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Hurricane Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 1.99
pDev: 38.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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 afinepilsner


2.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 15:49:46 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of BeerCon5


1.83/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 20:53:50 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of bsend


2.48/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-09-2009 01:55:48 | More by bsend
Photo of iuhoosier336


1.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 23:06:13 | More by iuhoosier336
Photo of unclejimbay


2.4/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2009 16:08:37 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of dude


3.8/5  rDev +91%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:25:52 | More by dude
Photo of sohio


2.95/5  rDev +48.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 06:09:34 | More by sohio
Photo of Drew966


2.33/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:51:21 | More by Drew966
Photo of Tuberoni

New York

4.68/5  rDev +135.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 22:41:42 | More by Tuberoni
Photo of rye726


1.38/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:52:20 | More by rye726
Photo of ATLbeerDog


1.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!!

Serving type: can

05-11-2008 03:17:17 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of armock

New York

2.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Serving type: can

04-06-2008 22:38:17 | More by armock
Photo of rgb2807

New York

1.5/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:53:03 | More by rgb2807
Photo of clayrock81


2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 19:17:34 | More by clayrock81
Photo of giblet


2.33/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


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.


Serving type: can

07-14-2007 12:43:36 | More by giblet
Photo of uabigdaz


2.23/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-12-2007 01:29:03 | More by uabigdaz
Photo of tesguino


3.4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 21:41:58 | More by tesguino
Photo of ski271


1.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 20:51:43 | More by ski271
Photo of acrawf6


2.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I decided to pick this one up cuz the store by my house was out of most of the things i liked, and i figured trying another malt liquor.

Pours out a rich dark golden straw with a decent sized head. I really think most malt liquors (the ones i've seen) usually have a nice hue to it.

Smell. Seems to have a cloying sweetness. Small honey aroma....this beers seems quite potent.

Taste. I kept it in the freezer for a while, and though it's quite cold, the alcohol gives it a warming sensation immediately after i take a sip. Taste has lots of cooked corn flavors. It warms and the sweetness comes out quite strong.

Mouthfeel. Alcohol gives it a full sensation. Balance is a bit off (but what do you expect).

Overall. I am enjoying this slightly more than i thought i would, and at $1.50 a 40oz, it was worth giving it a try. I would venture to guess this is one of the better malt liquors, but i am making sure to only have it as cold as humanly possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:25:31 | More by acrawf6
Photo of MagicHatter23


1.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I've decided to begin my beer reviews by starting at the bottom of the barrel. Bought a 24 oz can of this with the sole intention of reviewing it for this site. Malt Liquor has one simple purpose: intoxication at a bargain. This is easily deciphered by looking at the marketing on the can. The slogan for this beer is "Brewed for a distinctive bold taste." This is clever rhetoric from our friends at Anheuser-Busch. The feces/urine mixture in the bottom of an outhouse also has a "distinctive bold taste," not unsimilar to this beer. Also, the 8.1% alcohol content is printed in font the same size as for the name of the beer. Nice.
Beer had a big head with huge bubbles that quickly disappeared. No lacing at all. Has that semi-cloudy dark gold color that lets you know you will probably be vomiting blood after enough of these. Clean malt/rice smell. Tastes just like it smells - nothing really sticks out. My favorite part was the astringent aftershock where the alcohol can be felt throughout the mouth. Mouthfeel is unremarkable until the bite at the end.
I noticed on each successive sip that I was disliking this beer more and more. Back in my drunk-on-a-budget days I would have quaffed a 40 of High Life or Steel Reserve over Hurricane, Camo, or anything else whose name has to do with natural disasters/combat. Poured the rest of this one down the sink. The good thing about this beer is that the person seriously drinking this to get drunk couldn't care less about its taste. I believe this beer would be best enjoyed 3 at a time out of a giant multi-valved beer bong.

Serving type: can

10-13-2006 08:13:15 | More by MagicHatter23
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.63/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The 24 ounce can, 8.1% abv.

Appearance - somewhat deepened golden color, a very white head froths up to about a finger then subsides with some thought to leaving lace but not quite getting it done. Moderate bead helps the head hold on a bit but it goes bare inside of two minutes.

Aroma - kicks off quite fruity and sweet. As it settles, it loses some of the sweetness and bends towards a more general grain and adjunct based beer scent. Interesting but fairly typical.

Taste - very grain/corn-fed flavor, sweetness is complementary and the alcohol is evident without really adding or taking away from the overall experience. No hop flavor except *maybe* a brief touch on the aftertaste, it's hard to tell if that's hops or fizz. The sweetness and alcohol create a rather 'wet' finish.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, rather burp-inducing. Feels a bit solid with the abv and sweetness.

Drinkability - not a beer made to experience the enjoyment of beer. Bud on steroids, not totally bad but watch out that next morning.

Serving type: can

05-01-2006 02:46:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.05/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 02:49:08 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of RBorsato


2.68/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow straw/gold with a decent white head at first and very light carbonation with slow bubbles. All adjunct corn aroma and flavor but not unpleasantly so... Medium bodied and smooth; quite easy drinking.

Not the mest ML I've ever had but certainly not the worst either...

Born On: 07/09/05
Tasted: 01/29/06

($1.69 / 40 oz. fat clear bottle with a twist off cap)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 22:21:11 | More by RBorsato
Photo of semihobo


3.55/5  rDev +78.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 06:45:22 | More by semihobo
Photo of Pegasus


2.5/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 17:17:15 | More by Pegasus
Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.