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.

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Reviews: 970 | Ratings: 3,173
Photo of konabrewer
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have always loved the bottle and have never really thought about the beer too much until this weekend.

I like the mellow flavor of imported lager it carries with it. Still it lacks the balance that makes lager drinking so easy. This one is not that easy. Higher alcohol and bold "corn" husky character lend to its uniqueness. a little sweet too, but not in a negative way.

Very drinkable for me in the sun on the hammock.

Perfect 'island' beer and hey I am on an island.

nice and easy with out being too easy

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Photo of oracle
2.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I very much like the small compact bottle design that Red Stripe uses for it's beer. In fact I probably like the bottle more than the beer itself.

Poured a very pale amber with about 1 inch head that dispated quickly, in much the same way soda pop does. This lager left no lacing whatsoever.

There was a distinct unpleasant aroma present upon opening, but after pouring and letting stand for about 2 minutes this became much less pronounced.

Taste was thin and crisp, as most lagers are, with very little to commend or condemn about it. A small amount of malt and a faint hint of hops.
In my opinion, there was too much carbonation in the beer. It got in the way of what flavor there was.

All in all, not a bad lager, but certainly not worth the import price they charge for it around here.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour was light golden yellow with a half inch head that quickly dissapated and left a small white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was very light and hard to pick up. What I could pick up was acidic with a slight malt and fruit overtone.

The drink started with carbonation tickling the tongue and a kick of malt sweetness. The middle some hops kicked in, but not overpowering just light. The finish was clean, crisp and non lingering.

All and all this was a refreshing lawnmower beer, like most of the pale lagers it just lacked the punch that I look for in a beer. Still it was very drinkable, I will probably keep some in my fridge for those hot summer days.

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Photo of cptnjck101
2.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Red Stripe is a decent enough beer. Goes down very smooth. A pretty standard lager, nothing to write home about though. My biggest problem was that no matter how much of this stuff I drank, it never even BEGAN to give me a buzz. For the price, I'll take some Sam Adams anyday and at least get my drunk on.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a big white head that looked and sounded like soda poured on ice. Faded to a film rather quickly. Sweet light malt aroma with a little skunky hop in there. Very light pale yellow color (gingerale) with lots of tiny bubbles floating to the surface. The body isn't as watery as I remembered, definitely in the lager range. The flavor is a little sweet but tamed by a decent hop bite, not all that much going on, finish is very light. Not much to this beer, but I do like the little bite it has.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is the absolute perfect beach companion, especially in its native country of Jamaica. I've drank it occasionally here in the states, but my memories of it will always be fondest in Jamaica. In Jamaica, it can readily be found for 50J (about $1) at beachside "bars" and guys selling it out of coolers straped to the front of bicycles. One of the first things I loved... easy access. Second, the bottle... the stubbie just seems to fit in your hand so well, and with the screen painted label, it never flakes off when it gets wet.

Serve this ice cold, on a beach. Don't bother with it anywhere else as it'll be a waste. I'm not normally a lager person, but this is a very smooth drinking beer with a touch of hops and sweetness in the finish. Had it on tap there as well, not quite as good as the bottles, a little too overcarbonated. Smell is quite nice, not of swampy adjunct that you'd expect from some of these caribbean lagers.

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Photo of woemad
2.18/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz stubbie had at the Viking for $2.75. Ordered this primarily because I'd never had a beer from the Carribean.

Poured a pale yellow color with a fizzy white head that dropped rapidly. No lacing to speak of.

Vaguely skunky odor. Slightly malty odor competing with the skunk aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell. Vaguely skunky, with a slight malty sweetness. There's a little bit of hoppiness at the end, but not enough to save this from being mundane at best.

Mouthfeel is thin and semi-watery. Not really surprised by this.

This is a crappy macro-lager-tasting beer that comes from Jamaica instead of middle America, like the usual macro-tasting crap I've come across. I ordered this for the novelty value. I see no reason to ever do so again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz, fat brown bottle, capped.

This lager poured a fizzy yellow color with white foam that settles but clings to the inside of the glass lightly. The smell was mild: lightly malty with a touch of grain and perhaps a touch of citrus. The taste was lightly malty with a sharp hop finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry with medium-light body and good, sharp carbonation. This is a light, easy drinking lager, perhaps suited for hot weather imbibing.

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Photo of Billolick
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Light and clear, light-medium body and higher carbonation. Flash of malt, minimal hops.. Chalky dryness and a hint of nutmeg or butter scotch in the finish. Macro-swill from Jamaica. Pretty lame stuff, lawn mower brew at best

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Photo of maccroz
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a "bad" beer. It's unique, but for my ale-loving palate it just ain't all that impressive. It is light, and it is only slightly more complex than a cheap domestic beer. I'm sure it tastes a lot better when it's 90 degrees out, the waves are rolling in, and reggae music is blasting from a bar in Kingston, but it is not an everyday beer to savor and enjoy.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I really don't want to be so harsh on this favorite musician is known to enjoy this beer, so every so often, I order one up, especially if I have heard if he is putting out a new album, etc. Anyway, I had a bottle of this the other night at 'Bones. I think this beer is drinkable, it's not totally awful. I have to think of it in relationship to other Pale Lagers and think about how it compares to them...Anyway, Pour was clear yellow. I managed to get a 1/2 inch of white froth on top. I detected a grainy, grassy aroma. The mouthfeel was thin to medium, and I thought the overall taste was slightly appley. Yes, I will get this again sometime.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet and grainy with something not quite resembling malt or adjunct. "Beery" in the way American macros are and it looks much the same -- an embarassing beer to export. Drinkable and fuller than its American counterparts, but still much the same.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light gold lager.

Smell is quite sweet with a tart tang to it. Mild perfume smell and clean grain.

