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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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254 Reviews

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 815
Avg: 2.37
pDev: 58.65%
Wants: 13
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-24-2001

Introduced in 1963 by the Baltimore, Maryland-based National Brewing Company, Colt 45 was named in honor of running back Jerry Hill, who was #45 on the 1963 Baltimore Colts football team. Through high-profile partnerships with actor Billy Dee Williams and comedian Redd Foxx — who both appeared in radio, print, and TV advertisements – Colt 45 established itself as the premier malt liquor beverage by the early 1970s.

It was also during this time that the iconic slogan, “Works Every Time,” became synonymous with the brand. The Williams relationship lasted for nearly four decades, until he passed the torch to music mogul, Snoop Dogg in 2010.

With Snoop at the helm, we’ve entered an exciting new Colt 45 era.
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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1/5  rDev -57.8%

Was broke and wanted a beer. Not my proudest moment buying this stuff but for a couple bucks for a 40 who cares. It was expired a few months and came with a free one. Smells like old Budweiser that's been left in a red solo cup all night. I took a swig and damn it was so bad I spit it on my windshield. Tasted like old gym socks and pig feed corn. I threw that bottle out the window of my car. Nasty terrible stuff. Afroman lied to us

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Photo of newaquarius
2.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well when im broke and want to get a buzz goin this will probably be leaving the store with me, certainly not my proudest moments but i don't care. Not really much for taste to write home about, there's of course a pretty obvious maltiness to it, besides that there's just like a stale bread taste which is just about as appealing as it sounds. I could be missing some flavors since i just chug it before it gets too warm or flat, but im sure im not missing much. When it comes to 40s though this is one of the better choices. Overall if you just want to get a buzz on the cheap, pick one of these up. Another added bonus is you can blast some wu-tang and pretend you're in a 90s rap music video...if that's what you're into...

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Photo of kerouac
3.13/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

While some people grab a Bud and call it a day, I personally prefer my beer to have a bit more kick. Perfect summer time outdoor/bbq beer.

It's not an impressive beer, but it is perfect for those days when your taste buds yearn for a taste of grain and a non-intrusive beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.64/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(32 oz, twist off cap - some poured into a stemmed fluted goblet, the rest swill-ed)

A: very pale canary yellow liquid with jade tinges on the edges, crystal clear... attractive, spongy-cottony white foam - actually a moderate degree of retention... ample ballooning of foam on each pour, some crusty globs of lace here and there

S: slightly black peppery spicy phenols, delicate apple-y undertone, a bit of wet dead grass... no bubblegum notes, which I find in some malt liquors... mellow overall

T: kind of a dirty overtone, as if the beer was brewed with unfiltered 'potable' water running from rusty antique pipes... fair, mildly doughy malt foundation - slight buttery biscuit note on the tail end... little bit of a champagne-like note in the aftertaste, mild hint of corn meal... not terribly sweet, fairly clean... basically tastes like an adjunct lager with an enhanced/underattenuated malt profile... light-mild hop bitterness combines with a delicate boozy spice to balance... bit of a brown paper bag essence late

M: medium-plus mouthfeel, rounded, a touch plump... alcohol lends a mild drying sensation in the finish... bit of a masa-doughy film left on the palate

O: not bad at all... a little less of a rich flavor than an Old E (very fond of that one), the flavor of grain kernels sticks out... alcohol seems a notch or two more exposed... I'll stick with my Old E, though I won't refuse this when offered it

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Photo of Retroman40
1.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Ice cold and straight from the 22 ounce bottle.

A little nostalgia here with a C45 "double deuce". This is malt liquor. It looks good in the bottle but you don't want to pour it in a glass because the aroma of corn and metal will hit you quickly. You want to drink it ice cold to keep the adjunct flavors to a minimum. If you let it warm at all the carbonation goes away and what is left is a thick tasting concoction that is barely fit to drink. I had forgotten how bad this stuff really was. If you want to try it I recommend a 12 ounce can so you don't have to look at it and can get it down before it gets too warm.

There are far better choices if you are a fan of malt liquor.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Colt 45 Malt Liquor brewed by the Pabst Brewing Company. This brew has an abv of 5.61. Colt 45 brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The smell of this brew is corn and beer, that is it. Nothing different from other malt liquors on the market. The taste is smooth clean and refreshing. There is no harsh after taste it is smooth. This brew goes down smooth. Nothing bad about this brew. Mouth feel is nice and smooth and refreshing. This malt liquor is one of the smoothest I had. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5. I will get this brew again.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live Review. 40 oz bought from the corner gas. Let's just get to tasting this thing before it warms up though.

