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: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very clear yellow, like dehydrated piss and a big old white head on top that stays awhile and is fed constantly by a torrent of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of slightly skunked grains, cereal and bread notes, with a little grassy and hay-like scent from the hops. The smell is clean except for the slight skunked notes. On the tongue the beer tastes sweetly biscuity with nice grass and hay notes. It shares some flavor characteristics with European pilsners. The beer begins with light hay notes and a little bit of funk, and then opens into sweet biscuit and hay notes and a slight skunk taste that sits below everything. The aftertaste is of light skunked malts and grassy hops. The mouth is left clean except for a slight lingering of the skunky/grassy taste in the mouth. The beer is thin and clean on the tongue, making the beer extra drinkable. Overall, this isn’t a terrible beer. It’s a little skunked, and definitely weak in flavor, but it’s not horribly flavored. A Jamaican pounding beer, I guess.

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - pours a yellowy amber, bubbly, frothy white head for 5 seconds then nothing.

S - umm. Adjunct lager. Corn and light grain.

T - water is the dominant flavour. Some corn sweetness.

M - high carbonation, light body. Can be just the thing if outdoors, hot and sweaty.

O - basically paid for this so i could tick off another country, it wont happen again.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I finally got around to reviewing this beer. It's probably my second in my life. No freshness date visible.

Appearance: Straw-colored transparent lager with a finger of white head and zero retention or lacing.

Smell: Hints of malt. No detectable hop presence. Very bland smell.

Taste: Adjuncts? Very mild flavor. Subdued barley, no bitterness. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and easy to drink. Not unlike water.

Overall: Tastes like AAL... because it is. Judged within this lackluster style, it isn't a good example. Made in Pennsylvania? Doesn't seem too Jamaican to me. I'll drink it for free, but will never spend money on it or look for it anywhere. Boo, boring beer.

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The aroma is green vegetables, lots of corn, light grains.
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Poured half out, not worth the calories.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3 out of 5 based on 3,221 ratings.
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