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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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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 34.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 766 | Reviews: 250
Photo of dsa7783
1.11/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

While in college, this was the cheapest 40 oz. I could find... tastes like straight-up gasoline... Would not recommend this beer unless you were trying to get wasted for under $3.50.... Horrible gasoline-oil taste becomes nauseating after a while.... Although, if you can force down the first one, the rest go down a bit easier... Cheap, ghetto, strong malt liquor that should be avoided at all costs... Somehwat attractive when you're living off $50 a week... Unless you lack dignity and taste buds, ignore this "beer" that might as well have been brewed by Exxon...

Photo of Sleestak
2.93/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A "two four" of Colt 45 bought at the local liqour store for a dollar and change. Poured a bit into a small glass. Light yellow with minimal head that reduces to almost nothing, just some wispiness. Light corn and alcohol in the smell, mellow. Taste is on the mellow end as well. Sweet corn/malt and a touch of alcohol. Thankfully no harsh solvency. This really isn't that bad as far as malt liqours go though I couldn't imagine drinking this on a regular basis. Try to tame the Colt for yourself.

Photo of Halcyondays
1.99/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

24 oz. tall-boy can,

A: Pours a clear, yellow lager colour, with a fine, white head, which leaves some nice lacing, even if the head does seem a tad artificial and soapy.

S: Corn and booze, though pretty light.

T: Tastes a lot like your average corn, adjunct malt liquor, with a bit of malt, and a fair bit of fusel alcohol. Drinkable, but not really an appealing taste.

M: Light, but fairly boozy, solventy.

D: An OK malt liquor, but the taste got boring after a while, and monotonous. It was cool to taste the beer that Lando Calrissian pitched in the late '70s, and early '80s, but I don't think I'll be buying this again.

Photo of Amalak
1.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: If your gonna have a Billy D Williams Colt 45, out of a brown bagged 40. Actually, it was extremely bubbly, it was really impressive even though there was no head.

S: Smells kind of like dirty feet.

T: The smell kind of throws me off. It isn't horrible, but it aint good either. Very malty, very cheap taste...what else would you expect?

M: Makes me burp a lot. Actually, doesn't leave any kind of taste in my mouth. Even the carbonation goes away once it hits your mouth.

D: This will make me puke if I have too much. One 40 is good enough for me.

Not nearly good, but not undrinkable.

Photo of burnstar
2.86/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz can. Pours a clear very pale yellow with a huge rocky persistant head. Aroma is weak. Corn and grassy. Taste is slightly sweet with a hint of grassy hops. A bit watery mouthfeel but you wouldn't want this to be very heavy. Pretty drinkable. When you rate this for the style, this is a decent malt liqour.

Photo of onthefarside
3.08/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After drinking a 40oz of this, the review is hard to write, but I will give it a shot anyways. for $2.50, this is a hard bargain to beat. I expected this to taste like total ass, however it's not too shabby, better than bud in most respects, but not as good as the miller high life (which has a special place in my heart (i.e. cheap college heart)) It looks a boring straw yellow but a little darker, and smells like crap but the taste is surprisingly standable, some what sweet and chuggable if you really need to get drunk (which is probably the only reason you are having this). Drinkability is pretty high, there is alot of kick in this 40 and damn i feel it.Better stick this one in the freezer for a while before drinking, makes it 10x better. This is one of the best drinks to get drunk on, obviously it's main purpose.

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in the badass 40oz size. Pours a light yellow color with some decent foam and lacing. Aroma is strong, much like a typical malt liquor. Smooth and as someone mentioned, I would agree to it being PBR on steroids. Taste is very smooth and somewhat sweet. Malty/corny flavors. Not offensive at all. Goes down smooth. Cheap. It's got the hallmarks of a malt liquor. What more could anyone expect?

Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev +33.8%
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!

Photo of kguyty
3.08/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank the only way this malt should be drank... Straight out of the 40...

No, this is not the best beer I have ever had. No, it will not win any medals at any festivals... unless there is some sort of malt liquor festival... in which case, I'd like to be invited...

This is a good BBQ beer plain and simple. The smell is sweet, the taste is semi-sweet with a mild hops tinge. The beer is a light straw/golden color out of the bottle with a very thin head.

