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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Ratings: 900 |  Reviews: 281
Photo of Kwak
2.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had to get me a 40 after a bad day at work. It was just how I remembered it ice cold out of the bottle nothings better. It has a nice beer like color to it, with a thick fluffy head. The smell was of dirty socks. The taste was like kind of "bud" with a terrible aftertaste not a bad malt liquor!!

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Photo of ChrisBowers
1.91/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like napalm in the morning.... This is a truely offensive brew to the nasal passages, but if you're just looking for something to get a quick buzz off of or a gag, this is for you. Tried this in the traditional 40oz incarnation and I have to say I've had much worse. Deep gold hue with a grassy/corn taste to it. High in alcohol content so as Billy Dee Williams says "It works every time". If that's what you're going for. If you're on a budget, skip the Natural Light and all that crap and grab some of this... it actually has some taste and looks like real beer.

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Photo of putnam
3/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What the?...this is actually drinkable!
Served from a can bearing the "every time" part of the "works every time" slogan...recalling TV commercial memories of Dee Williams seducing multiple young women with the help of this brand. Perhaps not coincidentally on the other side of the package there is a photograph of three young, presumably Jamaican women. The consumer is invited to call a 1-800 number and enter to win a trip for two to Negril. "Join us!" they beckon.
I like what this beer says about me.
The aromas are, as another reviewer noted, precisely that of boiling ears of corn. My fear was that the flavors would be brutally sweet and shapeless. In fact, it's dry, with bready, roasty grain flavors. The carbonation is intrusive and the finish is a washout, know, if you want to catch a painless buzz...
Works every time.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.5/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I seem to be getting alot of cheap beer lately. Fortunately, I haven't payed for any of them. When I first poured this out of the can, I learned an important lesson. Don't pour this outta the can. Drink straight from the can. Grainy colour, carbonated, no head. Smelled of alcohol, malt and corn. Tasted the same way, with a terrible aftertaste. Drinking from the can was a slight improvement, in that I didn't smell the beer as strongly. God awful brew for those only interested in a cheap buzz, something not even I got from this.

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Photo of TheDM
1.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a small head of white medium sized bubbles that quickly disappeared leaving a carbonated weak light yellow body. It has that typical low quality rice beer aroma and a fizzy flavor. There is no real character to this gassy beverage. Burp!

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Photo of hotstuff
1/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

24 oz. can. Oh yuck! Another American mass-produced beer. This beer poured a small white head with small-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished. There was no lacing observed with this beer on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed rising to the top. It had a fruity nose.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro with an attitude. Looks like macro, tastes like macro on steroids, and priced like macro. Everything but appearance is a bit below average. This has been around a long time and hasn't improved. This is really a good marketing effort of a fairly poor beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.38/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a bad malt. Its got a decent flavor, but is better when it's icy cold. Had a strong smell of alcohol and malt, and was a bit on the bitter side. If i am going to drink a malt, it's gonna be this. I'd say to those who are not versed in malts to try this one first, as i think this one is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Brewzzle
3.15/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first malt liquor so I might be a bit off the mark with my comments.

It is actually far better than I thought it would be. There is no head, no colour, no aroma, no hops but there is a smooth malt taste with a nice warming alcohol finish. I think the smoothness and the lack of the generic macro metallic bite makes this stuff quite drinkeable. It has quite a good body and the carbonation is quite soft(nice!). It is very easy to drink if you are not in the mood for thinking about what you are drinking.

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Photo of bditty187
2.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light, pale golden hue, white head, smallish with minimal retention. Unpleasant nose… sulfur, sweet, and hints of grain. First few sips are shocking to the palate… rebounds grainy & gritty, malty, sweet, underlying notes of spiciness. Not very flavorful, but not bad, alcohol is somewhat noticeable, drinkable for a Malt Liquor Beer. It is cheap (22 oz. bottle for $1.40) but that still won’t motivate me to purchase this again.

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Photo of Jarod
2.85/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was given a 40, or a FO-D at my house, over the weekend by a buddy for old times. And I am not one to turn down a pretty decent beer. I have never had a bad Colt. Plus it brings back memories. So I could rate it, I poured a little into a glass (usually straight from the bottle, of course) and it poured into the glass a golden straw yellow. Well carbonated. There was a decent head to my surprise (I usually just pour some on the sidewalk and to get foam) white in color that lasted a small while and there was also lace there. The aroma was simple…sweet malt, cereal and alcohol. The carbonation bubbles filled the mouth and the flavors were of corn grain/cereal, malt – slight sweet in the beginning then mellowed out in the end. Alcohol was present from beginning to the end. Not overpowering, but there. To be honest I like Colt 45 on occasion sometimes starts the party off right.

Plus how can one go wrong when Billy D. Williams is the spokes man !

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half of the appeal of a malt liquor is its image. You can probably guess the other half. Colt 45 is probably the first name you might think of in malt liquors, and nothing says ghetto than having one of these in the essential paper bag. As something that you would drink for taste, Colt 45 isn't the worst brew in the world, but how many people actually drink it for taste?

