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Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800Olde English 800

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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 39.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.98/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a mutha-F-ing forty this beer was a gold color with good clarity. My aggressive pour created a three-finger white head that displayed pretty good retention that eventually became a thin collar that left good lacing. The aroma was of macro-grains, something like wet cardboard, a little musty malt and pale malt. The flavors were actually pretty good for a malt liquor. Macro grains, some sweet malt, a little pale malt and some stale notes too. Touches of bitterness did appear at the end but it was not really hoppy, crisp or defined. The mouthfeel was a little oily and rough, the body was medium and the carbonation prickly. Yes, it was a malt liquor so it could only be so good, but straight up, I was down with it.

thekevlarkid, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of tpd975
2.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Drinking this one to get the style rate and for no other reason. I consumed tons of this stuff in high school. We would buy 64 ouncers and two would plow me for the night.

Here's to Old Time's sake.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a white fizzy head. No retention or lace.

S: Very corn like, chemicals, and cheap malt sweetness.

T: A bit bitter up front. Corny grainy malt sweetness in the middle. Doughy bready finish with a bit more cheap grassy hops.

M: Medium in body, fizzy, okay carbonation.

D: Nah, I remember the days that I drank this every weekend. Boy have I come a long way.

tpd975, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Moontang
2.85/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this poured into an old-fashioned size glass from a can.

Nothing remarkable, a pale golden yellow, with a head that dissipates rapidly and does not leave much lacing.

Barely detectable, slightly grainy and smoky.

Unremarkable. A bitter, hoppy start, which the colour doesn't suggest, and an understated grainy finish, which is slightly sweet. As I prefer lighter beers, this doesn't really appeal to me, but I could see others with different tastes enjoying it.

I could see myself drinking this in large quantities if there was nothing else available. It isn't awful, but overall not impressive. I would not seek it out, but I would accept it if offered.

Moontang, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with about 1/2 inch head. Weak malt smell. The taste is malty and not all that great. Feels somewhat bitter in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. I guess. This is a beer I drank a lot of in my youth but don't care for so much now.

tone77, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Rootdog316
1.58/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is not a very good malt liquor at all. Don't be fooled by the decent head and color, the taste and aroma are not good. The mouthfeel is almost wine like. Very strong adjunct flavor. I'm not a big fan of malt in the first place, but OE should certainly be stuffed in a brown paper bag when being consumed to not embarrass one self. Not recommended unless you are trying to end the night quick.

Rootdog316, May 04, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for hooking me up with this golden pint sized can of "800". Pale yellow with a huge foamy white head that leaves some lace after deflating. Smell is pure steely grits and not much else. Tastes sweet and corny with a slight, bitter metallic edge. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Fairly inoffensive and pretty average Malt Liquor. Not bad, but it does get pretty funky when it warms up a bit.

biggred1, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.45/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear deep gold with a fair white head and amazing lacings. Aroma is malty and some corniness. Taste is very malty, bready, some wine like qualities, and just a hint of hop bitters. These products seem to be all about the malts. In my amateur explorations of the genre I think the best tasting MLs are at or below 6% abv. The rest develop a following for the easy drinkability and the effects on the brain. This brew is slightly in between the two extremes. Decent taste for the style and a good amount of alcohol. Not one I plan on having again unless getting drunk quickly is the objective. You can taste the Miller family resemblance as it reminds me of a Miller High Life that has more malts added until the 7.5% abv is achieved.

Edit 4/29/2014. I wanted to make clear we get a 7.5% OE 800 in Oregon. It is not labeled "HG" either. From a 24 ounce can.

Spikester, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
1.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OE800. Ghetto juice. I didn't get the right presentation because I didn't get a 40 of this, just a can.

A - Coppery yellow. Actually a bit of lacing and head retention. the color is somehow too fresh pee-like to be appealing to me.

S - discordance. Citric and nasty metallic. other than that, there are subtle grains and corn.

T - Gross watery weirdness. Nothing is complimentary, just harsh grainy flavors all clamoring over one another for your attention. it's like a fight in my mouth. Maybe that's why this beer is a precursor for so many ghetto brawls.

M - Watery. harsh carbonation.

D - I don't like this at all. I never will drink this again.

