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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2.02/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The first 40 I ever had. This beer is lightly golden in color mostly yellow. Not a bit of head retention after the pour. Grains and Malts on the nose. Not a lot of hops in the flavor or the aroma. I'm glad that I tried this, but I don't need to find this again.

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2.51/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a thin collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Light aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn and rice seem to stand out in particular—along with slight hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with a big blast of rice adjuncts and has notes of grain malts and corn adjuncts with bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very flavorful, but I give it credit that it manages to do a good job blending different ingredients so the taste isn't offensive. It also does a good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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2.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40-ouncer, the format of choice amongst those poor souls panhandling outside the liquor stores, in my experience. This one is 8% ABV, and made by the Silver Creek Brewery, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, blah blah blah. Sleeman must have some sort of agreement with Pabst in the US, because the label is identical, and I am not creating a new, unnecessary entry.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of sudsy off-white head, which settles quickly, leaving a paint job of solid lace around the glass. It smells of ripe apple, pale adjunct grain, and mild boozy yeast. The taste is more well-aged (benefit of the doubt here) apple, this time stewed in soft fusel alcohol, and quite sweet, with some weird floral essence. The carbonation is very shy, the body less so - medium in weight through the contrivances of The Cloying! It finishes still sweet, albeit with some residual drying from the booze and dead flowers.

Not that bad, really. Without the big sugar (heh), this is pretty inoffensive. No skank, or alcohol edge - a hell of an option for getting your advanced buzz on for a mere fiver (or 'Laurier bleu', north of the 49th)...

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2.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

40oz clear glass bottle with a branded screw-top purchased at a crappy bodega in Brooklyn and served into a nonic pint glass.

Malt liquor per the label. Best before: January 16th, 2017. No ABV listed on the label.

HEAD: Off-white and frothy, with above average retention (~5 minutes).

BODY: Clear pale copper. Has a syrupy look to it. No yeast or particulate is visible within.

Average appearance for a malt liquor. No egregious issues, no dazzling characteristics.

AROMA: Cream, corn, 2 or 6 row barley, subtly estery yeast (maybe ale yeast?), buttery notes.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Prominent notes of corn adjunct set off this syrupy brew. Subsidiary notes of pale malt, barley, and buttery notes. Not imbalanced, though it's admittedly pretty simple. Shallow as well.

Less harsh than many a malt liquor, but by no means great.

Smooth, wet, well carbonated, unrefreshing.

OVERALL: An inoffensive brew that will yield intoxication. The price is tough to beat and it doesn't have any egregious faults. Unlike many of the cheap lagers this competes with, it isn't watery and has sufficient body. This has its place, but it wouldn't be my first choice even amongst budget beers.


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2/5  rDev -16%

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2.96/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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1.9/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed as a Memorial Day BBQ joke.

A - Poured out a very clear, very bubbly straw yellow color with a small, short-lived head of white bubbly foam. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of corn and booze. No hop presence detected at all.

T - Very sweet with a big corn/grain taste. Again, no hop bitterness at all.

M - It was crisp but still fairly chewy/sticky in terms of mouthfeel. Not good.

D - Could not finish my 24oz can. Just to sweet and messy.

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2/5  rDev -16%

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3.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. clear glass bottle with the "Call me to Win!" neck label that features a young hispanic or black woman. Classy! It pours a crystal clear straw gold body topped by a foamy bright white head that holds well. The aroma is lightly malty with a very light touch of hops. The body is medium with a standared carbonation that leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor is a well balanced, lightly sweet and grainy maltiness with an underlying bitterness and very limited hop flavor. It finishes dryish with a mild, lingering sweetness. This is less sweet and more balanced than many malt liquors on the market, although it doesn't seem as well brewed.

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3.03/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and touches of alcohol and hops.

T: The taste starts out with an adjunct and light malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the breadiness of grain and barley. I'm not getting the same alcohol bite in the taste that most other malt liquors have, but I'm guessing that it might be because this beer is on the low end of the ABV spectrum for the style. There's a mild hops presence which is normal. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's one of the better Malt Liquors that I've had and even though it's not the stronger one out there, it's still a cost-efficient way to get a buzz going, which is what this kind of beer is intended for.

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1/5  rDev -58%

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2.5/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obviously Colt 45 isn't anywhere near the best beer around, plus it doesn't have that nice of an appearance or smell either, but it tastes pretty damn good for $1.59 a bottle and it goes down easy. This is my first bottle of "ghetto juice" in at least four years, so its hard for me to compare to the average convenience store malt liquor. So in summary, Colt 45 isn't great by any stretch, but is pretty decent for the price and has nice drinkability.


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2.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If I had been asked, in my pre-BA days, to name as many malt liquors as I could think of, Colt 45 and Schlitz Malt Liquor would have been it. These two old warhorses (well... a horse and a cow) have been around forever, so I thought I'd pit them against each other in a malt liquor grudge match. They don't really fit into my Macro Smackdown series of head to heads, so I think I'll start a spin-off series and call it Malt Likkapalooza. Welcome to the inaugural bout.

Clear medium amber with a steady stream of rising bubbles; a quarter shade darker than the Bull, but it's a virtual dead heat. A vigorous pour resulted in a large, off-white cap that's holding up pretty well. A loopy necklace of lace is beginning to appear as the head falls. Not bad, not bad.

The nose isn't offensive, despite whatever preconceived notions I may have had. It ain't that good either. It's big on grain with a sweet, floral aroma that may or may not be hops. Probably not. This nose is a little more subdued and a little less floral, so the edge goes to the Bull.

The two beers taste pretty similar. In fact, this is my 7th or 8th comparison tasting and this is the closest one yet in terms of flavor. Like the noses, they're inoffensive on the palate, but in this case it's a near thing. Allow them to warm up a little and all bets are off. The flavor profile consists of earthy, corny sweet grain with a rapidly fading floral character. The Colt lacks a bit of depth and character compared to the Bull and (while they're still cool at least) is the lesser beer as a result.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium and slightly slick due to the corn sweetener. No complaints about the carbonation; it does what it has to do and no more. Alcohol isn't really noticeable, which is a surprise.

This is okay beer if your expectation meter is set on 'rock bottom'. If one is in need of a drinkable, remarkably inexpensive beer with a kick, one could do much worse than an ice cold can or three of Colt 45. The edge has to go to the Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull, but it's a nose at the wire rather than a runaway.

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2.7/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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1.29/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

So, he decides to bring back two Malts with him as well, eesh. My journey into the bottom of the barrel continues. We did a side by side with this and Steel Reserve. Consumed on 08/09/2010.

It had been a long time since me and Billy D had hung out together so I was laughing my butt off when this one showed up at the tasting. The pour was better then I thought with a medium amber color and a head of about two inches that stuck around for a few moments before falling into the same path as the others with a crystal clear, dark color with tiny strings of bubbles that were coming up through the glass. Aroma is of corn, alcohol, wet hay, and just a mess. Really just astringent and not very appetizing at all. Every sip seemed to bring a similar reaction from me as I struggled to get this one down before finally pouring the rest out. Just not a redeeming quality as far as taste, and I generally do not mind the style terribly, but this was atrocious.

Overall all I can say is not for me. It is going to be a fun couple weeks as I take a turn away from the rare and big guns and try and knock out this list of grocery store staples.

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