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Schlitz - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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710 Ratings

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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:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /106/44315 

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 05-29-2000)
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Photo of hopman333
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, it is what it is, a Macro lager, so let's not be compairing it to Micro's.

S - As another BA said it has the aroma of grains and green apples, actually alot better than any Macro swill I can think of, maybe even a bit better than PBR.

T - Very firm maltiness / grain flavor, not at all as soft as PBR or the other Macro's. With a very nice dose of green apple sourness and a nice little hop finish that actually linger's on for quite a bit. Very suprising actually. They seem to get better with each passing can. Very easy to drink.

I recently tasted the 1960 recipe bottles that are being tested in our Chicago market. Had one back to back with a TWO BROTHERS Dog Day's lager that was served on tap, and the Schlitz was in the bottle and the Schlitz tasted great. My friend's who are Beer geek's / homebrewers as well gave it the thumb's up to. Try it if you get a chance, much better than the can's,however even the current Schlitz can recipe is far superior to any of the american macros in my opinion, and at $3.00 a sixer to boot. Good call when needing to cut back on you're beer expenses.

Photo of kilustration
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another bargain beer that destroys the more marketable names in the BMC reign. Keep in mind, my scores only compare to american macros. Taste is good, not quite up to par with PBR or Hamms - but close. I am looking forward to trying the new "old formula". Go Schlitz!

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks pretty much like beers of this ilk. Smells decent and like it says you can taste a little bit of hops in there. At $13.50 for a case of pounders and it not being very filling, this is a perfect session beer. Much better than most give it credit for. Drink it.

Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale straw color with a good white soapy head.

S-Cooked corniness with a "kiss of the the hops" as the can suggests.

T-Mild and refreshing actually has a nice mild hoppiness that you wouldn't expect in a cheapo macro lager.

M-medium thin body with decent carbonation.

D-I really think this is not bad at all,reigns supreme among all domestic american swill!

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is hardly great, but it's a decent cheap US lager and a lot better than many. At the price, few beers I have had can beat it except Pabst and Miller High Life.

It's light gold with a medium,, rather thin head that steadily diminishes to leave a foamy top and a little weak lace.

It has a version of what is to me the paradigmatic, basic, pleasant US "beer" aroma of light grain, hints of apple peel, and light grassy hops.

The taste is light grain and green apple peel with a light, grassy, biting hop bitterness. It is light and a little watery, but has solid flavour and is highly drinkable. It has less perfumy grain flavour than those mentioned above, but is a little more grassy, hoppy and with more bitterness than others.

Photo of kcillini77
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of 1099
3.95/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I just recently started drinking this classic. It is now one of my favorites!

I gave an avaerage score for appearance, since I sampled this straight out of the can. The can looks nice though!

The smell is kind of sweet. My sample warmed up a little, so it smelled sweet; a corny kind of sweetness. Not bad at all.

The taste is quite good. Lots of grain, almost no alcohol, and like the can says "just the kiss of the hops." The hops balance nicely with the malty nature of this brew, making for a rather tasty macro.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the taste more than makes up for it.

Drinkability: Well, its insane, off the charts! You could very easily down a bunch of these, and want more!

This version of Schlitz is nice! I cant wait until the new formula comes out.


Photo of Mdog
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, decent head.

Smell: Wet grains.

Taste: Moderate sweetness with a little tea-like bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink several in a sitting.

I haven't had Schlitz in over 4.5 years, but decided to pick up a 12 pack for $7. I remembered it as being a decent "cheap" beer with about the only hop notes in a macro-type lager. It pretty much matched my memory, normally I don't like tea-like bitterness but it seems to work here to make it stand out from the crowd.

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 shadow1961
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm pretty much sure that it is likely the first beer I ever tasted was a
Schlitz. Dad was always dragging me along when he visited all the
other old Slovenian guys in town, and one time one of them gave me
a beer. I must have been eight or something, and eight years old is
far, far away.

