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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

2,634 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Jamaica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Photo of allergictomacros
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear straw with a big chunky head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Metallic and grain. Touch of skunk.Floral.

T - Somewhat lemon-y, light hop bitterness. A bit on the sweet side too.

M - Light body. Very fizzy

D - Pretty good as far as macros go I guess, but nothing i'd look for.

allergictomacros, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
12 oz brown bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also used an 8 oz juice glass for appearance

Pours a very light and clear fizzy yellow water color. Tons of mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. A thin white lace appears for a head.

Taste is very clean with highlights of grain drizzled with a honey sweetness. Hints of a dry rice cake with sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is a tad watery and carbonated, but so light on the palate that you can drink at a rapid pace.

Extremely drinkable when served very, very cold and out of the bottle. Hands down, one of the coolest beer bottles. Red Stripe is a classic summertime staple when the weather is 80 + degrees. I also find Red Stripe to be a much favored option over most American macros and Corona.

Hibernator, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance – Very light goldish color. With a dull basic appearance light and golden.

Smell – Very faint smell, corn and hops

Taste – Taste is kinda odd has a weird sweet taste as well as faint hops but is very sweet overall.

Mouthfeel – A lot of carbonation, very average mouthfeel.

D – Deff. a pizza or any food brew can drink a whole bunch in a session . Will go with this when I don't have too much money.

MrHolland, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of jabocu
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass.

A – Very light goldish color. Kind of dull and basic color of any other American lager. Head was very short and just as short lived. Head disappeared with out any trace on the sides of glass and slight sprinklings on top.

S – Very light smell, of toasted corn and malt.

T – Taste is a little jumbled, but corn is apparent. Effervescence was strong at first, and didn’t really mellow out fast enough to let the taste come through. Almost has a “twang” that is a little hard to pin point. Very slight hoppiness as it finishes with aftertaste.

M – Effervescence lasted whole mouthful, so I would say over carbonated. Watery, but doesn’t feel smooth.

D – I was able to finish most of this, but don't plan on this being an option in my fridge. I'll stick to my ales and wheat beers.

jabocu, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear yellow, similar to apple juice. Pours with a small, white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Predominantly earthy hops. Slightly sweet, caramel odour.

T: Very unoffensive (not a lot of flavour). A clean hop flavour, sweetness is nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. Diacetyl is apparant.

M: Light body is fairly highly carbonated. Clean, palate-cleansing, refreshing.

D: Awesome, serious session beer. I once stayed at a resort in Jamaica that had this on tap, self-serve, 24/7!

Great summer thirst quencher, good pizza beer.

Derek, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the paler side of mid golden .Very fine bubbles that are lively and feed a tightly packed dense head .
Not much to tantalise the nostrils other than a faint maltiness
Taste is pretty plain, again malt dominated and I suspect some corn notes there It is not particularly bitter but overall is balanced .
An unexceptional beer that has quaffing qualities and probably would be great watching the cricket in Jamaica ( as long as Australia was winning )

jarmby1711, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold color with a viscous white head. It reduces to a cap but never vanishs, leaving plenty of lace webs behind. The aroma is a little vegetal with hints of malt sweetness and not much else. A little bit of malt, some herbalness and plastic (!?) make up the taste. Hops are light in the finish even for a macro. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fuller than expected.

Very average. Not really worth trying, though the bottle is cool.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
1.27/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale to the point of being almost clear, slight yellow hue, lazy mild carbonation level. Fizzy white head never to be seen shortly after the pour. Needless to say not very inviting even for a macro lager.

Tasted exactly like the smell which is a super sweet corn adjunct type lager. Vegetables make a statement in the finish. Finishes wet and fairly clean.

Not for me fellas! I've got 3 more of these and I've never put a beer down the drain and this won't be my first. Drinkable but not worth approaching again.

