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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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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 235 | 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 BDIMike
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a lot of carbonation and a thin white head.
Smell is very nice for an American Macro Lager (which I am not veyr sure this beer should be categorized as). Nice buttery, biscuity smell.
Taste is nice as well. Tastes of good lager malts and a very small bit of citrus at the end.
The mouthfeel is a little too sharp for my liking, but has a nice buttery feel too.
Very drinkable beer. Great beer to drink in warm weather, as it is very refreshing. I would drink these over a crap beer like Corona any day.

Photo of iconoklaztor
2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed from the bottle. This beer is surprisingly refreshing. The taste isnt much in the way of flavors but its crisp and drinkable. Not a bad brew!

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Not much for those looking for flavor but this is a nice cheap session beer thats refreshing.

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the house beer on tap at our resort, so I ended up drinking a fair share of it. Looked nice, crystal clear and pale yellow, often capped by a thin layer of bright white foam. Fine, sticky lacing with decent head retention. Cereal and malt aroma with a hint of fruit and kiss of hops. Low bitterness, quite sweet with a bit of fruit mid-palate. Quick finish with a flash of faint hops and more fruity esters. Light bodied with carbonation slightly on the high side, fair texture. A basic beer, but it hit the spot on warm, sunny days in Jamaica.

Photo of jneiswender
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a shorty bottle (12oz) into a pint glass.

A-Light body. Direct pour method will give you a nice head on this beer.

S-chemical like, berry

T-quenching but seems like alot of filler. Not very profound in flavor.


D-Good for quenching a thirst but not very distinctive by itself.

Photo of Exner83
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This certainly isn't a bad lager: The balance of malt and hops is pretty good... but also rather safe. I'd say despite being pretty drinkable, it's just not a remarkable brew.

Just a few days ago, though, I coupled it with fish and chips, and the beer came to life quite nicely! All the flavors merged and reinforced each other really well: Maybe it was the beer's malt egging on the fish's batter. Pretty good!

Anyway, my final word would be to try Red Stripe with a meal. It's not half bad that way! Otherwise, it's an easy-going but ultimately uninspired drink.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of biscuity malt, with a faint hint of noble hops. The taste is mostly of corn, with a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, I cannot see myself drinking this again. It is way too metallic for my liking.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big 24 ounce bottle of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager. Pours a light golden color with a good sized head. The aroma is light, but definitely grainy. There is something else lurking in the background but I cannot quite place it, sulfur perhaps. Grainy malts again on the palate which leads into a snappy bitterness. A slight dryness as it flows down the gullet. Not a bad brew, crisp, clean and drinkable. Flavorful and respectable for a macro lager.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a light straw yellow with a over abundance of white head that leaves behind some light lacing

S-unique in an odd way,it smells of malts,but a bit off(like a smelly wash cloth),some earthy notes are also present

T-malts that are unflavorful,water chestnuts, and fried tofu,like the nose there are some grassy earthy undertones

M-light body,and minimal carbonation are decent,a step up from a BMC at best

D-it would score higher if I was drinking it in Jamaica out of a can,it really did seem to taste better when I was there,oh well

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

A: Medium straw colored, slightly darker than a Budweiser. Nothing too impressive

S: I honestly couldn't smell much with this beer. A little "sweeter" smelling than cheaper lagers, but couldn't really describe any prominent smells.

T: Nothing exceptional. It seemed like a Budweiser with a slightly more malty profile. Just seemed like a lager with a little more smoothness than the cheaper varieties.

M: Has more slightly more body and and a smoother finish than other cheap lagers.

D: If you are going for lagers, this will be better than your typical miller high life. You could easily drink alot of these, but for the same price you could get something quite a bit more tasty.

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

Appearance: Very pale yellow brew with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Subdued malt with no hop character.

Taste: The flavor has a floral quality to it. Minor hints of malt with a limited hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Very light. The brew has a waxy quality to it that provides a bit of character to the mouthfeel.

Drinkablity: A refreshing brew that goes down very easy.

Photo of yzer
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

At the suggestion of an east coast friend I gave a 6-pack of Red Stripe the first (and last) try.

Red Stripe reminds me of the macrobrews of the '70s. Corn is evident, taste is a tad more bold than the macrobrews of today. Nice head with a little lacing and a thin, watery body. Overall, slightly better than most North American macrobrew lagers.

Good looking bottle, though.

I guess distribution of Red Stripe here on the West Coast is not as timely as back east. One bottle out of the six was flat, skunky and undrinkable.

Not a bad brew but overpriced: import or not. I felt kind of cheated when I could have purchased Sierra Nevada Summerfest (an excellent Pilsener lager) for the same price.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear and golden in color, the stock attributes of a mass-produced lager. A hard pour produced a generous amount of fluffy foam, but it faded quickly and left no lacing.

Smell: Crisp, husky grain aromas, with a very slight touch of light, floral hops.

Taste: Crisp and clean, with a little touch of corny sweetness up front. The flavor of the grain is wheat-like; it has a light dryness to it. Finishes in a dry, grassy fashion, with toasty grain flavors and a focused touch of piney, herbal hops.

Verdict: A quality no-frills macro. Red Stripe's economical, but still somewhat distinct, use of hops reminds me of Budweiser. That's not a bad thing for a beer in this segment, in my opinion.

Photo of PaleAlien2
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: So light it would be almost invisible if not for the slightest tinge of gold. Fizzy head disappears leaving nothing behind. The absolute dirth of head or lacing leaves me nonplussed.
S: Smells grassy, weedy, earthy and a little citruisy with a light malt aroma.
T: Tastes a little fruity with a grainy, acidic finish. No malt body to speak of. Not a lot there.
M: Very, very thin.
D: If I'm drinking just to drink, this beer is fine. But if I'm drinking for real, that is to say if I'm drinking for real flavor and complexity, this just doesn't make the cut.

