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Corona Extra vs. Land Shark Lager – Brew Review


CoronaCoronaI’ve already mentioned before that I used to be a Parrothead. For those who don’t know, that’s dork talk for “fan of Jimmy Buffett.” During that time, I remember Buffett had a relationship with Barton Beers Ltd. (or, more specifically, Corona Beer). He was very vocal about the beer and even sang a commercial for them (though what the heck is he talking about “made to order?” Pretty sure they’re all made well ahead of time, Jimmy. But what to rhyme with “border?”)

I’d heard of Land Shark beer before, but for some reason it didn’t dawn on me until this past weekend, when I tried a bottle, that it donned the Margaritavilleā„¢ Brewing Co. label — Jimmy Buffett’s company. What’s more, it’s clearly a direct competitor to Corona. Looks like someone had a bad breakup.

The real question: how do the two beers stack up to one another? Seeing as there was a supply of Corona, nearby, chilled and ready to go, I was determined to find out.

First of all, let me say that I believe there’s always a time for a Corona … or at least a Corona-like beer. Sure, it’s on the light side, which is something I usually don’t care for, but I guess you could say Corona is a state of mind thing. You’ve got to drink it right from the bottle. Squeeze a wedge of lime in there, and you could be in the New Hampshire mountains in February and still imagine you’re on a tropical island. Other people I know would just call it skunk piss.

Land Shark fits the Corona-like beer bill perfectly. Actually, it fits it better than perfectly, because it is much better. Let’s not get into how they look or smell, or what size head they give when you pour them; they’re the same, and who really cares? It’s the taste that matters, and Land Shark has something to it that gives it several notches above Corona.

For one thing, Land Shark has a sweetness to it that’s not found in Corona, though it’s not at all overpowering — just enough to make it stand out; the flavor is akin to artificial lemon (I know, “how … appetizing,” but it works.) Both beers seem to use the same kind of hops, so there’s definitely that familiar flavor there. There’s also something about a Corona that, after a couple, seems to dry out my mouth, so of course that leads to needing something to quench my thirst … another Corona! Not so with Land Shark, though I wanted another just because it was much tastier.

My Parrothead membership may have expired, but I’ll still reach for a Land Shark Lager if I’m in the mood for wasting away in Margaritaville for a little while.

Photo Credit: Baron Beers Ltd. / Margaritaville Brewing Co.

4 Responses to “Corona Extra vs. Land Shark Lager – Brew Review”

June 7, 2009 at 8:37 PM

I did not know that Land Shark was from Margaritaville brewing co. I have never cared for Corona myself, but I will try Land Shark Lager.

June 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I can’t stand Corona — I’d rather be drinking water! I did like Land Shark, though; it some some flavor and was still a nice light summer brew.

June 23, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I thought both beers were terrible knock-offs of one another. Same look, same watery taste, same macro-lagery badness. (Bad meaning bad, not bad meaning good)

For a buck or so more,(if that) there are much better choices out there for a refreshing summer beer than either of these watery and bland beer disasters!

August 31, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Good review!! I really like this beer and it is more ‘refreshing’ than most, which is a good thing every now and then. They are almost too easy to drink.