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

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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
Ratings:
507
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
17.32%
 
 
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Photo of Drinking_Beer
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to all day beer. I love this stuff. I grew up drinking it back in the '60s. When I saw it in the liquor stores again, I naturally bought a 12 pack to try it. OMG! it tasted exactly like I remembered. Like a long lost friend. I've tried a lot of different beers over the years, and I still do. With so many micro breweries out there you just can't help but try them. But I still keep coming back to Schlitz, and then I wonder why I wasted my time and money trying something else...

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Photo of RichardARoss
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance, easy clarity, white head disappears quickly. Aroma was canned corn and some alcohol, something industrial, metallic.

Straightforward AAL taste and mouthfeel. Nothing off, relatively enjoyable for what it is. Highly carbonated, nothing heavy.

I love my Schlitz hockey jersey.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dcotom
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rockwestfall711
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Pilsner is my regular but this is my alternative when I am feeling nostalgic or want to mix things up. A really good borderline fruity flavor and treats me decent for a 12 pack session. A little more of a morning after affect than Warsteiner but not too bad. Usually pour the tall boy cans into a Pilsner glass.

I am not at all a beer snob but find this more satisfying than any other regular American beer. Official beer of my 1969 World Champion Kansas City Chiefs, and becoming of that honor!

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Photo of KACK1533
1.41/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Harkens me back to Christmastime 2009. Straw color, head was minimal. Taste was of creamed corn and cereal, hell why not just make it corn flakes. Smell was of strong corn and cereal. My uncle told me to never bring this again. My grandfather liked it.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monk2021
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffSK
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kubishark
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not as impressed as some of the other reviewers seem to be, and this is coming from someone who actually enjoys adjunct lagers. It's standard AAL so of course there's nothing wrong with it, but I just don't really think it stands out at all. I'd choose it over a PBR any day, but compared to Narragansett or even High Life, I'd probably not pick it.

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Photo of seakayak
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Malone47
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of gatorlove
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Wobbly
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arguably the best of this style.

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Photo of VABA
2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jmasher85
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Possibly one of the best crappy American adjunct macrobrew lagers out there. Light, easy to drink, no offensive skunky odors of urine or corn water and...it actually has a bit of a hop profile! That's right, drinking this one up against Bud, Miller, PBR, even Yuengling and Sam Adams, this one has the most developed, interesting flavor of them all due to a friendly, tasteful dose of hops. Nothing overwhelming, just a hint of pine, a little bitter, a little flowery, just enough to let you know that it's the top pauper beer in town. If it's cheap enough, this is my go-to "lawnmower beer." And it comes in a tall-boy.

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Photo of CygnusXI
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is THE best tasting American adjunct lager that I've come across. (and I've had my share of "lawnmower" beers).

Full bodied for an AAL with a touch of hops. Unlike many of the lackluster and flavorless lagers in this category, Schlitz rises to the top and really shines.

If you're into drinking cheap old school American lagers, do yourself a favor and try this one. I think you'll enjoy it. That is, if you can find it.

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Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robusn
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than the beer that they were brewing before they tried to re-create the 1960's formula. It's not as heavy as the previous version. It goes down very smooth and has a high drink-ability. The bottles have a retro look to them.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vestlake
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of davecharlie0
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great light lager when you're in the mood for that. Classic brand. Bukowski.

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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
3.58 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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