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Colt 45 High Gravity Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

Colt 45 High Gravity LagerColt 45 High Gravity Lager

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.09%

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 09-26-2009)
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Reviews by ForWhatAlesYou:
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1.63/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24oz can poured into an old jar (I thought it was the most appropriate glassware for this style. A paper bag could have worked nicely.)

A: Champagne-like creamy clear yellow. Heavy carbonation bubbles. Soapy white head falls most of the way but hangs around. Lace coats the entire glass.

S: Like a bowl of rice krispies swimming in cheap vodka.

T: Actually, there is some intrigue here. This is very unexpected. If it were a little sweeter, I might be convinced I'm drinking a hard cider. As it is, the flavor is harsh, boozy, anf lacking dimension. Rice, Red Bull, apple peel...

M: Alcohol warms and cuts through all texture. Heavy carbonation. Overly dry.

D: Really?

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 15:55:57 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-24-2014 14:21:43 | More by Exeter
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-07-2014 03:44:31 | More by threedaggers
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

02-09-2014 18:27:10 | More by AmitC
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4.48/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

First of all I would like to say that I am not a fan of the regular colt 45 because doesn't seem to do the trick for me.

I tried this beer and expected it to be comparable with most high gravity beers.

I cracked open a can of this and drank it and man oh man I was amazed!!! This stuff tasted better than a lot of regular beers and tasted absolutely the best of any HG beer I have ever tasted.

This is my drink from now on. I will drink this because it is the best beer hands down. I wish it came in a glass bottle but for the price and at 8.5% the taste is amazing, everything about this is the best.

I drink a lot and have drunk everything and this stuff is absolutely the best. (PERIOD)

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 22:53:35 | More by iman99
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2013 01:52:53 | More by Jameswoody
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

11-12-2013 23:46:40 | More by strangebrew1981
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

10-02-2013 21:35:21 | More by tdm168
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-24-2013 02:50:30 | More by kguyty
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

09-03-2013 01:37:12 | More by jeffduyedi
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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

08-17-2013 19:54:17 | More by MinorThreat
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

03-11-2013 01:42:38 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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New York

1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

01-29-2013 20:16:41 | More by DmanGTR
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

01-17-2013 06:32:29 | More by spycow
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

12-05-2012 04:00:23 | More by t0rin0
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2/5  rDev -26.2%

08-25-2012 20:44:09 | More by Antonius08
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2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another "top ten" AML, currently sitting at #9 on the style list. Found this at a neighborhood bodega, surprisingly it's not all that easy to find around town. The black can is dated JUN1112" on the bottom, a possible production or best by date (assuming best by, considering the source).

Crack & glug, as ol' Woody says... pale urine gold with slow trails of carbonation rising upward. Copious amounts of foam, a good 3-4" on top, though it quickly fizzles out to a feeble broken skim on the surface. Second pour was 1" with a creamy surface texture. Some spotty lace clings inside the glass.

Smells ok, not bad not good. Believe me i've whiffed worse. Pretty tame, grainy and dry, no trace of the alcohol yet.

Tastes pretty nondescript, like white wine and cereal grains. The alcohol is present as it warms, and not all that pleasant. Slightly fusely but not too astringent really. The first sips deaden the tongue a bit, and the low carbonation gives it a certain slickness. Pretty drinkable considering the style, actually drinking it as opposed to dumping it.

Is it bad? Not really. Wouldn't seek it out, and I think there are better tasting budget options out there like Hurricane and Natty Daddy.

Serving type: can

08-06-2012 22:13:26 | More by emerge077
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -26.2%

05-13-2012 02:39:59 | More by fastrodney
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1.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer is light gold in its appearance, with a soapy head that doesn't stick around.

The aroma is mainly straight-forward alcohol, balanced with sweetness, corn & generalized graininess.

The taste is a big punch of alcohol, and alcoholic bitterness, with no hops and very little grain/malt presence. Then the aftertaste leaves a slight trace of barley malt. To be quite frank, it has sort of a wine aspect to it.

It's clean, crisp, super dry, and very carbonated.

Overall, it's just too alcoholic for my preference for beer. I don't mind the alcohol taste at all, but it's almost just that, and no beer aspects whatsoever. There is no skunkiness or fowl aromas or tastes to it, but it's just too unbalanced for me.

Serving type: can

09-28-2011 00:48:50 | More by JoLight
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2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my Wolverine pint glass. Awesome. Pours a clear golden straw color with a cap of white head that fizzles away almost as soon as it forms.

