easy enough to drink, but it would be someone else's cooler, not mine!

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of bight yellow , with a decent frothy white head – sweet dry nose of straw , melon , hay , and mild hops –taste of melon , straw, wet hay , hops , and slight bubblegum- body is light crisp , and medium carbonation – aftertaste of melon , sweet corn , and crisp

stephendr, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of notoriousdav
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most painfully average beer I've ever had. It still evokes memories of palm trees, and vacation, but that's about it. I feel like i'm drinking from a little brown jug whenever I have one of these. Tastes like a miller light that's gone skunky.

notoriousdav, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe's always looked interesting to me, but doesn't come cheap. I found a loose 12 oz bottle, which at it's price ($1.25), thought was more than reasonable to sample. On to the beer:

I poured it into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass, which gave it a good head, but retained just enough to last to the last sip. It has a sweet flavor from the malts/adjuncts that doesn't offend, making it an enjoyable beer to consume, and one that kicks other fizzy macro lagers in the fanny.

DoubleJ, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a stubby 24oz bottle of this at a gas station.

A - Yellow/gold and crystal clear. Lots of tiny bubbles stream up to a fluffy white head that goes away pretty quickly. A little bit of dry lace is left on the glass.

S - Crisp and salty saltine cracker aroma. Pretty basic pils smell....this smells much more pilseneresque than most macro lagers!

T - Again, salty saltine crackers and lemony zing. Almost has a wheaty quality. A biting lemon juice acidity combines with a metallic "sucking on a penny" taste to make this pretty rough...but not really bad. At least it has character.

M - Thin and weak, but not quite watery. There is some malty substance there. I don't think this has adjuncts or at least as high a percentage of adjuncts as some other beers.

D - As expected, this is very drinkable. It's a basic cheapo pils that, to me, stands out amongst American macro lagers. I would much rather drink this than Bud or Miller. The problem is that it's much more expensive! If you are gonna pay the extra cash you might as well get something tasty...so, if this were competing with 40oz of ghetto swill, this would be a shining star. Alas, around here it's usually about the same price as a lot of microbrews.

pmcadamis, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light-but-not-too-light yellow, golden hints, with a full inch of pure white head that lasts quite well and leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is alright too, though not great. Some straw-like malts, a bit of euro-skunk, and some light DMS, I think. Generally unoffensive though, and quite a but better then most of its peers. Taste is fine, lager yeast in the finish blotting out the grassy hops and sweetness. Nothing special here, and the vegetables threaten to get out of control, but it's better than average for its style. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and lacks body, but drinkability is fine regardless. This is decent stuff. Not great, but who expected greatness? It's decent, drinkable, and inoffensive, and I won't ask it to be much more than that.

Mandrake, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw in color with a head that disapates quickly. An aroma consisting of a little adjunct and honey liqueur, with much the same in the flavor, but also having a metallic note with a light mouthfeel. A good light, refreshing lager that goes down smooth with good carbonation.

Bookseeb, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of longbongsilver
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me an' one of my friends was talkin about jamaica for some reason while walking into a store, so...what the hell, picked up a 24 oz bottle.

Appearance: high-yellow, almost white when poured. Huge white head, about half of which sticks around for a bit.

Smell: not much of one really. Barely even smell alcohol. Odd...

Taste: kinda light, no clear sore-thumb qualities to it. A slight hop but not much. Typical to the style, but more refined.

Mouthfeel: thin, but not watery. Very little carbonation once the head goes.

Drinkability: goes down rather easy, no discernible aftertaste I could spot. If it came in a 40 oz size it wouldn't get annoying.

It's quite mellow, though I should've expected that really. For the style it does the trick, but at the same time it reminds me why I lean away from these types. I'm sure there's better in the style, I'd just have to be introduced to it, not bad though.

longbongsilver, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Stripe came out of the bottle a very light copper color topped with a thin head that was fluffy and its body had some mild carbonation. It has a sweet alcohol smell to it that is kind of dull. It has a sweet taste that is flushed down with a semi-bitter aftertaste which is not bad at all, it does remind me a little bit a PBR but without the salty aftertaste.

vickersspitfire, Feb 28, 2007
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.