Schlitz | JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 

Added by BeerAngel on 05-29-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of LWG1970
3.82/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of MatJones
4.03/5  rDev +33%
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.

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Photo of RheinSchaefer85
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
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!!.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of dangerpint
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.88/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of SDtastentune
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Really thin/light yellow, no head and no lace. Fizzy bubbles bubbling away.

S - Getting banana, fresh bread and some light malts.

T - Taste is light bread, biscuits, and some lighter maltyness.

M - Fizzy yellow beer. Medium sized bubbles. Bread aftertaste.

O - Overall not a bad drinker, but.... UM... Yea. Not my style. Cool that I have never had one, thanks Dave!

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Photo of nc41
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very drinkabe , but not remarkable lager. No nose, not a great head, no lacing, thin, a bit watery compared to a better Pils. A nice easy drinking brew, but I'm sure I couldn't tell this one apart from PBR: Which isn't bad. It's not an overly sweet Miller or an overly carbonated AB product masking the beer. Overall this is on par with PBR if your looking for a light brew when it's hot or your going to have a few, better than Coors, Bud, Miller and the like by far, better than Yuengling IMO. Easly worth a shot, and we all go for an american lager from time to time.

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Photo of mjw06
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I welcome with wide open arms the return of Schlitz!! Not that I knew what it was before it came back, but I'm confused to exaclty how it went missing for so long. First time I drank this, I picked up a sixer of pints after seeing it on the shelf for $3.99, even cheaper than PBR. Because of this of course, I wasn't expecting much.

Wow, was I surprised. Is that the taste and even the faint smell of a little bit of floral hops? Just a hint like the marketing suggests, but more that you'll get from any BMC adjunct. It tasted good! But if you're one of those who turns their nose up at American Adjuncts, you probably simply won't agree. Head retention is pretty descent. Very clean and crisp taste, a little bit of malt sweetness and hops. Few, if any, imperfections or unpleasant notes. I wouldn't expect anything more, not just because of the price but because of the style, obviously. Grade this beer for it's worth and it's purpose.

I honestly believe that this is a great beer, to the point where I seek it out not only because of price, but because I enjoy it. Pabst will most likely keep production down, because if it catches on that this is actually a good beer that's even cheaper than PBR, well, that's simply not good for PBR. People drink PBR because its cheap. Wouldn't you love to drink a beer because its cheap AND good? Schlitz is it.

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Photo of nickd717
1.74/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tallboy can at a bar in Wisconsin. Farva says, "I’ll have 6 Schlitzes!" but I’d personally prefer none. Give me a Hair of the Dog Dave or 3 Fonteinen Framboos instead. This is a bad beer.

Pale yellow and fairly fizzy with a white head.

Corny and grainy on the aroma.

The flavor is straight-up pale malt and unpleasant hop bitterness. A hint of off-flavors, or maybe they meant to have that creamed corn aspect. Who knows.

Watery and not impressive at all on the mouthfeel.

Now peep this: I suspect they got the name of this beer mixed up. They accidentally added a c, l, and z to the name. Take those letters out and you’re left with...oh snap! ZING! Epic burn!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
1/5  rDev -67%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

had to try this because its legendary status. Only could find in 24 packs. Color is pale, Smells strong taste awful, mouthful is awful drinkability is never ever again. Absolutely the worst i have ever had. One should try this beer due to its status, but that's it

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Photo of MTNboy
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has an overall very faint smell. There are some tones of grass and adjunct sweetness. There was no head or lace really. The body is ok there are a lot of bubbles to this brass hay colored beer. It is a bit grassy but will say there are some sharp hop tones. The mouth feel is thin.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is straw yellow. Two fingers of white head dissipated quickly to leave a thin lacing and ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: I can smell the corn adjunct at an arm’s length. Upon closer inspection, though, there is an unexpected maltiness to it. Perhaps the grains, if there are any in there, were given the lightest toasting ever. There is also a scent of grassy hops and a little lemon zest, but the overpowering effect is of the classic American adjunct — with flavor, that is.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Crisp grassy hops, which offer a nice bitterness, lemon zest, corn adjunct, and very lightly toasted grains. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: This one certainly has gusto, and I would not be adverse to making this a regular in my fridge alongside PBR.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed some less expensive and easy drinking beer for the masses for the 4th of July, wound up with various summery brews, including classic Schltz in brown 12oz bottles.

Poured light yellow with tan overtures and completely clear. The head was foamy and a solid two fingers and lasted a little before dissipating. Tons of big and small bubbles rose and stuck to the glass a little. Some sticky lacing was present.

The aroma is clean and light, with grains and corn meeting a touch of hops. Slightly sweet smelling too.

For an adjunct lager this one tastes very nice. It's clean and sweet, lightly so, with a blending of grains, corn and crispy, tangy hops. There's no shortage of flavor at all, this is not like many of the near tasteless beers in this category.

Feel wise it's light, crisp, well carbonated, easy to drink, and leaves a lightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is a very nice inexpensive summer beer that I don't mind providing for my less discerning friends who just want to drink lagers. I'll happily drink it myself as well.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Classic old style label. Love it!

