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Schlitz O.M.L. (Malt Liquor) - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

Schlitz O.M.L. (Malt Liquor)Schlitz O.M.L. (Malt Liquor)

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 30.94%

Brewed by:
JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-27-2002)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 40 into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the clear bottle into the glass as a light golden/straw color with a big billowy white head. The head fades has a fantastic level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very light overall and consists mainly of some corn and skunky smells with a little bit of a grainy aroma.

Taste – A sweet corny and malty taste greets the tongue. It is rather smooth upfront with some light graininess coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. A caramel flavor comes to the tongue more at this time as well keeping a rather sweet taste in the brew. Toward the end a light paper and metallic taste comes to the tongue leaving a sweet and lightly bready taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Appropriate for the style as it is both drinkable but yet still decently thick enough to allow for the sweet corny and light grainy flavors to be sensed by the tongue without being too thick and accentuating the more off flavors (paper and a little bit of metal).

Overall – It fits the malt character rather well. While not a flavor powerhouse and even with some light off flavors, it is quite cheap (paid $2.29 for a 40) and still very drinkable. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:14:43 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Kuongming


3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, so this beer is tossed in with all of the ghetto brews, some of which cause the worst bitter beer face while you are dirnking them. they are high alcohol and taste like crap but you swallow them down, not for the taste, but for the sole purpose of getting hammered.

During my college years when my monthly beer budget was 1% what it is today, my choices were limited to the ghetto brew aisle. I tried just about everything until i found the Schlitz 32s for 89 cents. 15 years later, I still drink this beer along with a ton of "ooh la la" stuff, and still love it. Sometimes when serving at home I will pour some into a glass and give it to a guest and almost everyone likes it, their jaws drop when I tell them it was Schlitz malt liquor.

Bottom line, don't let the label and aggressive ghetto targeted marketing fool you, this is a good beer, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:02:45 | More by Kuongming
Photo of ilovemacros

3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had $5, thats all my wife left me when she went to work lol. So, I saw the 18 oz bottles of this for $0.99 at the local beverage barn. So, i bought four of them. i got them all nice and cold and sat down to watch my Rangers piss away the AL West to the Oakland A's. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was very good. It went down very smoothly and tasted pretty damn good. I like it better than any other Schlitz beer. But, i wished I had more to drown my sorrows of the rangers choking away the division. i will buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:35:22 | More by ilovemacros
Photo of acevenom


3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served ice cold in a frosted glass mug. Pours the color of straw with a thick, two finger length white head. Some nice, sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer smells like grains. I can detect the corn in the aroma. There is a nice mild grainy sweetness to this beer. The malt and corn come through with some mild hop bitterness in the back end. The alcohol isn't that detectable in the taste. The body is light to medium with plentiful carbonation. This beer is smooth. The drinkability is very good good. Overall, this is a good beer for the price. I picked up an 18 ounce bottle for 99 cents at a gas station, so if you're looking for a malt liquor, this one is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:16:35 | More by acevenom
Photo of ElCommodoro


3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was the epitome of average. It's got the classic cheap beer taste and not much else. This is what your alcoholic uncle's breath smells like. I'm a fan of that bad beer flavour, but it's not usually what I expect from a malt liquor. I usually expect more corn in a malt liquor and maybe a bit of an alcohol taste. Maybe some unbalanced sweetness. Not here. This was super...duper...average. One good thing was the presence of hops for balance. That's odd, but kinda fun in a beer that often goes hopless. It's also nice to have that "bad beer" taste exacerbated more than most cheap "beers" tend to do (as opposed to malt liquors). I might go for this again if it's plain o' beer I want, but never again if I'm craving a malt liquor. Cuz that's just not what this tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:56:29 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly into a lining around the top. Medium amber gold body. Smells like bubble gum and corn. Tastes like corn, with a bit of sweetness. Light syrupy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but the high ABV content will get you buzzed fast.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:32:36 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of pwoods


3.65/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40z. brown bagged.

A: Appears to be a brown bag with a bit of brown bottle prairie doggin'.

S: Smells kind of light a dive... stale beer and mildew-y cardboard/paperbag. A bit of sweetness probably from corn but maybe rice.

T/M: It actually has a surprising amount of flavor. Some biscuit and cereal malts that transition smoothly into a grainy, almost husky malt. Is that a wisp of grassy hops? Maybe I'm already drunk. Body is medium light with slightly elevated carbonation.

D: 5.9% is pretty low for a malt liquor. This wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be. At least pretty good sippin' from the bottle, crouchin' on the corner, shootin' dice with ashy Larry. Tyrone Biggums?!?!?! This is not cocaine in a can and no you can not taste my penis. Now get over here, Ronda!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:38:12 | More by pwoods
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, malty, not very flavorful but actually quite refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, probably more so than any other malt liquor I have had. Overall not a bad example of this beer style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 15:13:31 | More by tone77
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlitz Malt Liquor is an interesting brand in this genre. It has a smallish head and light yellow color; also relatively minimal carbonation. The smell is very lager-like and mild. This malt liquor, while having a rather harsh taste that takes some adjusting to, does have distinct characteristics and could be described as much more beer-like than most malt liquors. The taste is harsh on the front end, but winds up mild and satisfying at the end. Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant. Drinkability for Schlitz Malt Liquor is contingent upon it being served very cold and kept that way. I'd recommend this with spicy or salty foods, maybe even raw oysters. Overall, it's okay. I'm sure I'll drink it again at some point. I drank this out of a 40 oz. bottle in a chalice over a one day period.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:34:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an 8 ounce tasting glass five times. Smells fairly clean. Grainy, mildly corn-like. High amounts of carbonation, but with a slick kinda sugary feeling on the tongue. Not hot or harsh like a lot of malt liquors. Better than I remembered it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:52:05 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of basscram


4.13/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really impressed with this beer!

