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Banks Caribbean Lager - Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rampaige for grabbing this for me on her recent visit to Barbados. Best by date of 5/13. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden yellow color. An accidentally over aggressive pour got me just under 2 inches of bright white head that had very good retention and light-moderate lacing.

The aroma was about what was expected, grainy, a bit sweet and just some gentle hops. The flavors were basically the same as the scent, mildy sweet,decent base grains, and the hops were a bit crisper.

The body was the typical light and clean that you'd expect in a beach beer. Drinkability was good for what it is. I suspect if I were sitting on a beach in Barbados, I'd be pouring these down my neck at an alarming rate. Overall, nothing special, but worth a shot if the opportunity presents itself.

beertunes, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a standard Lager clear yellow golden color forming a medium white fluffy and soft head. Low retention and some few lacings

S: Sweet grains and adjunct grains with an honourable light smell of honey. That's all. Biscuity Lager style and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet malts, korn, Lager yeasts, nuts and hops

M: Light body, good carbonation. Sweet grains and adjunct grains aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. Well...

eduardolinhalis, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of chefduff2
2/5  rDev -28.1%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"BBE JUL 2013"

Appearance: Pours a clear, light pale yellow body with an ample cap of white suds.

Smell: A sweaty scent of basic malted barley with some sweetish cereal notes, a slight graininess, and small kiss of hops.

Taste: Modestly grainy pale, pale malts with a touch of corn syrup sweetness. Again, though it's modest, the graininess is sustained well into the aftertaste. Slight spice hint from the hops, low bitterness. Dry, grainy, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Banks for nothin'! Not nearly as good as some lagers, but, it's also not nearly as rancid as some lagers.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

harpus, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

LJWalker, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of OldTime
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

OldTime, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +7.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Cardmarauder
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Cardmarauder, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of bzach
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
1.75/5  rDev -37.1%

oldp0rt, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

HopsintheSack, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +43.9%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of pma7779
3/5  rDev +7.9%

pma7779, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before April 2013. Barbadian beer, you say? I don't mind ticking another country, I guess... but it'll take some convincing to get me to splurge on a six-pack of some Caribbean pale lager. One bottle will do fine however - I'll tick pretty much anything for the price of a single.

Pours a golden-yellow colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of fizzy white head that vanishes almost as quickly as it arose. No lacing; its only remnants are some wisps of film on the surface and a thin collar. A familiar-looking brew for sure, and the aroma is equally unimaginative. Vegetal corn notes are annoyingly prominent, with some underlying grainy pale malts and grassy hop notes. I'll cut it a break here - not the most enticing aroma I've ever sampled, but the underlying non-corn elements are approachable enough.

Not particularly tasty, even by adjunct lager standards. The backbone is pale malts, crackers and corny sweetness, with some grassy, wet hay-like hops that remind me of an EPL. Dry finish with some solvent and musty cardboard flavour, but the aftertaste is mostly clean. Light-bodied, with heavy carbonation that gives it a prickly, lively mouthfeel. Fairly refreshing, and easy to throw back quickly like most pale lagers.

This is drinkable, but I can't think of any reason why you'd want to pick this specifically (unless you're at a resort and it's cheap/available). Better than Corona IMO, but not worth buying at import prices, and definitely not one of the better Caribbean pale lagers I've had in the past. The solvent-like note toward the finish is just too off-putting for me to want to drink much of this.

Final Grade: 2.73, a C- that would probably be accompanied with a red-ink frowning face if this were an academic exercise. Banks Caribbean Lager is a brew that I just can't find any reason to recommend. Finding cheap, serviceable pale lagers is a fairly trivial task regardless of the market you live in. This stuff is no better than your average domestic value brand - so if you're going to drink swill, you might as well save a few bucks and avoid this entirely. I'd say this probably isn't worth trying, unless it's on the resort menu, or (like myself) you happen to be a ticker with self control issues.

thehyperduck, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Vyronian, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

ZachRusk, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of wells9uk
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

wells9uk, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Amp, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left large wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of corn and rice in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste Is a bit sweet and has flavors of corn. A light amount of bitterness becomes noticeable towards the finish and masks the initial sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Even though there is some sweetness, there’s enough bitterness in the finish to help balance things out.

metter98, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a minimal amount of very thin film spread over the surface of the beer. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate sweet aromas of adjunct malts, specifically corn and rice.

T: This beer is quite sweet with flavors of corn/rice adjunct malts. There is also a light presence of grassy hops that contribute some bitterness as well as a lingering sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: I could see this beer really appealing to the flavor palate for Barbados but was a little too sweet for my tastes - probably too sweet to be sessionable from my perspective.

dbrauneis, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of mick303
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a quite active carbonation, leaves a half-decent lacing. Colour is bright golden.

The aroma is mostly shallow, dry malt. Nothing else is defined.

Taste is first of maltiness, then a slight citrus. A sourness develops after.

Mouthfeel is just unpleasant. Watery and sour. Not in anyway a pleasure to drink warmer than ice cold.

Won't go back to get more of this.

mick303, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Profchaos20
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Profchaos20, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
66 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.