Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer | The Lucky Drink Company

Lucky Buddha Enlightened BeerLucky Buddha Enlightened Beer
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6.2%
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2.68 w/ 673 ratings
Lucky Buddha Enlightened BeerLucky Buddha Enlightened Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lucky Drink Company
Australia
luckydrinkco.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,665
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
673
Liked:
42
Avg:
2.68/5
pDev:
25.75%
Alströms:
3
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
258
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
2.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most unique beer bottles I have come across so far. Bonus points just for the design.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a very mild skunk aroma. Taste is much the same with a corn flake flavor on the finish. There is a slight metallic flavor that I am getting after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a cool bottle but a product inside that is not good.

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Photo of spycow
2.81/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

maybe my favorite shushi beer. cool bottle obviously. pours hazy straw color with a one inch white head. looks like a wheat beer more than anything, and next to a tsing tao is looked positively unfiltered, but who knows. the smell is rather sweet from the malts, and a yeast that is a step up from generic provides some mild fruit tones. flavor is pretty similar to the nose, its is crisp and refreshing for sure, and stands up rather well to the hot wasabi. its a good palate cleanser between different fishes. mouthfeel is okay, bright and bubbly, but heavier than a lager should be i think. not a bad brew in the right context, btu certainly not something i would seek out outside of a sushi place.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t0rin0
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of metter98
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle at Kimono Rooftop Beer Garden, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of rice malts and hints of pale malts. Some hints of corn and sweetness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite light in body but doesn't have any "off" or offensive skunk-like flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml, green smiling Buddha-shaped bottle, with "Lucky" the only front-facing text visible on the neck.

This beer pours a fairly clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally fizzy dirty white head, which retreats at a leisurely pace, eventually leaving some decent scatter-shot cloud form lace around the glass for its efforts.

It smells of gritty pale malt, rice pudding, overripe apple and pear 'fruity' notes, long-forgotten candy floss, and a bit of faintly skunky grassy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is some sweet rice bowl graininess, a touch of normal-ass pale malt, more musty apple orchard fruitiness, and some moderately stanky earthy, dead leafy, and wet grassy, er, 'hops'.

The carbonation is on the low side, barely a frothy tickle to be had for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, a tad thin, but otherwise straight-ahead smooth. It finishes fairly clean, and a bit off-dry, with that rice cracker character gently lording it over some latent and exceedingly underwhelming weedy and herbal hops.

I gotta say, this is by far the best 'Chinese' beer that I've yet had, which admittedly isn't saying much, as such things are hard to come by around here, and quality is indeed relative. Add in the funky Buddha-themed green bottle (shout out to those old-school, heavy drinking E-Towners out there), and this is a veritable step up from your usual AAL suspects, especially those from foreign countries that somehow out-suck the American progenitors of the so-called 'style'.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Saw this 11.16 fl oz bottle at Whole Foods HQ and had to try it. The gimmicky bottle is great - love the shape and design. Too bad it's green glass. Meh. Cap is red in colour and branded "Lucky Buddha." I believe the beer itself is called "Lucky Buddha" as well - not just "Lucky" - based on the label. 4.8% ABV confirmed. I have to wonder how their bottling machine affixes the label on the back so well; that's impressive. No style is indicated on the label, but the label identifies it as an "Asian style lager" brewed with rice so I'm reviewing it as a Japanese style rice lager. Served into an Independence brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of pathetic dull off-white colour. Horridly thin, with no creaminess at all. Weak consistency and poor complexion. Head retention is terrible - less than 30 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Quite a poor head all around, but at least it has one.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent yellow. You can read text through this beer it's got such clarity. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's to style (for better or for worse). Not unique or special, but it's hard to set yourself apart in this style. No egregious flaws. Admittedly, it's not much to look at, but it doesn't turn me away.

Sm: Spring water, crystal malt, crisp clean rice, clean barley, and a heavy graininess. Any hopping is extremely limited and lacks any discernable character. Straw. Maybe honey. Biscuit. Corn adjunct/flaked corn. It's pretty heavy on the adjunct, but for the style it's not bad. It ain't good, either.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An inoffensive aroma of below average strength. I can't say I'm looking forward to trying it, but I do love beer, and beer this is.

T: Heavy on the graininess, with some surprisingly diverse adjunct character - flaked corn, crisp rice, and cheap malted barley all make an appearance. I do appreciate a good adjunct character from time to time, and I'm digging the adjunct here. It embraces what it is, and there's something to be said about that. Clean and enjoyable, with nice pilsner malt and straw. Heavy on the crystal malt. Cereals. What doesn't work here as well as in other Asian beers is the spring water; you've got to nail the spring water to really deliver on this style. Has a kiss of artificial lemon syrup. Hops do make a brief appearance, lending some very generic very light fruity and floral character - it's all very vague and you shouldn't expect to identify specific fruits or flowers. Clean lager yeast was probably used; I don't find any yeast character. Has a fair sweetness, but it's not overly sweet.