Honestly, this beer does what it was designed to do. It has easy drinkability with a decent taste. This combined with a decent alcohol level gives the drinker exaclty what they expected.

Photo of Phatz
3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It is exactly what malt liquor is supposed to look like. I don't particularly find it an attractive beer but it looks the same as the rest of the malt liquors. Clear pale golden yell with a few specs of lace spotted here and there.

Smell: Grain. There is a hint of lemon grass but mostly it is a reserved grain aroma.

Taste: This is much less cloying than some Malt Liquors so to that extent I am actually pleasantly surprised; though I also must admit it tastes like a $1.50 pint. Certainly grain and corn hit the tongue and remind me of many macros. Undoubtedly better than many in its style though and certainly cheaper too.

Mouthfeel: Even considering the style, there is simply no body here to hold up the carbonation. Maybe this fault aids in the drinkability to the average Joe, but this is the beers weakest point IMO.

Drinkability: There are certainly occasions for this but not when you are interested in contemplating your beers complexity. It is an approachable 6.10% ABV if you see what I am getting at.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of yourunclewalt
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45 is, ice cold, hands down the best forty you'll ever drink. This is sort of like saying that Jenny McCarthy is more appealing than Pamela Anderson, or that Arby's is better than McDonalds. While all true statements, at that point, it's really all a matter of style. To me, this is Lando's drink. Sorry Tupac; Ides is nice and all, but you'd never helped saved Han from Carbonite. Slightly less of a guilty pleasure, summer day, tailgating, letting it all hang out brew than High Life, but in the same ballpark. And there's not a damned thing wrong with that.

Photo of Clockwork420
2.93/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight out of the can baby, 4 pack of 16 oz cans was $2.50!!!!
The price was right and so was the time.

A- darker golden color, good carbs.

S- It smelled sweet and veggielike, cant say much else.

T-Taste was very sweet originally. Good taste, not hard to drink and goes easy. I actually finished it!

M-Medium and easily noticable.

D-This is a malt you could drink if you dont want people to think your crazy, when leaving the store friends of mine laughed and was like its gonna be a good night isnt it.

I always hear people saying how bad Colt is. I dont see it, Its a decent 6% ABV brew! I liked it.

The finishing taste of it is weird. But other than that the buzz was great.

Photo of superdudeo
2.28/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Thin head that fades after a minute; highly carbonated and looks better than most malt liquors poured into a pilsner glass. Smells like wet bud light in a paper bag. Doesn't taste too bad, actually tastes like some of the macro beers that cost a bit more. Mouthfeel isn't so good, tastes like a malt-liquor, though not as bad as Steel Reserve. Isn't so bad to drink. Probably one of the better malt-liquors.

Photo of Viggo
2.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle says 7.0%, in a 40 oz. Ghetto style.

Pours like malt liquor, clear amber/gold, small soapy white head, goes fast, some lace spots, not much, average. Smell is sweet and corny, some vegetables, bit of alcohol, not much going on. Taste is very sweet, some corny vegetal flavour, caramel, alcohol, pretty smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty average.

Photo of Beerman420
2.18/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This would be my favorite of the malt liquor variety. Not as skunky as other malts (i.e. Steel Reserve, OE, Hurricane) but just as potent.
A - Tan malty appearence. Head disaperaed quickly.
S - A little skunky. More mild than other malts.
T - Not as "pisslike" as OE, not as bland as Budweiser.
M - Watery, alcoholic feeling.
D - Much better than other malts. I could actually finish it without regreting it.

Photo of robmorris31
3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Works Every Time!!

A- Very Light transparent yellow. Kinda like something else yellow…..

S- Present. No mistaking the smell of Colt 45.

T- Ummmm, I kinda liked it. Malt liquor is sweeter than lagers and beer. Colt 45 is powerful and takes some getting used to. After a while of drinking malt liquor you start to crave it!

M- Full and present

D- Drinkability is good due to its sweetness. It does take some getting used to, as mentioned before.

I would recommend this beer to those who like Malt liquors and enjoy the bitter sweet intoxication.

