Camo High Gravity Lager - Camo Brewing Company

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52
awful

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 1.87
pDev: 49.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Camo Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 34
Photo of troobie
2.6/5  rDev +39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first time I went to Las Vegas, NV, I was abruptly introduced to five (as I remember) different versions of Camo malt liquor. I purchased and consumed every single variety. This review is based on a singular consumption of Camo High Gravity Lager.

Photo of Roy3268
1.41/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Quick Side note: Paid a friend 5 bucks to chug 3 of these in less than 10 minutes...Still feel bad about it, and still don't know how it he did it to this day...

The name does a lot for it's taste. You just picture some nut wearing army fatigues drinking a can of Camo as he bombs your platoon..Nevertheless!

A- looked harmless..Pour a light yellow. Typical malt liquor color

S- I thought it was skunked scotch whiskey when I first smelled it.

T- tasted much like the above, but due to it's high alcohol content..you don't have much time to really analyze its bite

Photo of jwc215
1.38/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

24 oz. can:

Pours translucent, but bright, yellow with a thin bubbly head that vanishes soon after. No lacing.

The smell is of fusel alcohol - raw. It brings back memories of my mother removing her nail polish - smells like nail polish remover. A slight whiff of grain is mixed in underneath - maybe.

The taste is nasty - sweet, raw alcohol, nail polish remover and soap. I wish the finish were a bit more abrupt, as the taste is horrid.

The feel is syrupy depite carbonation, a bit sticky, too.

There might be worse examples of the style, but I hope not. This shows the worst of the stereotypical malt liquor. A waste of 99 cents plus tax. sweet with nail polish and soap. There are better, more balanced (more flavored) malt liquors out there. This is insta-headache. Couldn't quite finish the first half, even with determination.

Photo of giblet
1.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

ugh. had to try this cuz i had not seen it before. poured from the can with about one inch of head that settled quickly. smells of smell. grain, skunk, metal... taste is worse. i did finish it but i have made mistakes before. if you are looking for high alcohol malt liquor buzz there are plenty of better choices. barf.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of rye726
1.58/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Five X's on the front of this can. Isn't that the international label for poison. This stuff didn't kill me, just made me wish it had. A pale yellow with a frizzy white head. The nose is especially grainy. The flavor profile is flat and of bitter alcohol. Quite a light body and too much carbonation. Not highly recommended.

Photo of happygnome
1.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: pours a pale yellow colored beer with a quarter inch of head that dissapears very quickly leaving no lacing what so ever
s: adjunct malts heavy on the corn possibly some rice? no hop aroma, heavy alcohol aroma no attempt to hide
t: heavy on the adjunct corn malts, the rice malts that i suspected from the aroma really are not detectable, high alcohol burn, no hop bitterness to speak of
m: medium to light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this is not a beer that i believe i will be able to finish, never will buy again

Photo of jasonpeckins32
1/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Gosh, I really hate to just knock a beer. . . but this is definitly the one of the worst beers Ive ever had. I'd much rather shell out the extra couple bucks to get a buzz, if thats what i was looking for, and I couldnt imagine anyone buying this beer to be looking for something else.

It pours cloudy, and not for good reasons. This is just plain nasty. I forced myself to quaff half of the 24 ounce can, but I couldnt even stomach the rest. This is a shitty beer among shitty beers.

Photo of mcerka
3.12/5  rDev +66.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coming at you from the Sin City. CAMO 24, in my opinion is a mix of malt liquor and grape soda. I can find them at a liguor store down the road from me for about $1.05. For 24oz and the high alchohol it's definately worth the money. It's extremely easy to drink and the strange beer/wine flavor is quite interesting.

I will continue to pick these guys up when I need a quick and cheap pick me up.

Photo of ozzyfan97
2.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer at a liqour store for 2.99 for a four pack. It seems to have a warm sensation once swallowed due to the high alcohol and the mouthfeel is very heavy and thick. Never bothered to pour it into a mug though. It smells very grainy and cheap. Although this beer is one beer you would like to drink if you just wanted to get smashed. All in all for 2.99 you pay for what you get!

Photo of ski271
2.75/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With money tight now, I’m continuing my search of cheap beers, looking for what is drinkable as well as affordable. Right off the bat, a little voice in my head said “don’t even think about it!” when I saw the camouflage and big “XXX”. But hey, I tried it. And you know, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Pale gold with a very small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thin, partial film. The smell is mild and unoffensive. Little grain, some alcohol, even a hint of fruit. The taste however is not as impressive as the nose. Wickedly sweet corn, with lots of alcohol from the start. First sip hits with a bit of a bite, not the “smooth” beer the label advertises. But after a few sips.... blame it on the numbing of the senses, but it gets a little bit enjoyable in a way. There’s some good citrus in there, and the bigger body appeals to this big-beer lover. There’s a good amount of lemon in the aftertaste to take the edge off the warming, heavy, lingering alcohol.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t horrible.... but then again, it wasn’t all that good either. But in the realm of really-cheap 40's, this one doesn’t do too horribly. (Hmm, I just got a bit of a grape taste in there. Interesting.) Anyway, for a cheap warm buzz, this one will do the trick. A good nominee for nights out drinking with the guys out at the old hunting shack. So taking style into account, I ALMOST give this lowly-raked malt liquor a thumbs up.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.66/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass (I know, I know, it's just wrong isn't it?) my 24 oz can of Camo High Gravity Lager delivered a clear, deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white that held surprisingly well and left some very nice rings of lace about the glass. Who knew?!

