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Colt 45 Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 824
Avg: 2.37
pDev: 32.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh boy...

Appearance-wow!! nice golden yellow color with a minimum foamy head, it dissapears after a few, but still, more than I thought I'd get.

Smell-aside from (obviously) getting a lot of alcohol stench from this brew, there is a slight bit of maltiness.

Taste-bitter dry finish, while in the mouth it releases some hop nuances but mostly just alcohol.

Mouthfeel-not very smooth but more than I would think from a malt liquor, drink quick.

Drinkability-two fifty for a 40 at my liquor store. If you can deal with this you can drink till you pass out, if that's your game (college kids)

Overall-after tasting this there is no point to buy Bud Ice or Natty Ice, Colt 45 is much smoother and more drinkable. Granted it isn't a top notch beer by any means, but in the drink quick and cheap to get drunk category I don't think you could do much better.

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Photo of maccroz
4.43/5  rDev +86.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm-mmm good. This beer has magical properties when consumed properly from a 40oz container. There should be another column in the ratings for "value" this would get a 6.0. $1.99 for 40 ounces of malt liquor bliss. A malt liquor for the true connoisseurs.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.63/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Come on now. Straight from the 16oz can

Smell: Plenty 'o wet cardboard. Hint of overripe bananas.

Taste: strangely this swill brings to mind the banana esters of a hefe. Interesting. This still tastes like a malt liquor, but one of the better variety.

As a malt liquor enthusiast, I recommend this one.

post-script: Im reviewing within the style here...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.08/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - pale yellow pour from the 24-ounce can. A white foamy head forms up in the pils glass and doesn't fizzle down immediately, but it's gone soon enough. Some thin ropy lacing helps pull this one out of the gutter a bit.

Aroma - slightly sweet, very corny, one of the few beers that I'd rather not smell, and that doesn't happen often.

Taste - a thin malt base, but a malt base nonetheless. No hops to be found, overall just a plain beery taste, but it ain't bad.

Mouthfeel - light body, thin, not much aside from a few bubbles.

Drinkability - a good answer for beer on a budget, but it's boring for anything outside of a frat party, camping trip, or malt liquor swill-a-thon.

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Photo of mynie
1.36/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

You think that Henie is skunky? Think again. This stuff tastes like ass as soon as it comes from the brewery, and it doesn't get any better with age.

Foul. Foul. Foul.

Even when it comes to malt liquor in 40s, this stuff is just stupid to buy. If you absolutely NEED 40 ozs of high alcohol malt liquor, get Olde English or Mickeys. This stuff is almost undrinkable.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obviously Colt 45 isn't anywhere near the best beer around, plus it doesn't have that nice of an appearance or smell either, but it tastes pretty damn good for $1.59 a bottle and it goes down easy. This is my first bottle of "ghetto juice" in at least four years, so its hard for me to compare to the average convenience store malt liquor. So in summary, Colt 45 isn't great by any stretch, but is pretty decent for the price and has nice drinkability.


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Photo of CBFanWish
2.38/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sometime in every mans life we must do something that is against our better judgment. Something that is so far from our regular routine, that it makes one stop and wonder. That is what I found myself doing today...
Colt 45 is a classic Malt liquor. Delivered to you in pride from a 40 ounce bottle, it gives one the impression that flavor isn't what Pabst had in mind when they devised this concoction. They intended simply to F you up. If that wasn't their reason, why did they get Billy Dee to sell their beer.
Colt pours from the 40 la fine, bright clear yellow. The head is foamy, but I don't know how much I trust it. It has the consistancy of the bubbles from dish soap. To be brutally honest with you, it looks like urine.
The smell was skunky. I don't know if it was left in the light too long at the store or what, it was skunky.
The taste was the finer point of the whole experience. It actually tasted malty. Go figure. There is a concept for you. Did you read that, OE 800? It was malty. Yes there were hints of corn and a graininess, but so help me Jesus, there was malt.
I wasn't all to impressed with the mouthfeel. It was watery and left a grainy feel in my mouth.
I'm not drinking this again. I don't care how poor I am, There is no way I'm drinking this swill. Fo Shizzle.

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Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow that is almost gold.

Smells faintly of grain and malt, faint lemony trace. Not bad since I was expecting much less.

Taste is decently malty! A bit sweet but not too much with some grain in the taste. Mild bitterness, and a trace of alcohol. I do believe this tastes better than a Budweiser, mostly because it has a real taste.

