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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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great for the price. No complaints there.

This is a light clear straw color with a thin head. As for the smell, it is similar to the typical adjunct lager. Lightly hoppy, but pretty watered down. There isn't much to it.

The taste is grainy and bready. The bready isn't like a Belgian, but almost stale tasting. I don't mean this in a negative way, but just as a means of distinguishing the two. It isn't as watered down as I expected. Not too bad for the price.

This is an easy drinker. I enjoyed it. I wouldn't classify it with the best of the best, but for what it is it is pretty decent.

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Photo of exuma11
3.48/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easy to drink and dirt cheap, a great summer sports bar beer. Similar to PBR (shockingly made by the same company) in almost all ways, a solid midwestern beer that is always a sure sign of warm weather. The beer is very light and foamy, but the "kiss of the hops" is definitely evident, clean and crisp, deliciously cheap.
Can't really ask for more from Schlitz.

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Photo of BayerischBier
3.54/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - had no visual on the beer in can.

S - straight clean and maybe a bit grainy.

T - has a touch of biscuit in it - to be honest, I had this with a Milwaujee fish fry basket - a cold schlitz flushing creasy food down the throat on a hot summer evening - refreshing your tastebuds.

M - very refreshing, ideal counterpart to spicy fish and chips.

D - A must! good drinkability, almost evaporates when combined with spicy food. AND before you grap BL or ML, go Schlitz; the better choice

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.31/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is clear. The little bit of head I managed to get out of it dissipated quickly.

Smell: Has quite the funky malt smell that I usually notice in many European versions. Not appetizing.

Taste: It's still a little funky, and despite there being a mild hop kick, the funk is pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and thin. Nothing really special.

Drinkability: Not very good. Maybe I got a bad batch that had gone skunky or something, but this was pretty bad.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Ultra clear & ultra carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Pale gold color with a 2-finger head, held for a little while which is out of style because usually it snaps away in a few seconds. Little lacing, a spot here & there.

S - Lots of graininess here, a bit musky with very very mild fruity pair notes. Simple & clean. A little bit of pepper kind of note that I picked up as it warmed, not offensive though.

T - Wow! I'm really impressed by how flavorful this beer is with such a lite ABV. Lots of musky biscuit flavors, graininess and a little buttery note somewhere in there. Finishes with a nice bitterness that's actually note astringent or artificial like.

M - Very very carbonated/crisp. Lite & refreshing, thin, lite bodied.

D - Wow, just impressed with this one, I love the fact that there's not any astringent/tart/artificial flavors in this beer that I pick up all the time in others. Priced just as good as the other BMC brews, I could easily drink a 6pk or more. Damn good for the style, this is my new favorite this style as well. Highly recommended for kick backs with friends/family/BBQ. Worth trying.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of diverdown11689
3.87/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear piss yellow, big bubbly head that vanished in about a minute.

Smells like your average musty corny lager.

Grain, malt/corn, then the kiss of the hops. Cold, wet and beer like.

Light fizzy mouthfeel.

Pretty good at $12 a case. Sometimes you just need something to drink.

A good choice when you need a cheap beer for a party or something, plus I like the retro vibe this brand gets me. Best to drink it straight out of the can. There really is "the kiss of the hops."

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good low beer Devotees! If you gotta review a beer, and haven't for a bit, better to do it after the opening of the 2010 Winter Games and ladies in jump suits going over moguls. Good times good times.

So, Schlitz. Poured lighter yellow, tons of carbonation and a frothy head which lasted. Clean is how I'd put it. Not a bad start. Smelled like a pils? Slightly hoppy, with a grainy remainder, but almost no adjunct lager skunk. Hmmmm.

Mouth is hollow, a little cream remainder, but mostly water with a touch of bitter on each side. Not bad at all.

Taste is what matters and as cheap burp beers go, this one rises to the top. I would say it has more flavor than Pabst, but similar. The bitter rounding takes the edge off the corn tastes but I still get the "cheapness" of that adjunct. Searching for another flavor, and well, it's CLEAN. Corn soda with a hops bitterness bordering on Pils territory and dry, not sweet.

Well, bravo Pabst. The "60's Formula" brings back some greatness to this brand. It's surely shows how generic things got in the 70's and 80's. Where I can get this in the bottle, I think I'll get it over Pabst. Now if only Falls City comes back this way...

