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Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)


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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 25.68%

Brewed by:
JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed under contract for Pabst by Miller Brewing Co.

Entry for 12 oz. cans and draft only.

"Classic 1960's formula" Schlitz reintroduced in 2008 is known as "Schlitz Gusto". Available in 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. "tallboy" cans, and draft:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /106/44315 

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-29-2000)
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Photo of delcoots


3.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My dad use to drink Schlitz when I was a kid. So I thought I would give it a try. Well I liked it . Good beer nice taste not watery not to hoppy. Just a good easy drinking beer. Can't get it just anywhere. But will pick some more up when I get a chance.
Great for out at the lake. Or sitting in the back yard with a roaring fire shooting the bull with friends.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 04:05:11 | More by delcoots
Photo of klimoja


3.96/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok What is it now that its not gusto but taste like gusto but not in a gusto can? anyway....Glad to see they are producing this a little more after its summer disappearance. Beer has a light look, feel, pours with a two finger head into a Schlitz goblet.The sip is clean, good balance like a Macanudo cigar. Nothing at all unpleasant and most certainly a go to beer for all occasions. This isn't a craft but its easily still one of the most balanced drinkable adjuncts I've ever had. Feel the nostalgia to back when the gods at Schlitz ruled the earth.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 01:41:17 | More by klimoja
Photo of mitch3114

New York

3.51/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into mouth

A- Sorry, but this was drank from a can as it was intended...

S- Smell is of a macro beer, but it seems like there is something else brewing in there under that metallic aroma of the dark aluminum interior.

T- WOW! This stuff is alright! It's refreshing, tasty and it's got hop presence! I had no idea what to expect. I was expecting Genny, or Miller High Life.

M- Mouthfeel is ok. It's definitely better than Coors Light. Slightly thicker, more substance than Labbatt Blue.

O- This beer really surprised me. I brought a 12 pack on a backpacking trip in the Adirondacks. I initially brought it as a novelty as my buddy's 60-year-old dad has been going on these trips with us and when I think about this beer, I think about 1970 and old dudes sweating and hunting and fishing and deer camp, etc. When I showed him the package he yelled: "SCHHHLLLLITTTZZZKIES!!!!" he said he probably hadn't drank that in forty years...since his last hiking adventures with the guys. So, overall, this was a great experience trying this beer. It brought back some memories for the old dog, and introduced a new taste to this young one. Try it if you haven't. It's actually pretty good!

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 00:35:07 | More by mitch3114
Photo of jwc215


3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a thin head that becomes wispy. Minimal trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of bland malt, no real hop presence. Something vegetable-like in it.

The taste is rather bland - hint of grainy sweetness - a mild non-descript hop touch is there in the crisp, brief finish.

It is smooth and easy drinking. It is fizzy, but not more than typical for what it is.

It's a typical, non-descript, bland adjunct lager. it's inoffensive. Average-ish for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:05:13 | More by jwc215
Photo of Suds


2.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Typical macro lager. Pale gold in color, completely clear. It has a slightly sweetish smell, with a slight sweet vegetal smell. Mich more malty than i expected, although it is still clearly a macro lager. Light in body, and not very satisfying. This was one of my father's beers, and having it brings back some memories of him.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:26:20 | More by Suds
Photo of ERIK1069


5/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was watching Pawn Stars on the history channel one day and I saw someone bring in a Schlitz lamp. I then researched the beer that was once known as the king of beers. I was from that point on very interested in learning about a beer that had so much history even having never tried it. Finally one day I did some more research online only to find out that a local beer store had Schlitz beer but ONLY in 12 pack cans. Having never tried this beer before I was hesitant to try it at first but from the first step I had found my new favorite beer. I was only sorry that I didn't get to try this beer sooner. Sure the recipe changed during the 1970's and that was their downfall, well at least until they brought back the original 1960's formula. I sure hope that people give this beer a chance because it's the best beer I ever had and it deserves a much, long awaited comeback.

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 18:59:03 | More by ERIK1069
Photo of mfnmbvp


2.13/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of August 26, 2013. My first encounter with a bottle of Schlitz, and judging by it's kinship beers, I am not expecting much. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of fizzy fluffy white head that we all recognize. Pale straw yellow colored body, with some carbonation visible. Your typical "fizzy yellow water" beer.

S - Smell is basically nonexistent beyond some dusty malt & faint cheap graininess.

T - Taste isn't any more offensive than your typical American adjunct lager like Miller High Life, or Coors. Some carbonation, medium-full bodied, with some simple grain flavor.

M - Feel is sticky, with some grain / barley lingering.

Overall, your typical American adjunct lager, or fizzy yellow water beer. A more full-bodied version of a Pabst Blue Ribbon perhaps, but there is really no distinction between this bottle of Schlitz and most other cheap American lagers. Still, it is inoffensive and drinkable with a sessionable 4.60% abv. Another average swiller, or palate cleanser.

Schlitz ---2/5

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 22:35:34 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a six pack of Tallboys a friend bought for me when he visited friends in Milwaukee.

