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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Photo of chitoryu12
2.04/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Velivolus
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of OldSchoolMike
2.32/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BenHoppy
2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Messygiuseppe
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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1.77/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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

Photo of Khaack
2.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Moir1994CT
2.95/5  rDev +32.9%
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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Photo of jake96
2.86/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

tastes like the most vanilla alcoholic beverage ever. didn't sit well in my stomach and gave me a killer headache (not hangover). Good for a night with the boys

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

Photo of insouciantx
1.31/5  rDev -41%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kraut6363
2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TPZEM
1.86/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright gold with a steady, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing. Smells of grainy notes. Tastes like watered down rice water and barley/wheat. Mouthfeel of a melted milkshake... which isn't really a good thing. The beer is somewhat sweet but really has little in the way of flavor. Much better beers on the market - even for the price.

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Photo of StormAles
1.73/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Albertdidz
2.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of cambabeer
1.14/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of heerboth
2.15/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of IBUBrew
2.07/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of fthegiants
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
1.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

When I hear the words "Malt Liquor" - this is immediately what I think of.

Look: Drank straight from the 40. A disgusting, dark yellow, dehydrated piss color with a thin half finger head of white foam.

Aroma: Green apples and corn flakes.

Taste: Not bad, but it has almost no flavor. Tastes like slightly sweetened water. I'm getting sweet cooked corn upfront with an aftertaste of green apples.

Feel: Highly carbonated. Body is very light. Crisp to a degree.

Overall: I paid $3.50 for this. Too be honest for that price it's pretty mediocre, considering it's only 5.6% ABV - there are much stronger malt liquors out there if you're on a budget and just looking to get trashed.

The only redeeming qualities about Colt 45 is that for malt liquor, it's pretty neutral tasting and inoffensive - theres no skunkyness or disgusting slimy syrupy malt extract taste to be found here unlike a lot of other malt liquors. I'd even go so far to say that it's thirst quenching, and it would probably pair nicely in the summertime with BBQ or to wash down other comfort/snack foods like pizza or chips.

In the malt liquor kingdom, this is your bread and butter. It's not really that remarkable, but it's a classic. An iconic, dependable, solid, workhorse style beverage.

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Photo of tzieser
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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