Lhasa Beer | Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.

78 Ratings
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 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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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 BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

"Imported from the Roof of the World"--there is a lot of truth in their marketing, as this beer is brewed at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.

Sweet malt aroma has a shortbread-like quality, and the hops throw a bit of spice into the nose. Very clean and grassy, the 30-percent use of huskless Tibetan barley gives it a unique grainy flavor with earthy complexities. Relatively dry throughout. Light on the hops, it would have been extra nice to see a bit more spicing and bitterness from the Saaz, but everything is still in balance. Not much in the aftertaste ... clean, clean and clean.

Asian Lagers tend to get a bad rap as they usually come from a similar mold, but Lhasa is a huge exception, as it brings back some excitement to the world of lagers.

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid, pale lager with a decent amount of character, slightly different from the norm.

Straw yellow, it has a small white head soon thinning to a ring.

Aroma is grain, hints of mineral, yeasty bread dough, herbs (with a hint of good Czech/German character), and some veggie.

Taste is dryish with light leafy-spicy-lemony hop bitterness that just dominates form start to finish. It is lightly sweet yeasty dough and grain underneath. Compared to other standard pale lagers, it is dryer, more yeasty, and has a more spicy-lemony hop character. Fell is pretty good, drinkability high.

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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 LOM718
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a slight white head - almost a wheat-like appearance

Smells of honey and fresh grains

Mostly malt flavors, honey, light crisp fruit

Light, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel

Definitely a beer I could sit and drink

I was very surprised by the flavors of this beer. I was not expecting much, but was met with a lot of flavor (the honey notes really hit me). I like it and think it makes a great sipper or session beer!

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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 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 Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
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 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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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 Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 PaceƱa for that claim.

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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 popery
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting Lhasa to be your average crappy lager, but it's actually pretty good. It seems like an entirely decent pilsner. It pours your standard very pale yellow, but it has a nice rocky, white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is rather hoppy - all Saaz grassy bite - with some light yeast and pale malt aromas. There's a very mild vegetal note, but nothing too bad. Happily, the flavor is quite dry and ends with some good grass hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and well-carbonated. There's even a bit of hop oiliness. A very refreshing beer and a big step up from most popular pale lagers.

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Photo of towersfall
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow that had a quickly dissipating snow white head. Very well carbonated. Surprisingly leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Caught a slightly hoppy mostly malty lager smell. Nothing impressive.

Taste - The slight hop smell reflects in the tasting of this beer. Crisp and light, it refreshes you in a way that is ideal for a summer time party. I actually feel it's a little too light and needs more of a heavy feel to balance the beer out.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability - I could knock these back all day! It's not a phenomenal beer. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's a solid beer for when you just wanna gather up your friends and drink.

Overall while I was not too impressed with this beer, I will most certainly visit it again when I just want a beer. Nothing crazy and filled with tons of different flavors, just a beer.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chickencoop for this bottle
Appearance is clear pale yellow with an off white head that falls to a skim. The smell is of nice delicate sweet malt with a light hop bitterness noticeable. Also a slight fruitiness. The taste pretty much follows the smell. The fruitiness is a little more pronounced. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel is quite nice. Body is on the heavy side of light with a slight oily feel. Active carbonation - pretty smooth.
Overall I was pretty happy with this lager. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of phillipzayas
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very, very light appearance. Extremely clear. Not very good head retention at all.

S - Very nice. Sweet. Kind of reminded me of a Pilner Urquell a little bit. Maybe actually more of a King Fisher style aroma. I like it a lot. Very different than most beers of this style.

T - AHHhhh. Great. Sweet. Flavor primarily derived from the malts. Picked up some spicyness from the hops, but not a lot. Almost started to taste very cider-ish towards the end as the flavor stayed on the tongue longer.

M - Nice carbonation levels. Crisp feel on the tongue. Not a dry beer. VERY LOW BODY, which is kind of a negative for this beer.

This beer reminds me of something that you could enjoy quite well on a hot summer day while riding a lawnmower. Or you can bring it out on a fishing trip or something like that. Good for a BBQ. Probably would pair quite well with spicey foods

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev +9%
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 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 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 twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is toasty grainy malty with bright herbal, floral hops. Smells good.

Pours clear pale gold with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Fairly clean lager taste with good bit of Noble hops providing an herbal pungent tartness, bitterness, and dryness. Toasty malt. Very mild sweetness. Soft suggestions of fruit and alcohol. Soft metallic offtaste. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

A good solid lager.

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Lhasa Beer from Tibet Lhasa Brewery Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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