Colt 45 High Gravity Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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Colt 45 High Gravity LagerColt 45 High Gravity Lager

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

made sure i froze it an extra 20 min after refrigeration, drink fast and cold. 16 oz can that was dirt cheap.

Pours a bit deeper gold, though still crystal clear than a regular colt 45, the head is again bright white and foamy, it sticks a bit longer than the average malt liquor and leaves tom okay lacing, which is odd because it is higher alcohol than the regular, thank god for additives.

The smell is better here than normal colt, even more of the corn smell is gone, it has a fruitiness to it, slight adjunct feel, dare i say even a hint of yeasty smell.

When cold it tastes alright, bread, caramel, apple cider, hint of walnut, more corn than a regular colt imo though. More gravity inevitably means more corn unfortunately.

The colt 45 beers are probably the best adjunct lagers, but then again, only if your in a pinch would i recommend this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of leap89
4.65/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm hit with a powerful, boozy sweetness right off the bat. Not necessarily a bad thing, for the style. It doesn't leave that sickly sweet aftertaste like so many other malt liquors do. In fact, the aftertaste is gone almost instantly.

If you want to talk about mouth-feel, it's surprisingly light and crisp for a high gravity malt liquor. Not at all like the almost syrupy texture that some have. It's lightly carbonated, and incredibly easy to drink. It goes down very smooth, and leaves a pleasant, slightly warm feeling in my stomach. I could chug this without any problem.

The only negative I can think of is the smell. Although no malt liquor smells particularly good, this one has a strong, yeasty vegetable smell that could be off-putting to some.

I drank it straight from the can, if that matters to anyone. It is slightly easier to chug in a glass, but otherwise it really doesn't matter.

I'd mention the appearance, but who cares? I can't think of any other style of beer where appearance matters less.

Overall, this is my favorite malt liquor I've tried so far, and I've tried a lot. At 8.5% ABV it gets you to where you want to be quickly. It isn't even too bad when it warms up, which is incredibly rare.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colt 45 High Gravity Lager has a thick, white head and a clear, golden color. Carbonation is moderate to high. The aroma is of corn and malt, but not particularly strong. The taste is surprisingly mild for an 8.5% abv drink; it is not stinging, if anything, it has a stereotypical beer flavor. Mouth-feel is moderately heavy. It finishes crisp, a further surprise. Overall, this full-flavored malt liquor is very enjoyable and satisfying, and I'd recommend giving it a try.


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Photo of RacerX5k
3.58/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Works every time? it sure does, at least for me. $2 for a 24oz 8.5% beer? I don't think you can get a better value. And you know what?; this beer is alot better than poor. in fact, anyone rating this beer poor or below average needs a reality check. It's actually better than average, and once again, better than tons of mediocre craft I've had. And the gorgeous 24oz can doesn't hurt.

Pale yellow decent head not my favorite look but it's ok. Nicely malted aroma, no off smells and very fresh. Big malt liquor taste, smooth and refreshing with plenty of flavor. Hop presence noted with hints of apple and pear. Easy drinking for a hot summer night.

Dropped my car off Monday night picked up my rental in the hood. Heading towards K&A (that would be Kensington and Allegheny, Philadelphia PA (where i grew up) knew I'd find a beer deli. Sure enough, there was B&G (or was it G&B?) walked in saw this 24 had to have one. Tasted it, grabbed 2 more. Gotta love the hood, hey, it's where I'm from. Will certainly get this again.

Last year i spent $75 on my Rare. Yes it was good but I'm sure was much better fresh. Spending that $75 was just fucking stupid, and a complete waste of money. This proves beer doesn't have to be expensive, or craft, just has to be good. This is Beer Advocate, not Craft Beer Advocate, after all.

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Photo of squezey
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

doesn't taste as great as say Steel Reserve around the same alcohol level to me but for the alcohol content and how easy to drink it is in comparison you can't beat it for the same price.

