Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of jkblr
3.32/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz can bb 10/29/18 poured into a plastic cup at slightly warmer than fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright pale straw yellow with a nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is slight with a hint of sweetness, corn and lemon. The taste is fairly nuetral, with some grain and a bit of tartness. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a bit of oily/ soapy finish, but it's not overwhelming and this is a $2 24oz can of malt liquor. Overall, good (malt liquor).

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Photo of Beermotor
3.4/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about the only malt liquor I can drink. Definitely get a 40 of it: there's something about the geometry of the bottle and the volume of liquid inside that magically makes it taste better.

Look: Yellow.
Smell: I've never consumed this out of the bottle but based on the odor of the belches resultant of consuming it, it isn't terribly nice.
Taste: Tastes good. It isn't foul syrup like all of the other malt liquors on the market. Definitely drinkable.
Feel: Fizzy. If you've ever wanted to burp the alphabet, this is what you need.

If you want to get absolutely trashed in a not so expensive or unpleasant way, this works every time.

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Photo of Fitzy01
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Selenite
1.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of matodowd
2.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of npdevil27
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of wbjorken
4.55/5  rDev +104%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Skunky good.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 8/27/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 5.6%. Overall this is a good malt liquor. All around nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and nicely rich barley/grain flavors and mild earthy hop balance. Not overdone on the corn adjuncts at all. A nicely enjoyable offering. Well made and spot on style example.

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Photo of cardfan212
2.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a glass 40 ounce bottle. Scores and review are based within the style.

Look - The label is classic but not classy. Its tackiness and recognizability make it a winner in my book. The liquid inside is a bright gold color that foams up aggressively with each drink.

Smell - Absolutely nothing.

Taste - Mild corn sweetness, tiny hint of peppery alcohol.

Feel - Way too carbonated for me. A bit of a tough drink.

Overall - A very average drink, with not much to it. Its legendary status is definitely maintained by its numerous appearances in pop culture and its celebrity endorsements, not by the contents of its bottle.

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Photo of Dalkri
3.5/5  rDev +57%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuentinDishaw
2.13/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of joeywheeler
2.81/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KentT
2.43/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For my money, one of the best malt liquors. Smooth and powerful. Begins with a nice foam and lacing is better than most light lagers. Tastes like Corn, good malt, fruity Apple with biscuit notes, actually has a very decent finish as long as you keep it cold. A good cheap buzz. Better tasting than many a BMC lager, cheaper too. 1.25 average, but I like it well enough to give it a 2.5 rating when one gets fresh bottles and cans. I like it for cheap malt liquor. If money's low, and you want a decent buzz, It's recommended. Works Every Time!!!

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
2.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of chitoryu12
2.04/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Look: Golden adjunct lager looks with a big, foamy white head.

Smell: What smell? No matter how much I tried, I couldn't smell more than the faintest waft of beer off in the far distance.

Taste: A phrase I heard about Maconochie Stew (a British ration in WW1) was "Warmed in the tin, Maconochie's was edible. Cold it was a man-killer." Colt 45 is the exact opposite. When cold, there's no flavor except carbonation and the very tiniest possible hint of corny adjunct. You could easily empty the can and fill it with carbonated water and someone wouldn't tell the difference. As it warms, a bland adjunct beer flavor starts to emerge but never quite enough to make drinking it anything more than boring.

Mouthfeel: Like carbonated water. Seriously.

Overall: Much like PBR, Colt 45 is only good for one thing: getting hammered because it tastes like nothing.

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Photo of Eman17
1.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Velivolus
2.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.32/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

"Works every time." For what, I don't know. Still, not bad for what it is. When I want to intentionally "slum it" for an evening, I will pickup a few 24 oz or a 40.

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Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BenHoppy
2.17/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Messygiuseppe
4.32/5  rDev +93.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lordy lord, where do I begin with this beverage. This malt liquor is probably the best money can buy. A lot of people immediately turn to Olde English when they are having a hankerin' for malt liquor, however I disagree wholeheartedly. Everything about Colt 45 proves that it is the superior malt liquor and holds authority over all other beverages on God's green planet.

Imagine you've had a rough day at work, you come home and your wife is yelling at you, kids are making a goddamn mess, and the Denver Broncos are on a losing streak. Things cannot seem to get any worse. But then, you see a commercial on the tube: Billy Dee Williams advertising the wondrous taste and charm of Colt 45. You think to yourself, "Hm, yeah I think I'll try it! After all Lando Calrissian drinks it, so it's gotta be worth a try."
Immediately you grab the keys to your Ford 150 and make your way downtown to the nearest fine establishment of liquor sales. You walk down the aisle and grab a large bottle of the delicious golden beverage and take it back home. As soon as you take the first sip of this delicacy, all of your problems begin to melt away. No more thoughts about mortgage, alimony over your children, or that crazy bitch of a wife you have. Now you are living the high life, the Colt 45 life.

The taste of this beer is quite exceptional, it is not offensive like Olde English or smelly like Mickeys. Everything about this drink is almost perfect. Plus, one of these bad boys will get you in the mood to do something meaningful, maybe something patriotic or noble, like donating to your local charity or helping out at the VA with veterans suffering from PTSD. When you drink this beverage, you will become a changed man. Everything you once knew about life was a lie, you will see beauty in all living things and creatures around you. You will become one with yourself and your surroundings. Hell, if you drink enough of this stuff you might even achieve enlightenment and reach Nirvana. I hope that everyone has a chance to try this delicious beverage.

Cons: The beverage's smell is a bit iffy, not as bad as Mickey's but still not that great.

Overall I give this a 10/10

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Photo of dbaker61
1.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of brewnme
1.74/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Khaack
2.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Moir1994CT
2.95/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Now this is either going to be an unpopular opinion but there are two reasons I tried this beer and two reasons I will occasionally pick this up. Firstly bieng that I picked it up because I saw old commericals of "Lando" advertising it and thought it would be interesting to try out. And secondly because It was cheap. I'm talking real cheap. So what was the harm right? I got quite the looks when I asked the clerk at the liquor store about it. Now the two reasons one may continue to buy this or as for me will on occasion. One being one I already mentioned, its inexpensive per how much you get. But more importantly here, it'll make you "happy" easily in my experience. So it can be a inexpensive party beer or malt liquor per say. May be an unpopular opinion but I dont think its as bad as people are saying. Is it great , no. But passable. Its like the average C student. You cant praise him, but you really cant complain.

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