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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened BeerLucky Buddha Enlightened Beer

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BA SCORE
63
poor

474 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lucky Drink Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

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Ratings: 474 | Reviews: 163
Reviews by Taz_Michael:
Photo of Taz_Michael
2.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured down the side of an imperial pint (yes... get over it, Aussies).

A: light golden. No head. Average carbonation. Looks like any other golden lager.

S: like *choke* That beer made in St Louis

T: come on! It came in such a cool bottle, too!

M: like a home brew beer kit

O: don't waste your money on the cool bottle

More User Reviews:
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Transparent pale golden body with a quarter inch of white head. Rapidly ascending effervescence. Aromas of adjuncts, corn, yeast. Maybe it's me, but I'm not getting the nirvana supposedly found in this beverage. Maybe it's at the bottom of the glass. I don't think I have the willpower to drink that much.

Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a piss yellow in color with no head to speak of.

Smell - The ricey grain is thankfully quite weak and there's some rotten taffy in there somewhere.

Taste - This isn't repulsive like I thought it was going to be. It has so little flavor you can't really hate it but there's just nothing to it. The rice from the nose kind of turned into moldy grits and that putrid sweetness from the nose is almost absent thankfully. Think beer saki.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with surprisingly little carbonation.

Sinkability - I guess we can thank the Chinese for importing this Australian disaster here to the US.

Photo of MetalMistress
2.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Keep the bottle, toss the beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Lucky is actually brewed by Australian Independent Brewers, who specialize in contract brewing. We got our bottle in Sydney, and it's actually shaped like a laughing Buddha. Word is, it'll be making an appearance in US clubs as a "high-end" beer soon. It's actually an Asian-style Lager, brewed with rice, malted barley and Czech Saaz hops.

Pours a pale golden color that's a touch hazy, crowned with creamy white lacing. Soft aroma of pale malts, apples and some spicy Saaz. Smooth and creamy on the palate, very light with a fluffy carbonated mouthfeel. Seems to fall flat somewhere in the middle. Hint of malty sweetness up front with notes of apple, vegetal hints, boiled rice and slight grassy bitterness that gives the beer some backing. Dries out into a coarse hay-like finish.

Fans of Asahi or Kirin beers might enjoy this one. It's extremely easy to drink, the bottle is pretty damn cool and pairing it with nearly any Asian food is a no-brainer since it's so neutral. But it could use a cleaner finish, better hop presence and more carbonation to be a worthy contender within its style--doesn't come across very lager-like.

Photo of dditto2
2.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very light. Not much flavor but, about what I expected. I'm new to ricebeer, it is noticable. I could drink this if the price was much lower on a hot day on the boat. Really cool bottle. Bought it in a mix n match and it was worth it for the bottle alone.

Photo of mattster
2.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this beer at the Super L Ranch Market at the Chinese Cultural Center on 44th in Phoenix.

Opened green 11.16 Fl Oz Buddha shaped bottle, poured into Nonic pint glass.

Pours a light straw yellow brew with a slight fizzyness to it - I attempted to pour a head, but no head.

Smell is classic green bottle skunk at first. Further smell is of corn and skunk. Taste is in-line with beers in this style: beer taste. No bad aftertaste, and bubbles are well balanced, but I think I paid $1.50 for the single, and there are plenty of other singles I could get two of with the same taste.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013. The bottle is shaped like a Buddha - lucky indeed. Picked up cheap from Morrisons not too long ago; the label states that this was brewed in Qiandaohu, China (though I assume it's the same beer).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale gold colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of very light malt with faint notes of overcooked veg, stewed hops, a hint of cooked grainy sweetness and the merest whisper of noble hop overtones. Dull.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild dry finish. Notes of weak stewed hops and overdone veg. Slightly sweet. A subtle hint of bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with a thin watery body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of almost nothing.

Meh - pretty bland. Nothing technically wrong here, but it's dull as ditchwater. The only reason to buy it is the cool bottle - the downside is you have to drink the contents. Little aroma or flavour and no depth of character. I propose that this beer henceforth be called Sucky beer. Only get one if you want the bottle for something.

Photo of glid02
2.76/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddha bottle courtesy of pghlee - thanks!

Pours a very pale straw color with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving hardly any lacing.

Smells of skunked American Adjunct Lager - though I don't think that this beer was skunked. Very pungent.

