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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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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
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 atrus138
1.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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
Photo of clayrock81
1.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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)

clayrock81, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Sleestak
2.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sleestak, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
1.53/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Rootdog316, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Floydster
1.58/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2.8/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Brad007, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!
giblet

giblet, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of jettjon
1.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

jettjon, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of trentley87
3.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

trentley87, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Drew966
2.85/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Drew966, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of ski271
3.1/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

ski271, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of robmorris31
2.8/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

robmorris31, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of pentathlete
2.53/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear light yellow with plenty of carbonation. Nothing special, nothing bad here. There is a modicum of malt in the nose, but the adjuncts, maybe corn?, appear also. I was expecting refrigerated liquified sterno for the taste, but instead was met with a clean, light bodied lager taste. There was a bit of alcohol at the end and the riciness was clear in the crispy and thinning mouthfeel. This was not as terrible as I had expected. It did taste different than its sister Hurricane (which was much more "fuel" flavored.) Certainly nothing I would buy or recommend, but if you are looking for something to compare a craft malt liquor such as Daddy's Little Helper or Liquor de Malt then this is worth the $1.50 or so you'll pay for a 40 ounce bottle. Available at finer highway gas stations where beer is sold.

pentathlete, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of mattsg
1.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A pretty rough brew. On the bottle it claims it is malt liquor, however, it tastes like kerosene, but it is tolerable if you're low on cash. You can buy three of them for around 5 bucks, so if you just want to get drunk, it's a pretty dang good choice.

mattsg, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
2.98/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have battled many cobras, and usurped many a king, but never had I topped myself by going toe to toe with the King Cobra. I met a 19 year old girl from West Virginia who confessed that her favorite was King Cobra and Sparks. And some think women have no guts for the beer battlefield. First, before we add our assent to previous reviews, one must know the proper way to "coax" this dangerous serpent out of its basket. If a hand held wind, reed, or brass instrument is not available, play "The Payback" album by James Brown on your stereo. Drink cool and allow to get warm by mid-serving in order for the venom to take optimal effect. If three of these do not wipe out all vestiges of your inner prevaricating beer geeky self, then you have no soul left to save.

dedrinker, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another malt liquor like you really need another one after Hurricane...appears a clear glden tone with a large white head leaves behind even lace but it dwindles quickly. Aroma has a slight metallic grainy note that has a sort of semi sweet alcohol corn and rice appeal to it and of course cooked veggies with a touch of fruity tart apple. Flavors collide to form a harsh metallic grainy offness on the palate wow this is rediculous has how bad it is but a mild sweet tone with evident alcohol and finishes with a very chemical edge to it, definitely will induce a headache drinking this stuff on the regular. Mouthfeel has high carbonation light bodied some stickiness to it all but c'mon another beer within the same damn style. Drinkability mass produced malt liquor beer you buy when your broke and don't care about taste...what more can be said this one sucks.

WVbeergeek, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Neehan
2.2/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale, straw-yellow into the glass. This is somewhat misleading as it appears to be a darker, near-bronze in the bottle because of the clear glass and the dark label shadowing the yellow beer. The best part of the appearance is some good retention, but on a second-rate head. As for the smell, it's virtually non-existant. A very faint whiff of malts and that's about it. The taste is malty and smooth but again lacks in substance. The mouthfeel just screams AB at you. Drinkable, if you can tolerate the taste after a while.

Neehan, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
1.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 40oz for a buck and a half at the gas station...definitely can't beat the price, and it came in a lovely brown paper bag.

A - Piss yellow and ultra clear. About two fingers of foam rose and fell like the Roman empire.

S - Absolutely the most nasty smelling beverage I've come across. My girlfriend sniffed it and immediately remarked that it smells like baby poop. Gross. Smells like sour armpit sweat....I hate being this mean, but it really does. I can almost smell what seems like an attempt at some saaz hop peppery notes, but it's really more like B.O.

T - Tastes blank and unoffensive at first sip, then the sweet syrupy taste of cooked corn comes in after you swallow. Actually less offensive than some other malt liquor 40s I've had, but also less distinctive. Sort of tastes like concentrated Bud Light left outside overnight....yes, sadly I have had a breakfast of champions at a campsite and drank open beers from the night before upon rising.

M - Medium bodied, alcoholy and firm in the mouth. It may not be a very good mouthfeel, but it's anything but watery...and watery is the worst thing a beer can be.

D - Very low, unless you are on a budget. This stuff sure does what it claims to do...I drank this while watching a movie and by the end of "Cheaper by the Dozen" I was pretty damn cooked. I must say that it's one of the better 40 oz cheapo brews though.

pmcadamis, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am reviewing this totally to the style guide lines.
A - Bright gold color. Very little head.

