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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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2,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 2174
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.4%

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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 delta490


2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 330ml bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

A- pours a light and clear gold with about one finger of almost creamy white head. The head lingers on but doesn't leave any lacing.

S- some sweet notes of malt or bread. But more or less non-descript

T- Again, some malty sweetness but very little else. No depth and nothing distinct about it.

M- not bad. A nice fuller feeling, not watered down. A nice hint of carbonation

O- not the best but certainly not the worst

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 09:52:24 | More by delta490
Photo of FLima


2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Used to drink it a lot, in some particular bars a long time ago. Let’s see how it goes now.
Pale yellow color with a decent head with medium retention.
Aroma of corn and pale malt, and notes of vanilla. I would not say it is pleasant.
Refreshing and crisp taste, strong corn taste and very light floral hops. Buttery aftertaste.
Light body with a good carbonation.
After so many years, I now erased completely the good old impressions over it. It is really an average or even bad brew, you have to drink it freezing cold and ignoring its aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 00:05:26 | More by FLima
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.76/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear golden straw color. A fizzy white head recedes to a light film. Very minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly sweet with grains and barley coming through. The taste is somewhat sweet with a cereal-like grain taste. The finish is faintly tangy, but carbonated. Mouthfeel is spry and clean. Overall, this is a good clean refreshing adjunct lager and the price is decent. Disappointed to see it being brewed in Lateobe, PA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 16:52:40 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of bbluemzbeer


3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnace - Pours a clear golden-straw colour and some slight lacing a bit of head. .

Smell - The smell is good for this beer's style.

Taste - Tastes is good even pleasant. This beer is crisp, then mellowing out a little. There is a nice balance between the malt and the light grassy and flowery hoppiness. It taste like malt liquor which I like

Overall: I would choose this beer over Miller lite , Bud Light anf even Bud. It was very sommmoth refeshing taste to it You could drank more Red Stripe. It is smooth and crisp compare the name brand Lager Bud and Miller

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 06:29:49 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of LiquidAmber


2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light yellow amber with a trace of head dissipating to a ring around the glass. Typical bland adjunct lager aroma of sweet malt with hints of grain and corn. Taste is mild biscuit malt, hops. A bit dry and harsh in the finish. Light bodied. A little less balanced than other adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:16:39 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of RyanLaCount03


4.26/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The appearance of Red Stripe was of a normal lager. Hard to tell the color due to the brown and unique bottle that it came in.

Smell: I was able to smell the hops within this brew. I thought it was a pleasant smell.

Taste- I really like the taste of this beer. It was smooth and I was able to taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- The texture of the beer is very smooth.

Overall- I thought this was a good beer overall and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 22:23:24 | More by RyanLaCount03
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. (1 pint, 8 fl oz.) bottle, with no bottled on date just a code 11D12 4 and 12:27 time stamp. My first bottle of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager, not expecting too much, but I'm going in unbiased. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear, golden amber colored lager fare. Not much head on my first pour, just some fizzling bubbles rushing to the top. Second pour yielded about a half finger of head also. Doesn't look like much, but it looks clean.

S - Potent malts, some vague toasted seed smell, and some stale dusty apples. Not a whole lot happening, but it smells a lot better than the typical American adjunct lager.

T - Smooth, sweet, malty, well-balanced taste though. Wasn't expecting much, and I'm pleasantly surprised because of that fact. A hell of a lot better than the American adjunct lagers that are actually brewed in America, that's for sure. Very impressively bodied, very nice level of carbonation which is a treat for sure when used to sippin on deathly bloating beers like Miller Lite, Coors Light, or Bud Light.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with maybe just a tad bit of a fruity sweet stickiness lingering about.

Overall, a lager I would try again. Of course I would try any lager again over the typical opposing swill like Coors Light and Miller Lite. Red Stripe Jamaican Lager has a nice smooth crisp taste and just feels a lot more cleaner and more natural than the standard American trill adjunct beers, and has a nice drinkable 4.70% abv. While it is definitely not as good, the closest thing I can compare this beer to would be to Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer which was also very smooth and clean tasting. Definitely a beer I would go to again!

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:56:45 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of JackSkerry

New Brunswick (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Small, unique bottle. Can see why this is considered cool.

Poured very pale yellow, very filtered. Not much head, but a bit white. Lacing non-existent.

Relatively new to this, so I can't identify the smell. Sort of smells like junk, perhaps some rice krispie action. Quite sweet smell: corny, ricey?

Taste followed up the smell. Quite sweet. No hops. Ricey and corny notes. Where is the barley?

