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Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.

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899 Ratings

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 39.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of richkrull
2.31/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another malt liquor for my out of the mystery beer machine. This one was slightly better than the Steel Reserve but not much. I actually wasn't even aware that this was made in 12oz cans. I thought it was only available in 40s. Not a bad beer, but I don't think I could drink too many of them in one sitting. Good if you want to get messed up, but not if you want to enjoy a beer.

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

24 oz. can poured into a pint glass. A rare visit to the Malt Liquor world I figured I'd see what this beverage is all about. Pours your standard clear straw in color, perhaps a bit more golden than many a Macro brew. Shows a better than average cap and lacing as well.

Nose is grainy and with a hint of citric hop to it. Corn notes are largely absent, emerging somewhat as the beer warms a bit along with some yeast notes.

Taste is slightly sweet but with no other defining characteristics to speak of. Perhaps again a hint of citric malt. Feel is creamy and with a bright carbonation which keeps a surface cap throughout the pour.

Not having a reference point for the style per se, I think this beer drinks fairly well and doesn't seem to deserve its bad rap. Certainly more enjoyable than an Adjunct Lager. My can was firmly carbonated and offered a notably better than anticipated experience.

Photo of ronniebruner
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer has a disturbing copper color. The aroma is like rubbing alcohol/cleaning products. The beer is overcarbonated and pours horribly. This beer is strong malt liquor. It is very popular in ghetto areas, mostly being sold in the ghetto. This is a perfect example of beer coming in 40 oz. bottles being no good. Stay away from this.

Photo of woodychandler
1.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I did not care from this out of a CAN a couple of years ago, but it still elicits amusing memories for me from my misspent youth. I might have dared a full 40 were it not for my local also having 22's for sale.

I got a little better than a finger of fizzy bone-white head that seemed to be falling as fast as I could pour, ending with a bunch of wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. In fact, this kind of thing is the gold standard for clarity. Nose was candy sweet, like bubble gum and even some fusel alcohol. Ugh. A 22 may be more than enough for this old man. Mouthfeel was medium with a sugary sweetness in the mouth. I imagine that if you took a bag of sugar and stirred it into a liquid medium until it became saturated, this would be what it would taste like. The finish was fairly dry with a burning sensation going down. Man, this is evil. I was intimidated by such things as a kid, but now I am just disgusted.

Photo of exnx
1.62/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

run away as fast as you can.

i'd never tried malt liquor before, and thought it'd be "fun" to get a 40 of something just to try it out. mistake. there very well may be better ones to get in this category, but olde english 800 doesn't give me much hope.

A - copper colour. looks like it could possibly be nice. you can tell it's going to be pretty malty and in your face.

S - this is the best part of the beer. but it's a trap.

T - just awful. really really really bad. seriously. super malty, nothing else. tastes really... OLD. leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. i'm about 1/6 through with mine and i am pretty much done.

M - nothing really to speak of here. tastes so bad you don't really want to keep it in your mouth long enough to "feel" it.

D - none to speak of.

i only spent $5 on this 40oz/1.18L bottle, and i feel a little ripped off. but oh well, lesson learned.

the bottom line is: don't even bother.


Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
1.3/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Good head with some retention. The beer has a terrible copper color

Smell: This beers only smell is metallic. It's heavier on the malts than the hops.

Taste: This beer is mainly bitter and salty. It isn't very flavorful and it doesn't finish well. It leaves a dry aftertaste in the back of my throat. This beer is built poorly like a slackers weekend soapbox derby project. I feel like somebody just dumped the ingredients into a metal pot and went to catch a smoke. There is no love for beer in this product. It's just there to get drunk on. Olde English is one of the worst beers in the American macro malt liquor category

Mouthfeel: Slippery and watery. It doesn't have any body and I am forcing myself to swallow it. This beer is flat out of the can and doesn't have any carbonation. I suppose this is a trait of High Gravity beer, unfortunately carbonation might be the only thing that makes this beer drinkable

Drinkability: This beer isn't drinkable. Its unpleasant and leaves a terrible aftertaste. Avoid this beer.

Photo of hardy008
1.06/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Drank on 10/22. Split with others.

Straw yellow with a small head with poor retention. Looks very unappealing. Smells of cooked corn and veggies. Why did I agree to have some of this?

Tastes like cooked corn, veggies, and there is a metallic taste which I could do without. This is really bad. Why did I waste my time on this?

High carbonation, harsh to drink, just complete and total swill. Don't waste your time. Stay away from this one.

Photo of SodoSyco
1.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Kind of a dirty brown-amber color.

S- Smells like skunky yeast.

