Colt 45 Malt Liquor
Pabst Brewing Company

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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #86
Ranked #50,505
2.22 | pDev: 36.04%
Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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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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tbone1384 from Wyoming

1.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Nov 11, 2012
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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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maccroz from Cambodia

4.43/5  rDev +99.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm-mmm good. This beer has magical properties when consumed properly from a 40oz container. There should be another column in the ratings for "value" this would get a 6.0. $1.99 for 40 ounces of malt liquor bliss. A malt liquor for the true connoisseurs.

Oct 07, 2004
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

3.21/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

You don't get a colt 45 for the taste. But as far as I'm concerned it's not that bad. Good way to get drunk fast and cheap.If you want a sweet beer that's the choice too, almost no bitterness.

Mar 11, 2015
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InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

1.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This legend needs no introduction. Tastes like sweetened piss and comes out like it, too. We carried it in my liquor store for a brief stint and it began attracting the wrong clientele, so we phased it out. I remember distinctly heading to a craft beer event with a coworker, two of those cold bad boys in the backpack, and hammering them into the gullet in the corner of a deserted parking lot as some type of hobo pre-drink ritual. We got about 3/4 of each finished before they became too warm to finish. I still have a photograph somewhere of that memorable moment. Luckily, our pallets were cleansed later on that night with salted Bavarian pretzels and some wonderful imported craft beer.

This beer is not to be enjoyed, just drank quickly in preparation for a rowdy night. You gain a level of drunkenness, but lose a great deal of dignity. Also a classic of many life-threatening camping expeditions into the Rocky Mountains. I recall purchasing two of these at a very small local liquor store and having the clerk, an older Native man, ask if I wanted a paper bag so that I could, "Sit on the curb with the rest of 'em."

Avoid the Colt at all costs.

Oct 17, 2015
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Messygiuseppe from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +94.6%
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

Nov 15, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +64%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(32 oz, twist off cap - some poured into a stemmed fluted goblet, the rest swill-ed)

A: very pale canary yellow liquid with jade tinges on the edges, crystal clear... attractive, spongy-cottony white foam - actually a moderate degree of retention... ample ballooning of foam on each pour, some crusty globs of lace here and there

S: slightly black peppery spicy phenols, delicate apple-y undertone, a bit of wet dead grass... no bubblegum notes, which I find in some malt liquors... mellow overall

T: kind of a dirty overtone, as if the beer was brewed with unfiltered 'potable' water running from rusty antique pipes... fair, mildly doughy malt foundation - slight buttery biscuit note on the tail end... little bit of a champagne-like note in the aftertaste, mild hint of corn meal... not terribly sweet, fairly clean... basically tastes like an adjunct lager with an enhanced/underattenuated malt profile... light-mild hop bitterness combines with a delicate boozy spice to balance... bit of a brown paper bag essence late

M: medium-plus mouthfeel, rounded, a touch plump... alcohol lends a mild drying sensation in the finish... bit of a masa-doughy film left on the palate

O: not bad at all... a little less of a rich flavor than an Old E (very fond of that one), the flavor of grain kernels sticks out... alcohol seems a notch or two more exposed... I'll stick with my Old E, though I won't refuse this when offered it

May 24, 2014
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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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Brad007 from Vermont

3.6/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in the badass 40oz size. Pours a light yellow color with some decent foam and lacing. Aroma is strong, much like a typical malt liquor. Smooth and as someone mentioned, I would agree to it being PBR on steroids. Taste is very smooth and somewhat sweet. Malty/corny flavors. Not offensive at all. Goes down smooth. Cheap. It's got the hallmarks of a malt liquor. What more could anyone expect?

Aug 19, 2007
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priwen from Arkansas

3.54/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, yellow appearance with a creamy, white head. Shows good carbonation. There's not much to the smell. Some light grains and some breadiness. Very mild taste. Nothing offensive. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, it's inoffensive and enjoyable.

40 oz bottle
Date on bottle: Dec0114
Served in a Mug

Mar 12, 2015

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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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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brokensail from California

2.06/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I strolled into the University Liquor Mart and said to the shopkeep: "Two of your finest malted beverages, sir". The store owner grinned and produced two cans of premium quality. The label read: Colt 45 Malt Liquor. This fine gentleman rang up a total of $3.50 and was even so kind as to provide complimentary protective brown paper covers (what a steal)!

Later on, as we parked our imported automobile in the campus parking lot, I began my pregame intramural volleyball warmup routine. I slid down the paper covering as though it were the undergarments of a fine woman of the night. The luscious aromas of corn, rice, and alcohol intoxicated my being.

