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Lucky Buddha Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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Lucky Buddha BeerLucky Buddha Beer

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BA SCORE
64
poor

293 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +39.9%

12-10-2012 00:00:56 | More by djcreepshow
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iTunesUpdates

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-01-2014 02:56:20 | More by iTunesUpdates
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lwillitz

Florida

2.96/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.16-oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A - large head of white foam over a crystal-clear body of straw yellow, visible carbonation is moderate, decent web of lace

S - very grassy with a slight fruitiness

T - malt sweetness, light fruitiness, rice, grassy hops, dry finish

M - smooth light body with moderate carbonation

O - Lucky Buddha is a mediocre pale lager at best. Worth picking up one for the bottle, but I would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 23:01:56 | More by lwillitz
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -44%

07-31-2014 01:41:26 | More by ShepardCommander
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Mandarin Bistro Chinese restaurant in Bloomingdale, IL. $4.75 for a 330ml green bottle in the shape of a laughing Buddah. A very cool looking bottle, but I'm sure you can buy it for less at a liquor store. The beer used to be made in Australia by the Lucky Drink Co., but it is now brewed and bottled in China.

The beer poured a clear medium gold color, but only made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds. There was some lacing, but it was minimal.

Pleasant smell despite the green bottle - no skunk at all, thankfully. Saaz hop aroma with some grassy notes and mild malt.

Tastes pretty much like a typical adjunct (rice) lager, with a little lemony touch and some sweeter than normal malt.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent, light, Asian lager that goes well with any style Chinese food.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 02:28:58 | More by matjack85
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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No freshness date. Poured into a tulip glass because it doesn't matter.

Appearance: Crystal-clear wheat colored water. Thin cap of nearly white suds. Not nearly as good-looking as the bottle itself.

Aroma: Could smell how skunky this beer is as soon as I popped the cap off. Can't get anything else but skunk from the aroma. Green bottle and all.

Taste: Real lack of skunky flavor, which feels like a rip-off after that aroma. But seriously, technically speaking there aren't any big flaws. It's quite clean. The flavor, though lacking, tastes very much like a euro adjunct lager. I'm guessing the adjunct is rice because corn tends to leave traces behind. There are actually some hops in here that come in strong for the finish, giving a very slight grass flavor and 12 IBUs, which feel more potent because of the incredibly light malt bill. Although I expect the carbonation helps play up the hop presence (see below). At 4.8% ABV it almost feels like the same flavor could be delivered with a much lower alcohol content. Virtually no aftertaste because it fades so quickly.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body and highly carbonated. The effervescence attacks the palate quite aggressively, which really ramps up the small amount of hop bitterness. This effect makes Lucky Buddha slightly less palatable than its light body would suggest but, nonetheless, it is still sessionable.

Final Thoughts: Lucky Buddha is a difficult beer to rate for taste. On the one hand it is bland and on the other hand there are no big flaws. So basically, it is an okay beer as far as adjunct lagers go. I try to judge a beers merit on how it fits within the style. Of course there are better pilsners, ones made with actual malt, but Lucky Buddha's not bad for a beer that had to travel half way around the world for me to taste it. Would I drink it again? Perhaps, it would be a great gimmick at a party.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 01:04:05 | More by JamesMN
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ronnie-emily

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-29-2014 05:27:24 | More by ronnie-emily
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

2.34/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - The beer is a pale straw color. The bottle is cool.

Smell - The aroma is a basic adjunct lager aroma of grass.

Taste - My initial impression is that this beer tastes like water with pixie sticks mixed in. Of course, we all know that mixture does not given you anything but funky tasting water. The aftertaste reminds me of a mouth full of Flinstones vitamins.

Mouthfeel - It is an easy drinker, just like water.

Overall - This is not the beer I expected to come from Buddha's belly.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 15:08:21 | More by JohnnyHopps
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.81/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from an interesting green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very skunky, don't know if it's the green bottle behind this or not. Taste is not skunky, in fact it's pretty light and mild. Some grains, a hint of sweetness, some malts. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but a little lacking in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 00:22:02 | More by tone77
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TechTriumph

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-27-2014 23:11:40 | More by TechTriumph
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Cenzorlord


2.25/5  rDev -16%

07-27-2014 22:54:22 | More by Cenzorlord
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Eman17

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-25-2014 02:22:41 | More by Eman17
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trager

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-24-2014 23:46:13 | More by trager
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Keepnitrl

Washington

3/5  rDev +11.9%

07-24-2014 19:05:51 | More by Keepnitrl
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BrettMRogers

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-24-2014 18:45:05 | More by BrettMRogers
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FrankHammer

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -53.4%

07-24-2014 18:26:36 | More by FrankHammer
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f_raud

California

4/5  rDev +49.3%

07-23-2014 04:37:45 | More by f_raud
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sharp_utensils

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

07-21-2014 00:51:16 | More by sharp_utensils
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harty83

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-21-2014 00:42:35 | More by harty83
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Steelcitybeerman

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

07-20-2014 01:49:05 | More by Steelcitybeerman
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oxfordmini

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -16%

07-18-2014 23:13:25 | More by oxfordmini
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D_toxic_AVENGER


2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-18-2014 02:16:54 | More by D_toxic_AVENGER
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -16%

07-18-2014 02:15:25 | More by Exeter
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Gear54

Indiana

3.11/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: pale yellow. No head or lace to speak of

S: Grass and wood are all I can come up with for this one. I cannot say I've ever came across a beer with this smell.

T: hops with a sweet finish. Orange peel maybe...

M: light mouth feel with a quick finish.

O: to me this is not worth buying another six pack. This pennies just ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:57:11 | More by Gear54
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dpage27

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

07-17-2014 01:28:03 | More by dpage27
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Lucky Buddha Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
64 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.