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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
69
poor

2,812 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 2,812
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 336 | FT: 0
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Jamaica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

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Ratings: 2,812 | Reviews: 929
Photo of Pantalones
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these with dinner tonight. Poured out of the short little brown bottles and into a standard pint glass. Color is very pale, yellowy and pretty much perfectly transparent. A decent number of little bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Pouring a little quickly produces a big foamy head that shrinks away into a little coating on top after a little while; seems to shrink quicker on a slower pour. Actually leaves a good bit of a lacy trail behind on the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Got a good whiff of "standard beer smell" upon opening and pouring the first bottle, not as much with the second. Once in the glass the smell is pretty faint. What is there isn't anything special; it's a smell that might be a little funky if it was stronger, but as is it's barely noticeable.

Taste, like color and smell, is pretty light. What is there isn't bad at all--a light grain/bread sort of flavor is what I'm picking up the most, and bready lagers are fine by me--it could just use a bit more "oomph." Interestingly, this beer seemed to go VERY nicely with food; I drank about half of my first one (and some of my second one) while eating some pasta with a garlic butter sauce and a little bit of paprika, and the beer seemed to become more flavorful when accompanied by food than it was on its own--as soon as I'd had a bite of food, I started picking up a bit of an almost fruity sort of flavor when I had another drink. A bite of food makes your beer taste better and a drink of beer makes your food taste better... always a good thing.

Feel is... well, it's pretty fizzy and light. Very easy to drink quite a bit of it quickly. Maybe a little *too* fizzy at times, it's not quite soda-like but it's not that far off either.

Overall, I'm surprisingly impressed by this one. It's light, but what is there is far from bad; certainly a few steps up from a glass of plain, flavorless, alcohol-free water. This is definitely a "mealtime beer" rather than a "have one beer at the end of the day" beer. If you feel like having two or three lighter beers with some good food rather than one strong, flavorful beer as a meal unto itself, Red Stripe fills that role nicely... and I can definitely imagine this being a good beer to have around when the weather's a bit warmer and you're chowing down on some sweet and spicy Caribbean-style food. I may have to revisit this one when it warms up a bit, and I'll definitely have to remember to make sure to have a few "at the source" if I ever end up visiting Jamaica at some point.

Photo of BB1980
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Nolo
2.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Catracho5
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Stephadv
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of desint
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mugsup
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not much to this. Enjoyed it just the same. Probably because I've been drinking IPAs out the wazoo lately and felt like something LIGHT. LOL

Photo of TylerKitchens
2.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of papat444
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Orsi550
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teromous
3.31/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium shade of straw color in the body which rests under a thick white fluffy head. Great clarity and ample visible carbonation. The head fades after a few minutes leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Classic lager aroma, a bit tangy smelling with small notes of spice and lemon. Overall it is an average smelling adjunct lager.

Taste: A tad bit grassy with a hint of Cheerio cereal flavor in the aftertaste. A light bite of bitterness. Just a hint of alcohol flavor after drinking it for a while.

Mouthfeel: Good crisp mouthfeel with just enough bitterness at the end.

Overall: It feels like a run-of-the-mill adjunct lager without any exceptional flavors.

Photo of Deggar
2.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.54/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YumaLaowai
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Its definitely a taste I had to get used to. It's different, I get this because its Carribean and still has Carribean hit. Its just not my go to with options

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

Photo of bmaxtothemax
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TequilaVoodoo
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Grogsky
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice lager to have with supper, or on the patio in the summer. Classic bottle is always a conversation starter.

Photo of FreshButterbeer
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of micromaniac129
2.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JOldewurtel
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KeithE
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.