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Hurricane Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 1.97
pDev: 38.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2002

Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste.
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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by semihobo:
Photo of semihobo
3.48/5  rDev +76.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmm 40 oz malt liquor. This bottle was born on 8/17/05, very fresh. Didn't pour it into a glass; after much deliberation, I figured that since you're supposed to serve everything in the appropriate glassware, I would leave it in the bottle. This is the intended method... that said, I'm reviewing within the style.

Nice gold - amber color, almost like tequila. Meager head but whenever it was agitated at all it fizzed up again. Nice label.

Smell was a little funky, has the generic nasty beer smell. Adjuncts aren't too offensive for a malt liquor, the corn works okay.

You know, for a forty, this tastes pretty good. Corn and adjuncts with minimal grossness. Very smooth! Smooth at first when it's cold but also stays drinkable longer than most as it warms. I finished it over an hour after opening and didn't flinch from warm malt liquor stench. The label warns "brace for the smooth taste!" I guess I should have. Sugar and corn, something else added that's a little spice like, lots of alcohol warming.

Nice mouthfeel. Retains carbonation for a while, which is important in a forty ounce serving. Very crisp, the carbonation masks bad elements and is only a little overwhelming. You will burp your mind out, though ... I was belching up a storm.

As 40 oz bottles of malt liquor go, this is decent and very competitively priced. I only drink 40s once every couple of months now, but my friend who lives and dies with the malt liquor has a fridge stocked with 25+ of these babies at all times. Sometimes you want a forty, and this is a pretty good one. Recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AmericanMechanic
4/5  rDev +103%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok let's face it. Malt liquor is not a good nor classy beer but we all remember high school. I gave this ghetto/white trash beer a high review for exactly what it is in its own league. Fuckin awesome. Looks like piss kinda smells like it with notes of dank malts grains and crackers. Taste is about the same without as much of that malt liquor funk like steel reserve which in positive is the worse thing in planet earth other than shiner Holliday chear. Come on people if you got $1.39 to spare get rocked by the hurricane

Photo of Newrad2
2.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Appearance:
Hurricane pours a radiant oompa-loompa orange with all the bubbles of a fizzy lifting drink. I think there's a little bit of corn stuck to the side of my glass. Head fades quickly with lacing reminiscent of a Taiwanese prostitute.

Smell:
Smells like sour apples, charred oak, and freedom. It is quite hard to pay attention to the tasting while everyone else is watching midget porn on the other couch.

Taste:
Hurricane tastes like America- From the mountains to the valleys to the broceans white with beer foam. Mild soapiness develops into sweet corn malt with a hint Fruity Pebbles on the back end. The flavor coats the mouth not unlike cough syrup - in that I will probably be tasting it when I wake up tomorrow morning. There are no hops of which to speak of, they're probably just being overpowered by awesome.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty light on the tongue, but also slippery like two babies who are KY wrestling. This could also be due to the high number of times that I have pretentiously swirled my tasting glass around. Would like to have had more carbonation, but one malt liquor can't have EVERYTHING? right? can it? guys?

Overall:
Wind up flashlight? check. Matches? check. Toilet paper? check. Now all you need it some way drown your sorrows due to the fact that college students and the federal government got the day off, and you just finished swimming home from the office. Look no farther than Hurricane Premium Malt Beverage. No screaming endorsements here, but it gets the job done, and isn't that what life is all about?

Photo of WckdVbz
1/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

H O R R I B L E !

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.5/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brutal concentrated urine color, no head, just rough adjunct malt liquor appearance. Aroma was largely alcohol and corny sweetness with the addition of some of the fragrance from a garage that specializes in doing car repairs/maintenance.

Very thin body, rawkus taste, alcohol so pronounced. Residual corn sweetness only seems to further contribute to the rough experience. No hops. Like drinking that corn based ethanol. 85 Octane. Carbonation is high, which usually can help alleviate a horrible taste from resonating too long, but here, it just seems like you get all the crap stuck in your sinus cavity because of it. The taste permeates your whole face and torso.

This is one of the tougher challenges to choke down.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Forty ounce bottle yo money yo bash...yep folks those are ol' dirty Bastard lyrics I have to pay homage to one of my seventh grade hereoes...Russel Jones one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Appearance is straw golden with a bright white head leaves thin lacing, yo. Aroma is semi sweet no hops grainy sugary tones harsh corn and rice. Taste is not overly sweet mild graininess no hop flavor very mild bitterness alcohol flavors in the finish kinda run of the mill. Mouthfeel light bodied somewhat sticky with residual sugars high carbonation. Drinkability is refreshing just doesn't do it for me as a whole, and I feel like this malt liquor is another bud product for the masses.