Mouthfeel is average.

More drinkable than you would think, it beats a Budweiser.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.35/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this. It's better than every macro lager i've had - this is thicker, dirtier, and better. Kind of a rich, malty,semi-sweet cheerio taste with some power and a little bit of kick. The price is right- at under $2 for a 40. Smells like alchohol, but nothing too rank. I didn't pour, but it left a soapy film that slid down the sides of the bottle. Looks golden and dirty. Feels perfect on the tongue. Body and carbonation are just right. I will definitely buy this again- one of my favorite american lagers.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This has to be one of the cheapest malt liqours available on the market today. Here in Virginia it only costs $1.49 for a bottle. That is a helluva great price to get trashed on. I drank three of these the other night, and i felt pretty good. The mouthfeel is pretty good for such a cheap malt liquor, very surprising. Definitely worth the money.

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Photo of ZAP
2.54/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have yet to rate any Malt Liqours and figured I better get started...Haven't had any Malt Liqour in about 15 years and am someone surpised with this one....the taste is not bad at all....it does not feature that overbearing sweetness I expected....It is on the sweeter side...corny sweet....creamy texture....body is about medium....pours light gold in color with an impressive 1/4 inch head...Nose is alcohol and adjuncts....not a highlight...

Overall this is not bad, and is definitely drinkable....Better than some of the cheaper macros...I don't plan on buying it again, but I wouldn't rule it out...

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Photo of Kwak
2.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had to get me a 40 after a bad day at work. It was just how I remembered it ice cold out of the bottle nothings better. It has a nice beer like color to it, with a thick fluffy head. The smell was of dirty socks. The taste was like kind of "bud" with a terrible aftertaste not a bad malt liquor!!

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Photo of ChrisBowers
1.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like napalm in the morning.... This is a truely offensive brew to the nasal passages, but if you're just looking for something to get a quick buzz off of or a gag, this is for you. Tried this in the traditional 40oz incarnation and I have to say I've had much worse. Deep gold hue with a grassy/corn taste to it. High in alcohol content so as Billy Dee Williams says "It works every time". If that's what you're going for. If you're on a budget, skip the Natural Light and all that crap and grab some of this... it actually has some taste and looks like real beer.

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Photo of putnam
3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What the?...this is actually drinkable!
Served from a can bearing the "every time" part of the "works every time" slogan...recalling TV commercial memories of Dee Williams seducing multiple young women with the help of this brand. Perhaps not coincidentally on the other side of the package there is a photograph of three young, presumably Jamaican women. The consumer is invited to call a 1-800 number and enter to win a trip for two to Negril. "Join us!" they beckon.
I like what this beer says about me.
The aromas are, as another reviewer noted, precisely that of boiling ears of corn. My fear was that the flavors would be brutally sweet and shapeless. In fact, it's dry, with bready, roasty grain flavors. The carbonation is intrusive and the finish is a washout, but...you know, if you want to catch a painless buzz...
Works every time.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I seem to be getting alot of cheap beer lately. Fortunately, I haven't payed for any of them. When I first poured this out of the can, I learned an important lesson. Don't pour this outta the can. Drink straight from the can. Grainy colour, carbonated, no head. Smelled of alcohol, malt and corn. Tasted the same way, with a terrible aftertaste. Drinking from the can was a slight improvement, in that I didn't smell the beer as strongly. God awful brew for those only interested in a cheap buzz, something not even I got from this.

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Photo of TheDM
1.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a small head of white medium sized bubbles that quickly disappeared leaving a carbonated weak light yellow body. It has that typical low quality rice beer aroma and a fizzy flavor. There is no real character to this gassy beverage. Burp!

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Photo of hotstuff
1/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

24 oz. can. Oh yuck! Another American mass-produced beer. This beer poured a small white head with small-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished. There was no lacing observed with this beer on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed rising to the top. It had a fruity nose.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro with an attitude. Looks like macro, tastes like macro on steroids, and priced like macro. Everything but appearance is a bit below average. This has been around a long time and hasn't improved. This is really a good marketing effort of a fairly poor beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.38/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a bad malt. Its got a decent flavor, but is better when it's icy cold. Had a strong smell of alcohol and malt, and was a bit on the bitter side. If i am going to drink a malt, it's gonna be this. I'd say to those who are not versed in malts to try this one first, as i think this one is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Brewzzle
3.15/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first malt liquor so I might be a bit off the mark with my comments.

