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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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925 Reviews

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Reviews: 925
Hads: 2,929
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 35
Gots: 456 | 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 avwrite
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very crisp and clear. Nice gold color. On a side note, I always love the bottles Red Stripe comes in

S - Pretty decent smell. No strong aromas, but much better than I was expecting out of a lager like this.

T - Taste is something left to be desired. Quite bland and lacks anything that stands out.

M - As with the taste, nothing stood out. Felt like drinking water.

O - Certainly better than other beers in its class, but noting to rave about. (451 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing on the 16oz pub glass as it dissipates.

Smell is nice, I get mostly the malts with maybe a little bit of hops.

Taste is really good especially on a hot day. I get the malts with a nice crispness of a lager.

Mouthfeel is really nice with lots of carbonation. Really cleanses the mouth when you drink it.

Overall, a decent beer. It is not gonna win many races for me but is a nice selection every now and then at a tiki bar at the beach. (537 characters)

Photo of Beric
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving: Stubbie, from the stubbie
Served: 14 June 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, but hey, it's a stubbie, so that's cool.

Smell: Doesn't smell like much- stereotypical beer with clear corn/rice adjuncts lending it a hint of sweet graininess.

Taste: Doesn't taste like much. After the Heineken I had, I could barely tell a difference. This beer is sweet and lacking assertive flavors of almost any kind. No hop presence. Finishes semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation. I would have liked to see higher carbonation on this one.

Overall: If you're in Jamaica where it's hotter than hell and the air's as thick as soup, I image this is one hell of a delicious thirst quencher. Elsewise, this is a bland beer that I have next to no idea why people buy. Would not recommend, not even as a party beer to feign sophistication. (860 characters)

Photo of Dad_Bod_Beer_God
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's a good beer but as far as lagers go, it's not my favorite. This is a good beer to enjoy during the summer. It's very clear, like a lager should be and it has a nice refreshing taste. There is a weird after taste that lingers and isn't the best. Other than that I am overall happy with this beer. (300 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 ounce Euro-brown stubby into a Pilsener style sampler. The label says it's brewed in PA by Latrobe. (The bottle, which has a traditional crown cap closure, will be great for bottling homebrew). A moderate pour produces a billowing one inch head that settles down to a thin sheen with a few strands of lace on the sides. The color is a pale golden with light carbonation.

Some corn in the aroma along with a kiss of citrus hops. Some lemony undertones are very apparent, and maybe just a faint touch of skunk. Crispy and tingly on the tongue and clean on the finish with maybe a really faint leafy bitterness and some lingering light citrus.

It's been awhile since I tried this beer and this is better than I remember. I think the last one I had (when first available in my area many years ago) was skunkier than this one, so maybe that one really was brewed in Jamaica. This particular sample was quite refreshing with no off-putting flavors, and the bottle is a keeper if you bottle your homebrew. Average to slightly above average. (1,052 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ok, it was not my favorite beer that I have had, but it was ok. It was not my favorite beer. I was not too fond of the taste. I do not know why but this beer was just not for me. But I am glad that I tried it. I would recommend it to friends who like this kind of beer though. I am still glad that I tried it though. (330 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden filtered, a few slow rising bubbles, 3 fingers of yellow tinged head.

S: Corn, hay, light cream corn, light sweetness, boiling animal offal.

T: Cream corn, light sweetness, offal, very light bitterness on the end. Very much an AA Lager with little else going on.

M: Light, medium carbonation.

