Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800Olde English 800

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933 Ratings

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 2.03
pDev: 39.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 114 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

There are two variants, a 5.9% ABV and a 7.5% ABV version.
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Photo of cvstrickland
2.96/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24-ounce can poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass yields a sparkling clear golden body with a fat finger of shocking-white head. The foam reduces to a ring that leaves thin lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet with a bit of husky grain.

The taste is malty and sweet with a bit of DMS that fits right in. Toastier as it warms with a shot of aromatic alcohol.

Surprisingly medium in body and nicely carbonated. Good drinkability for style.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.96/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

Photo of GuinnessHero
2.97/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is an awesome, cheap, f**k you up-type beer.

The thing you have to remember about this beer is that it's not a beer to make you love the taste and everything. It is typical, very hoppy, and EXTREMELY smooth! Yellow, smells like alcohol and corn. Taste actually isn't bad. I've had pale ales that taste worse than this stuff. Mouthfeel is dry on the pallet after a 40 of this stuff. Drinkability is awesome since you almost don't feel it going down. For less than $2 a 40, you can't go wrong.

This is a personal favorite of mine. Sometimes you just want a crappy beer, and this is it.

Photo of PretzelCity
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another classic American Malt Liquor. Corn and malt sweetness, slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing fancy, just an easy drinker.

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjunct, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of the typical light malt sweetness that you usually get in this type of beer. Then some bready grain and adjunct flavors quickly follow along with a mild boozy bite of alcohol, since there isn’t much in the beer to balance the alcohol out, despite the low ABV for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not as much of a buzz-accelerator as most people look for in a Malt Liquor but for the style it’s a decent beer to pound for a while.

Photo of Lettsgo3
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

God this brings back great memories of my youth

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!

Photo of GDMFSOB
3/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my opinion, this is the best cheap malt liquor out there. It's strong, better tasting and easier to drink than King Cobra or St. Ides and it certainly does the trick. There isn't much to say about it. It's not a beer that you pour into a nice glass or savor or anything like that, rather it's a classic swiller that gets you drunk and gives you giant "beer balls". I feel like I could knock out Tyson right now. Bring it on!

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 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 ale_man
3.03/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is what you should expect from malt liquor.
For an interesting twist, try it warmed sometime, and I do not mean room temp. An acquaintance offered a sample of his preferred style of consumption which was to leave the bottle sitting out in the warm summer sun for a couple of hours. I have to say that it does mellow the flavor making it strangely palatable.

Photo of psugrad98
3.05/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber with slight head. Slight carbonated. Smooth with a surprising sweetness. Slighty more malty than hoppy, but otherwise nicely balanced.

Photo of beer256
3.07/5  rDev +51.2%
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 Colmcoville
3.07/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Gets you fucked up and doesnt taste too bad

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small amount poured into a juice glass for head and aroma. The rest was drank from the elegant 40 oz bottle.

A - gold with a short-lived, bubbly layer of white head

S - warm, grainy, sweet

T - warm, grainy, corn, sweet, faintly bitter

M - crisp, light to medium bodied

For the style it isn't awful. I've had worse. The style usually isn't for taste. With that being said this is pretty drinkable. It wouldn't be hard to make this disappear and get a cheap buzz.

Photo of MetalandBeer
3.08/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

People are reviewing this like it's supposed to be a high quality craft micro-brew! STOP! It's malt liquor! Take it for what it's worth...

A side by side comparison of this to any other style of beer is rediculous....Malt liquor is in a class by itself, and should be reviewed for what it is, not what a well versed beer taster with an exceptional palate thinks a good beer should taste like...that being said:

Serving type: Consumed directly from a 40 ounce, clear bottle. I knew it was a"40 oz." because it stated that fact at least 3 times, in BIG font on the label!

A - Thick & yellow. Don't know about the head & lacing...pulled this one straight outta the 40oz. bottle.

S - Earthy like if you took wet corn husks and smelled them.

T - corn and sweet malt. Suprisingly clean finish compared to other Malt Liquors.

M - Very thin and watery when cold, thickens up and tastes like hay or wet grass as it warms. (that's why a 40oz. needs to be chugged!)

D - Smooth and tasty and tolerable as long as it's cold! It's engineered for a quick, cheap buzz...not to win medals! But in the "catch a good buzz on a budget" category....it deserves a Gold Medal!!!

Photo of vitesse
3.1/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

okay, where to start...
i gave this malt liquor a relatively higher score because i felt that it actually is one of the half-way decent representatives of the style -- not because i would prefer over a Duvel.

The beer has a nearly fluorescent golden straw color. It's almost blindingly golden. It's incredibly clear. There is a slight creamy head, but it dissipates really quickly.
The smell is GRAINY. That and a bit metallic.
There isn't much taste beyond the graininess, which hits hard and doesn't let up. No smoothness at all, but oh well. The alcohol presence is subdued, as is any maltiness or hopiness.
The mouthfeel is thin, incredibly thin, but that is par for the course with this style.
The drinkability is kinda high for the beer style. This brew is a lot less metallic and chemical tasting than the others. I just thought it beats out all it competitors in the macro-malt liquor class.

Photo of iman99
3.1/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have drank a lot of Olde English. I have drank a lot of beer and liquor. I have drank around 300 different beer brands and 100 hard liquor brands. I like to drink and I hope I can do something more constructive... Well for now I might go get one of these bad boys after finishing this review.

Olde English 800 is your average tasting 40 oz that you buy because its 2 dollars and you grab one and drink it and paint the house.

Everything about it is okay. From the color to the taste its neither good nor bad.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.11/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

40oz bottle poured into a mug. Neck stamped APR0912.

Appearance - Pours huge rocky white head with good stick and lots of retention. Clear pale copper-gold body.

Smell - Corn. Slightly musky. Bread. Cardboard.

Taste - Bitter, mild grassy hop up front that fades away almost instantly into a faint bubblegum sweetness with mild alcohol. Heavy muskiness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Somewhat sticky. Astringent.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is significantly better from a can.

3.12/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4

A game of Edward 40 hands with Old E? Yes please! A malty smooth finish to wash down the pains of everyday life. Enjoy responsibly!

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.

Photo of BigBen61
3.14/5  rDev +54.7%
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 underagedbeerappreciater
3.16/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this beer in more homeless peoples hand than any other on the ground at parks too so when i first tried it i felt i was joining some unspoken covenant of dirt poor alcoholics and it wasn't half bad a little stronger than colt 45 but 7.5 alc makes sure you feel it and feel it quick a little heavy on the stomach but tolerable classic malt smell little bit too much carbonation kind of leaves you with a thizz face if you chug it but its cheap and gets the job done

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.

Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
51 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.