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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 GodOfBeer
1.1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh god where to begin. First of all this beer is on my blacklist. I had two of these in one night that I will never remember, woke up in the morning and puked six times. What I do remember though is that there is nothing good about this beer, not even good enough to get drunk on.

I don't care how cheap this is, I wouldn't drink this again if it was given to me. I would rather piss on a turd, blend it, microwave it and eat it! Avoid this beer at all costs. The name is deceiving, there is nothing Olde about this beer, and there is nothing English about it. The price tag may seem attractive, but so is a cheap hooker who ends up giving you herpes - OE800 is no different (yes I probably got herpes from drinking this shit).

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Photo of biggmike
1.55/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got arrested while drinking this when I was 15. To this day, I'm not sure if it was because of my age or my choice in drinks. This is definitely just for those who want to get drunk and don't want something to savor or enjoy. Avoid like the plague. Metallic and chemical.

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Photo of mltobin
1.83/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

In high school and college, I must admit that on more than one occasion that I did indulge in an Olde English 40oz.

Appearance is yellow, clear, and unattractive.

Smell is pointing towards gross, turn your nose away, smells like some alcohol in a science lab.

Taste is bland, watery, and unpleasant.

MF is of some corn, slightly sugary, with a really bad after-taste, without a doubt it is difficult to consume all 40oz, let alone 3 of them in a night, which I have done several times in the past, ahhhh the good old days.

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Photo of kguyty
2.68/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This malt liquor is just okay... However; it does get the job done... The appearance is average for a malt liquor, head retention is decent as seen within my 40. Smells like corn and alcohol. The taste is somewhat thin, but the mouthfeel is refreshingly fizzy. I would rate this at a decent drinkability.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.68/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 99cent,22oz bottle pours a typical see thru golden color,with pure white head that actually leaves some lacing as it quickly dissipates.It smells of bread dough,and a little musty alcohol.The taste is surprisingly not disgusting considering the ridiculous price(you cant buy generic soda this cheap,and in my opinion I would drink this over a soda any day),the mouthfeel is what you would expect,light bodied,average carbonation,no real aftertaste.I could easily drink this over any Bud or Miller product,it actually has more flavor than either of them,but probably more carbs!

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

Thanks Chris & Mike for keeping a half a 40oz-er in the fridge for your cousin Dan! They poured it into a juice glass to form a 1/2" head... that lasted for a second... then it was all gone.... no ring.... no lace. Yellow in color and very clear.

Smell: Light lager smell only cornier.

Taste: Fizzy corney watery.... fermented cream corn strained through a fine screen.

MF: Fizzy, thin.... the opposite of robust.

Drinkability: It was all I could do to choke back 8 oz.... "let's go get some real beer at Shakespear's" (Sarasota)....

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Photo of rrob311
3.2/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought several 40's of this a few years back in the middle of the summer.

A- Looks like regular beer, very clear.

S- smells pretty strong

T- I actually dont shotgun 40's so I kept this in the freezer while I poured mug after mug of this. Tastes pretty good ice cold. KEYWORD, ICE COLD.

M- Mouthfeel is normal, with carbonation. then again, I dont swish it around in my mouth.

D- This is my 2nd favorite malt liquor it gets you pretty trashed and is better than a lot of them out there.

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Photo of dsa7783
1.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Forget it... I don't care how many times this beer is mentioned in rap songs... Wouldn't drink this brew again if it was the only alcoholic drink offered at a party... actually ended up getting pretty nauseous after downing a 40 of this back in college... A lot of alcohol for your buck at 7.50% for a $1.99... Appearance is below mediocore and the smell is awful... not trying to sound like a beer snob, but those with class would avoid a hefty malt liquor like this unless for some reason you are a fan of this particular style... Mouthfeel was less than awful and the only upside of this brew is that once you made it past half the bottle, the other half goes down a bit easier...

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Photo of Overlord
1.94/5  rDev -11%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow. Little to no head or carbonation, just a bit of bubblin'.

