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Beer Review: Margaritaville Brewing Co. Landshark Lager

   October 19, 2007

ls-copy2.jpgI am a Parrothead. I’m an introverted Parrothead who prefers to enjoy Jimmy Buffett’s music in solitude, and who’s only been to one Buffett concert so far, but a Parrothead nonetheless. So when I heard Bubba was coming out with a beer, I was thrilled! But then I tried Landshark Lager, and realized Bubba had made a big mistaica.

To be fair, it is actually made by Anheuser-Busch, who have specialized in making beer for the taste-deprived for a long time. But Jimmy, did you try the beer before you put your name on it?

The Pour
This pours with a decent, loose head. It is a typical Anheuser-Busch beer color, a dirty straw color, resembling watered-down apple juice. The beer looks very thin and extremely light bodied.

The Nose
This smells like a standard American lager. It’s very light with vague and subtle floral hop notes. Like the color and the taste, the nose is barely there.

The Taste
Imagine drinking a good lager down to the last swallow, then filling the rest of the bottle with water. Then drinking it. You’ve just had a Landshark Lager. There is barely a hop note that appears mid-finish, but for the most part it’s like drinking sparkling water. Depth of flavor: absolutely none. So light bodied it could be anorexic.

Overall
Do not buy this beer. Sure, if you’re a Parrothead, you may want to help put more money in Bubba’s pockets in return for the years of music and fun. Do it some other way. Bubba, I’d love to buy you a couple of beers. First, a Landshark Lager, so you can see what is being sold in your name. Second, a good lager, so you can see what is possible.

Recommended: No. As Robb Zerr over at The United Nations of Beer says, “it bites!”

Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack

ABV: 4.7%

Visit the Landshark Lager Web site

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  1. I generally hate all lagers, and am an IPA/Barleywine drinker. However, I actually like Landshark at times. It’s pretty nice to drink during the hot summers here in Texas, and I find the taste with lime to be much better than most pale lagers.

    My favorite is still a hoppy-as-hell IPA or barleywine, but there are sometimes when Landshark is, well, pretty nice.

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  2. Thanks for the input Chris…if I wanted a beer with a lime, I think I’d still rather have a Corona with lime, even though it’s still not very good. I’m with you on lagers, for the most part

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  3. i sure hate to hear that a/b makes this beer; so there really is not a magaritiville brewery; boy am i naive and disappointed; i just tried it last moonth and liked it ok, but now i am done with it. back to rolling rock( but not the light)

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  4. Had to try it, was a special at Food 4 Less in Bend $4.98 for a 6 pack. I am spoiled here in Bend as we have 11 microbreweries here and I have developed a taste for hoppy IPA’s but I will have to say that I don’t drink much rice beer from AB anymore but this entry is much better than the last Bud I have drank. In short this is a good summertime lager that is refreshing and smooth and consistant down to the last pull. I would recommend it.

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  5. I love the taste of Landshark. My only complaint is that we would like it sold in 7 oz pony bottle for the beach so it stays cold while enjoying the entire beer.take this into consideration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..Please Thanks :)

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  6. Very Lite and delicate taste, It goes good in hot weather or after a hot days work in the yard, this is my first and it wont be my last. Not the best beer I have ever had, but definately not the worse, and good enough for me to drink more.

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  7. I’d have to say that this beer was a big let down. I chose it indiscrminately on the “top shelf brands” of beers at my local grocery store. I had no idea that it was some Jimmy Buffet\A-B marketing act. When I spend over $8.00 for a six pack, I expect more than some watered down, Corona knock-off. For that much, I believe I should be getting a flavorful, full-bodied beer. Not this crap.

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  8. I’m in Hawaii, and landshark is cheeper than both buds and all of the local brews. I drink it when I’m already drunk and just trying to pace myself, and also I buy it for texans just to remind them that the cards are better.

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  9. Very smooth, goes down easy, great summer hot weather beer; not for hop heads or warm dark beer fans.

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