Olde English 800
Miller Brewing Co.

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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #93
Ranked #49,229
2.01 | pDev: 43.78%
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Olde English 800Olde English 800
Notes: There are two variants, a 5.9% ABV and a 7.5% ABV version.

Olde English 800 is one of America's leading malt liquor brands. Commonly referred to as "OE800," it offers smooth, rich taste with a slightly fruity aroma that is a favorite among malt liquor drinkers. OE wears the crown because it is the King of Malt Liquors.
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FBarber from Illinois

2.37/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crystal clear bright golden color. Quite effervescent with a thin velvety head that displays excellent head retention. Its actually quite a nice looking beer.

Aroma, well frankly, reminds me of someones breath after they've been drinking beer for a while ... has some notes of sweet grains, light fruity not notes and a stale alcohol note.

Taste has notes of sweat pastry and grains. Although there are some flavors here, its remarkably bland and muted overall. Its got a generic sweetness to it with a dry mildly bitter finish.

The feel is smooth and easy drinking.The carbonation is moderate but bright. There is something about this that coats your mouth and throat - not sure what it is, but I feel it as Im drinking through the can.

Overall this was not something Ill ever pick up again, but hey, at least I can say I tried it ...

Jun 21, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.31/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

OE800 has been a drink associated with urban culture and hip hop artists most notably NWA's 8ball track in the 80s/90s. Advertisers targeted black Americans after noticing a slide in white demographics who used to buy malt liquors in the 40s/50s making Colt 45, St. Ides, and Steel Reserve becoming cult classics along the way.

In some ways, beer connoisseurs may look at this product today as something of low quality. An inexpensive malt-forward beer with no purpose outside an affordable quick buzz; but, they'd be severely wrong.

Pouring a rich dark golden hue with small champagne bubbles throughout the beer, even with a semi-aggressive pour the head with nearly transparent white features dissipates quickly.

The smell is malty, as expected, with yeast notes.

Tasting notes include a smooth corn flavor upfront though it is nearly transparent and most people will notice the mid note of sweetened malt richness, a swirl of carbonation, and a finish of both adjunct and nearly no hops. For a 5.9ABV malted beer the alcohol is hidden and very drinkable.

Mar 24, 2020
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2.22/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I used to drink this stuff when I hit the lowest of the low. Definitely not a high quality product at all but you do get what you pay for and you also get pretty smashed for cheap. In HS this stuff gave me a good buzz for just 2.65 but if you're looking for a good beer or even a good CHEAP beer avoid this stuff. Steel reserve is way more putrid but this is definitely up there as one of the least classy things you can drink. Respectable for a drinker, definetly not an avid beer taster though.

Mar 06, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

3.24/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Okay, here we go, my second most wanted, iconic malt liquor - and tonight I could finally put my hands on one. There was no other option so it turned out that the one I got was the 7.5% ABV version. Normally I don’t mind the higher ABV in a beer but this time it feels slightly that the excessive booziness ruins the experience somewhat or at least when you would like to chug a 40 oz for fun and not for wanting to get drunk.
As it has a quite sweet malty base, the booziness on top of it kind of makes it overwhelming, makes the whole thing a bit too intensive - in large amounts. At this point I am already wishing for a 5.9% version.
Interesting though, that after the first glass the booziness stops being the showstopper anymore and you somehow get used to it (or you just get drunk enough and don’t notice it anymore?) Takes some time anyway and it turns into an okay beer.
My factual observation: this is in fact closer to a bock than Michelob’s Amber Bock. It’s all about expectations, and as I expected it to be like Mickey’s, I was kind of disappointed. But now, halfway through the beer I managed to get rid of my preconceptions and recognized it’s true character. Is is a normal beer, normal in terms of having nothing bad about it! It isn’t as bad as many others described it.
Now that I’m writing this, I am successfully over the Olde English experience. I guess it wasn’t that difficult to figure it out that I liked Mickeys way better - but to be honest, Olde English was more Malt Liquor-like, as in liquor being something that represents higher alcohol content. I liked Mickeys more for being something more drinkable, more like a normal pilsener, this one on the contrary is closer to a bock beer or a heavy lager that I would not necessarily want to drink in large quantities, or at least not in this amount at once. The high ABV and the too sweet base did make me feel sick about this beer in the end.
So what does this comment boil down to? Nothing useful, just all subjective, my personal observations and impressions were what I commented. However, this beer is okay, except for its sweetness and high ABV, which was a bit too much (for me). The verdict: I would drink Mickeys again but this version of Olde English, probably not.

