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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 2.23
pDev: 34.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
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Photo of Tone


2.6/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a 1/4 inch head, but poor retention. Slight lacing throughout. Smells of a lager with secondary maltiness. Fits the style well enough. Slightly sweet flavor consisting mostly of cleanliness of a lager with some sweet malt. Average carbonation and a crisp body. Not real bad, a little kick with the higher abv.

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 22:57:03 | More by Tone
Photo of Mistofminn


2.15/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a 40 of Colt in a long time. Way back when, me and the buddies would have competitions of who could down these faster.

The taste and smell are putrid. Mouthfeel is nothing impressive and I can't even tell you about drinkablility. Does it even matter? Aren't you suppose to slam these anyways? Colt 45 is like an on going joke with me and my friends. But given the right situation and mood, I'd still to this day take that 40 down.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:26:07 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Drew966


2.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45 Malt Liquor pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head from a sixteen ounce can. There's not much going on in the aroma, a bit of sweet malt is noticeable. There isn't much going on in the flavor either, a bit of sweet malt, a bit of grain that's about it. Not as offensive as I remembered it.

Serving type: can

12-10-2008 01:25:33 | More by Drew966
Photo of johnnybgood1999


3.2/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this reminds me a little of iced tea and is about as drinkable. One of my old high school staples, so it deserves some props for that. It isn't something I would drink today, however, I might break a forty or two out for a night out with some old high school buddies.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 07:24:28 | More by johnnybgood1999
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.75/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow body, perfectly translucent. fluffy white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smells of some rice-y and corn-y sweetness.

Wow, I prefer this to most macro lagers I have tried. Some grainy, cereal like flavors followed by some big sweetness (not the good malty kind, more like the corny kind). A little bit of earthy flavors in the finish

Super thin and watery mouthfeel without a ton of carbonation.

This stuff doesn't drink too bad. At least I'm not disgusted like I would be with a Bud Light or something.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 15:28:45 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with a tint of gold. A quarter inch of soda-pop head rises and falls quickly. No lace.

S - I was expecting a lot of DMS, sulphur, and skunk, but surprisingly none of these aromas were present. Instead, there's a very sweet cereal grain element. Even some old, cheesy-smelling hops hang in the background.

T - Wow, I wouldn't have thought that malt liquor would be better than a lot of macros I've had, but it is. Generic grain starts things off, something like liquid Cheerios. A big, one dimensional sweetness follows, drying out by about 50% with a grassy, cheesy flavor with accompanying bitterness.

M - Light, borderlining on medium bodied with a moderate to low carbonation. Although not terrible, some crispness would really help things out, especially with the huge sweet component.

D - I actually bumped this down half a point because this beer has not warmed well. Sweetness has become more cloying and the carbonation has gotten even lower. Really, it's not that bad.

I am pleasantly surprised by Colt 45. Though it's been years since I've had it, I've never approached it with a critical eye. It's better than a lot of American macros, and the ABV, while somewhat low for the style, is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 07:20:03 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of DoubleJ


2.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tonight, we finish up the Brown Paper Bag Invitational with a classic: Colt 45. On to the beer:

Pours clear, light straw colored body, crystal clear body, soapy head on top. The nose isn;t much ot hollar at...some adjuncts and a whiff of can liner. I brace myself for the taste...

It's not too bad, but that cooked corn flavor jumps out on you at first. After that, it mellows out to a tolerable adjucnt lager-like flavor. It's quite clean and the alcohol is untraced. Somewhat dull.

The final contestant in the Brown Paper Bag Invite has shown what it's made of. Now it's time to announce the winner. And the winner is...

Dad's Little Helper!

Some might debate whether the Rogue offering shouldn't take home the prize because it is craft beer. Hey, the name of this invite is Brown Paper Bag, which conjures malt liquor, and the Rogue offering is that. If you don't like it, do your own. Well, time to wrap this up (no pun intended), thanks for watching the Brown Paper Bag Invitational. Good night everyone!

Serving type: can

09-22-2008 03:47:01 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Beerislife652854


2.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from a ghetto mart on Dixwell.

A -Yellow with a 1/2" head.

S - Slightly skunked.

T - Corn malt and sickly skunk.

M - Watery light beer-ish.

D - $2.50 per 40 oz, can't really go wrong here.

This is a malt liquor that is cheap and gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 17:37:37 | More by Beerislife652854
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24-ounce can poured into my Duvel glass yields a sparkling clear body capped with two fingers of bright white foam. The head recedes slowly to a sheet, leaving a webby ring with trailing freckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty metal, with a bit of fruit and a whiff of DMS.

