Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company
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2.7/5 rDev -0.7%
This is one of the most unique beer bottles I have come across so far. Bonus points just for the design.
Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a very mild skunk aroma. Taste is much the same with a corn flake flavor on the finish. There is a slight metallic flavor that I am getting after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a cool bottle but a product inside that is not good.
11-03-2012 05:52:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
1.28/5 rDev -52.9%
Bottle: Poured super light bright yellow lager with a small pure white foamy head with light retention. Aroma of adjunct and fusel alcohol is not very enticing. Taste is also dominated by adjunct with light fusel alcohol notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not just bland but actually quite bad.
11-23-2012 19:00:21 | More by Phyl21ca
1.78/5 rDev -34.6%
Ugh, was it Bobby or Patrick that shared this beast? Either way, you suck.
A: The beer is a pale straw color with a short lived white head.
S: A distinct aroma of cigarettes and skunk. It's quite vegetal with plenty of corn. There's a bit of garbage water to it which only makes things better. Strangely, some grapes and corn syrup.
T: At least the flavor isn't quite as atrocious. Straw and corn are the biggest contributors. Not much in the way of cigarettes, though there still is some old vegetable smell to it. It's also sort of watery.
M: Very light in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Yeah, the bottle might be cool, but this beer is not good at all.
08-08-2011 22:13:32 | More by womencantsail
2.6/5 rDev -4.4%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I remember buying a bottle of this a few years ago because of the unusual bottle design. I then found myself repeating such an endeavor again this week. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wild rice, sweet biscuit, light corn, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, a prevarication between sweetness and mild funkiness created throughout. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a slightly mediocre little lager, nothing close to special or even memorable beyond the bottle.
02-13-2013 04:03:56 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
04-23-2011 23:26:34 | More by biboergosum
3.38/5 rDev +24.3%
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 ;)
12-25-2012 03:23:18 | More by NeroFiddled
2.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a clear straw gold that gets a nice sized off white head from an aggressive pour, but falls fairly qickly. Nose is muted. Slight grain fragrance. Flavor is definitely light with a slight sweet tone to it. Mild grain character on the flavor too. Feel is standard. Good level of carbonation. Drinkable? Sure. It is a lager to pound, but for the price, forget it. Just because it has a cool glass doesnt mean that it should cost so much. Seems like a novelty to me.
12-31-2007 05:29:00 | More by RblWthACoz
2.93/5 rDev +7.7%
maybe my favorite shushi beer. cool bottle obviously. pours hazy straw color with a one inch white head. looks like a wheat beer more than anything, and next to a tsing tao is looked positively unfiltered, but who knows. the smell is rather sweet from the malts, and a yeast that is a step up from generic provides some mild fruit tones. flavor is pretty similar to the nose, its is crisp and refreshing for sure, and stands up rather well to the hot wasabi. its a good palate cleanser between different fishes. mouthfeel is okay, bright and bubbly, but heavier than a lager should be i think. not a bad brew in the right context, btu certainly not something i would seek out outside of a sushi place.
09-05-2012 22:19:18 | More by StonedTrippin
2.59/5 rDev -4.8%
Saw this 11.16 fl oz bottle at Whole Foods HQ and had to try it. The gimmicky bottle is great - love the shape and design. Too bad it's green glass. Meh. Cap is red in colour and branded "Lucky Buddha." I believe the beer itself is called "Lucky Buddha" as well - not just "Lucky" - based on the label. 4.8% ABV confirmed. I have to wonder how their bottling machine affixes the label on the back so well; that's impressive. No style is indicated on the label, but the label identifies it as an "Asian style lager" brewed with rice so I'm reviewing it as a Japanese style rice lager. Served into an Independence brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger wide head of pathetic dull off-white colour. Horridly thin, with no creaminess at all. Weak consistency and poor complexion. Head retention is terrible - less than 30 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Quite a poor head all around, but at least it has one.
Body colour is a predictable clear translucent yellow. You can read text through this beer it's got such clarity. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's to style (for better or for worse). Not unique or special, but it's hard to set yourself apart in this style. No egregious flaws. Admittedly, it's not much to look at, but it doesn't turn me away.
Sm: Spring water, crystal malt, crisp clean rice, clean barley, and a heavy graininess. Any hopping is extremely limited and lacks any discernable character. Straw. Maybe honey. Biscuit. Corn adjunct/flaked corn. It's pretty heavy on the adjunct, but for the style it's not bad. It ain't good, either.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An inoffensive aroma of below average strength. I can't say I'm looking forward to trying it, but I do love beer, and beer this is.
