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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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BA SCORE
63
poor

449 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 102 | 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:
Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just some notes (sorry):
Sweet malts, grains, rice, but also caramel; sweet(ish) fruit juice, like red apple, low citrus; a certain nuttiness, interesting;
A certain funkiness throughout, not entirely disturbing (maybe the lagery lemon zest is more so); low hop character in the finish, so there's a low bitterness, but there's a nice dry finish that Asian lagers usually have;
Nice bottle, it's a keeper; the beer, not so much

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Low C-

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Clear gold with lots of carbonation action. Actually leaves pretty decent sheets of lace. After that it's just a low brow cheaply made beer. Could be any one of a dozen anonymous Chinese or American Adjunct brews. Feh.

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
63 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.