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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: 212 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of curtis6290
5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
5/5  rDev +74.8%
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 guen0062
4.52/5  rDev +58%

Photo of Bendulum
4.25/5  rDev +48.6%

Photo of msondel
4.1/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +43.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +39.9%

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 +39.9%

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4/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.92/5  rDev +37.1%
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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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.89/5  rDev +36%
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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Photo of captaincoffee
3.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, as an AAL, this is a surprisingly decent beer. Pours straw color, with a quickly dissipating head that leaves specks of lacing. Nose is grains all the way with some weak hops way in the back. Taste is clean AAL...grains with no noticeable off-flavors. Overall, this is a fine, clean, easy-drinking lawnmower beer that beats BMC options.

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3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Vyronian
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of beerinabottle
3.72/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of pivoichamiz
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
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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Photo of ikidunot
3.68/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarrellK
3.56/5  rDev +24.5%
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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3.56/5  rDev +24.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, pissy looking yellow, like any standard adjunct lager. There's a small quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like not a whole lot, some grain, some sweetness, a bit of lager yeast, and some fruitiness.

This was much better than I thought it would be- I honestly thought it would be horrid. It's light, it's refreshing, there's no off-flavors, and there's even a bit of fruitiness that seems tropical to me. It could be my imagination, of course. There's some slight bitterness on the finish.

This is light, crisp, and refreshing in the mouthfeel- with a moderate level of carbonation, and a fairly light body.

This didn't suck, really, at all- it's a no frills, simple, and easy lager.

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Photo of tikk
3.52/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great aal, not a top notch beer, but a damn delicious beach beer

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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few Banks while on a catamaran in Barbados. It doesn't get better than that - too bad there wasn't any other beer on the lovely Calabaza II boat.

The beer is typical in appearance and aroma. The taste is sweet, easy drinking and inoffensive.

I think I had three (I was drinking run punches too). They are pretty enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
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