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

Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth LagerSchlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager

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BA SCORE
66
poor

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 30.15%


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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Fatehunter

Oregon

1.08/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 02:22:01 | More by Fatehunter
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exparte

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Very faint aroma of corn. Has the same golden color typical of mass American lagers. Pours a thick white head that sticks around a while. Sweet and dry with a surprisingly absent alcohol tinge. Slick but not bad on the palate. Finishes sweet, crisp, and bitter. At first I thought it was awful. By the end of the can I thought it was pretty tolerable. I suppose that's a testament to the 8.5% abv. Nothing special here, folks. Just another cheap drunk.

Serving type: can

01-17-2010 07:18:06 | More by exparte
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mikeg67

New Jersey

1.35/5  rDev -50.4%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

1.38/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

24oz can into a plastic hotel cup.

A: Clear pale yellow with a finger of coarse white foam that shows poor retention but actually leaves some nice lace. A bit better than I'd expect for a malt liquor.

S: Alcohol, corn, and more alcohol. Pretty gross, but what can you expect.

T: Incredibly boozy and unspeakably rancid, this is quite possibly the worst tasting beer I've ever had. Way worse than any 40 I drank in college, worse than Icehouse. Nasty. Vile. Horrific. Undrinkable.

M: I hate to hold this in my mouth long enough to assess the feel, and when I do it's not worth the effort - slick, oily, and filled with coarse, stinging carbonation.

D: I drank this on a rugby trip while trying to get a buzz, and even for that purpose found it unbearably awful. I wound up pouring out at least three quarters of the can.

Notes: For future reference, while malt liquor undoubtedly gives a good $:ABV ratio, it's never worth it. I bought this can on a whim for $.99 at a gas station, and it was an experiment that will never be repeated.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

08-26-2010 00:09:03 | More by woosterbill
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

1.45/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dense two finger head, quickly fading, but leaving a broken and clinging lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is a muted odor of wet and musty cereal grains. Taste is that of wet malt, and cereal grains, very unpleasing to my palate. Mouthfeel is poor, there is a bit of tingle from the carbonation, but it is sticky and dry on the top of my mouth and soft palate. I will make just about every excuse to not drink this again, unless I am really drunk.

Serving type: can

02-28-2011 17:00:54 | More by beerprovedwright
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knoxtennessee

Tennessee

1.53/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 19:07:58 | More by knoxtennessee
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waterintobeer

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Billed as a high gravity lager which means high alcohol content with very little attention to flavor or anything else.
The appearance is a light gold with a head that quickly dies.
The smell consists of rice, alcohol and not much else.
The taste is stringent, no hops and slightly burns.
The mouth feel is heavy with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a good example of a drink that is created for the alcohol. The flavor, smell and mouth feel are all sub par but the alcohol is the main reason to drink this "beer".

Serving type: can

08-14-2010 06:10:59 | More by waterintobeer
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TMoney2591

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Stop #2 on the Swill Tour 2010 (the others worked on a Shiner Bock before this one). It pours a clear urine topped by a finger of white froth. The nose is crappy wheat covered up by the most saccharine corn syrup smell that has yet to grace my 'strils. The hell? The taste is, well, nasty. Even low expectations have been dashed by the pain of being so very, very right about something being so very, very wrong. It's...it's just terrible. I don't know what to say. The sweetness is sadly dulled (that's right, I said sadly), and some brassy corn husk is left to beat my 'buds' faces in, Norris-style. My nipples are hard just drinking this horribility. The lickuh is palpable. The body is heavier than it should be, with a sharply moderate carbonation and a brutal finish. Man, the more I drink this, the more I want to lick my own armpit to rid my tongue of the taste. Overall, no. Don't do this to yourself. Please.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 20:44:51 | More by TMoney2591
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Transatlantic

Tennessee

1.95/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Paulaner mug

A - Your typical crystal clear straw golden yellow color. Nice fluffy head that eventually dies down leaving chunks of lacing. Little fine bubbles at the bottom.

S - Pretty much what's expected. A very strong wet hay smell with that warm and sour body odor type smell that's typical of these lagers.

T - Well well...Upfront is water which then becomes a light bitter boozy alcohol taste. The finish is a strong bready cracker like taste.

