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

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 55
Gots: 22 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

strohme2, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

WTKeene, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

DemoniChris, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of timfelix
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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.

timfelix, Apr 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Bis4beer70, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Loco_Joe, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

martinproulx15, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

CraftPro, Mar 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

longbongsilver, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

MarioM, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

mountaincoffee, Mar 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Jcarter1221, Mar 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

alcoholinside, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Storning, Mar 04, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

joseph_french, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Inglewood, Feb 24, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

JamieDuncan, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bubseymour, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

detroitpat, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Iowacraft, Feb 07, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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).

Retroman40, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2014
Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
81 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.