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:
504
Reviews:
268
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of RobinLee
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Toxophilite
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This really is a great tasting AAL, for people who like that light tasting type of beer. I just like beer, so I haven't really tasted many beers I don't like, but that's just me.

This is a little darker than most other AAL's I've had, and definitely has a bit more of a bite of hop and taste of barley than the vast majority of AAL's I've had. Why in the world did Schlitz ever change this formula? It was an act that literally killed the brewery.

If you like classic American lager, give this a try. If you like beer, you'll probably love this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Minus the carbonation, the color could pass for pee. I do not mean this in a mean spirited way. The beer is the color of pee with a white head on top.

Smell - The nose fits a general grain profile of the style. Corn is noticeable.

Taste - There is really little that stands out about this beer. Again, there is a general grain profile, with little standing out. The taste fades quickly into a bubblegum-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation allows the taste to fade quickly. The level of carbonation is on par with the average soda.

Overall - I have had the #1 American Adjunct Lager (60's formula). It is not as offensive as some might suggest.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

as far as macro-lagers out on the market, this one just might be my favorite. It goes down really damn easy, and is highly refreshing. I didn't get much head at all on the beer, so a slight downgrade for that - but it fermented out clean, with the taste of barley malt instead of rice or corn.

If you need to crush a beer in the garage after working in the yard, this one would fit the bill!

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This and PBR are the best American Lagers put out by the Macro Brewers. Not great beer, but better than BMC. Easy to drink, not bitter at all and light bodied. If you are looking to get drunk and want something easy to drink this and PBR are the best.

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

Photo of RonJensen
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's hilarious how this beer is owned by Pabst and it beats the crap out of PBR, in so many ways. PBR is pathetic compared to Schlitz Gusto.

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Photo of Mosey
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not overly offensive this pours, smells and tastes like the common adjunct lager. It has a decent amount barley graininess with some rice like malts. The tinny after taste is tempered and the bubblegum-like sweetness, that I find common in the style, is present but soft.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

ahead of its peers, but this is a style thats hard to pay much attention too. its cool they brought back an original recipe, and i agree with others that its far less offensive than some other domestic macros, but again, not something i ever really care to drink again. a little more grainy in malt composition than others, less adjuncty ans metallic and sweet than many others, so i like it on those grounds, but it is a little oxidized in the bottle, stale almost, and the hops are almost entirely absent. refreshing enough though with a light body and fine carbonation. i would choose this one over a lot of others in its category, but if i never see one of these again, im not going to be broken up about it. a nod to history, always cool, but the beer remains woefully pedestrian.

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Photo of PureMichiganChip
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You couldn't ask much more out of a beer in this style, and that is why I rated it so highly. I believe it is the best in class. I drink a lot of craft beer, but sometimes I just want a classic lager. Something that my grandfather would have drank. This reminds me of the first sip of beer I ever had. It is head and shoulders above Bud, Miller, and the rest of the competition. This and Yeungling are right at the top for the style.

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Photo of erogers
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Davidstan
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Like this as much as Yuengling maybe more. Of the AAL group this is my favorite.
S-Nose is some tartness and slight corn as expected
T-Not offensive at all with a little hop character and slight achohol with little corn taste.

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Photo of GerryPendry
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My favorite AAL, it beats Bud/Miller/Coors hands down. Light but tasty malt flavor, and unlike its competitors it has a noticeable hop presence. It makes you wonder why they ever changed he recipe in the first place. At a current local price of around 9 bucks/12 pack, it's the best option for someone on a budget. (Note: $9 is probably more than people pay for Schlitz in other areas. Hi-Life and PBR cost the same. For some reason, cheap beer is more expensive in New Orleans while craft beer is priced pretty reasonably.)

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Photo of Teachertrouble
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of DanC66
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Spence138
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Benesi88
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%

Photo of hoppytobehere
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Chi-Twn-Cheesy
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of G_Mad
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of skubas86
4.08/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rdeaton
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Best american domestic I have ever had. Good price. A great choice when you want a regular beer. This is not my favorite style, but this I think is a best in class. Had it in bottles, looking for cans by the case.

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Schlitz Gusto (Classic 1960's Formula) from JOS. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Pabst)
3.58 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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