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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: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/106/44315

Added by BeerAngel on 05-29-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of Tone
2.71/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of adjunct up front, some yeast cleanliness, and the slightest hop aroma. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct up front, then yeast cleanliness comes through strongly, then some very pale malt in the background is noticeable. Overall, a strong metallic aftertaste and a biting nature dominate. This is just another run of the mill adjunct lager.

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Photo of hooverw1
3.97/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up just for old time sake, it's the beer my father and his friends drank in the early 70's. Was pleasantly surprised and it has become my regular everyday beer. Taste is really good, better than any of the big 3 beers. I put it above Pabst also. No aftertaste, nice bubbly feel, most surprising. There are better beers out there, but not at this price.

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Photo of whynot44
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold color with a decent but short-lived white head.

The aroma is mild floral hops with some hint of bread and corn in the background.

The taste is lightly sweet mild malt with a hint of corn and a definite, but mild touch of floral hops that lingers in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. A definite alternbative to Bud and PBR for summer activities. I have to admit to some nostalgia points for what was my favorite beer 40 years ago, before they messed with it and before I even knew about other types of beer.

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Photo of HopHedz
1.22/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well's theres really nothing to say about this beer other than that it is utterly horrible. If you actually enjoy drinking stuff like this you really need to try some other kinds of beer. If you just drink it because you're poor and you want to get drunk then so be it. I'd rather not drink at all than drink this abomination.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium golden color with no lacing and little to no head.

Smells like an adjunct corn lager.

Tastes similar to watered down malt liquor. A very small amount of bittering hops with a lasting unpleasant graininess.

The high carbonation with the graininess makes this beer not very drinkable.

I was expecting more from this beer, with it's new/old formula change and price hike. I'll just reach for a blatz if I want a cheaper adjunct lager.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
1.97/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma - A slight skunk aroma with hints of corn and hops

Appearance - Pale, pale yellow with steady carbonation leading to a decent white head.

Taste - Water. I also got a weird aftertaste which kind of reminded me of my first taste of beer (not in a good way).

Mouthfeel - Thin with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability - If you're looking for a cheap beer this isn't really worth it. If you want dirt cheap there is cheaper stuff out there that doesn't taste this bad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of jsprain1
3.36/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a typical golden with a white head. The interesting thing is the nice retention it has in comparison to most adjunct lagers.
S- Smells clean and grainy. A bit metallic. Kind of smells like hay.
T- Clean taste. Has more flavor than a lot of adjunct. Has kind of a grain/crust/corn flavor. Like a tortilla with hay.
M- Watery and thin. Very typical mouthfeel for style.
D- Drinkable. It and pbr rival each other for best adjunct lager in my view.
Overall a good adjunct lager. For what it is it is excellent.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= typical fizzy yellow color with a little white head that falls to a small thin layer on top of the beer.
S= pretty odd kinda like horse poop or something.
T= hmmm very much like the smell. Kinda poopy. Not tooo bad but a little poopy.
M= high carb and smooth
D= not too vad but why would I drink it if icould have grainbelt for the same price

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce can into an Otter Creek pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale and clear golden yellow color with a bunch of carbonation and just a slight head of fizzy foam.

S: Smells of sweetened and cooked grain and corn malts with a little hop zestiness and that metallic can aroma.

T: Tastes fairly clean and palatable, with slightly sweet, cooked corn and cereal flavors to it. There's just a little bitterness in the brew, but I can't tell if it comes from hops or if it's some innate skunkiness.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp and sharp to the taste.

D: You could probably session the hell out of this brew, but it doesn't taste that great at all, so I wouldn't know why you'd want to.

Good for killing on a hot day or consuming en masse with a bit of an older, simpler crowd. Fairly iconic, and up there with Ballantine, PBR and Old Milwaukee for that taste of great American mass lagering history.

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

Crystal clear with a fluffy 2 inch head. No retention. a thin film of sporadic white is the only reminder of what was once there. smell is malty and bread-like. a touch of hops in the nose. citrusy. beer isn't half bad. a malty sweetness in the front, then a hint of citrus towards the finish. mouthfeel is a bit thin. man i could drink this all.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance-pale golden color with a large active white fizzy head.

Smell-malty and dry, grains come up as well, balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel-dry crisp feel, decent taste, actually somewhat filling, adjunct taste, and a little sour but not too bad.

Drinkability-the classic lawnmower beer. No problems here.

