Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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70
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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
Ratings:
3,206
Reviews:
977
Avg:
3
pDev:
20.67%
 
 
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44
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Photo of BellinghamBiker
2.21/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Spoda1983
2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.61/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Light amber with perfect clarity. Head is fluffy, white and recedes slowly. A thin ring is still present several minutes after the pour. 4.0

Nose:
A bit of sweetness with a earthy hop presence. No DMS. Pretty decent for an AAL. 3.5

Taste:

Earthy with some ester presence. It's interesting and a cut above the majority of american macro's. I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. 3.5

Feel:

Heavier than the Tsingtao, but light enough that you could put back a few. It dries a bit at the back end. 3.75

Overall:

I was really quite shocked how much I enjoyed this one. It's different than what I think of as an AAL. Darker and more flavorful, I could see myself enjoying this one for it's own merits rather than just because my budget isn't endless. Recommended. 3.75

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Photo of NickFry9
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of msscott1973
3.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mancave-Rescue
4.08/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly refreshing while in Jamaica, but once once youre back in the US, there are choices that will match it for overall texture an taste. Not bad

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.69/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Prost76
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monkist
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of caburdette51
1/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BeerTest
2.19/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Atg1095
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wac9
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

better then I thought it would be doesn't have that watery taste or feel like other crappy not too bad

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Photo of ONUMello
3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (Jamaica version) best by 9/18/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow, 1/2-finger head
S: Malt/corn/grain
T: Also mostly corn, some malt
M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation
O: Fairly refreshing, on par for the style, just zero complexity

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Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a nice importy, rich, and a little skunky taste. The price is not too bad either. I think it was better when America got the stuff that was actually brewed in Jamaica, though. Maybe that's why it is cheaper now then when we got it from Jamaica in the good old days.

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Photo of jsbirnba
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Acat114
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold and smells of malt and grain. Tastes like corn, malt, biscuit, and maybe a little honey and fruit. Funny that someone who did a recent review mentioned it tasted like Barrio Blonde as I just had that earlier today and completely agree. Not a bad adjunct actually. If I had to choose an adjunct lager to drink this would probably be near the top of my list.

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank loads of this 11.2 oz bottle while in St Marteen , have to say it hit the spot between mixed drinks, had a dank citrus baked bread taste with some sweet malts , medium carbonation this is a tasty lager ,

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Used to drink these on special years ago for $2 a bottle, been a while so picked up some and tried it in a pint glass.

L - Pours a light, golden straw yellow with little lacing and no head. Very thin.

S - Slightly sweeter and maltier, some artificial fruit smell that reminds me of a blonde ale.

T - Corn, cereal grains, biscuit malt, a hint of tropical fruit (mass-produced Jamaican beer living up to its origin). Not much on hops at all, just a malty sweetness.

F - Drinks like the local Barrio blonde ale I get a lot. Light to medium body, a little thicker and creamier than other lagers. Best ice old straight out of the bottle.

O - An okay adjunct lager that's honestly a bit overpriced for what you get:

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Photo of tpauer
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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