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Hurricane Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2
pDev: 38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste.

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Photo of rednrag
2.73/5  rDev +36.5%

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.

rednrag, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
1.65/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

Kegatron, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
2.55/5  rDev +27.5%

I had this at Deuane's 40th birthday bash -40oz..apropos eh? Poured into a 1/2 pint allowed to warm slightly

A - Golden, ultra clear with thick white head -the head settles o a slim band w/ tiny speckles for bead they almost appear to small to see any separation

S - Smell is corny and light with sugary nose that has cereal hints and mild fruitiness like corn syrup

M - The feel is highly carbonated sweet and alcoholic, drying as you expect a sugar enhanced beverage to feel, leaves no impression after the swallow really

T - Taste? It almost has it, but corn and sucrose flavor is not much to really comment on- the flavor leaves almost as soon as it appears. Even when warm it really comes off as pretty flavorless in general

D - not the worst malt liquor I can think of, but it really is more a case of worse than...? Not a bad example of the style, just not something that invites you to drink more of it

Slatetank, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
1.88/5  rDev -6%

40oz. bottle consumed in celebration of Deuane's 40th birthday on 2/3/10.

A - Poured a clear yellow, urine-colored liquid with huge bubbles of carbonation and a bubbly one-finger white head that disappeared rather quickly. Lacing? Nope.

S - Smells like... nothing, really. Air. Seems like there is some subtle sweet corn and mild alcohol, but that's about it.

T - Sweet, malty and corny with subtle alcohol notes in the background.

M - Light bodied and thin with mild carbonation, resulting in a watery mouthfeel overall. Finishes sweet on the palate with minimal alcohol warmth.

D - This as good as I had anticipated... not very. I can't imagine drinking an entire 40 of this. To quote Bubbles: "You can barely get 'er in ya, but my fuck it'll get you some drunk!"

ffejherb, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of TheTrevor
2.2/5  rDev +10%

Go figure, "40 oz." isn't one of the serving type choices on the drop-down menu. Anyway, anyone who picks this up pretty much knows what they're in for. It's yellow and fizzy. The only real distinction between this and other malt liquors is that it tastes even more like old boiled corn than most and has a slightly higher alcohol content. The trade-off is obvious and people who have nothing left to live for should almost certainly grab this brand of liver-destroying quasi-beer. The only problem with this is that it's hard to observe brand loyalty when the brand in question makes you throw up on your friends a little bit quicker.

TheTrevor, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +52.5%

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.

tone77, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of noknife83
2.53/5  rDev +26.5%

Keeping in mind this is a malt liquor, I didn't hold out much hope for it. That being said, I know I didn't rate it very high, but it was better then I thought it was going to be. It's no where near as harsh as Steel Reserve, which is probably the nastiest of malt liquors out there. Poured into o pint glass its plae yellow in color, with a whole lot of foam. It has a sweetness in the taste thats kind of appealing. All in all no where near a great beer, but if pay day is ways of and you want something cheap to get the job done this will do it.

noknife83, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of afinepilsner
2.13/5  rDev +6.5%

24oz can
6.0% ABV version

Hurricane High Gravity Lager was pale gold in color with good clarity. It had a large white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was light and clean, just a generic beer smell. There was not much flavor to speak of, but what what was there was not good. It was somewhat sweet upfront with a dry finish. The body was light and watery with lighter than expected carbonation. Drinkability was not good. This is not a beer that I will purchase again. Maybe the regular version would be better.

afinepilsner, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
1.83/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured a light golden color, with a good amount of fizzy white head.

The scent is of corn and grains not much else.

The taste is also corn and grains. Not much of an alcohol taste for the high ABV.

Light bodied, kind of watery and smooth, average carbonation.

I'm not really sure why I bought this. Though it's easy to drink for the first 20oz, the skunkiness starts to catch up, and is ultimately disappointing.

BeerCon5, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of bsend
2.48/5  rDev +24%

Poured this 24 oz. can into a large mug.

Appearance: This malt liquor poured a light golden color. See through when held to the light, it looks like a typical American Adjunct lager. A standard pour leads to a thick white, 2 finger head. Light carbonation through out the beverage.

Smell: Interesting yet dissatisfying. Heavy mixes of roasted, sweet, and burned corn on the nose. Follows with heavy alcohol scent.

Taste: As the smell would suggest, plenty of corn to start on the pallate. Keeping the beer in the mouth provided plenty of alcohol flavor afterwards.

Mouthfeel: This beer had an average feel on the mouth for this style of beer. Light body leads to an alcohol burn finish.

Drinkability: These can go down easy after a few. Heavy alcohol flavor and burn makes it hard to sip on this.

