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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2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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1.5/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -31%

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3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear yellow color with a small, white head. It left no lacing.

S - It smells of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tastes of corn, some malt and a little hoppy bitterness.

M - It is smooth and crisp. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is pretty good considering the price ($6 for a 12 pack). Overall, it is a nice representaion of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure who's brewing this right now, but they're doing a good job. The appearance is good, with a nice golden color, although the head retention is lacking. The aroma is very clean, which is to be expected - but is not always the case! The malt has a very nice, round character and there's even a touch of hops. Although I find the flavor a little sweet, it's balanced - partially by the crispness of the light body and effervescence. Never cloying. A little bit better than your average "premium" American-style lager. In fact, I'd drink this over most of the "super-premium's" (Budweiser, MIller High Life, Coors Original).

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3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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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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2/5  rDev -31%

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1/5  rDev -65.5%

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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2.86/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

TALL BOY!!! I saw a six of tall boys standing amongst 12-packs of micro specialty brews and I said...OH Yeah! I gotta have that! Take me back to the 60s BABY....YEAH! Alright I must confess...was born in the 70s....but hey this is not a bad beer. The color was clear golded with a white head. There was no smell other than...SCHILTZ!!!! Taste...c'mon its a standard US macro pilsner/lager type. SESSION....SESSION...You bet your ass. Can drink the F' out of this. A great Saturday or Sunday would be a six of Schiltz and a side of Brats! Stay thirsty my friends!

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2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tall 16 ounce can - $3.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a thin, white head that fizzles out fairly quickly, though there remains a continued effervescence.

Smell: Light pale malts that are particularly grainy along with a bit of cracked maize.

Taste: Light pale maltiness that's once more strongly grainy. Sweetish throughout. Sprinkling of corn. There's only a brief, fleeting hint of hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple and basic. Akin to the majority of standard pale lagers out on the market today.

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2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is part of Macro Smackdown IX, a slugfest in which this can of Schlitz will be going up against a bottle of Michelob Golden Draft. I have no idea how they'll stack up, but Schlitz is clearly the winner in terms of a long and storied tradition. Originally brewed in 1849, it was the best selling beer in the world in 1956. Will those bloodlines be of any benefit against the upstart MGD? (no, not that one). Let's pop the tops and find out.

Schlitz is a slightly paler shade of golden amber, but doesn't look any worse for it. Where this beer is clearly superior is the head. Decently bright white, semi-sticky, persistent, it's one of the best looking lids on a macro lager that I've seen in a while. It absolutely shames MGD's head. Oh, and there are a few stray splotches of lace too, while its competitor has a clean glass and a now absent head.

The nose on this beer is vastly different. It's grainy, but isn't sweet, and has a much more serious, musky, hoppy smell. Perhaps the 'just the kiss of the hops' tagline that Schlitz is known for is true after all. Even though the noses are nothing alike, I don't have a clear preference. Both are decent given the style.

This isn't the best macro lager that I've ever had (on second thought, maybe it is), but it's one of the most distinctive and possibly the hoppiest. There's very little sweetness to be had. It's all kilned grain and musky hops with a clean, dry finish. Even though I can't see myself drinking this stuff on even a semi-regular basis, it's one of the better macros in recent memory. Cold is still a requirement, but the amount of flavor makes drinking it cold possible.

There's very little difference between the mouthfeels. The sweetness of MGD and the dryness of this beer make the mouth experience somewhat different, but, at bottom, they're both acceptable.

I used to drink Blatz on occasion, but I don't ever remember having a Schlitz prior to today. I'm pleasantly surprised; mostly by the fact that some brewers don't insist that their macro lagers adhere to the 'no hops' rule that seems to be in effect. Schlitz (simple, perfect name) is the runaway winner of MacSmack IX. I guess those bloodlines were worth something after all. Recommended for those who want a little old school flavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can with no freshness date to be found. “Just a kiss of the hops” and “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous” on the can.

Appearance: There is some decent lace that formed after the initial rush of foam.

Smell: Thick harshness of corn and hop, other than that no much else in the semi-clean aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very crisp light body, brash hop bitterness (Cluster?). The graininess takes a bite into the palate, some astringency in the back. Light on the malt with some alcohol in the middle. Clean and dry with a grainy in the finish.

Notes: Hands down this is my choice cheap lager, its right up there with PBR. This beer is served cheap at “real” bars and there is a bigger following for this brand than you think. Once the warm weather hits Schlitz and others like it will be on my mind.

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2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for his endless generosity in making sure I drink a shitty beer or something off my normal beaten path once in awhile. Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. The brew emerges with nearly 3 fingers of pillowy white head that fades fairly quick despite rising bubbles of carbonation trying to support. The color of the solution under the cap is a clear pale. Some fine particulate hangs in suspension keeping this from looking polished.

The smell initially is a bit cheesy with sulfur and almost like mild farts. As it opens up in my glass, it reveals more notes that are carbonic and mineral-filled almost like dirty pennies. Across the back-end is something familiar and enjoyable minorly reminiscent of hops but you gotta get yourself through the initial surge of unpleasantness.

The taste is pretty neutral considering the ups and downs going on in the aromatics. Plain grainy quality like biscuits run across the tongue with a mild fruity alcohol note and more indications of sulfur towards the back that is a little cheesy/footed. The finish is surprisingly crisp and neutral with not much of an aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For an american adjunct lager, it falls almost right down the middle. The nose is a bit weird at first but the taste is tolerable. If not having any options I would possibly drink this again but it isn't something I would seek out.

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2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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2/5  rDev -31%

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3/5  rDev +3.4%

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Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
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