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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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Reviews: 939
Hads: 3,035
Avg: 2.99
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 36
Gots: 534 | 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 clvand0
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with a moderate head that quickly dies away. Had this served in a bottle with a lime at the local pub. The aroma was mostly a sweet malt, but nothing that stands out a lot. A hint of skunkyness in the aroma. The flavor was a little spicy with the semi-sweet malts taking the front of the taste and a more straw-type flavor finishing up. I think that the lime in mine actually helped the flavor a bit. Don't let this one warm much at all because it becomes undesireable. It is this effect that I do not care much for.

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Photo of granger10
2.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I just read on the review below that this beer "must be had well chilled". Well, I had mine in the fridge for a little but it wasn't well chilled and maybe that is why I didn't care for it. It looks nice and frothy with lots of little bubbles racing to the top. But the beer has an off flavor. Really sweet for a lager which I didn't like. Very grainy too. I felt like the adjunct taste was real strong. This one's not worth the price.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I actually had ever heard of this was when reading one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. I figured that I would have to try this since 007 only appreciates the finest in food, drink, and women. Now that was a few years ago and I've had a few Red Stripes since then and have come to the conclusion that if you're chasing master criminals through the Caribbean that you'll pretty much drink whatever is available whether it is a masterfully crafted ale or a cheap adjuncty lager like this one.

Red Stripe pours a light straw color with a moderate foamy head that disappears in under 20 seconds. The smell was definitely that of a cheap beer: some of that husky/musty adjunct aroma and definitely some corn in the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with some crispness to it. With the first sip, I thought "whoa this is sweet." There is a corny sweetness abound throughout this beer. Some other cheap grain flavors are noticeable (has some huskiness to it). Very light burnt caramel notes were detected and a very light hop bitterness in the finish were some of the lesser qualities of this beer. Aftertaste is a little dry and bitter, and some green apple taste was present in limited quantities. Husky flavors continue here, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This is an easy drinking and refreshng beer once you get past the cheap ingredients used in it. This one should certainly be served cold on a hot day. The import price would prevent me from making this a regular "lawnmower" beer, so I would say save it for an outdoor BBQ.

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Photo of TerryW
1.85/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured up straw yellow with a (surprisingly) big head. The head settled down considerably, but did better than a film, no sign of lace.

Smells slightly sweetish, of corn and malt. Just a hint of hops and some other chemical or medicinal smell. Some skunkiness. Not real appetizing.

The first mouthful surprised me with its sweet taste. Corn syrup and malt. The sweetness persists until the beer has warmed up some. Not to my taste where I wasn't expecting such a sugary flavour. Mouthfeel was sticky sweet. The corn syrup flavour dominated the beer making it rather boring to drink. Like sucking back some kind of Coke.

Nope. Not for me, thanks. Did I mention it tastes like corn?

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Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a white lacey head. The aroma is traditional lager; pale malts and lager yeast, but this has a zingy edge to it. The taste is good. Again, there is that zing, but the maltiness shines through. The mouthfeel is just right. This is a light bodied beer that goes down smooth. A good drinker on hot days or anytime for that matter. This is a step up from the usual macro lagers.

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

This beer pours a clear medium yellow with a moderate bubbly white disipating head. It has very littly smell but what there is is grainy and smells of adjuncts. The tasty is sharp tingly effervescenced, slightly soapy and grainy all I can think of is cheap tasting. The mouthfeel is moderatel and sharply effervescent. This is bad- B0000 Red Stripe, Yeahh Beer.
Note: The soapiness was not from the glass either it had been washed earlier with baking soda.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with little head. The smell was some light hops and malt. The taste was that of a typical pale lager........a bit of maltiness to it, but also a bit of a chemical taste as well. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, I wouldn't have another.

I really didn't expect too much of this beer, and I wasn't disappointed. Although this isn't a god-awful beer, it's not a great one either.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear straw color with a bit of gold. Topped off with a tight, fine head that fades quickly. A clean grain smell that is unremarkable but inoffensive with a bit of crispness detectable as well. Taste starts out with the expected crush of grains but then turns surprisingly sweet. Perhaps a dash of pepper in there as well. Mouthfeel suffers from the sweetness and a lack of crispness, but this is a reasonably drinkable lager that is better than many of its mainstream American counterparts.

