Schmidt | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Rifugium
1.03/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Details are hazy, but I'm pretty sure either this or Moosehead was the first beer I ever had. Fortunately I didn't give up after either of them.

Pale golden color, fizzy, with a delicate head of white bubbles. Looks like an adjunct, and is. Smell of corn and rotten grain, and not much different in the taste, with added skunk. Nothing unexpected here. Watered down, light body, and nearly undrinkable. Cheap though...

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.33/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is the first can from the miracle case. A case that I bought off the store shelf at room temperature, but was ice cold when I got home 5 minutes later. A miracle, indeed! Holy light gold color, wow. Looks like cider with it's visible carbonation, except for it's large, fast-fading head. Light grain in the nose, and not much else. Taste is also straight cereal grain and adjuncts. Not a lot of malt, and a level of hops that could be good for people with stomach ulcers. Just another boring macro lager.

After having a couple of these, they are really getting to me in a bad way. Metallic and unpleasent, this is a really bad beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
1.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Schmidt's sucks. It pours a pale yellow with no head and no lacing. The smell is skunky with grain tones. The taste is very grainy with a watered down taste. Feels flat and dull in the mouth. Drinkable if you are in the wood huntin I guess. Alot of people have a soft spot for this beer, I understand that but this will have no spot in my fridge.

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Photo of budgood1
1.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours out a mega fizzy light golden colour. the fizzy head dies in seconds, leaving a glass full active bubbles. adjunct aroma of cooked corn. pretty bland taste, adjunct filled, with hints of harshness around the edges. not even a good slammer or thirst quencher because it really has no redeeming qualities, other than the nostalgia surrounding the brand name. and sadly, not even that can make this beer really drinkable. this is low rung even for the bottom of the barrel macro crap.

schmidt's (or schmidt, as it was formerly known as) used to be a minnesota icon and a quality beer. i miss those "big mouth" bottles and the outdoor scenery on the old cans. the brew that grew with the great northwest has been bastardized and dumbed down to the point of embarrasment. to bad this and hamm's couldn't have been saved like grain belt was. oh well......

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Photo of Suds
1.58/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really try to keep an open mind, especially with some of the under-regarded macro beers. I have to say that I gave this one the benefit of the doubt, but the beer has pitifully little to redeem itself. Pours a pale yellow with a flat, unattractive head. Aroma is very faint, but a mild vegetable smell emerges as the beer warms. Taste is hollow and empty....with little to no bittering. Not much more to say....simply forgettable.

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Photo of Wildman
1.65/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a beer that you would be better off sampling one of the company's other offerings. The taste is bitter, the color is very light and the taste just leaves a very bad aftertaste.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.7/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It has been a while since I had this on a camping trip, but I recall the beer vividly because of the saying that accompany's this beer:
"Tastes like every other letter".
I don't think I have to explain that joke.
I do remember the beer slightly. It is made by Pabst, so I guess you could call this a generic Pabst, which is sad. Light, watery, grainy, cheap. Not a horrible curdling aftertaste like some cheap macros and better than getting a headache from some malt liquor. That's about it.

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Photo of shadow1961
1.84/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Schmidt Premium pours a lofty creamy head over
a pale, clear brew. The nose is your typical macro
beer corn and rice funk. Carbonation is hyperactive
after a hard pour, but tapers off to a steady stream.
Flavor is slightly sweet corn with a hint of grass in the
finish, which I was a bit surprised by- still this is an old
man beer all the way. I love the rainbow trout on the can-
time was it was what was on the outside of the can that
distinguished a brew, not the contents (which were about
the same). I used to really like the cans with the scenes of
50's type pipe smoking dads hunting and fishing and
whatnot. It sure beats reality, which is real dad types swilling
beer just like this and pissing off the side of their boats or
having close calls in deer camp. Ahh well. Nostalgia kicks
ass but this beer does not. It would be funny seeing the look
on the face of one of those guys after they accidentally took a
big slug off a can of Bender thinking it was just like Schmidt...

