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

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

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 169
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 27.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-27-2002

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This review is part of Malt Likkapalooza I, the first head to head match in my new series pitting malt liquors against one another in a classic contest of strength, courage and stamina (on my part that is). The first contest will be between the venerable Colt 45 and the much respected Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull. Let's pop the tops and get this rodeo on the road.

Also medium amber and very slightly lighter than the Colt. It's strange, but when I hold the glasses side by side up to the sunlight, the colors look identical. The head on this one is the same off-white, lasts for an identical length of time and leaves an identical amount and pattern of lace. It's difficult to tell these two beers apart from an appearance standpoint.

The aromas are similar and similarly inoffensive. I'll have to give the edge to the Bull due its greater power and floral scent. If they were truly horrendous, the beer with the strongest nose would have scored the lowest.

They taste nearly identical. This beer has more flavor and another layer of flavor complexity compared to its competitor. Let's not get too excited here, I'm talking about a two-dimensional flavor profile rather than a one-dimensional one. These are simple creatures after all. Slight nod to the Bull.

The body on this beer is indistinguishable from its competitor. The carbonation is a little more lively, which makes me like the mouthfeel a tad more (although it isn't worth a higher score). Like the Colt, the alcohol is well hidden.

I don't often reach for an ice-cold malt liquor (okay, never), but if I was so inclined, this wouldn't be a bad way to go. It wins this head to head between the two grizzled veterans of the style and will now be awarded the laurel wreath as the victor in Malt Likkapalooza I. It also wins the ever important 'best can' category thanks to the big blue Bull looking to kick a little Colt. (1,895 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Labeled as Schlitz OML, but this is the same thing.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a short lived but initially towering white head.

S: Smells pretty much exclusively like corn. Very sweet on the nose as there is plenty of sugar, corn syrup, and apple juice. A bit of white grape juice in there too. Very minimal grain aroma.

T: The white grape juice is much more pronounced on the flavor, but this one is still all about the corn. There's a bit more corn flavor for good measure and then some corn syrup and sugar. A touch of a chemical flavor at times.

M: The body is light, but on the heavier side for malt liquor, with a moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty middle of the road as far as malt liquors go. Once is probably enough for this one. (757 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stein. Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation and minimal lacing.

Aroma: minimal sweetness.

Beer is light in body, minimal sweetness, no aftertaste. Pilsner malt. Not as bad as the red. No boiled vegetable taste or aroma. Overall it's OK.

Tasted by wife; even she says it's not bad. And she is not a lager fan.

*Dictated, not read* (372 characters)

Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
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! (570 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
1.76/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The Bull in a CAN! Wow. It is now identified as Schlitz Malt Liquor O. M. L. (Original Malt Liquor). CAN you dig it? The bull still reminds me of Babe, Paul Bunyan's companion. Big, blue, rampaging ...

I got a finger of rocky, bone-white head that gradually settled into wisps. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was really sweet, almost unnaturally so. Definitely fusel, like walking into a dry cleaner's. Oof. It had a medium mouthfeel, which was nice, but the taste was a combination of perfume, bubble gum and cereal. And to think that I was once intimidated by this stuff ... Now, it just seemed cheap and not well made at all. The finish was dry, but it left a lingering taste of cereal in my mouth. My CAN held 24 ounces and that was PLENTY, believe me. I CANnot get my mind around a 40 of this dreck. (839 characters)

Photo of tdm168
1.99/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a few ounces into a juice glass for color and smell. The rest was consumed out of the bottle.

A - pale golden yellow with a thin lacing of soft, white head that leaves a thin lacing

S - grains, metal, corn, alcohol

T - grainy, apples, metal, corn, sweet, alcohol

M - warm, crisp, lightly bodied

This is pretty foul. It has a warm, metallic, grainy taste that's incredibly displeasing. I admit that I bought this more for a cheap buzz than anything else, but I'll steer clear in the future. (501 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. can, first time I have seen this in Huntington Beach, bought at the local Albertson's on Beach and Yorktown/Utica for $1.29.

A: Pours a pale, golden yellow, pretty good head for a macro, white and fizzy, but lasted for pretty much the whole drink, no lacing though.

S: Light and thin, with some malt and alcohol notes.

T: Tastes pretty much of malt and corn, no hops to speak of. It is a bit boozy, the alcohol is evident, even at 5.9%, but this is malt liquor we're talking about, so I expected this fact.

M: Medium-bodied for a macro, light overall, a bit medicinal and solventy from the alcohol.

D: A pretty good malt liquor, easy to drink, a fair beer to beer to buy if you are on a budget. (706 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is damn close to no smell, just a little grain and yeast. It doesn't smell bad; it just almost has no smell.

