Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company
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2.2/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
12-31-2011 20:09:32 | More by zaphodchak
2.08/5 rDev -23.2%
A - One finger of reasonably creamy white head, resting on a pale yellow golden body, the head is gone in about 30 secs and leaves just a few small traces of lace spots.
S - Typical adjunct lager aroma of corn and metal.
T - As with the nose, with some grain malt alongside.
M - Light bodied with decent carbonation.
O - Nice bottle design apart from the green glass, the contents however...meh.
12-17-2011 10:58:36 | More by dansmcd
3.33/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
10-08-2011 19:19:42 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.35/5 rDev +23.6%
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...
09-30-2011 00:08:12 | More by IRONRakkasan
3.98/5 rDev +46.9%
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.
09-29-2011 00:44:05 | More by Vashtar
2.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Lucky is brewed by an Australian company!? WTF? Why? Anyhow, these thoughts aside the bottle appeals to my inner Buddha with the Budai "xiaofo" (which means "laughing Buddha" in Chinese) shaped bottle. So regardless of how the beer goes I have a bottle I can keep for later use (maybe I'll put my own homebrew in it).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.
A: This brew has a hazy body that borders on pale yellow, fairly Asian lager looking. The white head reduces down to leave a mild lacing.
S: Rice and malt grains combine with fresh cut grass aromas to provide a pleasant (at least for an adjunct lager) odour. I wouldn't compare it to the sweet smell of a Belgian tripel but it's OK.
T: The malt is upfront, followed by sharp rice wine flavours and ending with Saaz hops (a hint that is). It's crisp and dry with a light bitterness. There's nothing big about it but I can see the appeal; it's clearly made to complement a hot day or a light meal.
M: Lighter on carbonation than most lagers (both Asian and international varieties). The body doesn't feel watery either, so that's a plus.
D: I know what you're thinking. "Did he enjoy the beer or did he not?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement reviewing I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a typical Asian lager, one of the most drinkable lager types in the world, and would blow your palate clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Did I enjoy lucky? Well, did I, punk? ... yeah sure I did, it was alright, a straight "C".
Food match: Light Chinese fare and classic Japanese food would work well, or if you wanted to mix it up a little you could even mix it with modest flavoured food like a Vichyssoise. These northern Asian adjunct lagers work well with cuisine that is light in flavour.
09-17-2011 06:32:04 | More by doktorhops
2.98/5 rDev +10%
Straw yellow appearance with little head that quickly fizzes away leaving some lacing. Smell consists of grain, grass, sweetness and some malt. Pretty average so far.
Taste is similar, mainly grain, corn, sweetness and grassiness. Picked up a small hint of hops and spices, very light overall but creamy. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering bitter grass taste, but fairly dry overall.
Overall this is a very generic, has many features of a cheap adjunct beer. It is highly drinkable though and with nothing offensive. Worth a try if you’re eating spicy food, or if you want the bottle.
09-10-2011 03:23:45 | More by CrazyMike
2.4/5 rDev -11.4%
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
09-04-2011 03:14:49 | More by joemcgrath27
2.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance is a light straw color with a quick fizzy head with carbonation rising to the top that fades quickly. Smell of slight skunk, rice and a turpentine note with light hops. Taste is light and clean finishing dry with rice in the back. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. Actually not to bad, would like to try it on tap.
08-31-2011 01:47:48 | More by Bookseeb
1.15/5 rDev -57.6%
A: Transparent yellow with whit foam and bubbles
S: Grassy, sweet, grain, weirdly metallic, just strange.
T: Grassy, cloying, grassy, adjunct flavors of corn and rice syrup… just plain bad. Horrid. It's like... rotten or something (and no I don't mean to imply the beer has gone bad, I think this is how it was meant to be). It literally is making me cringe with every sip. I think I need a doctor.
M: Bubbly and coating yet somehow thin at the same time. Feels like drinking fermented high fructose corn syrup.
O: No. Don’t do it. Don’t be fooled by the cool bottle. Want an Asian beer, get some Asahi or Tsingtao or Tiger. Thing is, I've had adjunct lagers that were drinkable (such as Mickey's) but this garbage is just unbearable. Ugh, it's coating my mouth like some kind of undissolvable oil.
08-27-2011 05:17:54 | More by Chyren
1.78/5 rDev -34.3%
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
2.8/5 rDev +3.3%
Bought it because of the bottle, as I suspect many others did.
A-Pee yellow with a fizzy thin head. Soapy lacing.
S-Corn, cheap adjunct grains. Smells cheap and unappealing.
T/M-Dry and crisp, with typical adjunct sweetness. To this beer's credit though, it isn't nearly as sweet as many other adjunct lagers. Very generic. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O-Not much to say about this one. Boring, not too bad.
08-01-2011 22:36:59 | More by DaveHS
2.95/5 rDev +8.9%
Yeah, the bottle definitely won me over on this one. "Tractor beam...whooo."