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Photo of KeefD
1.9/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Haha... Small white head that's gone in a flash, no lacing, palest yellow even by AAL standards. Aroma of husky grain, zero hops, metallic. There's very little flavor going on, light and crisp, watery, some grainy malts but almost no body. This beer is just not very good. I'd stick with Grain Belt.

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Photo of hardy008
1.9/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pale gold color with a small white head with poor retention.

Smell - Somewhat sweet - grain and corn.

Taste - not a lot of flavor. Some sweetness, nothing great.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, thin and watery.

Drinkability - Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of sevineyes
1.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can featuring a 10-point buck on the label.

A: Clear and yellow. Lots of big carbonation bubbles. Poured with a thin, but dense head.

S: Metallic and sour. Kind of like a can of green beans. Something of an asparagus quality. Very vegetal and not too subtle.

T: Bright tinny flavor. Hard to get past the smell. I think the carbonation is a distinct flavor unto itself. Pretty sure there's some corn flavor in the mid-tones.

M: A lot of carbonation. Otherwise mouthcoating and a bit astringent.

D: Really, if I could get past the smell I probably drink a few. I dare say this one would be better served in the can rather than poured into a glass.

Overall: Definitely not the worst beer I've had, but it's smell and overcarbonation is difficult to get past.

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Photo of hero27
2.1/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz on this particular can, design looks surprisingly similar to Bell's Two Hearted. That's where the similarities end.

Clear pale gold color. Slightly grassy, mostly corn aroma of sweet pale malts. First sip is sweet up-front but all favor fades pretty quick. It is light-bodied and fairly refreshing, as water must be a close relative of this beer.

You know, you have to be in the right setting to really enjoy a beer like this..90 degrees, fishing in the middle of a lake somewhere, and no Gumballhead in sight.

Really not a horrible macro, just don't expect too much.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

CAN anything stop me in my CANQuest? I CAN't imagine ...

My CAN was the pictured ring-necked pheasant and the initial pour resulted in a finger of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was cereal-based adjunct lager all the way! Mouthfeel was kind of thin, even for the style and the taste was simply unobtrusive. This was about as close an example of the old chestnut love in a canoe as I have encountered in a long time. It was not hard to drink and could certainly take up some space in my cooler on a hot day of yard work or in a pinch as I head to the beach. It is not worth seeking out unless you are on a CANQuest of your own, though. Finish was equally mild, generally ho-hum overall.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Of all the American beers I have ever tasted, this is by far the worst. It was only purchased because it was $10 a case and because my friend thought "the case looked cool." This is not even worth it if you are on a budget. It smells terrible, and was hard to choke down a can. Disgusting excuse for beer. The only good thing is, it reminds me of that Saturday Night Live skit with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley when they do the advertisement for Schmitt's Gay. That was funny.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Schmidt's is "the brew that grew with the great Northwest" and "the traditional beer of the outdoorsman." Put aside these tacked on monikers and what you have is a pretty average beer. While I admit the can is nice, it is simply a flashy attempt to lure you into buying this cheap product.

Schmidt's pours a yellow straw color. A decent head forms but quickly disappears. The smell is almost of pure adjuncts, with some husk scent and a touch of hay thrown in. The mouthfeel is watery but moderately fizzy. The initial taste is very sweet, then the corn flavor sets in. Grains and corn dominate the taste, but some actual hop flavor makes an appearance in the finish, adding a moderately low dryness to the finish. Aftertaste is pure corn. The beer also has almost no alcoholic warmth to speak of either.

Schmidt's is simply a very average beer. Nothing flashy here (except the can), although if you're offended by adjuncts I highly recommend you stay away. The fact that this is an old-time beer hasn't made me feel one shred of nostalgia while drinking this.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this today, and it's pretty bad. Pours a yellow golden color. Little flavor to speak of, slightly bitter, slightly tangy, and watery. I don't think it deserves all ones, but it's sure close.
I do think this would be OK, if ice cold.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.21/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with some live carbonation and a puffy white head that lasted a few minutes and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – I’ve learned to buy American macros in cans, so I didn’t encounter any skunk here. What I did find though was a horrible, nasty rendition of grain that left me gagging.

