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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor

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254 Reviews

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 815
Avg: 2.37
pDev: 32.49%
Wants: 13
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.61% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-24-2001

Introduced in 1963 by the Baltimore, Maryland-based National Brewing Company, Colt 45 was named in honor of running back Jerry Hill, who was #45 on the 1963 Baltimore Colts football team. Through high-profile partnerships with actor Billy Dee Williams and comedian Redd Foxx — who both appeared in radio, print, and TV advertisements – Colt 45 established itself as the premier malt liquor beverage by the early 1970s.

It was also during this time that the iconic slogan, “Works Every Time,” became synonymous with the brand. The Williams relationship lasted for nearly four decades, until he passed the torch to music mogul, Snoop Dogg in 2010.

With Snoop at the helm, we’ve entered an exciting new Colt 45 era.
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Photo of spoony
3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure this stuff is worthy of a full review...but this is my favorite malt liquor (for whatever that is worth). It has a bit more flavor and substance than OE800 and will still "Work Every Time."

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Photo of StoutElk_92
2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow. Smells like a malt bomb. Tastes like syrupy corn sweetness, with a touch of booze. It feels medium bodied and isn't hard to get down. Not a great beer but one of the better cheap 40 oz. you can get. I started off with one of these on occasion after I turned 21. 40's were my go to, being so cheap. Nowadays I steer clear and go for the craft beer.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This legend needs no introduction. Tastes like sweetened piss and comes out like it, too. We carried it in my liquor store for a brief stint and it began attracting the wrong clientele, so we phased it out. I remember distinctly heading to a craft beer event with a coworker, two of those cold bad boys in the backpack, and hammering them into the gullet in the corner of a deserted parking lot as some type of hobo pre-drink ritual. We got about 3/4 of each finished before they became too warm to finish. I still have a photograph somewhere of that memorable moment. Luckily, our pallets were cleansed later on that night with salted Bavarian pretzels and some wonderful imported craft beer.

This beer is not to be enjoyed, just drank quickly in preparation for a rowdy night. You gain a level of drunkenness, but lose a great deal of dignity. Also a classic of many life-threatening camping expeditions into the Rocky Mountains. I recall purchasing two of these at a very small local liquor store and having the clerk, an older Native man, ask if I wanted a paper bag so that I could, "Sit on the curb with the rest of 'em."

Avoid the Colt at all costs.

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Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a thin collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn and rice seem to stand out in particular—along with slight hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with a big blast of rice adjuncts and has notes of grain malts and corn adjuncts with bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very flavorful, but I give it credit that it manages to do a good job blending different ingredients so the taste isn't offensive. It also does a good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrainBamage
1.97/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a slightly golden color with head that thins to a lace in about 10 secs. Smells like sweet fusel alcohols. Tastes slightly bitter, quite yeast. Goes down a tad bitter and dry. Overall this beer is quite disgusting, gonna be hard to finish the 32 oz bottle.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was actually gross-tasting. I would rather drink an O'Doul's (which is a pointless beverage), because it is at least inoffensive. This had a cloying yet watered down corn sugar character. Ugh.

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Photo of BranfordBound
1.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Well what can I say about this one, it's malt liquor. It basically looks like classic beer but has an odd smell to it. Taste is like a bad Budweiser. It's actually quite clean on the mouth and it's pretty light, but that's about it. Malt liquor!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.41/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It's cheap and for a good reason. It actually tasted better than I had imagined it would, but would not drink it again. Better than the other cheap malt liquors.

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Photo of N1ght5hade1994
4.04/5  rDev +70.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite cheap malt liquor. The flavor is not half bad and the smell is inoffensive. My only complaint is the shape of the bottle. It is a bit hard to hold onto unless you have fairly large hands. But overall a very good choice!

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.21/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought solely for the purpose of comparing to Smuttlabs Granite State Destroyer.

Paid $2.69. Served very cold. Tastes better than my (very) low expectations. Thin apa adjunct flavor, fairly tasteless but inoffensive. Taste much worse as it warms.

