Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer
The Lucky Drink Company

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The Lucky Drink Company
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #30
Ranked #30,079
2.7 | pDev: 25.19%
May 14, 2023
Apr 06, 2007
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Rated: 2.74 by benjaminsa from Vermont

May 14, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by beerrat from Virginia

May 05, 2023
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Reviewed by WilkyMay from Texas

3.09/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Drank straight from the bottle. Nose is full skunk with some rice. No alcohol burn or bitterness, went down easy. Little to no aftertaste. Its decent, but didn't really leave an impression other than funkiness.
Jan 25, 2023
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Reviewed by davidward from Florida

2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Just another generic rice beer. It has a bright yellow appearance. The aroma smells like slightly burnt rice. The taste is much the same as a Budweiser or any other rice based lager.
Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 3.76 by sawyerh

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 2.99 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 2.78 by meanmutt from Ohio

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz green bottle stamped 2731 17:55 poured into a vintage pint glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. Label says it's brewed and bottled at Matt Brewing NY. The beer pours bright, very pale gold with off white head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and island leaving rings of lacing after each sip. The aroma is skunk, hay and light malt in that order. The taste is semisweet, slightly skunky, with a hint of malt and hay. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok rice beer.
Sep 04, 2022
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Rated by Ajc2936 from Texas

3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 2.94 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sam88

1.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Put off trying this one for a while because the bottle suggests over compensation was likely. One of the worst tasting beers I've ever had in my life (from a bottle). Somewhere in the ballpark of Tsintao but none of the clean qualities - had a dirty taste closer to animal urine. Would probably be a more useful weapon in a barfight than addition in an esky.
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L: Poured a pale gold with a frothy white 2 finger head that quickly disappears, leaving be hind a thin white cap and little lacing on the glass.

S: Lightly hoppy aroma with a little spice.

T: Peppery hop taste with no malt flavor to back it up.

F: Smooth and lightly tingly on the tongue, easily quaffable. No alcohol burn.

O: easy to drink several in one sitting. Much preferred over Tsing Tao. Not as dry as Asahi. Overall, not bad for a rice beer.
Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 3.33 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 1.9 by selekt0r

Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 3.15 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.24 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Sep 14, 2021
Rated: 2.43 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by TigerSoul from New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Total panther piss. But the coolest bottle ever, well worth the purchase. Immerse the bottles in ice, serve mind-numbingly cold, drink directly out of the bottle and everyone's happy.
Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Hazey92 from New York

Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Simple flavors as expected so i had it with dinner. It has a slight skunky smell but it didn't translate to taste which is a guy thing. Slightly sweet. On par for this style as i thought it would be.
Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Messijessi

4.07/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I really liked it. It has some lime notes, it is light and refreshing. Its smoother then I thought it would be which is great. Delicious summer drink, and the bottle is beautiful!
Jun 26, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by Daneve76 from Australia

May 26, 2021
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Let's address one thing to start. This bottle is the coolest I've ever seen for any packaged beverage in my opinion. 5/5 for sure on the packaging. The beer, however, is very average and similar to every Euro green bottled lager of all time. The beer pours into the classic straw color of most green bottle brews, but does produce a fairly frothy white top for a beer as session-like as this. Corn and grain notes are prominent in the scent and thats really accurate for the taste too. Not really impressed, but it is smooth, crisp and refreshing. Would I enjoy it if I was having a steak dinner? Probably not my choice for the "only one beer tonight" night. But, the Buddha will protect you from the next morning hangover if you crack one too many of his enlightened beer. I had good fortune and luck the day after crushing a few.
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Korostishevski from Florida

5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Great tasting beer. Crisp. Easy drinking. Taste like a typical European green bottled beer. Very pleased. The taste matches the beauty of it's bottle.
Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
L: Pours straw yellow with a nice two-finger white head with decent retention.
S: Sweet grains, malty, corn, bread.
T: Taste certainly follows the nose, nothing to extraordinary about it though.
F: Light-medium bodied, high carbonation, crisp, refreshing & crushable.
O: Not a bad brew at all, certainly one you could session.
Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 2.77 by SpaethJam from New York

Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

2.94/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle is awesome but didnt match the brew inside. Very non-memorable and very ho-hum compared to some other asiatic lagers. Easy to drink and not unpleasant, but not worth the price just for cool bottle
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 2.36 by cauchysequence from Maryland

Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 3.1 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Oct 23, 2020
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Rated by GxRxVOX from Connecticut

2.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
If youve ever had Colt 45 malt liquor. This tastes almost identical. i originally came here to see if this WAS malt liquor because it tastes like 40.
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

2.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
besides having one of the coolest bottles ever, this brew is lacking anything resembling a personality.
however, if you are looking to just hammer a six out and could care less about *how* the brew get you there, you probably won't be disappointed. it is pretty "lively" compared to say Coors or Miller etc.
just don't mistake the cool bottle for housing anything unique.
this is a pretty great sessioner though, especially given the novelty.
Sep 10, 2020
Rated: 2.25 by Captain_Spaulding from Kansas

Aug 25, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25
330ml Buddha bottle

Smells and looks like corn. Corny. Actually looks very beautiful, clear, piss-yellow, very carbonated with a champagne like foam. But the smell and taste is all burned corn and alky hol

It's very average, bordering on below average. Extra points for Buddha bottle
Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Appearance slightly darker than a usual lager of this variety, a little brown. Usual 12 finger head that quickly vanished into
ring of froth, (it gains a plus 0.25 for a unique bottle). Slight vegetable aroma. Taste is relatively tasteless save for a bit of rice and corn coming through. Mouthfeel is slightly soapy and fizzy. I didn't care for it.
Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer. Very cool Buddha bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a fat one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, almost corn like, decent rice element however the rice develops a bit of a burnt quality. Very little bit of skunk like aroma.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big malt sweetness and a flash of rice. The rice element is pleasant but it's almost got a burnt flavour. Almost skunky.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this was a solid enough rice lager, my only knock is that it's on a skunky the rice has a bit of a burnt aroma and flavour. Still, solid enough.

Serving Type: Bottle
Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Found on a whim, shared with rudzud for the lolz
POurs a med foamy frothy head with moderate retention, a bit of lacing, crystal clear golden straw color

Nose is interesting, lots of raw malt and rice wine like, lots of Asian but soft lager, a bit of floral hops, a bit of toasted burnt rice, grainy malt and sweet rice mostly, touch of skunk

Taste more sweet rice and grainy malt, doughy like lager malt, light in general but fair malt character, toasted rice, some sweetness and sugar character, light herbal hop with a hint of bitterness, a touch of skunk again, a bit of burnt rice and old malt character

Mouth is med to lighter bod, low to med carb, light in general

Overall surprisingly better than I thought, but still skunky and thin, but malt was decent
Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Jun 20, 2020
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Reviewed by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.02/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I didn't know this was a rice lager when I bought it, sad I know. Anyway, it is not a horrible just is not a good beer. The taste is kinda weak and the feel is skunky overall but the bottle looks great. Maybe it is a great rice lager?? But I just can't say it is a great tasting beer overall.
May 31, 2020
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