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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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702 Ratings

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of Sachsenfreude


1.15/5  rDev -48.2%

Bought this one out of curiousity about this imfamous style. I expected the worst and yes it was bad but not as bad as I thought it would be.

Poured a pale, clear, yellow with a fizzy white head. Too my surprise, the head stuck around for a while but left no lacing. The smell was pretty bad of stale malts and unpleasant fuel-like alcohol. The taste was at first very watery but then a bit of cheap barley and corn came through. Mostly alcohol flavors dominated and not in a good way, like watered down, cheap, vodka, mixed with miller light.

Very watery in the mouth with some alcohol sting, not much more but could be worse. This was a hard beer to drink and I could feel a head ache coming. Rather than waste it, I split it with a friend. Glad I tried it but I will stay clear of the style in the future.

11-13-2010 18:54:27 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Even before I knew what malt liquor was, I knew it was what Billy Dee drank. If it's good enough for Lando, it's good enough for me. Although I still expect it to be pretty poor.

Golden and clear with lots of carbonation. Filmy cap with a touch of lace. A ton of corn and nonsense in the nose. The taste is thin and corn addled but not abusive to the tongue or stomach like some malt liquors. More drinkable than most malt liquor or even ice beer. Colt .45, gets um every time...

10-15-2010 01:53:01 | More by daliandragon
Photo of JMad


2.42/5  rDev +9%

From a 40 ounce to a glass mug...
Pours a golden straw color, has a white head with little bubbles.
Smells of corn, metal and malt.
Tastes like white bread, more corn, and malt.
The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is ok.
Drinks good. Not the worst beer out there.

09-23-2010 23:16:34 | More by JMad
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.27/5  rDev -42.8%

So, he decides to bring back two Malts with him as well, eesh. My journey into the bottom of the barrel continues. We did a side by side with this and Steel Reserve. Consumed on 08/09/2010.

It had been a long time since me and Billy D had hung out together so I was laughing my butt off when this one showed up at the tasting. The pour was better then I thought with a medium amber color and a head of about two inches that stuck around for a few moments before falling into the same path as the others with a crystal clear, dark color with tiny strings of bubbles that were coming up through the glass. Aroma is of corn, alcohol, wet hay, and just a mess. Really just astringent and not very appetizing at all. Every sip seemed to bring a similar reaction from me as I struggled to get this one down before finally pouring the rest out. Just not a redeeming quality as far as taste, and I generally do not mind the style terribly, but this was atrocious.

Overall all I can say is not for me. It is going to be a fun couple weeks as I take a turn away from the rare and big guns and try and knock out this list of grocery store staples.

08-13-2010 00:12:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev +30.6%

A: An unappealing, flat looking yellow, but actually had a creamy looking head, but no real lacing.

S: Cheap grains, notably corn. Adjunct notes and malty sweetness too.

T: Pretty malty, a little sweetness, but overall just not that enjoyable. Has that macro taste, but with malt and sugar.

M: Highly carbonated, not at all smooth.

D: Billy Dee on the front of the 40 oz can't save this one, but if you're thirsty, it does the job.

08-12-2010 22:24:46 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

1.53/5  rDev -31.1%

24oz can, served cold.

Appearance... it's a can, I'm not gonna contaminate any of my glassware with this stuff. Smell: not too much aroma coming out of the little pop-top hole. Mostly aluminum. Taste is also a lot of aluminum and some malty funk. Thin and watery. Pretty terrible all around, there's better stuff available at this rock bottom price point.

08-04-2010 00:00:15 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of crossovert


3.18/5  rDev +43.2%

Disclaimer, a C or a B rating from a malt liquor means it is tops for the style for me.

From a 12 oz can pours a thin gold into my vintage pbr glass, the head is big and white, quickly dissipating, leaves some lacing.

Smells like sweet malt with a pinch of corn and hops, actually a bit of a hop aroma per the style.

The flavor is a hint of caramel over a bed of adjunct lager, it hides the corn a bit better than other adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is actually alright for this cheap beer.

Drinkable when cold.

Prob the best adjunct lager out there.

08-02-2010 22:47:06 | More by crossovert
Photo of troobie


2.42/5  rDev +9%

A classic malt liquor. Colt 45 deserves credit for having been around for so long. Who knows if the recipe was changed over the years, but hopefully not.

I'm of course not going to pour this out of the clear 40 oz. bottle. I paid for the glass and I'm going to use it. Not attractive to look at. Dark golden yellow color. Moderate foaminess that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear to look through.

I've had different experiences with Colt 45. The bottle I'm currently reviewing seems a little stronger all around. The smell is not good. Skunky. This bottle is fresh for 3 more months. Reminds me of Silver Thunder. Corn, cooked vegetables, and sweaty socks.

