Colt 45 Malt Liquor
Pabst Brewing Company

Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor
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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #86
Ranked #49,858
2.22 | pDev: 36.04%
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor
Notes: 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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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Being a Baltimore native, especially since I drive by the old National Brewery on Brewers Hill daily with the neon glow of the Natty Boh symbol within eyeshot of my shop, I have a natural affinity toward Colt 45. Not only do I know the beer, I find the mislabeling of 'malt liquor' to be a bit wrong when it is a 5.61 abv Helles style lager. That is neither here nor there since this beverage had gone on to become infamous in hip-hop culture alongside OE 800, Hurricane, and St. Ides for a cheap buzz most popular in the early 90s.

What makes Colt 45 different is the lower ABV, compared to the former options this in its only form (to-date at least) compared to the other. The all-clear bottle could be a drawback for skunk but I didn't find any in my poor. Head proofs in seconds and not large bubbles are found. A white lacing sits on the rim of the straw golden beer and a smell of grain pours from the top. No real noticeable notes of adjuncts or hops in the smell, just mainly grain.

Tasting notes are a sweet mature malt, that is rounded and finished with a bit of a spicy hop note. No real undesirable flavors, just mainly a dry finish of grains, a bit of a yeasty note complements the finish and a rush of carbonation hits the rear notes. There is a nice fruitiness alongside the hop notes, but they're mild and complement the malts. Likely a 6-row blend of 2 rows as this is a sub-premium product - for me at least a 40oz bottle is sold at $2.00 before tax (a lot cheaper in some areas). Drinkability is high, and the mouthfeel is light-bodied with a semi-dry finish with notes of fruit (as mentioned before).

Having not had a beer in over a week, this is delightful. To be honest, it is smooth, balanced, and priced right. I can see why this is still sold to this day.

Thursday at 02:33 PM
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PhilsOsgood from Florida

4.82/5  rDev +117.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer goes down better than fine and makes me feel great! I would've given higher than a 5 for Feel but that's the highest choice available. It really does "work every time" (...except for beer snobs)

10 out of 5

Nov 08, 2020
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Beer_Mat from Canada (SK)

1.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

While this beer really isn't bad tasting for the percentage, it'll straight up put you to sleep. I drank 1 can and all I wanted to do is have a nap.
Not all alcohol is created equal, and this is terrible. The single worst beer I've ever had as far as the buzz goes. Will never buy this again.

Sep 20, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Economics compelled me, so why not review it? It pours almost flat with some mild carbonation. I can read my aspirin bottle through it. It does smell like a beer. The taste is mostly sugary, but not sickeningly sweet. There's no character, so nothing to feel going down. I thank the beer gods that the check was in today's mail.

Jun 19, 2020
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Has a nice deep golden color with medium-high clarity and no haze. Frothy white persistent head that leaves lacing

Aroma is grainy and bready with some slight fruity esters. Some floral notes from the hops but malt dominates.

Flavor is very similar to aroma, grainy, bread like, saltine cracker along with some fruity esters. Hop bitterness is medium with notes of earthyness. A bit boozy for a lager of this type

Medium body with medium high carbonation. Significant alcohol warmth for the style, leaves a cloying sweetness on the palate.

Over all this not a terrible beer but it it also far from good. The fermentation could be a lot cleaner and the alcohol could be more hidden.

Feb 21, 2020
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Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from 24 oz can into pint glass. Standard pale straw color, thin white head with wispy lacing. Aroma of toasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Flavors of cracker, corn, grain husks with some hops to balance the sweet malts. Overall: decent.

Jul 16, 2019
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OllieStalz from New York

3.17/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gotta love it! It is the best malt liquor available, in my opinion. It has a balanced flavor between the malt, sweetness, and bitterness. When cold, it is very refreshing. It is quite drinkable. The flavor is inoffensive and works with a variety of foods. it is inexpensive and can be found easily (well that probably depends on where you live). I've only purchased it in 40 oz. Definitely interested in trying them in can form since the 40oz bottle doesn't preserve the beer too well over time. Unless I'm in celebration mode, I ain't drinking a whole 40oz in one day. Give it a try. Don't let the reputation of the brand or the type of beer influence your taste buds.

May 21, 2019
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BobbyClay from Oregon

5/5  rDev +125.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite go-to/in a pinch beer when my local pay day advance shop won't accept me because I'm so far in the rears. It helps me forget about my awful day while I slam 2 tall boys behind the local gas station and then black out from huffing E85 gas. Smooth taste for a malt liqueur. Billy Dee Williams said it works everytime amd that is true.

Mar 18, 2019
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dxpnthedrunk from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +125.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to me this is the real deal for malt liquors. a lot of malts liquors taste a bit funky. But Colt 45 is delicious , Its smooth, and you can taste all the Malted barley,Corn Goodness. just a great beverage for a nice hot summers day.