Beernoisseur, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of tlinner
2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, I knew what I was getting into with this. I felt like trying a 40, just to see what it was like. Of course, I wasn't surprised. At first, it's almost like a standard macro, maybe even a European lager like Heineken or Becks. Unfortunately, it funks up at the end, leaving an awful aftertaste. Cheap, crappy beer best served only for the most dire of circumstances. If you're this broke, I suggest saving up for some High Life. Yes, it's that bad.

tlinner, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of shanem
1.55/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

looks and tastes pretty bad. clear yellow, not much flavor... tastes like an old skunked or spoiled beer. but the smell is real bad...almost musty, like an old locked up attic. at least it's pretty light and VERY cheap and is usually worth a good laugh or two. Good for fun, not for beer

shanem, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
2.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear light yellow small head with some retention

S: Has a skunky sweet corn smell

T: Not very good starts with sour corn and ends with strong alcohol like after taste

M: A bit watery and very coarse at the end

D: Hey if its free and the only thing im lookin for is to get drunk then ok mabey i will have a some but if for some reason im buting malt liquor i have to go with mickey's and that ain't that great it self

yuenglings, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
1.35/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

If you hate yourself...

Let's get straight to it- this is terrible stuff. Opening up the clear bottle the force carbonation dissipates quickly. The smell is acrid and nauseating, of corn and carrots(?)

Taste is a weak and anemic malt- like high-fructose corn syrup beer-soda and then a vomit-inducing amount of alcohol. That is the flavor. Sweet then alcohol.

I would only recommend this stuff if (a) your wife left you or (b) you lost your job and either way just need something to kill the pain and not cost a lot.

fingerlaker, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
2.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shiny yellow. Frothy, soapy head. Aroma of sour corn and light malt. Taste is predominantly adjuncts with a fairly decent amount of malt. I really don't have much of a problem with this beer, even though it's bad. Slick, oily mouthfeel. This is not a beer you savor.

A great accompanyment to some XBOX playing if you're just looking to drink. It's not craft beer, but it is a lot of beer.

wiseguy142, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Amalak
1.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I was at a party and a friend brought a 40 of Olde E, so I figured that I might as well try some, so I could rate it, and not have to pay for it. It was as clear as they come, no real head, smelt kind of sour.

The taste wasn't as bad as I expected. I've certainly have had worse. But this is just not my kind of beer.

Amalak, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of BrewMaven
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of the bi-annual "Ghetto Brew" night at a friends house.

Pour? Ha..we slug it from the bottle and since the bottle is clear I can tell you this is a morning pee gold brew.

Smells like a marinade of adjuncty grains.

Taste was the worst part of this thing..Some sour corn and a bit of an odd metal taste at times.

Moderate carbonation...Basically liquid hell in a 40oz bottle. About a third got drain poured.

BrewMaven, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Vancer
1.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I got this as a joke, since I'm the "beer guy". Welp, jokes on them, here's the review!

Hey! The big ol' 2X4 can with the $1.19 sticker on it produces a decent pour into the Bitburger pilsner glass - clear straw with a surprising eggshell white foamy head, thick sheet of lace.

Corny husks in the aroma, just not much there. Now for the quaff. Ton's of corn, bits of veggies, all backed with a metallic finish. No alcohol burn or taste.

Not to good of a beer, and surely not something I would get again, but overall a malt liquor that I was able to finish. But finish it before it warms at all.

Vancer, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of tbeck
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thick white head. Very clear. Develops a decent collar and a slight laciness. Aroma is very simple, barley and malt. Taste follows the same concept although it has a very metallic taste that is offensive. Thin and watery texture. Drinkability is not hight on my list. Although it is not a terrible beer it is not one I would seek out for drinking around the house on a warm day. Not recommended as a session beer.

tbeck, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of miesvanderrohe
4/5  rDev +97%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look. admittedly, this is cheap beer. but it serves a purpose, and i feel it does its job very well. this is the best 40 money can buy. sure, it's not a triple-fermented ale made by belgian monks who have taken an oath of silence, but that doesn't mean its not enjoyable. this is all some people can afford. and if old e is all they can afford, don't you think they should be able to drink in peace without beer snobs looking down their noses at them? i love a good belgian tripel, but beer is beer.

miesvanderrohe, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extremely clear body that is a bright shade of yellow with a few lazy carbonation bubbles noticeable. Stark white head of about one finger disappates, not leaving anything behind.

A very sweet aroma comes through, not all that pleasant. The expected corn odor that is expected.

Taste is very sweet, extremely sweet, and corny tasting. The corn flavor is stronger in this beer than I have found it in most others. There is a very slight, very musty malt profile in there somewhere too. Also a bit of alchohol in the finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Not something I choose to have in my mouthe for any longer than possible though.

