Olde English 800 | Miller Brewing Co.

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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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1,062
pDev:
40.87%
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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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2.29/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

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3.1/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -27.9%

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2.25/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +20.7%
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 biboergosum
1.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

40oz "Imported" bottle, from the 'Olde English 800 Brewing Company', Milwaukee, WI. Ahhh, good ol' product origin obfuscation. This one has 8% ABV for northern consumption pleasures (Our street people need the warmth more.)

This beer pours a clear, effervescent medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of tight, light foamy white head, which maintains surprising retention, eventually rendering some random drooping painted lace around the glass. This distracting appearance almost belies the smell of this abomination from across the desk - cheap beer on steroids, the stale creamed corn graininess and metallic alcohol hanging gruesomely in the air. Getting close enough to taste it takes a bit of acclimatization, but, once there, the taste is more sweet corn mash, the booziness evolving a nail polish character that reminds me of living with my sisters long ago. Most of the carbonation must have seen what I have seen and bailed, 'cause there ain't much going on there, which of course paves the way for a nice, smooth, cloying as fuck mouthfeel. The finish is drier that I had expected, but using the twin bills of alcohol and musty grain to achieve the effect.

After trying a few of the locally available hobo flasks, and trying to find something salvageable in each, I'm at a loss here. Sure, I looks all right, but the slope is pretty steep after that. As the last of my first (and last) glass slowly drains, my taste buds feel, well, dead. The mustiness and unrestrained lack of brewing character leave me morose. Given the cost of any beer around here, the fact that this (thankfully) set me back only about 4 bucks, still seems like hollow consolation at the moment.

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2.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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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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2.44/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, "JUL2511" screened on the neck.

Pale straw gold, bright and clear. A finger of white foam audibly fizzles down to a skim, leaving some spotty lace in the mug. There's a feeble skim across the surface that lasts for a little bit.

Metallic wet grain, corn sweetness, sulfurous malaise.

Bland and hollow, sweet corn flavor with club soda carbonation. Dry aftertaste, thankfully not overly sweet as some malt liquors can be. Papery, dry, wet grain husks and manila folders. Not overly carbonated, somewhat fizzy, designed for chugging basically. Some light astringency is there, but it finishes clean, which is somehow impressive in some small way. A safe budget buy, i've encountered much worse in this realm.

"...as I rewind my thoughts and reminisce, sippin' OE quarts..."
Shadez Of Brooklyn - Change

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1/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of mothman
1.11/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

About time I get my malt liquor reviews in. These may be repetitive because I am not an expert in the style.

40 oz of course

Fizzy white head. Color is a clear pale golden yellow.

Aroma: malts and alcohol. Corn. Metallic flavors. Very bland.

Taste: Pretty much the same. Bready malts and cardboard staleness. Corn. Off flavors all around.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, medium carbonation. Grainy and chewy. Ends bland.

Overall, not something I ever want to drink again.

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2.25/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.16/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"40 ounces to Freedom"... Pours a crystal clear golden body topped by a frothy bright white head that holds surprisingly well and drops to a creamy surface covering. It also leaves some lace in the glass which is quite unusual considering the high alcohol - although I doubt that's rarely noticed inside the 40 oz bottle! The aroma is also surprisingly bold, but with a distinct cereal-cooker aroma and a firm touch of alcohol. There is some grainy maltiness underneath, but it's overshadowed. Powerful, but not really inviting. The body is thin/medium but the high level of fine carbonation helps it to become creamy immediately, thus giving the impression of a fuller mouthfeel. The residual alcohol that's left after the swallow adds to that impression. The flavor mimics the aroma with a harsh, semi-grainy maltiness rather than the more straightforward sweet malt flavor usually found in malt liquors. The alcohol also lends to an astringent character. Hop bitterness is subdued, as is normally the case with malt liquors, except that it's more noteable here. However, it's quite dull and doesn't add anything to the character. From start to finish this beer lacks finesse. Sure it's bold, but it's also extremely blunt. Maybe that's why people like it... in a way I can see how this could be less cloying as it doesn't offer the bright, super sweet maltiness of many malt liquors - but at the same time it's fairly harsh and the trade-off doesn't seem worth it. Disappointing. This beer deserves to be wrapped in a paper bag. There are much better malt liquors on the market. Take a step up to the Coqui 900!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.23/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try this Old English 800 after some Colt 45 so I could compare the two malt liquors. THe O.E. tastes just a little bit worse than the Colt, but there isn't enough of a difference to really recommend one over the other. The appearance and smell are mediocre, but not as bad as some seem to think. THe O.E. is still very easy to drink, but nothing I'd go out of my way to have. Between this and Colt 45, I'd choose 45 by a hair.
5/10

