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

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 55
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of robertdrinks

1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

This was not good. I think i received a real can from the 60's.
It had a slight cloudy yellow appearance to which should be clear golden. no head to speak of.

smelled of basement

taste was bad and sour. no skunk, just flat and awful.

i would like to try this again because i think i received a bad can. i will update my review if i find it better in the future.

09-14-2012 15:55:02 | More by robertdrinks
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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

03-02-2014 20:18:44 | More by joseph_french
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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

06-16-2014 18:39:27 | More by Jordanmtate
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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

03-27-2013 23:55:54 | More by AustinPaul
Photo of 44ouncer


1.78/5  rDev -50%

Was pleasantly surprised by the previous Schlitz formula -- and was so looking forward to trying the new recipe.

Complete disappointment.

The old stuff would go for around $4.99 a 12 box. The new stuff was priced at $9.99 a 12 box -- and I was dumb enough to pay for it because I had been waiting for it for years.

The appearance is your run of the mill cheap belly wash lager. Maybe tinted a shade darker.

Smelled like soap with grain undertones.

Taste was bitter. And not in a good way. The previous formula was crisp and clean with a bite from the hops -- this is just foul from the word go.

Just a terrible product. Pabst's new owners are doing a great job of ruining the company which began to catch as a fluke.

01-03-2012 07:17:57 | More by 44ouncer
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

11-29-2011 01:14:49 | More by KingBiscuit
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Pours a light golden with a slight white head. Smells like a macro--overpowering sour with a little maltiness. The mouthfeel is thin but average for a macro. The flavor is... ah yes, like college. Reminds me of PBR. It's sour, but at least it's cold. I wasn't going to say it was horrible, but.. it's horrible. I got it for the novelty, and that's about all it's good for. Maybe I'll buy a sixer for my dad or grandpa--they'd probably get a kick out of it.

08-23-2009 18:10:09 | More by jeremyd365
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

07-07-2014 06:43:38 | More by antichuckmoore
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

08-22-2013 04:58:40 | More by heytomcat
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

10-10-2013 12:25:22 | More by HRamz3
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

04-13-2014 20:08:15 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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2.08/5  rDev -41.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Very light straw color with a short white head that quickly gave way.

Smells lightly of honey and malt. Very faint smell though.

Slight malt, a bit of bitterness. There is an unpleasant flavor in there too but I cannot place it.

Lots of bubbles, kind of annoying. Light body.

I initially bought it for the novelty and to see what the 1960s tasted like. They can keep it. While it does not taste bad, it just does not taste like anything, plus the high carbonation makes it difficult to be a session beer.

04-23-2011 21:18:20 | More by Fatehunter
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Rhode Island

2.08/5  rDev -41.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from the adjuncts and light malts followed by a little bit of malt sweetness. The hops presence is very mild, but about where it should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, likewise not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are other beers in the style that I would pick first.

10-30-2011 19:01:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.1/5  rDev -41%

This has been my daily beer for some time now and on occasion the batches have varied a bit in flavor. No problem. Now with the the latest repackaging I noticed a distinct flavor and feel.
Crap!!! They changed the beer!? Or did a poor job of quality control!? I will wait for the next
batch and try again, hopefully I do not need to switch and Pabst brewing gets it right. This may
not be greatest beer in the world but I dig it and I think the Schlitz brand can't take another hit
like it did years ago!

08-08-2013 17:19:37 | More by ROOFDOG
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

08-01-2014 03:34:36 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

01-29-2013 08:30:35 | More by KillaB
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

08-09-2013 21:18:52 | More by rabbitguy
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2.28/5  rDev -36%

Had this at the PAMdemonium Mensa gathering. Aroma is weak but one does get a hint of malt. It pours a typical clear yellow with an unremarkable white head. Flavor, though, is better than I expected - strong, malty and just a little fruity. Body leaves something to be desired, but not the fizz. Overall, not bad for an industrial lager.

05-25-2012 01:12:16 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of HopsSchnapps


2.3/5  rDev -35.4%

Received a 12 oz. brown bottle in a trade with nerdrocker101 so I'll give it a fair shake. pours a crystal clear light golden with a very small head that fizzled away instantly like a Sprite.

The aroma really doesn't offer much but there isn't anything offensive in it. Some grains and corn.

The taste has light grains but a whole lot of corn. This has a big corn taste and really is like corn water. But again there is nothing offensive in the taste just a boring beer. Instead of cussing the "S" word I now have a saying- "Ah Schlitz"

05-18-2011 19:20:11 | More by HopsSchnapps
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2.3/5  rDev -35.4%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear light golden color. A fizzy white head sits on top until it recedes to a light wisp. Little or no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by a metallic smell. It covers up any grains or malts that may be present.

The taste is even more metallic, with some sourness coming through. Otherwise I can't detect a lot of taste.

Mouthfeel is very light but a little harsh due to carbonation.

Overall, not very good to me. Too sour and metallic.

09-29-2013 16:03:07 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-20-2013 23:47:35 | More by BGsWo22
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-17-2012 17:19:18 | More by zenwatts
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-22-2014 01:56:44 | More by beerme626
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

04-23-2014 01:18:20 | More by strohme2
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-11-2014 02:08:49 | More by Jcarter1221
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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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