Two things I would give OE: you can probably pound them without too much trouble, and it would certainly get you drunk. I've tried and reviewed a couple of malt liquors and been surprised that they aren't that bad. OE is not one of those, it is just as bad as I remember the last time I tasted it. Even when reaching for a malt liquor, try to avoid this one I'd say.

Hojaminbag, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of pseudo
2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, some bad beer right here, always a fun oen to slam a forty of
poured into a wine glass (as a joke) then slammed straight of the bottle
appearance was as expected, yellow piss color with an oily head, gross looking overall
smells like corn and alcohol. No complexity
Tastes exactly the same, except more alcohol and very watery. Just plain bad. Drink it extremely cold and quickly. Metallic gross aftertaste. Funn stuff.
feels like garbage in yoru mouth, oily and gross. Drinkability is low because of alcohol content and bad taste

a milt liquor for 350 (recently upped from 1.99, which was always on the bottle... now no price is listed, wonder what happened?) for a 40 oz, gets you drunk. The only point to it.

pseudo, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of steeler
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this is was the quintessential staple of my high school days.
Has a hazy light brownish copper yellow color, its a malt. Smells like garbage, like wet cardboard, stale etc all the pleasantries of a malt liquor. Tastes like it smells, with all kinds of off flavors, and a notable alcoholic aftertaste. Mouthfeel, is full and thick, and oily. Honestly, if this isn't ice cold its really hard to drink, but if its ICE cold you can get one of these down pretty effortlessly. So i gave it a 3. But honestly are you gonna drink this one for taste? I never did, even back in the old days, i knew this was bad. Have fun!

steeler, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of popery
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Huh. I used to drink these things so easily in college. It tastes like a bad beer that has been sitting out all night and someone emptied a dropper full of vodka in it. It's sweeter than most malt liquors and the alcohol is better hidden than average. Of course, average is very poor among the popular malt liquors. It makes my mouth feel kind of funny, like my cheeks are attempting to retreat back into my throat. I'm not going to keep panning it. Suffice to say, there's no reason to drink it, even for free.

popery, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured some into a pint glass, drank the rest from a 40oz bottle.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a hazy copper/yellow with a small soapy head that dissipates very quickly, medium-high carbonation, and no lacing. Smells of very stale sweet raisins with musty malt. Lots of corn & mixed vegetables, with a hint of alcohol. As it warms a very sour, tart, alcoholic aroma develops (Very Unpleasant!)

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet spoiled fruit with very stale malt. Some bitterness at the end, as well as a touch of alcohol. A little cardboard flavor as well. Tastes sweeter with a touch of more alcohol as it warms (Not bad) Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well the drinkability is quite good for what it is. I'd say about two 40oz bottles, nothing to offensive about the flavor. The smell however is another story, best consumed while very cold. Let this brew warm a bit & a very offensive sour, alcoholic aroma develops. I didn't like that at all, but that's nothing compared to other Malt Liqours.

It's very cheap, very drinkable, and hell, let me say what where all thinking. It gets the job done, I recommend it if your low on cash & badly need something strong but not offensive. This is good decent Malt Liquor. Cheers!

PintOHops, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.35/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale yellow and clear, with a 2 finger finger head that rises and falls quickly. No lace and nother left on top of the beer.

S - A touch of sweetness, a smack of grain, and a big whiff of alcohol. Nothing complex. About what I would except.

T - Bleh. I've had malt liquor that I liked but not this one. A saccarhin-like sweetness comes on first followed by a sour and metallic flavor. Bitterness kicks in late palate and reminds me of old socks. Alcohol butts in during the finish.

M - On the line between light and medium, with the mothfeel hoverying somewhere between honey and water. Carbonation is high.

D - Not a bad drinking 40 but a little too much sweetness and alcohol for me.

PatrickJR, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
1.55/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The infamous "8 Ball". This brings me back to high school and the Bonfare Market in Oakland. 69 cents would get you a forty. That was way too much money for this.

Out of the Fo-tee ounce. Pours dark yellow, not unlike urine, with a foamy white head. Aroma is of the streets, ethyl, corn, chemical sweetener, and dank funk. Taste is brutal. Bitter sweet, but in a bad way. In a really sweaty, corny gym sock way. It is impossible to quantify the malt-liquor brutality of this beverage unless you actually try it.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.