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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica
redstripebeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
966
Ratings:
3,155
Avg:
3
pDev:
37.33%
 
 
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2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a boring, light hay colored brew. Very clear and clean with a monatenous stream of bubbles cruising to the top. Head is an ultrafine layer of snow white ubersmall bubbles.

S: Copper, dried grass clippings, yellow pear and crackers.

T: Mineraly pear flavor with a wink of pickles. The grain bill comes next; slightly sour with the barley very mellow. Hops are pronounced for the style really aiding in the upfront flavor. Finishes dry with crisp honey and lingering aluminum.

M: Light body with a hard mouthfeel

D: Some people get off on this beer, I've got to assume its for schtick due to advertising, etc. Not bad, not necessarily good either. What ever.

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Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grenade style bottle, the brew is a clear pale yellow color with white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

This smells sweet with grain and mild grassiness then mostly carbonic character like seltzer water.

It tastes sweet with cereal graininess, sulfur, corn and minimal mineral profile.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Honestly not terrible but not good either.

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Photo of Todd
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz custom brown "shorty" bottle with a red & white painted label. No freshness date. Label states: "For over 65 years Red Stripe has embodied the spirit, rhythum and pulse of Jamaica and its people." -- hey, I thought that was marijuana that did that?

Appearance: Clear pale gold in colour with lively carbonation and a healthy creamy white lace of a head.

Smell: Faint hop and grain aroma, with a touch of sulfur.

Taste: Light to medium body. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy on the palate (from the carbonation). Upfront dextrin sweetness followed by a rather lemon/lime hop bitterness, a slight crisp snap and a brush of coarse hop leaf on the palate. Finishes with a light grain dryness and grain/steely flavour.

Notes: Not a bad brew. Refreshing. Goes great with jerked foods or one of my favourites, curried goat. They sell it at Rhythm & Spice Caribbean Grill in Central Sq. Cambridge, MA. An excellent match with all of their food.

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Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample purchased.

Always been a nice drinkable lager, had this brew at the Naked Fish with some grilled tuna and it did a great job of washing it down.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
5/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly only tried this beer because i saw it on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I expected it to taste pretty bad actually. I was mind-blown by how smooth and flavorful this is and it became my favorite beer. It pours a medium gold color, with a smell of sweet grain and a bit of spice. The taste is great with a good level of carbonation and a mix of slightly sweet grain and hops with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Carbonation is high. Barley is very noticeable in the aroma, and it also has a sort of spicy smell. The taste is quite bready, with grassy aspects. Red Stripe has a nice hop balance. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with the beer finishing crisp and rather wet. Overall, I was very pleased with this beer and would drink it again. Hurray, beer!

RJT

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Photo of Pantalones
3.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had a couple of these with dinner tonight. Poured out of the short little brown bottles and into a standard pint glass. Color is very pale, yellowy and pretty much perfectly transparent. A decent number of little bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Pouring a little quickly produces a big foamy head that shrinks away into a little coating on top after a little while; seems to shrink quicker on a slower pour. Actually leaves a good bit of a lacy trail behind on the sides of the glass as you drink it.

Got a good whiff of "standard beer smell" upon opening and pouring the first bottle, not as much with the second. Once in the glass the smell is pretty faint. What is there isn't anything special; it's a smell that might be a little funky if it was stronger, but as is it's barely noticeable.

Taste, like color and smell, is pretty light. What is there isn't bad at all--a light grain/bread sort of flavor is what I'm picking up the most, and bready lagers are fine by me--it could just use a bit more "oomph." Interestingly, this beer seemed to go VERY nicely with food; I drank about half of my first one (and some of my second one) while eating some pasta with a garlic butter sauce and a little bit of paprika, and the beer seemed to become more flavorful when accompanied by food than it was on its own--as soon as I'd had a bite of food, I started picking up a bit of an almost fruity sort of flavor when I had another drink. A bite of food makes your beer taste better and a drink of beer makes your food taste better... always a good thing.

Feel is... well, it's pretty fizzy and light. Very easy to drink quite a bit of it quickly. Maybe a little *too* fizzy at times, it's not quite soda-like but it's not that far off either.

Overall, I'm surprisingly impressed by this one. It's light, but what is there is far from bad; certainly a few steps up from a glass of plain, flavorless, alcohol-free water. This is definitely a "mealtime beer" rather than a "have one beer at the end of the day" beer. If you feel like having two or three lighter beers with some good food rather than one strong, flavorful beer as a meal unto itself, Red Stripe fills that role nicely... and I can definitely imagine this being a good beer to have around when the weather's a bit warmer and you're chowing down on some sweet and spicy Caribbean-style food. I may have to revisit this one when it warms up a bit, and I'll definitely have to remember to make sure to have a few "at the source" if I ever end up visiting Jamaica at some point.

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.27/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The appearance of Red Stripe was of a normal lager. Hard to tell the color due to the brown and unique bottle that it came in.

Smell: I was able to smell the hops within this brew. I thought it was a pleasant smell.

Taste- I really like the taste of this beer. It was smooth and I was able to taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- The texture of the beer is very smooth.

Overall- I thought this was a good beer overall and I would drink it again.

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Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of DanGeo
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Jamaica. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Red Stripe is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Jamaica so this is my top beer choice.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ccapurso
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Stripe Jamaican Lager. Bottle states that for 75 years the spirit, rhythm and pulse of Jamaica has been embodied in this beer... lets see.

A- Pours a very clean light straw yellow liquid that sends a nicly active thick white head in to action. This head then falls leaving a foamy ring around the glass and slight lace retention.

S- I smell sweet corn malts, sugar and maybe even a little hop stank. Kind of a dull overall scent.

T- At first is the very sugery sweet corn and malts followed by a murky thick grain flavor that is overpowering to the finish. Very light notes of yeasty properties at end of taste.

M-D- Mouthfeel is almost an artifical smooth feeling on my tongue tricking it to allow the beer to go down, almost to thick feel.
I will give this one a plus on drinkablity, it contains nothing that would stop a party beer from happening... its from Jamaica mon!

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.5/5  rDev -50%

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mediumrare
4.75/5  rDev +58.3%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +66.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jonny1138
1.5/5  rDev -50%

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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