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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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444 Ratings

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 1.99
pDev: 38.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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 TapTitan
2.42/5  rDev +21.6%
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 +25.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev +58.3%
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
1.27/5  rDev -36.2%
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
2.15/5  rDev +8%
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
2.7/5  rDev +35.7%
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
3.28/5  rDev +64.8%
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
2.8/5  rDev +40.7%
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
1.33/5  rDev -33.2%
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
1.85/5  rDev -7%
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
1.2/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Photo of jmaur345
3.03/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've known about King Cobra for quite some time but never tried it, I'm not a big fan of Malt Liquors and this stuff's 2.45 a six pack, needless to say I was worried. My buddy brought two 40's over and I gave the dreaded King Cobra a try.

A- Very Pale yellow, no head, no lacing, typical for style.

S- Nothing to speak of.

T- Corn, sort of a white bread taste. Not good, but not bad. I was shocked that it wasn't nearly as horrible as I expected.

M- It's malt liquor...need I say more?

D- Not bad, If I was in still in college I could drink several of these, get black out drunk and do something foolish.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"No Cristal, I pulled up with King Cobra"

-Reggie "Redman" Noble

Ah, more malt liquor. 40oz straight from the bottle, as God intended it.

A- A pale, pale, pale yellow, good carbonation. Par for the malt liquor course.

S- Cooked vegetables, corn primarily, mild grains... like cheerios mixed with budweiser. Sub-par, but not terrible.

T- Better. Sweet, light, crisp, and no real off-flavors (style in mind). Mild grains, no real hop presence.... very drinkable, do yourself a favor and get it to a hair above freezing as room temperature is not kind to King Cobra.

M- Crisp, light, supremely drinkable. Not too much of an ABV considering the style, but that's OK.

D- High. This one is one of my favorite malt liquors, all things considered. Not as heavy or as intoxicating as O.E. or Private Stock, this one is a heavyweight that's light enough to be consumed with ease. Highly recommended if you're looking for some malt liquor.

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and corn. Taste is malty with some corn, fairly smooth, not overpowering with alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is not a bad beer for this style.

Photo of Brenden
2.28/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first ever malt liquor; not something I ever wanted to try, but everything in its time and all that. Honestly, it was bad, but not as heinous as I was afraid it would be.

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.
The smell is corn husk, some alcohol and very mild grains. Perhaps a touch of something tart with a subtle sweetness.
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.
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.
Drinkability, on the other hand, is just on the wrong side of average.

Photo of justince
2.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, i understand, this isn't a brew I'd put down with some food either, but give it respect for what it is:
A collage brew.

Other than Natrual Ice, there isn't a beer that can compete with its amazing drinkability, tolerable taste, and price. At my local deli, 4.50$ for a 6 pack, 16oz cans. With the 5.9 ABV, this is equivalent to putting down around 9-10 macro lights, like coors or bud light. Your not getting a buzz cheaper or better than this.

Give it respect for what it is, a collage beer. A damn fine one.

Photo of biggred1
2.73/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear light gold with a small white head. The nose is green apple skin and untoasted grain. Grits, sour apple skin and bubblegum with a funky hop bitterness in the finish. Light bodied and watery. Effervescent carbonation. Drinkable and inoffensive but more of an "ice" beer than malt liquor IMO.

Photo of minnunderground
2.98/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I don't know what kind of premium you expect for $1.59 for a 40 oz. Its only 6% abv which is not very high considering the other malt liquors in this price range (ex. evil eye-10% , axe head-11% side pocket-10.5%)

A- Gold light gold color. In a clear 40oz bottle.

S- Smelled kinda yeasty semi-sweet

T- Corn nothing amazing nothing bad, better than other cheap beers and malts. Smooth

M- Decently carb'd pretty watery.

D- Very drinkable taking big pulls is an easy task.

In the 40oz malt liquor department this is my weapon of choice. Most taste terrible, but this is acceptable.

Photo of Onenote81
2.93/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The second of our "cheap beers" on game night. Poured from a big 40oz bottle into my pint.

Pours a orange-tinted yellow with a good sized off-white head on top. Retention was lacking and there was little to no lacing present. Smells of grains, bread, and sweet fruits, surprisingly.

Mouth was a little thin, but there was just enough carbonation to be enjoyable. Flavor was of sweet malts and hints of caramel. Not bad. I preferred the Colt 45 that we 'enjoyed' last week more than this, but this is alright. It gets the job done. It's big, cheap, and highly drinkable.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.42/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yes, sir, once again it's forty-ounces-of-beer-and-a-C-cup-blonde night at my place. Truth be told, it's one of my favorite nights! Though the girl is the same this time the malt liquor was all-new, and out of the bottle it was a pale golden color with good clarity and a nice amount of rising carbonation. My aggressive pour yielded three-fingers worth of slightly yellow tinted head that retained rather well and left pretty good lacing. The aroma was of macro grains, stale malt and alcohol. The flavors were generic and grainy with alcohol notes (especially as it warmed) some dry malt and a little sourness. The finish was bitter and a little unpleasant. The mouthfeel was average and a little slick, the body medium/light and the carbonation a little high. So fine, the beer sucked. But my female companion did too. I had no complaints.

Photo of Tekka
1.9/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Malt Liquors are generally horrible, but effective brews designed to get you drunk. King Cobra is easily among the most foul. It's a got a sickening corn sweetness which lasts only for a few seconds. Its right about this point where the King Cobra is unleashed upon your taste buds. You're instantly hit with a sourness and bitterness from the absolute worst hop flavor imaginable. It's like a used hop flavor mixed in with dirty tennis shoe. The entire experience is horrible, but luckily goes away quickly, much like the sweetness of the brew. This is a beverage which should ONLY be consumed if you are dirt poor and or are preparing for a new career as a bum. In either case though, you're better off spending a tad more money for a better malt liquor.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.55/5  rDev +78.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.23/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bsend
2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BierFan
2.53/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.