Olde English 800 | Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800Olde English 800
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Reviews:
313
Avg:
2.19
pDev:
38.81%
 
 
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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.25/5  rDev +94.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like pee and don't smell much better, but hits the spot if you're dehydrated after a night of partying with some killer emo/indie/metal bands. Best if served cold.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.82/5  rDev +120.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Kate Upton in a VS babydoll. Sheer to be exact.
Smell - Toni Braxton's hair blowing in the wind.
Taste - Elisha Cuthbert's lips.
Feel - J-Lo's hips.
Overall - Christina Aguilera on Ellen's couch, post motherhood.

LARRRGE!

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Photo of Spoda1983
1.02/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Texasfan549
2.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of NickFry9
1.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of AnotherDisease
3.75/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
1.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.24/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank straight from the 40.
Sad to see they don't offer this in glass bottles anymore.

Look: A golden, piss yellow color.
Aroma: Sour apples. Honey. Bread.
Taste: Fruity. Cornbread, red apples, sugar cookies. A little metallic on the finish.
Feel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not that syrupy or sickly sweet.
Overall: For malt liquor, it's alright. I prefer this over Colt45, St. Ides and Mickeys .

For a plastic bottle, I expected much, much worse.
It probably helps that my bottle is only two months old.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
1.62/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Look - I kept this bad boy in the bottle, it has a golden yellow color, as soon as I unscrewed the top it hissed with loads of carbonation.

Smell - Sweet corn, sulfur, skunk

Taste - Corn syrup, sweet booze, skunked to hell, some thin malt hidden somewhere. Has a syrupy sweet aftertaste with lingering skunk.

Feel - Medium bodied, aggressive carbonation but still finishes "wet"

Overall - Clear bottles don't help this malt liquor out at all. With that said it's all I can find around here. I've had this probably a dozen times now, hate it each time, but I keep coming back for more. I feel ashamed.

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Photo of robebo44
2.6/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Stitty20
5/5  rDev +128.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite of myself and friends how do I get a case of the classic bottle Old English bottles?

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
2.14/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of nater919
1.06/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of alexsergio
1.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of SebastianMandeville
1.19/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

"Go on and gimme some o'that O.E." Yeah, it's nice that this brew was mentioned in the classic film Menace 2 Society, but outside of that you should avoid it at all cost.

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Photo of Twittybaby
1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is garbage, just tried it an i threw up my chipotle, to be honest i dont know how it got in my fridge

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Photo of Noelito76
1/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BMMillsy
1.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Schlitz74
2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from can that was in freezer as this the only way to drink malt liquor. It pours a standard gold color with a big white head. There is a good lacing left in the glass. This is your typical malt liquor, nothing special here.

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Photo of jmills3
2.6/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of joer40
1.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Man, when you go here, you are in trouble. This is a brutal yellow appearance. Aroma of corn syrup and alcohol.

Taste, much like the aroma is devoid of malt and hops. There's maybe a mild sweet fruity contribution from the yeast.

I mean I can get down with this from time to time, I prefer the 22 or 24 oz tallboys, that shit gets warm 40oz at a time in the summer. Blast some E-40 and Too $hort, get yo' swerve on and shit.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

5.90% ABV. Per 12 fl oz serving: 160 (k)cal, 10.5g carbohydrates, 0g fat, 1.2g protein.

Clear plastic screw-top bottle purchased at a dodgy Brooklyn bodega. I love how in spite of the bottle being flexible plastic they advertise it prominently as "shatter proof" on the label. Malt liquor.

Pours an aggressive head indicative of blatant overcarbonation. Body is a clear clean copper of subpar vibrance. A layman would say it "looks like beer." Retention is a good 8 minutes or so, but aside from that it's pretty mediocre.

AROMA: Some grain, some biscuit malt, some artificial syrupy malt extract, imbalanced (high) sweetness.

Yeah, I can't say I'm looking forward to trying this.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Horrid imbalance. Sweet, syrupy, off-putting. Thicker and heavier than it should be (especially at a scant 5.90% ABV). Poorly built, but at least it's smooth and wet. The coating feel is decent, I guess. Not as boozy as many poorly executed malt liquors. But certainly somewhat buttery.

Shallow and simple. Sticky garbage.

OVERALL: I'm surprised the homeless go for this in the U.S. given that other equally badly executed malt liquors are the same price and offer a higher ABV; this is clearly a bang-for-buck buy but then I suppose if you're in the homeless demographic this beer caters to you wouldn't be so sharp on math. I somehow managed to skip this brew while a student; I'd advise others to skip it indefinitely.

That said, I expected worse from a 40oz plastic bottle brew.

D+ (2.32) / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
05/16/17: "shatterproof" (the 40oz bottle is plastic, so thanks...I guess?).

Pretty abysmal fare. Why didn't I buy Ballantine XXX instead? Bleh...

Syrupy garbage.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
07.27.17 had to revisit this swill when in the mood for a budget buzz. Cost was $3.50 USD total for a 42oz sad-looking plastic screw-top bottle appropriately sold with a plastic bag to cover up the label for covert swigging (though, of course, paper bags are the traditional go-to).

"Malt Liquor." 5.90% ABV.

The label is a generic red and muted gold. Has a "cold when blue" label gimmick lifted from Coors' innovation.

I'm going to focus on the positive here:

--It's obviously filtered and doesn't lack for carbonation. Body is clean/devoid of yeast/lees or sediment.

--Aroma doesn't have any brettanomyces, diacetyl, skunk, acetaldehyde, or acetobacter off-notes. Could be boozier.

--Taste could be boozier.

--Texture could be more syrupy, to its detriment. It's not dry or scrapey or astringent, so that's a plus.

Positives aside, it's pretty bad. Adjunct dominates, and it is somewhat syrupy and buttery, with possible diacetyl issues. I will say its ABV isn't as overt as one might expect, and unlike many budget beers it isn't watery or thin. But a watery brew might be preferable to this syrupy rotgut. No hop flavour here, nor anything besides adjunct and 6 row, but I think I get some faint mineral flavour from the water used.

I've had worse, but you can do better in the malt liquor category even within this price, and there are far better beers at or below the same price with more flavour available at least in the New York City market (e.g. Ballantine XXX, Hurricane, Genessee, Polish beers on-sale, expired IPAs on-sale, etc.).

It's not awful cold and it has more alcohol punch than malt liquors like Country Club. You can do worse, but you can do a hell of a lot better.

This beer's low price will probably have me trying it again when in the mood for a beer buzz on the cheap, and it's far from the bottom of the barrel when it comes to budget malt liquors (which is saying something). Nab it over St. Ides, Colt 45's fruited variants, and the like when that's the mood you're in, but for fuck's sake buy something more respectable the majority of the time.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
2.19 out of 5 based on 1,041 ratings.
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