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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
54
awful

773 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 34.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 88 | 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

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Ratings: 773 | Reviews: 257
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Photo of granger10
3.35/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This malt liquor has a dark bronze color to it with a nice study white head. I get a sweet corn husk aroma along with what I detect to be hops, could it be? Taste has that corn syrup malt liquor sweetness, but its not overly sick like some. There might actually be some hop flavor in here leveling this beer out. Finish is dry and lingering in alcohol. Drink cold like all malt liquors but this was more enjoyable than most. Not bad at all, seriously.

Photo of BJC1982
4/5  rDev +81%
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.

ENJOY!!

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev +64.7%
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

Photo of VbolieuV
3.13/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in the badass 40oz size. Pours a light yellow color with some decent foam and lacing. Aroma is strong, much like a typical malt liquor. Smooth and as someone mentioned, I would agree to it being PBR on steroids. Taste is very smooth and somewhat sweet. Malty/corny flavors. Not offensive at all. Goes down smooth. Cheap. It's got the hallmarks of a malt liquor. What more could anyone expect?

Photo of Beerwolf666
3.76/5  rDev +70.1%
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.

Photo of maccroz
4.43/5  rDev +100.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm-mmm good. This beer has magical properties when consumed properly from a 40oz container. There should be another column in the ratings for "value" this would get a 6.0. $1.99 for 40 ounces of malt liquor bliss. A malt liquor for the true connoisseurs.

Photo of Tuberoni
4.16/5  rDev +88.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I will most likely be ridiculed for this review. However, having a fair amount of experience in the beer field, as in having drank many of those "specialty" beers, i gotta say my personal favorite is Colt 45.

Opening the bottle, nothing special. Looking in the bottle shows 40oz (or 22 oz) of fun. I slug it down, 2 or 3 gulps for the taste, 4 or 5 if trying to let it hit quicker. Smooth, flavorful, a delight for a hood dude. Goes in smooth, NO BITTERNESS (screw you, rolling rock and heiniken), leaves you in a happy mood.

My beverage of preference? Colt 45.

Photo of Jason
2.7/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 24 oz can, they call it a "TWO FOUR" on the label, no freshness date to be found anywhere.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow colour, two fingered head forms from a spritzy big bubbled carbonation. Very thin sprinkled white lace is left, something is better than nothing right?

Smell: Both a sweetness from the malt and cereal grain as well as the alcohol. Smells faint of trifle, lady fingers in alcohol.

Taste: Stiff medium body with an increasing smoothness as the carbonation unleashes. Slightly creamy mouth feel shows that there is a decent amount of malt in this brew. As soon as the flavours rush in sweet warming alcohol fumes from the mouth and nose. Grain and sweetness are the forefront, touch of corn grit flavour and a cracker like maltiness come from that. Hops are barley in the flavour though there is a sharpness from them that essentially is the bitterness which is coupled with the warming alcohol and graininess. A biting grain and warming alcohol warp things up in the end.

Notes: Not a bad brew when wanting to quickly consume for a buzz. One of the most known malt liquors on the market, this is typically consumed out of the can or more popularly out of the 40 oz bottle.

A friend of mine always brings over a couple "FOUR Os" of this stuff as a gag ... funny thing is that we end up polishing the stuff off everytime.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.68/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

How to drink Colt 45.

Think of Billy Dee Williams. Get that 40 oz ice cold. Tell yourself its kitsch value or something.

Anyways, looks like yellow swill. Smells like 54 day old beer. Surprisingly, the taste isn't "horrible". I mean, you can drink this if you had to, there is worse stuff. Its pretty much all corn and rubbing alcohol. Don't let it get warm, or it gets even worse.