Cheap drunk for a college student. Pennies for the ABV. Bit of a stale bread taste, some malt...heavy alcohol after-taste. Not good, at all, but gets the job done. Really nothing pleasant, or particularly unpleasant, about it.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I guess I was feeling nostalgic but I had to throw in my 2 cents.
Look, if your'e drinking this then you are planning on getting lit on the cheap or just broke. Hopefully, if it is the former then you are in college, like I used to get down. Of course, I've been on the latter side also and it sucks, much like Old E. The light gold/yellow color is see thru when held up to the light, and the smell is just like rubbing alcohol. While the taste is horrendous, it at least does not contain a bitter aftertaste. Oh, and after slamming a few of these 40 ozs. expect a colossal headache the next morning.

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Photo of getch
1.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just finishing college and having a lot of experince of horrible beer and esp. malt beer, this is prob my favorite, still it ranks low compared of the full flavors that are out there, if one has to drink a malt beer, then def stay away from this, its awefull

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.4/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Yellow gold with a ring of foam around the collar. This one has minimal soapy lace that slides down the side of the glass. Pretty average for a malt liquor.

S - Sweet cornflake cereal. Rice. No real detectable alcohol fumes. Smells a tiny bit peppery.

T - Pretty clean and boring.

M - Again, clean and boring. No real assertive or funky flavors...just clean corn and rice adjuncts.

D - This is one of the least offensive malt liquors on the market (it's the most like real lager), but I like my 40s like I like my gansta rap...I want to be offended.

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Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

40 ounce bottle from a local liquor store

Poured a light brown color into my frosted glass with a thick soapy head

Smell is a little strong, but not as bad as other malt liquors

Could drink a lot of this, not too heavy, but high in alcohol, so must beware

Good malt liquor for the buck

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Photo of Brad007
1.75/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yellow in color with a head that lingers. Aroma is strong and sweet, somewhat corny. Taste is a bit hard to deal with at first. Not much to the imagination as far as taste goes anyway. Somewhat unsettling and bland on the tongue. Alcohol is not well hidden. Overall, not very drinkable. I'll take another bottle of Private Stock over this.

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Photo of xav33
2.24/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Olde English 800
40 oz
Poured out of a paper bag wrapped 40 oz bottle directly into my mouth. No middleman here.
Recent brewing, polished off 08/07

Looked like a clear dirty gold color. After a few swigs a nice little foamy white head popped up.

Smelt like a can of cooked corn. One that has been sitting on the counter for 2-3 days.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet cooked corn malt followed by some dandelion, thistle, and clover bitter bite smeared with more cooked corn juice, on a somewhat curt finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated and lightly astringent and alcoholic.

Overall, it was surprisingly drinkable for a malt liquor. I hear it brings back the shine on olde furniture too.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint. Say's brewed by the Olde English 800 Company... yeah, right... nice try Miller

Just a standard pale piss yellow. A little head actually formed on this one but faded very quickly.

Smells of metal, alcohol, and malt. Not much to the nose.

Very crisp, the carbonation gives it a very smooth body. Grain flavor, bad stale hop flavor, but that is the only thing I don't like about the flavor. The alcohol content is all over the place, on your palate in your throat, your nose, and it's like this all the way to the finish. I kinda like that.

I like it! I know a lot of people don't like this brew but I mean come on for three dollars a six pack you can't be that and get a decent buzz afterwards. Awesome, definitely coming back.

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

ok. i am working on a construckshun project. it is hotter than the hubs of hades and i go on a beer run. i pickup 4 of these pounders. 4 Fourties baby.

the beer was pale in color - easy to see with a clear bottle. the smell was kinda funky. some corn taste to it. not a lot of taste but not horrid. a lot of bitey carbonation to it. when it is 97 degrees a very cold high carbonation and strong abv work well for me.

then the bomb struck. after working another 20 minutes we decide to drink the second one. of course it had warmed up some by then. not so good. drank half, worked a while - maybe 10 minutes and drank the rest. by this time it warmed and went kinda flat...puke city!

