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: 765 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of allbrigs
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of maek228
2.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just a kiss of the hops! there is a hop bite to this beer, true...but, it isn't exactly a good one. I'm way to spoiled by modern American microbrews exceptional use of hops to even come close to appreciate the "kiss" Schlitz offers...

Smell: Eek....don't even want to comment. Nothing special at all.

Appearance: wow, disgustingly typical of a macrobrew. pale straw color with minimal head. Obviously a mass-produced adjunct lager. This one is better drank out of the can. I made the mistake of pouring it in the pintglass. It's appearance takes away from the enjoyment of drinking it. It's like having sex with an ugly'd rather do it in the dark. Drink it from the can/bottle...for your sake

Taste: Bitter, but with some refreshing qualities. The refreshing qualities are this beers saving grace, other wise it would be a total dud. The beer hits your palate at first with a grainy character. Some malt and minimal corn is present as well. I also detect a small peck of sweetness. The "kiss of the hops" finishes it off...but it's a pungent/astrigent flavor that doesnt do much for the overall taste of the beer. Despite all this below-averageness...the beer is exceptionally crisp. The crispness keeps it from being a swill beer. This one is best enjoyed ice cold.

Mouthfeel: mmm rather unpleasant. I think bitter would describe the mouthfeel pretty well. It is crisp...but the excess grain and cheap hop flavor just kills any odds at a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Alright, this stuff can go down the hatch at a quick pace. It's a cheap lager...what do you expect. Is it a top-notch cheap-ass-lager-session-beer??? No, it's not. Will it do? will do, but you could do better for same price.

Here's my thoughts on Shlitz: It's crispness make it a viable cheap lager option, but otherwise....stick to PBR and Milwaukee's Best. They are far superior cheap lagers.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.01/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yes, the beer of choice of my father. Look, what can you say, it is an American adjunct lager so it is light and not very flavorful. It has a nice golden color and poured with an ample head. The smell is a bit skunky though. For what it is the flavor is not bad but you would be better off with a Budweiser. It has a slightly oily taste and feel as well.

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Photo of beerdhabelly
1.5/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hello Schlitz Beer my old friend,
I've come drink like 12 of you again.

---Mr. Simon Garfunkel

Poured into a beveled glass beer mug. I really like the way the can looks. It looks pretty appetizing, I want to bite it in half kinda. Yellow with a half inch white head that sticks around for a minute or two. Strong corn and grains on the nose. Carbonation is lower than I expected. A fairly decent amount of grainy, corny, flavor when you drink it. Shockingly, theres a slight nip of hop bitterness that cleans all that cheap grain taste up pretty well. Very easy to drink, as it should be. Didn't plan on having Schlitz being my 50th review, but its pretty sweet that it is.

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Photo of Mart1
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of srrn
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ok, the economy has got me trying some other beers, I may some day buy a cheap beer I don't like to review, but I thought I'd give Schlitz a try as I hadn't had one in many years (since about 79?) and it's reviews were pretty good. Also it's the cheapest in the store. Pours a very clear yellow with a two finger head that quickly disappears to nothing. Smells of malt and a pleasant bit of just 'beer', not much going on though. Taste is where the brew shines, most beers in this category I simply cannot drink, period, even some really expensive beers. It is light, you do get some adjunct and the mouthfeel is crisp but thin. You do get a pleasant malt taste with barely a hint of hops and believe it or not, a pleasant aftertaste. There are no skunked tastes or smells, no metallic tinny tastes or anything off at all.

Like PBR and to me Coors, it's a good solid simple pleasuarable beer to drink.

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Photo of Hoolihan
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of barknee
3.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remembering that Schlitz must be judged against its peers as an American macro. Schlitz represents good ol' American value along with decent drinkability. It is dramatic to see how this beer's personality evolves by pouring the can into a pilsner glass; nice chunky 1 inch+ head settles into a nice creamy slick with copious lacing. The classic gold pilsner color is authentic as is the nose, which offers up a generous hops aroma-actually very kolsch like. The taste is quite nice; with decent depth and a light bitterness that is refreshing, unobtrusive, and its easy-going style is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is creamy, more so than the appearance might suggest, with a nice hop oil layer left behind in the mouth. If you were to pour this beer into the proper glass and serve it up incognito, I would virtually guarantee your friends & guests will freak-out when they come to realize it's Schlitz!. Drink it ice cold--drink it often; you like it--it likes you!!