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Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ordybill
3.68/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this as a goof for my 700th beer on beer advocate. It is really a lot better than I expected. It isn't world class. But for the price and the flavor/ABV it rates pretty darn high. Pour it in a pint glass and give it a try. You may be surprised.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.03/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Colt 45 High Gravity Lager brewed by Pabst Brewing Company. with an ABV of 8.50% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice small white head. The smell of Colt 45 High Gravity Lager, is rich with grains sand malts. You pick up on corn and a mild sweetness, in the smell of this brew. The taste of this brew is rich with corn and and malts. There is also a hit of hops in the taste of this brew. This brew has the look, smell and the taste of most malt liquors on the market. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Colt 45 High Gravity Lager, has an ok balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Colt 45 High Gravity Lager, is rich bold clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Colt 45 High Gravity Lager a 4 out of 5. Pabst Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. If you like the taste of malt liquor this is the brew for you. This brew is sweet and it has that bite that most malt liquors have.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours to a nice looking white head that hangs around for a while and tries to lace, but then it craps out to a thin ring. Color is light gold. Aroma is sweet corn and veggies--there's some malt in there too. Flavor is sweet, tangy, clean, boozy and corn-syrupy as hell--just what it should be. Finish is all alcohol and corn. Mouthfeel is light and dry and more like brandy or vodka. Overall, a decent buzzer that plays to its audience well.


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Photo of jaredtp
4.14/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tone77
2.96/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, sugars, a bit of malts. Not terrible but a tad unpleasant. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall this is a below average beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 710 ml. can marked OCT0410-D07021828. Sampled on Aug. 23, 2010. It pours a bright pale yellow with a good inch of fizzy white head that stays around for the entire time along with decent lacing on the glass. Malts, corn, and other adjuncts greet the nose with, dare I say it, a thin hoppiness around the edges. The taste is mainly grains and malts with a light hoppy bite at the end. But the 8.5% ABV is reasonably masked. But your head reminds you that it is there when all is said and done. This is very much like any macro high gravity malt liquor. Tons of punch but little in the way of character or taste.

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Photo of emerge077
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another "top ten" AML, currently sitting at #9 on the style list. Found this at a neighborhood bodega, surprisingly it's not all that easy to find around town. The black can is dated JUN1112" on the bottom, a possible production or best by date (assuming best by, considering the source).

Crack & glug, as ol' Woody says... pale urine gold with slow trails of carbonation rising upward. Copious amounts of foam, a good 3-4" on top, though it quickly fizzles out to a feeble broken skim on the surface. Second pour was 1" with a creamy surface texture. Some spotty lace clings inside the glass.

Smells ok, not bad not good. Believe me i've whiffed worse. Pretty tame, grainy and dry, no trace of the alcohol yet.

Tastes pretty nondescript, like white wine and cereal grains. The alcohol is present as it warms, and not all that pleasant. Slightly fusely but not too astringent really. The first sips deaden the tongue a bit, and the low carbonation gives it a certain slickness. Pretty drinkable considering the style, actually drinking it as opposed to dumping it.

Is it bad? Not really. Wouldn't seek it out, and I think there are better tasting budget options out there like Hurricane and Natty Daddy.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.17/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heading back home from Columbia needed to get gas, and spot this 24oz in the store. I like regular Colt (seriously. For the category I'd only rank it behind Steel Reserve), figured why not?

Pours clear yellow, humongous white thicker-than-expected (resembles biscuit dough) head. Bubbling below the head vanishes. Sharp apple-ish smell, plus a whiff of the usual corn -- it is a malt liquor, after all. Hint of booze on the scent but not as much as I expected. Taste continues the theme, with a bit of melon in there somehow.

Honestly, this reminds of a low-budget barleywine minus the hop strength. It goes down thicker than usual for a malt liquor, as if some wheat was involved. Only point I'd specifically ding for mouthfeel is being too far on the flat side.

For the most part, the best you can say about a malt liquor is if it's close to a traditional beer taste and feel -- "this doesn't taste like a malt liquor" is a high mark, in other words. Well...this comes oddly close to not tasting like a malt liquor. High gravity Colt is within inches of bumping SR off its throne.

