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Banks Caribbean Lager | Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
Barbados | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
202
Avg:
2.86
pDev:
30.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 202
Photo of Sammy
2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
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 metter98
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty ordinary and forgettable. (could be a good thing.) Typically Lager-like in its pale straw color, fizzy head retention, with a grainy aroma and flavor. Lower than normal body allows for a lightly citrus (grapefruit) and fruity (granny smith apples) to contribute pleasant flavors. Hopped to provide bitterness and a light earthy flavor. Slight astringency hides within the hop flavor and becomes less intense. Lightly dry and alcoholic in the finish equals refreshing and crispness, despite grain characteristics.

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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 biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear pale straw with a quickly dissipating white foamy head that leaves almost no lacing behind. The smell, like most adjunct lagers, is corn, rice, and a hint of musk. The taste is comprised of corn syrup, a mild bitterness, and a tinny aftertaste, which literally puts a bad taste in my mouth. The body is pretty light, with a healthy amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, an excessively ho-hum brew, but not one that I would necessarily warn against or actively avoid.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow straw hue with minimal haze. White head. Nothing on the nose. Flavor is kind of grassy and earthy. Almost like a soil/mud thing. Yeasty edge on the end. Decent at first but gets a bit thick in the end, which detracts from the overall experience.

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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 woodychandler
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "'This is the legendary Caribbean beer, brewed under sunshine and blue skies and celebrated across the region!'"

I was kind of anxious to get started with this one, so I used a heavy-handed pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade. Settling, it turned into three dense, rocky fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a sunshine yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Once again, it was a beer which resembled a slice of lemon meringue pie. Nose smelled of corn, silage, all of the descriptors with which I became very familiar in the early stages of The CANQuest (TM). Not all adjuncts are bad, but corn is evil! Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was actually kind of kind of muted, making it more drinkable than some that I have imbibed. Finish was semi-sweet, pretty middle-of-the-road for the style.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown 275ml bottle (4.5% ABV) claims to be brewed in Guyana, but this site will not let me add the brewery, so I am reviewing this beer that my wife found for me on here (in London).

Poured into my favourite glass of the moment, a La Chouffe Tulip.

Lively looking thing, plenty of bubbles rising to the good firm white head. The body was a pale gold, straw blonde colour. Not quiet as clear as a European lager/pilsner, a slight haze more than a cloud prevented it from looking clean and clear, there appeared to be a few 'floaters' in there too.

Normal 3 score for a lager non-aroma. As the beer warmed a slight hop and yeast smell did appear, but the score stays at 3.

I have already reviewed pilsners from Barcelona and Munich before this one tonight and it holds up very well against those two (Damm Estrella and Augustiner). It has both body and flavour, nothing great, but it doesn't conform to the normal lager/pils blandness. An unusual depth and richness that isn't seen in this style very often.

Can't put my finger on it, but this isn't a bad beer at all. Different and a pleasant surprise to be honest. Glad I was given it as a Christmas present, beats socks and pants hands down!

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Photo of biegaman
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More yellow-ish than golden, the beer's appearance is pale and plain. There is some shininess but it is largely without much luster. Despite the drowsy streams of bubbles there is virtually no head either. To its credit, the beer is immaculately clear and undoubtedly qualifies as one of the cleanest looking beers I've seen. Let's hope it's a clean drinking beer too.

The beer smells like warm sweet corn; I'm thinking microwaved creamed corn. There is a dash of industrial corn syrup in there as well but it curiously veers clear of ever becoming off-putting, much less offensive. That corny stench comes pretty much standard with macro lagers and as far as this beer goes it's tolerable, if nothing else.

It's difficult to describe a taste when there isn't really much of one there. I'm trying, believe me, but I cannot seem to make anything out of the beer's flavour other than (maybe) a dab of straw and a hint of corn syrup. At least the (lack of) flavour doesn't detract from drinkability. I bet this lack of flavour is likely by design...

Why wouldn't it be? I'm sure the people of Barbados don't drink Banks because it tastes amazing; they likely drink it because it's refreshing. And, admittedly, I'm finding it to be just that. It is, especially in relation to other lagers, quite clean and quenching (anything bearing this much resemblance to water will be.) In that regard this is a very good lager.

Banks claims to be brewed "under sunshine and blue skies" so I figured it was only appropriate that I save it for a day that could match those conditions. And while the nice weather helped, it could only do so much. Actually, baring a trip to Barbados it would be hard to come up with another excuse to drink this beer again. If I'm in the mood for something refreshing, maybe - if I'm in the mood for a beer, no.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, touch of sweetness. Taste is light, grains, malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, good for a hot summer day.

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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 flagmantho
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is billed as "Banks Caribbean Lager", but seems to be the same as regular Banks Beer.

Appearance: pale golden hue with no haze and lots of effervescence. Head poured a full finger of pillowy white foam, which is subsiding relatively quickly. Not bad for the style.

Smell: light aroma of wet grain. Not terrible, not particularly enticing. It's fine for what it is, mostly.

Taste: lightly malty with plenty of that wet grain. There is some bitterness here, but I am hard-pressed to say that's a good thing. This beer is not totally disgusting, but it's really not great -- not even for the style.

Mouthfeel: very light body with tons of carbonation. Good enough for the style.

Overall: egh. There are decent adjunct lagers out there. This is not one of them.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.43/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Brilliant buttery-gold with a feverishly rise of misty micro-bubble showers. The head is sea-shell white, creamy and slight, and weak on the hold. Lacing is kept to a minimal.

S: Some diacetyl, buttermilk, and buttery grains.

T: For flavor there is dry buttered grains, again some diacetyl notes. Sweet corn, lemon and honey combine to deliver a strange punch of flavor midway that is quite hard to describe and put your tongue on.

M: tingly from the active carbonation, tight and crisp with an oily buttery texture.

O: Overall not impressed, low level of drinkability even by style, and a very strange taste that is hard to describe, let alone swallow. A tough pill to swallow, but easy to drain pour.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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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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 beertunes
3.26/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A very light crystal clear straw yellow with no head or lace

S corn, floral hops and some lemon

T as it smells but a little more grassy

M very light but decent carbonation helps its cause

D I swear I reviewed this before and liked it much more then this because this time around I'm being nice saying its average

better then some other Caribbean beers I've tried, that being said I'm sure this would go better with palm trees and sun then with the blizzard outside my window

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours golden yellow with a decent size foamy/fizzy white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen accompanied by a tiny bit of lacing. The head dissipates quickly

Smell - pilsner skunk, hops, breads/grains.

Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation on the tongue, and a slightly metallic taste. Barley, malts, and hops, and then a sweet finish, perhaps caramel.

Drink - not a bad beer.. not a good beer. Not something I would ever buy again.

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Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
68 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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