Sands Beer | Bahamian Brewery Beverage & Co. Ltd.

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Sands BeerSands Beer

Brewed by:
Bahamian Brewery Beverage & Co. Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wcudwight on 06-30-2008

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Pencible
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear gold with white head.
S: It smelled likes typical adjunct lager with dirty malt and some sweet corn.
T: It tasted like it smelled, not too different from Miller Lite. Light dirty aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was unimpressive all around, definitely not as good as Kalik. Not worth having more than once.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your typical adjunct lager. Maybe it was the beach and the sun but this beer had a depth of flavor that made me believe it was more like a euro lager. Some malt. Refreshing hoppiness.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in context of an island vacation...clear bright gold, light foam, active bubbles. Light straw hay fruitiness. Touch sweet. Clean and crisp island beer. Better adjunct than others.

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Photo of ChgoEddie
4.21/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion beers need to be evaluated in the context of where they are brewed. While in the Bahamas I enjoyed Sands by the bottle and from the tap and can say this matches the climate there very well. I am honestly shocked how low the scores are for the beer although I value taste far more than any other factor. I would give this beer a try - and definitely give the Bahamas a go as well - Cheers!

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Photo of mintjellie
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw with a nice cap of eggshell head. Poor retention, no lacing. Cereal aroma, light dms. Watery, grainy flavour with light corn. Light-bodied and vigorously carbonated - feels thin and prickly. Typical for the style, and by far not the worst of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a small, short-lived head of fizzy, white foam. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. Not alot more.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. There is a very slight grassy bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a somewhat dry finish.

O - This is what I expected - a lager designed to be consumed in the hot sun on a beach. Not bad. I'd drink it over many other beers of this style.

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Photo of drpimento
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, white head and lots of lace. Now normally, that would lead to a score of other than what I've given it. But, given the other qualities of the beer, the class it falls under, I've got to assume those otherwise great characteristics are due to artificial adjuncts. "nuff said. Color is a clear yellow with a couple of very slow bubble trails. Aroma is mainly skunk with a little beer thrown in. Flavor is heavy on wet grain, some neutral sweetness and carbonic tang and a little hop bitterness. Body is thin and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and short.

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Photo of Paincane
2.12/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted this lager on an excursion from cruise ship. Paradise Cove/Deadman's Reef has great snorkeling and all of the Bahamian beers. While the family snorkeled, I sampled the local brews.
Sands was the most disappointing by far. Thin is an apt description. Very light-bodied with no head produced from bottle poured into pint glass. Citrus and grain are hinted in its weak flavor. It was refreshing, but that was simply due to the ambient temperature being 92 degrees and the beer being cooler than that.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Man, I could have drank this stuff 24/7 down in the Bahamas. Like others have said, it wasn't particularly a great beer per se, but it really fit the scene and went down very easy. I could easily suck down a 6 pack in one sitting, because it was so light and refreshing. At $2 a pop too, it was easy to drink it a lot. It had your basic lager taste, some malt, faint hops, somewhat watery. On GBI though, this was better tasting than the water. Just like the High Rock, it went well with the scene and went down oh so easy. This would have been the perfect lawnmower beer, but at $40+ a case, I only brought back a few bottles.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cruise to the Bahamas, and was served in a bottle at a local restaraunt in Lacaya, Bahamas. The beer pours a bright, slightly hazed yellow-gold color with no head. The smell is a little sour and toasted oats, but watery. Flavors are initially smooth toasted oats, but quickly overpowered by a sour tang of malt. Slightly clingy, but body is overall watery, and the increased carbonation gives it an extremely sharp feel. Sour and musty aftertaste, with a lingering, sour and bitter finish. Gross.

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Photo of Lunch
1.38/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What a disappointing effort. I understand that not every beer is going to be mind-blowing, but at least put some care into crafting something that has a hint of a redeeming quality. I know that the American Adjunct Lager is not the most storied style, but it can at least be refreshing.

Poured from a can into a pour glass vessel from my collection that is worthy of such a better concoction.

Looks like urine from a fairly hydrated individual with about the same amount head created from that same stream of urine. Metallic, vegetal, grainy and perhaps a hint of kitten vomit (don't as me how I know this). Thinner than water with higher carbonation.

Stay away and find yourself a decent lager.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.59/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this can. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear light yellow color with a very thin, short-lasting head. A very slight touch of lacing. The nose is very vegetal and metallic with a bit of grain in the background. Flavor is almost all cooked vegetable along with just a hint of barley in the background. Very light body with a metallic finish. Pretty gross. Avoid this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can served by Brad as a palate cleanser after Blåbær and Dark Horizon No. 1 among many others. Surreal and hilarious.

The beer is clear and yellow with a bit of white head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is NOT Blåbær! Adjunct lager all the way. If I was on a tropical island with my wife, I suppose I would force this down. Not quite sure why we're sharing this right now, other than to say we have had a beer from the Bahamas.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We put away a few cases of these while in the Bahamas for a couple weeks. Since imported beer (U.S. or European) was very expensive there, the local beer was the best way to go.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a decent white foamy head that doesn't lace but recedes to a nice white cap.

Smell: Faint grains and malts with just a hint of hops. Not horrible, but pretty average for the adjunct lager style.

Taste: Sweet, grainy and a little hops. Definitely more hops than it's Bahamas competitor 'Kalik'. Not a horrible adjunct lager, but also very average...this is normal for this style of beer (which is why it's one of my least favorite styles). Adding a lime wedge to the bottle actually adds a little life to this one (just like with Mexico's Corona lager).

