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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) | JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)

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3.55/5
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512 Ratings
Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula)Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed under contract for Pabst by Miller Brewing Co.

"Classic 1960's Formula" Schlitz Gusto reintroduced in 2008. 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. "tallboy" cans, and draft.

Original Schlitz in 12 oz. cans and draft:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/106/263

Added by Pauly2X on 08-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,874
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
512
pDev:
17.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
63
Trade:
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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than the Schlitz I bought--and liked--from about 1991 to about 2005, when the beer disappeared from the shelves around here. More flavor and color, but not work ten bucks twelve-pack.

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Photo of jnorris404
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I decided to give another old school American Lager a go and this time it is Schlitz. This was originally brewed in Milwaukee and I believe at one time this was the top selling beer in the US over Budweiser. Pabst ended up owning the brand and brought Schlitz back to supposedly its original recipe. However it has become harder to find this beer in the last five years or so.

Schlitz pours a clear golden hue with a two fingered head that dissipates pretty quickly but does leave behind a bit of a lacing.

The aroma has some corn and grains like other older American lagers but there is a nice bread like quality as well.

The flavor is very crisp and clean with some sweetness accompanied by the corn and grains but there is a nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Overall this is a really well done beer. Not only is it much better than Old Milwaukee which Schlitz also produced but it might be the best older American Lager I have tried so far and that includes Pabst Blue Ribbon. Too bad it has gotten harder to find.

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Photo of schlitzman
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good beer tastes much better since the brew change in 2008
Draft
Bottles cans

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Photo of Edani95
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the most preferred beer but I'd drink it over Bud Light, and it's not as bad as I was told.
In all honesty, It's pretty okay and I think that what It's meant to be anyways.
I like it and as cheap as it is, I see myself buying another case.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this a the Shopper's in Germantown, which continues to be a beacon of cheap and interesting beer in otherwise overpriced MoCo. Pours golden with medium carbonation and a dense white head that still dies an early death. Nose has some cereal but also biscuit notes and a mild citrus kick.

Clean and crisp and simply rolls down your throat. Not much to it, really, but a brief touch of hops in an otherwise slightly watery, mild crystal malt base makes it just interesting enough. Not exciting, but that's not why you're drinking Schlitz.

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Photo of losthusker
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kid at the checkout counter felt it necessary to tell me he hadn't seen Schlitz since back in the day when his grandpa drank it. Har de frickin har, kid. So you don't even know your inventory. Slacker. Anyways, this one destroys all BMC product in every measurable. (That would be looks, smell, feel, and taste.) This will be a fine summer go to as I lay off the ipa and such and just seek old timey beer refreshment.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very golden color with several fingers of white rocky head with a decent amount of carbonation visible. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell is lots of grain and barley. Some sweetness and maybe a touch of some type of adjunct, like boiled rice?

Taste is sweet malts with a touch of hop presence way, way in the back. A good mix of the barley, malts and hops for an adjunct.

Mouth feel is wet and refreshing with a fairly dry finish.

Overall this is a decent beer that should be available in twelve packs and larger for those looking for a decent adjunct lager. My wife was not quite sold on the flavor and had me finished her glass, which I did like a good husband.

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Photo of tonyf315
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of matcris
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style.....A clear golden with lots of bubbles rising and a good finger of soapy white head that sticks around. The smell is grassy and grainy, a little wet blanket, and a crackery malt. Flavor has a nice bready overtone, and a mild grassy/hoppy flavor. Medium thin body but not really too watery. Average carbonation, a little slick and then drier on the finish. Tastes pretty good for what it is with no off flavors. Good fishing beer. Nice thick lacing down the glass.

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Photo of samj
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly good, European tasting beer - especially for the price. Hoppier than most American adjuncts. I used to get a lot of ribbing from guys at my local watering-hole for drinking Schlitz ($2 a can) until I made a bet with the bartender that people would prefer Schlitz in a blind taste test. We chose Bud, Harp larger, Carlsburg and Schlitz and invited a table of eight (guys and gals) to sample each and declare their favorite. They ALL chose Schlitz! Then when they found out, they got mad and left. Why get mad over finding out you really like a $2.00 beer?

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Macro brew I have ever had. It actually tastes like a real beer!

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite macro Lagers

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Photo of mdt88
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of goodsuds
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my go-to yellow fizz water. It's a great summer beer to enjoy while mowing the lawn or at the lake fishing. It's not the best beer in the world, but it has it's niche. There isn't much to the smell; typical adjunct lager, maybe some sweet corn. Taste is sweet with a decent amount of hop flavor finished with a good bitterness. This beer has more hop flavor than most adjunct lagers. Mouthfeel is medium-light, decent carbonation and very drinkable.

I like this beer a lot. Good stuff!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3.66/5: Exemplary for the style; everything an adjunct lager should be

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Photo of jasonban4
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fitz284
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a darker golden hued color with a half finger of foam.

Toasted malt, biscuits, corn, and the slightest hop aroma.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness and a grainy corn flavor.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a very crushable beer.

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Photo of jw4free
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 512 ratings
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