O: The main draw to this beer for me is the fact its a beer from Jamaica. Similar to any American Macro Lager. Its fine, just the same as so many others. (461 characters)

Photo of rob167
1.97/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The last time I had red strip was in jamaica ten years ago. I found it to be overall a pleasant lager. So when I found it at the local grocery store on sale I had to give it another go.
Appearance the bottle is fat and short rather unique looking. The beer is a very light
colored gold. The head was thick about 3 fingers. White in color. A very clear beer.
Smell slightly skunky. Taste stale bread and like sucking on a penny. A very light
bitter finish. The mouthfill light with good carbonation. Overall im sure it will be
another 10 years before I try this beer again. (577 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Jamaican Red Stripe Lager - I didn't realize they were 11.2 oz bottle and it really ticked me off. I hate getting jipped. Anyway, I put that aside and poured me one of these little bottles and hoped for the best. Well, it wasn't entirely bad, but it wasn't spectacularly good, either. This little brew does have a nice dark, golden hue to it that is very appealing. It pours a nice pillowy white head with little staying power, but the lacing sticks around pretty good. The smell was disappointing - almost skunky, but not quite. Mouthfeel was very, very carbonated with a slightly sticky aftertaste. I did, however, enjoy the full-bodied flavor the lager - not watery or plain hoppy or yeasty. Overall, it was okay, but I still feel a bit cheated by the smaller bottles... :) (776 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a earlier this afternoon on 5/4/14. Had this one before but has been a couple of years. Comes in a nice 11.2 ounce bottle with a painted-on label.Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours lighter golden yellow in color with a small fizzy white head. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma is of some grains and yeast but that's about it. The taste is actually better with the grains, yeast and a light corn sweetness and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste. Good carbonation. Overall, not a bad brew. (590 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light golden straw color with about 2 fingers of head and light lacing on the glass.

The smell is a light grainy smell like fresh bread, slightly sweet.

This beer is a great tasting lager. It starts off sweet and grainy, a very earthy taste, followed by a light hoppy bitterness.

This is a medium to high carbonated lager that has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall I think this is a flavorful refreshing beer and probably my number one go-to lager. (471 characters)

Photo of balcomjo7
4.35/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Stripe is a golden straw appearance

4.7 % ABV
Taste: Wheat, grainy, malty
Smell: Wheat
Aroma: Wheat

It is a smooth beer, clear, and light beer.

From Jamaica! But can be bought in stores in the U.S

Very good beer if you like a lighter beer.

Served in a bottle (268 characters)

Photo of SebD
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle I brought back from a recent trip to Jamaica.

Appearance: It has a nice pale straw-yellow color to it. It has a white head that dies down fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, corn and a light grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts, corn, light grass and some skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas. (547 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Stripe...Jamaican for beer! This beer pours light, with mild carbonation, and produces a medium, frothy head. It has a malty taste, with metal aftertaste, and you can feel the carbonation as you drink it (which is on in my opinion). It is decent tasting, filling, but does not cause much bloating. (301 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red Stripe was on the special price today so I thought I would give it another try.

In comparison to most American/Mexican macro beers, this isn't have half bad. It certainly is a step up from PBR and a giant step up from Bud and like. Still not outstanding but wasn't expecting that really.

Clear gold liquid with a white head. Slight bready aroma.

Flavor is better than expected. Best on the first sip, going less well on the aftertaste. It starts off fairly balanced and crisp but then goes too sweet in the end. More hops than is average per style. A good amount of crisp grain notes.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, it ain't half bad. Definitely a good session beer, especially if it is on sale. (701 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Stripe is as good a mass lager as any, if over priced.
Lager is lager is lager.

A: As planned, golden straw body, with better retention and lacing than expected.

S: Grassy, lemony, grain, straight forward.

T: Watery, mild grain flavor with sweet corn base. Some hops add a bit of grass and spice. Nice finish, starts sweet, ends tingly.

M: Light w high level of carbonation.

D: As good as ... but over priced. What is it that people are choosing when they choose Red Stripe, a life style, the branding? (516 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: typical looking AAL

S: Mostly corn and some fruit smells

T: taste is still corn heavy with some fruity flavors. Slight skunking which I don't mind.

M: Light and fizzy. Goes down easy.

