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Banks Caribbean Lager - Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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BA SCORE
67
poor

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Barbados

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2003

Formerly Banks Beer
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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle brought back from Barbados by a friend. Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A - Small bottle filled my pint glass only about 1/2 way. Pours a pale, pale gold with a frothy two fingers of white foam. Head lasts about 30 sec and dies down completely to the surface-just the tiniest layer of bubbles on the surface. Beer is perfectly clear...lots of effervescent bubbles rising in a constant stream from the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like an imported European lager. Lots of cereal grain and corn. Some light vegetable like aroma in the background and a hint of diacetyl. Hops are a bit fruity, maybe a small amount of grassiness too. Corn and cereal grains overpower whatever hops there are though. Smells pretty much like every other beer of this variety.

T - Grainy and tons of corn. The diacetyl that was mild in the smell is more prominant in the taste. No real hop flavor...just a balancing bitterness. Again, nothing really distinguishes this from just about any other American style lager out there.

M - Thin but not quite reaching the water level...just a touch more fullness. Carbonation is high, which probably masks some the flaws in the flavors. Very tingly, prickly and lively.

D - Well, this beer is what it is...just another American lager made on a beautiful Caribbean island. My recollection is that this beer worked fine on a hot day on the beach down there, but is much more disappointing on a cold December night. You could drink these all night, because there is not much to them. Might be a good one to use in a stupid drinking competition with your non-BA friends though - bottles look like a regular 12oz bottle, but are a little bit smaller...after a couple of cases that would add up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DarrellK
3.56/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mintjellie
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of TheRealtor
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ShawneeIrish
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Sammy
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of beerinabottle
3.72/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dbkdev
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rebel1771
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.34/5  rDev +18.4%
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

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of TWStandley
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
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