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Banks Caribbean Lager - Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited visit their website

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 Shadman:
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Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -5.1%

Have to have a few lagers @ a beer fest and this was one from Medicine Hat's first beer fest.

Lot's of fine bubbles compliment a bright amber yellow brew. Lot's of bone white head that receeds into a decent cap/ring.

Grainy malts with a pretty strong raw sugar/molasses smell which, I have to admit, hides the nasty adjuncts quite nicely.

Sugary, which I suppose would be one of the easier adjucts to obtain in the Caribbean. Some slight citric hop in the back end. Sweetness masks most flavours. An almost metallic taste clings to the back of the tongue.

Not as light as the ABV would indicate. Bit sticky from all the sugar.

Could defintely call this a Sugar Lager because of the almost overpowering sweetness. Not much of a thirst quencher @ this latitude and time of year.

10-07-2009 03:19:42 | More by Shadman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +5.8%

Just back from 2 great weeks on the island of Barbados. Had myself quite a few Banks. This particular bottle i brought back with me is served in a new, plastic form, along with a new 330ml amount over the previous 275 ml glass bottle form.

Pours apple juice-golden with minimal head. The nose is pleasant and fresh with light floral notes. The taste is modest, somewhat bland. Mild bready notes. Very crisp mouthfeel, gingerale like. Somewhat over-carbonated.

Having said all that, this modest lager is the perfect copanion for the hot Bajan weather. This gives Banks very good drinkability. The lack of depth and complexity along with minimal hoppiness actually work in this beers favor.

All in all, a just average lager...but great to beat the heat.

12-27-2005 16:47:28 | More by Popsinc
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.8%

05-21-2012 18:31:14 | More by beerhunter13
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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

05-30-2014 02:10:43 | More by tbryan5
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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

05-26-2013 23:56:19 | More by BeerDreadz
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United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -10.5%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up from a supermarket - a new summer import. The printed bottle says Banks Caribbean Lager, but the ABV is identical and I conclude that this is the same beer. 'The legendary Caribbean beer celebrated across the region' - we'll see...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with light carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before dissipating. Aroma of faint malt with notes of corn, mild stewed hops and overcooked veg. Slightly sweet, with a stale character. Not particularly appetising.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry finish. A subtle sweetness pervades the flavour. Hints of stewed hops/veg and faint corn. A weak, slightly harsh bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with surprisingly full body. Could be a tad more carbonated, though it feels OK. Delicate aftertaste of sweet adjuncts and malt.

Meh - a rather crappy adjunct lager; is this really the best the Caribbean can do? I'm not sure even being there would help me like this more - bring on the rum! Lots of unpleasant notes in the aroma, though the flavour is cleaner. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but I don't like the sweetness. The ingredients include sugar and corn syrup - they could try toning those back. All said, it's not great. Grab one if you want to tick Barbados, otherwise avoid.

10-01-2012 21:30:42 | More by jazzyjeff13
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South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of May 2012, served in a pint glass. Diffeerent artwork on bottle than shown on BA: includes appropriate phrase, "Caribbean Lager".

An attractive beer, being crystal clear, golden-yellow, with a 1.5 finger white head. The head dissipates quickly, however, and the light coloration accurately predicts a light taste.

Lightly skunky in both aroma and flavor, this beer is thirst-quenching and easy to down. The light-bodied mouthfeel is amply, but not over, carbonated. That's about the best that can be said. In addition to the skunky off-aroma and off-flavor, this beer has a weak finish and very little aftertaste. The sweetness in the aroma is followed by a largely balanced (sweet-bitter) taste.

12-16-2011 02:29:21 | More by chinchill
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3.55/5  rDev +28.2%

I guess I have a bit of a prejudiced toward Carribean lagers versus domestics of the same style. The biggest difference is the mouthfeel which has body, not the watery stuff.

The pour is golden and a big head with plenty of lace. There is some nose that is typically pilsner.

The mouthfeel as previously stated is noticable for a pilsner.

The finsh is more malty than hoppy and is complimented by the nose.

In my normal scale I would rate this an 8.5 out of 10 and a Pils and an 8 of 10 in general.

10-21-2009 21:39:25 | More by DarrellK
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +20.9%

This beer pours a crystal clear, very pale yellow hue, with a few fingers of soapy white head, that disappear in a blink of an eye, and leave no lace. It smells of crackery, bready malt, some sickly sweet rice/corn adjuctiveness(?), and grassy hops. The taste is spicy, bready malt, just a bit of corn sweetness, and tangy, grassy, weedy (sic) hops. The carbonation is, uh, robust, the body decently weighted, a bit slick and oily, and it finishes dry and full of mildly skunky, earthy hops.

One of the better Caribbean lagers that I've had, which is only moderate praise.

