Lhasa Beer | Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

Lhasa BeerLhasa Beer
BA SCORE
3.28/5
78 Ratings
Lhasa BeerLhasa Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.
China

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,878
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
78
pDev:
20.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -1.8%
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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1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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 Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of 22Blue
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.05/5  rDev -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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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, that label on the bottle looks more from the folks of Confucious than the Dalai Lama. Also, they drink beer in Lhasa? Here we go with a 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Pours golden straw in color, it looks pale gold in the glass. The head on top is semi-soapy, showing solid retention and a little lacing. Inoffensive and somewhat clean in the nose. There is a little sweet barley to small, also some grassy and floral notes. So far, it's much better than expected.

I haven't grimmaced once since taking a few sips of this Tibetian beer. The flavor is fine, and without any of those off-flavors too common in mass-produced lager. There's a kiss of honey and a little malt sweetness. Leafy hop is present in the backdrop, and it continues to show up into the aftertaste. Slightly crisp in the mouth, otherwise it's easy in the mouth. All this is a prelude to a beer that is easy to drink on.

Show of hands: who though Tibetians could brew good lager? A pleasant surprise from Tibet, let alone the Far East. However, one may be dissapointed to know that, despite being brewed at 11,400 feet, Lhasa Beer isn't the highest brewed beer in the world, you'll need to find a Paceña for that claim.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a moderate head that sticks around as a thick ring. Smells relatively clean, with no adjuncts, and a light, slightly grainy sweetness. The taste isn't bad at all, with a grainy core, some floral hops that have enough bitterness to eclipse any sweetness, and a relatively long finish. Slightly chewy, but ultimately a fairly satisfying beer. The fact that it's all malt makes all of the difference.

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2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored beer with a good sized white head.

Noble hops and very herbal, this has a strong hop load for a regular lager, much more like a pilsner. Strong Saaz scent lots of grass and hat with a streak of saffron in it. Spicy to the nose this is a much better beer that I was expecting.

Starts out spicy and grassy on the tongue with a stout bitterness to it. Strong Saaz flavor herbal and grassy with a sharp bitter bite. Mostly this is dry but there is a bit of pilsner malt detectable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very good drinkability and a lot better than I expected. This is in the wrong classification, this is a pilsner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, great label,

A: Pours pale gold, with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Nice hoppy Saaz and pale malt, hint of broccoli.

T: Good malt flavour as a base. The hops are pils like in style and strength. Spicy Saaz with notes of peas and salad greens is the best I can put it, but this is not a bad vegetable flavour. Gets real green at times. Nice to have a Euro pale with this level of complexity.

M: Smooth, with crisp carbonation. Light-bodied, pretty long aftertaste, especially for the style with the taste of hops lingering.

D: Seeing a beer from Tibet was cool, and I had to pick it up for that reason. One of most interesting "continental" pale lagers I've had and worth it for that reason. Not completely delicious, but a beer to think about.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of drpimento
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
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 scottfrie
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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 twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very colorful and interesting label give this beer a good presentation. Pours a light yellow color with a thick cap of white foam. Retention is quite nice and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Nose is light and grainy with a bit of a floral hop aroma. Very clean, fresh smelling beer...certainly no flaws detectable in the smell.

What's this? Some hops in my pale lager? Surprisingly good, quasi-pilnerish. Malts are oh so light and airy they are almost non-existent, could use a bit of a bump in body. Extremely refreshing and clean beer with a nice hop presence. Pretty damn tasty, easily the best Euro pale lager I have had to date.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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