It is actually far better than I thought it would be. There is no head, no colour, no aroma, no hops but there is a smooth malt taste with a nice warming alcohol finish. I think the smoothness and the lack of the generic macro metallic bite makes this stuff quite drinkeable. It has quite a good body and the carbonation is quite soft(nice!). It is very easy to drink if you are not in the mood for thinking about what you are drinking.

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Photo of bditty187
2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light, pale golden hue, white head, smallish with minimal retention. Unpleasant nose… sulfur, sweet, and hints of grain. First few sips are shocking to the palate… rebounds grainy & gritty, malty, sweet, underlying notes of spiciness. Not very flavorful, but not bad, alcohol is somewhat noticeable, drinkable for a Malt Liquor Beer. It is cheap (22 oz. bottle for $1.40) but that still won’t motivate me to purchase this again.

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Photo of Jarod
2.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was given a 40, or a FO-D at my house, over the weekend by a buddy for old times. And I am not one to turn down a pretty decent beer. I have never had a bad Colt. Plus it brings back memories. So I could rate it, I poured a little into a glass (usually straight from the bottle, of course) and it poured into the glass a golden straw yellow. Well carbonated. There was a decent head to my surprise (I usually just pour some on the sidewalk and to get foam) white in color that lasted a small while and there was also lace there. The aroma was simple…sweet malt, cereal and alcohol. The carbonation bubbles filled the mouth and the flavors were of corn grain/cereal, malt – slight sweet in the beginning then mellowed out in the end. Alcohol was present from beginning to the end. Not overpowering, but there. To be honest I like Colt 45 on occasion sometimes starts the party off right.

Plus how can one go wrong when Billy D. Williams is the spokes man !

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half of the appeal of a malt liquor is its image. You can probably guess the other half. Colt 45 is probably the first name you might think of in malt liquors, and nothing says ghetto than having one of these in the essential paper bag. As something that you would drink for taste, Colt 45 isn't the worst brew in the world, but how many people actually drink it for taste?

Colt 45 pours a light golden color that seems very clear. I was surprised that a decent, off-white colored head formed and lasted for about 2 minutes, leaving a little lace on the sides as well. The smell? This one smelt of skunk (this is a clear bottle we're talkin here) and alcohol, along with maybe some jet fuel(?) and some corn. Reminds me of gasoline, where it doesn't smell too good, but you can't help from smelling it. The mouthfeel is somewhat on the smooth side, with some fizziness. The taste has a somewhat grainy sweetness that isn't overpowering, and the same thing can be said for the ever-present alcohol taste. A little bit of a corny twang might be present too. No real hop flavor, but there is some dryness in the finish. Something in the flavor reminds of something synthetic/plastic, but I can't quite distinguish it. Aftertaste has some more corn twang, alcohol, and a little DMS with some dryness. It finishes with some alcoholic warmth that doesn't burn too bad.

Colt 45 is a quaffable beverage, and probably considered a tame malt liquor. Easy to drink, and there's worse out there. No Colt 45 review is complete without giving props to Billy Dee, so: "it works every time."

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Photo of BeerBob
2.73/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Colt 45 Malt Liquor pours a light yellow from its clear 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head goes to two fingers with a hard pour but after sitting for a minute or so all that is left is a thin layer of foam that will lace when taken down with a drink from the glass.

Nose is a damp malt with other sour mash grains in the mix and some light whiffs of alcohol. Palate is a middle of the road American malt liquor, corn sweet but not cloy or sticky and the ever present alcohol.

Conservatively priced at under $4.00 for a six pack, Colt 45 Malt Liquor will be there for you if the need should ever arise, ready willing and able to satisfy the most basic of needs for a beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.98/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with lots of fat bubbles and a small white head, quite good lace for the style. The most notable characteristic of the aroma is a strong alcohol presence, though there is a decent malt aroma which is a bit overpowered by the alcohol fumes. Taste begins with aggressive, spritzy carbonation and alcohol flavors. Beneath the alcohol flavor there is a decent cracker malt presence and some hops and grain as well. Finish is dominated by sweet alcohol flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouth feel is pretty good for this style. This beer is a standout in a category that does not get much respect from beer connoisseurs. It also offers very good value for its modest price. I'll certainly buy this one again.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
58 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.