Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #66
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
69
Ranked #48,577
Avg:
2.99 | pDev: 20.74%
Reviews:
1,020
Ratings:
3,383
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Desnoes & Geddes Limited
 
Jamaica
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  48
Gots
  775
SCORE
69
Poor
Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
Notes: In 2012, Diageo moved production of the U.S. supply of Red Stripe from Jamaica to the U.S.; The supply is produced by City Brewing Co. in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Latrobe Brewing Company in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which was the main brewery for Rolling Rock for over 60 years. Desnoes & Geddes will still make Red Stripe for Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and Europe.
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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Red Stripe pours a golden color, with with a very small, long lasting head. Aroma is only slight offensive, skunky and grainy. Flavor has a nice buttery backbone, a little skunk, some off flavors, but not bad. Good body and feel. Overall, there is much worse, some off offensive flavors, but a nice smooth buttery backbone to this.

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Photo of CTHomer
2.71/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that recede quickly to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: skunky;

T: sweet light malt and skunky; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: Best By is 6 months from not; just not good;

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Photo of Buck89
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: a clear golden color with a thin and fleeting white head.
Aroma: not much. Maybe a bit of corn, grain, and faint floral hops.
Taste: about the same as the aroma. Very faint at first and then just carbonation.
Feel: light to medium with lively carbonation.
Overall: about what I expected. These are for drinking and not tasting.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. There is a finger white head, and the body is a clear golden yellow. Aromas consist of grain, a hint of corn, and not much else. Flavors are the same, and drop off very fast, leaving no finish. The feel is surprisingly thicker than usual, with lowish carbonation. Very much a "Meh" beer.

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Photo of sseisele
1.93/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Typical of AALs. Only saving grace is a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Otherwise watered down and not exciting to drink.

Drank straight from the bottle. Bought at Meijer just to try something different.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Decent beer, quite refreshing and definitely safe as far as AALs go. Best before 6/5/20 date printed on bottle. Pours a clear light golden color with no real lasting head or lacing. Smells decent, corn, grain, malt, a little caramel. No hops. Taste follows the nose, not too watery or sweet, decent balance. Smooth and mild and thin, decent carbonation. Not my first choice of AAL but would do in a pinch.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.26/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking a lot of this lately. I used to always drink this while watching the Reggae Boyz, the Jamaican national soccer team, but this year the Reggae Girlz qualified for the World Cup, the first women's team from a Caribbean nation to qualify for a world cup so I had to cheer them on, and also I had to have a six-pack of Red Stripe while I watched.

It's lager. Countries all over the world have their own versions of lager from Japan to Thailand to Brazil and even little Jamaica, and they're all pretty much the same. It's lager. This is unsurprising. This goes down pretty smooth and with a low alcohol content I can make it to the end of the game without falling asleep.

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Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
1.85/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It tastes like what it is, a crappy and overpriced American Adjunct Lager! I'm pouring the rest down the toilet and I am not going to waste my time or your time describing it except that it tastes like a typical American beer and that PBR is better and cheaper! It is even brewed in the States!!! I am sorry that I wasted my money!!

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Photo of jkblr
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz stubby bottle BB 26 FEB 20 poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 4.7% ABV. The beer pours bright extra light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head fizzles away quickly leaving a pencil thin ring and an island of tiny bubbles. The aroma is faint with grain, slight sweetness and grass. The taste is watery, with a slightly tangy, barely malted body and a barely bitter, grassy, mildly skunky finish. The mouthfeel is thin minus in body with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Fairly clean. Overall, ok. I could do with slightly less tartness and a bit more body, but I can see this being a nearly perfect hot weather/outside beer. Would drink again in the right context.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.89/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours with a nicely rich gold color but essentially no head (but fair carbonation). I've read other reviewers who discern aromas of almond, lemon, bread dough, honey apple and pear; these reviewers are simply delusional. Red Stripe smells like most typical lagers with (nicely) less corn and rice smells that you commonly find with "adjunct" beers like this. It's a decently well balanced lager with sweet malt-forward and nice carbonation (but this puppy is best drunk cold, so drink-up fast). I recommend combining this brew with a sunny day, a warm easterly breeze, bucket of ice and good friends.

