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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Reviews: 963 | Ratings: 3,143
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +11%
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 kylehay2004
2.31/5  rDev -23%
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 StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 metter98
2.91/5  rDev -3%
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 BEERchitect
2.58/5  rDev -14%
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 brentk56
2.91/5  rDev -3%
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 biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -15%
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 kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev +9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
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 zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 wethorseblanket
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a 1" thick white head which lingers and leaves semi-rings of lace.

N: Corny, grainy, malty and yeasty. Not too exciting.

T: A bit estery with very faint banana notes, yeasty and mildly sweetish malts.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Semi-dry with a crisp and clean finish.

O: Easy to drink and it was refreshing on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of jlindros
2.84/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in St Martin, this was slightly better than the other macros, but not by much. A huge adjunct macro flavor, skunky mess like, but some malt flavors, pilsner and toasted malts, a little grassy hop bitterness, a bit less thin than the others as well. An OK beer to pound many of, but not very enjoyable, as I remember from college.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Stripe is interesting in that it's not a sweetish "island" lager like Corona or Sol, nor an interperetation of an American lager or European pilsner. Instead, it has kind of a European influence, but it doesn't really go any further than that. It's kind of a beer unto itself. Not that it's great...

It pours a clear golden body beneath a fluffy birghht-white head that holds well but leaves limited (but nice) lace.

The nose is pretty basic (mostly just generic beer) with a touch of hay-like malt, some milld yeasty fruit, and a bit of lager yeast sulphur.

The body is light/medium and it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly above median carbonation level.

The flavor reveals a distinct note of sulphur, a limited amount of grainy malt character, some subtle fruitiness, and a smear of non-descript hops in the background. It's well-balanced with bitterness but there's a harsh edge to it nonetheless. It finishes with a quickly passing note of grain and a short-lingering raspy bitterness.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks OK, good carbonation, so it seems like beer. Sharp without a hint of malt. Fortunately no metallic taste, but there is just no real flavor here. Water, or course, but no improvement on it. Slight hint of bitterness but no real hop flavor. Tastes like that touch of cardboard and sweetness when you lick the inside of the package the cookies stuck to.

Trying to be fair to this as an actual style, but I don't think Red Stripe is up to the challenge. I liked the Light version better, strangely enough.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Red Stripe is a beer that I've been aware of for decades, but haven't had the opportunity to try until now. I like the bottle. Is there any other beer bottle that's stubbier than this one?

I've seen lighter lagers, but not by much. Pale straw yellow, clear with the exception of a few dozen small floaters. The head is shockingly white and wispy, but slightly tacky. It's lasting longer than expected and is actually leaving some lace.

The aroma is pretty nasty. Hops are present along with a sour, pungent, rotting vegetable smell. I hope that the flavor doesn't follow suit or I won't be finishing the bottle. It's a little better on the palate, but not much. It isn't oppressively bad (see Bud Light), but neither is it something that appeals to me in any way, shape or form. On a good note, I do detect a little lemoniness and the finish is mercifully short. Thin mouthfeel with no trace of fizziness.

Red Stripe is drinkable if I keep a few things in mind. Chill the crap out of it, don't smell it and pop the cap only when really, really hot and thirsty. The fact that a light version exists frightens me.

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Photo of mothman
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$1.29 12 oz. stubbie single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After some years of viewing commercials where a Jamaican guy sells beer in little, brown, squashed-down bottles and ends his commercial my shouting "HOORAY BEER!" it's time to give Red Stripe another try.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a large, foamy, white head. Rather nice lacing, I must say.

Smell: Faintly sweetish nose smelling of light pale malts, spicy hops, and maize (akin to smelling a Frito corn chip).

Taste: Light pale malts, yes, a bit corny, and with a light amount of sweetness. Mild spicy hop character and bitterness. Finishes sweetish and crisp. Slight metallic hint lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, there're better lagers, but there are also far, far worse ones to be found. The metallic aftertaste definitely mars it's overall drinkability, but, beyond that, it's really just another pale lager.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey and some spice, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has a little bit more sweetness than most in the style, with flavors of corn and honey. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little flavorful, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, it's not bad for the style but it's something I'd only drink if there weren't much else to choose from.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you really say about this, its one of your classics right. Poured a pale golden yellow with a brief fizzy white head that faded to no lace. Smell was musty grain with a hint of bread. Smooth and light, with not as much carbonation as I would have liked. Other than that, nice sessionable macro like lager. A classic for the beach as always/

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Photo of Rifugium
1.05/5  rDev -65%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear yellow pour with a large white head that eventually fizzles away to a thin layer, leaving a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Pretty typical adjunct aroma, grains, corn, something resembling light hops. Taste is bland with stale malts, corn, corn sugar, light hops with a lingering bitter skunkiness. Light body, and not very pleasing to any of the senses. There's really no need for beer like this ever.

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

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head. The retention is actually somewhat decent.

S: Big time adjuncts on the nose. Lots of corn with some nondescript grain aromas. Some grassy notes along with a bit of a skunkiness.

T: Very mild grain flavor with plenty of sweet corn. There is actually a bit of hop character here, providing a bit of grass and spice. A bit of a surprise for this type of beer.

M: The body is light, not shockingly, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: As far as adjunct lagers go, this is definitely toward the top end of things. Not terrible at all, and heck, even the light version is pretty decent.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz "stubbie" bottle

Pours extremely light golden with a 1 finger deep head, where the hell did it go??? Just a whisper of lacing

S: Sweetness & grass.

T: Sweet malt, a little cornyness & grassyness up front. Lemon & corny notes surface as it warms. Finishes with a slight floral& citric hop snap

MF: Light to medium bodied, good carbonation & skews sweet on balance

Drinks okay, where's the goat curry or jerk chicken that'd pair pretty well with this? I'd take this over most mexican lagers I've tried, without a doubt. The warmer the beer gets or the colder climate, the less desirable this is IMO. Used to to inhale this & labatts when Iived in FLA

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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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