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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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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 274 | 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 Vancer
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a damn bad lager beer, esp. amongst the <import crowd>. At a buck a bottle, this is good summer or session beer. Head over heals better than some Crapona or Heinass. Really, a nice lager beer.

Golden yellow pour, frothy white head. Only drawback was the lack of any real aroma, just some very subtle malt notes.

But yeah, a decent malty brew, basic pilsner taste, nicely balanced with the hops. Little bit on the watery side, no finishing aftertastes. Not offensive, a pretty good mass crowd pleaser for those looking for an <import>.

Good drinkin’ squaty 24 oz bomber bottle at a good price of $2.70. I’d go for a 12 pack of 12ozs anytime.

Photo of giblet
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

another good light beer. good for lawnmowing and cookouts. i had this from a tub of iced down beer when i was on a cruise. it was hot as hell out and the beers were cold. these were tasty for that occasion.

not strong in any category makes me place it in the lost amongst the crowd.

worth a try.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color, with an initial head that fades instantly. Clean grainy aroma with a touch of grassy hops--faint but present. Crisp malt character on first taste, with low bitterness making for a sweet finish. Clean yeast character. No adjunct flavors I can detect. Light bodied.

Better than I remember it, this is actually an alright lager, better than many mass-produced ones. Bland, but no faults.

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

A: Light straw with a white head.
S: Phenols, pears.
T: Tiny bitterness, malt, bread.
M: Good carboration, light body.

Good if served very cold on a hot day. Otherwise not really my kind of beer. The kind of light lager that you would expect on sports bars and the like.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 onz brown bottle No freshness date .

The appearance is golden color with nice (did'nt expect) white head.It smells like something mustard not bad. A really nice taste hop and some bitterness but very low. It can dry your mouth.One is good the other one maybe other day.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you really say about this, its one of your classics right. Poured a pale golden yellow with a brief fizzy white head that faded to no lace. Smell was musty grain with a hint of bread. Smooth and light, with not as much carbonation as I would have liked. Other than that, nice sessionable macro like lager. A classic for the beach as always/

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a darker golden color similar to a Miller lite or other average American Light beers.
S: Smells again like many other American Lagers, but has a little stronger smell of alcohol.
T: Definitely tastes better than I expected. A little more of a complex taste with the alcohol coming through nicely at the end. Has a little more bite than most other lagers.
M: Not too carbonated, smooth on the palate and goes down easy.
D: A regular session beer and something I would most likely prefer over other lagers.

Photo of Grundle20
4.03/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is clear and golden in color. There's is a good 2 finger head to the beer that stays up for about 20 seconds before being reduced to a film of foam. There's little lacing to note.

The scent is relatively clean. There's minor sweetness from the malts but the beer's scent isn't very powerful or exciting.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
As far as macro lager goes this is pretty damn tasty. The beer is basically assembled on a solid backbone of malt sweetness. There's just a touch of what I'm guessing is some hallertauer hops. Light carbonation makes for a rather smooth drink. The finish keeps hints of the sweetness pretty well in to the aftertaste.

All flavor aside, macro lager is easily one of the most drinkable beers in the USA and this beer is no exception. This beer on the other hand though isn't quite as bland or light as many other macro lagers and scores a slam dunk on drinkability with that said.

Bottom Line:
If you're looking at this as a world class lager then you will not be impressed but, if you're looking for a quality macro lager though then this beer is in the upper tier. Really not that bad at all.

Photo of TechMyst
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a high rating for this you ask?! For a lager no less...I had this straight from the 24 oz giant grenade. So for appearance I would have to guess between straw/gold. Aroma is faint malts. This seemed to be a very dry lager; which is odd also. Nothing really great or notable; but the drinkablity is excellent.

Photo of billysj
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle Red Stripe Jamaican Lager

Pours as a clear yellow with a thin head

Smells of sweet hops. The taste is light with a sweet hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent amout of carbonation.

Overall I like this beer...it's sweet and a very drinkable beer. I will definately get this lager again.

Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with an initially large fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. The aroma is bready malt with a touch of hops. The taste is pretty smooth and malty with some sweetness and a quick faint bite from the hops. Overall, this is a pretty run of the mill lager that is neither good nor bad but the sweetness does get a little annoying.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.