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Beer – #448 – Lucky Beer – Lucky Buddha

I kid you not this is  called Lucky Beer- Lucky Buddha. It even has a unique and amusing bottle, in the shape of a Buddha. Because China! Because Beer! Because cheap 🙂

I win the beer in a comedy bottle comp

I win the beer in a comedy bottle comp

For the Lucky Drink Company this is brewed at Cheerday Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Co. and they give it a crack in the Style that is  Pale Lager Used to be brewed in Australia now it’s in China.

4.8% ABV beer that is 144 calories a serve, and the bottle is 330 ml, so about 1.2 standard drink units in NZ.

Light aromas of hops with nuances of honey & malt, which pre-announces the transcending flavours across your palate with a silky easy finish.

What could possibly go wrong…..

Awesome custom bottle, and even the lid is delightful. At least the packaging made me smile.

lucky-beer-lucky-buddhaLager hop aroma on opening, no surprises.

Pour is pale golden hello, head is fluffy and light.

Not a lot by the way of ‘bite’ from the hops, and the really doesn’t have a lot by way of flavour or profile.  There is no way to tell that it’s a beer of 4.8% ABV that’s a good trick.

I did pour to a glass, although I would love to have drunk this from the bottle for the craic.

Alas the best thing going for this is the bottle. The second best is the lacing in the glass, then the quenching nature of cold water. Then perhaps the delicate flavour that this has, very delicate.  NO struggle in drinking this despite it’s seeming lack of anything beer like.

Not a total disaster and would make a great domestic beer, which I’m guessing is it’s real market.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 4 a of its things from the thing.  Not a beer to be taken seriously except by the accountants I imagine. But it did make me smile.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I’m not turned off by it, there is nothing to either enjoy or dislike.
  2. Would I have another? Sadly I do have another in the fridge, the price was right.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would for the smile value not the taste or flavour.

Listening to Jimmy Fontana – and you might know  Il Mondo


The colour of pale lager ranges from light bronze to nearly transparent and the alcohol anywhere from 4-6%. Adjunct usage may be quite high, though in some cases the beer is all-malt. Carbonation is typically forced, though not always. One thing that doesnt vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate. These beers are brewed for minimum character, though faint traces of hop or malt may show through. More likely though is that adjuncts like corn will show through, or you’ll find notes of higher alcohols (fuel notes) due to the use of high-gravity brewing. The body will be thin and watery, and the finish is typically non-existent.


4 comments on “Beer – #448 – Lucky Beer – Lucky Buddha

  1. kingmidget
    August 25, 2014

    Bummer … sounds like you had a really bad beer day.


  2. Brandon Fischer
    August 27, 2014

    My brother is a bud light drinker and had one of these and said it was like drinking water. So there really must be a lack in the flavor profile department :).


    • Philip Walter
      August 27, 2014

      I’m glad it not just me then. This was the right price (cheap) and brought for the comedy bottle mostly. This though must appeal to a big audience as the production costs in the bottle alone would be interesting.


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