Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica
redstripebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
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3,217
Reviews:
978
Avg:
3
pDev:
20.67%
 
 
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Photo of JohannBock
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Needed something to wet the whistle while reading and this was in the fridge, poured into a pint glass.

A: Half a finger of head even after a pretty hard pour that dissipated to nothing very quickly. Lots of carbonation in the glass, pale straw color.

S: Not much in the way of nose here, maybe just some malts.

T: Also not much here either, tastes like corn grains with maybe some malts on the back half. Finishes pretty clean though.

M: Some prickle on the tongue from the carbonation. Clean.

O: Not great but not bad. If it was offered at a BBQ or something like that I wouldn't be mad about it.

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Photo of rudzud
2.99/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Austin Liquors.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear pale gold larger with a fizzy one finger head that disappeared almost immediately leaving nothing.

S - Slghtly below par for an american adjunct. Light grains and malt sweetness.

T - Same as the nose, light grains, malt sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinarey here.

M - Not too bad. Nicer carbonation makes this a bit more drinkable.

O - Overall, just your average larger. Red Stripe, hooray mediocraty.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definately one of my go to beach beers, I prefer a negro modelo but this is a refreshing beer. Pours a light golden hue with a very small quickly receding white head that lingers due to an imense fountain of carbonation. Smell is light grains bit of citrus in the nose. Taste is crackery grain with a small zest of citrus hops that is brought about by the bright carbonation. Mouthfeel is very clean and light almost efforvescent with the amount of carbonation. Overall this is not an overly complex beer, it pairs pretty well with cajun and jerk or spicy cuisine and is a far step ahead of the big lagers of the US.

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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 bluejacket74
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is lightly sweet, the brew smells like sweet malt and grain/adjuncts. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some light hops which helps lead to a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's crisp and well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink, which is a good thing on a hot day like this. For the style of beer this is, it isn't bad at all. I'm not sure if I would pay $2.19 for a bottle of this again anytime soon, but there are certainly worse choices out there.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew the color of watered-down gold. It holds a one finger head of pulsating white bubbles. This recedes at a standard pace to leave a thin bubbling film over the glass. Little lacing is left as it goes. Translucency is near complete, and no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate, and a generous amount of bubbles stick to the inside of the glass. The aroma is wrought with irony metals and adjuncty grain. Other notes include a limey sweetness and an obtrusive alcohol character, despite the lower abv. The taste begins with a sugary sweetness and biting corny adjuncts. The grain seems extraordinarily cheap, with a bizarre synthetic citric character. Moving forward through the middle sees more of the same grain, but in a milder manner. Bitterness is present, again, contributed by the adjuncts and yeast. Rounding the corner to the finish we find mashed vegetable sweetness, and paler, more mild malts. The aftertaste breathes with corn, flour, and a standard oat flavor, like dry cheerios. The body is medium and the carbonation is borderline offensive. The feel to each sip is watery and thinner on the flavoring side of things, but the mouth is ultimately left bone dry. There is an astringent peel to the roof of the mouth, and the mouth is left puckered and satiating, trying to compensate for the lack of moisture. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks with the ease of any adjunct lager.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the look for the style. The color appeared a bit darker than many of the other members of this style category, and had a bit more fullness to it than them as well. This would certainly be refreshing on a hot day in Jamaica, but there are many other brews I would rather reach for in such a situation.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at a jamaican-themed party

man, takes me back to the college days. acceptable clear straw-yellow, big fluffy head. some faint hops and malt on the nose, but not a lot.

no surprises with this old war horse. a slightly better than average adjunct lager. well above most mass-produced adjuncts, perfect for washing down the jerk chicken.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this brew every spring break and have not had one until recent. I though it was okay very light, sweet and very malty. I just do not prefer a lager that has a mouthfeel that has been watered down. If I was in Jamaica I would drink this other than that I will pass unless it is free or for some reason I find myself on another spring break. If that happens I more than likely will be divorced also.

