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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

Not Rated.
Lucky Buddha Enlightened BeerLucky Buddha Enlightened Beer

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152 Reviews

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 548
Avg: 2.69
pDev: 49.07%
Wants: 22
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Socplayer5
4.25/5  rDev +58%
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 thehyperduck
2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 mL bottle picked up as a single at the LCBO, shaped like everyone's favourite bodhisattva; no freshness data provided. I mostly bought this for the bottle and cap, which I am presuming is not all that uncommon of a situation. Served well chilled.

Pours a clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with one half-inch of foamy white head that recedes almost instantaneously. A narrow collar and a few wisps of film on the surface are the only remnants. The aroma is boring and typical of the style; corny sweetness, pale malts, and not much else. This brew is not skunky, despite the green bottle, which makes me doubt the presence of any actual hops.

It tastes better than I was expecting, but that is more a function of the beer's general lack of flavour than anything else. Pale grain malts and rice provide some initial sweetness, but it becomes a little corny and gross toward the finish. A touch of wet hay also comes through, but the sweet corn flavour dominates for the most part. Light-bodied, but unusually creamy for the style, with fairly moderate carbonation levels. Easy to drink, at least.

Final Grade: 2.55, a crappy C-. The only thing Lucky Buddha Beer really has going for it is the bottle, and since I don't need more than one of these I sincerely doubt I'll ever purchase it again. The flavours are not overtly offensive - and that is the best praise I can come up with. Not the worst Chinese beer I've ever had, but I'd still take Tsingtao over this stuff. Pass.

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Photo of Beejay
3.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale honey or chardonnay color, crystal clear, with a nice soft full head of pure white, the head sticks around for a little while, before slowly falling into itself through it's center. Bonus points for the bottle.

S: Light grain notes, as well as a slight tart aroma in there as well. No discernible hop aroma, but also no skunk coming from this green bottle!

T: Easy drinking brew, some light grain flavor, and some bread notes. Light, but mostly pleasant..

M: Very light, with plentiful carbonation. Slight cling in the finish.

O: Overall this is pretty much spot on for the style, light, crisp, easy drinking, and somewhat boring.. RIngs true to character, and every now and then you have to have one. Beats Budlight.

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Photo of bhest71
1.28/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I picked a six pack up at World Market, mainly because the bottle is cool! It is your typical greenbottle lightstruck lager from Asia. Weak and watery with a slightly skunky smell. It probably would go perfect with a #36 at your local Chinese takeaway. The alcohol is a whopping 4.8. Not sweet and easy to drink. A forgettable beer. Nice bottle though!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.19/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden color with a one finger head of white foam and tons of big carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a very low level of retention, fading fast to leave almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is very light with just a hint of a corn like sweetness as well some rice and a bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a light corn sweetness mixed with some rice and a little bit of bread. Upfront there is also some light hay tastes as well as a faint grass flavor. As the taste advances the grass and hay fade all while the corn grows even more potent and sweet. In the end a sweet but moderately smooth flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Bother are fantastic for the lighter and sweeter corn flavors of the beer making for a more refreshing feel.

Overall – Sort of standard run-of-the mill American lager. Cool bottle but not quite as cool contents. Just decent.

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Photo of jokelahoma
2.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a novelty Buddha bottle into a pint glass.

Clear pale yellow, no head to speak of.

Smells like a skunk. Hey, it's a green bottle light lager. I'd be stunned if it smelled any other way, to be honest. One builds up an odd anticipation of that skunked, lightstruck aroma, and it would be disappointing to not get it from a green bottle.

The taste is just about what one would expect. Very Heinekenesque, yet a bit creamier and not as crisp. It isn't awful by any means. It's just a simple light lager from a green bottle. Again, no surprise.

Mouthfeel is strangely creamy for the style, but not overly so. Otherwise it fits exactly what one would expect.

Overall, this isn't terrible. There are much better examples of the light lager style, hence the rating. It's made in China, so I suppose I have to hope there isn't some additive that will kill my dog the second I breathe on him, but otherwise it is decent. The novelty bottle is cute, and certainly an eye catcher on the shelf. Otherwise, worth trying once, but I can't see many going back for more.

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Photo of marzenfannm
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I came across this at local sushi place. Pleasant summertime beer. Reminds me of a light Mexican beer. It is presented in a fun bottle referred to as a Bhudda Bottle for its shape.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.31/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled tonight on 3/12/14. Had this one before back in August, 2012. One of the coolest bottles out there that is embossed. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass (poolball 'Green 6').

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some light spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is of some sweet corn and maybe rice grains but that is about it. Slight 'skunky' as is super common for beers in a green bottle for some reason. The taste is actually more complex though light-bodied with a light sweetness from the corn and rice grains. No bitter or harsh aftertaste to speak of. Perfect carbonation. Overall, the cool embossed bottle is a keeper and worth that extra half a point higher rating I gave this one which was included in the rating. :)

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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

Pale Golden Color, with White head and Thin Lacing.

