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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor

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586 Ratings

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 33.63%

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:
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Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

2.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live Review. 40 oz bought from the corner gas. Let's just get to tasting this thing before it warms up though.

A- No need for glassware, as it comes in a lovely clear bottle. A little darker in color than a typical light lager. Soap sud like bubbles that cling to the edge as I drink. The iconic 40!

S- Awful. As a friend put it, "rat piss." It just smells sour and kind of skunky I suppose. However, the smell is deceiving,

T- Inoffensive. That may be the best I can say, but it's really not the worst beer I've ever had, and it just tastes kind of nondescript. Plenty of malt of course and no touch of hops. A little bit of the nasty smell carries over, but it's pretty not bad.

M- Really fizzy. It kind of burns.

O- I might even buy this again if I'm that strapped. It's not a bad value, and certainly beats the hell out of a bmc light.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 05:07:12 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of Beerwolf666


3.79/5  rDev +70%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How in the hell can so many people hate this Beer? I Just do not understand it..Colt 45 is absolutely Fantastic,it's super smooth and taste sooo damn good!...I Think it comes down to Colt 45 being a "Malt Liquor" and How all the snobby Beer Critics Hate most all Malt liquors..why? because they are basically full of Shit,thats why, I am so sick of all these whiny,snobby,bitchy Beer snobs who slag and slam a Beer because it is does not cost 25 bucks a pint..WTF?
Colt 45 pours out a very nice straw/golden color,with a nice creamy head and lots of carbonation,it goes down smooth and easy and taste Great....to me,thats what I want from a Beer of this style,and Colt 45 Delivers everytime,it is priced right,it is available most everywhere,& is top notch for BBQ's,cookouts,parties,or just chillin out with friends or a night in..honestly man,dont listen to the haters & the snobs,Colt 45 is a VERY Good Beer & the rating of "Awful [55 or so] is utter Bullshit,try it for yourself my friend:)Cheers&peace2all.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:29:00 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of EagleTalon


2.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a quart bottle. Pours to an attractive thick white head and erratic but substantial lacing. Strange-looking clear tarnished gold color. aroma is sweet, alcoholic, but "vegetal" (asparagus?!) and grainy with no discernible hop character. Flavor is much of the same as aroma but very palatable and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and surprisingly "smooth" as in it does not have astringency or excessive carbonic bite. Overall, this is drinkable and mostly unoffensive. Believe it or not. Not really good at all, but not bad. there are much worse cheap adjunct brews out there. I guess I'm not a beer snob after all. I reviewed this beverage on its merits as a cheap drink and party brew and give it no more than a 3.0 for any flavor or aroma ratings. Really. For the style, it is one of the best, but I'm not giving 4's all around for any "malt liquor" no matter how "on style" it is. Malt liquors are for getting a buzz, not craft beer savoring anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:41:56 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of flagmantho


2.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold hue with no haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of fizzy white foam which is dissipating more slowly than I would have anticipated. If you can believe it, this beer is leaving a nice chunky lace on the glass. I'm flabbergasted!

Smell: kind of a grainy, plasticy adjunct aroma with not much else going on. That said, it's not corny, so it's not as bad as it could be.

Taste: not good. Kind of sweet, grainy and plasticy. It's not rife with off-flavors, but it's definitely not a great tasting beer, even for the style.

Mouthfeel: watery with a great big fizziness to it. I would have expected more based on its nice head retention and lacing.

Overall: this beer is getting worse with warming even faster than I would imagine. I had so much hope for it when it was so pretty! Anyway, not the worst thing in the world, but you might even be better off going with a Mickey's.

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 17:22:18 | More by flagmantho
Photo of scottfrie


3.58/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

24oz can purchased for 99 cents at the gas station. Such a deal!

A: Pours a deep golden hue with a huge, pillowy, bright white head that took forever to collapse into a thick film. A sticky network of complex lace was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of adjunct grains, flaked corn, sweet malt and a hint of volatile alcohol. Smells better than I expected though.
T: Creamy adjunct grains, mashed barley, semisweet malts and corn in the finish. Creamy flaked grains. Not offense but not great.
M: Creamy full body, soft and thick mouthfeel. Soft splashy carbonation.
O: I've had worse. As far a malt liquor goes its not bad, but as far as beer goes its near the bottom of the barrel. Would probably drink this over certain macro lagers though.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 03:00:38 | More by scottfrie
Photo of BJC1982


4/5  rDev +79.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graded on the "40" scale.