A- No need for glassware, as it comes in a lovely clear bottle. A little darker in color than a typical light lager. Soap sud like bubbles that cling to the edge as I drink. The iconic 40!

S- Awful. As a friend put it, "rat piss." It just smells sour and kind of skunky I suppose. However, the smell is deceiving,

T- Inoffensive. That may be the best I can say, but it's really not the worst beer I've ever had, and it just tastes kind of nondescript. Plenty of malt of course and no touch of hops. A little bit of the nasty smell carries over, but it's pretty not bad.

M- Really fizzy. It kind of burns.

O- I might even buy this again if I'm that strapped. It's not a bad value, and certainly beats the hell out of a bmc light.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.76/5  rDev +58.6%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.97/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a quart bottle. Pours to an attractive thick white head and erratic but substantial lacing. Strange-looking clear tarnished gold color. aroma is sweet, alcoholic, but "vegetal" (asparagus?!) and grainy with no discernible hop character. Flavor is much of the same as aroma but very palatable and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and surprisingly "smooth" as in it does not have astringency or excessive carbonic bite. Overall, this is drinkable and mostly unoffensive. Believe it or not. Not really good at all, but not bad. there are much worse cheap adjunct brews out there. I guess I'm not a beer snob after all. I reviewed this beverage on its merits as a cheap drink and party brew and give it no more than a 3.0 for any flavor or aroma ratings. Really. For the style, it is one of the best, but I'm not giving 4's all around for any "malt liquor" no matter how "on style" it is. Malt liquors are for getting a buzz, not craft beer savoring anyway.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.08/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light gold hue with no haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of fizzy white foam which is dissipating more slowly than I would have anticipated. If you can believe it, this beer is leaving a nice chunky lace on the glass. I'm flabbergasted!

Smell: kind of a grainy, plasticy adjunct aroma with not much else going on. That said, it's not corny, so it's not as bad as it could be.

Taste: not good. Kind of sweet, grainy and plasticy. It's not rife with off-flavors, but it's definitely not a great tasting beer, even for the style.

Mouthfeel: watery with a great big fizziness to it. I would have expected more based on its nice head retention and lacing.

Overall: this beer is getting worse with warming even faster than I would imagine. I had so much hope for it when it was so pretty! Anyway, not the worst thing in the world, but you might even be better off going with a Mickey's.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

24oz can purchased for 99 cents at the gas station. Such a deal!

A: Pours a deep golden hue with a huge, pillowy, bright white head that took forever to collapse into a thick film. A sticky network of complex lace was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of adjunct grains, flaked corn, sweet malt and a hint of volatile alcohol. Smells better than I expected though.
T: Creamy adjunct grains, mashed barley, semisweet malts and corn in the finish. Creamy flaked grains. Not offense but not great.
M: Creamy full body, soft and thick mouthfeel. Soft splashy carbonation.
O: I've had worse. As far a malt liquor goes its not bad, but as far as beer goes its near the bottom of the barrel. Would probably drink this over certain macro lagers though.

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Photo of BJC1982
4/5  rDev +68.8%
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.


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Photo of BeerBateo
3.24/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head: 1 1/2 finger, ivory colored with low staying power. I'm left with a thin 8th of an inch border, no lace and sparce, irregular film on top.

Torso: Love the amberness/dizzyness (already) of this malt brew.

Toes: Tons o'bubbles from the deep, never letting up...right to the end of the monster eh & dub mug.

Eyes: To me, this is beer with potential. If only they could make a longer lasting head.

Ears: Cave static, iykwim.

Mouth/Tongue: This beer is compatible with both my mouth and tongue. Satistfied, no complaints here.

Nose: I like it. ...I like it alot. Its non offensive and inviting. You've got to take into consideration that I have acquired a taste for Faxe 10! Sorry to disappoint all you haters.

Blanket: I will buy it again, probably for an afternoon of housework teamed up with some AC~DC to get me in the mood.

AKA: Because this beer is not perfect but is trying so hard, I rename it "Grade 9".

P.S.: If i could buy "head in a can", i would, ..and I'd just spray a little on the top as needed, as that is the only thing missing here!

