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Best Before 9/14/09
"The beer that made Milwaukee famous" is back with the old 60's formula. A straw golden liquid fills this here imperial pint glass with a surprisingly frothy two fingers of billowy white head. The body is perfectly clear, allowing me to see each and every bubble pop to the surface. The head dies fairly quickly to a skimming but leaves some solid lace along the glass. Not too shabby.
I'm shocked to say it but the nose immediately gives off a nice dusty, grassy hoppiness that compliments the clean, semi-sweet graininess nicely. A quick swirl brings back the head and freshly husked barley sweetness. Although the grassy hoppiness is fairly mild I'm surprised it's there at all. It does manage to lay down balance with the mild sweetness. I think I'm going to like this one...
I cracked this bottle open as I was getting the "Q" fired up. The first few drinks make me wonder 'is there a better beer out there for just such an occasion?". I'm thinking but can't come up with much and zero of the macro lager variety. The mild sweetness hits up front with ultra clean barley before the slight grassiness hits on the swallow. There's a great balance and none of that sickly muddled graininess I run into with the other lagers of this type. This is some good drinking, all things considered.
The texture is on the lower side of moderate with some decent carbonation to push things through. The carbonation makes for a somewhat creamy feel on the swallow. A touch of sweetness gets left behind but is quickly eaten away by a surprising dryness that I instantly enjoy.
Dry, thirst quenching beer in the summer months? Sign me up! The dryness keeps me coming back for more, quicker than I should. I haven't set the glass down yet. It's nearly time for another after about 5 minutes on this one.
I feel as though I've been gushing all over this beer. Maybe I have, it is a damn fine beer. When I take the style in mind I haven't come across a better example yet. With that said, styles be damned! I just want my backyard beers clean, crisp and refreshing. Schlitz Gusto fits the bill. This will be in the icebox often for just such an occasion all summer long, what's left.
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