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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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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 77 | 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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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It is exactly what malt liquor is supposed to look like. I don't particularly find it an attractive beer but it looks the same as the rest of the malt liquors. Clear pale golden yell with a few specs of lace spotted here and there.

Smell: Grain. There is a hint of lemon grass but mostly it is a reserved grain aroma.

Taste: This is much less cloying than some Malt Liquors so to that extent I am actually pleasantly surprised; though I also must admit it tastes like a $1.50 pint. Certainly grain and corn hit the tongue and remind me of many macros. Undoubtedly better than many in its style though and certainly cheaper too.

Mouthfeel: Even considering the style, there is simply no body here to hold up the carbonation. Maybe this fault aids in the drinkability to the average Joe, but this is the beers weakest point IMO.

Drinkability: There are certainly occasions for this but not when you are interested in contemplating your beers complexity. It is an approachable 6.10% ABV if you see what I am getting at.

Hope this is helpful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BJC1982
4/5  rDev +80.2%
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.


Photo of maccroz
4.43/5  rDev +99.5%
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 +87.4%
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.

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2.7/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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1.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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