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Lucky Buddha Enlightened BeerLucky Buddha Enlightened Beer

Brewed by:
The Lucky Drink Company

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of LXIXME
2.96/5  rDev +10%
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 twiggamortis420
2.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green buddha pours me a little somethin' somethin’ light yellow with one of the quickest fading heads I have ever seen. Appearance gets a whole point bump just because it comes in the coolest bottle I have ever seen.

Nose is lightstruck hops and grainy malt. Pretty clean, a little sweet and definitely has some adjuncts in play.

Taste is not too bad, the sweetness sticks out for me, so light...like watered down honey. Very little hops involved and the malts are lighter than a feather. Im sure they will sell plenty of this just due to the bottle, give them credit for a clever gimmick. The beer pretty much sucks, and I am more than happy to limit my intake to 1. I saw a sixer of it for 10 bucks at a local grocer, thats a bit absurd if you ask me.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't resist the bottle! I'm not expecting very much from the beer, but the bottle is just hilarious! While BA says this is made in Australia, my bottle (labled "Lucky Buddha") says made in China.

This beer pours a pale straw colour similar to other Asian-style lagers. Virtyally no head and lots of big bubbles floating up to the top.

The aroma is surprisingly less skunky than I expected. It smells mostly of grain...corn... Though the there is a vague malt characteristic. There is something "sharp" about the aroma as well, though I'm not sure exactly what it is.

The flavour is not too bad! I have a bit of a soft spot for Asian lagers, so I might be biased towards liking this one more than I "should" as a beer geek. It is quite light, and fairly sweet. The taste is mostly grainy, though there are some toasty aspects too. The aftertaste is slightly astringent due to the heavy carbonation.

Overall, this isn't a horrible brew, and it is quite refreshing. My only reservation is the price! If I could get this for cheap, I would certainly buy it again...if only for the bottle.

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Photo of armock
2.91/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo in Livermore, CA and yes the bottle shape was the reason for buying it

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt and the ever so common slight skunk associated with the green bottle

T - Like the nose it starts with sweet grainy malt with some grassy hops in the finish although not much

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbon to it

O - This really isn't a bad beer however it's pretty average for the style the taste is decent enough to make it easy to drink on a hot day yeah I bought it because of the novelty laughing Buddha bottle not expecting much but I'm not disappointed

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

According to my bottle label, this is brewed and bottled by Cheerday Brewery in China....I've added their company profile and this brew as well....I have posted this review in both locations.

A- This is the coolest bottle I've ever seen....it's green and shaped like a fat laughing Buddah....simply wonderful! The product itself...well it looks like adjunct lager, in color and carbonation at least....it's a grassy pale color and there lots of large bubbles rising, albeit not aggressively. There is actually a decent head that sticks around, settling to a super white film. Lacing is moderate, but I've seen worse....the bottle is what keeps this area higher in points.

S- To me this is quite skunky throughout. I suppose it has some mild aromas of citrus rind, but it is primarily of grain and sweet/bland corn and/or rice. There is also a slight zesty hop bitterness right on the finish of the smell.

T- Like several other Chinese brews I've had the chance to sample, this one isn't anything to write home about. It has a sweeter malt profile than I would have expected, but the middle turns to a dry herbal flavor and the finish is a little metallic. There is also a lingering corn muffin flavor on the palate after the swallow.

M- Thin, watery and palate scrubbing is the ideal description for this brew...not much else to say here other than that it's very typical of a Chinese brewed Lager.

D- What can I say? This one is super easy to drink and is another one of those beers that is perfect for summer drinking on the patio. It's nothing special and certainly not worth the extra money to go out and buy regularly though. With that said, I would drink this again....I will probably keep the bottle as it's very unique

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Photo of whatthehull
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted April 30th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - clear golden, no head, white in color and minimal lacing

S - pungent, yeasty, sour, weed, lemon grass, a slight hop and pretty malty

T - weed, malt, a bit of hops, light yeast and a bit sour

M - light, low acid, no finish and a bit sour

D - drinks like bud and miller. Just add a bit of weed and sour

Final thought - cool bottle, okay beer

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Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lucky Beer pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green 330 ml Buddha shaped bottle (very cool bottle). The aroma is a bit grainy but definitely on the mild side. The flavor is also grainy with a bit of sweetness. Unoffensive, the bottle is the most interesting thing about this beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.62/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from probably the coolest shaped commercial beer bottle I've ever seen, and I'm a glassblower, it takes a bit to impress me in that dep't. Kudos to the marketing company on the design. 330 ml green bottle supposedly shaped like a happy Buddha, but the same mistake everyone else makes, this is actually one of the 8 Chinese immortals. C'mon people, the Buddha nearly starved himself to death and then spent the rest of his life begging for his meals, he wasn't fat...

