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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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BA SCORE
51
awful

423 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 38.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev +76.6%

Poured into a drinking horn (cow). Smells of clean-burning, all American corn. I suspect this corn came from America's heartland, but I can't tell simply from the nose. Tastes slick, fusely, and corny (I'm now sure this corn came from America's heartland). Taken in unison, I'd say these flavors make it taste smooth. But I won't let the smooth taste fool me... This malt liquor packs a 'king' sized wallop.

drunkboxer1, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.23/5  rDev +10.9%

Haha found this laying around...

A- Very carbonated, little to no head that rapidly fades. Looks like ginger ale.

S- Sweet malt, stronger than I would expect. Nothing great, but kind of pleasant actually.

T/M- Sweet, bready malt. That's it. Watery, clean finish.

D- Could have a lot of this... definitely one for drinking games or to just get drunk.

LordAdmNelson, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bsend
2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured this 40 oz. bottle into a pint glass (not my usual method of drinking this one).

This beer poured a light copper/yellow color, with lots of clarity. Even with a proper pour there was a really soap suddy three finger head. Loads of carbonation rised from the top of this brew.

This beer provided barely any good aroma. I smelled yeast and cheap ingredients through out.

The taste is not that bad. This style of beverage is not really about taste, however as far as malt liquor goes this one tends to fare better with the lighter abv.

The mouthfeel represented the malt liquor style. It feels like a mild adjunct lager with a small alcohol burn afterwards.

I decided to rate this drinkability on the high side. As far as malt liquors go, I could definitely drink one of these before going out for the night. If I needed to drink on the cheap, it really isn't bad.

Final Thoughts - I am rating it based on the style. This is not craft brewing at is finest. In fact it comes out to roughly 60 cents a beer. This beer is cheap, but I have had worse.

bsend, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of BierFan
2.53/5  rDev +25.9%

Poured from a clear 40 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Abv of 6.0%.

Big fizzy off-white head with a clear bright yellow body. No lacing but the carbonation is alright. Looks good enough I guess. The smell is mostly corn adjuncts. It has a light enough taste and feel to make it fairly easily drinkable, and I suppose that's the whole point of this beer. Carbonation petered out to early and the mouthfeel suffered for it.

BierFan, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
2.9/5  rDev +44.3%

portion of a 40oz bottle poured into a small mickey mouse glass. the rest was consumed by friend.

A - amber color. no head. It was a small pour, so I'm not going to give it a shitty appearance rating.

S - corn, slightly sweet malt. nothing else. it didn't smell bad like other AB abominations, but it didn't really smell at all!

T - corn, sweet malt, a touch of alcohol. The taste is by no means enjoyable, but it's strong than cheap beer, and it tastes better than cheap beer, so if I wanted to, I could pound it.

M - not good. i'll leave it at that.

D - I could easy drink a lot of this if I wanted to, but I have a feeling that my anus will regret it. It's not enjoyable at all, but I don't find it at all offensive.

bowersdm, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.73/5  rDev +85.6%

Poured some from a 40oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale gold with a very thin head that reduces very quickly to a ring. Medium carbonation and no lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables, rice, some tart grapes, and a lite strange sweet aroma that reminds me of a freshly opened pack of gummy bears. Pretty clean, some stale malt, a touch of alcohol, and a sweet maltyness as it warms. Nothing offensive.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of very sweet bread like maltyness, tart grapes and a hint of alcohol. Watery and almost tasteless finish, but finishes with a rice and stale bread flavor (Not offensive) Cooked vegetables, no bitterness, and overall not much flavor. No change as it warms. Mouthfeel is a little smooth, kind of thin & watery. Some lively carbonation on the palate, lite-medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well overall this malt liquor is very drinkable with no disgusting aromas or flavors as it warms, like other malt liquors. King Cobra has a very smooth and clean taste. That being said, I would of appreciated more flavor. I didn't like its watery clean, and rice like finish. On the other hand, I guess you could take swigs off your 40 slowly & comfortably, without worrying about letting it warm.

Pretty decent, nothing offensive, Id say give it a try. Cheers!

PintOHops, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
1.65/5  rDev -17.9%

It's my hobby and I'll review whatever the fuck I want.

That being said, this wasn't one of my better ideas. Pours completely clear. Barely colored at all with a goldish tint. Head sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Unattractive.

Smells like your standard shitty beer, amplified a little. Unappealing.

Tastes pretty bad. Worse than budlight to give an idea. Unpleasant.

Funny how the bottle says smooth tasting. I would say it's rough tasting. Very rough. Bothersome even. Produces instant burps that smell like bile, as if my stomach is attempting to fight this shit off, or out. Unsmooth.