Very little finish. Still sweet.
I can understand why copious amounts of this get drank on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:04:25 | More by JackSkerry
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up from Tesco a little while back. The label mentions that this is brewed in the UK under licence (boooo).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A crystal-clear straw colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of very faint malt with hints of corn and stewed veggies. There is a strange fruit-like solvent note that is reminiscent of apples; harsh and unpleasant. Not a nice smelling lager.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild, dry finish. Weak notes of adjunct and overcooked veg, along with an artificial solventy hint in the background. Slightly sweet. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with decent carbonation but a thin, watery body. Aftertaste of slightly harsh stewed leaves and watery malt.

Extremely bland and quite unpleasant. Perhaps the weak flavour is it's saving grace - I would certainly mark it lower if the off-notes were anything more than a suggestion. You could be forgiven for not realising this is beer; the malt is barely there and hops seem to be completely absent. Some nasty solvent undertones in the aroma/flavour. A dull, sub-par macro. Take my advice and avoid this - your money can be spent on better things.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 22:30:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Maxwell


3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very clear yellow, like dehydrated piss and a big old white head on top that stays awhile and is fed constantly by a torrent of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of slightly skunked grains, cereal and bread notes, with a little grassy and hay-like scent from the hops. The smell is clean except for the slight skunked notes. On the tongue the beer tastes sweetly biscuity with nice grass and hay notes. It shares some flavor characteristics with European pilsners. The beer begins with light hay notes and a little bit of funk, and then opens into sweet biscuit and hay notes and a slight skunk taste that sits below everything. The aftertaste is of light skunked malts and grassy hops. The mouth is left clean except for a slight lingering of the skunky/grassy taste in the mouth. The beer is thin and clean on the tongue, making the beer extra drinkable. Overall, this isn’t a terrible beer. It’s a little skunked, and definitely weak in flavor, but it’s not horribly flavored. A Jamaican pounding beer, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:51:02 | More by Maxwell
Photo of dansmcd


2.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - pours a yellowy amber, bubbly, frothy white head for 5 seconds then nothing.

S - umm. Adjunct lager. Corn and light grain.

T - water is the dominant flavour. Some corn sweetness.

M - high carbonation, light body. Can be just the thing if outdoors, hot and sweaty.

O - basically paid for this so i could tick off another country, it wont happen again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 08:04:48 | More by dansmcd
Photo of Winston_Smith


2.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I finally got around to reviewing this beer. It's probably my second in my life. No freshness date visible.

Appearance: Straw-colored transparent lager with a finger of white head and zero retention or lacing.

Smell: Hints of malt. No detectable hop presence. Very bland smell.

Taste: Adjuncts? Very mild flavor. Subdued barley, no bitterness. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and easy to drink. Not unlike water.

Overall: Tastes like AAL... because it is. Judged within this lackluster style, it isn't a good example. Made in Pennsylvania? Doesn't seem too Jamaican to me. I'll drink it for free, but will never spend money on it or look for it anywhere. Boo, boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:04:34 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of ChadQuest


1.8/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ok so it is a clear nice body with a light gold color, but it looks glassy, and doesn't leave any lacing or anything.
The aroma is green vegetables, lots of corn, light grains.
light watery corn, dusty grain, lots of cheap adjuncts, little hop or malt flavors, low carbonation, thin mouthswish.

Poured half out, not worth the calories.

C/3 = Average

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:43:01 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of patpbr


2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing like reviewing a beer from Jamaica in December in Ohio. The appearance is light. It smells like most American lagers. Taste is grain, and some sweetness, not a lot of bitterness. Mouth-feel is very light. easy to drink. A better choice then many in this class.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:40:07 | More by patpbr
Photo of Grahamenstein

2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fun beer. In terms of what you will find in the supermarket, this is a beer that will be on the higher side of the curve. The flavor isn't all that interesting; a lingering maltiness that isn't hard to find among the common import stand by's, but the real strength of this beer is the carbonation. If you are looking for a refreshing bubbly beer suitable for BBQ's and other hot outdoor activities this will do the trick. Don't overspend on this one though, at 15 bones or more a 12 pack you might be better off finding a lesser substitute.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:35:32 | More by Grahamenstein
Photo of edstreiff


1.4/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As of 2012 this beer is no longer brewed in Jamaica for the US market. Its brewed right here in my home state of PA in Latrobe at the former Rolling Rock Brewery by City Brewing.

As a result it no longer tastes like it used to and like so many other brands that are now brewed here like Bass its tastes like crap. While the formula maybe the same the water they use is certainly different and that has a great impact on the taste.

Taste: This tasted like a watered down light lager, their was a hint of malt flavor In the hops department I could detect none.

Mouthfeel: Felt like a typical light lager it was flowing fast with a medium low amount of carbonation.