T- I only tasted this stuff because it was gaming nite and one of my buddies bought some. I figured what the hell, why not try some? It was pretty bad, it tasted like coors light with stale french fries in it.

D- It is not smooth at all, you gotta force this stuff down.

Photo of Transatlantic
2.71/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had Hurricane High Gravity a couple days ago and named it "Worst.Beer.Ever"
So, let's see how this Old English lays out...

A - Typical macro crystal clear straw yellow. Nice fluffy head that sticks around for a while with great lacing.

S - The smell of wet hay and warm underarm body odor. Not much else.

T - I'm quite surprised. It tastes like any of the big macro beer. After drinking the Hurricane High Gravity, I was sure I made another mistake, purchasing this OE...but it's not THAT bad. Tastes of corn and sweet malt with a clear finish.

M - Very thin and watery

D - At 7 1/2 percent abv, it's quite a surprise it didn't come off tasting like booze. If you're looking for a cheap drunk (like a homeless man) then this'll get you there no problem...and you won't have to have a chaser with it.

Photo of daliandragon
1.68/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yeah, I'm really drinking OE. It's hard for me to believe too. This was what to drink when you wanted to get wasted, get in a fight, break up with your girlfriend, chuck a bike into a pool and wake up oblivious the next morning. And here I am.

Remarkable, almost scary clarity here, with a quickly disintingrating head and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The smell is wheaty, corny, and messy. I'll be honest, I threw this one down my throat to avoid the taste but it will not be denied. The aftertaste of rancid corn and dry sawdust come creeping back to your tongue like the unkillable monster in a horror movie. Mouthfeel is thin and a little soapy. The stomach doesn't care for this any more than the taste buds do.

This is terrible but as a malt liquor it has certain advantages in that it is expected to taste like roadkill scrotum. Hey, if you want to get banged up once in a while (and who doesn't?),well, this stuff is a really cheap way to do it.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another generally poor beer.
Pours a sickly thin light straw color with a thin white head, no lacing. Smells of wet hay, rotten corn stalks, booze, and general nastiness. Tastes like corn, sweetness, and nasty booze. Mouthfeel is very thin, too thin. And drinkability is poor.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The sixth entry in Swill Tour 2010. I'm really not sure why the 800 is in quotes, nor do I know to what it refers. Possibly the 800 lives it has already claimed (pour some to the curb...or, as we believe, down the drain in remembrance). It pours a clear pale straw (deeper than the AALs we've had so far) topped by an ample coif of white foam. The nose is corny, but less so than light AALs. Not much else there, honestly. I wish I could say more. The taste is liquefied Corn Flakes mixed with the tears of the masses. Mike referred to it as sorrow and corn. What calamity hath befallen this corn. The body is a sorta heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a badly crisp feel. This is indeed booty sweat, Mike.

Photo of Vdubb86
2.12/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass

Beer #7 on Swill Fest 2010

Pours a pale golden color. The smell is of nothingness, which in regards to this swill tour I've learned to be a kind thing. The taste is of sorrow. Well...sorrow and corn. This is hard to drink. And because it comes in a 40 I'm so happy I'm splitting it. The mouthfeel is of the despair to go with the sorrow. It is only to be consumed in the ghetto where everything is run-down...like this beverage.

Photo of irishevans
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ahh Old E .Another malt liquor review due to a sever lack of funds, from a 40oz. bottle into the Ol' Lady's Monteith's mug she gaffled from the Welsh Dragon in Wellington.

A-Clear urine yellow (I leave darker liquid in the toilet after a steady 3 day diet of water), and I mean CLEAR, I could read the pages of a book through this if not for the distortion of the glass mug. did have a two finger(soap sud colored) head when first poured, and dissolved slowly to a film, and even left some lace behind.

N-SUPRIZE!!! corn and light malts. some other adjunct funk in there too.

T- Almost isn't any. little bit of corn, and a bit soapy on the finish, and no I didn't pull the mug out of some fresh dish-water right before I poured this, it's the taste of the beer.

M-light and crisp, like uncle jemima likes it. less appealing than usual for the style.

D-Normally the saving grace of the malt liquor, however this one is not a good drink. yes it can be chugged, but to sip on it is painful, and ability to put it down quickly isn't all there is to drinkability. Overall a pretty lousy example of the style, could be worse though. could be hurricane.

Photo of troobie
1.76/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I like cheap malt liquors, but Olde English 800 is another story. I've never liked it, whether out of a 24 oz. can or out of a 40 oz. bottle. Something is just really off about it. Even after years and years of drinking high gravity malt liquors I still make "that face" when I get down to the bottom of a serving of OE. For the record, I drink the 7.5% ABV West Coast version, and I'm not sure if lower ABV East Coast version tastes any better.