Final Thoughts - I reviewed this with the style in mind. Not a terrible malt liquor but nothing special either. Pick it up if you need a cheap brew as a single. Otherwise don't bother.

bsend, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of iuhoosier336
1.7/5  rDev -15%

This beer really doesn't have much going for it. The alcohol content is not 8.10%, that's Hurricane High Gravity which really only has that going for it. It tastes worse and I think is only served as 40's. Try hard to steer clear unless you're really low on cash and just want to get sloshed.

iuhoosier336, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
2.4/5  rDev +20%

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: American Malt Liquor
ABV: 8.10 %
live review 3/15/09 - can>pint glass

A 2.5 - small head gone quick, reduced to a micro size lace collar, medium golden straw in color
S 2.0 - minor sweet alcohol aroma, some minor honey notes & skunky-ness
T 2.5 - better than some other malt liquors in my opinion - not to sweet like some others can be
MF 2.5 - high carbonation, thin body, you can sense the alcohol presence
D 2.5 - almost drinkable for a malt liquor, I would rink it if I am broke or if it is my only beer option, thats about it. Good for the style I guess.

unclejimbay, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of dude
3.8/5  rDev +90%

"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.

dude, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of sohio
2.95/5  rDev +47.5%

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.

sohio, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Drew966
2.33/5  rDev +16.5%

Hurricane pours a golden yellow with a white head from a clear thirty two ounce bottle. The aroma is all adjunct. There is a bit of fruitiness in the flavor, otherwise it's just generic industrial beer flavor, no hops to be found. Okay for what it is, but there are probably better malt liquors out there.

Drew966, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Tuberoni
4.68/5  rDev +134%

Disclaimer- I'm poor. Due to this,I have drank nothing but malt liquor. I have a unique taste in what I drink. I've always hated bitter beer, so heinies and becks can go to hell, piss waters.

I am an immense fan of Hurricane Malt Liquor. One does indeed have to brace for the smooth taste. Tilt your head back and slug down,4,5,6, even seven slugs, then place the 40oz down. Yes, the 40 oz you paid 1.68 for. Enjoy how it introduced itself on its way down. Enjoy the cooling feeling it gives on its way down. Love how when it enters your stomach, that it does not feel alien, but rather at home. Savor the creeper buzz that comes from rapid comsumption. Laugh at people who drink piss like heineken and overpay for it.

Appearance- It's telling you you're in for a fun night
Smell- why anyone would smell it is beyond me... it's a f*cking liquid! A drink! A BEVERAGE!
Taste- Unique, not at all bitter... very smooth.
Mouthfeel- Goes down naturally... mmm
Drinkability- Sadness occurs when your bottle is empty. It is magnificent.

Best part is, no hangovers the next morning.

That being said, after dinner, I'm gonna swing by my local beverage shack and snag two of these bad boys.

Tuberoni, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.38/5  rDev -31%

Pours a golden yellow color with not much of a head. Like most malt liquors, I don't think this is meant for glasses. The nose has some corn syrup like malts. Very light though. The taste is of corny alcohol and not much else. Somwhat full, but not at all enjoyable.

rye726, May 18, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.68/5  rDev -16%

Pours a super light yellow/white color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is corn and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and lcking in body and taste. After the corn, the dominate flavor is WATER. Not worth buying or drinking. AVOID!!

ATLbeerDog, May 11, 2008
Photo of armock
2.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Poured a straw color with a big white head no lacing

S - Is of malt and adjuncts

T - Surprisingly light not much is going on here malt and adjuncts

M- This on has a light watery body

D - It was a lot like drinking water that gets you drunk for a malt liquor it was very light in flavor and mouthfeel

armock, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of rgb2807
1.5/5  rDev -25%

This is definitely the most drinkable 40 out there. Perfect for discrete high school gatherings. If you let this get warm it's like drinking cow urine. However, I think I'd rather drink cow urine than windex. (st. ides)

Hurricane is for getting wasted, and forgetting about the past, and nothing more. Its smoothness does make it easier to go down though.

rgb2807, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2/5  rDev 0%

Ahh, the Old Slurricane. For those who haven't had the pleasure(?), drink a couple of these sugared-down dandies and you might be slllurrrinnnggg your words. Or just puking. Now, Bud's other 40 offering is King Cobra, which is hideous, but this isn't as bad. I think it is because it is smoother and doesn't leave a stinging backbite. It is also higher in ABV, so maybe I was just too drunk to notice. I guess if I had to pick between this and St Ides I would take this (although I probably gave St Ides higher marks) since it is not as dirty sweet.

clayrock81, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of giblet
2.33/5  rDev +16.5%


one dollar. thirsty. lookin for a buzz. = Hurry Kane!

not too bad for a cheap malt liquor. actually dont know bout the head cuz it was only in the can, my mouth and my gut. not too bad a taste for a corny malt. strong carbonation that scarred the back of my throat. it was hot so i kept chuggin.

not a lot to write home about. decent cheap malt liquor.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of uabigdaz
2.23/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

uabigdaz, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of tesguino
3.4/5  rDev +70%

the same thing like the others malt liquors, but with a touch of crushed hops; little better than its sister king cobra but still drinkable; good for the mexican food and snacks; try in a pint glass for look its color and head; my brother say about this beer : is like a schlitz malt but without the bull;

69% recommended.

tesguino, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of ski271
1.68/5  rDev -16%

Medium-light amberish-yellow with a small, creamy, off-white, slowly-diminishing head. Smell is a lot of corn husk and good bit of alcohol. Some grain. Taste-wise, we got more corn here and some pretty nasty fusel-like alcohol followed by a light dry finish and a touch of citrus that barely sticks out from behind the lingering alcohol burn. It has a medium-light body, a watery but astringent texture and moderate-low carbonation. Yeah, this is a cheapo alright. No reason to ever buy this one again. This is not for the beer drinker, this is purely for the person that wants to get drunk.... and it's good for putting out in shallow pans in the garden to kill snails.

ski271, Feb 06, 2007
Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.