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Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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BA SCORE
68
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680 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 26.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by A60sburnout:
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A60sburnout

Illinois

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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...

07-01-2012 01:50:12 | More by A60sburnout
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +26.7%

Great retro can served up at Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Appearance is what it is – clear gold, lots of bubbles, almost no head, just a touch of skim. Aroma is corn, sweet malt, and a pinch or two of hops. Clean. Flavor is perfectly balanced macro lager. Hop bitterness and corn syrup sweetness match each other perfectly. Body is light and not overly sweet. Moderately crisp and partially dry finish. Extremely drinkable. A great beer…almost as good as, and very similar to, PBR.

08-04-2006 21:36:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.48/5  rDev -15.1%

I'm typing this review from notes, and I don't remember why I wrote this exactly, but the first words are "Smells- grassy hop and sulpher (more like farts and poo)" Hmmm.. Its possible I was just in a beligerent mood but I obviously did not find the smell appealing. I do remember why I did not like the appearance, it had no head and was seriously the color of pale, dirty water (these beers really are best from the can).

I have to say the taste actually pleasantly surprised me. It starts with a nice, sweet, bready grain, just a hint of rice astringency and alcohol before Schlitz actually delivers on its "kiss of the hops" slogan and adds a pleasant grassiness to a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is midwieght, a little strupy, and dead save some grain astringency. I would be very interested in having this fresh on tap, where some of the issues might be resolved.

12-03-2006 19:08:15 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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kaimcm

California

2.58/5  rDev -11.6%

I couldnt resist and have to do a Schlitz review. I mean, how you gonna run a succesful establishment, if you aint got no Schlitz malt liquor. Pale, pale, straw/piss yellow, bubbly bleach white head. dissipates, no retention or stick. hardly any nose, cheap grain, sugar. tastes pretty much the same. surprisingly sweet and not surprisingly dull. Just the kiss of hops is right. Sublte hop bitter on the finish tries to leave dry but sugar sticks around. Drinkable in the sense that its not offensive at all, but not drinkable in that its totally boring. Better than BMC but still whats the point of this. Got this can for free and couldnt resist crackin it as I wait for my pizza. Its iconic thats for damn sure, and I'd rather see people with a tall boy can in their hand than BMC any day. So rock on Schlitz with your mediocrity! You love it and we love you for it.

02-04-2006 03:17:34 | More by kaimcm
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +14%

What we have here is a beer that is about as good as Pabst blue ribbon.

A- Typical straw yellow fluid with a fluffy foam head that stays around for a minute. Very bubbly.

S- Light corn and yeast with a very small amount of hops are there...barely.

T- Is a smooth and decent flavor beer. I notice a corn taste in the begining on to a barley hop with mild betterness finish.

M-D- Very easy on the mouth with little offensive flavor makes this beer worth trying... more than one!

04-14-2009 23:34:58 | More by wesbrownyeah
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-12-2013 04:21:35 | More by tbryan5
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BJ1833

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden color that is a bit darker than the usual BMC beer. A very grainy and slightly sweet malty aroma. The taste is light and crisp with a strong corn flavor. A dry finish with a metallic aftertaste (but not too unpleasant).

Overall this is a surprisingly smooth beer. I would definitely drink this over a huge macro any day.

08-05-2004 03:09:10 | More by BJ1833
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jonny1138

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-22-2014 00:08:36 | More by jonny1138
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +2.7%

08-25-2012 02:52:28 | More by BK2084
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Todd

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

It's hard to knock such a classic piece of American beer history. Sure it's not the best but I still love it's easy drinkability and touch of hops and sweetness.

$2 a pint down at one of my locals. Gotta love that!

11-07-2000 12:52:43 | More by Todd
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sponberg

New York

3.3/5  rDev +13%

In can as it is on tap - basic drinkable beer, a cut above the advertised brands especially in hop character. $2.69 a six pack. Such a deal!!

