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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look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Small, unique bottle. Can see why this is considered cool.

Poured very pale yellow, very filtered. Not much head, but a bit white. Lacing non-existent.

Relatively new to this, so I can't identify the smell. Sort of smells like junk, perhaps some rice krispie action. Quite sweet smell: corny, ricey?

Taste followed up the smell. Quite sweet. No hops. Ricey and corny notes. Where is the barley?

Very little finish. Still sweet.
I can understand why copious amounts of this get drank on the beach.

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A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up from Tesco a little while back. The label mentions that this is brewed in the UK under licence (boooo).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A crystal-clear straw colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of very faint malt with hints of corn and stewed veggies. There is a strange fruit-like solvent note that is reminiscent of apples; harsh and unpleasant. Not a nice smelling lager.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild, dry finish. Weak notes of adjunct and overcooked veg, along with an artificial solventy hint in the background. Slightly sweet. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with decent carbonation but a thin, watery body. Aftertaste of slightly harsh stewed leaves and watery malt.

Extremely bland and quite unpleasant. Perhaps the weak flavour is it's saving grace - I would certainly mark it lower if the off-notes were anything more than a suggestion. You could be forgiven for not realising this is beer; the malt is barely there and hops seem to be completely absent. Some nasty solvent undertones in the aroma/flavour. A dull, sub-par macro. Take my advice and avoid this - your money can be spent on better things.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3 out of 5 based on 3,201 ratings.
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