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Hurricane Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

Hurricane Malt LiquorHurricane Malt Liquor

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 2.02
pDev: 38.12%

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2002)
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Photo of giblet


2.33/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +10.4%
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 +68.3%
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 -16.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -14.4%
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 +30.2%
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


2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +32.7%
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 +75.7%
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 +23.8%
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
Photo of TastyTaste


2.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I only ave ever consumed or seen this stuff in a 40 bottle. Cler darkish gold color, some head in the bottle. This was, as malt liquors go, not bad. It was sweet and adjuncty, but not over the top, and alcohol was not kicking you in the throat the whole time. Mouthfeel is neutral. Very cheap, not a good experience, but not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 17:57:36 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Gagnonsux


2.2/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the 2nd (and last) of the crappy malt liquors I found in New Orleans. Not much to really say about this one, it's exactly how a malt liquor usually tastes. Bad appearance, sweet macro smell, and overly sweet, somewhat nasty taste. This isn't any worse or better than most malt liquors, they all seem pretty much the same to me anyway. Something this lame should have higher than 6% alcohol to be worthwhile for those needing a quick drunkening.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 01:15:04 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of ElGordo


1.9/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 01:24:10 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Charthepirate

New York

1.3/5  rDev -35.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 07:15:19 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

1.5/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is nothing I'm too proud to drink. It poured a urine color and consistancy. Luckily it did'nt smell like that, but it wasn't much better. I had a bottle of skunk. That's all I smelled. The taste was grainy with mild adjuncts. Nothing good here. Move on.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 05:04:25 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe


1.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a thin, fizzy head that disappears immediately. Some carbonation. Color of apple... well, closer to white grape juice. Aroma of artifical sweetness, apple juice fruitiness; sour, twangy alcohol and little else. Taste of more sour, just sour (!) alcohol and sweetened fruit juice suggestions. Sweet, adjunctly beeriness; nothing really to see here, folks (shudder). Mouthfeel is thin, watery, a bit of carbonated fizz. Mostly just water--hardly even an alcohol kick, just water... Drinkability? Just make sure you give it your best shot before it warms up. Pretty awful. I try not to be too hard on the malt liquors and review them in their proper context, but this went down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 21:27:49 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of Rootdog316


2.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 07:09:36 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.95/5  rDev +46%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yes, sometimes you do just have to go to the deli where nobody speaks any English whatsoever and grab a 40. This is definitely one of the better malt liquor 40's I have had. Ice cold, it certainly was not harsh at all on the taste buds. There definitely was not any discernible hop flavor...a grainy malt with a mild alcohol flavor just about rounds out the flavor. Usually near the bottom of a 40 I am pushing myself to finish it, but this one was real easy, probably because its one of the weaker ones at 6%. If you're 40 shopping, this isn't a bad choice. "Brace for the smooth taste."

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 14:11:41 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of BeerResearcher


1.05/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Fellow BA, Genaro picked this 22 oz wide mouth bottle up from a gas station in rural Georgia, so we were expecting this to be a top-notch "Craft" brew. Turns out to be a "Crap" brew. This has to be the most horrible malt liquor ever brewed. The pale yellow color is no warning for the nasty tasting corn-mealy malt. The hops must be the cheapest available. Sugary sweet and cardboard flavored. It's bland and offensive at once. The pasty and alcoholic aroma is offensive. Shame on the Busch family for producing this “beer.” Just whom are they trying to hook on this awful swill? I couldn't find the "Might cause Blindness or permanent liver dysfunction” on the warning label. Hiss Boo, absolutely horrible!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 15:08:20 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev +27.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 19:25:25 | More by Shiloh
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Sure, this isn't some crazy silly awesome beer, but, it's still ok. I used to get it when I was in college, cause it was $.99 a can! that's awesome. $.99 for a 22oz. and it wasn't toally nasty beer. It was a very light colored beer, with a very short lived head, most likely from carbonation. Had a kind of semi-sweet taste to it, but nothing too noticebale. Finished kinda harsh, but what do you expect.

Serving type: can

01-04-2003 02:28:56 | More by JISurfer
Photo of budgood1


2.48/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

sometimes ya just gotta grab a 40 and administer a quick and effective attitude adjustment to yourself. fortunately i don't do this too often! hurricane is just another run of the mill malt liquor with the usual sweetness. pretty bland and boring. i won't ever drink it again, but did this time to get in a review.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2002 06:11:07 | More by budgood1
Photo of NeroFiddled


2.48/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 16:28:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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Hurricane Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
52 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.