Lhasa Beer (China) | Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

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Lhasa Beer (China)Lhasa Beer (China)

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Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 11-23-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Richardbeerlover:
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2.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought this based solely due to the fact that this was manufactured in Tibet. Nice white head and clear golden color. Smells fresh and clean and tastes likewise. Not a whole lot of flavor but clean tasting and light. I guess the pure Tibetan spring water has something to do with it. Love the graphics. Good conversation piece but not one of your better beers. Still it was cool to drink one if these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

mmm...Lhasa Beer, the best beer that I've had above 13,000 ft...well, the only beer that I've had above 13,000 ft.

Lhasa beer looks, smells, and tastes like skunk sweat mixed with porcupine urine and graipefruit juice.

Rumor has it that Carlsberg (Tibet's third beer after PBR and Lhasa) will be bringing this swill to the New World in the near future. Don't get your hopes up about trying anything special.

Lhasa Beer was only slightly less abrasive to my insides than yak butter tea and it did cause a considerable number of headaches and several hangovers that began as soon as I took my first sip of the brew.

Truly, one of the worst beers ever but it will always remain in a warm place in my heart for it was the first beer…well, only beer that Nomads ever shared with me. It gets bonus drinkability points for that. Oh, and I don’t think I ever paid more then a dime a liter so I guess one could say that the price was right.


I feel bad for being the first person to review this beer and not offering any serious comment so I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: Bright translucent light, light, light gold. No head. None, zilch. It is impossible to get any head out of this beer whatsoever.

Smell: Sugar. Very sweet malts. Skunk like a three year old bottle of Heineken that has been sitting in the sun.

Taste: Sugar. No hops to be found. Not one speck. No malt to be found either for that matter. There is only sugar, tons of sugar. I don’t believe that this is technically a beer. It is some sort of 3.4% ABV rum that looks like beer.

Mouthfeel: It doesn’t feel like liquid but rather like sandy water. It’s gritty.

Drinkability: It’s beer. The alternatives in Tibet are PBR and Carlsberg. I drink local so I drink Lhasa when I’m there. Those facts make it tolerable.

Overall: Perhaps the crudest beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours macro yellow with a small white head. Aroma is more basic macro with some corn and some hops. Flavor is you guessed it, more macro. There are a few more hops in this than your standard basic American BMC lager, but it still tastes pretty similar. Pretty basic adjunct lager here. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of nataku00
1.76/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Just returned from a vacation in Tibet and tried a couple of beers there. Lhasa beer served in a Lhasa beer did have a bit of appeal to it.

From my notes:
Clear light yellow appearance with initial two fingers of white head when poured into a tumbler style glass. Head dissipated quickly into nothing with no lacing. Fairly tame lager look a like.

Not much of a nose, which didn't bode well as there may not be enough hops to balance the grains used to brew this (likely barley since it is the predominant grain that is capable of growing in such a high altitude).

Lightly hopped and malted. It was a fairly refreshing beer, given how it boasts of Himalayan mineral water being used. However, I didn't pick up any notable flavors to discern it from any other mass produced lager.

Light bodied lager that was easy to drink with a meal, but not very inspired.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lhasa Beer has a thick, foamy, white head and a somewhat murkey, bubbly, golden straw appearance, with some sticky lacing sheen and lots of little brown chunks floating about. The aroma is of quite sweet, syrupy rice and honey. Taste is of dank, old rice and sweet bread, with a strong overall barley malt flavor and a nice mild hoppy background. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, and Lhasa Beer finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and different. Overall, this is a very good and interesting beer.


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Photo of Everydayoff
2.59/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml can poured into a pint glass.

Clear gold in color, it tops with thick frothy white head that stays with decent retention before gradually subsiding to some bubble sheet and leaving almost no lace.

Bread, sulfur, grain, grass, earthy, and lager's yeast.

Like the aroma, it is pretty mild and clean with no real hop bitterness.

Mild, refreshing, clean, crisp, light body, semi-smooth mouthfeel, and dry finish.

Straight from the roof of the world, still no interesting offer given the fact of that.

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Photo of blacktrack
2/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of beerpadawan
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.9/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass

Appearance: Very light straw color with a large, long-standing white head that doesn't leave behind much lacing. Many bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and some corn and grain, with hop spice.

Taste: Very light on flavor, but has a sweet and grassy beginning, with a fairly strong hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery with sharp carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Not too great, but not as bad as the other reviews would suggest (in my opinion).

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bootle (32 cl.), tasted in 2009 (during Nepal trek).

Appearance : yellow color with white foamy head.
Smel : grassy with notes of malt.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty, light bitterness and hoppy finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style german pilsener, but not bad to drink after a trek.

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Photo of maximum12
1.83/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Rec'd a bottle of this unbidden in a recent trade with chickencoop. No idea there was beer even made in Tibet! I wonder what kind of 'philanthropy' 10% of profits are given to?

Pours a watery, suspicious-looking yellow. Pale. Smell is grains with more grains.

Lhasa tastes unfortunately like an adjunct lager. Dominated by a sickly sweet maltiness, accented by an all-spice shot, presumably from the Saaz hops (though what treatment they rec'd to taste like that I'm not sure). As it warms, the taste veers towards watery. After only a few ounces, my mouth is puckering like sucking on a lollipop.

Not good. The sweetness isn't balanced in any way by another ingredient, & lends to an all-sugar, all-the-time, experience. Won't be able to finish this one & feel the need for hops to wash away the developing canker sores.

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Photo of utah44
1.84/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Six pack purchased in Whole Food Market on $2 off sale. This is not in same bottle as pictured because it is the imported version. The label is a lot more colorful. This brew is typical of the style listed - American adjunct lager. It is pale yellow and well carbonated. However, the large head did not persist long. Smell was average but taste and mouthfeel were abysmal. Therefore, I wouldn't drink this beer again. It certainly didn't generate any good karma for me.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.93/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden with good clarity, and medium sized white head that recedes to a thin rim. Nose has a whiff of cereal-grain malt. Light malt on the palate as well, with not a lot of balancing hops. Clean and easy drinking, inoffensive, but also a bit uninspiring - even with its noble origin.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev +38.3%

Photo of randylangford
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

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