Graininess is dominant.

Okay balance. Quite simple. There's no real complexity or subtlety here. Not a nuanced flavour profile by any means. Cohesive, but not gestalt. Low depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity for the style, but low on both counts overall.

No alcohol comes through.

Do I like it? It has its place.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Could be more crisp. Should be more refreshing. The texture complements the flavour profile well, which is more than I can say about a lot of beers. That's said, it's certainly not custom-tailored to the taste. Decent body and presence on the palate. A bit too thick, though. Quite overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh. It does seem just a bit stale, to its obvious detriment.

Dr: Pretty drinkable. I can't see a casual beer drinker having any trouble killing this by the bottle. I wouldn't purchase it again unless it was the best offering at a sushi joint/Asian restaurant. Ultimately, the best thing about it may be the bottle design. All things considered, the beer doesn't rely on the gimmick of the bottle design, and does bring some flavour to the table. I walked into this with admittedly low expectations, and to its credit it did surpass them. You could do worse for the style.

I think this beer is an easy target for elitist reviewers due to the obvious marketing potential of the bottle design itself. Let's be fair, though. It's not an offensive brew by any means.

Low C-

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.04/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
2.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and was rather sweet.

M - It was a little thin and watery. A light-bodied beer.

D - At least the bottle was super-interesting!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.31/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured super light bright yellow lager with a small pure white foamy head with light retention. Aroma of adjunct and fusel alcohol is not very enticing. Taste is also dominated by adjunct with light fusel alcohol notes. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not just bland but actually quite bad.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.96/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from a height of 2 inches or so above the glass giving me a pretty decent big white head that quickly fell into a nice lacing. A semi-carbonated clear wet straw colored lager with a strong sour lemon yeasty aroma reminds me of Heineken (does this happen to all beers in green bottles-if so why the green bottle)

The taste mellows from the aroma but is a light sour with some light grain malts and a very slight yeast coming through.

A light bodied beer with a light lemon pucker dry aftertaste.

I'd have to pass on drinking much of this, but if you're a Heineken fan you'll probably dig this stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Beer... labeled Luckybuddha on the front of the green-glass 'Buddha' shaped bottle.
There appears to be no freshness date but the back label reads "IMPORTED BEER - PRODUCT OF CHINA... .. BREWED AND BOTTLED BY CHEERDAY BREWERY HANGZHOU, CHUNAN COUNTY, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA'
11.16 oz. bottle, 4.8% ABV
$1.99 @ Whole Foods, 10020 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE

As might be expected, the green glass has left this beer skunked. It's also somewhat hazy. It appears to have had some yeast sediment in it...? Or is that just sediment because it's old (doesn't taste particularly old)...

It pours a deep golden-orange body beneath a short head of short-lived bright white froth. Interestingly, it still leaves curtains of tiny spots and splashes with each sip.

The aroma is ... skunk... but with some sweetish and grainy malt behind it. The hops that are there don't quite make it through, but they do add to the generic "beer" aroma - topped only by the skunkiness which brings it up to the "imported beer" arena.

The flavor, as usual, follows the aroma: generic imported beer that's been skunked. There's a bit of a light sweet malt character to it, and a touch of floral character. Also some graininess and grassiness. It's very-firmly bitter, and well-balanced. In this case, the Chinese have done a very good job of replicating a low-priced, exported southern German 'Pilsner".

Easy to drink, and with that "european aroma and flavor", this is a great beer to share with your neighbors - especially given the odd-looking green Buddha bottle ;)

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of nickfl
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -44%

Photo of dcmchew
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just some notes (sorry):
Sweet malts, grains, rice, but also caramel; sweet(ish) fruit juice, like red apple, low citrus; a certain nuttiness, interesting;
A certain funkiness throughout, not entirely disturbing (maybe the lagery lemon zest is more so); low hop character in the finish, so there's a low bitterness, but there's a nice dry finish that Asian lagers usually have;
Nice bottle, it's a keeper; the beer, not so much

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Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellowish color in the Belgian goblet. Dissapointing head, but it's plenty spritzy on the tongue. Flavor is corn, soybeans, club soda. Faint flowery aroma is the one nice feature.

This is really no worse than a lot of cheap Euro lagers, even to the wee skunky hop note. I wouldn't drink anything regularly from China though. From the 11.16 oz bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Oak Harbor, Washington.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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