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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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458 Ratings

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 2
pDev: 38%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 176
Photo of harpus
1.86/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.38/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of MrStark
2.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance is a clear straw gold color with a fizzy white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell is quite bland, only a vague sweetness that has a metallic quality to it.

Taste is just a mix of grain, corn and malt. Nothing to it at all really, however I don't find it offensive, just bland and unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

Drinkability is just ok for me. It does go down quite easy and there really isn't anything offensive about it. However there is nothing about it that would make me want go out and get it again. But for the style, certainly not the worst I've had.

Photo of puboflyons
2.28/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the 40 ouncer sampled on Memorial Day 2010. It pours a straw yellow with a puffy white head that bubbles away little by little. The aroma is machine-processed malts, grassy, and rather skunky. The taste is a bit better on the maltiness with an obvious alcohol note. You get what you pay for and I paid $1.99.

Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of aval89
2.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a kinda dark golden color with a decent head that quickly goes down...a little darker than your standard cheap lager..

Smells very sweet up front. Maybe some malts in there? Very grainy...I couldn't pick up any hop presence.. A little boozy too..

Taste is sweet as well.. Finishes sweet and grainy.. Maybe a little malts.. Slight hop bitterness with a semi boozy after taste...finishes surprisingly clean..

MF is clean not bad..

Takes a while to get used to but after 3 or 4 swigs your good to go haha


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

This beer is absolute shit. If the smell alone doesn't cause immediate vomiting, don't worry, its on the way. I would rather drink hobo piss than drink this beer. It would probably contain more natural ingredients than this toxic soup masquerading as a malt liquor.

Photo of TopperXiChiPsi
2.94/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So you've bought a cobra...

Well, there was probably only one reason for buying it: you wanted to get drunk and didn't have a lot of money. You chose well. Its 6% ABV packs a fairly good kick, and its price can't really be beat. As for taste: I've had worse.

Frankly, if you're in it to get drunk, then Cobra's one of your least offensive options out there. Steel Reserve or Camo are miles behind Cobra in taste and drinkability, but that doesn't mean Cobra is going to win any contests. Its flavors are weak, and somewhat bready. It's highly carbonated (probably hurting overall flavor), and comes out a fairly decent amber color.

If you're getting it for the right reasons, you won't be upset, but if you're looking for a "sippin' beer," then find another brew.

Photo of Saint
1.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So heres the deal, this came to me a few sips after a friends cracked this a 40, but was a already setting pretty from some previous, so I took it off her hands. Let me say this, its not something I would buy, I don't want to knock Malt Liqueur, there is a time and a place for it, and great Buddha nows that I have a few not so guilty pleasure stand buys when it comes to Malt Liqueur, and enjoying real cheap beer with a high alcohol content (stand by for further reviews).

Its appearance, not spectacular, I wont say what i think it looks like, because no beer should ever be compared to that, so Ill just leave that there. Its smell, boring, like bland beer. It tastes boring, not even boring average, just 'meh.' The mouthfeel, its most redeeming quality, its a little pungent and pretty crisp. If this beer were to be chilled to near freezing, then gulped down on a hot summer day, it probably would pass as refreshing. Drinkability, I would probably advise to avoid, there are better malt liqueurs in the dollar seventy cent range that would make a better investment for you, but when they're free, who can blame you.

Photo of tjsdomer2
1.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This stuff basically looks like your average apple juice with some bubbles. Nothing terrible but definitely nothing to write home about.

Smell: The smell is probably the worst part of this...beer. It really just smells like sweat and unfortunately vomit to an extent. I would not advise snifting this stuff if you don't want to get sick.

Taste/Mouthfeel: If the smell is not the worst part of this beer, then the taste is, especially considering that drinking this in large amounts is generally the point. Tastes very bitter but actually not too overwhelming for the first few sips/gulps when it's still cold. Cobra unfortunately gets very warm and full of gross sediment as it warms. But by the time you finish, you will probably be feeling this stuff so it won't matter much.

Drinkability: Like I said, as you drink this stuff it warms, but the buzz encourages you to finish...taste discourages you to do so.

Overall: Don't sit around sipping this beer. Honestly, only drink this if you plan on getting buzzed, and even that's not worth it...you will probably regret it.

Update: I will not change my review, considering I have had this beer more than several times. It is not good most of the time. However, I did have some of this stuff to go with a burger at a tailgate, and was quite pleasantly surprised. Maybe give that a try.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of kdawg105
3.02/5  rDev +51%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok! With this brew you will buying for the price and abv%. You will not be buying it for anything else. The appearance was not very good at all. Smell was of sweet malts and grain. The taste is nothing don't have one really. The mouthfeel is non existant. That makes a really nice drinkability. If your looking for a cheap beer that has a nice buzz this is your brew!

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.

Photo of nicholas2121
2.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

King Cobra is a beer brewed by Anheuser Busch. This is an Malt Liquor with an ABV of 6.0. King Cobra pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with some grains and malts. The taste is bold with malts and some grains. The mouthfeel is sweet bitter and filling. This is a just plain cheap priced brew. The drinkability of this beer/ malt liquor is better than some of the other malt liquor out on the market. Not the best but will take you where you need to go. Overall I'm giving King Cobra a 3.25 out 5. When your low on cash I go for King Cobra.