Photo of mattster
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 Fluid Ounce bottle into Nonic Glass.

Very little head formed, and dissipated almost automatically. Beer is slightly darker yellow, very clear, with some bubble rising action in brew.

Smell is malty with a bit of grassy graininess. Taste follows through with smell, nothing overly impressive. I've had this beer before with hot wings, and it seemed to be a good accompaniment, but doesn't do well on its own. Bubbles are a bit aggressive on the palate, but this beer is tons better than many in this style that come to mind.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : golden color, with a creamy head.
Smell : Malty nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : Medium body with notes of malt.
Little hoped in the finish.
Drinkability : an average beer well known in Jamaica in the style American lager

Photo of csmiley
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It is light yellow and clear. Ended up with a tad more than half inch of head. Retention was average. Lacing was average.

S - Kind of bold in the aroma department. Strong grass and grain smells jump out at first. On the end there is some alcohol and just a very little bit of hop aroma.

T - Grass fades away in the taste and grain is the only taste that really sticks out in the forefront. Midway through ther is some spice followed by crisp alcohol. Everything really just kind of stops there.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Drinkability is average. There is just nothing about this beer that stands out enough to warrant me rushing out to buy more. If nothing better was available, I would not have any problems having one though.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle from "Beers of the World" sampler that was given to me. I've had this beer countless times prior, but this is my first review of it. Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer bottle had a number 25H7 4 01:21 stamped on it.

Appearance: bright golden yellow with towering white foamy head. An abundance of carbonation with a "champagne" look creates a very refreshing appearance.

Smell: faint scents of lightly toasted grains, sweet honey and grassy, lemony hops.

Taste: sweet roasted grains and bitter citric hops with a bit of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with crisp aggressive carbonation, which is not overpowering.

Drinkability: mild flavors with little to no off-flavors, low alcohol and delightful carbonation make for a decent hot weather beer.

Photo of Taipans
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Faint yellow with a white head, minimal lacing.

S - Not much smell

T - Sweet, a touch of a weird flavor I couldn't place. Possibly astringency?

M - Tingly, fairy smooth

D - Very easy to drink. Possibly the best part. Light and refreshing, I would pick this up over the BMC lighter offerings.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.22/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden yellow with a quarter inch of white head. The head fades away extremely fast leaving no trace that it was there at all.

Smell - The scent is strong with malt. The thought of wide-open fields of grain comes to my imagination with each whiff.

Taste - Mild malt in the beginning moving to a firm and more robust malt flavor in the middle. The finish is soft and light with a hint of hops. This is a complex flavor and is exactly what I think a lager should taste like.

Mouthfeel - The feel is smooth and soft. The texture is actually relaxing.

~ I've always thought quite a bit of this line lager. Now with my newly discovered love for evaluating the characteristics of beer I'm able to express my liking of this brew for all to see.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a macro lager.

This isn't the Citizen Kane of beer, but it's a very solid Meet the Parents or Super Troopers... Enjoyable without requiring deep thought. Besides, I don't like Citizen Kane anyway.

The taste is much better than the average lager. Not as much corn, and more grains. Crisp carbonation and has an almost cider-like aftertaste.

Photo of letsgopens
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very drinkable Macro Lager pours a clear, pale, wheat gold with a very sudsy, soapy, eggshell-white head that recedes quickly and leaves no substantial lace at all. Fairly standard looking for the style however the head retention is a bit bellow average. Some scattered, small, rising bubbles are visible.

Very dim in the nose with a slightly sweet, grainy note and a metallic character. Adjunct grain and little else. This style is generally not known for its complexity and depth of aroma so I suppose I can't be too critical.

Plenty of cornmeal-like sweetness and that familiar metallic/minerally character. Lots of slightly buttery grain and a hint of faint hops. Not bad at all. I'd take this stuff over many of the top AML brands any time, especially on a hot day or possibly at a barbeque.

Crisp but with a honey, buttery smoothness. There is definitely a slick but light texture overall. The nice thing about this brew is that it tastes and feels like a beer (which is more than can be said for many macros). Just a hint of a starchy feel in the finish.

The drinkabilty is very high. No real downside to the mild flavor and substantial mouthfeel; add in a modest ABV and you have a pleasant, warm weather beer. Not my first choice by any means but still nice.

Photo of Gehrig
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thin layer of foam crests atop a light golden body, rather unimpressive on the whole. Mild hops and yeast protrude, with a slightly sweet aroma teasing the nose. The taste is decent, smooth but dull--nothing off-putting, just not exciting. It's clean, but that to me is fine but droll. It's safe--easy to consume from a smooth texture, but safe. Then again, given some of the trough samplings I've had the misfortune to try, there is much worse than safe.

Photo of JDV
2.17/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light malt, yeast, metallic and skunky smell on a light yellow pour with a quickly diminishing head. Sweet malt, and skunky taste with some doughiness. Boring, crappy skunky lager. Worse than I remember. I used to like this, but after trying a couple hundred different beers my tastes have obviously changed and I don't care for this any more.

Photo of slvrmon82
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be one of my favorites. Just doesn't do it for me anymore.

Appearance is a standard golden color. Smell a little sweet but mostly like commercial lager. Taste is a little sweeter than most lagers. Mouthfeel is really light and refreshing. Drinkability is high because it is only 4.7%...not my favorite anymore.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like it for what it is. Pours with a large white frothy head that goes away post haste. Heavy straw color with what appears to be a ton of carbonation. Taste is refreshing albeit watered down. Other than the over carbonation it goes down quite well. Not bad for a cheap common pale lager.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.