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

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 48
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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4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-03-2014 21:12:03 | More by Loco_Joe
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-25-2014 13:54:43 | More by martinproulx15
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-25-2014 02:51:36 | More by CraftPro
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-22-2014 19:56:58 | More by longbongsilver
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-20-2014 22:53:46 | More by MarioM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-16-2014 13:56:37 | More by Fettpopps
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-15-2014 01:40:34 | More by mountaincoffee
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

03-11-2014 02:08:49 | More by Jcarter1221
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-11-2014 00:55:38 | More by dbarny76
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-04-2014 13:00:35 | More by Storning
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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

03-02-2014 20:18:44 | More by joseph_french
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-24-2014 20:05:18 | More by Inglewood
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3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Guru brought this over for me to give it a go. Not much to look at, weak head and not much to it, looks like tinted water with minimal head. Decent smell though has me more optimistic. Not bad flavor. Weak and not much to it but certainly not bad and easy to drink. Would not buy but would not turn down.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 02:02:54 | More by JamieDuncan
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-21-2014 03:47:53 | More by bubseymour
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-07-2014 21:12:07 | More by detroitpat
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-07-2014 05:14:11 | More by Iowacraft
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2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear yellow with a rich but fleeting head that retreated to a thin lace.

S - Grains with a slight hint of hops.

T - Cereal grains with some bitterness.

M - Thin body with decent carbonation and a neutral finish.

O - I was looking forward to this and frankly was disappointed. A typical AAL that is priced way too high for what you get. Since I wasn't quite of beer drinking age in the 60s (other than the occasional sip) I have to take their word this was the 60s formula. If so, I have to wonder how Schlitz ever challenged for number one (other than the fact their competition was another non-descript AAL).

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 11:32:35 | More by Retroman40
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-04-2014 15:47:29 | More by drummermattie02
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-02-2014 19:59:55 | More by everyhumanist
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3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusto! So, apparently all Schlitz is now Gusto according to their facebook.

A: Pale golden with lively carbonation. Two fingers of head with rapid/moderate dissipation. Nice lacing on the glass. Looks like the commericals.

S: Smells crisp and refreshing. Some herbal hop presence, good crackery malt and a mild hint of adjuncts. You can tell that corn is involved, but it's more subdued than your average AAL.

T: Adjuncts come out more in the taste, especially in the finish. Still, it's far less than you get from Pabst, Old Style, Olympia, etc. There is a mild hop bitterness on the end. Mostly herbal. but with a very mild spiciness intermingled as well.

M: More full bodied than its counterparts. Fairly mild carbonation, but still lively enough to be refreshing.

O: Very flavorful representation of the style. I'd like to see more of these "Classic" Recipes come back. It'd be interesting to see what my grandfather drank in his thirties.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 04:57:50 | More by McStagger
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-08-2014 19:09:46 | More by WesMantooth
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great AAL style beer. Has a great, rich flavor with good hop/malt balance, smooth finish with slightly sweet, grain overtones, and rich bready notes. Smooth and easy to drink. No watered down character at all. Tastes like older style Milwaukee beers used to. The perfect lawnmower beer, session lager, or summer thirst quencher. Paid $5.99 for a six pack in bottles in Vonore, Tennessee. Beats Budweiser, Coors, and Miller for only a slight premium in price. Worth trying at least once. A pleasant surprise for macro lager. Does nothing wrong. Just good plain beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 16:42:42 | More by KentT
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4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer: Schlitz (Gusto)
Purchased: Farmers Foods in Richmond VA

I have great memories of my grandfather drinking this beer (among other greats from the 60s like Schaefer, PBR & Piels) and after tasting it, I understand why it was once so popular. I have drunk my fair share of macros and this is honestly my favorite. Whoever formulated this beer deserves a medal. In fact, I find it so tasteful that I am not even going to break it down by category such as appearance, aroma, etc. If you ever taste this beer, its genuine goodness speaks for itself.

What I will comment on is the complete disrespect that so many macro makers in the industry must have for this class of beers. If Joseph Schlitz could figure out how to produce a tasty, high quality beer, then BMC have no excuse for some of the lower quality products they offer. Coors Banquet, an exception IMHO, is good, but Schlitz (Gusto) is great.

The owners of Pabst have no idea what a gem they have on their hands with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:56:18 | More by cs1992
Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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