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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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412 Ratings

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 38.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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 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.

12-22-2008 03:12:24 | More by popery
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.

11-23-2008 04:31:34 | More by nick76
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.

11-15-2008 06:02:07 | More by brdc
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.

10-19-2008 04:06:36 | More by lastnightintown2
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.

08-23-2008 17:34:29 | More by changeup45
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??

08-12-2008 02:08:38 | More by mrhiccups
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.

07-21-2008 18:15:48 | More by opwog
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.

07-17-2008 05:17:55 | More by drxandy
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.

06-15-2008 23:13:05 | More by Getinthevan
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

06-07-2008 05:15:00 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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.

05-16-2008 07:47:36 | More by rye726
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.

05-08-2008 22:08:43 | More by Offa
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.

02-18-2008 01:23:35 | More by Overlord
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.

01-25-2008 05:29:34 | More by atrus138
Photo of clayrock81


1.68/5  rDev -16.4%

This, to me, is the most gutteral of the 40 oz malt liquors (I always rate 40s on their color, not how they pour because you don't pour 40s). It is like Budweiser's run off that they catch and bottle for cheap. This stuff has a decent golden color, for malt liquor, and the smell is like other malt liquor 40s (you know, real alkie). This one has the worst taste though. To me at least, it seems a little slimy and then there's this dryness left in my mouth. I never made it through a full one yet w/o just dumping the last 10 ounces (piss warm by this time) and grabbing something else)

01-15-2008 19:13:01 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Sleestak


2.35/5  rDev +16.9%

Ah, King Cobra how do you do? We've met many times before, but not for over a year. Born on date of 17 July 07, maybe that would explain the subtle skunkiness. Not really much else. BTW, I'm drinking this how a malt liqour should be drank, out of the bottle. Clear yellow. Tastes like a grown up Bud with much more sweetness. There really isn't much to this, not much smell not much taste just extra alcohol. Be careful though of the king of the snakes... it's venom can be dangerous.

10-24-2007 04:54:12 | More by Sleestak
Photo of Rootdog316


1.53/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours golden/yellow with sudsy-white head and good lace. Harsh aroma of grains, hops, and possibly industrial solvents and oils. The mouthfeel has almost no character - turns to water in the mouth. The best, although nothing great, part is the flavor - malty, hops, lemon, some bitterness. Overall, a pretty weak beer, yet it is drinkable, unlike some other cheap malt liquors.

10-13-2007 01:36:34 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Floydster


1.58/5  rDev -21.4%

Tall can from a liquor store in Redlands on Orange Street

Light brown when poured into a glass with a soapy head and the taste was pretty nasty

Meant for mass consumption and a quick buzz

Not very drinkable though, must have been because I was so repulsed by the taste

Not recommended

09-12-2007 18:04:07 | More by Floydster
Photo of Brad007


2.8/5  rDev +39.3%

Drinking this from a 40, which I haven't bought in years. Pours a mild yellow color with head that fades fast into carbonation. Seems quite active for carbonation. Aroma is strong with hints of corn and some residual sweetness. Taste starts out with corn and sweetness and fades to a bit of an alcohol burn at the back of the throat. It's really bland in-between and doesn't have much of a bite.

Inoffensive and easy to drink.

08-12-2007 23:14:02 | More by Brad007
Photo of giblet


2.7/5  rDev +34.3%

this is not too bad for a malt liquor. pale color, active head, strong carbonation. it is cheap strong abv, pale, cheap, and oh yea, it is cheap.

no great or bad flava. just some corn taste. i would rate it a bit higher on the drinkability if: 1. it was not so bighty on the carbonation and 2. if it weren't rancid when warm.

keep it cold, pound 3 or 4 and you have a cheap buzz.

suckem up and movem out!

07-18-2007 16:18:48 | More by giblet
Photo of jettjon


1.88/5  rDev -6.5%

From the 32 oz screw-top bottle, Born On date 6-Feb-07, purchased from a convenience store for $1.29. Vigorous pour into a pint glass yields a pale clear golden body with many tiny bubbles beneath a 2-finger pillowy white head. Cap visibly fades to nothing leaving a spotty cap and no lacing. Nose of musty corn adjunct and something sour like the faint odor of bad milk. Tastes thin with semi-sweet malt and a dry, firm corn/wheat adjunct flavor, finishing on a slightly cloying sweet note. No alcohol presence in the taste, which isn’t surprising considering only 6% ABV. Mouth is thinnish and wet with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is poor overall; it’s thin and nearly cloyingly sweet. There is no way in hell I am drinking a quart of this, especially in the traditional fashion: slowly warming inside a paper bag.

Overall: Forget caged corks, screw tops say “class” like nothing else. Anyway, if your MO is to get F’d up for cheap, this is not the best way to go. The 6% ABV isn’t worth it; there are scads of domestic “ice” beers with 5.5% that are better-tasting (relatively speaking), and other “high-gravity” or malt liquors that are higher in ABV and probably better as well. Avoid.

04-30-2007 23:40:55 | More by jettjon
Photo of trentley87


3.05/5  rDev +51.7%

Don't even bother pouring King Cobra out of the 40. Let's not get rediculous, this is a malt liquor we're talking about, and it doesn't worry about presentation too much. The appearance is bland, the smell is terrible, and the taste...is suprisingly better than some of the AB "beers" IMO. I hate macro lagers and most malt liquor but for some reason I have a weakness for king cobra. It goes down smooth as long as it's cold and doesn't get too nasty when it warms up. For under $2 a bottle it is a good way to get toasted without breaking the bank and once again it is not only cheaper but more drinkable than a lot of macro lagers or light lagers.

04-21-2007 12:24:01 | More by trentley87
Photo of Drew966


2.85/5  rDev +41.8%

King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor pours a pale orange with a white head from a sixteen ounce can. The aroma is a little fruity. The taste is a bit fruity too, followed by grain. Interesting to revisit this one, it was my go to 40 oz in college when I'd have to dig up change to find enough money to go buy a beer. I still think it's pretty drinkable for a malt liquor.

04-15-2007 00:33:10 | More by Drew966
Photo of ski271


3.1/5  rDev +54.2%

In search of the decent cheapo. This one is pale straw-yellow with a medium, white, foamy, quickly diminishing head. The smell is, wow, not bad for a cheap malt liquor. Not the corn and strong alcohol I’m used to, instead a mild but decent grainy malt with some doughy yeast... I think I even detect a very slight wisp of citrus from the hops. Taste is again surprisingly decent. More of the same. Bready, a little corn, with a late tinge of hop citrus and dryness, not much but just enough to let you know it’s there. Eh, as it warms it starts to let out a bit of that adjunct-laden stink. Too bad, I was starting to like this beer. Thin body, texture is a bit watery, moderate carbonation. This one actually impressed me a little. At $1.75 for a 40 and with a name like King Cobra, I was expecting something that would really ‘bite’. But this was actually a little enjoyable. Nothing I would recommend or anything, but the realm of cheapos, this one is not too shabby.

02-28-2007 04:41:58 | More by ski271
Photo of robmorris31


2.8/5  rDev +39.3%

Snake Bite Juice!

A- Very Light transparent yellow. Kinda like something else yellow…..

S- Present. No mistaking the smell of King Cobra!

T- Ummmm, I kinda liked it. Malt liquor is sweeter than lagers and beer. King Cobra is more timid and not as overpowering as other Malt liquors.

M- Light not as full as I thought.

D- Drinkability is good due to its sweetness.

I would recommend this beer to those who like Malt liquors, but prefer less intimidating and full flavored ones.

02-24-2007 23:12:28 | More by robmorris31
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