King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 492
Avg: 2.18
pDev: 60.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of CMUbrew
2.72/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: 24oz tallboy can with a pretty badass label. Drinking this one straight out of the can. The only time you should be pouring malt liquor is on the ground for your dead homies.

S: Not much to smell. I can there's beer in there, but the smell is very faint. Just a touch of corny, cooked vegetable aroma.

T: Ice-cold, there's almost no flavor. A touch of ajunct is all that reminds me I'm drinking a beer. Adjunct and veggie taste comes out more as the can warms.

M: About as light, crisp, and water-like as I've ever had.

O: Nothing offensive here. It's way easy to drink, and I think that's the point. Weird to have something from AB that is actually enjoyable (not gross). Value isn't that great, approaching $2 for a 24oz.

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2.89/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You definitely wanna drink King Cobra as cold you possibly can. But in simplest terms though it's like drinking cornbread, very comforting and every bit worth the $2. I am listening to King Crimson (thanks to another member) and feel very happy. Of course I had 240z of a Riverside EDGE (which was MEH at best...) prior to this 40oz, but if you aren't completely stuck up up you can appreciate that Anheuser-Busch created a surprisingly edible concoction for $2.02

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a tiny white head. The head fades almost instantly with only a trace of lace.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of a sweet corny smell with some lighter hints of a bready nature as well as a little bit of a metallic smell.

Taste - The taste begins with a mix of a malty and corny taste with a light hint of caramel sweetness. Surprisingly, it maintains this flavor largely to its end where only a faint cardboard yet somewhat very lightly citrus hopped flavor come to the taste leaving a somewhat crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A slightly lighter creaminess and mouthfeel may have suited the corny and lightly citrus and cardboard flavors better as well as made it more drinkable. Even with this said, the feel is not awful for the brew.

Overall – Not an overall massively tasty brew, but it is wicked cheap (~ 3 dollars for a 6 pack) and is drinkable, so it suits a need and a situation. For what it is, it is pretty decent.

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Photo of JMad
2.23/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I poured some of a 40oz into a big glass mug. The beer was your normal dark golden/ yellow color with a white head that surprisingly left some lacing on the glass.

Basically no aroma is present, some corn, adjunct, and a slight sweetness is the only thing detectable.

No taste but light sweet corn , some bread and that's about it.

The beer is light with lots of carbonation.

For a malt liquor this beer is better than most. Honestly, I would buy this if I was really, really broke.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.18/5  rDev -45.9%

Another absolutely disgusting malt liquor. Only good for taping around your hands and chugging as fast as you can. As most of these beers tend to be, it gets absolutely horrifying once it warms up even a little bit. Astringent booze, syrupy sweet malt, no hop flavor, with grainy and husky off flavors. Stay away.

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Photo of IXCII
3/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

This is my favorite malt liquor. It's crisp and refreshing and is delicious mixed as a sidewalk slammer.

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Photo of fastrodney
2.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle to a weizen glass.

A: Straw. Magnificent head - something malt liquors tend to do wonderfully...

S: Alcohol and adjuncts!

T: Alcohol and maybe some grains...

M: Thin and highly carbonated.

O: Some malt flavor, a little sweetness; not particularly offensive when cold. Alcohol is a little rougher than some of the other major malt liquors, but also not the worst... I suppose plainly middle of the road for the style

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Photo of Fusion7777
1.27/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Drank from the can as part of a college dare. Objective was simply to finish the entire can without drainpouring. Incredibly cheap but also barely palatable. Tasted like corn and gasoline, which makes sense since we found these at about $0.30 a pop at the local Sheetz. We did finish them however, and promptly autographed the cans upon completion to commemorate our worthwhile shame and regret. We displayed these trophies on our mantle for the rest of the semester.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.55/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ahhh yes, The King of the gorilla jungle ( AKA the East Side where I live ;) ) Had to review it eventually to see what all the hype was about, Seeing that the store I work at I deal with African American's on a daily basis, Many of who will bring in cans for the deposit just to buy a forty of this assumed-lovely stuff. In the word's of that UFC commentator, HEREEE WE GO!.

A - Dark gold, Almost brown. Slight froth caps it off.

S - Stale malt. Nothing more.

T - Follows the nose almost completely. Loads of stale malt upfront, Slight sugar in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, Party beer only. I don't get what the hype among Spooks is. Though definitely loads better than Steel Reserve.

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Photo of tdm168
2.67/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of neal8929
3.9/5  rDev +78.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a can.

The appearance was completely unknown because.... it was in a can.

It has a weak aroma but not a bad skunky smell as with other cheap beers.

The taste is very smooth but very bland. There are no strong flavors here, but what did you expect? You paid 4 dollars for a 6 pack.