Mistaken iconography aside the beer itself pours out a pale clear washed out straw hue, massive white head with decent retention for this style, it settles slowly to a thick frothy cap.

Bready malt and some faint grain on the nose, not bad, until some chemical traces can be picked up farther in the background.

Mild bready malt up front in the flavour, gets thin and watery in the middle, crisp grainy finish that also carries a bit of a chemical burn as well, while the chemicals linger on into the aftertaste.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, slick and thin much of the time, with a brisk amount of carbonation on the finish.

Perhaps a little cleaner than your average Chinese import, yet not something worth seeking out, unless it's for the bottles themselves. Those are some pretty cool bottles, and are my favourite part of this experience.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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 wordemupg
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

super cool green Buddha 330ml bottle poured into pint glass april22 2011

A pale golden yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a off white film that leaves just a few specks of lace

S grassy hops with a little bubble gum

T a little lemon and skunk with what I smell

M light and thin

O tastes a little light struck but not the worst beer I've had recently

the bottles the best part of this beer, I could see this being decent if it didn't have a skunk flavor but I may rub the belly for luck and all will be well

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Photo of spree92
1.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My bottle says "Brewed and Bottled by Cheerday Brewery Chunan County, Zhejiang, China".
Looks exactly like you expect from an AAL. Pale yellow, white head that goes fast, and lots of carbonation. The only way I can describe the smeel is off. Worse than the Buds,Molson and Labatts. The taste of rotten lemons on my water is equivalent to this. Thankfully, this is such a light beer that it leaves no trace of itself afterwards. Cool bottle, which is why I bought it, but will not be picking up again.

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Photo of crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Silly bottle, I had to buy it.

It pours a pale honey gold with a fizzy white head, actually looks good for an adjunct lager.

The smell is light and citrusy, again, suprising.

The taste is awful, it tastes like rotten food with some sake and mineral water for good measure.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12/12/09 stamped on the bottle. Brewed and bottled in China. Poured into a sampler glass with virtually no head. Aroma of virtually nothing...rice? Fizzy taste with a touch of corn flakes or rice. No flavor at all here. Miller Lite puts this to shame, and that hurts to type.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Lucky is actually brewed by Australian Independent Brewers, who specialize in contract brewing. We got our bottle in Sydney, and it's actually shaped like a laughing Buddha. Word is, it'll be making an appearance in US clubs as a "high-end" beer soon. It's actually an Asian-style Lager, brewed with rice, malted barley and Czech Saaz hops.

Pours a pale golden color that's a touch hazy, crowned with creamy white lacing. Soft aroma of pale malts, apples and some spicy Saaz. Smooth and creamy on the palate, very light with a fluffy carbonated mouthfeel. Seems to fall flat somewhere in the middle. Hint of malty sweetness up front with notes of apple, vegetal hints, boiled rice and slight grassy bitterness that gives the beer some backing. Dries out into a coarse hay-like finish.

Fans of Asahi or Kirin beers might enjoy this one. It's extremely easy to drink, the bottle is pretty damn cool and pairing it with nearly any Asian food is a no-brainer since it's so neutral. But it could use a cleaner finish, better hop presence and more carbonation to be a worthy contender within its style--doesn't come across very lager-like.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mad props to the bottle design but as soon as poured this and got a whiff, i knew i was in for a crappy experience

a: no head; straw color; some light bubbles;

s: light dry wheat; some sweet hay; weak weak; light skunkiness

t: dry wheat; sweet hay; light skunkiness; again, weak flavor but for an adjunct lager it is to be expected

m: maybe a little more body/syrupiness than others in the style; tight aggressive carb

d: don't be tempted by the cool bottle, you will absolutely regret it

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Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a piss yellow in color with no head to speak of.

Smell - The ricey grain is thankfully quite weak and there's some rotten taffy in there somewhere.

Taste - This isn't repulsive like I thought it was going to be. It has so little flavor you can't really hate it but there's just nothing to it. The rice from the nose kind of turned into moldy grits and that putrid sweetness from the nose is almost absent thankfully. Think beer saki.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with surprisingly little carbonation.

Sinkability - I guess we can thank the Chinese for importing this Australian disaster here to the US.

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Photo of choyhosoi
2.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a bottle and found the familiar smell of Budweiser thanks to the barley.

T/A- There wasnt a strong taste here just a smooth corona-like taste. The appearance was hazy yellow with a nice head that dissipated quickly.

This beer reminds me of a Bud light or Coors Light if you like these then grab a six.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
2.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucky beer, pours a crystal clear lemony yellow with a bit of fizz on top that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma is faint, faintly hoppy perhaps and faintly grainy.

