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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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2,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,794
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 308 | 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 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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A family vacation to the BVI's introduced me to the fact that you cannot get much beyond macro lagers (or Guinness or Lion Stout) in the BVI's. That and rum drinks, which are definitely the way to go when vacationing in the Caribbean. This particular one was on the bottom end in my opinion, not very different from its American macro lager competitors. It had a clean taste with no offensive notes, but really nothing tasty either. I had it during some boat rides (both motorized and sail) and it probably benefited from the good feelings that sort of experience provides. That said, I'm giving it a less-than-average rating so who knows how low it'd go in my book if I tried it at home. If in the Carribean, I recommend to forego the beer and have the rum drinks, much better for the atmosphere.

Photo of Durge
2.22/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hadn't had one of these in years so tried a bottle at a restaurant. The color is extremely pale yellow/gold. It grows a puffy white big bubbly head that dissipates quickly and...what is lace mon? So it doesn't look all that appealing but the smell suggests a typical weak American lager, bready and wheaty. The first taste susprised me in that there was a heavy presence that seemed initially inconsistent with the very weak appearance and aroma. There is this somewhat heavy slick biscuit idea going on with an odd corn syrup taste. It hints of the classic cereal but this is not too attractive. It has a very fine carbonation but is generally kind of flat. Although you might say this is somewhat refreshing, the syrupy grain flavor is kind of oppressive to me. Not a rewarding sample and otherwise just too whimpy to recommend. I love reggae music, but next time I need a good brew to accompany a Jimmy Cliff album, I'd rather reach for a Circus Boy or something. Ire...

Photo of Strix
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faint hoppy smell of general beer. This beer has a notable sweetness to it, which isn't bad. Some hoppy, grainy flavors, and some swigs had an occasional metallic twinge to them. Mouthfeel fairly thin. More drinkable for washing down food or on a hot day than just sitting around having one.

I dig the stubby bottle and the advertising campaign. This is fairly average though. Reviewed within American Macro Lager, I suppose it's all right. I won't go out of my way though.

Photo of armock
1.43/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Poured a bright yellow color with a white head that disappears very quickly

S - Malts and corny smell

T - This stuff is not so good not even as good as other macros

M - Theres lots of of carbonation in this one

D - Drinkability is very low with its terrible taste I won't be having another one

Photo of Halcyondays
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby brown bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow colour, with a nice fizzy, white head a first, but quickly dissipates to nothing. Looks like an other boring macro lager beer.

S: Smells lightly of malt, less corny than other AML's, which is nice, kind of a musky smell.

T: Husky cereal grains upfront, with a bit of apple cider character, no real trace of hops though, a fair tasting beer.

M: Kind of fizzy, watery, high in carbonation, but a better beer body than most macros.

D: An OK imported beer from Jamaica, but probably won't buy again unless I'm on the beach in the Caribbean. Liked the funny commercials after PTI breaks that used to show on ESPN though.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.67/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Reviewed while drinking)

Head swirls into a thin film as I pour it into a glass and then quickly dissipates into almost nothing. Aroma is completely covered by the smell of my not so expensive glassware. Color is a slow yellow with visible carbonation around the sides that comes out when drinking. Extremely sweet, malty taste that lingers in the mouth long after a gulp. This may be one of the reasons this is one of my favorite beers: the continuous sweetness present in the entire drinking experience and ease of drinking.

Plus points for adorable little bottle, plus points for hilarious marketing campaign.

Photo of metallistout
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

120z shorty.Hooray beer!

Pours a yellow straw color, with very little head. Hooray beer!

Smells of grains and mild malt. Corn, rye, wheat uh, I don't know something else I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste is grainy with a very little amount of floral hop taste.

Smooth bubbly refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a beach drink for sure. I am a Stout and Ale man, but when it is 100 deg. F outside, you need a pilsner, lager, kolsch etc...Not a bad beer.

Photo of brendan13
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A 484ml can poured into a mug a pale yellow colour with a few centimetres of white head.
S - Grainy & cooked vegie smell.
T - Again grainy but also with a bit of sweetness. A very faint herbal hop touch.
M - Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something I'd rush back to but if I ever found myself in Jamaica I wouldn't knock this back if there was no other options.
The perfect companion to some Jamaician Jerk Chicken no doubt.

