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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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2,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,609
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 theopholis
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured light, very clear yellow. Head was very white, but had little staying power, and no lace at all.

Aroma- Decent mix of grain, malt sweetness and bittering hops. Maybe hints of sweet bread and corn.

Taste- Hints of sweet corn and malt sugar, Pretty light on the bittering hops. Not a whole lot of taste anyways.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body, which is appropriate for the style. A tad under-carbonated IMO.

Drinkability- It's drinkable on a hot day, but not great. Not really very refreshing, no particularly interesting.

theopholis, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of pweis909
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear and yellow, with a white foam that does not persist long

It smells like a typical macro, but has a grainy sweet taste with a pleasant light hop finish. One of the better tasting macros out there. Has more dextrinous mouthfeel than is typical for macros.

Refreshing and drinkable.

pweis909, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear straw/golden yellow, minimal white foamy head quickly reduces into a thin white ring. Bubbly.

Smell: Sweeter than expected, maltier than the rest, a little skunky and floral hops.

Taste: Light malty sweetness, sugars come out, not much hop presence until the finish, I taste a quick dash of herbal hops in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated, finishes smooth and dry.

Drinkability: Pleasantly surprised by the sweetness of this lager, very drinkable, not steely or too puckering.

guitarmage, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank stright from the bottle. These bottle are neat. The beer was very light in color and the taste was crisp. No harshness noted. An easy drinking lager that is sessioned with ease. I could easily swing a sixer of this again sometime. Smooth and easy drinking.

Enola, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of adammills
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden without much of a head at all, it was not the most vigorous pour, maybe Ill be more aggressive with my next pour. Fizzy and malty, light on flavor, little to no hop flavor. Very passive beer, it would work good as a camping beer or just to tip a few back. Nothing spectacular, but you have to like the bottles.

adammills, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a boring, light hay colored brew. Very clear and clean with a monatenous stream of bubbles cruising to the top. Head is an ultrafine layer of snow white ubersmall bubbles.

S: Copper, dried grass clippings, yellow pear and crackers.

T: Mineraly pear flavor with a wink of pickles. The grain bill comes next; slightly sour with the barley very mellow. Hops are pronounced for the style really aiding in the upfront flavor. Finishes dry with crisp honey and lingering aluminum.

M: Light body with a hard mouthfeel

D: Some people get off on this beer, I've got to assume its for schtick due to advertising, etc. Not bad, not necessarily good either. What ever.

Westsidethreat, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazed dark yellow with a big fizzy white head, quickly disapating to a thin white line.

Smell is light with a trace amount of grassy hops.

Taste is lightly sweet with just a quick taste of hops, then vanishes leaving almost no aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated and very watery.

Its drinkable, but nothing great, taste like a million other generic lagers.

bashiba, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of StargherKing
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer pours clear yellow, almost looks like generic beer from cartoons. Decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells somewhat sour almost reminiscent of citrus or apple, but somehow..tangy. Taste has some hops, slight metallic undertones, and that weird soured fruit thing from the smell. Mouthfeel is extremely watery, with strong carbonation. Drinkability is surprisingly high given the somewhat unpleasant taste. I'm in no rush to try this one again, but I would at least consider drinking again if offered.

StargherKing, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, just bland. It's completely unoffensive and while the bottle is pretty sweet, this beer is too damn expensive for what the conents are. Basically tastes and smells like a pasturized light american lager. It is thirst quenching and does a good job of washing down food, but I won't get this again unless its the best option available and beer is a neccessity.

tempest, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Poser
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I generally don't enjoy lagers, but I got this as a gift so I figured I'd give it a try. I have many friends who drink it, so I've been a little curious anyway.

Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. Seems to have a good bit of carbonation from the fizziness, but it's not overpowering. There's a light citrus element to the taste. Overall, it's very crisp but goes down smooth.

This would probably go great with the right type of food. I may try one with some wings and football later this week. I still prefer the ales, but this is good for the mass-production styles.

