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Olde English 800 High Gravity - Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.18
pDev: 35.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
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2.73/5  rDev +25.2%

Presentation: 24oz can; scary looking, truth be told

Appearance: Dark gold/straw colored beer, low CO2, thin white cap actually is pretty sticky

Smell: Surprisingly neutral; light, dirty/sweet corn/adjunct aromas, not much else

Taste: OHHH so very sweet. Like, cloying. One of the sweetest Malt Liquors I've had I think. Almost candy-like. Light metallic notes as well. A touch of burning alcohol on the finish, shocker.

Mouthfeel: Actually pretty full, smooth, and round

Drinkability: 1 can after two other beers (earlier) is gonna get me buzzed I think, but the sweetness means I could never have more than one of these (even if I wanted to)

Conclusion: We were having crappy beer night tonight as a joke. My wife bought Bud Light Golden Wheat and I bought OE as a joke 'cos I'd never had it and I'm doing my M.A. on medieval England. Not terrible, but not something I'd get again either. Better than Steel.

04-17-2010 00:56:53 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
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Newfoundland (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -19.7%

09-04-2013 00:19:49 | More by cam477
Photo of Dmann


2.35/5  rDev +7.8%

Not bad at all for a "High Gravity" Malt Liquor. It poured a darker gold color than most of this style but with the same fizzy white head that left as quickly as it came. The smell was adjunct all the way with a very grainy, earthy scent that was not too pleasent. The taste was better than expected. The sweet malt dominated the flavor with a bit of grain flavor and an underlying aftertaste of alchohol. Better than Steele Reserve any day...but then again that isn't saying much!

08-01-2004 09:38:50 | More by Dmann
Photo of HerbMeowing


2/5  rDev -8.3%

08-04-2014 02:27:30 | More by HerbMeowing
Photo of bif_fat_sellout

1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

11-09-2012 23:53:21 | More by bif_fat_sellout
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life


2/5  rDev -8.3%

07-18-2014 20:52:42 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of Retroman40


2.63/5  rDev +20.6%

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head that retreats to a good lace throughout.

S - Fruity with some grain.

T - Tangy with a fruitiness with some slight grain/hop taste.

M - A little on the syrupy side with a decent bite.

O - Considering the price and the 8% ABV this is not a bad beer. Granted, it must be served and consumed ice cold.

02-07-2014 21:57:28 | More by Retroman40
Photo of brewerburgundy


1.35/5  rDev -38.1%

24oz can, jam jar for a drinking vessel, and I forgot to look for freshness dating (as if it matters).

The color of a dehydrated human's urine, dark apple juice. Rather a nice whitish head, better than some macro lagers, that fades to a ring in a minute.

Sweet with apple juice notes. Industrial chemicals, corn.

Sweet, very processed apple juice, preservatives out the ying-yang. Creamed corn, a sour, almost hoppy twinge on the finish fading into a continually objectionable and chemical laden aftertastes. You know there is 8% abv too.

Fizzy and light, though with more body than macro lagers.

None, I can't stand the manufactured and treated flavor. It isn't refreshing and it warms the belly, firewater in the truest sense.

Since I already consumed the KBS I had wanted to be my 100th review, I thought a gag (literally) review would be funny. Joke's on me, my 100th review ended up being my first drain pour.

05-16-2010 22:22:19 | More by brewerburgundy
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3.33/5  rDev +52.8%

There's nothing like pouring yourself an Imperial pint from a 40 of HG800! It just doesn't seem normal - and yet, it gives a much better appearance from a glass than a paper bag! But all kidding aside, this is not a bad malt liquor. This is the original, with an actual 8% alcohol by volume; and it's much better than their lower alcohol version.

The body is a clear yellow when held to the light, but appears more amber in the glass. It's creamy, bright white head holds surprisingly well for a beer with so much alcohol; and it slowly drops to a thin surface covering, leaving some nice lace at the outset. Sweet, very lightly grainy malt greets you in the nose with a very delicate fruitiness. It's quite clean. It's medium-bordering-on-full bodied with a fine carbonation that's lightly effervescent and gently caresses the tongue. Crisp yet smooth. The flavor delivers a lightly grainy maltiness that's somewhat surprising as most examples as so obviously adjunct laden, and it's sweetness is tempered more by its alcohol than its low-key bitterness. It finishes drying despite its sweet malt with a wash of drying alcohol and dull bitterness - although some malt does linger. Overall, it's a surprisingly clean and well-made malt liquor that probably deserves a little more respect than it gets.

08-22-2003 01:20:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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1/5  rDev -54.1%

01-24-2014 20:39:52 | More by DOCRW
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3.25/5  rDev +49.1%

10-06-2013 22:40:16 | More by wejohnsn
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3.13/5  rDev +43.6%

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty. Taste is a combination of malts, corn, and alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew as far as malt liquors go.