Photo of shadow1961
2.14/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red Stripe lager pours a stiff head over a clear yellow brew.
Carbonation is extremely active, the nose is slightly sour and
oily, almost, and also of rice and lager yeast. The flavor is slightly
sweet corn and rice, with a sort of boiled vegetable hop kind of
thing balancing it. A really strange off flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp
and surprisingly full considering all those bubbles- also there's
something cloying that coated the inside of my mouth. Not exactly
the most unpleasant brew I've had, but there's something wrong
about it. Wierd. The bottles are awesome though. Almost perfect,

Photo of Scribbles
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: is good especially when poured correctly, but I recomend straigh from the bottle on this one jus as easily.

Smell: The smell is sweet with floral hops, quite inviting.

Taste: much like the smell, sweet floral/fruity, decent taste, a bit of unroasted malt in there.

Mouthfeel: clean and refershinging, good to quench a thirst, with just enough carbonation and hops to help in finish quite well.

Drinkabiliy: By far one of the most drinkable ones I've come across in a while, cold easily pollish off any number of these.

I would say that it is probably the best I've had among what are classified a American macros.

-edit- Since my original review in 2007 I've tried this beer several more times, and recently it seems that the quality has reduced slightly, its not as appealing to me as it had been when i first tried it; Nov 9, 2010

Photo of monkeybeer
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden dark yellow with a quickly disappear white head. Looks like your typical run of the mill macro brew.

S- Smells a faint sweetness, no real strong smells has a typical macro brew smell

T/M- Nice clean sweet taste has more flavor than your typical Bud or Coors. Mouth feel is nice and clear. Can really tell that beer is mostly water with this.

D- This is a standard macro type beer. Has much better flavor than Bud or Coors. I could drink quite a few and not feel the effects that other heaver beers might produce. It is one of my staple beers. When I want a nice cool light tasting beer with some flavor but not a lot. I will turn to this rather than other macro brews

Photo of biggmike
2.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in the ugly "stubby" bottle. Better than macro-brewed American lagers, but really more hype than substance. Still not bad, their is nothing that is offensive about this so the drinkability is actually pretty high. Flavor and aroma are typical of an American macro lager but a little better. Mouthfeel is good. Not something I would seek out, but okay in a pinch.

Photo of Overlord
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, quite fizzy. I actually loved the mouthfeel and vibe of the beer. Sometimes, in the hot sun, a pleasant texture and bubbly fizz goes a long way.

Taste is fairly bland. Some hops, maybe some sweeter fruit ...a bit of a malt layer. Not a strong tasting beer by any means. Hard to imagine going to Jamaica and not trying one.

Photo of Shadman
2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured an extreely clear, amber yellow with a decent bone white head that really fizzled fast. No lacing, but some really cool carbonation bubbles for about 5 minutes. The reefer addicts probably love it. Aroma was a sharp corn/cane sugar sweetness. Somehting else smells very floral, let's hope it's hops.Yep, it was hops, alothough they fight a losing battle with the sweet, sweet corn/sugar. The aftertaste is almost like taking a 1/2 tsp of cane sugar after. Watery, but that would be average for a tropical lager like this. My sample wasn't cold, cold so that may have affected it's score, but I'm glad I didn't waste my money on a sixer because unless I was in Jamaica, I'm passing on Red Stripe regardless of it's trendy retro stubby bottle

Photo of montageman
2.25/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

My wife and I have gone to Jamaica twice now and this beer is the quintessential tourist beer down there. Upon arrival at Montego Bay airport, there are 2 taps - Red Stripe and Red Stripe Light, the latter is not sold in the states. As the style listing indicates, Red Stripe is basically a macro but with a tad more flavor. The appearance is flat yellow with light carbonation and no head retention. Smell and taste are sweet but in an odd way - there is also a slight hint of hops in the aftertaste. Very little body here, but more than say a Miller or Budweiser, which leads to easy drinking for those who like this kind of thing. Me? I'm not a huge fan. Drink it in Jamaica if nothing else is there, otherwise recommendation to avoid.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a clear straw yellow with thin white head which disappeared quickly.

Smell- It smells like Budweiser. An earthy smell to it.

Taste- Its not horrible. Again it is similar to Budweiser. had hints of hops and was kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel- Very thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability- It isn't horrible. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. If I was throwing a reggae party or something I'd have it around for obvious reasons.

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,794 ratings.