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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 29.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2008)
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3.04/5  rDev +12.2%

MaddDogg84, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Spikester
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is better than average solid gold color with three fingers of white head that stays about five minutes and leaves some lace as the level drops.
Smell is average but for the style only. Early on it smelled like apple skin and alcohol.
Taste is sweet fruity (apple skin) slightly tart. I could not detect any hops but they show up later in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Sweet finish and just lightly dry.
Overall a bit of a chore to drink. I poured it into a nonic pint glass and I think it tastes better out of the can. I have to say I like the old Schlitz ML Bull from the 1970's but all I can find lately are these HG Malt Liquors. Enjoy by date is Jan. 5, 2015. Super fresh if it is a six month span.

Spikester, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Yeti1979
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Yeti1979, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Zorro
2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells sweet and corny with a a fruity scent. Sweet apple scent.

Starts out sweet. Tastes of ethanol and apple. Really doesn't taste that much like corn.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall what you wood expect, Cheep Booze in a big can.

Zorro, Jun 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Maillard, May 13, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlitz High Gravity Lager (VSL) had a thick, creamy, egg-shell colored head, and a very clear, golden appearance, with some fine bubbles streaming up and a decent amount of lacing left down the mug. The aroma is faint, with some clean water and a slight sweet smell in there. Taste is very alcohol-forward. There are wine, corn, sweet, and low-level hop flavors all mixed in with this. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Schlitz HG (Very Smooth Lager) finishes rather harsh and heavy.


RonaldTheriot, Mar 18, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce tallboy into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of frothy, bubbly, and billowy head that actually proves quite sticky. The beer is a pale straw color, but not as pale as many AALs and malt liquors. There is an absolute tornado of carbonation.

This beer is quite smooth, as advertised. I detect a little bit of pale malt flavor with some corn mash and a kiss of hops. Some fruity and metallic alcohol notes are apparent, as expected. There is a basic corny sweetness that becomes cloying as it warms- don't let it get too warm.

It had been awhile since I tried a Schlitz Bull. It really isn't bad at all, and would probably make a good candidate for a tomato juice beer because it's strong and highly carbonated.

archyquaffer, Mar 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Mtn, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

LoudRed, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

dylntbrown, Dec 10, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

tdm168, Oct 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

kguyty, Sep 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +84.5%

jeffduyedi, Sep 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

Arcman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Wrigfen
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I probably rated it higher than I should have but I did this with a certain thought process. I compared it to Larine 95. Larine 95 while not a great beer is better tasting than this beer, however this beer is better or more fairly priced. Alcholol content is comparable between the both. Let me say this about this beer. It is definitely not a full body or full flavored rich tasting beer. But then again it is a beer and is NOT bad tasting either. I would drink it again although probably it is not in my top 80 (yes I have had a lot of experience although I didn't rate beers for many decades). Try it don't shun it but do not expect a Duvel or Allagash but do not expect a bad beer either. It is ok and sometimes ok is fine and 8.5% ABV makes it better. And it advertises itself as a Very SMooth Lager which it is.

Wrigfen, Jun 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

samibr, Jun 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

JISurfer, Jun 05, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Xzfgiimtsath, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +66.1%

Dave7500kl, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

Big_V, Mar 28, 2013
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

ferrettman687, Mar 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

longbongsilver, Mar 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

Falcone, Mar 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

fivetime, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
1.35/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

24 oz can. Pours straw with tall, foamy, white head and nice lacing. Smells like fermented apple juice and hints of grassy hops. Body is full and smooth. Taste is alcohol, fermented juice and peppery hops. Finish is long, dried by alcohol. Nice drain opener.

mikeg67, Dec 30, 2012
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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
66 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.