Olde English 800 | Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800Olde English 800

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
2.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - This beer pours a crystal clear deep golden color with 3 fingers of white foamy head, the head seems to stay and in the glass carbonation looks fairly lively. Classic malt liquor looks!

Aroma - It is extremly grainy smelling with quite abit of corn girt aroma in the background, there is also a metallic aroma and that classic lager yeast aroma!

Taste - Very much like the aroma, This is grainy up front followed by a smack of corn meal than grainy again with almost a brown bread grainyness, a light metallic flavor and alcohol in the background. It is very criso. really not an appealing taste!

Feel - It is very light crisp and dry and the carbonation really doesn't feel as present as it looks in the glass!

Overall - So the question before buying this beer was, How can I call myself a beer reviewer without reviewing the classics. This will probably actually I can guaranty this will be the last time I drink old E. I grew up seeing this one everywhere in the 90's from the cheap beer iin gangster movies to what rappers drank!

If it has one thing going for it, it is a cheap drunk!. Other than that I don't find it different from most malt liquors which makes sense as I dont find any major differences between its baby brother miller light or the other BMC's. This beer is overly grainy, overly corny with an alcohol taste in the back no burn though. It really doesnt make you feel good to drink. If you don't feel the need to try everything, pass on this one unless your extremely broke! cheers!

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Photo of matcris
2.04/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE: A very clear golden, three fingers of foamy white head that lingers a while. A whole lot of bubbles rising in the glass. Some good lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Smells quite grainy, almost a rancid smell, sunflower seeds.
TASTE: Really about the same as the aroma of it. A bit of an off aftertaste, but I don't know how to describe it.
FEEL: Not nearly as carbonated as you would think by looking at it, as far as feel goes. A little slick, leaves a little residue of some sort.

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Photo of Myotus
2.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured at 35°F from a 24oz can (canned on 17Oct15) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 27May16.
LOOK: A fingers worth one minute. Gold in color. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and are both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of water entangle with mild aromas of water, subtle aromas of water, and hints of corn, sugar, and alcohol. Somebody put a little bit of beer in my can of water.
TASTE: Mild corn flavors dominate the palate at first sip. What happened to the water I was smelling? A subtle sweetness is presented as the sugar flavors enter next while the corn flavors grow much stronger. Subtle flavors of boiled cabbage and tin bring a confusing and unwanted complexity to this disasterpiece as sugar flavors grow slightly stronger. Finally, hints of alcohol finish this off as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation levels. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: Drank about 6oz of this. Drainpouring the rest. Please don't drink this. If you're drinking beer for the sole purpose of getting drunk, you're beer-ing wrong. Try something a lot better than this. Like a Bud Light.

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Photo of Squire123
2.35/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Light lemon yellow color without cap or lace to speak of.

Aroma of sweet grain with a touch of floral hops.

Taste is very simple sweet grain and yes, the hops are noticeable. Flavors are more medium than mild and are in fact pleasant, clean, without off flavors or alcohol fusels. Pour this one carefully so as to preserve the carbonation. An aggressive pour makes the brew taste flat.

Texture is medium.

Overall it delivers a simple, clean, relatively dry malt brew with a bit higher alcohol. I suspect such brews will remain the stuff of jokes but so is Wonder Bread and a host of other ordinary consumables.

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Photo of larryarms847
2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark rusty gold with high carbonation.

Musty and earthy grains.

Tastes a little earthy and musty.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, boozy.

Overall, boozy but gets the job done.

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Photo of MusaJames
1.84/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

My first Malt Liquor. Not knowing better I have consumed a lot of these. Looks a little dark but smells like a wet animal. Tastes too heavy on alcohol even though it stands at 5.90%. Feels heavy on the carbonation. If you need a Malt Liquor I would suggest others but I suppose we all have to try things at least once.

