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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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We crafted “Laughing Buddha” to highlight the best qualities of the famous lager beers of Japan, China, India, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Philippines. It is brewed with crystal malts and noble Saaz hops. In addition, we follow the Japanese ichiban shibori , or first press, method of brewing. When you drink Laughing Buddha, you know you are drinking fresh, hand crafted beer. Laughing Buddha can easily become your favorite beer, but will also pair well with sushi, seafood, and stir-fry dishes.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4853) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Golden coloured body with a large, three centimetre tall white head with a bit of haziness in the body. Aroma of pale malt, some light alcohol and a tiny bit of sugars. Light to Medium-bodied; Nice pale malt flavour with a grassy and herbal note, with a hint of hops noticeable and very little else, just the balance of hops and malt. Mild aftertaste with only some pale malt and a hint of basement mustiness and alcohol noticeable. Overall, an okay beer - but I wasn’t expecting much from the style. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Upstate New York on 29-December-2012.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
cheers again to Googzoid10 for sending more Trade Route to FL. pours cloudy golden, white head. aroma, spicy, light grainy and malty/hoppy. flavors, wheat, grainy, light citrus/lemongrass adding a mild bitetrness in the finish. Overall the palate is sweet and silky, with floral undertones adding a light Asian touch..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2010
A: Pours a pale yellow hue. Small white head, no retention or lace. S: Nice little faint aroma. Hints of pale malts, rice?, bread, and mild citrus. T: Mild flavors as well. Lightly grainy, corn with hints of cracker. Mild citrus, with hints of rice cereal, and a touch of grass. M: Very light in body, mild, but drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
Weird niche brewer concept that pulled my eyes enough to venture into one of their basic offerings, but not enough to buy the whole lot. Well, I must say it pretty much met the expectations, providing a simplistic, but clean pale golden lager where soft, sweetish cerealic malts have strong ricey connotations. Its white foam sticks to its top as vigorous bubbles contribute to both head retention and tight bubbles in mouth. Limited aroma profile. The hops provide a light, herbal, rather green, spicy bitterness that remains shy all along. Slight grainy, lemony acidity concludes it all. Certainly not aimed at the beer geek, but faultless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Laughing Buddha Brewing Company--Dragon King Lager 2008 22 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV--17 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Lager. Mild head. Clear bright thin yellow color. Mild hop front. Smooth mellow mild sweet butter fruit Asian hint Pale Lager mild caramel body. Mellow refreshing smooth mild hop clean end. Light well made touch bland Asian Pale Lager. Adjuncts? Sampled 4/19/2008. 4 @ $4.49 Each. trade route brewing company aka Laughing Buddha Brewing Company Dragon King Lager--Crisp Asian style lager craft brewed in small batches with the freshest ingredients--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV--17 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Lager. Thin fizzy mild lace white head. Clear thin bright straw yellow color. Mild sweet floral hop front. Crisp mellow sweet butter caramel light but malty mild adjunct smooth refreshing body. Cloying malt mild hop easy tasty clean Asian Lager end. Sampled 6/14/2009. 2 @ $4.49 Each.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of bread and spicy hops. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread and light spicy hops with a crisp dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
1/16/10 On draft at the brewpub. Aroma is a floral but unmistakably Saaz note forward with a light pils sweet/sour background to balance. Appearance is clear straw with a persistant medium White Head. Flavor is more hop/malt balanced, with a touch of caramel blending with the bittering finish for great palate clensing. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with a suprising light creamy texture and light carb texture. A good balance of traditional ingredients that favors a singular noble hop note helps make a very refreshing beer that doesn’t skimp on character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant straw, fairly clear, moderate to large white foamy head, nice lacing, soft carbonation.   Grassy nose, slightly sweet, a little straw and hay.   Heavy grassy notes on the tongue, aformentioned hay and straw.   Clean finish, perhaps a very slight buttery tinge.   Pretty straight forward but still enjoyable.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Does feel a little bit heavy, or perhaps too grassy.   I don’t say this too often, but I bet this might be more quenching if it were a little bit lighter.   Looking forward to trying their Hefe’s.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Hazy light gold color with a very thin white head. Aroma is dry and lightly bitter with a dry hop and slightly wet grass note. Dry and grassy flavor at the start with a very light middle of grass, corn, and some light malts. Finishes dry and clean with very little bitterness. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours gold with white bubbles rather than head. Aroma is a bit bready with hints of fruit? Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is bread and citrus/fruity. There’s a lot more flavor than usually found in lagers. Some fruity/grassy/citrusy hop offsets the malt, and goes on through the finish. Flavors keep moving around. It’s really a good drink. Craft lagers keep on getting better. Prime example. Crisp. Clean. I had a thought of crisp apple. Strange.


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