Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 26.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 31 | 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: ... /106/44315 

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-29-2000)
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Photo of xXTequila
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well.... I gues the best way to describe this beer is as " the same as the rest" but you can actually taste the hops.
But...and there is always a but...only in the first beer. At only 7.19 a 12 pack it's not a bad price but you only taste the beer/hops in the first, maybe secound beer. then it tastes just like the rest.
Not bad, not great.

Photo of George1005
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of johnnydicfore
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thsSAMO
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Bigtimmy
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of joshshepperd
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of MouldyCrow
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of sbe1
3.65/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After checking out their great 1960's formula reissue, I returned to this, the 70's recipe which has been the standard recipe for this beer right up to the present and a fond drinking memory from my youth and I have to say this is about as good as an American macro brew can get.

Appearance: very clear light gold color with a tight white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Clean with a hint of floral hop, corn and a faint dull ashy aroma.

Taste: Slight sweetness with a hint of bitter hop and astringency and a touch of alcohol. Clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and refreshing with a very light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: fantastic. This is THE six-pack-on-a-summer-day beer.

Photo of LordofTime25
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear straw or yellow color with basically a no existent head. Lots of carbination bubbles!

The smell of sweet malts and hops is apparent.

Can definately taste the hops and some sort of grain.

A light bodied beer with a good amount of carbination!

Considering the price I would say if you are looking for something to drink at that price point and that style of beer go for it one of the better beers.

Photo of jpaltan
3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with a fluffy 2 inch head. No retention. a thin film of sporadic white is the only reminder of what was once there. smell is malty and bread-like. a touch of hops in the nose. citrusy. beer isn't half bad. a malty sweetness in the front, then a hint of citrus towards the finish. mouthfeel is a bit thin. man i could drink this all.

Photo of BBelch
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great for the price. No complaints there.

This is a light clear straw color with a thin head. As for the smell, it is similar to the typical adjunct lager. Lightly hoppy, but pretty watered down. There isn't much to it.

The taste is grainy and bready. The bready isn't like a Belgian, but almost stale tasting. I don't mean this in a negative way, but just as a means of distinguishing the two. It isn't as watered down as I expected. Not too bad for the price.

This is an easy drinker. I enjoyed it. I wouldn't classify it with the best of the best, but for what it is it is pretty decent.

Photo of obrendano
3.9/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a classic brew not to be discounted because of its cheap nature. embrace it instead, for sure

A - average pale straw color in the beer, decent head, but when it comes to the can, I am a true sucker for the classic American lager art look. off white and red coloring to make it look "old", and the ever present "the beer that made Milwaukee famous" on the side. how can you go wrong?

S - grain and metallic tones, nothing special here, the true art lies within

T - HUGE surge of grain and malt flavor, rather indescribable and unique, and the promise of "a kiss of hops" delivers, not too much, but present enough to make you wonder if most other pale lagers couldn't benefit with just a little more bite and complexity

M - smooth and rich, a little bigger bodied than most cheap lagers

D - won't have any trouble killing off the 12 pack I bought. I give it a week, tops. just like band Uriah Heep, true underground classics never die

EDIT - goes very well with some Cooper Sharp cheese, which is also from Wisconsin. what a state

Photo of sockeye101
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh the Schlitz...not common at all in this part of the country but I know of one little mom and pop store that sells it, so cheers to that. Appearance is nothing special at all, white thin head that gone in the blink of an eye and no lacing, but a yellow color with a slight hint of gold. Smell is not bad at all, considering this is on the low end of the spectrum, but theres that veggie mash smell that lingers with a bit of sweetness. The taste is nice with a slight hop bite at the begining and subtle malt flavor at the end. This is just a nice crisp clean good drinkin' beer. 'Just the kiss of the hops'....indeed.

Photo of Mardukk
2.3/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium golden color with no lacing and little to no head.

Smells like an adjunct corn lager.

Tastes similar to watered down malt liquor. A very small amount of bittering hops with a lasting unpleasant graininess.

The high carbonation with the graininess makes this beer not very drinkable.

I was expecting more from this beer, with it's new/old formula change and price hike. I'll just reach for a blatz if I want a cheaper adjunct lager.

Photo of runawaycyborg
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of StoutishDan
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of zachturner39
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of eye2
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ChuckD
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Thin wisp of white lacing atop a golden yellow body.

To the nose, grains and nutty sweetness. There's a little floral bouquet to deal with in the back.

In the mouth, a clean malty goodness, with the advertised kiss of the hops. Very refreshing carbonation and balance. The body is quite full for a macro and tends to sustain on your tongue. The finish is dry and grassy with an organic/earthy undertone.

Musings: Along with PBRs, my macro of choice in the warm weather. I tend to like it out of the can. My buddy swears by the bottles - but I don't see it. For the price point, you can't go wrong here.

Photo of kaimcm
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Medium-yellow color, not much fizz, and just a little fit of quickly-fading white foam. Basically, looks like beer.

A little bit of smell out of the bottle, not much out of the glass, slight hoppiness.

Taste is slightly maltier than your average macro lager. A little bit of wet-grass aftertaste that I'm not terribly fond of. Nothing particularly interesting, but I think it's a little more robust than some of its Miller-Bud-Coors competitors. Still goes down like water. Here in Wisconsin, there's a reason they call it Getting Schlitzed.

If you find it in your local barbecue's cheap beer cooler, enjoy. But unless you're looking for cheap beer, you can probably do better.

Photo of Profane
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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