Taste is a bit sweet and a light grain flavor; there is a noticeable amount of hops in this.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

More drinkable than you would think. This isn't necessarily inferior to Budweiser, but it is just really an Alcohol delivery device. (416 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
1.92/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this in a can - well, it’s what was available. Aroma is weak, wan and malty. It pours a very uninspiring clear pale yellow; at least the white head is fairly thick. Flavor is malty and a little fruity, actually better than I expected but still not much. Then again, I have been spoiled rotten by craft brews. Texture is smooth but hardly fizzy at all - I’ve drunk soymilk that left more of a tingle. I guess you have to drink swill occasionally so you can better appreciate the real stuff. (497 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
1.7/5  rDev -38.6%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
1.97/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Light and yellow. No head and no carbonation visible.

S - Really grainy. Sugary. Can smell the corn.

T - I have yucky written down. Really sweet. Corny and grainy.

M - Thin and fizzy. Nothing exciting.

D - Don't want more but it will get ya drunk if that's what you want. (279 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz tallboy can pours a very clear light gold color with a fluffy, but surprisingly dense, white foam. Retention is actually pretty decent and leaves zero lacing in it's wake. One the better looking malt lickas I've seen.

Nose is heavily laden with light cereal grains and alcohol fruitiness. Pretty clean, not getting many off notes.

This bull is pretty sweet, almost sugary graininess with a bit of tropical fruit. Alcohol and a dollop of what I am assuming is hops make for a drying and mildly bitter finish. ABV is pretty restrained but still noticeable. Carbonation is about medium or slightly low for a malt liquor. Pretty slick and it slides down the throat with ease. Would rather have one of these than say...a bud light. (734 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
2.52/5  rDev -9%
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.) (481 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,392 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well... the can's a work of friggin art. I'd build a coffeetable out of them if I knew how to build coffetables out of beer cans.

Aside from that, it pours yellow with a small, quickly dissolving white head.

Smells like faint malted barley and strong adjunct. No metal, but light hints of cream and vegetables. Not good, but not horrible.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Big malt, a little creamy, a little corny, with no hops of which to speak.

Not nearly as rough as your average Malt Liquor; it actually tastes like a maltier Budweiser. Not horrible, but not great. (578 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color. Initially head is large, white and puffy, but rapidly fell to a thin coating. Smell is minimal with a slight sweet note. Taste is also very mild, and when the beer is very cold it is OK, as it warms it becomes less acceptable. Finish is refreshing. OK, but not much else. (299 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.88/5  rDev +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.

RJT (795 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounce can from local liquor store for a whopping $1.29

Cannot beat the price, but not a very good malt liquor

Smell is decent but taste is pretty bad and it does not seem to go away

Could drink a lot of these because that is what they are made for, ultimate consumption, but not very good

Olde English still beats this in my book for cheap malt (351 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color with a decent white head that fades to a thin layer, good lace. Herbal aroma with grains and alcohol. Decent flavor, begins with malt sweetness, strong alcohol, finish is dry and hoppy. Should be consumed ice cold. Its a bit rough around the edges, but one can do worse for the money. I can think of several nationals that are not as good and cost more than this one. (390 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Awesome can!

Pours a clear fizzy yellow. Big white head. Smells like corn malt, tastes like skunky corn malt, and there really isn't much going on here. It's a sweeter beer than most, so maybe they actually used some sort of malt base.

Still, it's mostly carbonated water. (275 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is decent, particularly for what it is. Like other lower-alcohol malt liquors, it basically has a character of a slightly stronger basic American pale lager. It basically has an American-lager "beer" smell and taste. It's simple and light but somewhat tasty, smooth, and inoffensive.

Bright yellow-gold, it has a fairly big white head that steadily shrinks to a thin ring but leaves behind a little weak lace.

The aroma is mostly mild grain and cooked rice with a hint of piney-grassy hops and a faint alcohol whiff to it.

The taste has a light grainy sweetness to it actually balanced with a wisp of piney-grassy hop bitterness and flavour. This is a little less grain-tasting, sweet, and full-bodied than some, like Mickey's or Colt 45, but has a slightly stronger hop chracter and bitterness, making it more well-rounded. (834 characters)

Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most malt liquors, Schlitz is something I hope to never drink again. The yellow color and poor head make me think it should be enjoyed from the can. Wait, did I just say enjoy? There was nothing enjoyable about the taste or smell. Both were of corny grains and cheap alcohol. The body was light and a little syrupy. At just under six percent, this isn't even good for getting drunk. (387 characters)

Photo of armock
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (669 characters)

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Schlitz O.M.L. (Malt Liquor) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
67 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.