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Lhasa Beer - Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.
China

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2009

Brewed w/ barley native to the Tibetan plateau and Saaz hops.  http://www.lhasabeerusa.com 
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fizzy pour with a finger and half of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma is nice. Honey and floral for the most part.
The taste is grainy with mild bitterness and a touch of honey sweetness.
A soft texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It's a euro pale lager unlike any I've had. Quite aromatic and good flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold pale lager color. Raw honey, grain, and corn aroma. The taste actually has an indication of beer ingredients. Shockingly enough. More corn taste but the hops are detectable and a light malt sweetness. Not much else. It's beer. I like it more than some, but less than others.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

"Imported from the Roof of the World"--there is a lot of truth in their marketing, as this beer is brewed at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.

Sweet malt aroma has a shortbread-like quality, and the hops throw a bit of spice into the nose. Very clean and grassy, the 30-percent use of huskless Tibetan barley gives it a unique grainy flavor with earthy complexities. Relatively dry throughout. Light on the hops, it would have been extra nice to see a bit more spicing and bitterness from the Saaz, but everything is still in balance. Not much in the aftertaste ... clean, clean and clean.

Asian Lagers tend to get a bad rap as they usually come from a similar mold, but Lhasa is a huge exception, as it brings back some excitement to the world of lagers.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Monterey. Said it won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships.

Light appearance, yellow, great carbonation, head the developed wasn't much, but was long lasting. Aroma was inconsequential.

Had a good amount of taste for style, almost pepperish spice, like from Saaz or Munich hops. Maybe both. Really a flavorful lager. Just the right amount of sweetness. Would totally recommend one of these for your girlfriend if she's cute.

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden color with a solid frothy with head. Little retention and very little lacing. Not completely translucent.

On the nose there are subtle hints of pale malt, green grapes and whole pear.

Slightly pale floral flavor notes with a faint smokiness. Anybody would know this is an asian lager in a blind taste test. It gives me an odd yet not unpleasant aftertaste like I ate noodles.

Light bodied and easy to drink with medium carbonation.

Overall it's ok. Its light and refreshing. I'd probably never have it again unless I played golf in China and a sexy golf cart girl was slangn' it.

Photo of thagr81us
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks goes out to chickencoop for sending me this as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Grolsch Pilsner. Poured straw yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, wheat, and corn. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, corn, skunky hop, and floral notes. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I didn't really like this one that much. While there was a lot going on in the flavor and aroma on this one it was just not the right characteristics that I enjoy in my beer. The wheat and corn killed this one for me, but when combined with skunky hops; it basically shot itself in the face. Glad I got to try it, but definitely won't be doing so again.

Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium orange amber with a fast fading white head.

Nose is green bananas and pleasant floral tones.

Mouthfeel is thin but bright, well balanced and inviting.

Flavors are subdued with some light elegant complexities of green pepper, celery/salt, green herbs and a light pine bitter finish.

This is a drinkable pleasant beer that's well made and a pleasant pale ale to which one could always turn and not be disappointed.

Photo of trappistlover
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of chickencoop!). Pours hazy golden with white head. Aroma of faint lavender and somewhat perfumey. Taste is sweet with a little hop bite at the end. Lighter bodied with a slight bitter finish. Perfectly drinkable beer. Pretty good.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a small pure white bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light crisp hops is quite subtle with lightly sweet malt notes. Taste somewhat bland with light notes of Saaz hops and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Carbonation is too low for style and this is too boring to be a regular beer around my place.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light, clear yellow amber, slight head. Aroma of light fruit, hops, earthy. Appears to be an ordinary pale lager, but sour and hoppy. Light to medium body. No outstanding features. An unremarkable pale ale. I like the idea, but this is a miss.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very colorful and interesting label give this beer a good presentation. Pours a light yellow color with a thick cap of white foam. Retention is quite nice and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Nose is light and grainy with a bit of a floral hop aroma. Very clean, fresh smelling beer...certainly no flaws detectable in the smell.

What's this? Some hops in my pale lager? Surprisingly good, quasi-pilnerish. Malts are oh so light and airy they are almost non-existent, could use a bit of a bump in body. Extremely refreshing and clean beer with a nice hop presence. Pretty damn tasty, easily the best Euro pale lager I have had to date.

Photo of megahurts4
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tibet Lhasa (Export)

Appearance: Straw yellow, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: Red apples, pears, and slight grain.

Taste: Slight hops, some fruit, corn, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Overall:
This is an average brew. The fruit flavors are pleasant. The flavor fades fast and a slight alcohol tinge rests on the back of your tongue.

Photo of towersfall
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow that had a quickly dissipating snow white head. Very well carbonated. Surprisingly leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Caught a slightly hoppy mostly malty lager smell. Nothing impressive.

Taste - The slight hop smell reflects in the tasting of this beer. Crisp and light, it refreshes you in a way that is ideal for a summer time party. I actually feel it's a little too light and needs more of a heavy feel to balance the beer out.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability - I could knock these back all day! It's not a phenomenal beer. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's a solid beer for when you just wanna gather up your friends and drink.

Overall while I was not too impressed with this beer, I will most certainly visit it again when I just want a beer. Nothing crazy and filled with tons of different flavors, just a beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a modest white head, which retains fairly well. The lacing is, surprisingly, Belgian-like. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Moderate noble hop presence, with some bread or cracker malt, almost like an understated Pilsener.

Taste: A pleasant and fairly robust noble hop presence pens the taste, again somewhat like a Pilsener. Moderately toasted malt throughout, like biscuit, or a lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness, which manages to linger on.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, just a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A surprisingly decent example. I began with modest expectations of this beer, but those expectation were greatly exceeded. Certainly woth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored beer with a good sized white head.

