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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Photo of Rifugium
1.1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First had: bottle at Blue Monkey Bar, St. James, Barbados

A pale yellow beer with a light, quickly dissipating white head. General grains and skunkiness in the aroma; light sweetness and corn. Typical pale lager, with a taste similar to any run-of-the-mill macro; taste follows the aroma more or less. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Easily drinkable I suppose, but no decent flavor. Just stick with rum when you're in Barbados.

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1.25/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of afksports
1.36/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So it's about time for me to review this beer from some notes I made. It's a couple weeks since I left Barbados. I was sad to go. It's a beautiful place. But the island's main beer is not very good.

In fact it's hard to drink.

Poured multiple times from tap, bottle, and _plastic_ bottle, Banks Beer is an American Adjunct Lager through and through. They use sugar and corn in this one for sure. They actually proudly talk on the brewery tour about how they use sugar as an adjunct to make Banks. It makes me wonder a little what they're fermenting.

The appearance is your standard Bud yellow, hardly any fizz to speak of after the initial pour settles in. It's pasteurized clear, smells bland, and tastes bad. The bitterness isn't cleansing, it's off-putting. And there's a rank finish to it, even on tap. Paired with flavorful food, it's a hard beer to get down. Paired without, it's even rougher.

So after many trips to beaches south of New York, I understand the appeal of a "beach beer". What I never understood is why - in almost any situation - anyone would CHOOSE a beer like this one to drink on the beach.

Just have a rum punch. It's way better.

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Photo of TheHammer
1.59/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, I came to the conclusion that I had been reviewing too many good beers recently, and thus it was time to review a less the stellar beer. While I mean no offense to the people of Barbados, it's not exactly a country with a renowned brewing tradition, so I decided to give this stuff a shot.

Appearance: Well we are off to a good start as it poured with a solid two fingers of head, that did sustain for a decent amount of time. However the reason for that is the monstrous carbonation, which reminds me of a soft drink in the plain golden body, which isn't exactly the clearest either. No lacing to speak of either.

Smell: There is nothing really to speak of, even after warming I'm catching the barest notes of earth metal and corn. I wouldn't say it's bad because it is so lacking, but really I would not say it is pleasant even if it was stronger.

Taste: Well, it's drinkable if only but barely. Starts with a grass and dandelion taste that turns to a vile kick of earthy and moss like hop and ends with a metallic and alcohol twang that I didn't think was possible with a beer with that low a percentage. I'm not sure why anyone is talking about the sweetness of this offering, as it doesn't seem present here.

Mouthfeel: The earth like hops and metallic bitterness dominate the aftertaste and linger for far too long. The start of the beer starts off way too carbonated and accents the metal taste. It then falls flat at the half way mark, which is a blessing of sorts I suppose. If it wasn't so watered down, it would be awful.

Drinkability: It is refreshing because it is watered down and it does sit well in the gut. That is the closest thing to praise this catagory will get as it has some serious gas issues and does not go down smooth at all.

Final Thoughts: Well, lets just say I don't plan on vacationing in Barbados if this is the norm. It has a nice look to it, but the second it touches your lips, it turns god awful. I'd much rather partake an US macro then this stuff. It got drain poured at the 1/4 left mark.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.64/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

355ml bottle
4.7% ABV
I tried this beer on September 5, 2009 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer pours a translucent darker gold colour with almost no head. The aroma is grainy malt and a little hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonation. The flavour was very malty with a hint of hops, and an ill-tasting aftertaste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.68/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My friend who knows Im a beer geek brought this back for me from Guyana.

'Brewery Fresh' is conspicuously printed on the bottle. What does this mean exactly? If it means that it left the brewery in a fresh state, doesnt that apply to almost all beers (hopefully), and what guarantee does that make as to the present freshness of the beer? anyways enough of my rant...

Banks pours a very pale straw color with a foamy head. Theres surprisingly good head retention for an adjunct lager and lots of lace as well. Also worth noting, this has the tiniest carbonation bubbles Ive ever seen, they are literally pin pricks.

The smell is very weak with some malts and skunkyness. The taste is very bland with cardboard and club soda up front and a sweetish cooked corn finish. Hops are barely perceptable. The mouthfeel is way too watery. This is an incredibly vapid beer with no real flavor at all. That being said it has no truly disgusting flavors, making it at least palatable.

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1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
1.76/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pour is pale golden, almost straw-colored. The large white airy head leaves decent lacings.

S: Mild smell that holds lots of corn and some sweet corn. Very faint citric notes.

T: Corn, sweet malt and a metallic off-taste. Bitter hops way in the back.

M: Watery and medium-strong carbonation. Almost no aftertaste.

O: This one is an Adjunct Lager that doesn't make anyone happy (at least not those who like strong flavors in their beers).

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Photo of Gavage
1.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a short 1/4" white head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: some grass and a hint of malt sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: light malt base with some grass, hint of lemon zest, and a very mild bitterness. A hint of metallic flavor arrives late.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: another beer from the Caribbean to copy the Corona style. Tough finishing the pint, and surely I will not be looking for another anytime soon.

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Photo of Portertime
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: normally I would enjoy a session lager straight out of the bottle with a light meal but I will sample this one correctly in a glass. Like most session lagers, I went ahead and enjoyed this one “as cold as the Rockies”, which does normally mute the complexities of most beers but I want to also let it warm up to compare tastes. It pours a crystal clear gold like the sun straight from the Bahamas.

Smell: the adjunct corn shows through with a sweet, cob fresh aroma complete with a buttery diacetyl presence.

Taste: liquid frosted corn flakes comes to mind. Grainy, thin, lacking structure.

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.01/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color lager with a large foamy white head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of adjunct with lightly sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some sweet adjunct with a pretty bland taste overall. Another world lager that is probably better if chugged on a beach in Barbados.

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.02/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this in Barbados a few years ago and ended up tasting like a Budweiser.

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Photo of jwc215
2.05/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best before July 2010:

Pours straw yellow with a thin fizzy white head that soon disappears. No lacing, though, oddly enough, some "legs".

The smell is of cereal, mild grain, husk, hint of grass and a dash of soap.

The taste is of sweet cereal (buttered corn?) some soap, husk. Very little to balance sweetness. It has an abrupt, watery finish.

Light-bodied, it has typical macro fizz.

Sweet, bland, touch of soap doesn't help. If I were in Barbados, I would drink something else...

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Photo of Nolen12
2.08/5  rDev -27.3%

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