Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #85
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
69
Ranked #50,276
Avg:
2.99 | pDev: 20.74%
Reviews:
1,034
Ratings:
3,433
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Desnoes & Geddes Limited
 
Jamaica
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  790
SCORE
69
Poor
Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
Notes: The great Jamaican Beer we know today has set the standard by which other beers are measured since 1928. Today the company is a subsidiary of one of the largest and most profitable beverage and alcohol conglomerates Heineken.

A beautiful amber lager with low butterscotch flavour, full bodied and a smooth post palate sensation. Lager beer, light gold colour.

Ingredients: Pilsen Malt, Hops, Cassava Starch, Water
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So Red Stripe is just one of those iconic beers you have to try at least once even if you're not into lagers. Nothing crazy here but of course we are talking about a lager sooooo. Pours copper golden color with decent head. The aroma is very lagery, bready and slightly sweet. The mouth feel is crisp and light, not like the Budweiser cardboard finish. The taste is not bad for a lager and very good for the style. It is light and clean and refreshing, slight hops and malty, a nice lawn mower beer for sure.

Sunday at 10:29 PM
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mschrei from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great mass market lager. Refreshing, crisp, easy drinking, light alcohol presence with a good flavor and a medium body. Tasty and a lot better than rated.

Jun 06, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much flavour here. Carbonated mineral water with some malts and hops added. Probably an OK beach beer in the Jamaica heat, brewing it in Europe seems like a bad joke. Cute bottle.

Jun 05, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

1.85/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.49. Poured into a pils glass as part of a sampler flight I made.

L - A clean, pale gold with a one-finger starchy white head.
S - Wet hay, slight diacetyl. Slightly sweet.
T - Taste follows nose. A bit of an earthy, "wet" note is there, but not much else. Sweet, but not too sweet.
F - Well-carbonated. Refreshing. Light.
O - I like Red Stripe. I've had it before on multiple occasions, and despite it being objectively terrible, I like it. That being said, it's still objectively terrible. More complex than a Budweiser, but that isn't saying much. A lot of better beers for the price point. Pretty refreshing on a hot day like today. Will buy again, but I wouldn't say it's much of a go-to.

Jun 05, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a brown 11.2 ounce bottle into a clear pint glass the beer has moved. Not much head, nor depth to the amber color. The aroma is fine for a commercial lager, with detectable yeast, malt and hops. There's more glass lacing than was expected. Unfortunately, the taste is much like the appearance, thin. Not close to horrible, the tastes come in good balance. It has a little of each: hops, malt and yeast, but in a thin body and all rather mildly. Is there a great beer from the warmer climes?

May 05, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.57/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The clear, golden bottle pour briefly hosted a thin foam ring.
The initial aroma included hay-like hop notes.
The flavor is thin. Some sweet malt and slightly earthy hop aspects are present.
The finish is less dry than expected.

Apr 01, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a pale gold color, little to no head.
S: Smells funky honestly, faint amounts of sweet-grains.
T: Taste like any other American lager you have ever had.
F: Light-medium bodied, high carbonation, crisp & crushable.
O: Nothing special going on here, only good thing about it is that you can session this easy.

Feb 14, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In or around 2016, D&G began to brew this beer back in Jamaica. Not too sure if the contract brewing failed to deliver the same quality product, but again this is "brewed in Jamaica". From the opening of the bottle, there is a very pronounced grass note from the hops.

The color is typical of a lager, medium gold in an appearance alongside mild carbonation notes. 1 finger head that leaves a light lacing, nothing too unexpected. What makes this beer truly different is the use of cassava (yuca) starches that deliveries a unique sweetness found in the flavor of the beer. Alongside 2-row Pilsen malt, grassy European hops, and barely this is a very well made easy to drink beer. Downsides are the 11.2 stubby nose bottles, but depending on the area of sale this beer is sold at or around the sub-premium product line. This is a 'hooray for beer' for me as I don't mind enjoying 6 for less than 'craft' beer pricing.

Jan 25, 2021
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shambeano from Australia

2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle, best before 28/02/2021. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pale gold, quite clear, only a slight head that quickly subsides to next to nothing.
Smell: A little biscuity malt, something a touch metallic, a little grainy (corn? some honey and a touch of herbal hop. A little plain.
Taste: Similar to the smell, a little grainy, a little corn, some sweetness and some non-descript green hop. A little plain.
Feel: Light but feels like it lacks a little bit of carbonation. Rounding bitterness, and a dry finish.
Overall: It's okay. But just okay.

Oct 09, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The beer is a slightly pale goldenrod color with a white short-lived head. It smells stale and adjuncty. Taste-wise it is very sweet ans fresher than it smells. It does well to be not too sweet even without much hopping. It is pleasantly carbonated although loose in body. Overall, it is a refreshing beer.

Aug 25, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

2.66/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light yellow body with a low retention head. Hardly any aroma other than some maltiness and a bit of skunk. Body is light, lacking flavour but a slight malt and skunk aftertaste Beer leaves a little carbonation and a dry and sweet finish. It's not very good and not worth paying a little extra for when nearly all mass produced Euro Pales are better as are some AALs

Jul 26, 2020
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KaioGarcia from Brazil

2.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

in the glass, light yellow and a little golden, and medium / low carbonation. nothing very attractive. on the nose, light smell, almost imperceptible, a little malt reminiscent of white grains, biscuits and bread crumbs, then, almost null, a hop aroma. in the mouth, very light beer, first comes a subtle bitterness of the malt, almost impossible to feel the presence of hops. light body, good drinkability but little flavor. very simple finishing. beer that goes easy on a sunny afternoon in Jamaica, here in Brazil, cost benefit is ridiculous.

Jul 02, 2020
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elNopalero from California

2.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer of many a party. Always from the bottle. Pours clear, light aroma, just what you’d expect. The branding and advertising worked wonders here, paying craft prices for forgetful beer.

Jul 02, 2020
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Ant777uk from England

2.02/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Used to drink this in Bristol at psy trance and drum and bass nights...brings back many memories...

Fairly simple beer though far better than most the Euro lagers. This has much better balance and a nice depth of flavor that goes perfectly with a spliff...

Jul 01, 2020
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DarrellFine from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Typical lager appearance with no lacing and little to no head, nothing off- putting about the smell, but my nose isn't the best these days. Too much gun powder, diesel fumes, and gasoline in my days. Taste is slightly skunky, in a good way, but mostly average and light, true to the style. FEEL- that's where it gets interesting to me. Little to moderate carbonation, head on. But give it a vigorous swish around the palate and it gets very very smooth. Strange. I like it. At 4.7% ABV it makes an excellent Florida Summer session pounder. Overall I rate a 2.75 instead of ever so slightly higher for two main reasons. 1- At 4.7% abv, I'd have to drink, lik, 15 or so of these in a short amount of time to be convinced to jump from the top of the tree into the pool (and that's just because the climb is a bitch). 2- 11.2 instead of 12 oz? I know, i know... it's less than a shot glass but I'm a stickler. 'Merica

Jun 29, 2020
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kjensen42 from California

3.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First drank this beer on vacation in Jamaica and really enjoyed the light taste but it is very light and watery which tastes good in hot weather when you just want to enjoy a cold drink.

Jun 24, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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.

May 03, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

May 01, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Feb 18, 2020
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

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.

Jan 10, 2020
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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.

Nov 03, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Oct 25, 2019
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

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.

Sep 30, 2019
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FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

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!!

Sep 23, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Aug 29, 2019
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