Jan 18, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

2.09/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Olde English is very clear and pale with a minimal head. It smells somewhat sweet with fusel alcohol in the background. The adjuncts are noticeable. The taste isn't that bad, but isn't that good either. It is sweet but not cloying. It is bready. Maybe a bit cornbready. The is an aftertaste off flavors, but it is subtle. The feel is loose but with goof carbonation. Overall, it isn't good but not bad as far as malt liquors go.

Jan 07, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

2.27/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks ok, clear medium white head that dies quickly. Smell is typical adjunct corn, smells like beer. Lol, that’s not helpful. Smells like something your uncles drank when you were a kid. Taste is malt and corn with little hop presence. There’s an oxidized quality to it as well. Overall I did not find anything pleasant about it.

Sep 09, 2019
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OllieStalz from New York

2.88/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A true malt liquor classic. I enjoy this category, and this beer was instrumental in getting into it. It has the typical bready and malty smell and flavor you'd expect from a beer in this category. Not much of a head unless you pour it in a way which forms one. The flavor has a slight bitterness, but nothing too extreme. It is pleasant to drink, but it is better served cold. I don't think this is the best malt liquor out, but it definitely is decent. I think that the reputation of the brand influences what people think of the taste. Give it a try. The abv isn't too high, so unless you're downing a 40, you won't be super drunk. I usually get it in 40 form (actually the stores around me sell it as a 42 oz.), so it would be nice to try it in a can!

May 21, 2019
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aatazebeats from Texas

3.17/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is great. So great. I have looked far and wide for this stuff for a year plus only to find it at the last place I'd expect: an upscale HEB. I was so excited to try it considering it's pretty hard to find around here. The look is purely iconic. No glass for this bad boy, straight out the bottle. Smells like corn and piss, almost that of Corona. But hey, you don't drink this stuff out of a glass, you drink it right out of the bottle, so smell does not matter. Tastes shockingly smooth. Very corny, but not to the point where it's unbearable like that of Miller High Life. It's really good tasting in a super cheap, trashy way. There's something charming about the flavor. Really smooth. Nice rich texture, I could chug this easy. I would say that if I was on a serious beer budget, I would just buy 3 or 4 40s to last me a week and I'm good. An excellent beer, I would give it a higher rating but the smell is pretty awful.

May 13, 2019
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Exec_Crawfish from California

2.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's not the worst I've ever had. Enjoyed mostly from a can, as seems appropriate.

Sickening pale yellow. Nose of grass, raw flour, a touch of malt.

Taste is bready, very sweet, with almost undetectable bitterness from something that may or may not be hops. The finish has an unnerving baking powder quality from the carbonation. Otherwise, mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy.

Not the worst in existence

Apr 05, 2019
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dxpnthedrunk from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +100%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was the one of the very first and This is the alcohol beverage that got me into drinking beers. i used to absolutely love it. But now i just cant stand it. but ill never forget those days. Cheers to OE800

Mar 12, 2019
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Builtforspeed from New York

4.05/5  rDev +101.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can be said about this wonderful nectar. Many might say oh it's cheap it's not worth it. But let's be honest, the 40 oz is iconic even within the rich. You have to grow some balls to drink this, shit ive chugged 3 and called it a night, now if that don't scream good beer to you go back to drinking I.P.A's cause this hooch will get you to where you're going!!! 40's till I'm 40!

Feb 19, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev +82.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, best before 5/2019. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Some fruity corn aromas, but not too overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 5.9%. Overall this is a nice malt liquor. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and nicely rich pils malt/grain showcase, with nice earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Not too overwhelming on adjuncts. A nicely enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected of Miller.

Feb 03, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

OE800, I have, on several occasions doing landscaping while in college drank this from a bottle inside a paper bag. Don't know why, just maybe that's how it should be. Was an ok hot-ass summer day brew. But it has to be ice cold, once it warms game over.

Jan 25, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Do-over review of the 7.5% abv version in plastic 42oz format now proudly sold in Oklahoma C-Stores (ding dong the 3.2 law is dead!) The Nutrition facts on the label says that a serving is 5 oz. GMAFB!
Pours to a thin white head that lingers and sporadically laces with some handling. Color is amber-gold and clear.
Aroma is grainy and boozy with some fusel oils in there--almost smells like gasoline. Flavor is sweet, hot, corny and not very special. Finishes sweet. Roughs up the tongue and stings a bit. Hard to drink this unless it is all you can get. Drink ice cold. The bottle had one of those thermometer things that turns blue. If it ain't blue, don't drink it!

