Brewed by Banks Barbados Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
St. Michael, Barbados


on tap

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottle: Filtered
Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley (2-Row British and Australian), Hops (Yakima Clusters and Styrian Goldings), Yeast, Sugar, Corn Syrup
Launched: 1961
Banks Beer, the beer of Barbados, is a premium pilsner style lager with a smooth, fresh aroma and a medium alcohol content. Banks is brewed from a pure classic blend of 2-Row British and Australian malted barleys deliciously flavored by Yakima Clusters and the noble Styrian Goldings aroma hops. It is however Barbados’ water, naturally filtered through limestone rock, along with our own special strain of yeast, which give Banks Beer its unique Bajan character and distinctive quality. Consistently the #1 choice among beer drinkers in Barbados since it was first produced in 1961.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 Solid, malty Europils aroma. Cool painted label, brown bottle, clear yellow brew, finely beaded white head. Flavor is exactly what the aroma suggests - malty, clean lager without much pretense. No adjuncts detectable. Finishes out with a grass-malt sweetness. Solid, for its class. I could ingest one or two on a cruise ship or a nice beach in hurricane territory.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
decaturstevo’s 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me, thanks to daknole for the trade. Crystal clear yellow with a thin white head. Buttery corn aroma, taste is sweet diacetyl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Clear piss yellow from lithy. Sweet light diacytal aroma. Vanilla grain flavor. Not bad. I’d drink this again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a crystal clear light gold with a somewhat fizzy moderate white head that completely disappeared after two sips and left a few strings of lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly corn with a few whisps of grassy hops. The flavor has less of the corn than the aroma suggests along with some malt. Some decent hops bitterness at the finish. Overcarbonated and prickly on the tongue. An interesting find on vacation, but that’s pretty much where the interest ends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Jacksonville, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz painted bottle. Dark golden pour with a puffy white head. Solid wort-like aroma. Somewhat heavy flavor with some caramel accents and some sweet biscuit like maltiness. Tastes kind of like a malta. Thick enough mouthfeel. Better than expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
Courtesy of Tony @ OTH. Pours clear golden with white head. roma is malty. Taste, just the typical caribbean lager, plenty of malts, some grains. Little touch of sugar (possibly cane), clean dry finish. Refreshing. Nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
eh, too much of the corn and of the low grain. a lot of hay flavor and no hops, not much else.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The aroma has incense, hay, grass, and some corn. The appearance is pale gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s consumable with minimum funk but still not one I want again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2008
From a bottle poured a plae golden color with a fair amount of head. Light flavor with a lingering sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
A gift from Mike & Melissa. Pours a crystal clear medium golden color. A small, fizzy, off-white head disappears quickly, leaving minimal, spotty lacing behind. The aroma is that of a typical Caribbean lager, primarily sweet, corny malts, dry cereal grains, and faint floral hops. Flavors are more of the same, though I swear I pick up a hint of coconut water amongst the corn malts and lightly peppery floral hops. Thin body, moderate carbonation. No better or worse than a typical American macro pale lager.

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