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Photo of Mrseanworldwide
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like and is refreshing like a typical AAL, but the flavor has sweet and malty notes that make it a more satisfying experience than, say, a Bud.
Plus the atypical bottle shape and the Jamaican novelty help make this a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of HeyBeardMon
3.87/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank a lot of this in Jamaica, and boy is it good on tap. In a bottle or can its decent, bottle is better, usually is with most beers. Has a smooth mild taste. If you're looking for something different, check it out.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.01/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Clear gold. Two fingers of fizzy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Corn malt, a bit of hops, a strange syrup-like scent.

Taste: Corn malt with an unusual savory note, coupled with barely noticeable hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: A cheap adjunct lager with some strange notes.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, Jamaican version. Golden color with white head. Typical grassy lager smell. Light body. Tastes of grain, light malts, and a touch of floral hops. Honestly not bad for the style.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. In Jamaica.

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Looks reasonable enough.

S: Toasty malts and some light hops. Lager-ish.

T/F: Follows the nose. Grains and light malts. Sweet up front with some hops for bitterness. Grassy... light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A drinkable Caribbean lager. Ice cold by the pool it was quite acceptable. That being said there is absolutely no reason to drink this beer if you aren't in Jamaica.

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Photo of Brook82
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer years ago and thought it was just okay. Had one at a gathering recently and was immediately questioning my first opinion. Look and aroma is typical,but taste is well balanced. Smooth aftertaste with with robust body. One of the better AAL's hands down and worth buying.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To be honest, I have only drank this beer once. About 13 years ago at a favorite watering hole that had them on special for a buck. I cannot describe the taste other than to say it was kinda weird. Not weird good either. No wonder they smoke so much reef, it helps hide the taste of this one. Below average overall

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Photo of Ohioman25
4.46/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It has a rich deep gold color which gives an impression before you even taste it that it is going to be bold. The smell is typical smell of most regular lagers not really impressed with its aroma. The taste is as I have always said a stronger taste that of Budweiser just a little more peppery but sweet in the end. It’s taste does not explode in your palette it rather develops slowly after a few full mouthfuls of its sweet pepper appeal you start to crave its taste. The feel on my tongue is explosive like soda pop almost to strong but as it reaches the back of my palette it begins to massage your taste buds like a spa treatment.

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Photo of MercInc
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Normally when I was traveling around the Caribbean.. I was drinking rum. For beer though, it was always "Red Stripe" A lager beer with a refreshing taste when Ice cold.

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

L: Digging the bottle.
S: Tootsie Roll.
T: Rich Malt, Green Apple
F: Crisp, Round.

O: Refreshing brew; well balanced flavor with a clean, crisp finish. Would recommend for a dank weather day session.

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

Not much of a taste to this beer. Was pretty bland. I only got it because I was watching James Bond in Dr. No and in one scene there are cases of Red Stripe stacked up. Shaken not stirred. Cheers.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

De Estucerveza. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 6. 19 meses tras consumo preferente. Aguada, insulsa y aburrida. Superindustrial. Al menos no desagrada, aunque para esto mejor cualquier industrial mas barata

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it was the decor at Toronto's Chubby's Jamaican Restaurant; perhaps it was the company; perhaps it was the goat stew, but I really enjoyed my Red Stripe. It was malty-sweet and worth it!

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Photo of PMakowski
3.87/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - straw yellow color with a couple inches of foam and some lacing on glass
Smell - Very sweet smelling like cornbread. Very slight almond extract aroma. Unique smell for a lager...
Taste - Well this is interesting, nothing i have ever tasted before. It's got almost like a candy apple flavor like you would find at a fair. Sweet apple, grains, very slight and i mean slight hop presence. Medium carbonation. Has a pale profile that reminds me of Rolling Rock.

Overall, I've never had a lager that tasted like this, it's unique. It's not outstanding but i will look for this again, it was good. Grade is a B+

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice crisp taste, kinda funky and sweet, and that's why its from Jamaica. Good color, Red Stripe hit it right on the nose. The thing I miss most about this beer are the commercials, best commercials hearken back to hooray beer!

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 3383 ratings