The taste isn't as bad as the smell, but not far off. Colt 45 has that classic bad beer taste. Finishes clean which is the redeeming value. Try not to burp.

Carbonation is low to medium. Smooth. Watery, but the carbonation gets foamy very quick.

If you like Colt 45 there is nothing to stop you from drinking any amount you feel like drinking.

As I said, I've had different experiences with Colt 45. I'm not impressed with the bottle I'm currently drinking. I may have started with a bottle that was too warm. Remember, in the malt liquor world, colder is better.

07-14-2010 12:10:41 | More by troobie
Photo of rootbeerman


2.23/5  rDev +0.5%

dont exactly know why i got it but here goes, pour a little into a tulip for looks, 32oz bottle.

A: in bottle and in glass it is straw yellow, with barely half a finger of head in the glass, and a huge what looked like a soap bubble left in the bottle

S: light grainy malt, cooked corn, maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: sweeter than the smell, tastes better straight from the bottle than from a glass. same light malt and corn, barely noticeable hop grassy/bitterness. oddly a little better than i was expecting.

M: watery carbonation is somewhat high.
D: just as easy to drink as it is to drain pour, feel like it needs to be in a brown bag.

07-06-2010 05:40:23 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of hardy008


1.25/5  rDev -43.7%

Pale gold with a white 1 finger head which is gone quickly. Smells of sweet malt, grain, and cheap alcohol. This taste like one cheap nasty beer. Corn, grain. sweet malt, some alcohol. Not at all pleasant.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation, nothing to write home about. This was left over after a get together. I wonder why?

07-03-2010 02:52:28 | More by hardy008
Photo of jsprain1


2.35/5  rDev +5.9%

A- Pours a golden yellow, reminiscent of adjunct lagers, the only difference being a better constructed head.
S- Smells sweet, cereally, and a bit of alcohol in there.
T- Sweet grain and alcohol dominate this beer, with only enough hop presence to slightly bitter it.
M- Kinda fizzy but stiffer than some counterparts.
D- It is what it is, and if one is to consume "party beer," this is actually not the worst thing out there.

06-25-2010 06:20:02 | More by jsprain1
Photo of bundy462


2/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Pale yellow with a big bubble head.

S: Sweet malt and cheap grain. Boozy smell.

T: Pretty harsh despite more malt that I had expected. Warming alcohol in the finish. Some bitterness from slight hops.

M: Harsh considering the malty backbone.

O: This stuff has one use, to get smashed right out of the 40 ounce bottle and that's about all that it's good for.

06-22-2010 04:38:21 | More by bundy462
Photo of Spineypanda


3.23/5  rDev +45.5%

Did not pour, drank from bottle. Which one should do, with a brown paper bag.
Golden in color, nice frothy head.
Smells of beer, beer and beer.
Tastes like a malt liquor, lots of sweetness that comes from that.
A quick 40oz drink that will do the trick. Thats it. :D

06-22-2010 04:14:00 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.38/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 40 oz. to a tulip pint: Pale golden-yellow with lots of big, fast nucleation bubbles under a finger of foamy head white head that drops to a spotty coating on the surface. Leaves splotches of lacing.

Smells dank, musty, with faint traces of corn sweetness & a sharp character, presumably from hops. Very dry smell.

Tastes pretty watery, with restrained corny sugars & just a tiny bit of bitterness from hops. A metallic element shows up & takes hold in the aftertaste, not so great but not overwhelming either.

Feels decent, definitely light-bodied but with a foaminess that's kind of enjoyable.

Expectations are a bitch, but this was honestly better than I'd anticipated. Pretty easy-drinking & nothing overtly offensive. Granted, I have no plans of finishing the entire 40, but I can imagine there are worse malt liquors out there.

06-01-2010 16:16:55 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of zeff80


1.9/5  rDev -14.4%

Consumed as a Memorial Day BBQ joke.

A - Poured out a very clear, very bubbly straw yellow color with a small, short-lived head of white bubbly foam. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of corn and booze. No hop presence detected at all.

T - Very sweet with a big corn/grain taste. Again, no hop bitterness at all.

M - It was crisp but still fairly chewy/sticky in terms of mouthfeel. Not good.

D - Could not finish my 24oz can. Just to sweet and messy.

05-30-2010 01:58:33 | More by zeff80
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

I may be the only person to ever pour this into a chalice. Very pale golden, also clear with a decent size white foamy head that leaves great lacing for this style. Most lace I've seen on a malt liquor to date. Not much carbonation bubble action to speak of, but this looks around the average mark to me.