Overall-I'm glad it's back, similar to Pabst and Genny and I'll take it, good to have the classics for nostalgia purposes.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.31/5  rDev +14.1%
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 +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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Photo of yesmanandy
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

first got this in a variety pack and initially liked it, but need to try again to make a better judgement.

A- like any other cheap beer, looks like apple juice. nothing special, and completely transparent. poured a 2-finger head that died quickly.

S- really not much smell. smells like a frat beer.

T- pretty average, fuller than PBR but not much. heavy alcohol taste.

M- carbonation plus alcohol taste leaves me feeling thirsty.

not the greatest, but drinkable. a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of cnally
3.88/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Give me six Schlitz's or whatever's free.

Appearance is watery apple juice, yellowy and near clear. The foamy white head dissipates almost immediately.

A clean, grainy lager scent, very mellow and surprisingly crisp and appealing. Very very little hint of hops.

What a surprisingly good flavor. Creamy sweetness in the forefront, followed by a nice balance between the yeasty nature of lagers and the corn/grain flavor. Finishes mellow and crisp, would be ideal for outdoor cookouts.

The feel is too light and way too unassuming. Like drinking watery seltzer water.

Well guess what. This is the PERFECT cheap beer. This can cost me $0.68 including tax. I can't get Coca Cola for that. And this is a very mellow and decent flavor, while it is not an adventurous choice, more people should know and appreciate this good value beer.

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Photo of Soozy
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 cdkrenz
1.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Mom.

A - Clear yellow body with a half inch of off white head.

S - Soapy grain with a hint of apple.

T - Grainy throughout with an acidy finish.

M - Coarse and uncomfortable.

~ Not an impressive brew. This is one to be left to the high school students. Not even a college student should have to endure more than one of these.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dingy yellow, with a big head after a very hard pour. Head (inch or two) reduced to a lacing after a couple of minutes.

S: Not much here. Smells like some kind of dirty metal vessel, mixed with some kind of hop, or light grain presence.

T: This is where this one shines. (which leads me to believe it should never go from the can to a glass) Starts out smooth and sweet, with a hint of grain astringency on the back. Fades to a short dryness, with a decent hoppyness. A bit of fruit ester may be in there as well, hard to tell.

M: Smooth, and not overly carbonated. Much more together than my other cheap fav PBR, which seems to be a bit more rough and disjointed by heavy carbonation.

D: Slam 'em back, and they'll be gone quick.

This is definitely one of the best Macros. I'm now placing it above PBR. Unfortunately, it is not available as a cheap alternative in as many bars as PBR is. 'Tis the only drawback with this one.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has abnormally high scores (for me) in several categories. I'll explain why.

This beer is cheap, and it pretends to be nothing else. So, among the cheap beers (which often have an appropriate place in summer heat), Schiltz is one of the best.

The beer has a nice mouthfeel, the taste is plain, crisp, and clear. The can has a plain and atavistic look, contributing to the character of the beer.

Schlitz does what it is supposed to do, it has a prominent role in American beer history, and of the beers that come cheap, I pick it before most all the rest.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.97/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Good stuff for feeling low class. Yellow pour with white fuzz on top. Smells and tastes the same: watery, corny, and sweet, with the phantom of hops. For a super-low class beverage, this really wasn't as bad as the rap it gets. At least this one doesn't leave a terrible aftertaste in your mouth.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Claims it's the "beer that made Milwaukee famous." But it's brewed in Illinois?

For being what it is, its not all that bad. Its a cheap macro, used widely as a good brew for a cheap buzz. Very drinkable, but best if served ice cold (interesting flavors come out when approaching room temperature). I have quite a few friends from Wisconsin who swear by this stuff. After all, its the Illinois brew that made Wisconsin famous.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : yellow/gold color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : grassy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, watery, no bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style American Adjunct lager.

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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 hodgsongreg
3.17/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this before the relaunch about a year ago. The smell is the biggest difference. You know that first smell you catch when you just discovered the dog broke wind? That's what I was greeted with when I popped the screw-top off my bottle. I poured it into the glass, the smell remained for a short time, then actually turned to a warm aroma of sweet bread. The carbonation was good and prickly, and the prevailing flavor is sweet, followed by a bitter finish. The lager sweetens as it warms and had a taste of which I wouldn't mind spending the evening. All olfactory discussion aside, this is a beer I definitely wouldn't avoid if the friends or family roll out a cooler of Michelob Golden Light and Bud Light with a few of these mixed in for retro appeal.

P.S. "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous", now made in Illinois.

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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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