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Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 26.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | 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 

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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

udouche, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brakspear
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

"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
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

ShepardCommander, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

heerboth, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Beerme09, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Wally1912, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

OgreSanchez, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

qquique1010, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

scootercrabb, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

NickTsU, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Easy to drink and dirt cheap, a great summer sports bar beer. Similar to PBR (shockingly made by the same company) in almost all ways, a solid midwestern beer that is always a sure sign of warm weather. The beer is very light and foamy, but the "kiss of the hops" is definitely evident, clean and crisp, deliciously cheap.
Can't really ask for more from Schlitz.

exuma11, Apr 20, 2010
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3.51/5  rDev +20.2%

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!

mitch3114, Oct 25, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

This is a great budget beer to keep on hand. American Macro beers don't have any hop presence and are mostly adjunct ridden corn smelling swill. Schlitz is an exception for the most part. There is a hop presence, nice carbonation, decent (yet light) mouthfeel, lots of drinkability, and a crisp finish with a malt backbone that lacks the sour corn/adjunct flavor that most of this style usually have. There is some corn happening but it is muted. It isn't an award winner but at $5.49 a 12 pack there isn't much that beats it in its class. However, be careful in large quantities. It is easy to put away a ton of this and that will put you on the toilet often the next day. You have been warned. Schlitz will give you the Schitz.

mattgert, Oct 05, 2006
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

Served cold and drank out of the can. "Just a kiss of hops." Everybody has to have a goto beer, the beer you can still enjoy the night before payday. Full of flavor and you can taste the hops and sweetness. For the price, can't beat it for the summertime. Easy enough to drink that its go for a session or enjoying with BBQ on the grill. Or perfect for watching the game.

mtnbikerpa, Jun 12, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

My father was over visiting, and he told me that he had read that the original formula of Schlitz was coming back. He is no beer advocate by any stretch, but most of the oldtimers aren't. He has been a hardcore Bud drinker his whole life.

Anyway, he told me that from drinking age to early adulthood, he was a Schlitz guy, then in the 70's he started to dislike the taste. It was only just recently that he found out that this is when the formula changed. Needless to say, he was stoked that the brew of his youth was coming back.

To surprise him, I picked up a 12 pack. I don't know for sure if it is the 1960's stuff or the modern formula. I fear that it is the new stuff because it is in can's. I don't know, but I think maybe the classic formula only comes in bottles. None the less, Dad made like it was a familiar taste. Maybe it's just been too long. Anyway, here's the review:

A - Unremarkable. Straw colored. Thin head that goes away fast. No lacing. Looks like any ol' macro.

S - Surprising. Pretty simple, but I can smell floral hops! It doesn't smell like a normal macro. No craft brew for sure, but impressive none the less.

T - Wow. Not bad at all. Nicely balanced. Has a decent little puch of floral hops. Something in the finish is just a little offputting...almost soapy.

D - A very drinkable macro. It's crisp, smooth, flavorful, low ABV...and it's cheap to boot, What's not to like?

lawman834, Sep 25, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

I have come to find that this is my favorite American Macro Lager. I take this out to softball games and serve it at backyard barbecues. But usually it's a straight from the can, hot weather brew for me. Decided to pour into my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass and review for what it is.

Pours with a nice white head, but it dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is typical rice/corn macro lager, with maybe just a little extra hop spice.

Taste is much more flavorful than the average macro brew. Still have the corn soda flavor up front, but it is followed by a crisp hop bitterness that I find very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very good, and this is a highly drinkable brew. This won't have me abandoning my IPAs, porters, and imperial stouts, but for a lawnmower beer, this really hits the spot.

kcillini77, Apr 23, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

Hello Schlitz Beer my old friend,
I've come drink like 12 of you again.

---Mr. Simon Garfunkel

Poured into a beveled glass beer mug. I really like the way the can looks. It looks pretty appetizing, I want to bite it in half kinda. Yellow with a half inch white head that sticks around for a minute or two. Strong corn and grains on the nose. Carbonation is lower than I expected. A fairly decent amount of grainy, corny, flavor when you drink it. Shockingly, theres a slight nip of hop bitterness that cleans all that cheap grain taste up pretty well. Very easy to drink, as it should be. Didn't plan on having Schlitz being my 50th review, but its pretty sweet that it is.

drunkboxer1, May 16, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev +20.9%

Clear pale gold color with a decent but short-lived white head.

The aroma is mild floral hops with some hint of bread and corn in the background.

The taste is lightly sweet mild malt with a hint of corn and a definite, but mild touch of floral hops that lingers in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. A definite alternbative to Bud and PBR for summer activities. I have to admit to some nostalgia points for what was my favorite beer 40 years ago, before they messed with it and before I even knew about other types of beer.

whynot44, Apr 07, 2009
Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
68 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.