Banks Caribbean Lager | Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited

Banks Caribbean LagerBanks Caribbean Lager
BA SCORE
7.1%
Liked This Beer
2.86 w/ 211 ratings
Banks Caribbean LagerBanks Caribbean Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
Barbados
banksbeer.com

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
Ranking:
#43,389
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
211
Liked:
15
Avg:
2.86/5
pDev:
21.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of Malt_Man
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 330ml bottle into Brooklyn American pint glass.

L) Very very pale peach-yellow colour, clear, a few bubbles and a thin but stable white head. The extremely pale colour is not appetising.

S) Not a lot, a bit of a pissy lager smell. This is going downhill rapidly.

T) Not a lot again, but certainly nothing nasty there. A bit of stale watery malt. No bitterness whatsoever.

F) Very fizzy and light. Guzzling this when cold is a real thirst quencher.

O) Heady Topper it aint, but this is a simple, refreshing lager that is a real thirst quencher on a first day, so drink it in the right circumstances and you will enjoy it.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.02/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean and crisp.

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Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopley
2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Boughner33
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is okay beer and will not offend. Also, the smaller size lets you convince yourself that you have not had as many as you really have. " sure honey, I had 18 beers, but that is only like 6 regular draft. Yeah, that's the ticket!"

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

had at antigua sandals resort

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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 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 nathanmiller
2.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of smithj4
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SmashPants
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard brown 355mL bottle with a really tacky and cheap-looking macro label depicting a schooner sailboat.

Appearance: a crystal clear amber yellow in colour with big carbonation. A fluffy white head froths away to a thin film almost immediately.

Aroma: smells pretty much like most of your standard American Adjunct Lagers - grain, adjuncts and not much else.

Taste: standard cheap macro grains with an adjunct fug. Corn syrup by the taste. Not great, but still drinkable.

Aftertaste: this is another one to be consumed in a hot climate - the flavour drops quickly for easy chugging.

Mouth feel: mouth feel is fine - light in body with a higher carbonation for refreshment.

Overall: just another macro adjunct lager, and not a particularly memorable one. Probably best left as a local throw-down when abroad.

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Photo of Mikestaf
2.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 Cycle69
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of guen0062
4.52/5  rDev +58%

Photo of HardyA
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%

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 beerinabottle
3.72/5  rDev +30.1%

Banks Caribbean Lager from Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 7.1% out of 100 with 211 ratings
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