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Photo of priwen
3.54/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow appearance with a creamy, white head. Shows good carbonation. There's not much to the smell. Some light grains and some breadiness. Very mild taste. Nothing offensive. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, it's inoffensive and enjoyable.

40 oz bottle
Date on bottle: Dec0114
Served in a Mug

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.21/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

You don't get a colt 45 for the taste. But as far as I'm concerned it's not that bad. Good way to get drunk fast and cheap.If you want a sweet beer that's the choice too, almost no bitterness.

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Photo of Richroman7
1.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ol'skool like OE, King Cobra, etc...not for a true beer drinker, poor quality. Drove while drinking one of these in my younger days and got pulled over (days when you think you're invincible) I couldn't find my license and it was in the same spot as always..lucky cop let me go because I worked for state at the time and was a couple of blocks away!! I found out that day about poor quality vs good quality lol!!! Bottoms up!!!

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Photo of SethlWyatt
1.7/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

If you're drinking Colt 45 you aren't looking to drink for taste or the experience. You're drinking to get drunk. If I've got 3 bucks I'm wanting to blow colt 45 is a go to. Cheap and doesn't taste god awful either. The key thing to remember though is it's a Colt 45! Gets you drunk, that's it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I saw this and thought I need to try it after seeing it on big & little screen so much so
bought on a whim & out of curiosity & pretty much instantly regretted

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.11/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

40 oz. bottle, with best by date March 09, 2015 printed on the glass bottle. Another cheap malt liquor from the Pabst Brewing Company; expectations are next to nothing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, and shared with a friend.

A - Pours the typical dark golden yellow, with excellent clarity and a finger of sudsy white head that dissipates within seconds. Some very thin bubbly lace. Not awful looking, but not great.

S - The aroma is the typical sweetened cereal grains / corn / huskiness. Mild alcohol astringency.

T - Sweet, grainy, corny, husky, syrupy, and lightly medicinal. Inoffensive, for the most part, considering it is an American malt liquor, but it's certainly not good.

M - Feel is medium-full, thick, syrupy, & sweet. Sweetened grainy finish. Crisp carbonation.

Overall, another tick from the bottom of the barrel with plenty more to go. Tastes nearly identical to much of the other similar swill in this style category. Drink it if you've got it, I guess.

Colt 45 Malt Liquor -----2/5.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.39/5  rDev +0.8%

Honestly, not nearly as bad as I was lead to believe. Pours a pale orange with a thin head. The smell is mild although there is some malt notes. The taste had a nice beginning, but there was a bit of a sour, almost metallic, twinge on the end. Not a great beer, but by no means the worst either.

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Photo of McAfee85
1.24/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Chuncky and chewy, not refreshing at all. You will either love it or hate it...the latter for me. If this was all there was I would would not be a beer drinker.

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Photo of dutchdamage
1.76/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Very light in color an has a very distinct malt smell. Taste linger in your mouth and not necessarily in a good way. Actually, the 40oz in front of me right now happens to be expired by two months I see. Not skunked though, tastes fine. Watery and incredibly easy to go down.

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Photo of Newrad2
2.94/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2012 Colt 45 - Reviewed 11/11/2012

Appearance: Looks like beer, I really can’t think of any more adjectives that I haven't already used in describing every other 40 I've reviewed thusfar. Not as beer colored as regular beer. Not as day-glo orange as hurricane.

Smell: Citrusy and piney on the nose, slight hints of vanilla and bourbon caress the senses. Also smells a bit like soap. or actually more like hand moisturizer.

Taste: Billy Dee Williams wasn't bullsh*tting when he exclaimed that Colt 45, "works every time." I think he means that Colt 45 tastes like the ghetto man's chloroform. By my estimation, it would take 1.35 Colt 45's to incapacitate even the most portly of ladies... but I digress. Colt flows smooth and sweet with cornyness on par with the fact that they made Lando Calrissian their spokesperson. Light hints of the aforementioned moisturizer come through right after the astringent alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Slimy, like owls boogers. I think they make it that way so that once you put it in your mouth, it slips into your belly before you have a chance to spit it out. On the plus side, this does make Colt 45 one of the most drinkable malt liquors to date, assuming drinkability is measured by 40's per hour. [Mental note: invent a vehicle in which its speed measured in 40's per hour.]