DogFood11, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear pale yellow straw color with a half inch head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head was made up of creamy white foam that was maintained for a minute or so by only a few bubbles rising. There is some pretty decent lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Some floral hops along with grainy malt are the dominant players in the aroma. There is a faint corn or cereal-like aroma also noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is a lot more corny than the aroma lets on. There are still some floral hops in there to make a contribution. It isn't the Saaz heavy aroma that you get with a lot of the macros, but more like a British Kent Goldings or some such. The finish is pretty wet and well attenuated with some of the corny/grainy flavors to linger in the throat.

Opinion: I drank this beer quite a few times, and it definitely has more mouthfeel than the majority of the macros. I also like the balance of the hops to malt versus the BudMillOors. I think that the recipe started out in the right place, but now there are too many adjuncts being used that take the actual flavor away and leave you with a sub-standard flavor. Better than a lot, but still nothing to write home about.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of beersarang
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden to light yellow with a fast receding frothy white head. Typical.

Aroma however actually carries traces of real hops and not an extrac like aroma.

Grainy malts are fairly assertive and give way to a coarse but decent grassy hop flavor that balances it out fairly well.

Lighter bodied, higher in carbonation, but I could imagine how it would go well with spicier foods.

An interesting and decent brew, but still too light for my tastes. Fairly full of flavor for a macro, so definitely a step above our domestic macro product.

beersarang, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied, clear straw color, very little aroma, very mild malt flavor - bread, citrus, and a hint of honey, carbonation is noticeable in the taste.

Fairly crisp, dry finish, only a hint of hops, another beer that needs to be downed as cold as possible. Should be good after mowing the grass or with spicy food.

whynot44, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of kosmoraios
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmm. This is like Corona in the fact that people assume that if it's imported, it must be good. But it's not. It's a little darker than a regular macro with no head to speak of but a small ring of froth that goes away in short order. Smell is a tiny bit of skunky hops.. all I can detect. Taste is very lacking, again the watered-down skunky lager flavor. Very carbonated mouthfeel. I guess you could drink these if there was nothing else around. Barely a notch above an American macro if you ask me, which isn't saying much.

kosmoraios, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of lordbrad1
4.5/5  rDev +51%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never met anyone that didn't like this beer...until I read the reviews here.

It's a little thin, and a bit pale. However I think the taste and the fact that it goes down easy more than make up for that. Red Stripe has an almost fruity taste, and sweetness to it, which I think make it very very drinkable. I love the stuff, and highly recommend it for anyone looking for something a little different that won't break the bank.

lordbrad1, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow lager with a nice huge bubbly pure white head with minimal retention. Aroma of crisp hops with some sweet malt. Taste is also very refreshing with crisp hops and fresh slightly sweet malt. Not skunky as I had feared nor that thin. Could have been a lot worse.

Phyl21ca, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Stevenab
1.2/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The salesman at the local high volume beer store recommended this as something different. It poured with a small head which dissipated to a small necklace. The smell was mild with a light green tea colour. The taste was, well skunky, reminiscent of the beers of my youth that I would hide outside for a couple of days and drink warm. Not recommended.

Stevenab, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass slightly chunky and hazy pale straw with a white head which tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light caramel malt and a green apple aroma.

The flavor was light with just a bit of sweetness on the palate which quickly dried and a lasting green apple fruitiness.

The finish was dry with lasting fruity green apples too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and a bit watery. I used to think I liked Red Stripe back in the day, now I can tell I do not!

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of jayc333
3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow with about half an inch of a white head.

Smells very hoppy with faint traces of grain.

Sweet taste upfront, lemon/lime flavour, with a dry refreshing finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Great Macro, I'd venture to say my favourite. Highly recommended.

jayc333, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of danielharper
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

Pours almost completely clear, with virtually no head. Slightly orange-tinged water, like mixing orange soda with three parts water and leaving it sit for a few hours. Not appetizing.

Aroma is slightly grassy, with some sweetness, but basically just "bleh". There's not really a whole lot there to talk about.

Interesting taste. Some flavor of oranges and other citrus fruits, with a dry astringent aftertaste and a bit ate the end. Not really "good" by craft beer standards but decent enough for a macro.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, with carbonation that adds to the "bite" of the beer. Not great, not bad.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability. It's decent enough for a macro lager, but I'm not going to be buying these regularly. Maybe make a nice party beer.

danielharper, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My second macro of the night and my first Red Stripe ever. Like Mickey's, one that seems to be out there but never in my hand. I'm glad I tried it and would definitely have one again.

