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

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BA SCORE
66
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2008)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a big, pillowy, cotton white head.

Smell: Sweetish, corny aroma, though mild, and with only a minor hint of the alcohol within.

Taste: Sweet corn flavor, but it's suspiciously quite clean, leading me to surmise some rice is up in this piece. Slight hint of bitterness. Just a touch of that trademark malt liquor chemical alcohol taste. A relatively smooth finish, it lacks the usual cloying, frown-summoning end that I find with its siblings.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Altogether soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly the smoothest malt liquor I've begrudgingly downed during my time on this planet.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 24oz can into a big mug. The can has the abv (8.5%) and a freshness date of "JUL1111" printed on the bottom.

Appearance: The body had a light yellow color with very good clarity. This was a lighter than I was expecting but not out of place. On top the tall three finger head of bright white foam settles down to thin cap which actually hangs on well. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: It is fairly light with pale cereal grain, grassy hay like hops and minimal sweet corn/vegetable notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma exactly with a fairly dry finish and offers it up in a light-medium body with smooth but lively carbonation.

Notes: It's surprisingly light and drinkable.

generallee, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of BrewMaven
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Who needs sleeping pills when 8+% "smooth" lagers are readily available?

Clear, golden and lively on the pour with crazy carbonation. Good looking can graphics by the way...

Typical nose of grain and ethanol although both were muted..or is my schnozz just defective?

Taste was smooth, somewhat sweet grain with a mild wash of alcohol on the finish..not an offensive beer by any means. Fairly thin mouthfeel that is somewhat boosted by the strong carbonation.

Really not a bad choice when you need to settle down and don't want to open that lovely Ommegang that waits patiently in the fridge for a worthy night.

BrewMaven, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Guardian
3.85/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow. I never liked this category...who cares what it looks like?

S- ALCOHOL...this is a malt liquor and a whiff will tell you so.

T- Amazingly smooth given the alcohol content.

M- Ice cold it is excellent. Do not let it warm up or it will bring the scwaggy taste of rubbing alcohol.

D- I usually finish off a night of heavy drinking with this beer. The taste is good given the alcohol level and this is usually a good "finish". Also...this stuff is CHEAP.

Guardian, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of tdm168
1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

tdm168, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 oz. can High Gravity Schlitz issues forth into the glass with a churning swirl of carbonation, no doubt due to it's higher gravity and residual body. It settles to a clear golden color and teems with fast-rising bubbles. The head, which initially rose quite mightily, is down for the count.

In the nose it's simply malty, yeasty-fruity, and slightly alcoholic... very much your typical malt liquor but with a bit more emphasis on the sweetish malt. It's clean and mildly grainy, but no real hops are present (as expected).

The body is solidly medium, and it's fairly crisp and effervescent!

The flavor is malt driven, but it's nicely infused with yeasty high-fermentation fruitiness, and backed by a very low-key, but underlyingly solid bitterness, as well as a sharp crack of semi-tenacious alcohol. It's just as a malt liquor should be!!!

It starts malty and sweet, swathed in alcohol... and it ends malty-sweet and swathed in alcohol. Surprising? But hops, whaaa... ? No they're there, just in minor measure - as expected! And the maltiness is really well done. For the style it's pretty impressively well-done. One of my favorite malt liquors!

NeroFiddled, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Fatehunter
1.08/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

24oz can with the bull. Poured as quickly as possible, four fingers of foamy head. Medium to light straw colored body.
Smells like a dank sock left in the bottom of the gym bag for a week or three.
Taste = Sweet and gross.
Sticky texture, low carbonation.
One drink and done. Drain gets the rest. Wow, truly the worst beer I have ever had.

Fatehunter, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of bluemoonswoon
1.98/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

24oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a pale and clear straw color with a one inch pure white soda like head that bubbles away into a cap in a few minutes, very nice amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass but does nothing to keep the head supported. Doesn't look that bad for a malt liquor. Above average for the style.

S: Metallic corn with the tiniest bit of green apple, just bleh, at least smell sweet for me malt liquor, this just smells like antiseptic and metal.

T/MF: Corn apple and metal that is about the jist of it, mouthfeel is lively enough to keep things from becoming disgusting.

D: Can't feel the booziness in this beer but it is still drinkable for a malt liquor but really close to being not tolerable. Steel Reserve is much better choice.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Sailracer
1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is primarily of malts. Taste is mostly of alcohol, some malts and grains, not all that good. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

tone77, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 710 ml. can marked: APR0212-E07020447. Sampled on November 30, 2011. Poured into a Heileman's Old Style pint glass...well why not? It is a highly agitated, carbonated pale yellow to off-gold with a goodly amount of fizzy head. The aroma is of corn and sweet malts with a crisp hop drop. It does not smell high in alcohol. The body is a little better than light but not quite medium. The taste has that bitter malt liquor taste but a bit more palatable than other malt liquors out there. An almost clean aftertaste. I said "almost" because there is a rather biting lingering effect. I rated this by style not by its craft.

puboflyons, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Big 24oz. can into a fluted pilsner glass. AUG0811

Pale straw gold, sharp clarity. Super fine suspended micro-sediment visible when inspected closely in the light. Fizzy head that dwindles to a threaded ring of tiny bubbles at the edge of the glass. Rising soda carbonation on the second pour, with the remnant of the can shaken and poured, it generates some (artificial) lasting foam on top, and even a little lacing.