Alcohol is apparent in the nose. In fact, apart from a touch of fruitiness and some minor sweetish malt, there's nothing else there. Of course when you're drinking from a paper bag you don't really need a lot of aroma.

The body is typically medium-full with a dextrinous edge that's cut through with alcohol. The carbonation is restrained to help keep it "smooth" ;)

The flavor offers the typical adjunct-laden sweet malt, with a fruity edge and some higher alcohols thrown in thanks to a fast and hot fermentation. A minor hop flavor is discernable between start and mid-palate, but then the alcohol wash shuts pretty much everything else down. There's a little more.... a drip of cirtrus, some perfume - or maybe just roses... - a splash of the water that's left from a can of corn, a thin drizzle of honey. Bitterness is, as appropriate, limited but uneccessary due to the alcohol that cuts through the maltiness... er, sweetness.

Overall, it's certainly not the worst malt liquor I've ever had.. that award 's been earned by the King Of Beers with their "Hurricane". Nor is it the best. I'd place it middlin' to middlin'-bottom. Could be much better... don't complain to me if you get hammered and kill your neighbor or wake up with the worst hangover you've ever had and call in sick "forever" - I warned you! Oh, and if there really is a "Satan", it's more likely that he's involved with this beer than anything by the name of "Duvel". ;)

Photo of guitarmage
2.07/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale almost greenish yellow, pretty bright and vivid though. Soapy white head with pretty good retention. Ultra clear.

Smell: Very steely, slight alcohol burn, a little spicy character.

Taste: Steely and astringent, sour and acidic, but also some notes of apple cider like sweetness and notes of a bad bourbon.

Mouthfeel: No better or worse than any other malt liquor, light bodied, medium carbonation. A slight thick quality like a liquor.

Drinkability: I'd rather have a 211 High Gravity, this is pretty hard to throw back. None the less, this wasn't brewed to be delicious, and it gives a hell of a head rush especially if you drink it fast.

Photo of WMBierguy
1.12/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ah, Camo... how can you turn down a malt liquor in a camoflagued bottle? This stuff is strong, but it tastes absolutely horrible. It's best used for college drinking games. I used to start out every party with 2 Camo 40s... it's one of those rare malt liqours that don't taste better with the second bottle. It's more of a conversation piece than anything else. Everyone should try Camo at least once (drinking a 99 cent malt liquor does gives you life experience). It's terrible, but it's hillarious.

Photo of lugosi33
4.03/5  rDev +115.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I work at a distributer that sells this beer so I had to try it. At first open I thought that the high alcohol smell would make for a bad beer. After a couple sips, it was actually pretty good. I would compare it to Miller High Life....except that you get SMASHED after two or three beers. Since Beer is for the purpose of getting drunk...this is the right one. If it taste good and serves it's purpose, why not take this one. Since I do work at a distributor that sells high end beers, If anyone ask for a good beer that will serve its purpose, I will HIGHLY RECOMEND CAMO>

Photo of nicksta
1.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I suppose this was inevitable, I had to review Camo. I'm reviewing it straight from a 40 oz. Let us see if I can drink the whole think without barfing. The last time I had one of these I made it through a third of it and poured it out, but tonight I'm desperate. The appearance is okay. It pours a caramel color with little froth and lacing. The smell is slightly strong but other than that it is flat. The taste, oh dear god in heaven the taste, is probably the worst thing to be called beer, excluding Camo Genuine Ale. (Half way done.) The taste is strong with alcohol and horribly sweet as if sweetened with Splenda. The taste is definitely not the high point of the beer. (Pretty drunk now.) The mouthfeel is a little thicker but sour. It has bad drinkablity. I can't chug it because it wouldn't give me enough time to get to the sink. There was maybe 3 or 4 mouthfulls left but I gotta barf anyway. A horrible beer that can serve a purpose if low on cash or self esteem.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.53/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an extra clear pale straw, and a three finger head dissipates quickly, but will not lose a thin ring of foam. Laces nicely as well. Apple esters and alcohol fusels are faint, and make up the only aromas. Immediate ester sweetness and grainy alcohol taste, with a pale lager flavor and spent hop bitterness to back it up. The light body and active carbonation soften the blow of unbalanced cidery alcohol, and the semi-dry aftertaste boosts drinkability, but there is still little to discern this from other high gravity beverages.

Photo of Maestro
2.66/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow macro lager

Smell: Vegetables, butter, no hops

Taste: Vetgetables, buttner, no hops, booze

Mouthfeel: Slippery and sticky...no balance.

Drinkability: Strangely enough, this beer does go down despite the other poor qualities.

If they would just put some hops in this beer, it would be ok.