Mouthfeel. This is a great beer if you are just going to chug it down as fast as possible. It is very easy to drink. After you have about 2 of them, they start to taste so delicious.

Overall this beer is great for the price range. Compared to the other cheap beers that cost less that $6 a 6 pack, this is the best choice. You get a huge can and it packs 6% alcohol content.

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Photo of intensify
2.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of course im not going to pour this into a glass. It's meant to be drank out of the 40 oz. bottle.

Dark yellow, piss colored body. Excuse my professionalism. Not much on the nose other then wet straw and plenty of skunkyness. Taste follows closely behind but adds a malty flavor which is easy to gulp down. Has plenty of carbonation to provide for 5+ quality beers but goes down smooth and easy.

If you are trying to acheive a buzz then this is definately a go to beer. Not high quality by any means but for the price, who can complain

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Photo of troobie
3.01/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

If you haven't watched the two King Cobra commercials on YouTube featuring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, well, you should do that now: .

King Cobra's earliest graphics/labels are, in my opinion, some of the most brutal and awesome ever. You can see a gallery of them here: . The original 40 ounce labels are so 80's-hardcore that it looks like Charles Bronson himself designed them. Black, red, and gold label with an actual non-stylized King Cobra affixed to a dark brown glass bottle. If A-B InBev would sell that bottle/label today I guarantee that sales of King Cobra would skyrocket.

In either late 2006 or early 2007 A-B decided to change King Cobra's ABV % from 5.9 to 6.0. That's right, there is actually enough extra alcohol now that drinking 59 forties is like drinking 60!!!

As always, reviewed within the style of an AAL/Malt Liquor.

A: A one finger head from a hard pour into a pint glass. The sudsy head sticks around longer than expected before becoming a strong ring with an 80% paper-thin cap. Lacing is impressive for the style. The beer is an almost-still golden yellow that has some floaties. This malt liquor is equally attractive in a glass as it is in a 40 ounce bottle.

S: King Cobra was brewed prior to Bud Ice but yet the smell is Bud Ice turned up to 11, or, maybe Bud Ice is King Cobra turned down to 8? My brain hurts. Fruitiness transcends rotting banana and hints slightly of red berries. Strongly metallic and salty. There is even some Champagne smell from a hard pour. The alcohol is strong for only 6.0% ABV. If you have a familiarity with Natural Ice and Bud Ice you will be able to include this beer.

T: When cold this malt lacks any character. Even as King Cobra warms it's hard to pick out any noticeable themes. There is a sourness that is not enjoyable. Corn/malt is the predominate taste. King Cobra is malt liquor light/dry. It's as disappointing as it is acceptable at a 6.0% alcohol delivery system.

M: That unique A-B smoothness is present (most notable in Bud Ice.) Acceptable carbonation with an incredible smoothness.

O: It's hard to find a reason for this malt liquor to exist today. A-B has taken King Cobra's recipe and turned it into ice beers and high gravity malt liquors. This malt liquor tastes like a 50/50 combination of Bud Ice and Natural Ice. Fortunately King Cobra doesn't cut into Hurricane's market share for if it did I would expect that A-B would axe it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
1.56/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another classic, crappy malt liquor. Pours a deeper golden. Big head, no retention, or lacing. Smell is bad skunky malts. Taste is basically the same. A little hoppiness if you're really looking. Moutfeel is light and able to drink all night long.

Overall, this is a terrible beer.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very very light yellow-goldish colour. Can't stress the lightness of the colour enough. No head, but it left large soapy bubbles in the bottle.
The smell is sweet, syrupy, and a little musty.
The carbonation is REALLY high. Taste is not what I was expecting from that super-sweet smell. It is not a very sweet brew. Very light flavour with carbonation dominating the senses. The aftertaste is just a cheap mustiness. I was really expecting more flavour from this beer. More sweetness. But there's just nothing there. Maybe there's no syrup in this malt liquor. Maybe they really do use more natural brewing methods.
So, bland, cheap, and effective is how I would brand this beer. Normally a good thing for a malt liquor, but I like mine with flavour, so I'm going to have to say this one's pretty bottom of the barrel. No flavour at all.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.41/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A transparent yellow body with allot of foamy yellowtinted head and lace.

Smell: Candy like fruit aroma.

Taste: This malt liquor actually has a very weak taste. There is a great deal of starch to the flavor like a potato or something.

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a major amount of burn.

Overall: Alright for a malt liiquor very adjuct. Believe it or not, I don’t see this one in Missouri very often. I just thought that was a bit weird for an Anheuser-Busch product.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
2.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40oz into a pint glass (or at least the first 1/3).

It's straw colored with a nice white head and lots of active carbonation.

It smells of cereal. A bit of bittering hops.