Anyway, Schlitz pours a big stiff head over a clear straw colored brew.
The nose is the familiar corn and rice macro lager pong. The flavor is
pretty familiar too- sweet corn up front with a suggestion of grassy hop
in the finish- probably a little more than in a lot of your other macros.
Mouthfeel is crisp and that's about it. I can't believe I probably pulled a
bitter beer face the first time I had some, what, 38 years ago? Anyway,
a Schlitz is like an old Style is like a Stite is like a Budweiser is like a
Moosehead is like a Grain Belt is like a Michelob is like a Miller is like
a LaBatt is like a Coors. If you like this style, you sure do have a lot of
label designs to choose from, the contents are pretty much the same.
If the typography on the Schlitz is pleasing to you- and you like the style,
this is the brew for you!

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

The beer is a definite lawnmower special!I wouldn't think twice to pick up a sixer of cans on a hot day around the house or before heading to the lake.

The color is light golden. very little head present. Taste was light and refreshing. I could drink this one for days.

Photo of mltobin
2.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a can at a local dive bar.

Appearance poured into a pint glass is a light yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is light, kind of sweet, with some grain.

Taste is bland, not much here, drink it up quick, no need to savor Schlitz.

Mouth Feel is bland like the taste, will help when you ate a bunch of hot wings, but that is about it.

Drinkability is decent if you want to drink more than a couple beers, but Schlitz itself is not enjoyable.

Photo of clayrock81
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps regarded as one of the worst beers ever, although this is kind of like 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (regarded as the worst movie ever by some). Because they are so widely known for being bad they're reputations have morphed into "worst ever". But trust me, as somewhat of a cinephile there are much worse movies than Ed Wood's and Schlitz is not the worst beer, not by a longshot. In fact, I find it to a cheap beer I can stand and that is a rarity. It has a pale, seethru straw color that leave almost no head. The smell is not metallic but still dirty, like there is an overabundance of adjuncts. The taste and mouthfeel are pretty balanced though. It has that sharp, hops taste that is mixed with just enough grain/barley to give this beer a mediumish body that resonates on the tongue and does not dry out the mouth or throat.
Needless to say, I can chill with one of these here and there.

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

Definitely my cheap beer of choice. Used to knock back a few of these for every game day. Since graduation, I have scaled it back.

Taste is pretty balanced with the sweetness of the alcohol and the bitterness of the hops.

Appearance, mouthfeel, and smell are nothing to write home about. Considering the price, there is nothing better for the price.

Photo of pumarocks
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this "legend" up at Biggs in Western Hills. My father-in-law has waxed nostalgic about this brew many times so I figured it was time to see what the fuss was about. It has a pleasant hop flavor that was very surprising. The color is a bit darker than your average American macro. Drinks heavy and certainly has the corn profile down. It is somehow refreshing and enjoyable despite all its short comings. Will pick this up to impress my buddies next time i see it.

Photo of kguyty
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty darn good beer for the money. Dare I say that I am enjoying this more than my standby Pabst?

The beer pours a light yellow color and ends up golden in the mug. There is a decent head that disappears into lacing.

Smells average.

The taste is darn good for what you pay. I will drink this any day over anything AB, Miller, or Coors makes.

I could drink these all day due to the fact that they go down so smoothly.

Photo of rrob311
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would give this beer at least a 4 if it didnt have so many inconsistencies. A good can tastes great and is slightly sweet. One of the better tasting macros I have tried. HOWEVER! Several of the cans in the first case I purchased smelled like bologna. No joke! The next 12 pack I bought like 3 of the cans smelled like burnt rubber! I poored the last two out in the sink! I never waste beer either. But when its a "good" can it smells slightly sweet and good. So I am going to give this a 2.5 rating. Hopefully they can iron out the bad batches.

Photo of malcontent
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, visits to my parents' house; I can always count on trying beers that would otherwise, er, elude me...

Pale gold body capped by a thin but sturdy head. Carbonation steadily rushes to the top in droves.