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Photo of euskera
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoooray Beer!!

A pretty average brew, but one that is fairly nice on a summer's day. Sometimes you just want to have something that doesn't attack your senses or your taste buds; that's what beers like Red Stripe are for. Still better (IMO) than the Coronas and the Buds of the world...

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Photo of TheDM
1.54/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This brew pours a very large head of fine creamy bubbles and a straw yellow body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma and starts off with a slightly fizzy bite with a weak and watery mild malt-hop rice beer flavored finish. Lacking in character and depth, this is another brew that I would not recommend.

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Photo of purplehops
2.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Stripe pours a very pale straw yellow with a white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a faint, very faint, malt with a hint of honey and citrus. Taste is very one dimensional. Very carbonated lightly flavored malt water with a hint of citrus and corn sweeteners. The start, middle, and finish all taste the same to me. Mouthfeel is bubbly with a very, very thin body.
Overall this is a Caribbean Lager and nothing more; aka beach beer. It's light, crisp, and quenches your thirst. Nothing bad per say, yet nothing special or complex about it. This is not a winter beer north of the Tropic of Cancer or south of the tropic of Capricorn; IMHO.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok hats off to Red Stripe for the great little brown bottle..very easy to grip!
Ok the beer looks pretty attractive in my pint mug..again a nice crystal clear golden colour nice looking small white head..goes but nice lace ( why can't american macros look as good as many import macros?)
The aroma of the beer is kinda average..its not horrible but its not really noticable...wait its been 5 minutes I can now smell the maltiness..its ok.
MM This beer has a strange taste but i really like it,,it has a nce honeylike malty sweetness then it has this really spicy taste on the back of the tongue, then its gone to be replaced by a pleasantlly hoppy aftertaste.
Pretty easy going on the palate except the pleasant spicy buzz.
Another very drinkable lager beer.
NOTES: I have tasted about all the American macros and none come close to being as good as this West Indies macro..same goes for the majority of Euro macros I have tasted.
I know we all like to make excuses for the American macros but I dont think theres much excuse when a brewery in Jamacia can make a good beer then send it all the way to Oregon..and still taste 100% better than BUd or any other of that variety of swill.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason i love this as a band practice/watching tv beer. It's pretty cheap at like 6 bucks a sixer and pretty available. It comes in little fat bottles and pours a straw gold. it has a little skunk to it, but nothing like a heineken or becks etc. the smell isnt much but i get a touch of honey. the taste is pretty mellow, with a little touch of sweetness and i really enjoy the flavor, which is a bit odd and i can't quite place it. I know this brew hasn't recieved the highest of scores, but damn, I really do enjoy it. It's nothing amazing, but it is so drinkable that theres not much else id rather get if im going to just hang out and dont feel like going to a specialty liqour store to get something rare. So basically, they sell it at the corner store by my house, i enjoy the semi sweet odd flavor, it's pretty cheap and it isn't a beer that drinks like a meal so killing a 6 pack is very easy. I'll go out on a limb and say it, I like this beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.51/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This cultish Jamaican Lager is pale gold with a light fizzy white head and little thin wisps of lace. The aroma is of corncob and mild hops. Light malt (corn?) and lightly hopped with just a hint of citrus flavor make for a fairly bland brew. Balanced with a dry mouthfeel. This is sort of a Caribbean Bud (only better). Improves later in the glass. OK for a hot Caribbean day in sun.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.14/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yellow to golden color. White head.
Aroma: Chemical aroma. Sweet malts.

Taste is balanced between the malts and hops. Big chemical taste ruins this beer.

Light in body and mouthfeel.
Drinkability suffers due to the chemical off-taste.

Overall, this beer might be average if it wasn't for the prominent chemical notes.

