Margaritaville Landshark Lager

Reviewed by on August 7, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Margaritaville International Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Jacksonville, FL, US

  • Rated On: August 7, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Lager

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Landshark Lager is a self-proclaimed ‘Island Style Lager’ produced by AB-Inbev for the Margaritaville Int’l Brewing Co, presumably associated with Jimmy Buffett.  However, up in here in Canada, it’s contract brewed instead by Brick Brewing out in Ontario.

This 473ml can (no clear bottle!) 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 a 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 (where I guess this one’s name comes from?), but when you’re looking up from the bottom rung, there’s still a long way to go ’til you get to daylight.  Perhaps complement this with the rum and fruit if you’re going to get your drink on while visiting an island (except for Iceland).

Brady White

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