Cheers

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Photo of bsdrums
4.14/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened and enjoyed from the bottle. I usually would not drink a beer straight from the bottle, but I have had experience with this beer before and it is best right out of the bottle. Pour it in a glass and you have to race to finish it bofore it opens up too much.

A: In the bottle, like a hand grenade, it's fun. Brown bottle cold on a hot day. Nice.

S: A little sweet, crisp with almost a malt hint, only noticeable as a almost earthy sweetness.(try it on a hot day after some heavy manual labor)

T: Just like the smell but the taste is just more intense. The malt comes through with some sweetness and then the hops bite back just enough to let you enjoy this very well balanced(term used too much) beer.

M: The malt leaves a sweetness and fullness in the mouth wile the hops fade back. Makes it easy to drink, and hard to believe f how deep you are in to your 12 pack.

Overall: Great beer for the heat, with friends for a night of session drinking.

DO NOT BUY THIS BEER IN CANS. It's brewed in Canada, which is not too bad by it's self, but it doesn't taste the same. In fact I think it tastes bad. Bottles come from Jamaica (good beer), cans come from Canada[(no pun intended)bad beer].

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Photo of shand
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz stubby into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a pale golden color with a finger worth of head. Aroma is generically beery. The taste is pretty good, it's got a nice sweet maltiness, and a crisp taste. As it warms, it gets vegetal. Drink it cold. Ice cold. The mouthfeel is nice, it's very effervescent and goes down easily. The drinkability is good, but no better than the style. This is a better than average AAL for sure, but it's nowhere worth the 8.49 a sixer seems to demand in the area when I can pick up a 24oz can of Genny Cream for a buck and enjoy it just as much.

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Photo of marqoid
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as the Adjunct Lager category goes this isn't that bad.
Drank this beer while eating ceviche outside in Arizona summer.
Pours a light straw color with off white head with little retention. Smells grainy and sweet, not much hops or real malt n the scent. Tastes is crisp and refreshing when very cold, but has an off putting after taste as it warms. There is some hop bitterness, but the hops are not particularly distinguishable. As it warms it does taste more and more stale and 'skunky'. So long as the beer stayed cold it was refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Jemonster
1.93/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A: Clear pale gold, as to be expected from this type of beer. Bubbly head fades away quickly.

S: Slightly musky, wheat and malt. Grassy and light.

T: Acrid and unpleasant. I couldn't even stand to finish it. I may re-review later to double check, but this tastes like it's tainted. Corn and wet puppy taste...

M: It's got a bubbly and refreshing mouthfeel, so there is a plus. Cool and light.

O: It's awful. I will try it again later but as it stands it's one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had.

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

A: A light chardonnay in color, crystal clear, with a white head that noticeably dissipates as I type this.

S: Light scent with some sweetness. Some light chex mix rice type smells, and something slightly cloying in the finish.

T: Very light with an effervescent sweetness. Some crisp grain tastes with rice, and a touch of a floral note.

M: Light in body and carbonation similar to club soda. This puppy is active.

O: Overall it is what I expect from the style, low on flavor, light and bubbly. Pretty much par for the course.

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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 MrMcGibblets
1.88/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Was stuck and had no choice but to revisit this. Like the grenade bottle, but the likey ends there. Just your basic insipid aal. No aroma to speak of, no taste to speak of other than some grainy sweetness. Fake tasting carbonation. Thin and watery. This was a chore to drink.

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Photo of BeerYain
3.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head with minimal lacing, light straw coloring and the aroma of a basic American lager.

I've had the beer from the bottle and in a mug. When drinking from the bottle, the flavor is tight and focused. It's initially a bit hoppy/bitter, and a bit breathy from the booze, with a mild butterscotch note, but balances well. From the mug, it opens up more, with a good mix of much milder hop and minimal bitterness, booze, and a offers more of that signature soft, rounded butterscotch finish.

