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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
poor

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
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 Pegasus:
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

12-25-2008 04:14:13 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
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Spikester

Oregon

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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2014 05:51:27 | More by Spikester
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -26.2%

07-22-2014 14:19:43 | More by Yeti1979
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2014 00:58:03 | More by Zorro
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Maillard

California

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

05-13-2014 03:59:21 | More by Maillard
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 02:33:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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archyquaffer

Montana

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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 00:53:25 | More by archyquaffer
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Mtn

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-06-2014 22:14:51 | More by Mtn
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LoudRed

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

01-26-2014 01:25:33 | More by LoudRed
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dylntbrown

North Dakota

3/5  rDev +10.7%

12-10-2013 02:15:56 | More by dylntbrown
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tdm168

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

10-25-2013 20:14:44 | More by tdm168
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kguyty

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

09-24-2013 02:47:35 | More by kguyty
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jeffduyedi

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +84.5%

09-03-2013 01:37:37 | More by jeffduyedi
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Arcman

Georgia

2/5  rDev -26.2%

07-07-2013 18:44:48 | More by Arcman
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 16:37:08 | More by Wrigfen
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samibr

New York

3/5  rDev +10.7%

06-12-2013 23:32:29 | More by samibr
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JISurfer

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

06-05-2013 03:07:29 | More by JISurfer
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-02-2013 02:42:04 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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Dave7500kl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +66.1%

05-16-2013 23:04:34 | More by Dave7500kl
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Big_V

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

03-28-2013 18:56:59 | More by Big_V
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -26.2%

03-14-2013 03:14:00 | More by ferrettman687
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longbongsilver

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

03-13-2013 01:33:03 | More by longbongsilver
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Falcone

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -26.2%

03-03-2013 01:56:23 | More by Falcone
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fivetime

Idaho

2/5  rDev -26.2%

01-28-2013 02:03:18 | More by fivetime
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mikeg67

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 23:51:06 | More by mikeg67
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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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