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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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744 Ratings

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-24-2001)
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3/5  rDev +35.1%
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!

pmcadamis, Aug 17, 2007
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.


BJC1982, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of maccroz
4.4/5  rDev +98.2%
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.

maccroz, Oct 07, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +90.1%
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.

Tuberoni, Aug 25, 2008
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Photo of Jason
2.75/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Jason, Nov 03, 2001
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1.69/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 29, 2009
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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
55 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.