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Landshark Lager - Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,394 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Margaritaville Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2007)
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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a narrow collar around the edge and bits of lacing down the sides.
S: It's very difficult to pick up any smell in the nose—only very faint aromas of corn are present.
T: The taste has a little stronger flavors compared to the smell with light notes of corn and a slight amount of bitterness. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very flavorful, but it does manage to have a slight amount of bitterness to mask any sweetness from the malts. While not very exciting, it is rather drinkable.

metter98, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sweet corn yellow topped by an attractive cap of eggshell colored foam that is much more fetching than the style average. The head has a great deal of persistence and lays down a fair amount of lace. Only the beer itself keeps the appearance score from the next highest rung of the ladder.

The aroma brings things screaming back down to earth. It took me a few sniffs to figure it out, but LL smells exactly like Kellogg's Corn Pops (I think they used to be called Kellogg's Sugar Pops when I was a kid). Its only saving grace is that I never have to smell it again unless I choose too.

It's no surprise that Landshark Lager is the single corniest beer that I have ever had the misfortune to drink. Miller High Life doesn't even come close. In fact, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if barley is the second most prominent grain.

It's moderately sweet and is only mildly bitter, though the finish achieves a grudging sort of balance. As for the claim that it's 'brewed with a complex blend of hops'... predictably laughable. This is the sort of crappy little lager that's barely tolerable when ice cold and borderline revolting as it begins to gain a few degrees... as it's doing now.

Maybe corn syrup is responsible for a body/mouthfeel that is light, yet also faintly slick and gummy. Those last two keep it from being as refreshing as it could be. Assuming one likes the flavor. Which is hard to imagine.

If Anheuser-Busch is so proud of their brewing prowess, why do they go to such lengths to conceal the true origins of beer such as Landshark Lager (Margaritaville Brewing Company) and Wild Blue Blueberry Lager (Blue Dawg Brewing)?

For those who care (all two of you), A-B, in the form of Landshark Lager, is now the official sponsor of Jimmy Buffett's concert tours, rather than Grupo Modelo, in the form of Corona Extra. Rather than brew another adjunct-riddled lager and put it in clear glass bottles with similarly colored graphics, why couldn't they have come up with something different and worthwhile? Yeah, I already know the answer. I just thought I'd throw it out there.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color lager with a small fizzy head with almost no retention. Aroma consists of light corn adjunct. Taste is dominated by lightly sweet adjunct with almost no other discernable characteristics. Body is quiet watery with average carbonation. This one was a very light and watery version of a macro.

Phyl21ca, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't say that I didn't see this comming. A local offering to Central KY, I figured it was worth a try. Pours a standard Lager straw color with sparkling clarity, high carbonation, and a bleach-white head retention that falls somewhere between fizzy and frothy. Smells light, but sweetly of part-malt / part-adjuct, giving a moderate grain and vegetable aroma. Flavors closely mimic the aromas with a grain / malt combo. Corn flavors are quite pronounced, along with a buttery note that can't be overlooked. Body is quite firm, but riddled with adjuct sweetness and oily. Finishes quite clean with the same vegetable flavor that never disipated. Probably more comparable to Budweiser than Corona, but more problematic. Unless it's free, I'll likely pass this one up in future sessions.

BEERchitect, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Texasfan549, May 07, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

took the kids out to dinner at hooters tonight. now normally i do not order beers when i am there, but this new bottom of the barrel project actually has me ordering things at these places now. three new ones to tick off on the tap lines tonight. served cold in a frosty mug, this one was consumed on 08/21/2010.

the last one of the night for me, i decided to go crazy. so i order this one up and it arrives at the table looking somewhat nice. a nice soo light golden color with a nice two finger head of white foam, hmm. decent i have to say.

but then i smelled it. i am not sure where this beer went, there was little to no aroma. light and i mean light corn and some form of fake citrusy flavor, again not really sure what is going on here. clean, somewhat flat and just rather dull the flavors just never really comes out for me in anyway. it leaves as quickly as it arrives an i never looked back from this one.

overall not really sure what just happened. soo light, it was almost mistaken for water and i should have ordered a tea to be honest.

mikesgroove, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

ygtbsm94, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok so we all love beer and we want to try as many as we can and enjoy them. Landshark will not receive or deserve an A or a B maybe, however, in its category of "hey dudes! watch this!" category of beer drinkers it is one of the better beers. That being said, it is middle of the road.

It is clear, yellow in color. Minimally bitter but little to no mouthfeel beyond the mild carbonation. Where it beats out Budweiser, Miller etc is the aftertaste isn't as offensive. Much to be desired but not the worst beer in the world.

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

($1.29 - 12oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale yellow body with a large, creamy white head.

Smell: Oh dear. Only the faintest whiff of puffed corn.

