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Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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BA SCORE
68
poor

696 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ha! the return of the King! this is the new incarnation! Just picked up in Milwaukee. Label doesn't say who's really brewing it. Reminds me of the last version of about 8 or 9 years ago. Has a floral hop character with significant malt. Good for kickin back. It's the Schlitz! I'll drink more.

drpimento, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Luigi
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a decent foamy head. Has a little bit of lacing. The aroma is grainy with a hint of hoppy spice. Hence, " Just the kiss of the hops". The taste is clean and crisp overall. A nice sweetness from the grains and a touch of hops. Light bodied and a great drinkability. Sadly, it is beers like this that are over looked my many people. Schlitz is an example of a classic American lager. A lot of people do not know that Schlitz was America's 1# selling beer years before Budweiser or Miller dominated the market. A perfect warm weather beer at a great price.

Luigi, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Todd, Nov 07, 2000
Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Dello, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of irishtimepiece
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I don't know, I didn't bother pouring it. Joking, of course.
Pours a crystal clear straw color with a bubbly white head that quickly falls to nothing and leaves spotty lacing at best.
A: Slightly sweet, definitely grainy.
T: Dry, hint of bitterness, balanced sweetness, mild DMS.
M: Sharp carbonation, to style.
D: Can this be anything but a 5?

irishtimepiece, May 30, 2008
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance begins with a nice lacing that leaves little clouds on the way down to a thin head that doesn't stay very well.

Smells a little sweet and light bodied with the normal lager smell. Hard to get away from the lager smell, not much in the yeasts complexity.

Taste is light to medium bodied and very nice finish with a great taste, nothing I can say negative about it except the bitterness in the first touch of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth.

My next session beer.

Erdinger2003, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of rev_jimmy
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

rev_jimmy, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of udouche
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

udouche, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Kahlerbock, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brakspear
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Just the kiss of the hops" or so the label says. I have not had "The Beer that made Milwaukee famous" in a very long time, and I was pleasently surprised how refreshing the beer was. Now brewed by Miller for the Pabst Marketing Company, this beer was both easy drinking and flavorful for a classic American lager. It pours a very pale gold with decent head and lacing. The aroma is missing much character and is mainly a sweetness from the malts and adjuncts. The taste is very smooth, but still has a nice malty sweetness with a slight kiss of hops in the finish. Overall, not complicated but still a very nice American lager.

brakspear, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

ShepardCommander, May 03, 2014
Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

302BeerGuy, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of heerboth
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

heerboth, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot can change in 50 years. During the 1950s, Schlitz was the #1 selling beer in America, but recipe changes in the 1970s brought down the former giant. It's now being brought back to life via Schlitz Gusto, but right here I have a regular version. First time I've seen it in SoCal, so I picked up a 12-pack for $7.99. On to the beer:

Into a Heineken tulip pint, the beer shown is a pale yellow color with some bubbles . The foam is "cheap", being very airy but thick, retains well above. A little lacing is left around the glass. Some cheap adjuncts in the aroma like corn, a little hay, quite clean and not totally offensive, just light.

It's okay when cold; it tastes like a decent adjunct lager. As the beer warms, a little pale malt sweetness is pciked up, and that's where we get "just the kiss of the hops". It's also where the beer seperates itself from the crowd. Also, it's clean, and doesn't have any serious faults such as sickly sweet corn flavors. A little grainy in the aftertaste, neutral. It's light in the mouth with a tight crispness.

In order to do this review, I needed TWO 12 oucne cans because I drank the first one so quickly. This is an obvious step ahead of most of the others beer in its class, and with that in mind, would make a great hot day/thirst quencher beer.

Fun fact: a $7.99 pricetag today comes out around $1.15 in 1957 dollars. I can't find the average price of beer during the 50s, but beer under 10 cents per 12 ounces looks like a fantasy. I'll stay in the modern age with the wealth of beer to choose from and the significently higher Purchasing Power (even adjusting for inflation), thankyouverymuch.

DoubleJ, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Beerme09
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Beerme09, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Mr_Snrub
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Mr_Snrub, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of olympicgatorade
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

olympicgatorade, May 04, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Wally1912, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of OgreSanchez
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

OgreSanchez, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of qquique1010
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

qquique1010, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

scootercrabb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 6/9/14. Bought a 6-pack last week for $5.89 at the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa...right next door. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Schlitz' glass. BA says it is 'retired' but guess they started making it again as the label says" Jos. Schiltz Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wis."

Pours a golden yellow in color with just a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Good carbonation. The aroma is mostly of grains and malt. The taste is about the same with some corn 'sweetness'. Actually goes now easy and isn't that bad. No bitter or harsh aftertaste for this old time brew.

BeerWithMike, Jun 09, 2014
Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
68 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.