Taste is sweet with a nice grain flavor. Nice tart tang to this like citrus. Mild grassy flavors and bitterness. A nice clear lager taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A better than average lager, I would never have a problem drinking this again.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold in color, thin white head. Faint grassy/grainy aroma, maybe some hops on the nose as well. Somewhat crisp and razor-sharp up front, a sort of different hop bitterness, just a slight wisk of lemon tanginess. Very carbonated, thin, not too much in the flavor department. Clean, though, serves a purpose as a decent refresher. All-in-all, a half-way decent lager.

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Photo of kwalters
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another nostalgic brew that I'm always happy to drink because of the connotations it stirs up. First, who wouldn't want to be sipping this stuff in its native land of Jamaica? Second, this was the beer of choice during my wedding reception so I've got plenty of fond memories.

Red Stripe has a typical golden lager color with a nice brilliant white head. There isn't much in the way of smell. Taste is refreshing and recognizable as beer even though some will say it's watery. Red Stripe, along with Corona, are welcome summer beverages if for no other reason than their ability to make my imagination travel south.

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Photo of genaro
2.37/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've never been to Jamaica, but I felt compelled to try this beer. It was a light clear gold color (with lots of bubbles) capped with a big creamy white head. The aroma was a little metallic and grainy, but not skunky. The taste was not too exciting - grainy and a little earthy with a decent hop bite and good carbonation. The finish was dry and grainy with a bit of sweetness. This was a crisp beer with little body. It's best point was its appearance. No doubt a decent hot weather party beer.

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Photo of arizcards
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This highly carbonated golden beer poured little head but remained highly carbonated as I down the pint. No distinguishable smells outside your typical malts and hops. The aftertaste bitterness of the hops was very unusual and not overly pleasant. It is a fairly thin brew and is not a beer I will go out of my way to find.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Spit thin head on a piss yellow body.
Light random grain aroma.
Plain barley flavor with pleasant though minamal spiciness.
Surpisingly good mouthfeel, yet really nothing to write home about. It may be overcarbonated or whatever but I think it worked. At leaste it worked with my grilled cheese sandwhich.
I downed half of this bottle in no time, then I total forgot about it and did not finish it for a half hour.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad lage, in fact, better than I expected. Unfortunately it has one small factor that is disconcerting: in the finish of each taste there is a bit of a rancid sense that is not pleasant.

The beer is a yellow body with a decent, but quickly diminishing head. Good malty nose with light hop notes. The flavor is a decent fruity malt taste with a pleasant start, but that aforementioned unpleasant finish. The body is light but firm with decent feel. Less drinkable because of the flavor finish.

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Photo of theozag
3.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red Stripe impressed me. I was expecting something along the lines of Budweiser or Carib, but this pale lager had a character all its own. Personally, I feel it has been somewhat under-rated on this website, but I suppose that's what makes these reviews so interesting.

Anyway, Red Stripe is served with a crystaline medium-yellow body crowned with a very long-lasting white head. Its smell is sweet and pleasant, and reminded me of peaches. I dare say Red Stripe is the best smelling lager I have ever come across, although I admit my range of experience is not the widest on Beer Advocate. This lager starts a little oily and slightly bitter. It has a light body, and when it sinks into your tongue, you can taste sweet grapes and a gentle hint of wheat over more hop bitterness. Red Stripe then finishes clean, sharp, and dry. It seems to be something like an alcoholic slant on spring water as it rolls effortlessly from one's mouth.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite, readily available commercial imports.
This one just tastes great with spicy and/or jerked foods.

Pours a light gold with little to no head.
Smells of hops and light grains
Tastes like it smells, cool, refreshing, and just plain good.
When it warms, however, the beer starts to get acrid fast, this is not one of those beers that is okay as it warms up, if you don't drink it cold, it's not good at all.

Great warm weather beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
1.61/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A lightly hazy gold color with a thick white head. There is a sweetish grainy aroma, basically a typical cheap lager type aroma. It is sweet up front and it begins with a crisp ending in the finish, but then gets a bit rancid; a bit of buttery diacetyl here. This one is slightly offensive for a macro-swill, though not overly so. A very lackluster beer, and the rancid finish does not help.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

of course it is overpriced but it is a good beer. this is what highly marketed euro lagers should taste like. well, i shouldn't say that. im just saying that it is better than alot of the euro lagers in my opinion.

smooth, creamy, a bit of funk in the aftertaste. besides all of this i must say that yes it is a pretty boring beer. boring color, head, and even packaging.

though if it's around and cheap/free, i'll drink it with a smile

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance is yellow straw with a fizzy head that quickly vanishes. The smell is sweet and sour at once, but both qualities are indistinct enough to blend into something unappealing.

Taste is actually pretty good--something like a sweet coconut, followed by a bitter finish. As it warms, the coconut turns into a honey sweet, reminiscent of a less intense honey lager. Mouthfeel is unimpressive and average, somewhat watery. The carbonation seems less than usual, but manages to tickle the tongue.

Here comes the ultimate negative--after one of these, you begin to build up a high level of gas that you just can't seem to get rid of. It sits in the middle of your chest and refuses to go away. I asked some friends if they were experiencing the same--and they were. The bloat factor is high, but the beer tastes pretty decent.

Better than I expected, but not good enough to warrant another purchase.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: yellow, clear, fizzy head which quickly dissipates
Smell: If an egg farted, this would be the smell of this beer, I just couldn't get past the smell
Taste: malty, with hop bitterness and inbetween each sip, a big sniff of egg fart
Mouthfeel: average pilsner, light, at this point, who cares?
Drinkability: OK on a hot beach sure, but what about the other 8 zillion beers out there, Bud is MUCH better

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3 out of 5 based on 3,173 ratings.
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