Tastes better than it smells. Not a whole lot going on besides pale malts, nondescript adjunct flavors and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin, though not much else was expected. Decent carbonation makes this go down relatively smoothly.

Drinkability isn't good, but it's not terrible. I'd prefer this over a lot of other AAL's once I get past the smell.

Overall this is better than most other AAL's but it's certainly nothing to seek out.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a snow white head that is supported by a sea of slow bubbles. The head sticks to the glass as it breaks up.

S- The green dry licorice note has some noble hop hints and a faint sulfur hint when it is pretty warm. The smell is nice but pretty clean.

T- The soft slightly sweet taste of corn has a dry raw grain hint to it and a flat flavor in the finish. The field corn flavor returns on the exhale.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a flat texture on the tongue and a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice aroma of a good Kolsch but the flavor just doesn’t follow through. It has an odd “flat” flavor which is the only way I can really describe it. Almost like club soda without the carbonation.

Photo of Auraan
2.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with no head. Not impressive at all, but honestly, I have never seen an AAL with a good head or good appearance period. Scents of lager yeast and crystal malt, with some grain. About what I'd expect from the style. Flavor is light, with crystal malt, lager yeast, grassy flavors, sweet grain and some slight hop presence. Again, pretty standard, but not bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. True to AAL form. Not a bad American Adjunct. Better than most American versions I've tried. It's superior to the big 3, maybe not as drinkable as Pabst, but okay.

Photo of LXIXME
2.96/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from a height of 2 inches or so above the glass giving me a pretty decent big white head that quickly fell into a nice lacing. A semi-carbonated clear wet straw colored lager with a strong sour lemon yeasty aroma reminds me of Heineken (does this happen to all beers in green bottles-if so why the green bottle)

The taste mellows from the aroma but is a light sour with some light grain malts and a very slight yeast coming through.

A light bodied beer with a light lemon pucker dry aftertaste.

I'd have to pass on drinking much of this, but if you're a Heineken fan you'll probably dig this stuff.

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml green smiling buddha shaped bottle, with "Lucky" the only front-facing text visible.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin foamy, fizzy white head, which quickly retreats, leaving some decent scatter-shot lace around the glass. It smells of pale malt, overripe apple, candy floss, and a bit of grassy, weedy hops. The taste is sweet rice pudding grain, more apple orchard musty fruitiness, and some moderately skunky earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, a little thin, but otherwise smooth. It finishes fairly clean, a bit off-dry, the rice cracker grain lording over some latent weedy hops.

By far the best Chinese beer that I've had, which admittedly isn't saying much, as such things are indeed relative. Add in the funky Buddha green bottle (shout out to heavy drinking E-Towners, there), and this is a veritable step up from your usual AAL suspects, especially those from foreign countries that somehow out-suck the American progenitors.

Photo of bhest71
1.28/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I picked a six pack up at World Market, mainly because the bottle is cool! It is your typical greenbottle lightstruck lager from Asia. Weak and watery with a slightly skunky smell. It probably would go perfect with a #36 at your local Chinese takeaway. The alcohol is a whopping 4.8. Not sweet and easy to drink. A forgettable beer. Nice bottle though!

Photo of chaseparker9
2.5/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

The bottle is sick, besides that it's a shitty beer. Take a picture then leave it be.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.57/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Beer - my wife saw this bottle and said I had to try it, so I figured I havent got much to lose.

Appearance - very pale and not very impressive. Similar look to coors light

Smell - Not much fragrance, but better than your big name beer. I picked up hay, honey, and some light flowers

Taste - This made the beer for me. Such a great light flavor, prefect for the summer day when a porter or stout may be too much. Taste matches the smell

Moutfeel - a decent mouthfeel, along with a average amount of carbonation. Not overbearing but no so light its natty light.

Overall - a good beer when your tired of the specialities for a day. Instead of Bud Light, buy a Lucky Beer, and its cool bottle!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Beer... labeled Luckybuddha on the front of the green-glass 'Buddha' shaped bottle.
There appears to be no freshness date but the back label reads "IMPORTED BEER - PRODUCT OF CHINA... .. BREWED AND BOTTLED BY CHEERDAY BREWERY HANGZHOU, CHUNAN COUNTY, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA'
11.16 oz. bottle, 4.8% ABV
$1.99 @ Whole Foods, 10020 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE

As might be expected, the green glass has left this beer skunked. It's also somewhat hazy. It appears to have had some yeast sediment in it...? Or is that just sediment because it's old (doesn't taste particularly old)...

