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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
66
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
29.74%
 
 
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Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bongobeer
2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrhiccups
1.94/5  rDev -27.9%
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 -30.1%
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 -60.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of iman99
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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 +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.39/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of workingclassbrew
1.45/5  rDev -46.1%
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 +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dmorgan310
2.41/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Funkyfreshkicks
1.82/5  rDev -32.3%
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 +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of snuffconformists
5/5  rDev +85.9%
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 +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
3.04/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Spikester
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is better than average solid gold color with three fingers of white head that stays about five minutes and leaves some lace as the level drops.
Smell is average but for the style only. Early on it smelled like apple skin and alcohol.
Taste is sweet fruity (apple skin) slightly tart. I could not detect any hops but they show up later in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Sweet finish and just lightly dry.
Overall a bit of a chore to drink. I poured it into a nonic pint glass and I think it tastes better out of the can. I have to say I like the old Schlitz ML Bull from the 1970's but all I can find lately are these HG Malt Liquors. Enjoy by date is Jan. 5, 2015. Super fresh if it is a six month span.

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Photo of Yeti1979
2/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Zorro
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells sweet and corny with a a fruity scent. Sweet apple scent.

Starts out sweet. Tastes of ethanol and apple. Really doesn't taste that much like corn.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall what you wood expect, Cheep Booze in a big can.

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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlitz High Gravity Lager (VSL) had a thick, creamy, egg-shell colored head, and a very clear, golden appearance, with some fine bubbles streaming up and a decent amount of lacing left down the mug. The aroma is faint, with some clean water and a slight sweet smell in there. Taste is very alcohol-forward. There are wine, corn, sweet, and low-level hop flavors all mixed in with this. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Schlitz HG (Very Smooth Lager) finishes rather harsh and heavy.

RJT

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce tallboy into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of frothy, bubbly, and billowy head that actually proves quite sticky. The beer is a pale straw color, but not as pale as many AALs and malt liquors. There is an absolute tornado of carbonation.

This beer is quite smooth, as advertised. I detect a little bit of pale malt flavor with some corn mash and a kiss of hops. Some fruity and metallic alcohol notes are apparent, as expected. There is a basic corny sweetness that becomes cloying as it warms- don't let it get too warm.

It had been awhile since I tried a Schlitz Bull. It really isn't bad at all, and would probably make a good candidate for a tomato juice beer because it's strong and highly carbonated.

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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
2.69 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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