Schlitz | JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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Brewed by:
JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Illinois, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed under contract for Pabst by Miller Brewing Co.

Entry for 12 oz. cans and draft only.

"Classic 1960's formula" Schlitz reintroduced in 2008 is known as "Schlitz Gusto". Available in 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. "tallboy" cans, and draft:

Added by BeerAngel on 05-29-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of illini4x4
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Bill235
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of digitalflood
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rmatuszak2
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought a case of this for a party for $11.99... trying some of the leftover ones tonight.

This is pretty damn good for a mass produced beer. It definitely has more body and a thicker feel to it than the other macros out there. It was decently tasty and super drinkable. The next time I'm going out to a party this will be the beer I'm bringing.. a nice cheap beer option.

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Photo of spikechiquet
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jdmorgan
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I honestly expected a lot less with the price that I paid for a case of this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. The appearance was a light gold with a medium head. The smell had a slight fruit and malt aroma along with a bit of hop aroma as well. I also detected a bit of corn in there too, but that is to be expected. The taste really wasn't bad at all and was quite refreshing. Although it is still relatively light on the body side, it still had more flavor than I expected both with the malt and the hops. The mouthfeel had a medium carbonation and was quite crisp when it was cold. I believe that this beer is very drinkable, especially for it's price. The only downside I found was that (like many beers of it's type) it loses it's appeal once it gets warmer. Nevertheless, Schlitz is a beer that still lives up to it's tradition as being a cheap beer of decent quality for the working man.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What we have here is a beer that is about as good as Pabst blue ribbon.

A- Typical straw yellow fluid with a fluffy foam head that stays around for a minute. Very bubbly.

S- Light corn and yeast with a very small amount of hops are there...barely.

T- Is a smooth and decent flavor beer. I notice a corn taste in the begining on to a barley hop with mild betterness finish.

M-D- Very easy on the mouth with little offensive flavor makes this beer worth trying... more than one!

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Photo of sponberg
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

In can as it is on tap - basic drinkable beer, a cut above the advertised brands especially in hop character. $2.69 a six pack. Such a deal!!

No idea about the color, as it went from can to mouth on the express train. Smelled like canned beer, meaning that the DMS and malt graininess were accompanied by that can smell. Flavor-wise, it's as it is in bottle - a malty graininess, hints of cooked corn, and a mild hop bitterness that lasts until the end - with the usual and unfortunate addition of that aluminum can flavor. Eminently poundable. If you have the opportunity, buy the bottled version - unfortunately, bottles don't work too well at a speedway.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was on a quest to find the 60's formula Schlitz but I had no luck in Kentucky. Maybe on my next road trip further west. However, I did find a 12 pack of Schlitz in the corner of the Liquor Barn, so here goes.

It poured lemony yellow into my pint glass with a huge, fizzy white head that left quickly. There was practically no smell at all, maybe a faint whiff of grass or corn. The taste was crisp up front. Lots of carbonation and the good ole kiss of the hops talking. Some malt sweetness in the back with a fairly clean finish. This is slightly thicker than water and is pretty easy drinking, like a lager should be.

This beer is better than BMC and hits the spot while tending the grill or watching NASCAR on a hot summer day. This is a good selection for a cheap beer. If the 60's formula is supposed to be better, then I can't wait to try that.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single can poured into chalice, very light golden color with little head. Looks like the typical adjunct lager, though maybe a bit lighter.

Smells like corn and not much else. Scent isn't even really there.

Taste is very light on the hops, as I can't seem to detect any. More rice like than anything.

Has a pleasing carbonation about it. Tingles and feels very light. Good drinkability on this, may be a great session brew.

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Photo of SargeC
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An American classic. The packaging is timeless. The brew is a solid American macro. Unpretentious beer that is perfectly happy with what it is. A mild yellow color is toped with a white head. No standout aroma and the taste is very simple with that signature “kiss of the hops” and mellow malt flavor. Sometimes simplicity fits, and Schlitz fits those times.

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Photo of bignick
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer of pounders from Wine Gallery in Brookline for $5. Poured one into an imperial pint glass, drank the rest from the can.

Schlitiz is a poor man's pbv (a very poor man indeed). It is better than the average adjuct-ridden lager, but that's not saying much. There is a small "kiss of hops" as advertised. There is also a very slight nutty malt backbone. This beer isn't preferable, but it isn't a horrible choice for drinking to get drunk or for drinking with macro-drinking friends.

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Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale straw color with a good white soapy head.

S-Cooked corniness with a "kiss of the the hops" as the can suggests.

T-Mild and refreshing actually has a nice mild hoppiness that you wouldn't expect in a cheapo macro lager.

M-medium thin body with decent carbonation.

D-I really think this is not bad at all,reigns supreme among all domestic american swill!

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3.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Soozy
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe just because it was refreshing during a game of Eddie 40, but this beer surprised the crap out of me. And at $1.50 a 40, I was expecting much, much worse.