Poser, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of shivtim
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd rate this since a friend gave it to me as a present. He actually traded two miller lights for it at a tailgate, and brought it to me. Not that I couldn't just buy it at the store, but I appreciated the thought, and I'd actually never had it before.
Went in with low expectations.
Poured very clear straw yellow, with a big white foamy head. Very macro looking, but not bad. Nose was not so good, grainy and metallic with some sweet sugar smells. Taste was actually ok- a lot better than I expected. It was mostly grains but with nice touches of malts and sugarcane sweetness, and is that just the slightest hint of hops? None of the metallic-ness of the nose was in the taste. A slight step up from your typical macro. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, about like an MGD. There's certainly nothing offensive about this beer, and it has a low ABV; and for those reasons it gets a high drinkability.

shivtim, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would say that Red Stripe is an average Beer at best. There is nothing to special about it. It has a little bit of a harsh after taste. Other than that it is just average in taste and smell. It is kind of weak in alcohol content and comes in a small bottle. So I would say it is not a party beer. I'll give the bottle it due. It is unique.

MTNboy, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up a sixer of this at the supermarket for $6.99. for the price it's not bad. pours just as you'd imagine a macro lager to pour. pissy golden yellow with little head. the smell is horrible. i can honestly say that this is one of the worst smelling beers i've tried. just horrible hay-like piss smell. the taste on the other hand is quite good for the style. i would definitly put it above miller high life and even maybe schlitz. overall not bad but not great. this is the first time i've poured it into a glass instead of drinking out of the stubby bottle. i can say that the taste is definitly better in a glass. nothing to write home about but what do you expect from the style? thirst quenching and refreshing.

scarletfire79, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
2.08/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light coppery-gold color. Smelled sweet – reminiscent of corn syrup, some maltiness too.

Mouthfeel was quite light, not entirely unpleasant, but just escaped being watery.

Taste was sweet – no surprise there – lots of malt, some corn, not much else.

I remember having one of these early on in my beer exploration days, and I thought it wasn’t bad. Now that my taste buds have had several years to mature, I’d have to say while it’s better than many macro lagers, all in all, it’s not a favorite of mine.

TheLiterati, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager goes very well with pizza and a hot Florida day. Smooth and inviting and malty with a good hop balance. Good for a basic lager. It does all that's asked of it really in warm weather. This stuff is really nothing special for the price. Just funny shaped bottle. I'd stick to something cheaper for the same quality.

LordChesterfield, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a kind of pale brass with a head that can't support itself then falls into a simple ring. Smells grainy, sickly sweet, and it smells someone poured some fortified wine in here like Thunderbird (ESQ). Taste is about a mix of grain and malt. Pretty surprised to get some maltiness in this. This then all turns to a slight fortified wine taste, along with rubber band powder (thx jwff). Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and inoffensive. I'm just not into this. I'd rather a cleaner American lager like Budweiser or something.

goochpunch, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear gold with a white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Almost not present. Like water.

Taste: Not bad for a macro lager. It has a dry grain flavor with some sweetener that quickly fades into the water center and is erased by the dry finish. The burp and the aftertaste seem to have a hint of spice like ginger.

Mouthfeel: Watery cold wet and a bit dry. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: As Marco Lagers go it is decent but certainly no frills.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of xav33
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red Stripe
24 oz bottle
Recent bottling, hurrahed 11/06
Medium pour in a shaker.

Poured light clear yellow with a frothy somewhat lasting white head.

Smelt of heavy sweet grain and doughy white bread.

Taste was upfront heavy sweet corn and malt sugar, followed by more sweetness, although moderate on a short to average finish with some hints of allspice candy. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, oily, and lively carbonated.

Overall, it's good, just so overly sweet that it covers up any possible flaws or hop flavors (if any?). Hooray beer anyways!

xav33, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz "stubbie" bottle

Pours extremely light golden with a 1 finger deep head, where the hell did it go??? Just a whisper of lacing

S: Sweetness & grass.

