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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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2,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 334 | 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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Ratings: 2,810 | Reviews: 928
Photo of yzer
2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
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
2.92/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +6.4%
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
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.24/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +1.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +40.2%
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 +8.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.07/5  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
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
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
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +8.1%
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.

Photo of schanker21
2.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz., short, chubby bottle poured into a pint tulip glass

A- Pours a light yellow with a bigger head than I was expecting. Looks very carbonated, left a decent lace at first, but that disappeared after a while.

S- Couldn't really smell much, but my nose was slightly plugged up as well. Smells a little sweet.

T- I liked my first couple of sips. Had some sweetness to it, and it tasted alright. However, as I progressed, I noticed less and less taste. The carbonation was overwhelming to the point that it made the beer taste like carbonated water from about my third sip on.

M- Far too much carbonation for me.

D- It's drinkable, just not very interesting. In the summer, a glass of Red Stripe might be as refreshing as a glass of cold, carbonated water...because it tastes like cold, carbonated water.

Photo of pwoods
3.59/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a barely ripened banana yellow with perfect visibility. A very small head forms and dies right away. No lacing.

S: Crisp and clean with a touch of faint flora hops. A dab of yeasty zing and that's it.

T/M: Very clean on the palate. Hops add no bitterness but a zesty lime character and earthy leaf note. Malts are sweet and clean. Body is ultra light and carbonation isn't overly high.

D: To be honest, this is my first Red Stripe and it was much better than I had expected. Would make a great session brew.

Photo of berserker256
3.64/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't look like anything special. Typical pale gold and a little head that goes away almost instantly. Kind of a sweet grainy aroma. Taste is pretty good. Mild semi-sweet lager flavor with little malty flavor and almost no presence of bitter tasting hops. It's better than American Macrobrews. It doesn't have that corn/grass/metal/rice stink and flavor of your typical Budweiser-like beers. It's actually pretty good. I thought the increased price was marketing giving us a Corona-job but this lager tastes like it was made from decent ingredients. Nice carbonation and consistency and quite easy to drink. Good beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always enjoy getting one or two of these in the brown stubby bottle. It is similiar to most American macros in texture and appearance w/ a light gold/dark yellow color, very little carbonation, airy, et al. The difference I have found is it doesn't seem to be as dry and hoppy (not that I would consider American macro's to be overly hoppy at all) and goes down smoother. No problem chilling with this beer here and there.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a cute, chubby 355ml bottle with a painted label. Looks cool.

Pours a very pale lemon yellow colour with lots of coarse bubbled carbonation. Pretty solid fine white head. Not a bad looking lager.

Light grainy sweetness on the nose, a bit of honey, a bit of sulphur and even a little herby spiciness. Not too bad.

Taste has a sharp bite - quite a refreshing metallic bitterness. There's some residual sweetness all combined with a dry bready character. It's crisp in the mouth and pretty clean.

It's not an amazing lager, but it has pleasant characters to it, and it goes down nicely. Very clean and refreshing.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Light pilsner malt aroma with some notable adjunct smell. Very faint hops.

Tastes like it smells. Light pilsner with obligatory adjuncts. Faint hint of hops. Fairly crisp.

Light body, solid carbonation.

Well, the commercial for this stuff says "Hooray Beer" and I assume that they must be talking about some other beer. Probably an easy choice if you're in Jamaica on the beach puffing on a joint. Otherwise, choose something else...

Photo of mltobin
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: The small, fat bottle and logo are designed well and allows Red Stripe to distinguish itself apart from its competition.

A - Upon being poured into a glass, it is a medium, almost clear tone, with a short head.
S- Some hops, smells nice.
T - Tastes pretty good, a little sweet, but also a little bitter.
MF- Leaves a little funky after taste, making me want to grab some food.
D - A decent beer to have while at the beach and passing some time in the sun.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold/Yellow color with a fair white head and lace. Very standard for a lager.
S: Grainy malt and a little hop presence.
T: Lemon/citrus flavor with some hop bitterness, and a dry finish.
D: Very easy to drink, smooth and a little over carbonated but a good summer session beer.

Nothing to get excited about, but a decent lager. Worth a try.

Photo of jayfarley3
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz stubby bottle, pours a very clear pale yellow color. has a faint grainy aroma to it, tastes slightly sweet upfront followed by a mild citrus hop bitterness. mouthfeel is light bodied and very smooth. this is not bad for a macro lager, i would grab one of these anyday over a bmc product.

Photo of timtim
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

when in rome... i was at a carribean joint and this was the only other beer available besides guiness. sort of seemed cliche, but i thought i would give it a chance. i've had many before, but never really thought about what i was drinking. golden clear. white head with no retention or lace to speak of. sweet malty smelling with a hint of graininess. faint hops. taste was the same. a little fuller bodied and not as dry as i remembered. much better than some american run of the mills and also better than corona or heineken if you ask me.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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