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

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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth LagerSchlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager

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

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of cliffyp17
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I remember opening up this sugary top fun brew and I thought I reviewed it..guess I imagined it after it snuck up. Very nice brew low carbonation sickly sweet..no hint of ALC..be ware of this as it is in the top tier of it's style but acts like a thisf in the night

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Photo of Fairy
4.2/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I'm absolutely new to any kind of beer. I never thought I'd like any beer, though I'll admit to only trying about 6 in total, all being cheap. (PBR, High Life, Olde English 800, Steel Reserve triple export, Budweiser, and Keystone Ice for any wondering~) I, pretty much almost exclusively hated all of these...with the worst being Miller High Life tasting slightly of wet cardboard...that is, until I found this!

I've always loved wine, and sweet "girly" drinks, so as a girl myself and never having liked any beers before I just kept myself to the fact that I'd never have a "taste" for beer, and almost felt it was a made up thing. It always felt gross, overpraised, and gave me an awful headache...until this? I'm shocked, but Its absolutely lovely, its got a wonderful deep bitter taste, but also leaves you with the feeling of having just ate a buttered bread roll. Its crazy, people have always said these kinds of things to me before, and I thought they were crazy, but wow, this beer actually has flavour! I'm in absolute awe and in love with this. I'm only giving a 4.5 rather than 5 to be fair, since I am very much a beer newbie! But this has opened my eyes and I will be trying more beers in the future! (Sorry this isn't one of those professional reviews, just leaving my 2 cents since i feel its very underrated.)

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.94/5  rDev +79.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

High gravity malt liquor thats all about giving you a buzz. Still tastes great, has a wonderful character.
The look is nice, extremely clear appearance. Light golden with almost no cap and no lacing. The presentation of the can is nice. The smell was kind of a let down. The aroma was bland, just faint husky malt. Not much of a smell for a malt liquor. The taste is very much a preference. When this beer is ice cold, you get a wonderful sweet malt, bready goodness. You get alot of alcohol flavor up front that leads to the maltiness and sweetness of the beer. No hops can really be detected other than to round out the beer. As the beer warms it starts to taste like a wine. There is a good pricle from the carbonation. It is a trend to claim a taste of corn, this beer does not have any detectable adjuct flavors. Like many people suggest, keeping this beer cold is the best way to enjoy. The feel is creamy and rich. Very medium to heavy body. I don't recommend this beer to anyone who is not a seasoned drinker. If you want to try this beer; please take it slow.I would only drink these once in a while. The only problem I have with these high gravity lagers is that the alcohol seems to build up on my pallet and numb my perception of flavor.

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Photo of hairnic
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kojevergas
1.77/5  rDev -35.6%
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 -26.5%
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 -1.8%
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 +81.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Schlitz high gravity is good just very hard to find just like schlitz oml hard to find schlitz gusto at total wine but they are usually out of cans and bottles but not kegs.
Schlitz red and schlitz bull ice not available here

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bongobeer
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrhiccups
1.94/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -31.6%
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 -61.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of iman99
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
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 +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of workingclassbrew
1.45/5  rDev -47.3%
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 +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.53/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.41/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Funkyfreshkicks
1.82/5  rDev -33.8%
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 -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L Very Smooth Lager from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 2.75 out of 5 with 110 ratings