T: Sweet malt, a little cornyness & grassyness up front. Lemon & corny notes surface as it warms. Finishes with a slight floral& citric hop snap

MF: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation & skews sweet on balance

Drinks okay, where's the goat curry or jerk chicken that'd pair pretty well with this? I'd take this over most mexican lagers I've tried, without a doubt. The warmer the beer gets or the colder climate, the less desirable this is IMO. Used to to inhale this & labatts when Iived in FLA

russpowell, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother brought me two bottles of Red Stripe back from his honeymoon in Jamaica. I was interested in seeing if the beer was any fresher from there than what we receive in the states.

Pours a pale golden with a sudsy head. Aroma is much better. It has a flowery hoppy boquet combined with malt and a touch of cidery apple. You can also detect a whif of alcohol. Mouthfeel is still very thin and soft. Floral hoppiness continues into the taste. A malt sweetness supports it. The finish has a pleasant bitterness to it.

This is much softer and less skunked than what's typically available here in the US. Still it's a typical macro lager, but having it fresh makes a difference in taste.

Winter, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of zeff80
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear, light yellow color. A small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Smells of malt and hops.

T - It was a little sweet and the hops weren't very noticeable.

M - It is crisp and a little too dry.

D - It is an okay lager. The taste won't blow you away but it is certainly drinkable.

zeff80, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of troobie
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby brown bottle. No clue as to freshness, but it was bottled in Jamaica the cap tells me.

Smells of wine. Very floral.

Ugh. What a strange tasting lager. Almost knocks you over with the sweetness. Reminds me of taking a Budweiser and adding 2 tablespoons of sugar before you drink it. Medium carbonation with a very good mouthfeel that is somewhat creamy. I'm getting a very distinct warming sensation from the alcohol, yet it is less than 5% ABV. Some malt taste in there. Finishes with a taste like that of a Corona or Pacifco.

Best to drink very cold to keep the flavors at bay. Not something I would ever drink again.

troobie, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, it has a very distinctive shape, a short stubby affair with a very squat neck, all sealed with a red and white color coordinated crown cap. The body of the bottle is screen printed with a very simple red slash design which states ‘Imported Red Stripe Jamaican Lager’. No listed strength but a yellow inkjet code of “29A6 4 04:46” on the neck.

Appearance: Super clear pale yellow golden body. Big fluffy white head with some light lacing. Decent enough looks at first but the loss of the head detracts in the long term.

Nose: Some grain and sweetness with a floral character in there, it can tend to have a perfumed spicy aspect also.

Taste: Starts with the usual Lager feel, soft spices in the middle with some dry bitterness which balances with a sweet malt in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a thin body which helps to play down the contribution from the ingredients but helps to quench the thirst on hot days.

Drinkability: It’s Red Stripe, you know what you get, an American Lager with some Euro Lager influence. Average.

Overall: An old favorite from my University days, in the absence of any Real Ale I would drop down a level to cans of Red Stripe. It is no worse or better than it was back then and I find it still an acceptable fill in during times of hardship, though tonight I just had a need to try this one again. Best served with a healthy dollop of chilling. Hooray Beer! ….well sort of…

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of CU570M
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tryed this beer for the first time with an open mind. I heard before trying it that is tasted similar to Corona, but that was a little off. It did have a light taste and easy drinkability. Hints of some kind of flower in the taste. Enjoyed this very much.

CU570M, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of chilidog
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A average lager it may be, but worth a try. I did as they are offering a I pt.8 oz. bottle size. Good for shareing.
It pours a gold, clear, not over carbonated. But, the head is shortlived, no lace and it does flatten abit over time.
The aroma is grain like. The taste is sweet malts, corn like undertones with a slight hop leaf crisping finish.
Drinkable yes, Average at best. cheers!

chilidog, Sep 30, 2006
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,609 ratings.