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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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King Cobra Premium Malt LiquorKing Cobra Premium Malt Liquor

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 2
pDev: 38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

King Cobra is an American malt liquor with a robust and full-bodied, smooth, clean taste.
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Ratings: 468 | Reviews: 179
Photo of ordybill
1.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 40 OZ bottle into a red solo cup. This still couldn't conceal my shame!!!
This beer is horrible from the color, smell to the taste. I didn't even like the label on the bottle. I don't mind a good malt liquor, I like Colt 45, Magnum and Private Stock. But this is awful.

Photo of apasternak
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some bizarre notes in this one. The mouthfeel was not ideal and the color was sickly

Photo of entenduintransit
2.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's really the best 40 you can buy. It gets its job done.

Photo of JacketAudio
2.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not bad really. Like the commercial used to say: "Don't let the smooth taste fool ya!"

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.05/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best 40 on the market.. Best bang for your buck

Photo of Rddymk
3.01/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The King Cobra malt liquor is the best malt liquor I have ever drank and I have drank a lot of malt liquors.
No such thing of hops in this. No such thing of roasted malt in this.
Just get your buzz on for cheap.
I think that is is brewed at a lower temp than other malts due to the heaviness of the corn adjunct and maybe the artificial sugars that they use over at the St. Louis brewery.
King Cobra...drink it and you'll be a Cobra for life!

Photo of Jcrampton94
2.95/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My malt of choice, very drinkable. But as with malts definitely intended to get someone drunk over a great drink

Photo of joe12pk
3.5/5  rDev +75%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light gold

S - A bit absent. There is some grain & corn.

T - Light corn and grain. Carbonation gives some bite in place of hops.

M - Medium- and quite drier than anticipated.

O - Very refreshing but a bit tame for a high gravity lager. If you must mow your lawn this year, King Cobra will balm the savage thirst.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.25/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing fancy, just an easy to drink malt liquor. Malt and corn sweetness. Crisp, light. Great example of the style.

Photo of DrainBamage
2.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden color with only a small lace of head around the rim, highly carbonated. Smells like standard corn adjunct lager. Not much flavor until it reaches the bottom of your throat. Not as putrid as I expected. A little bitter in the aftertaste. After a couple tastes I'm starting to taste the fuel like malt liquor flavor. Far from the best malt liquor, but not the worst either.

Photo of Catracho5
2.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I used to drink malt liquors, this was my favorite. Malt liquors exist to get a person drunk as possible on the least amount of money and I used to buy KC quartz for 99 cents plus tax and CRV back in the 90's, but I have not had this beer since.

Photo of bahall2012
1/5  rDev -50%

first and worst hangover

Photo of misternebbie
1/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Best part of this corn spit , is the name King Cobra

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.78/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Reviewed with Louisiana Beer Reviews on Youtube

A- Looks like an American lager. It's got some head when you pour it directly down the middle of a glass. Tilting the glass does nothing. But looks like beer in general.

S- Pungent. Unidentifiable grains and cooked veggies. Sweet. Wet paper.

T- Pungent as well. Same as the smell. Grains and cooked veggies with that overall sweet character. No hop character whatsoever. Borderline OK. I think there are other malt liquors that taste better than this one.

M- Very drinkable. It's light to medium, on the light-ish side. It's not a dry as other American lagers. You can feel the sweetness slightly tingling the teeth (strangely enough). The finish has the wet grainy feel to it.

Overall I can't recommend this beer to you, but I wouldn't say this isn't something you shouldn't try. My averge for the rating is 2.8ish, which rounds to being a 3. It's okay, but to me it is a bit harsh and I would rather drink Old English 800 or Private Stock Instead.

Photo of oldguy1587
3.3/5  rDev +65%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is not a truly fine brew, but it is cold, wet, carbonated, and cheap. You get what you py for, and sometimes it isn't the higher priced stuff. This stuff is not too bad when icy cold on a hot summer day. Actually, it's pretty good considering the price, although it desperately needs some hops. Sadly, adding a decent amount of hops would raise the price, defeating the point of being the cheapest beer around. I give it a 4.5 because it is good value for the money, and probably best in it's class.

Photo of tectactoe
1.83/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drink the ol' four-oh down to the bottom of the neck & top the bottle off with a little Tropicana Orange Juice. Gently swirl & enjoy this wonderful poor man's Mimosa. Make Mike D proud & get your brass monkey on, son. If you ain't on that King Cobra grind, then you better get your head right or your wig split.

Photo of lespaulrocka
1.84/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - It's nothing special it's a clear golden and very very bubbly. No head or lacing.