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Photo of HopHead29
3.57/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this guy into a Frankfurt mug

Pours clear pale yellow with big display of carbonation and a white head that is a little bubblier than fizzy and sticks in huge chunks to my glass.

Smell is mostly of sweet watery adjuncts

taste is of, again, sweet adjuncts, but not as watery as I expected. And, Hey! You can tell that there are actually hops in this brew, although not that big of hop taste, I find that it is quite unusual in the cheap adjunct style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you dig it? I certainly CAN!

My server was too gentle in his pour and so we got a quick layer of white head that degenerated into wisps. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild cereal quality along with a slight bitterness. Compared to the CAN of Schmidt that I just had, this was actually showing some promise. Mouthfeel was medium with "just the kiss of the hops". Hey, at least I could taste SOMETHING in this beer. Yeah, it wasn't much and I'd prefer a smooch of hops or a French Kiss of hops, but either way, Schmidt just got bumped out of my "Hula In the Coola" celebration on 01 Febrewary. The finish was only slightly sweet, almost dry, but not quite achieving it. The BEER that made MKE famous", indeed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, corn, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with an adjunct sweetness that is quickly followed by a grain & light malt breadiness. The hops presence is very mild just like every other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a completely bad beer, in desperation I think I could drink it, but there are several others within the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special Note: Drinking Schlitz in massive quantities may lead to golf cart flip over accidents, well, at least in my experience.

All Aside:

A: Pale straw with a fading white head that leaves small traces of lacing. Expected from an adjunct.

S: Grain, Corn, some hops, mostly adjuncts.

T: Light/crisp for a lager. Some hops. All in all one of the better adjunct lagers. Some sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Light and crips. Good carbonation and mouth coating.

D: High, this is one you can pound back disrespectfully. Everyone has beers like that.

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Photo of Goliath
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a inch and half bright white foamy head. There's good head retention, but no real lacing.

The aroma is decent with a bit of bready malt and a touch of lemony citrus. Not too bad for the style actually.

The taste is ok. There is a bit of a light lemon citrus note, followed by a bit of pale malt. Nothing too special, but it's decent.

Mouthfeel is pushing medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a fine bubble.

Drinkability is moderate to high. It's certainly sessionable, however the flavor profile is nothing special which doesn't encourage me to have multiples. A decent beer, but definitely nothing special.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlitz is one of the best American (so-called adjunct) lagers. It has a straw, bubbly appearance with a standard head. The smell is stereotypical American beer as well as the taste. However, the beer really does have "just a kiss of the hops," which gives it that special bite. Mouthfeel is watery and light. Drinkability is excellent, and this beer should go well will fried seafood or barbeque (or by itself, which is how I drank it tonight). It's a classic, and I love it. I drank this from a 12 oz. can poured into a beer glass (an actual old Schlitz beer glass).


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Photo of Amalak
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say that I was a little surprised because I fully expected to hate this beer. But it is a decent malty beer, with a slight sourness but not quite a skunked taste either llike many other American Macros. To be honest, it's actually lacking a hard taste to it, which, from what I was expecting, may be a good thing.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All in all, a decent Am. Adjunct Lager... really cheap, too. $4.39 for a 6er of tall boys.

A- Poured one, looks par for the course, pale as pale can be, nice but quickly fizzing-out head.

S- Ugh. At least it's not too strong, a bit soapy, none too redeeming.

T- Crisp, carbonated.. that's about it. The mouthfeel overpowers the taste. That classic, beer-y taste, although pretty mild compared to some others.

M- Crisp, well-carbonated, goes down easily enough.

D- High. Easy to drink, cheap as all hell. Still going to pick Narragansett over this one, but it's not leaps and bounds apart. A decent adjunct lager.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint.

An extremely pale gold body with a fizzy white head that doesn't stick around long, but manages to leave some lacing.

Aromas are neutral, with some light grain, some corn, and a hint of hops(??).

Yup, honest to goodness hops. Decent little punch of bitterness in a light-bodied, grainy, very lightly sweet package. The hop presence builds and lingers for a second after the swallow, along with a bit of chalkiness. The finish is dry with light graininess. Not too bad at all!

Overall impression: I know "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies", but this one is pretty enjoyable. My favorite example of the style to date. Bonus points: I paid $2.89 for a sixer.

