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Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.

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878 Ratings

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 40.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Photo of womencantsail
2.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a golden color with an initially voluminous white head.

S: A bit of skunk, apple juice, corn, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Initially bland followed by some overly sweet corn syrup, apple juice, and more corn and alcohol.

M: A bit of a light body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not as bad as some of the other malt liquors out there, but I wouldn't want to take the fawty to the face.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.05/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the clear forty ounce bottle into my tulip, very pale straw color with generous head that recedes to a slight foamy top, bunches of carbonation bubbles float to the top thanks to that great laser etching. Average looking brew.

Smells a bit skunk like, probably attributed to that wonderful clear bottle, though I cannot say this is the absolute cause. Has that typical adjunct smell, corn like with rice thrown in for good measure. Uninspiring to say the least. Probably the worst part of this brew.

Taste is unoffensive, very light and lacking in flavor. Though not much flavor is present, this is one of the better malt liquors I have sampled. The subdued taste is most likely caused by the chilly temperature at which this was served, though my opinion is that all malt liquors taste better as cold as possible.

Feel is very light, decent carbonation makes it pleasant to drink. Alcohol content is hidden very well, barely noticable. No burn associated with this at all, but at seven point five, it is not too heavy in the alcohol department. Drinkability is good, in my opinion. Guzzled from the forty would seem to be the way to go with this brew. Serve ice cold and have a good time chugging that massive forty ouncer.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.7/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the 40 ounce bottle. Appearance was golden yellow. Strong scents of corn, rice, sort of a sweet smell. Lots of flavor corn, malt extracts, no real hop flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, very easy to drink. Would I reach for another one? Yes.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.85/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear, medium gold color. A medium-sized, foamy white head bubbles up with decent sticking power. Some basic soapy lacing.

S: Some husky, sour graininess along with a healthy dose of corn sugar. Faint alcoholic and fruit-punchy notes as well. Not appealing, but also far from repulsive.

T: Thin, somewhat sour graininess up front. Fairly sweet throughout, but never overpowering. Definite corn syrup character. Alcohol is present, again with a bland artificial fruitiness and a faint hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a touch subdued. A bit sticky and adjuncty, but it comes with the territory I suppose.

D: For what it is, it's okay. Rough and grainy for sure, but thankfully not a hot, sugary mess. Not very good, but for the style you can do a lot worse. Some nights call for something like Olde English, and tonight definitely qualified.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
1.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden yellow with a bushy white head that disappears as quickly as it forms.

Adjunct smell with an emphasis on the corn. That's about all.

The taste is crisp, but heavy on adjunct flavors and a horrid metallic taste. The body is thin and grainy and the drinkability is poor.

Photo of heissebier
1.8/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh man, I had a 40 of this last night just to see what all the hype was about. I drank it out of the bottle (for authenticity)

Appearance- The beer itself is pale yellow, with a lacy, thin head surprisingly not too terrible from what I could tell. The best part about this beer is its propensity to alter the apperance of the drinker. No matter how uncool and nerdy you may be by day, if you're holding a 40 of this stuff, you are undeniably "gangsta"

Smell- "like a homeless person" definately sums it up. Smells mostly of booze and grains.

Taste- very very grainy, with some alcohol coming through. Not the worst thing I've ever tasted, especially about 1/2 way through.

mouthfeel- not good. at all. thin and watery

Drinkability- Drinkable in the sense that you can drink a ton of this without becoming too full. but its not something you reall want to drink.

Photo of Spineypanda
2.2/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Straw almost clear color. Somewhat lasting head that is actually not bad looking.
The idea behind this beer is to get drunk fast. Well we will see if it works!
Smells like crappy beer lots of alcohol smells and some soggy pennies.
Tastes like metal too, with a bit of grain to it. Oh joy! The good news is I think that this is an extremely cheap drunk for those of us who cannot afford good beer. Good thing I can.

Also PBR is a bit better. Thanks.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +79.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, Olde English 800 is one of the mildest malt liquors available, and has a relatively low (5.9%) alcohol level. It has a thick, white head, lots of lacing, and higher-than-usual carbonation (for this genre). Aroma is faint, but very grainy (corn). Appearance is yellow and clear. The taste is more American-style lager than the harsh, cloying presentation one usually encounters with the malt liquor style (and which appeals to me). Mouth feel is heavy and filling. Overall, I really like OE 800, and it is a classic. NOTE: only drink this out of the can as the clear bottle allows light to cause spoilage.


