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

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270
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
17.32%
 
 
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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack at the local market...after stumbling around on ba one day and saw some of the positive reviews I figured I'd try it. And at $6.99/6pack in nyc, why the hell not...Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .3l flute

A - Really nothing here, small head that recedes to nothing after one sip. Pale, yellow color with no activity.

S - Ok, starting to get better here nice malty nose, light caramel and honey. bit of acidity in the back

T - Pretty Good, Full malty body and a light bitter finish. Fairly sweet finish, low hop bitterness

M - Pretty smooth, low carbonation, could use a bit more

O - Not too bad really, a basic beer for the summertime. A step up from the plain BMC, good for just watching the game

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Photo of jjmont61
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case of this at my local PA beer purveyor. It was dated June 11, 2011 and cost almost $20 for a 24 pack of cans. Needless to say I had misgivings, but any 1960's reformulation is worth a shot.

Look to other's reviews for color, head and aroma and average them. Bottom line - this is not bad beer and is reminiscent of what I remember (as a sub-10 year old kid with a pretty good nose and kid's distaste for beer) a sixties beer tasted like. Decent body with a light, and pleasant enough industrial-strength hops (Clusters?) flavor.

A fitting tribute to our manufacturing past and the beer that almost beat Budweiser.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 16 oz Tall Boy into a pint glass

A) It is a clean looking yellow with a frothy inch of white head. The head dissipated pretty quickly, not much lacing.

S) Very fresh, earthy and grassy. There is an aroma of grain, malt, some corn an light hops.

T) It is much like the smell, and it is quite a flavorful experience for an adjunct lager. The mild hops leads to a pleasant finish as well.

M) This is well put together, medium body and good carbonation for the style.

O) This is a good beer. In an era where mass produced lagers dominated the market, it's easy to see how this is the beer that made Milwaukee famous. It kind of transports me to some extent. I think if I would have had the opportunity to enjoy a beer with my grandfather and great grandfather in the garage or maybe the boathouse. Well, it might have been an ice cold Schlitz.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to pick up this 6 pack today—I didn't know this was available in Maine. It was purchased at the best place in the Portland area to by Schlitz, Fresh Aproach market. The bottle is dated best by Aug. 22, 2011. It went from the store's fridge, to my car and then right into my fridge. It's poured into a pint glass.

It has a pretty, golden straw colored body and finger of pure white foam for a head. There is a good amount of rising carbonation within the glass. No real lacing to speak of.

The aroma is of rice and pale grains. There is a bit of sweetness as well. It is rounded out by a tiny bit of grassy hops.

For an adjunct lager, this beer is very tasty. It is composed of mildly sweet malts with a generic bitter essence. It finishes mostly clean, with a little bit of the off-putting adjunct flavor that lingers on. Better to take another sip than focus on the after taste.

The Schlitz Gusto has a heavier body than most beers of this style, although I'd still classify it as medium. Carbonation is average. A slight film is left behind that is a bit sticky on my lips.

Having now tried this classic recipe, I can see why this beer was once so popular. It does feel like a true throwback; that I'm tasting what all the guys in my grandfather's tavern were enjoying back in the day. Anyone who writes this off simply because of the style is missing out on a fun beverage. It won't knock your socks off, but it is worth your attention.

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Photo of monza
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours yellow with a fluffy head of that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind.

S : corn and grassy hop aroma

T : slightly sweet with a light czech-ey / grassy style hop. Not much in the IBU department, but perfect for this style

M : Smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Not nearly as watery as others of the style.

So, while not a perfect beer, this is a great one for an every day or session beer. Replacing PBR as the go-to for warm weather use. This is hands down so far superior to the ilk from Budweiser or Coors.

Keep in mind when reviewing this beer that its not competing with a craft brew, but other AALs. When you consider that 90% of the beer sold at the corner shop is crap, those are the beers that you need to compare this one to. In that context, it excels.

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Photo of adams82
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white film. Defiantly more bold in color than your typical BMC offerings; it's actually golden in color rather than pale-straw-yellow.

Smells bold as well for what we may be used to in this style. Slight malt sweetness, with an overwhelmingly floral hop nose. Very present and inviting rather than effervescent rice scented yellow fizzy water.