Noble hops and very herbal, this has a strong hop load for a regular lager, much more like a pilsner. Strong Saaz scent lots of grass and hat with a streak of saffron in it. Spicy to the nose this is a much better beer that I was expecting.

Starts out spicy and grassy on the tongue with a stout bitterness to it. Strong Saaz flavor herbal and grassy with a sharp bitter bite. Mostly this is dry but there is a bit of pilsner malt detectable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very good drinkability and a lot better than I expected. This is in the wrong classification, this is a pilsner.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with almost no head. Aroma is very interesting: buttered toast with lemon marmalade, earthy honey, and floral grass. Very light / thin entry. Taste is sweet, a bit dry, grassy with some malty aftertaste. Goes down fast. Easy drinker for anytime.

Photo of Jemonster
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty cloudy for a pale lager. Loose white head and pale gold body. Tiny bubbled carbonation.

S: Fresh and clean. I wouldn't mind smelling like this beer! It reminds me of getting out of the shower. Clean herbs and citrus brightness like lemons and calamansi.

T: Bolder and more complex than I thought based on the smell, type, and appearance. It's got some bitter, grapefruity hops up front and a kind of shadowy sweetness. Taste is much stronger than it would seem. While complex, there seem to be a lot of similar things going on here...grapefruit, bitter greens, and a little spiciness come into play.

M: Crisp and thin. Has the mouthfeel of a summer beer although it has the flavor of a fall beer.

O: Interesting for sure. Don't personally love it, but I can see some strange appeal. Something about it makes me want to drink more...

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chickencoop for the extra. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nice brings a bit of pepper and spice, zesty hops, and a bit of light grain. The flavor is mostly grain with a bit of spice and some mild bitterness. Crisp carbonation on a light body. Drinks fairly well, but nothing truly special about it.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden/yellow with a medium head that fades in a couple minutes.

S: The smell is very grassy and earthy. There is also a hint of smokiness to it.

T: The taste is also earthy. It leaves a strong buttery taste as well.

M: Due to the buttery taste of the finish, it feels somewhat thick. It is medium carbonated with a moderate tingly feeling.

D: This was a fine beer with a unique taste. It is a great asian lager.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

A: Bright pale yellow body topped with huge fluffy white pillows of head that have fantastic staying power and leave behind thick lacing and rocky cover.

S: Grassy, sweet, and spicy. Not your typical Euro Pale Lager... this one has a backbone.

T: Lightly sweet with hints of spicy hops up front, and a fading spice character throughout lingering until the next drink. Again, clearly a step above the typical mass produced versions of the style. Really clean flavor, but could use a tad more hopping.

M: Light body and heavy carbonation. Typical crisp finish.

O: Really very good in its own right, and even better considering the style. Easy drinking, but has a flavor... more than can be said for many from this style.

Photo of WillCarrera
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale golden/straw yellow with good carbonation and a finger of fluffy white head.

S- Nose is pretty simple, a bready, light pale malt aroma with some hops that suggest just a little bit of citrus and spice.

T- The malts are pretty great here, there's some bready/biscuity that gives it a nice texture, also lots of grain. Hops are pretty subdued and are mostly grassy with a bit of citrus.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, clean and dry finish.

O- A well rounded, highly highly drinkable pale lager. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but for a pale lager it's actually pretty damn good, I would definitely choose this over any of the domestic macro pale lagers any day. This brew is definitely worth a try if you're looking for a simple, easy drinking beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is toasty grainy malty with bright herbal, floral hops. Smells good.

Pours clear pale gold with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Fairly clean lager taste with good bit of Noble hops providing an herbal pungent tartness, bitterness, and dryness. Toasty malt. Very mild sweetness. Soft suggestions of fruit and alcohol. Soft metallic offtaste. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

A good solid lager.

Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1034th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Not sure year, No dating. Assuming 2011 but don't know how long it sat at Cost plus before getting as an Xmas present in part of Beers of the world box.

App- A very clear yellow with some wheat colors flowing. A nice loose capped one finger head with some minor stick to it.

Smell- A good bit of the saaz comes through in a flower, bitter, spicy intermixing of notes. Its not the best but not the worst of lagers. No skunk or herb notes to it.

Taste- A very pleasant suprise. The saaz really does add a nice dimension to this beer. It's not at all like I remember and leaves a better flavor profile. You can tell its a lager but with a bit more body and layering of flavors than most.

Mouth- A nice lingering light/medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level. A little bit of that saaz bitter peppery wheaty flavor remains.

Drink- In the grand scheme of things, not a half bad lager and really I am not so much a fan of lagers. They are off flavored and skunky. This was good, well balanced and a bit brighter.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color, almost no head. Smell is yeasty. Has a nice refreshing taste despite the lack of appearance and smell.

Interestingly enough, it tastes better out of the bottle than pouring into a beer mug. Has almost a lightness to it that is sweet.

A basic lager style, and has a slight hoppy taste to it. I would drink again.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz. glass.

Appearance: Glowing yellow gold. Not fantastic looking. Looks slightly like an american macro lager. No head.

Smell: Earthy notes. Smell of grass and dirt. Slight floral bouquet with crisp hops. Hints of fruit especially pear and apple.

Taste: Rough barley flavor that conceals the hops. This beer is a tad to sweet. It also has sour qualities that I find discomforting. The beer finishes sweet. Butterscotch Diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light. I want to swallow it quickly.

Drinkability: Only slightly better than your typical adjunct lager. The first time I like this I thought it was terrific because there is a blast of flavor. This beer gets wearisome. It just isn't crisp or balanced enough. I'll probably pass up on it for now on.

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Lhasa Beer from Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.
76 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.