Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,724 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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Jamaica

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 beermanbrian
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank straight from the bottle. Assume that it's a fizzy yellow macro. Smell of faint malt and hops but there isn't really much there. Taste is also very light. Better than coors or bud but not worth seeking out. Very watery. No bad taste to speak of, just a lack of taste. I guess if you were on the beach in Jamacia and it was all you could get it would be ok.

Photo of bort11
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Left overs from a party last night. 12 oz stubby bottle poured into a tumble pint glass. Very fizzy white head that quickly disappears to nothing. Clear golden straw color with a lot of active carbonation.
Smell is very faint. I can barely detect a cereal/adjuct malt. Taste is a little better. Has a weak hops finish.
Mouthfeel is very light and borders on watery. Still goes down very easily. I wouldn't buy any myself, but I would finish any bottles left behind.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I had this I was on vacation in Jamaica and I drank it every day for a week.

I recently got one of these in a "beers of the world" mixed 8 pack (a gift from a co-worker).

It pours a golden yellow with a head that thins out quick without much lacing

it smells like a macro beer, hint of malt, hint of hops, hint of ?

it really doesn't taste all that bad, much better than Coors or Miller, a notch above Bud, but below a PBR.

it has nice carbination and is easy on the taste buds

if the cooler was full of these on a hot summer day, I'd keep going back for more, it's easy enough to drink, but it would be someone else's cooler, not mine!

Photo of stephendr
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of bight yellow , with a decent frothy white head – sweet dry nose of straw , melon , hay , and mild hops –taste of melon , straw, wet hay , hops , and slight bubblegum- body is light crisp , and medium carbonation – aftertaste of melon , sweet corn , and crisp

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

This is the most painfully average beer I've ever had. It still evokes memories of palm trees, and vacation, but that's about it. I feel like i'm drinking from a little brown jug whenever I have one of these. Tastes like a miller light that's gone skunky.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe's always looked interesting to me, but doesn't come cheap. I found a loose 12 oz bottle, which at it's price ($1.25), thought was more than reasonable to sample. On to the beer:

I poured it into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass, which gave it a good head, but retained just enough to last to the last sip. It has a sweet flavor from the malts/adjuncts that doesn't offend, making it an enjoyable beer to consume, and one that kicks other fizzy macro lagers in the fanny.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a stubby 24oz bottle of this at a gas station.

A - Yellow/gold and crystal clear. Lots of tiny bubbles stream up to a fluffy white head that goes away pretty quickly. A little bit of dry lace is left on the glass.

S - Crisp and salty saltine cracker aroma. Pretty basic pils smell....this smells much more pilseneresque than most macro lagers!

T - Again, salty saltine crackers and lemony zing. Almost has a wheaty quality. A biting lemon juice acidity combines with a metallic "sucking on a penny" taste to make this pretty rough...but not really bad. At least it has character.

M - Thin and weak, but not quite watery. There is some malty substance there. I don't think this has adjuncts or at least as high a percentage of adjuncts as some other beers.

D - As expected, this is very drinkable. It's a basic cheapo pils that, to me, stands out amongst American macro lagers. I would much rather drink this than Bud or Miller. The problem is that it's much more expensive! If you are gonna pay the extra cash you might as well get something tasty...so, if this were competing with 40oz of ghetto swill, this would be a shining star. Alas, around here it's usually about the same price as a lot of microbrews.

Photo of Mandrake
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light-but-not-too-light yellow, golden hints, with a full inch of pure white head that lasts quite well and leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is alright too, though not great. Some straw-like malts, a bit of euro-skunk, and some light DMS, I think. Generally unoffensive though, and quite a but better then most of its peers. Taste is fine, lager yeast in the finish blotting out the grassy hops and sweetness. Nothing special here, and the vegetables threaten to get out of control, but it's better than average for its style. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and lacks body, but drinkability is fine regardless. This is decent stuff. Not great, but who expected greatness? It's decent, drinkable, and inoffensive, and I won't ask it to be much more than that.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw in color with a head that disapates quickly. An aroma consisting of a little adjunct and honey liqueur, with much the same in the flavor, but also having a metallic note with a light mouthfeel. A good light, refreshing lager that goes down smooth with good carbonation.

Photo of longbongsilver
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me an' one of my friends was talkin about jamaica for some reason while walking into a store, so...what the hell, picked up a 24 oz bottle.

Appearance: high-yellow, almost white when poured. Huge white head, about half of which sticks around for a bit.

Smell: not much of one really. Barely even smell alcohol. Odd...

Taste: kinda light, no clear sore-thumb qualities to it. A slight hop but not much. Typical to the style, but more refined.

Mouthfeel: thin, but not watery. Very little carbonation once the head goes.

Drinkability: goes down rather easy, no discernible aftertaste I could spot. If it came in a 40 oz size it wouldn't get annoying.

It's quite mellow, though I should've expected that really. For the style it does the trick, but at the same time it reminds me why I lean away from these types. I'm sure there's better in the style, I'd just have to be introduced to it, not bad though.

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

Red Stripe came out of the bottle a very light copper color topped with a thin head that was fluffy and its body had some mild carbonation. It has a sweet alcohol smell to it that is kind of dull. It has a sweet taste that is flushed down with a semi-bitter aftertaste which is not bad at all, it does remind me a little bit a PBR but without the salty aftertaste.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a slightly dark golden color with lots of head action, but its gone before i set the beer down almost. some visible carbonation but not much. slight smell of hops, lots of corn and water. tastes average, at first there is a stinging of the tongue via the alcohol, then water then not much else. all arround a pretty average beer, has some good points being that its relative cheap, about a buck a bottle, and its does have a unique taste. not something that i buy all the time, but every now and then i get a hankering for some red stripe.

Photo of peabody
2.08/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out very clear straw pale yellow with lots of carbonation and two fingers of white suds. Very little lacing.
Smell is wheat straw and yeast with just a hint of hops.
Very watery leaving not much flavor.
Mouthfeel is a bit bland with the carbonation staying in the glass and not making it to the mouth.
Taste like other macro's. No flavor to go along with the 4.7% abv.
Why can't we have flavor with our macrobrews?

Photo of steinlifter
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mid-golden color, not much head to speak of, smelled like an average macro lager.Taste was a bit grainy, but I detected a pure cane sugar sweetness, (a Jamaican staple)...mouthfeel was typical of this kinda lager. I thought the drinkability on this was really decent..better than a lot of American macro's, and complimented the "Jerk Chicken" I had with it nicely!..not bad at all....

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a medicine like bottle into a glass. Farily boring looking beer, not that much head, leaves no lacing on the glass as it's consumed, color and body are just a step above most other macros.

The nose of this beer is very similar to PBR, as it's very sweet. You can defenitely pick up on the sweet corn all throughout.

Taste starts off with a very tart, sweet malt flavor, the tartness lasts throughout the sip, and the hops then kick in and do a fairly decent job of balancing out the sweet tartness. Mouthfeel is actually good for the style, as it has a good amount of body for a macro. The tart after taste may just be a bit too much.

Overall, this is a pretty good drinkable beer. I had a party last night, and somebody left one over, so I decided to sample it. In my opinion, this is not something I think is worth the money charged just because of the import prestige. I've seen this brew for $8/6 pack. You would be better off (even money aside) with other macros. That said, you could also do much worse than this brew as well.

Photo of theopholis
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of pweis909
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of guitarmage
3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of adammills
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of StargherKing
2.03/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Poser
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,724 ratings.