I finally brought this divine creation to my lips and savored the rich, grainy, corn, rice, and alcoholic flavors. The elixir filled my mouth, leaving with it a light and airy reminder of its magnificence.

After taking several mighty gulps, I found myself in possession of an empty vessel. I signaled my completion of the beverage with a thunderous discharge of digestive gasses (which could be heard for several yards).

As my partner in crime mimicked my actions, we strolled towards the gym, pausing only at a trash receptacle to dispose of the evidence. It was at this time we vowed to never repeat these deeds. At least, not until next Tuesday.

Feb 17, 2010
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colt 45 malt liquor has a pretty thick, white head and a yellow to golden color. Carbonation is higher than what is usually associated with malt liquors. Aroma is faint to nonexistent. The taste is mild, balanced, and has some bite to it. I'd say it has the stereotypical American-style lager taste profile. But, it is not too sweet. Mouth-feel is pretty light, but not watery. Colt 45 finished crisp and smooth. Overall, I rate this one very high. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. NOTE: only buy this in the can as the clear bottle allows light to spoil the product.


Apr 26, 2010
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Tuberoni from New York

4.16/5  rDev +87.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I will most likely be ridiculed for this review. However, having a fair amount of experience in the beer field, as in having drank many of those "specialty" beers, i gotta say my personal favorite is Colt 45.

Opening the bottle, nothing special. Looking in the bottle shows 40oz (or 22 oz) of fun. I slug it down, 2 or 3 gulps for the taste, 4 or 5 if trying to let it hit quicker. Smooth, flavorful, a delight for a hood dude. Goes in smooth, NO BITTERNESS (screw you, rolling rock and heiniken), leaves you in a happy mood.

My beverage of preference? Colt 45.

Aug 25, 2008
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colt 45 Malt Liquor brewed by the Pabst Brewing Company. This brew has an abv of 5.61%. Colt 45 pours out of a 24oz can into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice amber color with a small white head. There is also some minor lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of this brew is corn and beer. However there is a lot of grains an mirror malts in the smell of this brew. This brew has a lot of the same notes an feels of other malt liquors on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the the taste is smooth clean and refreshing. The malts are definitely domaint in the taste of this brew. There is no harsh after taste it is smooth. I will give Colt 45 this it is well put together. This brew goes down nice an smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is nice and smooth, malts, clean, crisps and ,refreshing. This malt liquor is one of the smoothest I have had. Overall I'm giving Colt 450 a 3.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Pabst Brewing Company(Miller) did a nice job with this American Malt Liquor.

Apr 22, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 24 oz can, they call it a "TWO FOUR" on the label, no freshness date to be found anywhere.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow colour, two fingered head forms from a spritzy big bubbled carbonation. Very thin sprinkled white lace is left, something is better than nothing right?

Smell: Both a sweetness from the malt and cereal grain as well as the alcohol. Smells faint of trifle, lady fingers in alcohol.

Taste: Stiff medium body with an increasing smoothness as the carbonation unleashes. Slightly creamy mouth feel shows that there is a decent amount of malt in this brew. As soon as the flavours rush in sweet warming alcohol fumes from the mouth and nose. Grain and sweetness are the forefront, touch of corn grit flavour and a cracker like maltiness come from that. Hops are barley in the flavour though there is a sharpness from them that essentially is the bitterness which is coupled with the warming alcohol and graininess. A biting grain and warming alcohol warp things up in the end.

Notes: Not a bad brew when wanting to quickly consume for a buzz. One of the most known malt liquors on the market, this is typically consumed out of the can or more popularly out of the 40 oz bottle.

A friend of mine always brings over a couple "FOUR Os" of this stuff as a gag ... funny thing is that we end up polishing the stuff off everytime.

Nov 03, 2001
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Lettsgo3 from Maryland

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

Whoa buddy... Banged a chunky chick twice after this beer

Apr 02, 2015
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budgood1 from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

if you look close enough at my pic, that's me as a baby playing with a Colt 45 can. since i can't get this brew in F-M, i picked up a six pack while home over thanksgiving. this beer holds a special place in my heart, since there is a story my parents told me about Colt 45 and how i was conceived. lol...anyway, on to the pours out pale straw with a nice big foamy head and all kinds of lace that sticks forever! the anticiapted adjunct aroma doesn't's even expected and welcome. a nice creamy mouthfeel is followed by a bit of alcohol afterbite. it tastes pretty good for a malt liquor, probably the best malt liquor you can buy even. goes down smooth and easy. a nice warming sensation is detected after a few of these (i got a sixer of 12 ouncers). a very good malt liquor.

