Colt 45 Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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890 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#45,240
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
890
pDev:
33.78%
Bros Score:
2.7
 
 
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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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1/5  rDev -55%

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3/5  rDev +35.1%

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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev +35.1%

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3/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a "fourty," Colt 45 is a clear straw yellow with a very little head. Looks like every other mass produced lager you'll see.

S: As long as this stuff is cold, it smells alright-faint aromas of corn, grain husks, grass, and fusel alcohol are present on the nose. As it warms, the smells becomes metallic and nasty.

T: Opens grainy and moderately alcoholic with notes of roasted corn, grain husks, grass, lemon, minerals, fusel alcohol, and metal. The finish is sharp, yet short, with grain, alcohol, and corn notes. Could be a lot worse.

M: Relatively light-bodied, crisp, and firm, with active carbonation.

O: This stuff actually isn't terrible. I was expecting much, much worse.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.13/5  rDev +41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a "Fourty"

I figure, if Lando Calrissian drinks the stuff, it can't be that bad! All things considered, its' not!

Pours a pale yellow with a hint of orangeness in color. Clear fizzy body, white head that lasts a decent time. It has the taste of corn, rice, some slight fusel oil. I thought it would taste more alchoholic than it does. Overall not bad

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Photo of JoLight
3.72/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden, filtered, and a stark-white frothy head that retains very well.

Aroma - Sweetness, mostly corn.

Taste - unusually sweet, but then a general grain flavor. And literally almost no hop bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and medium

Finish - Dry

Overall - It's peculiar, but there is nothing offensive about it. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
1.32/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The first of our terrible beer sampling. Six beers sampled in a blind tasting. 40 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Yellow body, very clear, with a white head.

Smell - Sweet and revolting. Smells like fusel and corn.

Taste - Crisp, light, nothingness, except for the adjunct flavors that separate this from water.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, of course, with high carbonation. It's drinkable, except for the taste. It's like drinking putrid water.

Overall - Bad, but drinkable because there's really nothing there.

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Photo of JayQue
2.91/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't as bad as expected. In my quest for the 104 beer styles, American Malt liquor is one of the last ones on the list. I had a choice between a fo-tay of Mickeys and this. I chose the 24 oz rather than the fo-tay.

Poured into my Hooters 25 oz mug from a 24 oz can. Clear gold color, big white fizzy head, head retention is pretty good, lacing is minimal...not bad.

Smell is less than average. Mild, faint corn aroma. Hardly inviting. Taste is a bit stronger than the BMC usual lagers. Still a corn and rice mix with not much hoppiness, slightly sweet. This is drinkable as a lawnmower beer, nothing offensive about it.

Mouthfeel is less watery than some of the Amer. Adjunct Lagers. Not a great beer but the mouthfeel is at least as solid as the better cheap lagers. It is crisp, there is a bit of a stale aftertaste but is mostly refreshing if not good or memorable. I was expecting some nasty alcohol aftertaste, but I guess this is more of a problem with the higher octane Malt Liquors. This one is not in any way offensive.

Overall, an average experience...thirsty? hot? want a little buzz? This is certainly a cheap remedy.

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Photo of barrenbane
2.88/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden with a slight hue of orange, which is probably from the malt. Pours a small head that quickly dissipates. Lacing disappears within 30 seconds.

S - Corny, malty, and sweet. Only a slight hint of booze. Not too offensive.

T - One of the better malt liquors available. The malt makes it sweet and smooth. Very drinkable.

M - Has a decent body. Moderate carbonation that won't overwhelm.

O - For a malt liquor, it's quite tolerable. The alcohol content isn't too high, so it doesn't have a boozy aroma or flavor like others in its category. If you want a cheap moderate buzz, treat yourself to a deuce or a forty (brown bag included).

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Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the time of this Bad Beer Thursdays review, this is the #22 American Malt Liquor on the best of list, also the #81 beer on the bottom of the barrel list on here, poured from a clear bottle into a Golden Pheasant glass.

Beer is yellow, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a mild vegetalness.

Beer is sweet medium to light in body. Actually not bad, there is no aftertaste, it is slightly corny throughout but I've had much much worse. It is wet throughout and the finish is also wet. I drank the whole thing and I doubt I'd ever have more if it but it was as good as Schlitz. Which is a compliment if you were confused by that comment.

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Photo of MadCat
2.26/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40oz of cheap beer. Who can resist? Figured I should try it for fun. Tastes very similar to PBR to me, so the review that follows is similar to my review for PBR.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow, with a decent white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Light grains and light fart.

Taste: Light grains and adjuncts. Not a whole lot of flavor there. A little bit bitter. Thats about it.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation.

