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

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 14 | 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:
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/106/263 

(Beer added by: Pauly2X on 08-13-2008)
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Retroman40

Kentucky

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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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-04-2014 15:47:29 | More by drummermattie02
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everyhumanist

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-02-2014 19:59:55 | More by everyhumanist
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McStagger

California

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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WesMantooth

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-08-2014 19:09:46 | More by WesMantooth
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KentT

Tennessee

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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cs1992

Virginia

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
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Immortale25

North Carolina

2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had at Company Burger New Orleans. Bottom of can says FEB1714

A- Pours a very clean light golden color with a 1/4 in h white head that almost immediately dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and various specs of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Light smell of corn and alcohol.

T- Flavor carries much of the same as the nose. Watery corn flavor with just a kiss of alcohol. Trace amount of hop bitterness. Too drinkable.

M- Thin and watery with a slightly oily feel. Medium-low carbonation and a super light body.

O- The least offensive of all macro lagers but it's still no fun to drink.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 00:38:51 | More by Immortale25
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2013 23:50:45 | More by swgwilt
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maltlikker

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

12-12-2013 22:51:39 | More by maltlikker
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Zipster90

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2013 23:18:20 | More by Zipster90
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USAF77

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My Dad drank Schlitz Beer exclusively. Once sometime in the mid-60s he gave me my first sip of Beer. It may shock some now but back then it was common to give your young son a sip of Beer. Dads even took their sons to neighborhood taverns, which were more like neighborhood meeting places then taverns. We drank orange pop, played the pinball and bowling games, and watched the Cubs and Sox with our dads. It was a different world.

Then they ruined it. Both Schlitz and Old Style. They turned them to crap to make more profit and I bet the old time German brewers rolled in their graves. The American Beer genocide of the '70s and '80s was on.

But I remember that first sip and without doubt this classic Schlitz is the real deal. While not as good looking as many micro lagers its pleasant with good head retention and good lacing. The smell is of old neighborhood taverns in Chicago. I love the easy malt and sweet Hops.

Its not as bitter as I usually like my Lagers but who cares. Its so damn tasty you want to gulp it. Sweet corny Hops that refreshes and balances nicely. A sweet after taste with just a hint of bitter. This is a well balanced beer.

This is the Schlitz that owned Chicago for many decades. At $6.99 a 6 pack its a bargain. Im going to buy a case tomorrow. Memories of those Old Chicago neighborhood taverns, mostly gone now, and that sweet beer, orange soda, peanut, old wooden bars, come back to my nose and my memory. Im loving it.

This is the Schlitz of my youth and early manhood. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 20:13:55 | More by USAF77
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smmeier819

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-27-2013 23:54:49 | More by smmeier819
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slapshotbubba

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-21-2013 06:24:05 | More by slapshotbubba
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KOP_Beer_OUtlet

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

11-19-2013 16:54:29 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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klimoja

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok What is it now that its not gusto but taste like gusto but not in a gusto can? anyway....Glad to see they are producing this a little more after its summer disappearance. Beer has a light look, feel, pours with a two finger head into a Schlitz goblet.The sip is clean, good balance like a Macanudo cigar. Nothing at all unpleasant and most certainly a go to beer for all occasions. This isn't a craft but its easily still one of the most balanced drinkable adjuncts I've ever had. Feel the nostalgia to back when the gods at Schlitz ruled the earth.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 16:15:07 | More by klimoja
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Theheroguy

Maryland

2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Much better head formation and retention that one would expect for an adjunct lager. Corn cereal notes very present in the aroma. Overpowering the barley. When tasting the corn is there but it isn't so prominent. Hop flavor is mild but present. Even a mild hop presence is much more than your average American macro lager. This beer would benefit from more bitterness. I think too much corn is used in the mash bill also but it isn't terrible.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 15:09:19 | More by Theheroguy
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BlkHawkFan01

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

11-10-2013 03:48:05 | More by BlkHawkFan01
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-08-2013 21:06:49 | More by jdkitchi
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-31-2013 15:23:30 | More by Botulizard
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-22-2013 20:44:02 | More by InspectorBob
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PatM

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-18-2013 21:14:14 | More by PatM
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

2/5  rDev -43.8%

10-10-2013 12:25:22 | More by HRamz3
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zbjk02

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-10-2013 02:01:27 | More by zbjk02
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-09-2013 04:20:58 | More by Reagan1984
Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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