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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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2,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 338 | 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 ghostofpaulman
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Pours a pale hay color with a big white head that vanishes very quickly.A very faint amount of lacing that doesn't really stick

S:somehow the alcohol comes through first with a little bit a sweet malt,corn,almost a white zinfindale (sic) odor.

T:Quite a bit like budwieser but stronger and a more pronounced hop finish.also seems more boozey.Basically budweiser plus.This is how the big macros WISH they tasted.

M:Expectedly light and bubbly,but the carbonation resides after a minute or two.Somewhat dry finish.

D:Very high.Pretty damn refreshing on a hot day or an afternoon after a long day of work.

All in all not bad.A step above BMC for sure and very sessionable.Nothing great but not one i would outright turn away

Photo of redneckchugger
2.84/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pale and fizzy
smells of corn adjuncts, nothing else
tastes of corn adjuncts and a hint of hops
this is a decent beer, very drinkable. Actually quite good fot the style, but at 8 to 9 bucks a sixer, i'll pass. There a a lot better beer at a lot better price point, such as michlob, PBR, and my personal favorite High Life.

Photo of psujesus
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the stronger lagers i've had, granted ive only had about five different ones.

Appearance- a nice pour into a mug, minimal head to it (i suck at pouring beers),

smell- nose is stuffy but had a decent smell from what i could tell

taste- a good amount of hoppiness to it, a bit stronger to have more than one

drinkability- an easy beer to drink, a good beer to enjoy a few at a time but for the price i'd prefer a six of killian's or coors

Photo of bristol2120
2.36/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much here when you get right down to it. Decent pale golden appearance, with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Very little smell of any kind. Taste fainly of hops, with moderate carbonation. A disappointingly watery mouthfeel. I suppose you could drink a lot of these if the mood struck you, but what's the point?

Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big white head. Very pale yellow body. Good head retention.

Smell: Very light smell. Similar to that of Budweiser.

Taste: Very light in flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with some grainy adjunct flavor.

Overall, an above average adjunct lager.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 16oz can which just showed up in town. Brewed and canned by Guinness Brewing Company, Saint John New Brunswick, Canada.

Light straw gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is like most of the style...grainy, corny, skunk like perfumy... not much else.

The taste is grainy, lots of corn, some lemon zest hoppiness, metallic, basic with not much going on but not offensive.

Light bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability? I bought this because I liked the bigger bottles I've tried before but no where on the can does it say Jamaican Lager, just Imported Lager. To me, this is a less impressive version of the bottled brew and much less drinkable. I'll have to check the bottles again to see if the info is the same....

Photo of tj4288
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into becker pint glass

a- very very pale clear yellow, from across the dimly lit room someone might think its water. no head even with an aggressive pour. no lacing.

s- smells not too bad. nice balance between malt and hops. but overall fairly weak nose.

t- not alot to say other than average american adjunct style taste. maybe slighty more spice.

m- not bad for an american adjunct, creamy, smooth light body, medium carbonation.

d- goes down easy. i might buy this agian if vistiting jamaca and worrying about thier water quality. lol . other than that... i might just feel more comfortable picking up an everyday american/ canadian macro such as blue, or bud.

Photo of apbarwood
2.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty lame overall. Very underwhelming appearance. Super pale with almost no sign of any head. Aroma is a bit off-putting and the taste unsurprisingly is equally disappointing. There's a faint sweetness in the flavor but not in a pleasant way. Almost like a sticky sugar quality. Overall it's sour and musty and just bad.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ap. Very thin and pale yellow/gold color with a small and short-lived head. No lacing to speak of.
Sm. Very little smell, kind of grain/corn maybe, a little chemical in it.
Ta. Thin, small, pale. Kind of an oily chemical taste, and then it seemed to go downhill, which is the opposite of normal.
Mf. Nice carb. Thin again.
Dr. Tolerable, but there are soooo many better beers out there.

Photo of deapokid
2.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend picked up a case while visiting and, although reluctant, I decided to venture back to a time when this was the closest I could get to craft beer (i.e. college).

This Jamaican lager pours a translucent yellow/thin gold, with a tame white head that fades in seconds and possesses very little character.

Smell is familiar, especially to those used to drinking this type of beer. First familiar scent is a stale, skunky aroma, coupled with a malt liquor stink and tin can metallic quality. A slight graininess is present as well, but muddled somewhere in the mix.

Taste is buttery and thin, which hits the back of the tongue with a certain synthetic bitterness. As it warms, a corn flavor peaks out from behind the butter.

If served freezing cold on a hot summer day, I'm sure this would be really slamable. Yet, I'm not going to give it points for being a beer you can chug. This just doesn't taste good and it's price ($42 a case) is obscene compared to the bevy of better brewed beer available.

Photo of majesticsock
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks like water with a hint of gold. Little carbonation can be seen.

S: The smell reminds me of regular Bud or Miller.

T: Not a bad taste, but a bit generic and not much to it.

M: Swooshing it around seems to bring about a mildly harsh aftertaste.