Colt 45 is the Cadillac of 40 oz beers!

Colt is not for the aficionados, it is a good malt liquor for the price. Get it in the 40 oz bottle do not bother with 16 or 24 oz cans its not the same.

The 45 is straw yellow and smells of booze it is wonderful if you can accept what it is... malt liquor.


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:12:11 | More by BJC1982
Photo of BeerBateo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head: 1 1/2 finger, ivory colored with low staying power. I'm left with a thin 8th of an inch border, no lace and sparce, irregular film on top.

Torso: Love the amberness/dizzyness (already) of this malt brew.

Toes: Tons o'bubbles from the deep, never letting up...right to the end of the monster eh & dub mug.

Eyes: To me, this is beer with potential. If only they could make a longer lasting head.

Ears: Cave static, iykwim.

Mouth/Tongue: This beer is compatible with both my mouth and tongue. Satistfied, no complaints here.

Nose: I like it. ...I like it alot. Its non offensive and inviting. You've got to take into consideration that I have acquired a taste for Faxe 10! Sorry to disappoint all you haters.

Blanket: I will buy it again, probably for an afternoon of housework teamed up with some AC~DC to get me in the mood.

AKA: Because this beer is not perfect but is trying so hard, I rename it "Grade 9".

P.S.: If i could buy "head in a can", i would, ..and I'd just spray a little on the top as needed, as that is the only thing missing here!

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 22:16:32 | More by BeerBateo
Photo of ConsumerOfBeer


2.75/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Golden in color, very similar to apple juice. Nice little lacing running down the bottle.

S- There is something I really like about the smell. Very hoppy, ricey, and hempy. This is my favorite feature from this brew. Smells highly of alcohol.

T- Probably one of my favorite malt liquors, but hey, still a 2.5. After all, I don't drink Colt 45 for the taste, I drink it for the high buzz factor and the low price.

M- Average. Moderately carbonated and kinda leaves you with an aftertaste of assmouth. Yum!

O- Clearly, you can tell it's not the greatest brew, but hopefully you'll be able to tell why I enjoy it. Pure nostalgia!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 03:33:15 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

710 mL can from The Beer Store; listed at a sturdy 8%. This is the Canadian version, presumably brewed and/or distributed by Sleeman like all of the other Pabst brands available in this country. I've never had this before, but watch in amazement as I continue to scrape barrel bottoms lower than any of those previously imagined, due to my insatiably unhealthy obsession with fulfilling my desire to find new beers to review.

Pours a pale golden colour, topped with over two fingers of foamy, soapy white head. Retention is surprisingly long-lasted as it takes more than a few minutes to gradually recede to a half-inch cap, leaving behind a scant smattering of lace in the process. Looks great for what it is. Unfortunately, the aroma is about what I'd expect - corn syrup, bubble gum, booze and pale malts, and not nearly enough of the latter to make up for the abundance of the first three.

This tastes bad, if not flat-out terrible. There's plenty of corn cob and malty, syrupy sweetness, with absolutely nothing else to balance it out. The finish is sweet with a hint of ethanol. Thin-bodied and very wet-tasting, with pretty low carbonation that gives it a smooth, flat mouthfeel. There's only one way to drink Colt 45 - quickly. The faster you numb your sense of taste, the faster you can keep drinking without having to taste this stuff.

Final Grade: 2.01, an ugly D-. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I guess sometimes reputations are just well-earned. Colt 45 tastes like ass, which may be why I've never seen anyone I know drink it, ever. Like any beverage with 8% alcohol in it, it'll get'cha drunk if that's your primary objective, but you'll want to drink it ice cold and rapidly, and probably out of a paper bag if you have any pride. I'm proud of my fellow countrymen; the fact that I've never seen anyone else stoop so low as to actually purchase this warms the cockles of my heart ever so slightly. Now excuse me while I finish this can, and then cry in the shower.