09-04-2009 23:08:49 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -2.5%

Straw gold with a thin cap of head the disappears as soon as you finish pouring it, in spite of having lots of visible carbonation. Faint aromas of sweet corn, straw, and match heads. Tastes of sweet pale malt with grassy finish. Very mild bitterness in the short finish. Somewhat light bodied with biting carbonation. Not overly thin or watery. This is overly carbonated for my liking, beyond the usual macro lager carbonation that doesn't normally bother me. I'm sure it keeps Barbadans refreshed during their hot tropical summers, though.

11-09-2009 00:26:59 | More by mintjellie
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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

01-07-2014 20:55:57 | More by Griffith
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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

05-30-2014 00:46:27 | More by TheRealtor
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-09-2013 22:46:32 | More by ShawneeIrish
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

For a pale lager, this is passable. However the style, a yellow fizzy beer with elements of corn sweetner, is not. The good points: A decent white foamy head, and lace in the glass. Almost neutral aromas. About an average mouthfeel. A tad of bready taste. However, it was not too drinkable.LCBO.

02-21-2010 00:54:09 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +8.3%

Brought back from the Barbados, brown plastic bottle.

Pretty standard in appearance. Golden lager.

Not a bad aroma really. A metallic touch, but there's also a pleasant caramel characteristic, showing evidence of some flavourful malt.

Indeed there is a nice touch of sweetish malt there. It mellows out to toasted bread with a try, very lightly hopped finish. Corn is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

As far as carribean lagers go, this one is pretty fair.

01-09-2009 00:08:15 | More by CanuckRover
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2.49/5  rDev -10.1%

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

04-10-2014 03:33:05 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

11-05-2013 14:20:59 | More by Ciocanelu
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a pretty solid white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malt with very little hops.

T- The taste is pretty disappointing, resembling a watered down macro lager with not much taste.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is not a horrible lager, just nothing that sticks out enough to purchase again.

10-01-2008 03:19:24 | More by cjgator3
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -27.8%

06-16-2013 02:09:06 | More by dbkdev
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3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

A: Pours a clear straw like yellow with a white fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Pungent aroma of cooked grain, lemon grass, with a hint of hops notes.

T: The taste is a little surprising, decent sweet malt character up front with a citrusy hop bite at the end and kind of a grassy aftertaste.

D: Not a bad brew by any respect, much better than its' stateside counterparts.

04-15-2009 22:48:41 | More by rebel1771
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +20.9%

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


06-07-2014 18:42:06 | More by DaveBar
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3.33/5  rDev +20.2%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, touch of sweetness. Taste is light, grains, malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, good for a hot summer day.

10-02-2010 14:33:12 | More by tone77
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New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -12.6%

A: Brilliant buttery-gold with a feverishly rise of misty micro-bubble showers. The head is sea-shell white, creamy and slight, and weak on the hold. Lacing is kept to a minimal.

S: Some diacetyl, buttermilk, and buttery grains.

T: For flavor there is dry buttered grains, again some diacetyl notes. Sweet corn, lemon and honey combine to deliver a strange punch of flavor midway that is quite hard to describe and put your tongue on.

M: tingly from the active carbonation, tight and crisp with an oily buttery texture.

O: Overall not impressed, low level of drinkability even by style, and a very strange taste that is hard to describe, let alone swallow. A tough pill to swallow, but easy to drain pour.

11-17-2011 23:55:27 | More by beerthulhu
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Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +2.2%

A- I gave this a fairly hard pour into my glass and I have to say that I'm impressed with the thick white head that came with it. It's about 2 inches thick and reasonably fizzy, but settles to a foamy thick layer covering the brew. The color is of pale straw and there's lots of carbonation...lots of big bubbled columns and lots of bubbles clinging to the glass. Decent sticky lacing that clings to the glass as well. One of the best adjunct style lagers in terms of looks, that I've seen.

S- Has a typical macro lager aroma....that of skunked dry grains, followed by some sweet malt. There is some yeasty tones mixed in there as well and very little in terms of hops.

T- An overall mild flavor, with primary tones of dry grains, sweet malt, and grass. The finish is slightly bitter but it doesn't last...it is relatively clean.

M- It is a typically light bodied, heavily carbonated beer, which provides a biz zing on the palate. It is crisp and refeshing and is pretty much what I thought it would be in this category.

D- This isn't the worst beer out there, just nothing special. With that said, I think this is a great hot weather beer and is easy enough to drink. I think it's a pretty typical lager that most people would enjoy. It has better flavor than most American macros and I think I'll probably buy this again at some point.

03-05-2010 02:59:16 | More by ChrisCage
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color lager with a large foamy white head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of adjunct with lightly sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some sweet adjunct with a pretty bland taste overall. Another world lager that is probably better if chugged on a beach in Barbados.

07-12-2009 03:13:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
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