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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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734 Ratings

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | 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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5/5  rDev +125.2%

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5/5  rDev +125.2%

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5/5  rDev +125.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +114%

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Photo of MitchCumstein
4.5/5  rDev +102.7%

MitchCumstein, Jul 27, 2012
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
Photo of MikeNMER
4.38/5  rDev +97.3%
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.

MikeNMER, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Tuberoni
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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4.08/5  rDev +83.8%

Inkster, Aug 17, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +80.2%

DonLamps, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +80.2%

sudsy2drunk, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of esv
4/5  rDev +80.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Bright-white head. Very porous. Looks highly carbonated. Crystal clear. Light champagne color. Looks like a big class of champagne. A little more straw than champagne. Head and light lacing all the way down?!?!

S) Corny nothingness

T) No real flavor. A slight nauseating sweet malt if you think about it too hard. I'm afraid that it's going to warm up though.

M) Light

O) Considering that it's a malt liquor, I think it's terribly drinkable and flavorless. In my book, this is a great malt liquor and the gutters and areas surrounding the street trash cans confirm it. ABV isn't nearly as high as I was thinking.

So I think this is an B+ malt liquor but can I really give a malt liquor beer an B+? Yes.

esv, Mar 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +80.2%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colt 45 malt liquor has a pretty thick, white head and a yellow to golden color. Carbonation is higher than what is usually associated with malt liquors. Aroma is faint to nonexistent. The taste is mild, balanced, and has some bite to it. I'd say it has the stereotypical American-style lager taste profile. But, it is not too sweet. Mouth-feel is pretty light, but not watery. Colt 45 finished crisp and smooth. Overall, I rate this one very high. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. NOTE: only buy this in the can as the clear bottle allows light to spoil the product.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.88/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 24oz can into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold/yellow with medium carbonation and an inch of bubble bath head. Has a decent head retention, very large carbonation bubbles, and very spotty lacing but it's there. Smells of intense musky malts, grains, rice, corn and mixed vegetables. Very grainy profile with hints of citrus grape, and doesn't seem to be offensive as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes very, very grainy. Lots of rice, malts and mixed vegetables as well. Finishes with lingering rice and malt flavors, but overall dominant rice/grainy flavor profile with nothing offensive. Moldy, or stale malts with hints of metallic twang develop as it warms. Still, not offensive but not desirable. Mouthfeel is smooth going down with lots of active, lively carbonation on the palate. Lite bodied and pretty bitey overall.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Had once before and it's not anywhere as bad as I remembered! This Malt is smooth, and easy drinking. Has allot more flavor with a little more alcohol than say, King Cobra. Pretty easy to consume as much as you wanted. Not bad, with only very minor flavors that may be offensive to one, as it warms. I definitely will be buying again, I liked it! I recommend you give it a try. Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.8/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from an 18oz. bottle.

A: Murky yellow

S: Faint hints of corn and grain, a typical "bad beer" smell.

T: Really not obtrusive, mostly faint hints of corn and grain with a little bit of malt creaminess/bitterness on the back end.

M: Creamy, and smooth, a good contrast to be honest.

D: As always with malt liquor you're not going for the intricacies of beer, but what you will get is a thirst quenching way to further your beer intake, and/or live on the street.

either way I recommend it.

Lacesoutcody, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Beerwolf666
3.79/5  rDev +70.7%
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.

Beerwolf666, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of DreamDeath
3.75/5  rDev +68.9%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +68.9%

Boozyrican, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +68.9%

shinerod, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.73/5  rDev +68%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Come on now. Straight from the 16oz can

Smell: Plenty 'o wet cardboard. Hint of overripe bananas.

Taste: strangely this swill brings to mind the banana esters of a hefe. Interesting. This still tastes like a malt liquor, but one of the better variety.

As a malt liquor enthusiast, I recommend this one.

post-script: Im reviewing within the style here...

thinkbreakfast, Jul 31, 2004
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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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