QBCBC 23: Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L.

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 23: Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L. The QBCBC archive is here.

This beer has a lot to live up to. I’m sort of a Schlitz connoisseur myself. Its canvertising says V.S.L. = Very Smooth Lager and has a very manly image of a muscular bull to go with the manly 8.5% alcohol/volume! My can is also proudly stamped UNION MADE!

% Alcohol: 8.5

Price: $1.49/24 oz can = $0.75/12 oz. can

Punch: 8.5%/$0.75=11.33

Color: Orange-Amber.

Aroma: not terribly well. Smells very much like a cheap 4-5% lager. Nothing distinct, a bit of hoppiness though.

First Sip: Weird. Has an initial “trappist” style bite to it that quickly fades into a bitter, unpleasant, medicine-y taste.

Aftertaste: Again, not very good. The bitter medicine-y taste stays in the mouth well after your sip is over.

Overall: Very disappointed. When I saw the percentage on this beast, I was hoping it would have a feel more like the Steel Reserve 211 8.1%, where it feels a bit more microbrewish. But alas it was pretty crappy. I much prefer the regular lager in taste, hands down. But it is pretty sweet that there is 8.5% alcohol in this bitter, horrible can. I mean, I’m pretty buzzed already. Thats pretty fucking awesome, after half a 24 oz. can who cares how shitty it is if it gets me wasted!

Score: 5/10

For the fuck of it, hat tip to @radiumyttrium.

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2 Responses to QBCBC 23: Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L.

  1. OpnBook says:

    no love for the “underdog” of lagers i see? …or should i say “underbull”… a gold one at that–look, the beer isnt the best tasting but its also not the worst. im drinking one rite now and have been drinking 1 and a half cans everyday for nearly a month. THERE’S NO RECOVERY THE NEXT DAY, NO ACHEY TUMMY OR BOWEL MOVEMENT NEEDED THE NEXT MORN, AS W/211. this bull is the one i prefer and would gladly ride any day. i dare anyone ta challenge me to the RUNNING O/THESE GOLD BULLS.

  2. troobie says:

    I agree with your review. I was also very disappointed the first time I had this. It is the only Schlitz malt liquor that doesn’t taste outstanding. Still, it does live up to its name as it is extremely easy to drink (pound) and the 8.5% seems a bit conservative. It’s a high gravity worth having more than once.

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