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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

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2,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 2172
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%

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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 donmonkey1


2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. At least the carbonation is good though.

Smell: Sweet malt, cereal grains, sweet corn.

Taste: Sugary/artificial sweetner, a little yeasty/doughey, corn with sugar.

I suppose the sweetness could impress someone, and it is easy to drink, and it's not really offensive. It might even be refreshing on a hot day or with strong flavored meals, but this beer is a low quality crappy ass brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 00:37:10 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of mooseo


2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Light pale golden with a large soapy white head.

S - Mild aroma of sweet grainy malts, corn.

T - Grainy, sweet corn flavor throughout. Light grassy hops evident towards the finish. Ends with lingering graininess, slightly musty.

M - Thin and watery. Average carbonation, smooth.

O - Red Stripe is a decent cheap mainstream lager. The flavor is clearly lacking, but there is nothing extremely offensive about it. Good drinkabilty. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:53:25 | More by mooseo
Photo of Rifugium


1.05/5  rDev -65%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear yellow pour with a large white head that eventually fizzles away to a thin layer, leaving a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Pretty typical adjunct aroma, grains, corn, something resembling light hops. Taste is bland with stale malts, corn, corn sugar, light hops with a lingering bitter skunkiness. Light body, and not very pleasing to any of the senses. There's really no need for beer like this ever.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:12:16 | More by Rifugium
Photo of cervezango


2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer isnt good. it tastes a little hoppy, but really stale and kinda watery, i know people didnt review it that good but i dont even think its positive. pours out really light straw colored looks champaney, super carbonated.

i guess its cool thats jamacan , they should stick to regge and growing weed, cuz thats what there better at, that sounds kindoff rascist, america makes its own far share of bad beer, worse than this perhaps, but this is the only jamacan beer ive ever had, and likely the last, so nice try jamiaca , but this is bad.

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 22:39:04 | More by cervezango
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as the adjuncts go, this is my favorite, or close to it. very refreshing when its ice cold. smells like an island style lager, a little fruity and sweet, very light on the malts, and not real hop presence to note. flavor is similarly light and breezy, a tad sweet and artificial tasting, but clean and crisp in the finish. feel is nice for this kind of beer, easy drinking but not watery at all. bright carbonation adds to the refreshment, and overall its not a bad 6pack to put down on a hot summer day. its not a craft product, but it doesnt taste bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 19:15:22 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale golden yellow with a one finger head, poor retention, and little lace to speak of.

Smell - Smells of sweet, grainy malts and a faint bit of spice.

Taste - Follows the nose with precision. Sweet malts. A touch of spicy hop. A touch sour.

Mouthfeel - Exceptional mouthfeel for a lager. Medium body. Carbonation lends to a nice, crisp bite. Finishes somewhat dry, but quite drinkable.

Overall - One of the better American style lagers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:28:23 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of fank2788


2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass
Clear pale gold with a finger thick tight bubbled and bright white head that quickly settles. Definitive adjunct smell with little in the way of hops or malt. The taste too is pretty typical of an adjunct lager. There isnt much there but it is pretty crisp and relatively clean with only a bit of a skunky, vegetable like flavor. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the finish and the carbonation is medium to high. Along with the bitterness at the end there is a touch of sweetness. Overall it's a bit better than average for the style in that it is a bit more well rounded than the typical adjunct lager and it seems to offer a bit more to the senses.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:42:45 | More by fank2788
Photo of DrewSnyc667


2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11 oz stubby bottle into a Pilsener glass

A - Looks like average yellow beer, soapy head, almost no activity

S - A bit chemically and earthy

T - Watery sweet malts, little bit of even sweeter hops, nothing bitter

M - Smooth, light and refreshing, very little carbonation

O - Nothing I'd reach for, pretty bland

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 20:41:50 | More by DrewSnyc667
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent light straw with a modest amount of small bubbles rising to the two-finger, white head.

S - Light grain notes. Fairly clean compared to the macros which scream adjuncts.

T - Ahh, the nose tricked me. Although showing mostly light grains up front as expected, cereal adjuncts begin to poke through the moderately hopped body. A nice bit of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a fairly clean finish with just a hint of cereal grain.

M - Light with plenty of carbonation. Compliments the flavor well enough, but comes off a tad seltzer watery.

Bought this to take to a party to keep guests from spilling my nice Extra Stout all over the dance floor (which happened last time), but also avoid bring something that screams cheap. On sale for $6.50 a six and from exotic Jamaica, this fit the bill wonderfully. One could certainly do worse than Red Stipe, but plenty of other cheaper beers can be had for less - PBR and Labatt Blue spring to mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 07:56:38 | More by Bockrules
Photo of jimmah120


2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz stubby bottle with no date

Appearance is light gold with few rising bubbles and a small head with decent lacing. Smell is lacking something, it's just skunky sweet corn and rice. Taste is the same: crisp sweet corn and rice, with a grain aftertaste. There is a hint of spice or pepper, along with some tropical fruit. No hops detectable whatsoever. Medium-low body and carbonation.

Maybe a small step up from bmc, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:41:10 | More by jimmah120
Photo of kylehay2004


2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head on a clear straw colored body. Aroma is very mild malt and a little musty. Flavor is mild as well with again mostly light malt and little else. Highly carbonated, light body and refreshing. This is a plain beer overall and not special but not offensive either.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:05:21 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin patch covering most of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is mostly grainy malts with some lighter hints of bready malts.

