Brewed by Banks Barbados Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Christchurch, Barbados


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2009
355 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours golden in colour, with minor head. Nothing special here, basic Carib’n lager. meh.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle ( 355ml ). Woo - pale lager from the Carib - someone gave me this, I forget who. Pale bright clear gold, average fizzy quick-diminishing head. Aroma - whoa!! - skunk and grass, jesus that’s nasty. The taste is not too bad - honey, grass, no skunk, maybe a hint of PVC. Light body, decent carbonation, and it finishes quite quickly - the lingering impression is sweet fresh-cut hay, which could be worse - good with food?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
What is this beer doing in Canada? Don’t they know that it is only good if consumed on the soft sands at the water’s edge in sunny Barbados? Standard pale golden with an average white head. Immediately after the pour I got a whiff of grassy hops, but this faded behind sweet grains. Palate is straightforward grainy, papery malts, but sweeter than I’d prefer. I look forward to trying it again someday, in its home country!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2009
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
blipp (7361) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours yellow gold with a white head. Light aroma with a strange sweetness. The glavor has a grainy sweetness with some light grassy notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 oz. bottle, trade with daknole. Well, an extra appearance point just for its handsome silk-screened bottle. Beer itself is pale gold, a little hazy. Medicinal smell. Close up, I get some mild malt and hops, but clearly some corn, and a note of oxidation. Taste is a little better. Some prickly bitterness on my tongue. Bottle is Best Before End Oct09, so this is supposed to still be optimal. Not much malt, what’s new. Still, this comes across okay in the total package. Supposedly better out in the Caribbean than in Illinois in October.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
355ml bottle, clean golden color, with a fluffy white head, fresh cut straw nose, with some hints of honeyed pale malt and floral hop grassiness, with a light bready cereal aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp, grainy pale malt character with a hint of spritzy zestiness, and a mild flowery hop leafy, grassy accent, and a light vanilla note, leading towards a lingering grassy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighlanderOne (1106) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Poured from bottle. Aroma of gas and grass. Looks lager-ish pale gold no head. It’s got some hops and malt in there. Just a touch of in the aftertaste. Lotsa bubbles at first, but calms down about halfway. Crisp and clean. Finished a bit sticky. Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Spab (2941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
355 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear yellow gold with tiny white head. Aroma of corn and grass. Sweet grassy flavour with some grain. Light body. Pretty weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (3074) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
355ml brown bottle. Brilliant yellow colour. White head, small, light foam on the surface with a little lacing.. Grassy nose, grain, bread. Flavour has bread crust and grainy malts, with some noticable grassy hops, which contribute a trace of bitterness. Light body with mid level carbonation. Better than expected, sort of suited for summery weather, if anything.

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