Photo of stephendr
2.62/5  rDev +18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. can - color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of aluminum can , banana , sweet corn , and hay – taste of sweet corn hay , skunk , hopps , and metal - body light , and semi sweet – aftertaste of slight caramel , and light hopps

Photo of Adamthome1
1.7/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 40 oz bottle....gee, maybe I could get a 6 pack of this stuff sometime...the pour foamed up pretty well, smell was allright thought it might be good afterall. Had a pretty decent flavor at first, could taste a full flavored mouth of adjuncts. On the downside I found hardly any carbonation, hop flavor or finish to add....quite honestly the aftertaste tasted like sinus/sinus drainage. Probably the only bottle of beer I've never finished, I had to throw this stuff out or I think I would have gotten sick. I wouldn't recommend it, and it's supposed to be a pretty good malt..I will be staying away from this category for sure.

Photo of mnesporov
2.18/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 40 ounce bottle that look’s like a Beast.

Appearance: Has a golden yellow tone with a very small head and almost no lace.

Smell: Smells of corn and grains, with a sweet overture.

Taste is decently malty, with sweet taste to. Mild bitterness and a trace of alcohol.

Mouth-Feel: A decently smooth mouth-feel with a lot of carbonation.

Drink-Ability: its okay as long as your 40's really cold the moment it starts to warm up it taste really bad. Also a great beer if you just want to get trashed quickly and cheaply but certainly a poor mans beer.

Photo of hunteraw
2.6/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drove to Georgia yesterday with some friends to buy a bunch of these, since 40's aren't sold in Florida. Am I ashamed? No, it's a football weekend.

It seems absurd to review this in the normal format though: Appearance was piss yellow, no lacing, poor retention. Smells like corn. Tastes like bitter, alcoholic corn. That said, it goes down easily enough, especially when cold. Wouldn't want to attempt the feat when it's just cool. Mouthfeel a little slick, but carbonation is good. As far as malt liquor goes, it gets a lot worse than this one here. Taking style into account, it's not bad. Overall, yes it is.

Photo of MMansfield
1.58/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a tall bottle at the NSLC

Appearance: Pale yellow in colour, small head which was gone before I blinked.

Aroma: Ugh... I just had a dry heave. Smells like cheap malt liquor should smell like, which is not very good.

Taste: Terrible! Nothing worthy to note hear, it's just watered down cheap beer, with added alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but at this point, who cares?

Final Statement: Everyone should drink one of these at one point in their lives. I drank 2... and maybe I will again, who knows.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sipped from a champagne flute.

A - Medium (two finger) white head that leaves lots of lacing. There is no visible carbonation in this pale yellow brew.

S - A lot of rice, a bit of corn and very faint gasoline.

T - Just corn at first. The aftertaste is of corn bread, bad corn bread, gasoline and grain alcohol.

M - Thin, smooth and pretty refreshing.

D - It is alright. It is of course nothing to look forward to, but it does go down fairly easy. I imagine that the clear bottle would be vastly inferior to the can.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.34/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It's 100 degrees outside. I have a ice cold colt 45 and life isn't so bad. It is a typical cheap malt liquor, but it is refreshing on a hot day and packs a good buzz for the price. Pour one for your dead homies and keep a couple for yourself. Sure you could be drinking a good Pilsener, but sometimes it's ok to be ghetto.

Photo of keoki182
1.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This malt liquor is horrid. The stuff looks like a concentrated Budweiser with a healthy dose of horse or cow urine. It smells like fermented infection juice. The delicate flavor is that of gasoline and rotting corn. If you’ve ever wondered what a chemical cocktail would taste like 3 months past its born-on date, this stuff is it. Enjoy!

Photo of Hibernator
2.35/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45
40 oz clear bottle

* Summer 2006 Malt Liquor Review Series: Part II *

Shiny golden yellow color. Honestly, the appearance reminds me of urine. Thin white lace on top.

Strong whiffs of corn.

Syrupy sweet flavors with a major grain malt quality. Stale popcorn and rice flavors with a sugary syrup drizzle.

I guess the idea behind this beer and most malt liquors, is to drink it cold as possible and as fast as possible for ultimate enjoyment.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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