03-28-2010 13:58:40 | More by tone77
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New Hampshire

2.88/5  rDev +32.1%

From the 40 oz. bottle marked AUG3109-DO5111908. Sampled on December 15, 2009. After looking at earlier reviews I was expecting the worst. But quite frankly, I did not think this was as bad as all that. The pour was a hazy pale yellow with a generous supply of fizzy head. The aroma was of mild malts and hops with almost no noticeable alcohol, which tends to be common in these high gravity beers. The taste was a bit tart and pungent but not offensive. This is not the kind of beer I would buy regularly but for the purposes of this review, it was tolerable.

12-16-2009 00:15:46 | More by puboflyons
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New Jersey

2.23/5  rDev +2.3%

As far as I am concerned, this is the best 40 available. That's not necessarily the highest praise, but on occassion, when cash is tight, a 40 is a nice option. This is not nearly as common as its non-high gravity cousin, in fact, I usually have a hard time finding it. The beer is a dark golden color, when consumed out of the bottle, some head is stirred up. The smell is somewhat unpleasant, it is reminiscent of burnt vegetables. The taste is slightly astringent, but it goes down smooth enough, in fact, I think it has a unique and fairly pleasant flavor. As far as drinkability goes, the alcohol definitely starts to get to you, and if you take your time finishing it, the warm remnants become extremely unpleasant. Gotta keep this one cold.

03-09-2004 07:51:39 | More by bigjohn
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2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-22-2013 05:33:58 | More by fivetime
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1.05/5  rDev -51.8%

Wow, only a 40 of OE can give me a hangover. Not good. Have a glass of water nearby.
A - Like SR it does look like beer.
S - Oh no, if they had a -5 this is where it would rank.
T - Worse than Steel Reserve. That's pretty bad.
M - Not good. I guess the taste has a lot to do with the mouthfeel with this beer.
D - Bad. Of course once you're drunk it all tastes good until the morning.
Drunkablility - Way too high. +10

03-12-2007 09:46:25 | More by Beerman420
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1.5/5  rDev -31.2%

09-26-2013 06:20:39 | More by foxyaardvark27
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1/5  rDev -54.1%

07-20-2014 06:02:14 | More by CraigTravor
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.55/5  rDev +62.8%

Luckily, this sample, poured from a 40 oz. clear bottle was neither skunked nor spoiled. Olde English High Gravity 800 has a thick, white head, and a deep golden appearance, with spider-web lacing. Aroma is sharp, pungent, corny, and even bready. Taste is rich and fruity, but not overly sweet or alcoholic. Mouth-feel is medium and crisp. Overall, this is a very enjoyable drink; one of the better malt liquors on the market. Unfortunately, it has a limited distribution (not available in Louisiana). I like this one and would recommend that you try it.


05-02-2010 15:27:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
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1.43/5  rDev -34.4%

40 oz clear bottle gives a crack and a hiss and off we go...pours a very clear, medium gold color with a fairly dense and creamy white foam. Retention is surprisingly good, as is the lacing. Pretty good looking beer if you dont know where it came from.

Nose is corny grain sweetness with a hint of cardboard and sweaty feet. Not appealing, but not necessarily horrid either.

Sweet and corn syrupy. Thick mouthfeel. I already know I wont be finishing this bottle, should have gotten this beast ICE cold first. I dont mind some regular OE every once in a long while, but this is not really all that fun to drink. Sweetness is pretty overwhelming with virtually no hops to help. The only other flavors I am getting is some lager yeast sulfur and heavy alcohol. Carbonation keeps things moving along better when drank straight from the bottle. Pretty foul concoction here, even by malt liquor standards.

07-08-2010 20:01:44 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of warpedrevolution


2/5  rDev -8.3%

04-14-2013 20:46:42 | More by warpedrevolution
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2.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Not a bad pour. Very light apple juice colored gold with a large, light, fluffy, sticky, bright white head. Somewhat thick, very good retention, and a decent patchy lace.

S - Pretty subdued. Sweet corn and malt with a touch of cooked vegetable. Some of that overly sweet, slightly tart and acidic apple, but not in a good way. Slight alcohol.

T - Typical malt liquor flavors. Sweet corn and malt flavors. A lot of sweet candish apple mid sip toward the finish. A bit of a cooked vegetable flavor as well. A bit of an off floralish flavor. Definite grainy finish.

M - Light, thin body with average carbonation. Dry, sticky finish.

D - Not offensive, but no where near easy to drink. Sweet, alcoholy, and a touch cloying/sticky. Not easy to drink plenty of.

Notes: Meh, not overly impressed, but what I more or less expected. Average high gravity malt liquor. Overly sweet with corn and apple and alcohol.

01-27-2011 06:28:06 | More by FreshHawk
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2.5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-15-2012 16:14:25 | More by dreis
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1.73/5  rDev -20.6%

This is basically to drink when you just want some booze for cheap. Pours the way it looks in its clear bottle - golden amber color with a tall but airy white head that settles fast. It smells of really pungeant malts and a touch of hops. These flavors aren't mixed well together and they don't really mask the alcohol at all. It has a sharp mouthfeel and it's not very drinkable.

05-09-2008 01:17:37 | More by erosier
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1.25/5  rDev -42.7%

08-17-2013 19:48:26 | More by MinorThreat
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Olde English 800 High Gravity from Miller Brewing Co.
56 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.