Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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

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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 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 Troy-Hawaii
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 12-pack $13.46 Sam's Club
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Sweet, light malt flavor, clean tasting, refreshing
Overall an ok beer, better than Bud. Nothing special about it, great for hot weather drinking.

What made me buy it is that Sam's had both the made in Jamaica and the fake Red Stripe Style made in America for the same price. I was happy to find the real made in Jamaica version since I haven't seen it anywhere else. I prefer to buy the real versions of beers and not the fake made in America/Canada versions that have been happening more often.

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

From bottle to pint glass. Pale yellow/straw in color, not much head. Smells of grain and corn. Taste is sweet, crackers and cream corn. Smooth feel. Could totally toss a few back on a hot day. Not something I'd seek, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Beerdeathexperience
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh, Red Stripe. A light tasting, crisp beer. This baby looks a bit like urine, but its taste is far superior to that bodily excretion. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, a bit grainy. Occasionally one catches a taste of hops, if I recall correctly. It feels thin in the mouth, but there is a slight, grainy texture almost imperceptible. A good beer to casually drink, in a unique bottle.

Ultimately, Red Stripe seems to be a slightly better Budweiser for a slightly higher cost.

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Photo of joeandsimonreviews
3.42/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a goldish color, nothing special but not the worst. Slight head which quickly dissolves upon pouring.

Smell: Nothing unique about the smell at all.

Taste: Not an overwhelming taste, easily drinkable on a hot day for sure. Its not as filling as other lagers we have tried.

Feel: Red Stripe goes down real easy, does not leave an unpleasant taste. Does not fill you up like other lagers might. Can easily have 4-5 of these and not feel like a fat slob.

Overall: This is a good, but not great beer. Definitely recommend it if you are stuck in a rut and want something new. Can usually find a 6 pack for around 9 dollars. It is very drinkable and tasty enough to keep you interested. Good for parties/bbqs. Good for day drinking.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Review: 500ml Can of Red Stripe: ABV: 4.7%

The taste of Jamaica

On pour we get a light golden yellow colour, that produces a big frothy white head, with a lot of nice carbonation. The beer looks ok.
A nice head that maintains, and some nice lacing.

A slight beery smell on the nose, real lagery aroma. Malts and grains, but overall not a whole lot to smell. Faint.

On taste I get a very nice mouthful of tastes, a filling and refreshing feel in the mouth. Tastes ok, mostly creamy, with some cereals tastes, and a good bit of grain. Nice enough.
There is a very stringent taste though (lemon and lime), that lingers throughout which is not very nice and is very pointed.

But overall has a real lagery taste and is quite sessionable
Hard to rate and not bad, but would like to try again.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer is slightly below average for a lager. It has a taste that is neither good or bad. it is over priced for a subpar lager. There is nothing special here.

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Photo of theBubba
2.47/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say here. The lace lasted...surprise. Otherwise this is just another American adjunct beer. Jamaican style? Give me a break. This tastes like a Pabst Blue Ribbon with a tad more bitterness. It's sad that many of the once notable beers from other countries (Kirin, Harp, Becks, Lowenbrau...I could go on and on) have been bought by corporate America's bean counters and marketing geniuses for their name and past reputation. This is quite possibly the reason for the craft beer surge. We know better. Excuse the rant. Back to Red Stripe. No worse than a Heineken, if you get my drift. American adjunct lager? Go for a Narraganset if you can find one.

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Photo of acmurphy696
2.74/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a nice beer that has just enough character to be enjoyable.
It's pale color leaves a lot to be desired mainly due to reminding drinkers of the standard adjunct lagers it resembles.
It's smell is pleasant and inviting.
The taste is hard to define. It's certainly not off putting, but It's difficult to consistently detect.
While there is a bit of character in its feel, there's not much.
Overall, Red Stripe is a pleasant experience.

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Photo of pkalix
3.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first beer of the day, straight out of the freezer, on a warm September afternoon..... is why i give this baby a FOUR on taste! but seriously.... it's not bad. on par with a Coors i suppose....

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
1.9/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Smells like dirt, tastes like skunk (maybe a note or two of sweetness), looks like Bud Light, feels like Bud Light. I had high hopes for this beer, I really did... I think this is the most disappointed by beer I have been in a long while.

See, something sinister, I think, must have happened. Because my bottle looks almost identicele to the one pictured; same Red Stripe logo, same DG logo... EXCEPT underneath the logo, mine does not say "Lager beer brewed in Jamaica" no, no, scipio--mine says "Jamaican style lager". Jamaican, STYLE. On the side, it does not say "Desnoes & Geddes", nope, nope, mine says "brewed and bottled by Red Stripe beer company LATROBE, PA" dot dot dot... LATROBE! Persumably the same Latrobe that brings ussuch outstanding products as Rolling Rock (obvious sarcasm is obvious). WTH!? This tastes just as non-descript and underwhelming as rolling rock that I'm not convinced it's not rolling rockunder a different label since Latrobe apparently bought this brand. This is a BS beer. This is no better than bud. Well, maybe slightly. But not eough to justify it's existence.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Grilling out with friends. Transparent, pale golden body teeming with effervescence. An inch of soapy, bone white head rests at the apex. Aromas of miscellaneous grains, adjuncts. Clean and refreshing. Light and simple. A good backyard, summer day kind of lager.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a ton of streaming bubbles and topped by a rocky white head.

Bready and slightly sweet on the nose. There is even some hops coming through on the smell along with that malty cracker like smell.

The taste follows the nose with a slightly sweet and bready bite with a nice touch of hops. Nothing real bitter or over th top on that hop note but it is just detectable.

The feel is fairly light and finishes very nicely.

Overall this beer comes in at a high score for me because it is such a good beer for an adjunct lager. Tastes to me like a possible corn filler is used. And that fits me fine because I am a fan of the Coors/Miller family line that uses the corn over the rice. This beer is also very reasonable priced in my area and that makes it just that much more enjoyable. Cheers!

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Photo of Gucci_Laine
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

poured into glass from grenade bottle

L: a little bit deeper than piss yellow, some head longevity

S:not a lot, a little rancid.

T: pretty good for the price. a very drinkable lager.

My go to for liquor stores with below average selection.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

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

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Gets an extra quarter point for the grenade bottle, but really doesn't look bad for an adjunct. Surprisingly full bodied for a beer that I'm certain has sugar cane in it, tastes a bit darker than you'd expect. Not terrible, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of wilson32
3.51/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What can I say, I love the bottles - it is almost a novelty. In terms of the actual beer, I have been trying a lot more lagers lately and this is a pretty decent one. Perhaps a touch overpriced and I imagine the more die-hard beer fans won't be too quick to go buy a pack, but it isn't too bad. Are there even any other kinds of Jamaican beer out there?

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Photo of Aegelis
3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atypical light look for a lager and not strong in scent, but does have nice character with a slight malty dry bite to finish. Overall agreeable, a crowd favourite that may cause a craving worthy of revisiting on occasion.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good beer. The bottle really don't give that impression, but it is surprising how nice that beer feel.

This blond, Jamaïcan beer have a nice taste.

I will try this one again soon

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light amber gold.

Toasted malt and a slight spice thing going on.

Not much in terms of flavor, mildly spiced grains.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, not terrible, but not good.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a nice head that lasts a while. Light in the nose, primarily grains. The mouth enjoys the light flavor with no aftertaste. Must be killer listening to the local music in Jamaica!!

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