Coolest looking bottle I've seen with Buddha.

Detecting sweet notes of corn, wheat and possible rice grains.

Smooth Light body with average carbonation and no lingering after taste.

All around this beer was okay for me. I would drink it again if the price is right.

I would recommend this to people that like a mild tasting beer, one that goes well with food.

(Simple Review For Simple Average Beer)

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Photo of dcmchew
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's not a good thing when a beer is distinguished by the bottle it came in.

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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Photo of Pegasus
2.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very pale golden color, with a small white head, which collapsed very quickly. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Strong, skunky cooked vegetable aroma, with some earthy yeast as well. Slight malt characteristics are present, but understated.

Taste: Typical American Adjunct Lager flavor profile, with lots of pale malt, some cooked corn flavors, and grassy hops. Towards the close of the taste, the hops assert themselves a bit.

Mouth feel: Fairly soft and pleasant, though a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: The most interesting characteristic of this beer is the custom bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom green glass bottle shaped like the Buddha, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a pale honey color with a quickly receding white, fizzy head. No retention, no lace.
Smell is slightly sweet, hops, malt and a floral note.
Taste is tortilla chips, hops, malt and a sweet note. Balance is decent.
Weak bodied, watery, under-carbonated, slightly drying. This is basically a somewhat more flavorful version of any megabrew light adjunct lager. Nothing to recommend it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
1.74/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.16 oz. anthropomorphic green glass bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Clear and straw-colored with a small white head and modest visible carbonation.

S: A very strong sulfur up front, maybe a bit skunked, with some grainy and pilsner malts underneath. Honestly smells quite unpleasant.

T: Light pilsner malts and corn adjunct sweetness. It is less sulfurous and skunky than the smell, just overall pretty tasteless. It does have an undesirable metallic aftertaste after the swallow.

M: Light, watery body. Low alcohol presence, and adequate carbonation.

O: Poor, very poor. I wouldn't recommend this to even a macro lager drinker. Avoid.

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Photo of Taz_Michael
2.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured down the side of an imperial pint (yes... get over it, Aussies).

A: light golden. No head. Average carbonation. Looks like any other golden lager.

S: like *choke* That beer made in St Louis

T: come on! It came in such a cool bottle, too!

M: like a home brew beer kit

O: don't waste your money on the cool bottle

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Photo of Auraan
2.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with no head. Not impressive at all, but honestly, I have never seen an AAL with a good head or good appearance period. Scents of lager yeast and crystal malt, with some grain. About what I'd expect from the style. Flavor is light, with crystal malt, lager yeast, grassy flavors, sweet grain and some slight hop presence. Again, pretty standard, but not bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. True to AAL form. Not a bad American Adjunct. Better than most American versions I've tried. It's superior to the big 3, maybe not as drinkable as Pabst, but okay.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

11.16 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow with no head or lacing.

S: Standard adjunct lager smell.

T: I could easily leave this blank. Not good. BMC bad.

M: Slight carbonation feel like a standard BMC beer.

O: We all know why I bought this one, for the bottle. I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.19/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Type: 11.16-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 13, 2013
Misc.: Came in a heavy, green, oddly-shaped bottle with the Buddha on it

Poured a golden pale clear color with 2-3 fingers of white head. Plenty of foamy lacing along the sides on the way down. Pretty good retention on the top all the way down.

Initially didn’t smell anything, but then pilsner notes came on. Got corn, cereal, hay, honey, grass, wheat and caramel.

Tasted rather bland overall. Got cereal, honey, grass, hay, wheat, corn, lemon, banana, cloves and sour fruit.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Not terrible for the style. It sure beats some other (Bud products, Miller Lite, etc.).

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.51/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lucky Buddha

Poured from 11.16 oz bottle into a mason jar. Served cold...

A) Straw yellow brew with a nice shimmer to it. A nice foamy head was produced on the pour. I was left with a dusting and a bit of lacing too.

S) Not very pleasant. I think both Miller High Life and MGD smell better, and I don't care much for either of those. It's just soggy grains, corn and rice. Kind of artificial ...

T) Not as shitty as the aroma, but mainly that is due to an overall lack of flavor. Warning... Due not let this warm up...

M) Light and bubbly... Goes down easy as can be. Not much to this one.

O) Aside from appearance, this was not highly enjoyable. I will say that if you enjoy collecting beer bottles, this is a nice addition to your collection. I cannot recommend the consumption of the contents within said bottle.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle as a gift. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger white head that went fast. Bright and golden with good carbonation, no lace, no retention.

S - Grassy, sweet grain. Not a bad hop presence. Oranges. Mild but OK.

T - Grassy, orange, sweet grain again. Mild again.

M - Smooth and clean with mild carbonation and a light body.

O/D - Not a bad lager. Smooth and not adjuncty. Decent enough.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
65 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.