Photo of Prostman81
2.7/5  rDev +33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Say what you will about malt liquors. For the style, this one is tops for me. Since this style is not known for it's quality of malt used or the hops, OE makes the best of bad brewing situation. The taste and drinkability are where this one's at. Smooth, and not in your face with fusel alcohols like a lot of this type are, an OE can go down in a hurry. For $2 and some change, you're in as much flavor country as you can buy.

But holy crap watch for the headache the next day.

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.13/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

The Big Nasty. Don't drink 3 of these in a night, or you'll wake up next to something regretable. Anyways, looks and smells like human liquid waste.

Taste is just alcohol and yellow beer. Mouthfeel, something, rice or corn wallows around. Kinda drinkable once you get a little tipsy and play some Too $hort.

Photo of yesyouam
1.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Olde English 800 is a very clear and very lively bright yellow beer with a big, fluffy, white head that has really good retention and leaves clumps of lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of DMS and fusel. Yup, it smells like a homeless dude. It's medium bodied, pretty smooth and pretty crisp. It leaves the the tongue a little numb. There isn't a really strong flavor here but it's just kind of like... corn and vegetables with a little rumble of booze at the end. Man, after 40 oz. of this, I don't know if I'll be going outside naked in subzero weather or fighting a cop or both. I guess we'll find out in the morning..

Photo of Vengeance526
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent clear golden color with a large foamy white head that sticks around for a little while and gradually dissipates leaving some lacing.

Smells of corn, maybe some other spoiled vegetables in there as well.

Taste is somewhat metallic and again a lot of corn comes out.

Lots of carbonation with a crisp feel. As long as it never gets above freezing temperature, the drinkability on this is okay. Once you start noticing any kind of taste, well you took too long.

Photo of BigBen61
3.23/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As anyone else who enjoys malt liquors will tell you, this beer is not the kind meant for savoring. It is designed solely for getting hammered, however I do believe there are some redeeming characteristics for this "king of malt liquors" as Miller likes to claim. An easy drinking malt liquor with a palatable taste. I will say, however that the only positive about the aroma is that it is easily recognizable that it will get you messed up something quick. I did follow some suggestions of regular "malt advocates" and the consensus is they all look like piss so forget about it, the can however is a piece of nostalgic beauty, so it gets and average on this handle. I honestly believe that even though the taste is not pleasant, it is definately drinkable and therefore deserves a decent rating in both taste and mouthfeel. God forgive me for drinking this sh** and liking it. Long live IPA!

Photo of ikelikesbeer
3.95/5  rDev +94.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cool close to freezing, work out in 75F+ and this becomes my go to beer! KIW ITA RH. 8===D ~o (j) all dat errday. Listen, this shiz cost around sixty seven cents per can an seven point five alcohol by volume. I'm on my third tonight and two hundred and fifty words is way to many.

Photo of erz316
1.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

40 oz

wow. I've never had a beer that tastes like the way a wet-cat smells. this shit is pretty rank. the color is like the worst bmc piss has to offer. the smell is, like I said, as a wet-animal. the taste, well, anything could pretty much taste better. the feel is ridiculous bad: super thin and the d-bility is needless to say, horrible.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.58/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 40oz bottle into Hofbräuhaus maß.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a massive white head that dissipates pretty slowly and leaves little lace.

Smell: Smells of grains and corn throughout.

Taste: Tastes of sweet corn throughout, with an alcoholic finish and some grainy hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, balanced carbonation, and thin finish.

Drinkability: No, this is not the best tasting beer around. Still, it does manage to taste better than some American macro brews and, if you wanna get drunk, there's nothing better.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.38/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40 oz. bottle into a 1L Hofbräuhaus mug.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color. Has a thick, foamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of corn and other adjuncts. At least it smells a little more strongly than most BMC products.

Taste: Has a weak corny taste up front that finishes sweet. However, I find this to have much flavor than your typical light beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty atrocious tasting but let's be honest here: Do you really drink Olde English for its hop and malt profile? Nah. You drink it to get drunk cheaply and it succeeds marvelously at that. For that alone, this beer is a winner in my book.

Photo of mambiso1123
1.1/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm writing this from memory lane, as I decided to buy a 32 ouncer to relive some teenage memories. I live in Florida now, but I recall drinking 40 ouncers back then. They used to sell a 64 ounce bottle of OE (yikes) that was so large the bottle had a handle. Yeah. A handle.

Memory lane was paved poorly. God, this is a nasty brew. The color is visible in the bottle (you don't pour this into a glass), and it looks like how it will leave your system: as urine.

Taste: If you drink it at ice-cold temperature, it's fine. At cold temperature or less, it tastes like it looks.

Just an awful, awful beer. When I have children, and see them try and drink this like I did when I was their age, I won't say a word. They'll learn like I did---this is just bad, bad, stuff.