This Jamaican lager is a great alternative to an American lager.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent pale golden-straw color with a large frothy white head with decent lacing. Very noticeable carbonation.

Smell is not very good. Not much going on except a little straw wheat and an unpleasant sourness a little like vomit.

Flavor is very simple and boring like a Bud. Notes of straw wheat and light pale malt.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth with good carbonation.

Overall it's very easy to drink. I only really bought it cuz I needed the bottle cap. I had my honeymoon in Jamaica at an all inclusive resort so I've drunken a ton of this stuff. In fact I won a beer chugging race for a bottle of rum at my resort. So I keep it classy and it clearly is light and smooth.

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Photo of Francepants06
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow fizzy beer, poured a small white foamy head which dissipated quickly, i tasted a slight citrus. It was a really bad beer, it just remind me too much of a BMC and I don't think I will drink it again unless I'm held at gun point. I would like to taste their dragon stout thought I hear it's drinkable

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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 gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can to a pint glass.

Pours a straw clear golden yellow with lots and lots of bubbles and a strong 3 finger head that fades its way down the glass. Smells of boiled corn, sweet grains, classic lager funk, old water, a typical AAL. Sweet and grainy on the tongue with a cake batter type flavor, with a slight bitter lemony zest on the finish. Extremely light on the tongue, full of carbonation, very refreshing, not offensive in the least as many AAL's esp on the finish. Overall, i like this stuff alot, not your run of the mill corn/rice beer, nice flavors, easy to drink.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, was disappointed by the fact I hadn't realized that the bottles are 11.2 not 12 ounces. Personally, for this style, since the prices are the same, they are only doing themselves a disservice by doing this, as it definitely discourages me from buying a six pack of this over something comparative in style and price that I get more out of. Still....

It poured out with the common light straw color and very thin, quickly dissipating head that American Adjunct Lagers have. The smell was that of grains, and it did have a hiny of "green bottle" skunkiness to it, despite the bottles being brown glass. The taste was alright, with a heavier finish than some others in the style. All in all, it's an average run of the mill AAL. Nothing I would turn my nose up at, but nothing I would go out of my way for either.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale gold in color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light grain smell, honey and a wee bit of skunk.

T: A bit of lemon and grass off the bat with a touch of pale malt and a bit of something that tastes like a cross between a skunk flavor and metal. This is by no means the worst of this style and it would go well with any kind of spicy food. On it's own though, not fantastic.

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

Although I took a personal vow to not waste my time reviewing this style, I was intrigued by the packaging of this beer. This imported Jamaican lager was sampled from a 16oz can that informed me that this Jamaican original was brewed, canned and imported from Canada. Pretty much your standard american adjunct lager. Unless it's free and I'm pretty thirsty, I'll never have this again.

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Photo of shaunb81
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a clear, golden body with LOTS of bubbles. LOTS! A two finger, white head disappeared quickly and left some mild lacing.

Smell - Doughy malts and a little spiciness to the hops. There is some sweetness to this as well, but it smells quite alcoholic even though it isn't. Some skunk comes through on the back end.

Taste - Pretty watered down.... The sweetness is there and the dull hops are there. Nothing exciting. The alcohol isn't very prevalent through the taste which makes it pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty drinkable and that's about it. Even though it's pretty watered down, It's enjoyable. It coats the mouth the carbonation isn't too overbearing.

Overall - It's okay. This doesn't make me say "Hooray Beer", but instead makes me wish I was saying "Hooray GOOD Beer". It's pretty refreshing though.

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Photo of paxkey
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

another fine Diageo product.

pale straw light urine small thin head bubbles

corn smells like a million other adjunct lager.

drinks sweet and clean with a corn malt aftertaste.

medium dry and decent mouthfeel

the taste makes it a forced intake not recommended.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3 out of 5 based on 3,217 ratings.
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