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Landshark Lager | Margaritaville Brewing Co.

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Landshark LagerLandshark Lager

Brewed by:
Margaritaville Brewing Co.
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2007

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Reviews: 468 | Ratings: 1,780
Photo of rydub
3.21/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of schmpr
1.37/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

One of the few AALs that made me sick to my stomach. This was back when I wasn't such a beer snob, and I could stomach a twelver of Bud Light without incident. One Landshark Lager rendered my stomach so ill, I had no choice but to shoot Fernet. Thank you, Fernet.

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Photo of Willweidemann
4.35/5  rDev +68.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer now. I can say as an experienced beer enthusiast, this beer is refreshing and tasty (with a lime). Carbonated, smooth, tasty... what else could you ask for?

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.64/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a pale, clear, light yellow color with one finger white head that slowly dissipated until just a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there was moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation

SMELL: bread and lime.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, it's grainy with not much malt sweetness up front, then you just get the taste of lime, there is very little hop presence.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, finishes clean.

OVERALL: this is not a good beer, it reminds me of Bud Light lime, it's pale, fizzy and tastes like lime, to be fair, this beer would be appealing to people who do not like beer because it's tastes more like a soft drink but, it's definitely not for me.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Stopped by at an old truck stop restaurant in town that I haven't been to since I was a kid. Didn't even know they were allowed to serve alcohol in these types of places but whatever.

Selection of beer was generic. 3 BMC light lagers, This, and Something called Victoria I will be trying after this.

Look - Pours yellow with a bit of a lime greenish tint with a large frothy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Carbonation is everywhere.

Smell - The usual graininess and a tad skunky.

Taste - Clean and crisp, Grains come through for the most part. A touch of sweetest and a bit of cooked corn.

Feel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth and all remnants disappear upon swallowing.

Overall - It's another AAL. Better than BMC counterparts.

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Photo of Myotus
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that shrinks to a half finger's worth within a minute and a half. Straw yellow in color with a plethora of bubbles supporting that little head. Has mild aromas of earthy/funky yeast that combine with the tiniest hints of adjunct corn malts, spicy hops, and bitter hops. Initial taste is strong with adjunct corn malts (wasn't expecting them to be so strong) that blend with mild spicy and bitter hop flavors. Mild adjunct rice malts flavor enter next and dominate the malt backbone as the corn malt flavors fade away, but spicy and bitter hop flavors proceed in strength. Finally, a hint of earthy/funky yeast flavors come in last as previous flavors (except corn malts because they died) persist. Light-bodied, highly carbonated, with an extremely crisp, yet thirst quenching finish. Perfect beer for a hot summer day on the porch or after mowing the lawn. Terrible beer to drink in a bar or any other situation where fun is occurring.

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Photo of PhantomsSpa
2.27/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This is a Corona esq lager that I find not half bad. It's not great, but it's not the horrifying substance that most reviews claim that it is. Great for a hot summer night.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.38/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer. What makes it even better is my package store has it $0.99 for a 16oz can. Nice to be able to get a couple of these for a Friday night and only spend a $2,

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Photo of mjgree
1.68/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Very ugly shade of yellow in a clear bottle. Only reason I tried this is that my hotel has it for $0.25 during happy hour on Wednesdays. The second sip was only to confirm that the first sip really happened. Used the rest of the bottle as drain cleaner.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.82/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you like Corona on the beach, then you'll like this beer. It's the microbrew version of a light, beachy beer. I don't love it, but it's a beer you can have a lot of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
2.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On draft at one of my favorite haunts. Never seen it and asked ahead of time if it was any good....should have steered clear based on the barmaids response. Maybe it will get better with this big plate of nachos that I'm about to eat but I doubt it. I'll be switching up after this one.

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Photo of mark5692
4.51/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. What sucks is winter time, no one buys it so it just sits on shelves. But summertime, one of the best beers. People waste money in Corona or expensive terrible Mexican beers. This "island style lager" is very smooth and light so goes great with any food also. 12 pack is 12$. Not too bad.

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Photo of Silverandblack5
1.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Landshark incorporates a plethora of flavor, ensuring an infusion of fruity scents and tastes. The only problem is that it tastes like a fruity version of a mainstream American light lager.

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Photo of gopens44
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I was drinking a ton of this stuff when it was in cans in my area. Used to be my lawnmower beer. Cooler on the mower full of ice cold Landshark cans wasn't the worst thing in the world, by far! Can't see myself picking them up in bottles for no real reason though.

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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 Spikester
3.42/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with two fingers of white head. Leaves a fair amount of lace as the liquid level drops. Skim coat of head lasted all the way to the bottom of the glass. Smell is very mild grain husk with a tiny amount of grassy hops.
Taste is mild cracker malt with a slowly building herbal or grassy hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation level. Very smooth going down.
Overall I like this better than Corona. It might be closer to Sol lager than Corona. I enjoyed it and the price was $6.47 a sixer at Walmart. It is finally at a reasonable price point for this type of beer. My bottle says brewery is located in St. Louis, MO. not Jacksonville, FL.

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Photo of redhorse107
1.84/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Extremely disappointed in this beer. Weak in flavor and consistency. I'll stick to Corona! I expected better from anything associated with Jimmy Buffett.

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Photo of Zorro
1.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Found a single Aluminum can of this to try, but was it worth a try? Lets see.

Pale yellow as expected with a decent head on it.

Smells sweet and corny with a little noble hop scent.

Starts out near flavorless. A little sweet and a little corn but besides that this is damn close to seltzer water. Deep tasting I detect a little bit of oxidized malt. I give it a 2 just because it isn't offensive but you would get the same effect with vodka and seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is a little better than club soda.

Overall this could almost pass for water. It is only useful for fighting off dehydration.

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Photo of SHODriver
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

A: poured into a fizzy yellow beer is for wussies pint glass to a clear and pale yellow with a finger of dense white head that fades quickly but leaves good lacing
S: smells of cooked veggies, slight graininess and a hint of hop bitterness
T: taste is slightly bitter with some cereal malt flavors, slight fruitiness, cooked corn, hint of grain. swallow is a forced hop extract bitterness with a lingering bite and some slight lemon flavors
M: light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: I shouldn't complain much about free beer but I wish I didn't have two more of these... It's decent and it's passable but there's much better lagers out there.

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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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Landshark Lager from Margaritaville Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.
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