Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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58
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875 Ratings
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Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.61%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
875
Reviews:
272
Avg:
2.38
pDev:
31.93%
 
 
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1.86/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright gold with a steady, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing. Smells of grainy notes. Tastes like watered down rice water and barley/wheat. Mouthfeel of a melted milkshake... which isn't really a good thing. The beer is somewhat sweet but really has little in the way of flavor. Much better beers on the market - even for the price.

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1.73/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

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2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of cambabeer
1.14/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of heerboth
2.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of IBUBrew
2.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of fthegiants
1.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
1.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

When I hear the words "Malt Liquor" - this is immediately what I think of.

Look: Drank straight from the 40. A disgusting, dark yellow, dehydrated piss color with a thin half finger head of white foam.

Aroma: Green apples and corn flakes.

Taste: Not bad, but it has almost no flavor. Tastes like slightly sweetened water. I'm getting sweet cooked corn upfront with an aftertaste of green apples.

Feel: Highly carbonated. Body is very light. Crisp to a degree.

Overall: I paid $3.50 for this. Too be honest for that price it's pretty mediocre, considering it's only 5.6% ABV - there are much stronger malt liquors out there if you're on a budget and just looking to get trashed.

The only redeeming qualities about Colt 45 is that for malt liquor, it's pretty neutral tasting and inoffensive - theres no skunkyness or disgusting slimy syrupy malt extract taste to be found here unlike a lot of other malt liquors. I'd even go so far to say that it's thirst quenching, and it would probably pair nicely in the summertime with BBQ or to wash down other comfort/snack foods like pizza or chips.

In the malt liquor kingdom, this is your bread and butter. It's not really that remarkable, but it's a classic. An iconic, dependable, solid, workhorse style beverage.

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4/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this out of both 40s and cans. It's malt liquor so it should be reviewed as such. Typical clear golden, frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty adjunct aroma, notes of cooked corn and subtle alcohol. Flavor is sweet and corny. Not much malted barley flavor. Alcohol is noticible but not overpowering. It's an above average malt liquor so I will score it as such.

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3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2.93/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.19/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigred89
2.5/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.89/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Poured into a frosted mug. Pale golden in color. A fingers worth of rocky white head. Noticeable lacing after each gulp.
Smell - Big corn, cereal grain sweetness, slight acidic or yeast aroma.
Taste - Corn and white bread sweetness, cereal grain body. Finishes quick and dry.
Feel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation. Faint warmth of alcohol in the throat.

Overall - One of the few that won't immediately bite back if it gets the slightest bit warm.

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Photo of meanmutt
2.06/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JLK7299
2.24/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45 pours a pee color with a small lacing head. Aroma is sweet rotten garbage. Taste is a little skunk with a very sweet aftertaste. Flat feel. Overall not the worst.

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2.27/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SpaceBeagle
1.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of von_kaiser
2.7/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For malt liquor...doable. Millenium falcon edition. Billy Dee!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

40oz clear glass bottle with a branded screw-top purchased at a crappy bodega in Brooklyn and served into a nonic pint glass.

Malt liquor per the label. Best before: January 16th, 2017. No ABV listed on the label.

HEAD: Off-white and frothy, with above average retention (~5 minutes).

BODY: Clear pale copper. Has a syrupy look to it. No yeast or particulate is visible within.

Average appearance for a malt liquor. No egregious issues, no dazzling characteristics.

AROMA: Cream, corn, 2 or 6 row barley, subtly estery yeast (maybe ale yeast?), buttery notes.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Prominent notes of corn adjunct set off this syrupy brew. Subsidiary notes of pale malt, barley, and buttery notes. Not imbalanced, though it's admittedly pretty simple. Shallow as well.

Less harsh than many a malt liquor, but by no means great.

Smooth, wet, well carbonated, unrefreshing.

OVERALL: An inoffensive brew that will yield intoxication. The price is tough to beat and it doesn't have any egregious faults. Unlike many of the cheap lagers this competes with, it isn't watery and has sufficient body. This has its place, but it wouldn't be my first choice even amongst budget beers.

C- (2.59) / BELOW AVERAGE

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2.81/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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