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Lucky Buddha Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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BA SCORE
64
poor

283 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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crossovert

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Silly bottle, I had to buy it.

It pours a pale honey gold with a fizzy white head, actually looks good for an adjunct lager.

The smell is light and citrusy, again, suprising.

The taste is awful, it tastes like rotten food with some sake and mineral water for good measure.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:42:30 | More by crossovert
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12/12/09 stamped on the bottle. Brewed and bottled in China. Poured into a sampler glass with virtually no head. Aroma of virtually nothing...rice? Fizzy taste with a touch of corn flakes or rice. No flavor at all here. Miller Lite puts this to shame, and that hurts to type.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 19:47:06 | More by RustyDiamond
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Lucky is actually brewed by Australian Independent Brewers, who specialize in contract brewing. We got our bottle in Sydney, and it's actually shaped like a laughing Buddha. Word is, it'll be making an appearance in US clubs as a "high-end" beer soon. It's actually an Asian-style Lager, brewed with rice, malted barley and Czech Saaz hops.

Pours a pale golden color that's a touch hazy, crowned with creamy white lacing. Soft aroma of pale malts, apples and some spicy Saaz. Smooth and creamy on the palate, very light with a fluffy carbonated mouthfeel. Seems to fall flat somewhere in the middle. Hint of malty sweetness up front with notes of apple, vegetal hints, boiled rice and slight grassy bitterness that gives the beer some backing. Dries out into a coarse hay-like finish.

Fans of Asahi or Kirin beers might enjoy this one. It's extremely easy to drink, the bottle is pretty damn cool and pairing it with nearly any Asian food is a no-brainer since it's so neutral. But it could use a cleaner finish, better hop presence and more carbonation to be a worthy contender within its style--doesn't come across very lager-like.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:08:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
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hoegaardenhero

California

2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mad props to the bottle design but as soon as poured this and got a whiff, i knew i was in for a crappy experience

a: no head; straw color; some light bubbles;

s: light dry wheat; some sweet hay; weak weak; light skunkiness

t: dry wheat; sweet hay; light skunkiness; again, weak flavor but for an adjunct lager it is to be expected

m: maybe a little more body/syrupiness than others in the style; tight aggressive carb

d: don't be tempted by the cool bottle, you will absolutely regret it

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 03:43:42 | More by hoegaardenhero
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a piss yellow in color with no head to speak of.

Smell - The ricey grain is thankfully quite weak and there's some rotten taffy in there somewhere.

Taste - This isn't repulsive like I thought it was going to be. It has so little flavor you can't really hate it but there's just nothing to it. The rice from the nose kind of turned into moldy grits and that putrid sweetness from the nose is almost absent thankfully. Think beer saki.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with surprisingly little carbonation.

Sinkability - I guess we can thank the Chinese for importing this Australian disaster here to the US.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:39:38 | More by RoyalT
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choyhosoi

California

2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a bottle and found the familiar smell of Budweiser thanks to the barley.

T/A- There wasnt a strong taste here just a smooth corona-like taste. The appearance was hazy yellow with a nice head that dissipated quickly.

This beer reminds me of a Bud light or Coors Light if you like these then grab a six.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 02:53:38 | More by choyhosoi
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BlackBearForge

Florida

2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucky beer, pours a crystal clear lemony yellow with a bit of fizz on top that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma is faint, faintly hoppy perhaps and faintly grainy.

Lucky tastes slightly lemony, slightly sour, grainy with very little in the way of malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Adjuncts come to mind, I will say that this is slightly better than your average American macro lite beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, very much like water with just a tad more body actually with a bit of fizz to it.

Wow, well if it were a hot summer day and I had just finished mowing the lawn or had been out on the shooting range under a blistering sun one of these guys might go down pretty well. It would definitely be a thirst quencher. It doesn't taste terrible, it just doesn't well... taste. Washes food down well. Nice novelty bottle!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:38:56 | More by BlackBearForge
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scottfrie

California

2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.16oz Budha bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw color with two fingers of white head that dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing. The bottle design makes up for what the beer lacks in luster.
S: Smells like rice with some sweet malt. Hints of corn and maybe just the slightest hint of hops.
T: Tastes like drinking water with a very faint muted taste of sweet corn. No hops come through, and the malt sweet is very faint.
M: This beer is lighter than water. Very light body with a clean watery finish. Easy to drink, chug, brush your teeth with, whatever.
D: I bought this for the bottle and almost considered not even opening it. If you're into light beer, this is as light as it gets. As opposed to Miller or Bud, at least with this one you get a cool bottle...

