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

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 56
Gots: 19 | 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  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
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%

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
Photo of Retroman40
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

everyhumanist, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

McStagger, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

WesMantooth, Jan 08, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

KentT, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of cs1992
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%

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.

cs1992, Jan 04, 2014
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2.86/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

Immortale25, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

swgwilt, Dec 16, 2013
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maltlikker, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Zipster90, Dec 05, 2013
Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
81 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.