No idea about the color, as it went from can to mouth on the express train. Smelled like canned beer, meaning that the DMS and malt graininess were accompanied by that can smell. Flavor-wise, it's as it is in bottle - a malty graininess, hints of cooked corn, and a mild hop bitterness that lasts until the end - with the usual and unfortunate addition of that aluminum can flavor. Eminently poundable. If you have the opportunity, buy the bottled version - unfortunately, bottles don't work too well at a speedway.

07-24-2003 18:57:06 | More by sponberg
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +30.1%

16 oz can with no freshness date to be found. “Just a kiss of the hops” and “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous” on the can.

Appearance: There is some decent lace that formed after the initial rush of foam.

Smell: Thick harshness of corn and hop, other than that no much else in the semi-clean aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very crisp light body, brash hop bitterness (Cluster?). The graininess takes a bite into the palate, some astringency in the back. Light on the malt with some alcohol in the middle. Clean and dry with a grainy in the finish.

Notes: Hands down this is my choice cheap lager, its right up there with PBR. This beer is served cheap at “real” bars and there is a bigger following for this brand than you think. Once the warm weather hits Schlitz and others like it will be on my mind.

03-21-2003 17:24:41 | More by Jason
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -13.4%

I admit, this beer takes me back to the 70's. "Just the kiss of the hops" and all that. This poured like an American macro lager, but with a drier head than others. Taste is of malted grains, corn in particular, with a very sweet mouthfeel. Hops are there, to be sure, but weak and unimpressive. The taste is in the malt, where you get a raw, grit-like character. A metalic taste is also present. I will try this in bottles next time.

03-15-2003 14:28:32 | More by Rifrafboy
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badbeer

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a filtered, barely golden color with a white head that leaves no lacing. It almost has no color to it. Grainy and has a little floral hoppiness to it. Taste is grainy with an alcohol taste in the middle and a mix of hops and sweetness in the finish. Pretty light body, highly carbonated pretty smooth going down. Pretty decent beer for the price. More flavor than most others in the style.

04-30-2006 05:38:58 | More by badbeer
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magictrokini

California

1.98/5  rDev -32.2%

Good stuff for feeling low class. Yellow pour with white fuzz on top. Smells and tastes the same: watery, corny, and sweet, with the phantom of hops. For a super-low class beverage, this really wasn't as bad as the rap it gets. At least this one doesn't leave a terrible aftertaste in your mouth.

12-10-2008 19:26:35 | More by magictrokini
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -65.8%

09-17-2012 22:16:42 | More by NilocRellim
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jiffymon

New York

2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-13-2013 17:18:09 | More by jiffymon
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37%

09-12-2012 20:13:07 | More by wattoclone
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Karyyk

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

As one friend of mine noted, this is a real man's beer. Not so sure what that means, but for what it is, I have to say that I like it. $5.49 for a 12 pack definitely puts it at the low end price-wise, and compared to most American macros, it's got some character. It pours deep golden with a nice thick head that leaves notable lacing around the glass (go with a chilled pilsner glass over a mug). The taste is clean, crisp, slightly sweet, and the "kiss of the hops" is definitely there.

Beer snobs, yuppies and their larvae will continue to put this down, but I like it. This is a beer that manages to taste good without breaking the bank, which makes it the epitome of the working man's brew. It's what I plan on drinking once I get home tonight, and I wish more places would carry it locally.

10-10-2005 15:10:11 | More by Karyyk
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +2.7%

12-16-2011 01:08:50 | More by tyleeis
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bisq

Arizona

3.12/5  rDev +6.8%

08-17-2014 18:31:56 | More by bisq
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

08-12-2013 11:59:43 | More by Cynic-ale
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Dello

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

07-18-2014 21:58:59 | More by Dello
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jminch

Ohio

2/5  rDev -31.5%

01-03-2012 19:25:19 | More by jminch
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doremite

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-09-2013 14:41:43 | More by doremite
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Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
68 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.