drink it cold. drink it cuz its cheap and gives a buzz.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of tfinn
2.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours deep gold (with touches of orange) with a white small-bubbled head.

scent is faint sweet (six-row?) malt, with a husky grain back to it. there is some faint spice to this, reminds me of crystal malt. (there is some toastiness in there.)

flavor is an industrial lager on viagra, that is to say, an intense two-dimensional six-row malt sweetness with some corny adjunct. a toasted corn comes through at the end. maybe miller borrowed a recipe page from shiner?

mouthfeel is a little tongue-numbing. this is quite a bit weightier than your standard industrial lager, but not so weighty enough to evoke sipping, like a samiclaus.

altogether uninspired, and no way I could finish a 40 of this. (even the 24 is trying my patience.) I do find it a bit more interesting than steel reserve, but still nowhere near rogue's dad''s little helper.

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Photo of zdk9
2.47/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you like corn then this delicious malt liquor is right up your alley. With a nose of roasted corn cakes and a taste that combines can creamed corn with slight touches of whisky like fusel alcohol it is the perfect beer for a lover of raw corn. But not a tasty one.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oh yeah...when you're 16 and looking for a $2 buzz out of a brown paper bag, this was the shit! basically a big version of an american macro lager with more malt adjuncts used, in this case corn, i think. no hop presence detected. looks like a macro in the bottle, i can't say i EVER poured this in a glass to find out. if you wanna get a buzz really cheap, this is a good place to start.

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Photo of tromafan
3/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

What can be said that hasn't been said about the 40oz king of malts. Most users will describe the taste and feel in detail but with this brew, it all comes down to getting drunk. Very drunk. I drank three 40's of this a few years back at my house party. Lets just say I was more gone than the NYC blackout of 77. This is still a great brew for gettin drunk. Taste isn't half bad especially for a malt. Heck, the label hasn't even changed since the 70's. You see OE and you know what your in for. Keep swillin!!

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Photo of jettjon
2.11/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the classic 32 oz twist top bottle, no date. Vigorous pour into a pint glass yields a clear, pale golden color with decent carbonation, beneath a 1-finger whitish head that fades quickly leaving a solid cap and sticky lacing. Honestly, not bad looking. Things go quickly south, however: nose of bready adjunct and a slight chemical smell. Taste is perhaps a bit worse, dominated by a sweetish adjunct (corn?) flavor and more of an astringent/chemical aftertaste. Finishes on a lackluster, minorly bitter note. Mouth is wet, slightly fizzy, and relatively smooth. Drinkability is definitely on the low side; the astringent flavor detracts.

Overall: There are better cheap “malt liquors” out there. Avoid this one. (By way of comparison, I found Schiltz Malt Liquor Bull a lot more drinkable than OE 800.)

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What can you sayabout good old Ole E? Me adn a few buddies decided to down one for old times sake. Didn't pour it as how could you, this one has to be drank out of the brown bag for sure. Looks and smelled pretty much like urine. Not cool and I don't know how I drank soo much of this when I was younger. Ok so maybe the smell had the slightest moldy grain hint to it. The taste was ughh, Wow I really don't know how I used to pund this, I guess it was just the times. Overall I will never being going back to this one again. It was fun a long time ago, but now just painful. LOL, it was fun though and a good throwback.

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Photo of Viggo
2.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Punishment hour. This bottle says 8% ABV.

Pours a clear amber/golden, fluffy white head forms, disappears snap crackle and pop style, some lace spots. Smell is very sweet, corn, alcohol, caramel, citrus, bit of vanilla/floral, not too bad. Taste is very sweet, corny alcohol, iron in the finish, some bitterness, floral aftertaste, but very metallic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice burn on the way down. Was expecting this to be worse, but its drinkable.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.13/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a thin white head that goes away quickly. Color is yellow-gold with some floaties. Aroma is very weak and grainy. Flavor is sweet, corny and not very special. Drinks easy for 7%abv. Finishes sweet. I've had much worse malt liquors. Not terrible, but not very satisfying.

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Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
2.18 out of 5 based on 1,020 ratings.
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