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

Schlitz (Classic 1960's Formula)Schlitz (Classic 1960's Formula)
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #2
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,227
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 17.98%
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
550
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JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
 
Illinois, United States
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Year-round
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Schlitz (Classic 1960's Formula)Schlitz (Classic 1960's Formula)
Notes: 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:
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Photo of glencox00
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is the only version of Schlitz that is still made as they abandoned the alternate 80's recipe that ruined the company in 2011. Smells of wet grass, sweet corn, and hops. Poured into a 12oz classic thick wall glass mug. Leaves a half inch white head. The head fades away after approximately 5 minutes leaving surprisingly good lacing for an adjunct. The taste is hop forward. The hops is more powerful than a typical American adjunct and the hops hides any of the corn flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium. The beer is substantial yet refreshing. This beer will remind you of a decent American adjunct attempt at a German lager. Probably the best quality macro lager out there if you can find it.

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Photo of murray_psu
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice carbonation, slightly sweet, but very well-balanced and good with a meal. Price point is ridiculously low (and tax free) at $7.50 a 12-pack (DE). It's replaced Miller Lite, Yeungling, Coors, and Heineken for me as an everyday fridge beer.

I found this on tap in Vermont after the local IPAs and craft brews started to wear on me. This was the only out-of-state beer on tap, which reminded me of the hipster resurgence of PBR years ago. This is simply way better.

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Photo of MildlyDrunk
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Is this the greatest comeback story since Bills v Oilers? After being nearly undrinkable for decades at a time, Schlitz attempted to revive their classic lager by going back to the original 60s formula, and boy did it work. Looks and smells like any other AAL but rich, almost wheat like taste paired with a stupendous mouthfeel set this Wisconsin native apart. Absolute classic. I bet this brew will be hop bros new go to cheap-o in the not too distant future. Welcome back Schlitz.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

never knew these were sold near me and it's my civic duty to drink every regional cheap beer i can get my hands on. crystal clear, a few shades from yellow with a stubborn ring of foam. smells like bits of corn, malt and even a hint of earthiness poking through. taste is a lot of corn, cracker/biscuit and sweetness with some lemon-y fruitiness from time to time. finishes clean, cleaner than anything in my house for sure, and this first glass is gone already. it's no stag but this is quite the solid grandpa beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
1.92/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have come to believe that the cheap, regional adjunt lager brands are the real value these days in beer: the Hamm's and 'Gansetts of the world are genuinely pretty decent for the price and style. But for the life of me, I just cannot figure out why folks hold Schlitz in such high regard: it is genuinely bad. Corny, sort of milky sour/sweet, sweetened bitter greens, cooked vegetables. Points for a good looking, genuinely iconic can (+ branding), but the beer itself is borderline undrinkable.

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Photo of Kevin30462112
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was the beer my dad drank in the 1970’s. While schlitz was one of the most popular beers on the planet. I can see why. This stuff has Budweiser beat by a landslide. Too bad the Budweiser marketing giant put this out of business for all practical purposes. Smells of mild hops and corn. Pours a beautiful clear gold with a nice white head and good lacing. Mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated. Tastes of malt, hops, and corn, but in a good way. It may be the nostalgia of me slipping a few off my dad back in the day. But I found this very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 ounce bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Classic and classy. The epitome of looking like a beer. You look like a cool dude while drinking this. I'm in love with the design.

Smell - Sweet but not too sweet. Nice and malty, not as corny as a lot of AALs. Balanced with a slight bit of earthy hops. Very enticing.

Taste - Balanced and tasty. Like a warm and inviting sit around a campfire. Long nights in the woods, enjoying time with friends. A nostalgic flavor.

Feel - Medium body and the perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy.

Overall - This beer is amazing. It leaves me nearly speechless. I love it. Doesn't quite beat out Old Style for me, but it's a top contestant.

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Photo of superwho24
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big time head, I smell pickles and bologna. Tastes is quite bitter. Picking up some charcoal in the flavor. Mouthfeel medium and creamy. Overall not bad.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Go for the gusto! Another blast from the past that I really liked. We used to get a case of this stuff and head to the drive-in movies. It was a smooth tasting beer that went down well and quick. A good choice when it's time to pound

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Photo of Kevinski
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlitz is such a well balanced AAL. If your in the mood to tilt more than a few back this should be your pick. Whether drinking two or eight, the flavor is good and consistent. Hard to find in Ohio.

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Photo of cjbowman
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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 FightingIrish
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
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
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, the classic old school taste is yet making a come back. It is nice to see the break from all the craft beer from an original craft brewery!

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Photo of Revspook
4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The last time I had a Schlitz was in the 70s and I was a little kid. Memory is a fickle thing, but it seems like it tasted pissier and less hoppy than now. Either way, it was the epitome of FINE American brewing with heavy German influence.

I’ve started seeing these around and finally tried one. One turned into three and now I’m a steadfast Schlitz drinker.

“Mouthfeel” is not something I’m going to discuss, ever, but once I down this first one today, I’ll do another in a chilled beer glass or mason jar. It’s not as fizzy as the typical hot-assed- soup-nuts-and-swamp-ass-day beer I do, but I’m into Pilseners. That said, fine on a rainy or cold day and the balance between an assertiv hop and barley flavor more than make up for it.

This is a FINE beer. It’s bold, but not overpowering like so many overhopped brews out there. Hey guys, look, if I wanted that, then I’d shove a lime in the bottle. Schlitz has personality, without being forced. It’s the 300-pound, mustachioed lathe operator who can actually pull-off wearing a lampshade and saying offensive things. His voice is too loud, he’s a bit obnoxious, but he’s a solid Union stiff with a good heart. He’s working again, despite getting shafted by the GM layoffs a few decades ago. That’s Schlitz in a bottle.

Second beer in one of those funny English mugs:

I’m not gonna talk about lacing, because if this beer were a person, he wouldn’t be the guy to take offense. He’d be drunk enough to run with it and start putting on his wife’s nightwear and running around at the company barbecue. We don’t want that.

It pours a mean head and this is something the guy will joke around it in front of his kids and friends, saying “oh no, they’re too young to get it yet.” But the head passed the bottle cap test and and going nowhere. The color is a surprising shade of YELLOW that turns pale in sunlight, because this guy has depth but just doesn’t brag about it. He’s too busy teaching the kids how to belch out the alphabet.

Schlitz is a real American hero.

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Photo of MikeMacCarthy
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best macro brew. I order it whenever available. Schuba’s in Chicago not surprisingly pours an excellent draft.

The unexpectedly tall head reduces to a nice cap as you drink it. Flavor stays sharp as it warms. The hefty mouthfeel and body are unexpected and impressive. Not hard to understand why this was the number 1 beer in the US for over 50 years.

Schlitz tall offers best value—quality vs price—of any mass produced beer and maybe any beer in America.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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 jkblr
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
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 OldSchoolMike
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Edani95
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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 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 +6.2%
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 BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 matcris
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +21.1%
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 goodsuds
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Schlitz (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 550 ratings