Appearance - Pours out a crystal clear golden yellow with a white airy 1 finger foam head that dissipates very quickly into a slight foam ring. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Smells heavy on the corn malt and maybe floral hops.

Taste - Tastes of bitter hops and slight corn malt. A grainy malt taste also. Has a bite to it.

Mouthfeel - High in carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and refresing. Very crisp and smooth.

I was very surpised to find myself enjoying this beer tremendously. Wasnt sure what to expect because of my preconcieved notions of American mass-produced lagers. This one had a great mouthfeel and good flavor that I really liked. One of the better mass-produced American lagers that Ive had.

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Photo of MJL360
2.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

See the pic of Schlitz? Notice it brags about the "kiss of the hops"....what Schlitz was once known for...When the re-introduced it in 2008, it HAD hop flavor...and I became a HUGE fan of it.
Flash forward to today...No more mention of hops on the packaging...and bye bye to hop flavor!
Yes, boys and girls, the brain trust re-re-formulated good ole Schlitz twice in the last 3 years!
I'm sure others out there have spotted this.
Now it's the swill of the '80's and '90's that they were getting away from...a very sad case.
Why they did it? I sure don't know===but would love to find out why!
Maybe somebody out there has the answer!

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Photo of vandemonian
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Schlitz is an extra corny Adjunct Lager.

A: Pale straw colour and a good 1 cm head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: Not much there, maybe some corn. 2.5

T: Corn and hay. Muddy aftertaste. 2

M: Fizzy and reasonably foamy. 3.5

O: Adjunct Lager with extra corn. 2.5

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Photo of wcudwight
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden color. White head rushes to the top and just as quickly recedes. Faint lacing. Grainy husky aroma with hints of grass. Good malt flavors with a very noticiable grainy flavor. Faint hint of grassy hops. Wow a macro with flavor. Very smooth and carbonation is spot on. Good beer for a hot day and it's super cheap to boot. 7$ for a 12 pack of cans.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.27/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by two fingers of fluffy white head that feature good retention and patchy lacing. Looking good so far.

Aroma: Faint grains and equally faint lemony hops. Rather standard.

Flavor: The flavor profile is a balance of sweet, grainy malt and lemony and grassy hops. There’s also a metallic flavor lurking around the edges. It’s balanced well, but still rather weak. Just a bare whiff of husky grains in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: Average for the style. That is to say, for fans of the flavor, this is an exceedingly easy drinker.

Verdict: While I held some hope that perhaps Schlitz was something more than the offerings of the big three (and that hope seemed vindicated upon seeing the beer in the glass), alas, it’s just the same old crap. Still, I hold lots of hope for the 60’s formula version that’s starting to show up across the country.

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Photo of mnrider
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Brown bottle--->Pint Glass. Twist off with freshness date.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow. Large fluffy white head that does not last and leaves little lacing. Carbonation is ample.

S: Semi-sweet with a bunch of corn and some hints of floral hops.

T/M: Light bodied and crisp. Watery as expected with a small hop presence as the grains are most prevalent. Malt? Finishes clean and corny.

O: For the style it is actually above average. Even though its a cheap beer that is small on taste, it's better than most of this style and worth a try if you're on a budget.


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Photo of prosit13
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The way macro brews used to taste. Smell and taste both are ripe with corn and a slight vegetal note but still much cleaner than a Miller Lite or other adjunct. What sets beers like Schlitz, PBR, and Lone Star apart are the fact that they still have some flavor. Albeit just a "kiss of the hops", Schlitz is still a satisfying beer with a decent but not particularly flavorful lager. But you know what they say, if you run out of Schlitz, you run out of beer.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.11/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If Schlitz is "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous," then that whole state needs to have its liquor license promptly removed.

Pours transparent yellow with a decent white head and lacing that disappears like dish soap. The aroma isn't offensive, mild corn and grains that doesn't linger more than a half-second. At this point my expectations are right where they were when I first saw the label.

The flavor is mild, like the label proclaims it has a "kiss" of hops with just a mild sense of malt to make this the true chugging type of beer. It's the kind of beer a politician would drink on the campaign trail and regard the taxpayers around him as "salt of the earth."

The beer is inoffensive, but no where near anything resembling good. I feel like I should be around working class men in the midwest drinking a Shlitz at the bar for $2 a pint.

But instead I'm in L.A. drinking Trader Joe's chicken potstickers, so I'm really just a hipster.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack of this one the last time I was in Boston, against the advice of everyone I was with. Not horrible, but not as good as many of the other retro canned beers. Light yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aromas of corn, straw and light malt. Light bodied and fizzy, with corn and a light malt sweetness.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had hundreds of beers and never schlitz! I've even had other schlitz products but never a good old regular schlitz. It looks awful. Overly carbonated, yellowy, not much head. Tastes good though. A decent enough malt, no hops to speak of, and quite easy to drink. No worse than any other macro. Kind of a sweet aftertaste! I enjoyed it and may make it the "honey, did you see how much money you spent on beer last month", beer!

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