D: I could drink a few of these if nothing higher end were available.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle is a classic...I determine that I must factor that into the appearance of this 12oz pour (into a shaker). Otherwise it is a completely nondescript and mostly unappealing beer. But yeah, I am drinking the koolaid that this bottle is selling. The beer itself is ultimately crystal clear, and seemingly a few shades lighter than other adjunct lagers. A paper think sheet of bone white bubble passes for the head.

Smells of canned corn, and light dry malt. Average or maybe reaching slightly higher than typical for the style.

This is one beer that might be more alluring on the tongue if drank from the bottle. I remember it hitting closer to the target. Vegetal in the front of the mouth, opening into a slight echo of sweetness, flushing quickly into a sharp, crisp Noble hop finish, bite and all. That seems to be the highlight of most adjunct lagers, and it certainly is the star here. Crisp! Refreshing! Light and effervescent, I really like this finish. I realize that I am sipping on a good example of a drinkable, crisp and well lubed adjunct lager.

Photo of baseballrock
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - golden pale yellow, with a small head and a small amount of lace.

smell - a small amount of hop auroma, but for the most part it is bland and maybe a bit of skunk.

taste - smooth malt characters, Red stripe has a crisp finish that isant all that bad.

mouthfeel - light and crisp beer that the right amount of carbonation.

drinkability - a six pack of red stripe will go down really quick. i drank 5 durring my fantasy football draft and saved one for this. Good but when your drinking it you know its 8 bucks a six pack and for me, if im drinking this style of brew i would much rather have a budweiser.

Photo of Natural510
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly crystal-clear straw-gold color. Nice head which remains for a few minutes; dissipates to a light ring which sticks a little to the glass.
Not much to the nose, other than a light grain-malt sweetness.
Light, sugary-sweet malt with corn adjunct and ever-so-slight hop note makes up the flavor.
Crisp, refreshing, clean finish.
Perfect refreshment designed to be drunk several to the sitting in hot weather, a hot club setting, or with spicy Caribbean cuisine.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, clear yellow with some large bubbles of active carbonation on the initial pour. The white head is impressively tall and fluffy, becoming rocky as it fades. Retention is nice, with some irregular lacing.

S: Rather grainy and haylike, with a soft citric, herbal, and yeasty character. A touch of adjunct aroma, but it's nicely hidden for the most part. Faint whiffs of a mineral/metal twang as well.

T: Predominantly grainy, which I can appreciate on some level. Seems like an upper-rung American macro mixed with a pale Euro lager in a lot of respects. Herbal and very slight vegetal notes are present. A faint lemony character.

M: Lightish body. Moderately dry and astringent, with a mild crispness.

D: This has a bit more character than many macro lagers, and it fits together pretty well altogether. Pretty nice on such a sweltering summer night. Simple and completely inoffensive.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent light straw color with a thick but quickly-dissipating head.

Smell: mild and a little grainy.

Taste: sweet malt with a just a hint of spicy hops. Not bad for the style.

Mouthfeel: relatively light with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: when it comes to adjunct lagers, I quite like Red Stripe and, under the right circumstances, find it quite drinkable.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.54/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with a decent sized off-white head that actually retains longer than expected and leaves a good bit of lacing behind as well. Not too bad looking for an adjunct lager.

Smells of metallic corn with just a little bit of skunkiness in there.

Taste is very grainy with sweet corn upfront, maybe a little bit of a floral tone in the end.

Light bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. This here is another example of an adjunct lager that I think is probably a notch above the typical BMC lagers out there. A cold one of these would at least make for a good lawn mower beer.

Photo of bacabuck
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a case at Costco because it's summer and this beer is best served ice cold. Also it was $2 cheaper than Corona which my wife drinks. I can pound these down like no one's business while powerwashing the dog run on a hot southern California afternoon.

The stubby brown bottle fits perfectly in my beer can snuggie as well so it helps keep it from slipping out of my hand or cracking the bottle if I set it down too hard.

Decent enough stuff to eat with Wahoo's Fish Tacos or something a little more refined like perfectly grilled carne asada.

As soon as the weather turns colder, I'll be back to Sierra Nevada and Bass Ale, but in the meantime - hey mon! I'll kick back with this Jamaican lager.

Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thick head which disappears almost immediately to nothing and leaves traces of lacing. The smell is faint, smells of a slight grains. The taste is of sweet grains but has a slight skunk bite at the end. No hops to speak of present. The mouthfeel is okay, maybe a lil watery and moderate carbonation. The drinkability is okay, nothing to object to, but very simple without much character.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz cans now! cool!

the first and last time i had this beer it was out of a brown stubby bottle while flying across canada in a two door cavalier.

pours pure clear pale yellow macro.

smells pure clear pale yellow macro.

tastes pure clear pale yellow macro.

mouthfeel is pure clear pale yellow macro.

drinkability is pure clear pale yellow macro.

Overall i find this beer to be one of the better pure clear pale yellow macros out there to be honest. on par with your PBRs and Rainiers. Good for what it is. Very glad to see it in 16oz cans though. Very cool. A lawnmower brew. Period.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Jamaica. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Red Stripe is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Jamaica so this is my top beer choice.

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.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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