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Banks Caribbean Lager - Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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BA SCORE
66
poor

150 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 21.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited visit their website
Barbados

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Banks Beer

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2003)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I visited Barbados in the spring of 2001 and drank many bottles of this beer which is sold everywhere. I wasn't into beer then but I did enjoy it at the time. Today, some 8 years later I'm having it under equally fine weather but critiquing it through an entirely different lens.

Banks pours a very very clear golden colour. They must have filtered the hell ouf of this stuff to make sure it competes with Carib, Corona and other Caribbean beers.

The smell is weak but flightly floral. Not alot there really. And the taste is similar.. weak although occasionally a touch of hops shines through.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonated. It's designed to be refreshing and it is. Drinkability I would rate as slightly higher than your typical macro beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 20:01:15 | More by Ralphus
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "'This is the legendary Caribbean beer, brewed under sunshine and blue skies and celebrated across the region!'"

I was kind of anxious to get started with this one, so I used a heavy-handed pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade. Settling, it turned into three dense, rocky fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Once again, it was a beer which resembled a slice of lemon meringue pie. Nose smelled of corn, silage, all of the descriptors with which I became very familiar in the early stages of The CANQuest (TM). Not all adjuncts are bad, but corn is evil! Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was actually kind of kind of muted, making it more drinkable than some that I have imbibed. Finish was semi-sweet, pretty middle-of-the-road for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 01:04:31 | More by woodychandler
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dmorgan310

Panama

2/5  rDev -27.5%

07-09-2014 03:39:22 | More by dmorgan310
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abrodsky

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

07-09-2014 02:40:23 | More by abrodsky
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Chvck1

Maryland

3/5  rDev +8.7%

07-07-2014 22:40:44 | More by Chvck1
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flagmantho

Washington

2.59/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is billed as "Banks Caribbean Lager", but seems to be the same as regular Banks Beer.

Appearance: pale golden hue with no haze and lots of effervescence. Head poured a full finger of pillowy white foam, which is subsiding relatively quickly. Not bad for the style.

Smell: light aroma of wet grain. Not terrible, not particularly enticing. It's fine for what it is, mostly.

Taste: lightly malty with plenty of that wet grain. There is some bitterness here, but I am hard-pressed to say that's a good thing. This beer is not totally disgusting, but it's really not great -- not even for the style.

Mouthfeel: very light body with tons of carbonation. Good enough for the style.

Overall: egh. There are decent adjunct lagers out there. This is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 05:07:02 | More by flagmantho
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Opens well pouring a good white head that dissipates pretty fast

S- Not a lot there.

T- Nice light beer. Light on the tongue with an almost Sphagnum flavor. Great summer beer, guess that's why it's brewed in Barbados!

M- Ok. Just like a North American beer

O- Very good. In Barbados it's $7.00 Barbados (around $3.50 CAD) for a 6 pack of 300ml bottles. Here.... $14.00 for a 6pk!

Food Pairing

Any nice southern Caribbean dish... Try goat curry in a double

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 18:42:06 | More by DaveBar
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +8.7%

05-31-2014 20:42:56 | More by endless1408
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

05-30-2014 02:10:43 | More by tbryan5
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TheRealtor

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

05-30-2014 00:46:27 | More by TheRealtor
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

05-27-2014 00:34:29 | More by Latarnik
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +8.7%

05-20-2014 01:46:20 | More by pearljam118
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2/5  rDev -27.5%

05-12-2014 00:58:54 | More by Georgiabeer
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lupercmda

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

04-22-2014 05:12:11 | More by lupercmda
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I hand Banks Beer while visiting Belize in 2013, it was okay pale lager, but not stick out from its various competitors. It pours light and golden, with light head that soon dissipates, and has an average carbonation content. It has little edge when drinking, but has a pleasant sweet taste with hints of malt and grains. Average aftertaste, not filling, and easy to consume in large amounts.

You can get Banks beer in Punta Gorda, belize fairly easy.

Belize March, 2013

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:33:05 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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irthesteve

California

3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

03-24-2014 21:43:02 | More by irthesteve
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ali1987

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

03-19-2014 14:39:34 | More by ali1987
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

03-19-2014 14:30:58 | More by kylehay2004
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

03-11-2014 16:03:23 | More by ThinkAgain
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow straw hue with minimal haze. White head. Nothing on the nose. Flavor is kind of grassy and earthy. Almost like a soil/mud thing. Yeasty edge on the end. Decent at first but gets a bit thick in the end, which detracts from the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:28:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

01-07-2014 20:55:57 | More by Griffith
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

12-20-2013 14:06:57 | More by bigeyedfish89
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

12-19-2013 22:42:24 | More by GoHabsGo
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Bendulum

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +54%

12-05-2013 18:49:18 | More by Bendulum
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arkanu

Romania

3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

11-22-2013 21:48:40 | More by arkanu
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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
66 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.