Nothing like that sweet corn smell. Admittedly, it's not nearly as strong here as in other beers of this type, but it's never a plus in my book. The can reads "just a kiss of the hops." Hmmm, the beer must have washed its mouth after said kiss, because they're not in the aroma.

Alright, this isn't a style I take much enjoyment in but this is at least tolerable. Not much other than standard two-row malt is detectable but the finish, while corn-sweet, is at least clean and quick.

Mouthfeel isn't as crisp as I'd like from a beer of this nature. Overall I can't see myself drinking this unless it was the only choice offered by a host. It's not a total disaster but it makes me giggle a little to see it advertized as "The Beer That Made Milwaukee famous." That's kind of like saying "Rice-a-roni, the Food That Made San Francisco Famous." It's true, but is that a good thing?

Photo of SargeC
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An American classic. The packaging is timeless. The brew is a solid American macro. Unpretentious beer that is perfectly happy with what it is. A mild yellow color is toped with a white head. No standout aroma and the taste is very simple with that signature “kiss of the hops” and mellow malt flavor. Sometimes simplicity fits, and Schlitz fits those times.

Photo of reg93780
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

When I go to the liquor store looking for cheap beer Schlitz is always my first choice. This beer has more color and flavor than the standard Budmillercoors. With "just the kiss of the hops" it has a sweet taste that you won't find behind the last door of the cooler in most liquor stores. This is good beer, so go on and drink the beer that your dad drinks.

Photo of Rddymk
4.25/5  rDev +46%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a decade of mass produced products, I have come to the conclusion that Schlitz is the best sub-premium beer on the market. The sweet taste and the "kiss of the hops" makes it a true, less bitter, American original. It is a complete beer that has a bold, yet easy palpabale aroma. And for the price (9.99 a case) it concludes with the same taste from the first pour to the last swallow.

Photo of xduderx
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So my good friend from Australia told me she drinks Victoria Bitter because her dad and grandfather do and it is cheaper and has more taste than most other beers. I drink Schlitz for the same reason. It beats bud, miller, or coors by a long shot and a 12 pack will run you anywhere from $6-$7 tops. It's nothing special really, but it's crisp, inoffensive, and satisfying.

Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker than your typical American macro lager from Budweiser, Miller, or Coors. White head that doesnt last long. Nothing truly offensive in the taste. Not much hop character, but can says "Just a kiss of hops". Has more taste than anything from BMC and is extremely drinkable for the price. This is a classic though a bit different from the Schlitz I would steal from my dad in the 70's. This is my favorite of the American Macro Lagers with Pabst a close second.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours an even darker straw pale pale amber than Bud or the LaCrosse I had a day ago. The head is bone white and bubbly that starts at about an inch and slowly fades into a microscopicly thin cap. No lacing but the head sticks around longer than most.

S: Bit of cereal grainy scent with "just a kiss of the hops" as the can says, but other than that not much else.

T/MF: Nice and bubbly mouthfeel and also quite crisp and fresh tasting even after a few weeks in the fridge. No sour aftertaste like the LaCrosse, good balance of malts and hops with no off adjuct tastes. A bit more filling that either Bud or LaCrosse. Just a solid macro that stay a true to its roots as it can.

D: Probably my first choice in my budget macro selection list.

Photo of NOOGIE
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have had this beer numerous times. I have only heard of this "folklore" beer as the dying breed of original beers. What makes me coming back to this beer is that it is an easy beer to drink (for people who prefer a more higher end beer, i.e. Millers, Buds) compared to a Blatz or Milwaukee Ice. The apperance is like a normal American brew, copper color nothing special there. The smell once again common of beers. The taste now that is where the money is like I said before, it has a light feel and a crisp, but not to bitter taste. Mouthfeel, you just wanna get this beer down, and it is an average drinkiability for the normal American beer. So if you enjoy the classics, like myself, and have never had one, go TRY and find some. If your in the Green Bay area, I can only find one grocery store that carries this living legend of beer. ENJOY.

Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
68 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.