Photo of beer256
3.15/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is another cheap beer from my past.i think it the best of the cheap beers out there.the taste isnt as bad and the appearance of the beer is pretty good.keep in mind i keep saying cheap beer because thats what it is and im rating it against other cheap beer

Photo of deruiz10
2.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 40-oz bottle into a 1.0L mug.

A - Pale yellowgold with a fair amount of carbonation. Initial 3-finger egg-shell head fades to light lacing.

S - Very little smell, just sweet hops and not much more.

T - Flavor-seekers need not apply. Really not much taste in the body, just generic light beer taste of unremarkable malts and some alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter and metallic.

M - Very watery, quite carbonated. Just like any light beer.

D - Not unsmooth and quite tolerable if served ice cold, but this isn't the beer that you go to for sipping. It's not meant to be consumed for pleasure, but it's honestly better than some of the horrifying light beers out there and gets you buzzed quicker which is probably what you'd be going for if you're in the market for light beer or malt liquor.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.85/5  rDev +89.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Olde English. My first love.

As an ongoing series, I plan to knock out the malt liquor reviews. I will say that I am quite fond of Malt Liquor and will be reviewing TO STYLE, critics be damned.

Served out of the bottle, in a 40 koozie, as the good lord intended.

A- Light, golden honey, not much of a head, but fizzy enough carbonation. Not winning any awards, but a hell of a lot better than others similar to the style.

S- Corn, malty adjunct sweetness, mild cooked vegetables. Not O.E.'s selling point.

T- Much better. Light, crisp, sweet, a tad bit corn-y. Metallic, slightly hopped (but that could just be more metallic taste), not offensive or off-putting. I like it... but I drank enough of this stuff to develop my palate, lol.

M- This is where the mbeer shines. High marks for good carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, and a not-too-lingering taste.

D- High. I can down these like water. Tasty enough, though there are tastier malt liquors, this one had nothing major working against it. A solid package that doesn't dissapoint. I like it.

Photo of BARFLYB
1.68/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

16oz can into a regular kitchen glass and then some, when times are tough you gotta do what you gotta do, Right? Well maybe not..

Eight hundred brang the noise when the can was popped but no beer exploded from the alluminum, thank god, I thought this would be a gusher. Burnt yellow with a tannish outline and no sediment at all. Clear enough to see through the glass. A one inch loose bright white head left no lace and bounced quickly.

"You'll never get out of this maze." 800 smells like a corn field. While that is the main scent a big malt presense is also up there, well duh, it's a malt liquor Barry. The malts give off a sweet scent, but I would not call it the usual caramel. No alcohol detected in the scent which I was actually expecting.

Corn husks and sweet malt, that pretty much sums up the taste of this popular ML. Upon sipping this, I was taken back in time about 15 years ago when I was a little badass and drinking 40's of this stuff with the village posse. No hops at all, do they even use hops in this? Is this even beer? Well yes it is, in theory, but also in theory, communism works!

The feel is a bit lighter than medium while the crispness of the carbonation is not as high as I remembered. It goes down pretty easy but in no way is this a easy beer to drink. Not big on a lasting aftertaste and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. I could only take small sips of this, I mean orca small. If I took bigger sips of this I would throw it up. The only reason I did not give this a F is because it did not make me sick afterwards.

I don't know how some people can stomach this stuff, different strokes for different folks I guess.

Photo of nickfl
2.78/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white head into a pint glass (this is the only time I have ever seen a malt liquor in a glass!). The foam settles rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is clear and golden-yellow.

S - Grainy corn aroma with just a hint of sweet malt. Otherwise clean; no hops and no yeast character.

T - Husky grain up front with corn and light malt notes. Some very light herbal hop flavor in the middle and a little bit of bitterness in the finish with more corn and malt.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - The best thing I can say about this beer is that it hides its alcohol well. It is one of the smoother malt liquors and has a fairly clean malt profile with noticeable, but fairly inoffensive, corn notes. It is an efficient alcohol delivery system and if I had to drink a malt liquor, this would probably be my first choice.

Photo of TheSarge
2.88/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Produces great head presentation of a fluffy white two finger thick head, and has outstanding lacing and retention. The body of the brew is gold, fizzy, and cleanly filtered.

In the nose it's corny and dextrin, but seems to have a decent lemon zest from the hops.

The taste is corny and grainy as to be expected. The added sugar is detectable too.

The mouth feel is decent in that it's not too dry and actually leaves the palate a little refreshed. The higher ABV is not really detectable through alcoholic warmness either.

Overall this is about the best malt liquor I've had. I wouldn't give this a great rating compared against a German or Czech Pilsner. It is what it is, and has its place.

Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.