Lando Calrissian.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.38/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Light clear pale golden hue with a bright white eggshell colored head leaves nice even lacing...somehow it's doesn't look too unappetizing. Aroma: Cereal grains light toasted pale malts with heavy corn and rice providing some evident sweetness influences touch of alcohol. Taste: Well...this is where it gets harsh...this one's definitely for my homies. Corn husk offness slightly metallic adjunct ridden in the worst way no hop flavor brings out just a bit of my gag reflex is it worth the 24 oz 99 cent offering to drink this beer. Mouthfeel: Is light bodied... a bit thicker than the typical mass produced lager a bit of residual sugars. Drinkability: Well no don't drink alot of this or a little in multiple sittings not good beer even for a malt liquor.

Photo of Lagerfeld
3.6/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

let me start out this review by saying what needs to be said about colt 45 first - this is not a world class beer and we all know it, BUTTT it is a decent beer and for the price is better than miller/bud/coors light in my opinion - i think this beer gets so much negative reviews just because of the stigma behind "malt liquor" and the joke that only bums drink it - hell i know a lot of college students who drink it too - people are tired of the same old keystone/bud every weekend.

appearance - very average, looks the same every time that same yellow every time, never poured into a glass so no need to worry about reviewing the head or lacing lol

smell - average as well, very faint smell of alcohol

taste - good - not a complex taste by any means, nothing to savor or look for, no notes or hints to really pick out - this beer was made for you and your broke friends to enjoy on a TIGHT (im talkin TIGHT) budget.

mouthfeel/drinkability - pretty average but not bad at all has the right amount of carbonation so it goes down smooth - one of the easier beers to drink at 6% alcohol, much easier to drink than its HIGH GRAVITY counterpart which tastes nothing like beer

overall i give this beer a C based on every beer i have tried so far, based on me being a cheap bastard though i'd give it a B - not much you can find better for the price.

Photo of brewQ
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's me and Billy Dee ... seekin' out the Double Deuce bottle.

My fear is it will be horribly light struck- sitting up around the cooler lights in a store that doesn't move too much malt liquor. Got a break on that- just a whiff of skunk that gives way to grain and grass.

It looks like a weak Corona yellow but the puffy bleach white head has some staying power and makes the appearance adequate.

The taste, alas, has no spine at all. just attenuated grain.

Come for the price- stay for the cheap buzz,

Still- even cheap beers can harbor good memories- it says G. Heileman Brewing, reminding me of my dad's howmetown in La Crosse.

Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40-ouncer, the format of choice amongst those poor souls panhandling outside the liquor stores, in my experience. This one is 8% ABV, and made by the Silver Creek Brewery, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, blah blah blah. Sleeman must have some sort of agreement with Pabst in the US, because the label is identical, and I am not creating a new, unnecessary entry.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of sudsy off-white head, which settles quickly, leaving a paint job of solid lace around the glass. It smells of ripe apple, pale adjunct grain, and mild boozy yeast. The taste is more well-aged (benefit of the doubt here) apple, this time stewed in soft fusel alcohol, and quite sweet, with some weird floral essence. The carbonation is very shy, the body less so - medium in weight through the contrivances of The Cloying! It finishes still sweet, albeit with some residual drying from the booze and dead flowers.

Not that bad, really. Without the big sugar (heh), this is pretty inoffensive. No skank, or alcohol edge - a hell of an option for getting your advanced buzz on for a mere fiver (or 'Laurier bleu', north of the 49th)...

Photo of BrewMaven
2.7/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a 40 after a late night at work to compliment my dinner of white Castle burgers and onion rings.

Looks like your average lager and initial taste is similar too..Grainy and slightly sweet.
Minimal head, average carbonation. Has a distinct raw alcohol finish. Easy to drink while still cold although as it warmed slightly, I didn't find it offensive at all. I can see having one of these during a fight night on TV with some pork rinds. Not bad.

Photo of Retroman40
1.73/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Big 24 oz (says "two four" on the can for those who can't read numbers... why doesn't it just read "twenty four?") can picked up at the grocery store for 99 cents. If you get a chance, watch old Colt 45 commercials on you tube....they are hilarious.

A - Pale gold and clear with a short lived half-finger head of fizzy bubbles that turns into a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Lots of champagne bubble float to the top.

