Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer
The Lucky Drink Company

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The Lucky Drink Company
Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #26
Ranked #29,927
2.69 | pDev: 25.28%
Mar 17, 2022
Apr 06, 2007
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Photo of Sam88
1.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by Sam88

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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3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

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
3.33 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Feb 14, 2022
4.09 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Dec 18, 2021
3.15 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Oct 15, 2021
3.24 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Sep 14, 2021
2.43 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Aug 27, 2021
3.68 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2021
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2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by TigerSoul from New Jersey

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
3.83 by Hazey92 from New York on Jul 14, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

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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4.07/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Messijessi

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
3.73 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 26, 2021
Photo of 1009
2.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by 1009 from Massachusetts

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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5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Korostishevski from Florida

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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2.98/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

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
2.77 by SpaethJam from New York on Jan 01, 2021
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2.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

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
2.36 by cauchysequence from Maryland on Dec 25, 2020
3.1 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2020
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2.46/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by GxRxVOX from Connecticut

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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2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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
2.25 by Captain_Spaulding from Kansas on Aug 25, 2020
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2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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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2.91/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Steve555 from Wales

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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3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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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3.63/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
2.5 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Jun 20, 2020
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3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

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
2.33 by dschwartz13 from Tennessee on May 25, 2020
3.44 by smi69 from New York on Apr 17, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +71%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by Bhamy74

I tried this be er because it said it was a rice logger, so I was hoping it would be gluten-free. First of all the bottle caught my eye. Having tried many gluten-free beers I really enjoyed the taste and the smell of this beer. I noticed the feel in my mouth afterwards was a little grainy feeling but that is also common in a gluten-free beer. As long as the malt in it does not bother me I would definitely buy this again.

Mar 23, 2020
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1.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by QuoteTheRaven83

Tastes like Rolling Rock had sex with a Heineken while high on skunk piss. The bottle is really cool. I mistook this beer as being from Funky Buddha. Big mistake. It says Lucky Buddha, but hopefully it's luckier than it tastes.

Mar 20, 2020
2.19 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin on Mar 19, 2020
3.16 by markallmon from Tennessee on Feb 18, 2020
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2.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by cwm51662 from Indiana

What can be said here that hasn't already been said? How about, "Why do you people insist in 2020 to keep putting beer in green bottles?" Imagine a heavily watered skunky Rolling Rock and you have captured the essence. A good sobering-up beer...

Feb 09, 2020
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3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

Look: Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer had a light golden colour with a low level of foam.
Smell: Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer had a grainy smell of beer with a faint floral aroma.
Taste: Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer had flavours of adjunct mixed with assorted grains.
Feel: Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer lost its carbonation pretty fast.
Overall: Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer is a beer for people who seek a rice lager which tastes like an adjunct beer.
I was at an overpriced fancy Taiwanese restaurant in Glendale, CA/USA. Me and two other people had to split the costs to purchase a 300ml bottle of Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer for $6.50 USD.

Jan 12, 2020
2.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2020
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2.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by nach0king from Texas

I'm not a lager snob by any means, nor an East Asian adjunct lager snob. So rest assured this review is in-style. Head disappears in seconds, a tiny bit of lacing. Smells like canned vegetables. Mouthfeel is quite lively and bouncy, but it's got a cloying taste to it and the sweetness is off-putting.

A cool bottle, for which I will find a new purpose, but other than that I wouldn't touch this beer again.

Dec 23, 2019
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