Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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54
awful

791 Ratings
THE BROS
64
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 2.21
pDev: 34.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.61% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-24-2001

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Photo of atr2605
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.46/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.27/5  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

Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Photo of MikeNMER
4.36/5  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.

Photo of J23hc
2.86/5  rDev +29.4%
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

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 BMMillsy
1.38/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.96/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Photo of phenomenologian
1.63/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
2.77/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.13/5  rDev +41.6%
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

Photo of JoLight
3.72/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden, filtered, and a stark-white frothy head that retains very well.

Aroma - Sweetness, mostly corn.

Taste - unusually sweet, but then a general grain flavor. And literally almost no hop bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and medium

Finish - Dry

Overall - It's peculiar, but there is nothing offensive about it. This is a good beer.

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.

Photo of JayQue
2.91/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't as bad as expected. In my quest for the 104 beer styles, American Malt liquor is one of the last ones on the list. I had a choice between a fo-tay of Mickeys and this. I chose the 24 oz rather than the fo-tay.

Poured into my Hooters 25 oz mug from a 24 oz can. Clear gold color, big white fizzy head, head retention is pretty good, lacing is minimal...not bad.

Smell is less than average. Mild, faint corn aroma. Hardly inviting. Taste is a bit stronger than the BMC usual lagers. Still a corn and rice mix with not much hoppiness, slightly sweet. This is drinkable as a lawnmower beer, nothing offensive about it.

Mouthfeel is less watery than some of the Amer. Adjunct Lagers. Not a great beer but the mouthfeel is at least as solid as the better cheap lagers. It is crisp, there is a bit of a stale aftertaste but is mostly refreshing if not good or memorable. I was expecting some nasty alcohol aftertaste, but I guess this is more of a problem with the higher octane Malt Liquors. This one is not in any way offensive.

Overall, an average experience...thirsty? hot? want a little buzz? This is certainly a cheap remedy.

Photo of barrenbane
2.88/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden with a slight hue of orange, which is probably from the malt. Pours a small head that quickly dissipates. Lacing disappears within 30 seconds.

S - Corny, malty, and sweet. Only a slight hint of booze. Not too offensive.

T - One of the better malt liquors available. The malt makes it sweet and smooth. Very drinkable.

M - Has a decent body. Moderate carbonation that won't overwhelm.

O - For a malt liquor, it's quite tolerable. The alcohol content isn't too high, so it doesn't have a boozy aroma or flavor like others in its category. If you want a cheap moderate buzz, treat yourself to a deuce or a forty (brown bag included).

Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the time of this Bad Beer Thursdays review, this is the #22 American Malt Liquor on the best of list, also the #81 beer on the bottom of the barrel list on here, poured from a clear bottle into a Golden Pheasant glass.

Beer is yellow, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a mild vegetalness.

Beer is sweet medium to light in body. Actually not bad, there is no aftertaste, it is slightly corny throughout but I've had much much worse. It is wet throughout and the finish is also wet. I drank the whole thing and I doubt I'd ever have more if it but it was as good as Schlitz. Which is a compliment if you were confused by that comment.

Photo of MadCat
2.26/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40oz of cheap beer. Who can resist? Figured I should try it for fun. Tastes very similar to PBR to me, so the review that follows is similar to my review for PBR.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow, with a decent white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Light grains and light fart.

Taste: Light grains and adjuncts. Not a whole lot of flavor there. A little bit bitter. Thats about it.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation.

Overall: If it weren't for the fart smell, this wouldn't be half bad. If you're in the mood for something cheap without a whole lot of flavor, its not a bad way to go. Hard to beat the price too. And who can resist consuming 40oz in one sitting?

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

18 oz clear bottle with Billy Dee holding a can with a question mark..."Find Billy Dee's Colt 45 and win a trip to meet Dee in Las Vegas"...nice, I must say the label reeled me in, along with the fact I have never seen an 18 oz bottle before. Pours a clear, dark gold color with a fizzy white head. Retention sucks, but it does leave a fairly nice sheen and collar. Lacing shows up after a few drinks.

Nose is clean, light grainy malts and cornbread. Not much else, maybe a splash of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and full-bodied. Grainy and adjunct filled flavor with plenty of scrubbing carbonation. One of the smoother malt liquors, but at 5.61%, it falls on the low side of the scale for this style. I would rather grab a few Coors Originals than drink this stuff. Has a light mustiness and the hops are pretty non-existent. I think the 7-8% ABV range is the money slot for malt liquors, above that and they start getting grimacingly tough to drink and below that you might as well just go with your basic Adjunct Lager.

Photo of jeranbrews
2.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - diluted urine color. Gold spray paint. Clear. Low bubbly bleach white head.

S - dry stale hay bitter caustic cheap.

T - surprisingly paletable. I don't want to throw it down the sink but I don't want a second one either. Not too dry not too bitter.

M - kind of creamy. Like corn on the cob with not enough butter.

D - if you can get past the smell this is worth giving a chance just due to the price

Photo of keeganfrank
2.1/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brownish gold beer straight out of a 40 ounce bottle. No pouring necessary, except what's poured for my homies. Smells a little skunky and of sweet adjuncts. Sugary sweet flavors of corn and grain. It's not something I'll buy very often. Milwaukee's Best 40s are cheaper and taste better, even if they don't have that signature bottle shape.

Photo of Natural510
2.69/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, no dating.

Pretty awful pour....light golden straw color with fizzy white head which quickly dissipates to nothingness. Flat appearance.

Scent is mostly made up of creamed corn with hints of minerals and grasses.

Flavor is mostly corn adjunct as well; light and sweet with a hop presence which balances it out somewhat.

Body tastes about as flat as it appears, and has a watery consistency as well. Nonetheless, it is still drinkable for effect.

I haven't had a malt liquor since I was a teenager, and I suppose my personal prerequisite is it not make me sick. Colt .45 isn't half-bad, similar to your average mass-produced American lager.

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this straight out of the 40, as God intended. It was a very light gold colour. I can't say anything about the head, obviously. The smell was sort of a nauseating sweet malt with some corn. The taste was the same, but with a twist. There were hops in this beer! I could clearly taste a slight piney flavour. Except it was real cheap and accentuated by the sweetness of the corn in such a way that it was more like Pine Sol. It was gross. Those piney-flavoured hops have no place in a malt liquor. As a result, this is now among my least favourite malt liquors and the worst 40 I've had so far. Oh well. At least now I know. I guess there's a reason this doesn't get sold anywhere near me. Sorry Lando, I'm sticking with Olde English.

Photo of JizackFH
1.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - This beer pours a clear pale yellow straw color. It has a small fizzy 1-finger head. the head fell very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. There are tons of visible carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

S - It smells of your average malt liquor. It is mostly just sweet corn and barley. Definitely not very appetizing.

T - Not good. Like the nose, it is basically just sweet corn flavors and sort of grainy. Other than that there is not much flavor. The finish has a bit of a sourness to it.

M - This has a light body and high carbonation. It goes down like water, and has a bit of alcohol sting.

O - It goes down like water. There isn't much flavor, and the flavor it does have is not good. Overall, I definitely do not recommend picking this up. There is no reason to spend your money on this beer, unless you are just looking to get fucked up quickly without having to taste much.

PS - Do not let this get at all warm.

Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
54 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.