Poured a light gold color with a 1 inch white head. Smelled lemony with some nutmeg in it.

This was almost like drinking a shandy. The beer flavor was mixed with what I felt was a spiced lemonade flavor. Not sour at all, but sweet and lemony. Pretty good but the flavor starts to mellow after the first few tastes and you realize that it doesn't hold up as well as expected, becoming more watery and less tasty. But I think it does OK and is good for one in a night but no more.

misterscooter, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This taste better than most macros but it still can drift into that state of being just another beer for warm beach climates; which if found in one then dont hesitate to drink this. Its very pale and taste is smooth and almost non excistenet but not as bad as others. You can have a dozen of these and still be up for more.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very pale yellow color atop which rested a foamy white head. There was plenty of carbonation to be seen. The smell was malty, but also had a slight metallic note to it as well. Tasted of malt, corn, again, with a hint of metal. Probably the closest thing to equate the texture and taste to was soapy water. This beer wasn't as light as I expected, but it was thin. Overall, this is a highly drinkable beer, but definitely not the best lager out there, even by macro standards. I love the commercials though!

tomthumbsblues, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz brown shorty bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours an extremely pale yellow. Head is thick at first, and actually fizzes like a freshly poured soda. It disappears rather quickly, and is totally gone by the halfway point. Ends up looking like a glass full of piss. Ugly beer.

Pleasant in that it isn’t bad. Very little there, some corn, hop and a bit of fruit, plus a very mild grain and sulfur scent.

Tasted about the same. It tastes like fruity corn with hops in the background. Sulfur doesn’t come through in the taste, thankfully. Dry on the palate with a lemon/lime aftertaste. Which is better than most American Macro Lagers, for sure. It’s crisp. Gets a little more sour as the beer warms. No water taste, but mouthfeel is of water.

A drinkable macro, better than a lot of the others. Not much in the way of character, as it almost totally lacks both good looks, pleasant scent, or delectable flavor, but hey, it’d be good cold on a hot day.

UberWasser, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of AussieInPhilly
4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is tops. The crisp, yet smooth taste leaves mouths wanting more, yet the potency lets you enjoy "beer". C'mon guys, this beer is one of the best. Down to the bottle, its smooth, yet tasteful. Enjoyable, yet manly. This beer has weekend written all over it, and if you don't agree, well then, have a miller high life!!

AussieInPhilly, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of bark
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale yellow; the large creamy head sinks down to a white lid with some lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet with some sour notes of corn; it is a bit chemical and unbalanced.

The taste is sweet and watery with some odd evolving sour-bitter-sweet notes; there are some clear notes of adjuncts. The aftertaste is soda-like with some distant bitterness with a touch of salt.

The carbonation is at the same time weak and a bit sharp; small bubbles.

On one hand, this beer is probably very thirst drenching, but if I become really thirsty, I drink some mineral water or soft drink instead…

bark, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of pootz
1.75/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another beer that I had guzzeled frequently in my misspent youth which I have neglected to review because it entailed actually buying and consuming a fresh one to generate the review...shows how much I was driven to do this. ;-)

Red stripe was the "other" party beer when Foster’s was making the rounds...both considered "imports" and thus "better" than domestic.

Pours a disappointing piss-pale yellow...a 1 finger cap that disappears quickly..poor lacing. Sickley sweet grain husk--vegetal aroma.. funky-skunky pilsner hop detected in the smell. Watery mouth feel, virtually no malty tastes just sweet rice or corn dextrin tastes with a very light hop bittering...smooth, sweet, watery, fast finish....what have we here?...a macro brewed sweet, watery thin shunky weak pilsner from off shore. I’ve had worse but I’ve had a lot better...even Banks beats this corn-rice-sugar cane swill...this will rot your teeth..too damn sweet even for a mega pils.

pootz, Sep 13, 2005
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
68 out of 100 based on 2,634 ratings.