Lhasa Beer | Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

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Lhasa BeerLhasa Beer

Brewed by:
Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed w/ barley native to the Tibetan plateau and Saaz hops. http://www.lhasabeerusa.com

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-05-2009

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 78
Photo of thagr81us
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks goes out to chickencoop for sending me this as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Grolsch Pilsner. Poured straw yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, skunky hop, wheat, and corn. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, corn, skunky hop, and floral notes. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall I didn't really like this one that much. While there was a lot going on in the flavor and aroma on this one it was just not the right characteristics that I enjoy in my beer. The wheat and corn killed this one for me, but when combined with skunky hops; it basically shot itself in the face. Glad I got to try it, but definitely won't be doing so again.

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Photo of drpimento
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from a few bottles back on the shelf, but the fluorescent tube was nearby. Poured with a small, off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is firstly cabbage, then malt, grain. Flavor isn't as bad. Heavy grain and mildly sweet. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. Nice label. Should be stored better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a small pure white bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light crisp hops is quite subtle with lightly sweet malt notes. Taste somewhat bland with light notes of Saaz hops and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Carbonation is too low for style and this is too boring to be a regular beer around my place.

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Photo of megahurts4
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tibet Lhasa (Export)

Appearance: Straw yellow, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: Red apples, pears, and slight grain.

Taste: Slight hops, some fruit, corn, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light.

This is an average brew. The fruit flavors are pleasant. The flavor fades fast and a slight alcohol tinge rests on the back of your tongue.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden color with a solid frothy with head. Little retention and very little lacing. Not completely translucent.

On the nose there are subtle hints of pale malt, green grapes and whole pear.

Slightly pale floral flavor notes with a faint smokiness. Anybody would know this is an asian lager in a blind taste test. It gives me an odd yet not unpleasant aftertaste like I ate noodles.

Light bodied and easy to drink with medium carbonation.

Overall it's ok. Its light and refreshing. I'd probably never have it again unless I played golf in China and a sexy golf cart girl was slangn' it.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12 oz. glass.

Appearance: Glowing yellow gold. Not fantastic looking. Looks slightly like an american macro lager. No head.

Smell: Earthy notes. Smell of grass and dirt. Slight floral bouquet with crisp hops. Hints of fruit especially pear and apple.

Taste: Rough barley flavor that conceals the hops. This beer is a tad to sweet. It also has sour qualities that I find discomforting. The beer finishes sweet. Butterscotch Diacetyl flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light. I want to swallow it quickly.

Drinkability: Only slightly better than your typical adjunct lager. The first time I like this I thought it was terrific because there is a blast of flavor. This beer gets wearisome. It just isn't crisp or balanced enough. I'll probably pass up on it for now on.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light, clear yellow amber, slight head. Aroma of light fruit, hops, earthy. Appears to be an ordinary pale lager, but sour and hoppy. Light to medium body. No outstanding features. An unremarkable pale ale. I like the idea, but this is a miss.

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Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from World Market Tracy CA

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that fades quickly no lace

S - Has a dirty earthy grassy smell

T - Follows the nose its like drinking some dirty grass

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me this is an average Euro Lager with nothing really noteworthy going on however its a pretty easy to drink beer but theres plenty of others out there that cost a lot less than this stuff

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chickencoop for the extra. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nice brings a bit of pepper and spice, zesty hops, and a bit of light grain. The flavor is mostly grain with a bit of spice and some mild bitterness. Crisp carbonation on a light body. Drinks fairly well, but nothing truly special about it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale honey color with a modest head; not the greatest retention but it leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity, but verges on sweet, with a bit of a lemony character

Taste: Biscuity, with a developing grainy character; not too much hop presence but there is some butterscotch diacetyl in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing to get very excited about - who knows how old this bottle might be?

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Photo of JimiG
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decanted to a Tulip Pint glass.

Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head.
Smells like wet hey.
Easy to drink, but comes off bitter in the end.
Nice and easy hop/malt blend, nothing impressive to the style.
Leaves no lacing and lack unique character.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks chickencoop.

A. Pours a clear fizzy yellow with a two finger white frothy head that leaves no residual lacing.

S. Grainy sweetness, with a touch of spice, and a bit of fruitiness.

T. Grains and sweet malt upfront with some fruit mid-palate followed by some spice and a slight bitterness on the tail.

M. Thin body with a medium level of carbonation.

D. Not interesting enough to seek out, but decent if you want a nice easy sipper.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chickencoop for this beer!

Comes in a colorful and "happy" looking bottle. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - clear, pale yellow, appropriate for a pilsener. Foamy, white 2" head that diminished to a thin cap. Bubbles frenzied up the glass constantly. 3.5

Sm - very clean pilsener malt, hint of metallicness, light hops, and corn. Actually, this is not bad at all. I would use "clean and mildly sweet" to describe this to the average beer drinker. 3

T - rather light. Crisp and refreshes the palate, yet I'm left to wonder "what was I trying to refresh?" Hmm, I do detect some very light malt, cooked vegetables, and a hint of metallic and grassy hops, although the hops is on the very light side. 3.5

M - light, crisp, and smooth. Perhaps a touch watery. Mild dryness in the finish. 2.5

D - pretty decent. This could be a good bbq/party beer to wash down a hearty pulled pork sandwich and play volleyball. 3

Note - You know, it's not every day that I get to sit back and have a beer without thinking "wow, am I tasting oak or vanilla in here? How does the bourbon in this beer compare with the other one I had last night? Damn my palate just got ruined with hops, how am I gonna taste another beer?" I'm always surrounded by the new "extreme" beers and I don't have a chance to have a normal beer every now and then. I gave this beer an honest opinion based on what I enjoy in a beer. But although it only scored a C+, I still appreciate and respect that I was generously given a solid brew to just sit back and chill with. It's not meant to be a palate killer or a super extreme bourbon raspberry quadrupel imperial porter. It's a good beer to drink when you feel like drinking a beer and not worrying about shit. Thanks again Jeremy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Upon opening this one, I got a huge gusher all over the floor of my man cave. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a very puffy 2 inch white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grass and some odd spicy notes. There is a bit of a rotten smell going on too. Taste is of grain, grass, and some spicy/zesty hops. This beer has a very low level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good European lager but nothing too fancy.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium orange amber with a fast fading white head.

