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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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2,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 217 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 vancurly
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, white fluffy foam.
First aroma is of cruciferous vegetables, then a strong wave of caramel.
Caramel persists in the mouth. Dominant. A touch of something tangy may be in there, like a hint of lemon...but only a touch.
The bitterness is mild, but the overall effect is cloying.
I tasted this alongside San Miguel Pale Pilsen. The San Mig is for mine the better tropical beer, leaving a crisper finish. The Red Stripe leaves me needing another cleansing ale.

vancurly, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow an old school stubby bottle, i'd say thats the thing i like most about red strip is the bottle. Other than that I wouldn't go buy this beer for myself, but it's not a bad beer at all so i'd drink it if given to me. On the first sip, you notice a funky taste, I've never tasted before in a beer, sort of vegetable taste to it. Funky taste.

BuffaloBilly, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is interesting in that it's not a sweetish "island" lager like Corona or Sol, nor an interperetation of an American lager or European pilsner. Instead, it has kind of a European influence, but it doesn't really go any further than that. It's kind of a beer unto itself. Not that it's great...

It pours a clear golden body beneath a fluffy birghht-white head that holds well but leaves limited (but nice) lace.

The nose is pretty basic (mostly just generic beer) with a touch of hay-like malt, some milld yeasty fruit, and a bit of lager yeast sulphur.

The body is light/medium and it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly above median carbonation level.

The flavor reveals a distinct note of sulphur, a limited amount of grainy malt character, some subtle fruitiness, and a smear of non-descript hops in the background. It's well-balanced with bitterness but there's a harsh edge to it nonetheless. It finishes with a quickly passing note of grain and a short-lingering raspy bitterness.

NeroFiddled, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a pale thin yellow body that was crystal clear with a mass of big bubbles racing through it. The thin bubbly head faded very quickly.

S- The smell of pale malt had a note of slightly sweet cooked corn with a hint of rice. The finish was a very faint noble hop hint with no depth at all.

T- The light pale malt flavor of very light with a cooked corn note and a slight nougat hint in there. The faint noble hop bitterness had no real hop flavor or depth. There was a raw grain flavor that came through as it warmed and a carbonic bite in the finish.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a slightly dry fizz finish.

D- This beer is watery and drab. The malt and grain flavors were not that pleasant and the hops really had no depth.

rhoadsrage, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
3.83/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Looks like carbonated piss. Very yellow with a half inch sparkling white head that disapears, not too quick leaving no lacing.

S: Smelled heavily of grains and thats about it

T: The taste was grainy but not too strong, had a bit of a champagne taste towards the finish. Very, very small amount of hop bitterness. This IS a "macro", but it definfatly dosn't taste like a macro... in fact I think it taste pretty good for what it is. It's completly devoid of any rice, adjuct, aluminum, or any other unpleasent flavors you might find in a Budweiser and the like.

M: Very light, crisp and clean and smooth, with a dry finish. Perfect for a hot day.

D: This may be a beer very, very light in flavor, but it is very thrist quenching and most importantly it dosn't taste like shit. I think thoughs new to the beer world, and BA veterans can both enjoy this.

MLegendre, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these last night over at a friends house. The pour was typical lager yellow, with a decent sized off white head. Lacing was minimal, and retention was average. Smell was of sweet adjuncts. Corn and some cooked rice. Taste was sweet at first, this sweetness lasts for a good amount of time, until the hops and light undertones of citrus sweep in. Finishes with a grainy flavor. Mouthfeel is light, and tingly. Drinkability is excellent.

This beer is perfect for barbeques, and washes down just about anything. A solid lager. Recommended.

HoustonTX, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of scottoale
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a fat 24oz. stubby pours a light yellow-gold with almost no white bubble head that lasted for about ten seconds. Red beer...I don't think so!

The smell (if you can call it that) is of sweet bready malt, and that's about it.

Sweet bready malt flavor that's rather watery and bland. Guess I'll have too blame my tastebuds on this one. It doesn't taste bad, however.

The mouthfeel is watery with a fizz. Light body with not much visible carbonation and low in alcohol. This would make a decent hot weather drink if you don't mind American Macros. I'd opt to quench my hot weather thirst with a SN Pale Ale, personally.

scottoale, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of dedrinker
3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Context, context - CONTEXT Gentlemen!! After the third day of a mid-summer heat wave, with a temperature of 101, I took a 24 oz. bottle of Red Stripe out of the fridge (it had been there for 24 hours) and put it in the freezer for 30-40 minutes. My house doesn't have central air conditioning...did I say it was 101 degrees? I put a Billie Holiday CD into the boom box, took off my shirt and shoes, and collapsed on the porch with an ice cold Red Stripe. As I lay gently wilting to the plaintive swelter of Billie Holiday's voice, I crudely guzzled this ice cold beer of dubious fame. It worked. It was absolutely NOT the time for a Westvleteren 12, or a Imperial Stout. It was even too hot for Hefeweizen!! Haters and cynics take note: if you try cheap macro-style lager side by side with carbonated water - you WILL be able to tell the difference! And yes, sometimes the water is better! Not this time though. I fell asleep on the floor, and when I awoke - the heat wave had broke. Gotta keep it really cold though - gets worse as it warms up.