Smell - Smells a lot like vegetable oil and alcohol. I don't think there is much to describe about it.

Taste - I can mostly taste the alcohol with a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, crisp and drinkable for a malt liquor.

Overall - Not something I'd recommend unless you're interested in emptying the change in your pockets. I didn't enjoy this malt liquor that much but it's alright I think there's much better out there.

Photo of mfnmbvp
1.83/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

40 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Split between me and a friend, mfndsvp, acquired at the local beer store for $1.92 with tax. Expectations are next to nothing.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear gold with lots of carbonation. A finger or so of fizzy white head that dissipates into nothing quickly. Very thin spotty lacing, but it's still there.

S - Smell is comprised of musty grains / GMO corn / huskiness, and some medicinal wet paper / cardboard going on.

T - Taste follows the nose - wet paper / cardboard, GMO corn / huskiness / grains, and some off medicinal flavors.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, and carbonated. Lightly sticky & papery. Drinkable for the 6.00% abv, but it's just not good.

Overall, another tick from the bottom of the barrel. I've clearly had worse than this, but this isn't a likely contender for repeat drinking. Still light years better than shit like Steel Reserve 211.

King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor ---2/5.

Photo of ChiChi
2.61/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Many friends of mine are in sheer disbelief that I actually like this beer. You probably asking yourself why like they do. First off, the taste to me is better that any other malt liquor, and although the ingredients are simple...corn. Its a smooth drink. its also high in alcohol content which for its price gives a nice cheap buzz. If I drink enough the corn taste keeps getting sweeter. Drink this stuff ice cold and its better in cans, the light cant get to it.

Photo of Retroman40
2.18/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought this in a 25 oz. "one extra ounce" can for my breweriana collection. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - Pours a huge loose head that is fleeting and retreats to practically no lacing - just a flat yellow liquid.

S - Adjunct city with metallic overtones.

T - Not as bad as the smell, but still cooked corn and grains with a metallic hint.

M - Surprisingly a little on the watery side.

O - This is best drank ice cold, quickly and straight from the can or bottle. Still, for what it is it really isn't all that bad.

Photo of homebrew311
1.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

There's nothing like a swill tick on a Sunday evening...

Pours a lifeless clear pale straw color with no head or lacing. Nose is corny, grainy, musty and metallic. There are hints of stale skunky character at the end. Taste starts with water followed by an addition of slightly sweet and musty grain notes that gain in strength. The finish is metallic and stale tasting. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Yeah, this one is pretty bad!

Photo of vulgora
1.47/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

this stuff is cheap so thats good , in my area have never found a 40 or any bottle at all of this stuff

taste is kinda gross , the busch gross , over carbonated super thin , i am not a busch fan so if you like busch or budweiser then you should dig this . Its just so carbonated and snkaky

which leads to me to the next point , smell smells kinda corny and adjunky well sure its anheiser and its malt liqour so that doesnt say much but idk it smelled like busch but to the next level.

taste well like i said like busch but since its 6% instead of 4.6 it's more of a pay off, how ever id rather buy steel reserve,old english or hurricane . hurricane is also made my Anheuser and may be harsher , its also got more of a deeper drink and is less carbonated , and best part more abv 2% .

i used to think it was ok , but last time i drank it it was a day after i drank an ice house , the ice house was only 0.5 % less but was way easier to drink .

all in all its not that good imo , look down at the 40s the OE or HGs and you'll get more abv and more to drink for the price

id rather skip the 6% buzz and go for rolling rock if i had to choose between the two .

how ever if you do try it its only a $1.80 loss...

Photo of Iuseryoucpu
2.91/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have only tryed Steel Reserve in a 24oz can which costs as much as the Cobra yet you are getting 16 less ounces. The price on the Cobra can not be beat but of coarse the taste can be beat. Try this for yourself if low on money it will get the job done and for only $1.65 for a 40 wow what a deal. Hats off to Anheuser Busch for that =)

Photo of Treath
4.13/5  rDev +106.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. First time drinking it.

A- Nice golden color. 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S- Malts, alcohol, corn.

T- Malty, corn, some fusel alcohol. A little sweet. Leaves a nice malty aftertaste.

M- Slick, light, good carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down really smooth. It's an easy drinking malt liquor.

O- Overall, this malt liquor is quite good. It's easy to drink and has a great taste. Refreshing.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, alcohol, light caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some adjunct and malt sweetness. Then some grainy breadinees comes in from a thin malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting and an extremely mild hops presence creating very little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, solid representation of style, considering the style it’s not too bad, but there are other inexpensive beers I would prefer if I were just trying to get a buzz.

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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
50 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.