Photo of Retroman40
2.84/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ice cold 40 poured into a very clean glass after shoveling 6 inches of snow on 18 degree (5 degree wind chill) Kentucky day.

A - Pours a golden color with a 1 finger head that retreats to a thin lace.

S - Sweetness and corn. You don't buy malt liquor for the bouquet.

T - Adjunct dominated with some sweetness.

M - Decent carbonation level - a very clean finish.

O - I'll openly admit that I've like this stuff for a long time. I used to think it was just King Cobra in a different package but they are totally different animals. This is a malt liquor after all...inexpensive and gets the job done. Frankly I have always wondered why regular BMC drinkers don't go for this stuff since I think it tastes better than Bud or BL and packs a decent punch.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.48/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I try to judge every beer I taste on it's specific merits; and I don't bring style or personal preferences into it. In fact, I'm a fan of malt liquors, but... ... this one is not real good. And that's very surprising since it comes from Budweiser, but in a way it all makes sense. This is a very clean (except for the fruitiness) unobtrusive lager. I feel it's a bit too limited for the style! That said, it has a deep gold color with a thick (but not very dense) head and a generic malt & hop aroma. The body is fairly light. I was expecting a little more flavor... it has a fruitiness but limited maltiness - and no hop flavor. Very low bitterness. Finishes fruity but very clean.

Photo of ElGordo
1.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh man. I bought a 40oz of this stuff when an actual hurricane was approaching North Carolina, but it did't really come my way, and it sat in my fridge for a couple of months. Aging probably didn't do this any favors. Drinking it directly from the 40oz bottle, still wrapped in the brown paper bag. Looks a rather sickly darkish yellow color, with a fizzy white head inside the bottle. Smells pretty bad - sour, slightly skunky aroma. Taste actually isn't that bad. Standard adjunct lager taste, with a bit more kick to it. Slightly thick mouthfeel. I'm gonna have some trouble getting the entire 40 down tonight.

Epilogue: I finished the 40. Then I had a bottle of PBR (baby steps, folks, baby steps). It tasted like a nice hoppy craft brew in comparison.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Haha everyone loves a good 40 ounce of Malt Liquor from time to time. I personally don't have much of a problem with Hurricane, in fact it is probably one of the better Anheuiser Busch Products out there in my opinion. Hurricane has a unique mouthfeel and a somewhat sweet taste. Its' really not that bad considering its a malt liquor.

Photo of Kegatron
1.68/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

40 oz bottle spread amongst several of us on 2/3/10 to celebrate Deuane hitting the BIG 40.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a fizzy bright-white head. This sticks around for the most part with a foamy look. The aroma smells of light floral hops, corn bread, and that's about it. And that's probably actually giving it too much credit.

The taste is sweet with a mix of corn and bread. I also made the mistake of actually letting this sit on the palate to you know, actually try to pick up some flavor but was overwhelmed with a disgusting flush of raw vegetable character. Blech! The mouthfeel is thin and watery and seems more like something that I would rinse my glass out, instead of an actual beer that I would sit down and try.

I tend to not want to try beers of this caliber, so my rating might be skewered a bit towards the low side but what can I say, this was some pretty terrible stuff.

Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is basically of malts and corn. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall not that bad as far as malt liquors go.

Photo of austinhensley
2.54/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

40oz of feel good.
Very cheap, don't have to plug your nose to get it down, and it's pretty cheap. Do not mind gettin one of these down and it keeps my pockets thick. Call me crazy, but I'd say this is better than most shit beers. Did I mention that it's quite inexpensive.

Photo of puboflyons
2.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the 24 fl. oz. can 10112-NB44. Sampled on June 19, 2010. Everything about this is typical for an adjunct high gravity malt liquor although not carried off as well as some. It pours pale yellow with a little thin white head that dissolves right away. While there are malt hints in the aroma, the main smell I get is metal. The mouthfeel is OK but the taste has a bit of corn and malts but the alcohol remains the most predominant ingredient.

Photo of knoxtennessee
2.48/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10:00 Am on a Thursday. At only 1.79 just after my wife and I got into a bad fight. Seemed like the thing to do at the time. Looked a bit darker than most light lagers. They lady on the other end of the 800# assured me there was no HFCS. Smelled pretty sweet wth a little alcohol. Tasted too sweet but went down pretty easy. Could have downed anouther if I hadn't had anything else to do today. I agree with most, don't drink it unless you need a cheap buzz.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.03/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale pour, I think this might be the lightest of the malts I have tried over the last week, with the same fizzy white head that disappears almost instantly though the ever present streams of carbonation all seem to still be coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is corn, alcohol, and a mess of wet hay. Just not what you want to come home to. This follows over to the flavor almost exactly as it was just all over the place, but maintained that almost day old bread like taste mixed with astringent alcohol and moldy cereal. Slick feel and just an almost gag inducing aftertaste. Just not built for this one at all.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.28/5  rDev +66.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, I was happy with this one, and also glad that even though I drank it out of a clear 40 oz. bottle, served in a tall beer glass, it was neither skunky nor slimy. Hurricane has a thick white head and a clear, golden color. Aroma is almost undetectable. Carbonation is medium. Mouth-feel is medium as well. This malt liquor is just as it's described: robust, bold, and slightly sweet. It finishes very smooth. I enjoyed it and would drink it again, although I'd like to find it in cans.