Colt 45 pours a light golden color that seems very clear. I was surprised that a decent, off-white colored head formed and lasted for about 2 minutes, leaving a little lace on the sides as well. The smell? This one smelt of skunk (this is a clear bottle we're talkin here) and alcohol, along with maybe some jet fuel(?) and some corn. Reminds me of gasoline, where it doesn't smell too good, but you can't help from smelling it. The mouthfeel is somewhat on the smooth side, with some fizziness. The taste has a somewhat grainy sweetness that isn't overpowering, and the same thing can be said for the ever-present alcohol taste. A little bit of a corny twang might be present too. No real hop flavor, but there is some dryness in the finish. Something in the flavor reminds of something synthetic/plastic, but I can't quite distinguish it. Aftertaste has some more corn twang, alcohol, and a little DMS with some dryness. It finishes with some alcoholic warmth that doesn't burn too bad.

Colt 45 is a quaffable beverage, and probably considered a tame malt liquor. Easy to drink, and there's worse out there. No Colt 45 review is complete without giving props to Billy Dee, so: "it works every time."

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Photo of BeerBob
2.73/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Colt 45 Malt Liquor pours a light yellow from its clear 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head goes to two fingers with a hard pour but after sitting for a minute or so all that is left is a thin layer of foam that will lace when taken down with a drink from the glass.

Nose is a damp malt with other sour mash grains in the mix and some light whiffs of alcohol. Palate is a middle of the road American malt liquor, corn sweet but not cloy or sticky and the ever present alcohol.

Conservatively priced at under $4.00 for a six pack, Colt 45 Malt Liquor will be there for you if the need should ever arise, ready willing and able to satisfy the most basic of needs for a beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with lots of fat bubbles and a small white head, quite good lace for the style. The most notable characteristic of the aroma is a strong alcohol presence, though there is a decent malt aroma which is a bit overpowered by the alcohol fumes. Taste begins with aggressive, spritzy carbonation and alcohol flavors. Beneath the alcohol flavor there is a decent cracker malt presence and some hops and grain as well. Finish is dominated by sweet alcohol flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouth feel is pretty good for this style. This beer is a standout in a category that does not get much respect from beer connoisseurs. It also offers very good value for its modest price. I'll certainly buy this one again.

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Photo of budgood1
3.01/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

if you look close enough at my pic, that's me as a baby playing with a Colt 45 can. since i can't get this brew in F-M, i picked up a six pack while home over thanksgiving. this beer holds a special place in my heart, since there is a story my parents told me about Colt 45 and how i was conceived. lol...anyway, on to the pours out pale straw with a nice big foamy head and all kinds of lace that sticks forever! the anticiapted adjunct aroma doesn't's even expected and welcome. a nice creamy mouthfeel is followed by a bit of alcohol afterbite. it tastes pretty good for a malt liquor, probably the best malt liquor you can buy even. goes down smooth and easy. a nice warming sensation is detected after a few of these (i got a sixer of 12 ouncers). a very good malt liquor.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer scares me...then again most strong brews do.....Don't want anything to cut into my quantity of 5.0's.
Appearence here is sub par, this beer is murky, plain and simple, with no crowning glory to speak of.
However, the taste is not isn't good either, but it is not bad. If a quick buzz is in your immediate forecast, this is the brew for you.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +48%
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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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this liquid from a paper bag, I feel like a rummy. The "malt" flavor is present, but drowned out by the overwhelming taste of bad alcohol. By bad alcohol, I mean a taste not unlike nail polish remover.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.13/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Billy Dee says it is good, I will tried it again. Pale straw with moderate head that lasts for a little while. Sweet alcoholic tonic like aroma. Beer is somewhat pedestrian with minimal hop bitterness and a full grainy mouthfeel from the use of corn and other veggies. Finishes warm. But don't drink this warm.

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Photo of Wildman
1.3/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the few malt liquors I have tried. A cheap 40oz favorite of a late friend(God rest his soul). The color is bad, the smell is not any better and drinkablity should only be done quickly.

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Photo of proc
1.83/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I can't believe this was the first beer I ever drank. Ah, the good ole days of chugging 40's of the Colt, bought at the ghetto party store and brought out under cover of cardboard boxes. What the hell were we thinking? Upon revisiting this beer, it is apparent that Billy Dee was using this to get his wimmins buzzed and not himself. Somewhat sweet, taste of burnt corn and nearly flat. Peace out.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.75/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's cheap malt liquor. It will get you all f'd up. Just chug while its cold and get nicely tanked because that is definitely all you are looking for anyway. Am I wrong? I didn't think so.

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Photo of John
2.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't help but chuckle when I think of this stuff. Somehow this always found it's way back from the store in the old days when we would pitch in for beer. Strictly for those looking for a quick, nasty buzz.

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Photo of Jason
2.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never considered trying this, but a buddy bought several types of really cheap beer to see which was the best (in a relative sort of way) He put tape around the cans to hide the ID (have we got too much time on our hands, or what?). Moderate body with a mildly alcohol front, a firm middle and a moderate, non-hop bitter finish. Not all that bad. I about fell out of my chair when he peeled the tape off (I would have fallen out the chair anyway after a couple more).

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
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