Smell, on the other hand, totally different story. Skunk like and very, very rice filled nose, if that is what rice smells like. Hard to tell. This is the most unpleasing aspect of this brew. I'm sure the clear bottle does not help this situation in any way.

Taste is light on the palate, was served cold so the flavors are muted, but corn like notes and that great adjunct, mass produced flavor make themselves known. Unimpressive in the department.

Feel is light, airy and slightly tingly, though I'm not sure where those tingles are coming from. Average feel for a below average brew. Drinkability is only average if this is served at the proper temperature, ice cold.

05-22-2010 04:02:51 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of drunkboxer1


2.08/5  rDev -6.3%

I know I've taken a ride on this wild stallion before, but I can't remember when or why. It is not very good.

Poured into a 350 mL beaker, then drank the rest out of the bottle. Looks fine, golden straw color with lil white bubbles. Smells sweet and grassy. Tastes even sweeter, and mildly of some pale malts. Its think and heavy on the tongue. If you let it get warm its kinda hard to swallow. Despite all this, I remember it being worse.

I could of had a Mickey's! It was right next to it. Living the dream to be sure, though.

05-22-2010 02:49:13 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.5/5  rDev +57.7%

A - I drank this drank out of the can. The can has that 'authentic' malt liquor look. Now, it is not a perfect '5', like, say, OE800 in the 64oz with the cider-jug handle, but it is pretty damn dope.

S - The smell (largely derived from retro-olfaction) is surprisingly competent. Some discernible hop bitterness, some sweaty-noble-continental Pils aroma, too. Not too cheap smelling, and certainly devoid of the malt liquor disgusting burnt plastic and hot rotgut in the 'nose'.

T - The taste is also surprisingly decent. Better than the standard BMC offerings, IMO. It has a well-balanced malt and hop, given the style... the fact that the malt and hop qualities are appreciable in this brew is commendable, in and of itself. Plus Billy Dee Williams is down with it, so it is obviously good. I don't think Lando Calrissian would lie.

M - Well-carbonated. Decent.

D - I have had many a malt liquor over the years. Tonight my buddy had a 4-pack at a street party, so I indulged. I think this is lesser than Haffenreffer or Crazy Horse (RIP), but way better than OE800, Mickey's, St. Ides, etc. The main problem, in my view, (aside from mediocre taste) is that it is disagreeable to the digestive system.

05-17-2010 15:27:02 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of yesyouam

New York

1.6/5  rDev -27.9%

Colt 45 is a very clear, very sparkling, pale golden lager with a thin, soft, foamy, white head that slowly fades and leaves decent lacing. It has a corny, slightly sweet, aroma with notes of corn, funk and maybe lemon. It's medium-light bodied and tinny with a starchy, papery finish. It's slightly sweet and doesn't really have any bitterness. It tastes like beer breath. Fusel is detected. It's almost tolerable. It works, but not every time.

05-04-2010 16:54:58 | More by yesyouam
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.88/5  rDev +74.8%

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.


04-26-2010 21:24:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.3/5  rDev +48.6%

12oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear yellow color with a thin white head that got even thinner in a minute or two.
S - grainy, corn chips aroma.
T - grainy taste with some sweetness but not overly sweet or ethanol tasting like a lot of beers in this style can be.
F - lighter bodied with mild carbonation.
D - drinks a bit better than most malt liquors.

04-25-2010 21:44:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of taez555


3.15/5  rDev +41.9%

Poured out of a 4Ooz bottle straight into a wine glass.

This beer poured an extremely clear straw yellow body with a super bright white head.

Nose is almost non existant except for some mild adjunt like malt smells.

Taste is light to light medium bodied with a very clean and crisp white bread sort of flavor. It honestly has a taste like someone fermented wonder bread or something. Very clean and compact with absolutely no off flavors. The slightly higher ABV in this beer gives a little more backbone than your typical american BMC type beer, yet hops are no where really to be found.

I'm not sure what you're expecting from a malt liquor, but this is light and yet very malt. No off flavors at all. If you're in the mood for a simple American macro beer, this is actually very very good. The high ABV and big malt really shine compared to Bud or Miller, etc. For what it is, I really like it.

04-09-2010 22:34:56 | More by taez555
Photo of Lacesoutcody

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +71.2%

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.

03-18-2010 01:51:28 | More by Lacesoutcody
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

03-16-2010 00:58:41 | More by Wasatch
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.23/5  rDev +0.5%

I guess a forty ounce counts as a bottle. There isn't much to say about this one. Poured a light yellow, fizzy head that didn't last long. Kind of smells and tastes like old corn, best consumed as close to frozen as possible and as fast as possible. The only reason to pick this over other malt liquors is because Lando Calrissian was in the commercials for it in the 80's.

02-28-2010 05:47:02 | More by TheTrevor
Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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