dedrinker, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly faded and eventually completely disappeared.
The smell was thin - Some vague adjuncts were slightly detectable after starting to drink it. Nothing offensive in the smell, but nothing stood out either.
The taste was fairly thin - a touch of malty sweetness. The hops were very mild - almost non-detectable. Like the smell, nothing offensive, but nothing really stood out either.
Overall, it was fairly refreshing and clean. Somewhat smooth. A bit watery, but not overly so. Good enough for a drink in the heat, and not bad for what it is, but nothing to choose for taste. A mediocre brew.

jwc215, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a modest white head that drops quickly and leaves only a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet vegetal aromas of rice and corn

Taste: Surprisingly sweet from the first sip with a rough grainy finish that is inoffensive while cold

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: OK on a 100 degree day; a waste of time otherwise

brentk56, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, straw yellow. It's crystal clear. Head dissipates very fast.
There's not much aroma. A little bit of sweetness followed by some faint skunkiness.
It actually tastes okay. Sweeter than most mass produced commercial lagers. The skunkiness isn't as evident as I thought it would be. Not bad.
This is highly carbonated and actually quite smooth.
Easy to drink, crisp, and refreshing. A nice thirst quencher.

These are great at cookouts and any other outdoor event. I'll take a Red Stripe over the usual macro lagers any day, but definitely nothing I'll buy on a regular basis.

wolffman17, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

You look ugly!
Here, have a Red Stripe!
Now you look sexy!
Hooray beer!

Great commercials by the way. Red Stripe is my choice of throwing back for a good time. It puts you in a good mood, isn't offensive in any shape or form, and for a Marco no adjunct corn taste at all. The appearance is very carbonated fizzy yellow, but the smell is quite sweet and floral. The taste is light, but like I said above, isn't offensive at all and is something to have a good time with. Ya know, won't put you outta commission, but not your typical mass produced lager. The mouthfeel suggests belching will follow. Drinkability is its high point, easy enough to drink like water and won’t make you cringe. Throw back about four of these and it is some kind of nice. Floral and sweet, that’s where I'll leave it.

MusicmanSD, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour is straw yellow to gold with a white head that fades to a thin island. The nose has unpleasant corn and lemon aromas, so I drinking the others out of the cool looking bottle. The taste a bit better, with grassy hops, grains, sweet malts, citrus, with a club soda finish. The mouthfeel is less watery than a lot of macro lagers which is nice, but it has a rough finish. Awesome commercials, great bottle, boring beer.

goschool, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of eb003
3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I never tried this one sooner. I'd always see it, but never pay it much attention. I have to say that it doesn't come across as anything special. It is a macro and to most people it would fall into the "typical macro lager" category. However, I really enjoyed this brew.

The appearance is very clear; it doesn't show too heavy of a body. The smell is somewhat average...rather citrusy, I think. The taste is very good to me, though. It has a very sharp, but clean and refreshing taste. It's not strong. I think the mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Very nice. I rate this high on drinkability...because by my standards, I could drink it all night.

This is definitely a brew that originated somewhere warm/hot, like Jamaica because it would be very refreshing after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

eb003, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of ArcTeryx
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale urine-yellow color that is very similar to most other macros, just a little paler. There is a small, white fizzy head that is a bit clumpy looking. This beer has a corn-like aroma, with a hint of citrus.

There is a small lemon flavor to this beer, finished with a very slight hoppy aftertaste. Refreshing taste, especially for a macro. There is a very light mouthfeel throughout.

This isn't half-bad for a macro beer. It's not a very good beer overall, but it is definitely pretty drinkable. Pop one open while mowing your lawn.

ArcTeryx, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of boblog
2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite of the typical American Macro Lager. Still not a beer worth writing home about. The appearance is pretty unimpressive although the large head was "okay". No lacing. Smell is pretty weak like all Macros, just a tiny hint of hops. Taste is crisp and refreshing with a bit of a watery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty bad, watery with medium carbonation. The beer still is pretty drinkable because it’s so easy to drink and it’s pretty decent for a Macro.

boblog, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of scaliasux
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-light yellow. Clear and bubbly. Very thick foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Maybe a little stronger than most macro lagers. Pale malt and corn. Might be a little lemon. True to style.

Taste - Watery. Light pale malt sweetness. Slightly funky corn. Just a hint of lemony hops. Stronger flavor than most macro lagers. Mildly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Thin and crisp.

