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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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939 Reviews

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Reviews: 939
Hads: 3,034
Avg: 2.99
pDev: 37.12%
Wants: 37
Gots: 530 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

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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Photo of Urk1127
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Out of the bottle but I do know they are clear, not much head, golden maybe a tad bit darker side of gold. Smoothish, decent carbonation. A little Sweet but a little zesty and grassy. I enjoy red stripe but they seem to catch up with me pretty quick.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Light blonde with medium carbonation and well-retained head (3/3)
S: Lighlty malty and alcohol aromas, a slight skunk on the nose(7/12)
T: Pretty crisp malt character with a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste...pretty sure this beer is a little light-struck, though after sip three or four I think I may be exaggerating (13/20)
M: Pretty bubble with a little dryness on the finish (4/5)
O: A pretty solid cheap lawnmower beer. Concerned about the skunkiness, but I’ll probably try this beer again to double-check. For the price, it’s hard to beat. (6/10)

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Photo of Forgottensaints
4/5  rDev +33.8%

I have a soft spot for red stripe. First of all, I love the bottle it comes in. I get tired of macro style lagers easily. But red stripe I can throwback easily! Great flavor for a beer of this kind it's island beer all the way, and that's not a bad thing. Fall is here so I stay away from Mexican/ island beers. Those are summer only in my opinion.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3/5  rDev +0.3%

This brew pours a golden color about 50% opaque with a two finger light fizzy head and good carbonation.

The smell is kind of dank malt. A little soapy.

The taste was not bad, there was that crisp, clean cracker like lager taste however it was buried under a soapy taste which was present throughout from beginning to end. There was also a very slightly grainy taste but this added to, rather than distracted from the overall taste.

This is really not bad for an adjunct lager; even with that soapy taste I would drink it again, this could be a session beer on a hot summer day. I would drink it again. It might help that I was not expecting much from this beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.6/5  rDev -13%

From notes on 10/25/13

Drank a lot of this while in Jamaica. Nice easy drinking Lager, with a little more complexity and flavor than the American big guns like Bud, Miller, and Coors. Still, similar to those though.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well pours almost no head that is gone in 30sec. Clear and light golden

S- Not much here at all

T- Mass produced lager. Not much else. A tiny hint of ginger

M- Mass produced beer.

O- Just like a Bud. Ok on a hot day

Food Pairing

This ok beer pairs with anything you would choose a Bud or Miller for.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a 1" thick white head which lingers and leaves semi-rings of lace.

N: Corny, grainy, malty and yeasty. Not too exciting.

T: A bit estery with very faint banana notes, yeasty and mildly sweetish malts.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry with a crisp and clean finish.

O: Easy to drink and it was refreshing on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There aren't many beers that I am nervous to try, but this may be one of them. It had a questionable appearance straight from the start, with a sloppy bottling job around the mouth of the bottle. Poured into a glass, it was quite bland looking. A boring light yellow color and no head.. Smell was nonexistent and flavor was stale, funky, soured water. Really no other discernible flavors, other than the alcohol which couldn't be covered up due to the lack of flavor. Mouth feel was that of water.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.02/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Got a bottle from a salesman for free and figured I'd review it. Thin yellow with no head after the pour. I couldn't smell anything really on the nose. The taste was mostly rice with a bite at the finish that wasn't very refreshing. The mouthfeel was thin and too heavily carbonated. Not for me.

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Photo of MasterOfArgos39
2.1/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bleh. That was my first impression and it didn't change.

Even fresh this beer smells skunky. The taste is bizarrely sweet and unappetizing. I purchased it mostly to see what all the hype was about. One does tend to hear about this beer, expecially from people who think it is cool that they once went to Jamaica and bout Jamaican beer... that should have been my first clue.

The beer is uninspired and unimpressive, the flatness, greyish colouration, and the flavour all make for a poor experience.

The one upside is the packaging. The stubby paired with the spot on red and white label is attractive and well composed. Don't be fooled though.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.88/5  rDev -37.1%

It is impressive that the brewery has made a beer with lighter color than Budweiser. But the taste is also less than in most of the American "pisswater"-beers, or rather, it tastes like zero, nothing. There is no taste at all in this beer.
The only positive thing about this beer is that it does not taste bad. It makes it slips down quite easily.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited, a popular rude boy beer. Poured from the squatter-style bottle into a glass, this brew has no head whatsoever. No lacing adheres to the clear, light amber body.

Smells like malt and grains. I'm pretty medial with this part of the review for Red Stripe.

Tastes like spices and malt. This is a nice exotic twist to make unique, drinkable lager.

Very clean mouthfeel from Red Stripe. This will beat the heat anywhere, be it Kingston or Ohio!

Overall a rather nice 3.25 for Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited. This is a refreshing Jamaican brew that will go great with any red meat meal. I will buy this brew again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager brewed by Desnoes & Geddes Limited with an ABV of 4.7% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. Red stripe is a filtered brew. You can see right though this beer. The smell is nice with some grains. Nothing bad so far. The taste is smooth and clean. you pick up on some grain and hops. Red stripe is a nice well balanced beer, there is nothing over powering in this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth,clean, and also refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this beer. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5

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Photo of hopflyer
2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from the bottle.

Has the typical adjunct smell, corn

Has the typical adjunct taste. Not real bad, but not my favorite.

Light body and moderate carbonation. Does go down easy for sure.

nothing different here. maybe a notch better that a typical light lager

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Photo of humuloner22
2.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Maybe its where I live, maybe its old when it gets here. I have not been to Jamaica maybe its better there. I have had this beer numerous times since I began drinking and at first I thought it was good, but I had not really started drinking great beer at that point. The last few times I have tried this one its been a disappointment. It has this strange wine-like back flavor that I just cant get used to. Its like a sour fruit taste, very much like a cheap wine, less beer flavor. Maybe if I drank it in Jamaica it would taste better but overall I would much rather have a domestic or Mexican adjunct lager over this lager. For the price its just not all that great.

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Photo of avwrite
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.2/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Beric
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Dad_Bod_Beer_God
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of rob167
1.97/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.78/5  rDev -7%
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... :)

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.38/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
70 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.