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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of Noelito76
1/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BMMillsy
1.48/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Schlitz74
2/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of joer40
1.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +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.


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.


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.


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Photo of Determined_021
1.37/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of k47k
2.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of QPthatnig
5/5  rDev +140.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly, the Olde English 800 is godsend. This aromatic refreshment offers a rich, smooth taste with an other-worldly finish. Go ahead, treat yourself: spark a blunt, sit back, and relax to the sound of that seal popping.
OE is, truly, the king of malt liquor

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Photo of OneTuffPony
2.95/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SteveS1111
1.22/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The look of this beer is very crappy looking, almost urine like in terms of appearance. The smell of it is difficult to describe, but I would say that it is generally very flat, which is reflected in it's taste. The taste isn't exactly flat however, it's a horrid mixture of off flavors that makes it very difficult to drink. It doesn't even have all that high of an alcohol content, which is really all that it advertises itself as. Six percent doesn't really even qualify as high gravity in my opinion.

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Photo of mech003
2.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

smells bad, taste is ok, had worse. i will buy again

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Photo of Dean1139
2.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I think people are under rating how good this beer is to other high alcohol content beers on the market. If you want to get a cheap drunk on this is the beer for you.

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Photo of pricek3065
2.96/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Bad, even for a malt liquor. Smells like barley mixed with gasoline. Ugly yellow straw color. Tastes similar to the smell. Could use more hops aromas and tastes. If affordability was a rating this would get above a one, but it's not.

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Photo of IckyT2012
1.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of HeartofMiami
2.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of CanadianBacon
2.1/5  rDev +1%
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 -1.9%
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 CBrodbeck
1.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
1.16/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Myotus
2.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Squire
2.79/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light lemon yellow color with white cap.

Aroma of sweet grain with a touch of floral hops.

Taste is very simple sweet grain and yes, some hop presence is noticeable. Flavors are more medium than mild and are in fact pleasant, clean and without off flavors or alcohol. The sweetness I detected in the scent doesn't really become apparent until mid palate then builds into a more prominent aspect through the finish and into the aftertaste. Pour this one carefully so as to preserve the carbonation. An aggressive pour makes the brew taste flat.

Texture is medium to full and very smooth.

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

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Photo of Ebmahoney
2.81/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.08 out of 5 with 1,073 ratings