I have no shame in admitting that this is a very tasty brew, again, for the style... it stands out. Light grainy sweetness, decent malt back bone but fairly dry, and clean which a nice earthly and floral hop flavor. Bitterness is fairly mellow, but defiantly present and detectable.

I hate to use this word again, but this is quite the bold offering in the muddled world of American Adjunct Lagers. It smells very nice and I can actually taste the ingredients in this beer! "Original 60's formula" huh? Is this what the BMC world really offered 50 years ago? If so, why'd they stop making tasty, flavorful beer?

I'm not going to call this beer cheap, because to me, that just resonates "garbage in, garbage out". Instead, this beer is a terrific value; you're really getting a lot for your money:

A quality macro that has discernible aroma and flavor characteristics at a very attractive price point.

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since my friends and I are already obsessed with Schlitz, because all of the greatest actors seem to drink it in movies, when I heard that it would be brewed with the original recipe I was automatically excited for the classic Schlitz.

Schlitz Gusto, the TRUE beer that made Milwaukee famous, pours a clear yellow-golden and forms a foamy-bubbly white head. Not much to look at but when it's a 100 degree Texas summer she sure looks tasty.

It smells a bit grainy, with some corn in there as well. Slightly sweet but mostly grainy. There's a sort of...in the words of Andrew Zimmern, "tinny," smell in there too. Not that that's bizarre (if you don't get that reference then watch his show, damnit!).

Unlike most adjunct lagers, the classic Schlitz actually has some decent flavor and doesn't taste like malty/grainy water. It has a sort of cracker-like or biscuity flavor and some sweetness, probably from the corn. Hops don't really stand out here but they are there and add a tad of bitterness. The malt flavors are stronger in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light. Gusto is very drinkable and not watery at all. Carbonation is just right, adding some bite.

Of all the adjunct lagers out there, this is the one of the best you'll find. It's not complex and doesn't have too much flavor but it's a cheap(er) lager that you won't regret trying. And for the beer god's sake it's the original freaking Schlitz! So, pay the extra couple or few dollars for that 12 pack and get a lager that you actually won't regret drinking.

WE BUILT SCHLITZ CITY!!!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $3.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, bright, light yellow body with a ¼-inch head of white fizz fed by constant streams of effervescence.

Smell: A light hint of malt, a light hint of spice, and a light hint of lemon.

Taste: Lightly grainy, sweet accented cereal maltiness trailed by an even-handed pinch of lemon zest. Mildly spicy hops with bitterness aplenty to provide balance. Crisp, well-balance finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A good lager at a good price. If only all cheap American beer tasted like this!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixer of tall-boy cans picked up at Whole Foods in DC. Thanks to Rhettroactive for the tip on where to score these. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear yellow-golden color with a pretty good white head and some slight lacing. The nose brings a bit of bread and some light corn character. Nothing cooked or DMS-like, but the use of adjuncts is noticeable. Flavor falls along the same lines. Nothing offensive. It's fairly bland, but does have a bit of malt flavor. Light body and slightly chewy. Average carbonation. I wouldn't complain about drinking this again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Gold color, slightly darker than the typical straw color associated with the style. There is a two finger, thick, billowy, white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S-Faint nose and typical of the style. It consists of grains, mustiness, and sweet malts. However, it is not as musty as others of the style.

T-Crisp and clean. While the malts dominate there are some actual grassy hops present. Most hops I've noticed for the style and the best tasting of the style as well.

M-Thick for the style with not much carbonation, very nice.

D-I could drink this regularly. It is the best of the style I've encountered.

Overall, my go to American Adjunct Lager. I had been waiting for this to come to NC and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz tallboy can to nonic pint glass on 6/19/11
*From notes

A: Brilliant filtered light pale golden. A good pour yields a really healthy, frothy 2.5 finger head that actually sticks around for a while. Here's another surprise: lacing! A good bit of sticky lacing rims the glass.

S: Sweet cereal grains, lemongrass with an earthy kick to boot.

T: Rich and bold for an AAL. It's a bit sweet, though it's robust and hearty. There's a tiny acidic kick to it, that adds a layer to the flavor profile which others within the style can't come close to matching. Wow, what a tasty AAL.

