Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
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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 kylehay2004
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head on a clear straw colored body. Aroma is very mild malt and a little musty. Flavor is mild as well with again mostly light malt and little else. Highly carbonated, light body and refreshing. This is a plain beer overall and not special but not offensive either.

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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and corn flakes primarily. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes, grass/hay, and some very mild citrus flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness makes itself known on the palate after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good adjunct lager with better than average smells and tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as the adjuncts go, this is my favorite, or close to it. very refreshing when its ice cold. smells like an island style lager, a little fruity and sweet, very light on the malts, and not real hop presence to note. flavor is similarly light and breezy, a tad sweet and artificial tasting, but clean and crisp in the finish. feel is nice for this kind of beer, easy drinking but not watery at all. bright carbonation adds to the refreshment, and overall its not a bad 6pack to put down on a hot summer day. its not a craft product, but it doesnt taste bad at all.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a yellow color, very clear body with a fizzy white head. The smell was on the sweeter side, some corn and other grains. The taste was decent but nothing special. The mouthfeel was very drinkable. Overall this beer is a typical lager.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this before but never sat down and enjoyed it. Comes in a cool little stubby bottle.. although it's taller than I remember it and not as chubby.. but that's besides the point.

A typical mass produced import here but I find it much more drinkable than the usual one. Has a sweeter taste to it and the adjuncts really come out but it does make it much more flavorful and drinkable. Because of the lack of lacing and any color (it's basically off white) it loses points in appearance but not mad overall.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that faded away but left some lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite malty with a moderate amount of sweetness. There are flavors of corn and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of crispness.
D: Compared to other beers in this style, Red Stripe is very drinkable, although the sweetness would keep me from drinking more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I remember this brand as the heavily-pushed special at a famous local seafood concern in the Okanagan many moons ago, and the combination of the elevated temperatures (for Canada, anyways) and the lakeside humidity, made it seem like an ideal choice for a round or two at the time.

Now, under more clinical eyes, this 330ml bottle pours a clear, very light golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzing soapy white head, which leaves a bit of sparse sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of mildly sugary rice pudding and creamed corn, additional spoiled white wine must fruity notes, a bit of plastic phenols, and a moderate vegetal skunkiness level. The taste is basically the same - a more or less sweet 'n muddled adjunct graininess, a nondescript, but all the same unpleasant mustiness, estery alcohol sans the heat, with no hops anywhere in sight, just a meek, blithe cooked veggie astringency.

The carbonation is middling in its chalky frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, quite thin-seeming, and rather clammy and pithy, as if it majored in those subjects in community college. It finishes off-dry, and still clunky in its adjunct-riddled sweetness, with a subtle dank skunkiness lingering for a wee spell longer.

Not particularly offensive overall, but not good by any stretch of the imagination, either - ok, maybe one - as an adequate patio thirst quencher in hot, humid weather, as that memory remains. Bonus points (somewhat) for continuing to employ the stubby, a woefully under-represented and forgotten packaging style around these parts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corn beer. Basically looks like an ordinary lager. Yellow, white head, lots of carbonation. Low level sweetness and high corn sugar to nose. Tastes the same with abrupt yeastiness and low maltiness. Obviously a low quality beer, but an easy drinking one. Light body, slightly creamy and slick. Finishes quick and airy. Not overly complex. I cannot beleive that people pay 3 dollars per bottle. It would make a nice free beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a four finger head of decent thickness and a bit of cream. Average appeal.

Sm: Clean off-scent of malted barley. Definitely adjuncts. Not particularly appealing.

T: Clean open, well built and balanced body akin to the smell. Crisp finish.

Mf: Smooth as it needs to be but a bit too wet. Some dryness on the finish would make me want the next sip more.

Dr: Brilliant for this price range, but nothing special in terms of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a modest white head that drops quickly and leaves only a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet vegetal aromas of rice and corn

Taste: Surprisingly sweet from the first sip with a rough grainy finish that is inoffensive while cold

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: OK on a 100 degree day; a waste of time otherwise

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear, light yellow color. A small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Smells of malt and hops.

T - It was a little sweet and the hops weren't very noticeable.

M - It is crisp and a little too dry.

D - It is an okay lager. The taste won't blow you away but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow lager with a nice huge bubbly pure white head with minimal retention. Aroma of crisp hops with some sweet malt. Taste is also very refreshing with crisp hops and fresh slightly sweet malt. Not skunky as I had feared nor that thin. Could have been a lot worse.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of mothman
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well this beer tastes like an American lager brewed way south.

Pours about a one finger head. Head fizzles down quickly. No lacing Color is straw yellow, not impressed so far.

Smell is of grain, as is the taste. Very little hop or malt presence.

Mouthfeel, is 'sticky'. Doesn't leave a pleasant feeling in the mouth.

Overall, please spend your money on something of the craft genre. I put this in a BYO 6 pk so it wasn't too expensive, but I would never buy this again. I guess all in all, it was worth a the try, because I think every beer deserves a chance, but I will still stay away from it.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev +1%

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