Taste – This is cheap beer at its best. The sharp, ricey grain screams “frat party”, but the finish wasn’t as bad as some American macros.

Mouthfeel – Cheap, thin, fizzy, and just plain horrible.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t exactly call it “drinkable”, but I’ve had a lot worst.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this right from the can. Mine had a deer on it... goddammit.

Well, this is a short story: it tastes like your standard american macro lager with a hint of cardboard in it. It was like I was drinking natty light out of one of those 1/2-pint cardboard milk cartons.


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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yeah... The damn trout again... It seems every time this beer enters my home it has the same label. It pours a golden hue with a foamy white head that suprisingly retains quite well. The smell is a different story. Skunky, even though it came from a can. No malt can be detected, except for in the taste. Some toffee-like hints, followed by some astringent hop notes. Were the grains and hops second-hand? This beer is thin, off-flavored, and even beer-pongers should not use this one to fill their glasses. I remember when my dad used to drink this when I was a kid. I could smell it from a mile away, and it almost made me never want to drink beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very light straw yellow with a thin white head that eventually disappears from the scene.

The smell is of sweetness - combo of sweet grainy malt and plenty of adjuncts. A bitterness in the back that is muted.

The taste is of adjunctville. A bland, fizzy (seltzer-water-like) sweetness. Some vague touch of bland hops keeps some of the sweetness somewhat restrained. There's a sour chemical-like finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

It does have something to a body for it considering the style. Still, watery, but not worse than many other macros.

Well, I rated this as a cheap macro and that's what it is. But, can't say that I would prefer this over some others. Maybe fine very cold in extreme heat...but...
By the way, what's up with the "Beer that grew with the Northwest"? on the can...Someone needs a geography lesson.

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Photo of yen157
2.3/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a good beer by any means, but definately better than the beers of the Big 3. It poured pale yellow with a white head that quickly went away. It had a faint grassy and husky smell. Surprisingly, taste was it's strong point. It had percievable hop bitterenss, a tiny bit of malt. It did, however, also have a hint off the flavors of wet paper and veggies. The beer was fairly light bodied with prickely carbonation. It could have been a lot worse.

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Photo of happygnome
2.43/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pale golden color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a very little amount of lacing
s: adjuncts, kind of a corn aroma followed by a little hop piny aroma
t: not much better than the aroma, corn grains slight hop bitterness
m: medium to light bodied a lot of carbonation

overall this isnt bad for a cheap beer i did enjoy the can though

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Photo of maximum12
2.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, there's only so much you can do beer-wse when you're enjoying a great fishing trip with good friends in a remote lodge in far, far northern Minnesota. Besides, it was happy hour, 2-4-1 & the bottle had a deer on it! Sweet!

Really, this isn't as bad as I recall. Taste is just as one would expect for the style, fizzy, grainy, limp bits of corn are all detectable. Really drinkable as long as you don't leave it in the cup holder of the boat & forget about it while fishing...drink it cold, boys.

A forgettable beer, but when fishing, do as the fishermen do.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.48/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Camo can drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY. Giddy-up!

I have a weird affinity with this beer, I love it, even though it's absolutely disgusting. Not a good beer by any stretch of the word. But it's my beer of choice at Kelly's, the dingy hangout of veteran Geneseo students.

Never poured it out, but I know it's pretty yellow and clear.

Smells metallic (from the can, obviously) and a little bit sweet.

There's a tiny little hop bite (or carbonation bite, can't really tell), followed by sweet, slightly sickening malt flavor. Drink this one fast or it will get super nasty.

Light, crisp mouthfeel. Eminently poundable.

I'm probably rating this higher than it actually deserves.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

thebeer may not be very good, but it has to get some credit for the raunbow trout on the can. Poured a pale yellow color with puffy white head. Smell is slightly sweet. Taste is clean because there is no taste. Mouthfeel is clean because there is no mouthfeel. Refreshing, mostly because of its similarity to water.

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