Overall: If it weren't for the fart smell, this wouldn't be half bad. If you're in the mood for something cheap without a whole lot of flavor, its not a bad way to go. Hard to beat the price too. And who can resist consuming 40oz in one sitting?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

18 oz clear bottle with Billy Dee holding a can with a question mark..."Find Billy Dee's Colt 45 and win a trip to meet Dee in Las Vegas"...nice, I must say the label reeled me in, along with the fact I have never seen an 18 oz bottle before. Pours a clear, dark gold color with a fizzy white head. Retention sucks, but it does leave a fairly nice sheen and collar. Lacing shows up after a few drinks.

Nose is clean, light grainy malts and cornbread. Not much else, maybe a splash of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and full-bodied. Grainy and adjunct filled flavor with plenty of scrubbing carbonation. One of the smoother malt liquors, but at 5.61%, it falls on the low side of the scale for this style. I would rather grab a few Coors Originals than drink this stuff. Has a light mustiness and the hops are pretty non-existent. I think the 7-8% ABV range is the money slot for malt liquors, above that and they start getting grimacingly tough to drink and below that you might as well just go with your basic Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.63/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - diluted urine color. Gold spray paint. Clear. Low bubbly bleach white head.

S - dry stale hay bitter caustic cheap.

T - surprisingly paletable. I don't want to throw it down the sink but I don't want a second one either. Not too dry not too bitter.

M - kind of creamy. Like corn on the cob with not enough butter.

D - if you can get past the smell this is worth giving a chance just due to the price

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

Brownish gold beer straight out of a 40 ounce bottle. No pouring necessary, except what's poured for my homies. Smells a little skunky and of sweet adjuncts. Sugary sweet flavors of corn and grain. It's not something I'll buy very often. Milwaukee's Best 40s are cheaper and taste better, even if they don't have that signature bottle shape.

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Photo of Natural510
2.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, no dating.

Pretty awful pour....light golden straw color with fizzy white head which quickly dissipates to nothingness. Flat appearance.

Scent is mostly made up of creamed corn with hints of minerals and grasses.

Flavor is mostly corn adjunct as well; light and sweet with a hop presence which balances it out somewhat.

Body tastes about as flat as it appears, and has a watery consistency as well. Nonetheless, it is still drinkable for effect.

I haven't had a malt liquor since I was a teenager, and I suppose my personal prerequisite is it not make me sick. Colt .45 isn't half-bad, similar to your average mass-produced American lager.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this straight out of the 40, as God intended. It was a very light gold colour. I can't say anything about the head, obviously. The smell was sort of a nauseating sweet malt with some corn. The taste was the same, but with a twist. There were hops in this beer! I could clearly taste a slight piney flavour. Except it was real cheap and accentuated by the sweetness of the corn in such a way that it was more like Pine Sol. It was gross. Those piney-flavoured hops have no place in a malt liquor. As a result, this is now among my least favourite malt liquors and the worst 40 I've had so far. Oh well. At least now I know. I guess there's a reason this doesn't get sold anywhere near me. Sorry Lando, I'm sticking with Olde English.

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

A - This beer pours a clear pale yellow straw color. It has a small fizzy 1-finger head. the head fell very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. There are tons of visible carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.

S - It smells of your average malt liquor. It is mostly just sweet corn and barley. Definitely not very appetizing.

T - Not good. Like the nose, it is basically just sweet corn flavors and sort of grainy. Other than that there is not much flavor. The finish has a bit of a sourness to it.

M - This has a light body and high carbonation. It goes down like water, and has a bit of alcohol sting.

O - It goes down like water. There isn't much flavor, and the flavor it does have is not good. Overall, I definitely do not recommend picking this up. There is no reason to spend your money on this beer, unless you are just looking to get fucked up quickly without having to taste much.

PS - Do not let this get at all warm.

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Photo of BucBasil
1.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from the 24oz can. I don't know how many more of these horrible beers I can take. Oh well... All in the name of beer exploration!

This one has that classic malt liquor sweet corny smell that can be detected from several feet away. It tinges your breath with the scent of sweet corn and death and lets everyone around you know that you are drinking some foul stuff. It reminds you of that bum you sat a few rows from on the Metro a couple of days ago who muttered to himself all the way home while sipping on a mysterious liquid in a brown paper bag, and now you are doing the same thing yourself. Each sip I take, I start muttering to myself, damn, what am I doing with my life. What Am I drinking? The taste is of corn and barley with a slight twinge of Wonder bread and failure. Finishes with an alcohol burn and an alcoholic's regret.

Horrible.

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.22 out of 5 with 890 ratings
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