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Photo of c014572
2.04/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

One of my favorite $2 train beers. Very drinkable adjunct beer when it's cold, as with most of them gets nasty warm. But that's more reason to pound it and let it do its' job. There is more to life than a craft beer.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.82/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

OE, Eightball, OE800. These are just some of the names that this brew goes under. Hints of metal in the nose along with cereal. Taste is corn and booze. Looks like other malt liquors. Overall, an average malt liquor.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.76/5  rDev +72.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow in color. Smells like rancid corn. Taste of corn with some sweetness. Light body. Goes down smooth.
This is one of my favorite malt liquors its up there with Magnum and Colt 45.

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Photo of ordybill
2.29/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the 32 OZ bottle (without the paper bag). Aroma- not a pleasant aroma, mostly stale corn and wet grass. Appearance- crystal light golden color with lots of carbonation. Taste- really! It is made to impair and not to impress your taste buds. Overall- this is not a good beer and it isn't even a good malt liquor. Colt 45, Magnum and Private Stock are a lot better than this.

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Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn are present in the nose along with some hints of grain alcohol.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer tastes like an alcoholic version of corn flakes and has some amounts of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't all that offensive for a malt liquor, so if you are looking for something cheap that you can get a buzz off of, this isn't a bad option. There are only some traces of alcohol.

Serving type: can

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Photo of meecrob
4.26/5  rDev +95.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, I drank the ice cold Westcoast (7.5% ABV) version and it felt great. I was happy that a friend of mine brought me a bottle from his US trip. In Germany I havent seen those 40 ounce bottles except in some well-known hip-hop movies :) I was happy to enjoy this swill. It had no bad aftertaste at all and the 7.5% ABV were well hidden. I wish in Europe we could buy those 40s in supermarkets but I think that will never happen. Y'all americans should be proud of your malt liquors and this brew is the king of them!

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Photo of bsonk
2.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a forty. A great way to get your drank on for the evening for less than $3.

Put some orange juice in it to make it palatable and a lot easier on your stomach, and it actually can taste OK once you are drunk enough.

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Photo of brandonwnw
1.05/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Back in early college the 7.5 AB and gangsta rap marketing made this a go to; now 20 years later I can say this was awful. It served itS purpose, but it is horrible. Only recommended to those looking to throw up or for the once in a lifetime game of Edward Fortyhands. - Cheers

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Photo of LeonardFournette
4.34/5  rDev +99.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells terrible when poured in a glass but if you make a brass monkey (Drink it down to the label and pour Sunny D back to the top) it is pretty damn good.

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Photo of MikeDL
2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This brew is really nothing to write home about, the taste is alright. When I was younger this is all we used to drink. Its funny looking back on this brew now after exploring way better beers.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.45/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm a huge fan of malt liquor, and Olde English doesn't disappoint. This was my favorite beer, albeit at a lowpoint of my life. It has a strong citrus malt flavor along with sweet grains, and it smells of malt along with a metallic smell. The taste of it is pretty thick with a strong sweet grain and malt flavor. The mouth feel is pretty strong because it does get rather foamy which leaves a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of 31Sam13
2.5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Olde English is sort of the classic malt liquor. It has numerous movie, rap, music and other cultural references, and it isn't hard to see why. if you drink the stuff, it certainly is memorable. I don't know if there is methyl alcohol in here but the buzz is kind of intense and the people who say that they drink four or five of these a night are probably lying, and either way are people to steer clear of. It's alcohol in a pinch, just like aI said with the better Steel reserve. Treat with caution.

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Photo of Paddyjoe24
1.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Started out drinking this prior to being of age, drank a decent amount of it actually. I once dropped a full forty on my garage floor and the smell was lethal. Haven't touched the stuff since.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
2.62/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This was never a first choice when we were scoring beer from an adult. The one time we did get this, was due to the wino who pimped for us. It was nasty, but it got the job done.

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Photo of Ranger337
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nasty bottom of the barrel higher alcohol content beer. Very harsh after taste and very malty taste. Had this in my very early (under aged drinking) days, and haven't had it since. This is truly not worth any amount of $.