A: Golden and clear with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Pale malts and faint grassy hops with some apple cider as well.
T: Pretty much a much more drinkable version of Bud Light. Grains and some bready malts with some lemon zest. For the style, it's actually not bad. I would take this over a lot of other beers in its class.
07-20-2011 02:30:35 | More by notchucknorris
2.73/5 rDev +0.7%
I like I am sure everyone else purchased this beer just based on the bottle.
Look: yellow with a very light head and no retention. Not impressed
Smell: Right off the bat you can tell it is a asian lager. It is a bit skunky malty and has a light hop note to it with traces of rice
Taste. Taste is a typical asian lager. Very muted flavors covered up mostly by the maltyness
Mouthfeel: Light crisp clean and boring
Overall: This beer is more like a novelty item since everyone just buys it for the bottle and that is really the only reason to buy this
07-16-2011 20:55:50 | More by DarthKostrizer
2.98/5 rDev +10%
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
2.63/5 rDev -3%
12 oz green buddha pours me a little somethin' somethin’ light yellow with one of the quickest fading heads I have ever seen. Appearance gets a whole point bump just because it comes in the coolest bottle I have ever seen.
Nose is lightstruck hops and grainy malt. Pretty clean, a little sweet and definitely has some adjuncts in play.
Taste is not too bad, the sweetness sticks out for me, so light...like watered down honey. Very little hops involved and the malts are lighter than a feather. Im sure they will sell plenty of this just due to the bottle, give them credit for a clever gimmick. The beer pretty much sucks, and I am more than happy to limit my intake to 1. I saw a sixer of it for 10 bucks at a local grocer, thats a bit absurd if you ask me.
06-25-2011 00:46:45 | More by twiggamortis420
2.9/5 rDev +7%
I couldn't resist the bottle! I'm not expecting very much from the beer, but the bottle is just hilarious! While BA says this is made in Australia, my bottle (labled "Lucky Buddha") says made in China.
This beer pours a pale straw colour similar to other Asian-style lagers. Virtyally no head and lots of big bubbles floating up to the top.
The aroma is surprisingly less skunky than I expected. It smells mostly of grain...corn... Though the there is a vague malt characteristic. There is something "sharp" about the aroma as well, though I'm not sure exactly what it is.
The flavour is not too bad! I have a bit of a soft spot for Asian lagers, so I might be biased towards liking this one more than I "should" as a beer geek. It is quite light, and fairly sweet. The taste is mostly grainy, though there are some toasty aspects too. The aftertaste is slightly astringent due to the heavy carbonation.
Overall, this isn't a horrible brew, and it is quite refreshing. My only reservation is the price! If I could get this for cheap, I would certainly buy it again...if only for the bottle.
06-22-2011 19:51:54 | More by evlu1441
2.93/5 rDev +8.1%
Bottle from BevMo in Livermore, CA and yes the bottle shape was the reason for buying it
A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves some spotty lacing behind
S - Is of sweet grainy malt and the ever so common slight skunk associated with the green bottle
T - Like the nose it starts with sweet grainy malt with some grassy hops in the finish although not much
M - This beer has a light body with medium carbon to it
O - This really isn't a bad beer however it's pretty average for the style the taste is decent enough to make it easy to drink on a hot day yeah I bought it because of the novelty laughing Buddha bottle not expecting much but I'm not disappointed
06-03-2011 00:00:24 | More by armock
3.13/5 rDev +15.5%
According to my bottle label, this is brewed and bottled by Cheerday Brewery in China....I've added their company profile and this brew as well....I have posted this review in both locations.
A- This is the coolest bottle I've ever seen....it's green and shaped like a fat laughing Buddah....simply wonderful! The product itself...well it looks like adjunct lager, in color and carbonation at least....it's a grassy pale color and there lots of large bubbles rising, albeit not aggressively. There is actually a decent head that sticks around, settling to a super white film. Lacing is moderate, but I've seen worse....the bottle is what keeps this area higher in points.
S- To me this is quite skunky throughout. I suppose it has some mild aromas of citrus rind, but it is primarily of grain and sweet/bland corn and/or rice. There is also a slight zesty hop bitterness right on the finish of the smell.
T- Like several other Chinese brews I've had the chance to sample, this one isn't anything to write home about. It has a sweeter malt profile than I would have expected, but the middle turns to a dry herbal flavor and the finish is a little metallic. There is also a lingering corn muffin flavor on the palate after the swallow.
M- Thin, watery and palate scrubbing is the ideal description for this brew...not much else to say here other than that it's very typical of a Chinese brewed Lager.
D- What can I say? This one is super easy to drink and is another one of those beers that is perfect for summer drinking on the patio. It's nothing special and certainly not worth the extra money to go out and buy regularly though. With that said, I would drink this again....I will probably keep the bottle as it's very unique
05-12-2011 22:07:51 | More by ChrisCage
Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
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