Banks Caribbean Lager | Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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Banks Caribbean LagerBanks Caribbean Lager

Brewed by:
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Banks Beer

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2003

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

[Updated Sept 2 2016]

Another bottle; best before Jun 2017. Revisiting this one for posterity - and also because I wanted the cap, and the sixer was cheap. This isn't a particularly good beer, but it's fine for an adjunct lager, and certainly not the worst national brand lager I've ever tried. Not getting any solvent this time around - mostly just grainy, corny pale malt sweetness. This is the sort of beer that I could drink on the beach all day if the price was right, but it's not something I'd actively seek out. On par with the middling domestic offerings like Canadian and Keith's; I'm boosting this one's grade a bit to reflect my softened stance.

Final Grade: 3.00, a much-improved C+.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
5/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has such a low ranking because people are ranking it against top notch beers that are not in its class...either that or it's just people that really don't know what they are talking about when it comes to beer (the more likely reason). If this beer was ranked in its category as appropriate for the style of beer it is.... It is actually really good. Look at the other beer examples this is being compared to. This is much better than the piss listed as other comparable examples.

Really nice smooth taste for what is being called an "American Adjunct Lager". Compared with garbage like coors and bud and other things in this class, this beer is really good. Clean, smooth taste and flavor....I would love to be drinking it on the beach where it was brewed in Barbados!, but I'll settle for drinking it right here. Thanks to my dad for bringing a bottle back for me.... Really nice beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of talbotjf99
2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.56/5  rDev +23.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.65/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Sammy
2.51/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.72/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cjgator3
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rebel1771
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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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Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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