T: Heavy on the graininess, with some surprisingly diverse adjunct character - flaked corn, crisp rice, and cheap malted barley all make an appearance. I do appreciate a good adjunct character from time to time, and I'm digging the adjunct here. It embraces what it is, and there's something to be said about that. Clean and enjoyable, with nice pilsner malt and straw. Heavy on the crystal malt. Cereals. What doesn't work here as well as in other Asian beers is the spring water; you've got to nail the spring water to really deliver on this style. Has a kiss of artificial lemon syrup. Hops do make a brief appearance, lending some very generic very light fruity and floral character - it's all very vague and you shouldn't expect to identify specific fruits or flowers. Clean lager yeast was probably used; I don't find any yeast character. Has a fair sweetness, but it's not overly sweet.
Graininess is dominant.
Okay balance. Quite simple. There's no real complexity or subtlety here. Not a nuanced flavour profile by any means. Cohesive, but not gestalt. Low depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity for the style, but low on both counts overall.
No alcohol comes through.
Do I like it? It has its place.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Could be more crisp. Should be more refreshing. The texture complements the flavour profile well, which is more than I can say about a lot of beers. That's said, it's certainly not custom-tailored to the taste. Decent body and presence on the palate. A bit too thick, though. Quite overcarbonated.
Not oily, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh. It does seem just a bit stale, to its obvious detriment.
Dr: Pretty drinkable. I can't see a casual beer drinker having any trouble killing this by the bottle. I wouldn't purchase it again unless it was the best offering at a sushi joint/Asian restaurant. Ultimately, the best thing about it may be the bottle design. All things considered, the beer doesn't rely on the gimmick of the bottle design, and does bring some flavour to the table. I walked into this with admittedly low expectations, and to its credit it did surpass them. You could do worse for the style.
I think this beer is an easy target for elitist reviewers due to the obvious marketing potential of the bottle design itself. Let's be fair, though. It's not an offensive brew by any means.
11-11-2013 03:12:50 | More by kojevergas
2.68/5 rDev -1.5%
Clear, lemony yellow coloured body, with a compact head of pure white foam. Pretty nice looking.
Quite sharp, pleasant nose, reminiscent of a green-bottle euro lager. Herbs, crushed leaves and a bit of citrus. Not bad, if you like that sort of thing.
Taste is more subdued. Bit of spicy citrus, but it falls away quickly just leaving a slight carbonic acid taste and a hint of unpleasant yeast. Mouthfeel light and spritzy, but not bad.
It's very light, and pretty simple, but it's also quite drinkable. Obviously, the marketing is based largely on their funky bottle, but it's a solid, if not outstanding euro-style lager.
04-19-2008 00:38:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.58/5 rDev +31.6%
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!
08-13-2014 00:52:11 | More by woodychandler
3.15/5 rDev +15.8%
(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.
03-26-2013 14:18:19 | More by rhoadsrage
1.98/5 rDev -27.2%
Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Crystal clear straw color. Good carbonation and very light bodied. Sweet adjunct nose and flavor is similar with slightly sweet corn and grains. Should be drunk after mowing lawn and not while critically reviewing. $4.04 for a 330ml bottle from The Quad Las Vegas, NV.
10-03-2013 22:25:29 | More by jdhilt
2.63/5 rDev -3.3%
A bizarre green bottle I assume is Buddha found at the Beverage Warehouse.
In the glass this is your standard yellow colored beer with a small white head.
The smell is sweetish and grassy with a little toasted grain aroma.
The taste begins dry with a faint acidity and a little toasted grain. This becomes a little sweeter as I drink it but the toasted grain flavor remains and a slight astringent grain husk flavor appears.
The mouthfeel is light.
Easy to drink, as this is one of those beers that seems to be quite close to being water. There is some flavor here but I can't really see buying this again except, as a gift for the bottle only, probably will become collectible if the company goes out of business.
05-27-2007 02:20:14 | More by Zorro
2.79/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a light straw yellow color with a white, short lived frothy head. A bit of lace is left on the glass. Aroma of creamed corn, husk and clean, euro like malts. The taste is much the same. Bready, corn flake flavor and scarce leafy hop. Light, sugary body and real sweet. Overall, not too bad, not good either.
02-02-2014 01:59:46 | More by Stinkypuss
2.98/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-10-2011 23:42:40 | More by LXIXME
Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
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