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
2.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Golden in color, very similar to apple juice. Nice little lacing running down the bottle.

S- There is something I really like about the smell. Very hoppy, ricey, and hempy. This is my favorite feature from this brew. Smells highly of alcohol.

T- Probably one of my favorite malt liquors, but hey, still a 2.5. After all, I don't drink Colt 45 for the taste, I drink it for the high buzz factor and the low price.

M- Average. Moderately carbonated and kinda leaves you with an aftertaste of assmouth. Yum!

O- Clearly, you can tell it's not the greatest brew, but hopefully you'll be able to tell why I enjoy it. Pure nostalgia!

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

710 mL can from The Beer Store; listed at a sturdy 8%. This is the Canadian version, presumably brewed and/or distributed by Sleeman like all of the other Pabst brands available in this country. I've never had this before, but watch in amazement as I continue to scrape barrel bottoms lower than any of those previously imagined, due to my insatiably unhealthy obsession with fulfilling my desire to find new beers to review.

Pours a pale golden colour, topped with over two fingers of foamy, soapy white head. Retention is surprisingly long-lasted as it takes more than a few minutes to gradually recede to a half-inch cap, leaving behind a scant smattering of lace in the process. Looks great for what it is. Unfortunately, the aroma is about what I'd expect - corn syrup, bubble gum, booze and pale malts, and not nearly enough of the latter to make up for the abundance of the first three.

This tastes bad, if not flat-out terrible. There's plenty of corn cob and malty, syrupy sweetness, with absolutely nothing else to balance it out. The finish is sweet with a hint of ethanol. Thin-bodied and very wet-tasting, with pretty low carbonation that gives it a smooth, flat mouthfeel. There's only one way to drink Colt 45 - quickly. The faster you numb your sense of taste, the faster you can keep drinking without having to taste this stuff.

Final Grade: 2.06, an ugly D-. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I guess sometimes reputations are just well-earned. Colt 45 tastes like ass, which may be why I've never seen anyone I know drink it, ever. Like any beverage with 8% alcohol in it, it'll get'cha drunk if that's your primary objective, but you'll want to drink it ice cold and rapidly, and probably out of a paper bag if you have any pride. I'm proud of my fellow countrymen; the fact that I've never seen anyone else stoop so low as to actually purchase this warms the cockles of my heart ever so slightly. Now excuse me while I finish this can, and then cry in the shower.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.05/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Colt 45 and two zig zags, baby that's all we need...

So I bought this evil beer from a dirty convenience store in Oxford, OH, when a little bit tipsy. My friend and I decided to drink our Colt 45s while walking down the street. Not the best idea, given open container laws, and whatnot. I also think there are laws against transporting chemical weapons.

It's colored sort of a dirty brown, like fetid marsh water. I can't believe I'm gonna put this in my mouth!

Smells sorta sweet, a bit metallic.

Tastes like creamed corn and old grass clippings. As it warms, it tastes like creamed corn and old grass clippings that's passed through the devil's small intestine. It's utterly disgusting in every way. Just skunky, corny, alcoholic, and gross.

Light bodied, I suppose, a little fuller than most malt liquors.

This beer is just rancid. I couldn't even finish it, threw it in a dumpster. The sound of breaking glass was the most enjoyable thing about this one.

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Photo of Dodt
2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

what was going to be a gag gift for a relative that likes to make fun of the craft beers i enjoy. he missed the party i decided to give the colt a try. poured from the 22 oz bottle(funny couldn't find a 40 of this brand in my area). pale straw in color, smells of grain and nothing else. bit of a off after taste. not a bad beer for what it is i would like to try more of this style and come back to this beer for a better understanding.

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Photo of jwc215
2.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from yesterday's notes -

40 oz. bottle - Best by March 11 13 -

Pours golden with a small head that has decent retention, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of - well, not much - some grain with some alcohol.

The taste is mild - not much too it. Some cereal/grain, a touch of sweet corn and a touch of alcohol. Finishes clean and abruptly. It's smooth. For the style, I think it is very smooth. Some fizz but not harsh.

Not bad for what it is. It's smooth, cheap beer with a bit more alcohol. Fits the style well enough.

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Photo of atr2605
2.3/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.46/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.27/5  rDev +38%
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

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Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of MikeNMER
4.36/5  rDev +84%
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.

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Photo of J23hc
2.86/5  rDev +20.7%
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

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
58 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.