Landshark Lager | Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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Landshark LagerLandshark Lager

Brewed by:
Margaritaville Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.99/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

when this first came out, i kind of liked it, being a juvenile in my beer palate, and definitely preferring it to a corona (still do). it has less of the chemical off flavors of the other large scale island lagers, and is really pretty easy drinking. so yellow and bright and clear it almost looks to have a green tint in some lights, and while its real well carbonated, and cant hold much head. its smell is its worst feature to me, adjuncty and sweet, but the flavor is better, it drinks clean, and there is no residual weirdness or metallic tang to it at all. the carbonation is outstanding, and the refreshment value is high when its cold, but the clear bottles lend to skunking quickly, and if yours isnt real fresh, its probably terrible. i like the marketing, i like having an alternative to corona for that purpose, but for some reason this beer gives me brutal hangovers. i can drink imperial ipa all night, but three of these and im in trouble in the morning. not sure what does that...

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Photo of Knapp85
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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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 oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It's Corona in another bottle.. there's really zero taste difference, plus it's usually a dollar or 2 more than Corona per 12 pack.. which is already pretty pricey! Good if you're on a beach on a hot day but other than that it's pretty bad. Why do people drink stuff like this..

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My 12oz bottle, procured in small-town Washington state, says "Margaritaville Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO." Are they contracting its western production to Anheuser Busch? Ah, I see that their website pretty much shows that they are owned by the big boys from St. Loo.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, very loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which drops away precipitously, leaving some very sparse and random soapscum lace around the glass for its effort.

It smells of sort of sour rice, corn, and maybe some pale malt, over-salted white crackers, and mildly skunky, earthy, and grassy hops. The taste is more corn-bred graininess, still duly salted crackers (do I have margaritas on the brain, or something?), some very hollow citrus (I think I do), and a bit of musty and skanky hop acridity.

The carbonation is moderate in its lazy-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, slick, and somewhat cloying. It finishes with an echo of citrus, grain, and slightly sour corn, almost like watered down cheap Bourbon.

Overall, this is maybe a minor step up from the usual lager skunkfests that one gets from Mexico and the Caribbean, but when you're looking up from the bottom rung, there's still a long way to go 'til you get to daylight. Stick to the rum and fruit if you're going to get your drink on while visiting an island (except for Iceland).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.22/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy bright white head that almost immediately reduces to the faintest of rings at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The only real smell that I get from this beer is a somewhat artificial sweet corn like you would get in Corn Pops cereal. Possibly the slightest hint of lime.

T: Very little flavor to this beer, just the faintest amount of Corn Pops corn with light sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is easy to drink and not offensive but this is not a good beer and I will not be getting another one of these - part of my project to balance out all of the good craft beers I have been drinking with some below average brews.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.62/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.89/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
1.88/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dang, I CAN't believe how quick some people are! I just picked up a four-pack in CANs while on a week-and-a-half trip to BAL and DC and just sat down to review it, but I am not the first to do so from a CAN. The CANQuest (TM) is not easily impressed, but for those who beat me to the punch, CANgratulations!

From the CAN: "Hesmisphere Danger"; "Fins Up!"; "Welcome to Fin Land Tour 2011"; "Island Style Lager"; "Limited Edition 16 oz. C[AN]".

That last always puts me in mind of a lyric from the Sex Pistols' "EMI" - "Limited edition with an unlimited supply". Hee hee. The Crack & Glug was uneventful, but I was reminded of Little CANned Riding Woody: My, what a big head you have! Two-plus fingers of dense, creamy, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a pretty lemon-yellow with lots of CO2 bubbles and NE-quality clarity. Nose was as close to awful as I have put my schnoz near in a while. It smelled like a combination of slilage (fermented corn cobs stored for pig feed in the winter), which I CAN abide in the style, but it also had a metallic twang which makes people think that it was caused by the CAN rather than the brewing process. Mouthfeel was unobtrusive, just better than watery, surprising, given all of thee carbonation in evidence. The taste, however, was not too bad. It was very sweet, like candy that uses corn sugar, but it did not evince the metallic smell I noticed on the nose. It tasted like a sweeter version of a style that I have tasted many, many times over. Finish was moderately sweet, but overall, it was a pretty boring beer. I now wonder which/what island it used as its style so that I CAN avoid visiting there.