Dec 01, 2018
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MetalRocker94 from Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +125.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Gold, Thick White Head, and Somewhat Bubbly.
Aroma-Faint and Subtle, Some Malts, Corny, White Breadiness, Low Hoppiness.
Taste- Sweet, Malty, Corny, Bready, and Low Hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium and a Light-Medium Body.
Overall Conclusion- This one is the most Beer Flavored Malt Liquors out there. As most would say "Looks and smells just like beer." Its very plain in the Beer Flavor. Its got a bit more sweetness, heft, and richness to it. A great Malt Liquor from SAB-Miller. Would Recommend.

Oct 30, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The size of the bottle, low price and the amount of alcohol are its main appeal. Its brilliant straw with a fizzy head that stays around awhile, mildly sweet with a light cracker taste and some alcohol. the body is light and the beer is fizzy.

Sep 09, 2018
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ieatcrayons from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +148.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you're on Beer Advocate looking at the score for OE, you deserve to be lied to. 5/5!!

It'll get you drunk enough to write reviews about, for under $3!

Jun 27, 2018
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xolectic from Ohio

2.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24 oz tallboy (99 cents) into a glass stein.

Look - Light straw color. Thick, long lasting head and lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts. Not really any corn smell.

Taste - Sweet, sour, and stale cardboard. Corn isn't as noticeable as many adjunct beers including malt liquors, but definitely there. More hops up front than some malt liquors, e.g. King Cobra. I live in Ohio, so I assume this is the 5.9 abv version based on taste and location, but I'm not 100 percent sure. It's pretty much a "classic" malt liquor taste (like the last malt liquor I reviewed, Schlitz Red Bull).

Feel - Not too much body, not too much carbonation either. Maybe a little flat; contrast with the excessive carbonation of Schlitz Red Bull, my last malt liquor.

Overall - This is okay, but not the legendary malt liquor they make it out to be. Worth a try for 99 cents. It has more taste than some in its category.

Jun 23, 2018
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beertunes from Mayotte

2.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

6pack of 16oz cans, $5.99 for a sixer. A buck less than a sixer of Montucky ColdSnacks. Such is life.

Look, this is a cheap, crappy beer. Let's not lie to ourselves. This shit sucks.

Jun 05, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

2.44/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 42 ounce plastic bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The gold and red color scheme is great. The logo is classic and immediately recognizable. Liquid is a golden brown with a mild bubbly head.

Smell - A very light sweet malt smell. Surprisingly no noticeable corn like other malt liquors.

Taste - Disgustingly sweet, but no offensive tastes going on.

Feel - Medium body with a slight sparkly carbonation. A little burpy to drink.

Overall - One of the staple malt liquors. Not bad, but far from the best. Out of the big two, I'd rather have Colt 45, but this is passable.

May 26, 2018
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HelloImA7 from New York

5/5  rDev +148.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Olde English "800" brand is my favorite malt liquor. The crown on the bottle is fitting. Compared to some of the other malt liquors out there, Olde English is more flavorful and easier to drink. Pairs well with a bag of pizza combos and a long night of trash television.

May 09, 2018
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timon from California

3.45/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Man....I don't get the hate. This should be 3/5 or more. I really think this would score higher if blind tested. The smell and taste is not THAT far off from the average tripel, my favorite beers, and also some of the highest ranked beers. Now ya, the complexity is not quite there and the aftertaste is MEH, but the smell and taste are pretty damn good, and if you factor in the price, I would add another point to the total because this is the KING of getting faded outside of some cheap vodka.

Apr 26, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev +81.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

24oz can bb 9/17/18 consumed directly from the can at fridge temp, no ABV indicated on can. My best guess is a golden yellow from the beer around the can lip. Aroma is a sweet corn smell that works for what it is. The taste is really minimal and mostly more sweetish corn and malt. There is a little bitterness in there trying to keep the sweetness from getting out of check. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and totally undry in the finish. They really let the oily/soapy finish roll on this one. A few more days to clean up the fermentation might have done this beer wonders. I've had much worse. Overall, good (for a 24oz canned malt liquor).

Apr 05, 2018
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Taterturnt from Florida

1.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Good ol’ OE’s. Taste like trash, smell even worse, but you can’t beat the price point if you’re trying to get drunk and you got $2 and some change in the cup holder. OE will always hold a special place in my heart for many a teenage night I don’t remember

Mar 16, 2018
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Stothep from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +148.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You know what eazy e said it best OE800 cuz that’s my brand. This stuff has such a complex taste it’s smooth a big silky booty and melts your face for so much less the any double ipa. No joke OE tastes good and gets the job done faster then an “undocumented” imergrent. If you don’t try and like this true king of beers you have to be a racist

Feb 23, 2018
Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50 out of 100 with 1114 ratings