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Olde English 800 | Miller Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are two variants, a 5.9% ABV and a 7.5% ABV version.

Olde English 800 is one of America's leading malt liquor brands. Commonly referred to as "OE800," it offers smooth, rich taste with a slightly fruity aroma that is a favorite among malt liquor drinkers. OE wears the crown because it is the King of Malt Liquors.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Yellow gold with a ring of foam around the collar. This one has minimal soapy lace that slides down the side of the glass. Pretty average for a malt liquor.

S - Sweet cornflake cereal. Rice. No real detectable alcohol fumes. Smells a tiny bit peppery.

T - Pretty clean and boring.

M - Again, clean and boring. No real assertive or funky flavors...just clean corn and rice adjuncts.

D - This is one of the least offensive malt liquors on the market (it's the most like real lager), but I like my 40s like I like my gansta rap...I want to be offended.

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Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

40 ounce bottle from a local liquor store

Poured a light brown color into my frosted glass with a thick soapy head

Smell is a little strong, but not as bad as other malt liquors

Could drink a lot of this, not too heavy, but high in alcohol, so must beware

Good malt liquor for the buck

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Photo of Brad007
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yellow in color with a head that lingers. Aroma is strong and sweet, somewhat corny. Taste is a bit hard to deal with at first. Not much to the imagination as far as taste goes anyway. Somewhat unsettling and bland on the tongue. Alcohol is not well hidden. Overall, not very drinkable. I'll take another bottle of Private Stock over this.

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Photo of xav33
2.24/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Olde English 800
40 oz
Poured out of a paper bag wrapped 40 oz bottle directly into my mouth. No middleman here.
Recent brewing, polished off 08/07

Looked like a clear dirty gold color. After a few swigs a nice little foamy white head popped up.

Smelt like a can of cooked corn. One that has been sitting on the counter for 2-3 days.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet cooked corn malt followed by some dandelion, thistle, and clover bitter bite smeared with more cooked corn juice, on a somewhat curt finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated and lightly astringent and alcoholic.

Overall, it was surprisingly drinkable for a malt liquor. I hear it brings back the shine on olde furniture too.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint. Say's brewed by the Olde English 800 Company... yeah, right... nice try Miller

Just a standard pale piss yellow. A little head actually formed on this one but faded very quickly.

Smells of metal, alcohol, and malt. Not much to the nose.

Very crisp, the carbonation gives it a very smooth body. Grain flavor, bad stale hop flavor, but that is the only thing I don't like about the flavor. The alcohol content is all over the place, on your palate in your throat, your nose, and it's like this all the way to the finish. I kinda like that.

I like it! I know a lot of people don't like this brew but I mean come on for three dollars a six pack you can't be that and get a decent buzz afterwards. Awesome, definitely coming back.

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Photo of giblet
2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ok. i am working on a construckshun project. it is hotter than the hubs of hades and i go on a beer run. i pickup 4 of these pounders. 4 Fourties baby.

the beer was pale in color - easy to see with a clear bottle. the smell was kinda funky. some corn taste to it. not a lot of taste but not horrid. a lot of bitey carbonation to it. when it is 97 degrees a very cold high carbonation and strong abv work well for me.

then the bomb struck. after working another 20 minutes we decide to drink the second one. of course it had warmed up some by then. not so good. drank half, worked a while - maybe 10 minutes and drank the rest. by this time it warmed and went kinda flat...puke city!

drink it cold. drink it cuz its cheap and gives a buzz.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of tfinn
2.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours deep gold (with touches of orange) with a white small-bubbled head.

scent is faint sweet (six-row?) malt, with a husky grain back to it. there is some faint spice to this, reminds me of crystal malt. (there is some toastiness in there.)

flavor is an industrial lager on viagra, that is to say, an intense two-dimensional six-row malt sweetness with some corny adjunct. a toasted corn comes through at the end. maybe miller borrowed a recipe page from shiner?

mouthfeel is a little tongue-numbing. this is quite a bit weightier than your standard industrial lager, but not so weighty enough to evoke sipping, like a samiclaus.

altogether uninspired, and no way I could finish a 40 of this. (even the 24 is trying my patience.) I do find it a bit more interesting than steel reserve, but still nowhere near rogue's dad''s little helper.

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Photo of zdk9
2.47/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you like corn then this delicious malt liquor is right up your alley. With a nose of roasted corn cakes and a taste that combines can creamed corn with slight touches of whisky like fusel alcohol it is the perfect beer for a lover of raw corn. But not a tasty one.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oh yeah...when you're 16 and looking for a $2 buzz out of a brown paper bag, this was the shit! basically a big version of an american macro lager with more malt adjuncts used, in this case corn, i think. no hop presence detected. looks like a macro in the bottle, i can't say i EVER poured this in a glass to find out. if you wanna get a buzz really cheap, this is a good place to start.

