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Lucky Buddha Enlightened Beer | The Lucky Drink Company

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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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Added by DogFood11 on 04-06-2007

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 598
Photo of glid02
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddha bottle courtesy of pghlee - thanks!

Pours a very pale straw color with a half-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving hardly any lacing.

Smells of skunked American Adjunct Lager - though I don't think that this beer was skunked. Very pungent.

Tastes better than it smells. Not a whole lot going on besides pale malts, nondescript adjunct flavors and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin, though not much else was expected. Decent carbonation makes this go down relatively smoothly.

Drinkability isn't good, but it's not terrible. I'd prefer this over a lot of other AAL's once I get past the smell.

Overall this is better than most other AAL's but it's certainly nothing to seek out.

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Photo of gford217
2.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by pghlee at the Brick Store.

Pours a pale, pale straw yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing.

I could smell this thing from across the room. It's got a big skunky aroma on it with lots of grains, corn and a hint of malts.

The taste is slightly better but still mainly light, light malts with hints of other grains, especially corn. Doesn't taste quite as skunky as it smells.

The mouthfeel is very light with decent carbonation and leaves an offputting bitterness in the finish.

I've had worse beers, but this one is not one I'll go back to.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Beer. Really different bottle on this one.

Appearance-pale golden almost greenish color, heavy white fizzy head.

Smell-grainy, some sour aroma as well but I also detect something sort of sweet with the alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-pale, thin, muddled taste. Not all that enjoyable or memorable, feel is alright I guess.

Drinkability- really light, I suppose you could drink a lot easily if you wanted to.

Overall-don't waste your money, the bottle is the most memorable thing about it.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
If we are talking about the bottle, the appearance is distinctive and impressive. Unfortunately I do not include bottle art in my scores for appearance (after all this is BeerAdvocate not BottleAdvocate). Poured a finger of white head that steadily reduced over a body of pale gold.

Smell - 3.0
Wow, the aroma is totally off for the style but actually quite pleasant. Quite boozy, pale malt sweet.

Taste - 3.5
Fuller bodied and sweeter than is typical for a macro lager, tastes a little more like a euro full-malt lager. There is a slightly brassy, metallic flavour that is not too unpleasant, low to moderate bitterness and a slight toastiness. Alcohol is slightly warming in the finish, unusual for the style.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Belgian style carbonation - fine and reasonably lively, quite heavy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
Not hard to drink, but not really a session drink, which is odd.

I'm a bit confused here. If I didn't know better I would think that this beer is a Belgian blonde style ale. What I think is most likely is that the beer has aged (it is actually just inside use-by but has been stored in a warm room throughout the summer), and unusually for a macro lager, it has aged well.

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Photo of mullenite
2.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this badboy for the bottle only.

Pours a totally clear yellow with a hard poured 2 finger white head. Leaves a little lacing down the glass but nothing that sticks. It actually almost looked drinkable sitting in the glass.

Smell is of grains mainly, very similar to Heineken. It smells awful but average for the style. Better than Natty for sure.

Thank god this beer is cold. Taste is stale bread and corn... a little grass. Maybe from a cow farm. It tastes like Bud that went bad years ago. I'd rather drink Taj Mahal.

Lots of carbonation with a thin watery feel.

It's as drinkable as seltzer water.

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Photo of mattster
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this beer at the Super L Ranch Market at the Chinese Cultural Center on 44th in Phoenix.

Opened green 11.16 Fl Oz Buddha shaped bottle, poured into Nonic pint glass.

Pours a light straw yellow brew with a slight fizzyness to it - I attempted to pour a head, but no head.

Smell is classic green bottle skunk at first. Further smell is of corn and skunk. Taste is in-line with beers in this style: beer taste. No bad aftertaste, and bubbles are well balanced, but I think I paid $1.50 for the single, and there are plenty of other singles I could get two of with the same taste.

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Photo of ryane
1.84/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, very pale straw color, nearly no head, very small amount of lacing

S: skunk

T: A skunky fuller Bud with some diacteyl

M: light, carbonation could be a bit higher

D: Little bit sweet, very skunky, not something I would ever buy again, mainly got it for the bottle

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

Green bottle with a raised Buddha etched into the glass.

A: Poured a clear, lemon-brass color with a nice frothy 2 finger head that left a sticky, splotchy lacing as it receded. A faint visible carbonation was found.

S: dry musky grains with light hay and stale corn.

T: The initial flavor was sweet grains with some buttery popcorn and fresh lemons. Overall sweet, buttery with a light lemony finish.

M: light, smooth with only a tiny bit of effervesce detected around the tongues edges.

D: A tad sweet overall with average drinkability.

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

Poured from a funky bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is pale yellow with so-so carbonation. The head is small white and leave little to no lace.

The smell is bready and a tad skunked.

The taste follows a bready malt skunked a bit.

The drinkability is not good. Collect the bottle not the beer. MK

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, lemony yellow coloured body, with a compact head of pure white foam. Pretty nice looking.

Quite sharp, pleasant nose, reminiscent of a green-bottle euro lager. Herbs, crushed leaves and a bit of citrus. Not bad, if you like that sort of thing.

