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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 535
Avg: 2.7
pDev: 48.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 169 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lucky Drink Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

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Photo of Bethk81
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is nothing I don't like about this beer. Except that I can only find one store in Indiana that sells it! The gimmicky bottle drew me in but the light, refreshing taste stole my heart. I'm not a fan of dark beers, and I do like a bit of lime or lemon in some.

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Photo of railwalker
5/5  rDev +85.2%

one of the best tasting beers I've had in a long time. Goes great with any kind of food. Tastes like zen ... clean, pure a hint of sweetness and nicely carbonated. Very hard to find but well worth the search. Better than Tsing Tao.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.64/5  rDev +71.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says product of China not Australia. Pours golden yellow. Little to no head. Very crisp and refreshing. Tastes like a euro lager from Germany etc... without general skunkiness. Was such a great beer.

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Photo of DB75
4.62/5  rDev +71.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was never a real beer drinker until last year. A friend started turning me on to different imported beers. I found that I just can't really tolerate domestic beers, any longer. The next thing I new, I'm a bit of a beer snob. I came across Lucky Buddha and was intrigued by the bottle. I purchased some and took it home - now this beer snob has another brew to add to his list of faves.

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Photo of Finks1991
4.59/5  rDev +70%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saw this on display at Bevmo and couldn't help but try it... the bottle is beautiful and great to show off for guests, but that speaks for itself - on to the beer.

Light and flavorful lager, says "chinese style" but I don't know what that means - to me it was pretty similar to heineken, a great warm weather beer, but something that would also be easy to drink year round. I didn't get any of the skunky aroma / taste that a few people have mentioned - maybe those were left in the sun too long?

All in all, I would definitely buy this again if I'm having people over or want to show up somewhere with an interesting six pack.

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Photo of Socplayer5
4.25/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's Heineken without the aftertaste. Very solid summer beer, light, crisp and nice finish. Great beer to bring to a party or an event. It's funny to sit back and watch people react to the bottle. Side note: my girlfriend likes it...quite possibly just because of the bottle. :)

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Photo of Drunkhammer
4.12/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this beer to have a nice combination of flavors that make it a good beer to enjoy bothah at the end of the day as well as at social events. The light golden color when poured and almost non existent head makes for a pleasureable glass of beer.

It has a smooth taste and lets face it the bottle is pretty cool.

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Photo of Kavanaghkt
4.01/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer on St Patrick's Day Parade the Saturday before the holiday. I had seen the bottle several times before but never tried it. I highly recommend trying this beer, it's definitely worth the bottle as a souvenir.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +48.1%
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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Buddha has a medium, white head and a just slightly hazy straw appearance, with little brown flecks floating about and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma (green bottle) was happily not skunked, but one gets sweetness, white bread, and a kiss of the hops. Taste is lightly roasted barley, bread, some paper, sweetness, bread crumb, a touch of pleasant bitterness, and there are other obscure flavors which I can’t pin down (honey?). Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lucky Buddha Beer finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and easy drinking. This is a delightful lager.


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Photo of Vashtar
3.88/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is faded and foggy but the smell is pleasant. It smells like beer, except there is no overpowering wheat scent. It isn't skunky at all.

The taste is also nice. It has hardly a hint of bitter. It's a bit plain and then opens up in your mouth. It doesn't quite blossom, but it opens with a more solid motion in a metaphorical sense.

It has a neat mouthfeel as well. It's slimy, but really isn't bad.

It's also extremely drinkable.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle says imported from China so not quite sure why this site has listed as an import from Australia. Nonetheless the bottle of the beer is awesome looking pretty much the main reason I bought the beer. It smells like an ordinary lager but tastes a lot better then your typical lagers. Real malty sweetness but balanced perfectly with bitterness. Pours a beautiful gold head dissipates quickly, lots of bubbles very little to no lacing retention on glass. Overall a pleasant little beer with a 4.8 abv would definitely buy again.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.57/5  rDev +32.2%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love it when my local, in-person trader, tone77 stops by! I get spent CANs FFT Jeff Lebo, new CANs for me and bottles that I might never have bought myself, but which I always get a kick out of seeing in the box/six-pack holder/bag. This is certainly no exception!

I began with a heavy-handed pour since I was anxious to empty the bottle and begin rubbing the Buddha's belly for good luck. This resulted in two fingers of dense, puffy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. It began to fall as I rubbed, leaving behind some nice lacing. Color was a pretty Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light grassiness, which I can appreciate, just so long as corn is not also present as an adjunct. Something was slightly off with respect to the nose, but corn did not seem to be the cause. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, approaching medium. The taste was kind of grassy with a slight tartness, but as long as no corn was evident, I was happy. I have been mislead before and not been happy as a result. Finish was semi-dry with a light maltiness to go with its inherent grassiness. I found it pleasant and probably a good candidate for a lawnmower beer. Enlightenment was now mine!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Drab honey straw color with some haze to it. Thousands of microscopic bubbles conjure out of no where and cruise to the surface where a good inch tall snow white head greets them.