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3/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjunct, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of the typical light malt sweetness that you usually get in this type of beer. Then some bready grain and adjunct flavors quickly follow along with a mild boozy bite of alcohol, since there isn’t much in the beer to balance the alcohol out, despite the low ABV for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not as much of a buzz-accelerator as most people look for in a Malt Liquor but for the style it’s a decent beer to pound for a while.

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2.8/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white head into a pint glass (this is the only time I have ever seen a malt liquor in a glass!). The foam settles rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is clear and golden-yellow.

S - Grainy corn aroma with just a hint of sweet malt. Otherwise clean; no hops and no yeast character.

T - Husky grain up front with corn and light malt notes. Some very light herbal hop flavor in the middle and a little bit of bitterness in the finish with more corn and malt.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - The best thing I can say about this beer is that it hides its alcohol well. It is one of the smoother malt liquors and has a fairly clean malt profile with noticeable, but fairly inoffensive, corn notes. It is an efficient alcohol delivery system and if I had to drink a malt liquor, this would probably be my first choice.

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1.76/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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2.25/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle (40 of course, yo) from some random liquor store

Worst beer ever? Possibly. I remember once back in the day stopping at a liquor store before going to a party. My friend picked up a 40 of Olde E. "Good God, how can you even think of drinking that?" I asked... as I picked up a 40 of Coors Light.

Pours the color that your pee is when you're dehydrated, or when you've not been drinking Old E enough. Fizzy, with a quickly-receding white frothy head. Smells of sweet corn and old grains. Taste of tinkle, corn, stale grain, and alcohol. Very light-bodied, harsh, and pretty much as undrinkable as rocket fuel. Goes good with pig knuckles, collard greens, and maybe garnished with a slice of watermelon. Yo.

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1.5/5  rDev -27.9%

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1.78/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I did not care from this out of a CAN a couple of years ago, but it still elicits amusing memories for me from my misspent youth. I might have dared a full 40 were it not for my local also having 22's for sale.

I got a little better than a finger of fizzy bone-white head that seemed to be falling as fast as I could pour, ending with a bunch of wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. In fact, this kind of thing is the gold standard for clarity. Nose was candy sweet, like bubble gum and even some fusel alcohol. Ugh. A 22 may be more than enough for this old man. Mouthfeel was medium with a sugary sweetness in the mouth. I imagine that if you took a bag of sugar and stirred it into a liquid medium until it became saturated, this would be what it would taste like. The finish was fairly dry with a burning sensation going down. Man, this is evil. I was intimidated by such things as a kid, but now I am just disgusted.

I have no idea what became of my CANQuest (tm) review, but having recently scored another CAN, I want to revisit it (at least) one more time. Today is W, 06 December 2017.

It was kind of like Olde home week as I Crack!ed the CAN open, stirring up old memories. It was a pint CAN, but since I had an oversized glass in stand-by, I attempted an inverted Glug. Big mistake! It came roaring up, forming three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with tremendous retention, refusing to fall away. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, but when they saw what it was, they turned around & left. Nose smelled kind of evil, very sugary sweet, but with a cooked corn quality. DMS? Who knows, but it was not enticing to me at this stage in my life. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a step or two above watery. The taste was super sugary with additional notes of pink bubble gum, plastics factory, dry cleaning plant, corn syrup & old silage. Ugh. Finish was super-dry, undoubtedly due to the high action yeast used to get this stuff to ferment quickly to be put on the market. I have a hard time envisioning returning to this one.

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