M - Light bodied. Not quite watery but it's light.

D - The smell is so harsh, it makes each sip so hard to bare. But who am I kidding here? It's a poor man's liquor.

Serving type: can

01-14-2011 00:02:54 | More by Transatlantic
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

1.98/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2008 04:57:08 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Vdubb86

Illinois

2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served in a pint glass

This is entry #3 in Swill Fest 2010

This pours a very pale straw color. The rice and corn sugars are very prominent in the smell. There is a savior smell in the fact that maybe if there are hops in it, there is an orange/mango smell to the back, and only very faint. The taste is actually not as bad upfront as I would have expected, but that doesn't make it pleasant. The liquor taste is akin to a terrible Sake. It isn't horrid and appalling. Wait...I take that back. This is progressively harder to drink as I go along. Making me wish that hadn't just said those things. The mouthfeel is syrupy and unpleasant...very smooth my ass! This is currently giving all of us indigestion. This is horrid and I can't in good conscience recommend this to anyone not doing this to harm themselves.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 19:19:47 | More by Vdubb86
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Boy does this one bring back some memories. How can anyone forget a name like Schlitz. This brew was a high octane attempt from a low end brewery. Yellow in color, white head rather fluffy that fades quickly. The can design was probably the best part of this brew. I drank it with a meal just to help with the drinking process.

Serving type: can

03-24-2011 02:36:46 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 01:33:11 | More by emerge077
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shadow1961

Minnesota

2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Schlitz High Gravity VSL pours a huge fluffy head over a clear yellow
brew. High carbonation. The nose is your basic adjunct lager funk-
sweet corn, rice, and a sort of sourness only sharpened by the 8.5%
alcohol content. The flavor is mildly sweet- balanced not with hops but
with that alcohol burn. Notes of boiled veggies. Drink up, it doesn't get
better as it warms! Mouthfeel is full but also a bit rough due to that raw
alcohol burn. Union made in Milwaukee, WI, the only positive note here.
I have a feeling, though, that the boys down at the plant kick back with
something else after work. At a buck and a quarter for a 24 ounce tallboy,
it's not a bad way lay down that first all important buzz layer to start a bender
with. Not much of a beer though.

Serving type: can

08-22-2008 07:27:02 | More by shadow1961
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stumac

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: can

05-01-2008 05:09:40 | More by stumac
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 24 oz. can into a beer stein. What head it had disappeared within seconds leaving absolutely nothing. The colour was surprisingly light. It looks like a light beer. It's light yellowish gold. The smell is that of sweet metal. That's it. I was afraid to taste it, but was relieved when I did. It tasted much better than the smell. I'd even say it tastes better than all the high gravity lagers I've had other than OE HG800. It has a bitter taste that tastes lightly of metal. It really is quite smooth. Some alchol burn, but not until the aftertaste. It's somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. The nauseating bit is the taste of the actual malt. It's pretty bad. Within the category of malt liquor, this stuff's pretty bad. However, I think that modern "high gravity lagers" should not be considered in the same category. It's a totally different style and within that style, there are worse things for sure (ahem, Steel Reserve).

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 04:34:10 | More by ElCommodoro
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Brad007

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can't buy this in VT so I thought I'd give it a try since I can and do enjoy a proper malt liquor from time to time.

Pours a nice golden-yellow color with a two finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet and grainy in the nose with adjuncts dominating here.

Taste is sweet and grainy upfront with a strong alcohol bite.

Alcohol is syrupy and lingers highly. Sweet. Definitely a typical high gravity lager.

Not impressive by much but its ok to try at least once.

Serving type: can

05-03-2009 05:17:10 | More by Brad007
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 21:49:02 | More by twiggamortis420
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brewbasterd

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ah yes, good ol' Schlitz has one upped themselves again! As if the classic Blue Bull or Red Bull wasn't enough, they went ahead and produced an ice and this very fine product I am about to partake in now!

The color of this fine brew is light yellow with a foamy white head that goes away very quickly. The nose is semi sweet with hints of alcohol.

The taste starts off sweet with some light malt flavor which is quickly overpowered by a metallic taste.

Light mouthfeel and actually pretty smooth, alot of malt liquors can be pretty aggressive to the taste buds, this one isn't too bad.