Drinkability - A little bit of a different take on the macro lager. Not different enough or good enough to justify a price premium. The bottle's kind of cool though, and it is from Jamaica.

scaliasux, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of InDreams
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Advertising works, what can I say? My friend and I were sitting in our TV room and the Red Stripe commercial came on, so today we decided to try it out. Obviously was not expecting much, but..."Hooray beer!"

Poured out of the short, stubby, ugly little bottle into a Pokal:

A: Pale, straw colored, overly yellowish beer. Piss is the right way to describe the appearance. Not much of any head at all except for some excess carbonation that disappeared pretty quick and left no lacing. Pure white, left a miniscule crown around the top. Nothing really visible within the beer, except maybe a few bubbles of carbonation here and there.

S: I have trouble smelling anything actually. What I do get is adjuncts, some rice maybe, sweeter smelling than you'd expect in the maltiness. Little skunkiness to it as well.

T: Generally, it's like every other macro I've ever had. Perhaps a bit like a light beer, and carrying some of the sweetness I smelled earlier. Other than that, not much taste, and what's there is rice, malts, adjuncts, yeast presence, to be sure, and some hops on the back end. Not unpleasant but certainly not something to go out of your way for.

M: Like water. Minimal carbonation or bite from the hops. I can barely feel it on my tongue.

D: Sure it's drinkable, it's a macrolager. I wouldn't pay too much for it though. In fact the one I'm drinking was free...but yeah, you know the deal if you've ever had a macro before. Nothing distinguishing here so it's as drinkable as the next.

InDreams, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Daredevil
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is an interesting brew in many aspects ... first the bottle looks like containing some meds from the local pharmacy ... however, the logo is lively and suggests something different ...
the smell is unusual and does not suggest adherence to the "Reinheitsgebot" ... neither does the taste which is somewhere between a pale lager and a fruity export, not too sweet but still rather sticky ... surprisingly the stickyness is rather in the taste than in the mouthfeel ... so on overall I would consider this a valid brew (even though not on a daily basis) ...

Daredevil, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a party there was a six packin my fridge and being in the mood I popped one after not having one in a few months. In a pils glass and served pretty cold. Smells like a clean lager with some malt hintings but no hop note. Crystal clear yellow fizz with a slight head that fades quickly. Taste is better than most adjunct lagers but it lacks any toasty flavors in better lagers but this will serve the purpose of making you pee.

Higravity, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of bunbury
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this beer is specially made for a hot country like Jamaica, is refreshing, but not that impresive as a i thought it would be, it gave me a sensation of wanting more out of it while still tasting.

aroma is not that impresive, smells 100% Lager type
just a bit sweet.
average taste: malt, hops, etc

bunbury, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I try to keep my reviews simple. This beer has a nice smell nice everything, nothing specific i want to point out in this review except the complexity of the beer. All of my taste buds were involved. I tasted sweetness then hop bitterness. I love a beer that gives me a lot of flavors to work with. No flavor was really strong and left me wanting just a tiny bit more is the only bad thing i can say about it.

jasonjlewis, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, pale yellow with a *lot* of carbonation and a huge, pillowy head. Nose was pretty clean; some rich, sweet malt but that's about it except for maybe a bit of toastiness. Nice flavor; decent amount of malt and some caramel taste, but lacked significant depth or character. Almost had some subdued Bass-like tones. Above average for style. Mouthfeel and drinkability were okay.

An interesting beer. If your benchmark is a typical American macro lager, this compares well. If it's some of the world-class lagers, not so much. Still, it's not without its charm. Oh, and I love those stubby, painted-label bottles.

shererjt, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from that distinctive bullet-shaped shorty bottle into pint glass
pale yellow with fizzy head that fizzled completely within 10 seconds.
light corny smell that could be malt.
initial taste is similar to the smell with with a bit of grain and faint lemon, some metallic hop finish, bitterness that gives way to some fruity sweetness.
mouthfeel is thin and marked mainly by astringent fizz, a texture that does little for my palate.
and yet for a macro-brewed lager, it isn't as bad as some domestic choices in the same category. the poor mouthfeel limits my consumption of these though...

villainchiwwin, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of AncientFlounder
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Stripe has your average beer smell once you pop off the cap, though it still is fairly pleasant. Once poured, there's a nice head which, as mentioned before, dissipated rather quickly. The beer is a pale, golden color. The taste isn't anything that'll make you say "Wow", but it's smooth, not too bitter and not very dry at all, with a nice finish that doesn't linger on for too long and ruin the experience. It's definitely a step up from most American lagers, which tend to be a bit too bitter sometimes, flat in flavor and are a little too carbonated. Red Stripe seems to do what it does well. Overall, it's a drinkable beer meant not to be anything spectacular, but it makes for a good drinking experience. Plus, who cannot love the bottle?

AncientFlounder, Jun 04, 2006
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,674 ratings.