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
64
poor

405 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 26.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 72 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-06-2007)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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
2.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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 BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of aquazr1
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mattster
2.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Tamlin
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Dello
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of glid02
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Steelcitybeerman
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev +16.7%
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
2.95/5  rDev +9.3%
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
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
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 SirHopsHoppington
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of alotofcoffee
2.99/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
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 -52.6%
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 javlin624
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
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