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Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light yellow color that is very clear with less than a finger of white head that receeds very fast. It is almost comical how once the bottle is cracked open, big bubbles of carbination race out of the solution. Strangely enough, if you look close there are small particles that are stuck in suspension and look like little fuzzers and pieces of stuff that does not resemble yeast...hmmm wonder what that is. Aroma has some sulfur notes and a bit of citrus and something reminding me of bubblegum. Taste is mildly citrusy with a very thin body and lots of carb with a crisp finish. Everything about it is your typical american adjunct except for the fruit/citrus factor which maybe is the "island lager" aspect of it. This isn't a type of beer that I would get thirsty for and go out of my way for, but I would drink a few after cutting the grass or doing yard work.

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Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/2" of dense, foamy head that has good retention. The nose is sweet and grainy with faint grassy hops. The taste is sweet and corny with some faint pilsner malt and and faint grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with decent carbonation.

This is a pretty decent beer for the style. There aren't any off flavors, but it is a little sweet. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Christmas party leftovers of what? Ok let's see how this goes. Uh oh.. clear bottle!

A very pale straw yellow and crystal clear body. Head is a simple white, not too shocking bright, but even has some slight foamy retention not bad. Some small rising carbonation.

Nose is dishwasher lemon detergent fake sensing, and slight skunk. Not much else here, no bready malts or hop.

Taste has some sweet sugar, but noting too syrupy. Faint white bread like malt, nothing hoppy. A real artificial lemon finish, some playful and slightly crisp carbonation. Not too fizzy, some fairly better than average body slightly in the palate.

Overall though, aftertaste and smell isn't that great. I could drink this but with so many other beers out there why?!

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Photo of jwc215
2.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle (looks like it's in competition with Corona...) with a "pry-off" cap...well, that might confuse some macro drinkers...

Pours straw yellow - plenty of clarity...with a surprisingly decent head. Slight bits of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is sweet - cooked corn/veggies with some vague sweet grain. Typical macro aroma.

The taste is sweet - buttered corn comes to mind. Unfortunately, so does soap. It has a soapy character, especially in the abrupt finish. Some grain is mixed in there. Hops? Forget about it, but were you expecting it? Great taste? Hardly - in fact - very little in that department...But..outside of soapy character, it doesn't taste "bad" compared to some other macros I've had. And, it is smooth. Easy to drink with little harshness.

Light-bodied - a bit fizzy (though comparing to style - not so bad).

Disappears pretty quickly. Seemingly somewhat refreshing in the heat. Not terrible for the style - had worse...Not worth craft beer price. Gimmicky. Okay for style (though not the best there either - soapiness is a bit annoying.)

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Photo of Tone
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct and not a lot of anything else. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct up front, some yeast cleanliness, but overall not a strong adjunct aftertaste - which is the best thing I have to say about this brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.97/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. The presentation of this telegraphs the experience of drinking this beer; clear glass bottle and screw cap. Nice graphics though. Pours a light, clear orange-yellow, thin white head dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Unsurprising adjunct and malt aroma with a hint of skunk at first. Flavor starts out pleasantly enough with light, sweet malt and faint hops but the adjunct components soon dominate and then abruptly, all flavor is gone. A very watery, bland finish that took me by surprise. Fortunately no skunking to the flavor, although that may have added a little interest to the finish. Mouth feel thin with light carbonation, but appropriate for the style. Gets extra half point for being pretty much what its packaging promises. No off flavors and would do on a desert island. Glad I got this beer and brewer ticked off; my first reviewed American adjunct lager! Moving on…..

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Landshark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co.
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