RJT

Photo of uabigdaz
2.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark yellow reddish color with a quickly dying foam with very little retention. Just a splotchy thin amount remains. Smells okay, nothing special, but nothing that scares me away either. Overwhelming malt as would be expected. Tastes, interesting. Very thick taste, again, as would be expected. I can't pinpoint it, but the taste of this is somewhat unpleasant for me. Not impressive mouthfeel. As it's in my mouth I can't help but think "There's no reason to drink this besides the quick buzz", which also makes me feel strange.

Good party beer, but not a good beer.

Photo of sohio
2.88/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is beer for getting drunk on, so no need to treat this like a micro and judge it on nose, appereance, ect...What matters here is drinkability and the buzz, which this provides in spades considering the cheap price. This is one of those beers that you wanna make sure your not driving anywhere after a few 40's. This is my cheap beer of choice, and if you hate it, big deal, your only down $1.09. However, I do recommend drinking this out of a glass if you bought a can, the metal taste seems to go away.

Photo of Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color with a large white head, which soon utterly vanishes, leaving only scattered patches of foam and no lacing. There are lots of fat, slow-rising bubbles, however.

Aroma: Typical lager aroma with sweet corn and a slight, light tropical fruit note, no discernible hop presence. Mercifully, despite the clear glass bottle, there is no skunk aroma.

Taste: Opens with a cooked corn note, and a faint alcohol presence, soon followed by a slight metallic hop presence, which lingers on and on.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with stinging carbonation, rather soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: This is not among the best malt liquors that I have had, but at less than two dollars, tax included, for a forty ounce bottle, it is hard to feel particularly bitter.

Presentation: Packaged in a forty ounce clear glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Shiloh
2.58/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aha...new marketing ploy for Hurricane should read "Buzz on a Budget" after all there is truth in advertising.
Nice colouring, medium honey hue, limited head with some glass ring...aroma is non discript and the taste is more than equal to the dollar value...This product is marketable...

Photo of Charthepirate
1.3/5  rDev -34%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

God awful. I'm normally not one to scoff at cheap beers, but this was truly awful. Drank mainly from the 40, but I poured a little out for review sake. No head, even with an agressive pour, and left this weird dotty stuff on the glass. Not a lacing, just.. gunk.

Smelled of nothing, slight fermenting corn smell.

For the love of god, do not let this beer hit your lips. The smell of fermenting corn comes even stronger on the taste. Fermented ass juice is most appropriate, no hops, no bitter, just ass. Finish is watery. only reedeming factor, the flavor is weak.

This beer is so flavorless it's easy to drink, but that's about it's only redeeming characteristic. Blah.

Char

Photo of dude
3.77/5  rDev +91.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

"Brace for the smooth taste." What is that supposed to mean? If its smooth I shouldn't need to be forewarned. This pours golden and clear. Very little bubble activity. Smell is clean mostly, with a note of corn syrup. Unremarkable, really, but nothing offensive either. Taste is pretty darn smooth I must admit. Sweet and with a light vinous fruit taste also. This hides the ABV very well especially for style. I was pleasantly surprised to find no fusel alcohol flavors even as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel is smooth as well, perhaps needs a little more in the way of carbonation. Finish is dry and clean. Drinkability, for 40 standards, is top notch.

Photo of rednrag
2.75/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured appx 6 oz. from 24 oz can into glass for reviewing purposes.
Won't do that again.
This beer is meant to be drunk straight from the container, not poured into a snifter like some Abbey ale.
It looks alright, smells kinda overly corny, but it is definitely an American beer.
The choice of sophisticated malt liquor drinkers everywhere.
But since I am not sophisticated, I will stick with Mickey's or Olde E.

Photo of atr2605
2.5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a transparent yellow with a head that dissipates quickly
S-almost nothing. hint o sweetness
T-more of the same, bit off adjunct malt flavor and a strange after taste that is slightly metallic.
M-very light
O-cheap malt liquor. Definitely will not be seeking it out again

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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.