S: Copper, aluminum, yellow and green apples, grass clippings.

T: Begins very much grassy, subtle and nice. Delicate apple notes come in next with just the right balance of sweetness. This sweetness transforms into pear, cantelope and honeysuckle. Finishes mineraly and somewhat dry.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: I gotta say, I liked this beer. The drinakbility was superb, the flavors pleasant. Expensive for what you get but this review is about the liquid itself.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity, light, and a hint of honey. Very refreshing.

Would drink again. Although at the price point, probably wouldn't outright search it out to purchase again.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely smooth and easy-drinking, no aftertaste. Tried it a few times, once it was a bit skunky, but the other times it almost had a magical lightness to it. Falls flat in the flavour department, yes, but if you're in the mood for a refreshing, bubbly, light lager then you should give this one a try.

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Photo of importedfromdet
3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looks nicely carbonated, lighter. Small head. Awesome bottle.

Smells of a regular macro lager. Sweet notes.

Taste is very basic, of a macro lager but crisp. Mostly of grain. Very basic, but ends smooth.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth all the way thru.

Overall it is a simple bill, but very drinkable. A step up above typical American macros. If looking for something smooth, non-offensive, this fits the bill.

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Photo of matjack85
3.47/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

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Photo of jesticals
3.38/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Love the look of the bottle. It smells great but the taste left something to be desired. Tastes like overly carbonated water with a splash of beer flavor...but just a splash. Overall, for the cost, not worth it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge not too long ago, having never had or seen this before. Yes, the bottle was the best attribute of this beer but it didn't taste anywhere near as bad as I thought it would and easily beat out the big-market Macros that this would inevitably end up being lumped in with. Since this was only sold via the single bottle, I didn't buy more than one but I would grab six of these at a time if they were sold that way!

Nice golden pour to this with a thin head that settled down pretty quickly. Not a big aroma to this either there was just some grain and honey to it that wasn't easily discernible. Lots of dough in the taste along with a hint of filler and some grass in the aftertaste, with the feel of blood orange juiciness to keep this light and lively. Good amount of carbonation here and fuller than other European counterparts of this style, with the grain sticking around a bit in the aftertaste. No skunkiness in this bottle, thank God!

A nice amount of alcohol kept this at the session level and it would have been easy to down another bottle of this after giving it the inspection. Can't say that I've seen or had anything like this and even though it was an Australian beer brewed in China, this stood up as well as anything like this from Europe or America. Great for the summer when a simple "lawnmower beer" just won't cut it!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +24.1%
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.
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 ;)

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is now made in China.

Any way, it's not a lager for those expecting depth and a life changing experience. It was however very drinkable.

The brew was sweet, hardly any aftertaste, decent nose, and was slippery on the tongue. And the bottle is pretty awesome too!

I'd prefer this, by far, to domestic adjuncts...

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.32/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange glass. "Best before" date stamped on bottle neck.

Pours a clear pale yellow body under a small thin layer of unremarkable head.

Smells of sweet corn and sweet grass in the late summer. Grainy and sweet, with just a faint hint of noble hops.

There is little substance to this flavor, but what is here is sweeter than the average adjunct lager and clean. The biting hops that sometimes accompany this style (or at least hop bitterness) is almost totally absent, making this very drinkable and easy to gulp down.

The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and thin, but it has a soft character that makes this type of beer much more palatable when it is present.

Conclusion: As this style goes this is pretty good, and I appreciate the sweetness. The bottle itself is worth buying for the cheap price of this beer. If it is fresh, I would prefer this to almost any American adjunct lager.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.31/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

June 25, 2015

11.2 oz Buddha bottle, pils glass

A – Medium straw and very clear. A thin white head appears on the pour and disappears quickly. A lot of effervescence.

S – Flour and uncooked bread dough, and grainy-sweet. Maybe some very light herbal hops, a bit of corn/rice-like sweetness. Just not much here.

T – Uncooked bread dough, grainy-sweet with a bit of rice. Hops are very low, but slightly herbal, perhaps with a touch of lemongrass.

M – Moderate-high carbonation and mildly effervescent. A light crisp sweetness, with just a bit of slickness, and a tinge of bitterness on the finish.

O – Let’s be honest: the best thing about this beer is the bottle it came in. However, it is comparable to the better versions of adjunct lagers, not horribly sweet or cloying or slick. Actually a pretty well-made, though watered-down and fairly aroma-less and flavor-less. I would not decline another one (if it was free.)

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
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