The taste of the drink is sweet and a bit grainy, with a chilling rush of refrigerant alcohol that settles into a tummy-warming heater in no time flat. Spent-grain sourness rises as the drink warms, as does a bit of wet cardboard.

Light-bodied with good carbonation. If I couldn't smell or taste it, I could drink Colt 45 all day long.

Serving type: can

09-04-2008 22:58:09 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of IBUnit63


2.33/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 40 (what else?!) into a Red Oak mug. Listening to the extra-long extended live version of "Pick up the Pieces" by Average White Band.

Pours off a eavy bubble-bath foam. Clear, faded apple juice color with sporadic, intermittent (almost timed) carbonation. More bathtub ring than lacing.

Salty, cheap champagne, silage. a little alcohol, some bicarb...and with all that it doesn't smell as bad as it sounds.

Damning with faint praise, it could be wayyy worse. There's some malty sweetness with layered alcohol. Carbonation breaks it up a little bit when warm. More leafy corn silage. Don't let this get warm - throw it back before it gets ugly!

The silage and bitterness from the second cousin of old earthy grassy hops squeezes the mouth a little bit. It's kind of tough on the palate.

I could drink this in a smaller increment but a 40 is way too much. Having said that, for what it is, it really isn't horrible. When it's cold, that is, which means you have about 5 minutes to choke down whatever's in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:31:03 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Tuberoni

New York

4.22/5  rDev +89.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 18:11:53 | More by Tuberoni
Photo of changeup45


1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh boy... Golden color topped with a white head that fizzles away. Just go ahead and brown bag it and drink from the bottle. Tastes very musty with dust particles, corn and low grade malts. There's decent amount of alcohol in this, especially for the price, but you won't see me getting near this one. Awful.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 18:46:16 | More by changeup45
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one was made in Canada with an 8%abv,lite pale yellow with small white head and thin lacing.Nose was corn,skunk,some rice maybe and the high alcohol faintly coming thru,Tasted like mashed corn,with some hints of sweets and musty with the alcohol taste finishing off and lingering in the background,medium mouthfeel that left you waiting a while before you really wanted to glug some more,not to my liking.

Serving type: can

08-12-2008 21:11:40 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of BoSox5902


3.1/5  rDev +39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought a forty of this the other day. when i was younger i would buy this from time to time and it wasn't terrible like other malt liquors i've had. but i had to reassure myself so i turned on Afroman and drank my colt 45. i was pretty pleased with my purchase. it does leave a strange coating in your mouth but it quickly disappears. easy to drink and it gets you drunk what more can you ask for

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:49:31 | More by BoSox5902
Photo of KaiMiller

Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

corny, peppery-fuselly, cidery orchard-fruit aroma. alcoholic. cideriness increases with temperature. no perceivable hop aroma. brilliantly clear, golden-yellow, swiftly-disappearing fine white head. flavour dominated by cidery flavours. opens up to a grainy, dms-laden adjunct flavour. insufficient bittering to carry the alcohol. light, dry, slick mouthfeel. gets foul and chemically in the finish - the fusels and the acetylaldehyde create a nasty flavour as it ends. If I were a 14-yr-old on the street, this would be my choice. UPDATE: As it warmed (it's now the serving temperature for real beer) it ended up getting unbearably fuselly and harsh, which with the acetyl flavours was just thin and vile.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:54:54 | More by KaiMiller
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

1.78/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a light urine. Aroma of corn and nothing. The taste is sick and corny malt dick with no hops. The flavor kind of leaves me queasy. Its not quite of chemicals but its nasty. Feel is lightly crisped from the carbonation. Not drinkable unless you are a crackhead that needs a cheap buzz. SICK.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:32:20 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Getinthevan


2.5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ah, the legendary Colt 45...as Billy Dee Williams says, "Rule #1, Always have plenty of Colt 45 and rule #2 never run out of rule #1"

Appearance is bland, yellow and very average at best. There's noting over-the-top special about it, except it does have quite the carbonation.

Smell is very high in corn and barley. This stuff is very grainy and contains a very overpowering smell right from the bottle that lasts until the last drop.

Taste is average at best. Out of all the malt liquors however, Colt is probably the best, as you get what you pay for. Very corn filled malty liquor that gets the job done with that 6% abv

Mouthfeel is next to nil, as it goes down smooth and quickly. No time spent on this wild ride of a beer.