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: lemon yellow with a 1 finger white head that fades away to nothingness quickly.

aroma: subdued noble hoppiness

mouthfeel: soft and smooth, good for an adjunct lager.

taste: solid malt heft, balanced perfectly with hops. finishes clean. very tasty.

notes: The poor head retention and lack of lacing detract from an otherwise very nice beer. Taste-wise I think this beer edges out Pabst slightly but Pabst looks better. Of course adjunct lagers were meant to be drunk right from the can so this is not that big a deal. Overall a rewarding beer that I could drink all day long.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 20:09:44 | More by fx20736
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a standard beer. It is what you think of when you drink an American beer. It is crisp and clean the color is a light golden color and it is smooth going down. This is your quintessential beer and a shot beer, I prefer a nice bourbon with it myself, but whatever floats your boat. I will admit I was not even alive in the 1960s so I have nothing to compare this to, but I did drink it occasionally in college and it was seen as being really low end, like PBR, which has had a resurgence for whatever reason. I would like to see this one become more readily available in my area but I did find this sixer in a small shop. It is much better than other beers in its category and I would rather have it for the price than the aforementioned brew. Overall impression, this is a beer you could sit and easily drink a six pack on a hot summer day and back it up with a few shots of bourbon. A truly American experience!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:37:21 | More by humuloner22
Photo of MikeAAL


4.65/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second favorite AAL. I can only find it in bottles around my area, I've never seen in cans except for a Meat Loaf concert I went to in Milwaukee. They were serving "Tall Boys." Schlitz and Rock 'n Roll in Milwaukee, what a combination!

Pale yellow, straw color. Mildly carbonated. A very nice head that lasted a while.

Smells malty and hoppy.

Tastes very malty, very dark tasting for it's style. Creamy. Good bitter hops at the end. Mildly carbonated. Crisp, clean finish.

Mildy carbonated, medium weight.

An excellent beer. No surprise that this is "The beer that made Milwaukee famous."

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 20:49:13 | More by MikeAAL
Photo of GustoMan


4.13/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 60's formula is what it use to be back when I remembered how much i liked Schlitz. They finally re-captured the great brew. This is what I think American brews should taste and feel like, clean balanced and not too carbonated. Not too sharp and not too sweet. Nothing fancy, just a great real American brew that is easy to toss down with friends. Like someone else mentioned it is not in every store but it is worth the search.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:29:34 | More by GustoMan
Photo of Ilovesuds

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing yard work on a humid day working up a sweat. Open the fridge and grab an ice cold Tall Boy. No need to pour this baby in a glass (although it does have a deep golden color with a nice sudsy head that leaves plenty of lace). It's all about the can and its history. Damn that's refreshing!

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 19:45:53 | More by Ilovesuds
Photo of soju6


2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a big head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, and a bit of malt sweetness. Not a lot here.

T: Taste of mild sweetness with some grain. A coarse bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, some crispness with a gritty feel.

O: Nice to come across an American Classic beer. Not bad for what it is and can't beat the price.

Serving type: can

07-22-2012 14:35:20 | More by soju6
Photo of A60sburnout


3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour generated a three-finger foam crown that lasted longer than I would have expected, then faded away leaving some nice lacing.

Slight aroma of malt and some adjunct; corn, I believe. Smooth mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and virtually no hint of hops. Truly a "Kiss of the Hops", as the 1960s Schlitz advertising states.

A not unpleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue, then fades away quickly.

OK for what it's meant to be, an inexpensive American Light Lager to compete against the macro brews. A nice, cheap lawnmower or session beer for those who aren't particularly discriminating.

Maybe 'retro' has some panache, but I thought it was worth keeping around for when I'm drinkin' cheap...

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:50:12 | More by A60sburnout
Photo of stakem


2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for his endless generosity in making sure I drink a shitty beer or something off my normal beaten path once in awhile. Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. The brew emerges with nearly 3 fingers of pillowy white head that fades fairly quick despite rising bubbles of carbonation trying to support. The color of the solution under the cap is a clear pale. Some fine particulate hangs in suspension keeping this from looking polished.

The smell initially is a bit cheesy with sulfur and almost like mild farts. As it opens up in my glass, it reveals more notes that are carbonic and mineral-filled almost like dirty pennies. Across the back-end is something familiar and enjoyable minorly reminiscent of hops but you gotta get yourself through the initial surge of unpleasantness.

The taste is pretty neutral considering the ups and downs going on in the aromatics. Plain grainy quality like biscuits run across the tongue with a mild fruity alcohol note and more indications of sulfur towards the back that is a little cheesy/footed. The finish is surprisingly crisp and neutral with not much of an aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For an american adjunct lager, it falls almost right down the middle. The nose is a bit weird at first but the taste is tolerable. If not having any options I would possibly drink this again but it isn't something I would seek out.

Serving type: can

06-23-2012 01:46:00 | More by stakem
Photo of FosterJM


2.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1331st Review on BA
Can to Plastic Cup

@Orleans Hotel, Bowling Center, Las Vegas.
$1.25 per can

App- A very nice yellow gold color with a solid two finger fast receding head. A good bit of cling and slide to it.

Smell- WHAT the hell is this? Its grainy, fish oil, metaillic.

