With its iconic laughing buddha shaped bottle and the word lucky printed on the neck, the Chinese beer is certainly one that stands out on the shelf. But will the Lucky Buddha leave you feeling fortunate, or will it feel as though the bottle is merely laughing at you? Let’s find out…
A Little Background Info About The Lucky Buddha
The Lucky Buddha is a Chinese beer that is brewed at Qiandao Lake and is created using malt, hops, rice and water as its main ingredients.
After launching in 2010, the Lucky Buddha rose to popularity across the United States in 2015 and has since committed itself to being an environmentally friendly brand – using recycled materials to support Walmart’s commitment to reaching a point of zero landfill waste.
While that’s all great news, you’re probably most interested in the taste and appearance once open.
The Lucky Buddha Appearance
The Lucky Buddha beer is a typically Asian style lager. It pours to provide a clear pale gold color with a head that’s around one finger deep and has great staying power. The carbonation is constant and lasts for a decent duration too, meaning you won’t be in a race against the clock to sink your glass.
Smell is another important factor, and the Lucky Buddha delivers hints of bread, biscuits, and corn along with a herbal earthiness. This creates a sweet yet musky blend.
The Lucky Buddha Taste Test
At 4.8% ABV, Lucky Buddha is neither the strongest nor the weakest beer on the market. The lack of a big alcoholic kick has its positives and negatives.
The taste profile is quite similar to that of Heineken. The initial hit of hops and malt provides a sweet and fruity combination for a dry and chalky taste. This is probably due to the caramelized malts.
Its taste is honest, simple, and confident in what they want to achieve. While some beer connoisseurs will find this as an excuse to knock the Chinese beer, it’s far from being a bad taste. Perhaps the only slight complaint is the somewhat metallic aftertaste. Fortunately, this does not last long, and the intense carbonation makes it an ideal tipple for cleansing the palate.
Lucky Buddha is an uncomplicated sweet Asian lager with definitive European hints. If that’s your type of beer, you’ll be sure to enjoy it.
The Final Verdict
Lucky Buddha beer seems to be somewhat of a crowd splitter. While some love the fact that the wow factor comes from the iconic bottle, leaving the beer itself to provide an uncomplicated but clear taste, others believe that the lack of a unique taste is rather disappointing.
Once poured, the Chinese beer is unlikely to blow your mind. However, if you want an easy tasting lager with great carbonation and a medium-level ABV, the Lucky Buddha will leave you laughing.
Packaging: 10/10 (arguably our favorite bottle ever)