Photo of TapTitan
2.42/5  rDev +21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

King Cobra is really better than most malts...steel toe get's ya if can't consume it quick enough though.

Sour but smooth compared to others.

A headache is awaiting at the end of this brown bag rainbow.

Money would be better spent on quality and not size like this 40oz.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that rapidly dissipates.

Smells of grain and corn with a little alcohol noticeable.

Corn comes back in the taste, slightly sweet, with some grain and actually a small bit of hop bitterness lingering in the back.

Thin body and average drinkability. As far as taste in malt liquors go, this one actually has something. Problem is it gets old fast. Down it, then get on with your life.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.1/5  rDev +55%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's KING COBRA, can't argue really.

def. not the best in the 40oz. category, nowhere near it.

the a. is of lighter apple cider piss

the s. is of a skunked beer

the t. is a slightly skunky vaguely fruity mix.

the d. is of course sky high, if you want to drink and get drunk, go ahead, if not steer clear.


Photo of seedsofchaos
1.29/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Did anyone else drink these awful forties when they were too young to start buying beer yet? lol

King Cobras are the awful of awfulness but pack a heavy punch. The appearance is of cloudy piss with carbonation; This is to be pretty much expected out of any Budweiser product. The smell is pungent and reminds me of drinking an already bad beer the morning after a party as it's warmed all evening. The smell is truly reminiscent of the morning after a college house party. The taste is no better and don't even think about getting that taste out of your mouth without food any time soon; Water, gum or milk can't save you now. The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this entire drink (which isn't saying much). It's a little astringent but otherwise sits flat on your palette and isn't too heavy.

Drinkability? If you're over 21.... What are you thinking?

Photo of erz316
2.11/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'd have to say that this is probably one of the better malt liquors out there. the colour gravitates away from thin piss to a vitamin rich colour, like if you take vitamin e or something. the taste is fine, but the smell is god awful once it gets above 33 deg F.

Photo of buschbeer
2.66/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I served this fine beverage in its traditional brown paper bag with the mellow stylings of Jay Z as accompaniment. I removed my 40 from its bag to see its golden color. It looks like the color of my urine before I started this quest. Obviously there is no head, only a few large bubbles resting on top.

It smells skunked. That's hard to believe out of a clear glass bottle. I guess I just expected more out of a "premium" malt liquor. Oops, I almost forgot to pour some on the ground for my fallen homies. (A moment of silence)

This beverage tastes like an American adjunct lager on juice. I can tell that the alcohol content is higher.

It's about as drinkable as a malt liquor can be. Forty ounces is about all anyone would want to drink. But malt liquor has such a wonderful tradition, with the 40's, the brown bag, the sitting on your front steps, etc. I am honored to drink this fine beverage on such an auspicious occasion.

Skeet, skeet, skeet!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

King Cobra has a surprisingly thick white head and is golden and clear in appearance. Carbonation is moderate to high. Aroma is grainy and stinging, but not terrible strong. The taste is a bit metallic, with fruity notes and heavy corn presence. Sweetness is subdued and slight bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is very heavy; this malt liquor has a lot of body, if nothing else. Drinkablility is challenging. This one has to be consumed in sips and at an extremely cold temperature. If done according to these specifics, King Cobra can be an occasional pleasure. Overall, it's okay and has its place in the beer world.


Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40 oz clear bottle with a stamp on the bottle of 9197, I am thinking brewed on July 16. Pours a medium yellow color with a loud, fizzy white head that fades very fast to just a sheen. Highly carbonated, as many bubbles stream upwards from the bottom of the glass. Am I sure I wanna do this?

Smells very sweet, even for a malt liquor. Corn syrup, light graininess and a whiff of alcohol. Does not smell very appetizing.

Taste is pretty smooth with very little alcohol bite for this rather mild and tame malt liquor. There is a hint of unexpected bitterness in there that helps offset the sweetness of the brewing grains. Not as overly carbonated as some of the others I have tried. A bit of fruitiness comes through as well. This one is actually not that bad of a ML, a little above average for the style in my mind.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.3/5  rDev -35%
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.

Photo of vacax
1.91/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a pretty attractive white head one finger high and a pale golden body. Head pretty much fizzles down leaving a thin ring on top. The nose is a bit weak, with some cidery malts and a hint of solvent alcohol. Not a bad smell really though. The taste starts with a good balance of malts and bitterness, but things go all haywire once the malt beverage swishes into the back of the throat. Loads of carbonation and bubbles splash around on the back of the tongue and a bitterness washes over the palate. Not a good hop bitterness, but rather something that evolves on the finish and turns into cider, rusty nails, burnt plastic, and ends with rotting corn. Blarg. Body is light to medium, overcarbonated, bad sawdust or cornmeal coating on the mouth. Drinkability is weak due to this being kinda gross.

Photo of woodychandler
1.22/5  rDev -39%
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.

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King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
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