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:48:33 | More by scottfrie
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n00tz

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a light yellow body, active carbonation, and a thin white head. On-par with and of the American Adjuncts.

S - Corn and a light grainy alcohol stink. Undesirable to say the least.

T & M - Thankfully the flavor is better than I was expecting, though it's still full of flavor of rice, corn, and alcohol. It also has a sweet breadiness and is palatable. I can't say the same for it's american brewed counterparts.

D - Not much to it, but more to speak of than a Bud/Miller/Coors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:15:08 | More by n00tz
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chickencoop

California

2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a BevMo, the bottle gimmick worked. I'm just confused where this beer is brewed, China or Australia?? Then I checked the website and it seems that none of this matters, the only thing that matters is that Orlando Bloom once had it, so it must be good.
Well besides all the PR and fancy packaging, I thought the beer was just an average euro-lager. Poured straw yellow with no head, the head was more of a white oil-slick on the top of the beer. The taste was average, crisp, clean, watery aftertaste. Overall this would be drinkable if it was just a plain beer in a pint, but with the fancy bottle, the $2.99 single bottle price, and all the fuss on the website, this beer was just over-hyped china Bud.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 01:23:14 | More by chickencoop
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know that adage about not judging books by their covers? It works the same with beer.

I poured part of the beer into a shot glass to get an idea of how it looked. After the initial burst of bubbles it looks like the typical light beer. The head is a wallflower, sticking umobtrusively to the glass. The smell was a little offputting. It reminded me of the men's room at the local metal bar on dollar PBR night.

I decided I should probably finish the beer in bottle form. After all, the bottle is obviously the focus of the beer and was shaped like The Buddha for a reason. Good idea. Taste greatly improved and became less watery than when poured. Still has a mildly watery finish, but the aftertaste isn't bad. I'd say it is slightly better than the average light domestic.

This was the point where I remembered we had left over Chinese food in the fridge. Wow. That's more like it. No watery finish and much more flavor. Too bad I have to rate the beer on its own merits.

On its own this beer boils down to an interesting shelf decoration with an above average Bud Light filler. It's very drinkable, but nothing (aside from an army of glass Buddhas) to get excited about. On the upside it goes great with both General Tso's and Sesame Chicken. My new go-to Chinese food beer. Just leave it in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:25:55 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so the bottle is a novelty but I figured I would give it a try. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a litle golden slightly hazy color with minimal head
S: Not a whole lot of smell to it really.
T: Really light taste without any bite at all. Very much a domestic BMC taste to it
M: Light as can be
D: Yeah its drinkable but really no different than drinking a BMC.
Jeez, I hope I didn't spend too much money buying this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 22:54:15 | More by kbutler1
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laituegonflable

Australia

1.68/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale saffron-coloured with medium-sized head, quite a fair amount of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Looks decent but not great.

A lot of unpleasant yeast and pride of ringworm on the nose. Light and ricey malt. Ever-so-slight hint of spice. That's either a mistake though, by me probably but if it's there, by the brewer. I can't imagine it being intentional.

A lot of malt and sticky yeast on the palate. Yuck, indeed. I could tell from the nose that this taste would be poor and sadly, I was correct. A lot of sticky bready yeast and a horrible adjunct flavour, palate is short but with a lingering unpleasant hang, and mouthfeel is viscous yet watery with nothing to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:08:11 | More by laituegonflable
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pure straw color that is completely clear. A small white head quickly dissipates. Smells mostly of adjunct corn. First sip is incredibly light as there is not much going on. There are some malty notes in with the corn mixed with just enough hops to be balanced. Flavor is quite good...just not enough of it. I am more familiar with Asian Light Lagers than I would like to be. This is quite good for the style and tasted fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:25:28 | More by ATLbeerDog
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glid02

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddha bottle courtesy of pghlee - thanks!

Pours a very pale straw color with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving hardly any lacing.

Smells of skunked American Adjunct Lager - though I don't think that this beer was skunked. Very pungent.

Tastes better than it smells. Not a whole lot going on besides pale malts, nondescript adjunct flavors and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin, though not much else was expected. Decent carbonation makes this go down relatively smoothly.

Drinkability isn't good, but it's not terrible. I'd prefer this over a lot of other AAL's once I get past the smell.

Overall this is better than most other AAL's but it's certainly nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 03:06:49 | More by glid02
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gford217

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by pghlee at the Brick Store.

Pours a pale, pale straw yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing.

I could smell this thing from across the room. It's got a big skunky aroma on it with lots of grains, corn and a hint of malts.