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 03:55:08 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

November 26, 2012 stamped on the bottom (best by or born on - unsure), here goes:

In a pint glass:

A: clear yellow body with a one and a half finger white foamy head, decent light spider web lacing, slow moving carbonation is rising

S: malts, corn, and rice

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: light, slightly creamy, sessionable, bland sweet corn aftertaste

O: interesting stuff, though I probably won't have it again, this wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, I say good for the style

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 14:41:11 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Dodt


2.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

what was going to be a gag gift for a relative that likes to make fun of the craft beers i enjoy. he missed the party i decided to give the colt a try. poured from the 22 oz bottle(funny couldn't find a 40 of this brand in my area). pale straw in color, smells of grain and nothing else. bit of a off after taste. not a bad beer for what it is i would like to try more of this style and come back to this beer for a better understanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 05:41:31 | More by Dodt
Photo of jwc215


2.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from yesterday's notes -

40 oz. bottle - Best by March 11 13 -

Pours golden with a small head that has decent retention, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of - well, not much - some grain with some alcohol.

The taste is mild - not much too it. Some cereal/grain, a touch of sweet corn and a touch of alcohol. Finishes clean and abruptly. It's smooth. For the style, I think it is very smooth. Some fizz but not harsh.

Not bad for what it is. It's smooth, cheap beer with a bit more alcohol. Fits the style well enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 15:07:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The third malt liquor in our classy malt liquor tasting. Pours a clear yellow color with a white head with average retention. usual corn sweetness in the nose. bit rough in the taste. Theres some corn sweetness, bit skunky funk that is pretty unpleasant. Not that malt liquors are delicious, but this definitely isn't one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:04:27 | More by atr2605
Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx


3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Colt 45 Malt Liquor has the appearance of any typical malt liquor that can be found within the USA.
S: Aroma of malt liquor! Respectable to the senses.
T: Not too bitter. Not too sweet.
M: Easy to drink. Very smooth!
O: Colt 45 Malt Liquor is a beverage that is practical and easy to drink. People who enjoy malt liquor will enjoy Colt 45 Malt Liquor. A malt liquor to drink among friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 15:49:19 | More by xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45

Poured from 40 into a pint glass and then just drank straight from the bottle

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a fine white head that faded very rapidly.

Smell – The smell was of corn and a light skunk and biscuit smell.

Taste – The taste began of malt and corn mixed with a sweeter caramel like flavor. As the taste advances further the caramel fades, the corn intensifies. At the end a corny and slightly skunky flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is thin and the carbonation is high making for one easy downing brew.

Overall – Well.. not tons of flavor, but it’s a cheap malt so what do you expect. Not great, but not offensive. A standard malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:53:09 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.3/5  rDev +48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh good old Colt 45. I remember my first time ever having this at a party when I was about 15. Seems like forever ago. Anyway, Onto my review. I truthfully don't care about what anybody says about this stuff. I loved it. It goes down smoother than any beer you could possibly buy in a 40 ouncer, And it tastes like something for triple the price. No it isn't perfect, But at $1.85 for a 40oz you absolutely cannot beat it. I never would have guessed that it rated in at 5.6% alcohol. I tasted no carbonation whatsoever, Surprising since it's looks like it would be filled to the brim with the stuff. This stuff is worth a try no matter what type of beer drinker you are

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 06:45:47 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of emerge077


2.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This marks some kind of personal malt liquor milestone, but I can't remember what at the moment, go figure...

Into a pint glass it pours a pale straw gold with a swarm of rising bubbles. Bright and clear, with lots of lacing surprisingly enough. Head retention isn't great however, and it fades after a minute or two.

Smells sweet like Apple Jacks cereal, and cereal grains in general. Not too offensive really, just sweet and bland.

Flavors are similar, sliced apples and some cereal grain. Thankfully it's not astringent really, as the worst offenders of the style are. Lighter carbonation over time, but it's still a bit gaseous and burp inducing. Drank this with no complaints to be honest. As far as malt liquors go, it's mad decent.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 23:37:25 | More by emerge077
Photo of MikeNMER

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +96.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've graded this on the 40-scale, meaning that if you're not into drinking 40oz beers, then you won't understand the high ratings.

Serving - 40-oz bottle.

Mouthfeel - It doesn't foam up much, so under the yardwork/tv/videogame/guitar/backyard conditions that 40-oz'ers are consumed, this is good. Sometimes, I go as far as shaking the beer to flatten it almost all the way.