It tastes like adjunct grains with a dry, alcoholic finish.

Watery and bubbly,

Overall I prefer Hurricane from AB, and Mickey's over this one. Not awful but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a finger of near-white head over a clear pale straw body. Head fizzes away in no time, and a lot of bubbles can be seen flying around in this one.

The smell of sweet corn is strongest, followed by a weak malt aroma.

Faint floral flavor (is this supposed to be hops?) starts this one off, then sweet corn takes over, with the end tasting of weak, pale malt. When I burp, I get corn and metal.

It's like drinking water. There is no real body here. Lots of carbonation, and it coats your mouth with an almost sickly sweetness. This coating doesn't last very long, but the flavor is insulting to the palate.

I decided to try this one days after the house of the "Cleveland Strangler", Anthony Sowell was torn down. News stories that covered his crimes and misdeeds said that he used this beer to lure the women he victimized, and I decided I had to review it.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.14/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. The carbonation is so strong it sizzles.

Smell - The only smell I can point out is orange peel.. and maybe somewhat toasty. Doesn't smell as bad as I thought it would but it's nothing special.

Taste - Grassy, sweet, and kinda has a nutty toasted flavor to it. It's pretty bad.. The aftertaste is bitter and tastes like chemicals.

Mouthfeel - Very light body with high carbonation.

Overall - I guess it's not that bad for being $1.89 for a 40oz, but I'll never resort to drinking this again unless I'm poor. Haha

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.5/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white mousse that doesn't last any length of time. Honestly, I'm wondering why I even bothered pouring this into a glass.

S: Grain husks, roasted corn, and grassy, herbal hops mingle with metallic and fuel-like aromas. This smells simply awful...

T: At first, notes of mineral water, grain husks, roasted corn, grass, herbs, and cooked vegetables are easy to spot, but they are soon joined by a metallic tang and what can only be described as a kerosene flavor. The finish is prickly and harsh with mineral, grain husk, fuel, metal, and corn flavors.

M: Light bodied, dry, and spritzy. It feels gravelly in the mouth. Not drinkable in the least.

O: This is awful even by malt liquor standards. I think I may have been overly generous when I gave this monstrosity scores of 1.5 across the board. This may very well be the worst beer I've ever tried.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay, i will be fair on my assessment of this beer. Obviously malt liquor is not a gourmet beer, but this one is drinkable. First off, its cheap, and if youre broke or in a pinch, its not that bad. The downfall of this beer is the raunchy malt aroma which makes the taste all that worse. The beer pours like a stereotypical malt liquor and has the ubiquitous harsh taste.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.35/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight out of the old 40 ounce bottle...YEEHAW!

Appearance: Beer is a normal golden color, and it fizzes a little when I open it.

Smell: Slight toastiness with high ethyl tones. Also, have you ever eaten a bag of popcorn and then taken a pee? It smells like popcorn urine. But not in a terribly bad way. (???)

Taste/Mouthfeel: Astringent. Sour. Barely fizzy. Bad trip.

Overall: King Cobra is actually one of my favorite malt liquors...which isn't saying much, but for what it's worth, it's not terrible...

...oh who am I kidding. You get what you pay for.

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Photo of drowninginhops
1.12/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

32 oz bottle poured into a standard Budweiser pint glass. No apparent born on date,

A: Very clear pale straw in color with a white head.

S: Like Budweiser on steroids. Corn, cereal, etc.

T: BLLLEEEHHH. not worth it.

M: Ugh. Water thats about it.

D: Get trashed beer. not much more.

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Photo of JJBlanche
2.68/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say King Cobra is king as far as malt liquor goes. Olde English 800 and those of that ilk are undrinkable for me...gross on the back end. King Cobra, like the bros say, has a clean finish. Smells a bit funky, some kind of sharpness going on there, but it doesn't taste terrible. It's the rough equivalent of buying a 40oz of BMC, no better, no worse. Save yourself a few bucks and get two of these instead of a sixer of coors or whatever.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

32 oz bottle poured into a cheap Budweiser pint glass (this one doesn't even have the nucleation site on it...) No apparent date, but has some cryptic character strings stamped on the bottom of the bottle and on the label.

Appearance - Very clear pale straw body with a very thin white sticky head.

Smell - Musky earth. Corn. Sod. Witch Hazel. Not very appetizing, but hey, it's a malt liquor.

Taste - Very watered down ethanol. Corn. Musk. Staleness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Ugh. Water with a little slime in it. No body, just an uncomfortable slight stickiness and staleness in the finish.

Overall Drinkability - Haven't had this since I was 17, which is about a decade ago. Turns out there's a pretty good reason for that. My decision to rate this beer makes me feel like a dirty beer-karma slut.

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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.