Nothing I'm gonna keep my fridge stocked up with, but if I'm trying to get hammered for cheap and not impress anyone, I'll drink it again. I would much prefer to have this in a 40 oz. bottle.

Serving type: can

05-20-2009 03:20:33 | More by brewbasterd
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pezfiend

New York

2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz tallboy to a tulip pint glass

Appearance is straw, highly effervescent little bubbles with a decent 1 finger head which stays around the edge for the whole beer. Smells like hay, alcohol, and corn. Sweet and nostril burning. Taste is Tangy like grape fruit drenched in honey, almost no hops whatsoever mainly because they're run out by the high alcohol content. I also agree with emerge077
that it's like cheap champagne (not to be confused with MHL the champagne of beers). Sticks to the mouth in probably the most unpleasant way like drinking (not rinsing with) a glass of mouth wash, finishes with an alcohol tingle and perhaps stale beer funk like what i used to smell in my grandfathers basement. Overall, definitely not good. However not the worst high gravity I've had, decent if i was still in college and looking for a cheap pre-gamer buzz before a kegger or a night at the bar.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 01:57:45 | More by pezfiend
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance has a light golden color with a healthy crisp head. Smell and taste is corny, ricey and alchoholic with a sweet bitter bite. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A fun one to try from a 24 oz. can, but one I wouldn't go back to any time soon.
Note to self: don't try to pick up any chics with this one, it hits too hard to fast.

Serving type: can

04-15-2009 02:39:37 | More by Bookseeb
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass. Great looking can.

A - Clear, pale yellow with about 1/2 inch of head that falls quickly to nothing, leaving no lace.

S - DMS out the ass. Some corn/grain aromas follow, but this is one smelly beer.

T - Quite sweet at first, with a syrupy, psuedo-malt flavor. Weird, musty, and a little artificial. Starts drying out near the finish with a very pronounced bitterness along with noticable alcohol.

M - High carbonation, and thick for the style. Cloying even.

D - Bleh. Beyond this review, the rest is probably going to endure a drain pour. Awful stuff.

I always try to rate to style, but it's difficult when a beer is just plain offensive. Perhaps it is a decent malt liquor? I wouldn't know honestly. I picked it up on a whim on my way back from the bar.

Serving type: can

06-24-2008 06:54:50 | More by PatrickJR
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is actually better than I expected - nothing to write home about, as the old cliche goes, but rather nice. It is strong, fruity - mainly apple - and malty, better than what I expected from a beer of this type. It pours a rather uninspiring clear wan yellow with a rather typical white head. Flavor is not too shabby, though - stronger and fuller than I expected, malty and fruity with a bit of a nip. It’s actually a little enjoyable! Texture is smooth and just a bit fizzy, no big shakes, but better than most industrial swill I have had. OK if there isn’t much else to drink.

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 21:42:45 | More by Cyberkedi
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This review is part of Malt Likkapalooza X. Even though it won't be reflected in the final score, the Schlitz High Gravity can wins the container graphics contest with ease. Since this beer is a 'very smooth lager' and its competitor has 'extra smooth taste', this will probably be an exceptionally smooth experience. Or not.

Textbook amber with a cream colored crown that doesn't look as good as Camo's, doesn't last as long and doesn't result in as much glass coverage. Worse all around, but still not bad considering the style.

The nose, while far from great, isn't horrible either. It's low on power, is untoasted grain-like and hides its alcohol surprisingly well. Another clear loss for the Bull.

Schlitz High Gravity is the better beer, largely because it's more of a classic malt liquor that combines sweetened grain and barely tamed alcohol, with very few other flavors to get in the way of the... uh... enjoyment. There's nothing new here, just simple boozy goodness that will deliver that quick buzz with a minimum of fuss and bother.

This mouthfeel might be a fraction less full, but it's also faintly sticky on the back end and has enough carbonation to keep things moving smartly along. No difference in the scores, though.

Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L. (Very Smooth Lager) is a classic malt liquor that comes through where it matters most: flavor. Congratulations to Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. for winning both Malt Likkapalooza I (Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull) and Malt Likkapalooza X.

Serving type: can

03-27-2008 15:12:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
66 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.