Red Stripe Jamaican Lager | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Red Stripe Jamaican LagerRed Stripe Jamaican Lager

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

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: 961 | Ratings: 3,140
Photo of CanadianBacon
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - this one gets points in looks for the no neck bottle alone but either way It pours a beautiful clear golden straw color with 2 and a half fingers of white foamy head. after a few minuites it dies down and leaves not a trace in sight.

Aroma -Typical lager smells, some light floral hops spring water.

Taste - the taste is similar to other AAL's I get some light floral hops, a bit of corn, and that taste you get from bottled water. This is a nicer tasting AAL than budweiser or molson.

Feel - It has a light watery feel, with a slight prick on the tongue, This is a very smooth easy drinking beer.

Overall - This is one of the better AAL's I have tasted and I'm not a fan of the style at all. That being said sitting ona resort in montego bay sipping one of these would probably be very nice, Considering the style Desnoes & Geddes did a good job at creating something very nice to drink.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this one is beautiful: pale light straw perfectly clear body with a pearly fizzy head, lots of carbonation. The smell is adjuct carbs, the taste is light grain, overall sweet. Light bodied, refreshing effervescence. Drinkability is through the roof.
Great beer, just enough flavor to put it past water, little enough to make it even more quaffable. As 'bad' as it is, it's outstanding.

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

I saw a previous rater say this was like Jamaican budweiser. I think thats perfect. Its not as bad as bud light but its not a 5 star either. Just like bud, cept i think bud is a little more watery. All my teenage years my brother and cousin kept sayin this was disgusting beer shit causing brew. I disagree its not bad, and i would gladly have another. Not perfect but like the big name american brews its at least on par

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Photo of beveragebattle
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Round 1-Value
Red Stripe Lager @ $5.99 per sixer with 4.7% ABV

Round 2-Aroma
Red Stripe: Mild hop aroma

Round 3-Flavor
Red Stripe: Mild in body, bitterness, hop flavor and a subtle butterscotch flavor

Round 4-Finish
Red Stripe: 30 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
Red Stripe: The Red Stripe short-necked bottle is distinctive and undoubtedly recognizable. In addition, the painted-on label is clean and classic.

Red Stripe’s is a consistent year in and year out in terms if flavor, aroma, finish, and packaging.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(24 oz grenade brewed in Latrobe, PA; poured into a shaker)

L: crystal-clear, very pale yellow liquid... the foam climbs high, and does hold out somewhat longer than expected, even lacing a touch here and there

S: fairly delicate aromas... apple juice-like esters, even a mild wet yeast note in the back... very minimal grain aroma, and little-to-no hop... the hop aroma may be adding to its fruity notes(?), which are actually more like of a dirty, almost white wine quality... sort of a vaguely cinnamon/allspice aroma slowly emerges as it warms

T: playing it safe? - seems like it could speak louder... dry, cloudy, dimension-stunted malt... bit of a lingering, spicy bitterness (hop? or phenol?), which is honestly quite nice, probably its best quality...

F: kind of flat, fluffy-foamy flow... bit of a dusty-dry finish... its soft nature may make you forget your even drinking it - quiet going down

O: this IS the first time I'm trying this poured into a glass... I'd like to say it doesn't taste quite like any of the others of its kind... this must be drunk near cellar temp (haha) to get its 'full' flavor... the more I drink it, the more it's growing on me... I would take this over Bud or Coors (not sure about High Life, though) - taste speaks for itself...

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Photo of weaselface89
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- goldish yellow with mild to light carbonation. not much head that goes quickly.
S- smells about like a lager. not a lot to say about this.
T- tastes about like a lager. nothing special here.
F- watery and light feel
O- overall its a typical lager from jamaica

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Photo of Myotus
2.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of white foam that shrinks down to two finger's worth after 2 minutes. Straw yellow in color. There is a plethora of medium-sized bubbles ascending to support that massive foam head. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of neutral scented hand soap that meet with subtle aromas of car exhaust, spicy hops, bitter hops, wood, and hints of biscuity malts.
TASTE: Mild wood flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild spicy hops. Subtle bitter hop flavors along with hints of biscuity malts and hand soap enter lastly as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: This tasted bad and smelled much worse.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
5/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly only tried this beer because i saw it on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I expected it to taste pretty bad actually. I was mind-blown by how smooth and flavorful this is and it became my favorite beer. It pours a medium gold color, with a smell of sweet grain and a bit of spice. The taste is great with a good level of carbonation and a mix of slightly sweet grain and hops with a smooth clean finish.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jamaican budweiser.....smells, drinks and tastes like it sounds. It has its time and place and for me it is when having very very spicy and salty jere chicken or a beef patty. This beer is made for sitting on the beach by a grill when you want to have more than a few mixed with spicy foods.....taste and feel are very light and the evervesance helps enable the spice while relieving the pain.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw color with a modest but decent sized creamy head. Mostly clean aroma, but, hints of grain and some floral esters towards the end. Very clean, creamy, smooth and light. Sweet up front with a slightly spicy and dry finish. Light body. A decent brew for an adjunct lager.

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

From bottle, Pours Clear straw with a medium but quickly dissipating white foamy head. Aroma is slight hay, grass. Taste is clean, slightly watery sweet grain corn. Not bad.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Lots of carbonation. Of course not much of a head. Barely any lacing. Aroma malty. Extremely light body. Goes down smooth and fast. A great drink in summer and hot days. Goes great with chicken, salads, seafood and grilled vegetables.