Lucky tastes slightly lemony, slightly sour, grainy with very little in the way of malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Adjuncts come to mind, I will say that this is slightly better than your average American macro lite beer.

Mouthfeel is very light, very much like water with just a tad more body actually with a bit of fizz to it.

Wow, well if it were a hot summer day and I had just finished mowing the lawn or had been out on the shooting range under a blistering sun one of these guys might go down pretty well. It would definitely be a thirst quencher. It doesn't taste terrible, it just doesn't well... taste. Washes food down well. Nice novelty bottle!

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Photo of scottfrie
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.16oz Budha bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw color with two fingers of white head that dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing. The bottle design makes up for what the beer lacks in luster.
S: Smells like rice with some sweet malt. Hints of corn and maybe just the slightest hint of hops.
T: Tastes like drinking water with a very faint muted taste of sweet corn. No hops come through, and the malt sweet is very faint.
M: This beer is lighter than water. Very light body with a clean watery finish. Easy to drink, chug, brush your teeth with, whatever.
D: I bought this for the bottle and almost considered not even opening it. If you're into light beer, this is as light as it gets. As opposed to Miller or Bud, at least with this one you get a cool bottle...

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Photo of n00tz
2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a light yellow body, active carbonation, and a thin white head. On-par with and of the American Adjuncts.

S - Corn and a light grainy alcohol stink. Undesirable to say the least.

T & M - Thankfully the flavor is better than I was expecting, though it's still full of flavor of rice, corn, and alcohol. It also has a sweet breadiness and is palatable. I can't say the same for it's american brewed counterparts.

D - Not much to it, but more to speak of than a Bud/Miller/Coors.

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Photo of chickencoop
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a BevMo, the bottle gimmick worked. I'm just confused where this beer is brewed, China or Australia?? Then I checked the website and it seems that none of this matters, the only thing that matters is that Orlando Bloom once had it, so it must be good.
Well besides all the PR and fancy packaging, I thought the beer was just an average euro-lager. Poured straw yellow with no head, the head was more of a white oil-slick on the top of the beer. The taste was average, crisp, clean, watery aftertaste. Overall this would be drinkable if it was just a plain beer in a pint, but with the fancy bottle, the $2.99 single bottle price, and all the fuss on the website, this beer was just over-hyped china Bud.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know that adage about not judging books by their covers? It works the same with beer.

I poured part of the beer into a shot glass to get an idea of how it looked. After the initial burst of bubbles it looks like the typical light beer. The head is a wallflower, sticking umobtrusively to the glass. The smell was a little offputting. It reminded me of the men's room at the local metal bar on dollar PBR night.

I decided I should probably finish the beer in bottle form. After all, the bottle is obviously the focus of the beer and was shaped like The Buddha for a reason. Good idea. Taste greatly improved and became less watery than when poured. Still has a mildly watery finish, but the aftertaste isn't bad. I'd say it is slightly better than the average light domestic.

This was the point where I remembered we had left over Chinese food in the fridge. Wow. That's more like it. No watery finish and much more flavor. Too bad I have to rate the beer on its own merits.

On its own this beer boils down to an interesting shelf decoration with an above average Bud Light filler. It's very drinkable, but nothing (aside from an army of glass Buddhas) to get excited about. On the upside it goes great with both General Tso's and Sesame Chicken. My new go-to Chinese food beer. Just leave it in the bottle.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so the bottle is a novelty but I figured I would give it a try. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a litle golden slightly hazy color with minimal head
S: Not a whole lot of smell to it really.
T: Really light taste without any bite at all. Very much a domestic BMC taste to it
M: Light as can be
D: Yeah its drinkable but really no different than drinking a BMC.
Jeez, I hope I didn't spend too much money buying this one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.71/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale saffron-coloured with medium-sized head, quite a fair amount of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Looks decent but not great.

A lot of unpleasant yeast and pride of ringworm on the nose. Light and ricey malt. Ever-so-slight hint of spice. That's either a mistake though, by me probably but if it's there, by the brewer. I can't imagine it being intentional.

A lot of malt and sticky yeast on the palate. Yuck, indeed. I could tell from the nose that this taste would be poor and sadly, I was correct. A lot of sticky bready yeast and a horrible adjunct flavour, palate is short but with a lingering unpleasant hang, and mouthfeel is viscous yet watery with nothing to recommend it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pure straw color that is completely clear. A small white head quickly dissipates. Smells mostly of adjunct corn. First sip is incredibly light as there is not much going on. There are some malty notes in with the corn mixed with just enough hops to be balanced. Flavor is quite good...just not enough of it. I am more familiar with Asian Light Lagers than I would like to be. This is quite good for the style and tasted fresh.

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