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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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51
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440 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2
pDev: 38.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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:
King Cobra is an American malt liquor with a robust and full-bodied, smooth, clean taste.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev +12.5%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
2.25/5  rDev +12.5%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.65/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled from a 24 oz. can that is 'cooler' than most, especially if you dress all in black, have a heavy chain on your wallet and homemade tattoos on your hands. Pale amber-gold with a bright white head that has a surprising amount of substance and persistence. Pathetic lace, but some does manage to stick.

The aroma is inoffensive, but that doesn't mean that it's appealing in any way. It consists of sweet corn, cereal grains and an off-aroma that I can't quite place. No sourness and no skunkiness.

The flavor is another matter entirely. Sharply bitter, harsh, undermalted, thin and mineral-like seems to cover it pretty well. It stops short of grimace-inducing, but barely. I know that I've asked this question before, but why would any brewer with even an ounce of talent (and I'm sure those at A-B have plenty) brew liquid swill like this?

I'm sure that by throwing millions of dollars into advertising, they could manage to gradually wean macro drinkers onto decent tasting beer. Why should I care, right? More power to whoever buys and enjoys this 'beer'. You too can be cool, just make sure that people see you with the bitchin' can!

King Cobra should die a quick and painless death (I'm not completely heartless). Where's a pissed off mongoose when you need one?

BuckeyeNation, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
1.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Why oh why do they even make these still. After having a couple out on the beach, I figured I should try and knock another one out since it was on sale for 1.99 for a 40oz. The pricing is just absurd to me, considering what I normally pay for things, but as I would find out, you certainly get what you pay for. 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.

Overall this may have been the worst of the bunch, just not something I would ever go back to.

mikesgroove, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev +24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very pale golden yellow color with minimal white head.

S: Incredibly sweet and sugary. Almost apple juice like.

T: The flavor is definitely analogous to apple juice. A fruity and sugary sweetness that you only seem to find in mal'likka.

M: The body is incredibly light and bubbly.

D: Just far too sweet for me, but fairly unoffensive as far the style goes.

womencantsail, May 27, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too much good beer lately, needed to ghetto it up a bit. Consumed a few days ago, reviewed from notes (that's right, I took notes on malt liquor).

Appearance: Clear pale yellow, looks like delicious corn water. Head retention is horrendous despite massive amounts of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, grainy and adjunct-laden. Slightly sulfuric. Signature malt liquor aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light bodied, corny, somewhat slick on the palate. Moderate sweetness persists through the finish. Not as dry as the better malt liquors out there, and as such not as easy to drink. Best served at near-freezing temperatures in order to numb the taste buds.

largadeer, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
2.1/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a snifter.

The final entry in this miniature torture chamber known as SwillFest 1.5. It pours a clear apple juice topped by around a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises corn, corn syrup, lots o' rice, and hard water. The taste holds notes of vinyl, corn, wheat, and rice. The word adjunct comes to mind. Don't know why. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, the only thing this really has going for it is its low price. But, even at such a bargain basement level, I would not want to ever revisit this purposely.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.75/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The King Cobra title is quite appropriate as this malt liquor is leaner (not as sweetly malty as most) and meaner with a surprising touch of hops (light, but present nonetheless).
It pours a crystal clear golden body that's topped by a full and creamy bright white head. It drops shortly to a thin, creamy collar and some whispy surface foam but, surprisingly, it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose displays some lightly grainy and sweetish malt (obviously adjunct laden), a splash of alcohol, a touch of mild fruitiness (apple), some mild dimethyl sulfide (or is that just corn?), and some very low-key background hops. The body is light and it's crisp in the mouth. It's a far cry from the dull, semi-thick bodies that some of the sweeter malt liquors have! The flavor delivers a thin malt that's fairly well-balanced between a well-attenuated and only lightly sweet - but very basic - malt (read as adjunct!) and a subtle underlying bitterness. The alcohol is present, but not really intrusive; although you can feel it almost immediately in the throat. It finishes with a swatch of lingering corn-like malt and a wash of drying alcohol.
It's an interesting brew because it's fairly well done, yet it doesn't hit the mark. It's subdued enough that at first sip it seems almost like a regular beer, yet it quickly turns to show many of the negatives associated with the malt liquor style. It's a little bit more drinkable than some due to it's less sweet nature; yet it offers less character - an odd "Catch-22". Faced with a double-doored cooler full of malt liquors, I think I'd look for something else first.