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright clear yellow color with a 1/4" white head that soon recedes to a small ring and thin layer of foam with a bit of extra thickness over the nucleation point. Sipping creates a few scattered small patches of lacing and a bit of a leg here and there. There is some foam in the ring and on the surface for most of the beer.

The light faint aroma contains a bit of malt and a faint touch of earthy hop, but not much more to speak of.

The flavors include a sweetness from the malt and just a hint of bitterness way in the background but never strong enough to totally eliminate the sweetness or even provide a counterbalance.

The mouth feel is on the light side and there is very faint prickliness from the carbonation. The finish begins in the malt sweetness that slowly disappears leaving just a bit of almost dry very light bitterness in the back of the palate.

As an adjunct lager this seems pretty much what would be expected and probably would be refreshing on a hot summer's day. Beyond that there's not much I can say for it and I'll probably not be having another, especially since even the mild sweetness hangs around much too long and begins to be unpleasant for me by about half way through the beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.21/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe my 1,400 beer rating is going to be a Red Stripe. So it looks nice in the glass with a decent soft head and retention. Smell is much more pleasant that typical AALs. Sweet and bready. Taste follows the smell and is quite a delightful light lager. Only negative is that it's a little dry in the finish affecting the thirst quenching qualities a tad. Overall, its one of the better AALs out there. Will add this to my other 3-4 go-to AALs when in the mood. Thanks for being respectable #1,400.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a typical AAL. It's not a complex beer but, and nor are any other AALs, but it has its place. Which is on a golf course, on a beach, at a camping site, etc.

BUT, as others have mentioned, this beer is often priced like a craft beer. Therefore, my "overall" score will reflect my frustration.

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Photo of bsonk
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: didn't really look at it to be honest, drank out of the tinted bottle and a little out of an opaque glass. It might be yellowish.

S: so bready with simple pinelike skunky hops, I like it, because I could session a lot of these.

T: skunky funky monkey yo, bready bready good to go. Not offensive, goes down well.

M: drinkable with sweetness lingering after

O: a legit lager that I will have again. Too expensive though. 3.5/5.

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Photo of iman99
3.64/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like red stripe tastes good but here is the thing about this beer in most places it is waaaayyyy over priced I just went to the store down here in florida and a 6 pack of this beer was 8.99 you have to be out of your mind a 6 pack of red stripe should be no more than 5.99 look this stuff tastes pretty good but the abv is too low to even consider buying for 9 dollars a 6 pack don't get me wrong you know that you don't see me buying this stuff are you kidding me I buy cheap high abv beer but when I had a better job I would buy this stuff a couple of times a year you know why not

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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 cbutova
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to this strange popular brew. Doing it live.

A- Pours from the oddly shaped 22oz bottle into a few pint glasses with a crystal clear bronze yellow body. A foamy head rises beyond three fingers with decent retention eventually dying out completely. Lacing seemed possible but not much stays around.

S- Faint as the style should be with a light grainy sweetness, pale fruit like apple or white grape and a tiny hint of spice and corn.

T- Lightly toasted barley bringing on a moderate sweetness, hints of corn, apple/pear/white grape faint esters, a hint of bread and graininess.

MF- I can't fault a beer for being creamy and having texture but probably one of the foamy and frothier light lagers I can think of. Medium-high carbonation.

Comparing it to the rest of the style, or at least the big brands, it is not half bad. When consumed at the correct temperature it displays a grainy barley and pale fruit character neither of which are all that strong. Decent for a style that few on here prefer.

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Photo of uvachief
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled. Never seen or tasted a fresh one. They are always god knows how old when you drink them. Maybe its because during a college spring break trip one year I was forced to chug hot ones on the beach in Jamaica or that they literally were $0.10 each, I just cannot stand this beer. It is weak and not playable. I can find no redeeming qualities to it.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pilsner glass.

Appearance: 1" sudsy white head drops quickly with some nice lacing. Color is clear pale straw with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: corn sweetness and lightly toasted barley.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a pleasant dry finish.

Flavor: pleasant combination of barley sweetness with some corn and a mild hop in the finish.

Overall: easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of sbfowler
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light Wheat Gold clear beer that has a nice head for a beer that is not very carbonated.

S: Citrus or coriander smells. Has a floral aroma with slight hints of butter.

T: Taste has slight overtones of Citrus which might be lemons and ends with malty flavors.

M: Light mouthfeel that is very smooth and goes down very easily with a low amount of carbonation. Stays with you for a little.

O: Overall a nice light beer with a very pretty presentation and good malt flavors, but doesn't have enough flavors to make a huge name for itself.

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Photo of pat61
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Spritzy brilliant gold under a 1” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light grain and traces of apple but not a lot of aroma
T: Light grains, some light apple, some bitterness on the finish but the hops have a little bit of an acrid, almost dirty quality – not skunk but not altogether pleasant.
F: Light, slightly above average carbonation with a little carbonic acid bite on the finish.
O: A pretty beer with bad hops.

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Photo of MUTINY
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Quick review. Looks boring, smells & tastes corny (literally). The mouthfeel is pleasantly sneakily malty, but that might be the only redeeming quality this beer offers (for me anyway).

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Lighter than straw, very thin and very clear in appearance. Head is delicate and wispy, going down in a hurry but forming a decent film. Smells of grain, adjunct, maybe esters. Taste and aftertaste are both strong of honey, indicating heavy use of corn in the bill. Touch of lemon. Slightly bitter, almost rindy up front, more bready on the finish. Medium to high level of carbonation. Not as thin as you might expect but still light-bodied. Crisp and refreshing, not the cleanest finish though.

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3 out of 5 based on 3,140 ratings.
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