1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Colt 45 Double Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Colt 45 Double Malt LiquorColt 45 Double Malt Liquor

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

55 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 34.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev +24.6%

Sample from a glass 40oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Medium to dark straw. Thick white foamy head billowed from the bottom of the glass and stuck around.

S: Grain, but to include some of the less-respected ones as well... hops around somewhere in the back, maybe?

T: Bread. The clear winner for aftertaste is bread.

M: Medium body with low carbonation - must be a mistake there - a bad pour or sample possible.

O: I have long considered the standard Colt 45 to be one of the best commercially available malt liquors out there, but this variation is interesting - less sweet and carbonated than its brother, but as I think the name is trying to suggest, possesses some actual malted barley flavor. Carbonation was disappointing in my poured sample, but afterwards I took a drink directly from the bottle and that luscious high carbonation was there. A good option for the style.

01-25-2013 23:37:09 | More by fastrodney
Photo of spycow


2.25/5  rDev -16%

01-17-2013 06:32:16 | More by spycow
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.06/5  rDev +14.2%

I had to pour about 10 oz from the 40 into a pint glass to at least give the brew its fair shot. After that first 10 oz however it was all straight from the big, clear, glass bottle- just as it should be.

Appearance – The beer pours the same color as seen through the clear bottle- a medium golden amber color. Upon pouring there is a nice big white head. The head has a nice level of retention fading over ~ 3 min to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell –The aroma was most potent of a bready and corn smell. Mixed with these are some aromas of musty paper and a light metallic smell.

Taste – The taste, when cold, is quite clean actually. It begins very watery with a decent corn sweetness and light bready flavor. A light caramel flavor comes to the tongue in the middle of the taste and is accompanied by a light paper taste. Besides the sweeter corn and mild bready flavors all the other flavors are quite light throughout the taste and in the end leave moderately crisp taste on the tongue. Now when it warms up more however it is not as crisp. Some more papery and metal tastes come to the tongue in the middle and the end of the taste with a somewhat chalky and dry taste to be left on the tongue when everything is said and done.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite light in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to above average. The higher carbonation and thinner body are quite appropriate for the style making it a quick drinker.

Overall – Well… it looked fairly decent and when it is cold, it drinks rather easy and crisp. Once it warms up some however it is not quite as easy drinking. Even so when warmer it is still a step above other malts as it doesn't leave a real offensive taste on the tongue.

01-09-2013 01:23:33 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Mjohnescu


2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-03-2013 05:19:38 | More by Mjohnescu
Photo of worldecay

3/5  rDev +11.9%

11-26-2012 05:21:57 | More by worldecay
Photo of jeddis1

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -16%

08-17-2012 01:16:04 | More by jeddis1
Photo of plumcrazyfx


2/5  rDev -25.4%

07-19-2012 14:04:19 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of dubmax


5/5  rDev +86.6%

05-28-2012 23:32:13 | More by dubmax
Photo of pebbs


1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

05-21-2012 21:23:43 | More by pebbs
Photo of BigTrubble

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-06-2012 17:20:29 | More by BigTrubble
Photo of hinemk76


3/5  rDev +11.9%

05-01-2012 18:49:30 | More by hinemk76
Photo of JeffTheJuice


3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

04-29-2012 22:59:30 | More by JeffTheJuice
Photo of rydev24


2/5  rDev -25.4%

03-02-2012 01:56:29 | More by rydev24
Photo of MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.4/5  rDev +26.9%

Straight from the clear glass 40.

Nice golden color. Not a strange yellow.

Not much going on really. Slight booze and bread.

Malty but not sick ice beer sweet. Some bitterness in the finish.

Seltzer like. Sharp and snappy with a hint of syrup.

Not bad. Will drink again.

02-25-2012 02:03:52 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of mjh5397


1.5/5  rDev -44%

02-03-2012 01:30:48 | More by mjh5397
Photo of Yummmmiller


3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

02-03-2012 01:01:27 | More by Yummmmiller
Photo of Schade


1.5/5  rDev -44%

01-13-2012 21:56:02 | More by Schade
Photo of 7beerphil


5/5  rDev +86.6%

let me start by saying this just might be my favorite 40oz. I mean it doesn't get much smoother than this for a 5.6% brew

I've never poured this out of the bottle, only consumed it straight from the 40. It has a nice Malt Liquor yellow/piss color through the clear 40 bottle. Exactly what you'd expect from this genre.

This baby smells of corn and adjuncts, just like a cheap ML should!

Taste is way above par for a ML. Gets a little thick as it warms up, but hey, who can't finish a 40 in 10 to 15 mins???

Overall, including the slight buzz it gives, I present Double Malt with a 9.5/10 for being amazing and providing a bench-mark for cheap MLs. It will get you feeling good!!

12-16-2011 02:09:08 | More by 7beerphil
Photo of gio540


4/5  rDev +49.3%

12-03-2011 06:02:23 | More by gio540
Photo of chcfan


4/5  rDev +49.3%

11-16-2011 23:37:29 | More by chcfan
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.63/5  rDev +35.4%

Actually, the correct name for this product is Colt 45 Double Malt Malt Liquor. Funny, huh? I bought a 24 oz. can of this in St. Louis, Missouri- it is not sold in Louisiana, unfortunately. It has a thick, white head and a clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is surprisingly high. Aroma is of lightly roasted grains. The taste is moderate to strong and very rich (and maybe too sweet for many). Mouth-feel is heavy, and Colt 45 Double Malt finishes harsh and filling. This is not wimp beer, but is it good? I'd have liked to have had more of these, but my one try was enjoyable.


07-04-2010 23:06:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of erz316


2.73/5  rDev +1.9%

colt 45 was not as bad as I thought it would be. the brew poured a decent colour for a lager, and the smell was neutral enough when it was cold. the taste was comparable to a shitty craft brew or a regular lame pils. really not bad compared to shit like icehouse or olde english.

01-23-2010 04:06:59 | More by erz316
Photo of tone77


3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty. Taste is crisp, malty but not as much as it smelled. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down fairly easily. Overall as far as malt liqours go, this one ain't bad

11-23-2009 23:19:12 | More by tone77
Photo of mecell2000


2.55/5  rDev -4.9%

Serving type: 40 oz bottle

Colt 45 was one of the drinks we'd buy at corner stores as underagers, so I had to try this spin on the original. It also came with an attractive $2.75 price tag, which reall sealed the deal.

It's very similar to the original Colt 45, but the 'double malt' does make it taste much maltier. It's color is darker than straw yellow and has a 'bleached-white' head. The alcohol creeps up on you but won't give you the spins. Not a bad beer if you're completely broke and are looking to get hammered.

07-01-2008 21:21:09 | More by mecell2000
Photo of MarkBlackout


4/5  rDev +49.3%

Keep in mind I'm reviewing this as per the style. This is a damned good malt! I've had a 40 or two of it in the past, and always enjoyed it. Having seen this replace Crazy Stallion at my local bodega, I was excited to give it another solid try. I picked up three 16oz. cans and I am glad I did. Crisp, clean taste, just the sort of shit you're looking for when buying malt tall-boys after a day's labor. I'm not sure the 'double malt' gimmick means anything at all, but this stuff is definitely cleaner-tasting than regular Colt 45. If you see it, buy it.

06-05-2006 03:30:54 | More by MarkBlackout
Colt 45 Double Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.