Banks Caribbean Lager - Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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4.52/5  rDev +61.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Banks is The Best Beer in the World!" replied the bartender when asked what the best beer in Barbados was.
Anyway, after a good chuckle I enjoyed my first of many Banks Lagers.

Banks may be the very best, per capita beer marketers in the world. Their visibility throughout the island is truly impressive!

It poured a pale golden/straw color with a thin snow-white head on top a little streams of lacing scattered about.
The smell is extremely clean and fresh. Just faint citrusy hops and lightly roasted cut dried hay-like barley malt to mention.
The flavor, much like the aroma, is on the mild side. The light seltzery body carries a mild metallic and faint citrus hoppy bite. A hint of piney Northwest hop is noticed towards the end of the glass as it warms. The malt flavor gives off a very light sugary sweetness and a touch of straw-like taste. There are no off flavors.
The is a brew that seems to get marked down for it's lack of assertive aromas and flavors. This brew is right on target for what it is supposed to be; a light, clean, crisp, Pilsner, brewed for refreshment in a hot and humid climate.
That being said, you need to have more than one to begin to truly appreciate the full effects.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +42.9%

Banks Caribbean Lager has a thick, white, rather quickly dissipating head, a mostly clear (some roiling white specs cause haze), straw, bubbly appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of a full nose of barley malt, biscuit, sweetness, and grassy hops. Taste is of those elements (think Grolsch), with a small amount of paper in the mix. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Banks Caribbean Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable.


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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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4/5  rDev +42.9%

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3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Ultra clear yellow with an orangish hue and very minimal head. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet corn and sour mashed green apples with hints of hops and a distinct light caramel malt trace.

T: Sweet and sour front with plenty of corn and a fresh maltiness. Slight grapefruit hops are detectable. For an adjunct, this has a very good flavor overall.

D: Let's be honest- no one who LOVES beer is going to LOVE an adjunct lager. At least none of the ones you can get at the grocery store. But Banks is a very decent beer for a budget evening. It definitely beats Corona IMO.

Value: If they dropped the price a buck or so a sixer, I'd buy it sometimes when I'm poor.

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3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow amber colouration with heavy streaming CO2 of large bubbles that form a rocky 2 finger head that has average retention dying to a lace cover a and leaving very little evidence of itself in the glass,

Smell - Pronounced malt aroma which is bready and has a light element of hop with light alcohol tones that are not what you would describe as solvent.

Taste - Great malt front with a rolling mild bitter hop that has a pretty good lingering after taste. Pretty on point for the style and better than most!

MF - Pretty decent body and good linger with a drying finish.

Overall - For the style this beer is on point and even has more flavour than what you may expect. I have to be honest here and say that i feel a good few of the reviews on the site here are falling into the age old BA tradition of slating American Adjuncts rather than reviewing them based on the what they are and what they are trying to be... This beer is a good one for a session and a strong example of its style.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically, this beer is best drunk while in Barbados. There's nothing extraordinary about it but it's not that bad and it certainly beats some popular American beers.

When I was in Barbados in June 2004, Banks had little cards available to get stamped each time you bought a beer in a participating location and when you got a certain number of stamps, you'd win something (e.g. 5 stamps = a hat; 10 stamps = t-shirt; etc.). Upon arrival, my girlfriend and I thought this would be a creative way to enjoy the local beer but it turned out that hardly anyone had ever done this and the four places we had our cards "stamped" they didn't actually have a stamp but just put their initials. We considered just filling out the card and trying to redeem it, considering that we'd actually visited nearly all the major towns in the country and certainly drank enough beer, but in the end we did nothing more than drive past the brewery shaking our heads in disappointment of their failed marketing campaign. Well, I shouldn't say failed because they clearly have won over the locals who do drink the stuff, and since it's the only domestic beer there the tourists (like me) were happy to consume it.

Anyway, I was able to bring one back and it has been sitting in the back of my fridge since, perhaps waiting for a day to toast the Bajans and their solitary beer. Exactly!

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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3.72/5  rDev +32.9%

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3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slender 275ml (9.3-oz) brown bottle with clearly stamped Best Before date

Pours light yellow with enormous pillowy, white head, which casually subsides. Pleasantly mild Saaz hop aroma, with modest perfume and herbal implications. A slight saltiness and a dry hop finish accompany flavours of delicate grains. Mouthfeel is thin with ample carbonation.
An agreeable hot weather lager. The brown bottle keeps any potential skunkiness at bay, which you might be expecting from the style. The label makes the claim of “The Beer Of Barbados” – I imagine that it suits the climate perfectly.

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3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Sweet malts with a hint of metallic water.

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with a big white head. No too much carbonation following the pour.

Taste - Surprisingly good. This beer actually has a balanced amount of sweetness and bitter hops. Truly a step up from most of the other Caribbean lagers.

Notes - Mouthfeel was OK but needed a little more carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden lager, very clear, white head is short lived. Very little lace or ring. Mild grassy smell, not bad. Taste is bitter, hops not too much in evidence, malty dry finish, a bit sharp at times. I found the taste very agreeable for what it's supposed to be, a lager made for a hot climate, good refreshment value. Although the beer appeared to have gone flat, a light swirl quiclkly regenerated an impressive head, reflected also in an effervescent mouthfeel. Nice sessional, strikes a nice balance.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw yellow with thick head goes away rather quickly.

Smells grassy, corny, grainy, also a bit sweet, honey maybe?

Tastes like a nice lager, decently malty with grassy notes and a slight hop finish to balance out the sweetness.

This is just another typical lager, but better than many, and for some reason this is a very drinkable beer!

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3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everyone on each Caribbean Island I went to raved about their beer, advertised it everywhere and marketed shirts like they were going out of style. Banks was no exception. As a matter of banks has probably the most breweriana of any of the Islands I visited.

Appearance- It is darker than most beers I bought in the islands but still a little pale.

Smell- I could smell the hops and the malt. It is still a macro but does not seem as adjunct filled as some of the others in the Caribbean.

Taste- A little bit grassy and pasture tasting for most lagers of this type. It is not real complex but more than you are expecting. It is not bad I would go for average for a macro.

Mouthfeel. Bubbly and light a little more consistency for the beers down here .

Drinkability- It is refreshing for the climate and it also easy to enjoy with the local cuisine.

Photo of Blake
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Banks Caribean Lager, 12oz bottle imported from Barbados.

Bright to golden yellow in color.

Smells like roasted corn or another kind of grain.

Toasty taste. Medium to low hops. The malt brings out the grainy flavor.

Doesn't have a real big alcohol feel to it. Goes down smooth enough but the after-taste is forgettable.

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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.