Taste- Oh lord. The taste is the same as the nose. Its very poor. Small flavors that linger with some oils, some earthy dirt, a bit of biscuit. Just not well put together.

Mouth- A light body with a high carbonation. A bit oily on the finish.

Drink- For $1.25 I shouldve known but again I did not buy this and was happy to only have 1/2 a can.

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 03:06:14 | More by FosterJM
Photo of jsisko01


4.2/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Getting a very nice sweetness upfront, kind of lemony. Corn, grains, and pale malts come through as well.

Taste - Sweet with corn, pale malts, grains, and buttery biscuits.

Mouthfeel - Has a medium body with mild carbonation. The carbonation gives it a creamy texture.

Overall - I really liked this beer. It's worth buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:06:25 | More by jsisko01
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour yields a finger of off-white head. This rather quickly disappears, leaving me with a thin ring and dusting on top of a muted gold body. Lots of action going on here, as a horde of bubbles rushes to meet the top of the beer. Surprisingly, a thin sheet of lacing attempts to cling to the side of the glass, but never hold on for very long.

Smell is classic American Adjunct: corn, sweat and hard work. Grassy hops near the end.

Definitely corn and sweet corn in the taste. A little cracker taste with some grass. About par for the course on this style.

Light bodied. Heavily carbonated. Sweet and vaguely dry on the end. Decent for sipping, definitely chuggable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:04:04 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a frosted glass. Saw it on the menu and said, "why not?"

Pours clear golden yellow, no foam. See through as you wish. Light corn smell, dulled by the cold glass. Smells like beer. Taste is a reliably smooth crisp lager. Easy going, downs smoothly. Very light hop clouds the close.

Not remarkable, but a nice retro trip for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:56:44 | More by KTCamm
Photo of LWG1970


3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a frosted glass.

Color- nice golden amber
Smell- very clean "BEER" smell, very nice
Taste- more sweet than bitter, but VERY mellow.

Overall: Schlitz is a VERY good clean lager, the 60's formula is better than the old. It's not EASY to find, but it's worth the effort. We cannot seem to get CANS in Ohio.. Just bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:33:10 | More by LWG1970
Photo of MatJones

4.08/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is I think one of the great American lagers.

Not something you would gently open, pour carefully into a glass, sniff, quaff and get emotional about how German imigrants bought their great brewing craft from the hills of Bavaria to the promised land

Nope, this is something for the beach or the yard, or just sat couchlocked in front of the tv watching sports.

It is what it is . . . Soft finish, highly carbonated, refreshing.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 23:26:09 | More by MatJones
Photo of RheinSchaefer85

New York

3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another American Classic Drank it during my College days like most people did and still drink it now. Gose Down Smoothly and taste great!!. Its Cheap beer to buy at the store and its a great Beer etheir way .
Remember When you're out of Schlitz's you're out of Beer!!.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 06:52:20 | More by RheinSchaefer85
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a restaurant in Purdys NY called the Blazer Pub...some of the best burgers in the NY Tri-state area, and a regular stop for me. Well, recently they decided to go retro and are now offering, in cans, Schaefer, Ballantine, Rheingold and Schlitz....with PBR on tap. Whether you like these beers or not, the concept tickled my fancy and I decided to make my way through the list; revisiting some of the beers of my youth. None of them are great; in fact most of them are poor in comparison to the Captain Lawrence offerings that the Blazer also has on tap. But you know what? They were like an old friend, a blankie that I could hold at the bar and not feel self conscious about. Yes, I drank them all proudly and chances are, I will again.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 21:21:31 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of dangerpint


3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlitz coined the solgan the beer that made Milwaukee famous. I thought i'd respect this beer classic in in two very old schlitz glasses. pours sparkling staw light golden color with a nice bright white head with good form. head stays around a bit. Fine but sparatic lacing layers cling to the glass. Aroma has some cereal some grain sweetness, light hop seems a bit regular for this syle but overall a nice beer meant for a swilling session and especially nice after a long hard day The label states on box says that this is the classic 1960s formula.To get This brand back to par They had to find origginal brewers and former employee's of jos schlitz brewing co that were still standing upright to reproduce the recipe since the original recipe was lost somehow through the years. the beer go's down very well for this syle it's actually not bad. it nice to see that an old retro freind from the past can come back and and get back the original recipe, before the green beer debochery they had in the 1970's. For someone like myself Iam Happy to see these classic beers back agian, I took a 12 pack home and a couple six packs, and as weekends wore on, me and my freind jack ran the mart out of their supply of Schlitz and at the meger price of $500 bucks a 12 pack and $250 a six pack it was a no brainer. It always nice to see an old beer brand freind agian and take a stroll down amnesia lane.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:56:42 | More by dangerpint
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah, so I hadn't had this one for a looong time. Ran into today at a friend's house. Picked it up and popped it....

About expected look to it; pale straw body, big sparsely bubbled head.

Aroma is sweet malt, corn and stale socks. About average anyways.

Same with taste. While I don't get that stale malt in the taste, it's still a bit there. Corn, sweet corn fades in and out. Dominant is the husk.

Watery feel. No zip. Carbonated, that's fer shure.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 06:38:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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