S - PBR on steroids. This has a distinctly Heileman aroma that tells me that this used to be a classic, and is now relegated to ghetto status. It's odd to think that our white collar grandfathers came home from a day at the office and kicked back out at the country club with something that is now pretty much for the homeless to drink out of a can still in the paper sack it came in.

T - Sweet corn on the cob with butter. Very buttery and salty with some actual hop flavors that show up mid-palate. Again, this is very much like PBR with muscles....and a turbocharger. Much less offensive than other malt liquors. I actually really like this!

M - Medium bodied but somehow still watery with lively carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Excellent! A great cheapo beer that is far superior to other malt liquors. This is the one ghetto beer that I actually enjoy. Maybe our grandpas had it better than I thought!

Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of dertyd
3.89/5  rDev +76%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont know why but for some reason i realy love this beer taste like liquid corn flakes

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. clear glass bottle with the "Call me to Win!" neck label that features a young hispanic or black woman. Classy! It pours a crystal clear straw gold body topped by a foamy bright white head that holds well. The aroma is lightly malty with a very light touch of hops. The body is medium with a standared carbonation that leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor is a well balanced, lightly sweet and grainy maltiness with an underlying bitterness and very limited hop flavor. It finishes dryish with a mild, lingering sweetness. This is less sweet and more balanced than many malt liquors on the market, although it doesn't seem as well brewed.

Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has to be one of the cheapest malt liqours available on the market today. Here in Virginia it only costs $1.49 for a bottle. That is a helluva great price to get trashed on. I drank three of these the other night, and i felt pretty good. The mouthfeel is pretty good for such a cheap malt liquor, very surprising. Definitely worth the money.

Photo of sociallooter
3.26/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

OK.. This my first review. Why Colt45 You say? The answer is plane and simple, I LOVE IT. I think hands down it's the best "old man under the overpass drink." I would like to say I'm a malt liquor aficionado, but that just sounds strange. I remember my first sip of this cold refreshing, sweating, 40oz jug of fall over backwards fun in a bottle.(That should be there new sales pitch)

On with the review! So, I just moved to South Carolina from Upstate NY. I went to my local Kroger to purchase some cheep beer. To my surprise NO 40s! only Quarts. 1.32$ AN unbeatable price. I got home and opened it. The smell was different than it normally has. The colt 45 funk was not there but replaced with a sour smell almost like aluminum can and garbage. I was horrified. I drank half and I was done. The reason I gave it a 5 in drink-ability is because I can drink a lot of colt 45. This is the king of session beers. When ever I go out for a night on the town It's a colt 45 pregame party.I'm still looking for "the holy grail" 15/12oz cans(15 pack?) that no one seems to ever have in there stores. In the meantime I will pray to the beer gods that someday i will find it and drink every single one.

Photo of tempest
1.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bought a case of 40's for shits and giggles with a bunch of friends. Worst idea ever.

It doesnt look horrible, just your typical mass-produced rotgut. The smell is at best, unpleasant. The mouth feel isn't bad, but the taste will make up for that.

I can only describe Colt 45 like this: Someone took a light-bodied beer, squated over the bottle, and farted. Beer + Fart = No fun for anyone.

I should also mention that if its your first time with a 40 of this, be prepared to get your ass kicked.

Again, Colt 45 40's night: Worst idea ever.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this liquid from a paper bag, I feel like a rummy. The "malt" flavor is present, but drowned out by the overwhelming taste of bad alcohol. By bad alcohol, I mean a taste not unlike nail polish remover.

Photo of Alieniloquium
1.32/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The first of our terrible beer sampling. Six beers sampled in a blind tasting. 40 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Yellow body, very clear, with a white head.

Smell - Sweet and revolting. Smells like fusel and corn.

Taste - Crisp, light, nothingness, except for the adjunct flavors that separate this from water.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, of course, with high carbonation. It's drinkable, except for the taste. It's like drinking putrid water.

Overall - Bad, but drinkable because there's really nothing there.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.