T: Slightly sweet but not as sweet as you usually find in this style. Overall the flavors are pretty mellow with some graininess, some bready malts, and a little bit of yeast spiciness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very easy to drink beer that one could definitely consume many of during a single session. Seems like it would be best in hot weather, at the beach, with spicy food, or all of the above.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 21:35:04 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Daktyls


2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden color with a two fingered foamy head that quickly recedes to a rocky foam on top of the brew. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom.

S: A little skunky to begin followed by light notes of grains and a little breadiness.

T: Ah, I'm not really sure how to describe the taste here. Any flavors are very mild and subdued. A little bit of graininess, some malts and a little bit of yeastiness.

M: Medium amount of carbonation for an incredibly light bodied beer. In fact, almost not body to speak of.

O: This beer is average at best. There's very little noticeable flavors and is mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:18:44 | More by Daktyls
Photo of bluHatter


2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold in color with 3 fingers of foamy white head, which laces nicely.

S: Skunky grains and grassy malts

T: Sweet corn, grains, all outlined in a mildly sweet skunk.

M: Nice tingle and good carbonation for an adjunct. Light bodied as you'd expect.

O: A nice change of pace from typical American adjunct lagers. An easy drinker with some real unique character.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:42:02 | More by bluHatter
Photo of Labeerfinder

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light straw yellow. The tall white head is somewhere between frothy and creamy. The head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor has a spicy alcoholic quality with a clean finish. Balanced but not very deep. The light body is creamy and lively with a lightly astringent finish. Better than countless other american standards.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 17:44:26 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of Cylinsier


2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a light yellow gold, white head dissipates rapidly.

Smells of adjuncts and barley malts.

Tastes like corn sugar and barley malts, maybe a whisper of hop.

Feels is thin with sudsy carbonation.

So-so, good enough for the style I guess, sessionable and thirst quenching, but nothing special. Only marginally better than the big three.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 20:48:01 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of jktedder12

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. Thin yellow color with a quarter inch head, which dissipated very quickly with a touch of lacing. Smells much like a typical american corporate beer. Tastes somewhat better than the smell. Again, typical corporate, but a hint of pale coming through with a bit more body than expected; hops detectable. Overall decent lager. Would be refreshing on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:48:43 | More by jktedder12


2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Innusual shape 330ml bottle. Flute glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale golden color.Clear.White head, fairly good retention.Sligthly metallic & hints of wet cloth to the nose.Grainy malt & hop flavor.Light body body,high carbonation.A typical bland macro Pale Lager.Not the worst I´ve ever had anyway.Cheap price in Spain: 1.80€.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:05:28 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of thecheapies


2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Emptied the contents of a 33cl bottle into a clean pint glass.

Rich two inches of head of a beaten egg whites consistency slowly fell and left a single ring of drapery. Pale golden color to the beer with all sorts of carb in the form of jetting streams.

Wet white bread smell with a grassy hop blending in to mustiness. A little corn-y with some detectable veggie sweetness, but nothing off-putting. Nothing exceptional, either.

Oooh, there's some teethy metal to the first bite. The hops provide bitterness and not much more. Some grassy flavors in the midst with a hint of lime. More white bread graininess. Some Band-Aid/medicinal phenolics show up now and again.

A strange bitterness that's mouth-drying. Fizzy and unkempt. Thin and a bit watery.

No reason to go import when choosing an American Adjunct Lager, if you ask me. This one's no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:36:41 | More by thecheapies
Photo of JohnBeerRun


2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on vacation in the Bahamas just because it was cheaper than domestic beer over there. This wasn't a bad tasting beer for the price. The look of the bottle is nothing special but that's what they are known for.

Pours a yellow with a medium head
Has a slight bitter taste with a good mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 14:33:26 | More by JohnBeerRun
Photo of rangerred


3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pour out of a stubby bottle into a pint glass yields a clear straw colored beer with a fizzy one finger head.

Smells skunky at first followed by a light grainyness along with some light grassy hops.

Taste is a mixture of cereal grain and grassy hops followed by a moderate sweetness as the flavors fade. A light bitterness lingers through the finish.

Overall a decent beer although the sweetness is a bit of a turn off for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:40:04 | More by rangerred
Photo of ckollias


2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with a thin 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Zesty malt and grain aroma. Not a huge nose but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Light bitter flavor with tart aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is better than your average lager – better than the watered down beer you normal get. It is easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:25:58 | More by ckollias
Photo of whatthehull


3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A - Straw gold, a slight white quick dissipating head and sugar lace

S - Sugar, corn, a slight must, tons of grains a minerals, bready yeast, a bit of wheat and maybe a slightly baked malt?

T - Sweet, crispiness, fresh water, more sugar, corn, slight malt, some grass and that bready yeast

M - Medium minus body, medium plus acidity, balanced, not at all complex and a medium finish

D/O = Very drinkable, better than the bud and millers of the world. I like the sugar and the crisp freshness

Final thought - This brings me back to when I first met my wife. It was much better than, but harkens me back to that time. If there was a memory rating it would be a 5 for sure. Not a bad price 24oz for $2 and a sesionable 4.7% abv

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 11:53:12 | More by whatthehull
Photo of garuda


1.75/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle, coded date on the neck

Average in look for the style, nothing else to say here.

Smell and taste are on the sweet side, vegetal character, a bit metallic, with more sweet corn. Ugh.

M - Pretty terrible, even for the style. Way over carbonated, rips across the palate, not smooth at all.

O - Won't be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:43:28 | More by garuda
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly. A clear pale yellow similar to Bud or Miller

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. Not much taste or flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:26:01 | More by rwrk42
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
70 out of 100 based on 2,172 ratings.