Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Landshark Lager Review

Brewery: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. | Beer: Landshark Lager
Style: American Adjunct Lager | ABV: 4.7% | IBUs: ~10
Serving Method: 12 oz. bottle poured into Pilsener glass

Landshark LagerAs far back as I can remember, there's been one nagging question in the beer community that kept resurfacing: "What would a beer made by Jimmy Buffet taste like?" Well, a few years ago we got our answer, and it took the form of Landshark Lager.

To be blunt, this beer is simply a product of marketing. I'm not necessarily bashing that—I work in marketing for God's sake—I'm just saying it needs to be taken into account. Someone at AB had the brilliant idea of releasing a beer for parrotheads and the "Margaritaville Brewing Co." was born. What's in the bottle never really mattered.

Perhaps I'm just being a cynical old git, though. Perhaps Jimmy really cared and wanted to produce a relatively full-flavored adjunt lager; really crank out the best version of the style on the market. I'm willing to be an optimist for a second here.

Let's dive in.

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-straw body with two fingers of fluffy white head that features decent retention and lacing. Not too shabby.

Aroma: Typical macro: corny and grainy malt with some bare hints of grassy hops.

Taste: Bleh. A sweet base of corny and grainy malt with a few notes of sour apple and grassy hops on occasion. The aftertaste is grainy and short-lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, but it's just so bland that there's not much motivation to keep going.

Verdict: While it's hardly a surprise that Landshark is not a good beer, it's certainly no worse that your standard macro lager. Call it "Corona With a Shark On It."

Grade: D+

1 comment:

Royce said...

Haha yes - "Corona with a shark on it" is a fantastic description for this beer. Well said.