Drinkability is okay if you're in a pinch or you feel like going cheap. Otherwise, save the money for a much more fulfilling beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 23:59:55 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of baos


2.93/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

40 oz into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

Billy D. is right or I mean Lando Calrissian.

A: Golden straw. nice head retention. lacing here and there.

S: Heavy malt almost an elmers glue smell minus the sweetness.

T: Starts off okay but the aftertaste is what gets me.. Strong metallic.

M: Ahellofalotbetterthan i expected

D: Gimme nother fortee!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 00:08:45 | More by baos
Photo of hwwty4


3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into my "United We Stand" pint glass. This beer pours a clear straw yellow with just a hint of carbonation that foams up but has no head retention at all. The smell is sweet corn syrup and that's about all. The taste is clean and adjunct-y. The mouthfeel is clean, and crisp with just a hint of booze that is normally really prevalent in cheap malt liquors. This would be a really easy summer drinking brew. Give it to me on a float trip any day.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:20:05 | More by hwwty4
Photo of giblet


2.38/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i have seen this advertised for years...billy d williams. anyway, i had to try it. pale in color and little head that disipated quickly. smells of corn and grain. taste is not too shabby. it is crisp grainy and dry. i had this in the quart bottle that was nicely chilled so i am sure that helps with the thirst quenching and the taste. no hops that i could detect, but being a hop head i dont notice until they grab me.

not a bad malt liquor.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 09:43:23 | More by giblet
Photo of NOOGIE


2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank right out of a 40.

Apperance, yellow, with some carbonation that quickly disapates. There are smells of grains, corn, alcohol and some sugar. Not that bad of a tastes, not to strong on the alcohol. Good taste for a malt liqour. Sort of like Pabst with a little more alcohol to it. The mouthfeel is dry and not that bad, but thin all around. Finally the drinkability is good if you are into malt liquors. Probably the best one out of all the malts out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:14:21 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of Offa


2.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok and about middle of the road for malt liquors, far from being the best or the worst to me.

This is yellow, rather bubbly with a medium, bubbly white head that steadily vanishes.

The aroma is sweet perfume, grain, corn, a hint pf pine and a little alcohol evident - like a stronger, sweeter, more perfumy US macro lager.

The taste is quite sweet with a strong corn tortilla taste, a definite but not unpleasant alcoholic quality, and a warm, alcoholic, corn finish that has a light bite. It has almost no bitterness and in the end gets somewhat watery with a light soapy quality but is otherwise inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:19:05 | More by Offa
Photo of rye726


1.43/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is okay and as ususal, similar to other malt liquors. It's yellow and bubbly with a white. The aroma is of syrupy grains, corn and some alcohol. The taste is again syrupy with a lot of grain and alcohol. This is some rough stuff. Thick full body. Cheap and does the trick I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 18:37:10 | More by rye726
Photo of neenerzig


2.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a 40 of this when visiting my brother in Cincinnati where he attends college. Drank out of the bottle. Didn't have a glass to drink out of, plus I figure it doesn't matter anyways, especially since the bottle is clear. This beer is a clear, medium golden color, the same as most American Macro lagers. Head is about 1/4 inch thick and has good retention. Decent lace. Smell? Maybe some corn and a bit of malt. The taste is pretty much the same. Mildly malty and sweet with some corn or rice. Has a crisp, light bodied, sort of acidic mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way that skunked lemon water might be? It gets the job done when you want to get a nice buzz, but is not good for much else. This is still better IMO than a lot of BMC macro lagers. I guess the reason that I rate this higher than most BMC macro lagers is because unlike those, this beer knows what it is, a cheap product to get you drunk. It does not care about quality and does not pretend to, unlike those BMC beers that will lie to you in their ads and tell you they taste great, etc. This beer and those who make it don't even try to lie to you about that kind of stuff by trying to market it as being any sort of a quality product, and I can respect it for that.


Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 04:56:12 | More by neenerzig
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very clear light gold with a 2 finger frothy, macro-bubbly snow white capping. Surprisingly the head was moderately lasting in length while the carbonation level was medium.

S: On the nose was some sweet corn mash and a very light herbal hopping.

T: sweet corn malting with some spicy hoppiness. There was some spicy fresh lemon hopping and a sweet buttery corn malt producing a rather clean finish and was for the most part non-offensive.

M: light, slick, with a slight carbonation presence detected along with a slight sourness upon warming on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was fair and actually not bad at one, at two became predictable, and at three showed its true macro colors and became a little bit of a struggle to enjoy its flavor. A 40oz bottle was sampled.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 19:57:43 | More by beerthulhu
Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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