This has your run of the mill sweet corn smell. Just as I expected, nothing more to it just sweet corn. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Sweet corn with a little bit of rubber thrown in to the mix. The alcohol isn't shy here either, it makes a strong burning presence.

The feel is light and the carbonation is a little low. Overall this serves a purpose, but not really much of one for me.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 04:42:44 | More by Bendurgin
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3.53/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells de-lish. I smell a strong corn scent and some cheap malt. It almost smells like an Olde English, but not as strong. I can't wait to take a taste of this stuff.
The appearance is bright gold that is completely transparent. It's got a little bit of that glow that many high gravity lagers seem to have. I'm not sure what causes it, but I'm hoping radioactivity plays only a small role. The head is thick and frothy, leaving an impressively appealing lacing.
The taste is primarily of fusel alcohol. Despite this, it is surprisingly smooth. Almost dishearteningly so. I like a good dose of corn flavour in my malt liquor, and there's not a lot of that here. It's a bit sweet, but less so than many other malt liquors I've indulged in. So, it's a refreshing departure from the sweetness associated with the style, but I do kind of miss it. :'(
There's a bit of a banana flavour in there, but only slightly detectable. Not especially noticeable.
It really seems like a lot of what was in this lager was converted to alcohol. Not much cheap malt flavour. No cloying corniness. It's sad, but...interesting. I'm not sure what to rate this. I'm really in a fix. I'm going to have to rate it fairly high, i think, because it is superior to many other beers labeled "high gravity lager." It doesn't taste quite as much like a chemical factory despite it's very light overall character. I really wish it HAD more character, though. Not just lightly fusel-flavoured carbonated water.
It's certainly above average. That is my final word on the matter.
Not to mention one can got me totally drunk. Good stuff in that regard.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 10:09:34 | More by ElCommodoro
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3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden beer with a thick, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells very sweet and of fermented fruit. Tangy fermented fruit flavor as well, with some burnt grain aftertaste. Pretty drinkable for a malt liquor, especially a higher ABV variety. No musty, offensive flavors present.

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 19:28:48 | More by keeganfrank
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3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heading back home from Columbia needed to get gas, and spot this 24oz in the store. I like regular Colt (seriously. For the category I'd only rank it behind Steel Reserve), figured why not?

Pours clear yellow, humongous white thicker-than-expected (resembles biscuit dough) head. Bubbling below the head vanishes. Sharp apple-ish smell, plus a whiff of the usual corn -- it is a malt liquor, after all. Hint of booze on the scent but not as much as I expected. Taste continues the theme, with a bit of melon in there somehow.

Honestly, this reminds of a low-budget barleywine minus the hop strength. It goes down thicker than usual for a malt liquor, as if some wheat was involved. Only point I'd specifically ding for mouthfeel is being too far on the flat side.

For the most part, the best you can say about a malt liquor is if it's close to a traditional beer taste and feel -- "this doesn't taste like a malt liquor" is a high mark, in other words. Well...this comes oddly close to not tasting like a malt liquor. High gravity Colt is within inches of bumping SR off its throne.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 01:16:19 | More by longbongsilver
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2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- No head, no lacing, yellow corn body with a lot of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S- Some malt, and a lot of alcohol smell no hops.

T- A lot of alcohol tastes and some malt. The alcohol overrides all the tastes.

M- Very watery.

D- The alcohol taste killed it for me.

O- Better then expected, did not expect much for only paying $1.50 for a 24oz can.

Serving type: can

12-09-2010 03:50:54 | More by harpus
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3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crack and a pour results in a rocky, off-white head of good duration -- better than adequate lacing is also present.

Golden-amber in color, reminds me of a Maerzen. Combined with the head and lace, the appearance is the most impressive aspect of of this brew.

Nose is, eh, pretty average: sweet, funky cat-piss and fusel alcohol, but nothing too out there -- no "off aroma", here.

Sweet, almost too-sweet, but a touch of bitterness creeps in here toward the end of the palate. Malty (duh), and with fewer off-notes than I was expecting -- actually pretty clean drinking altogether.

Both mouthfeel and drinkability are better than average for the style, hmm, something funny going on here . . .

Overall impression: this is a solid, good-drinking malt liquor at 8.5%, and *way* better than I was expecting. For $1.99 a can I have a new go-to boozer! Has the mighty 211 met its match?

Serving type: can

11-30-2010 22:58:42 | More by Chaz
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Colt 45 High Gravity Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.