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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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927 Reviews

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Reviews: 927
Hads: 2,948
Avg: 2.99
pDev: 37.12%
Wants: 36
Gots: 471 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Red Stripe pours from a short stubby bottle to form a highly carbonated pale golden hue with a white head. There is nothing spectacular about this beer on any levels. The nose is a malty lemony shapness that mellows out as the beer sits. At first taste, the malt base over bears along with corn and rice present in the overall consumption. In the finish, I get some lemon grass hints of flavor that were very mellow. By no means is this worth the price, because last time I had seen a case it was around 30 bucks. No way could I ever invest in a case of this one. As far as Jamaican beer goes I want to find some Dragon Stout.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

red stripe is my beverage of choice in the summer, so why am i drinking it in january? already longing for summer days, i guess. anyway, pours a light yellow with little to no head. light body with a fruity sweetness to it. pairs well with your standard summer foods: burgers, bbq, etc. it's not the greatest, most complex beer in the world. in fact, it's far from that, but it's a solid beer that can't be beat on a hot summer day (and is just as good the rest of the year as well).

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Photo of yen157
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, coarse, fizzy head receded to a stable white layer a few bubbles thick. Smells of pale malt and green apples, I assume from the hops. Very faint malt flavor almost completely covered up by equally light sugary sweetness. Husky finish with some nice drying bittness. Beer was soft in the mouth from the tiny bubbles. Actually, looking in the glass you can only see four or five bubbles in the beer at any given moment after the beer has been poured for five minutes or so. The beer went very well with smoked pork ribs and spicy coleslaw. Definately an above average brew.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden hue with a fluffy white head. Tastes like an average lager. When I was a typical college freshman listening to Bob Marley these things were cool. At the time (1989), you could play it off like you were cool walking around with one of these. Today it is an average lager, with some above average memories from days gone by.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I noticed about this brew was the skunky odour the second it was popped....It poured very nicely with a thick crown which quickly disapated...The body is medium and the taste is that of thin hops with a hint of carmel...I liked the "stubby" .An OK offering at best.

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Photo of aaronh
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This golden lager pours with a thin white head that quickly fades and becomes only a memory, leaving no hint that it ever existed. The smell was also very faint, with a grassy malt smell somewhat detectable. The taste was crisp, and strong on malt sweetness. The finish was a little dry, like flat champagne, and tasted very acidic. It made my throat feel like I was drinking strong lemonade. The mouthfeel was adequate, but the finish was too dry. Drinkability was good, but not as a refreshing drink. I felt more parched after having this beer than before I started. However, I've never been a big lager fan. Good to try, and in this case a better alternative than Keystone Light.

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Photo of Jarod
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the glass this beer is gold in color. The head was an average size and the color was white. Didn’t really get a long look because it disappears kind of fast. The aroma had tones of malt and hops, a little spice, but faint. The taste was typical lager, light malt and hops were a little more pronounced. Again there was a bit of spice in the middle, might have been from the hops, but couldn’t pin it down. Crisp and clean. Average. I gave it a little extra on the appearance d/t the bottle shape.

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

The first time I had one of these was on a beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. A stoned (for real, not being stereotypic) resident of the town promised me that this is the Jamaican's 'liquid Viagra'. With a sell line like that it was hard for me to say no. I've had Red Stripe several times since. This beer has a sweet taste to it. Hops touch the tongue very very lightly. Not a fan of the bottle like some people; you can't fit as many in the fridge. Thrist quenching and would be good with something like burger. Not a bad beer, but I think this beer, like JW Dundee's Honey Brown, has an audience which would think more of it. Unfortunately I am not of that audience. Regardless, I have tried to be as objective as possible.

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Photo of Kwak
4.02/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
Head : Nice and bubley not to thick.
Body : A pale amber yellow crisp and clear.
Taste :Mild hops light flavor not to thick.
Aftertaste: Almost not their. Goes down like water.
Not bad nothing special I like the bottle !

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Photo of Bighuge
3.86/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the first time I"ve had a Red Stripe out of a glass instead of straight from the bottle.

Clear golden straw color. Decent sized white head with a little staying power. Not a lot though. Some light malt and slight spicy hop tones on the nose. Some very slight skunk perceived as well. This is really a pretty decent tasting lager. Taste is comprised of light toasted tones. Subtle hop spiciness. Medium bodied. Clean and crisp. Clean finish. Highly drinkable.

A carribean beach would go nicely with this beer. Preferably one of the "Free-style" beaches of St. Maarten.

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

The beer pours a bright gold color with an average white head that is spumous in texture and the resultant lace a thin slip to cover the glass. Nose is malt and sweet, the middle reedy and the finish is mildly dry with a smidgeon of hops and high acidity, while clean, crisp, just doesn’t offer much to me, but I'm sure the lager lovers will like it.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was first put off by the squat brown bottle with the "non" flashy label. First taste of this lager and I was hooked. I believe this is the first "true" summer beer. Light gold, with a slight taste of hops it tastes like summer with each gulp.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
70 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.