NeroFiddled, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 oz clear twist with a wide mouth, "Born On Date" on front label for freshness. This sample was not poured into a glass and was consumed out of the bottle, as any premium malt liquor should be.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Cooked corn with a ghost like hint of grain.

Taste: Light bodied and effervescent with a evident cooked corn flavour throughout. Hop bitterness is unnoticeable ... malt character is minimal leaving hints of grain. A bit of an alcoholic punch is felt after a few gulps as it warms the chest. The finish has a modest grain with more cooked corn flavour yet is remarkably clean.

Notes: The name says it all and who they are marketing for. As for the quality? If you like to drink flavourless beer with a kick of alcohol this is for you.

Jason, Mar 23, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.5/5  rDev -25%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another malt liquor like you really need another one after Hurricane...appears a clear glden tone with a large white head leaves behind even lace but it dwindles quickly. Aroma has a slight metallic grainy note that has a sort of semi sweet alcohol corn and rice appeal to it and of course cooked veggies with a touch of fruity tart apple. Flavors collide to form a harsh metallic grainy offness on the palate wow this is rediculous has how bad it is but a mild sweet tone with evident alcohol and finishes with a very chemical edge to it, definitely will induce a headache drinking this stuff on the regular. Mouthfeel has high carbonation light bodied some stickiness to it all but c'mon another beer within the same damn style. Drinkability mass produced malt liquor beer you buy when your broke and don't care about taste...what more can be said this one sucks.

WVbeergeek, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.89/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
2.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this as a joke gift for a New Beer Sunday. Poured the 24 oz tallboy can into a pint glass. I'm going to try to objectively review this as best I can.

A - Pours out a transparent golden-yellow color. Huge foaming head that has surprisingly good retention and solid lacing. Massive amounts of carbonation present - the sides of the glass are covered in bubbles. I'm getting bloated just looking at this - but all joking aside, other than the obligatory urine reference this doesn't look all that bad. I've seen worse looking brews...

S - Yuck - I had to take a second whiff just to be sure. It smells like metal, but with a hint of corn sweetness. There's actually a little bit of spice in there, but I'm not sure what is causing it. It's pretty bad.

T - This is bone-chillingly cold, so it doesn't taste like much. There's a little bit of sweetness at the back end. The smell is actually much worse than the taste, although I suspect if I left it out it'd get worse. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, as I don't want to wait around just to find out.

M - Watery, thin, overly carbonated - not really much going for it. I guess it isn't gritty, chalky, or sludgy. The texture isn't gag-inducing. Largely neutral here.

D - There is no way I could drink a 24oz can. I'm getting bloated after a few sips, and my stomach is beginning to feel a little funny. The huge can is sitting there mocking me, so I'm just gonna give up and pour this guy out.

If this were the only thing available on a hot summer day at the ballpark I might be able to force down 8oz, but as it stands I don't see any good reason to subject my body to this punishment. Perhaps this will aid in unclogging my bathtub...

Not the worst thing I've ever tried, but pretty bad nonetheless.

MasterSki, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
2/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, May 09, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
2.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

24 oz. can,

A: Pours the palest of yellows with a surprisingly long lasting head.

S: Corn, apples, fusel alcohol/boozy.

T: Very light flavour. Mild apple/acetylaldehyde and alcohol, that's it really.

M: Extremely thin and fizzy, overcarbonated. Bud Select 55 may have more body than this.

D: In the realm of malt liquors this is a lightweight. Tastes and feels like a light lager, boring to drink. The fact that it's not particularly offensive is the only plus side.