S - there is very little aroma for this beer. What there is, a little corny flavor, and some musty cardboard.

T - Light watery roasted corn, and straight up sugar. Very odd taste.

M - Light and watery. Thin body.

D - FOr the style it is very drinkable. For a beer, id rather go with some flavor.

quasimoto, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
2.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22oz twist of bottle with a Born on Date, for freshness.

Appearance: Dull yellow with a high level of visible carbonation from all the bubbles rising up.

Smell: Smells like corn with a hint of grains and alcohol

Taste: Very little hop bitterness with a lot of grain and corn flavor.

Mouth-Feel: A light bodied brew with a nice clean finish.

Drink-Ability: If you like water with alcohol and a little corn flavor then go for it.

Notes: Drank strait from the bottle no pouring going on here.

mnesporov, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev +86.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold. Tan head. Little lace. Aroma is a nice blend of crisp, cool freshness, exotic spices, sensual woods, and seductive musk. It gives a fresh warm sensation. The flavor really surprised me. Sexy citrus, lavender and woods. Top notes play with pistachio leaves, iced lavender, Chinese ginger, and mandarin peel. Following up are middle notes of celery greens, wild tiger lily, Indian basil, and Kashmir saffron. The finale comes clean with brisk bristlecone pine, patchouli, and clear musk notes. Interesting to say the least.

Bighuge, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of scottoale
2.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this gem at a friends...never tried it before. From the 24oz. can (less the paper bag) with a Born On* Date of: 03JUL06 and an ABV of 6%, it pours a light yellow-gold straw liquid, with a snow-white foamy cap.The head dwindles quickly leaving some slippery bubble lace that turns to spots. Ample Co2 carbonation connot keep the head up to more than a film and ring around the glass.

Sweet corn with a faint grain, followed by a chalky blunt...hop? Smells too sweet and nasty alcoholic fumes rise as it warms.

The flavor is no different or better than the smell, sweet and full of corn adjunct and probably rice as well...tastes closer to corn liquor, than MALT liquor. Sure hope I never have to develope a taste for this stuff.

Thin, watery corn syrup with a light-medium body, the mouthfeel is undesirable. Drinkability...the same.

I thanked my friend for this "Smooth tasting Premium Malt Liquor naturally brewed from select ingredients for MY drinking pleasure and complete satisfaction." Next time I'll opt. for the glass of water...thanks.

scottoale, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
2.88/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Had one of these on the way to campground this weekend. For $1.00, this was not half bad. King Cobra is light to mid-bodied, with what I like to call a "sting". Got a bit of an alcoholic kick to it. The snake does not play around, and right around 6% it gets the job done. Heavy malt, but not excessively sweet. Quite balanced, with a sweeping discreet hop bitter, that balances it out. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is superb. I am a sucker for new beers, and this one definitely caught my eye. In all honesty this brew suprised me, I was expecting much worse.

HoustonTX, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
1.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Not as bad as some beers (cough cough Bud Light cough), but pretty weak. Fluffy white head with surprisingly good retention sits a top a golden honey-yellow body with lively, mesmerizing bubbles.

Smell: There's something about this beer that really reminds me of the breath of someone with a cold or the flu. It's funky, sour, musty, skunky... awful, really. This is one best drank ice cold, and straight from the bottle.

Taste: Odd... kind of fruity, actually. Slightly bitter and dry like raw flour. Overall, pretty bland and weak, but definitely has presence.

Mouthfeel: Although the beer is paper-thin, the bubbles form a frothy and surprisingly full mouthfeel. This is definitely the beer's strong point.

Drinkability: This is really not very good, but hey... it was $1.29. What did I expect? I am worried, however, that I won't be able to finish all 32 ounces.

soulgrowl, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
2.28/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh my first 40 ever.
Twisted the top off the 40oz clear bottle with freshness dae of Jan 11, 06. The color of the beer doesnt look so bad, but that because of the wide bottle. First sip was from bottle as i think this is the natural way for the style. More flavor than i expected, but not exaclty a good thing. Alcohol is present, and gives it a fuller mouthfeel. A malty sweetness and lots of grains in this one. I feel guilty for reviewing this beer because i could be spending my time reviewing a beer worth reviewing. But this isnt as bad as i thought it would be. for $1.50 this isnt a beer i would get again, but if i had to choose this or a 40oz. bud for a dollar more, i might pick the bargain. nuff said on this crap.

acrawf6, Feb 16, 2006
King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor from Anheuser-Busch
51 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.