O: Better then most AALs but also significantly more expensive. Its a 4 because I'm rating to style. When I think intoxicants from Jamaica beer isn't the first substance to cross my mind, Red strip reaffirms this. (447 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this in Jamaica (where you're generally stuck choosing between this, Heineken, or sometimes Guinness Foreign). It's pours a typical straw color with an unimpressive head. The bottle design is sleek. The smell is of corn and grain, and the taste follows, with a lot of grain and some straw in there. The beer is light, and almost as light as a light beer. The bottom line though is that this is just barely decent and isn't offensive at all. It's a mild beer intended for sunny days and spicy food, both of which Jamaica has plenty of. (540 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I consumed a fair number of these in grad school and return now after a long hiatus, had a good old stubby bottle with a fried chicken dinner. I still dig the bottles a lot. A light gold color, a hair darker than many other AALs, with ample white foam and an aroma full of doughy sweet lager malt, a tangy fruitiness, and grassy mystery hops. An old colleague used to describe this beer as tasting like "lawn clippings" and I must say I don't entirely agree. I was surprised by the rather moderate carbonation (for the style, relatively speaking ... Its still fizzy!) and fairly smooth mouthfeel. Does not sear the tongue with scrubbing bubbles. Rather sweet, with the aforementioned doughy malt, fruity hard candy notes, sweet clover hay (I dunno, fairly fragrant but not quite bright green grass as per my colleague's review), subdued nondescript citrus rind, and a fizzy lingering "bite", put in quotes to emphasize that this brew is tangy but not exactly biting per se. I remember this as less sweet in the past ... The finish is on the crisp and dry side of course but the sugars do linger. Not too bad as a summer guzzler but of course typically fetches import prices. (1,174 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.66/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical lager should - golden, clear color and a couple of fingers of white head with a medium retention.
The aroma is moderate with just some notes of malts and grains filling your nose.
The taste follows the nose. Sweet beginning followed by a nicely balancec body, ending with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.
Drinkable, enjoyable, smooth. Extra great when chilled. (377 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pale straw gold color with a quarter inch head of white head capping the top. Good clarity. Smells like corn,but more of a Tostitos corn chip aroma than your typical adjunct lager. There's also an element of a well water Danish lager aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The flavor is a rush of faint buttering hops and Danish lager yeast and is gone as quickly as it appeared. This was made for hot weather and to be served ice cold. No complaints. It is what it was intended to be. (488 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass

A: Clear, golden with a white half finger head that settled to lots of bubbles. Very foamy on the open; much froth sliding down the bottle's mouth. An army of bubbles drifts up from the bottom of the glass. Sheety lacing.

S: Grainy corn pops through. Cherries and malts follow.

T: Malty, grainy, smooth, semi-sweet. Lager-ish. Sessionable.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Haven't had one of these Jamaican treats in a while. Not bad at all. Very drinkable. (501 characters)

Photo of jjpadd
3.76/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit that I have a sentimental attachment to this beer. I was married in Jamaica and the Red Stripe flowed like water! I find it to not be my favorite beer, but occasionally I get some to enjoy (especially if it's on sale). I just got a case the other day and wanted to review it. I enjoy the appearance, the iconic bottle makes it fun, but it presents well in a glass also. The head is rich, and it has a bright crisp first taste. It tends to linger on the tongue just a second too long, but it just brings back warm memories. Its not a beer I'd want to slam back after mowing the lawn, but I do enjoy it with some spicy foods or a nice fish taco. (659 characters)

Photo of seanlanefuller
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the bottle for some reason. Maybe just because it is different. It is only 11.2 ounces though.

Note the beer is Jamaican Style. On the bottle it says that it is brewed and bottled in Pennsylvania.

The beer smells nice and light with bread and a bit of citrus.

The taste is like a sourdough bread, lemon, and lime.

It has a thickness and bubbly sting as it goes down.

Overall it is an outstanding light lager.

I have been unable to find out what Jamaican Style means. I think it is a bit like the "rich Corinthian leather" term. (547 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.84/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Candia road.
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head and an almost never ending stream of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of light sweet malt, a hint of dms and little else. The flavor is sweet with a hint of cooked corn. Very light spicy hop flavor and bitterness. Medium to light body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Nothing offensive but just a typical macro lager with nothing exciting as well. (508 characters)

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
70 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.