Taste - There probably aren't any hops at all. It's like taking corn on the cob, blending it into a gallon of water, and putting in a double shot of vodka just for a tiny alcoholic hint.

Smell - Boiled corn.

Overall, this is for 40's. Hang out, no refrigerator trips necessary. Enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 08:39:08 | More by MikeNMER
Photo of J23hc

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow, almost golden, with a soapy looking bright white head. The color is further from urine than others, so i enjoy it. Smell is acidic alcoholic and grainy. Decent sweet taste and good bubbliness, refreshing as well. One of the first beers i ever tried and haven't had it in years, but it isn't a bad choice, more flavor than most adjuncts, but doesn't quite beat mickey's, my model malt liquor

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 17:07:35 | More by J23hc
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold with a thin layer of loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention. The smell is very faint but sweet and grainy. The taste is grainy and very, very subtly grassy. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp.

This isn't a bad beer, but honestly even for the style there's nothing special here. It may be worth the cheap price tag for a a cheap drunk but otherwise avoid.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 00:25:44 | More by tdm168
Photo of BMMillsy


1.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

What can I say really? Pours to my mouth from the bottle duct taped to my hand with attitude. Color is golden with some foam at the top, white, and light. Smells a good bit like corn. Flavor is light with rough finish, corn, hay, water. Mouthfeel is just terrible here, with a light body but somehow offensive on my tongue. You know what you're getting here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:47:36 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.03/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 40 of this classic beverage. Had to try it. Typical light golden pour with a huge foamy head that goes away quickly. Actually decent lacing. Pretty bad skunk smell, but the flavor was actually decent, just a little skunky malty. Light as they come on the palate.

Overall, great choice for a classic game, Edward 40-Hands.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:02:16 | More by boilermakerbrew
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1.6/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Last time I tried this it was skunked as hell and was in the nitro bottle. This time its in a nitro-can. Expecting god-awfulness.

Anyway, I opened it and poured into a glass. Not really any smoke. Pours with very small head but bubbles rise quite a bit making the brew kinda foamy but not really a large head at all. The head dissipates quick. The color of the body is a yellow brownish gold color. Not too cloudy as you can see bubbles rise.

The smell is of corn and alcohol. I pick up corn definitely and the alcohol seems to be there also. Smells not appetizing to me but Ive smelled worse.

The taste is of corn, alcohol, and grain. It has an overall sweet taste being composed of the corn and grain taste. The alcohol is an aftertaste finish kind of taste. The mouthfeel is nice actually- its not too carbonated and its very drinkable making it not too bad to drink.

I do not particularly enjoy it as I really enjoy a beer thats bold, robust hoppy and bitter- which Colt 45 is not. Colt 45 is made as malt liquor to taste a certain way and to serve a certain function-getting you drunk. If a beer has a purpose other than to just be enjoyable for you in taste alone, its cant be great. Others probably like it because some people like the sweet taste and the "getting drunk" side of malt liquor.

It could be worse but malt liquor is just not my favorite thus the rating I give it.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2011 04:46:25 | More by phenomenologian
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2.8/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a "fourty," Colt 45 is a clear straw yellow with a very little head. Looks like every other mass produced lager you'll see.

S: As long as this stuff is cold, it smells alright-faint aromas of corn, grain husks, grass, and fusel alcohol are present on the nose. As it warms, the smells becomes metallic and nasty.

T: Opens grainy and moderately alcoholic with notes of roasted corn, grain husks, grass, lemon, minerals, fusel alcohol, and metal. The finish is sharp, yet short, with grain, alcohol, and corn notes. Could be a lot worse.

M: Relatively light-bodied, crisp, and firm, with active carbonation.

O: This stuff actually isn't terrible. I was expecting much, much worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 17:00:01 | More by mrfrancis
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New York

3.18/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a "Fourty"

I figure, if Lando Calrissian drinks the stuff, it can't be that bad! All things considered, its' not!

Pours a pale yellow with a hint of orangeness in color. Clear fizzy body, white head that lasts a decent time. It has the taste of corn, rice, some slight fusel oil. I thought it would taste more alchoholic than it does. Overall not bad

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 21:38:22 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
55 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.