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Photo of Running4beer
1.88/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the " Caribbean Bud" IMO. Pours out a pale straw color from a short stubby bottle with little to no head. Horrible skunky aroma(as if there is a good skunky aroma). Slight hop taste with a good amount of carbonation which makes your tongue tingle. It is a drinkable if cold, I could enjoy this possibly on an extremely hot summer day in Jamaica.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden orange colored brew that actually produces a good sized head out of the little stubby bottle if you pour vigorously and get a lot of glug. Aroma may turn you off. A bit skunky with a bit of vinegar in there.

It has a lot of amber characteristics, and tastes sort of like an amber or red ale thrown in with a cheap lager. A lot of sweet malts with a strange hoppiness. It is light and crisp, and I guess if I liked the taste, it would be a pretty good drinker, but it is just not for me.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, pale yellow. Watered down apple juice. "degoutant". But then, it pours with a respectable head, and actually retains a covering layer. Nose is thick, malty? or maybe that's a Jamaican adjunct. It's kind of sweet. Flavour is nonexistant. There's some spice at the end, but it's more of a sensation than a flavour. There's something a little cloying that exists alongside that light hop spice.

Testing this against Wadadli (Antigua) and Kubuli (Dominica), Red Stripe doesn't stand a chance. I might drink this before Labatt Blue, but that doesn't say much.

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Photo of tang214
3.37/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow straw color with a soapy head that soon fades off. Not much nose but it does contain a scent of honey. They taste is also sweet and plain. It is very uncomplex but it still I find it to be very drinkable. It is also fairly cheap and readily available. I will continue to frequently enjoy this beer.

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

Light gold color, medium head. A middle of the road lager. Slightly over carbonated? Mild malts and hops. Milder flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round, slightly spritzy. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Proably good enough for the thirsty in a hot climate, but I say this is a fair to bad beer and over-priced.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color with a thick white head that fades to a few small islands of bubbles. Carbonation is moderate with poor lace. Aroma is rather bland, just some grain notes and mild hops. Taste begins with a sharp sting of carbonation and smooth grain flavors. Towards the middle of the taste, citrus hop flavors appear, giving a quite refreshing quality. Finish is dry with a slight metallic bitterness. Lacks complexity, but nonetheless is quite refreshing and easy to drink, complements spicy foods well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of LarryV
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With a hard pour, I got a hefty frothy head that was quick to fade. The aroma is very clean, no skunkiness, a slight cooked veggies smell in the background, but very light. Color is light gold, has an agressive, fine carbonation. The taste is very clean and light, a twinge of hoppiness, not much in the malt department. I didn't detect any skunkiness in the taste. The carbonation stings the lips, mouthfeel is very thin. I think this beer would probably be pretty refreshing on a really hot day, or with some spicy Jamaican jerk. I would view this as being perhaps a bit better than most macros, but basically in the same league. Not offensive, but not something I would drink very often.

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Photo of budgood1
2.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i kind of like the short and squat bottle, but after that it all goes down hill.
this jamaican classic pours out a slightly dark golden color, with a farily thick and foamy head. barely there aroma of adjuncts, a hint of skunk and...well..nothing. ghostly hopping tastes like most american macro lagers. hints of grain and nothing else...reminded me a great deal of budweiser. medium bodied with a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. to be totally honest, if i were to try this in a blind taste test, i couldn't tell the difference between this and budweiser, except for the color. finishes smooth and clean. non-offending knock off of all american macros, plain and simple. would be mega-poundable in the hot summer sun. other than that...pretty lame.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer because it is one of the very few brews that still use the short-neck bottles that look so damn cool. I was pleasantly suprised that the contents were as cool as the packaging. Its very smooth, with higher than normal carbonation, and a strong sense of maltiness and grain. This is a good beer for a hot summer day, while listening to reggae and takin' it easy.

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Photo of Morris729
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours (from an incredibly ugly bottle) a very clear and pale light golden color with a huge white head that vanishes amazingly quickly into a very thin white lace. Nose is faint sweet malts and floral hops. Sweet malts dominate the taste with only a trace of bitter hops in the finish. Crisp and refreshing, this is a step up from the macros.

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