M: Creamy as a mother. It's perfectly carbonated, and it doesn't feel like oily horse piss. No - instead, it's smooth and easy to put back. Regardless of style, it's one of the most pleasant feeling brews I've had in a while.

O: Schlitz Gusto is hands down the best AAL on the market. Nothing even comes close. This brew is a game changer, and absolutely deserves the high marks it receives. Seek this out, regardless of style. This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Dodt
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on my last 6 pack run couldn't find the beer i wanted , this caught my eye decide to give it a whirl.
appearance golden color
smell grainy but enjoyable
taste bit of malty and i was surprised with the hop presents.
a quiet enjoyable beer it is a shame this isn't the top seller in the country.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from the can, poured a bit to see the color. Surprisingly dark!

Smelled very grainy, husky, with a kiss of hops. Surprising for this style.

Taste was something else! Very malty, little adjunct flavor, and slightly hoppy. Makes me wonder if the big boys tasted like this at one point.

Mouthfeel was nice and thick.

Overall a very good lager, the best adjunct lager I've ever had.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, medium-big white head steadily shrinking to ring and some wisps.

Aroma: nice, strong fruity grain, apple, perfumy leafy-grassiness, hint of mineral. It’s a very good, solid American lager aroma.

Taste is a firm, lightly fruity grain, lightly sweet malty body with light apple, and a balancing light but very firm, zesty hop bitterness that in character is grassy with light herbal element that is almost minty. It is a simple, straightforward traditional American lager but with unusually good malty and hoppy body and character, with the hop flavour and bitterness really standing out complared to others in the style. This is better than the “regular” modern Schlitz and really stands out in the class. After drinking this, and comparing it to several other such American lagers at the time, the others are utterly bland and rough by comparison.

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Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear bright golden color.. head perfectly reached the rim of my ABA pint glass.. fizzles down to a thin film.. pretty much what your standard lager should look like..

s: slightly sweet.. cereal grain, corn.. maybe a slight earthiness to it.. nothing off putting.

t: upfront its slightly sweet.. graininess with some mild corn flavors.. finish actually has a small hoppiness to it.. nothing too big, just a mild earthy, almost leafy hop flavor..also maybe a mild toasty malt flavor.. clean finish that begs for another sip..

mf: light, crisp, clean, & refreshing..

o: first time having this one.. its actually quite nice.. far better than any AAL i've had.. having this while i bbq outside & it pairs perfect! this will make more appearances in my fridge.

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

My grandfather's go to brew.

A-Pours a delicate straw hue. The beer is quite transparent. Bubbles rise to the top with determination. Pure white head forms, but unlike most other Macros I have come across, it actually retains. Random plots of lace cling to the glass. Looks like a macro with some purpose.

S-Like the appearance, macro-esque with but clearly of higher quality. Sweet grainy malts combine with some light hoppiness. Lacks the ugly copper/metal twang that makes many of the style unattractive.

T-Not bad, truly not bad. Getting some lasting grassy hops in the aftertaste which is great. The grains are more effective in Gusto than in most other from the same style. Not only is the beer's flavor more pronounced than perhaps any other macro, it is also just better as well. The taste is clean, the hops are set to a perfect pitch. Really not bad at all!

M-Light, clean, crisp, more natural tasting than any other from its family. Carbonation is evident but not overwhelming. Begs for another sip.

O/D-Perhaps Narragansett Lager has been supplanted in the category of best macro in my book by the Gusto. The light body combined with the clean grassy hops really make this one a winner. My new go-to non-craft? I think so!

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Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured right down the middle of the glass. Gave a nice two fingered white head. Head didnt hang around to long. But head did settle down to about one eighth inch. Then dissapated. Nice bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Beer itself was a light golden color. Smelled slightly sweet. Also notes of corn and malt. Actually taste, I thought quite good. Not bitter. But did have a sweet taste. Not real heavy on sweetness. Just slightly sweet. Probably from the malt. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation I thought was good. Ill buy again. I thought better than PBR or Coors. Would make a good session beer or lawnmower beer.

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Photo of HopsSchnapps
2.27/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 oz. brown bottle in a trade with nerdrocker101 so I'll give it a fair shake. pours a crystal clear light golden with a very small head that fizzled away instantly like a Sprite.