Photo of feloniousmonk
1.53/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another punk rock show at my bar, another confiscated can of swill...am I lucky or what?
So many enticements found on the labeling of this can. "Extra Smooth", it boasts, and also brandishes not 3 or 4, but 5 X's...whoa! "Super Premium", too! And what does the name mean? Short for camoflauge? But the can is green...should I drink it in a forest and try to blend in?
Damn it, I'm so stoked to try this wondrous elixir, let's pull back the tab, and plunge in!
Snap, crack, ah....crystalline clear, golden hued, large offering of snowy froth that rapidly collapses...just right for the style, high carbonation....
Aroma of high fructose corn syrup, butter, and Listerine (R). Raw and reeking of basic alcoholic phenols.
taste: limited, and immediately overshadowed by high alcohol content...a drum beats in the brain, and it become a circle, a ring of tom toms pounding a monotonous rhythm designed not for liberating the soul in joyous celebration, but only physical punishment. the mallets meet the membrane in this orgy of sadism (the only way to describe the intents of anyone inflicting this mess on themselves). Very slim essence, almost no real flavor, just slick and somewhat sweet, but, BANG! BASH! BOOM!, the whip cracks and the poor frontal lobes feel the torture...you're only chasing this dragon if you're in it for gettin' crunked, am I right?
a more astute and studied scholar of the malt liquor type can perhaps shed light on the finer distinctions of this particular brew, but whatever shades set it apart from it's brethren, making it more or less desirable, are lost on me. Just stanks...I'm currently on a dare with myself to see if I can finish the damned thing...hang on, maybe I can...no, I'm getting sick...and I'm not happy with this in me, not at all, friends.
Very light bodied, with a limp, languid finish, the main staying aspect being the affect of the booze on the brain. Unpleasant flavor, if any. gonna have to save myself, and toss the rest...this is not fun, and, again, you only drink this if you want to get F'ed Up. Well, more power to you, but I'll stick to tastier vehicles for that particular project.

Photo of Vancer
1/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Damn Gas & Grab had these advertised for $.99 – guess they were trying to get rid of the crap and I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Crap stank like gym socks, and tasted like someone had barfed in the can. One of the only *beers* (tongue in cheek) that I almost didn't finish (gagged down about 2/3, then chugged the final 1/3), and could be one of the few reviews on this site that I stick with a *1*

Photo of TastyTaste
1.03/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear 40 bottle with camoflage designs and a lot of x's on it. Medium yellow color. Smells of skunky alcohol. Taste makes you think of never drinking beer again. Harsh corny sweetness and lots of alcohol. Purely disgusting, woke up with a terrible hangover the next morning.

Photo of Jason
2.73/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In Vegas on Fremont St. watching the show, half way through the can the back of my brain started with a dull numb feeling. Smelled clean with a slightly sweet alcohol vapor. Tasted clean with a lemon-lime and rose like alcohol. A tad grainy in the finish with some sweet corn in the back. This beer is obviously produced for people that want a quick buzz.

Photo of bashiba
1.16/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into the glass a fizzy dull yellow with a thick white head.

Smelled like someone spilled corn syrup into an ashtray.

Taste like some poured the contants of that ashtray into a glass and served it to me. Sickly corn sweet with an awful burnt aftertaste. Just plain disgusting.

Mouthfeel is very watery and slick.

Drinkability would be zero if that were an option. Split a 24oz can three ways and all three of us struggled to finish our 8oz. Avoid at all costs.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
1.53/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is some bad beer.

I had it out of a glass, which was a little generous considering what I was having. Camo has all the alchohol of a tripel with none of the baggage of being a complex, delicious beer.

Pale and sickly with a piss foam head.

Smelled sweet and metallic, but in a sickly way.

Sweet taste, too, lots of adjuncts, not much malt flavor, tons of alchohol flavor.

You do the math.

Photo of brewQ
2.41/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I gotta admit I love the funky nature of the Malt Liquor business.
Here's a brew from God's Country, LaCrosse, Wisconsin made for a sinful Las Vegas based beer marketing firm.

Pours with a full charged up head. Color is a few units darker than most macros. Aroma might be charitably described as clean or negligible.

The taste is sweet and grainy. A slight warmth in the finish. Not exactly balanced and easily drinkable, but this stuff is certainly better to me than any light beer or the really damaged Schlitz at the bottom of my ranking sheet.

Photo of jimdkc
1.13/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

OK... I'm probably one of very few people to ever pour this into a glass! This is meant to be swilled directly from the can or bottle for the sole purpose of getting shitfaced very cheaply. Appearance was typical macro-piss yellow. A large, coarse white head quickly disappeared. Smell was a sickening mixture of cooked corn and alcohol. Taste was surprisingly sweet (nearly cloyingly so!) with maybe a hint of malt flavor, then loads of corn and alcohol. No hint of hops. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. If you're going to drink this, try to keep it as cold as possible... it gets worse when warm! I'll give it this, though: for what it is, it was amazingly smooth! So, I guess it succeeds as an alcohol delivery system... if not as a tasty beer!

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Camo High Gravity Lager from Camo Brewing Company
52 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.