Colt 45 Malt Liquor
Pabst Brewing Company

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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #84
Ranked #47,956
2.21 | pDev: 35.75%
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor
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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Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 944
Photo of Moir1994CT
2.95/5  rDev +33.5%
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 +29.4%
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 TPZEM
1.86/5  rDev -15.8%
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
1.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +81%
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 EmeraldMist
3.89/5  rDev +76%
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Colt 45 pours a pee color with a small lacing head. Aroma is sweet rotten garbage. Taste is a little skunk with a very sweet aftertaste. Flat feel. Overall not the worst.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I can't endorse this beer's appearance. Its urine yellow with no head. Smells of corn and boilermaker industrial strength rubbing alcohol.

The taste isn't revolting if its ice cold, as it warms, the mouthfeel becomes harsher and harsher. This is some blaxxxsploitation level stuff. Its pretty simplistic, it burns, it lacks hop flavor, lacks barley malt.

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Photo of Burly
2.26/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

By itself, Colt 45 is quite poor. However, it makes a terrific red-eye mixed with Snappy Tom (preferred) or Spicy V-8. It's my value-brand malt liquor of choice when I'm in the mood for red-eyes.

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Photo of Derranged
2.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Up until this past weekend, I haven't had Colt 45 since the late 90s, possibly a time or two in 2000. I wanted to try it for nostalgic purposes for the most part. Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass, served ice cold.

Look- Pale yellow, decent head and very bubbly.

Smell- Mostly sweet grains and corn.

Taste- Sweet grains and corn. Very simple, almost reminded me of Carlsberg or Sapporo Premium.

Feel- Thin and very carbonated.

Overall- This really isn't all that bad of a beer. Of course, it was served ice cold and I was already drunk when I had it. But hey, that's kind of the whole point of malt liquor, innit? I plan on finishing the remainder of my six pack.

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Photo of DWeavie
1.73/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer tasted like carbonated water to me. It gave me a slight, light buzz. Its something I can see bringing to a party becuase its cheap and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of Squire
3.44/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light ginger ale color with white cap and a surprising amount of lacing.

Aroma of rather non specific grain that comes across as clean and pleasant.

Fuller bodied taste than I remembered from the last time I tasted this which would've been a couple years ago when my Bud Light neighbor handed me one. More body than I remembered and a surprising absence of sharp or rough edges when cold but those characteristics do peak out when the brew warms.

Medium body with balancing carbonation.

Not bad, not bad at all. Purchased on a whim from the singles rack at Walmart for no particular reason. This is a simple, clean brew without pretension or apology.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
1.14/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Microwaved it for 60 seconds before drinking as recommended from a friend. It immediately made me want to smoke some crack and kill somebody. Best night of my life.

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Photo of PorterPro125
2.15/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Serving Type: 710 mL Can served ICE cold

A- Pours a bright pale yellow very reminiscent of urine. No head and no lacing. Very typical for the style.

S- Sweet malt, along with with corn and rice. Very sweet without any indication of bitterness.

T- Like the aroma, the taste is very sweet and full of adjuncts.

M- Medium-Light Body and Moderate carbonation. Not the fizzy, watery consistency I was expecting.

O- I didn't have high expectations for Colt 45 (why would I) but it certainly wasn't as bad as people have been telling me. I suppose the ice cold temperature I drank it at had something to do with that..

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Photo of vikinggary28
1.74/5  rDev -21.3%
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!

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank from a 22 oz bottle, nasty looking yellow.
Smells like a cheap beer, similar to a corona extra.
Tastes somewhat better though, not much, but somehow better. Very similar, even though I guess they're "different" styles.
Drinks smooth though, which is pleasant enough.
Overall, cheap and drinkable, but there's better cheap alternatives.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.77/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite malts. Consumed in a paper bag per tradition. Sweet tasting, albeit skunky. Consumed at a fast pace as when it is warm it turns into a different animal.

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Photo of spoony
3/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure this stuff is worthy of a full review...but this is my favorite malt liquor (for whatever that is worth). It has a bit more flavor and substance than OE800 and will still "Work Every Time."

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Photo of StoutElk_92
2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow. Smells like a malt bomb. Tastes like syrupy corn sweetness, with a touch of booze. It feels medium bodied and isn't hard to get down. Not a great beer but one of the better cheap 40 oz. you can get. I started off with one of these on occasion after I turned 21. 40s were my go to, being so cheap. Nowadays I steer clear and go straight for the craft beer.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.2/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.75/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm a big fan of malt liquor, and Colt 45 is a pretty decent one. It has a straw yellow color and has a strong malt smell of sweet corn and grains. The taste was pretty solid with a smooth and flavorful malt taste. Aftertaste is of corn and sugar. Not the greatest malt but not the worst.

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Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of DrainBamage
1.97/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a slightly golden color with head that thins to a lace in about 10 secs. Smells like sweet fusel alcohols. Tastes slightly bitter, quite yeast. Goes down a tad bitter and dry. Overall this beer is quite disgusting, gonna be hard to finish the 32 oz bottle.

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Photo of VABA
2.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent malt liqour

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54 out of 100 with 944 ratings