Overall: a truly terrible beverage

PatronWizard, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

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 Spikester
3.35/5  rDev +66.7%

Pours rich clear gold with a modest white head and good lacings. Aroma is mild malts and a touch of corn. Taste is sweet malts with a typical macro amount of hops. Palate is just right carbonation for the style. The 6% is just right for a ML. This is the best mass produced beer that AB makes IMO. This is probably what Bud should taste like with maybe a touch more hops. Amazingly corny belches! From a 24 ounce can with a born on date of Jan. 9, 2009. So it was about two weeks old. Best tasting malt liquor I've had.

07-31-2014. From a 25 ounce can with new artwork. Had to down rate for appearance. Still has a big head but leaves quickly with no lacing. Taste is slightly down rated due to grape skin intruding somewhat. Still smooth and easy drinking once you get past the first couple of sips.
No longer the best M.L. I've had. just slightly better than average.

Spikester, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
2.15/5  rDev +7%

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 PatrickJR
2.5/5  rDev +24.4%

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Typical pale golden in color, completely clear. A finger of head pops up and dissipates quickly leaving some tiny strands of lace.

S - Lots of grainy aroma with a touch of DMS. There's also an overlying sweetness that's sort of pleasant.

T - Inoffensive but bland for the style. Very seltzer-like throughout most of the taste. Late palate there's a light, watery tea note with a smidge of sourness. There's a hidden graininess but it has little bearing on the almost nonexistent flavor.

M - High carbonation with a relatively light body. Both factors contribute to percieved lack of taste.

D - An ok example of the style. King Cobra is another malt liquor that better deserves it's spot among American macros. However there really isn't anything bad about this brew, just some things missing from the malt liquor standpoint.

PatrickJR, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of popery
1.53/5  rDev -23.9%

It's not so much that this is horrible, but it is like an extremely light lager with poorly hidden alcohol and that's just not very good. There's just almost nothing positive to say about the beer. It could certainly be worse. I had a sip of Joose, an energy drink/flavored malt beverage, and that deserves a score a few points lower across the board than this beer (a technically impossible negative numeric score, but then it should be classified as a sin against humanity rather a beverage). Anyway, King Cobra looks ok. It has a very unexciting look, incredibly clear pale gold with some ugly white lacing. The nose is metallic, alcoholic and corny. It makes some adjunct lagers taste malty. Then again, it's not patently offensive. I wouldn't slap someone in the face for giving me a glass of it. It just tastes like very cheap beer made with little to no care for flavor. The flavor is mild with notes of metal, corn/rice which comes out a bit biscuity in a bad way, and too much alcohol for the body. The feel is thin and mildly gag-inducing. The alcohol and other bad qualities grow as I make my way through a glass. Speaking of which, Duvel please forgive me for misusing your tulip so. All in all, I would pass if this were the only thing on the menu and it was free, but I wouldn't punch someone in the face for giving me one. That might not sound like a compliment, but I'm working up to my Bud Chelada review.

popery, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of nick76
1.93/5  rDev -4%

The aroma is like rubbing alcohol and corn malt no detectable hops. The appearance is pale gold with a large head that falls to a thin foam. The taste is pure corn malt with rubbing alcohol just like the aroma. The palate is thin and just like most malt liquors. Overall it's no good.

nick76, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of brdc
1.83/5  rDev -9%

Large can poured into a pint glass.

It actually does not look bad, light golden, big white head, average retention and even some lacing, although not much.
Nose, like the taste, leaves something to be desired. I am not sure if rice is a part of the recipe, but feels like it. Aroma is a mixture of alcohol and the smell from boiling rice - not bad, just does not feel like beer.
Taste feels like a lot of alcohol with a lot of sugar; not bad but certainly not good; I can see this being used to get drunk, but by no means as a way to enjoy beer. Straight drainpour for me.

brdc, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of lastnightintown2
1.83/5  rDev -9%

This beer is for the sole purpose of getting drunk. the smell, taste, appearance and everything is rubbish. I am drinking a forty of it. Its bad. Don't drink this uness you are about out go out for a night on the town and are short on cash. Its beer and of course for the reason for drinking, its drinkable, but friends don't let friends drink king cobra.

lastnightintown2, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of changeup45
1/5  rDev -50.2%

I wish I could vote a "0" here. Well, maybe not, because then Milwaukee's Beast would be rated higher and we just can't have that. I'll tell you what though, those looking for a quick drunk for the price, here you go... this is SOOO cheap. Then again, do you even want to drink stuff that's this cheap? What do they put in it anyways? Nevermind, don't want to know. This is a hangover waiting to happen.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of mrhiccups
1.43/5  rDev -28.9%

Yes, it has alcohol in it. Yes, it will get you a buzz for little dough. My main complaint is the taste. Normally, with cheap brews like this, you get at least some kinda funky aftertaste or something, but with King Cobra, nothing. Tastes like water with a hardly any malt or anything. It's like Busch just gave up after putting alcohol and coloring in the bottle. I paid 1.19$ for 40 oz. of this??

mrhiccups, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.6/5  rDev +79.1%

Maybe I am putting my credibility on the line here, but there is really nothing wrong with King Cobra and it is probably one of the better beers that AB produces. Friends have always laughed when I mentioned having a Cobra, but in a blind taste test at the 2004 World Beer Cup, it took a silver in the American-Style Specialty Lager category.