Pours into an ice cold mug from a quart.
Pale gold color. Head was only thick due to the coolness of the mug mind you. other than that it subsides.

Smells lemony orangish to me with some carbonization hit.

In the mouth it feels simple as simple can get. Easy to drink on. hits the tongue, fast carbonization and fizz and then as it slides to the throat, gone! Easy down.

Taste is a sweet malt! Thats all I can sum up for you in the taste department. As far as this style goes. I can tell you this.. I NEVER drink this beer as it warms up. I keep it ice cold the entire time. It does not take away from the taste of it. It preserves the flavor HAHA!! This one I would actually say its ok to let it warm up a bit due to thee sweetness and it would be ok.

This one tops my list of malt liqours for now til I find a better one but This is still a good go-to for your malty needs.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 05:45:38 | More by basscram
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger hear that fizzles down quickly. No head. No retention. No lace. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma is skunky and metallic grain. Not much else.

Taste is metallic grain just like the smell. Not skunky. Very bad. Hard to keep in mouth for very long.

Mouthfeel: CRISP like an American macro lager. Ends with an unpleasant chewy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. Shared a pint with ThePeskyDingo (thank heavens I didn't have to drink this animal myself). Warning: Stay Away from DAS BULL!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 04:30:51 | More by mothman
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got this in a quart from the lcbo. Drank straigt from the bottle, nice golden yellow color, and after every swig nice head is left over. Smells more like a beer than a malt, but odd at the same time. Taste is good on this one, i docked it .5 because it gets rather flat after about 10-15 swigs. Otherwise, tastes like macro, booze is hidden, goes down smooth. I like it. Mouthfeel is full, and smooth. Drinkability is perfect, when ice cold, its really easy to pound em back, has more taste than a macro, but its low in ABV so thats kind of a turn off, but otherwise rock solid malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 19:13:20 | More by steeler
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear pale gold with a minimal frothy head and not a lot of lace. The aroma is sweet with some malt bread and vegetal elements noticeable. The taste is quite full flavored for a macro lager, but not pleasant. Heavy sweetness mixes with cooked corn and other vegetal flavors upfront. In the background there's a dull hop bitterness and some alcohol spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated and even booze numbing.

This is a poor example of a malt liquor, its too sweet and vegetal.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:57:32 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of clayrock81


1.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Could be the worst brew my young beer intellect has had yet. Worse, I don't find Schlitz to be as bad as it is made out to be. But this, was bad. Even the bottle is ghetto. It is just a silver label with the "Blue Bull" and it says Schlitz Malt Liquor. Can you make something generic if it is already generic. The brew itself is a cheap, alcoholic speedball. It has no redeeming qualities as the taste is very weak and bitter, but the mouthfeel is one of smoothness because it goes right down the pike. This is designed for someone to slam a couple on the cheap and get their buzz.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 19:21:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of armock

New York

3.48/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been the first time that I've had a malt liquor in quite some time as in years. I'm actually surprised by it a little. The appearance of this brew looks similar to any mass produced american beer golden yellow with a thin head. It smells only a little bit more malty than other mass produced beers. I'm even surprised by the taste its really not that bad no wonder bums drink this stuff. I mean I don't like IPAs and most of them cost two to three times as much as this stuff. Theres not much carbonation in each sip and it does go down pretty smoothly. All in all this stuff is very drinkable for what it is its cheap, smooth, not bad tasting, and very cheap.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:46:17 | More by armock
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unlike many beer drinkers, this sort of thing doesn't really bring back memories of my underage days. (I have cheap, nasty wine coolers for that) This is my first ever malt liquor. Wheee

Pours a clear straw with a not-bad head. Got a whiff of ... beer really. Was expecting worse. Definitely a sweetish, chemically smell, but not overwhelming.Is that some hops? Could be... hiding behind the solvent. Tastes... kinda apple-juicy, again with a boozy undertone. I admit I was expecting some nasty, drainpourish swill, but this isn't really any worse than your average macro. Might be a bit better in fact. Doesn't feel overly sweet or bitter, and the carbonation is strong, but not painful. It's a bit astringent, and I guess a touch on the dry side.

