Schmidt | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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: 154
Photo of beertaster13
1.5/5  rDev -41.4%
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 -41.4%
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 Beastdog75
2.2/5  rDev -14.1%
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 canoehornpoint
2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool wildcat label. Pours pale gold, no head, moderate carbonation. Minmal gristy smell. This has very little taste. It's crisp and light. My impression is a very good beer that is watered down, say 3-1. I give it a 3.5 on drinkability because although the taste is muted, the taste seems to be good quality.

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Photo of Suds
1.58/5  rDev -38.3%
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 yen157
2.3/5  rDev -10.2%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
2.2/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Wildman
1.65/5  rDev -35.5%
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 IrishRedRock
2.18/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Schmidt from Pabst Brewing Company
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