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Photo of vacax
3.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As much as you hear about Colt 45, this HG masterpiece somehow flew under the radar. The fabled story of HG malt liquor continues to prove they are better than their counterparts. Pours a glowing golden with a gloriously thick white head that left fair lacing. Smells of grain mostly with a bit of honey sweetness. The taste is grainy malts and plastic, the plastic carries through into the finish alongside some cookielike malt. Feels fairly normal with the typical higher carbonation. Not a bad malt liquor actually.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
1.25/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of biggred1
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 OZ. can purchased for $1.19 out of an iced tub I spotted while standing in line at a less than reputable beverage purveyor.

Clear pale golden with a fizzy white head. The smell is creamed corn and trace floral hops. Green apple skin, sweet grits and untoasted grain with a touch of grain alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied and super carbonated. This is not bad for the style but not really good either. Good bang for the buck if you want a cheap and drinkable high octane beer.

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Photo of MinorThreat
1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of GeezLynn
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Has been a white whale for me for a long time. Thanks to the unknown person that kindly left it in my fridge (a true BA, no doubt). Batch CO7022139

A: Golden blond like apple juice. Accompanied by a fleeting snow white head that dashes off before you can reach her.

S: (1st 12oz) Corn, stale veggies (broccoli or cauliflower), slightly sweet with a big sour twang. Is that some funk? Must be brett, right?
(2nd 12oz) Same stank corn, but there are some nice floral notes in here (very pungent, like an easter lilly).

T: Malt liquor sweet, but there's a nice apple/pear fruitiness. Pleasantly surprised at the light fruit flavors, but then soon disgusted by the mouth puckering, cloying effect on the palate.

M: Thin, a little watery (even for the style) and under-carbonated. Drying. Worst part of this beer by far.

Exquisite offering. Get it now while you can. Probably the next big brew once people catch on.

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Photo of Zorro
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Life is moving at an ever-faster pace for everyone, even for the homeless Southern California alcoholic. Places to go and begging to be done who has a whole Hour to get drunk anymore? That is why they invented the new and improved 8.5% Colt 45! Hey you got places to go and things to puke on Hurry up!

$1.50 for 24 OZ black can of alleged beer.

Clear yellow beer high on carbonation with a good white colored head, this looks like regular type beer. Darker shade of yellow this could be called yellow.

Smell is sweet but lots tamer than most other malt liquors. Noticeable herbal scent with a little lemon. Detectable hops, better than expected.

Starts out sweet and alcoholic with a strong saltine cracker aftertaste. Lots of fruity esters in the taste, you can tell this was fermented hot. The expected corn is here, but sweetness is much less than I was braced for. This produces a quite noticeable warmth in the chest, no hiding the alcohol here. Tastes more than a bit like Korean Soju, a sweet potato vodka.

Mouthfeel is average.

Actually tolerable if you drink it really cold. But lets not kid ourselves; this is Hooch suitable for college students and professional alcoholics.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts, honey, some alcohol and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and corn, followed by a sweet light malt flavor. It doesn't taste as boozy as most Malt Liquors. The hops presence is as faint as any other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, overall it might not be pretty bad but within the context of what this beer is meant for it could be considered fairly good. The regular Colt 45 might taste a little better but that's the price you pay for "high gravity".

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Photo of Jameswoody
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kguyty
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bump Red Stripe and "Yay, Beer!" Howzabout "YAY, CANs!" as an alternative?

I had about a finger of bone-white head and while I was typing the proceeding, it evaporated. Whoops! Color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly fusel, but not overwhelming. This was actually drinkable. Mouthfeel was medium with a taste of berries, sugar, and simple starch carbohydrates (think licking a raw potato). Not my favorite set of flavors in combination, especially where beer is concerned, but deadly, or drain pour-like? Hardly. This will get its users where they are going, but with minimal damage incurred on the trip. Just don't drive and/or operate heavy machinery afterward, babies! You'll be fine. Trust the monk. Finish? Dry. Like the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. That is what happens when you suck all of the sugar away. Boo hoo. You want sweet, drink some white wine. This is unapologetic and so am I!

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Colt 45 High Gravity Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 72 ratings