I would like to see how this would be reviewed by BA people in a blind tasting alongside other lagers.

10:00 PM on a hot summer night with a couple of close friends, lighting up some coals and cooking up late night burgers and dogs. Don't be surprised to find me on the patio swing with a 40 of Cobra at my side.

opwog, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of drxandy
1.48/5  rDev -26.4%

40oz to 10oz? ale glass solely for reviewing - the rest consumed from the bottle, pours a golden straw shade, highly carbonated, foamy white head fades

smells gross pretty much, high corn/rice adjuncty smell, slight raw sewage (as much as i'd like to joke, i seriously smelt it)

taste is bitter, offensive even, almost like a double of a macro beer, but double the adjuncts, after multiple drinks it goes down easier based on numbing the palate, high carbonation is good and brings out a crispness, other than that there's not much else i can say.

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation but offensive from everything else, lingering gross adjunct-y flavor makes the mouth go downhill. drinkablity is low indeed.

drxandy, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
2.65/5  rDev +31.8%

Ah, the rip roaring King Cobra. For a malty beverage, this one isn't too bad, but nothing to certainly write home about.

Appearance is a basic pale corn yellow with barely any head. The stuff couldn't be any more carbonated if it were sold as a highly touted cola.

Smell was very strong in corn and watery. It smelled like an average malt liquor, a bit better than some of its contemporaries.

Taste was adequate, but the carbonation was extremely intense. King Cobra certainly felt like a soda at times going down the gullet, but for a malt liquor, it didn't taste as that bad, as it was very high in corn. Hey for a $1.28 a quart, you can't really complain.

Mouthfeel was very average if not bland at best. It goes down quick without any questions and does what it's supposed to do: get you buzzed for a very cheap price. This stuff for a malt liquor isn't bad (its possibly one of the best malt liquors out there) but in terms of overall flavor, there isn't much to savor.

Drinkability is good for a cheap dollar spent. It's best for sports events and just wanting a quick cheap buzz to spark amongst friends. Otherwise, this stuff is just for the cheap dollars at heart.

Getinthevan, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
2.93/5  rDev +45.8%

I drink these with friends for very very cheap prices.

A- Looks honey colored with alot of carbonation

S- Smells like malty water and the glass bottle

T- Tastes good with not much flavor besides water and malt

M- Feels good like carbonated water

D- Drinks like water drinks. Average

EnojysAnyBeer, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of rye726
1.02/5  rDev -49.3%

What kind of malt liquor has a 5.9% abv? Isn't the point of this stuff to get intoxicated? A nasty golden color with no head. The nose is bitter with some malty syrup presence. Taste is of rotting vegatables. Thick yet really carbonated. Stay away from this monster.

rye726, May 16, 2008
Photo of Offa
1.13/5  rDev -43.8%

This is one of the worst beers I've ever had, to me far worse than most other malt liquors even, and so far only Yeti Special Export is worse.

This is very pale yellow, almost green, with a huge, but very airy white head that steadily dissipates to almost nothing.

The aroma, unpleasant, is old, sweet apple cider that has turned and rubber.

The taste is worse. Watery and bland, it's almost salty at first, then metallic and soapy with an unpleasant chemical sharpness in the finish before an exceedingly faint, brief, corn element but even this is both faint and brief.

Offa, May 08, 2008
Photo of Overlord
1.98/5  rDev -1.5%

King Cobra! I shall never forget thee.

The real problem with The Cobra is the low ABV. I mean, you're buying this stuff to get drunk when you're 18, and there were better options out there.

Poured a sickly yellow. No head. Skunky flavoring, watery mouthfeel. Ah ... good memories.

Overlord, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of atrus138
1.8/5  rDev -10.4%

I was intrigued by seeing these cans littered all over my local park, so I decided to see for myself what's inside. Turns out it's fizzy and extremely clear yellow. Thin white head that leaves minimal lacing, though I was surprised there was any at all. Smell is of cooked vegetables, most notably corn. Taste is an acidic blend of corn and grain, though there is little of either. The alcohol burns away any trace of flavor leaving no aftertaste. Gets much worse as it warms up. Carbonation is way up there and the body is extremely thin.

Not as bad as I thought it would be, though still pretty terrible.

atrus138, Jan 25, 2008
King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.