Taste: Here goes nothing! Wow, that's light. Notes of sweet corn. One single, solitary drop of lemon juice. That's all!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: It doesn't get more boring than this.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Way to go Jimmy are making this boring excuse of a beer. This couldn't be more like Corona in any manner. I'm sure that adding a lime would help this beer along. It was skunky and kind of on the flat side. Very watery and bland. I don't plan on ever having this beer again. I don't think I'd order it even at a Jimmy Buffet concert in support of him. I apologize, but I just don't care for this brew.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Not sure why, but I hear some random SNL skit blaring in the back of my memory when I hear the name of this beer... Anyway, it pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of white froth. The nose (how is this not skunked!?) comprises rice, hard water, and a touch of what may or may not be grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with the lightest possible addition of wheat, and a mild, almost fruity sweetness, though this is also decidedly light. It's not necessarily bad, but the almost nonexistent nature of the flavors doesn't do this beer many favors. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sad little beer, one that I wouldn't really hate to drink again, but also one I would never ask for again, either.

TMoney2591, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and that's about it.

T - It tasted of corn and grains. There was a light maltiness, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - A okay brew. It would work fine as a session or landmower beer.

zeff80, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My bottle, procured in small-town Washington state, says "Margaritaville Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO." Are they contracting its western production to AB? Ah, I see that their website pretty much shows that they are owned by the big boys from the Gateway to the West...

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, sudsy white head, which leaves some sparse random lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mildly skunky corn grain. The taste is more soft corn grain, some hollow citrus, and a bit of acrid, skunky hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, slick, and somewhat cloying, and it finishes with a echo of citrus and slightly boozy corn, almost like cheap bourbon.

This is definitely a step up from the usual skunkfests from Mexico and the Caribbean, but when you're looking up from the bottom rung, there's still a long way to go 'til daylight...

biboergosum, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great packaging: clear, embossed bottle (shark fin on the shoulder) with clear pressure sensitive labels and a retro looking design and color scheme. This is obviously designed to compete with Corona, but does it really need to? Regardless, it looks great in the glass as well. It's clear and golden with a finger of creamy bright white foam across the the top. The head holds fairly well and leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The aroma is sweetly malty with some grain and an adjunct side; and a suggestion of alcohol, and some grassy hops in the background. It tastes pretty much the same, and to be honest, it's not that different from Corona. Medium bodied... soft carbonation... I don't have one to try side by side, but the Landshark seems a little sweeter... it's just begging for a lime to cut through it and balance it out, and there's even a suggestion of lime flavor to it already, and I wonder if there's something added. For what it's intended to be, it hits the mark. And as to why it's what it's intended to be, well, that's all about the money.

NeroFiddled, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, May 13, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Jason, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap 9/13/09, poured from a pitcher into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light but bready malts, corn and other adjuncts with a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready with flavors of grain, corn and adjuncts, although there isn't as much adjunct & malt sweetness as most other beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect. The after-taste is also bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down quite easily since there's not much to it, not filling at all, mild kick, it's obvious that this beer targeted to the masses as a poundable easy-drinking beer just like your standard fizzy-yellow-beers and it fits that segment well. However, it's not the most inexpensive nor is it the best tasting FYB that I've had. So even if I wanted an FYB, I would not choose this one.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wastin' away again in tickerville, lookin for a beer that I haven't sampled. Some people say that there's a woman to blame...but I know, it's the brother's fault.

Beer poured into a clear pint glass from a clear bottle without a date. It is yellow and clear with moderate steady carbonation, some lacing but nearly no lasting head.

Aroma is non-existent, Jimmy must have forgot about it.

Beer is super thin and nearly as remarkable as the aroma. Not at all. It is mildly sweet late and grainy throughout, at least there is a minimal aftertaste. Overall, gross. Excuse me for a moment, I blew out of flip flop, must have stepped on a pop top. And other disgusting lyrics to go with a gross beer.

drabmuh, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp, clean pilsner malt and adjunct scent with little to no hop aroma and a dry lager yeast smell. It's nothing spectacular, but it's true to style. The taste is average. It has a smooth, pilsner flavor with a bit less malt character. It's weak in nature, thus the quaffability. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not a craft brew, but it's one hell of a hot weather beer, just like it was intended.

WesWes, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
1.88/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From 07/02/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, bread, grain, light vegetables. Not very good here, but not the worst adjunct lager I've had.

t - Tastes of corn, wheat, grain, light skunkiness, light vegetables. A step down from the nose.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Little bit watery body.

o - Overall not a very good beer, with some light skunkiness in the taste. Seems like a low(er) rent Corona to me. Wouldn't seek it out.

mdfb79, Jul 08, 2011
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Landshark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.