Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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58
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875 Ratings
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Colt 45 Malt LiquorColt 45 Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
875
Reviews:
272
Avg:
2.38
pDev:
31.93%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
168
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Ratings: 875 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of BeerWithMike
2.87/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.74/5  rDev -26.9%
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 wejohnsn
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sourlinus
1.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Burly
2.26/5  rDev -5%
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 thoglund
2.02/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Derranged
2.76/5  rDev +16%
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 cd_beer_disapear
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DWeavie
1.73/5  rDev -27.3%
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 Squire123
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dremiliolizardo
2.11/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of 54V4G3
1.28/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beginner2
2.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of skeeterloveshops
1.14/5  rDev -52.1%
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 -9.7%
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 PUbeer
2.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.27/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of vikinggary28
1.74/5  rDev -26.9%
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 PawPawPepperoni
2.84/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Couldn't really get the color as i was drinking out of a paper bag. Notes of 40oz. Dry finish. skunky.

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Photo of Abbbp
2.2/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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 chuckgietzen
2.27/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hophugger
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BlueShepard19
1.16/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
2.38 out of 5 based on 875 ratings.
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