The aroma really doesn't offer much but there isn't anything offensive in it. Some grains and corn.

The taste has light grains but a whole lot of corn. This has a big corn taste and really is like corn water. But again there is nothing offensive in the taste just a boring beer. Instead of cussing the "S" word I now have a saying- "Ah Schlitz"

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can remember Schlitz tasting this way...way back. I just wish they would bring back the original Stroh's. Pour gives a one finger head of white foam that lasts only for a little while, leaving a clean sided glass, no lace to see. The color is a 2 on the SRM beer color chart, and very clean looking. Smell is that of cereal grain, heavier on roasted corn and malt. Taste brings back memories of a younger time in my life. Rough of the edges, flavors of cooked wheat, roasted corn, and a slight sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is light but creamy, with a wonderful tingling and a little dryness on the edges. I really like the taste that remains in the back recesses of my upper soft palate. Although this beer is not refined, I like the taste and the pleasure it brings. Great beer after coming in from the hot sun and yard/car work. A little pricey, but can you place a price on memories.

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Photo of SamN
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gettin' old school here. Let's see how the 60's have held up.

Poured into a dimpled stein. Pours like an adjunct; pretty light yellow color, fizzy head, though this lasts noticeably longer. Smell is, whew, powerfully grassy and and also tinny. Rather flat aroma. Taste is a bit better than I expected, a bit fuller malt flavor, some nice toasty notes in there. Biscuitsy, or crackers. Not super deep, but certainly more than I expected from a Schlitz. A touch of sweetness rounds out the beer quite nicely. Feel is also nicely fuller than expected, with active carbonation keeping it lively and moving.

Damn it all, this is a pretty tasty beer. Underdog beer style aside, this is quite a tasty brew. This just may replace my current macro standby, PBR. Drinkability is excellent, I'm so happy with the taste I can't put this beer down!

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this beer

It pours a pale fizzy yellow like you would assume a beer of it's style would. The smell is actually rather nice and mild. There's no off flavors in the scent. I can't believe that I really don't mind the taste of this beer. I was so scared and nervous because I had consumed the non-Gusto varietal of this beer and it was god-awful. The only thing wrong with this was that there was an almost iron like taste that stayed on the tongue. For the style this is good. When we go fishing and drink the cheap stuff, this will be my beer of choice. I'm pretty happy about that now.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlitz Classic 1960's Formula beer has a thick off-white head, and a very clear, golden color; carbonation is high. Barley is prominent in the aroma, with a dash of spiciness. The taste is very good, with barley and a higher-than-average (for ASL beer) hop bitterness. Mouth-feel is medium. Schlitz 1960's Formula finishes crisp and refreshing, with a satisfying bite. I really like this beer. Try it!

RTJ

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Founders shaker pint glass.

I just had to try this. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, flowers, and light grass. A vague sort of pleasant sweetness hangs over everything here. The taste brings in more of the same, though that sweetness has deserted me, and a light brush of metallic ore comes in at some point (thankfully not for very long and not very strongly). This taste is pretty bland, but in a positive way, if that makes any sense. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, probably the best AAL I have ever had. I wouldn't necessarily pick this out to drink as a regular thing, but if I ever am looking for a cheap pack of beer for an outing or something, this will be opted-for over the likes of BMC, PBR, and Old Style. I do so like pleasant surprises...

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like banana, cereal grains, and a bit metallic. The first thing I notice in the taste is a bitter bite. Other than that, it's exceptionally smooth. I can taste some of that cereal malt, but it's very subdued. It's not sweet, certainly refreshing. More so, it's refreshingly different from other adjunct lagers out there today. It's much more bitter and noticeably lacking in sweetness. However, it's lacking in just about any other flavour too. As an escape from other budget beers, it's good, but overall, it's too watery.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Very light straw color with a short white head that quickly gave way.

Smells lightly of honey and malt. Very faint smell though.

Slight malt, a bit of bitterness. There is an unpleasant flavor in there too but I cannot place it.

Lots of bubbles, kind of annoying. Light body.

I initially bought it for the novelty and to see what the 1960s tasted like. They can keep it. While it does not taste bad, it just does not taste like anything, plus the high carbonation makes it difficult to be a session beer.

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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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