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Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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2.27/5
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939 Ratings
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,533
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
939
pDev:
34.8%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
191
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 939 |  Reviews: 299
Photo of BobbyClay
5/5  rDev +120.3%
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.

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Photo of dxpnthedrunk
5/5  rDev +120.3%
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.

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Photo of Anti_Weed
3.82/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

If you're not drinking real (craft) beer, you might as well go with all the way malt liquor, and this one is the best.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.81/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of StevenC
4.25/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.01/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
2.79/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wl2bill
3.33/5  rDev +46.7%
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.

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Photo of xolectic
3.8/5  rDev +67.4%
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.

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Photo of hophead37
2.4/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nicholas660
4.5/5  rDev +98.2%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
1.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of CoasterGuy
1.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Geelawn
1.77/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of sparx1100
1.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of willcull78
2.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of RockySasquatch
3.73/5  rDev +64.3%
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!

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Photo of JDMOTHERD
4.52/5  rDev +99.1%
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.

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Photo of KMcGrath
2.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Fairy
3.89/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This 5.6% beer does a better job at getting me tipsy than most 8%ers I've had! Nothing spectacular about it, slight bitter taste and a lively light aroma, far from unbearable. All around? A cheap buzz for your buck, recommended for a budget for sure, can't go wrong when you're short on cash!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
1.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

What you would expect, does the job for certain events.
Cheers

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Photo of BeerBobber
2.84/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of danzorb
3.32/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robebo44
2.6/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MetalRocker94
5/5  rDev +120.3%
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.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.27 out of 5 with 939 ratings