A: Darker color than I would expect. Foamy, which is typical of Miller products.

S: Bitter and sour. Strong alcohol smell. Very metallic. Grassy. Not at all inviting. I hate to say this, but in all honesty it could be compared to rotting garbage.

T: Starts out rather balanced. There is a malty sweetness. It goes down hill from there turning bitter and then leaving your palate with a sour, metallic taste. Alcohol is extremely noticeable and warms the whole way down.

M: Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Easily the best thing about this malt.

D: No. Compare to syrup of ipecac.

Other than OE HG 800, this is easily the harshest malt liquor I've ever had. I'd rather have a 12%, 99 cent tallboy of Earthquake.

Photo of rootbeerman
2.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: poured a small amount into a glass, head it a thin short lasting finger of white head.
S: cooked corn, light malt, a light metallic smell which is odd from a 40oz glass bottle, it doesn't smell like the screw cap.
T: the metallic smell doesn't come through in the taste. only the cooked corn and a smooth sweetness.
M: crisp and bubbly yet seems slick.
D: for the price and lack a powerful flavors its drinkable yet its also drain-pour-able.

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

This was part of a little malt liquor tasting I did with soem friends.

Pours piss yellow with a massive white head. I use the term "piss yellow" in the most neutral way possible.

The smell here is quite weird. It starts with sweet corn and has a small hint of cinnamon from left field. Weird. And gross.

The taste isn't bad. No frills, just sweet corn and alcohol. As average as average could be.

The feel is slightly thinner than I would have expected, but still well within par for the malt liquor course.

Meh. There are certainly worse out there, but there are also better. This was tied for a unanimous second during our tasting.

Photo of aval89
3.25/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rating to style..

A- golden straw color. Maybe a shade darker than your average swill. Soapy head that settles at an uneven film.

S- sweet corn smell.. Minor alcohol fumes.. Surprisingly not bad..

T- corn syrup sweetness.. A bit metallic. Alcoholic fumes are light in the mouth. Almost like a wet cardboard type finish. Not bad for a malt liquor.. finishes crisp and clean..

Mf- crisp easy going mf.

D- again I was surprised at how easy it was to drink.. Its not world class but for what it is.. Better than most..

Cheap & effective..


Photo of longbongsilver
2.77/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nostalgia buy here. 40 oz, straight from the clear bottle, bright yellow w/ no head at all. Slight whiff of corn and alcohol, that's it.

Don't taste the 7.5% (two different versions seem to go to the west and east halves of the states), strange considering it's the most prominent smell. An oddly ciderish tone, more corn, & sugar. It's like how I'd imagine an attempt at making a "beer" flavor of KoolAid would result.

At 2 bucks for a 40, can't really expect more than you get. For the style, this is textbook definition baseline. Yes, there is better, but there's also definitely worse...

Photo of sqkzula
3.2/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-- The beer is a golden color, no cloud, characteristic of a light beer.

Smell-- Smells like a very alcoholic light beer. Not unpleasant, but not "smelly" by any standard

Taste-- Slightly watery, light, with hidden potency. Goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel-- Light, heavily carbonated, easy finish.

Drinkability-- Large quantity? Desired. Frequency? Not so much.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a perfectly clear, golden yellow color with not much head and little lacing. It doesnt look terrible by any means, but isn't "obviously of quality" when viewed from a distance without your spectacles either.

Smells of a touch of grass, an open corn field and a touch of metal-shop, with a slight overture of toobin' on the river. It doesn't smell bad tho, just not great like a fine quality beer, and not very strong either.

Taste. Well it doesn't have a whole bunch of it, no matter how fancy a language you try to use to describe it. It's grainy and grassy with a touch of skunk and some fishin' on the lake to boot.

The mouthfeel is not very good. It leaves a slight aftertaste of corncob, with a smidge of bitter and a reminder that you've been working all day driving ridgecap screws on a metal roof in texas. Oh, the memories.

Ironically, the drinkability ain't that bad. It's friggin' CHEEP, and it goes down pretty easy, thus making it one of the beers that I've drank plenty of over the years, albeit mostly when either broke, or working dog friggin' hard on construction jobs. But then again, when you've been doing construction all day, you don't go for wine and cheese, you go for a 40 and some BBQ.

So in the end, OE8 it does serve a purpose in the universe, albeit not a craft-beer oriented type purpose. But for $1.89 a 40oz, how much complaining can you really do when you're almost broke, and payday is still three days away? Plus it makes a fine lunch when you're working hard at hardly working. Excellent for road crews.

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
3.01/5  rDev +48.3%
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
3.65/5  rDev +79.8%
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
2.83/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.