Mar 12, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

2.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Decanted from a 24 oz (710 ml) can into a custom taster pint; best by August 12, 2019, so evidently fairly fresh.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one finger, white head, retention to most of a cap and rim, and somewhat soapy lacing. Tiny bubbles rose from the nucleation ring on the glass.
S: Aromas of corn, apple, and toast predominate. Maybe a slight phenol note after it had warmed a bit.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose with corn predominating and a citrusy note (or texture). Grainier and grainier as it warms. Light bitterness and a slightly (pleasantly) sweet aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. Slightly more astringent than would qualify for a clean finish.
O: I have never had this beer and assumed it would be pretty bad. I had to buy it at a gas station in a fairly seedy area of neighboring town, because none of the reputable distributors generally carry it. It actually fairly drinkable, so I wanted to be fair. Definitely light and sweet, a bit too sweet for, say, a lager, but I was certainly able to enjoy it. I did detect a couple of off characteristics, so I am downgrading it strictly on that basis.

Mar 05, 2019
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hey it's malt liquor not craft beer. As a half liquor this one shines. To bad I cannot find it in my area. I did find it visting 5 hrs away. Nice smooth malt liquor.

Feb 05, 2019
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xolectic from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Medium straw color. Thick, long lasting head with some lacing.

Smell: Can't smell much of anything, a little sweet malt and corn.

Taste: Very,very balanced for a malt liquor. Sweet but not too sweet, corn, malt, the hops is there, but doesn't add bitterness.

Feel: Very clean finish, not syrupy. No aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall: One of the best malt liquors for casual drinkers. Not a super flavorful beer but whatever taste it has is good.

Feb 04, 2019
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Nicholas660 from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +102.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 3 for malt liquors only to be drank strait from the bottle 40oz is the only way to go best enjoyed ice cold only topped by a mickey's 40oz but still legendary in the realm of 40's for a reason.

Jan 27, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

While I think Mickey's is a below average but drinkable malt liquor. This is terrible. Again, haven't had it in over 20 years, but I remember it enough to steer clear.

Jan 25, 2019
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Geelawn from Connecticut

1.77/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Billy Dee Williams didn’t choose this bad boy for nothing. Colt 45 is my go to 40oz. Getting trashed couldn’t come easier. You buy a 40 for a good time not to grade it. It’s trash but good trash for the trashed. If you don’t get it in the brown bag you’re fucking up. Ride them horses to freedom. Only drink cold, when it gets warm the party’s over.

Jan 18, 2019
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willcull78 from Ohio

2.38/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The taste was not what I had hoped for. It had a lasting lingering taste that was like the 'rust' of beer. Not a flavor as I had expected nor wanted. It certainly looked good and the smell wasn't all that bad but that taste was not the most flavorful. Not a beer I recommend.

Jan 05, 2019
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RockySasquatch from Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev +68%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Colt 45! Just the name brings back memories of High School and all night fishing trips. It has a decent taste. Nothing spectacular, a hoi polloi brew to give a good buzz quickly. It is a bit bitter sometimes but not bad. The smell is sweet. It is a nice golden color in the 40 bottle. The feel is decent. Overall, a good malt liquor. My favorite 40!

Dec 10, 2018

4.52/5  rDev +103.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Colt 45 and two zig zag cock a doodle DAYUM!!!!!! I love this malt liquor. High school 40 oz's and big ass fires chilling with friends this is my go to I cant get enough of it. It gets you drunk fast as all get out. If the 4 dont get you the 5 will so crack open a ice cold one and go chill! Its the best of the malt liqours that ive had.

Dec 10, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

2.84/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice gold with several finger of quickly dissipating white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells like something sweet like corn or rice adjunct. Some graininess.

Taste is like sweet creamed corn.

Feel is thankfully light and crisp and the flavor does not hang around.

Not a good beer. Just got a pint can to give it a wing ding. Well consider my wing ding done.

Nov 22, 2018
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MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +125.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Gold, Thick White Head, and Bubbly.
Aroma- Sweet, Malty, Corny, White Breadiness, and Fair Hoppiness.
Taste- Very Sweet, Malty, Very Corny, Very White Bready, and Fair Hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium and a Light-Medium Body.
Overall Conclusion- My personal favorite Malt Liquor. A great Malt Liquor from Pabst but, contract brewed by SAB-Miller. One of the best in the style. Goes very well with Corn Chips and French Onion Dip. Would recommend.

Oct 30, 2018
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +124.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is one of the most well done malt liquors on the market. There are some similarities with all economic malt liquors and colt 45 is no exception however, this beer seems to strike the perfect balance and deliver flavor. The look is classic. Traditional style can design has seemed to have very little change from years past, its a icon among the cheap beer world. I can't speak about the color or apperience because I drank this straight from the can.the smell is good. Typical beer smell that doesn't remind me of malt liquor, but rather along the lines of a Miller high smell bready, yeasty goodness. The taste is wonderful for a economic beer. Nice top end sweetness with the taste of white bread and yeast. The finish is somewhat dry and wet, leading you to take another sip.the is a nice rounded out taste of hops that balance the beer. The feel is medium with minimal carbonation bite, making for a smooth beer. Slightly light body and the drinkability is perfect. I really enjoyed this beer and I highly recommend you to try it.

Oct 23, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was an iconic high school drink. Coming back to it, I realize that one needs to be 18 or younger to truly enjoy this beer - its pale yellow with a fizzy white cap, nothing distinguishing in the aroma and even less in the flavor. The only reason to buy this is if it is on sale and you need a can to make beer butt chicken.

Sep 09, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.32/5  rDev +49.5%
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).

Aug 10, 2018
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Beermotor from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +53.2%
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.

Jul 31, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +61.3%
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.

Jun 02, 2018
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