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Landshark Lager - Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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448 Reviews
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Reviews: 448
Hads: 1,685
Avg: 2.58
pDev: 51.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 312 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Margaritaville Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2007

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +48.4%

So popular. The t-shirts. The banners. The bottle openers. Everyone's sporting landshark but does anyone really know what it is? Or what it tastes like?

Appearance (3.75) : I'm having a good time with heads tonight. This one pours a super creamy, tightly knit two fingered head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. The body color is what I would call a mellow gold. It's pretty, actually. Transparent and excellent clarity. It's rare to have a good appearance in an adjunct lager, so I'm throwing the 3.75 out there.

Aroma (3.5) : Wait. Is this impressive...? There's no skunk or rotten corn like I expected. Instead it has a fresh melon-light fresh corn aroma with a hint of hop in the background. It's surprisingly fresh and respectable. It's not amazing, but it's way better than I expected.

Taste (4) : Damn. It's actually decent. There's not much there but what it has is spot on. Lightly hopped corn and barley malts quickly morph into effervescence and a dry (comparatively) finish. This brew is actually decent! I'd grab this in a cooler of macros - NO DOUBT. Easy drinking, nice subtle flavor, and doesn't taste like a rusted vat of corn mash nightmares.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, as to be expected. Carbonated, also to be expected. Ends dry at the back of the throat. The hop dryness is a great addition.

Overall (3.83) : I desperately wanted to trash this beer because I hate how much publicity Landshark gets. I thought it was going to be horrible. A drain pour, even. But honestly, it's better than most of the macros out there by a nose, and it seems to be readily available and cheap to purchase. It's not amazing, but heck, it does the trick. You owe it to yourself to try this with a burger, a dog, or by itself on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of 57md
2.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Had this at a backyard wedding this weekend. This beer is marketed as if it were some craft version of Corona. It tastes better than Corona but that’s not saying much. The best thing that I can say about this offering is that it is union-made.

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Photo of InstantBeer
5/5  rDev +93.8%

Tastes good. Nice and refreshing. Its light. I like light beer, because i like how refreshing it is Ice Cold. I don't like drinking something heavy in the sun. This is perfect for fishing or bbq or a hot day.

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Photo of John9059
4/5  rDev +55%

Believe it or not i like the adjunct style. I may not like the BMC adjunct lagers anymore, but i like high quality adjuncts. This is light. and sometimes, thats just what is needed. Pours a nice golden color. I like looking at this beer in a pilsner glass. bought one today and this looks nice in it. Its kind of low in complexity, but lagers for the most part are, or at least, so i've noticed. This is good. It beats bud light anyday.

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Photo of Foyle
2.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served from 16oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy 3" head that falls quickly with mild lacing. Color is pale straw with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: mild aroma of corn, white bread. No detectable hops.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a pleasant dry finish.

Flavor: lightly toasted barley, corn sweetness, a hint of vanilla, maybe a slight hop bite in the finish.

Overall: pleasant beer for a hot summer day. It's ordinary, but contains nothing foul or off-putting.

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Photo of leantom
1.98/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, saw this at the store and thought, "Why not?" Here goes:

A: Not good. Beer pours and adequate head with good lacing, but that's about it. It's piss-yellow in color, very clear, etc.

S: Some pilsner hops, but mostly fermented corn starch. I mean lots of corn. That's pretty much it. Terrible.

T: Just corn. No hops or malted barley; just corn. Not worth the 1.50 I paid.

M: Watery - also leaves a corny (no pun intended) taste in your mouth.

O: One of the poorer adjunct lagers. To be avoided.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is good in one way and one way only. It has to be 90+ out, super sunny day, sitting near water (beach, pool, river, lake, etc.), the beer must be ice cold, and you have to have a lime wedge shoved into the bottle. No glass. Must be from the bottle. In a moment such as this one though, it is a very refreshing beverage to have.

Would purchase again, but ONLY in this scenario.

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Photo of cplaya280
4.04/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a nice golden yellow color sorta like a corona color, it smells great and taste similar to a light beer mixed with corona. its really easy drinking beer and i could drink this easily on a hot summer day or with a nice meal. Its not a heavy beer so its perfect for me.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
1.84/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Landshark Lager was a light-bodied disappointment and, yes, I actually had some solid expectations. Ostensibly, I was expecting something of a lighter lager with tones of flavorful lime and refreshing hops, something I could easily down on one of these summer nights. Unfortunately, this is one of the most unremarkable beers I've tried in a while. The flavor is indicative of extreme amounts of corn and cheap grains, so much so that the "Margarittaville Brewing Company" label couldn't be further from an idea of what the final product actually tastes like. It is beyond and bland and almost entirely tasteless outside of overpowering corn. To make matters worse, my bottle wasn't as chilled as it could've been, which proved bad for about the first nine or ten ounces but detrimental and nearly undrinkable for the remaining two or so. For the brewing company's bestselling, most mainstream beer, it's surely a miserably tasteless and needless offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the clear 12 oz. bottle. Sampled on June 24, 2014.

Pale yellow pour leading up to a big white head the fizzes down fast. Good clarity.

The aroma is pretty average with some toasted pale malts, grain, and clean, crisp hops trickling in.

The body is a bit heavier than I imagined and more in the medium range.

The taste is unspectacular with its grainy malts and modest sweetness. Ends clean. Reasonably refreshing but overall pretty basic and boring. Hot weather lawn mower beer.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.73/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Land Shark was a really good beer. I had it on vacation once and I liked it a lot. You can tell that it is a lager by the taste of the beer. I liked the taste of it and how smooth it was when you drank it. This is one of my favorite beers. It smells really good as well. It is not too strong or too weak.