Halcyondays, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
1.2/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Woody continues to do the CAN-CAN. What else would I do on Christmas Day, 2009?

A nice tallboy of this to start the day. Yum! The CAN mentions "... for your drinking pleasure and complete satisfaction". Fair dinkum. If this doesn't come off as advertised, I'm going to call the 1.800 number on the CAN and inquire about a refund, especially if it becomes a drainpour. I really do not think that it will require a full 24-ounces to get an idea of what is going on.

I have never seen a finger's worth of bone-white head disappear so quickly. It was as if Harry Houdini had commanded it to "Vanish!" Color was a light golden-yellow, causing it to look like liquid sunshine in a glass when peering out my kitchen window on a dreary afternoon. Clarity was NE-quality and I could see that it was now starting to rain outside. Nose was really fusel, ghastly. I want to go across the parking lot and offer to buy something good for anyone who might be drinking this garbage in a gesture of goodwill and peace on earth. Mouthfeel was watery-thin with a grape soda pop-like taste in the mouth. How did they achieve this? The esters were all reminiscent of bubble gum. Whew. Finish left me breathless, but not in a good way. This was like a punch to the solar plexus.

Time to make a phone call before heading to the sink.

woodychandler, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
1.75/5  rDev -12.5%

LXIXME, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Zorro
2.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a standard ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is all adjuncts, mostly sweet corn smell.

Taste is sweet and not much else. Tastes like a Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is Budweiser, present but not good.

Drinkable like a Budweiser, but Budweiser Ice tastes much better.

Zorro, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of tdm168
2.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm reviewing purely on style. A small portion was poured into a juice glass for appearance, head, and aroma. The rest was consumed from the elegant twist cap 40 oz bottle.

A - dark copper with a thick, soapy, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - warm, metal, grainy, sweet, metallic

T - grainy, sweet, metallic, slightly bitter, warm

M - alcohol warmth, crisp, light to medium bodied

This is a typical, high temperature lagered, grainy lager with the typical off flavors for the style. For a cheap buzz it's solid otherwise avoid.

tdm168, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
1.5/5  rDev -25%

Zaphog, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev +87.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold. Tan head. Little lace. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp, cool freshness, exotic spices, sensual woods, and seductive musk. It gives a fresh warm sensation. The flavor really surprised me. Sexy citrus, lavender and woods. Top notes play with pistachio leaves, iced lavender, Chinese ginger, and mandarin peel. Following up are middle notes of celery greens, wild tiger lily, Indian basil, and Kashmir saffron. The finale comes clean with brisk bristlecone pine, patchouli, and clear musk notes. Interesting to say the least.

Bighuge, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.33/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Ugh. Why not, we're already trashed? Pours like bright yellow wizz. No nothing. Smell, like the brewery floor of a major. Seriously, go on a tour, you'll know what I'm talking about. Or go huff the underside of an alcoholic's couch cushions, this stuff is probably in there.

Taste, hey, there's something not entirely disgusting, dare I say, fruity aspect of some minimal yeast strain carries well with whatever adjunct they used, probably corn syrup.

I guess mouthfeel, drinkability wise, it doesn't get worse, once you get over those first few sips, you can make it thruogh the rest, begrudgingly.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of harpus
1.83/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - The color is pale, of course, golden-yellow. The head isn't much more than foam but is constant, and of course leaves very minimal tiny patches of the very thinnest lacing in maybe two spots.
S - The smell is corn husk, some alcohol and very mild grains. Perhaps a touch of something tart with a subtle sweetness.
T - Corn is most of the flavor with an alcohol kick. Underneath is a grains flavor and malts are very much subdued; hops are incredibly difficult to detect and there's an herbal funk as well here.
M - The body is light, though not as light as I'd have thought, bordering on medium. It's crisp and surprisingly smooth, with a carbonation that's almost overactive but manages to stay within bounds. I wouldn't call the mouthfeel good, but it almost is, and it is just above average.
D - Drinkability, on the other hand, is just on the wrong side of average.

harpus, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -37.5%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.