Alright, this isn't exactly the height of craft brewing, but ya know, I kinda like it. It's smooth, refreshing, and actually doesn't taste bad at all. Unlike a lot of macros, it avoids the bitter-with-no-flavour problem by not being bitter ... so I guess you can say it's balanced. It's a bit boozy, which I attribute to high alcohol to taste ratio, but for what it is, it's not bad. I look forward to sampling other malt liquors... but I wish they came in smaller sizes.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 03:27:16 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of kguyty


2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a buffed up American beer. I wonder how this fits into the category of malt liquor when it does not even taste like malt liquor. This malt is in the middle of the road for me - I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. Goes down easy, but has a very unremarkable taste. Not that the taste is bad, but its just not there.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 22:07:09 | More by kguyty
Photo of TravelingBeerMug


2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought a "40" of this stuff and poured it into a drinking glass. The appearance was not too bad. It's an electric crystal-clear golden with lots of carbonation bubbles and a decent bubbly off-white head. The head didn't dissapear entirely. The smell is faint, of cereal, like corn maybe. The taste is pretty sweet, also reminding me of corn, and leaves a syrupy bland aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good - smooth with a right amount of carbonation. Overall, I think 40 ounces is too much to drink of this stuff, but if you're on a tight budget, it'll keep you company well.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 04:02:51 | More by TravelingBeerMug
Photo of jettjon


2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No date. From the 32 oz screw-top bomber into a pint glass, it’s a nice transparent gold color, capped by a thin white head that fades quickly leaving a ring, thin cap, and scattered lacing. Not terribly bad looking for a “cheap” beer. Not much on the nose, just a bit grassy. Taste is slightly sweet, grassy, a hint of citrus, a bit bready, and very lightly bitter on the finish. No real off-flavors detected. Mouth is wet and a bit thin with low carbonation. Drinkability is OK; unlike some other “cheap” beers, I can see me actually finishing a quart of this stuff.

Overall: For 1.59 for 32 oz, this one will give any macro swill a run for its money. Not recommended, but certainly worthwhile for getting messed up on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 23:01:25 | More by jettjon
Photo of Drew966


3.18/5  rDev +20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schlitz Malt Liquor pours a pale fizzy yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown thirty two ounce bottle. Smells like adjunct, but not unpleasantly so. Crisp, some metallic flavors are present. Pretty drinkable by malt liquor standards. If you are looking for malt liquor, this isn't a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:14:00 | More by Drew966
Photo of RBorsato


2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color with a full white head, active carbonation and slow bubbles with a nice constant carbonation throughout. Serious adjunct aromas and flavors with a strong biting corn taste. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry biting finish.

Per Label: Stroh Brewery Co. - Milwaukee, WI
** which got bought by Pabst Brewing Co. **

Per Pabst website:
Silver - 2004 GABF - American style specialty lager
Gold - 2002 GABF - American style specialty lager

($1.69 / 40 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 20:07:19 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Dubblebock


2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Schlitz mizzle liquor bizzy is one of those rizzle baller fo shizzle. In its own way, its an American steppin' classic fo' sho'. This aint a gin n' juice tizzle one seeks out fo` its taste or uniqueness fo gettin yo pimp on. No, this gin n' juice is typically seen as a econizzles n easily acquired alcohol delivery system. Its a rite of passage of sorts ta drizzink this shot calla n i'd recommend tizzle everyone try it at least once ta git a feel fo` it . Know what im sayin?

The Bull pours witta fizzy yellow appearance n a weak heezee. Tha smell is all miznalt n alcohol fo gettin yo pimp on.

The taste is dominated by sickly sweet malts n an alcohol warmth thizzay creeps in n brotha all else . Its just anotha homocide. No real hop presence ta speak of n shit. Driznink this one cold in tha dogg pound. The gin n' juice gets baller n stale as it warms ridin' in mah double R.

Fizzle carbonizzle but bad mouthfeel cuz Im tha Double O G. Watery n cloyingly sweet at tha same time, it leaves a bad aftertaste. Not vizzle drinkable at all like old skool shit. One is enough fo` me.

Avoid this gin n' juice in mizzy social sett'n . Ill slap tha taste out yo mouf. If you really wiznant ta give it a go, I'd recommend a trizzay ta tha corna Quik-Pak fo` a tall boi or a 40 doggystyle. Put that purchase in a hustla sack n driznink it stone cold n F-to-tha-izzast.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 01:57:08 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of granger10


2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh man I have no idea why I had this in my fridge or decided to drink it in the middle of the day, but I did (boredom). This has that malt liquor taste but isn't quite as alcoholy or hot as other malt liquors. Decently crisp and it has that grainy adjuncty sweetness I would compare to Mickey's. As with all malt liquors, this beer sucks once its not ice cold. Ok, enough of this, I need an imp stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 15:16:39 | More by granger10
Photo of Gagnonsux


2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't as nasty as I remember from when I had this is high school. The appearance is yellow with a foamy head that quickly subsides. Aroma is that sweet malt liquor smell that all malt liquors seem to have in common, this is fairly unoffensive when compared to others. Taste isn't as sickly sweet as I remember. RIght now it seems just like any adjunct lager, just with more alocohol and a little bit more sweetness. I'm not gonna lie and say this is good, however, it is slightly better than the average malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 03:34:12 | More by Gagnonsux
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Schlitz O.M.L. (Malt Liquor) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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