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Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.

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877 Ratings

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 40.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 59 | 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 orangemoustache
2.68/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 99cent,22oz bottle pours a typical see thru golden color,with pure white head that actually leaves some lacing as it quickly dissipates.It smells of bread dough,and a little musty alcohol.The taste is surprisingly not disgusting considering the ridiculous price(you cant buy generic soda this cheap,and in my opinion I would drink this over a soda any day),the mouthfeel is what you would expect,light bodied,average carbonation,no real aftertaste.I could easily drink this over any Bud or Miller product,it actually has more flavor than either of them,but probably more carbs!

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

Thanks Chris & Mike for keeping a half a 40oz-er in the fridge for your cousin Dan! They poured it into a juice glass to form a 1/2" head... that lasted for a second... then it was all gone.... no ring.... no lace. Yellow in color and very clear.

Smell: Light lager smell only cornier.

Taste: Fizzy corney watery.... fermented cream corn strained through a fine screen.

MF: Fizzy, thin.... the opposite of robust.

Drinkability: It was all I could do to choke back 8 oz.... "let's go get some real beer at Shakespear's" (Sarasota)....

Photo of rrob311
3.23/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought several 40's of this a few years back in the middle of the summer.

A- Looks like regular beer, very clear.

S- smells pretty strong

T- I actually dont shotgun 40's so I kept this in the freezer while I poured mug after mug of this. Tastes pretty good ice cold. KEYWORD, ICE COLD.

M- Mouthfeel is normal, with carbonation. then again, I dont swish it around in my mouth.

D- This is my 2nd favorite malt liquor it gets you pretty trashed and is better than a lot of them out there.

Photo of dsa7783
1.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Forget it... I don't care how many times this beer is mentioned in rap songs... Wouldn't drink this brew again if it was the only alcoholic drink offered at a party... actually ended up getting pretty nauseous after downing a 40 of this back in college... A lot of alcohol for your buck at 7.50% for a $1.99... Appearance is below mediocore and the smell is awful... not trying to sound like a beer snob, but those with class would avoid a hefty malt liquor like this unless for some reason you are a fan of this particular style... Mouthfeel was less than awful and the only upside of this brew is that once you made it past half the bottle, the other half goes down a bit easier...

Photo of Overlord
1.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow. Little to no head or carbonation, just a bit of bubblin'.

Cheap drunk for a college student. Pennies for the ABV. Bit of a stale bread taste, some malt...heavy alcohol after-taste. Not good, at all, but gets the job done. Really nothing pleasant, or particularly unpleasant, about it.

Photo of clayrock81
1.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I guess I was feeling nostalgic but I had to throw in my 2 cents.
Look, if your'e drinking this then you are planning on getting lit on the cheap or just broke. Hopefully, if it is the former then you are in college, like I used to get down. Of course, I've been on the latter side also and it sucks, much like Old E. The light gold/yellow color is see thru when held up to the light, and the smell is just like rubbing alcohol. While the taste is horrendous, it at least does not contain a bitter aftertaste. Oh, and after slamming a few of these 40 ozs. expect a colossal headache the next morning.

Photo of getch
1.3/5  rDev -36%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just finishing college and having a lot of experince of horrible beer and esp. malt beer, this is prob my favorite, still it ranks low compared of the full flavors that are out there, if one has to drink a malt beer, then def stay away from this, its awefull

Photo of pmcadamis
2.42/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev +45.3%
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

Photo of Brad007
1.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of xav33
2.3/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.33/5  rDev +64%
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.

Photo of giblet
2/5  rDev -1.5%
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!


Photo of tfinn
2.38/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of zdk9
2.4/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of tromafan
3/5  rDev +47.8%
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!!

Photo of jettjon
2.1/5  rDev +3.4%
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.)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
2.63/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
2.13/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.58/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

Photo of DoubleJ
1.7/5  rDev -16.3%
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!

Photo of nlmartin
1.53/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of mcerka
2.88/5  rDev +41.9%
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.

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