Dec 04, 2002
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.97/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a quart bottle. Pours to an attractive thick white head and erratic but substantial lacing. Strange-looking clear tarnished gold color. aroma is sweet, alcoholic, but "vegetal" (asparagus?!) and grainy with no discernible hop character. Flavor is much of the same as aroma but very palatable and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and surprisingly "smooth" as in it does not have astringency or excessive carbonic bite. Overall, this is drinkable and mostly unoffensive. Believe it or not. Not really good at all, but not bad. there are much worse cheap adjunct brews out there. I guess I'm not a beer snob after all. I reviewed this beverage on its merits as a cheap drink and party brew and give it no more than a 3.0 for any flavor or aroma ratings. Really. For the style, it is one of the best, but I'm not giving 4's all around for any "malt liquor" no matter how "on style" it is. Malt liquors are for getting a buzz, not craft beer savoring anyway.

Sep 26, 2013
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This malt liquor has a dark bronze color to it with a nice study white head. I get a sweet corn husk aroma along with what I detect to be hops, could it be? Taste has that corn syrup malt liquor sweetness, but its not overly sick like some. There might actually be some hop flavor in here leveling this beer out. Finish is dry and lingering in alcohol. Drink cold like all malt liquors but this was more enjoyable than most. Not bad at all, seriously.

Apr 19, 2005
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vikinggary28 from California

1.74/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

What can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said? It is meant to be drank out of a ice cold (not over 35 degree) 40 oz bottle lovingly wrapped in it's traditional brown paper bag, if the clerk you buy it from tries putting it in a plastic bag you need to set them straight immediately. Pull the bottle out of the bag long enough to admire it's straw yellow colour and remind yourself it looks pretty much like its going to look like the next time you see it after you have drunk it. Also, no matter how cold Colt 45 is, it has the strange ability to taste like luke warm cow urine, how something ice cold can taste luke warm is an oddity that even Stephen Hawking can't explain. Colt 45 also has another strange behaviour, no matter how fast you drink it, if you guzzle a 40 in 3 minutes or sip it for half an hour, the final10 oz's of the bottle you are drinking will be flat, no carbination at all. There are several conspiracy theories on why this occurs but we don't have time for that right now. Why may you ask I drink it? Well after I've burned through my paycheck on quality craft brews and am left with 5 bucks in my wallet its time to roll up the sleeves, have a seat on the curb, and twist open a 40 of the king of 40's!

Apr 09, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This marks some kind of personal malt liquor milestone, but I can't remember what at the moment, go figure...

Into a pint glass it pours a pale straw gold with a swarm of rising bubbles. Bright and clear, with lots of lacing surprisingly enough. Head retention isn't great however, and it fades after a minute or two.

Smells sweet like Apple Jacks cereal, and cereal grains in general. Not too offensive really, just sweet and bland.

Flavors are similar, sliced apples and some cereal grain. Thankfully it's not astringent really, as the worst offenders of the style are. Lighter carbonation over time, but it's still a bit gaseous and burp inducing. Drank this with no complaints to be honest. As far as malt liquors go, it's mad decent.

Apr 23, 2012
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GreesyFizeek from New York

1.05/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Colt 45 and two zig zags, baby that's all we need...

So I bought this evil beer from a dirty convenience store in Oxford, OH, when a little bit tipsy. My friend and I decided to drink our Colt 45s while walking down the street. Not the best idea, given open container laws, and whatnot. I also think there are laws against transporting chemical weapons.

It's colored sort of a dirty brown, like fetid marsh water. I can't believe I'm gonna put this in my mouth!

Smells sorta sweet, a bit metallic.

Tastes like creamed corn and old grass clippings. As it warms, it tastes like creamed corn and old grass clippings that's passed through the devil's small intestine. It's utterly disgusting in every way. Just skunky, corny, alcoholic, and gross.

Light bodied, I suppose, a little fuller than most malt liquors.

This beer is just rancid. I couldn't even finish it, threw it in a dumpster. The sound of breaking glass was the most enjoyable thing about this one.

Mar 06, 2013
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tempest from New York

1.41/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bought a case of 40's for shits and giggles with a bunch of friends. Worst idea ever.

It doesnt look horrible, just your typical mass-produced rotgut. The smell is at best, unpleasant. The mouth feel isn't bad, but the taste will make up for that.

I can only describe Colt 45 like this: Someone took a light-bodied beer, squated over the bottle, and farted. Beer + Fart = No fun for anyone.

I should also mention that if its your first time with a 40 of this, be prepared to get your ass kicked.

Again, Colt 45 40's night: Worst idea ever.

Aug 16, 2005
Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 965 ratings