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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) - JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 47
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst) visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed under contract for Pabst by Miller Brewing Co.

"Classic 1960's Formula" Schlitz Gusto reintroduced in 2008. 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. "tallboy" cans, and draft.

Original Schlitz in 12 oz. cans and draft:

(Beer added by: Pauly2X on 08-13-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-04-2013 23:17:10 | More by buschbeer
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3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener

L: gold ... it's definitely darker than lemon yellow; hard pour gives up a thick fluffy white head of foam that sticks at the top; keeps a perfect thick white collar and bubbly skin; TONS of bubbles fly up the column the entire time, and the show is nice with the brew being crystal clear; if this beer laced, it's be a 5. as is, super nice.

S: musty at first ... some grain but not much ... a bit of sour grain later; maybe some corn, and as it warms, it's kind of sweet. very subtle and "small" but it's not offensive

T: sweet ... honestly, if you put this in a container that claimed kolsch or marzen or maybe dortmunder from Germany, I'd buy it -- it's got some very nice sweet malt notes that maintain throughout the 12 ounces. little hop profile, almost none, but there's a pinch of earthy/pepper in there. mostly this is just a nice sweet malt/grain brew with the malt being mostly cracker and something giving it some nice sweetness.

F: solid all around, great carbonation, just a bit heavier than lightweight.

O: pretty fantastic, really, considering the low expectations and cheap price of the adjunct. it's really sweet, and while the malt doesn't hit the sweet biscuits/bread malt range, it's doing something to give it plenty of taste. and the grain here isn't turning the whole thing into a liquid tortilla chip. again, it's just giving it some nice sweet taste.

Serving type: can

07-10-2014 06:35:24 | More by Premo88
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4/5  rDev +12%

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1.75/5  rDev -51%

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4.79/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Quite Simply THE Single Best American Mass Produced Macro Lager There Is...Bar None~smooth,zesty hop spice,easy drinking,wonderful Brew,Full Flavored...Amazing Beer!
I am not going to go on and on about it's merits...however if you can find this awesome Nectar of the Gods...TRY IT! WOW! What a GR8 Brew~best of the American Macro Brews hands down,cheers ;)

Serving type: can

06-13-2014 23:38:29 | More by Beerwolf666
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4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large foamy head. Retention is very good. Frothy. Sticks around. Moderate lacing. Clear light golden body. Tiny but active carbonation bubbles.

Mild corn and malt. Pleasant. Not harsh. Very mild hops.

Good malt and corn body. Perfect balance between being sweet and dry. Detectable, mild hop background. One of the best adjunct lagers.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. Satisfying.

Old school American lager beer done right. This is one of the best corn adjunct beers out there. It has character. Very drinkable. Clean and not harsh. Balanced malt sweetness, mild corn dryness, and mild floral and bitter hop backbone. I see why this was the best selling beer in America for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

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3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I assume this is what I drank. The 12 pack I bought did not specify, and since the regular Schlitz is "retired" according to Beer Advocate, let's say I drank this.

A- Golden appearance. Fluffy head that died to a rim around the glass that stuck around. Better than most beers of the style.

S- Sweet, pale malts. Grain and light corny aromas. No cooked veggies at all. Nice for the style.

T- Outstanding for an American Adjunct Lager. Pale malts and sweetness. It is grainy and corny like most adjunct lagers are, but it's all very minimal. If that's not your thing or you can take those flavors, don't drink American lagers. It also has a light spiciness from the hops at the back of the mouth, but it's light! Overall very mild adjunct flavors with a nice sweet pale malty flavor.

M- Crisp, very clean, and very refreshing. It is a thin and watery mouthfeel, but there's a slight creaminess as well. Finish is pretty dry as expected. It has a light spiciness to round out the finish.

*Overall, Schlitz is a great example of an adjunct lager. Glad to see Pabst hasn't totally thrown this one down the crapper. I paid $12.49 for the 12 pack, and according to some folks from across the country, I got ripped off. But it's still a great little lager that I'd buy again no problem!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 03:44:41 | More by ThomasMetal75
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New York

3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is the beer that introduced me to beer, in 1965.
It tasted good then, and tastes pretty good still. This has some traditional american beer flavor, with less sweetness than Bud, and more flavor than Pabst. After many years of drinking craft beers, I have to say that Schlitz is not great, but it is pretty good. Considering a price per ounce to taste analysis, Schlitz would be very tough to beat if price is an equal factor to taste.
I don't get this often because I only see it in suitcases of 30, but if it sold in six packs I'[d get it occasionally. It is a decent, yet cheap beer. It is better than some of the craft beers out there. I am amazed that it tastes the same as I recall from 1965.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 00:17:50 | More by timfelix
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4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- medium to big carbonation. Two fingers of head,fast dissipation. Even some decent lacing. Appears clear-golden as the philosophers stone.

S: smells crisp and somewhat beyond refreshing. Some faint herbal hop presence, malt...no kidding!

T: the taste/finish is very nice. There is a very mild hop bitterness on the end. herbal.

M: full bodied for the most part. Comes off very refreshing...might get some foam stuck in yer full-hipster beard if not careful...by the way,this beats PBR beer by a long shot...sorry.

- Very flavorful. Cheap in price but not in taste.

I found it at one store in my town & it was around $6 for a 6-pack of bottles and i even missed it at first glance through the "looking-glass"...went up to the counter and asked a man (probably in his early 70's) if they plan on gettin' it in anytime soon? he surprised me and said it should be back there and he knew right where it was, as if he pulled 'em down for himself more often than not before leaving work at the end of the day...
-more of these "Classic" Recipes should come back...vintage repro-guitars & vintage repro-beers are fine by me as long as they do it right..just like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:05:51 | More by Bis4beer70
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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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