It pours a deep golden-orange body beneath a short head of short-lived bright white froth. Interestingly, it still leaves curtains of tiny spots and splashes with each sip.

The aroma is ... skunk... but with some sweetish and grainy malt behind it. The hops that are there don't quite make it through, but they do add to the generic "beer" aroma - topped only by the skunkiness which brings it up to the "imported beer" arena.

The flavor, as usual, follows the aroma: generic imported beer that's been skunked. There's a bit of a light sweet malt character to it, and a touch of floral character. Also some graininess and grassiness. It's very-firmly bitter, and well-balanced. In this case, the Chinese have done a very good job of replicating a low-priced, exported southern German 'Pilsner".

Easy to drink, and with that "european aroma and flavor", this is a great beer to share with your neighbors - especially given the odd-looking green Buddha bottle ;)

Photo of zaphodchak
2.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Large white head, smooth, pale yellow body.

Reeks of un-cut skunky urine. Disgusting.

Light fruit, apple character in the taste. Bland, some macro corn aftertaste. Not nearly as bad as the smell.

Lightish feel, not quite watery.

Novelty bottle, that's it.

Photo of dbossman
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy, sunshine yellow with a steady one inch head; some lacing; pretty bubbly

S: Grassy and grainy; lots of straw-like aromas; a bit musty

T: Grainy with some musty earthiness; finished okay--a bit watery and simple but also fairly pleasant

F: Somewhat thin and watery but not over-carbonated either

O: Not a bad BMC-like lager; fairly baland and unassuming but really not all that bad

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know that adage about not judging books by their covers? It works the same with beer.

I poured part of the beer into a shot glass to get an idea of how it looked. After the initial burst of bubbles it looks like the typical light beer. The head is a wallflower, sticking umobtrusively to the glass. The smell was a little offputting. It reminded me of the men's room at the local metal bar on dollar PBR night.

I decided I should probably finish the beer in bottle form. After all, the bottle is obviously the focus of the beer and was shaped like The Buddha for a reason. Good idea. Taste greatly improved and became less watery than when poured. Still has a mildly watery finish, but the aftertaste isn't bad. I'd say it is slightly better than the average light domestic.

This was the point where I remembered we had left over Chinese food in the fridge. Wow. That's more like it. No watery finish and much more flavor. Too bad I have to rate the beer on its own merits.

On its own this beer boils down to an interesting shelf decoration with an above average Bud Light filler. It's very drinkable, but nothing (aside from an army of glass Buddhas) to get excited about. On the upside it goes great with both General Tso's and Sesame Chicken. My new go-to Chinese food beer. Just leave it in the bottle.

Photo of ordybill
2.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lucky Buddha was a disappointment for me. The bottle intrigued me and I bought a sixer. When I popped the cap on the first one the immediate skunky smell caught my attention. I got past the stale odor and gave it a shot. The beer's flavor matched perfectly with the smell. My next thought was that the beer was old or had been repeatedly chilled and warmed. I am sure the beer sells pretty well due to the bottle shape. but I suggest that anyone interested in this beer by a single first. I am not sure if I caught a bad six pack or that was the actual flavor being aimed for.

Photo of Andrewziggy
1.72/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

2/5 rDev -25.9%

Okay, the bottle is really, really cool. The beer isn't good not much taste

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer brewed by The Lucky Drink Company, with an ABV of 4.8% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of american lager. The smell is sweet, with some grains and malts. Not much to the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. You pick up on grains in the taste of this brew. Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer is rich, smooth and refreshing. I like how smooth this brew goes down. This is nice drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again, thank you The Lucky Drink Company

Photo of joemcgrath27
2.39/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - straw near white yellow, head started strong but dissipated fairly quickly leaving random soapy lacing
S - corn, adjunct, metallic, smells like a typical cheap beer
T - much like the nose, slightly tang to it but is generally bland
M - watery and thin
O - the buddha shaped bottle is the only thing that will sell this beer, and I imagine it will mostly be one time purchases, what a waste

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a funky bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is pale yellow with so-so carbonation. The head is small white and leave little to no lace.

The smell is bready and a tad skunked.

The taste follows a bready malt skunked a bit.

The drinkability is not good. Collect the bottle not the beer. MK

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
63 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.