Everything you'd expect from a macro lager, corn adjuncts, light carbonation, but the thing that blew me away was the hops. It was a little bit heavy though. Tasted fantastic for the price. Will definitely buy again. I'm surprised it's not more popular.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer basically is a beer we can drink to play some high class beer pong. For me thats the best way to put it. The smell and appearance of this beer is very basic it reminds me of a good old classic miller beer with a bitter kick. The taste of this beer is somewhat bitter with a good after taste. The mouth feel is very simple with no major kick. The drinkability of this beer for me is very drinkable , I do enjoy the taste but only to a certain extent.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better macro lagers that I've had. The color is yellow-golden, head is average-sized and creamy. The smell is adjunct sweet, definently above the average level for this style. Taste is grainy with a adjunct sweet finish. There is more flavor here than expected and no bad aftertaste that I find with a lot of these macro lagers. I'll be having this in my fridge, along with PBR, as a cheap backup brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden from the can with a light, foamy head that actually sticks around for a while. Nice carbonation. Aroma of adjunct malt. Slightly creamy, mostly foamy mouthfeel is more agreeable from the can than from a glass. Flavor is lightly sweet, and, like the can says, has "just a kiss of hops". Not bad at all for a macro. As almost every other recent reviewer says, I'm pleasantly surprised. At $2.59 for a six-pack, this may compete with PBR as my session beer now.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a case of Shlitz a few weeks back. Have actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

A: A very clear light golden color with good carbonation and finger width white head that slowly fades.

S: "Just the kiss of the Hops". Well, not really. More like sweet smelling corn syrup, but it's pretty non-offensive. Mostly clean.

T: Pretty bland by all standards. No hops. Again, some sweet syrup like quality that is likely from extract or corn starch or some other adjunct. It's pretty average at best.

M: Really a light, somewhat clean tasting lager. Carbonation is good.

D: A very drinkable beer. Very light and average tasting. Can see why the masses drank this in loads back in the day. Not a beer I can really turn to because it is so bland, but I find it rather non-offensive and not bad as a session beer if you're really not after taste. I like a beer like this every now & again. It also doesn't hurt the wallet at $10.99 per case.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer that made Milwaukee famous! Out of a 16oz can this American Adjunct Lager was a bright gold color with tons of rising carbonation in it. The two fingers of white head retained fairly well as a thin cap and left surprisingly good lacing too. The aroma was stale, dry corn, pale malt and generally rather boozy. The flavors were actually pretty good. Dry grains, pale malt and a crisp finish. Rather well balanced and though washed out and simple it was by no means unpleasant. The mouthfeel was a little rough and slick, the body light/medium and the carbonation medium. A no-nonsense Americana brew amongst the best in its class with The Blue Ribbon.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer's head is fairly well-formed and decently sized (~1 finger), but it quickly shrinks to leave a thin, white layer on top. Thus, the retention and lacing suffer. The beer itself is a very, very pale shade of god; it's translucent and features quite a bit of carbonation.

The aroma is quite strong. Corn and hop character dominates, though it's accompanied by a subtle graininess. There really isn't too much to say about this - it smells like an average American beer.

Wow - the "just the kiss of (the) hops" phrase doesn't seem to be an accurately crafted statement. Bitterness (thus, hop flavor) dominates, but the corn helps take away some of the bite. Graininess becomes more apparent as the beer warms. It's fairly strong and doesn't feature too much character outside of the standard corn/hop mix used to craft beers like these.

Much like the appearance, it's fairly light in the mouth - not quite watery, but not too close to the medium-bodied category. The carbonation gently tingles the tongue, and is still quite present at this stage of the review.

The light body and lack of "exciting" flavors can mean only one thing - pound away! This is a beer to drink if you want to get drunk and/or play games with. It goes down easily, and you don't miss much in terms of flavor.

I'll be honest - it's not as bad as I thought it would be. When I heard that Schlitz was being sold again, I figured that I had to try it. This is supposedly what my dad drank when he was in high school/college, so I had to get my hands on it to see what I've been missing. I'm far more impressed by this than I am with the standard garbage that people in college usually consume, so I'm going to use it for just that purpose. If you're looking for a cheap beer with decent flavor, then this is for you - it's definately not as bad as some would have you believe!

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Photo of ZAP
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I rated this one awhile back but I guess not...This is actually one of the better macro brewed lagers out there. It has more hopping than most(all?) and has more character than most. I can see why in the early 70's when all there was to chose from among the main brands was Bud, Pabst, Stroh's, Miller, Blatz and Schlitz in the Milwaukee area that this was a favorite of many. I imagine is was what microbrews are to us all now. A step up...a little more character..hops..and taste. This is a clean, crisp, lager/pilsner that penny for penny rates among the best out there for Macro's

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Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
3.03 out of 5 based on 760 ratings.
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