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Photo of Duxx
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would try this beer. I needed a canned beer for beer butt chicken. Heard the hype on this being the old recipe and at $7/12 pack, why not? I've been looking for a cheap beer for summer and yard work. I think I may have found it in this beer. While I am still not a great fan (anymore) of yellow fizzy beer, this one is at least drinkable.

A: Fairly darkish straw yellow for a light lager. Pours with a 2" head that lasted thru the first few drinks. Surprisingly, it left a little lacing on the glass.

S: Slight sulfur smell typical of a lager and not unpleasant. No hop aroma at all. Thought it might have some hop aroma since the new ads hype the old recipe.

T: Clean and no objectionable tinny after taste that so many adjunct lagers seem to have. No hop taste but does have some bitterness evident from the hops.

M: Thin as expected for this style but there was at least "some" mouth feel.
Definitely, more so than most examples of this style.

Drinkability: Hard to objectively rate this because I really don't drink this type of beer any more. This one is surprisingly great for this style.

I'd definitely buy this beer in the future for float trips and a "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of corn. Taste is crisp and rereshing, not a whole lot of flavor, finishing with a mild bitterness. Feels light in the mouth. Very drinkable, great for a round of asshole. Overall nothing special here, but for $3.19 a 6 pack, I can't complain.

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Photo of BBri
3.9/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For an inexpensive beer, Schlitz is very good. Nice foamy head, crisp mouth feel, a citrus-y smell. All around clean, fresh beer. One caution, serve this beer ICE COLD. Great for having wings, going fishing, an icy cold one after mowing the grass... For an old fashioned "Macro Brew", it's pretty good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium yellow color with a fluffy white head that recedes pretty slow for an AAL. Leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as well.

Nose leaves a bit to be desired, as a sweet grain and corny adjunct aroma wafts from the glass. There is a faint amount of grassy hops in there however, that give this one some hope. At least it does not smell like carbonated water.

There are some hops in here! I was skeptical of the quote on the can: "Just the kiss of the hops". There is more than just a kiss, it actually strikes a pretty nice balance with the light graininess of the malts. Schlitz has exceeded every expectation I had for it and might be better than even PBR. Sells at a good price at 4.99 for a six-pack of tall boys. I think I have found my new bargain beer!

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Photo of Ottertude
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
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 soulgrowl
2.31/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugliest. Beer. Ever. Jaundiced,pale yellow with obscenely large bubbles that coalesce into a horrific, webby head that flees the scene quickly as if it's ashamed to exist. It ought to be. This looks more like a child's science experiment than a beer. The aroma is somewhat more appealing, very weak with a sourdough-like character and touches of skunk, lemon, and caramel corn. Flavor is mild yet pleasantly grainy, reminiscent of Wheaties or puffed wheat, vaguely nutty but also acrid and medicinal with a weirdly sour finish. Adequately fizzy and dry, even crisp - but in the end, I think this beer is not even good enough to call refreshing.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, clear golden-yellow color. The head is tall, foamy, and frothy. Retention is pretty good for a macro lager, and some intermittent lacing is left along the glass.

S: A firm, dry graininess in the nose. Sweetness is low. A considerable herbal hop aroma for the style. Also a faint lemony whiff. There are very mild corn notes, but nothing unexpected or unpleasant.

T: A nice malt profile for a canned American lager. Grainy and quite clean. A kiss of sweetness lurks in the background. Rather hoppy for the style, with a pleasant nip of herbal bitterness. A modest and unimposing corn flavor pops up now and again without making too much noise.

M: Standard medium body. Fairly dry. Carbonation is soft and supple, which is both pleasant and unexpected.

D: As an American macro, this is pretty impressive. Very drinkable. Clean and inoffensive. Certainly one of the best macros I've ever tasted. A dubious honor? Perhaps, but don't knock it till you've tried it.

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Photo of sbe1
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After checking out their great 1960's formula reissue, I returned to this, the 70's recipe which has been the standard recipe for this beer right up to the present and a fond drinking memory from my youth and I have to say this is about as good as an American macro brew can get.

Appearance: very clear light gold color with a tight white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Clean with a hint of floral hop, corn and a faint dull ashy aroma.

Taste: Slight sweetness with a hint of bitter hop and astringency and a touch of alcohol. Clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and refreshing with a very light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: fantastic. This is THE six-pack-on-a-summer-day beer.

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Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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