Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor

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

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4.75/5  rDev +114%

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4.5/5  rDev +102.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +102.7%

Photo of maccroz
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.

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Photo of MikeNMER
4.36/5  rDev +96.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've graded this on the 40-scale, meaning that if you're not into drinking 40oz beers, then you won't understand the high ratings.

Serving - 40-oz bottle.

Mouthfeel - It doesn't foam up much, so under the yardwork/tv/videogame/guitar/backyard conditions that 40-oz'ers are consumed, this is good. Sometimes, I go as far as shaking the beer to flatten it almost all the way.

Taste - There probably aren't any hops at all. It's like taking corn on the cob, blending it into a gallon of water, and putting in a double shot of vodka just for a tiny alcoholic hint.

Smell - Boiled corn.

Overall, this is for 40's. Hang out, no refrigerator trips necessary. Enjoy it.

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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

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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.

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4.08/5  rDev +83.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +82%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite cheap malt liquor. The flavor is not half bad and the smell is inoffensive. My only complaint is the shape of the bottle. It is a bit hard to hold onto unless you have fairly large hands. But overall a very good choice!

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4/5  rDev +80.2%
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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Photo of moeron35
4/5  rDev +80.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graded on the "40" scale.

Colt 45 is the Cadillac of 40 oz beers!

Colt is not for the aficionados, it is a good malt liquor for the price. Get it in the 40 oz bottle do not bother with 16 or 24 oz cans its not the same.

The 45 is straw yellow and smells of booze it is wonderful if you can accept what it is... malt liquor.


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4/5  rDev +80.2%

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4/5  rDev +80.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Bright-white head. Very porous. Looks highly carbonated. Crystal clear. Light champagne color. Looks like a big class of champagne. A little more straw than champagne. Head and light lacing all the way down?!?!

S) Corny nothingness

T) No real flavor. A slight nauseating sweet malt if you think about it too hard. I'm afraid that it's going to warm up though.

M) Light

O) Considering that it's a malt liquor, I think it's terribly drinkable and flavorless. In my book, this is a great malt liquor and the gutters and areas surrounding the street trash cans confirm it. ABV isn't nearly as high as I was thinking.

So I think this is an B+ malt liquor but can I really give a malt liquor beer an B+? Yes.

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4/5  rDev +80.2%

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3.89/5  rDev +75.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont know why but for some reason i realy love this beer taste like liquid corn flakes

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3.89/5  rDev +75.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev +74.8%

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