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Photo of tromafan
3/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

What can be said that hasn't been said about the 40oz king of malts. Most users will describe the taste and feel in detail but with this brew, it all comes down to getting drunk. Very drunk. I drank three 40's of this a few years back at my house party. Lets just say I was more gone than the NYC blackout of 77. This is still a great brew for gettin drunk. Taste isn't half bad especially for a malt. Heck, the label hasn't even changed since the 70's. You see OE and you know what your in for. Keep swillin!!

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Photo of jettjon
2.11/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the classic 32 oz twist top bottle, no date. Vigorous pour into a pint glass yields a clear, pale golden color with decent carbonation, beneath a 1-finger whitish head that fades quickly leaving a solid cap and sticky lacing. Honestly, not bad looking. Things go quickly south, however: nose of bready adjunct and a slight chemical smell. Taste is perhaps a bit worse, dominated by a sweetish adjunct (corn?) flavor and more of an astringent/chemical aftertaste. Finishes on a lackluster, minorly bitter note. Mouth is wet, slightly fizzy, and relatively smooth. Drinkability is definitely on the low side; the astringent flavor detracts.

Overall: There are better cheap “malt liquors” out there. Avoid this one. (By way of comparison, I found Schiltz Malt Liquor Bull a lot more drinkable than OE 800.)

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can you sayabout good old Ole E? Me adn a few buddies decided to down one for old times sake. Didn't pour it as how could you, this one has to be drank out of the brown bag for sure. Looks and smelled pretty much like urine. Not cool and I don't know how I drank soo much of this when I was younger. Ok so maybe the smell had the slightest moldy grain hint to it. The taste was ughh, Wow I really don't know how I used to pund this, I guess it was just the times. Overall I will never being going back to this one again. It was fun a long time ago, but now just painful. LOL, it was fun though and a good throwback.

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Photo of Viggo
2.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Punishment hour. This bottle says 8% ABV.

Pours a clear amber/golden, fluffy white head forms, disappears snap crackle and pop style, some lace spots. Smell is very sweet, corn, alcohol, caramel, citrus, bit of vanilla/floral, not too bad. Taste is very sweet, corny alcohol, iron in the finish, some bitterness, floral aftertaste, but very metallic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice burn on the way down. Was expecting this to be worse, but its drinkable.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a thin white head that goes away quickly. Color is yellow-gold with some floaties. Aroma is very weak and grainy. Flavor is sweet, corny and not very special. Drinks easy for 7%abv. Finishes sweet. I've had much worse malt liquors. Not terrible, but not very satisfying.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've never liked this one much and last week I bought a 16oz can to confirm that I still didn't think much of it and to give a truer review of this beer.

it looks ok in a glass, orange/amber little white head... I'm used to seeing this in a 40, so I am truly amazed.

it "stanks" the way I always remember this "stank".

it tastes the same too... kinda nasty, homes.

it goes down without causing any gag reaction.

I'm done with this stuff, B...

it's all yours!

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.74/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The final entry in the small contest known as the High-Low Invitational, where I try out a few unusual styles with a wide range of ABV. Bud Ice Light beat out Coors NA for who was fairer in the land, but now comes a malt liquor packing a 7.5 ABV punch standing in the former's way to which brew takes home the prize in this small contest. Inspired by The Game's track "Ol' English" (younger folks might know this), on to the beer:

I poured it out of its 16 ounce can into a pint glass just to see the look. Looks kind of like pale lager, but has a surprising head that holds well. The smell could be more polished; corn fructose, alcoholic, and a bit of husk. Now comes the punishment; there's a corn syrup aroma in the back of the taste, but is mainly dominated by a sharp stab of alcohol and metal. Very painful to consume. I can't imagine drinking this to get drunk. Stay away from flammable objects if you do, as you'll feel the alcoholic fumes go down your throat.

Now to reveal the winner: And the winner is...

Bud Ice Light!

A very exciting meet we had here, recognizing the beer styles untested to most. Hats off to Light Ice, Malt Liquor, and Non-Alcoholic for their participation. Check my previous reviews to see what you missed of this contest. Good night everyone!

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Photo of nlmartin
1.53/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought this beer as sort of a Ha Ha nostalgia beer. My gods what have I done to myself? I was going to serve this beer in the proper glass ware. That would mean drinking the beer from the bottle wrapped in a paper bag. By force of habit I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer was served very cold! Oh well its time to get the Nate Ball rolling!

Appearance: If this beer has any highmarks it would be appearance. The beer pours a very fizzy pale yellow coloration. (This looks like something I emptied out of a catheter this morning.) The head was a short lived foamy white coloration.

Smell: The beer has a vaguely corny mineral / metallic smell.

Taste: The beer has lots of corny maltyness. The maltyness is ruined by the mineral flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very thin / anorexic body. The carbonation is stinging at times. The beer should be consumed fast and not allowed to warm up. When the beer hits warmer temps it is simply undrinkable.

The beer is what it is. This beer is a 7.5% alcohol delivery system. At ninety nine cents a double duece this is acceptable. Man this was a bad idea and it will be awhile before I buy another beer from the good old days.