Overall: Afroman didn't write a song about Olde English, because there is no better way to enjoy a night of easy livin' like a Colt 45 and a couple of spliffs. [Now legal for recreational us in Colorado and Washington.] Weighing in at 6.1% alcohol by volume, Colt is the second most boozy beer we've tasted this year. Want to get ghetto girl wasted without having to sacrifice your taste buds? Look no further than Colt 45. It works every time.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1/5  rDev -57.8%

Was broke and wanted a beer. Not my proudest moment buying this stuff but for a couple bucks for a 40 who cares. It was expired a few months and came with a free one. Smells like old Budweiser that's been left in a red solo cup all night. I took a swig and damn it was so bad I spit it on my windshield. Tasted like old gym socks and pig feed corn. I threw that bottle out the window of my car. Nasty terrible stuff. Afroman lied to us

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Photo of newaquarius
2.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well when im broke and want to get a buzz goin this will probably be leaving the store with me, certainly not my proudest moments but i don't care. Not really much for taste to write home about, there's of course a pretty obvious maltiness to it, besides that there's just like a stale bread taste which is just about as appealing as it sounds. I could be missing some flavors since i just chug it before it gets too warm or flat, but im sure im not missing much. When it comes to 40s though this is one of the better choices. Overall if you just want to get a buzz on the cheap, pick one of these up. Another added bonus is you can blast some wu-tang and pretend you're in a 90s rap music video...if that's what you're into...

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Photo of kerouac
3.13/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

While some people grab a Bud and call it a day, I personally prefer my beer to have a bit more kick. Perfect summer time outdoor/bbq beer.

It's not an impressive beer, but it is perfect for those days when your taste buds yearn for a taste of grain and a non-intrusive beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(32 oz, twist off cap - some poured into a stemmed fluted goblet, the rest swill-ed)

A: very pale canary yellow liquid with jade tinges on the edges, crystal clear... attractive, spongy-cottony white foam - actually a moderate degree of retention... ample ballooning of foam on each pour, some crusty globs of lace here and there

S: slightly black peppery spicy phenols, delicate apple-y undertone, a bit of wet dead grass... no bubblegum notes, which I find in some malt liquors... mellow overall

T: kind of a dirty overtone, as if the beer was brewed with unfiltered 'potable' water running from rusty antique pipes... fair, mildly doughy malt foundation - slight buttery biscuit note on the tail end... little bit of a champagne-like note in the aftertaste, mild hint of corn meal... not terribly sweet, fairly clean... basically tastes like an adjunct lager with an enhanced/underattenuated malt profile... light-mild hop bitterness combines with a delicate boozy spice to balance... bit of a brown paper bag essence late

M: medium-plus mouthfeel, rounded, a touch plump... alcohol lends a mild drying sensation in the finish... bit of a masa-doughy film left on the palate

O: not bad at all... a little less of a rich flavor than an Old E (very fond of that one), the flavor of grain kernels sticks out... alcohol seems a notch or two more exposed... I'll stick with my Old E, though I won't refuse this when offered it

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Photo of Retroman40
1.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Ice cold and straight from the 22 ounce bottle.

A little nostalgia here with a C45 "double deuce". This is malt liquor. It looks good in the bottle but you don't want to pour it in a glass because the aroma of corn and metal will hit you quickly. You want to drink it ice cold to keep the adjunct flavors to a minimum. If you let it warm at all the carbonation goes away and what is left is a thick tasting concoction that is barely fit to drink. I had forgotten how bad this stuff really was. If you want to try it I recommend a 12 ounce can so you don't have to look at it and can get it down before it gets too warm.

There are far better choices if you are a fan of malt liquor.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
58 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.