Sweet grape and papery aroma. An odd, mildly sulfuric smell that is jarring at first, with a little whiff of alcohol in there too.

Grape juice and bad champagne, astringent fusel bite, stale wet grain and soggy manila folders. Apple jacks cereal and envelope glue. Aftertaste nearly induces the gag reflex, it's like chewing on a pencil soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Fizzy soda-like carbonation scrubs the palate, but it doesn't relieve the insidious taste, instead staging a baleful destruction of said palate's tastebuds. You know how your mouth feels after licking a dozen envelopes? It's like that.

A crescendo of foulness as it warms, potentially culminating into vomiting and passing out, or vise versa. There are better ways to anesthetize the mind... though I guess they don't get any cheaper than this.

emerge077, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of longbongsilver
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

longbongsilver, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A hard pour gave me a decent snow-white head. Golden yellow with light carbonation. The head retention is fairly decent for the style and it has ok lacing.

Smell: Sweet and corny. No "off" smells, it's just like a heartier adjunct lager.

Taste: Rich and sweet. ABV is really hidden. This beer is really surprising me. I didn't think a malt liquor could be this good. Not that it's really anything great, but for this style it is.

Mouthfeel: It lives up to it's title as a "Very Smooth Lager". Almost creamy.

BierFan, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of fivetime
2/5  rDev -26.2%

fivetime, Jan 28, 2013
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 knoxtennessee
1.53/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- nice color obviously it's going to be crystal clear. Lots of fizz and foam. S- sort of sicky sweet. Like that real shitty moonshine you can still get here in East TN. T- way to sweet and a little medicine like. Grainy. Gets a little less mediciney and more grainy as it warms up a bit. Strainge rancid apple and pear notes. No hops what so ever. Could use a little bitterness M- Heavy and syrpy at first. Thins out a little as it warms. The foam does little to dry it out. D- Too heavy to swill but gets much more pleasent after you've half drained it. Not pleasent so much as tolerable with the buzz you've recently aquired. Not worth the buzz. You get just as drunk off two big cans of high life and it's not nearly as toxic.

knoxtennessee, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of scottoale
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the large 24oz., into a Pizza Port pint glass to enhance the appeal. There is a canning code date on the bottom of can: 02239 C41503...I'm guessing drink by 2-23-09?

A nice piss-yellow gold with moderate carbonation and a large three-finger, fluffy white head. The head dwindles quickly, leaving some clingy lace and surface covering.

The smell is sweet and malty, with a dusty metallic thing going on. The hops perhaps? It actually smell's kind of nice.

The taste is kind of a surprise...it's not offensive like I was expecting, on the contrary it is actually quite smooth and pleasant. Lot's of pale malt flavor, lightly sweet with a balanced, clean finish. It tastes a good as it looks...much to my amazement. This is probably the best tasting macro malt liquor I've ever had.

A solid medium body with a high ABV of 8.5%, the alcohol is really not noticable. This stuff actually drinks easy, especially coming from the can. $1.39 for 24fl.oz. that's quite drinkable...can't bitch about that. Safe for the masses!

Note: the only reason I picked this up was that I noticed that the Schlitz Gusto (60's Formula)
was getting decent reviews. I couldn't find it, so I tried this instead.

scottoale, Dec 04, 2008
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Xzfgiimtsath, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24 oz. of the golden bull, oh yeah. Pours a light golden color with perfect clarity and a small white head that fades to nothingness in very few seconds.

Sweet maltiness with a hefty dose of alcohol is about all I get in the nose on this one. Pretty clean and fresh smelling malt liquor.

This one will get you drunk in a hurry. The sharp, rough alcohol is readily apparent and is only masked by some light grainy malts and carbonation. I do not detect any bitterness from hops, but the heavy alcohol dries out the finish enough to not taste sweet. I would much rather tame the blue bull than this golden beast...V.S.L. my ass! There is nothing smooth about it. Highly unlikely I will be buying this one again.

twiggamortis420, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey golden with a fat creamy off white head that leaves splotches of lace on the glass. Smells of grits, cereal grain and the faintest suggestion of cluster hops. Tastes of toasted grain and sweet malt with some decent bitterness to balance. Warmingly alcoholic in the finish. Lighter bodied for the style and nicely carbonated. Suprisingly easy to drink, great beer to wash down some wings or barbecue. A fine example of the style.

biggred1, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear pale golden color, with a small white head, really no more than a scattering of foam, thin glass-coating lace, with small streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Very faint, slightly dusty aroma, very faint grain notes, no hops, and no alcohol notes whatsoever.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt notes at the open, very little alcohol presence, as the taste progresses, some slight metallic hop notes appear. Finishes dry, with a mild, lingering sweetness.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This is a difficult beer to assess. While I am quite impressed with the pronounced craftsmanship exhibited by this beer, it is rather lacking in character. The high gravity is handled very gracefully, but there isn't much else here, it seems subdued and lifeless.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a twenty ounce Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Dec 25, 2008
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
Photo of stumac
2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

found this little treasure on a road trip from houston to austin in a booney ass little town's gas station.

pours up a light straw to ugly yellow, little white head.

smells of slight corn, little sweet alcohol

taste very sweet, light malty, very little if any hop crispness.

long lingering sugar sweet aftertaste.

not the worst malt liquor i've ever had but still a malt liquor. but the important thing is that i got drunk.

stumac, May 01, 2008
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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.