Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager | JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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107 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,007
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
107
pDev:
30.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
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Photo of hairnic
1.7/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
1.77/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

"Schlitz High Gravity." "The Bull." 8.5% ABV. 24 fl oz can ran me $2.17 USD at a petrol station in Austin, TX. Best before: June 11, 2018. Standard pull-tab. Gold, silver, and black colour motif. "Malt liquor."

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear pale gold body suggestive of a syrupy cheap brew. Head is frothy yet thin, and off-white in colour. Head retention is rather good for the high ABV at ~8 minutes. Head height starts at ~10cm and halves within 40 seconds.

Appears highly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance, but the beer is obviously filtered.

AROMA: Heavy corn adjunct dominates the aroma. Subsidiary notes of cooked grain are in there too...I suspect DMS off-flavour is present. Lacks any detectable hop aromatics. No yeasty notes or overt booze.

A poor overall aroma that's off-putting. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Obvious DMS plagues this brew, and it's both syrupy and cloying as well. Viscous and heavy on the palate, preventing it from feeling refreshing. I'd take watery over syrupy any day of the week. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated.

Corn adjunct sweetness is present throughout but there's no hop bitterness to counter it. No hop flavour either. I can't even find any 6-row beneath all that corn.

It does finish somewhat creamy, which is the only pleasant aspect of the beer inasmuch as I can discern. Poorly built, horridly imbalanced, and downright unpleasant.

Has a very cheap taste; I suppose in that sense it's a classic malt liquor. Shallow, simple, and unapproachable. I will say it disguises its alcohol fairly well, which is admittedly a key element of a proper malt liquor.

OVERALL: It's more or less what I expected going in, which is to say it borders on undrinkable. I think the mouthfeel is ultimately more poorly executed than the taste, but both are quite bad. It'll be a chore to finish the entire 24 fl oz can, but I'll manage. I'd have to try them side by side (heaven forbid), but going off memory I'm quite certain I prefer Olde English to this swill. If getting shithoused on a budget is your aim, go for Ballantine XXX, Genny, or Simpler Times instead.

Low D- (1.77) / AVOID

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.02/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this one once. Once was enough. Save yourself a bad experience and stick to the O.M.L. if you are slumming it and want a Schlitz malt liquor.

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Photo of TheDominic
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I know a lot of people don't like it, but i don't mind it much. It's cheap, and drinkable, plus gets you one hell of a buzz. The weaker 6% one has a slightly better taste if you drink it from the can instead of the 40. I recommend this if you don't want to spend all your money on booze but want a buzz.

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Photo of schlitzman
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.72/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bongobeer
2.93/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrhiccups
1.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Very smooth. Yes, if you compare the "smoothness" to sandpaper. Let's cut to the chase and say what it is: a cheap buzz, that is all this stuff is good for, if you can get past the taste. Pours out bright yellow, has a smell of fonky socks and some sour apple cider. Tastes very boozy and corn like, but hey, it will get you a buzz for cheap, and it is 8.5 ABV!

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Photo of MusaJames
1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

I drink this beer often. Looks fine and pours well without much head. Smells terrible with a strong alcohol smell. Tastes like it smells a little malt a little hops and a whole lot like you could imagine hairspray would taste like if you had added it to a beer. Overall its my go to when I have little money and want something strong.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.07/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of iman99
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good tasting for 8.5% and does an okay effect but usually is more of a drowsy feeling.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz very tall and fat can, procured at the last American exit (not really, but my apologies all the same, M. Downie) before returning home to Canuckland last week.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some adequate streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of acrid and cheap overripe generic fruit, corn grits, the part of the corn cob that you throw away, wet cardboard, a further indistinct dankness, and an unholy weedy, earthy, and booze-tinged bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet corn cereal, bottom shelf apple cider, musty packaging material, ethereal (read: mostly in my head) bitter notes (actual hops need not apply here), and a sidling alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is large and in charge, what with its pervasive fizz-tinged frothiness, the body medium-light in weight for the style (don't ask how I know this), and smooth, I suppose, any expected clamminess still waiting for its parole officer's approval, or something. It finishes not as sweet as I was anticipating, as the mustiness puts its foot down, and the alcohol just stands there, with a dumb-ass look on its face.

Yeah, once again, this is pretty much just yer typical Miller lager product, reduced even further to its base elements, ones that benefit from a healthy dose of obfuscation in the first place. Not particularly difficult to drink, but only if your brain is preoccupied with something else, and thankfully, for me, it's the recording of Jon Stewart's final Daily Show that I'm about to tuck into. Talk about a moment of (ironic) Zen, eh?

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Photo of slipknotfan93
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of workingclassbrew
1.45/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

V.S.L. ...lager em yeah will see. I bought this down in some ramshackle liquor store on Kings Hwy in Myrtle Beach. Love real Schlitz, love the Schlitz Bull logo, but the last "blue bull"I had, I remember being a little ill the next day.

Aroma clean, faint, as the head clears, it becomes quite mettalic. The head fades, take a nice sip...oh my, I dont even know. Sweet, slightly rancid malt. I dont even want to think what Sunday mornin comin down would feel like on this stuff. Im done.

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Photo of AmitC
2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Funkyfreshkicks
1.82/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Beer tastes horrible but gets you drunk.

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Photo of devin305
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of snuffconformists
5/5  rDev +85.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its a shame most of the reviewers on this site don't understand high gravity american malt liquors, and therefore ignorantly feel inclined to stigmatize and trash them, comparing them with unrelated trendy craft beers. I ask the beer advocate community: please grow up. This is one of the best malt liquors on the market, and I've tried them all, it does everything its supposed to, and does it exceptionally well. A rational beer reviewer would put well made strong american malt liquors in a similar category as Belgium trippels or German helles bocks: light body, light color, low IBU, delightfully strong, and chuggable! Surprisingly, V.S.L. is smoother than many expensive Belgium trippels, easier drinking than eisbocks, has no off flavors, not overly sweet or boozy, and theres no cheap beer headache hours after drinking. The body is light and crisp, the taste clean, in contrast to the often overly sweet, ester flawed, heavy bodies of many craft beer attempts at strong lagers or bocks. If you go in with preconceived notions this beer is cheap getto trash, based on the bandwagon of close minded novice snobbery reviews, reconsider. This beer is an archetypical american classic. It doesnt matter if its low price, industrial, comes in a big garish can, or full of corn adjunct - it works, the balance is impeccable. I'll take this masterpiece any time over the endless boring heaps of over-priced over-rated craft hop bomb clones. If only craft brewers would embrace this remarkable beer style and give the hop bombs a rest already.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
3.04/5  rDev +12.6%

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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 2.7 out of 5 with 107 ratings