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Photo of CIBoy10
1.14/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Some people like it but I think it is God awful. Who knows what is all in it and it tastes like play-doh. Count me out. There's a lot of other better cheap crap out there.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%

A- Just looked like a mass produced American style lager when poured into a mug. Thick white head that shriveled up to nothing. It was very clear and golden with lots of bubbles.

S- Wet corn husks and very sweet barley malts.

T- Same as scent basically. Sweet corn husks and barley malts. There is a prominent grainy flavor. No alcohol taste was detected. Very, and I mean very, light hop oil taste was there. Virtually no hops were noticeable. It just reminds me of a sweeter High Life really. Pleasant as far as malt liquor is concerned.

M- Mouthfeel here is medium, but it's still pretty mild as far as American lagers are concerned. There is a bit of a corn syrup thickness. It is thicker and richer than a Miller High Life for sure. The drinkability is extremely high on this beer. This and private stock are the most palate friendly malt liquors I've ever had.

*I'm looking at this beer as a malt liquor and a American style lager only. If I'm looking at in that category, it's a good beer. Like I said in the mouthfeel, Private Stock and this are the best malt liquors I've ever had. Private Stock was my all time favorite malt liquor. But there is nothing wrong with this beer as a malt liquor. And at the price this beer is at, it's a winner. Don't knock Olde English 800 till you've tried it for yourself.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.35/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass. Olde E -- the drink of distinction! I'll confess the last time I had Olde E was more than 10 years ago and I was probably underage at the time. Clearly, it made an impression on me back then.

Appearance: medium gold with no haze and a moderate effervescence, just like a lot of these malt liquors. Head poured a finger of fizzy white foam but, I'm amazed to say, it didn't dissipate instantly. Head stuck around at least twice as long as other malt liquors (so, you know, 30 seconds).

Smell: sweet malt aroma but not as plasticy as some; it's both lower in intensity and a little bit deeper than a lot of malt liquors. Not awful for the style.

Taste: sweetish malt, again with a certain deepness. I can't say that I'm a fan, exactly, but this is not terrible as malt liquors go.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light fizzy carbonation. Nothing to speak of here.

Overall: I'm hardly a malt liquor connoisseur, but for sub-$2 24oz cans of anything beer-like, you might have a hard time beating Olde E.

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Photo of Newrad2
2.06/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2013 Olde English “800” - Reviewed 2/12/2013

"Michael Hagan's idea of a good time is to guzzle a few bottles of Olde English "800" Malt Liquor and smoke PCP with his fellow gang members in the slums of south central Los Angeles. There is no telling what might happen."
-"Life and Death with the Gangs" Time Magazine, August 1987

Olde English is poured tonight into a fluted crystal glass to best harness the carbonation and divert the aroma upwards. This does great things for the presentation of the malt liquor. The bubbles caress the sides of the glass and invite the drinker to partake in its refreshment.

Olde "800" stank like the back alley in funky north Philly where I once bought some black market copper pipe fittings. It stings the nostrils with hints of sex-panther and moldy soap. After careful consideration, I have determined that this is possibly the worst smelling 40 that we have ever tasted, but honestly when was the last time that anyone smelled something they tasted?

What is it that gives Olde English "800" its signature flavour? Is it the mysterious tang that accompanies the carbonation? Is it the back-sweetened corn malt? Is it the extra "e" in the word "Olde"? Does it bother you that I am spelling "flavour" like an englishman? All questions that come to mind when tasting the quixotic liquor.

I've run out of ways to describe how beer feels on the tongue. It feels like beer.

The aire of mystery that surrounds the 40 is palpable (or maybe its just the weird after taste). The sarcastic quotation marks that surround the "800" taunt the drinker. A true connoisseur will know that this is indeed what olde england would have enjoyed. Olde English "800" pairs well with traditional Bangers n' Mash, or even a mouthful of dirt with a side of monty python if real english fare is unavailable. This malt liquor is as dry as British humor, and as inviting as an Oxford boarding school. I will definitely be enjoying the 40 maybe eventually sometime in the future. Enjoy.

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Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
2.18 out of 5 based on 1,034 ratings.
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