Mouth feel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is the beer in the Bahamas I would go for again, if I could find it. It wasn't as easy to find in the Bahamas as 'Kalik' (which is everywhere there), but it's definitely the better local beer and worth the search. I wouldn't seek this out at home, but I would drink it again in the Bahamas without complaints.

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Photo of megahurts4
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bahamian Brewery Sands

Appearance: Clear straw yellow, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: Skunky, malty grains.

Taste: Grains, malts, and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly watery.

Not a bad lager. It is similar to the American macrobreweries. It is very average.

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Photo of bierguru
2.29/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - highly carbonated head pours think looks like a cloud and just as white color is copper clear

S - slight malt smell but mostly just hopps

T - very hoppy taste is very similar to a miller light

M - very bubbley

D - its a hey lets get drunk beer your not drinking it for flavor

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into standard glass.
Due to lack of options, I put down numerous Sands and Sands Light on a recent trip to the Bahamas. Not terrible as far as the style goes but was not very good either. Watery, straw color. Small head and very little aroma. Tastes a bit malty at first then falls flat. Has a little husky, grainy taste in there too. Just enough hops for balance but no hop flavour. Overall, not much better than any other adjunct pale lager.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks out to my Aunt Christy, who brought this one back from the islands on a recent cruise. 12 oz clear bottle with a best by stamp of 25 Jul 10. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a tight-bubbled white foam that hangs around a good while surprisingly.

Smells of mildly sweet grains and a bit of typical adjunct corn. I do not get much in the way of cardboard, which seems to be noticeable in many AALs. Not bad, smells fresh and no skunking from the clear bottle.

Flavor is quite grainy and pretty light overall, a bit more than a light beer and a little less than most full-strength offerings. There is a notable hop presence on the finish, grassy even. Has a pretty good balance for an adjunct lager and the flavor is pretty decent. I could easily drink a few of these sitting at a beachside tiki bar. I would say this one is a notch or two above average for the style.

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Photo of dstc
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a huge, expected white head. Head falls pretty darn slow. Thin lace.

Smells like a macro lager. Grains, week hops a maybe a little musty.

Typical clean lager taste. Mild malts and no real hops. Refreshing enough.

Thin, watery and well carbonated in the mouth.

Typical beer for the style. Thirst quenching but nothing spectacular. Would drink over a Bud.

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the Freeport airport on my way home.

A-Pours a clear straw gold, some thin white head. No lacing.

S-Little bit of malt, little bit of hops.

T-A bit of sweet malt and some decent grassy hops.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Drinkable enough on a beach, or in an airport bar. Better than Kalik, the other local beer but not nearly as good as the Strongback Stout this brewery does.


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Photo of dogfishandi
3.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another beer my sister picked up for me on her honeymoon to the bahamas. poured from a fridge temp can into a pint glass. pours a clear pale straw yellow, slightly darker than a normal macro. big white fizzy head that disappeared quickly. no real lacing.

in the aroma you predominantly get buttered corn. faint floral hops in the background.

in the taste you get that buttery corn again. light grains and faint hops.

light body, watery mouthfeel, kind of weak carbonation.

pretty good drinkability, nice for a friday night party or something, would take this over a couple other macros.

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Photo of casemw
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the Atlas Bar at Atlantis.

A-Cloudy, golden color with 1 inch head. Couldn't get a good read on the lacing since it was in a plastic cup.

S-Slightly malty, not much hop aroma to this one.

T-Sweet, malty taste, would have guessed this one to be an ale.

M/D-Bigger body than I expected, especially for being a "beach beer". Only drank the one, but that was only because it was harder to find than the Kalik down there.

Kind of surprised by the low reviews on this one. I really enjoyed this beer and so did the two guys I tried it with. If you can get your hands on one of these don't pass it up.

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Photo of phantomwyse
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Second Bahamian beer I've had. The Bahamas should stick to conch and pink sand beaches, brewing, apparently, is not one of their stronger points.

A: Buttery yellow. Something that could marginally be referred to as a head, but most resembled soapy discharge after washing dishes.

S: Bllasé rice and corn. Minimal, and I mean less than zero, trace of hops.

T: Budweiser's black sheep cousin, twice removed.

M: Watery yet slick. Not appealing.

D: I'll rate this as average, due to the fact that you will most likely be drinking this in the Bahamas, preferably on one of those pink sand beaches, while eating conch. And, if you want to appear more elite than everyone else around you who is drinking Kalik, grab a Sands.

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Photo of KeefD
2.76/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes on a napkin. Pours a very light yellow color with small white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Weak aroma of pale malt and very little hops. Corn adjunct in the nose and flavor. Very light bodied but easy as hell to drink. An ok brew, but no better than any BMC beer on the market.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Again I'm not sure of the brewery with this one. It says Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. on the can. But they are not listed in BA's database and when I tried to add it I couldn't b/c I didn't know the address, phone, website ect...
One of the palest yellows I've seen. Minimum head with minimum retention.
Complete lack of aroma.
Pretty typical macro flavors. Lot's of adjuncts. I don't think the Bahamian beers are brewed with rice to that accounts for some difference with the American Macro Lagers.
Thin, light bodied.
Nothing interesting here but it's quaffable.

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Sands Beer from Bahamian Brewery Beverage & Co. Ltd.
2.64 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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