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Lucky - Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co., Ltd. (Cheerday Brewery)


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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 22.3%

Brewed by:
Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co., Ltd. (Cheerday Brewery) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisCage on 05-12-2011)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:35:35 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of marzenfannm

New Mexico

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.]

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:28:21 | More by marzenfannm
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.33/5  rDev +23.8%
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. :)

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:10:49 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.79/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:59:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 13:05:41 | More by smokinyodas
Photo of dcmchew


3.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 15:57:21 | More by dcmchew
Photo of kojevergas


2.59/5  rDev -3.7%
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-

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:12:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of macrosmatic


1.73/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 05:09:20 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Auraan


2.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:06:52 | More by Auraan
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.).

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 07:22:45 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:25:45 | More by tbeckett
Photo of TMoney2591


2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:03:56 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Hunter


2.91/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:45:26 | More by Hunter
Photo of barnzy78


2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 21:50:13 | More by barnzy78
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:52:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:19:18 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of bundy462


2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw, slight white head, like a light beer.

S: Very clean, not much going on. Some corn and grain.

T: Corn, very sweet. Like an American Light Lager with some sort of sweetener in it. Finishes pretty clean. Nothing interesting or great here.

M: Moderate carbonation and a thin body, crisp.

O: Bought this one because of the cool bottle. The bottle is definitely better than the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:49:35 | More by bundy462
Photo of dansmcd


2.08/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 10:58:36 | More by dansmcd
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.33/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:19:42 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:14:49 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of DaveHS


2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:36:59 | More by DaveHS
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:42:40 | More by LXIXME
Photo of armock

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:00:24 | More by armock
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

According to my bottle label, this is brewed and bottled by Cheerday Brewery in China, which is why I had the brewery added to BA....I also have this same review with the others under the Lucky Drink Co of Australia but nowhere on my bottle does it mention anything other than being a Chinese product...

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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:12:48 | More by ChrisCage
Lucky from Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co., Ltd. (Cheerday Brewery)
66 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.