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Landshark Lager - Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,650
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 294 | FT: 0
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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 leantom
1.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of cplaya280
4.04/5  rDev +55.4%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
1.84/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.73/5  rDev +43.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of clemsonalum13
3.66/5  rDev +40.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Eric (1,342 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (366 characters)

Photo of christhehiker86
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.97/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of BoozySmurf
3.11/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of awillick
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.2/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Joyful_Guardian
3.66/5  rDev +40.8%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
1.68/5  rDev -35.4%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,570 characters)

Photo of BigMarty1980
2.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Despite the poor pale yellow coloring the appearance was partially redeemed by a frothy head that left some decent lacing.

The scent was basically absent. It was not offensive because it simply was not really present. A stale malt with water like minerals can be detected.

The flavor seems to be reminiscent of a German Pilsner with cereal maltiness and a bready grain. It's very weak in taste and I'm sure it's so an added lime can meld well.

The feel is very crisp, very easy but it has a metallic aftertaste and an actual tinny touch on the tongue.

Created for the beach and a lime this lager is not meant for straight drinking and it should not be. (656 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Sav-Mor Liquors, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

A one-inch tall, bright white crown topped the brassy colored liquid. The head slowly faded to a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was decent. Grainy malts dominated. Some light, candy-like sweetness. A crisp, powdery, lager yeast quality was noticeable as well.

The flavor profile was respectable and quite similar to the aroma. Grainy malts were most apparent. Somewhat sweet on the front end. Crisp, slightly lemony and tart in the center. The finish tasted adjunct ridden however. Some skunk came through initially but it dissipated with time.

The mouthfeel was extremely light and airy. I found the overtly bubbly, aggressive carbonation annoying.

I have an intense disdain for Jimmy Buffet and everything that he stands for, and I really wanted to hate this beer as well. Unfortunately for me, it seemed pretty decent for the style. This might not be a bad beer to have at the beach on a hot day. Then again, there are so many better options out there. (1,086 characters)

Photo of jesster64
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really wanted to enjoy this beer but the first whiff of skunky aroma turned me off right away. Nothing special about it exept for the marketing. Who wouldn't want a landshark advertising surfboard. I will not be buying it again. Add a little lime to it to make it palatable for the summer. (291 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

A- clear straw colour, large head of foam that quickly shrinks, little lacing to be had.

S- grainy and light struck...thanks to the clear bottle.

T- grainy, semi sweetness of corn, little bitterness but what's there doesn't help.

M- thin and watery mouthfeel.

O- thank goodness for mixed 6ers. I could not drink another 5 bottles; this "1" is more than enough. (389 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.33/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I got a bottle of Margaritaville's Langshark Lager as a freebie left in my fridge after having some friends over for a bbq last weekend, I have had this beer before and I thought it wasn't that great and it was pretty similar to Corona, but it's been a long time since I have had one and since it was a freebie so I thought I would give it a quick review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a clear 12 bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The bottle looks ok, it's got a nice clean look to it, but I'm never a fan of beer in clear bottles. It poured a very clear yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. This is a pretty average looking AAL, the head and lacing were better than expected..

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a pretty heavy skunky aroma that seems to stick out the most and is followed by some sweet malts, creamed corn, and a large amount of stale grain aromas. The aroma wasn't good, the skunky aroma was unwanted and along with the stale grains it stuck out the most.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, it starts of with a medium amount of sweetness that takes a on a sweet creamed corn flavor and is followed by a lighter skunky flavor. Up next comes some more corn flavors followed by some sweet and stale malt flavors. On the finish I get a little bit of doughy yeast with hardly any bitterness with a sweet, grain, and corn like aftertaste. The taste wasn't that great, but it was better than the aroma and not as skunky,

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little creamy, slightly dry, light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation that was a little a fizzy. The mouthfeel was ok and fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer but I thought it was pretty close to being and average example of the style, this isn't a type of beer I would buy, but there's a good chance I would order one at a mediocre Mexican restaurant. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling and pretty crisp, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me and its a little hard to get through the whole bottle without just chugging it to get rid of it. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad and it was fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was way too skunky, but that's what happens when you put a a beer in a clear glass bottle. I wouldn't buy this beer again unless I was out to eat, but even then I would rather order a Negra Modelo, I would recommend this to die heart Corona drinkers but that's it. All in all, this beer is about the same as I remember it, not horrible for the style, but nothing that I enjoy drinking, I think Jimmy Buffet needs to stick to the music and leave the beer to the pros. (2,995 characters)

Landshark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.