Nose is green bananas and pleasant floral tones.

Mouthfeel is thin but bright, well balanced and inviting.

Flavors are subdued with some light elegant complexities of green pepper, celery/salt, green herbs and a light pine bitter finish.

This is a drinkable pleasant beer that's well made and a pleasant pale ale to which one could always turn and not be disappointed.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks for the tick, Matt.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a couple fingers of bone white head. Head quickly faded into nothingness leaving a network of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Light notes of honey and pale grains fill my nose. Actually, honey is rather potent. Is this not brewed with honey?
T: More honey mixed with sweet malts and dry grains. Not exceptionally dry, but still crisp. Not much of a finish or aftertaste. Sweet overall.
M: Medium-light body, surprisingly low but even carbonation, with a very refreshing mouthfeel. Not bad actually. Goes down smooth.
O: Grainy and sweet. Not as terrible as others in the style. I’d have this now and again on a hot day. It is a bit too sweet for me to absolutely love though. Cheers.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of chickencoop!). Pours hazy golden with white head. Aroma of faint lavender and somewhat perfumey. Taste is sweet with a little hop bite at the end. Lighter bodied with a slight bitter finish. Perfectly drinkable beer. Pretty good.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with almost no head. Aroma is very interesting: buttered toast with lemon marmalade, earthy honey, and floral grass. Very light / thin entry. Taste is sweet, a bit dry, grassy with some malty aftertaste. Goes down fast. Easy drinker for anytime.

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Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin, bleached white head, solid right after the pour yet disintegrates with ease to just a few bubbles along the glass walls, the lacing seems greased with PAM spray. Light golden hue to the liquid, fades to a yellow with ease, derives presence from a slight gauzy quality, random, widely dispersed bubbles here and there. The nose is mainly sweet cornbread, malt, flowers and molasses, modicum of apricot, apple and pear scents, while there's an element of souring milk, nothing very green or herbaceous to be found. Medium-bodied, bottom heavy and sinks into the palate even if imbued with a fair amount of fattish carbonation. More corn, straw, hay and lesser amount of dough. Mixes in a pinch of salt and pepper, helps keep it try and cancel out most of the unnecessary honey or molasses notes. Again, more floral than grassy but the latter catches up here. Something akin to ginger sprinkled on the meager apricot, peach, yellow apple fruit. No big flaws but it is what it is.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased the year they said they won a gold medal at the world beer championships. Must have been in a weak category.

Yellow appearance like that of AAL macro. Nothing going on aroma wise, search for it type of grain can be found.

The hopping was traditional and the carbonation was lively. Saaz style hopping. Ok, this is a pretty good lager despite the marketing and whatnot. Still kind of expensive, but probably the best beer I've had from China.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color, almost no head. Smell is yeasty. Has a nice refreshing taste despite the lack of appearance and smell.

Interestingly enough, it tastes better out of the bottle than pouring into a beer mug. Has almost a lightness to it that is sweet.

A basic lager style, and has a slight hoppy taste to it. I would drink again.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just average. Easy to drink and very crisp. The color was pretty standard yellow straw that is typical of other Eurp Pale Lagers. I would say that it has a stronger scent than most which I like, since so many beers try to cover the scent when that is part of the tasting experience. The level of carbonation was excellent and the taste was what I expected. Nothing outstanding but it did have a sweeter start with a bitter finish. Overall I would buy a six pack if I wanted to take something more exotic and different somewhere, but I probably wouldn't because there are much better exotic beers.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty cloudy for a pale lager. Loose white head and pale gold body. Tiny bubbled carbonation.

S: Fresh and clean. I wouldn't mind smelling like this beer! It reminds me of getting out of the shower. Clean herbs and citrus brightness like lemons and calamansi.

T: Bolder and more complex than I thought based on the smell, type, and appearance. It's got some bitter, grapefruity hops up front and a kind of shadowy sweetness. Taste is much stronger than it would seem. While complex, there seem to be a lot of similar things going on here...grapefruit, bitter greens, and a little spiciness come into play.

M: Crisp and thin. Has the mouthfeel of a summer beer although it has the flavor of a fall beer.

O: Interesting for sure. Don't personally love it, but I can see some strange appeal. Something about it makes me want to drink more...

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Photo of brownbeer
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold pale lager color. Raw honey, grain, and corn aroma. The taste actually has an indication of beer ingredients. Shockingly enough. More corn taste but the hops are detectable and a light malt sweetness. Not much else. It's beer. I like it more than some, but less than others.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Monterey. Said it won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships.

Light appearance, yellow, great carbonation, head the developed wasn't much, but was long lasting. Aroma was inconsequential.

Had a good amount of taste for style, almost pepperish spice, like from Saaz or Munich hops. Maybe both. Really a flavorful lager. Just the right amount of sweetness. Would totally recommend one of these for your girlfriend if she's cute.

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