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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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 Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fizzy pour with a finger and half of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma is nice. Honey and floral for the most part.
The taste is grainy with mild bitterness and a touch of honey sweetness.
A soft texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
It's a euro pale lager unlike any I've had. Quite aromatic and good flavor.

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Photo of titusgroan
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this one is growing on me - first time i had it i was not a fan but something about it keeps pulling me back. First off the bottle it comes is in super thick and heavy - great to keep around if you homebrew. for this review i poured this been in a 16oz glass. poured a cloudy yellow with lots of head and a very bubbly body. the foam settled pretty quickly but the carbonation kept jumping. a deep honey smell jump out of the glass. honey light malt and light spicy hops from first swig... goes down slightly sweet and flavor sticks around. delicious.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a modest white head, which retains fairly well. The lacing is, surprisingly, Belgian-like. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Moderate noble hop presence, with some bread or cracker malt, almost like an understated Pilsener.

Taste: A pleasant and fairly robust noble hop presence pens the taste, again somewhat like a Pilsener. Moderately toasted malt throughout, like biscuit, or a lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness, which manages to linger on.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, just a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A surprisingly decent example. I began with modest expectations of this beer, but those expectation were greatly exceeded. Certainly woth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of GMB
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle of Lhasa Beer announces that it has been imported from the roof of the world.

The beer's body is light golden amber and slightly hazy. The pour fails to produce a head. So does a rigorous swirl at the half-way point. The very slight haziness probably indicates the presence of yeast residue.

The faint nose offers few clues as to the beer's flavor profile. The bottle lists Tibetan barley, Saaz hops, yeast, and "pure Himalayan spring water" as the beer's ingredients. On the basis of this and the beer's appearance, one can expect a mild, spicy flavor from the hops, a crispness from the water, and some complex undertones from the yeast.

The first sip delivers all this and more. The light, sweet malt nicely carries the mild spiciness of the Saaz hops. The yeast contributes flavors of green apple and perhaps a hint of lemon, which beautifully complement the sweet malt and provide a unique and absorbing counterpoint to the mildly peppery hops.

The least appealing aspect of the beer is its feel in the mouth. For the third time, vigorous movement fails to produce any foam to speak of. Alas!

Lhasa Beer does what all good pale lagers and pilsners do: it manages to be both crisp and complex. It perfectly balances sweet, aromatic, and sour flavors, and in doing so distinguishes itself from other beers of its kind. Delicious.

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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 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 SLeffler27
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a modest head and light lacing in a pint glass.

Light hop aroma with spices and equal part sweet malt.

Clean and crisp as expected. Hops are a bit sharp as is the sweetness. This beer oddly had no finish.

No discernible alcohol. Light carbonation and a medium body.

Lhasa is a fine, light flavored beer to be consumed with food, but adds little to the overall experience. Given this style, Lhasa is clearly on the higher end of my experiences. I enjoyed it with friends on a relaxing afternoon.

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

1034th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Not sure year, No dating. Assuming 2011 but don't know how long it sat at Cost plus before getting as an Xmas present in part of Beers of the world box.

App- A very clear yellow with some wheat colors flowing. A nice loose capped one finger head with some minor stick to it.

Smell- A good bit of the saaz comes through in a flower, bitter, spicy intermixing of notes. Its not the best but not the worst of lagers. No skunk or herb notes to it.

Taste- A very pleasant suprise. The saaz really does add a nice dimension to this beer. It's not at all like I remember and leaves a better flavor profile. You can tell its a lager but with a bit more body and layering of flavors than most.

Mouth- A nice lingering light/medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level. A little bit of that saaz bitter peppery wheaty flavor remains.

Drink- In the grand scheme of things, not a half bad lager and really I am not so much a fan of lagers. They are off flavored and skunky. This was good, well balanced and a bit brighter.

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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 dchobbs
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bought at Spec's in NW Houston. Poured into pint glass. First off...beer was almost 23 months old, so it had some pretty odd things going on.

A - very very cloudy. Despite the long age, head rentention and appearance were creamy color and acceptable for a lager.

S - intriguing is a good way to put it. The malt had a very earthy smell of wild cereals and bamboo. Yes bamboo. Yeast was very mild, as was hops.

T - for a lager, I thought it was great. Surprisingly, not skunky, though if you hold an empty bottle in your hand it has the weight of 2 Miller Lite/Bud Light bottles. First impression is of wild vegetation from the hops (feint), cereal from the malt, and a yeast that provides slight spice/character through an entire sip. Actually, really really great for a lager.

M - very dry, good carbonation, but a bit light for a European-style lager.

O - Very drinkable, very interesting, very fun. For the $3.99 I paid for a six pack, this was an excellent beer...at $7.99 or 8.99 I might have been more critical.

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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 dpnelson1978
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

A: Bright pale yellow body topped with huge fluffy white pillows of head that have fantastic staying power and leave behind thick lacing and rocky cover.

S: Grassy, sweet, and spicy. Not your typical Euro Pale Lager... this one has a backbone.

T: Lightly sweet with hints of spicy hops up front, and a fading spice character throughout lingering until the next drink. Again, clearly a step above the typical mass produced versions of the style. Really clean flavor, but could use a tad more hopping.

M: Light body and heavy carbonation. Typical crisp finish.

O: Really very good in its own right, and even better considering the style. Easy drinking, but has a flavor... more than can be said for many from this style.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale golden/straw yellow with good carbonation and a finger of fluffy white head.

S- Nose is pretty simple, a bready, light pale malt aroma with some hops that suggest just a little bit of citrus and spice.

T- The malts are pretty great here, there's some bready/biscuity that gives it a nice texture, also lots of grain. Hops are pretty subdued and are mostly grassy with a bit of citrus.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, clean and dry finish.

O- A well rounded, highly highly drinkable pale lager. This isn't my favorite style of beer, but for a pale lager it's actually pretty damn good, I would definitely choose this over any of the domestic macro pale lagers any day. This brew is definitely worth a try if you're looking for a simple, easy drinking beer.

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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 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 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 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 BilbosNuts
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden/yellow with a medium head that fades in a couple minutes.

S: The smell is very grassy and earthy. There is also a hint of smokiness to it.

T: The taste is also earthy. It leaves a strong buttery taste as well.

M: Due to the buttery taste of the finish, it feels somewhat thick. It is medium carbonated with a moderate tingly feeling.

D: This was a fine beer with a unique taste. It is a great asian lager.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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