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Photo of JohnF51
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of masterbruewer
2.77/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin, 1/2 inch, head that goes away fast. Minimal lacing, plenty of carbonation.

Smell was faint.

Taste was bold at first with a tangy, slightly harsh, aftertaste. Taste faded as beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was light and watery.

Drinkability was smooth and pleasant. Not a bad little beer for a cheap price.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They just "re-introduced" this and are marketing the hell out of it.

Typical pale yellow lager.

Taste is corny, grainy, minimal flavor if any.

Finishs okay, but has some residual corn like taste that leaves me wanting something else ASAP.

The resurgence of this is lost on me. Plus marketing it as a premium beer is a total scam. Don't buy into the hype.

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Photo of I_Like_Beer
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of Punkrckr281
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of mckowned
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.34/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent, pale golden color with a great white foaming head of about an inch before it quickly dissipates into a ring of sunds around the glass with some spotty patches of bubbles in the middle of the liquid.

wet grassy notes, grainy malts, maybe just a momentary whiff of hops in the nose. Not much to it, and this is not a beer I get pleasure in smelling.

The taste is pretty solid for an adjunct lager, sweet , grainy, with at least some malt foundation. I can actually taste the hops in this beer, and that alone is worth the 3.5. Seems like a sweeter, less carbonated Blue Ribbon.

Mouthfeel's crispness is OK, very light and smooth, but somewhat low in carbonation, almost to the point where i'd prefer a little more

This is very drinkable beer, I've been enjoying these all night, and the 12 packs are fairly cheap. Worth the money, and overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of guldseth
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beats the heck out of most of the cheap (or not so cheap) american macro beers. you can actually taste the hops, it's not just the bland blah blah lots of adjunct beer milwaukee makes. this is underrated but i wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an attractive retro-style can into my pint glass. Pale gold color, crystal clear. Thin, fizzy white head. It retains fairly well before finally fading to nothingness. Faint hints of lacing.

Smell: Cream corn. Husky, expansive grain aromas. Light hopping is evident, lending a slight herbal touch.

Taste: Like most adjunct lagers, it has a bit of a corn syrupy sweetness to it up front. There's enough real malt flavor to keep it respectable, though. It ends up striking a good balance between the cloying sweetness of the adjuncts and the toasty dryness of the grain. The "kiss of the hops" slowly emerges in the middle, providing gentle-yet-bold grassy flavor to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Good body for the style.

Verdict: You can tell they used some cheap ingredients, but they cover it up nicely. The hop flavor is more pronounced than usual for the style, and it's a very easy-drinking beer overall. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint. No freshness date. But who really cares with this stuff. FYI, my grandma's favorite, my she rest in peace.

Not a bad looking beer. Decent lacing after all the foam dies down.

Smells of corn and hops. Nothing much more.

Very light crisp body. Very harsh hops with a nice grain palate to take off the edge. Very alcoholic if you ask me. But still the best tasting macro out there.

It's a tough choice for cheap beers for me. I love Schlitz but Olde English 800 is a good choice as well. Not much else out there that you can get a 30 case for less then 15 bucks, but still good.

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Photo of SDtastentune
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Really thin/light yellow, no head and no lace. Fizzy bubbles bubbling away.

S - Getting banana, fresh bread and some light malts.

T - Taste is light bread, biscuits, and some lighter maltyness.

M - Fizzy yellow beer. Medium sized bubbles. Bread aftertaste.

O - Overall not a bad drinker, but.... UM... Yea. Not my style. Cool that I have never had one, thanks Dave!

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Photo of noremac423
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of diabecktic
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Schlitz from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 12.8% out of 100 with 765 ratings
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