The taste is slightly better but still mainly light, light malts with hints of other grains, especially corn. Doesn't taste quite as skunky as it smells.

The mouthfeel is very light with decent carbonation and leaves an offputting bitterness in the finish.

I've had worse beers, but this one is not one I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:08:07 | More by gford217
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TheDeuce

New York

2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Beer. Really different bottle on this one.

Appearance-pale golden almost greenish color, heavy white fizzy head.

Smell-grainy, some sour aroma as well but I also detect something sort of sweet with the alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-pale, thin, muddled taste. Not all that enjoyable or memorable, feel is alright I guess.

Drinkability- really light, I suppose you could drink a lot easily if you wanted to.

Overall-don't waste your money, the bottle is the most memorable thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:12:30 | More by TheDeuce
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
If we are talking about the bottle, the appearance is distinctive and impressive. Unfortunately I do not include bottle art in my scores for appearance (after all this is BeerAdvocate not BottleAdvocate). Poured a finger of white head that steadily reduced over a body of pale gold.

Smell - 3.0
Wow, the aroma is totally off for the style but actually quite pleasant. Quite boozy, pale malt sweet.

Taste - 3.5
Fuller bodied and sweeter than is typical for a macro lager, tastes a little more like a euro full-malt lager. There is a slightly brassy, metallic flavour that is not too unpleasant, low to moderate bitterness and a slight toastiness. Alcohol is slightly warming in the finish, unusual for the style.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Belgian style carbonation - fine and reasonably lively, quite heavy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
Not hard to drink, but not really a session drink, which is odd.

OVERALL - 3.2
I'm a bit confused here. If I didn't know better I would think that this beer is a Belgian blonde style ale. What I think is most likely is that the beer has aged (it is actually just inside use-by but has been stored in a warm room throughout the summer), and unusually for a macro lager, it has aged well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 08:01:52 | More by LittleCreature
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mullenite

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this badboy for the bottle only.

Pours a totally clear yellow with a hard poured 2 finger white head. Leaves a little lacing down the glass but nothing that sticks. It actually almost looked drinkable sitting in the glass.

Smell is of grains mainly, very similar to Heineken. It smells awful but average for the style. Better than Natty for sure.

Thank god this beer is cold. Taste is stale bread and corn... a little grass. Maybe from a cow farm. It tastes like Bud that went bad years ago. I'd rather drink Taj Mahal.

Lots of carbonation with a thin watery feel.

It's as drinkable as seltzer water.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 13:02:57 | More by mullenite
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mattster

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this beer at the Super L Ranch Market at the Chinese Cultural Center on 44th in Phoenix.

Opened green 11.16 Fl Oz Buddha shaped bottle, poured into Nonic pint glass.

Pours a light straw yellow brew with a slight fizzyness to it - I attempted to pour a head, but no head.

Smell is classic green bottle skunk at first. Further smell is of corn and skunk. Taste is in-line with beers in this style: beer taste. No bad aftertaste, and bubbles are well balanced, but I think I paid $1.50 for the single, and there are plenty of other singles I could get two of with the same taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 08:50:59 | More by mattster
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ryane

Washington

1.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, very pale straw color, nearly no head, very small amount of lacing

S: skunk

T: A skunky fuller Bud with some diacteyl

M: light, carbonation could be a bit higher

D: Little bit sweet, very skunky, not something I would ever buy again, mainly got it for the bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:47:00 | More by ryane
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle with a raised Buddha etched into the glass.

A: Poured a clear, lemon-brass color with a nice frothy 2 finger head that left a sticky, splotchy lacing as it receded. A faint visible carbonation was found.

S: dry musky grains with light hay and stale corn.

T: The initial flavor was sweet grains with some buttery popcorn and fresh lemons. Overall sweet, buttery with a light lemony finish.

M: light, smooth with only a tiny bit of effervesce detected around the tongues edges.

D: A tad sweet overall with average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 19:07:01 | More by beerthulhu
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a funky bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is pale yellow with so-so carbonation. The head is small white and leave little to no lace.

The smell is bready and a tad skunked.

The taste follows a bready malt skunked a bit.

The drinkability is not good. Collect the bottle not the beer. MK

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 06:52:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:38:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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hyland24

New York

2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm the idiot who saw the pretty bottle and said that looks good. Not gonna go into major detail but my buddy told me not to try it without checking the Ba review but that little buddha bastard bottle hooked me.

Smelled like skunked Bud, tasted like watered down rolling rock with a slight hop bite which is not terrible but it is at $3.99 a bottle. Overly carbonated, weak taste. Three words DONT DO IT.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 04:58:45 | More by hyland24
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