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


on tap

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RATINGS: 401   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Neat! A beer that is older than me. Sampled at the RBSG ’07 grand tasting, this beer came from a plastic 275 ml bottle. Pours a light golden pale blonde brew with lots of carbonation and a fizzy white head that dissolves quickly when served cold. Aroma of soda crackers, caramel and some grassy hops. Taste is light with a touch of vanilla, and herbal hops. Finish is smooth, slightly bitter and then clean aftertaste. A good balanced light lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
275ml bottle. This is the national beer of Barbados and it was a lot better than I expected. It’s got a floral aroma with a hint of vanilla and pours a light gold, with strong carbonation and a small head. The flavour is a good balance of malt and hops and I found it very refreshing. The finish is dry with a hint of bitterness. I found it extremely drinkable and I liked the bottle’s painted logo (instead of a label) which is definitely a benefit when you’re drinlking it in the pool! Much better than other caribbean lagers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Plastic bottle. [Thanks to yespr] Average fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spar lacework. Clear flat body with a pale yellow color. Aroma of grain, hay, cardboard and fruit. Light bodied with a thin texture. Light sweet and bitter flavor. Light dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2007
(Small plastic twist-off bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of metallic, florals, and corn grain. Flavor of corn, grassy, and somewhat metallic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
(Plastic bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Clear, pilsener golden with a whiff of flowers in the aroma. Thin-bodied with a very discreet malt base and basically no bitterness. Typical - but drinkable - holiday swill. 290607

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Had this on tap at the brewery. Flavored with sugar cane, hints of molasses with malts on nose. Surprisingly thick, long-lasting head. Flavor is mild, with notes of barley.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Classic small plastic bottles--wonderful. Served nice and cold, too. Completely offensiveless, no flavor--just watery, like Michelob Ultra. Fizzy, happy beach beer. Thanks for a new country!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG 2007: The horror, the horror... Thanks yespr. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Aroma, a bit skunky, grassy. Flavor, skunky, grassy, ugh.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Not so bad. Yellow and well carbonated from a small plastic bottle. Corn in the flavor. Clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear pale yellow body with a small white head. Grainy honey aroma. Fizzy sweet honey flavor.

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