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Photo of clemsonalum13
3.66/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Landshark is essentially all American lagers on steroids. Pours a light tan color with a 1/2-3/4 inch that sticks around. Smells malty. Tastes malty, with mild hoppiness. Moderate lacing. Bitter aftertaste. I will be buying this beer again because it is clearly the best American lager I've ever had.

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Photo of neenerzig
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There were 2 bottles of this sitting in the fridge at the condo my dad and I are staying at in Osprey, FL so I decided to crack one open and try it being that I have never had this beer before. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear light, pale golden color with a white head about an inch thick when first poured. Head quickly settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some clusters of foam on the beer's surface. Fairly faint aromas of malt and probably some corn. Has a somewhat sweet, grassy taste of malt and again what is likely corn and or rice. Not hop presence whatsoever, not even a trace of a suggestion or any hops. While it still has just a bit of that bitter metallic after taste that I find to be so unpleasant in so many macro lagers, it is much less prevalent than in many other beers of this style that I have had. I suppose the flavor profile is likely spot on for this style, but that certainly does not mean it is good by any means. Has a very crisp, yet still somehow smooth, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I suppose this beer does have a refreshing quality to it when enjoyed in the humid heat of Florida, but I wouldn't drink this in any other setting. I had pretty low expectations to begin with when I cracked open this bottle.


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Photo of lwillitz
2.71/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16-oz can into mug

A - huge white foamy head over a crystal-clear body of straw yellow; high amount of visible carbonation

S - adjunct grains, touch of alcohol

T - typical AAL--light malt plus corn flavor, alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering

M - fairly light body, high carbonation, refreshing

O - not much for taste, but very refreshing after a long day

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Photo of christhehiker86
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Color is light golden with moderate carbonation

Smell is light, not much. A little sweet on the nose

taste is light and crisp with a touch of hop. If one took 15% bud and mixed it with 85% corona, I think it would taste very similar.

Overall it's a decent summer beer for the warm muggy evenings. Drinkable and cheap.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.97/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear light golden color. A white head recedes to nothing, no lacing whatsoever.

Aroma: Faint skunk, paper-thin sweet malts, corn adjuncts.

Taste: A subtle metallic beginning, then skunky notes wrapped around a corn husk body. A sour, skunky finish.

Mouthfeel: Bright and harsh, metallic, carbonated.

Overall: The more I dissect each individual part of this beer's profile, the worse it gets.

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Photo of BoozySmurf
3.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed 4/12/14 at my daughter's birthday party. Servied in a long neck bottle with a lime wedge. Similar in appearance to Corona, but no skunky aroma. Taste has no off flavors as well. Slightly malty, and lime flavor of course. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and lower carbonation than average for the style. Overall its just a smooth, easy drinking lager that fit well with the scene, and great weather.

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Photo of awillick
2.35/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

It's very light--I'll give it that. Good for mass-consumption at an outdoor concert. But whereas Corona can hold up as being relatively flavorless as a refreshing summery beer, this one has that extra aftertaste of metallic unpleasantness that really makes this beer a smart one to miss. Don't bother.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Nothing too amazing to report. Basically a corona with different packaging. Smell and taste were a bit skunky and it was light in both mouthfeel and appearance. It's popular due to availability and price and maybe a little from Buffet recognition. Overall you could pass this one by and not really miss anything.

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Photo of Joyful_Guardian
3.66/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Similar to Corona, golden yellow, little head

S: Very little to smell. Mild corn smell

T: Slight sweet edge, hoppy bitterness in aftertaste.

M: very drinkable. Not too carbonated, slightly creamy but still crisper than similar beers (e.g. corona)

My favorite summer beer. A bit over priced, but worth it to me.

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Photo of RyanPoff
2.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I was gifted a six pack of this tonight for helping fix a friend's computer.

A: Drank right out of the bottle. Clear, dark yellow, like dehydrated urine. Standard for the "Mexican" style beers like Corona.

S: Some grass and corn. Little to nothing really.

T: A bit better than the smell. Grass, corn, hay. Not a lot here, but relatively neutral and would be fine on a lake or a hot summer day. Clean aftertaste.

M: Very light, drinkable, fresh and well carbonated. Decent mouthfeel.

This is drinkable, but a notch below other beers of this type like Modelo Especial and Corona. I wouldn't buy it out of my money, but it is decent enough to drink if it's free.

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Photo of metter98
2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
1.68/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Light yellow urine color in a clear bottle. Almost no head or lacing. It smells a lot like Corona. Tastes like it too. It's a little sweeter than Corona. Leaves a corny aftertaste that's a little sour. It's a pretty bad beer. It's not like I would turn it down if it was the last beer left but I don't think I'd buy it again. At least not on purpose.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew, creating a two finger pure white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving a rather persistent white foam on the top of the brew and a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a corn smell mixed with some malty aromas of a cracker nature. Some light herbal smells as well as a little bit of stale grain smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather light biscuit and cracker flavor mixed with some flavors of a corn sweetness. These flavors create a base, lasting throughout the entire taste. Along with these flavors, comes some flavors of a light citrus nature more toward the middle to the end. The flavors overall remain relatively light throughout the taste and are joined by a bit of a papery and metallic taste at the end, to leave a rather thin, yet somewhat smooth corny and metallic flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are good for the somewhat weak and/or off flavors of the brew and make it more refreshing and easy drinking then it otherwise would be.

Overall – Well nothing too exciting or exceptional here. An alright brew for tailgating or other activities where you really won’t appreciate what you are drinking, but if you want something more for flavor/deliciousness then you may want to pass on this one.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
2.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

In the grand scheme of things Landshark is available all year round but should primarily be drank in the summer. It can be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Better than Corona since you don't need to add a lime to it. Originally had on tap in Key West in Margaritaville, but better out of a bottle.

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Landshark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.