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

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3.54/5
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526 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:
#38,632
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
526
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
66
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Photo of cjbowman
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I give this a relatively high score for what it is, being a commercial American lager, based on it's extreme drinkability and its iconic taste and mouthfeel. This is the beer that exemplified American lager beer for decades, prior to it being altered in an attempt to place profit over quality in the 80's which ultimately destroyed the brand. It's a great summer beer, good for after mowing the grass. The alcohol is relatively low, but apparently very clean, so one can drink a lot without getting too trashed or hungover. Help bring this iconic beer back to its former place of glory, as it was in the days when America itself was building up and advancing.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Seel
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FightingIrish
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is from the other review I left:

A good 'ol fashioned American brew. It will probably not satisfy the microbrew/import crowd, but it's a near-perfect mass-appeal beer, bringing back their classic formula (before they cheapened out and went out of business). Light years beyond anything Miller, Budweiser or Coors currently puts out.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermeister2112
4.76/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Azdirtmover
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a cheap beer, this is great in bottles and ice cold.Little nite of hops up front but has high drinkabilty.Give it a shot!

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Photo of Chilmer
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Golfontap
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tonyf315
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dataslal
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 1/8/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit fruity on aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice pale adjunct lager style. All around nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and never watery for the low ABV. Clean pale malt/grains and solid earthy hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. Exceeded my expectations. A nicely enjoyable offering, and great style example. One of the best macro AAL I've had.

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Photo of KShophead
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle dated 1/8/18 (hopefully bottled on) poured into a vintage Schlitz straight sided bar glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with a little nearly white head. The head recedes to a fine cap with a little lacing. The aroma is a semisweet with some generic beer smell, but good for the style. The taste is similar with mild sweet, grainy flavor and no real bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and decidedly undry. Once I swallow, it's as though I've coated my mouth in melted butter. Overall, ok, to style, but not good. I love a clean AAL. If they aren't properly lagered, there are just not enjoyable to me. This one should have stayed in the tanks a while longer.

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Photo of veryboredperson
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
1.77/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schlitzman
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good beer tastes much better since the brew change in 2008. Kegs available at all four locations total wine Las Vegas @ henderson just call or go in and order.
Bottles are available at all 4 locations but they don’t keep much in stock. But they will order as much as you want.
If you want 12 packs of cans only the south strip total wine has some they can order as much as you want.

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Photo of Edani95
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.8%
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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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 526 ratings