Landshark Lager | Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Margaritaville Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
landsharklager.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,835
Reviews:
480
Avg:
2.58
pDev:
26.74%
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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 jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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 kjkinsey
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

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 nmann08
2.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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 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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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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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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2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

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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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

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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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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