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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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Photo of jettjon
2.48/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From a 12 oz. bottle marked Feb 2013. Labeled “Carribean Lager.” Consumed 5/22/13. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!) it’s an attractive golden clear color with lots of precipitating carbonation fueling a solid, one-finger pillowy white head. Not exactly what I was expecting; this is a pretty good looking brew. Nose however is a bit of a letdown, corn and rice adjunct and a bit of sour milk along with what might pass as malt. In the mouth it’s nothing special, starting with a mild malty flavor cut through by a tinge of metallic off-taste but finishing on an rather inoffensive note. Mouth is a bit thin and surprisingly flat despite lots of carbonation and great head retention. Overall: High point is a nice appearance but unfortunately the rest of this Caribbean import falls short.

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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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2.74/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a standard Lager clear yellow golden color forming a medium white fluffy and soft head. Low retention and some few lacings

S: Sweet grains and adjunct grains with an honourable light smell of honey. That's all. Biscuity Lager style and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet malts, korn, Lager yeasts, nuts and hops

M: Light body, good carbonation. Sweet grains and adjunct grains aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. Well...

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2/5  rDev -30.1%

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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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -14%
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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1.75/5  rDev -38.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +39.9%

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 2.86 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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