Smell: It smelled skunky to me

Overal: Used to be good now its not

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:29:36 | More by edstreiff
Photo of Fatehunter


2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the stubby bottle. Thin head, quickly nothing. Clear light straw colored body. A few bubbles coming up.
A faint rice/grain smell.
Taste and feeling is fizzy, crisp, a little sweet and mild bitterness.
Well, it comes up wanting, but it's from the island mon!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:19:36 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of beergoot


3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was contract brewed by Red Stripe in Latrobe, PA.

Nice golden body with a rich, chunky white head. Typical light, adjunct smell: bright; slight corn/rice undertone topped with a very light malt scent. Lightly fruited taste blending with a soft, faint corn flavor; light biscuit; mild hop bitterness. Soft, fizzy body ending with a crisp, dry finish.

Better than some adjunct lagers, but hardly a standout for the best of the brewing arts. Drinkable yet unexciting overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:10:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of yamar68


3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold fizzy body topped with a highly carbonated towering paper white head that laces a bit.

Fresh corn, generic malt character, sweet grains, a very approachable beer.

All the expected AAL notes with the addition of some toffee or caramel sweetness. Finishes relatively dry, good stuff actually for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:45:55 | More by yamar68
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3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle to Pint Glass

Appearance (3.5): VERY clear, with a light yellow tint... is this water with a little beer? The bubbles are pretty.

Smell (3.0): The main smell that I'm getting is the skunk like smell you get when the beer has been exposed to light, kind of like a Heineken. Where this smell might be desired by some brands, I'm not sure if this is a smell desired by Red Stripe or not.

Taste (3.0): The malt like flavor is definitely diminished, and the hops are indistinguishable. With such a light flavor, this beer is very 'drinkable' but is it worth it at 4.7% ABV?

Mouthfeel (3.0): Appropriately smooth.

Overall (3.5): It taste good, however, lately I've been leaning away from lighter lagers. For me, with a drink that is as light and drinkable as this, it really comes down to the price to alcohol percentage to flavor ratio. I just don't get much bang for buck from Red Stripe- nothing against it but I'd much rather go with Hudy Delight.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 13:10:38 | More by jibjib513
Photo of Alextricity


2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: I can't say much for it as I had it straight out of the bottle, but there's no head and very little lacing.

Smell: Sure smells like an adjunct...

Taste/feel: Tastes like corn water, to be honest. Has a faux malt presence, and I'm not too fond of it. Sort of skunky as well. Almost makes me nauseated, to be honest. But at the same time, I can see this being a decent choice with some food. The feel is what you'd expect from an adjunct -- thin, watery, and carbonated.

Not a good adjunct, but what IS a good one? While it's drinkable, I'd much sooner choose something like a Labatt over this. Definitely a one and done... I doubt I'll drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:21:13 | More by Alextricity
Photo of gsboss

3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times throughout my life. Tried it first in college, then again a year later, then at Disney. There's nothing that special about this beer but if I'm ever forced to choose between this and a Budweiser or a Coors, there is no doubt in my mind I'm going to choose this. It has a carbonation that I am not fond of, but the overall taste of the beer does stand out from other common beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 00:14:01 | More by gsboss
Photo of DaveBlack


3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a pale yellow, with not much of the white head. The head seems to have infinite retention, though, due to an impressive stream of bubbles feeding it from the bottom.

S: The smells is cereal grains and the slight sulfur/skunk smell unique to adjunct lagers

T: The beer is thoroughly unoffensive. The taste is light and grainy, with grassy notes and even a tiny touch of hops.

M: Medium bodied, and actually the fact that there's a large amount of small bubbled carbonation makes it feel creamy.

O: Not a bad beer for what it is. It's drinkable, doesn't have the heavy sulfur taste of a lot of adjunct lagers. Great for the beach or with spicy foods, but not a beer that I would generally sit around drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 19:11:17 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of sommersb


3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 08-31-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: Single from Kroger

A: Pale, clear and golden in color. The white head starts at a finger and a half but fades fast. Little in the way of head retention, and a very low amount of lace. Lots of bubbles stream in the glass.

S: Aromas feature grass and hay, plus pilsner malt sweetness.

T/M: Crisp and moderately sweet. Grassy hops give a low amount of bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel on a thin body. Carbonation in the high range. Finishes with a light sweetness and light bitterness, but the flavors fall off.

O: A simple but refreshing lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:07:49 | More by sommersb
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a light yellow with no head and absolutely no lacing. Blandest looking beer EVER. It smells like very sweet adjunct grains, And a very faint skunkiness. The grains smell like frosted flakes more than anything. The taste follows the smell. Tons of sweet grains, Along with some cooked vegetables/ More corn adjunct than anything within the veggie section. The mouthfeel is of sweet grains, sugar, and corn adjunct. Overall, It's a sweeter version of an adjunct lager. More sugar like than the rest. If that appeals to you. then go for it. If not, Then you'll hate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 05:47:04 | More by SometimesIfart
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
69 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.