Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer - The Lucky Drink Company

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BA SCORE
66
poor

143 Reviews
THE BROS
70
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 510
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 24.46%
Wants: 17
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

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Photo of smokinyodas
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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) (470 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (429 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
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- (4,446 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.49/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.98/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
1.89/5  rDev -32%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
1.74/5  rDev -37.4%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Taz_Michael
2.01/5  rDev -27.7%
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 (323 characters)

Photo of Auraan
2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
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.). (806 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Hunter
2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Gets an extra .5 points in appearance from me for the kickass bottle. In all other respects: smell, taste, mouthfeel - this beer is a near clone of Rolling Rock. There taste of adjunct is much less about corn, and more about rice. Otherwise? This is a good beer to knock back with friends with BBQ or pizza or Chinese takeout. Not one you have to think a great deal about in terms of complexities or subtleties. (411 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting Buddha shaped green bottle, dated 28/09/13
Pours a very pale straw yellow topped with a thin white head that actually leaves some lacing on the glass, but it's minimal. Aromas are nothing to be desired, grain, grass, metallic, not much else. Tastes are rather bland with grain, corn, cereal, grassy hop. Mouth-feel is thin and watery with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's at most, average for the style - no better and no worse than most of the macro-lagers out there already. (491 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ;) (1,551 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.31/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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. (305 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013. The bottle is shaped like a Buddha - lucky indeed. Picked up cheap from Morrisons not too long ago; the label states that this was brewed in Qiandaohu, China (though I assume it's the same beer).

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale gold colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of very light malt with faint notes of overcooked veg, stewed hops, a hint of cooked grainy sweetness and the merest whisper of noble hop overtones. Dull.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild dry finish. Notes of weak stewed hops and overdone veg. Slightly sweet. A subtle hint of bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with a thin watery body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of almost nothing.

Meh - pretty bland. Nothing technically wrong here, but it's dull as ditchwater. The only reason to buy it is the cool bottle - the downside is you have to drink the contents. Little aroma or flavour and no depth of character. I propose that this beer henceforth be called Sucky beer. Only get one if you want the bottle for something. (1,185 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (617 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 18/05/2013

Appearance: The body is crystal clear and a very pale golden in colour. A rough pour yields a large white head that fizzes away quite quickly and leave a few patches of lace.

Smell: Hmmm, this doesn't really smell of anything - I guess nothing is better than the revolting noses of most macro lagers. Warming and some deep concentration yields some sweet adjuncts, pale grain and the faintest of toasted notes.

Taste: There is a little more flavour than there was smell and is not quite as bad as I expected. Sweet adjuncts, some pale grain and a metallic note are all that is noted.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with surprisingly pleasant carbonation for the style - medium-high level and fairly smooth .

Overall: Not a good beer by any stretch, but not as bad as I was expecting. (877 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A random I scored in Winnipeg...

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thin layer of head with no retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Scent is quite mild, musty with grassy notes, sweet corn and hints of peppery spice.

T - Taste is dominated by sweet corn and bready wheat. Hints of caramel and toasted bread lingers on the palette.

M - Medium, smooth, though a tad dry for my liking.

O - This is average at best. If it weren't for the bottle I probably would never buy it. A perfect example of how marketing actually works! (525 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (701 characters)

Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer from The Lucky Drink Company
66 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.