Taste is more subdued. Bit of spicy citrus, but it falls away quickly just leaving a slight carbonic acid taste and a hint of unpleasant yeast. Mouthfeel light and spritzy, but not bad.

It's very light, and pretty simple, but it's also quite drinkable. Obviously, the marketing is based largely on their funky bottle, but it's a solid, if not outstanding euro-style lager.

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Photo of hyland24
2.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm the idiot who saw the pretty bottle and said that looks good. Not gonna go into major detail but my buddy told me not to try it without checking the Ba review but that little buddha bastard bottle hooked me.

Smelled like skunked Bud, tasted like watered down rolling rock with a slight hop bite which is not terrible but it is at $3.99 a bottle. Overly carbonated, weak taste. Three words DONT DO IT.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.3/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a interesting green bottle in the shape of a laughing Buddha a slightly cloudy lemon-yellow.

Aroma is grassy and slightly-skunked with a sweet grainyness to it.

Taste is much a s expected. Somewhat sweet and grainy. Slightly better than most U.S. macros.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, and lightly carbonated.

Easy to drink but nothing new in the lager department. Honestly, I bought it just for the bottle.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw gold that gets a nice sized off white head from an aggressive pour, but falls fairly qickly. Nose is muted. Slight grain fragrance. Flavor is definitely light with a slight sweet tone to it. Mild grain character on the flavor too. Feel is standard. Good level of carbonation. Drinkable? Sure. It is a lager to pound, but for the price, forget it. Just because it has a cool glass doesn’t mean that it should cost so much. Seems like a novelty to me.

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Photo of basica
2.89/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The most striking thing about this beer is the big laughing Buddha which is engraved on the
bottle itself. That explains the cost of it going at a usual of $7+ retail at the Cold
Storage. I bought my first (and probably last) bottle during a discount which brought the
price down to $4.95. I would never buy it at $7+ but at this one week discount; worth the
try I guess. Lucky beer is an Australian beer by the way; it looks really Chinese but it
is probably because the oringinators are Australian Chinese. Yes the bottle may be a short
lived topic of conversation if your folks around you are bored and have yet to see it. Other
than that there is really nothing else that is special about it. Smells and taste lagerish,
very normal lager with a normal barley malt after taste. Pretty refreshing and drinkable
and nothing that turned me off so I left it a 5. No surprise; and no disappointment; a
slightly below average to average beer that I would not buy again nor even reccomending
trying unless there is a discount or you like the bottle. Not that you are going to get
lucky drinking it... or I would never know? :) But with 7-8 bux for beer I would buy a
Chimay anytime.

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Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bizarre green bottle I assume is Buddha found at the Beverage Warehouse.

In the glass this is your standard yellow colored beer with a small white head.

The smell is sweetish and grassy with a little toasted grain aroma.

The taste begins dry with a faint acidity and a little toasted grain. This becomes a little sweeter as I drink it but the toasted grain flavor remains and a slight astringent grain husk flavor appears.

The mouthfeel is light.

Easy to drink, as this is one of those beers that seems to be quite close to being water. There is some flavor here but I can't really see buying this again except, as a gift for the bottle only, probably will become collectible if the company goes out of business.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Drab honey straw color with some haze to it. Thousands of microscopic bubbles conjure out of no where and cruise to the surface where a good inch tall snow white head greets them.

S: Copper, aluminum, yellow and green apples, grass clippings.

T: Begins very much grassy, subtle and nice. Delicate apple notes come in next with just the right balance of sweetness. This sweetness transforms into pear, cantelope and honeysuckle. Finishes mineraly and somewhat dry.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: I gotta say, I liked this beer. The drinakbility was superb, the flavors pleasant. Expensive for what you get but this review is about the liquid itself.

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Photo of rizzo
2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great bottle, average beer. Not bad but nothing to write home about. Light golden colour, no hop aroma, low hop bitterness, light malt character - failry clean flavour. Very expensive due to the packaging. Would but more than two - good candle holders in your bathroom.

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Photo of rec
2.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A vibrant yellow body with little head retention and almost no lacing creates a less than exciting appearance.

It smells strongly of hopps and cirtus - nothing too comlpicated, and not far from a typical macro brew, but indeed slightly better than similar generic brews you might find.

While the taste was also hardly out of this world, it was fine and highly drinkable with wheat and citrus coming through before a dry and almost bitter aftertaste.

The best part about this beer is the amazing bottle, which I'm tempted to keep and stick up somewhere.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one catches the eye even in a huge beerstore like Beverage Warehouse. A stubby, green, bottle with a buddha looking fat bellied asian dude built right into the bottle. An interesting mold and worthy of a try for novelty sake alone.

Poured contents into a pils glass it forms a sturdy 2 finger head that has great staying power. Slightly hazed yellow body with massive champagne like carbonation of all sizes.

First drink was refreshing at ice cold temperature. I would reccomend drinking this one degree above freezing because as it warmed it becomes rather sweet followed by a raw type wheat rice flavor. Backdrop is of cooked vegetables and once again back to the sweetness.

Notes: On the bright side this light lager was in good condition and tasted fresh. It was hardly a chore and certainly started a funny conversation about the bottle and what the heck Australian brewers would make a budda bottle beer but that was better left in the confines of these four walls.

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