Review: Lhasa Beer

Review: Lhasa Beer

lhasa beer

Drink your way to Tibetan freedom? Now that is philanthropy that’s hard to pass up, and Lhasa, the first beer ever to be exported from Tibet, donates 10 percent of profits to doing good deeds in its homeland. So you can drink up and feel good about it.

Lhasa is a lighter style pilsner, just 4.6% alcohol, and it’s extremely easy drinking. A good amount of malt gives it some immediate richness, but that soon fades into a semi-sweet, lightly bitter finish. The finale is a bit on the watery side — but, hey, it’s water from the Himalayan Mountains, so it’s hard to complain too loudly about it.

I’d have no trouble drinking Lhasa as a refreshing, it’s-hot-outside kind of picnic beer, but its flavor profile is in no way a match for the story the bottle has to tell. Worth a try, just don’t get too excitable.

4.6% abv.

B / $9 per six-pack

Lhasa Beer




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Tsering Yangchen on September 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I ask people to please not get this beer, and to see the petition

  2. peter corby on September 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This beer is a product of the chinese oppression of Tibet. It funds the dilution of Tibetan culture by advancing the industrialization/commercialization of Tibet with chinese immirants. The “philanthropy” they claim is directed by chinese occupation government. Go to the lhasabeer website and look up their “commitment” page and find the link to the development guidelines they cite. It is a chinese government site. If they were serious they could do two things which they won’t: 1. commit to teaching the Tibetan language to Tibetan kids; 2. put a picture of the Dalai Lama on the packaging.

  3. Anonymous on January 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Well don’t buy anything made in china good luck:)

  4. Anonymous on January 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I try to buy only usa made but its hard people who r boycotting this beer look in ur house almost everything is made in china!

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