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Photo of mcerka
2.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"OE" is up there with CAMO, although I believe CAMO might be a little easier to handle. Olde English is my good luck before a show beer. Whenever my band gets to the venue I find the nearest ligour store and get one before we actually go on. Everything about this cheap malt liqour is fairly average.

It's really used just for a cheap way to get drunk, not too hard to drink, not too hard to finish.

P.S. check us out

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Photo of beeragent
2.22/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

IMO, this is not worth pouring into a pint glass, but for appearance, I had to. Poured from a 24oz. can, into a pint glass. The beer poured a light straw color, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, that actually left thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is bad, but not skunky. Mostly smells like corn and grain. The taste isnt as bad as most think, but its not quality by any means. Corn and grain flavor. Maybe a little malt too. Thin mouthfeel, making this easy to chug like many do. As far as malt liquor goes, I have to say that this is my favorite. That said, I only drink one maybe once or twice a year. Worth a try.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

To commemorate my last week living in a seedy apartment, I thought I would celebrate with the official beer of this building, Olde English 800. Anyways..

This poured a urine yellow with fizzy soda like head that quickly dissipated. Smell is disgusting, alcohol and corn, almost headache-inducing. Flavor is corny, some banana-like notes, not horrible, but it goes down with a terrible alcohol burn, quite difficult to drink.

A stereotypical example of this style, not a good one. I could think of one named after a famous firearm that is a much better example of this style of brew.

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Photo of rsyberg01
1.21/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

S - 24 oz can, didnt notice the freshness date. Car giveaway ad on back of can, or maybe thats the front of the can I dont know.

A - Looks like your average macro, yellow with many bubbles scurrying to the surface. Fizzy head that furiously leaves like a soda.

S - Like aluminum. Rotten smells come forth as well, maybe cheap malt. This is pretty unpleasant. Had me saying "What the hell is that smell?!?!?!"

T - Ughhh. Metallic and extremely carbonated. Hardly beer at all. Tasted like there was a hint of vodka, or maybe that was just the horrific burning from the huge carbonation factor. Little malt flavor.

M - Overly fizzy and leaves the mouth and palate in extreme haste.

D - Yikes. I literally almost vomited on my last gulp of this horrendous beer. Avoid at all costs, believe me you arent missing anything.

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Photo of rodrot
1.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Warning: use of this product may be hazardous to your health. Keep this product away from all friends, pets and loved ones. If ingested, induce vomiting immediately and contact Poison Control.

This beer poured a light yellow color into a pint glass with a large 2 finger head that faded quickly. Carbonation was very high at first and then became flat after a few minutes. Aroma was corny and fruity with a hint of that rotting vege smell. Not good. Taste was just as bad. Very watery and boring with hints of the infamous rotting vegetables, corn grits and just a slight taste of malt. No hop or bittering flavor present. I didn't even pick up an alcoholic note, which you expect from this style. Mouthfeel was thin and bland. Drinkability was low due to the relative lack of flavor or body. The 40 became a drain pour after only about 10 ounces were gone. I don't understand what all the hoopla is with this beer. No wonder all the gangbangers are killing themselves. Something that tastes this bad would make a killer out of Gandhi. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of HoustonTX
1.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first beer ever, so some sort of nostalgia involved with this one. Especially how drunk I was after just 1 40oz. 7.50% ABV, not bad, quite suprised at that amount actually.

A - Golden yellow, plenty carbonated, fluffy head on pour, not very good retention.

S - Smell is grain/malt.

T - Taste is strong and almost overwhealming at first. Malt taste initially, with strong alcohol and a bitter mild hop finish. Rough at first, but easier after some time.

M - Decent, carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - Drinkability is middle of the road. For the high ABV, these go down easy enough after you aquire the flavor. The final drunk from drinking 40's back in the day was just right. Adequate but, not excessive. Recomendeed for anyone on a budget or just getting into the beer world. Otherwise, just keep away.

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Photo of clickpush
2.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: 40oz bottle to pint glass (just once... for the tasting) Comes into the glass with a yellowish, clear body and a few bubble trails. An impressive two finger head with excellent staying time.

Nose: It smells sour, alcoholic, and chalky - just a touch of hop presence in the nose but it doesn't cover the other offensive aromas.

Mouth: Has a watery entrance that hits sour along the back of the mouth and just a hint of hops. Some sweet peach notes appear along the tongue after swallowing.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the typical malt liquor way. Slightly dark golden with a thing ring of bubbles. Typical corny/grainy smell and a hint of burnt veggies. Sweet tasting and not overly grainy. Lot of corn in the flavor, but this one is really smooth. Mouthfeel is surpisingly not sticky, considering the abv, yet it still holds firm in the mouth like a higher gravity malt liquor. Highly drinkable and a nice change from Steel Reserve. I think I've found my new favorite malt liquor.

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Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
54 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.